Welcome & assistance at the airport transfer to Colombo. Installation at the hotel & relax. PM at 15:00 Colombo city tour. Visit the fascinating city of Colombo, which links the past with the present. You will visit the Fort area, the commercial center, and Pettah Colombo’s bustling bazaar area, Cinnamon gardens that are full of large residences, Buddhist temples, Hindu temples & mosques. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
2 Colombo, Negombo, Mihintale, Anuradhapura
After bfast leave for Anuradhapura, En-route visit the fishing village in Negombo, which is the center of the islands fishing community. It is largely Roman Catholic by faith, with huge imposing churches down almost every street. The sea & the catamarans are the backdrop to the Negombo scenery. PM visit Mihintale. In 247 B.C. Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka on the mountain of Mihintale. Since then, various kings of Sri Lanka have blessed this rock with magnificent masterpieces of architecture. These include a hospital, a monastic complex, stupas and dagebas. While some of these structures are in an almost perfect state of preservation, some others are in complete ruin. The most spectacular of these is the Kantaka Chaitiya, which displays some of the finest architecture of the early Anuradhapura era. Continuation to Anuradhapura overnight at hotel.
After bfast visit the 1st Ancient capital of Sri Lanka Anuradhapura visit the ruins of the first capital founded in the 05th century B.C here is found the largest number of ancient monuments of a great civilization. ‘’ Sri Mahabodhi ‘’ the oldest historically documented tree in the world is over 2200 years. There are monuments such as Ruwanveliseya dageba, 2nd century bc with its famous elephant wall; Thuparama dageba 3rd century B.C; The pillars of the brazen palace which once had nine storeys; the image of the Samadhi Buddha, one of the finest places of Buddhist sculpture; the twin ponds; guard stones & moonstones. Evening return to hotel for overnight stay.
4 Aukana, Sigiriya
After bfast leave to Sigiriya En-route visit Aukana. What may be called one of the wonders of the world is the tall, standing statue of the Buddha at Aukana, another architectural marvel of the ancient Sinhalese. The rock cut statue which stands 39 feet above its decorated lotus plinth and 10 feet across the shoulders, belongs to the period of King Dhatusena (459-477 AD), the builder of the great reservoir Kalawewa. It has been very well preserved over the years. It is a unique creation by an unknown sculptor. Then continuation to Sigiriya, Climb the rock of Sigiriya. The history of Sigiriya dates back to over 5000 thousand years, to the Mesolithic period. One of Sri Lanka’s major attractions and a World Heritage Site, Sigiriya (Lion Rock) came into prominence in the 5th century AD, when the patricidal King Kashyapa, afraid of reprisals led by his half - brother, Mogolan, chose to move the seat of power from Anuradhapura to this 500 m rock. It was Kashyapa and his master-builders who were responsible for the complex plan, which made Sigiriya the glorious capital it was, for 17 years (477 – 495 AD). The frescoes of the “heavenly maidens” halfway up the rock in a sheltered gallery, are the only painted renderings of a secular subject in this country. The ‘mirror wall ‘, which records the poetic outpourings of early visitors to the rock and the colossal plan of the royal palace, water gardens and fortifications, is entirely fascinating Evening relax at the hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.
5 Polonnaruwa , Medirigiriya
After bfast leave for Polonnaruwa & visit the 2nd capital of Sinhalese kings dating back to the 11th & 12th century A.D the entire landscape of the region is punctuated by huge man-made reservoirs, the most famous of which is the ‘’Parakrama Samudra’’. Numerous monuments are found in this city & "gal vihara" complex is one of the best among them with the fine sculptures of the recumbent, standing and seated Buddha’s. Late afternoon visit Medirigiriya. The Vatadage at Medirigiriya is generally considered to be the best Vatadage in the country. The circular building known as a Vatadage was constructed to house and protect a dageba built to enshrine the sacred relics of the Buddha. Another superb creation is the stairway comprising 27 granite steps to climb up to the Vatadage. Close to the Vatadage, discoveries had been made of the ruins of an old hospital and a temple building, which was 50 feet, by 33 feet. There are remains of an herbal medicine bath shaped like the lower half of a coffin .Return to hotel for overnight stay.
