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Places Covered: Negombo, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Yala, Galle, Colombo
Your journey through the land of serendipity and warm-heartedness begins at Negombo a bustling beach town which has an historical influence of the Dutch, the Portuguese and the British. The narrow strip of land to the south of lagoon and the canal system makes this and interesting place for bird watchers. From Negombo you will visit the impressive geological formations with archaeological legacies of frescos believed to represent the celestial nymphs. The historical journey continues to Dambulla, known for its rock cave temple - a world heritage site. Not far away from here is the town of Kandy identified as the cultural capital of Sri Lanka. Sacred Tooth Relic temple, the traditional kandian dance, gem museums, the elephant orphanage, tea estates are some of the must do things in and around Kandy. In about hour and a half from Kandy city is a colonial hill station famous for the Ceylone tea and its estates. Blessed with salubrious climate, breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains and greenery makes Nuwara Eliya a perfect retreat. From here you will travel to the Yala National Park the second largest national park in the country. With the dense leopard population, sloth bear, spotted deer, trumpeting elephants and many more species will give you the feel of jungle book brought to life. You will next visit the Dutch colonial fort at Galle where you can take a dramatic view of the town and the ocean from the encircling walls of the fort. Enjoy a boat excursion along the Madhu Ganga river with stretch of lake with almost placid water dotted with many islets and mangroves. You are almost towards the conclusion of your trip, which finishes with a brief sightseeing of Colombo before your departure.
Upon arrival at Colombo you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Negombo. You are free to explore the beach city at leisure.
Overnight stay at your hotel in Negombo
After your breakfast you will proceed to Sigiriya. Check into your hotel here. Once you have freshened up and had your lunch you will visit the Sigiriya Frescoes which belong to the 5th century AD. Here you will climb the Sigiriya Rock fortress and see the frescoes which are believed to portray the celestial nymphs showering flowers on humans. Evening descend and return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Overnight stay at your hotel in Sigiriya
Today you will visit the world heritage site of Sri Lanka - the Dambulla Rock Temple and the famous Dambulla caves. These are the best preserved edifice which date back to approximately 3rd century BC. Proceed to Kandy. Enroute visit a batik factory and ranweli spice garden. Here do try out the Sri Lankan rice and curry for lunch at their restaurant. After lunch, continue to Kandy and check-in to your hotel. In the evening visit the Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha located in a royal palace complex of the Kandy kingdom. See a folk lore and Kandyan dances cultural show before calling it a day and returning to your hotel.
Overnight stay at your hotel in Kandy
After your breakfast at your hotel you will visit the royal botanical garden. Also at Kandy check out the batiks, handicrafts, curios, brass and silver wares, and the gem showrooms /museums; which are popular in this part of the country. Visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. This place is a nursery and captive breeding ground for wild elephants. It's very interesting to watch the herd of elephants bathing in the river and how the baby elephants are fed. You will have your lunch at Pinnawala before you head to Nuwara Eliya a colonial hill station. Enroute visit a tea factory and sample or purchase some of the fresh Ceylon tea. Arrive in Nuwara Eliya and check-in to your hotel. Once you have freshened up commence your sightseeing of Nuwara Eliya.
Overnight stay at your hotel in Nuwara Eliya
After your breakfast you will proceed to Yala halting en-route to see the Ravana Ella waterfalls which cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. On reaching Yala, check-in to your hotel. After you have refreshed and had lunch you will visit the Yala National Park. Here you can set out on a Yala Safari by jeep to reserves and track some animals such as leopards, panthers, elephants, spotted deers, boars and many more. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Overnight stay at your hotel in Yala
In the morning proceed to Galle after your breakfast. Enroute see the art of lace making at Weligama. Also you will get a chance to witness a very unique style of fishing called stilt fishing at Koggala. From here continue to Galle and check-in to your hotel. You have time on your own to rest and relax until evening. Before dusk you will visit the 17th century Galle Dutch Fort.
Overnight stay at your hotel in Galle
Today post breakfast you will proceed to Colombo. Enroute visit the Moonstone Mines and Mask factory at Ambalangoda. Try out the river boat safari in Madhu Ganga, a fascinating ride through thick mangroves and many islands. After your lunch you will visit a turtle hatchery. Once you have reached Colombo check-in to your hotel.
