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Classic Ceylon

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Duration

12 days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

16 people

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Overview

Enjoy this fun-filled, classical tour of Ceylon encountering the best of Sri Lanka and experiencing the variety of flora and fauna, the rich heritage and the panoramic scenery along the way.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy a thrilling jeep safari at Wilpattu and trek the vast expanses of the Horton Plains.
  • Study the rich heritage and history of the Cultural Triangle.
  • View majestic landscapes and panoramic scenery of the Central Highlands.
  • Soak in the sands of the golden beaches of the Southern coast.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Airport – Colombo
Day 1 : Airport – Colombo

Arrival at the Katunayake Airport and Transfer to Colombo. (Transfer Duration – 1 hour)
Commence a sight=seeing tour of the Colombo City.

COLOMBO the Sri Lanka’s commercial capital is an important port in the Indian Ocean since ancient time. The traders from the middle-east used Sri Lanka as an exchange center. The Arab traders came to gather the ivory, the precious stones and spices such as cinnamons, cardamom, cloves and pepper, which were highly priced in Europe.

There are many locations relating to the Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial times. The Colombo Museum, Vihara Maha Devi Park, Old Parliament, World Trade Center, Zoo, Dutch Museum, Kelani Viharaya, National Art Gallery. Folk Art Center- Kotte, Natural History Museum, BMICH, Municipal Museum, Fort Railway Station dates back to 1904, Wolfandhal Church and Vaneshwara Kovil and main tourist attractions in Colombo.

Colombo even a commercial city, the needs of the leisure travellers can be fulfilled with the range of activities available in the city. Great shopping arcades, luxury hotels restaurants, Karaoke Bars, Casinos, nightclubs and other entertainment facilities available within the city limits.

Proceed to Colombo & Check in at hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2 : Colombo - Anuradhapura
Day 2 : Colombo  - Anuradhapura

After breakfast depart Anuradhapura via Kurunegala. (Lunch optional). On the way visit the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawela in time to observe the baby elephants being bottle fed.

PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE - See baby jumbos wondering around their cramped foster home or bottle fed and bathed by their human foster fathers at Pinnawala, about 90Km from Colombo towards Kandy is the home to some 60 or more elephant orphans. A place you will really enjoy and never forget. Most orphans are accustomed to their curious human visitors are harmless. Started in 1972 the Elephant Orphanage was relocated to at the present site in 1975 Bathing time at Ma Oya just in front of the orphanage is sharp at 10.00am and 2.00pm. Feeding time is about and hour earlier.

Proceed to Anuradhapura and check-in at Hotel. Afternoon commence a sightseeing tour of the ancient capital of Anuradhapura.

SIGHT SEEING TOUR OF ANURADHAPURA
A sapling of the “Tree of Enlightenment” under which the Bodhisatva attained Englightenment and became the Buddha, brought to Sri Lanka by Bikkhuni Sangamittha, who was the founder of the order of Buddhist Bikkunis (Nuns) and who was the sister of Ahahat Mahinda, was planted in Anuradhapura. This City of Anuradhapura developed greately afterwards and flourished as the political and religious capital of the country. for over 1,300 years.

This “City of Ruins” and home for “The Sri Maha Bodhi” or the “Tree of Enlightnement”, is not only one of the most sacred places for the Buddhists but also a great Tourist destination. This city has so much to offer to the Pilgrums and Tourists alike. Among the important sites are the great white and fine Ruvanweli Seya (Dagoba), the small but important Thuparama dagoba, Huge 75m high Abhayagiri Dagoba, Jetavanarama Dagoba which is 70n high, the Brazen Palace which has been a nine story building of which the roof was bronze built on 1600 stone pillars (now only the stone pillars are to be seen) etc. This vast area that has been hidden away in the thick jungle for a long time and now turned into one large garden, has ruins of so many Temples, Palaces, Monasteries, Monuments and other important places of interest to be seen.

Dinner and overnight stay at Anuradhapura.

