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A Week And More In Paradise 09 Days / 08 Nights
fr £ 1129 pp
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Explore most of the major attractions of Sri Lanka on this tour. Visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and the 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fort. Look at great historical and archaeological sites in Anuradhapura, and glorious temples and Buddha statues in Polonnaruwa. Also, enjoy scenic views of tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya. Cherish a journey to Kandy and a calm retreat in the lap of the nature in Kitulgala.
Tour At a Glance
- Spend some time at the famous Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
- Explore magnificent historical sites at the 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress
- Visit the glorious temples and ancient ruins in Polonnaruwa
- Explore historical monuments in Anuradhapura
- Admire marvellous beauty of Aukana Buddha statue
- Visit the impressive Dambulla Rock Temple
- Explore the world-famous Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy
- Tour code: STSL03
- Accommodation Grade
- Private Tour
Meet on arrival transfer from Airport to Colombo (approx. 1hr). Read More
Day 2Colombo - Pinnawala - Habarana
Transfer from Colombo to Pinnawala (approx. 2 ½ hrs) The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975, commenced with seven orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but is soon became a conservation and educational centre. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawela started a scientific captive-breeding programme for elephants. The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for respective individuals of both sexes to get together and mate. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, and in 1984, the first baby of Pinnawela was born. The success story of Pinnawela has drawn the attention of scientists from all over the world. A considerable number of books and research articles on Pinnawela have been published in several languages. The members of the Pinnawela herd have been filmed, videoed and photographed thousands of times by professionals. Transfer from Pinnawala to Habarana (approx. 3 hrs). Read More
Day 3Habarana to Sigiriya (approx. 40 minutes)
Transfer from Habarana to Sigiriya (approx. 40 minutes) Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477 – 495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world – renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster. Transfer from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa (approx. 1 ½ hrs) Visit Polonnaruwa, which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and which is a world heritage site. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and ‘Recumbent’ postures carved out of rock could be seen, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, the statue of king Parakramabahu, and the Parakrama Samudraya – a lake built by King Parakramabahu the great. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic. Transfer from Polonnaruwa to Habarana (approx. 1 hr). Read More
Day 4Habarana to Anuradhapura (approx. 1 ½ hrs)
Transfer from Habarana to Anuradhapura (approx. 1 ½ hrs) Visit Anuradhapura. It was the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of the ancient Ceylon. It is the home of two World Heritage Sites. Many places of historical and archaeological interest could be visited. Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo – Tree) was brought as a sapling of the tree under which Prince Siddhartha attained to enlightenment and it is over 2200 years old and is the oldest historically documented tree in the world. The Brazen Palace (2nd century B.C), the 1600 stone columns you see are all that is left of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks. Ruwanweliseya (2nd century B.C) is the most famous of all the Dagobas. It originally depicted the perfect “bubble shape” that modern restoration has not been able to accurately reproduce. ‘Samadhi’ Buddha statue (4th century AD) is one of the most famous statues, depicting the Buddha in a state of ‘Samadhi’ or deep meditation. Isurumuniya rock temple (3rd century B.C) is well known for its rock carvings. Transfer from Anuradhapura to Aukana (approx. 30 minutes) The Aukana Buddha statue beyond doubt is the most magnificent, undamaged statue in Sri Lanka. It was built in the reign of King Dhatusena in the 5th century and is 39 ft (12 metres) high. The Name “Aukana” means “Edge of the Rock”. Transfer from Aukana to Habarana (approx. 1hr). Read More
Day 5Habarana to Dambulla (approx. 30 minutes)
Transfer from Habarana to Dambulla (approx. 30 minutes) Dambulla rock temple which was built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and it is a World Heritage Site. It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 metres Transfer from Dambulla to Matale (approx. 1hr) Visit a spice garden in Matale to see different spices for which Sri Lanka is famous for. Here, clients could see different spices and how some of these spices are grown and processed. Witness a Cookery demonstration. Transfer from Matale to Kandy (approx. 1hr). Read More
Day 6Kandy to Peradeniya (approx. 20 minutes)
Transfer from Kandy to Peradeniya (approx. 20 minutes) Peradeniya botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.Transfer from Peradeniya to Kandy Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. The name “Kandy” conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary. Also visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy. Thereafter witness a cultural show. Read More
Day 7Kandy to Tea Plantation (approx. 1 ½ hrs)
Transfer from Kandy to Tea Plantation (approx. 1 ½ hrs) Visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. Here you could observe all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. Transfer from Tea Plantation to Nuwara Eliya (approx. 1 ½ hrs). Read More
Day 8Nuwara Eliya to Kitulgala (approx. 3hrs)
Transfer from Nuwara Eliya to Kitulgala (approx. 3hrs) The Kelani River (the broadest river in Sri Lanka) flowing through Kitulgala was the main location where the Oscar winning movie Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed. On the hill above this town, a prehistoric cave was recently discovered containing large middens of shells from some unknown civilization. Transfer from Kitulgala to Colombo (approx. 3hrs). Read More
Clients are transferred to airport for departure (approx. 1hr). Read More
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- Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle.
- Cost of English Speaking Chauffeur Guide.
- Accommodation in standard rooms on Bed & Breakfast basis for 8 nights from breakfast at hotels specified or of similar standard.
- Entrance fees to Elephant Orphanage , Isurumuniya Temple , Sri Maha Bodhiya , Aukana , Dambulla , Botanical Gardens , Cultural Show , Kandy Temple..
What's not Included?
- International flights.
- Video Camera permits at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage..
- Video Camera and Still Camera permits at the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy.
- Meals not specified above.
- Entrance fees to sites not specified above.
- Cost of beverage throughout the tour.
- Expenses of a personal nature.
- Any items not mentioned in the itinerary and inclusions.
- Christmas and New Year’s eve supplements at hotels.\Supplement for accommodation in Kandy during Kandy Esala Perahera period (July or August).