Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Escape

Colombo (Arrival) - Anuradhapura - Polonnaruwa - Dambulla - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Colombo (Departure)

Starting Price : USD 415 / Euro 305

Sri Lanka offers you many small miracles. White sandy beaches, Serendipity at its best, lush greenery, exciting adventures, amazing wildlife and a rich heritage. The warm and friendly smiles of the people await you in the Isle of Sri Lanka. Buddhism has been the limelight of Sri Lankan Civilization from ancient times. Everything about Sri Lankan life is related to Buddhism. Buddhism practiced in Sri Lanka is called Theravada of which the main focus is to give priority to the philosophy of living a simple life.

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Package Inclusions:
. Meet and assist arrival and departure at the airport.
. 6 nights' accommodation based on half board basis in hotels mentioned or similar.
. Tour as per the itinerary
. Transport is by air-conditioned vehicle with English speaking driver/guide
. Professional English speaking national guide for group tours (8 pax & above)
. Entrance fees as per itinerary.
. Elephant back safari in Habarna
. 4X4 jeep safari in Minneriya national park
. Service charges and government tax

Package Exclusions:
. Any additional excursions not specified in the itinerary.
. Lunch and any additional meals/snacks.
. Expenses of a personal nature.
. Tips

Day 01 Arrive Colombo
Arrival and transfer to Colombo.
Dinner and overnight stay in Colombo

Day 02 Colombo - Anuradhapura
Pickup from the hotel at 0630 hrs. and proceed to visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
* Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage - Started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded, the orphanage has grown to be a big family today. A unique experience never to be missed.
Thereafter proceed to Anuradhapura and commence excursions.
Dinner & overnight stay in Anuradhapura.

Day 03 Anuradhapura - Dambulla
In the morning proceed to Sigiriya and climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Afterwards visit a Batik Factory where you can see the manufacture of beautiful Batik prints.
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 it triple-moated 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 the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of frescoes of life sized damsels in all the freshness and delicacy of their original color. Sigiriya was never conquered by any of the invading forces that had such an affect on the island of Sri Lanka It was however, ceded to the British during the colonial rule without force.
Afterwards commence an elephant back safari in Habarana.
Dinner & overnight stay in Dambulla.

Day 04 Dambulla - Polonnaruwa
I the morning proceed to visit Minneriya national park with packeted breakfast.
Thereafter proceed to Polonnaruwa and commence excursions. En-route visiting a wood carving factory.
Polonnaruwa - the Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th - 13th Century, contains some splendid and spectacular status. Lankatilake, 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. The Vata-da-ge is a unique creation of Sri Lankan artists.
Dinner & overnight stay in Polonnaruwa.

Day 05 Polonnaruwa - Kandy
After breakfast proceed to Kandy. En route visit the Dambulla cave temple and a spice garden in Matale.
Spice Garden at Matale and see the luscious Cinnamons, Cardamons, Pepper plants etc. You can also purchase your requirements of spices.
Dambulla - Dambulla is famous for the five cave Temples on a rock. The first 03 caves are better, older and larger than the other two. Some caves dates to 1st C.B.C. All the 5 cave walls and ceilings are covered with Buddhist murals and there are more than 130 Buddha statues, statues of Gods and Kings are also found here.
In the afternoon commence a city tour of Kandy including visiting a gem laboratory and a silk factory.
* Kandy - the hill capital. Venue of the annual Perahera. The last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings was finally ceded to the British in 1815. Kandy is an example of the Buddhism's influence in Sri Lanka today. Temple's shrines and monasteries keeping alive Buddhist traditions are everywhere.
In the evening watch a cultural show featuring the exotic traditional dances of Sri Lanka. Dinner & overnight stay in Kandy

Day 06 Kandy - Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast visit temple of the tooth relic.
* 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.
Thereafter proceed to Nuwara Eliya, visiting a tea estate and a factory en route.
* 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, but is really just like an England spring day although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence. Houses are like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions.
Dinner & overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya

Day 07 Nuwara Eliya - Colombo (Dep)
After breakfast transfer up to Colombo via Kithulgala. En-route commence white water rafting in Kithulgala.

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Tour Lodging Info: 06 Nights Hotels

Places Nights Budget Hotels Standard Hotels Luxury Hotels
Colombo 01 Night Grand Oriental Holiday Inn Hilton
Anuradhapura 01 Night Galway Miridiya Palm Garden Village Palm Garden Village
Dambulla 01 Night Sigiriya Amaya Lake Kandalama
Polonnaruwa 01 Night Polonnaruwa Rest House Polonnaruwa Rest House Deer Park
Kandy 01 Night Suisse Amaya Hills Mahaweli Reach
Nuwara Eliya 01 Night Galway Forest Lodge St. Andrews Tea Factory

**Note: Check in / out time at hotels is 12.00 Noon. Hotels are subject to availability at the time of booking,

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