The tour offers a blend of heritage, culture and nature of Sri Lanka and a glimpse of elephant life in an orphanage and in the wilderness. Experience one of the most impressive and greatest archeological legacies of Sri Lanka by climbing Sigiriya, a rock fortress which is 200m in height. Relive the bygone era with the monumental ruins of the fabulous garden city and gigantic rock sculptures in the medieval capital of Pollonnaruwa dating back to the 12th century B.C. Along the way, watch herds of elephants in the Minneriya National Park which is located close to the ancient tank. Visit the Dambulla cave temple and the cultural city of Kandy to experience a real sense of Sri Lankan architecture and sculpture. At the close of the tour, visit the misty hills of Nuwaraeliya situated at an altitude of 1889m.
Our representatives will meet and greet you at the airport. You will then be transferred to the vibrant coastal city of Negombo which happens to be ideal for bird watching due to its many lagoons and canals. Here you will be taken to visit a fishing village and witness the lifestyle of the simple fisherman. The area is much influenced by the Roman Catholic church thereby you will be able to see many churches lining the coastal city of Negombo. You will then be transferred to your hotel in Negombo for an overnight stay.
You leave for the Pinnawala elephant orphanage a sanctuary for orphaned elephants, located in a vast span of lush greenery. Here you will be given an opportunity to feed the elephants during the feeding times, after which you will proceed to Sigiriya, a massive rock fortress which rises 600 feet from the green scrub jungle to accentuate the lucid blue of the sky. Built in the 5th century BC, it is one of the best architectural feats of the ancient world. Its key features being the frescos and its landscaped garden which is known to be Asia’s oldest surviving landscaped garden. Having concluded your tour of Sigiriya you will be transferred to your hotel in Dambulla or Sigiriya for an over night stay.
Leave for Polonnaruwa yet another ancient city of the cultural triangle. It was made capital after the fall of Anuradhapura in 993 BC. Here you will witness the famed monumental ruins of the famous garden city created by King Parakramabahu I in the 12th century and also the Brahmanic monuments build during the Chola invasion. The most significant being the Library Monastery, The Citadel and the palace complex and the Vatadage. Having concluded your tour of Polonnaruwa you will have the option of enjoying an elephant ride in Habarana and then depart for the Minneriya national park, where you will be taken on a jeep safari. The park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to Sri Lanka’s favorites such as the samba deer, leopards and elephants. However the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank built in the 3rd century AD. You will then be transferred to your hotel in Dambulla / Sigiriya.
Today you will visit the cave temple complex of Dambulla which is known to be one of the largest cave temples of south Asia. Here you will witness ancient rock paintings of Lord Buddha. Concluding your tour of the cave temples you will proceed to the most beautiful botanical garden in the island, the Peradenaiya botanical gardens. It is renowned for its collection of a variety of orchids. The garden consists of more than 4000 species of plants, including of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. You will then be transferred to your hotel in Kandy for an over night stay.
Today you will visit the Temple of The Tooth, the sacred location where the tooth relic of Lord Buddha is kept. You will attend a morning ceremony at the temple. At the conclusion of the ceremony embarking on a city tour of Kandy. You will also be taken to visit a bazaar, an arts and craft center, a gem museum and lapidary where you may indulge in some shopping. Having concluded your city tour you will be transferred to Nuwara-Eliya, which is the coolest location of the central highlands, a cool green mountain valley. The heart of Sri Lankan hill country boasts rolling hills interspersed with gushing streams and tumbling waterfalls. You will spend the night at your hotel in Nuwara-Eliya.
Today You will be transferred to Colombo where you will join a midday city tour of Colombo; which will give you a glimpse of Colombo’s architecture, art and culture. You will be brought back to your hotel at the conclusion of your city tour where you will spend the night.
Leave for the Colombo airport for your departure flight.
US $ 520
We can never thank you all for making our visit so pleasant, exciting and interesting. It was an honor to renew old acquaintances as well as to make new friends. It was an adventure of a lifetime that happened all in a few days. We can never express in words or deeds how much we appreciate our time with you.
- Negombo is located approximately 37 km north of commercial capital Colombo in Sri Lanka. It is located at the mouth of the Negombo lagoon. The major beach resort in the West Coast is Negombo. The wide sandy beaches and the safe sea are the major attractions of Negombo and it is perfectly located within the 7 km from the Bandaranaike International Airport in Sri Lanka.
Here you will find elephants of all ages, which were abandoned or orphaned. They are been looked after with loving care until such time they are ready to be freed back to the wild. The unique feature of this place is that visitors can feed the baby elephants with bottles of milk during the feeding times. Proceed to Sigiriya.
A massive monolith of red stone rises 600 feet from the green scrub jungle to accentuate the lucid blue of the sky. How overpowering this rock fortress of Sigiriya must have been when a palace crowned it 15 centuries ago. At the brief height of its glory, a flowering of only 18 years in the late 5th Century, it was one of the loveliest royal cities that ever graced the earth. And today, it is perhaps the single most remarkable memory for visitors to Sri Lanka. Beautiful bare-breasted maidens still smile from incredible fresco paintings. Surrounding the foot of the rock, extending for several hundred meters, are Asia’s oldest surviving landscape gardens, incorporating lovely ponds around Sigiriya’s plinth of fallen boulders.
Located in the North Central province, was the capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to 13th century A.D. Along with Anuradhapura and Kandy, this ancient city forms one of the points of the “cultural triangle” of Sri Lanka, and contains a wealth of remarkable sites and monuments. Once the favorite country retreat of the royalty of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa was a key settlement even before the medieval period, largely due to its strategic location near the river crossings of the Mahaweli river. It was King Vijayabahu I who first established Polonnaruwa as the capital of his kingdom in 1055. The visitor who travels the city from the south to the North will find the following monuments of particular interest: Library Monastery, The Citadel and the palace complex and Vatadage.
This World Heritage Site is one of the foremost centers of Buddhist pilgrimage as well as one of the largest cave temple complexes in South Asia. It is a major attraction for tourists and locals, who flock to see the dazzling and numerous rocks and wall paintings of Lord Buddha. The monastery was discovered in the 3rd century B.C. Of the numerous chambers found in the shelter, only five are in use today, the best known of which is the Maharaja Vihara.
This Botanical Garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.
The last capital of the Sri Lankan kings is a World Heritage Site. The name “Kandy” conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive.
Nuwara Eliya is a cool green mountain valley, the heart of Sri Lankan hill country boasts rolling hills interspersed with gushing streams and tumbling waterfalls. It is also acclaimed for its golf courses and amazing tea plantations.
Colombo, Sri Lanka’s commercial capital and sea-port is blend of old and new. This is a city, which has many reminders of its European colonial past. Bustling bazaars, Buddhist and Hindu Temples and Muslim Mosques contrast with, smart modern Shopping Malls and multi-national chain hotels. Sightseeing highlights include the old parliament houses, Buddhist Temple, Town Hall and the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall. Apart from excellent shopping, Colombo offers visits to one of the world’s leading tea auctions, an 18 hole Golf Course, seasonal Buddhist and Hindu pageants, international cricket tournaments, plush casinos, enjoyable evening entertainment and excellent restaurants. State-of-the-Art communications and Cyber services are available in the hotels and other outlets.