Sri Lanka – Pearl in the Ocean

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With over 3,000 years of history, beautiful beaches, mountains and charming hosts, nature, culture and heritage clamour for your attention.  Visit the World Heritage Dambulla Cave Temple complex and the ancient capital of Kandy with its Temple of the Sacred Tooth. If you are lucky you might catch the week long festival when the Buddha’s tooth is paraded through the streets protected by over a hundred elephants and thousands of dancers. Cool tea plantations, serene beaches, jostling traffic and sensational food.

Return economy air fares
4* hotel accommodation
Breakfast and dinner as per itinerary
Sightseeing
English-speaking guided tour

Departure Dates

April 2021

APR 1st

May 2021

MAY 1st

June 2021

JUN 1st

July 2021

JUL 1st

August 2021

AUG 1st

September 2021

SEP 1st

October 2021

OCT 1st

Tour Map

Arrive evening. You will be met by our representative and go directly to the hotel in Negombo to rest. If there is time, your guide will take you on a city tour of Negombo on the way. The Dutch captured the town from the Portuguese in 1640, lost it, and then captured it again in 1644. The British then took it from them in 1796 without a struggle. Negombo was one of the most important sources of cinnamon during the Dutch era.

Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter you will proceed to Sigiriya. En route visit the World heritage Dambulla Cave temple complex: “The rock of Dambulla is the centre of a Buddhist cave-temple complex established in the 3rd century B.C. Sri and occupied continuously to this day. The site has been in continuous use for over 22 centuries, following the arrival of Buddhism on the island. Remains of 80 rock shelter residences established at that time on the site have been identified. Likely in the 1st century B.C., the uppermost group of shelters on Dambulla’s South face were transformed into shrines. These transformations continued and were intensified between the 5th and 13th centuries. By the end of the 12th century, with the introduction by King Nissanka Malla of sculpture to the caves on the upper terrace, the caves assumed their present general forms and layout.”

Overnights stay at the hotel in Sigiriya.

 

Breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards visit the world Heritage Sigiriya rock fortress. “Sigiriya also referred to as the eighth wonder of the world dates back from over 7,000 years. The garden city and the palace was built by Kasyapa 477 – 495 AD. Sigiriya is a unique witness to the civilization of Ceylon during the years of the reign of Kassapa I. The site of the ‘Lion Mountain’ was visited from the 6th century AD, by passionate admirers. The frescoes of Sigiriya inaugurated a pictorial style which endured over many centuries. These paintings represent the earliest surviving examples of a Sri Lanka school of classical realism, already fully evolved by the 5th century, when these paintings had been made. At the foot of the rock are the two quarters of the lower city which are defended by a massive wall: the eastern quarter (perhaps postdating the 5th century). Sri Lankan architectural tradition is well displayed at Sigiriya, the best preserved city centre in Asia from the first millennium.” (Source: UNESCO/CLT/WHC).

 

Thereafter visit the World Heritage Polonnaruwa ancient city. It rose to fame as the capital after the decline of Anuradhapura.  Its period of greatness was from the 10th – 12th centuries AD.  The entire landscape of the region is punctuated by huge man-made reservoirs, veritable inland seas the most famous of which is the Prakrama Samudra or the Sea of Parakrama, larger in size than the Colombo harbor.  The monuments of this medieval city are relatively well. See the Royal Palace complex, the Quadrangle with its concentration of ancient heritage and the spectacular Gal Vihare complex of four massive images of the Buddha, cut from a single slab of granite.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Sigiriya.

Breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards proceed to Kandy. En route visit an organic herb and spice garden in Matale.

 

On arrival in Kandy, do a city tour (Approx 3 Hours). Afterwards witness a cultural dance show. Then visit the temple of the tooth relic: Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played a key role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site mainly due to the temple.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Kandy.

Breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards proceed to Pinnawala. En route visit the Royal Botanic Garden in Peradeniya: The history of Royal Botanic Gardens of Peradeniya goes back to 1371 AD when King Wickramabahu of Gampola Kingdom was ruling. Those days, it was a garden used only by the king and his officials.

 

There is a collection of about 4000 plant species in the garden. Among them, the Giant Bamboo, Double Coconut, over 180 species of gorgeous Orchids, the Ehetu tree which spreads its branches and foliage out to staggering 2000 square meters, are winning the attraction of the visitors. The Royal Palm Avenue, lined with majestic palm trees, and the old suspension bridge over River Mahaweli at the far end of the Garden add magnificence to it. Sri Lanka National Herbarium is also situated in the Royal Botanic Garden of Peradeniya.

Afterwards visit the Elephant orphanage in Pinnawala: The Orphanage was started in 1975 in order to provide care and protection to the many baby elephants found in the jungle without their mothers. At Pinnawela an attempt was made to simulate the conditions in the wild. Animals are allowed to roam freely during the day and a herd structure allowed to form. At 10.00 each morning and afternoon 14.00 the animals are walked 400 meters to the river for a two-hour bath and visitors can witness how they are guided through the narrow streets. There are only a few elephant orphanages in the world. Pinnawela has now become one of the biggest orphanages and is well known around the world.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Kandy.

Breakfast at the hotel. Then proceed to Nuwara Eliya also known as Little England. It is the home of the famous Ceylon Tea and the rolling mountains are a carpet of velvety green tea plantations, interspersed with gushing streams and tumbling waterfalls. The climate, misty glens and the decidedly Victorian style architecture and British character make Nuwara Eliya a must on any Sri Lankan travel itinerary.

Overnight  stay  at  the  hotel   in Nuwara Eliya.

 

Breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards proceed to Bentota. En route visit a tea factory and tea plantation.

On arrival in Bentota check-in and afterwards free at leisure.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Bentota.

Breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards do an excursion to Galle. Visit the world heritage Galle Dutch Fort: “Galle provides an outstanding example of an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries. This fortified city, built by the Dutch, exists still, but with few changes. It has an area of 52 ha inside the walls defended by 14 bastions. The majority of the curtain walls were built in 1663 Thereafter do a Madhu river boat safari in Balapitiya.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Bentota.

Breakfast at the hotel. In the afternoon do a city tour in Colombo. Colombo is no longer a just a passer by city on your way to the south coast. The colonial legacy has left Colombo still a very much garden city along its shady boulevards. “Fort is in the midst of widespread historic restoration of its landmark colonial architecture, while Pettah brims with markets and rampant commerce. Highlights of the cosmopolitan side of the city includes ever-more stylish eateries, galleries and museums.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Colombo.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Afterwards you will be dropped off at the airport for return to Australia.

Inclusions

  • Return economy flight from Australia
  • Airport tax and fuel surcharge
  • Breakfast and Dinner as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • English speaking escorted tour
  • Four star accommodation at the hotels mentioned or similar with on HB basis starting from Dinner on day 01 and ending with Breakfast on day 10.
  • Transportation in a private air conditioned vehicle
  • City tour
  • Government Tax (VAT 15%).
  • Entrance for
    • Temple of tooth relic
    • Royal botanical garden
    • Pinnawala elephant orphanage
    • Turtle hatchery
    • Madhu river boat safari
    • Polonnaruwa
    • Sigiriya fortress
    • Dambulla cave temple
    • Gangaramaya temple
  • Toll charges.

Exclusions

  • Tour Guide Gratuities
  • Lunches and any additional meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Single supplement surcharge of $1600 per person

Optional Activities & Fees

All tour prices are based upon 4* accommodation and half board.
Upgrades to 5* hotels are available. Price upon request

Water sports in Bentota $30

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