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Essence Of Srilanka

Colombo, Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Wellawaya and Sri Lanka

Essence Of Srilanka

$1250 per person
13 Days / 12 Nights
12+ Age

Despite its repute as a resplendent island and a leading tourist destination, the secret of Sri Lanka’s attraction lies with its people. The spice addicted and tea drinking people of Sri Lanka are famed for big smiles and a bigger heart.

With multitude of roads winding through expanding mountains, lush green forests, paddy fields, parks and sleepy villages, Sri Lanka also offers many opportunities to keen hikers and trekkers. Also varying climates and Geography packed into a small island Sri Lanka offers a range of adventures from the top of the mountains to the depths of the oceans

 

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Residence By Uga Escapes Colombo 2 nights B&B
Jetwing Vil Uyana Sigiriya 2 nights B&B
The Radh Hotel Kandy 2 nights B&B
Langdale by Amaya Nuwara Eliya 2 nights B&B
Jetwing Kaduruketha Wellawaya 2 nights B&B
Lankavatara Ocean Retreat Sri Lanka 2 nights B&B

 

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B&B:Bed and Breakfast

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Tour Plan

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DAY 1 : COLOMBO
Upon arrival at Colombo International airport, you will be met by our welcome ambassador and escorted to your hotel, where you will be assisted with Check-in. Rest of time at leisure. Welcome dinner at Ministry of Crab/ Kaema Sutra restaurant.  Overnight stay at hotel.
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DAY 2 : COLOMBO
Colombo is a fast developing city, with areas that seem to be changing overnight. The definite must visits are the Dutch Hospital and Independence Arcade developments. Whilst they do not all feature the best array of retail options, the architecture of these old spaces are a treat to explore. Gangaramaya Temple is one of the most important temples in Colombo, Sri Lanka, being a mix of modern architecture and cultural essence. The temple’s architecture demonstrates an eclectic mix of Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, and Chinese architecture. Pettah is a neighborhood in Colombo, Sri Lanka located east of the City centre Fort. The Pettah neighborhood is famous for the Pettah Market, a series of open air bazaars and markets. It is Sri Lanka’s most busiest commercial area, where most of the shops, textiles, buildings and many other business organizations are centered. Lunch at Gallery Cafe Independence Memorial Hall is a national monument in Sri Lanka built for commemoration of the independence of Sri Lanka from the British rule with the establishment of Dominion of Ceylon on February 4, 1948. It is located at the Independence Square in Cinnamon gardens, Colombo. It also houses the Independence Memorial Museum. The monument was built at the location where the formal ceremony marking the start of self-rule, with the opening of the first parliament by the HRH Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester occurred at a special podium February 4, 1948. Optional: Colombo street food experience: Start your day by quenching your thirst with the juice of a majestic King Coconut! This bright orange colored coconut is a naturally refreshing and super healthy drink. Time to meet the hopper – Sri Lanka’s bowl-shaped answer to the pancake. Filled with fragrant Sri Lankan spicy sambals, you’ll understand why the locals love food that explodes with flavor. This local favorite dish is made from steamed rice noodles and is just as delicious! Get ready to eat with your hands and take a seat next to friendly locals. Enjoy a nice cup of Yaara while hearing all about the magical pouring process from your host. The sweet, sour and spicy flavors add additional savory to every Sri Lankan dish. Follow your nose to the nearby cassava chip vendor to see how this snack is made right in front of you. Grab a samosa on the way and top it off with a surprising fruit tasting experience. Overnight stay at hotel.
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DAY 3 : SIGIRIYA
After breakfast, drive towards Sigiriya On arrival check in at the hotel. Discover an authentic Sri Lankan Village! Arrive in Hiriwadunna, a tiny settlement of less than 2,500 people where they grow all of their own food, raise cattle and barter their daily needs. Walk along paths where medicinal wild ginger grows, and laundry is strung between trees. See hundreds of colorful butterflies fluttering and hovering along the low shrubs. Life is simple here away from the stress of a bustling metropolitan city. Enjoy this tiny glimpse into the everyday life of the Hiriwadunna people. End the tour with a visit to a local house where you are warmly greeted by the family to join them for a typical Sri Lankan Dinner. Overnight stay at hotel.
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DAY 4 : SIGIRIYA
