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Heritage of Sri Lanka

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$1990

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

Sigiriya Rock
A breathtaking construction atop a plateau, this rock fortress is the most dramatic sight in Sri Lanka

Challenge of Sigiriya Rock
Energetic visitors can conquer the 1000+ steps to the top of the fortress. Don’t forget to take a selfie with the giant lion paws!

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple by the Kandy Lake. One of UNESCO’s world heritage sites for your Sri Lanka travel tours.

Buddhist Temple in Kandy
The golden-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic – a tooth of Buddha

Dambulla Cave Temple
The five caves in this ancient temple complex showcases 150 stunning Buddha statues

Vidyhadhara Guha Buddha Status
These four ancient rock carved statues of Buddha are yet another must-see attraction

Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya
The Royal Botanical Garden is filled with orchids, royal palms, Burma bamboo and more. It is haven for nature lovers

Island of Elephants
This small island has the most elephants per square mile in the world!

Ceylon Tea
Sri Lanka’s most famous product is their delicious high-quality tea

19th Century Seema Malake is a Buddhist temple for meditation and rests on Beira Lake. A serene stop during exciting Sri Lanka travel tours.

Seema Malaka Temple
Soak in the calm and peaceful atmosphere at the Seema Malaka temple

 


THE JOURNEY


    1

    Meet Up at Colombo (CMB)

    You will be met upon arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, and transferred to your hotel.

    The remainder of the day is free to relax and enjoy the hotel or take a walk in Colombo city.
    2

    Colombo | Colombo City Tour

    Let’s take the Colombo City Tour today.  We will drive past Independence Memorial Hall, built in 1948 to mark the independence of Sri Lanka from British rule. Visit the National Museum of Colombo, one of the largest museums in Sri Lanka.

    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 the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Welcome Dinner
    3

    Colombo - Habarana | Anuradhapura

    After breakfast embark on your drive to Habarana in north central Sri Lanka.Enroute, enjoy an excursion to Anuradhapura, a UNESCO World Heritage site situated on the banks of the historic Malvathu Oya River. Anuradhapura, an ancient city founded in the 5th century B.C., is home to the largest number of monuments of the great Sinhala civilization. Visit the ancient royal palaces, shrines, dagobahs and Sri Mahabodhi. Also visit the “Bodhi tree” which is over 2,200 years old, grown from a branch of the tree under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment.

    Continue to Habarana for 2 nights stay.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    4

    Habarana | Sigiriya , Heritage City of Polonnaruwa

    After breakfast, we visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sigiriya Rock, built by King Kassapa in the 5th century AD. Today the rock is a treasure trove of rare art. In a pocket of the giant rock are the famous frescoes of the heavenly maidens of Sigiriya. Also called the ‘Rock Fortress’ or ‘the Lion Rock’ because of the huge crouching lion image that is carved at the entrance to the fortress.  This citadel rises more than 1,000 ft. from the jungles below. If you wish to climb Sigiriya Rock, there are about 1,200 steps and, on an average, it takes about 1.5 hours to climb the rock (actual time varies from person to person).

    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.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    5

    Habarana - Kandy | Dambulla, Spice Garden

    After breakfast, embark on your drive to Kandy.

    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.

     Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    6

    Kandy | Kandy City Tour, Temple of the Tooth Relic, Royal Botanical Gardens, Dance Performance

    After breakfast, explore the sacred city of Kandy, one of Sri Lanka’s 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites.

    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.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    7

    Kandy - Colombo (CMB) | Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

    After breakfast, we return to Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport.

    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.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    Hotel Information:

    DestinationHotel Rating
    ColomboJetwing Colombo★★★★
    HabaranaHabarana Village by Cinnamon★★★★
    KandyEarls Regency★★★★
    Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation.

    Dates & Pricing

    Private Experiences
    YearTour DateComfort Class☆☆☆Deluxe Class☆☆☆☆Luxury Class☆☆☆☆☆
    2019Apr 1-Aug 4$1,990$2,135$2,230
    2019Aug 17-Oct 31$1,990$2,135$2,230
    2019Nov 1-Dec 9$2,290$2,455$2,565
    2020Jan 16-Mar 31$2,290$2,455$2,565
    2020Apr 1-Oct 30$1,990$2,135$2,230
    * Daily departure. * Changes to your itinerary and upgrades to your accommodations are available. * Price per person, based on double occupancy.  Solo traveler or larger groups, call for price. * Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes and do not include airfare. * 2020 August blackout dates to be announced

    Deposit

    ‣ $500

    Booking Your Flight

    We can find the best flights and airfares for your tour.Buying your own air tickets? No problem.

    Inclusions

    • ‣ Hotel Accommodations
    • ‣ Airport Transfers
    • ‣ Daily Breakfast
    • ‣ Welcome Dinner
    • ‣ English-speaking Local Guide
    • ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments
    • ‣ Cultural Dance Performance

    Exclusions

    • ‣ 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