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Destination : Arrival - Colombo - Negombo - Sigiriya - Giritale - Polonnaruwa - Giritale - - Dambulla - Kandy - Pinnawela - Nuwara Eliya - Bentota - Beruwala - Wadduwa - Colombo - Departure
Duration : 09 Days Tour
May You Have A Long & Healthy Life!
Day 01 : Arrival - Colombo
Late night arrival. Meeting and assistance upon arrival as our representatives welcome you and escort you to your car and transfer to your hotel in Negombo.
Whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative would introduce the tour to you and hand over the documents to you.
Welcome to Sri Lanka & thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you! Overnight at Hotel in Negombo
Day 02 : Negombo
Day is at leisure for your independent activities & to enjoy the spectacular beach. The major beach resort in the West Coast is Negombo. The wide sandy beaches and the safe sea are the major attractions of Negombo, a traditional fishing town. Besides the beach, the fish market is worth visiting where busy trading of a variety of fish including prawns, crabs and seer takes place in the mornings when the fishing crafts return to the shore with their catch. The most popular fishing craft is the outrigger canoe called oruwa dug out from a huge log and is seen in large numbers in the Negombo lagoon. Overnight at Hotel in Negombo
Day 03 : Negombo - Sigiriya - Giritale
After breakfast we drive to Giritale along fascinating countryside. The latter half of the drive is along remote countryside where we will stop to interact with the locals as we stop to pick up some fruits from the farms or just walk into the villages.
On our way we visit Sigiriya, which 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 is the remains of a large palace, the earliest surviving royal palace in Sri Lanka, with several chambers and a bathing pond. In a sheltered pocket of the giant rock are the celebrated paintings of 5th century AD, a few which is remaining from around 500 paintings that once covered the rock surface. Meticulously planned water gardens at the foot of the rock are the earliest such gardens found in Asia. The boulder gardens are a fine example of landscaping while conserving the environment. The Mirror Wall, which had been exposed to elements for over fifteen centuries still carry some of the original sheen that has given it the name. This archaeological site unparalleled in South Asia has been declared a World Heritage Site. Following the tour of Sigiriya we continue our drive to Giritale. Upon arrival check into your hotel
Late afternoon either visit the Minneriya Giritale National Park or the Kaudulla National Park on a jeep safari, acting on first hand reports from the people at Habarana on the movement of the elephant herds that can exceed over 200 at times.
Overnight at Hotel in Giritale
Day 04 : Giritale - Polonnaruwa - Giritale
This morning we proceed on an excursion to Polonnaruwa. The glory of mediaeval Sri Lanka is seen at Polonnaruwa, the mediaeval capital of the Island. Polonnaruwa used by the Sri Lankan kings as a 'country residence' from the 7th century became the Island's capital in the 11th century AD. Within the ramparts of the Royal Citadel are the ruins of the King's palace,the Council Chamber and the Royal Bath. The Buddha images at the Gal Vihara or the Rock Temple are masterpieces of stone sculpture. Parakrama Samudra or the Sea of Parakrama is a giant man made irrigation reservoir. A visit to Polonnaruwa is incomplete without visiting the new archaeological museum opened by the Central Cultural Fund where the ancient glory of the city has been recreated in scale models.
Following the tour I suggest you to visit the very popular Lake View Restaurant for Lunch. Sitting across the tranquil lake you could have a nice grilled Seer fish (from the lake itself). Somehow the world seems to have stopped here with nothing modern in sight as you sit in peace and quite admiring nature.
Afternoon, we drive back to Giritale. Rest of the day is at leisure for your independent activities. Of course, the car & driver would be at your disposal to visit the local markets. Overnight at Hotel in Giritale
Day 05 : Giritale - Dambulla - Kandy
Following breakfast we drive to Kandy en route we visit Dambulla. Upon arrival we visit the Dambulla Rock Temple, which is a magnificent gallery of Buddha images and wall and ceiling paintings not seen anywhere else in the Island. It is a complex of five cave temples with its origin going back to the Anuradhapura period (1st century BC). However due to additions and restorations done by various rulers over the past two thousand years what now remains are mostly the works of the Kandyan period (18th century).
During our journey out of Dambulla we will also have a chance to visit the wholesale vegetable market just outside the town. The hustle and bustle here would be a fascinating sight as traders and retailers bargain over prices and quality. We will also have an opportunity to stop at a fruit farm where you may taste farm fresh fruit juices - mango, Pineapple, avocado etc.
Following the tour we drive to Kandy. On our way, we would have an opportunity to witness typical Sri Lankan crafts. The art of batik printing can be seen as we visit a batik factory. Woodcarving is also a major art of Sri lanka and we would witness the performance of this art in our visit to a wood carving center.
As we ride on, we would also have an opportunity to tour a Spice garden. The air is rendered with the incredible aroma of a variety of spices. You would have an opportunity to witness not only spice farming undertaken by traditional tools and implements, but. Would have an opportunity to buy garden fresh spices at good prices. There are also massage oils available for body and joint pains. You could have an impromptu massage to check out the efficiency of the oil. Upon arrival check into Mahaweli Reach
After rest & relaxation, we proceed on a guided tour of Kandy. The Hill Capital of Kandy was the last bastion of the Sinhala kings and is a charming city offering a living record of a magnificent past. Center of attraction in Kandy is the Dalada Maligawa, the temple housing the sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha. Kandy Lake enhances the charm of the City. Kandy is a romantic city any time of the year. We also visit to the Market Place, an art & crafts show room. Following this, we drive along the Upper lake road to get a panoramic view of the Kandy Lake and its environs. We continue driving to Peradeniya and visit the Botanical Gardens, where you can view a rare collection of tropical exotic and indigenous flora can be viewed and also famous Orchid House.