Optional:  Sigiriya Fort by hot air ballooning: Floating at heights of 500 to 2000 feet on average, this feeling of peace and tranquility is apparent from the extent of sighs & smiles as the earth seems to slowly descend & rotate below you whilst the views rapidly expand. Set off to climb the spectacular Rock fortress of Sigiriya, with its rocky abode & water gardens. Sigiriya is famous for its toadstool of golden-hued granite, protruding into the searing blue sky from a hot, flat wilderness of scrubland, which is transformed in the rainy season to a water garden. In the 5th century King Kashyapa domesticated the Lions Rock, by building a palace atop its summit. Sigiriya commemorates some of the turbulence of Sri Lanka’s history. Optional activity: Visit the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa with its grand monuments to Shiva and its enchanting garden city. Jeep safari excursion to Minneriya National Park, Located between Habarana and Polonnaruwa the 8890 hectares of Minneriya National park is an ideal eco tourism location in Sri Lanka . The park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to Sri Lanka 's favourites such as sambar deer, leopards and elephants. Ovenight stay at hotel.
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DAY 5 : KANDY
Breakfast is at hotel. Later drive towards Kandy enroute visit Dambulla cave temple.The beautiful Royal Rock Temple complex sits about 160m above the road in the southern part of Dambulla. Five separate caves contain about 150 absolutely stunning Buddha statues and paintings, some of Sri Lanka's most important and evocative religious art. Buddha images were first created here over 2000 years ago, and over the centuries subsequent kings added to and embellished the cave art. Visit Matale spice garden in Matale to see many different types of spices Sri Lanka is famous for. Just 25 km from the hill capital of Kandy, the Matale spice gardens are among the best on the island. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. A processing and training unit has been set up in the area and farmers are grouped in a cooperative to ensure fair prices and you will also be able to purchase spices. On arrival check in at hotel and rest of the day is free for leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
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DAY 6 : KANDY
After breakfast, enjoy visit of 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. 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 World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple. Optional activities: Evening participate prayer ceremony in compound of Kandy temple with Buddhist priest. Visit of 18 Centaury Botanical Garden and Commonwealth War Cemetery. Overnight stay at hotel.
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DAY 7 : NUWARA ELIYA
After breakfast, check out from hotel and drive towards Nuwara Eliya. On arrival check in at hotel Evening  time is at leisure. Optional activities: Kandy to Nuwara Eliya by train ride like a local. The rail route to Nuwara Eliya rises slowly from the subtropical spice and banana trees to pine and eucalyptus forest. From Hatton, the scenery is the most spectacular, passing St Clair and Devon waterfalls on the left hand side and many tea plantations. Look out for Adam's Peak in the distance on the left. After about four and a half hours, you will arrive at Nanu Oya station and from here there is a 15 minute drive to Nuwara Eliya. Hiking to Adams Peak : Adam’s Peak, also known as Sri Pada, is a 2,243 m (7,359 ft) mountain in the central highland region of Sri Lanka. Popular for Sri Lankans and tourists alike. The typical climb is started in the middle of the night so you can reach the peak for a breathtaking sunrise. It is overnight trek subject to the season, weather condition, and condition of the trek routes. Overnight stay at hotel.
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DAY 8 : NUWARA ELIYA
Breakfast is at hotel. Morning is at leisure with stunning views of the mountains, acres of natural space and surrounded by, what is referred to by locals, as “God’s Forest”, the resort offers a sanctuary of calm and serenity for all your holistic needs. Lunch at hotel The Grand (Colonial style hotel in the heart of Nuwara Eliya) Optional activity: Guide nature walk though God’s Forest, 80 Acres of wooded paths, riverside walks and stunning private waterfall, with one of our team. Learn about the secrets of the forest, the rich eco-system and finish with a well deserved swim in our own waterfall. A perfect activity for nature lovers of all ages. Tea Plantation visit with tea tasting. Visit to Botanical Garden  Ovenright stay at hotel.
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DAY 9 : WELLAWAYA
After breakfast, drive towards Wellawaya.  On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day is free for leisure. Optional activity: Enjoy Spa at hotel: Despite being tucked away in the wilderness. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
