Sri Lanka
Location
6 days
Duration
9/10
Physicality

Begin your in Sri Lanka at Colombo where you would be met by a ILH representative on arrival. Proceed to Negombo from the airport.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Colombo
TOUR DURATION 6 Days
TOUR ROUTE Colombo-Negombo–Dambulla-Sigiriya-Polonnaruwa-Kandy-Nuwara Eliya-Colombo
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Day 01: Colombo

Begin your in Sri Lanka at Colombo where you would be met by a ILH representative on arrival. Proceed to Negombo from the airport.
Overnights stay at the hotel in Negombo.
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Day 02: Negombo – Dambulla

After breakfast, we proceed towards Dambulla. On the way we stop at the World heritage Dambulla Cave temple complex: The rock of Dambulla is the centre of a Buddhist cave-temple complex established in the 3rd century B.C. and has been in continuous use for over 22 centuries. Check in to the hotel at Dambulla.
Overnights stay at the hotel in Dambulla.
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Day 03: Dambulla – Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa

Post breakfast we leave for Silgiriya to view the world Heritage Sigiriya rock fortress. Often referred to as the “eighth wonder of the world”, the fortress dates back from over 7,000 years. The garden city and the palace was built in 477 – 495 AD. In the afternoon visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. The entire landscape of the region is punctuated by huge man-made reservoirs, veritable inland seas the most famous of which is the Prakrama Samudra or the Sea of Parakrama, which is larger in size than the Colombo harbour. The monuments of this medieval city are relatively well preserved and give clear evidence of the glory of Sri Lanka’s past. You get to see the Royal Palace complex, the Quadrangle with its concentration of ancient heritage and the spectacular Gal Vihare complex of four massive images of the Buddha, cut from a single slab of granite – a highlight of ancient Sri Lankan rock carving. Return to the hotel in Dambulla by evening.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Dambulla.

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Day 04: Dambulla – Kandy

After breakfast we begin our journey for Kandy. Enroute visit an organic herb and spice garden in Matale. In Matale visit the Aluvihara Cave Temple. : After Buddha’s death, the Buddha Dhamma (a sort of imaginary bible for Buddhism) was passed on from generation to generation verbally by his pupils but later on it was
decided that they should write the ‘Tripitaka’ (the Pali) to preserve the Dhamma for future generations. However, when they realised that Anuradhapura was not suitable for this purpose, ‘Alokalena’ in Mathula Janapadaya, was chosen for this purpose. Alokalena’ is now known as Aluvihare in Matale.

On arrival at Kandy, you get to enjoy a city tour followed by a cultural dance show in the evening. Later in the day, visit the temple of the tooth relic, Sri DaladaMaligawa, a UNESCO world heritage site. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy and since ancient times, it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was also the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Kandy.

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Day 05: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast at the hotel in Kandy, we proceed towards Nuwara Eliya also known as the Little England, NuwaraEliya is the heart of Sri Lankan hill country. It is the home of the famous Ceylon Tea and the rolling mountains are a carpet of velvety green tea plantations, interspersed with gushing streams and tumbling waterfalls. The salubrious climate, misty glens and the decidedly Victorian style architecture and British character make Nuwara Eliya a must see on any Sri Lankan travel itinerary.

Enroute stop at the Royal Botanic Garden in Peradeniya. The garden is home to a collection of about 4000 plant species, including the Giant Bamboo, Double Coconut, over 180 species of gorgeous Orchids and the famous Ehetu tree which spreads its branches and foliage out to staggering 2000 square meters. The Royal Palm Avenue, lined with majestic palm trees, and the old suspension bridge over River Mahaweli at the far end of the Garden are worth your attention as well. The Sri Lanka National Herbarium is also situated in the Royal Botanic Garden of Peradeniya.

Later in the day, you also get to visit a tea Factory and a tea plantation.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

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Day 06: Nuwara Eliya – Colombo

Post breakfast, you begin your return journey to Colombo.En route we stop at the Elephant orphanage in Pinnawala: The Orphanage was started in order to provide care and protection to the many baby elephants found in the jungle without their mothers who had either died or have been killed. In some instances the baby had fallen into a pit and in others the mother had fallen in and died. Animals are allowed to roam freely during the day and a herd structure allowed to form. At 10.00 each morning and afternoon 14.00 the animals are walked 400 meters to the river for a two-hour bath and visitors can witness how they are guided through the narrow streets. Pinnawela has now become one of the biggest orphanages and is well known around the world.

On arrival in Colombo, take an afternoon city tour of Colombo also known as ‘the garden city of the East’, Walk past its shady boulevards, view the historic restoration of its landmark colonial architecture and take a look at Colombo’s old quarters where some great local food corners are located. The capital city Colombo stylish eateries, galleries and museums would be an excellent finish to your tour.

In the evening you are dropped back to the airport for your flight back home.

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