Day 01: Colombo
Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport and transfer to your Hotel
This afternoon you will be taken for Colombo city tour. Take a drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens. Visit Fort, the former British administrative centre and military garrison, Sea Street – the Goldsmith’s quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area, where is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749. Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha and Independence Square.
Day 02: Colombo – Minneriya – Sigiriya (B)
This morning we proceed to Minneriya National Park. Enjoy jungle safari in Minneriya National Park. The extent of the Minneriya National Park is about 8,889 hectares. There are wet-lands in this National Park, which have international importance, animal and plant species, which are plenty in dry zone, are found in this park.
Wild elephants, various amphibians, local and immigrant bird species are plenty in this park. About 160 species of birds, 09 amphibians, 25 reptile species, 26 fish species and more than 78 butterfly species have been found in this area. There are bamboo trees which are rare in other parks and wild elephants can be seen conveniently. The significant feature is that these elephants can be seen going closer to them.
Thereafter transfer to your Hotel
Day 03: Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa – Sigiriya (B)
This morning we will visit and climb Sigiriya rock fortress. Sigiriya – is home to the 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the fortress. Within its triple-moated defence the huge rock rises almost to a sheer height of 500ft. On its summit are the foundations of what was once a great and sumptuous palace and gardens complete with swimming pool. On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of Frescoes of life sized damsels in all the freshness and delicacy of their original colour.
In the afternoon we visit Polonnaruwa, situated 218 kilometers from Colombo is yet another well planned medieval city defended by enclosed walls, graced by palaces, shrines, monasteries, pavilions, parks, ponds and irrigation lakes which bears witness to a glorious past. A dominant feature of the city is the vast irrigation lake of 5940 acres aptly named ParakramaSamudrayaorthe sea of Parakrama after its royal builder King Parakramabahu depicted an example of the advanced engineering and construction skills prevalent during the ancient times. This gigantic reservoir was built to collect rain water, which did not permit
You’ll also see the ruins of the Royal Palace and various buildings and structures. Another highlight of this city is the Gal Viharaya which has three splendid statues of the Buddha in Upright, Sedentary, and Recumbent postures carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, the statue of King Parakramabahu, the former Temple of Tooth Relic, Shivan Temple, Lankathilake, Watadage, Galpotha, and KiriViharaya.
Day 04: Sigiriya – Dambulla – Kandy (B)
This morning proceed to Dambulla and visit Dambulla cave temple. Dambulla cave temple also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country. This site is situated 148 km east of Colombo and 72 km north of Kandy.
Later continue your drive to Kandy and enjoy Kandy city tour. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. The name Kandy conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary.
In the evening enjoy a cultural dance performance in the evening.
Day 05: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya (B)
This morning you will visit Temple of Tooth Relic.
Temple of the Tooth Relic, ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess’ hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession.
Thereafter you will be transferred to Nuwara Eliya.
We will visit a tea plantation and a tea factory where one the best Tea in the world is produced. You will be told all about the process of manufacturing tea and also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory.
Day 06: Nuwara Eliya (B)
Full day is at leisure to explore your own
Day 07: Nuwara Eliya – Yala (B)
This morning proceed to Yala National Park. On arrival, please check-in at your Hotel
Yala National Park – 185 miles from Colombo. Yala National Park is 378 sq. miles in extent. Yala was established in 1938 from, what originally was a Sportsman’s shooting reserve.
This is the most famous and well developed National Park where wild animals and birds could be observed. The Wild animals include Elephants in herds of varying sizes, Leopards, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, Crocodiles, Peacocks, Jackal, Sloth Bear and other animals. The bird-life comprises of about 130 species including the resident and migrants. Painted storks, Paradise Flycatcher, Grey Herons, Serpent Eagle, Sea Eagle, Black-Necked Stork, Spoonbills, Pelicans add colour to the bird-life in the park.
In the late afternoon enjoy Safari at Yala National Park
Day 08: Yala – Galle – Bentota (B)
This morning we proceed to Bentota. En route visit the Dutch Fort of Galle. The Galle Fort, also known as the Dutch Fort or the “Ramparts of Galle”, withstood the Boxing Day Tsunami which damaged part of coastal area Galle town. It has been since restored. The Galle Fort also houses the elite Amangalla Resort hotel, located near the Dutch Reformed Church. It was originally built in 1684 to house the Dutch Governor and his staff. It was then converted into a hotel and named then as the New Oriental Hotel in 1865, which catered to the European passengers traveling between Europe and Galle Port in the 19th century.
Later continue your drive to Bentota, On arrival, you will be transferred to your beach Hotel
Day 09: Bentota (B)
Full day is at leisure
Day 10: Bentota – Colombo (B)
Today transfer to Colombo International Airport for your onward flight
Included: Accommodation in Hotels for 09 nights, meals as shown above, transportation using Air-conditioned private vehicle, local English speaking driver cum guide, Jungle Safaris, entrance fees and all taxes.
Excludes: International flights, Visa, Insurance,Meals not included above, beverages during meals included in program, gratuities and any expense of personal nature.
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