9D8N Discover The Charms Of Sri Lanka

by Shanti Travel

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  • Travelling to Colombo, Negombo, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya, Anuradhapura, Kandy and Nuwara Eliya
    Minimum of 2 persons
    Activities include Arts & Museums, City Tour, Cultural, Nature & Scenery and Shopping
    Includes -
    Travelling period Every day from January 1st, 2014
  • Shanti Travel

    Shanti Travel

    An original travel agency which creates tailor-made tours focusing on quality and off the beaten tracks journeys.

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Itinerary

Day 1: : Arrive at Colombo International Airport - Negombo [about 30 minutes drive]

Welcome to Sri Lanka ! You are greeted at the airport and head towards Colombo , the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Depending on your arrival time, you can visit the Fort area and its beautiful Colonial Buildings , the vibrant Pettah Bazaar, Gangarama Temple, Cinnamon Gardens, and the upscale neighborhood with beautiful homes nestled in the parks. Accommodation at the hotel. In the late afternoon stroll on the Galle promenade besides the ocean where Sri Lankans flock in the evening at sunset!

Day 2: Colombo - Sigiriya [4 -5H drive - 170km ]

In the morning, you go towards the central north of the island to the famous Cultural Triangle . Accommodation at the hotel. In the afternoon, visit the fortress of Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get ready to climb a few flights of stairs to the top, where you can enjoy a stunning view of the sunken gardens and the surrounding countryside. The famous " Demoiselles " painted on the wall of the rock have lost none of their magnificence even if the mystery of their identity remains.

Day 3: Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Minneriya - Sigiriya [2 -3H road , 120 km]

Take the road to Polonnaruwa , stopping at Habarana Tank , surrounded by the forest and dug in the twelfth century to irrigate crops . You can visit Polonnaruwa wooded walk or travel by bike from the well-preserved remains of the former royal capital . In the afternoon , you can go on a safari in Minneriya National Park . Each year , the reserve is the scene of a large gathering of elephants in August and September , the time when huge herds can be seen on the lake .

Day 4: Sigiriya - Anuradhapura - Sigiriya [about 4/5h drive - 210 km round trip]

Head to the northern tip of the Cultural Triangle towards Anuradhapura listed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. On foot or by bicycle , find the remains that are all witnesses of the history of this ancient capital, ever bustling with activity and temples. Do not miss the Sri Maha Bodhi , a plant from the sacred 2500 year old tree under which in North India , Buddha became enlightened. Arm yourself with courage and climb the thousand steps that lead you to the top of the sacred hill of Mihintale. Enjoy a superb panorama. In the month of Poson, Buddhists make their pilgrimage to Anuradhapura and Mihintale during the full moon of June. This festival is celebrated with fervor. Pilgrims come from all over the island to the historical site of the introduction of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

Day 5: Sigiriya - Kandy (via Dambulla and Matale) [about 2/3h drive - 110km]

Begin your descent to the heart of the island. Accompanied by monkeys just hanging out, visit the Dambulla Rock Temple with five caves containing an impressive collection of Buddha statues in the orange colored frescoes representing the key stages of his life. Continue to Matale where culture is king of spices. A visit to a garden is the perfect opportunity to uncover the secrets of aloe vera, cinnamon or vanilla. Arrive in the afternoon in Kandy. Accommodation at the hotel . Discover the sacred city of the Buddhists strolling around the lake, while walking through the market before the evening ceremony at the Temple of the Tooth. The faithful flock to collect, deposit offerings and light oil lamps.The Esala Perahera is an annual Buddhist festival of ten days that occurs during the full moon of the Sinhalese month of Esala (August). An elephant procession takes place every evening for the duration of the event.

Day 6: Kandy and surrounding areas

Morning transfer to Peradeniya Railway Station and travel by train to Rambukkana (subject to availability) then by car to the Pinawela Elephant Orphanage. In the afternoon, visit the beautiful Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya. Then the end of day is left free for you to explore Kandy.

Day 7: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya [about 2/3h drive - 120km]

Visit Kandy, the last capital of the Sinhalese Kingdom. Walk and stroll through the bustling market and explore the rest of the city. By the lake which the city is built around you will see the Temple of the Tooth, which contains the most important Buddhist relic of the country, a tooth of Lord Buddha. Then in the evening, head south to reach the highest town in Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya. Check in and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 8: Nuwara Eliya - Horton Plains - Nuwara Eliya [about 2h drive - 70km round trip]

Excursion to Horton Plains National Park, which houses the two tallest peaks in the country, the Kirigalpotta (2 395m) and Totapola (2 359m). Then you go to World’s End an enormous plateau which plunges 880m and offers the most spectacular of views. Back in the afternoon to Nuwara Eliya. Visit the city’s many gardens and the Temple of Hakgala Seetha Amman. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 9: Nuwara Eliya - Negombo [about 5h drive - 220km]

Travel by road to Negombo. Relax at the hotel, then airport transfer. End of our services.

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