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The Best of Sri Lanka

Duration
10 Days
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US$ 1,711

Explore the best of Sri Lanka and visit the country’s natural and historical sites. As you traverse the island, you’ll experience the markets and bustle of Colombo, see hundreds of Buddhist temples in Polonnaruwa, ascend the rock of Sigiriya, and head on game drives in Yala National Park.


This 10-day Sri Lanka vacation takes you across the South Asian nation to showcase its most famous sites, from the bustling capital, Colombo, to the rock of Sigiriya to the temples and holy sites of Polonnaruwa and Kandy.

Like most Sri Lanka vacations, your journey begins in Colombo, the nation’s capital. Although it has not regained the mantle of “Garden City of the East,” Colombo continues to restores its colonial charms and innovate against growing urban sprawl. It also remains a meeting point for East and West, where local culture still has traces of Portuguese, Dutch, and British colonial influences. Take a drive through the pristine streets of Race Course to experience one of the city’s glitzy neighbourhoods before heading to Pettah to visit the floating market and get some local souvenirs. Also be sure to visit Viharamahadevi Park to see the giant Buddha statue and shop at some of the buzzling local malls before continuing on to Dambulla.

Dambulla is Sri Lanka’s most impressive cave temple, dating back from the 1st century B.C. and containing 150 images of the Buddha and bodhisattvas carved across the walls of its five caves. Head on to Polonnaruwa to explore hundreds of temple ruins and tombs spread out across an ancient royal city. The Kingdom of Polonnaruwa reigned for 800 years and many of its greatest sites, including the spectacular Buddhist enclosure known as the Quandrangle, remain in Polonnaruwa to this day.

Your Sri Lanka vacation continues on to the massive rock of Sigiriya, the country’s most iconic site. The rock of Sigiriya rises out of the misty forests of the country’s centre and has steep vertical walls culminating in a massive plateau adorned with ancient ruins. While the nature of these ruins is unknown, it’s possible the rock was once home to an ancient monastery or royal palace. Regardless of their true nature, the ruins of Sigiriya are incredible historical marvels. Once you climb the steep staircases of the rock and achieve the summit, you’ll also be treated to breathtaking sights of the surrounding countryside.

Continue on to Kandy, where you’ll get a taste for ordinary Sri Lankan life. The city combines urban bustle with ancient Buddhist relics. While the city is humid and often rainy, it sits on the shores of the gorgeous Kandy Lake and offers incredible sights, rain or shine. Chief among Kandy’s landmarks is the sacred Temple of the Tooth, which holds a tooth of the Lord Buddha himself. Afterwards, explore the lakefront and visit a bazaar to peruse local arts and crafts. Continue on to the seaside village, Ella, where you can spend your time strolling alongside temples and waterfalls. Along the way, you’ll stop to tour a tea plantation to learn about the production of world famous Ceylon tea. While in Ella, you will also visit The Nine Arches, or The Bridge in the Sky, one of the most iconic bridges in the island nation.

From Ella, continue your Sir Lanka vacation by heading to Tissamaharama (just “Tissa” to the locals), which is the gateway to several nearby national parks. In Tissa, you’ll have the opportunity to pass into Yala National Park, the country’s most famous nature reserve, where monkeys, elephants, and buffalo roam across a landscape of plains, forests, and lagoons. A game drive through Yala is a great way to spot some incredible animal life.

Pass westward along the coast to Galle, an old Dutch trading port that is famous for its colonial buildings, mosques, churches, and mansions. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Galle is a great place to explore. The 16th century Portuguese Fort is the chief attraction here; it is unique for being surrounded by the ocean on three sides. You’ll also visit the Cathedral of St. Mary and the Japanese Peace Pagoda. As a whole, Galle is one of the most charming spots in the entire country. Close out your Sri Lanka vacation in Bentota, a coastal resort town to the south of Colombo. Relax on the golden-sand beaches and enjoy the easygoing atmosphere supplied by the resorts, boutique hotels, and abundant warm weather.

This trip to Sri Lanka promises the best of this incredible South Asian nation.


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,711

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Day 1

Arrive Colombo

Welcome to Sri Lanka! Seductive beaches and tempting water sports, magnificent landscapes featuring lazy lagoons, fertile wetlands, ecologically-wondrous types of forest, imposing mountains, bounteous rivers and waterfalls, an abundance of wildlife - much of it endemic - unique ecosystems, inspiring heritage sites from ancient cities to colonial forts, a vibrant culture including fine arts and crafts and grand festivals, and a people of diverse ethnicity and religious persuasion, charming and hospitable.

