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08NTS TOUR IN SRI LANKA & EXTENSION IN MALDIVES

Duration
9 days
Max People
10
Min Age
10+
Tour Type

Description

k Cave Temples. Then, head to Kandy, stopping briefly at a Spice Garden in Matale and a Batik Factory. In Kandy, visit the revered Temple of the Tooth Relic and enjoy a traditional cultural performance. This enchanting journey takes you through the scenic landscapes of Nuwara Eliya, a town reminiscent of an English district, with a visit to a tea factory and a tea plantation. You'll also witness the beauty of Ramboda Waterfall before reaching your hotel for the night.

On day seven, your destination is Yala, known for its rich wildlife, where you'll embark on a thrilling jeep safari through Yala National Park. Encounter elephants, leopards, and other incredible creatures in their natural habitat. As the day ends, enjoy dinner and a comfortable overnight stay.

The final leg of your adventure takes you to Galle, an ancient fortified city with a fascinating blend of European architecture and South Asian traditions. En route to Colombo, visit a turtle hatchery in Kosgoda. In Colombo, explore the city's landmarks and shop for souvenirs. Finally, your journey through the wonders of Sri Lanka concludes, leaving you with cherished memories and a longing to return to this enchanting island.

Highlights
  • Explore the ancient city of Anuradhapura with its archaeological wonders.
  • Conquer the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress for breathtaking views and frescoes.
  • Tour Polonnaruwa's well-preserved historic ruins, a testament to Sri Lanka's grand past.
  • Visit Dambulla's Rock Cave Temples adorned with intricate art.
  • Immerse in a fragrant adventure at the Matale Spice Garden.
  • Savor a traditional Sri Lankan lunch in a scenic paddy field setting.
  • Discover the art of Batik at a local factory and shop for souvenirs.
  • Explore the sacred Temple of the Tooth in Kandy.
  • Witness the heartwarming care at the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.
  • Stroll through the lush Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya.
  • Experience thrilling wildlife at Udawalawe National Park.

Tour Plan

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Day 01 : COLOMBO / SIGIRIYA OR HABARANA

Arrival at the Colombo International Airport. 

Welcome by our English-Speaking chauffeur guide

Thereafter transfer direct to SIGIRIYA OR HABARANA with a comfort stop en route in Kurunagala.  

Arrival at your reserved hotel. Welcome drinks and refreshing towels on arrival

Lunch (optional)

Around 17h00 - Ayurvedic full body massage at a reputed ayurvedic center in the area to

relax and release from fatigue, exhaustion, tensions and to promote a rejuvenating effect on all body. 

Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel 

Day 02: HABARANA / ANURADHAPURA / AUKANA /HABARANA

Breakfast at the hotel.

Excursion to Anuradhapura Sri Lanka's first capital, founded in the 5th century B.C. is situated 206 km. from Colombo. Attractions worth seeing are:- The Sacred Bo Tree, Abhayagiri Dagaba, Jetavanaramaya, Brazen Palace, Thuparama Dagaba, Samadhi Buddha, Kuttam Pokuna and Mirisavati Dagaba. 

Lunch (optional)

PM: visit to 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),

Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel

Day 03: HABARANA / SIGIRIYA / POLONNARUWA / HABARANA

Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit the Rock fortress of Sigiriya. 

Sigiriya - A mighty 600 ft high rock-fortress of a 5th century King is famous for its entrancingly beautiful frescoes which are found in a sheltered pocket of the rock. One cannot fail to marvel at the masterful execution of the sinuous forms of these women (originally 500, of which only 19 remain today). The old stairway to the top led through the mouth of a huge crouching lion, carved from the rock- today only the paws remain. Remains of the handsome royal citadel are on the summit.

Proceed to Polonnaruwa

Lunch (optional)

PM: Visit of Polonnaruwa by bicycles.

The 11 th to 13 th Century capital of Polonnaruwa has more to see and less to conjecture than the older metropolis of Anuradhapura. With its comparatively brief and uncomplicated history (two centuries and a dozen rulers, in contrast with 1,400 years and 123 kings of Anuradhapura) and its far more completely preserved ruins, much more recently exposed to the ravages of time, Polonnaruwa (say Poh-loh-NA-roowah) has a particular fascination for the average visitor. The age of the city’s foundation is not known with any certainty. A military garrison from Anuradhapura may have been stationed here in the early years of the Christian era. By the 6 th Century, it was a military camp of some importance, strategically located guarding the Mahaweli River crossing from Ruhuna, the southern province where rebellions continuously fomented. 

Return to your hotel

Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel

DAY 04 : HABARANA / DAMBULLA / MATALE / KANDY

Breakfast at the hotel.

After breakfast depart to Kandy visiting the Rock cave temples of Dambulla another protected UNESCO world heritage site. The caves at first came into use as a refuge for King Valagambahu in 1st century BC. Concealed by the local monks, upon returning from exile to his throne at Anuradhapura, he had the magnificent cave temple built for them. The cave temple consists of a complex of Buddhist image houses. Its rock ceiling is one large sweep of colorful frescoes, some of which dates back to over 2,000 years, which depicts Buddhist mythology, and the tales of the Buddha's previous births. This cave temple has the largest number of Buddha statues all housed in one place, including a 14m-long figure of the recumbent Buddha carved out of the rock.

