Highlights of Sri Lanka - 8 days
The trip begins in Sigiriya, one of the World Heritage sites and also known as “Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. Continue to Anuradhapura - 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 and Pollonnaruwa - The Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th -13th Century contains some splendid and spectacular statues.
Drive further to Kandy, the hill capita and sightseeing tour of Kandy. Explore the Tea Plantation on your way to Nuwara Eliya, one of the biggest tea exporters in the world and finally enjoy the Nuwara Eliya which is also knows as The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations.
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ITINERARY IN DETAIL
Day 01: Arrive Colombo
Upon arrival in Colombo, you will be met and transferred to Negembo. Overight.
Day 02 Arrive Colombo - transfer to Sigiriya
Drive to Sigiriya. En route visit Sigiriya Rock. Sigiriya – is a “UNESCO World Heritage Site” and 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 Palace on the summit of the 600-foot high rock. On its summit are the foundations of the Royal Palace, Water Tanks to supply water and all other buildings and at the edges the guardhouses. On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of Frescoes of 21 life sized damsels still shining in their original colours.
Dinner & Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 Excursion to Anuradhapura & Habarana Elephant Ride
After breakfast visit Anuradhapura ancient city Anuradhapura - 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 city’s greatest treasures are its dagobas constructed of bricks and hemispherical in shape. The most notable of these dagobas are the Ruvanveliseya which dates back to the 2nd Century B.C. and is 300 feet in diameter, the Jetawanarama is 370 feet and the Thuparama Dagoba enshrines the collarbone of the Buddha.
Transfer back to hotel, en route enjoy an Elephant Back Ride in Habarana Elephant Ride - The feeling of stepping back in time, a time when kings rode on the backs of these magnificent mammals, and the chance for you dear visitors to do the same is what we at The Other corner offer. Directly off the balcony of the main lodge onto the backs of these gentle giants, the tour will take you along the forest trail, across the river, through the village and back to your lodging all on the elephant back ride. Dinner & Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 Excursion to Polonnaruwa
After an early breakfast from the hotel visit Polonnaruwa Ancient city, Pollonnaruwa - The Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th -13th Century contains some splendid and spectacular statues. Lankatileke, Tivanka and Thuparama are the most beautiful and largest shrine ruins and Tivanka has the best example of frescoes of the Polonnaruwa period. Rankot Vihara and Kiriwehera 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.
Dinner & Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 Sigiriya - Kandy
After breakfast transfer to Kandy. En route visit Dambulla Cave Temples & Kandy Tooth Temples Dambulla Cave Temple (also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla) is a World Heritage Site (1991) in Sri Lanka situated in the central part of the country. This site is situated 148 km east of Colombo and 72 km north of Kandy. It is the largest and best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. There are more than 80 documented Caves in the surrounding area. These paintings and statues are related to Lord Buddha and his life. Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic - ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess’ hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession. Evening you could witness a cultural performance by various Sri Lankan dancers and musicians. Evening you could witness a beautiful cultural dance performed by various traditional Sri Lankan dance and music artist.
Dinner & Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 Kandy
After breakfast go on a city tour in Kandy. Kandy – The hill capital is another “World Heritage Sites”. It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings during the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule and finally lost to the British in 1815 after an agreement. To the Buddhist of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the “Dalada Maligawa” - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. The Bathing Pavilion is by the Lake and in the Center of the lake is the Island called “Kiri samudraya” used by the kings as the summer house. Dinner & Overnight stay at Randholee Resorts (Standard Room) or Amaya Hills (Standard Rooms)
Day 07 Kandy - Nuwara Eliya
After your breakfast, enjoy some sightseeing in Nuwara-Eliya or even just relax with at your hotel 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 coolest places in the Island, but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence, houses like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions. The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic. Dinner & Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 08 Nuwara Eliya - Departure
After breakfast, transer to airport and fly out.
***End of the tour***