Overnight stay at your hotel in Colombo
At Colombo after your breakfast, proceed for a brief sightseeing of the city before making your way to airport for the departure flight.
Sigiriya, the spectacular 'Lion rock' fortress, stands majestically overlooking the luscious green jungle surroundings. One of Sri Lanka's major attractions and ascribed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, it is not only one of the island's most impressive geological formations but also one of its greatest archaeological legacies.
Sigiriya was built in 477 A.D. by king Kasyapa; after disposing his brother, the true heir of the kingdom. Justly fearing the vengeance of his brother, Kasyapa had a fortified palace built on the rock of Sigiriya which was reputed to be impregnable.
The magnificent complex of geometrically laid gardens, pools, fountains as well as oldest surviving murals of maidens has been the creation of the King Kasyapa. About halfway up the rock is the sheltered gallery of frescoes painted on the sheer rock face. Some of them are still in remarkably good condition. At the base the remains of the royal rock and water gardens in what once was the lush pleasure gardens of the royalty can still be seen. The most significant feature of the Rock is the Lion staircase leading to the palace garden on the summit.
During the eleven years that Kassapa resided in Sigiriya, he created a residence of exceptional splendour and founded his capital there, impressive vestiges of which are still extant. Sigiriya later became a monastic refuge after the death of King Kasyapa in a cruel war.
Justly fearing the vengeance of the latter, Kassapa had a fortified palace built on the rock of Sigiriya which was reputed to be impregnable. However, it was there that he was defeated after a short but cruel battle in 495, following which he cut his throat. After the death of Kassapa, Moggallana returned the site of Sigiriya to the monks, thus condemning it to progressive abandonment. At the summit of the rock is the fortified palace with its ruined buildings, its cisterns and its rock sculptures. At the foot of the rock are the two quarters of the lower city which are defended by a massive wall: the eastern quarter (perhaps postdating the 5th century), which has not been sufficiently excavated, and the aristocratic quarter of the capital of Kassapa I, noteworthy for its terraced gardens embellished by canals and fountains, as well as for numerous monumental remains which have been disengaged from the forest which had invaded the ruins.
Halfway up the rock, within an inaccessible rocky shelter in the vertical wall of the western face are rock paintings which have brought universal acclaim to the site of Sigiriya - 'The Maidens of the Clouds', 21 non-identified female figures, comparable to the most beautiful creations of Ajanta.
Located at Sri Lanka's centre, Kandy is recognized as the island's cultural capital and also the capital of the hill county. Locally known as Maha Nuwara (Great City), this place encapsulates the scenic diversity of the country with its sublime green heights away from the sweltering costal lowlands where the mountainous green hills rise to rugged and dramatic peaks. Kandy has a lot to offer in terms of history, culture, forested hills, manicured tea estates and a pleasant climate.
The northern portion of this hill country around the historic city was home to Sri Lanka's last independent kingdom. This survived two centuries of colonial invasions before finally falling to the British. But the cultural legacy of this independent Sinhalese tradition lives on today in the city's distinctive music, dance and architecture. This part of the city is encapsulated by the Temple of the Tooth, home to the island's most revered Buddhist relic, and the exuberant Kandy Esala Perahera, one of Asia's most spectacular festivals. Set amongst the bowl of hills, close to the picturesque lake, Kandy's town centre is a delightful jumble of old shops, gemstone and antique specialists, a bustling market and a good selection of restaurants.
In contrast, the character of the southern hill county is largely a product of the British colonial era, when tea was introduced to the island. This industry still continues to shape the economy and scenery of the region today. The region's attractions are whimsical mixture of ruggedly beautiful scenery, colonial style, with absolute green mountainsides, plunging waterfalls and mist-shrouded tea plantations. This is further enlivened by quaint British memorabilia - clunking railways, half-timbered guesthouses, Gothic churches and English vegetables with an unexpected twist added by the colourful Hindu temples and saris worn by the locals, who have been working the tea estates since colonial times.