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October 8, 2015

Splendors of Sri Lanka

Written By Admin

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Day 01

On arrival transfer to coastal town of Negombo and check in at a beach hotel. Evening rest and leisure on the beach. Dinner and overnight in Negombo.

Day 02

After breakfast, proceed to Anuradhapura

The ancient first capital of Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura, declared as the World Heritage Site for itsancient archeological and religious importance, is the most important place in the history of Sri Lanka which runs back to 3rd century BC. First make a visit to the holy Bo tree, the only one tree in the word with the recorded history for more than 2300 years. The other places to visit are the Mahavihara complex, the Abeyagiri complex built in 2nd century BC, Jetawanarama complex the first tallest brick made building in the world and the monuments including the Samadhi Buddha Statue. Anuradhapura was capital of Sri Lanka for more than 1400 years and has a remarkable history.  Dinner and overnight in Sigiriya/Dambulla.

Day 03

After breakfast, proceed to Polonnaruwa, which is the second ancient capital of Sri Lanka during 11th and 13th Centuries AD. Declared as the World Heritage Site for its historical importance, it shows the ancient Sri Lankans’ master sculpture work and irrigation systems which are still mysterious to the present world. King’s palaces, Buddhist Shrines, Manmade ocean, Rock sculptures, Rock inscriptions; complexes etc. prove the ancient value. Lunch at Polonnaruwa. Afternoon proceed to Sigiriya, a city, palace and garden complex centering a 200 meter high rock is a glowing tribute to the vision of King Kashyapa who created this ‘Palace in the Sky’ in the 5th century AD. On the summit of the Sigiriya rock (meaning the ‘Lion Rock’) that is over 1.5 hectares in extent are the remains of a large palace, the earliest surviving royal palace in Sri Lanka, with several chambers and a bathing pond. The celebrated paintings of 5th century AD, meticulously planned water gardens at the foot of the rock, boulder gardens, the mirror wall, etc are one of the wonders in Asia. Dinner and Overnight in Sigiriya/Dambulla.

Day 04

After Breakfast visit Sigiriya, a city, palace and garden complex centering a 200 meter high rock is a glowing tribute to the vision of King Kashyapa who created this ‘Palace in the Sky’ in the 5th century AD. On the summit of the Sigiriya rock (meaning the ‘Lion Rock’) that is over 1.5 hectares in extent are the remains of a large palace, the earliest surviving royal palace in Sri Lanka, with several chambers and a bathing pond. The celebrated paintings of 5th century AD, meticulously planned water gardens at the foot of the rock, boulder gardens, the mirror wall, etc are one of the wonders in Asia. After visiting Sigiriya proceed to Kandy enroute visit a spice garden in Matale and visit Aluvihara Temple where the Buddhist preaching were recorded for the first time in the history of Buddhism in 2 century BC. also visit a Hindu temple in Matale.  Check in to the hotel in Kandy. Evening you will be visiting to see the Kandyan traditional dance and then to the Temple of Tooth Relic the most sacred place in Sri Lanka where the tooth relic of the Buddha is kept. The temple shows the excellent sculpture work of Kandyan Artists whose generations still carry out their master work. Return to Hotel for dinner and overnight in Kandy.

Day 05

After breakfast, go for a upper lake drive where you can have paramount view of The City. Kandy City is declared as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The history behind this last Sinhalese Kingdom is very interesting.

 

You can enjoy  shopping in Kandy where you get the country’s most best shops specially for the products and ornaments made artistically. Visit the Royal Botanical Garden at Peradeniya where there are more than 4300 species of plants and trees including Sri Lankan endemic plants and world’s rare types. It will take around two hours to completely go around the garden as there are 32 sections inside. Evening city tour and entertain the cool evening in the cold city located 6200 feet above the sea level. Dinner and Overnight in Nuwara Eliya.

 Day 06

After Breakfast, leave the hotel at around 8.00 am and proceed to Udawalawa via Ella. Entertain the scenic view from Ella gap and experience the climate crossing in Sri Lanka. Afternoon go for a safari at Udawalawa National Park. Experience the wild life of elephants, deer, fox, civet cats, wild bows, wild buffalos, crocodiles, eagles, residual birds of rare type etc. in Sri Lanka. Then make a visit to Elephant Transit Camp where the orphaned and Injured elephants are treated and sent back to jungle-National Park. Dinner and overnight in Embilipitiya.

Day 07

Leave the hotel by 08.00 am after breakfast towards Colombo, commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Evening Colombo city tour including visits to Independence Square, Old Parliament, Hindu Temple, etc Dinner and Overnight in Colombo.

At the end of the tour you have the option of choosing a beach resort of your choice on the south coast for any number of nights instead of staying the last night in Colombo.

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