Sri- Lanka, some time ago also known as Ceylon is without doubt one of the most scenic places on the planet, and well worth visiting. It’s world renown for thick, tropical jungles, its tea garden, elephant orphange, perfect beaches and a full calendar of colorful festivals.
Sri-lanka have an Ancient Buddhist sites that includes Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Panduwasnuwara and Yapahuwa. All these places contain the remains of a great civilisation which grew through the centuries under the influence of Buddhism, a gentle faith still preserved in Sri Lanka in its purest form.
The Sri Lankan Standard foods are spicy and it is advised to approach curries with caution. There are many vegetables, fruits, meats and seafoods. Continental, Chinese, Indian and Japanese menus are available in Colombo and other touristic places . A speciality is basic curry, made with coconut milk, sliced onion, green chilli, aromatic spices such as cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and saffron and aromatic leaves.
Major points-of-interest include the ancient town of Anuradhapura; Batticaloa and its singing fish; the rock temple at Dambulla; the exotic port city of Galle; Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage; the sacred mountain of Adam’s Peak; Hikkaduwa beach; the cultural city of Kandy, and the wide sandy beaches on the west coast near Negomo – to name but a few. We have put together beautiful itinerary for Sri-lanka tour here to give you the best taste of this Island nation. If you want to have customized itinerary we can help you on that. Sepcial package for Buddhist pilgrimage or Hindu pilgrimage – like Ramayan tour also possible to get. You can combine Sri-lanka tour with Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan or Even India. You can travel 2 or 3 countries in one go, just write us what you would like to do and we will be happy to help.
B = Breakfast , L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Arrive at the Bandaranaike International airport, Katunayake. You will be met and assisted on arrival by Earthbound Expeditions airport staff and transferred to Habarana (192kms – approx. 4 hour drive)
Overnight stay at a hotel in Habarana.
After breakfast at the hotel leave for Sigiriya (25 km – approx. ½ hours drive) and climb the Rock Fortress (a UNESCO World Heritage site) built by King Kassapa in the 05thcentury A.D. which was a Royal Citadel for more than 18 years. The lion rock is a citadel of unusual beauty, rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The base of the rock is ringed by a moat and rampart and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens. The majestic Lion’s Paw picturesquely guards the stairway of the palace on the summit. See the famous frescoes of the “Heavenly maidens” of Sigiriya in a sheltered pocket of the rock and the 10 foot high Mirror Wall.
On completion, leave for Polonnaruwa (67 km, approx.1½ hours drive), (UNESCO World Heritage Site) the Capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to 13th century, a well-planned medieval city defended by enclosing walls (around 5 km. which still remain),graced by palaces, shrines, monasteries, pavilions, parks, ponds and irrigation lakes. Polonnaruwa is strewn with ruins in a resplendent state of preservation. Of these the ‘Vatadage’ and the ‘Thuparama Image house’ are the most spectacular. The ‘Gal Vihara’ which consists of statues of the recumbent, standing and seated Buddha have been cut from a single granite wall and rank among the true masterpieces of Sri Lankan Art. Return to your hotel on completion.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Habarana
After breakfast leave for Trincomalee, check in at the hotel and rest of the day leisure.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Trincomalee
Full day leisure. Overnight stay at a hotel in Trincomalee
After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Dambulla (106 km, approx. 2 ½ hours drive) and visit the famous Golden Rock cave temple which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
A sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries, this cave monastery, a vast isolated rock mass with its five caverns is the largest best preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka.
The Buddhist mural paintings (covering an area of 2,100 sq. meters) are of particular importance as are the 157 statues including a 47 foot long statue of the recumbent Buddha. The ceiling of one cavern is fully illustrated with paintings that follow the natural folds of the rock so closely that it appears to be made of cloth. The complex of caves is one of the most impressive Buddhist Temples in the world.
Thereafter leave for Kandy (72 km – approx. 3 hours drive).
En route visit a Spice garden in Matale.
Kandy, the bustling hill country capital is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for the pink painted Temple of the Tooth which houses the most sacred religious relic, the tooth of the Buddha, the Kandy Lake built in 1807 which is an attractive centerpiece to the town and the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Kandy.
After breakfast leave for Pinnawala and visit the Elephant orphanage (50 km, 2 hours drive). This orphanage was set up by the government to take care of baby elephants lost or abandoned in the wild. Witness the feeding of the elephants. The baby elephants being bottle fed with milk is a heartwarming sight. Thereafter observe them as they take their daily bath in the river nearby, which affords marvelous photo opportunities. Bath time is enjoyed by all elephants, young and old alike and it is a good time to closely observe their tightly knit family structure. The young elephants are protected and cared for, by the older ones in the group and the leader of the group is respected by all. (Open from 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Daily feeding times- 9.15 a.m.,1.15 p.m. 5.00 p.m. Bathing times – 10.00 a.m., 2.00 p.m., 4.00 p.m.).
Afterwards leave for (88 kms, 2 hours drive) Colombo On arrival, check in at the hotel. In the Afternoon commence a sightseeing tour in city of Colombo. Drive through the commercial and city centre area known as the “Fort”, built by the Portuguese in the 16th century where grand colonial era buildings stand alongside modern office structures. See the busy markets and noisy bazaars of Pettah, the National Museum with its fine collection of lovely antiques and art of Sri Lanka. Drive past the Town hall, Independence Square, the B.M.I.C.H (International Convention Centre) and Cinnamon gardens residential area and visit a Buddhist temple and a Hindu Kovil to experience the diversity of religion, ethnicity and customs of the people. Overnight stay at a hotel in Colombo
Leave for the Airport for your departure flight
Note: Please try to arrive in the morning of trip arrival date as we have about 4 hours drive that day. We will collcet every one from the airport and take together to start the trip. Only one airport group arrival and departure transfers from / to airport is included, if you wish to visit early or later and want to include the airport transfers seperatly USD 47 per person extra will be charged.
Sri Lanka Tour Highlights
See all the hight lights of Sri – lanka in a short time
Land Arrangements Hotel envisaged as under: subject to availability
TOTAL COST OF THE TOUR :
Visa for Sri-Lanka
Nationals of 77 countries can enter Sri Lanka as holidaymakers without prior visa and remain 30days with Payment of Visa Fees – Further details please refer website www.immigration.gov.lk
Note: Rooms are Subject to availability at above mention Hotels; In Case No Rooms are available similar hotels will be provided.
Please carry GBP 200 to GBP 300 per person extra for meals, entry permit, water etc.