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Ceylon cultural tour – 4n/5d

Created with Sketch. Hotel Pickup, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Duration

5 Days, Start: 06:00

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

50 people

Languages

English

Overview

Experience an adventure and the upcountry culture on this tour with an experienced driver/Guide. Negombo City Tour and Negombo Beach. Proceed to Sigiriya via Pinnawala. En route visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, home to approx 60 elephants. Watch the baby elephants play and bathe in the river; watch them being fed, or feed them yourself. Sigiriya o is an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres (660 ft) high According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains  Kandy, more popularly known as the hill capital of Sri Lanka, is an attractive tourist destination. Its history dates back to the 15th century, when it was the last royal capital of the country. The city is 115km from Colombo and is the second biggest city in Sri Lanka. Kandy has an abundance of culture around it; the Temple of the Tooth being the most popular attraction. The centre of the city is situated in a valley which is elevated at 600m above sea level. Kandy Lake is an artificial creation by one of the past rulers and today, it is a scenic centre piece of the town. Also, home to an international cricket stadium, Kandy brings in thousands of cricket fans. Sports, religion, history and culture, Kandy has it all! A Day tour of Kandy should not be missed out on your tour of Sri Lanka.  Surrounded by mountains, which are home to tea plantations and biodiverse rainforest. The city’s heart is scenic Kandy Lake which is popular for strolling. Kandy is famed for sacred Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) shrine, celebrated with the grand Esala Perahera annual procession. This was the last capital of the Sinhala kings whose patronage enabled the Dinahala culture to flourish for more than 2,500 years until the occupation of Sri Lanka by the British in 1815. It is also the site of the Temple of the Tooth Relic (the sacred tooth of the Buddha), which is a famous pilgrimage site, one of the most famous Buddhist temples in the world, which was built to protect the sacred tooth relic thought to belong to Lord Buddha, which has been enshrined in Sri Lanka for hundreds of years As well as a host of other temples, visitors to the city can wander along Kandy Lake, stroll through the stunning Botanical Gardens created by the British in the 19th century and still one of the most beautiful gardens in Asia. The garden is famous for its countless (4000+) species of plants and trees. It is situated a 15-minute drive west of Kandy, and is a great escape from the city. Climbing the numerous steps to the top seeing the white colossal statue of Buddha named as Bahirawakanda Vihara gives one a sense of peace, serenity and harmony; and a stunning and gorgeous panoramic view of charming Kandy. Enjoy this tour with us.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sigiriya Rock
  • Temple of Tooth in Kandy
  • Peradeniya Botanical Garden

Itinerary

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Day 01 - Negombo/Sigiriya

Meet and Greet at the Airport.
Negombo City Tour.
Negombo Beach.
Proceed to Sigiriya.
Visit Pinnawala.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, home to approx 60 elephants. Watch the baby elephants play and bathe in the river, watch them being fed, or feed them yourself. Evening Minneriya Elephant Watching.
Reach Sigiriya.
Check in at Hotel.
Overnight at Hotel in Sigiriya.

Day 02 - Sigiriya

Breakfast at the hotel.
Visit Sigiriya Rock.
Sigiriya o is an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres (660 ft) high According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes.
Visit Dambulla Rock Temple.
Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains.There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over five caves, which contain statues and paintings.
Overnight at the Hotel in Sigiriya.

Day 03 - Kandy

Breakfast at Hotel.
Proceed Kandy.
Peradeniya Botanical Garden.
Peradeniya oyal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya are about 5.5 km to the west of the city of Kandy in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. It attracts 2 million visitors annually. It is near the Mahaweli River (the longest in Sri Lanka). Agriculture.
Visit Temple of Tooth.
Temple of Tooth in Kandy. (Sri Dalada Maligawa) or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha.
Evening Kandy City Tour.
Overnight at the Hotel in Kandy.

Day 04 - Kandy

Breakfast at the Hotel.
Visit Kandy Cultural Area.
Galmaduwa Temple in Kandy.
A short turn off from the Kundasale Road just outside of Kandy and you will come upon a strange sight: the unfinished Galmaduwa Viharaya. Traditionally ascribed to King Keerthi Sri Rajasinghe, it is said that while this building was being completed the king heard of the discovery of a cave at Degaldoruwa and stopped the work on Galmaduwa shifting his attention to Degaldoruwa. Sadly, in its unfinished state, this building was never used as a temple., Arts in Ambakke. Embekka Devalaya was built by the King Vikramabahu of Gampola Era (AD 1357 - 1374) in Sri Lanka. The devalaya is dedicated to Kataragama deviyo. A local deity called Devatha Bandar is also worshiped at this site. The shrine consists of three sections, the "Sanctum of Garagha", the "Digger" or "Dancing Hall" and the "Hewisi Mandapaya" or the "Drummers' Hall". The Drummers' Hall has drawn the attention of visitors to the site, due to the splendid wood of its ornate pillars and its high pitched roof.
Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 05 - Colombo/Airport

Breakfast at Hotel.
Proceed to Colombo.
City tour of Colombo commencing.
Visit to the Fort and the Pettah commercial hub with offices and shopping areas located amidst the oldest colonial hotel GOH. It has a fantastic view of the Colombo harbor, a lighthouse with a clock tower (older than Big Ben in London) close to the president’s house and old parliament. Afterwards, proceed through the main street passing the old Dutch Museum, belfry and old City Hall which houses puppets of earlier governors of Sri Lanka. Stops will be made at the Old Dutch hospital with shops and restaurants facing Sri Lanka’s twin tower buildings. Continue to the old race course with a maze of buildings with colonial architecture, restaurants and shopping arcade passing through Colombo City Hall (mini replica of the White House in Washington, DC) Shopping in Colombo.
Proceed to airport with lingering memories of your trip to Sri Lanka.

Included/Excluded

  • Accommodation at 3 Star Hotel with Breakfast
  • Transportation in a Comfortable A/C Vehicle.
  • English speaking guide for the entire tours.
  • All Govt. Taxes and Surcharges.
  • Mineral Water Bottle.
  • Usage of guide beyond mentioned timings or anything beyond the itinerary.
  • Any tours to cities not mentioned above.
  • Any other services not mentioned above.

Tour Categories

Climbing
Cultural Tours
Trekking Tours

Durations

Multi day

Languages

English

Start Time

06:00

Time

Morning (5am-12pm)

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Hotel Pickup, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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