Known as Lanka–the “resplendent land” – in the ancient Indian epic Ramayana, the island has numerous other references that testify to the island’s natural beauty and wealth. Islamic folklore maintains that Adam and Eve were offered refuge on the island as solace for their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. The history of Buddhism, especially in its period of extended glory, existed in Sri Lanka. Asian poets, noting the geographical location of the island and lauding its beauty, called it the “pearl upon the brow of India.” This exotic island nation unfolds unyielding beauty softening the edges of recent history. There is a seductive, melancholy beauty about Sri Lanka, a nation recovering from years of civil war.
|ARRIVAL||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|DEPARTURE||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
- Visit Sigiriya Lion ‘s Rock Fortress & Pidurangala Rock
- Visit the Golden Temple at Dambulla
- Visit to the Sacred Temple of Tooth Relic
- Visit the Tea Factory and Tea Plantations
- Jeep Safari at Udawalawe National Park
- Explore the Fort city of Galle
|Group Size||Min 2 > Max 20|
Day 1-2: Sigiriya
On arrival, you will be met by our representative at the airport. Transfer to the ancient capital city of Sigiriya built by the parricidal King Kassapa I. The UNESCO Heritage site of Sigiriya has ancient remains as early as the 15th century BC and this site stands testimony to the Sri Lankan culture, beliefs and habits of the Ceylon rulers. Rest of the day is free for you to relax at the hotel.
From historic site to cultural attractions, there are number of exciting things to do in Sigiriya. Because of its archaeological importance, the locals refer Sigiriya as the Eighth Wonder of the World.
We will visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress – one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning and architecture. Later in the afternoon, we will visit the famous Pidurangala rock from where you can have breath-taking views of the surrounding area including Sigiriya rock. Overnight at the hotel.
Activity : Sigiriya Rock Fortress // Overnight : Hotel // Meals : B / – / –
Day 3-4: Kandy
Proceed to Kandy after breakfast. Enroute, we will visit the Golden Temple of Dambulla, the largest, best-preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka and and Spice Garden Matale. Arrive at your hotel in Kandy. Set on a plateau surrounded by mountains, the city of Kandy is home to some of the most fascinating sites in Sri Lanka. The city is famed for many things including Buddhist temples and elephants.
The next morning, we will visit the Temple of the Tooth relic – a temple that is magnificent & highly venerated by the people of the island. You can watch many religious services including the symbolic ritual bathing of the Buddha. You can also visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, considered as one of the best gardens in Asia that offer a lush retreat with acres of color. Cultural dance performance in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.
Activity : Golden temple, Temple of the Tooth Relic, Kandyan Dance // Overnight : Hotel // Meals : B / – / –
Day 5: Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast, we will drive towards the hill station of Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara Eliya, also known as ‘Little England’, was the favourite hill station of the British who tried to create the place into a typical English Village. You can enjoy the breath-taking scenery on the way to Nuwara Eliya, as you travel through valleys, into the mountains, and past beautiful patches of forest. Blessed with pleasant climate, lush green mountains, meadows, tea plantations, waterfalls and beautiful valleys, Nuwara Eliya makes for a perfect getaway destination. You can also visit a tea factory and taste a cup of unblended fresh Ceylon Tea before you settle down for the night. Overnight at the hotel.
Activity : Tea factory visits, Tea plantation visit // Overnight : Hotel // Meals : B / – / –
Day 6: Udawalawe National Park
Today we drive towards Udawalawe National Park passing through Ella, which is packed wildlife spot with giant squirrels and many birds. In the folklores, it says that the Sri Lankan demon King Ravana abducted Sita from India and kept her hidden in the Hakgala National Park. The area was offered to Sita as a pleasure garden which is mentioned in the Ramayana (Hindu Epic) as Ashok Vatika. We will continue our drive towards Udawalawe National Park and will be pass some local markets before entering the National park area. The area is home to many fruit trees and will notice fruit sellers as well as families selling yogurt along the streets.
Activity : Hakgala National Park Visits // Overnight : Hotel // Meals : B / – / –
Day 7-8: Hikkaduwa
Transfer to Galle after the jungle safari in the Udawalawe National park with confirmed sightings of elephants in the wild. The charming town of Galle is one of Sri Lanka’s most fascinating sea-side retreats and the fourth largest city in Sri Lanka. Arrive at your hotel, check-in and spend some time at leisure. Evening, you can go for visiting Galle Fort – a world heritage site build by the Portuguese. Enjoy the sunset at Galle Fort and get back to the hotel for overnight stay.
Activity : Jeep safari to the Udawalwe NP, Galle Fort visits // Overnight : Hotel // Meals : B / – / –
Day 9: Depart to Colombo
Depart after breakfast.
Activity : Airport transfer // Hotel : NA // Meals : B / – / –