Elegant Sri Lanka Escape

Traveling to paradise to epitome and enjoy

About trip

Take your dream of traveling to paradise to epitome and enjoy a fascinating island holiday in Sri Lanka

Destinations

Colombo - Sigiriya - Dambulla - Kandy - Newara Eliya

Duration

5 nights / 6 days

Elegant Sri Lanka Escape

Your Escape Awaits…  From world-class beaches to UNESCO heritage sites to business centers, Sri Lanka has a considerable measure to offer. With the ability to venture to every part of the complete island within the day, no attraction is too far off.

 

A voyage of revelation along Sri Lanka’s delicate golden beaches, rich tropical backwoods and forests, unblemished hill countryside and ancient ruin heritage built centuries ago during the time of kingdom dynasties. Sri Lanka aides a very fascinating experience. In this tour of Sri Lanka, you will appreciate the ideal get-away vacation in this island of untold excellence and beauty.

starts £ 1135per person

Day 00 : Departure from UK

Departure from UK to begin your holiday experience

Day 01 : Arrival at Negombo

Upon arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport, which is named after former Prime Minister SWRD Bandaranaike and is located in a suburb of Negombo, you will meet our local Sri Lankan representative and tour guide and transfer to your hotel in Colombo.

 

After a welcome drink and lunch at the hotel, the tour day will start with a city tour of Colombo. A drive through the city and city-walk will take you to the Fort and Pettah, which is famous for its most colourful bazzar and is a sure win over. A bazaar with definite Middle Eastern flair, the Pettah is where Sri Lanka’s multi-culturalism is at its most pronounced. The district has been inhabited by Muslims, Sinhalese and Tamils, who contribute to an intoxicating mix of ethnicities in Colombo’s most colorful area and of course, it is the commercial area of the city and you will walk past tree-lined Colombo-07 Cinnamon Gardens.

 

During your city excursion, you will visit the Hindu Temple at Sea Street, lined with goldsmith’s shops, and the Dutch Church at Wolfendhal, which dates back to 1749. You will visit The Independence Memorial Hall, which was built for the commemoration of the independence of Sri Lanka from the British rule, and B.M.I.C.H – The Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall. You will also visit the replica of Avukana (Avukana) Buddha, which is 46-feet high, and rests on a fine lotus stone pedestal. This statue is a masterpiece of man’s artistry and creative skill. Avukana was built during the reign of King Dhatusena in the 5th Century. Standing over 40 feet high, Avukana is the tallest of the ancient Buddha statues, and is located near Kekirawa in the North Central Province of Srilanka.

 

You will also explore the Independence Square and the 120 year old Gangarama Temple (Vihara), located near the scenic Beira Lake, which is a mix of modern architecture and cultural essence.


After the exploration in Negombo, you will return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay in Colombo.

DAY 02 : Sigiriya or Simhagiri

After an early breakfast pickup from the hotel you will proceed to visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which is home to about 90 Wild Asian Elephants, out of which some are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. This National Botanical Garden or Wild Life Sanctuary is located northwest of the town of Kegalle adjoining the Maha Oya River, halfway between the Colombo and the ancient royal residence Kandy in the hills of central Sri Lanka.

 

After Lunch, thereafter, you will proceed up to Dambulla, famous for its Golden Temple, a sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries. This cave monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Dinner and overnight stay will be in Dambulla, Sigiriya or Habarana

DAY 03 : Dambulla

After breakfast, the day will start with a visit to explore Polonnaruwa and then you will proceed on a sightseeing tour. En-route, visit a wood carving factory. The ancient city of Polonnaruwa was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the second ancient city of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms and the capital of Sri Lanka from 11th – 13th Century, the kingdom is ornamented with splendid and spectacular status.  Lankatilake, Thivanka and Thuparama are the most beautiful and largest shrine ruins and Thivanka 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 the Parakrama Bahu statues are examples of Sinhalese stone carvings.  The Vata-da-ge is a unique creation of Sri Lankan artists and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.
Thereafter, you will experience the thrill of an elephant back safari in Habarana, a small city in the Anuradhapura District of Sri Lanka. Once you mount the Elephant, you will be taken deep in to the jungle, accompanied by a Mahout. During the journey, you will occasionally be able to spot a herd of wild elephants. You will experience a truly adventurous journey at Habarana jungle and the Minneriya sanctuary which is heavly populated by Asian elephants.

