On arrival met by a representative/guide of Exotic Holidays International and thereafter immediate transfer Thereafter immediate transfer to Colombo.
Colombo, Sri Lanka’s bustling capital is located on the country’s west coast and with a population of between 800,000 and one million (estimates vary is by far the country’s biggest city as well as it’s window on the world. Its natural harbour at the mouth of the Kelani River was a magnet for successive traders and conquerors – first Arab merchants, then Portuguese, Dutch and British imperialist.
P.M. city tour of Colombo including visits to the commercial and bazaar areas.
Dinner & Overnight Taj Samudra Hotel. (5 star)
.: Day 02 :.
After breakfast leave for Habarana with a comfort stop en route.
This small village is a central location for all the ancient city sites and has a hotel complex principally for package tourist; also many better-heeled independent visitors also use it. There are a couple of cheaper accommodation alternatives and Habarabna is also the nearest railway station to Dambulla and Sigiriya.
P.M. at leisure or optional elephant back safari through the jungles of Habarana.
Dinner & Overnight Cinnamon Lodge. (4 star)
.: Day 03 :.
After breakfast excursion to Sigiriya.
169 kms from Colombo and The spectacular rock fortress of Sigiriya is an impregnable fortress, a monastic retreat, and a rock art gallery. Built in the 5th century AD by king Kasyapa in the 5th century A.D to fend of a feared invasion, it is situated atop a towering 200m (656ft) high rock.
In a sheltered pocket, approached by a spiral stairway, are the famous frescoes, 5th century rock paintings of damsels These frescoes which have withstood the elements for 15 centuries are probably the finest examples in the world.
P.M. excursion to Polonnaruwa.
Polonnaruwa is located 216 kms from Colombo and 75 kms South East of Anuradhapura. The ancient lakeside Sacred City of Polonnaruwa was once the medieval Capital of Sri Lanka from 11 – 12 century AD. Polonnaurwa rose to fame after the decline of Anuradhapura.
Dinner & Overnight Cinnamon Lodge.
.: Day 04 :.
After breakfast full day excursion to Anuradhapura.
206 kms from Colombo is Anuradhapura; Sri Lanka's first capital. Anuradhapura founded in the 5th century B.C became the capital in 380 BC. For over 1000 years Sinhalese kings ruled from this great city. This ancient capital of Sri Lanka is a Sacred City today; a potent symbol of Sinhalese power, and the most extensive and important of Sri Lanka's ancient cities. Sri Lanka has many varied sites of historical and cultural importance. While the ruins of the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa have a grandeur that is hard to surpass, there are lesser-known sites with an ambience all of their own. Here one finds the remains of a flourishing ancient civilisation.
The Sacred Bo-Tree is the city's holiest site, and was grown from the tree under which Buddha achieved enlightenment - originally a sapling from the tree in North India. The Isurumuniya Temple (3rd century B.C.) with its unique sculptures stands beside the breezy bund of the Tissawewa - a huge fresh water tank; while in the heart of the city stands the white-stone Ruwanveliseya Dagoba surrounded by a wall of carved elephant heads. The Thuparama Dagoba, the oldest of many temples in Anuradhapura, is believed to contain the right collar-bone of Buddha. The Jetavanarama Dagoba is the largest remaining structure and may once have been over 100m (328ft) in height and housed an estimated 3000 Buddhist monks. There are also museums that invite exploration, marvellously restored twin ponds which were used by monks as ritual baths, and immense tanks built to provide irrigation water for the growing of rice. Other Attractions worth seeing are:- The Brazen Palace, Samadhi Buddha, Kuttam Pokuna and Mirisavati Dagaba.
Dinner & Overnight Cinnamon Lodge.
.: Day 05 :.
After breakfast leave for Kandy.
Just 100 kms north east of Colombo in a valley ringed by protective tall peaks nestles Sri Lanka’s hill capital and most beautiful city. Visit the great rock caves of Dambulla are 100 to 150 meters above the road and the village of Dambulla. From the caves you have superb view over the surrounding countryside; Sigiriya is clearly visible to the northeast, only 19 km away.
There are five separate caves containing 150 Buddha images, the largest cave being over 50 metes long and about six meters high and a spice garden en route.
