9 Days – Sri Lanka

9 Days – Sri Lanka

Valid till 31 OCT 19

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DAY 1: AIRPORT – WAIKKAL – NEGOMBO – WAIKKAL
Meet and assist on arrival at Airport by Representative
Transfer from Airport to Waikkal
Transfer from Waikkal to Negombo

Located within a fairly close range to Bandaranaike International Airport, Negombo – the cinnamon hub of the Colonization of Dutch – offers some of the most exciting diving stretches in the country. With quite a pleasant beach and lagoon watch how Negombo dishes out some of the best lobsters, prawns and crabs found in the country, right on to your table or simply grab your kiteboards for an enthralling fly over crashing waves. Today Negombo also represents an ultimate nightlife featuring bars, disco bars and clubs. So, jazz up to the rhythm of the West, and be ready for a night of ‘fest’, because at Negombo everything is ‘best’.

Transfer from Negombo to Waikkal
Overnight Stay at the Club Hotel Dolphin

DAY 2: WAIKKAL – KURUNEGALA – DAMBULLA – SIGIRIYA
Breakfast at Club Hotel Dolphin
Transfer from Waikkal to Kurunegala

Intersecting numerous main roads snaking through the island, Kurunegala – the late 13th-century royal capital – shares the respect of both ancient ruins & wide stretches of coconut & rubber plantations that flourish the local economy. Hop into a ‘Tuk Tuk’ and get dropped off at the Elephant Rock – Ethagala – which heats up the entire city by day. Hike up the rock for a stunning aerial view as you stand in the shade of an enormous Buddha statue inhaling the scent of incense rising from Ibba-Gala temple.
Transfer from Kurunegala to Dambulla

In the city of Dambulla lies a hub which has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. Today, an icon in the face of Sri Lanka, Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the most unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Observe how exquisitely cave paintings are done along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. As you enter the retreat, look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold over a land, which today houses an important junction in the country’s economic and cultural uplifting.

Transfer from Dambulla to Sigiriya
Overnight Stay at Amaara Forest Hotel
DAY 3: SIGIRIYA – HIRIWADUNNA – SIGIRIYA
Breakfast at Amaara Forest Hotel

The 5th-century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site – Sigiriya – doesn’t only boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture. Step through the gigantic ‘Lion Paws’ – overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below – to comprehend the absolute splendor that once dominated this rock fortress. Surrounded by ramparts & moats the Lion Rock – resembling the mythological ‘City of Gods’ – is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India. Walk in the shade of an eminent ‘mirror wall’ embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti. Wander into the well-fabricated museum downstairs for an epic journey of yesteryears to realize how the citadel floated above citizens with the castle, ponds and irrigation systems that pumped water right onto its summit with an ingenious hydraulic system describing a colossal masterpiece of the great king which remained a wonder in Asia for centuries.

Transfer from Sigiriya to Hiriwadunna

On completion leave for Hiriwaduna for a village walk. you get to stroll along the contours of the lake enjoying the countryside through authentic Sri Lankan villages, an incredible opportunity to be immersed in the culture. All life here springs from the rivers and streams that make the land so fertile and it¿s clear as one crosses a large tributary by catamaran, observes fishermen, farmers and village women washing clothes at the periphery of the waterways. At the Chena one will get to part take in traditional Sri Lankan food, in the form of Pol rotti (Coconut roti) and lunumiris (a spicy concoction of chilies, onions, and salt). At lunch, you will be given a cookery demonstration in the preparation of traditional Sri Lankan food unique to the area.

Transfer from Hiriwadunna to Habarana
Transfer from Habarana to Sigiriya
Overnight Stay at Amaara Forest Hotel

DAY 4: SIGIRIYA – TRINCOMALEE
Breakfast at Amaara Forest Hotel
Transfer from Sigiriya to Trincomalee

Trincomalee, the city which houses one of the best natural deep-water ports in the world, has a legacy that has painted history since royalty throughout colonization, heading towards modern Sri Lanka revamping a fancy development effort. Enter the granite-built Portuguese fort resting in the heart of Trincomalee or head towards the crystal blue sea for an enthralling experience in scuba diving, snorkeling or fishing. If adventure is your pick, then head few more kilometers to be ‘whaled’ by the giant fins that crash down the blue waves! Meanwhile, head towards the classical-medieval Hindu temple ‘Koneswaram’ which blazes a subtle sense of Dravidian architecture or take a stroll towards the Bhadrakali Amman Temple dedicated to the goddess Kali. Pigeon Island is another famous pick in Trincomalee. Being a popular marine sanctuary Pigeon Island – colonized by rock pigeons – houses some of the best-preserved coral reefs. After a couple of excursions trace your bare feet along the clear sands of Marble Beach which has a strong sense of beauty and subtlety, to feast your experience in the east!

