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Sri Lanka Holidays – Culture

Sri Lanka Holidays: Your overnight stays

Day 1: Negombo – Jetwing Lagoon

Day 2: Negombo – Jetwing Lagoon

Day 3: Dambulla  – Heritance Kandalama

Day 4: Dambulla  – Heritance Kandalama

Day 5: Dambulla  – Heritance Kandalama

Day 6: Kandy – Cinnamon Citadel

Day 7: Kandy – Cinnamon Citadel

Price is subject to availability
Board Type: Half Board
Includes Transfers
Includes Entrance fees
Includes Taxes & Service charges
Flights not included

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DAY 1 : AIRPORT – NEGOMBO

Meet and assist on arrival at Airport by our Travels Representative

Transfer from Airport to Negombo. (Approx: 45 Minutes drive)

Rest of the day is free for you to rest & relax in the hotel.

Dinner and Overnight Stay at Jetwing Lagoon - Deluxe Room

DAY 2 : FULL DAY AT LEISURE / NO TRANSPORT

Breakfast at Jetwing Lagoon

Dinner and Overnight Stay at Jetwing Lagoon

DAY 3 : NEGOMBO - PINNAWALA - KANDALAMA

Breakfast at Jetwing Lagoon

Transfer from hotel to Negombo town. (Approx: 30 Minutes drive)

The Negombo town has several buildings dating back to the Dutch and Portuguese colonial days. The sea and catamarans are the backdrop of the Negombo scenery. The lagoon is famous for its harvest of lobsters, crabs and prawns and the fish auctions on the beach are worth a look. Also visit the Dutch Fort and a Catholic Church.

Transfer from Negombo to Pinnawala. (Approx: 02 1/2 Hrs drive)

The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage provides visitors with the best chance of seeing a large number of elephants at close quarters. The orphanage was established in 1975 and commenced with seven orphaned elephants. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their calfs born in the same location. Assisted by local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawala commenced a successful captive breeding program and the first baby elephant was born in 1984. It is most interesting to visit at feeding time to see the baby elephants being bottle fed and the entire herd taken for a bath thereafter to the river near by.

Transfer from Pinnawala to Kandalama. (Approx: 02 1/2 Hrs drive)

Dinner and Overnight Stay at Heritance Kandalama - Superior Room

DAY 4 : KANDALAMA - SIGIRIYA - KANDALAMA

Breakfast at Heritance Kandalama

Transfer from Kandalama to Sigiriya. (Approx: 45 Minutes drive)

Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ''Lion Rock'' is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ''Heavenly Maidens'' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.

Transfer from Sigiriya to Kandalama

Dinner and Overnight Stay at Heritance Kandalama

DAY 5 : KANDALAMA - POLONNARUWA -MINNERIYA - KANDALAMA

Breakfast at Heritance Kandalama

Transfer from Kandalama to Polonnaruwa. (Approx: 02 Hrs drive)

The island's medieval capital (built in the 11th and 12th century AD) rose to fame after the decline of Anuradhapura. It is a world heritage site. Many of the ruins are in an excellent condition. Its great artificial lake, the Parakrama Samudra which covers an area of 6,000 acres, feeds a network of irrigation canals and minor tanks. Visit the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya which has 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in 'Upright', 'Sedentary' and 'Recumbent' postures carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath and the statue of King Parakramabahu. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.

Transfer from Polonnaruwa to Minneriya. (Approx: 01 Hr drive)

Do a safari of the Minneriya National Park by jeep.The extent of the Minneriya National Park is about 8,889 hectares. Dry zone plant and animal species are common and elephants are in plenty. Unlike in other national parks, elephants could be spotted at a very close range. About 160 species of birds, 09 amphibians, 25 reptile species, 26 fish species and more than 78 butterfly species have been found in this area. There are also rare bamboo trees in this park which are not found in other parks.

Transfer from Minneriya to Kandalama. (Approx: 01 Hr drive)

Dinner and Overnight Stay at Heritance Kandalama

DAY 6 : KANDALAMA - DAMBULLA - MATALE - KANDY

Breakfast at Heritance Kandalama

Transfer from Kandalama to Dambulla. (Approx: 30 Minutes drive)

The Dambulla rock temple was built by King Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and it is a World Heritage Site. It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka's cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and ceilings, is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 metres.

Transfer from Dambulla to Matale. (Approx: 01 Hr drive)

Visit a spice garden in Matale to see different spices for which Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed.

Transfer from Matale to Kandy. (Approx: 01 1/2 Hrs drive)

Dinner and Overnight Stay at Cinnamon Citadel Hotel - Superior Room

DAY 7 : KANDY - PERADENIYA - KANDY

Breakfast at Cinnamon Citadel

Transfer from Kandy to Peradeniya. (Approx: 45 Minutes drive)

This beautiful garden is located 4 miles off Kandy. It was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It covers approximately 147 acres and is a walkers paradise with extensive well kept lawns, pavilions, an octagon conservatory, fernery, a giant Javan fig tree and numerous flower beds. The best attraction is the orchid house.

Transfer from Peradeniya to Kandy. (Approx: 15 Minutes drive)

Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. The name 'Kandy' conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town, the bazaar, an arts & crafts centre and a gem museum / lapidary.

Also visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show.

(Approx: 45 Minutes drive)

Dinner and Overnight Stay at Cinnamon Citadel

DAY 8 : KANDY - AIRPORT

Breakfast at Cinnamon Citadel

Transfer from Kandy to Airport for departure. (Approx: 02 1/2 - 03 Hrs drive)

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The above prices include only:

Accommodation in standard rooms on Half Board basis for 7 nights from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8 at hotels specified or of similar standard.

Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle as per the Itinerary.

Entrance fees to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Sigiriya, Minneriya, National Park, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Kandy Temple, Cultural Show, Peradeniya Botanical Garden& Safari Jeep in Minneriya only.

Service of English Speaking Chauffeur Guide.

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