A highlight of our tour of Sri Lanka would be the witnessing of the Kandiyan dances this evening at an auditorium. The spectacular display of a wide range of dances is spell bounding. The colour, the vigour and the grace are amazing. Several martial dances too are performed. The highlight of course is the fire dance where dancers swallow fire, walk on fire and rub fire sticks on their body. Overnight at Hotel Mahaweli Reach
Day 06 : Kandy - Pinnawela - Nuwara Eliya
This morning after breakfast we drive to Nuwara Eliya en route we visit Pinnawela an interesting and amusing elephant orphanage. Pinnawela is the home to some 60 or more elephant orphans. A place you will really enjoy and never forget. Most orphans are accustomed to their curious human visitors are harmless.
Sri Lanka is the only country in the world to open elephant orphanages to protect the destitute young wild elephants. Young elephants left in the jungle without care are brought to this orphanage and tendered till they reach maturity. Interesting time to visit the orphanage is at the bathing time when the herd is brought to a river flowing close by or at feeding time to see the babies being bottle-fed.
From here we ride through incredible natural scenery to Nuwara-Eliya. As we gain elevation the vegetation of the region too changes as also the driving. Tea Gardens begin to appear on the slopes and waterfalls of various strengths appear frequently. The road to clings to the mountains as it twists and turn climbing all the way. The scenes of Terrace cultivation of tea and occasionally of Paddy are a very fascinating sight.
We would also stop at St. Clair Tea estate's restaurant for a 'garden fresh' cup of tea. You may choose from the various brands of flavour teas - we recommend 'Broken Orange Pekoe' for its flavour and body.
Upon arrival we check into your Golf Wing room of the Grand Hotel. The Grand Hotel has a heritage exceeding a 100 years. The former residence of Sir Edward Barnes, Governor of Sri Lanka from 1830 to 1850, and the Grand Hotel is an excellent example of a mansion from the Elizabethan era. It retains the stateliness and grandeur of a Colonial Mansion and rightfully claims its place as one of the best hill country hotels in Asia. Like a misplaced bit of Europe set in the centre of a tropical island, the hill country resort town of Nuwara Eliya nestles in a cradle formed by three mountains at an elevation of 6,182 feet (1,884 meters) above sea level
Rest of the evening is at leisure for your independent activities. You may choose to eat at the Continental restaurant in the basement or at the Indian restaurant across the Driveway. Overnight at Grand Hotel (Golf Wing)
Day 07 : Nuwara Eliya - Bentota
This morning we commence on a sightseeing tour of Nuwara-Eliya. In 1819, during the British colonial era, a few British on a hunting expedition in the hill country spotted the site where the present day Nuwara Eliya town stands 1890 metres above sea level and decided to set up a health resort for their use. It was Sir Samuel Baker who later converted it to a holiday resort with a touch of an English village, which earned it the name 'Little England'. We visit Hakgala Botanical gardens with exotic trees, shrubs and herbs known to thrive best in hill country. It has an excellent and rare collection of roses, orchids, and a carefully tended fernery. It would be interesting to walk along the gardens exploring and enjoying the natural beauty of the region. W also visit the Nuwara-Eliya Town, Golf Course, the hill club, and drive around this hill station viewing Lake Gregory. Nuwara Eliya is a picture post card country with scenic lakes and terrace farming with tea gardens on the slope. It is also a law in Nuwara Eliya that all homes here have to conform to European design. This is a fascinating implant into typical Sri Lankan lifestyles
Late afternoon we drive Bentota, which is a scenic region between the sea and the river. If you wish, you could enjoy an optional boat cruise on the Bentota River and ride up to the mouth of the river where it meets up with the sea. During the cruise you do witness interesting bird life and also can view prawn fishing and primitive fishing on boats. Evening is at leisure for your independent activities. Overnight at Hotel in Bentota
Day 08 : Bentota - Beruwala - Wadduwa
Following a leisurely breakfast an hour's drive from Colombo along the south coast will take us to Beruwala that marks the beginning of the South Coast Beach Resort. Beruwala is considered to be the first Muslim settlement in the Island established by the Arab traders as far back as the 8th century. There is a famous Muslim mosque at the beachhead close to which is a lighthouse one of several erected along the Sri Lankan.
Continue to the Siddhalepa Ayurveda Health Resort. Set on the waterfront where woodland and meadow give way to golden beach this resort is a perfect place to relax and unwind in ideal surroundings. You may also enjoy a rejuvenating Ayurvedic massage under the specialized eye of trained physicians. Overnight at Ayurvedic Resort
Day 09 : Colombo - Departure
Following breakfast we proceed on a sightseeing tour of Colombo. We drive through the commercial and city centre area known as the "Fort", built by the Portuguese in the 16th century. A highlight would be a visit to the bustling and colourful markets and bazaars of Pettah; the National Museum with its fine collection of lovely antiques and art of Sri Lan ka. Drive past town hall, Independence square, the B.M.I.C.H (International Convention Centre) and Cinnamon gardens residential area. We also visit the Zoological gardens at Dehiwala and enroute to your hotel visit a Buddhist and a Hindu Temple.
Following the tour of Colombo transfer to the airport for your onward flight back home.
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We do hope the flavor of Sri Lanka will remain on your taste buds for all times to come and hopefully would kindle an indelible fondness for the country and her people; Thank you for being our guest, and as we say in India 'Please Come back Soon"