Heritage Tour Sri Lanka

Highlights of Your Journey

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Day 1

Negombo

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our Travel Lanka Connection representative.

Thereafter proceed to Negombo and get the experience of a fishing market.

Evening visits the Kelaniya Temple.

Negombo

Negombo is a city on the west coast of Sri Lanka, north of the capital, Colombo. Near the waterfront, the remains of the 17th-century Dutch Fort now house a prison. Negombo Lagoon, lined with fishermen’s huts, feeds into the Dutch-era Hamilton Canal. The canal leads south to Colombo. Neoclassical St. Mary’s Church, completed in the 1920s, features a ceiling decorated with vivid religious paintings

Kelaniya Temple

The Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara or Kelaniya Temple is a Buddhist temple in Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, seven miles from Colombo. The Chief Incumbent is Venerable Professor Kollupitiye Mahinda Sangharakkhitha Thera.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel, Negombo.

  • Hotel:

    Tamarind Tree

  • Basis:

    Half Board

Day 2

Sigiriya

After Breakfast Proceed to Dambulla en route make a visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Set amongst the verdant hills of Kegalle is a unique orphanage, where the tiny tots weigh 60 kg or more. This is the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, the world’s first and only elephant orphanage established to feed, nurse and house young elephants lost or abandoned by their mothers. Other occupants are elephants displaced from their natural environs by development projects or those found wounded. Visitors could see the baby elephants being fed milk from gigantic feeding bottles or bathed in the river which flows nearby – an unforgettable sight! Established in 1975, by the Wildlife Department and National Zoological gardens which subsequently led to a breeding programme through which more than twenty-five elephants have been born since 1984.

Evening Climb the magnificent Rock Pidurangala

Pidurangala Rock

Pidurangala is an enormous rock located a few kilometres north of Sigiriya. The two rocks have an interlinked history: whilst King Kasyapa was building Sigiriya Rock Fortress in the 5th century, he moved monks living around Sigiriya to a new monastery on Pidurangala Rock. An ancient cave temple still houses objects from various vintages that reflect Buddhist, Hindu and western beliefs, and the stupa to the left of the

temple entrance is believed to mark the spot where King Kasyapa was cremated. Pidurangala is a more challenging climb than Sigiriya, so should not be attempted by those with poor physical fitness. There is no clear path to the top: steep, uneven steps give way to an expanse of boulders and crevices that climbers must navigate in order to reach the summit. From the top, there are glorious vistas of the surrounding landscape and an incredible view of the majestic Sigiriya Rock.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel in Dambulla.

  • Hotel:

    Sun Green

  • Basis:

    Half Board

Day 3

Kandy

Breakfast at the hotel and thereafter proceed to visit the Dambulla Cave temple.

Dambulla Cave Temple

Located in the north-central province this UNESCO World Heritage Site which dates back to the 01st century BC, is an amazing complex of 05 caves, first used as a refuge by an ancient king who on regaining his throne, commissioned magnificent carved images within the living rock, Later kings made further improvements and the caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is a colossal figure spanning 15 meters. Cave inscriptions from the 2nd Century BC are found and on the walls are many paintings most of which belong to the Kandy period (early 19th century). This temple is a perfect location to view the evolution of ancient Sri Lankan art and is an important historical site due to the amalgamation of the material from many eras.

Upon completion proceed to Kandy, En-route make a stop in Matale and visit the spice garden where you will be able to witness the different spices.

(Distance from Dambulla to Matale– 48.5Kms – Approx. 01 ½ hours)

Spice Garden

The Island had been famous for its spices since the medieval times and is considered as one of the main reasons for the Europeans to conquer the Island and for the Arabs to trade upon from the 14th century onwards. The most interesting feature would be the opportunity you’ll get to identify the real plants of spices you are so familiar within your day to day life. A qualified guide will do a conducted tour of the garden and a presentation of its products.

Upon arriving in Kandy check-in at the hotel.

(Distance from Matale to Kandy– 24.9Kms – Approx. 01hr)

Later in the evening conduct a sightseeing tour of Kandy, where you will be able to visit the gem museum, batik factory, and local market and including a visit to the temple of the tooth relic. – Included

Kandy

A lovely exotic city, the Hill Capital and last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which retains an aura of grandeur, the time has not affected. Encircled by hills, with a tranquil lake in its centre, it is the site of the renowned temple that enshrines the Tooth Relic of the Buddha and the Royal Botanical gardens – home to one of the world’s best collections of Orchids. A cultural sanctuary where many legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive, Kandy and its satellite villages are the centre of the islands handicraft industry (items of wood, brass & silver) exquisite silver or gold jewellery and precious gems of many varieties including the world’s best blue and star sapphires. The highlight of the city’s calendar is the Esala Perahera when a replica of the casket enclosing the Tooth is taken in procession for ten glittering nights in July/August by exotically costumed dancers, drummers and approximately 100 Elephants.

Later in the evening witness the cultural dance show.

Dinner & Overnight stay in Hotel – Kandy

  • Hotel:

    Thilanka Hotel

  • Basis:

    Half Board

Day 4

Kandy / Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast proceeds to Hill Country, Nuwara Eliya en-route visit the Tea Factory, strawberry farm and do a boat ride in Gregory Lake.

Nuwara Eliya

Sri Lanka’s premier hill resort with a fine bracing mountain climate, Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country, producing some of the world’s best tea. The mountain slopes and valleys are a carpet of velvety green tea plantations, interspersed with gushing streams and tumbling waterfalls. Red or green roofed plantation bungalows, English country style homes and hotels with lovely flower gardens, a fine 18 hole golf course and a racecourse gives Nuwara Eliya a decidedly British character.

Upon completion transfer back to the hotel.

Dinner & Overnight stay in Hotel – Nuwara Eliya

  • Hotel:

    Ashford

  • Basis:

    Half Board

Day 5

Beruwala

After breakfast drive into the down south en-route visit the Galle Fort and the Turtle Hatchery at Kosgoda,

Galle Fort

Galle is a city on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. It’s known for Galle Fort, the fortified old city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century. Stone sea walls, expanded by the Dutch, encircle car-free streets with architecture reflecting Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. Notable buildings include the 18th-century Dutch Reformed Church. Galle Lighthouse stands on the fort’s southeast tip.

Upon completion transfer back to the hotel.

Dinner & Overnight stay in Hotel – Beruwala

  • Hotel:

    The Palms

  • Basis:

    Half Board

Day 6

Airport

You need to be at the airport before 03 hrs of the departure flight

  • Hotel:

    Hotel

  • Basis:

    Breakfast Only

Tour Details

Package: Heritage Tour Sri Lanka

Duration: 5 Nights / 6 Days

Discount: 5%

Locations: Negombo - Sigiriya - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Beruwala

Max no. of people: 10

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Tour Summary

Date Transfer/Location Hotel Basis
Day 01 Arrive at Colombo On Plane HB
Day 02 Negombo Tamarind Tree HB
Day 03 Sigiriya Sun Green HB
Day 04 Kandy Thilanka Hotel HB
Day 05 Nuwara Eliya Ashford HB
Day 06 Beruwala The Palms HB
Day 07 Departure HB

Includes

  • Accommodation on Half Board Basis
  • Air-conditioned car
  • English speaking chauffeur guide
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary

Excludes

  • Tip and Portage
  • Lunches
  • Service not mentioned above
  • Visa Charges
  • Air Tickets
  • Perahera supplement (05th Aug - 15th Aug)

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