Essence of Sri Lanka

Negombo, Habarana, Kandy & Nuwara Eliya

Overview

TOUR CODE: CMBESS

Unveil the wonders of Sri Lanka where you’ll visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, world renowned for its success in caring and nurturing for wild Asian elephants. See the rock fortress of Sigiriya, an archeological site built on top of a rocky mountain plateau, where you’ll tour its numerous ruins including the Royal Palace and Lotus Bath. In Dambulla and Kandy, admire the impressive temple complex—a shrine ornate with gold and fine woodwork. Travel by train through the scenic countryside to Nuwara for a visit to a tea garden and nature walk.

What’s Included

  • 1 night in a Deluxe Room at Heritance Hotel in Negombo
  • 2 nights in a Superior Room at Cinnamon Lodge in Habarana
  • 2 nights in a Executive Room at The Radh Hotel in Kandy
  • 2 nights in a Deluxe Room at the Grand Hotel in Nuwara Eliya

  • One-way train ride from Kandy to Nanu Oya
  • Daily breakfast and 7 dinners
  • Transfers, sightseeing and activities as specified in itinerary
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

Itinerary

DAY 01

ARRIVE COLOMBO/NEGOMBO (D)

Arrive at the Bandaranaike International Airport. Our local representative will meet you outside the customs gate and escort you to your hotel.

DAY 02

NEGOMBO/PINNAWALA/HABARANA (B/D)

This morning after breakfast drive to Habarana; en-route visit the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela. (Driving time approx. 4 hours) Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage – established in 1975, the orphanage commenced with seven orphan elephants. 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 it soon became a conservation and educational centre. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawela started a scientific captive-breeding program 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. Late afternoon arrive Habarana and check-in to your hotel.

DAY 03

HABARANA/SIGIRIYA/POLONNARUWA/HABARANA (B/D)

In the morning, visit the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress – a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 657 feet from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 173 acres fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. See 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. Later proceed to Polonnaruwa (Driving time approx. 1½ hours). Visit Polonnaruwa, the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and now 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, 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.

DAY 04

SIGRIYA/DAMBULLA/MATALE/KANDY (B/D)

After breakfast, drive to Dambulla. Visit the Dambulla Rock Temple which was built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C., it is the most impressive cave temples in Sri Lanka, and is now a world heritage site. The complex of five caves with over 21,527 sq. feet 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 45 feet. Continue the drive to Kandy with a stop at Matale, known for producing tea, spices, vegetables, and rubber. We will visit a spice garden before continuing to Kandy (Driving time approx. 2 hours).

DAY 05

KANDY (B/D)

Morning visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic – Tradition relates that a sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha was brought to Sri Lanka in 4th Century A.D. and was enshrined within the Dalanda Maligawa, or the Temple of the Tooth. This sacred relic has ever since been the symbol of sovereignty for the Sinhalese kings and always enshrined in great splendor. Kandy’s Dalada Maligawa is a magnificent shrine, with decorative walls, golden roof and fine woodwork. Religious services (pooja) are held daily at dawn, midday, and in the evening and can be viewed by visitors. Continue your visit to Peradeniya Botanical Garden – This 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. In the evening witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan music and drumming.

DAY 06

KANDY/ NUWARA ELIYA (TEA COUNTRY) (B/D)

This morning we will take the train to Nanu Oya station, which is close to the old British hill station of Nuwara Eliya. The journey is beautiful and winding. You will pass tea plantations, waterfalls and small Buddhist and Hindu temples. After checking in at your hotel, we will set off for a visit to tea plantation and tea factory.

DAY 07

NUWARA ELIYA/HORTON PLAINS/NUWARA ELIYA (B/D)

Early morning leave for Horton Plains (with packed breakfast), a protected area of outstanding natural beauty. Enjoy a walk here, looking out for wildlife and birds as you go. Rest of the day is at leisure – you can choose from the following optional activities:- Kayaking, Biking and trekking, Croquet, Spa treatments.

DAY 08

NUWARA ELIYA/COLOMBO DEPARTURE (B)

This morning drive to Colombo (Driving time approx. 4 hours). A glimpse beneath the chaotic façade of this metropolis on the banks of the Indian Ocean will reveal a treasure of delights and surprises to the inquisitive visitor. Colombo is a city with charming little hideaways waiting to be discovered. Our local representative will escort you in time to Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport for your flight home.

Meals: B= Breakfast   L= Lunch    D=Dinner

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Pricing

Per person, based on double occupancy

     2019Land OnlySingle Supplement
    Apr 01 - Jun 30$2,399$1,600
    Jul 01 - Aug 01$2,499$1,700
    Aug 02 - 09$2,599$1,800
    Aug 10 - 31$2,499$1,700
    Sep 01 - Oct 31$2,399$1,600
    Nov 01 - Dec 15$2,499$1,700
    Dec 16 - 31$2,699$1,800
    2020
    Jan 01 - 15$2,699$1,800
    Jan 16 - Feb 29$2,499$1,700
    Mar 01 - 23$2,499$1,700
    Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability. This is a land only package without International airfare. Compulsory Christmas Eve dinner and New Year Eve dinner apply. Tour prices include hotel taxes and service charges. (LO/121418/C-10)

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