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Glimpse of Sri Lanka Tour

Glimpse of Sri Lanka Tour Tour

If you're short of time, this is the tour for you.  In 5 days you can experience Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle, giving you a taste of Sri Lankan history and at the same time reveal its natural surroundings, leaving you feeling spirituality and serenity.

Duration: 
5 Days - 4 Nights
Hotel Rating Prices from:
3 Star AUD $745.00
4 Star AUD $905.00
5 star AUD $1,139.00

Rates valid until 30 April 2019. Seasonalities apply.

Prices are per person, based on twin share.

THE ABOVE PRICE INCLUDES:
Accommodation in standard rooms on  BB basis for 4 nights start with Breakfast on day 02 ending with Breakfast on day 05  at hotels specified or of similar standard.
Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle as per the itinerary.
Entrance fees to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, Sigiriya Rock Cave Temple, Polonaruwa and Kandy Temple.
Cost of English Speaking Chauffeur Guide.

ABOVE PRICES DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Lunch and dinner throughout the tour.
Entrance fees to sites not mentioned above or any optional activities.
Cost of beverage throughout the tour.
Expenses of a personal nature.
Any other services not specified above.

Tour Highlights:

Map of Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Tour

ITINERARY

Meet and assist on arrival at Airport by our Representative, who will guide you to your chauffer driven car (Approximately 30 minutes).

Transfer from Airport to Negombo

If you have spare time, your chauffeur guide will introduce you to some of the curious sites to see in Negombo, such as the Dutch churches and the canals. Negombo was an important port during the colonial period. And in the late 17th century the Dutch built a network of canals, over 100km in length that was used to transport cinnamon and other spices from inland plantations to the coast.

Overnight stay.

After breakfast at your hotel you will proceed to Pinnawala and visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

Route: Negombo-Pinnawala - Drive: Approximately 2.0 hrs
Route: Pinnawala-Dambulla - Drive: Approximately 2.5 hrs
Route: Dambulla-Sigiriya - Drive: Approximately 45 minutes

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village. Pinnawala is notable for having the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. In 2011, there were 88 elephants, including 37 males and 51 females from 3 generations, living in Pinnawala. The orphanage was originally founded in order to afford care and protection to many of the orphaned unweaned wild elephants found wandering in and near the forests of Sri Lanka.

On completion proceed to Dambulla and visit Dambulla Rock Cave Temple (Approximately 1.5 hours).

In the city of Dambulla lies a hub which has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. Today, an icon in the face of Sri Lanka, Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the most unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Observe how exquisitely cave paintings are done along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. As you enter the retreat, look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold over a land, which today houses an important junction in the country's economic and cultural uplifting. On completion proceed to Sigiriya/Kandalama and check in to your hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure.

Overnight stay.

After breakfast at the hotel proceed to Sigiriya and climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

The duration of the climb: Approximately 3 hours.

The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site - Sigiriya - doesn't only boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art and culture. Step through the gigantic 'Lion Paws' - overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below - to comprehend the absolute splendor that once dominated this rock fortress. Surrounded by ramparts & moats the Lion Rock - resembling the mythological 'City of Gods' - is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India. Walk in the shade of an eminent 'mirror wall' embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti.

Wander into the well-fabricated museum downstairs for an epic journey of yesteryears to realize how the citadel floated above citizens with the castle, ponds and irrigation systems that pumped water right onto its summit with an ingenious hydraulic system describing a colossal masterpiece of the great king which remained a wonder in Asia for centuries.

On completion proceed to Polonnaruwa and enjoy a city tour of Polonnaruwa.

Route: Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa. Drive: Approximately 1.5 hours.

The duration of the tour: Approximately 2.5 hours.

Rising with the decline of Anuradhapura, the city of Polonnaruwa - medieval capital & crown jewel of King Parakramabahu I - remains superior proof of ancient culture & heritage blended with religious beliefs. Walk across its scattered walls of the World Heritage Site - blessed by stupas, resting Buddha statues, irrigation canals and fantastically carved Hindu sculptures - while observing the relic house - Watadage - which boasts of beautiful stone carvings.

Take a close glance and you will realize a subtle Hindu influence on architecture and statues found in Polonnaruwa. Or sit by the side of Galviharaya and observe the absolute beauty gushing out of every bend of its huge Buddhist statues. Nissankamalla Council Chamber is however, a head-spinning beauty to just sit back and observe with its swaying pillars reminding the aesthetics of a powerful kingdom which rests beside Parakrama Samudraya - sea of Parakramabahu & masterpiece of irrigation!

Overnight stay.

After breakfast at the hotel proceed to Kandy en route visit a spice garden in Matale.

Route: Sigiriya-Matale. Drive: Approximately 1.5 hours.
Route: Matale-Kandy. Drive: Approximately 1.0 hours.

An agricultural zone in the Central Province, Matale seldom drops off the maps due to its remarkable contribution through flagship crops of the island extending from tea, rubber & vegetables to spices. Spearheading the Rebellion back in 1848, Matale today takes immense pride in its story woven around spices. Stop by the side of a spice garden - into which you will be most welcome - and observe the therapeutic values of spices & processes over a refreshing cup of herbal tea! Or spend some time idling on the hardened streets if you mean a real town adventure filled with voices and colours (Approximately 1 hour).

On completion proceed to Kandy and enjoy a city tour of Kandy (Approximately 2 hours).

Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe - before it was brought under the British rule in 1815, Kandy - the World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings - crafts an array of culture, history and heritage in the minds of visitors across the globe. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha.

A stroll across this small lakeside town - cradled among the misty hills - will feature the Kandy City Centre - bundled with latest and world class brands, bazaar, an arts & crafts center, as well as a gem museum & lapidary. Drive towards Victoria Golf Course, undoubtedly one of the best golf courses in the world for a sweep blended with class and style. Or walk in color as you glide through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market. Fine tube your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the Wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka.

Overnight stay in Kandy.

After breakfast at the hotel proceed to airport for departure (Approximately 04 hours).

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