Day 3 : Anuradhapura - Wilpattu - Sigiriya
Day 3 : Anuradhapura - Wilpattu - Sigiriya

With packed breakfast leave for a jeep safari of the Wilpattu National Park.

GAME SAFARI WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK
Wilpattu is one of the oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka Located in Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka. The park lies within the North-central & North-western providences. The area of the park is 131693 ha. An unusual feature of the park's topography are the numerous villus: these look like lakes, though they're actually just depressions filled with rainwater which expand and contract with the seasons, attracting a range of water-birds and wild life. Elephants, leopards, sloth bear, water buffalo and spotted deer are among the large mammals. Coastal belt and willus support abundant birdlife such as painted storks, white ibis, open bills, Whistling teals, spoonbills, cormorants and kingfishers. Apart from them serpent eagles, great racket tail Drongo, Malabar pied hornbills, crested hawk eagles & Sri Lanka junglefowls are commonly seen. Both water monitors and mugger crocodiles can be seen in the willus. Wilpattu National Park is the largest and was one of the most popular national parks until its position close to the front line of the civil war led to its closure in 1985. It was finally reopened in 2003.

After the safari, proceed to Sigiriya. (Transfer time approximately 2 & 1/2 hours)

Dinner and overnight stay at Sigiriya.

Day 4 : Sigiriya – Kandy
Day 4 : Sigiriya – Kandy

After breakfast visit the Sigiriya Rock fortress and depart to Kandy via Dambulla en route and Dambulla Rock Temple. .

THE ASCENT TO SIGIRIYA
The ancient city of SIGIRIYA was designated a cultural World Heritage Site in 1982. It is also proposed that the site should be named the eighth wonder of the world, indicating it is in the same league as other international wonders such as the Grand Canyon and Ancient Pyramids. Translated as ‘Lion Rock’ into English, the name of the monument indicates the entrance through which visitors begin their final ascent to the top – through the open jaws and throat (‘giriya’) of a lion (‘sinha’). Unfortunately, the only remains of this lion figure are the gigantic paws, sculpted into the side of the rock. The topography of the area is flat except for the massive rock outcrop of the fortress itself. This amazing rock rises incredibly over 600ft up from the scrub jungle and what is more amazing is that its flat top has an area of over 3-1/2 acres. The amazement is not over; not wanting to be second to the Nature’s creation, the King has used this space in its entirety to creat his palace and fortress complexes including a swimming pool on the summit of this rock.


VISIT OF DAMBULLA CAVE TEMPLE,
Dambulla is known for its beautiful ancient Cave temples and a huge modern Buddha statue. The history of the 5 caves, containing over 150 images of Buddha, goes back to 1st century BC when king Valagambahu took refuge here. The second cave, the most elaborate and most spectacular of the five, is the largest which is 170ft long, 75ft broad and 21ft high. There is a large reclining Buddha statue and statues of two kings namely, Valagambahu who took first took refuge there and did most of the consctuction and Nissankamalla who later did more work. In the center of this cave is a large contaianer to collect the water that drips from the rock ceiling even during the dry season. This place is worth visiting not only for the cave temple, but also for the beautiful view over the countryside we get from near the caves situated at arount 150mt above the road.

Proceed to Kandy en route visitng a Spice Garden close to Matale (lunch optional)


Dinner and overnight stay at Kandy.

Day 5 : Kandy at Leisure
Day 5 : Kandy at Leisure

After breakfast proceed to the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens for a walking tour.

PERADENIYA BOTANICAL GARDENS - This is 147 acres in extent started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the kings of Kandy There are more than 500 species of trees and plants. Some are rare & endemic as well as flora from the tropical world. Spice Garden on Orchid House is more popular with tourist.

After lunch engage in a brief city tour of Kandy visiting the market area and and the shopping center.

In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth and witness a cultural dance.


VISIT TO THE TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH IN KANDY,
Kandy was the last kingdom of Sri Lanka where the famous Dalada Maligawa – another world heritage site – is, is a very important place to visit. The Dalada Maligawa also called the Temple of the Tooth houses the Tooth Relic of the Lord Buddha.


