Sri Lanka: A Journey to the Emerald Isle
Our Itineraries are provided as a preview of what to expect on our tours. Please, note, that itineraries are subject to change.
Upon arrival at the airport, you will meet one of our representatives and be transferred to your hotel. Once you check in, you are free for the rest of the day to do as you please. Meals: Availability depends on the time of your arrival
Following breakfast, you will proceed to Udawalawe National Park. In the afternoon, you will visit Udawalawe National Park for an exciting jeep safari. Be ready to witness trumpets across the border as you approach elephant country around the corner! Udawalawe truly is a sanctuary for the big footed & tusked. Marked by relatively large herds of elephants, the national park proves to be one of the best places you can observe them in their natural habitat. Hop into a safari jeep and head into the park, you are most likely to drive into your first herd of giants within the maiden hundred meters. Turn on your radar for other species too, such as spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, water buffalo, and jackals - found within the park.
Follow breakfast, you will head to Nuwara Eliya. Misty steep roads, twisting through lush green blankets of tea bushes in a cool climate, remind visitors that they are within the range of the renowned British colonial retreat, Nuwara Eliya. Augmented by an English countryside atmosphere, the city of light - once governed by English & Scottish planters - is still studded with colonial bungalows, hedgerows & one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in the world. A hike through the green grass and red-brick walls should present breathtaking views of a buzzing countryside hamlet. Visit a tea plantation.
After breakfast, you travel towards Peradeniya. First developed as a pleasure garden under royalty and later harmonized by the British, the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya is a flourishing national asset in the Wonder of Asia. Walk into this 147-acre bliss of an experience, passing well-tended lawns, pavilions, and an octagon conservatory to be greeted by the vast expanse of a magnificently landscaped lush green turf which will encourage you for an exhilarating break. Towards the north of the entrance rests a cafeteria that you might come across before stepping into some of the highlights, the orchid house & giant Javan fig tree of this place which overflow in grace. Continue onto Kandy to check in to your hotel. In the evening, you will visit Kandy Temple and witness a cultural show. Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe, Kandy crafts an array of culture, history, and heritage in the minds of visitors across the globe. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. A stroll across this small lakeside town will feature the Kandy City Centre, bundled with latest and world-class brands, bazaar, an arts & crafts center, as well as a gem museum & lapidary. Your day continues towards Victoria Golf Course, undoubtedly one of the best golf courses in the world for a sweep blended with class and style. You can also walk in color as you glide through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy Market. Fine tune your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the Wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka. After the excursion, you will return to your hotel.
After breakfast, visit Kandy Temple and witness the special ceremony that takes place every morning. Kandy crafts an array of culture, history, and heritage in the minds of visitors across the globe. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. A stroll across this small lakeside town - cradled among the misty hills - will feature the Kandy City Centre - bundled with latest and world-class brands, bazaar, an arts & crafts center, as well as a gem museum & lapidary. Proceed towards Victoria Golf Course, undoubtedly one of the best golf courses in the world for a sweep blended with class and style. Or, you may choose to walk through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy Market. Proceed to Matale. An agricultural zone in the Central Province, Matale rarely drops off the maps due to its remarkable contribution through flagship crops of the island extending from tea, rubber, vegetables, and spices. Spearheading the Rebellion back in 1848, Matale today takes immense pride in its story woven around spices. You will stop by the side of a spice garden and observe the therapeutic values of spices & processes over a refreshing cup of herbal tea! You can also spend some time idling on the hardened streets if you mean a real town adventure filled with voices and colors. After your visit, head to Sigiriya.
After breakfast, travel to Sigiriya and visit of Sigiriya Lions Rock. The 5th-century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site, Sigiriya, does not only boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture. Step through the gigantic ``Lion Paws`` to comprehend the absolute splendor that once dominated this rock fortress. Surrounded by ramparts & moats the Lion Rock - resembling the mythological ``City of Gods`` - is coated with frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India. Walk in the shade of an eminent mirror wall embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti. Wander into the well-fabricated museum downstairs for an epic journey of yesteryears to realize how the citadel floated above citizens with the castle, ponds and irrigation systems that pumped water right onto its summit with an ingenious hydraulic system describing a colossal masterpiece of the great king which remained a wonder in Asia for centuries. After, you will visit Hiriwadunna for a scenic village tour. Hiriwadunna is all about Sri Lankan village life. In other words, it is a tale garnished with chirps of birds, fishermen carrying their nets and rods praying for a fine catch as well as an occasional crocodile basking on a shore of the lake. Do not have doubts about ample birdlife and butterflies as blessing visitors with the ‘soft winged’ is a part of Hiriwadunna schedule. Roam around with a local farmer before you hand-pick vegetables and join the experts in preparing them. Or hop into a bullock cart and toss along the gravel road for a memorable sightseeing tour that will remain memories of a lifetime.
From Sigiriya, you will continue to Polonnaruwa. Rising with the decline of Anuradhapura, the city of Polonnaruwa remains superior proof of ancient culture & heritage blended with religious beliefs. You will walk across its scattered walls of the World Heritage Site, blessed by stupas, resting Buddha statues, irrigation canals, and fantastically carved Hindu sculptures, while observing Watadage which boasts of beautiful stone carvings. Take a close glance and you will realize a subtle Hindu influence on architecture and statues found in Polonnaruwa. You can sit by the side of Galviharaya and observe the absolute beauty gushing out of every bend of its huge Buddhist statues. Nissankamalla Council Chamber is a head-spinning beauty to just sit back and observe with its swaying pillars reminding the aesthetics of a powerful kingdom which rests beside Parakrama Samudraya - a sea of Parakramabahu & masterpiece of irrigation! After the excursion, you will head back to your hotel.
After breakfast, you will be transferred from Sigiriya to Dambulla. Visit the Dambulla Caves. Passing Matale as one reaches the city of Dambulla lies a hub which has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. Today, an icon in the face of Sri Lanka Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Observe how exquisitely cave paintings are done along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. As you enter the retreat look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold over a land which today houses an important junction in the country's economic and cultural uplifting. Afterward, you will head to Negombo, a beach destination close to the airport.
Enjoy your final breakfast before being transferred to Katunayake International Airport at the appropriate time, depending on your departure time for your flight home.
• Meet and greet upon arrival at airport
• Arrival and departure transfers
• 1 night in Colombo at Ozo Columbo Hotel or similar
• 1 night in Udawalawe at Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort or similar
• 1 night in Nuwara Eliya at Jetwing St. Andrews or similar
• 1 night in Kandy at Cinnamon Citadel Hotel or similar
• 3 nights in Sigiriya at Aliya Resort and Spa or similar
• 1 night in Negombo Suriya Luxury Resort or similar
• Daily breakfast
• Udawalawe Jeep Safari
• Visit tea plantation
• Visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden
• Visit Kandy Temple
• Visit of Sigiriya Lions Rock
• Scenic village tour of Hiriwadunna
• Visit the Dambulla Caves
• Transportation services
• Services of English speaking local guides during sightseeing tours
• Entrance fees for monuments mentioned in the itinerary
• Any room service, telephone charges, mini bar, gratuities, or tips
• Personal expenses
• Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
• Sri Lankan Visa
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