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MAGICAL SRI LANKA – 7 NIGHTS TOUR

Duration
7 days
Max People
10
Min Age
1

Description

Embark on an unforgettable journey starting at Colombo International Airport. You'll be warmly welcomed by an English-speaking chauffeur guide, and your first destination is the tranquil haven of Sigiriya or Habarana, with a brief stop in Kurunagala along the way. Once you arrive at your chosen hotel, relish welcome drinks and an optional lunch. As the evening sets in, experience a soothing Ayurvedic full-body massage to rejuvenate your senses. Conclude the day with a delectable dinner and a restful overnight stay.

The following day takes you to Anuradhapura, an ancient city that dates back to the 5th century B.C. Explore its remarkable historical sites, including the Sacred Bo Tree and Abhayagiri Dagaba. Continue your journey to Aukana, where you'll be captivated by a colossal standing Buddha statue, showcasing the architectural marvel of ancient Sinhalese civilization. After returning to Habarana, unwind with a flavorful dinner and a night's rest.

Your adventure then leads to Dambulla, where you'll discover the enchanting Rock Cave Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site adorned with vivid frescoes and ancient Buddhist art. En route to Kandy, visit a Spice Garden and indulge in a traditional Sri Lankan lunch in a picturesque paddy field. Explore the intricate art of Batik at a local factory before arriving in Kandy. Here, you'll pay your respects at the sacred Temple of the Tooth and witness a mesmerizing Cultural Performance. Wrap up the day with a sumptuous dinner and a peaceful overnight stay.

As your journey continues, board a local train and venture towards Pinnawela, where you'll witness the heartwarming spectacle of baby elephants being bathed and bottle-fed at the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. Enjoy an authentic Sri Lankan lunch with a view of these magnificent creatures. Afterward, explore the Royal Botanical Gardens, renowned as one of the most beautiful in the world. Take a leisurely stroll through Kandy, with ample free time for shopping and acquiring souvenirs. Conclude your day with a delightful dinner and a comfortable overnight stay.

Day six sees you departing for Nuwara Eliya, a town reminiscent of an English district, with its Tudor-style and Victorian homes overlooking a serene lake. Here, you'll visit a tea factory and plantation, providing the opportunity to acquire some of the world's finest tea. Embark on a nature walk through tea plantations while interacting with locals, and savor Ceylon Tea in the village of Pusselawa. Don't miss the chance to admire the stunning Ramboda Waterfall before arriving in Nuwara Eliya, a picturesque retreat. Take a city tour and enjoy free time for shopping. Conclude your day with dinner and a comfortable overnight stay.

On the seventh day, your journey continues with a local train ride through breathtaking landscapes, from Nau Oya to Thalawakelle. Proceed to Kitulgala, known for the iconic "Bridge over the River Kwai," and opt for an exhilarating one-hour white water rafting adventure. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant by the river before heading toward Negombo. Conclude your day with dinner and an overnight stay at your selected hotel.

Finally, your adventure concludes with a return to Colombo, where you can enjoy a city tour and visit a turtle hatchery in Kogoda. Following your exploration, you'll be transferred to the airport, marking the end of your enriching journey through Sri Lanka.

Highlights
  • Ayurvedic full body massage
  • Cultural Heritage Anuradhapura & Polonnaruwa
  • Visit the Rock fortress of Sigiriya
  • Visit of the Rock cave temples of Dambulla
  • Visit Spice Garden in Matale
  • Traditional Lunch served near a paddy field with Sri Lankan specialties
  • Brief visit to a Batik Factory
  • Visit to the Temple of the the Tooth relic, Kandy
  • Visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
  • Visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Walk in the nature and through tea plantations
  • Train travel in a local train

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

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 bikes

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.


Visit of 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. Cooking demonstration and herbal tea tasting.

Traditional Lunch served near a paddy field with Sri Lankan specialties

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

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.

Leisure walk 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 o 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 / KITULGALA /NEGOMBO

Breakfast at the hotel.

Experience approx. 01hr train travel in a local train mingling with local people travelling through stunning landscape from Nau Oya to Thalawakelle.

Conbtinue the journey to Kitulgala where the famous master piece of “Bridge over the River Kwai” was filmed. OPTIONAL – 01 HOUR WHITE WATER RAFTING – (MEDIUM RANGE)

Lunch (Optional) at a local restaurant near the river.

Continue towards Negombo

Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel

** You may add more nights to your beach stay

Day 08: COLOMBO/ AIRPORT

Breakfast & thereafter transfer to airport

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