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 and World War II airstrip - furnished today with lavish clothing, food & tea boutiques. Enjoy a visit to Pettah & tune into the Floating Market - an offbeat shopping experience - or feel the buzz surrounding the upcoming inspiration, the Colombo Port City. The face of the city is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the old world charm is retained. For example, there is a 100-year-old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings. Other places of interest are the Pettah bazaar - where one can shop for bargain, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas - where you find stately homes of the affluent and the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) - an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the People's Republic of China.

Arrive and proceed to your hotel.

Duration1 Night
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Global Towers Hotel and Apartment

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    Global Towers Hotel and Apartment



    Welcome to Global Towers Apartment Hotel conveniently located in the city of Colombo. Global Towers is a city hotel that faces a long stretch of golden beaches. The marine environment compliments the waterfront entrance and its tourists attractions. Experience living in a calm residential vicinity ...

    Welcome to Global Towers Apartment Hotel conveniently located in the city of Colombo. Global Towers is a city hotel that faces a long stretch of golden beaches. The marine environment compliments the waterfront entrance and its tourists attractions. Experience living in a calm residential vicinity away from the bustling city. The hotel is ideal for leisure as well as business travellers. It has easy access to shopping malls, cinemas and banks.

    Our apartments are the perfect choice for holiday or long-term accommodation. The hotel apartments feature 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and single/double accommodation.

    Facilities

    • Jacuzzi
    • 24 Hour Restaurant
    • Banquet Hall
    • Fitness Centre
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Steam Room

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Day 2

Colombo - Dambulla - Polonnaruwa - Habarana

Today you will drive to Dambulla. Dating back to the 1st Century BC is the most impressive cave temple in Sri Lanka -- The Dambulla Rock Temple. It has five caves under a vast overhanging rock, carved with a drip line to keep the interiors dryThere are images of the Lord Buddha and bodhisattvas, as well as various gods and goddesses. 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. This temple is also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Continue to Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka's medieval capital & crown jewel of King Parakramabahu I. Walk across its scattered walls of the World Heritage Site - blessed by stupas, resting Buddha statues, irrigation canals and fantastically carved Hindu sculptures.Take a close glance and you will realize a subtle Hindu influence on architecture and statues found in Polonnaruwa. Here you will visit the ruins of the Royal Palace, of King Parakramabahu I built in the 11th Century, The Gal Vihara which is one of the most famous sites in Sri Lanka. It consists of three figures of Lord Buddha carved out of a cliff of granite. The first figure is a sitting Buddha with an artificial cavern cut out of the rock. The other two are an upright Buddha and a reclining Buddha. The reclining Buddha is 14 m (46 ft) in length. Other places that you will visit is The Audience Hall which contains exquisite stone carvings, bas-relief elephants support the base of this building and the entrance has two flights of steps with moonstones flanked by mythical dragons. The Lotus Bath located within the Jetavanarama Monastery is this elegant pond built in the shape of an open lotus. Nissanka Latha Mandapaya is a square building with fine rock cut railing going all around the Dalada Maluwa area of the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa. A must see is the Parakrama Samudraya - this vast water reservoir was built by King Parakramabahu-the Great (1153-1186) acres of paddy land is supported by this reservoir.

After your visit proceed to the hotel.

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Duration1 Night
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Sorowwa Resort and Spa

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    Sorowwa Resort and Spa



    Welcome to Sorowwa Resort and Spa - built on the exact spot where Royalty of yore had their preferred pleasure garden. Welcome to an aura of complete tranquillity - a sensation possible only through a soothing combination of aqua, fauna & flora that eternally greets ...

    Welcome to Sorowwa Resort and Spa - built on the exact spot where Royalty of yore had their preferred pleasure garden. Welcome to an aura of complete tranquillity - a sensation possible only through a soothing combination of aqua, fauna & flora that eternally greets you. You would be amazed at the ease with which this serene nature rejuvenates your mind, body and soul. The traditions of yore, befitting then Royalty lives on, now all yours to feel. . . In this place of sheer tranquillity, an exalted level of personalized hospitality is all yours. From the moment you arrive to be greeted by our staff with a warm smile coming straight from their heart, you will beginto feel that you have finally arrived at that place you have always dreamed of, so, . . . abandon your self unto blissful comfort, total relaxation and peace.

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    • Dining facilities
    • Spa and Wellness Centre
    • Weddings

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Day 3

Habarana - Sigiriya - Kandy

Today you will drive to Sigiriya - rising 200m straight up over the dusty plains of north central Sri Lanka, the flat-topped rock formation of Sigiriya is not only one of the island's most impressive geological formations but also one of its greatest archaeological legacies. Sigiriya (Lion's rock) is an ancient rock fortress and palace ruin situated in the central Matale District of Sri Lanka. This is one of the seven World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.

