ESSENTIAL SRI LANKA
ESSENTIAL SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka, a verdant paradise whose shores are washed by the sinuous
waters of the Indian Ocean. Where exuberant tropical forests clothe the
slopes of the mountains that raise their heads to the clouds in the interior.
Whose history of trade and diverse cultural influences from across the
seven seas have given rise to a wonderful vibrancy that permeates every
aspect of life. This short introductory tour to Sri Lanka includes all that is
essential, sites and places you just can’t miss. From Colombo, the dynamic
capital city and commercial centre to Buddhist viharas, Hindu temples and
ancient fortifications. Visit the elephant orphanage at Pinnawela to watch
over 65 of these gentle pachyderms cavort in the river at bathing time;
climb the ‘Fortress in the Sky’ at Sigiriya to admire the ruins of the Royal
Palace on the summit. Stop at Kandy, the home of the “Dalada Maligawa” -
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, one of the most sacred
sites for Buddhists the world over.
Accommodation is in the best hotels with interesting local styles and
modern comforts; distances are reasonable and the drive easy. In short, it
has all the makings of a great holiday
DAY 01 ARRIVAL Reception and welcome at Colombo
airport followed by transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon drive
through the city to the Fort and Pettah - the commercial area of
DAY 02 COLOMBO Absorb the mutli cutlural heritage
of the city - the Hindu Temple at Sea Street. the old
Dutch Church at Wolfendaal, the historic Davatagaha Mosque,
the replica of Avukana Buddha, the modern Independence Hall.
DAY 03 COLOMBO ~ SIGIRIYA After breakfast leave
for Sigiriya visiting Pinnawela, the orphanage for
abandoned and wounded elephants en route.
DAY 04 SIGIRIYA ~ POLONURUWA ~ SIGIRIYA It is a full day
excursion to Polonnaruwa.
DAY 05 SIGIRIYA ~ KANDY (DAMBULLA, MATALE) After breakfast
drive to Kandy. Breaking journey to visit the
Dambulla Cave Temple as well as a Spice Garden and a Batik
Factory in Matale.
DAY 06 KANDY - NUWARA ELIYA En route to Nuwara Eliya
after breakfast, visit a tea Plantation.
DAY 07 NUWARA ELIYA A day dedicated to leisure and relaxation.
DAY 08 NUWARA ELIYA ~ COLOMBO ~ DEPARTURE Leave for
Colombo after breakfast and transfer to the airport in time for
your flight out.