7D6N Essential Sri Lanka

by Travel Haven

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  • Travelling to Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Kandy, Matale, Colombo, Galle and Bentota
    Minimum of 2 persons
    Activities include Arts & Museums, Boat Tour, City Tour, Nature & Scenery and Shopping
    Includes Hotel Transfer and Meals
    Travelling period Every day from December 18th, 2014
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  • Hotels in Package

    • Our Services Includes:
      • Hotel accommodation in shared twin/double room with daily breakfast
      • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
      • Airport Meet & Greet & return airport transfers.
      • Private Local English speaking Chauffeur-Tour Guide
      • All Transfers & Transportation with private air-con vehicle
      • Entrance Fees for mentioned visits in the program itinerary
    • Our Services Do Not Includes:
      • International Flights (quoted separately)
      • Visa for Sri Lanka
      • Meals other than mentioned above
      • Personal Expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, etc)
      • Travel Insurance (We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance that covering emergency medical evacuation)
      • Other Services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival - Colombo – Negombo

Upon arrival in Sri Lanka at Colombo, you will be greeted by your Private tour guide and transferred to Negombo. Overnight in Negombo.

Day 2: Negombo - Anuradhapura - Sigiriya (B/L/D)

After breakfast proceed to Anuradhapura. Lunch at Palm Garden Village. Sightseeing of Anuradhapura - the capital of Sri Lanka from the 5th Century B.C. to the end of the 10th Century A.D. was the most celebrated of Sri Lanka’s ancient ruined cities. The city’s greatest treasures are its dagobas constructed of bricks and are hemispherical in shape. The most notable of these dagobas are the Ruvanveliseya dating back to the 2nd Century B.C. and is 300 feet in diameter, the Jetawanarama is 370 feet and the Thuparama Dagoba is enshrined with the collarbone of the Buddha. The city’s most renowned relic is the sacred Bo Tree, which is said to have grown from a branch of the tree under which the Buddha gained Enlightenment. It was planted 2250 years ago and is the oldest historically authenticated tree in the world. Anuradhapura is a “World Heritage Site”. Overnight in Sigiriya.

Day 3: Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya (B/L/D)

After breakfast excursion to Polonnaruwa - the Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th - 13th Century, contains some splendid and spectacular statues. Lankatileke, Tivanka and Thuparama are the most beautiful and largest shrine ruins and Tivanka has the best example of frescoes of the Polonnaruwa period. Rankot Vihara and Kiriwehera are well preserved large stupas, and Gal Vihare - a rock shrine, has four Buddha statues, two seated, one standing and one reclining and Parakrama Bahu statue are examples of Sinhalese stone carver. The Vata-da-ge is a unique creation of the Sri Lankan artists.Afternoons proceed to climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress - 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 Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the fortress. Within its triple-moated 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 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 colour. Transferred back to hotel. Overnight in Sigiriya.

Day 4: Sigiriya - Dambulla - Matale - Kandy (B/L/D)

After breakfast visit Dambulla Cave Temple - a vast isolated rock mass 500ft high and a mile around the base. Here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century BC. The caves of Dambulla sheltered the King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne he built the most magnificent of Rock Temples to be found on the Island. Proceed to Kandy, En route visit a Spice Garden in Matale to see the different spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed.On arrival city tour of Kandy, including Upper Lake Drive, Market Square, Arts & Crafts Centre, Gem Museum. 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 the Buddhism's influence in Sri Lanka today. Temple's shrines and monasteries keeping alive Buddhist traditions are everywhere. Late afternoon visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic - ever since 4th Century A.D, when the 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.
Evening witness a cultural show featuring various dance types of Sri Lanka. Overnight in Kandy.

Day 5: Kandy - Colombo - Galle (B/L/D)

After breakfast visit Royal Botanical Gardens - 147 acres in extent: started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the Kings of Kandy. There are more than 5000 species of tree and plants. Some and endemics as well as flora from the tropical world. Spice garden and Orchid House are popular with Tourists. Continue to Colombo, Lunch En route. Drive through the city of Colombo to Galle. Galle - Sri Lanka’s most historically interesting town is Galle. It was a major port until about 100 years, but today still handles shipping and sailing boats in the natural harbour. Stroll around the lighthouse and harbour or visit the old town where you can see the traditional lace makers and wood carvers and purchase some the finest souvenirs. Overnight in Galle.

Day 6: Galle (B/L)

After breakfast visit The Dutch Fort - The South Coast’s major city is Galle, whose oldest landmark is the massive Portuguese and Dutch Fort which is a “World Heritage Site” in which the central city is contained. But the city may be much older. Some scholars believe it to be the “Tarshish” of the Old Testament, to which King Solomon sent his merchant vessels, and to which Jonah fled from the Lord. Overnight in Galle.

Day 7: Galle - Bentota - Colombo - Departure (B)

After breakfast proceed to Colombo, En route visit Bentota for a River Boat Ride.
Continue to Colombo, on arrival commence city tour of Colombo - a drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens. Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street - the Goldsmith’s quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area, where is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749. Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha and Independence Square.
Shopping in Colombo - visit Mlesna exquisite tea boutique, cashew nut shop, ready made garments and all sorts at Majestic City. Visit the Lanka Ceramics Centre, a place where you can buy “Noritake Set” or other ceramic items, visit the ‘Odel Shop’.
For late night departure flight, free at leisure for more shopping.

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