11D10N Experience Sri Lanka In All Its Glory

by Shanti Travel

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

    Shanti Travel

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Itinerary

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

Check in and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 2: Negombo - Sigiriya [about 3/4h drive - 160km]

You go to the centre of the island to visit Sigiriya Rock. Check into your hotel, and then visit the village that surrounds Sigiriya. Back to the hotel and overnight stay.

Day 3: Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya [about 3h drive round trip - 180km]

Climb the ancient fortress of Sigiriya, with magnificent views over the surrounding area (there is the possibility of renting bikes to travel around the surrounding countryside). It is also famous for its frescoes (Buddhist Stone Wall Art), such as the frescoes of the Demoiselles, beautiful depictions of goddesses and princesses. Then visit Polonnaruwa (30min drive). Back to Hotel Sigiriya and overnight stay.

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

You go north towards Anuradhapura, the Ancient Royal City. Discover on foot the temples and Dagobas of the Royal Palaces. Next you visit the nearby village of Mihintale considered the starting point of Buddhism on the island. Back to Hotel Sigiriya and overnight stay.

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

Going south. En route you stop at Dambulla to visit the famous Caves and admire the Paintings of Buddha, dating from the eighteenth century. Continue to Matale, where you will see the Spice Gardens. Proceed to Kandy, where you arrive in the evening. Check in and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 6: Kandy and surrounding areas

In the morning, transfer to Peradeniya train station and catch a train to Rambukkana (subject to availability), then by road to the Pinawela Elephant Orphanage. In the afternoon, visit the beautiful Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya. The end of day is left free for you to roam around 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 round trip - 70km]

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 - Uda Walawe National Park [about 2/3h drive - 130km]

Early morning visit to a tea plantation near Nuwara Eliya for a tasting session. Proceed south, arriving at Uda Walawe National Park, one of the most beautiful in Sri Lanka and similar to an African safari. Safari in the afternoon to view the Fauna and Flora. Check in and overnight stay at the hotel or camp.

Day 10: Uda Walawe National Park - Galle [about 3h drive - 140km]

Road trip to the southern capital of Galle. The World Heritage Dutch Fort looms large. Inside Dutch colonial architecture stands side by side with energetic Muslim life and buildings. Superb restaurants, museums and galleries are everywhere.

Day 11: Galle - Negombo [about 4/5h drive - 200km]

Road trip to Negombo. Train travel, which is quicker, is optional. Relax at the hotel then airport transfer. End of our services.

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