GRAND TOUR OF SRI LANKA - 2017
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A portrait of beautiful Sri Lanka, taking in the cultural centres of Anuradhapura, Sigiriya and Kandy, the mountainous Horton Plains and lush Yala National Park.
Note: Yala National Park is closed to visitors during September/October. At such times, the safari drive will take place in the Udawalawe or Bundala National Park.
In Colombo, Kandy and Galle. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
- SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
Galle Face Green promenade, Hindu Kovil, Independence Square, Sri Maha Bodhi, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, Temple of the Tooth, Kandy Botanic Gardens, Ceylon tea plantation & factory, Horton Plains National Park, Yala National Park.
Services of a professional Driver/Guide or Tour Director.
Airport transfers; private, deluxe, air-conditioned coach while touring; scenic train from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya.
Hotel accommodation in twin-bed rooms with private facilities.
Breakfast daily (B), 9 Dinners (D)
Day by Day
Welcome to Sri Lanka's capital city. On arrival in Colombo, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon, embark on a sightseeing tour of this bustling city. Historically, Colombo was a trading port and a city of strategic importance to the Portuguese, Dutch and British before Ceylon gained independence in 1948. Many colonial buildings can still be seen around the city alongside more traditional Sri Lankan architecture. Your sightseeing will take in the GALLE FACE GREEN PROMENADE, DUTCH HOSPITAL PRECINT, Fort Railway Station, a HINDU KOVIL, the Beira Lake and INDEPENDENCE SQUARE. (D)
Note: Depending on flight times, it may be necessary to move the Colombo city sightseeing to Day 10. We recommend arrival at the hotel by 12 noon.
COLOMBO - ANURADHAPURA - MIHINTALE - SIGIRIYA.
Journey through lush Sri Lankan countryside to ANURADHAPURA, the country's ancient capital. The city is considered sacred to the Buddhist world and is surrounded by monasteries. Your city tour takes in the well-preserved ruins of this area and the SRI MAHA BODHI, or Bo Tree, the oldest recorded tree in the world. This remarkable tree was a sapling taken from the Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi tree in India, under which Buddha achieved enlightenment. Later visit the pilgrimage site of MIHINTALE, the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, before continuing to Sigiriya. (B,D)
Note: Advisable to bring an old pair of socks as walking on hot sand at temples make it hard on bare feet.
SIGIRIYA - MINNERIYA - SIGIRIYA.
This morning visit the famous SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS, a giant magma plug which has served both as a long-standing Buddhist monastery and a fortress. Surrounded by a network of gardens and moats, it is a geological and anthropological landmark. If you have the energy, a strenuous climb will take you to the summit, where the ancient ruins of a palace built by King Kasyapa remain, and where you will be afforded magnificent views of the Sri Lankan countryside. On the way to the top, you will see the famous cloud maidens frescoes painted on the rock wall. Later, take an afternoon safari drive to either MINNERIYA, KAUDULLA OR HURULU ECO PARK where you might spot elephants and sambar deer. (B,D)
Note: A number of steep steps must be climbed in order to reach the top level of Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
SIGIRIYA - POLONNARUWA - DAMBULLA - KANDY.
Begin today with a visit to the UNESCO world heritage listed ruins of POLONNARUWA. After lunch visit the fascinating DAMBULLA ROCK CAVE TEMPLE which comprises five preserved caverns, containing frescoes and statues of Buddha. Visit a SPICE GARDEN and a BATIK FACTORY en route to Kandy. The cultural centre of Sri Lanka, Kandy is famed for Sri Dalada Maligawa, the Temple of the Tooth, where it is believed that the tooth of the Buddha is enshrined. (B,D)
A jumble of culture, history and colonial buildings, Kandy is nestled amongst forested hills and is one of Sri Lanka's most interesting cities. Visit the TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH and enjoy a comprehensive tour of this green city, taking in the colourful KANDY MARKET, the upper lake drive, and the GEM MUSEUM. Also visit the ARTS & CRAFTS CENTRE and the PERADENIYA BOTANIC GARDENS which are renowned for their collection of orchids, spices and medicinal plants. This evening visit a CULTURAL SHOW and be entertained by Kandyan dancers and drummers. (B,D)
KANDY - NUWARA ELIYA.
A scenic TRAIN journey takes you from Kandy to the misty hills of Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara Eliya is considered the capital of Sri Lanka's tea industry, with its cool temperatures, humidity and rainfall providing the perfect climate for tea production. This evening, take a sightseeing tour around the town. Otherwise known as 'Little England', Nuwara Eliya is set nearly 2,000 metres above sea level and surrounded by rolling hills and lush tea plantations (B,D)
NUWARA ELIYA - HORTON PLAINS - NUWARA ELIYA.
You will have an early start this morning and journey up steep mountains to the HORTON PLAINS NATIONAL PARK. Located on Sri Lanka's highest plateau, this mountainous region is blanketed by forest and affords spectacular views of the valleys below, occasionally extending to the coastline. Enjoy a trek through the park before returning to your hotel in the early afternoon. (B,D)
Note: The journey to Horton Plains is a 3-4 hour trek through mountains, which some people may find difficult.
NUWARA ELIYA - TISSAMAHARAMA.
After breakfast, journey south towards Tissamaharama. En route visit a CEYLON TEA PLANTATION and FACTORY, learning about the cultivation process. The rest of the day is free to relax in the lush jungle surrounds of your hotel. (B,D)
TISSAMAHARAMA - YALA NATIONAL PARK - TISSAMAHARAMA.
This morning, take a jeep safari through YALA NATIONAL PARK. Yala is a birdwatcher's paradise, with around 230 species recorded in the park. As well as birds, look out for elephants, sloth bears, water buffalo, macaques and crocodiles. If you're really lucky, you might see a leopard. Later, you will have another opportunity to spot animals on an afternoon safari. (B,D)
Note: Yala National Park is closed to visitors during September / October. At such times, the safari drive will take place in the Udawalawe or Bundala National Park.
TISSAMAHARAMA - GALLE - COLOMBO.
This morning travel to GALLE for a city tour before continuing back to Colombo. (B)
Your tour ends today with a transfer to the airport. (B)
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