SRI LANKA – THE PARADISE ISLAND

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SRI LANKA – A Pearl Drop In The Indian Ocean 

An All-round Experience On This Paradise Island

15 Days and 14 Nights

Sri Lanka, an island in the Indian Ocean and located south of the Indian sub-continent, is also known as the Island of Serendipity. Sri Lanka lies between 5° 55′ and 9° 55′ north of the equator and between the eastern longitudes 79° 42′ and 81° 52′. From North to South it has a maximum length of 435 kilometres and at its widest point it measures 225 kilometres, giving it a land area of 65,600 square kilometres. This entire stretch encompasses beautiful tropical beaches, verdant vegetation, ancient monuments and a thousand delights to please all tastes.

DAY 1. Arrival

Meet our designated tour guide at the arrival hall of Bandaranaike International Airport and Proceed to Colombo. Check in at a 4 or 5 Star Hotel (As per Your Choice)

Relax at the hotel overnight before commencing your adventure in Sri Lanka.

DAY 2. City tour of Colombo

Although it’s unlikely it will reclaim its 19th-century moniker ‘the garden city of the East’, Colombo has nevertheless emerged as a must-see stop in Sri Lanka. No longer just the sprawling city you have to endure on your way to the beaches, it has become a worthy destination in its own right and makes an excellent start – or finish – to your Sri Lankan adventures.

The legacies of colonial Colombo’s garden roots are still very much intact along its often-shady boulevards. Fort is a compelling place thanks to ongoing restoration of its landmark colonial architecture, while Pettah brims with markets and rampant commerce. Even traffic-clogged Galle Rd is getting spiffier with glossy new hotel complexes.

DAY 3.  Colombo to Anuradhapura

Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel and proceed to Anuradhapura.

Check in at a 4 or 5 Star Hotel (As per Your Choice). After a breather proceed to the Anuradhapura town.

Overnight at Hotel

DAY 4. Anuradhapura

Visit Sites in Anuradhapura being one of the most famous Ancient Kingdoms & a prominent worship place for Buddhists –

The ruins of Anuradhapura are one of South Asia’s most evocative sights. The sprawling complex contains a rich collection of archaeological and architectural wonders: enormous Dagobas (brick stupas), ancient pools and crumbling temples, built during Anuradhapura’s thousand years of rule over Sri Lanka. Today, several of the sites remain in use as holy places and temples; frequent ceremonies give Anuradhapura a vibrancy that’s a sharp contrast to the museum-like ambience at Polonnaruwa.

Current-day Anuradhapura is a pleasant albeit sprawling city that feels more like a large village.

Overnight at Hotel

DAY 5. Anuradhapura to Dambulla

Leave for Dambulla.

Enroute visit a Spice Garden and visit Dambulla Cave Temple.

This spice and herbal garden features many important herbs such as Sandalwood, Margosa, Cocoa, Citronella, Almond, Jasmine and Coconut. When visiting, make the most of the chance to experience first-hand how cloves, pepper, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and saffron are grown in their natural surroundings. At the Spice and Herbal Garden you can learn of their medicinal healing properties and how to use them in your day to day needs. Used worldwide in many medicines, the healing powers of spices have been respected from the time of the Pharaohs and Chinese Dynasties, while, locally, herbs are used in Ayurvedic concoctions.

Dambulla – is famous for the five cave Temples on a rock. The first 03 caves are better, older and larger than the other two. Some caves date to the 1st century B.C. All 5 cave walls and ceilings are covered with Buddhist murals and there are more than 130 Buddha statues, and statues of Gods and Kings.

Dambulla’s famed rock cave temple is an iconic Sri Lankan image – you’ll be familiar with its spectacular Buddha-filled interior long before you arrive in town. Despite its slightly commercial air, this remains an important holy place and should not be missed.

Overnight at Hotel

DAY 6. Dambulla to Kandy

After breakfast climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress and then proceed to Kandy.

Visit – Royal Botanical Gardens, Temple of the Tooth Relic, Batik, Gem Lapidary etc.

The Art of Batik

The 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual natural beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes were painted using earth pigments on plaster.

Kandy

The laidback capital of the hill country, and the historical bastion of Buddhist power, is built around a peaceful lake and set in a picturesque bowl of hills. Today it is the center of Buddhism, Arts, Crafts and Culture. Here, you will visit the 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’s 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.

Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens

Sri Lanka’s botanic gardens have a long and proud history, punctuated by colonialism and industrial change. Throughout this period the gardens have continued to flourish and the plant collections and herbarium have grown in size.

Overnight at Hotel

DAY 7 –  Kandy to Ella

After an early breakfast proceed to Ella. Witness some of the most majestic waterfalls & breathtaking mountainous views.

Welcome to everyone’s favourite hill-country village, and the place to ease off the travel accelerator with a few leisurely days resting in your choice of some of the country’s best guesthouses. The views through Ella Gap are stunning, and on a clear night you can even spy the subtle glow of the Great Basses lighthouse on Sri Lanka’s south coast. Don’t be too laid-back though; definitely make time for easygoing walks through tea plantations to temples, waterfalls and viewpoints. After building up a hiking-inspired appetite, look forward to Sri Lanka’s best home-cooked food and a reviving cup of tea.

In recent years, Ella’s popularity has soared and the town’s attractiveness has been somewhat compromised by some multistory concrete eyesores.

