Glimpse of Sri Lanka
Sri – Lanka Tour – 6 days Glimpse of the Magical Island
Destinations: Colombo / Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Dambulla / Kandy / Negombo
Duration: 05 Nights / 06 Days
USD 787 per person
Single supliment: USD 187
Price based on 3 star level hotels, 4 star or 5 star hotel upgrade possible with extra cost.
- Day 01: Arrival Colombo
- Day 02: Sigiriya
- Day 03: Polonnaruwa / Minneriya National Park
- Day 04: Dambulla / Kandy
- Day 05: Kandy / Negombo
- Day 06: Departure
Day 01: Arrival Colombo
Arrive at the Bandaranaike International airport, Katunayake. You will be met and assisted on arrival and transferred to Colombo, the commercial capital of the country. (30km – approx. 1 hour drive)
On arrival, check in at the hotel. In the Afternoon commence a sightseeing tour in city of Colombo. Drive through the commercial and city centre area known as the "Fort", built by the Portuguese in the 16th century where grand colonial era buildings stand alongside modern office structures.
See the busy markets and noisy bazaars of Pettah, the National Museum with its fine collection of lovely antiques and art of Sri Lanka. Drive past the Town hall, Independence Square, the B.M.I.C.H (International Convention Centre) and Cinnamon gardens residential area and visit a Buddhist temple and a Hindu Kovil to experience the diversity of religion, ethnicity and customs of the people. Return to your hotel on completion.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Colombo.
Day 02: Sigiriya
After breakfast at the hotel leave for Sigiriya (171 km - approx. 3 hours drive) and climb the Rock Fortress (a UNESCO World Heritage site) built by King Kassapa in the 05thcentury A.D. which was a Royal Citadel for more than 18 years.
The lion rock is a citadel of unusual beauty, rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The base of the rock is ringed by a moat and rampart and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens. The majestic Lion's Paw picturesquely guards the stairway of the palace on the summit. See the famous frescoes of the "Heavenly maidens" of Sigiriya in a sheltered pocket of the rock and the 10 foot high Mirror Wall. Overnight stay at a hotel in Habarana
Day 03: Polonnaruwa / Minneriya National Park
After breakfast, leave for Polonnaruwa (43 km, approx.1 hours drive), (UNESCO World Heritage Site) the Capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to 13th century, a well-planned medieval city defended by enclosing walls (around 5 km. which still remain),graced by palaces, shrines, monasteries, pavilions, parks, ponds and irrigation lakes.
Polonnaruwa is strewn with ruins in a resplendent state of preservation. Of these the 'Vatadage' and the 'Thuparama Image house' are the most spectacular. The 'Gal Vihara' which consists of statues of the recumbent, standing and seated Buddha have been cut from a single granite wall and rank among the true masterpieces of Sri Lankan Art. On completion leave for Minneriya national park and commence a jeep safari. Overnight stay at a hotel in Habarana
Day 04: Dambulla / Kandy
After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Dambulla (25 km, approx. ½ hours drive) and visit the famous Golden Rock cave temple which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
A sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries, this cave monastery, a vast isolated rock mass with its five caverns is the largest best preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka.
The Buddhist mural paintings (covering an area of 2,100 sq. meters) are of particular importance as are the 157 statues including a 47 foot long statue of the recumbent Buddha. The ceiling of one cavern is fully illustrated with paintings that follow the natural folds of the rock so closely that it appears to be made of cloth. The complex of caves is one of the most impressive Buddhist Temples in the world.
Thereafter leave for Kandy (72 km - approx. 3 hours drive). En route visit a Spice garden in Matale.
Kandy, the bustling hill country capital is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for the pink painted Temple of the Tooth which houses the most sacred religious relic, the tooth of the Buddha, the Kandy Lake built in 1807 which is an attractive centerpiece to the town and the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.
Kandy is also popular because of the annual festival known as the Esala Perahera where the inner casket covering the tooth relic of the Buddha is taken in a grand procession through the streets of the city held annually in the month of July or August. On arrival in Kandy, check in at the hotel.
In the Evening visit the sacred Temple of Tooth Relic. Thereafter enjoy the Kandyan Cultural show at the Kandyan Arts & Cultural Centre. The show features the graceful and rhythmic dancers and drummers culminating in an impressive fire walking display.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Kandy
Day 05: Kandy / Negombo
After breakfast visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens where a rare collection of tropical exotic and indigenous flora including the famous Orchid House could be viewed. On completion leave for Negombo (99 km – approx. 2 ½ hour's drive). Overnight stay at a hotel in Negombo.
Day 06: Departure
Leave for the Airport for your departure flight to home
What is included
- Meet and assist on arrival & assist on departure
- Accommodation on half board basis at the mentioned hotels or hotels with similar standards.
01 – 02 pax – A/C car (English speaking chauffeur driven)
03 – 06 pax – A/C micro van (English speaking chauffeur driven)
07- 10 – pax – A/C mini coach with and English speaking local guide
11 – 15 – pax – A/C medium coach with an English speaking local guide
16 – 20 – pax – A/C coach with an English speaking local guide
- Entrance fees at all visiting sites as per the given itinerary.
- Porterage at the airport and at all hotels.
- Applicable jeep hires at Yala national park
What is not included
- Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages at all hotels
- Items of personal nature such as, laundry, telephone calls, tipping etc.
- Christmas and New Year Supplements at hotels