|2||Dambulla||Dambulla Cave Temples|
|2||Minneriya||MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK|
|3||Sigiria||“Fortress in the Sky” Spice Garden at Matale|
|3||Kandy||Temple of the Tooth Relic|
|4||Nuwara Eliya||Nuwara Eliya – The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka|
|4||Peradeniya||Royal Botanical garden|
When To Go
HIGHLIGHTS OF TOUR :
** Visit to Temple of Tooth Relic at Kandy
** Visit to Royal Botanical Garden at Peradeniya
** Visit to Sigiriya Rock at Sigiriya
The package is ideal for the traveller who wishes to see the basics of Sri Lanka while enjoying a great holiday. Package covers Colombo and Kandy with maximum shopping and sightseeing options for the passenger.
Day 1 AIRPORT – NEGOMBO
Arrive by (flt no) at (00hrs). Please clear immigration & visa formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the arrival lounge through the green channel, if you do not have goods to be declared to customs. Thereafter you will be assisted to the Car park/Coach Park to begin you journey as per the booked itinerary. Transfer to Negombo.
City tour in Negombo.
Negombo – is a fishing village that captures the imagination – something at once rakish and romantic, with the sparkling tropical sea, the quaint catamarans, which venture out to bring the catch in. Negombo has the added ornament of a picturesque lagoon, a Dutch built canal Hamilton, running North and South.
A small Dutch Fort dated 1678 with a beautiful Dutch Church of the same date and the beautiful Angunu karamulla Buddhist Temple close by are some other attractions. Seafood is particularly fine here – the superb lobster mayonnaise, the curried prawns are possibly the best in the World. Catamaran trips in the sea and boat trips in the lagoon are organized by hoteliers. Diving facilities are also available. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2 NEGOMBO – DAMBULLA – MINNERIYA – SIGIRIYA
After breakfast leave for Dambulla.
Visit cave temple in Dambulla – It is famous for the five cave Temples on a rock. The first three caves are better, older and larger than the other two. Some caves dates to 1st Century.B.C. All the five cave walls and ceilings are covered with Buddhist murals and there are more than 130 Buddha statues, statues of Gods and Kings.
Afternoon visit the Minneriya national park * MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK – This National Park covers 8889 hectares and is famous for its large population of Elephants in herds of 100 to 150 roaming in the jungle and seen in the catchment area of the lake. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel.
Entrance is at Ambagaswewa about 6 km from Habarana on the main Habarana Polonnaruwa Road. Office is by the side of the main road. About 300 wild Elephants, Wild Buffaloes, Wild Boar,Spotted Deer, Sloth Bear, Sambhur, Leopards, Crocodiles, Jackals, nine kinds of amphibians, 25 kinds of reptiles, 160 species of birds, 26 varieties of fishes, 78 varieties of butterflies are recorded to be housed by the Minneriya National Park.
Day 3 SIGIRIYA – DAMBULLA – KANDY
After breakfast climb Sigiriya Rock. Sigiriya – is home to the 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as the Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the fortress. Within its triple-moat defence, the huge rock rises almost to a sheer height of 500ft. On its summit are the foundations of what was once a great and sumptuous palace and gardens complete with a swimming pool. On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of Frescoes of life sized damsels in all the freshness and delicacy of their original colors.
Afterwards proceed to Kandy. En-route visit a Spice Garden at Matale and see the luscious Cinnamons, Cardamoms, Pepper plants, etc. You can also purchase the spices you require. Afternoon embark on a tour of Kandy, including the Upper Lake Drive, Market Square, Arts & Crafts Centre, Gem Museum and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
Kandy – the hill capital, venue of the annual Perahera. The last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings was finally ceded to the British in 1815. Kandy is an example of Buddhism’s influence in Sri Lanka today. Temple’s shrines and monasteries keeping alive Buddhist traditions are everywhere.
Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic – ever since the 4th Century A.D, when Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess’ hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession.
Day 4 KANDY – PERADENIYA – NUWARA ELIYA
After breakfast visit Peradeniya botanical gardens, the Royal Botanical Gardens – covering 147 acres, was set up in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the Kings of Kandy. There are more than 5000 species of tree and plants. The Spice garden and Orchid House are popular with tourists. Thereafter proceed to Nuwara Eliya, the ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, set against the beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coldest places on the island, but is really just like an England spring day although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence. Houses are like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions. In the evening commence city tour in Nuwara Eliya. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 5 NUWARA ELIYA – COLOMBO
After Breakfast leave for Colombo