Overnight at Hotel

DAY 8. Ella to Tissamaharama

In Tissamaharama (usually shortened to Tissa), eyes are automatically drawn upwards and outwards. Upwards to the tip of it’s huge, snowy-white dagoba and outwards, beyond the town’s confines, to nearby wildlife reserves crawling with creatures large and small. With its pretty lakeside location, Tissa is an ideal mellow base for the nearby Yala and Bundala National Parks.

Overnight at Hotel

DAY 9. Visit the Yala National Park

Tucked away in the Southeastern corner of Sri Lanka is the Yala National Park. The wildlife park is mainly thorny scrub forest similar to the African bush. Here you can see elephant, leopard and bear, the splendid mating dance of the beautiful peacock and more.

Yala National Park is located in the south eastern region of Sri Lanka and extends over two provinces of Hambantota district of southern province and Monaragala district in Uva province. The entrance to the park is at Palatupana, 12 kilometres from Kirinda. The distance from Colombo to the entry point of Palatupana is 305 kilometres. The gateway to Yala National Park is Tissamaharama. A 20 kilometre drive via Kirinda takes the visitors to the Palatupana. At Palatupana, the well-designed visitor centre provides the information to the tourists and assign a tracker to all incoming vehicles. The park provides jeeps with soft–tops which gives the opportunity to view wild life. Dawn and dusk bring about the best timing for safari tours in the Yala National Park. Being located in one of the arid regions of Sri Lanka, the Climate of Ruhuna National Park is usually hot and dry. The mean annual temperature is 27 Celsius, although in the dry season the temperature could go as high as 37 Celsius.

Overnight at Hotel

DAY 10.  Yala to Galle

Leave for Galle, enroute visit tourist sites on the coastal belt.

Overnight at Hotel

DAY 11.  City Tour of Galle including visit to Galle Fort

Galle is a jewel. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this historic city is a delight to explore on foot, an endlessly exotic old trading port blessed with imposing Dutch-colonial buildings, ancient mosques and churches, grand mansions and museums. Wandering its rambling lanes you’ll pass stylish cafes, quirky boutiques and impeccably restored hotels owned by local and foreign artists, writers, photographers and designers.

Built by the Dutch, beginning in 1663, Galle’s core is the Fort, a walled enclave surrounded on three sides by the ocean. A key part of the Fort’s appeal is that it isn’t just a pretty place. Sure, tourism now dominates the local economy, but this unique city remains a working community: there are administrative offices and courts, export companies, schools and colleges. Most travellers are utterly seduced by Galle’s ambience, and it’s undoubtedly southern Sri Lanka’s one unmissable sight.

Galle Fort

The Galle Fort, or Dutch Fort as it is also known, is a fortification first built by the Portuguese on the Southwestern coast of Sri Lanka. The initial fortifications, which were built in the late 16th century, were quite basic. However the fort underwent extensive modifications in the 17th century by the Dutch, making it one of the most important archeological, architectural and historic monuments to illustrate the European influence in South East Asia between the 16th and 19th centuries. According to a statement by UNESCO the site was recognized as a World Heritage Site for its unique exposition of an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries which is the criterion number four for such recognition.

Overnight at Hotel

DAY 12 :  Whale & Dolphin watching

Pack an early breakfast & proceed for a Whale Watching tour.

The ever smiling, mischievous dolphins will put on a show while some of the oldest and the largest sea creatures, the humpback and the blue whales, will nonchalantly glide past you, when you embark on a whale/ dolphin watching excursion off the Southern, Eastern or the West coast of Sri Lanka. The ideal locations for whale watching would be Dondra Point (accessible from Galle, Hikkaduwa and Mirissa) and Trincomalee while the sea off Kalpitiya teems with an abundance of dolphins.

Overnight at Hotel

DAY 13 & 14.  Scuba Diving

There are many Scuba Diving sites in Sri Lanka that spread out across the Western, Southern and Eastern coasts of the island. These locations are of such variety and beauty enabling even amateur scuba divers as well as the experienced ones revel in the opportunities presented.

Sri Lanka’s Scuba Diving sites offer opportunities for all to enjoy wreck diving, explore reefs and their abundance of marine life. Sri Lanka is an all year round Scuba Diving destination. Most of the reputed dive centers offer PADI certifications that may take about 3 to 4 days to complete. Scuba Diving operators generally have small boats (for about 6 divers) and larger boats for about 15 divers. You can reach these Scuba Diving Sites within 10 to 45 minutes depending upon the distance to the location from the shore.

For centuries Sri Lanka was featured prominently across the central Asian maritime shipping routes where spices and tea were shipped from Asia. During the Second World War, Sri Lanka was a strategic location in transportation through the Suez Canal and the Strait of Malacca. During the centuries since the colonial era, the coastline of Sri Lanka has claimed numerous vessels. The historical records have revealed of a possible existence of over 200 shipwrecks around the coast of Sri Lanka which could have been during the 500 years of the maritime powers of Portuguese, Dutch and the British. Of the ships that were discovered, many of the wrecks have been disintegrated owing to the unceasing events of the ocean. Marine life is in great abundance in and around these wreckage sites and are must-see places if you ever happen to visit the island.

DAY 15.

Morning at leisure then proceed to the airport in time for the flight home.

 

As we wish you a final farewell, we hope to see you again

soon with many more memorable experiences on offer

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