The Best of Sri Lanka

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The Best of Sri Lanka

Highlights of tour

✔ Visit the Dambulla Rock temple

✔ Explore Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage site

✔ Visit the Temple of Tooth Relic

✔ Explore a living Galle Fort

✔ The top-class hotels

✔ A perfect tour and can be clubbed with your favorite India tour package

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Day 1: Airport – Dambulla

  • Ayubowan! Welcome to Sri Lanka
  • On arrival you will be met by our representative along with the designated National Guide who will take you through to the exit and escort you to the vehicle. You will then be transferred to the Hotel.
  • Airport – Dambulla: Travel Distance is 160 – 180 km & approx. 03 hours’ drive.
  • Proceed to Dambulla cave temple in the afternoon.
  • Dambulla Rock temple was built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s many cave temples. 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 carved out of granite rock and spanning 14 meters. You’ll explore the site with your knowledgeable guide who will explain the history behind these impressive murals, as well as providing you with in depth knowledge of the significance behind these Buddhist symbols.
  • Overnight stay at Hotell

Day 2: Dambulla – Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa – Dambulla

  • After an ancient prince killed his father to claim the throne, he was forced to flee to his pleasure palace and convert it into a fortress to guard against his opposition. The spectacular citadel of Sigiriya built on a giant rock rises sheer and impregnable out of the plains below. This remarkable 5th century archaeological site is made unforgettable by its dramatic setting. A moat, rampart, extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock and the frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya.
  • Later proceed for Polonnaruwa
  • Polonnaruwa a UNESCO World Heritage site, rose to fame as the capital after the decline of Anuradhapura. Its period of greatness was from the 10thh to12th 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 preserved and give clear evidence of the glory of Sri Lanka’s past. 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 – a highlight of ancient Sri Lankan rock carving.
  • Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 3: Dambulla – Matale – Kandy

  • After breakfast at the hotel today, you will check out and transfer to Kandy (en-route visit Spice Garden at Matale)
  • Dambulla – Matale – Kandy: Travel Distance is 100 – 120 km & approx. 02 hours’ drive
  • Visit the Temple of Tooth Relic
  • Unconquered for centuries, this capital city held the Sinhalese culture and sacred Buddhist relics safe against the unsuccessful onslaught of Dutch and Portuguese invasions, before finally falling to British political tricks at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Amongst other fascinating sights, Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world.
  • Thereafter witness a cultural show in the evening followed by a visit to the temple of tooth relic
  • Proceed to the hotel
  • Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 4: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya

  • After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya by Train.
  • Approximately 08.30h (timings may change) the group will be transferred to the Railway Station for a train journey from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. Clients will be allocated reserved seats in the 1st class compartment. Train Journey will take approximately 4 hours from Kandy to Nanu Oya Station.
  • On arrival, the clients will be transferred from Nanu Oya Station to Nuwara Eliya City by Coach.
  • Nuwara Eliya is the heart of Sri Lankan hill country. 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 salubrious climate, misty glens and the decidedly British character make Nuwara Eliya a must on any Sri Lankan travel itinerary.
  • Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 5: Nuwara Eliya – Galle

  • After breakfast, you will proceed to Bentota.
  • Nuwara Eliya – Galle: Travel Distance is 260 km & approx. 5 ½ hours’ drive.
  • Once you reach the Hotel, you will spend the entire day on leisure.
  • Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 6: Galle

  • The Port of Galle – Sri Lanka’s 04th biggest town is 115 km south of Colombo and close to Hikkaduwa. Galle is a town rich in history and in fact, was the centre of Dutch rule in the 17th century. The majestic Galle Fort bears ample testimony to that fact. The City of Galle is one of the best-preserved colonial-era cities in Southeast Asia, and has been declared a World Heritage City. Galle was a major port in Sri Lanka and still handles shipping and cruising yachts.
  • The Dutch Museum, Groote Kerk (Great Church) and the National Maritime Museum are some of the famous tourist attractions in Galle. The city is also famous for its delicate handmade lace and ebony carvings. The Galle International Cricket Stadium has also contributed to enhance the image of the city as a sports destination since of late.
  • Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 7: Galle – Colombo

  • After breakfast, you will proceed to Colombo.
  • Galle – Colombo: Travel Distance is 140 – 160 km & approx. 2 ½ hours’ drive.
  • Arrive and check-in at your hotel
  • Enjoy a city tour of Colombo which is the largest city and former administrative capital of Sri Lanka and is a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life and remnants of a bygone colonial era. Due to its large harbor and its strategic position along the East-West sea trade routes, Colombo was known to ancient traders 2,000 years ago. However, it was only made the Capital of the island when Sri Lanka was ceded to the British Empire in 1815. The main city is home to a majority of the Sri Lanka”s corporate offices, restaurants and entertainment venues. On this tour, you will visit many of the historical, religious and commercial sites of Colombo including the historic and bustling Fort and Pettah, the elite residential Cinnamon Gardens, the Galle face Green, Viharamahadevi Park and much more.
  • Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 8: Departure from Colombo

  • After breakfast at the hotel you will leave to the airport in time for a departure flight.

End of Tour