Thereafter you will drive to Kandy which is the he English name for the city of Maha Nuvara . It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is one of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka; it is both an administrative and religious city.

Arrive and proceed to the hotel.

Later today you will explore the city and visit The Temple of the Tooth Relic and it was declared by the UNESCO has a world heritage in 1988. According to Sri Lankan legends, when Buddha died in India his body was cremated in a sandalwood pyre and his left canine tooth was retrieved from the funeral pyre by a spiritual practitioner -- Khema who in turn gave it to King Brahmadatte for veneration. Your tour also includes a drive around the Kandy Lake. You will also explore the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts Center, a gem museum and a lapidary!

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Duration1 Night
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Oak Ray Heritage Hotel

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    Oak Ray Heritage Hotel



    Located within a 5-minute walk of Bogambara Stadium and Kandy City Center Shopping Mall in Kandy, Oak Ray Heritage Hotel features rooms with free WiFi. A 7-minute walk from Sri Dalada Maligawa and 600 m from Kandy Museum, the property offers a terrace and a ...

    Located within a 5-minute walk of Bogambara Stadium and Kandy City Center Shopping Mall in Kandy, Oak Ray Heritage Hotel features rooms with free WiFi. A 7-minute walk from Sri Dalada Maligawa and 600 m from Kandy Museum, the property offers a terrace and a bar. The property is 700 m from Lakeside Adventist Hospital. The units at the hotel are fitted with a seating area and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Each room includes a private bathroom with free toiletries. All guest rooms at Oak Ray Heritage Hotel feature air conditioning and a desk.

    A buffet breakfast is served daily at the property. For guests' convenience, the accommodation has a business centre. The reception at Oak Ray Heritage Hotel can provide tips on the area.

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    • Bar
    • Transfer Service
    • WiFi

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Day 4

Kandy - Tea Plantation - Ella

Today you will drive to Ella - a quaint hill side village offering the most amazing view in all of Sri Lanka, Ella is ideal for leisurely treks. Trudge through tea plantations, temple sites and waterfalls through the day.Welcome the night with clear skies, twinkling stars and the distant glow of light houses in the Southern Coast. En route you will visit a 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.

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Duration2 Nights
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Oak Ray Ella Gap

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    Oak Ray Ella Gap



    Renovated in 2013, the Ella Gap Hotel guarantees guests a pleasant stay whether in Ella for business or pleasure. The hotel lies 16.5 km from the city center and provides accessibility to important town facilities. A well-kempt environment and its proximity to Bandarawela Central Bus ...

    Renovated in 2013, the Ella Gap Hotel guarantees guests a pleasant stay whether in Ella for business or pleasure. The hotel lies 16.5 km from the city center and provides accessibility to important town facilities. A well-kempt environment and its proximity to Bandarawela Central Bus Stand, Bandarawela Hospital give to this hotel a special charm.

    Take advantage of a wealth of unrivaled services and amenities at this Ella hotel. Guests of the hotel can enjoy on-site features like smoking area, family room, Wi-Fi in public areas, coffee shop, 24hr room service.

    Guests can choose from 30 rooms, all of which exude an atmosphere of total peace and harmony. Throughout the day you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the garden, outdoor pool, jacuzzi, spa, massage. Whatever your reason for visiting Ella, the Ella Gap Hotel is the perfect venue for an exhilarating and exciting break away.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Cafe
    • Convenience shop
    • Spa Treatments
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 5

Ella

Today you will explore the area and visit The Nine Arches also called The Bridge in the sky) is one of the most iconic bridges in Sri Lanka and is one of the best examples of British railway constructions when Ceylon was yet a colony of the British Empire.

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Day 6

Ella - Tissamaharama

Today you will drive to Tissamaharama one of the most pleasant towns in the southern coast! It used to be the capital of the Sinhalese Kingdom of Ruhuna as early as the 3rd century B.C. Only few buildings from that period can still be seen today. The large artificial Tissa Wewa Lake, which was a part of a sophisticated irrigation system, also dates from that time. Arrive and proceed to the hotel.

Spreading into a vast 1259 sq. km., Yala - with its glory spinning around vast grasslands, shrubs, tanks and dunes - rightfully is the heartland of wildlife in Sri Lanka. As your jeep rumble through the giant gates of Yala, you are not only stepping into the most visited national park in the country, but also the lands of a civilization which thrived during the reign of Sri Lankan kings. You name it, and Yala has it! Its usual inmates cover herds of elephant, sloth bear, spotted dear, jackal, extensively populated birdlife as well as the highest density of leopards in the world that garnish the park to be one of the finest destinations in the country. Feel the rough track as your jeep thunders over rocks and swish passing narrow bends for an exhilarating experience blended with the cries of wilderness under the tropical sun.

