HIGHLIGHTSSigriya Fort | Dambulla Cave Temples | Tea Garden at Hatton |Panther sighting at Yala | Galle Fort
DURATION17 days | 16 Nights
DEPATURESDaily on Private basis.
PRICE FROMAUD 5038 per person - Superior Category | AUD 11408 per person - Deluxe Category (Private departure - based on 2 passengers) | Valid for travel from 01st Jan'1 to 30th Apr'18
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
- Transportation in an Air Conditioned Car.
- Services of an English speaking Chauffeur guide.
- Entrance fees at all monuments.
- 03 Game drives at Yala National Park.
- Boat cruise at Madu River.
A fantastic introduction to the ‘teardrop’ of the Indian Ocean, beautiful Sri Lanka. Experience this country’s amazing beaches, towns, culture and nature on this 18 day luxury itinerary, staying at stunning boutique hotels along the way.
Day 1: Arrive – Colombo
You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel for a night stay.
Day 2: Colombo
Free morning, (1400 hrs), this afternoon enjoy a half day sightseeing of Colombo. Highlight places of visit include, the Independence Square, and Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, Town Hall and Parliament.
Day 3: Colombo –Sigriya – 165 kms – 5 hrs drive
This morning proceed to Dambulla en route visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage started in 1975 to house abandoned and wounded elephants. The sanctuary covers 25 acres of lush vegetation with an approximate population of about 77 consisting of both adult and baby elephants. The best time to visit is the feeding time and the bathing time; when all the elephants are taken to the river close by.
Day 4: Sigriya
This morning visit and climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress 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 stands at the entrance to the fortress. Within its triple-moated defense 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 color.
This afternoon visit Polonnaruwa the Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th – 13th Century, contains some splendid and spectacular status. Lankatilake, 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 Sri Lankan artists.
Day 5: Sigriya
Full day excursion to Anuradhapura.
Anuradhapura is the most celebrated of Sri Lanka’s ancient ruined cities. The city’s greatest treasures are its dagabas constructed of small sun-dried bricks and hemispherical in shape. The most notable of these dagabas are the Ruvenweli which dates back to the 2nd Century BC and is 300ft in diameter, the Jetawanarama is 370ft and the Thuparama which enshrines the collarbone of the Buddha. The city’s most renewed 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 historic tree in the world.
Day 6: Sigriya -Kandy – 90kms – 3 hrs drive
Proceed to Kandy this morning en-route short stop at Dambulla Cave Temples. This afternoon visit Kandy the hill capital. 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.
To Buddhist of Sri Lanka and the world, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the ‘Dalada Maligawa” – Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. are popular with tourists. Evening witness the Sri Lankan cultural show.
Day 7: Kandy
Free day in Kandy to further explore the city or shop around.
Day 8: Kandy – Hatton – 75kms – 2hrs drive
This morning proceed to Hatton. Free afternoon to explore the Tea Gardens.
Day 9: Hatton
Day at Leisure to enjoy your stay at the Tea Gardens.
Day 10: Hatton – Yala – 206 kms – 5 hrs drive
Drive to Yale this morning.
Leopard Safaris use customized Toyota Land Cruiser for the game drives which can handle every kind of terrain, give an excellent view, and are specially fitted with camera support points for photographers. The campsite, set up a day prior to your arrival, is laid out with single or twin sharing canvas tents with queen size beds, fresh linen, hot showers and chemical toilets. There are no permanent structures; everything is brought into the park for your convenience
During the course of a day there are many things of interest, whether looking out over a waterhole at breakfast, snoozing in a hammock after lunch or star gazing over dinner.
Day 11: Yala
Full day game drive, trekking Leopards, Sloth bears, Elephants and other wild animals and birds.
Day 12: Yala – Tangalle – 103 kms – 2 ½ hrs drive
This morning drive to Tangalle.
Day 13 & 14: Tangalle
Days at Leisure.
Day 15: Tangelle – Galle – 2 hrs drive
Free morning, this afternoon transfer to Galle.
Day 16: Galle
This morning visit Galle. Later proceed to Balapitiya for a boat ride at Madu River. This ride will take you to the various islands (Cinnamon Island, Temple Island and Birds Island) in Balapitiya.
Galle – In this costal town, the Dutch presence is still visible. Galle was an ancient port (said to be the legendary Tarshish of the Bible), and our first international commerce and trade centre. Today, Galle is the bustling provincial capital and administrative centre of the south. It is famous for its lovely Unawatuna Bay, where the sea is reef protected and therefore safe for swimming. The old Dutch ‘Star’ fort (a World Heritages Site) covering 36 hectaers, the well-preserved Groote Kerk (Dutch Church), Dutch Government House, the New Oriental Hotel (built in 1684) old bell tower and a tide-based Sewage-System, also introduced by the Dutch. In Galle they still make the Dutch ‘pillo-lace’ and do fine ebony-carving and gem-polishing
Day 17: Galle – Colombo airport – 166 kms – 4 hrs drive
This evening transfer to Colombo airport for your flight home
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