The Asian Ruined cities of ancient kingdoms, See Elephant feeding and bathing, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Minneriya National Park, Dambulla Golden Buddhist cave temple, Holy city of Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth Relic, Cultural Dance performance at Art Gallery, Gem Museum, Tea Factory & Plantations & Relaxing at South Beach.
Your Itinerary – 8 Days/7 Nights
Upon arrive, meet & greet by our representative at Bandaranaike International Airport and proceed to Negombo.
Accommodation: Negombo (Half Board Basis)
Morning leave for Dambulla (Aprx. 156KM, 4 hours drive). En route visit the popular Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.
Accommodation: Dambulla (Half Board Basis)
In the morning visit the rock fortress of Sigiriya. A climb to the top (only for the energetic!) will reveal a spectacular view. The gallery of frescoes half way up is a definite highlight. World Heritage Site of Sigiriya to marvel at the beautiful water gardens, frescoes and ancient graffiti. Later proceed to Sri Lanka’s Buddhist capital from the 11th-13th centuries, Polonnaruwa is home to the former palace, audience hall and magnificent carved Buddhas. Parts of the city are ruined but its special atmosphere pervades amid lush gardens.
Accommodation: Dambulla (Half Board Basis)
After breakfast proceed to Dambulla Rock Temple is one of Sri Lanka’s most impressive caves and boasts beautiful murals, inscriptions and statues. The caves of Dambulla sheltered King Walagmbahu for 14 years during his exile from Anuradhapura, and he built the Rock Temple when he regained his throne. Thereafter drive to Kandy. Rest of the day leisure at the hotel.
A full day of enchanting sightseeing in Kandy with visits to Temple of the Tooth Relic, local handy craft, Gem museum, Royal Botanical Garden. Evening witness a culture show.
Accommodation: Kandy(Half Board Basis)
After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya. Nestled in a mountain valley some 6,000 feet above sea level, Nuwara Eliya is Sri Lanka’s most famous hill station and is dotted with lush tea plantations. En route visit Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple – On these hills of Ramboda where Hanuman was searching for Setadevi, Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka built a temple with Hanuman as the presiding deity. On every full moon day special Pooja’s are conducted and witnessed by thousands of devotees. Thereafter visit the Blue Field Tea Plantation & Tea Factory.
Proceed to Labukalle Estate (30 Min) to visit Manikattutheru – This is a rock in the Labukalle estate. Lord Hanuman met Setadevi and on his way to announce this happy information to Lord Rearrested on this hill top. The hill where Lord Hanuman is believed to have rested after meeting Sitadevi is known as Mani Kattuther.
Continue to Nuwara Eliya & visit Seetha Amman Temple – The stream that runs from the hill, catered to the needs of Sitadevi during her stay at Ashoka Vatika. She said to have bathed in this staram. Now there is temple for Lord Rama, Sitadevi, Luxshmana and Hanuman by the side of this stream. It is interesting to note that foot prints akin to Lord Hamunams are found by this river and some are small size and some are of large size.
Accommodation: Nuwara Eliya(Half Board Basis)
There after proceed to Kalutara via Kithulgala. Kitulagala – is situated between Nuwara Eliya and Colombo. Its 56 miles away from the city. It’s a small town on the bank of the kelani river and is in low elevation rain forest are with a small path of rain forest left on the south bank of the river.this is a beautiful area selected in 1957 for the award winning film “Bridge on the River Kwai”. Also witness St.Calre’s & Devon Water Falls.
Accommodation: Wadduwa (Half Board Basis)
After breakfast transfer to the Colombo. Commence city tour & shopping. Colombo – a drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens. Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street – the Goldsmith’s quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area, where is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749. Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha and Independence Square. Afternoon shopping in Colombo – Visit Mlesna exquisite tea boutique, cashew nut shop, ready made garments and ODEL.
Accommodation: Colombo (Half Board Basis)
After breakfast transfer to the Airport for your departure flight to London Heathrow.