In your tryst with Sri-Lanka you will encounter the timeless frescos, oodles of elephants, fine tea estates, adventure on river, flavourful food and welcoming people.
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Places Covered: Negombo, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Pinnawala, Kitulgala, Bentota
Your tryst with Sri Lanka begins in 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 Nuwara Eliya, you will proceed to Kitulgala to experience some of the best white water rafting in this country on the Kelani River (optional activity). After your rafting venture you will relax at Bentota a charming beach town. Your tryst with Srilanka ends after a city tour of Colombo the capital of this gracious country.
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 dated back to approximately 3rd century BC. Proceed to Kandy. Enroute visit a batik factory and ranweli spice garden. Try out the Sri Lankan rice & curry for lunch at their restaurant. After lunch, continue to Kandy and check-in to the 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. Check out the batiks, handicrafts, curios, brass and silver wares, and the gem showrooms /museums; which are popular in this part of the country. See a folk fore 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 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
Start your day with a sumptuous breakfast at your hotel. In the morning you will continue your sightseeing in Nuwara Eliya and proceed to Kitulgala which is on the banks of river Kelini. Check your adrenaline gush with the white water rafting on the Kelini river. As this is an optional activity, you can also just choose to spend time by the river. Have your lunch at Kitulgala Rest House. After lunch, continue to Bentota. Once you have checked in you have free time to explore Benota which has a reputation of best beach on the western coast of Srilanka.
Overnight stay at your hotel in Bentota
Today you will have time at leisure to explore the beach town till lunch. After lunch, proceed to Colombo for a brief city tour and continue to airport for your 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.