SRI LANKA
9 Days Cultural Sri Lanka
Colombo, Pinnawela, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya, Trincomalee, Anuradhapura, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya
Tour price is available upon request
9 Days
Day 1
Colombo - Arrival

Take flight to Colombo

Upon arrival, meet representative and transfer to check in at hotel in Negombo.

Stay overnight in Negombo. 

Day 2
Negombo - Pinnawela - Sigiriya - Dambulla   

After breakfast at the hotel drive for about 1.5 – 2 hours to Pinnawela.

On arrival, visit Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. Started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants. The best time to visit is the feeding time from 0930-1000 hrs and 1330-1400 hrs and the bathing time from 1000-1030 hrs and 1400-1430 hrs when all the elephants are taken to the river close by.

Thereafter leave for Sigiriya, drive for about 2 – 2.5 hours and climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress. A “UNESCO World Heritage Site” and the 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the Palace on the summit of the 600-foot high rock.

After sightseeing, drive for about 15 – 30 minutes to Dambulla.  Dinner will be provided at the hotel.

Stay overnight in Dambulla

Day 3
Dambulla - Polonnaruwa - Minneriya - Trincomalee  

After breakfast at hotel drive for about 1 – 1.5 hours to Polonnaruwa.

On arrival, commence a City Tour of 2nd Historical Capital City of Polonnaruwa. Another “UNESCO World Heritage Site” was the Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th - 13th Centuries, contains some splendid and spectacular statues. Thereafter leave for Minneriya, drive for about 35 to 40 minutes and visit Minneriya National Park.  The park is famous for its large population of elephants in herds of 100 to 150 roaming in the jungle and seen in the catchments area of the lake. After sightseeing, drive for about 1.5 – 2 hours to Trincomalee. Dinner will be provided at the hotel.

Stay overnight in Trincomalee

Day 4
Trincomalee               

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to explore the port city of Trincomalee.

The city is built on a peninsula, which divides the inner and outer harbours. Overlooking the Kottiyar Bay, Trincomalee is one of the main centers of Tamilspeaking culture on the island. The city is home to the famous ancient Koneswaram Temple alluded to in its historic Tamil name. The Bay of Trincomalee's harbour is renowned for its large size and security. The city also has the largest Dutch fort in Sri Lanka.

Evening leisure by the beach. Dinner will be provided at the hotel.

Stay overnight in Trincomalee

Day 5
Trincomalee - Anuradhapura - Dambulla       

After breakfast at hotel drive for about 2 – 2.5 hours to Anuradhapura.

On arrival, commence a City Tour of 1st Historical Capital City of Anuradhapura. A “UNESCO World Heritage Site”. And the most celebrated of Sri Lanka’s ancient ruined cities. The city’s most renowned relic is the sacred Bo Tree, which is said to have grown from a branch of the tree under which the Buddha gained Enlightenment

After sightseeing, drive for about 1.5 – 2 hours to Dambulla. Dinner will be provided at the hotel.

Stay overnight in Dambulla

Day 6
Dambulla - Matale - Kandy     

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to visit Dambulla Cave Temples. Here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century B.C. The caves of Dambulla sheltered King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne he built the most magnificent of Rock Temples to be found in the Island.

Thereafter, drive for about 2.5 – 3 hours to Kandy. En route visit the Spice Gardens & Batik Factory in Matale.

On arrival Kandy, visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. A Buddhist temple located in the royal palace complex. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site partly due to the temple. After sightseeing, back to the hotel.

In the evening, witness a Cultural Dance show featuring various types of dances in Sri Lanka.

Dinner will be provided at the hotel.

Stay overnight in Kandy

Day 7
Kandy - Peradeniya - Nuwara Eliya    

After breakfast at the hotel visit Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden. Started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the Kings of Gampola and Kandy.  There are more than 5,000 species of trees, plants and creepers. Some rare and endemic as well as flora from the tropical world are found in the gardens.

Thereafter leave for Nuwara Eliya, drive for about 2.5 – 3 hours. En route visit Tea Plantations & Estate.

Nuwara Eliya - The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. You will see evidence of the British influence with houses like country cottages.

Dinner will be provided at the hotel.

Stay overnight in Nuwara Eliya

Day 8
Nuwara Eliya - Kitulgala - Colombo - Airport (BIA)   

After breakfast at the hotel, drive for about 3 – 3.5 hours to Colombo. The commercial capital of Sri Lanka.

On arrival, commence a City Tour of Colombo with shopping. Lunch is on guest own account.

Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street - the Goldsmith’s quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area where there is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, the Kayman’s Gate with the Belfry at the original gate to enter the Fort, the Dutch Church of Wolfendhaal dating back to 1749 are some of the sites to be visited. Also visit the BMICH (Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall), see the replica of Avukana Buddha in front and the Independence Memorial.

Dinner will be provided at a Chinese Restaurant in Colombo

Late evening drive for about 60 to 90 minutes to Colombo Airport and check in for your departure flight 

Day 9
Colombo - Departure

Take departure flight 

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