7 day tour Summer 2012

Day 01

Arrive and pick up from Negombo and transfer to hotel in Sigiriya.  Visit Sigiriya Rock, en route.

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-moat 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 is  the only known surviving ancient work of Sinhala secular paintings, in the form of Frescoes, of life sized damsels in all the freshness and delicacy of their original colour. Dinner & Overnight  Sigiriya

 

Day 02

After breakfast visit Anuradhapura ancient city the most celebrated of Sri Lanka’s ancient ruined cities.  The city’s greatest treasures are its dagabas constructed of small sun-dried bricks, hemispherical in shape. The most notable of these dagabas is the Ruvanveli, 300 ft in diameter and dates back to the 2nd Century BC. There  is also the 370 ft Jetawanarama and the Thuparama which enshrines the collarbone of the Buddha. The city’s most renowned relic is the sacred Bo-Tree which is said to have grown from a branch of the tree under which the Buddha gained enlightenment. It was planted 2250 years ago and is the oldest historic tree in the world.   Transfer back to hotel,en route enjoy an Elephant Back Ride in Habarana and experience the feeling of stepping back in time, a time when kings rode on the backs of these magnificent mammals.  The tour will take you along the forest trail, across the river, through the village and back to your lodging.  Dinner & Overnight  Sigiriya 

 

Day 03

After breakfast visit Polonnaruwa, another “World Heritage Site” was the Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th - 13th Centuries, contains some splendid and spectacular statues. Lankatilake, Tivanka and Thuparama are the most beautiful and largest Image Houses and Tivanka has the best example of frescoes of the Polonnaruwa period. Rankoth Vehera and Kirivehera are well preserved large stupas, and Gal Vihare - a rock shrine, has four Buddha statues, two seated, one standing and one reclining and Parakrama Bahu statue are examples of Sinhalese stone carver. The Vata-da-ge is a unique creation of the Sri Lankan artists. Transfer back to your hotel, en route enjoy a 4 X 4 jeep safari in the Minneriya National Park.  Dinner & Overnight Sigiriya 


Day 04

After breakfast transfer to Kandy.  Stop along the way at Dambulla Cave Temples & Kandy Tooth Temples.

Dambulla Cave Temple - is a vast isolated rock mass 500 feet high and a mile around the base. Here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century B.C. The caves of Dambulla sheltered King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne he built the most magnificent of Rock Temples to be found in the Island. In the first Cave is a recumbent image of the Buddha 47ft long cut out of the Rock. There are images of deities associated with Buddhism all around. The frescoes on the walls and the ceiling are the oldest here but they are over painted in the Kandy period. In the Second Cave, the finest and the largest of all, there are 150 life-size statues of the Buddha in various postures with few statues of Gods and Kings. The ceiling is also covered with frescoes, which depict great events in the life of the Buddha and landmarks in the history of the Sinhalese people.

 

Then continue to Kandy, with a visit  to the  Spice Gardens at Matale en route, where Cinnamon, Cardamom, Pepper Creepers and all other spice trees, plants and creepers are planted for visitors to see.  Spice products are also available for purchase.  Each tree and plant, as well as the use in food preparations are explained to the visitor.  Visit a Batik Factory -  to see the manufacturing of beautiful Batik prints.  In the  evening visit the Tooth Temple which has enshrined Buddha's tooth since 4th Century A.D.  The relic has grown in repute and holiness throughout Sri Lanka and the Buddhist world and is considered as Sri Lanka's most prized possession.  Afterwards enjoy a cultural show featuring various dance types of Sri Lanka. Dinner & Overnight  Kandy

 

Day 05

After breakfast visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage –Kandy road is Pinnawela, where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded Elephants. The number of elephants has increased to more than 40 now, including baby Elephants brought from various parts, as well as the babies born, as a result of the captive breeding programme. The best time to visit is the feeding time from 0930 hrs – 1000 hrs & 1330 – 1400 hrs and the bathing time from 1000 – 1030 hrs & 1400 – 1430 hrs when all the Elephants are taken to the river close by.

 

Then return to your hotel, en route visit the Royal Botanical Gardens – 147 acres in extent; Started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the Kings of Gampola and Kandy. There are more than 5,000 species of trees, plants and creepers. Some rare and endemic as well as flora from the tropical world are found in the gardens. Spice Gardenand Orchid House are popular with tourists. There are 5 Palm Avenues beautifying the gardens, the earliest and tallest Palm Avenue(Royal Palm Avenue) was planted in 1905 and the Double Coconuts from the Seashell lsland, with the largest seed of all plants in the world is one such avenue. Dinner & Overnight  Kandy 

 

Day 6

After your breakfast, enjoy some sightseeing in Nuwara-Eliya, The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coldest places on the island, the temperature being reminiscent of an English spring day and  the temperature  dropping at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of British influence.    The Victoria Park, in the middle of town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic. Seasons may be absent elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers, which bloom in the spring (march to May) and the fall (August and September). These are the “seasons” when low-country folk flock to Nuwara Eli to escape the sea level heat and humidity. Dinner & Overnight  Nuwara-eliya 

 

Day 7

After breakfast from the hotel, transfer to Negombo Airport for departure flight.

 

 

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Service includes:

 

v      Hotel accommodation with breakfast 

       Dinner where indicated on the itinerary

v      Transport in an A/C Car for 1 and 2 Pax and Micro Van for 3-6 Pax with the services of an English speaking Driver guide

v      All entrance fees as per the above itinerary

v      All applicable taxes

 

Service does not include:

 

v      Entry Visa Fees, please visit www.eta.gov.lk for more details / submit your individual visa application

v      Lunches

v      Any expenses not mentioned as included 

v      Tips and Portages

        Any expense of a personal nature

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