6 Dambulla, Matale, Nalanda, Kandy
After b-fast leave for Kandy, En-route visits the rock cave temple of Dambulla a vast isolated rock mass 500 ft and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was here that King Valagambahu took refuge in the 1st century B.C. The view from the top of this rock is breathtaking 350 ft. above are a series of five caves which was later turned into a magnificent rock temple by King Valagambahu. IIn the first cave is a recumbent image of the Buddha 47 ft, long, cut out from the rock there are images of deities associated with Buddhism. The frescoes on the walls and ceiling could be dated to the 15th - 18th centuries. In the second cave, the finest and the largest the ceiling too is covered with frescoes, which depict great events in the life of the Buddha, and landmarks in the history of the Singhala People. Visit Nalanda Gedige the Abu Simbel of Sri Lanka. Then visit a spice garden & batik factory in Matale. En-route to Kandy P.M. arrive at hotel in Kandy, The center of the traditional arts in Sri Lanka. Visit the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Buddha. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
7 Kandy, Pinnawela, Kandy
After bfast leave for Pinnawela & visit the Elephant Orphanage. This orphanage was established to feed nurse & house young elephants found abandoned by their mothers. Often the young ones fall into pits and ravines in their request for water during drought period. P.M visit the city of Kandy. The most famous landmark of Kandy is its lake, in the center of the city. The Kandy market is a great bazaar full of the sounds of exiting trade. Late in the evening view the Kandyan cultural performance. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
8 Kandy, Mahiyanganaya, Kandy
After bfast leave for Mahiyanganaya, marks the Buddha's first visit to Sri Lanka over 25 centuries ago, nine months after His Enlightenment. On this occasion He visited Mahiyanganaya to restore peace among the warring Yakkha tribes, one of the legendary inhabitants of this island at the time. According to the Mahavamsa, the Buddha arrived in the beautiful Mahanaga Park on the right bank of the Mahaweli as the battle gongs were sounded and the battle drums beaten and the Yakkhas poised for combat. Noticing a stranger in yellow robes appearing in their midst, the Yakkhas it is said, fled to the nearby jungles. Later however, a few of them returned and listened to the Buddha's discourse, having laid aside their battle axes and paying reverence to Him. Having preached His message of peace and restored calm among the Yakkhas, the Buddha returned to India from where He had come. So much for the Mahiyanganaya episode You will visit the Mahiyanganaya Veddas village enjoy some time in the village getting to know the life style of Veddas the primitive people of Sri Lanka. Return to hotel for overnight.
9 Kandy, Peradeniya, Nuwaraeliya
After bfast visit the royal botanical gardens of Peradeniya, which is well, known for it’s large number and variety of plants, ornamental, decorative, useful & medicinal. More than 4000 species include indigenous and introduced plants. This garden is best known for its collection of orchids the largest in Asia. P.M leave for Nuwaraeliya the center of hill country, En-route visit a tea plantation and witness the manufacture of the world famous ‘’ Ceylon tea ‘’. This route is one of the most beautiful routes of Sri Lanka. Spend the evening walking in the cool Climate. Overnight at.
10 Nuwareliya, Horton Plains, Nuwareliya
With picnic b-fast leave for Horton Plains by jeep, this is a windswept plateau over 2000 meters high, forbidding and awesome and interspersed with forest and the country's second and third highest mountains, Pattipola and Totapola. These misty, silent grasslands streaked with icy rivulets offer some excellent walks, the most famous being to World's end. This is a 4 km hike from the Far Inn, a former guesthouse that is now the office of the National Park. In the early morning, a crescent of silver glimmers in the far distance pinpointing the Indian Ocean The escarpment drops dramatically for 230 meters and falls away steeply for another thousand or so thus earning its name. Return to hotel for freshening up & afternoon visit the Hakgala botanical gardens, Overnight stay at the hotel.
11 Nuwaraeliya, Katragama, Yala
After bfast leave for Katragama stop at Ella to admire the magnificent view & the sacred city of Katragama P.M safari in Yala Park by jeep. The Elephant is undoubtedly the best-known attraction at Yala, seen in small & large herds. Herds of spotted deer are seen all over the park. Monkeys-the pinkish rhesus and the Grey-faced Langur monkey live and play on the treetops and the ground below. Wild buffalo & wild boar could give you a good surprise & the sight of a leopard sunning itself or drinking water at a water hole could be memorable experience. The peacock is easily the most famous of the birds at Yala. The painted stork, many varieties of heron, the spoonbill, the bee-eater, parakeets, kingfisher & woodpecker are some of the birds can be seen in the park. Overnight stay at hotel.
12 Weligama , Galle, Beach
After bfast leave for the beach hotel, En-route see the Stilt fisherman in Weligama & visit the city of Galle the Old Portuguese fort, later rebuilt and extended by the Dutch is still fine preservation. Most of the administration of Galle still takes place from the fort. The view from the ramparts is superb. Evening relax at the beach hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel
13 Beach. Free relax at the beach hotel on Half Board Basis
14 Beach. Free relax at the beach hotel on Half Board Basis
15 Beach Airport. B-fast morning free relax at the beach hotel. Check out 12:00 transfer to airport.
Maximum number of clients per group will be Twelve pax. All tours will operate even if there are only two pax reserved for a particular date. You can be rest assured that your tour is confirmed at the special rate.
Perahara Period – 15th Aug to 24th August. Per room per night extra During Kandy Hotel nights only. USD 25
High Peak Period – 15th December to 15th January extra charges. Half Twin/Double - USD 40 per person extra. Single Room Supplement extra - USD 40
If clients are on tour during these nights. Compulsory Xmas dinner supplement 24th Dec will apply - USD 30 per person. Compulsory New Year dinner supplement 31st Dec will apply - USD 60 per person.
Entrance fees charges as per the Programme for all visits payment made directly by clients will cost around USD 175 per person.Some places of visits will provide children under 12 year's half rate charges.(Entrance Fees are Subject to Change without Prior Notice some times slightly)
Free extra services with compliments of Acme Travels. Negombo Dutch canal boat trip. One Sri Lankan Style Lunch during the tour free. Train tickets for a joy ride in the Hill Country area. Entrance Tickets to view the cultural dance show in Kandy.
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