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DAY 10 : WELLAWAYA
Morning enjoy Jeep safari at Yala National Park. Yala is one of Sri Lanka's largest national parks and its terrains consist mainly of dry woodlands with patches of light forest, grasslands and lagoons, which provide residence for the park's main attraction - the leopard. Afternon return back to hotel and day is free for leisure. Optional activity: Afternoon Jeep safari in Yala National Park  Udawalawe national Park - Visit Udawalawe National Park located in the southern part of the Ratnapura District in Sri Lanka. The national park was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River, as well as to protect the catchment of the reservoir. The reserve covers 30,821 hectares (119.00 Sq. Miles) of land area and was established on 30 June 1972. Buduruwagala temple - Visit It is an ancient Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. The complex consists of seven statues and belongs to the Mahayana school of thought. The statues date back to the 10th century.The beautiful, 1000-year-old, rock-cut Buddha figures of Buduruwagala are the region's biggest attraction. The gigantic standing Buddha (at 15m, it is the tallest on the island) here still bears traces of its original stuccoed robe, and a long streak of orange suggests it was once brightly painted. It's surrounded by smaller carved figures. This remote site is located 9km south of Wellawaya. Overnight  stay at hotel.
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DAY 11 : SRI LANKA
After breakfast, check out and drive towards Tangalle enroute visit to Mulkirigala Rock Temples. Dangling off a rocky crag 16 km northwest of Tangalla and nestled away among a green forest of coconut trees are the peaceful rock temples of Mulkirigala. Clamber in a sweat up the 500 or so steps and you’ll encounter a series of seven cleft-like caves on five different terraced levels. Housed in the caves are a number of large reclining Buddha statues interspersed with smaller sitting and standing figures. On arrival check in at hotel. The palm fringed Bay and picturesque coves of Tangalle are a natural treasure. This is a lazy town littered with gentle reminders of the Dutch days of the 18th century and beautiful villas looking out over the shimmering sands of Seenimodera. Tangalle is a popular beach destination on the south coast. Day free for leisure Overnight stay at hotel.
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DAY 12 : SRI LANKA
Tangalla is known as gateway to wide-open beaches of southeast Sri Lanka. Here you will find the perfect beachs, where you can spent the day at leisure. Optional activites: Galle city tour (UNESCO World Heritage Site)- The epic Southern capital, is the intersection where classic Dutch architecture meets a tropical setting creating a vivid atmosphere in beauty. Walk the Dutch-haunted streets listening to the creaks of wooden saloon doors and observe how European architecture mingles with South Asian traditions today flooding cultural enthusiasts on a global scale. Its original ramparts and bastions preserved up to date showcase evidences of a heritage preserved for more than 3 1/2 centuries. Walk clockwise within the fort to observe the 'old gate' carrying the British coat of arms. Flanking the old gate is the Zwart bastion - the oldest of all - and the lighthouse standing 18 feet in its glory next to the Point Utretcht Bastion. Tea Plantation visit: Learn about the island’s history of tea growing from Amanwella’s own experts over an afternoon cup, or visit the plantations with a guide. Whale and Dolphin watching experience (01 hour 15 minutes drive - approximately) Visit  bird sanctuary  (30 minutes drive -22 kms)  Going south to Hungama and Nonagama, you can enter this 712 hectare (1,760 hectares) of this marine marine aquatic ecosystem. This is a wildlife sanctuary for the Kalametiya Marine Wetland Environment Ordinance, the Fauna and Flora Ordinance. It was in 1938. In addition, Kalamatiya Sanctuaries are nowadays available to the Asian Catchment Directory. Watercourses have a number of reasons to choose Kalamatiya Ecosystems for their habitats. The first is an immeasurably lagoon ecosystem. It is the catchment of fish and other birds. In addition, the addition of a floral system for birds to build nests in the bird population has contributed to the increase in bird population. Especially in our country thousands of species of cranes and ducks can be seen. Visit Turtle Conservation project (20 minutes drive - 12 kms) Special sea food culinary experience followed by dinner.  Overnight stay at hotel.
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DAY 13 : END OF ITINERARY
After breakfast, check out from hotel and assisted departure transfer to Colombo airport to connect flight for onwards journey.

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