This afternoon you will enjoy a safari through the park.

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Duration1 Night
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Oak Ray Lake Tissamaharama

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    Oak Ray Lake Tissamaharama



    The Resort sits facing the Tissa Lake with its teeming wild and birdlife. It enjoys spectacular views when the sun sets in the middle of the Lake, caressing the vicinity with its glorious pink hue. Set amidst this scenic backdrop, lounging in the Resort's infinity ...

    The Resort sits facing the Tissa Lake with its teeming wild and birdlife. It enjoys spectacular views when the sun sets in the middle of the Lake, caressing the vicinity with its glorious pink hue. Set amidst this scenic backdrop, lounging in the Resort's infinity pool is a blissful intimation with nature.

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    • Bar
    • Indoor Pool
    • Parking
    • Room Service
    • Wakeup Calls Available
    • WiFi

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Day 7

Tissamaharama - Galle

This morning collect a packed breakfast and proceed to Yala and enjoy another safari through the park. Thereafter you will drive to Galle, the capital city of the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. The port town of Galle is Sri Lanka's fourth biggest town and its history dates back to 1505 when a Portuguese fleet bound for Maldives was blown off course and took shelter in the Galle Harbor. Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by the Europeans in in south and Southeast Asia and displays the unique blend between European architectural styles and south Asian traditions. The Galle Fort was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese and then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. The fort has a colorful history, and is also known as the Dutch Fort or the "Ramparts of Galle "withstood the Boxing Day Tsunami which damaged part of coastal are of Galle town. You will also visit The Cathedral of St. Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary, is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galle. It is a landmark in the City of Galle, Sri Lanka. The church is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Japanese Peace Pagoda is one of the most tranquil attractions of the city and it exudes a sense of calm. A must-visit for those seeking spirituality and inner peace, this attraction makes for an excellent trek and also offers mesmerizing views from the top of the double-storey structure.

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Duration1 Night
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The Long Beach Resort and Spa

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    The Long Beach Resort and Spa



    Echoing the beach it is located on The Long Beach Resort Koggala is situated along the 1 km stretch of soft sanded beach in Koggala. This resort is truly on the beachfront, as you literally step onto the beach from the hotel. If you are ...

    Echoing the beach it is located on The Long Beach Resort Koggala is situated along the 1 km stretch of soft sanded beach in Koggala. This resort is truly on the beachfront, as you literally step onto the beach from the hotel. If you are looking for a completely relaxing beach holiday, where it is just you, the sand, sun and the surf then The Long Beach Resort Koggala should be your number one choice.

    Facilities

    • Banquet Hall
    • Lounge Bar
    • Pool bar
    • Restaurant
    • Spa Services
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 8

Galle - Bentota

Today you will proceed to the coastal town of Bentota, check in to your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.

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Duration2 Nights
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The Palms

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    The Palms



    Emanating an elegance of profound beauty, with architecture that is immaculately conspired to be a part of the surrounding natural miracles of Mother Nature, The Palms Beruwala is one of the most naturally stunning Beach Hotels in Sri Lanka that truly evokes the best in ...

    Emanating an elegance of profound beauty, with architecture that is immaculately conspired to be a part of the surrounding natural miracles of Mother Nature, The Palms Beruwala is one of the most naturally stunning Beach Hotels in Sri Lanka that truly evokes the best in an individual through its commendable hospitality and well-appointed comforts.

    The hotel is contained in a land area of eight acres, close to the glorious white sandy beaches of Beruwela and the spellbinding azure ocean along a canopy of greenery to create just the right seasoning for an addictive holiday gateway. This is a welcome oasis for travellers to rediscover themselves . Come explore The Palms, and let the trip to the coastal town of Moragalla -- Beruwela be a vacation never to be forgotten!

    Facilities

    • Fitness Centre
    • Recreation Centre
    • Swimming Pool
    • Table Tennis

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Day 9

Bentota

Day at leisure.

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Day 10

Bentota - Colombo

Proceed to Colombo and proceed to the airport to connect with your onwards flight.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • Meal plan on bed and breakfast basis at all places
  • Transportation by air conditioned vehicle
  • English speaking chauffeur guide (1 -- 7 pax)
  • English speaking National guide (8 -- 20 pax)
  • Entrance fees included for Dambulla Cave Temple, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Kandy Temple, Cultural Dance and Yala National park with 4x4 Jeep (2 visits)
  • Welcome with garlands at the airport
  • All government taxes

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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