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Sri Lanka Classical Tours

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Sri Lanka Classical Tours

This tour will explore the wide variety of facets that Sri Lanka has been blessed with; superb beaches, exotic wildlife, cool uplands, proud heritage and much more. We will show you all this in just 9 nights / 10 days of traveling around the wonderful island of paradise.

Tour Plan - 7 Nights / 8 Days

Day 1 / Airport - Sigiriya
Once you arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport, which is one of the two international airports serving the city of Colombo, you will be greeted by our tour representatives, and from there your journey towards Sigiriya will begin. Upon arriving in Sigiriya you will check-in at the hotel, and spend the rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize.

Over-night at a hotel in Sigiriya.
Day 2 / SIGIRIYA / ANURADHAPURA / MIHINTALE / SIGIRIYA
After breakfast you will be taken on a tour to Anuradhapura, which was one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilization. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was the centre of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries. A Sri Lankan tour is never complete without a visit to Anuradhapura and that’s exactly why we start our package with it.

In the afternoon, you will be taken on a visit to Mihintale, which is a mountain peak near Anuradhapura. It is believed by Sri Lankans to be the site of a meeting between the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa which inaugurated the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. It is now a pilgrimage site, and the site of several religious monuments and abandoned structures. You will be taken to the summit of the mountain which is exactly 1,840 stairs, from where you can enjoy the Sri Lankan weather and the natural view, which would blow you away with its pureness.

You will stay over-night at a hotel in Sigiriya. Hill country resorts in Sri Lanka are very famous for their hospitality and are very comfy.
Day 3 / SIGIRIYA / POLONNARUWA / SIGIRIYA
After breakfast you will be taken on a tour to Polonnaruwa. On your way to Polonnaruwa you will make your way to Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Sigiriya is an ancient palace located in the central Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. King Kasyapa built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes and the gateway is in the form of an enormous lion. Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site.

Your next stop would be at Polonnaruwa. The second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated the Chola invaders in 1070 to reunite the country once more under a local leader. Today the ancient city of Polonnaruwa remains one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in the country, standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the Kingdom's first rulers. Its beauty was also used as a backdrop to filmed scenes for the Duran Duran music video Save a Prayer in 1982. The ancient city of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. A tourist attraction in Polonnaruwa is the Gal Vihara, where you will see three enormous Buddha statues carved out of one single rock.

To finish things off for the day, you will head to the New Museum where all the above places are displayed with modules.

You will stay over-night at a hotel in Sigiriya. Hill country resorts in Sri Lanka are very famous for their hospitality and are very comfy.
Day 4 / SIGIRIYA / DAMBULLA / KANDY
On day 4 you will start your journey towards Kandy. Kandy is the second largest city in the country after Colombo and was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. The main roads Colombo-Kandy and Kandy-Nuwara Eliya are two of the most scenic roads of Sri Lanka; Colombo-Kandy road passes through rubber plantations and rice paddies, Kandy-Nuwara Eliya road cuts through paddy fields and seamless tea plantations. Also known as the hill capital of Sri Lanka and hosts the annual Esela Perehera that takes place in the month of August showcasing more than 100 finely decorated elephants.

On your way to Kandy, you will visit the Dambulla cave temple, which is also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla, a World Heritage Site. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka and the rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain statues and paintings related to Lord Buddha’s life. A total of 160 statues; 153 Buddha statues, 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of gods and goddesses are found here. The murals cover an area of 2,100 square metres.

The day will also feature a visit to Matale. Surrounding the town are the Knuckles Mountain Range, the foothills were called Wiltshire by the British. It is a mainly agricultural area, where tea, rubber, vegetable and spice cultivation dominate. Your visit would be to a spice garden and a batik factory. Where you will witness the technique of manual wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth.

You will head back to Kandy and check in at a hotel in Kandy. Kandy hotels are famous for their gorgeous views, cosy rooms, and excellent food which suit all palettes.

At 6:00 PM you will be taken to watch the Kandyan dance, and then to see the Dalada Maligawa. Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.
Day 5 / KANDY / PINNAWELA / NUWARA ELIYA
A fresh day, a fresh quest. You will be visiting the very famous Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage today. This is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village. After completing this lap of the journey you will head back to Kandy, where you will visit the Royal Botanical Garden. This garden attracts 2 million visitors annually. Stretching to almost 147 acres of land, it includes more than 4,000 species of plants, including of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees.

After completing the visit of the botanical gardens you will leave for Nuwara Eliya. En-route to Nuwara Eliya, your next stop will be at a famous Tea Factory, which produces the most famous Ceylon Tea, where you will get hands on experience on the process of making tea. You will also have the opportunity to sample and buy unblended, high grown & high quality tea. Next you will make a stop at one of the most picturesque golf courses in Asia.

To relax for the rest of the day you will check-in at a hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 6 / NUWARA ELIYA / TISSAMAHARAMA
Today you will leave for Kataragama, a pilgrimage town sacred to Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka. On the way see Ravana waterfalls. Check-in at the hotel in Kataragama.

Around 3:00 PM you will leave for a jeep safari of the Yala National Park. This is the ideal chance for wildlife safari Sri Lankan style, and a chance wildlife photography enthusiasts must not miss. Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public, and also adjoining parks. The park is the best example for an In-Situ conservation area, and is rich in diversity among the species, which include genetic variations of the same kind of species. The park itself serves as the home for a number of animals, especially sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, wild boar, water buffalo (toque-macaque, common langur, jak, sloth bear, toddy cat, leopard, black-naped hare, small Indian civet, endemic golden palm civet, three species of mongoose (herpestes fuscus, herpestes smithi and herpestes vitticollis), endemic shrew, soft-furred field rat, Indian bush rat, and the famous Sri Lankan elephants. The park is also famous for its bird life which are aplenty, and includes very rare bird kinds; Indian cormorant, osprey, spur fowl, Sri Lanka jungle fowl, Malabar pied hornbill, Sri Lanka grey hornbill, warblers, and capped babbler. Among the raptors (birds of prey) are crested serpent, hawk, fish eagles, brahminy, black-winged kites, & the lovely white-bellied sea-eagle. Not only is the park a sanctuary for birds and animals, it is home for classified vegetation types such as Sain, Halmilla, Ebony, Ehala, Kolon, Milla, Kon, Kunumella, Satin, Lunumidella, Kumbuk, and the endemic Mandorang.

To relax for the rest of the day you will stay over-night at the hotel in Kataragama.
Day 7 / TISSAMAHARAMA / GALLE / COLOMBO
On this day you will leave back for Colombo. On your way you will pass through Hambantota which is famous for its salterns, and bird sanctuary nearby, and you will be able to see the stilt fisherman at Weligama, which has been a rave hit on calendars worldwide. You will also visit Galle. Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by the Portuguese in South and Southeast Asia, showing the interaction between Portuguese architectural styles and native traditions. The city was extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. The Galle fort is a world heritage site and is the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers. The view from Galle Fort is something you cannot get anywhere else, with sea on one-side and the buzzing city on the other-side, you should keep your cameras ready for the picture of your life-time.

Upon completion of the sightseeing, you will continue the journey to Colombo, and will enjoy a brief Colombo city tour, in an open bus or a vehicle of choice based on the weather.

Over-night at hotel in Colombo.
Day 8 / COLOMBO / AIRPORT
You will leave for the airport in time for the departure flight.
 
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