Living Heritage of Ceylon

Sri Lanka, formerly known as “Ceylon” is a small Island in the south of India surrounded by the magical and misty blue Indian Ocean neighbored by Maldives Islands. Sri Lanka is world renowned for its culture, heritage, fun filled and colorful festivals, warm smiles of people, welcoming and pristine beaches of the South and East, magically blended spices, cuisine and wild life. This tour plan is designed to give you a sense of rich culture and heritage of Sri Lanka since its inception to now.

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Tour Details

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Day - 01
Airport > Negombo

  • Drive : About 20 minutes
  • Hotel : Jetwing Lagoon, Negombo
  • Highlights :
    Deluxe Rooms, Bed and Breakfast Basis

On arrival at the airport you will be welcomed by our airport representative who will be paging your name at the airport. Once in the comfort of the well-spaced, clean and comfortable vehicle sit back and enjoy a king coconut, a welcoming and refreshing beverage in Sri Lanka. Your chauffer guide will drive you to your first night’s rest stop. Jetwing Lagoon; a Geoffrey Bawa property famous for its beauty and location, you will get to enjoy a swim in the pool overlooking the Negombo Lagoon. Overnight stay will be in Negombo.

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Day - 02
Negombo > Anuradhapura > Dambulla

  • Drive : About 4 ½ hours
  • Hotel : Elephant Stables, Dambulla
  • Highlights :
    Luxury Chalets, Bed and Breakfast Basis

After a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel, start your journey to Anuradhapura; a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the capital of Sri Lanka from the 05th Century B.C. to the end of the 10th Century A. D. was the most celebrated of Sri Lanka’s ancient ruined cities. The greatest treasures of the city are dagobas constructed of bricks and are hemispherical in shape. The highlights in the ancient city are namely; Ruvanveliseya, Jetavanarama, Thuparamaya, Sri Maha Bodhi Tree and Samadhi Statue. Isurumuniya Temple is also famous as this is the temple where ceremonies for Rain God were performed. Abhayagiri, Lankarama and Mirisawetiya are some of the iconic sites to be covered during your visit to Anuradhapura holy city.
On your way back to Dambulla, stop at Aukana Buddha Statue; a pre-historic, most magnificent and undamaged ancient image is 46 feet in height is the most beautiful rock cut Buddha Statue is the Island, if not the world.
Arrive at the hotel in Dambulla; check in at the hotel, overnight stay will be in Dambulla.

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Day - 03
Dambulla > Polonnaruwa > Minneriya > Dambulla

  • Drive : About 2 ½ hours
  • Hotel : Elephant Stables, Dambulla
  • Highlights :
    Luxury Chalets, Bed and Breakfast Basis

After breakfast leave for Polonnaruwa. Built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, Polonnaruwa is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. It comprises the Brahmanism monuments built by the South Indian Cholas, and the ruins of the fabulous garden-city created by Parakramabahu I during the golden age of Polonnaruwa in the 12th century. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Vihara, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, King Parakramabahu statue, and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.
Thereafter proceed to your hotel and in the evening visit Minneriya National Park and do a jeep safari in Minneriya. During the dry season (June to September), this tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants who come to bathe and graze, as well as the huge flocks of birds that come to fish in the shallow waters.

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Day - 04
Dambulla > Sigiriya > Habarana > Dambulla

  • Drive : About 2 hours
  • Hotel : Elephant Stables, Dambulla
  • Highlights :
    Luxury Chalets, Bed and Breakfast Basis

After breakfast at the hotel hike the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sigiriya, a 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky”, or in other words “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 Palace summit of the 600-foot high rock. On its very summit is the foundation of the Royal Palace, Water Tanks to supply water and all other buildings and at the edges the guardhouses. You will also get to enjoy the breathtaking view of the famous Sigiriya Frescoes of 21 life sized damsels still shining in their original colors. The water gardens, fountain gardens, summer houses, boulder gardens and the caves within the enclosed area should not be missed.
In the evening proceed to Habarana for a walk and a boat ride. Watch out for the branches as you pass quiet, calm and peaceful villages in the area. Overnight stay at the hotel in Dambulla

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Day - 05
Dambulla > Kandy

  • Drive : About 3 hours
  • Hotel : Mountbatten Bungalow, Kandy
  • Highlights :
    Bungalow Rooms, Bed and Breakfast Basis

Leave after breakfast for Kandy, stopping En-route in Matale spice growing region for special insight to some unique Sri Lankan agriculture. First stop at a coconut plantation to learn about the multitude of uses of this fascinating tree; see how the coconut is husked and its fibers used to make rope. Witness the collection of the sweet coconut water for a refreshing drink, the use of the coconut kernel for the extraction of coconut milk which forms the base for most Sri Lankan curries and the production of honey and sweet jaggery from sap collected from the coconut flower. Proceed to Kandy on reaching we check-in at the hotel relax until 6:00 pm then get ready to enjoy a drum and dance cultural show before concluding the day.

