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KANDY - the hill capital. Venue of the annual Perahera. 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.
* Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya, Sixty Seven hectares of exquisite beauty and botanical treasurers containing more than 4000 species, this is haven not only for Scientists but to every nature lover as well.
* 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 Orison princess’ 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.
NUWARA ELIYA - The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coldest places on the island, but is really just like an England spring day although the temperature does drop at night.
All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence. Houses are like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions.
* Seethaeliya – the little Kovil dedicated to Seetha with statue of Rama, Lakshmana and Hanuman.
* Tea Plantation - Tea was first planted in Sri Lanka in 1824 at the Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, when a few plants were brought from China. More were introduced from Assam in 1839. In 1867 a Scottish Planter named James Taylor planted tea seedlings on an 8 hectares of forestland, in the Loolcondura Estate.
YALA is a haven for Fauna both indigenous and migrant. Bird concentrations are by the Lagoons/Salvers. Here are thousands of Flamingoes, Assemblies of spotted Billed Pelicans, Spoonbills, Cormorants and various species of Herons. Pheasants, Pea Fowl, Peacocks and the Wild Fowl are found in hundreds. Wild Buffalo and herds of wild Elephants are a common sight. Whether it is birds or animals you have them all at Yala.
GALLE - Sri Lanka’s most historically interesting town is Galle. Built on a premonitory rock in the south of the Island. It was a major port until about 100 years, but today still handles shipping and sailing boats in the natural harbor.
Stroll around the Light House and harbor or visit the old town where you can see the traditional lace makers and carvers and purchase some the finest shell-craft souvenirs in the world.
COLOMBO a drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens. Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street - the Goldsmith’s quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area, where is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749. The historic Dawatagaha Mosque and the former Eye Hospital are two buildings in Cinnamon Gardens worth looking at. Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha and the Independence Square.
* Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage - Started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded, the orphanage has grown to be a big family today. A unique experience never to be missed.
On completion transfer to Sigiriya via Dambulla.
DAMBULLA is a vast isolated rock mass 500ft high and a mile around the base. Here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century BC. The caves of Dambulla sheltered the King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne he built the most magnificent of Rock Temples to be found on the Island.
* Sigiriya is 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 used to stand at the entrance to the fortress. Within its triple-moated defence 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 colour.
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 Ruvanveli 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 renowned 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.
Trincomalee SHANKAREE DEVI SHAKTHI PEETAM TEMPLE: Adjacent to Trincomalee's famous Koneshwaram temple there is another shrine it is small in size but of some significance for Hindu pilgrims. This Shankaridevi temple is a reconstruction at a new place. The original Shanakridevi temple, said to be built by Ravana, was the first in the list of AshtaDasha (18) Shakti Pitas written down by AdiShankara, but it's whole cliff was destroyed by Portuguese cannon balls. Only a pillar for period.Nallur is renowned for the strict discipline, order and timing of its puja ceremonies and became a landmark of Tamil Hindu cultural pride. THIRUKONESHWARAM TEMPLE: ThiruKoneshwaram, lovely located on a rock promontory of Trincomalee, was built by Rishi Agastya on the instructions of Lord Shiva who was impressed by the devotion of King Ravana. This place is unique in this respect, the Lord building a temple for his devotee as a reward for his devotion. Lord Rama is believed to have offered his prayers here, too, in order to get rid of the malediction of killing Ravana who was a Brahmin, meaning BrahmahasthiDosham. The famous temple built here during the glorious era of the Tamil Pallava and Chola and Pandya empires, was destructed by bigoted Portuguese Christians between 1622 and 1624.
Climate and Weather – Averagely throughout the Year
Colombo – 23’ – 29’ c
Sigiriya – 29’ – 32’ c
Kandy – 25’ – 27’ c
Nuwara Eliya – 11’ – 20’ c
Negombo – 23’ – 29’ c
What to Wear
Cotton Clothing and lightweight suits are most suitable. As beach wear wide brimmed hats and sunglasses are recommended. In upcountry one should wear pullovers, medium thick slacks, as climate could turn cold. When visiting places of religious importance one must be properly attired. (like wearing longs). A pair of sandals would come in handy. It is advised to wear long pants for men and women both at all temples and restaurants at hotel Sri Lankan culture does not allow to wear shorts at these places, we must honor their culture, even sleeve less is also not allowed.
Day 1: Arrive at Colombo airport by 20:30 Jet airways flight leave for Negombo have Dinner and night stay at hotel at Negombo. ( D)
Day 2: (Kandy) After breakfast check out leave for Chilaw Visit Muneswaram Temple Chilaw . Visit Manawari Temple at Chilaw. Pinnawala elephant orphanage. Reach Kandy overnight at hotel. ( B. D)
Day 3: After breakfast leave for Tooth relic temple, view from upper lake, Visit to Gems museum and wood carving factory/show room (B, D).
Day 4: After breakfast leave for, visit Hanuman temple at Ramboda, visit Sita Amman temple, Gayatri Mandir, evening free to see beauty of Nuwara Eliya. Overnight at Hotel. ( B, D)
Day 5: Early Morning we go to Tea factory and Boating at Greagory lake, Hakgala Gardens, Nuwara Eliya come back and stay at Hotel. (B, D)
Day 6: Leave for Bentota and rest day at enjoy Bentota beach at Hotel. (B, D)
Day 7: Leave for Banapitiya for Back water boating and go straight to Colombo enroute visit Enroute visit to the Panchamuga Anjaneyar temple in Dehiwala. And Kelaniya at Colombo. Check in Hotel at Colombo. Late night leave for air port at 3:00 am (B, D)
B = Breakfast D = Dinner
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Above Price does not include
(Entrance fees to be paid directly as applicable for different programs. (Entrance Fees are Subject to Change without Prior Notice)
Visits to wild life parks will be at client's own risk. The jeeps available are very basic with basic insurance cover (not comprehensive as in the case of the vehicle, which will be used on the tour).
The official check-in time at all hotels will be 1200hrs.
The official check-out time at all hotels will be 1100hrs.
Cancellation policy will be applicable for any reduction of rooms after the release period.