P.M. city tour of Kandy including visits to the Dalada Maligawa the sacred Temple of the Tooth, containing the Tooth Relic of the Buddha, Sri Lanka's most important religious relic. There are daily ceremonies of homage to the Tooth Relic, each attracting pilgrims, market square and upper lake drive. Late evening witness a cultural show.
Dinner & Overnight Amaya Hills. (4 *)
.: Day 06 :.
After breakfast visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.
Pinnawela orphanage is situated northwest of the town Kegalla, halfways between the present capitol Colombo and the ancient royal residence Kandy in the hills of central Sri Lanka. It was established 1975 by the Sri Lanka Wildlife department.
This 24 acres large elephant orphanage is a also breeding pace for elephants, twenty elephants were born since 1984, and it has the greatest herd of elephants in captivity in the world.
P.M. further sightseeing of Kandy including visit to the Botanical Gardens just four miles away from Kandy, at Peradeniya, is the home of the world famous Royal Botanical Gardens - the most beautiful in the world and begun as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala King. Every variety tropical and temperate tree and flower is cultivated here and special houses with orchids and e cacti are too beautiful to be true.
Dinner & Overnight Amaya Hills.
.: Day 07 :.
After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya. (80km – transfer time 2 ˝ hours).
This town seems like a piece of English district. Tudor-style and Victorian homes look across the blue lake. These buildings are the other architectural monuments to the English, the Post Office, the English country house like Hill Club with its hunting pictures, mounted hunting trophies and fish, Anglican Church and private residence. The Golf course here is one of the best in Asia.
Visit a tea factory/plantation and some beautiful water falls en route.
P.M. sightseeing of Nuwara Eliya.
Dinner & Overnight Grand Hotel. (4 star)
.: Day 08 :.
After breakfast leave for Yala via Ella.
P.M. 4 x 4 jeep safari to Yala National Park.
East of Kataragama in the south east corner of the island in wild, tangled country where jungle meets the sea is Sri Lanka's premier wildlife reserve. Yala West is one of the few Sri Lankan national parks still open to travellers Its northern boundaries border on the Lahugala Elephant Sanctuary. Within its 1200 square kms roam bear, elephant, boar, leopard, deer, sambhur and peacock. Water birds skim the inland lakes and bring the trees to life Situated 309 km. south of Colombo.
Dinner & Overnight Yala Vilage. (4 star)
.: Day 09 :.
After breakfast visit the scared city of Kataragama.
Kataragama has become a place of worship not only for Hidus, but for Buddhist, Muslims and some Christians as well.
Still, the major part of devotees who actively present in Kataragama are the Hindus. 3 pooja or offerings take place daily. Make sure you have a tray full of fruits, incense and of course little money, to be offered (You will get half the fruits back, which you may partake)
In the calm and serene starlit atmostphere, walk across to the Kiri Vehera, the majestic stupa. Which is considered as one of the most venerated sixteen places of worship for Buddhists in Sri Lanka personally blessed by Lord Buddha during one of his three visits to Sri Lanka.
P.M. 4 x 4 jeep safari to Udawalawe National Park.
Situated 170 km. South East of Colombo the Uda Walawe National Park is approximately 30,821 hectares in extent. This Park which lies within the Ratnapura and Monaragala Districts acts as the catchment to the Uda Walawe Reservoir and is located in the Dry Zone.
This Park comprises grasslands and thorn scrubs and many valuable species of trees are found within it. Large herds of Elephants and Deer species such as spotted Deer, Sambhur, Barking deer and Langur, Wild Boar, Water Buffalo, Jackal are some of the prominent wild animals found in this Park and a variety of avifauna is seen.
Dinner & Overnight Yala Village.
.: Day 10 :.
After breakfast leave for Bentota.
100-acre National Holiday Resort. Lovely beach and calm except during the southwest monsoon; October to April are the best month for swimming. The Bentota beach hotel was built on the site of the old Portuguese fort-cum-British rest house.
En route visit the old Dutch city of Galle and a turtle hatchery in Kosgoda.
P.M. at leisure.
Dinner & Overnight Bentota Beach Hotel. ( 4 *)
.: Day 11 :.
After breakfast full day at leisure.
P.M. at leisure.
Dinner & Overnight Bentota Beach Hotel. ( 4*)
.: Day 12 :.
After breakfast departure transfer to the Airport.
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About Sri lanka
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Tourism in Sri Lanka
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