Heritage of Sri Lanka
Immerse yourself in this tropical paradise and experience its unique adventures. One amazing week to take in Sri Lanka’s nearly 3,000 years of history and some of world’s most ancient cities! Visit the remnants of these once glorious cities, their palaces, temples, monasteries, hospitals and theaters intricately carved out of stone now abandoned amidst the soaring mountains.
The Lion Rock, Temple of Tooth Relic, Rock Cave Temple and Royal Botanical Gardens are sights that should not be missed.
Visit some of the oldest buildings which have been renovated to now house an eclectic collection of some of Colombo’s finest restaurants and shops. See the “Bodhi Tree” which is over 2,200 years old, and grown from a branch of the tree under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment.
7 Days, 6 Nights: Colombo, Anuradhapura, Habarana, Dambulla, Matale, Kandy & Pinnawala
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR
Meet Up at Colombo (CMB)
The remainder of the day is free to relax and enjoy the hotel or take a walk in Colombo city.
Colombo | Colombo City Tour
Then visit the Gangaramaya Temple, one of the best Buddhist temples in Colombo. Within the temple complex, you will find a small Hindu temple and a museum. The museum houses a library, an open-air meditation hall, a Bodhi tree, and a large collection of antique artifacts, Buddhist sculptures and statues.
A short drive away from the temple is Seema Malaka by the Beira Lake. This is one of Colombo’s most restful and tranquil meditation venues with beautiful statues of Lord Buddha surrounding the main hall - an iconic shot of Colombo.
Later we drive along Galle Face Green park, past the old Parliament of Sri Lanka. We visit the old Dutch hospital, one of the oldest buildings in the Colombo Fort area, now beautifully renovated, housing an eclectic collection of some of Colombo’s finest restaurants and shops.
Avid shoppers, take note! Sri Lanka is renowned for its tea, gems, ceramics and handicrafts. There are numerous Noritake outlets in Colombo with wonderful ceramic collections. To shop where the locals shop, head to Odel shopping center. For a quirky collection of artifacts, visit Barefoot Limited.
Breakfast Welcome Dinner
Colombo - Habarana | Anuradhapura
Continue to Habarana for 2 nights stay.
Habarana | Sigiriya , Heritage City of Polonnaruwa
Later embark on your scenic drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Polonnaruwa, the second capital of Sinhala kings dating back to 11th & 12th century A.D. During this time a great revival was achieved in the country, politically, economically as well as socially. The entire landscape of the region is punctuated by huge man-made reservoirs, the most famous of which is the ‘Parakrama Samudra’. Numerous monuments are found in this city such as the ruins of the Royal Palace & ‘Gal Vihara’ (Stone Temple) where 3 splendid statues of Buddha in 'Upright', 'Sedantry', and 'Recumbent' postures are carved out of the rock, the Audience Hall, and the Parakrama Samudraya lake built by King Parakramabahu the Great. In here, we will also visit the Polonnaruwa museum.
Return to Habarana for an overnight stay.
Habarana - Kandy | Dambulla, Spice Garden
En route, visit another UNESCO World Heritage site, the Rock Cave Temple of Dambulla which dates to the first century BC. The temple consists of a series of 5 caves filled with statues and paintings, including a 47 ft. long statue of Lord Buddha. This is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka.
Continue drive to Kandy, visiting the Spice Garden at Matale on the way. Upon arrival in Kandy, check in at your hotel for overnight stay.
Kandy | Kandy City Tour, Temple of the Tooth Relic, Royal Botanical Gardens, Dance Performance
Today we will visit the Temple of Tooth Relic of Buddha, located in the royal palace complex which houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha. Since ancient times the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Visitors are not allowed inside the inner chambers and cannot see the tooth relic.
This afternoon, visit the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, which spreads over 67 hectares (160 acres) of exquisite beauty and houses more than 4,000 species of flora, a haven for nature lovers.
This evening we relax and enjoy a cultural dance show featuring traditional Kandyan dancing and Sri Lanka drumming.
Kandy - Colombo (CMB) | Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
We will stop by the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Started back in 1975, the elephant orphanage houses abandoned and wounded elephants. You can observe elephants being fed and bathed by the orphanage staff.
After Pinnawela, we will drive back to Colombo for your departure flight. The tour comes to an end. You are advised to schedule your international flight home after 8pm to provide an ample buffer.
Dates & PricingPrivate Tour, Daily Departure
|Tour Date||2-6 Persons*||1 Person**|
|Jan 8 to Jan 15, 2019||$3,495||$4,850|
|Jan 16 to Feb 28, 2019||$3,390||$4,595|
|Mar 1 to Apr 30, 2019||$3,230||$4,310|
|May 1 to Jun 30, 2019||$3,115||$4,110|
|Jul 1 to Sep 15, 2019||$3,255||$4,365|
|Sep 16 to Oct 30, 2019||$3,140||$4,165|
|Jan 8 to Jan 15, 2020||$3,845||$5,335|
|Jan 16 to Feb 28, 2020||$3,730||$5,055|
|Mar 1 to Apr 30, 2020||$3,555||$4,740|
|May 1 to Jun 30, 2020||$3,425||$4,520|
|Jul 1 to Sep 15, 2020||$3,580||$4,800|
|Sep 16 to Oct 30, 2020||$3,455||$4,580|
* Price per person, based on double occupancy.
** Price per person, based on single occupancy.
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- ‣ 4-Star Hotel Accommodations
- ‣ Airport Transfers
- ‣ Daily Breakfast
- ‣ Welcome Dinner
- ‣ English-speaking Local Guide
- ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments
- ‣ Cultural Dance Performance
- ‣ Any travel Insurance
- ‣ Medical Expenses
- ‣ Domestic/International Air Fares and Airport Departure Taxes
- ‣ Gratuities
- ‣ Laundry Service
- ‣ Telephone Calls
- ‣ Professional camera/video camera fees at monuments
- ‣ All other services which are not mentioned in the inclusions