Discover the charms of Sri Lanka PU01

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When you think of Sri Lanka, images of tea plantations, elephants, cinnamon, tropical monsoons and golden beaches justifiably spring to mind. The island deserves its reputation as Asia’s Miracle, with the unmatched hospitality of the islanders the icing on the cake.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Small Group
Start Location: Colombo Airport, Sri Lanka
End Location: Colombo Airport, Sri Lanka
Accommodation: Hotels
Period: All Year Round
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travelers

About The Operator

Accreditations: Registered with the Sri Lankan tourist board
Years In Business: 6

This nine days trip offers a superb combination of culture and nature. You will visit the fascinating ruins of once great ancient cities and glorious Buddhist temples. The astounding beauty and diversity of the Sri Lankan countryside will also be on view throughout your trip.

In Nuwara Eliya, Kandy and Negombo you will see the rich history, both colonial and native that the country has to offer. The Portuguese coast, Indian Cholas in Polonnaruwa and English in Nuwara Eliya.

Sri Lanka has a staggering range of accommodation. From cheerful family guest houses to stunning jungle eco lodges and everything in between, there is accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes.

This trip will live long in the memory. The smiles of the people so warm and varied and stunning landscapes sometimes tinted blue sea, green tea leaves from white and pink dagoba dusk.

Tour Highlights

-Beautiful Scenery
-Rhythmic destinations
-Temples and National Parks

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

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- International flights

Prices per person - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. Arrive at Colombo International Airport - Negombo [about 30 minutes drive] Check in and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02. Negombo - Sigiriya [about 3/4h drive - 160km] You go to the centre of the island to visit Sigiriya Rock. Check into your hotel, and then visit the village that surrounds Sigiriya. Back to the hotel and overnight stay. Option: safari at Minneriya National Park in the late afternoon (April-September). The park, which covers 8890 hectares of scrub and open forest, is home to sambar deer, leopards and elephants. The latter, sometimes found in herds up to one hundred and fifty, come to feed and bathe in the River Minneriya.
Day 03. Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya [about 3h drive round trip] Climb the ancient fortress of Sigiriya, with its magnificent views over the surrounding countryside (there is also the possibility of renting bikes to travel around the surrounding countryside). It is also famous for its frescoes (Buddhist stone wall art), such as the frescoes of the Demoiselles, beautiful depictions of goddesses and princesses. Then visit Polonnaruwa (30min drive). Back to your Hotel in Sigiriya and overnight stay. The Sigiriya rock, of 370m in height and steep walls, the cap is made of lava from a volcano, long since eroded. Dotted with natural caves and rocky overhangs, the rock could have been inhabited since prehistoric times. Polonnaruwa, was once the important commercial and religious center, and was the capital of Chola dynasty and the Sinhalese kingdom.
Day 04. Sigiriya - Anuradhapura - Sigiriya [about 4/5h drive - 210 km round trip] You go north, towards Anuradhapura, the ancient royal city. Wandering through the temples and palaces dagobas. Visit Mihintale, a neighboring village considered the entry point of Buddhism on the island. Return to hotel in Sigiriya and overnight stay at the hotel. Anuradhapura is the oldest of the royal cities. After centuries of neglect, during which nature has confirmed itself and isolated this sleepy town, the British returned in 1817. It is also a Mecca of Buddhism, because of the sacred Bo tree, the huge statue of Buddha blessing, or the mountain shrine of Mihintale.
Day 05. Sigiriya - Kandy (via Dambulla and Matale) [about 2/3h drive - 110km] You are heading south. En route you stop at Dambulla to visit the caves and admire the paintings of Buddha and countless statues. The oldest cave dated 1st century BC Continue to Matale, where you'll see the spice gardens. Arrival in Kandy. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06. Kandy and surrounding areas. Morning visit the beautiful botanical gardens of Peradeniya. This garden is a great opportunity to ride. Then you continue to Pinnawela elephant orphanage and undoubtedly the most appropriate place in the country to be in contact with the pachyderms. This journey is possible by train to Rambukkana and drive up Pinnawela. End of the day is free for you to roam around Kandy. Pinnawela. Managed by the government, the orphanage was established in 1975 to house abandoned and orphaned elephants. It has about 70 elephants and became one of the most visited sites in the country: you attend their bath in the river and can even bottle feeding babies. If some associations deplore the numerous contacts with the public animals, elephants are generally treated well. Peradeniya Botanical garden was reserved for the king before the British arrived. It is the largest botanical garden in the country, including a fine collection of orchids, palms and bamboos. You will be impressed by the huge fig tree of Java which covers an area of 2500 square meters, the trees cannonballs or the majestic avenue of Araucaria that seem to dance!
Day 07. Kandy - Nuwara Eliya [about 2/3h drive - 120km] Visit Kandy, the last capital of the Sinhalese kingdom. Walk and stroll through the bustling market and explore the rest of the city. By the lake which the city is built around you will see the Temple of the Tooth, which contains the most important Buddhist relic of the country, a tooth of Lord Buddha. Then in the evening, head south to reach the highest town in Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya. Check in and overnight stay at hotel. The Esala Perahera of Kandy: grand procession which takes place during the month of Esala (July-August), and is a ten day celebration in which the Buddha’ tooth is paraded. The procession is a cauldron of colour and noise and a lifelong memory for those lucky enough to experience it, with thousands of dancers and drummers and a large procession of elephants.
Day 08. Nuwara Eliya - Horton Plains - Nuwara Eliya [about 2h drive - 70km round trip] Excursion to Horton Plains National Park, which houses the two tallest peaks in the country, the Kirigalpotta (2 395m) and Totapola (2 359m). Then you go to World's End an enormous plateau which plunges 880m and offers the most spectacular of views. Back in the afternoon to Nuwara Eliya. Visit the city's many gardens among which Hakgala and the Temple of Seetha Amman. Overnight stay at hotel. Nuwara Eliya is known as Little England and is the best example of a colonial hill station in the subcontinent. Red telephone boxes, colonial style bungalows with exquisite gardens, afternoon teas and one of the world’s most picturesque golf courses make you feel as if you’re stepping back in time. National Park World's End is the only one in the country where visitors can wander freely. The path that leads to it loops round to Baker Falls (10km).
Day 09. Nuwara Eliya – Negombo [about 5h drive – 220km] Travel by road to Negombo. Relax at the hotel, then airport transfer. End of our services.