Classic Tour (07 Nights/08 Days)
Day 01 - Airport / Dambulla
Welcome & assistance by your chauffeur who will accompany you. Proceed to Dambulla. Check in to the hotel. Afternoon, you can visit the Dambulla Rock Caved Temple, also known as the “Golden Temple of Dambulla”. It’s World heritage in Sri Lanka. There are over 80 caves in the surrounding and some of them have been used by the monks as meditation locations. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain the statues and the paintings. Since it's founding in the 1 century BC by King Valagamba, many improvements and additions have been carried out to the sculptures and paintings over the years. The temple is a perfect location to view evolution of the ancient Sri Lankan arts. Dambulla is a unique and important historical site because of the amalgamation of the material from many eras. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02 - Dambulla / Anuradhapura / Mihintale / Dambulla
Proceed to Anuradhapura to Visit the ancient city of Anuradhapura. Anuradhapura is the First Capital of Sri Lanka for over 1400 years since 3rd Century B.C. The highlights of the tour would be the visits to eight most venerated places including Sri Maha Bodhi, which is oldest authenticated tree in the world (2200 years) under which the Buddha himself found enlightenment.
Visit Mihintale in the afternoon. Mihintale is a mountain peak near Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. It is believed by Sri Lankans to be the site of a meeting between the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa which inaugurated the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. It is now a pilgrimage site, and the site of several religious monuments and abandoned structures. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 03 - Dambulla / Sigiriya / Dambulla/h4>
Rock Fortress. Sigiriya, a massive rock in the green scrub jungle, is perhaps the most memorable place for visitors to Sri Lanka. The site was known from ancient times as a hermitage for Buddhist monks. A well-planned monastic complex included caved temples, bathing pools, lovely ponds and Asia's oldest surviving landscaped gardens. Today Sigiriya is famous for its frescoes painted in the pocket of the rock. The "Lion stairway", the "mirror wall" and the "water gardens" are its other highlights.
Enjoy a bullock cart ride and Traditional Boat (Oruwa) ride in the afternoon. Bullock cart ride will take visitors through the village of Hiriwadunna, to a banana plantation where ripe bananas can be tasted and savored fresh. Cross a scenic reservoir by Oruwa (traditional boat), its long, narrow shape gliding effortlessly on the water, to visit a Chena cultivation, where in the shade of a tree house of mud and thatched Palm leaves, the village of Hiriwadunna can be surveyed. On the return journey guests can drop by the house of a native and enjoy aromatic Ginger Tea and Jaggery. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 04: Dambulla / Polonnaruwa / Minneriya / Dambulla
Proceed for sightseeing to Polonnaruwa.
Option: Possible to visit the Polonnaruwa site by bicycle
Polonnaruwa was an ancient kingdom in Sri Lanka. The second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated the Chola invaders in 1070 AD to reunite the country once more under a local leader. The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage Site. Proceed to Minneriya National Park for, 4x4 Jeep Safari in the Afternoon. Minneriya National Park is a national park in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is of historical importance, having been built by King Mahasen in third century AD. The park is a dry season feeding ground for the elephant population dwelling in forests of Matale, Polonnaruwa, and Trincomalee districts. The park earned revenue of Rs. 10.7 millions in the six months ending in August 2009. Along with Kaudulla and Girithale, Minneriya forms one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) of Sri Lanka. The park is situated 182 kilometers (113 mi) from Colombo. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 05: Dambulla / Matale / Kandy
Visit Dambulla Rock Caved Temple. Dambulla is a part of the Cultural Triangle declared by UNESCO is on the main road from Sigiriya to Kandy about 19Km from Sigiriya. There are over 80 caves in the surrounding and some of them have been used by the monks as meditation locations. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain the statues and the paintings. Since it's founding in the 1 century BC by King Valagamba, many improvements and additions have been carried out to the sculptures and paintings over the years. Hindu statues are believed to be of the 12 century AD and the latest paintings are of the late 18-century. The temple is a perfect location to view evolution of the ancient Sri Lankan arts. Dambulla is a unique and important historical site because of the amalgamation of the material from many eras.
Proceed to Kandy. En-route stop at Matale to visit a Spice Garden.
Afternoon, visit Kandy temple of Tooth Relic, one of the most venerated places by Buddhist in Sri Lanka, and all over the world. The Dalada Maligawa as it is also known enshrines the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Gautama Buddha. Evening, you can enjoy a cultural show in Kandy.
Day 06: Kandy / Nuwara Eliya
Proceed to Nuwara Eliya
Option: you can enjoy a Train Ride from Kandy to Nanu Oya
Enjoy Ramboda Falls, which is the 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 729th highest waterfall in the world. It is situated in Pussellawa area, on the A5 highway at Ramboda Pass. It formed by Panna Oya which is a tributary of Kothmale Oya. Altitude of the falls is 945 m (3,100 ft) above sea level. Visit a Tea plantation & Tea factory. Tea production in Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, is of high importance to the Sri Lankan economy and the world market. The country is the world's third largest producer of tea and the industry is one of the country's main sources of foreign exchange and a significant source of income for laborers, with tea accounting for 15% of the GDP, generating roughly $700 million annually. In 1995, Sri Lanka was the world's leading exporter of tea, (rather than producer) with 23% of the total world export, but it has since been surpassed by Kenya. The tea sector employs, directly or indirectly over 1 million people in Sri Lanka and in 1995 directly employed 215,338 on tea plantations and estates. The humidity, cool temperatures, and rainfall in the country's central highlands provide a climate that favors the production of high quality tea. The industry was introduced to the country in 1867 by James Taylor, the British planter who arrived in 1852. Check in to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 07: Nuwara Eliya / Kalutara
Proceed to Kalutara.
Option: Possible to enjoy the White water rafting in Kitulgala
Check in to the hotel. Leisure at the beach.
Day 08: Beach / Airport
Proceed to the Airport for departure
For your information
- Passengers are required to be at the airport 3 hours prior to departure
- Check in – 14h00 & 12h00
- The Immigration department of Sri Lanka has decided to introduce a Visa for visitors since 01st January 2012. Fees to Sri Lanka Online - 30 USD nett Per Person (Please log into - http://www.eta.gov.lk) / On Arrival - 35 USD Nett per Person.
- It is necessary to wear a knee length, full white dress and shoes, hairstyles must be removed to enter a temple Buddhist.
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