Overnight Stay at Amaranthe Bay

DAY 5: TRINCOMALEE – PIGEON ISLAND – TRINCOMALEE
Breakfast at Amaranthe Bay
Transfer from Trincomalee to Pigeon Island
Option: a Boat ride to Pigeon Island & enjoy a time of snorkeling around the island.
Transfer from Pigeon Island to Trincomalee
Relax & Leisure by the beach
Overnight Stay at Amaranthe Bay

DAY 6: TRINCOMALEE – KANDY
Breakfast at Amaranthe Bay
Transfer from Trincomalee to Kandy

Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe – before it was brought under the British rule in 1815, Kandy – the World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings – crafts an array of culture, history, and heritage in the minds of visitors across the globe. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. A stroll across this small lakeside town – cradled among the misty hills – will feature the Kandy City Centre – bundled with latest and world-class brands, bazaar, an arts & crafts center, as well as a gem museum & lapidary. Walk in color as you glide through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market. Fine tube your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the Wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka.

Overnight Stay at Ozo Kandy

DAY 7: KANDY – TEA PLANTATION -NUWARA ELIYA
Breakfast at Ozo Kandy
Transfer from Kandy to Tea Plantation

Sri Lanka, Tea, and Tourism are words which cannot be separated. Take a tour to the cold & misty hills that take pride of an ultimate tea tour, covering lush green blankets of tea plantations. Or just step into a tea factory processing the prestigious brand of Ceylon Tea, to observe a rich tradition kept alive up to date. As you observe the hissing and swishing of machines, inhaling the heavenly scent arising from these facilities, make sure to end your day in style over a perfectly blended cup of pure Ceylon Tea.

Transfer from Tea Plantation to Nuwara Eliya

Misty steep roads, twisting through lush green blankets of tea bushes in a cool climate, remind visitors that they are within the range of the renowned British colonial retreat, Nuwara Eliya. Augmented by an English countryside atmosphere, the city of light – once governed by English & Scottish planters – is still studded with colonial bungalows, hedgerows & one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in the world. A hike through the green grass and red-brick walls should present breath-taking views of a buzzing countryside hamlet. Drive through green valleys of the hill country pierced by endless waterfalls & dotted by tea pluckers draped in bright-colored saris. Or rent a bike for a gentle ride along the banks splashed by the waters of Lake Gregory.

Overnight Stay at Galway Heights Hotel

DAY 8: NUWARA ELIYA – COLOMBO

Breakfast at Galway Heights Hotel
Transfer from Nuwara Eliya to Colombo

The throbbing metropolis, Colombo – located in the West – is not only the country’s commercial capital but also the turbine that impels above 50% of the national GDP flanking Colombo’s fancy urban development effort. Drive along the clean streets edging the crystal white Race Course – horse racing hub in 1893 & World War II airstrip – furnished today with lavish clothing, food & tea boutiques. Meanwhile, ride to Pettah – an offbeat shopping experience – or feel the buzz surrounding the upcoming inspiration, the Colombo Port City – an offshore city – featuring parks, commercial complexes! Head along Bauddhaloka Mawatha towards ‘Arcade’ facing a historic way post, the Independence Square. Every designer boutique, top-notch cuisine outlet, and even the ‘walk-over fish tank’, have revamped this colonial masterpiece into one of the trendiest shopping and hangout zones in Sri Lanka. Have a chilled beer at the Dutch Hospital while gazing through fancy windows showcasing best fashion, jewelry & handicraft brands. Smell the scent of incense while listening to the chiming bells of Gangarama temple. Or, jazz up to Colombo’s nightlife spiced by night clubs & casinos that borderline its bustle. If you’re lucky, head into an exhibition at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) before swaying your head to an opera or play at Nelum Pokuna that should just drive your day into perfection!

Overnight Stay at Ozo Colombo

DAY 9: COLOMBO – AIRPORT
Breakfast at Ozo Colombo
Transfer from Colombo to Airport for departure

• Crystal white Race Course
• World War II airstrip
• Colombo Port City
• Bauddhaloka Mawatha
• Dutch Hospital
• Gangarama temple
• Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall
• 25-acre coconut property
• Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya
• World Heritage Site
• Kandy City Centre
• Bazaar
• Arts & crafts center
• Gem Museum
• lapidary
• Ultimate tea tour
• The Bridge on the River Kwai & Dutch Hospital Shopping Complex

• 1 night Waikkal
• 1 night Sigiriya
• 1 night Trincomalee
• 1 night Kandy
• 1 night Nuwara Eliya
• 1 night Colombo
• Share twin accommodation
• Transportation by A/C Vehicle
• English Speaking Chauffeur Guide & English speaking National Guide
• Beverages Lunch & Dinner throughout the tour
• Any entrance fees & fares to the above-mentioned sightseeing places
• Anything in relevant to Air Ticketing.
• Expenses of a personal nature.
• Tips and Porterage
• Any other services not specified above.