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Day - 06
Kandy

  • Drive : About 3 hours
  • Hotel : Mountbatten Bungalow, Kandy
  • Highlights :
    Bungalow Rooms, Bed and Breakfast Basis

After breakfast at the hotel, drive out to Peradeniya Botanical Garden. This 147-acre garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was later expanded by the British. It offers an amazing variety of trees, plants, and flowers. Return to Kandy the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and listed as another UNESCO world heritage site. The name “Kandy” conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions, and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around Kandy Lake, built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts center, a gem museum, and a lapidary. Also visit the Temple of Tooth Relic in Kandy. Stay overnight at Hotel.

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Day - 07
Kandy > Nuwara Eliya

  • Drive : About 3 hours
  • Hotel : Scottish Planter, Nuwara Eliya
  • Highlights :
    Standard Rooms, Bed and Breakfast Basis

Catch the morning train to Nuwara Eliya with packed breakfast at the hotel or enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel. Hop on board to enjoy a magical journey through the hill capital of Sri Lanka, surpassing misty blue hills, ever green mountains, tea carpeted valley, beautifully cascaded waterfalls breaking down into a series of mini waterfalls, silvery clouds capping the mountain peaks designs unique and magical scenery through the window of a first class or observation carriage.
Arrive at Nanu Oya Station where your chauffer guide will pick you and drive you to the town of Nuwara Eliya, en-route stop at a tea factory to take you through the process of manufacturing a fine cup of Ceylon Tea through a carefully sequenced process that you will discover while enjoying a walk through a factory.
Arrive at the hotel/bungalow in Nuwara Eliya, overnight stay will be in Nuwara Eliya.

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Day - 08
Nuwara Eliya > Galle

  • Drive : About 3 hours
  • Hotel : Lighthouse Hotel, Galle
  • Highlights :
    Deluxe Rooms, Bed and Breakfast Basis

After breakfast at the hotel drive to Galle; another UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for the Dutch Fort in Galle, one of the only remaining Dutch Forts in Asia, check in at the hotel relax and refresh at the hotel in Galle. Jetwing Lighthouse is famous for relaxation Spa treatments that surpass all your troubles, worries, tiredness and much more. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Galle

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Day - 09
Galle > Colombo

  • Drive : About 2 hours
  • Hotel : Galle Face Hotel, Colombo
  • Highlights :
    Superior Rooms, Bed and Breakfast Basis

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, check out and proceed to Colombo; the trade and commercial capital has long been the traditional gateway to the Orient. Sri Lanka’s largest city, it is located on the west coast and draws together all the cultures, religions and influences of foreign lands into a pot-pourri of sounds, smells and a kaleidoscope of color. The original traders and settlers – the Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch and the British have left in their wake churches and monuments, names and religions, costumes and food and smatterings of their languages which have been absorbed into the speech of the Sri Lankan. Today, Colombo is a fascinating city – a happy blend of east and west, past and present, with a charm of its own. A less known but amazingly true fact is that Colombo has a superb range of high quality restaurants serving food from all over the world and some of the best shopping opportunities in Asia. The main seaport of Sri Lanka is in Colombo & adjoining it, is Pettah, a local bazaar & trading area. Other places of interest are the beautiful Buddhist temples, Hindu temples, mosques, the historic Wolfendhal church, (1749) residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Colombo Museum, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, the New Parliament in Sri Jayewardenepura, the Folk Art Centre, Art Galleries, Parks, Independence Square, the Ceramic Corporation famous for its well-known brand “Noritake” and ODEL the renowned shopping center, and MC. For your dinner you will be taken to “Kaema Sutra” where you will get to experience a typical Sri Lankan meal together with a cookery demonstration of how the finest “two egged hopper” is created. Overnight stay will be in Colombo.

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Day - 10
Colombo > Airport

  • Drive : About 1 hours
  • Highlights :
    Departure

Time to say goodbye to all the local acquaintances as you head back to Airport to start the journey back home with cherished memories and a hope to come back.

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