Continue towards Kandy

Brief visit to Spice Garden in Matale. 

Visit of the garden with English speaking explanations. Cooking demonstration and herbal tea tasting.

Lunch (optional)

Brief visit to a Batik Factory to witness the fabulous hand work designs on batik fabrics. Explanation on the designing process and various choices are available if you wish to own few souvenirs.

Arrival at the hotel in Kandy & welcome drinks with refreshing towels on arrival

Sightseeing of Kandy city in the evening including a visit to the Temple of the much revered Temple of the Tooth relic. Also witness a Cultural Performance. 

Temple of the Tooth Relic. Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy is the most venerated place of worship for Buddhists throughout the world. Built in the 16th century this temple houses the sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha brought to Sri Lanka from the Kalinga province in ancient India in the 4th century AD. Several buildings have been added to the temple complex by successive rulers, the latest being the Golden Canopy over the inner shrine where the Tooth Relic is placed. Return to hotel

Return to your hotel

Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel

Day 05: KANDY/ PERADENIYA/ PINNAWELA/ KANDY

Breakfast at the hotel.

Thereafter proceed to Pinnawela. Journey by local train towards Pinnawela. Get down at Rambukkana railway station which is the nearest station to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. 

Visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage in time to witness the bathing and bottle feeding of the baby elephants. Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage Among the green hills of Kegalle, about 50 miles (85km) from Colombo on the road to Kandy in the hill country, a herd of about 60 elephants roam free in the Pinnewela Elephant Orphanage. This popular attraction, established as a sanctuary covering 25 acres of lush forest by the Sri Lankan Government in 1975, is unique. Its purpose is to feed, nurse and house 

young elephants lost or abandoned by their mothers. Recently the sanctuary has also started a breeding program. Visitors are invited to observe and assist the baby elephants as they are fed from giant feeding bottles, before the pachyderms plod down to the river for their daily bath. 

Lunch at Pinnalanda Restaurant with the magical view of elephants bathing in Mee Oya

In front of the restaurant. Authentic Sri Lankan lunch with some western dishes as well.

Visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens

The most beautiful in the world and begun as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala King. Every variety tropical and temperate tree and flower is cultivated here and special houses with orchids and e cacti are too beautiful to be true.

Walk leisurely in the Kandy city including surroundings by the lake with free time for shopping.

Fabulous options to buy souvenirs in wood, copper, silver, brass, ebony, and bronze. Ceramics, lacquer work, handlooms, batiks, jewelry and rush and reed-ware can also be purchased.

Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel

Day 06: KANDY/ NUWARA ELIYA

Breakfast at the hotel.

Drive towards Nuwara Eliya

Stop at a tea factory and Plantation. Possibility of buying the finest tea in the world.

Walk in the nature and through tea plantations at the same time meeting with local people and enjoying some Ceylon Tea in the Pusselawa village. Duration would be approx. 60mnts

Stop in Ramboda to admire the beauty of magnificent Ramboda Waterfall

Optional Lunch at Ramboda Restaurant with view of the waterfalls.

Arrive in Nuwara Eliya. City tour with free time for shopping

Nuwara Eliya. This town seems like a piece of English district. Tudor-style and Victorian homes look across the blue lake. These buildings are the other architectural monuments to the English, the Post Office, the English country house like Hill Club with its hunting pictures, mounted hunting trophies and fish, Anglican Church and private residence. The Golf course here is one of the best in Asia. 

Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel

Day 07 : NUWARA ELIYA / ELLA / YALA

Breakfast at the hotel.

Direction towards Yala with en route stop at Rawana Falls in Ella

Lunch (optional)

Arrival at your hotel and welcome with refreshing towels & welcome drinks

Around 1530hrs - jeep safari to the YALA NATIONAL PARK

Yala – Sri Lanka’s best known national park is popular for Elephant, Leopard, Bear, Crocodile and Wild Boar. More than three times larger than Undawelewe at 97,800 hectares, this is the second largest of Sri Lanka’s national parks. Its open undulating terrain made it famous for elephants for many years, but recently the park has also received much fame through publicity by National Geographic and the Discovery TV channels, which focused on a leopard research/conservation and identification project. Claims have subsequently been made that Yala National Park has the world’s highest concentration of leopard per square kilometer. This park is primarily shrub jungle with several salt and fresh water lagoons. The areas popular with leopard are rock strewn hillocks with dense shrub in which the animals hide.

Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel

Day 08: YALA / GALLE / KOSGODA / COLOMBO

Breakfast at the hotel

Leave towards Colombo with following visits & stops en route,

Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in south and southeast Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and south Asian traditions. The Galle fort is a world heritage site and the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers. Other prominent landmarks in Galle include St. Mary's Cathedral founded by Jesuit priests, one of the main Shiva temples on the island 

City tour of Galle & thereafter further proceed to Colombo with an en route stop in Kogoda to visit a turtle hatchery.

City tour of Colombo and transfer to hotel near airport 

Arrival at the hotel & welcome drinks with refreshing towels on arrival

Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel

Day 09: COLOMBO/ AIRPORT / MALDIVES

Breakfast & thereafter transfer to airport

End of services in Sri Lanka

Arrival in MALDIVES and transfer to reserved resort 

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