 

In the afternoon, on your return journey to Sigiriya or Shimagiri, you will climb the ancient Sigiriya Rock Fortress..

 

Sigiriya, which is home to the 5th Century ‘Fortress in the Sky”, is the most fantastic single wonder of the Island built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD).  It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the fortress.  Within it triple-moated defence the huge rock rises almost to a sheer height of 500ft. 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. These Frescos are painted in earth pigments on plaster. Sigiriya rock plateau is formed from magma of an extinct volcano, is 200 meters higher and surrounded by mist-wrapped jungles.Since the 3rd century BC, the rocky plateau of Sigiriya served as a monastery. In the second half of the 5th century, King Kasyapa decided to construct a royal residence here. Locals refer to it as the Eighth Wonder of the World. This ancient palace and fortress is located in the heart of the island between the towns of Dambulla and Habarane on a massive rocky plateau and is 370 meters above the sea level.

 

After your exploration at Sigiriya rock plateau, you will visit a Batik Factory where you can see the manufacturing of beautiful Batik prints. Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth, or cloth made using this technique. Batiks originated many centuries ago with the villagers and tribesmen of what are now the countries of Indonesia and Malaysia and has been brought to Sri Lanka by the Dutch. Over the past century the Indonesian art of batik-making has become firmly established in Sri Lanka.

 

In the evening you will return back to the hotel.

 

You will have dinner and stay overnight in Dambulla, Sigiriya or Habarana

DAY 04 : Kandy

After a stupendous breakfast, you will proceed to visit Kandy. It is the second major city in central Sri Lanka. It’s set on a plateau surrounded by mountains, which are home to tea plantations and a biodiverse rainforest.  In the heart of the city is the scenic Kandy Lake, which is popular for walking and relaxing. Kandy is famed for sacred Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth housed at Sri Dalada Maligawa shrine, and to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, the grand Kandy Esala Perahera annual procession, a festival celebrated with elegant costumes in Sri Lanka.

 

Then you will en-route your visit to the Dambulla Rock Temple, which is also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla and is a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka. It is Sri Lanka’s Largest Rock Cave Temple built on a 600 feet high rock and over 2000 feet in length. This Rock Cave temple is famous for the five cave temples on a rock, which was donated by King Valagambahu in the 1st century BC to Buddhist monks. The first 3 caves are better, older and larger than the other two. It is home to the World’s most acclaimed cave complex of magnificent Buddha murals, images and rock paintings of vivid colours on all the five cave walls and ceilings and there are more than 130 Buddha statues, statues of Gods and Kings are also found here. The Temple shapes were constructed and painted from around 2nd Century BC – the Anuradhapura era and continued up to the Kandyan era of the 18th Century. Sinhalese people call it ‘Dambulu Gala’ – Dambulla Rock.

 

On your way, you will visit the Spice Garden at Matale and explore the luscious world renowned spice and herbal plantations. Here you will learn about fragrant clove, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, mace and pepper, and many other favourites such as chocolate and vanilla. Your guide will explain the different spices and show how some of these spices are grown and processed. You can also purchase your requirements of spices. While being in a serene, healthy environment, you will have the privilege to eat Sri Lankan style home made lunch at the Spice Garden if interested.

 

Thereafter you will proceed to Kandy.

 

In the afternoon you will visit Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. This Buddhist temple was built between 1687 and 1707 in the royal palace complex of the Kandyan Kingdom of Kandy. The sacred tooth is believed to be the left upper canine tooth of the Lord Buddha himself. Legends says, it was brought to Sri Lanka in 313 AD, hidden in the hair of Princess Hemamali who fled the Hindu armies besieging her father’s kingdom in Odisha, India. It is considered to be Sri Lanka’s most prized possession.

 

The relic of the tooth is kept in a two-story inner shrine fronted by two large elephant tusks. The relic rests on a solid gold lotus flower, encased in jeweled caskets that sit on a throne.

 

The sacred tooth relic is taken out from its shrine only once a year, during the Esala Perahera, a 10-day torchlight parade of dancers and drummers, dignitaries, during which an ornamentally decorated royal male elephant carries the reliquary of the sacred tooth and leads the procession, flanked by two perfectly matched, smaller elephants. This ritual procession and festival began in the 18th century, and is now one of the better-known festivals in Asia, and it may be the largest Buddhist celebration in the world.

