|Tour Itinerary |
Programme : Cultural highlights tour
Duration : 04 Days / 03 Nights
|Day 01 : Airport / Giritale|
Arrival and transfer to Giritale.
Afternoon free for relaxation
Overnight stay in a Hotel in Giritale
Day 02 : Giritale / Polonnaruwa
After breakfast proceed to Polonnaruwa.
Do a city tour of Polonnaruwa which is the 2nd capital of Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th centuries A.D, and is a world heritage site. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya (3 splendid statues of the Buddha in "upright”, "sedentary” and "recumbent” postures carved out of rock). The Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, the Polonnaruwa Statue (12th century) and the Parakrama Samudraya tank (lake) built by king Parakramabahu the great. There are also ruins of famous places of worship such as the Shiva temple, the Lankatileka, the Watadage, the Galpoththa, the Kiri Vihare Dagoba and the remains of a former temple of the tooth.
Thereafter return to Giritale.
In the afternoon leave for Sigiriya and climb the 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress which is a world heritage site, built by king Kassappa (473 – 491 A.D). 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. The frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.
Overnight stay in a Hotel in Giritale
Day 03 : Giritale / Dambulla / Matale / Kandy
After breakfast leave for Kandy.
Enroute visit Dambulla Rock temple which was built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. Dambulla is a world heritage site and 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. The caves contain 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.
Also, visit a Spice garden in Matale to see the different spices which Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be shown different spices and how some of these spices are grown and processed.
Thereafter continue to Kandy.
In Kandy, do a city tour. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, which 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 1806, visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts centre and a gem museum and a lapidary.
In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show displaying traditional Sri Lankan dancing.
Overnight stay in a hotel in Kandy
Day 04 : Kandy / Peradeniya / Pinnawala / Colombo or Beach Hotel
After breakfast proceed to Peradeniya.
Visit Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, which 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. It makes a fascinating study for the Botanist both amateur and professional.
Thereafter proceed to Pinnawala and visit the Elephant Orphanage which is a home for about 60 elephants out of which some are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authority. Clients will have the opportunity of seeing these ‘babes’ being bottle-fed. You could also accompany the elephants to a river close by to see them having their daily baths.
Thereafter continue to Colombo /Airport.