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Set in the Indian Ocean in South Asia, the tropical island nation of Sri
Lanka has a history dating back to the birth of time. It is a place where
the original soul of Buddhism still flourishes and where nature’s beauty
remains abundant and unspoilt.
Few places in the world can offer the traveller such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location. Within a mere area of 65,610 kilometres lie 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,330 kilometres of coastline - much of it pristine beach - 15 national parks showcasing an abundance of wildlife, nearly 500,000 acres of lush tea estates, 250 acres of botanical gardens, 350 waterfalls, 25,000 water bodies, to a culture that extends back to over 2,500 years.
This is an island of magical proportions, once known as Serendib, Taprobane, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, and Ceylon. Discover refreshingly Sri Lanka!
Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to Sigiriya/ Dambulla
In the evening Optional Ride on an Elephant back Riding on the back of the
amazing giant in the wild would be an incredible experience in life. An
elephant ride Sri Lanka will be a great opportunity to be so close to the
majestic beast, while enjoying the views of nature, wild life and traditional
lifestyles of the people in rural villages in Sri Lanka.
Dinner & Overnight in Habarana /Sigiriya.
After breakfast, visit Polonnaruwa cultural city. The Medieval
Kingdom from the 11th to the 13th century. Ethnic harmony prevailed
between the Sinhalese and the Tamils during this period. Buddhist and Hindu
Temples located in the same complex and many other ruins symbolizes this fact.
The Palaces, Huge granite sculptures and the massive tanks and complex
irrigation systems built by the Great Kings conveys the extent of development
that existed in this middle history period. After breakfast visit world famous
Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Sigiriya rock fortress is a world heritage site, built
by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The 'Lion Rock' is a citadel of unusual beauty
rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the inner most strong hold
of the70-hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including
the renowned water
gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world- renowned
frescoes of the 'Heavenly Maidens' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket
of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in
earth pigments onplaster.
After breakfast leave for Trincomalee
Dinner & overnight in Nilaveli.
After breakfast visit to the Kanniya Hot Water Wells. The
Kanniya Hot Springs is a site with hot wells located in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka.
There are seven wells in a square shape. Wells are only 3–4 feet deep and you
can clearly see the bottom. The temperature is considerably high but vary
slightly from one spring to another. Wells run out of water, when 10-15 buckets
of water are taken out. According to the local believes, the history of Kanniya
hot water spring is dated back to the Ravana era and the first written
references to a hot water spring near to Gokarna Bay (Trincomalee) is said to
be found in the epic Ramayana. However, it is also believed that these wells
were part of a Buddhist monastery and Buddhist monks used this place as a part
of their complex. The old ruins of the monastery still visible over the area,
but it seems that most of those artifacts were destroyed during the Sri Lankan
Civil War. On 9 September 2011, the seven hot water wells, Chaitya mound and other
scattered building ruins in the site were formally recognized by the Government
as an archaeological protected site in Sri Lanka.
visit the Koneswaram Temple- Koneswaram Temple is also known
as Tirukoneswaram Kovil (Hindu temple) which is situated on top of Swami Rock.
This temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, and it is one out of five such
temples situated around Sri Lanka. It is believed that this Kovil has been in
existence since 2500 years ago, and was renovated by the south Indian Chola
king Kulakottan and maintained by other Sinhala Buddhist kings Trincomalee
Fort- Fort Fredrick, also known as Trincomalee Fort or Fort of Triquillimale,
is a fort built by Portuguese colonials at Trincomalee, Eastern Province, Sri
Lanka, completed in 1624 CE, built on Swami Rock- Konamamalai from the debris
of the world- famous ancient Hindu Koneswaram temple (Temple of a Thousand Pillars).
The temple was destroyed by the Portuguese colonial Constantino de Sá de
Noronha under Phillip III, occupier of the Jaffna kingdom and Malabar country
on the island. On the Konamalai cape was also built a new village of Portuguese
and Tamil people, 50 Portuguese soldiers and inside the fort, a church named
after "Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe". The Fort of Triquillimale was
dismantled and rebuilt by the Dutch in 1665, renamed Fort Fredrick.In the
afternoon you will visit Koneshwaram Temple. The famous Koneswaram temple is located
inside this fort. This Hindu temple earlier knows as the temple of thousand
Pillars. According to historical information, Portuguese had demolished the old
Koneswaram temple and they build this fort with the parts of that.
Dinner & overnight in Nilaveli
After breakfast relax on the beach.
Dinner & overnight in Nilaveli.
After breakfast leave for Kandy, en route visit the Golden Cave Temples at Dambulla, which was built by king Walagamba in the 1st century B.C. and it is a World Heritage Site. It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka's cavetemples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 meters.