Dinner and overnight stay at Topaz Hotel - Kandy.

Day 6 : Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
Day 6 : Kandy – Nuwara Eliya

After early breakfast depart Kandy to Nuwara Eliya by train to Nanu Oya. Please ensure that you are at the Peradeniya(Kandy) railway station by 08.15 am as the train depatrs the staion at 08.35 am. Estimated arrival time at Nanu Oya (Nuwara Eliya) railway station will be at 12.27 pm. Your vehicle will be there to pick you up from the Nanu Oya station and transfer you to Nuwara Eliya.

SOJOURN IN NUWARA ELIYA,

Nuwara Eliya is the highest town in Sri Lanka and has a cool sparkling climate with the temperature changing around 13degC. This is an exquisite and healthy city famous for its wide range in flowers. With buildings of English architecture everywhere in the city, it is affectionately called “Little England”. The Victoria Park in the center of Nuwara Eliya, is a beautiful place to visit.


Dinner and overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya

Day 7 : Nuwara Eliya - Horton Plains - Nuwara Eliya
Day 7 : Nuwara Eliya - Horton Plains - Nuwara Eliya

With packed breakfast proceed to Horton Plains National Park for an early morning trek of the plains and witness the panorama at the World's End and visit the Baker's Falls in the park.

Return to Nuwara Eliya late morning. In the afternoon visit a Tea Factory and be guided through the process of Tea manufacture. Later in the afternoon visit the Victoria Park, the Golf Course and Lake Gregory.

Dinner and overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya

Day 8 : Nuwara Eliya - Hikkaduwa
Day 8 : Nuwara Eliya - Hikkaduwa

After breakfast checkout and depart to Hikkaduwa en route visiting the Galle Ramparts.

VISIT OF THE GALLE FORTRESS
Considered as the southern capital (116 km from Colombo), Sri Lanka's fourth biggest town, Galle is the most historically interesting living city. Its modern towns were gradually built separately from the ancient one. It was the seaport of Sri Lanka before the Colombo Port was developed in the late 19 th century and it still handles shipping and cruising yachts today. Its main attraction is the Fort called ' Santa Cruz' that has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Fort was built by the Portuguese in 1619 and subsequently expanded and developed by the Dutch and the British the one time colonial masters of the island. What now remains is mostly the work of the Dutch and the British.

Dinner and overnight stay at Hikkaduwa

Day 9 : Hikkaduwa at Leisure
Day 9 : Hikkaduwa at Leisure

Enjoy your beach stay on Half Board basis at the popular Southern coastal resort of Hikkaduwa.

Hikkaduwa is the place for underwater delights where there is a marine sanctuary abundant with rare corals and tropical fish. The underwater world of colourful corals and beautiful shoals of fish can be explored either by snorkeling or taking a ride in a glass bottom boat.. It is an ideal place for nature lovers with its abundant corals and tropical fishes. Hikkaduwa offers multifarious options for everyone. It has something to offer to everyone-coral for snorkellers, waves for surfers and white pristine beaches for those who want to relax and enjoy Sun and sand.

Day 10 : Hikkaduwa - Airport

After breakfast checkout from hotel to proceed to airport for your departure flight (you need to arrive at least 2 ½ hours prior to flight departure time).



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Included/Excluded

  • Hotel Accommodation on Halfboard basis
  • Specialized tour guide
  • Private air-conditioned Transport
  • Entrance fees (as per itinerary)
  • 4WD Jeep Hire for Wilpattu safari
  • Lunches and snacks
  • Porterage and Tips
  • Drinks
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Insurance

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FAQs

When and where does the tour start and end?
Your tour will commence and end either from the Colombo International Airport or from anywhere in Colombo.

Accordingly, you will be picked up from a pre-determined place and time as suited for the tour schedule.
Do I need to pre-book this tour?
Yes, as at present (due to the current travel restrictions), you will need to give us ample time to plan and organize the tour.
What is the age range?
There are no age limits. This is a family friendly tour.
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