Sri Lankan Delights
October – March
Sri Lanka is rich in heritage, a lot of ancient cities, temples and caves abound. World renowned UNESCO sites and beautiful sacred forests and a stunning variety of flora and fauna are all jostling for space. In our tour we start our journey at Colombo and then take in the ancient city of Sigiriya, here we spend a day and visit Kandy before heading to the city of Colombo. A tour that will transport you back in space and time…. Experience Sri Lanka like never before!
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Soft Plus
Group Size Small Group
- Climb atop the Sigiriya rock
- Go for a jeep safari in Minneriya National Park
- Visit to Dambulla caves & the Tooth Relic temple.
- Type of Tour : Road Trip
- Grade : Soft+
- Maximum Altitude : 2100m/6890 ft.
- Tour Duration : 05 Nights
- Best Season : Oct. – Mar.
- Ex-Destination : Colombo Airport
- Accommodation (Nights) : Hotel – 05
- Food Plan : Bed & Breakfast basis.
- Travel & Transport : Transfers and sightseeing in small vehicle/coach.
- Transfer and sightseeing in small vehicles/coach.
- Complimentary Sack & Cap.
- Visa Fees.
- Goods & Service Tax as applicable.
- Travel to & from Colombo.
- Monument & National Park entry fees.
- Any expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry, liquor, etc.
- Any kind of insurance such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation, etc.
- Tips to hotel staff, driver, guide, etc.
- Any extra costs incurred due to extension/change of the itinerary because of natural calamities, flight delays, road blocks, vehicle breakdown etc. factors beyond the control of “Countryside Adventure Holidays Pvt. Ltd.” and its associates.
- Items not specified in “Cost Includes”.
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Arrival at Colombo Airport; Proceed to Sigiriya (154 km; 4-5 hrs)
On arrival at Colombo Airport, we drive to Sigiriya. We have our breakfast enroute. Sigiriya will be our base for the next two days to explore what central Sri Lanka has to offer. Overnight stay at a hotel in Sigiriya.
Morning safari at Minneriya National park (17 km, approx. ½ hour) and later Visit Polonnaruwa (36 km, approx. 1 hrs)
Morning and we are ready to visit the Minneriya National Park. Dominated by the ancient Minneriya Tank this national park has plenty of scrub and light forest to provide shelter for its Purple-faced Langur, Toque Macaque, Sambar Deer, Spotted Deer, Leopard and Sloth Bear. In the dry season some reports account number of elephants on the edges of the reservoir to be as high as 150 – 200.
Post lunch we will be visiting the second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s kingdom. Polonnaruwa (a UNESCO World Heritage site) 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 King Parakramabahu-I’s reign. Overnights stay at a hotel in Sigiriya.
Visit to Sigiriya Rock Fortress (18 km; approx. ½ hr)
Today we move onto the ancient city of Sigiriya (a UNESCO World Heritage site), the so-called ‘Fortress in the Sky’. Sigiriya is the hardened magma plug of an extinct volcano that long ago eroded away. It is surrounded by an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs and has some renowned frescoes half-way up the rock face. These frescoes have a close resemblance to some of the paintings seen in the Ajanta cave in India. The Gardens of the Sigiriya city are one of the most important aspects of the site, as it is among the oldest landscaped gardens in the world. The gardens are divided into three distinct but linked forms: water gardens, cave and boulder gardens, and terraced gardens. The Mirror Wall and the Lion Paws are also worth seeing. Sigiriya has a bit of everything to offer to the visitors; history, art, archaeological discoveries, the magnificent views and the continuous expanse of jungle. Overnight stay at a hotel in Sigiriya.
Visit to Dambulla Caves; Drive to Kandy (95 km; 3 hrs)
Today is the day for visiting a few more World Heritage sites. We start with Dambulla Cave Temple. Dating back to the 1st century BC, when King Valagamba, driven out of Anuradhapura, took refuge here. When he regained his throne, he had the interiors of the caves carved into magnificent rock temples. This is the most impressive cave temple in Asia. It has five caves under a vast overhanging rock, carved with a drip line to keep the interiors dry.
If, by now you start feeling that you have seen enough archaeological sites and ancient cities then please don’t worry for from here we travel into hilly country crossing tea and spice plantations to reach the Hill station of Kandy to rest for the day. We have lunch enroute. Kandy is one of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka, surrounding an artificial lake; it is both an administrative and religious city. It is the capital of the Central Province and also of Kandy District. The city is located in between multiple mountain ranges including the Knuckles mountain range and the Hanthana Mountain Range, giving the city an elevation of 500 metres above sea level. Overnights stay in a hotel at Kandy.
Drive to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage (45 km; 1½ hrs) Proceed to Colombo (94 km; 3 hr)
Today, we check out from the hotel & visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage enroute. Here we can see the largest herd of captive Asian Elephants in the world. It was established in 1975 on a 25 acre preserve for taking care of orphaned baby elephants found in the wild. Later on in 1982 an elephant breeding program was launched. Here we get to see some 80 plus elephants feeding, bathing, naughty baby elephants playing amongst themselves and at times literally trying topush the visitors around. After this brief stop at Pinnawela we move onto Colombo.
Post breakfast, drive to airport for final departure.
End of Arrangements….
Accommodation & Food:
- At all places in a hotel on twin sharing basis; Bed & Breakfast Basis.