Then after proceed to Kandy. On the way visit Matale spice garden & Traditional cookery lesson. Enlighten your-self with the different varieties of spices used in Sri Lankan cuisines, how the famous spices of Sri Lanka are grown and processed. In here clients can enjoy Cookery Demonstration. This is a place were clients could learn and cook famous local dishes such as dhal (Sri Lankan lentil curry), Coconut Sambol, Chicken Curry or anything else you wish to learn by using the traditional clay pots and coconut spoons. Cooking classes are held in a secluded corner of our spice garden where you could learn these dishes with the surroundings of nature. In the evening, visit Kandy city & watch 01-hour traditional dancing performance. Sri Lanka, a country rich with culture & tradition offers a very vibrant and unique show of Sri Lankan traditional dances, in the form of Kandy cultural show. The beat a dancing from \"Salupliya\" depicting several demons, "Thelme" vibrant expression of low country rhythm, Fire and Harvest dances accompanied by Ceremonial Drums and the Drum Orchestra rising and falling to the lively tempo. As many as 12 different folk and traditional dances are performed by Kandy Lake club dance troop within the span of one hour Also visit Temple of Tooth Relic Kandy. The famous Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy is the most venerated place of worship for Buddhists throughout the world. Built in the 16th century, this temple houses the sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha brought to Sri Lanka from the Kalinga province in ancient India in the 4th century AD. Several buildings have been added to the temple complex by successive rulers, the latest being the Golden Canopy over the inner shrine where the Tooth Relic is placed.
Dinner & overnight in Kandy
Leave Kandy by train to Nuwara Eliya with magnificent sightseeing & the breath-taking sceneries it is Truly an unforgettable experience. The change in temperature will certainly take you by surprise. The road to Hill country snakes through the tea plantations. If you are in the mood you can stop on the way to mingle with the locals, to participate in tea plucking or just to enjoy the beautiful sights. The little England famous for its valleys of tea plantation, Cottages and coolest climate in the country. Nuwara Eliya, called Little England, was a hill country retreat where the British colonialists could immerse in their pastimes such as fox hunting, deer hunting, elephant hunting, polo, golf and cricket. Many of the buildings retain features from the colonial period such as the Queen's Cottage, General's House, Grand Hotel, Hill Club, St Andrew's Hotel and Town Post Office. New hotels are often built and furnished in the colonial style. Visitors to the city can wallow in its nostalgia of bygone days by visiting the landmark buildings and tea factories. Many private homes maintain their old English-style lawns and gardens. Proceed to Ella
Dinner & overnight in Ella
After breakfast city tour of Ella
Explore Little Adam's Peak It is situated to the east of the town center. Walk along the main road for 20 minutes to reach the path, cutting across tea plantations before the final climb up. Great views on Ella Rock and Rawana Falls. You can see the Newburgh Tea Estate on the other side (north). Visit Newburgh Green Tea Factory. Nine Arch Bridge. Beautiful rock bridge east of the town center. Ella Rock. A more strenuous exercise than Little Adam's Peak. Rawana Ella Falls. About 5km away on the road south through Ella Gap.
Dinner & overnight in Ella
Breakfast at the hotel. Leave for Yala. Evening leave for Yala game Safari. Sri Lanka is one of the best places in Asia for seeing wildlife. The island’s isolation from the mainland, the heavy rainfall of the two diagonally blowing monsoons, and the country’s wide range of altitudes have given Sri Lanka a variation in climate and biodiversity normally found only across an entire continent. The top draw is the Sri Lankan leopard, a subspecies endemic to the country; in certain areas of the park, the average leopard density is as high as one cat to every square kilometer. During the fruiting of the palm trees in June and July, sloth bears are often observed. Other animals you might spot include sambar (a large deer), spotted deer, buffalo, wild pig, stripe-necked and ruddy mongooses, langur monkey, toque monkey, golden jackal, and Indian palm civet. The combination of freshwater, marine, scrub, and woodland areas ensures a high diversity of birds. Indeed, the park hosts 220 different types, and serious twitchers have recorded 100 species in a single day.
Dinner & overnight in Yala
Optional Yala safari game drive
After breakfast leave for your beach resort, Enroute visit
the Galle Fort. Galle is a bustling provincial capital and administrative
center for the South. Once a port, Galle was Sri Lanka’s first international
commerce and trade center, and the streets are still awash with a cosmopolitan
range of goods available to buy in exotic markets and quirky art galleries. The
Dutch presence is still visible in Galle, and should you want to retrace the
footsteps of the Dutch rule, let our guide give you the tour of the Old Dutch
fort (a UNESCO World Heritage site), the Dutch Government House, the former New
Oriental Hotel (built in 1684), the old bell tower, and the Dutch tide-based
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