 

After your visit at the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, your journey will proceed on a sightseeing tour of Kandy including a visit to a Gem factory where you will see gems of all types that are found in Sri Lanka. Finally, you will see skilled artisans cutting and polishing the gems. You will also visit the Kandy Garrison cemetery; this beautifully kept garden cemetery was founded in 1817 for the internment of British-era colonists and is managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Thereafter, witness a Srilankan cultural show, which is a real entertainer and parts of it will take you by surprise, as you wouldn’t have seen anything like that before.

 

Your day’s journey will end with dinner and an overnight stay in Kandy

DAY 05 : Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast at the hotel, you will start your day with a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradneiya, located near the Mahaweli River. This largest and most impressive 60 hector botanic garden is renowned for its fine collection of orchids, medicinal plants and a stately avenue of palm trees. The biggest hit is the giant Javan fig tree on the great lawn, covering 2500 sq metres, it is like a giant, living geodesic dome. The origins of the Royal Botanic Gardens date as far back as 1821 when King Wickramabahu III ascended the throne.

 

After your romantic exploration through the Royal Garden, you will take a luxury train ride from Peradeniya to Nanu Oya, a village named after the Nanu Oya river located within the Nuwara Eliya District. You will enjoy complementary lunch with wifi on board. Your tour guide will pick you up from Nanu Oya station and you will proceed on a city tour of Nuwara Eliya, meaning “city on the plain – table land” or “city of light”. Also often referred to as The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, this toy town has the rose-tinted English countryside feel to it and its ambiance 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. Nuwara-Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia.
In the evening, you will return back to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya .

DAY 06 : Departure to UK

Enjoy your breakfast with Srilankan tea at the scenic view of morning mist covered mountains. After breakfast, you will be transferred up to the Airport or down to south beach in Bentota, which is Sri Lanka’s most famous golden beach, that has a beautiful succession of gentle, curved bays backed by the large lagoon of the Bentota River.

Sri Lanka, once in the past known as Ceylon, is an island country South of India in the Indian Ocean. It is celebrated around the world for its antiquated Buddhist remnants, including the fifth century citadel Sigiriya, with its castle and frescoes. The city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka’s ancient capital, has numerous remnants going back over 2,000 years. 

 

Sri Lanka is a melting pot of diverse cultures, religions, nationalities and personalities. Its assorted scenes range from rich heritage rainforest and dry fields, to exotic mountains, diverse wildlife, golden and sandy shorelines which will lure you in. Explore the island’s scenic beauty and sightseeing to get an amazing experience of the city of Colombo which boasts of huge colonial mansions. You can relax and spend a beach holiday where you will get to explore the tranquility of the overlapping waves in places like Negombo, Bentota, Kalutara, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Weligama, Arugam Bay, Mirissa and Matara. Water sports like scuba diving, surfing, kite surfing and many more are very famous in Sri Lanka and most tourists visit this island to enjoy these water rides.

 

You will stay in Colombo and the tour will cover your travel to Sigiriya via Pinnawala, and visit Dambulla Rock Temple, Matale Spice Garden and explore Kandy. Continue your journey through the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya, to Yala for wildlife. Then travel to the South West coast via Galle and Capital city Colombo for some last minute shopping and to enjoy the nightlife.

 

Gear up for a holiday that you would never want to end.

PRICES / TERMS & CONDITIONS

(All prices as offered in Pound Sterling – Minimum two persons traveling)

 

Winter Offer :  Starting from : £ 1135.00 per person

*Supplements may apply peak periods, city sold out dates, and high seasons.

PACKAGE COST INCLUDES:

  • Economy class returns flights from UK
  • Meet and assist arrival and departure at the airport.
  • Tour as per the itinerary
  • Transport is by air-conditioned car with an English speaking driver/guide.
  • 5 nights accommodation based on half board basis in hotels mentioned or similar.
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary.
  • Elephant back safari in Habarana
  • Luxury train ride from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya (1st class)
  • Current Service charges and local taxes

 

PACKAGE COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Any additional excursions not specified in the itinerary.
  • Lunch and any additional meals/snacks.
  • Tips for services of local guides and drivers
  • Expenditures of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs and laundry etc.
  • Any personal expenses

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