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Sri Lanka - 7 Days

Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, island country lying in the Indian Ocean, and separated from peninsular India by the Palk Strait.

At a crossroads of maritime routes traversing the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka has been exposed to cultural influences from other Asian civilizations. Ancient Greek geographers called it Taprobane. Arabs referred to it as Serendib. Later European mapmakers called it Ceylon, a name still used occasionally for trade purposes. It officially became Sri Lanka in 1972. In 1948, after nearly 150 years of British rule, Sri Lanka became an independent country.

The distinctive civilization of Sri Lanka, with roots that can be traced back to the 6th century BCE, is characterized by two factors: the preservation of Theravada Buddhism (the orthodox school of Buddhism having its literary traditions in the Pali language) and the development over two millennia of a sophisticated system of irrigation in the drier parts of the country. This civilization was further enriched by the influences of Hinduism and Islam.

Sri Lanka, the nature’s treasure chest is home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Sri Lanka’s written history exceeds 2550 years. Its pre-history consist of planned cities, magnificent palaces, and expansive man made reservoirs, stunning temples and monasteries, green gardens, hard to believe monuments and works of art are characteristic of the rich and jubilant lives the celebrated monarchy of Sri Lanka lived.

Set in the Indian Ocean in South Asia, the tropical island nation of Sri Lanka has a history dating back to the birth of time.  It is a place where the original soul of Buddhism still flourishes and where nature’s beauty remains abundant and unspoilt. Few places in the world can offer the traveller such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location.  Within a mere area of  65,610 kilometres lie 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,330 kilometres of coastline - much of it pristine beach - 15 national parks showcasing an abundance of wildlife, nearly 500,000 acres of lush tea estates, 250 acres of botanical gardens, 350 waterfalls, 25,000 water bodies, to a culture that extends back to over 2,500 years. Sri Lanka continues to emerge as one of the world’s best tourist destinations with accolades from various travel guides and travel magazines including Lonely Planet and National Geographic Traveller. Lonely Planet named Sri Lanka as its best tourist destination for year 2013 while National Geographic Traveller featured Sri Lanka in its UK edition highlighting 21 must-see places. Sri Lanka also topped the best 13 locations selected by British Airways and the Air service resumed direct flights to the island from March 2013. With many UNESCO heritage sites, beaches, wildlife parks and hill country resorts bottled up in to a small space Sri Lanka is undoubtedly one of the best holiday destinations waiting to be discovered and celebrated.

Day 1
Airport – Pinnawela – Kandy

After clearing immigration & visa formalities, proceed to the arrival lounge where our representative will receive you and assist you to the Car park / Coach Park to begin you journey as per the booked itinerary with the English Speaking Chauffer.

Leave for Pinnawela * PINNAWELA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE- App. 55 miles from Colombo, off the Colombo - Kandy road is Pinnawela, where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants. The number of elephants has increased to more than 65 now; including Baby Elephants brought from various parts, as well as some of the more then 25 babies born, as a result of the captive breeding programme. 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.

Afterwards Leave for Kandy,

Visit a Gem Musuem & Silk Garden in Kandy

Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel in Kandy

Day 2
Kandy City Tour - Temple of Tooth Relic

City tour of Kandy includes Upper Lake Drive, Market Square, Arts & Crafts Centre, Gem Museum and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

Kandy - the hill capital, venue of the annual Perahera. The last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings was finally ceded to the British in 1815. Kandy is an example of the Buddhism's influence in Sri Lanka today. Temple's shrines and monasteries keeping alive Buddhist traditions are everywhere.

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic - ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha's Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess' hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka's most prized possession.

Witness the Kandy Cultural Dance Performance in evening

Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Kandy

Day 3
Kandy – Peradeniya – Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast, check out of Kandy Hotel, and proceed to visit Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.

Royal Botanical Gardens - 147 acres in extent: started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the King’s of Kandy. There are more than 5000 species of tree and plants. Some and endemic as well as flora from the tropical world. Spice garden and Orchid House are popular with Tourists.

Proceed to Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya - The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coldest places on the island, but is really just like an England spring day although the temperature does drop at night.

All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence. Houses are like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions.

City tour in Nuwara Eliya.

Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel in Nuwara Eliya

Day 4
Nuwara Eliya – Kithulgala - Bentota

After breakfast transfer from Nuwara Eliya to Kalutara,

View the St Clair’s and Devon falls also visit the location where the Oscar winning movie “Bridge on the River Kwai” was filmed.

Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel in or around Bentota.

Day 5
Bentota – Galle - Bentota

After breakfast leave for Galle. En route take a boat ride to visit Madu River.

Visit Galle Dutch Fort.

Lunch at a local restaurant in Galle.

Return to Bentota. En route visit a turtle Hatchery in Kosgoda.

Dinner & overnight stay at your hotel in Bentota

Day 6
Bentota – Colombo

After Breakfast leave for Colombo.

City tour & Shopping in Colombo

Colombo - a drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens.

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 is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749.

Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha and Independence Square.

Dinner & overnight stay at a Hotel in Colombo

Day 7
Colombo – Airport

After Breakfast leave for airport for departure back home, with sweet and exciting memories of Sri Lanka.

Package price Includes

  • All transfers on Pvt basis with knowledgeable guide as chauffeur
  • All sightseeing tours and attractions as per itinerary
  • Breakfast & Dinner
  • Daily bottled water during travel

Services Excluded

  • Visa charges
  • Flight charges
  • Meals not part of the itinerary, or not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Sightseeing Venue / attractions tickets
  • Any personal expenses

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