5* Highlights Of Sri Lanka
Arrival and transfer to Negombo. (Approx 20 minutes).
Check-in to the hotel.
After settling down, you could take a stroll on the beach and enjoy the panoramic view of Indian Ocean. You can have dinner on property or at nearby restaurant in Negombo.
Overnight stay in Negombo.
1 night on BB basis – lead-in Room.
Breakfast at the hotel and proceed to climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. (Approx. 4Hrs.)
The 5th-century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site - Sigiriya - doesn't 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' - overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below - 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 by 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.
Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight stay in Cultural Triangle
2 nightson BB basis - lean-in-Room
After breakfast proceeds to do a city tour of Polonnaruwa. (Approx. 1.5 Hrs.)
Rising with the decline of Anuradhapura, the city of Polonnaruwa - medieval capital & crown jewel of King Parakramabahu I - remains superior proof of ancient culture & heritage blended with religious beliefs. 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 the relic house - 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. Or 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, however, 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 - the sea of Parakramabahu & masterpiece of irrigation!
In the afternoon, enjoy a wild safari at Minneriya National Park. (approx. 45 mins.)
If you're up for a serious rumble in the jungle, then Minneriya is your Colosseum! Spreading over 8800 hectares, this is a sanctuary for elephants. Minneriya is home to herds of deer and ample birdlife, but its spotlight remains between swaying trunks & flapping ears. Park your jeep on the bank of the reservoir and switch off its engine. Watch carefully as herds of elephants - one by one - roll on to the grass-covered banks, to feed on tender shoots. In fact, this is the largest elephant gathering in the world - over 300 at a time - which has garnished the park to become a magnet for wildlife enthusiasts across the globe.
Overnight stay in Cultural Triangle
Transfer to Kandy. (Approx. 3 hrs)
En-route Visit Dambulla Rock Temple. 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 most 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.
On completion continue to Kandy, check-in at the hotel.
Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe - before it was brought under the British rule in 1815, Kandy - the World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings - 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 centre, as well as a gem museum & lapidary.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.
Overnight stay in Kandy.
01 nights on BB basis – lead-in Room
Following breakfast transfer to Kandy railway station (Approx. 20 mins)
Board the intercity train from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya, will make sure that you will get the same seat as mentioned in the ticket / 1st, 2nd or 3rdclasscarriage which will give you the best scenery. The Train journey will take you through approximately 45 manmade tunnels, gray stone cliffs and rivers will flash past your window with occasional views of enormous waterfalls cascading down the mountainside, while the Train keeps climbing steadily through to Hatton then Nanu Oya.
By the time you reach Nanu Oya station the driver guide will be at the station and take you to the hotel in Nuwara Eliya which is approximately 45 minutes away.
Please note the train journey is subject to the availability of tickets. Train tickets are issued 10 days prior to the date of travel and are sometimes sold internally. As such we cannot guarantee the same till closer to the dates.
Overnight Stay at a hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
2 nights on BB Basis – Lead-in Room
After your breakfast proceed to a Tea plantation in Nuwara Eliya (Approx 30 minutes)
Sri Lanka, Tea, and Tourism are words which cannot be separated. Take a tour to the cold & misty hills that take pride of an ultimate tea tour, covering lush green blankets of tea plantations. Or just step into a tea factory
processing the prestigious brand of Ceylon Tea, to observe a rich tradition kept alive up to date. As you observe the hissing and swishing of machines, inhaling the heavenly scent arising from these facilities and pluck your own leaves before enjoying tastings to appreciate the difference in strength and flavor of the leaves.
Return to the hotel. Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight Stay at a hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
After breakfast proceeds to Colombo (Approx. 6 Hrs.)
The throbbing metropolis, Colombo - located in the West - is not only the country's commercial capital but also the turbine that impels above 50% of the national GDP flanking Colombo's fancy urban development effort. Drive along the clean streets edging the crystal white Race Course - horse racing hub in 1893 & World War II airstrip - furnished today with lavish clothing, food & tea boutiques. Meanwhile, ride to Pettah & tune into the Floating Market - an offbeat shopping experience - or feel the buzz surrounding the upcoming inspiration, the Colombo Port City - an offshore city - featuring parks, commercial complexes & even an F1 track! Head along Bauddhaloka Mawatha towards 'Arcade' facing a historic waypost, the Independence Square. Every designer boutique, top-notch cuisine outlet, and even the 'walk-over fish tank', have revamped this colonial masterpiece into one of the trendiest shopping and hangout zones in Sri Lanka. Have a chilled beer at the Dutch Hospital while gazing through fancy windows showcasing best fashion, jewelry & handicraft brands. Smell the scent of incense while listening to the chiming bells of Gangarama temple. Or, jazz up to Colombo's nightlife spiced by night clubs & casinos that borderline its bustle. If you're lucky, head into an exhibition at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) before swaying your head to an opera or play at Nelum Pokuna that should just drive your day into perfection!
Overnight Stay in Colombo
1 night on BB Basis – Lead-in Room
After breakfast proceeds to Airport to connect with your departure flight home. (Approx. 01 Hrs).
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