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Scintillating Sri Lanka 5 Days: Dambulla - Kandy - Colombo

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 01:

Arrive in Sri Lanka. You will be met by a representative and transferred to Dambulla.
Evening Visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Sigiriya Sigiriya Rock Fortress – is a “UNESCO World Heritage Site” and the 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps
the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance
to the Palace on the summit of the 600-foot high rock. On its summit are the foundations of the Royal Palace, Water Tanks to supply water
and all other buildings and at the edges the guardhouses. On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting
survived in the form of Frescoes of 21 life sized damsels still shining in their original colours. The Water Gardens, Fountain Garden,
Summerhouses, Boulder Gardens and the Caves within the enclosed area should not be missed
At leisure in the hotel.
Overnight stay at Dambulla

DAY 02:

Breakfast at the hotel
Enjoy Village tour in Habarana.

Enjoy an easy walk for 2.5 hours around the small villages to see the daily life of farmers.
The guided walk goes along side Hiriwadunna lake giving chance to spot birds and land monitors and cross a little jungle
rivulet by Catamaran and reach a farmers simple “wattle and daub” house to enjoy your lunch cooked by the villagers of this rural area.
The bullock cart ride through the paddy fields would be of another very interesting experience and feel the traveling back in time
where the early Sri Lankans used the bullock cart rides as a main mode of transportation here in Sri Lanka.

Evening Visit Mineriya National Park.

MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK- This National Park with 8889 hectares in extent is famous for its large population of elephants in herds of
100 to 150 roaming in the jungle and seen in the catchment area of the lake.
Entrance is at Ambagaswewa about 6 km from Habarana on the main Habarana Polonnaruwa road. Office is by the side of the main road.
Elephants, about 300 wild elephants, wild buffaloes, wild boar, spotted deer, sloth bear, Sambhur, leopards, crocodiles, jackals,
9 kinds of amphibians, 25 kinds of reptiles, 160 species of birds, 26 varieties of fishes, 78 varieties of butterflies are recorded
from the Minneriya National Park. Overnight stay at Dambulla.

DAY 03:

Breakfast at the hotel
Proceed to Kandy.
In the evening commence city tour of Kandy, including Upper Lake Drive, Market Square and the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

Kandy -The hill capital. Venue of the annual Perahera. The last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings was finally ceded to the British in 1815.
Kandy is an example of the Buddhism’s influence in Sri Lanka today. Temple’s shrines and monasteries keeping alive Buddhist traditions are everywhere.

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic -Ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands
in an Orissan princess’ hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world.
It is considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession.

Royal Botanical Gardens - Peradeniya - 147 acres in extent; Started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the Kings of Gampola and Kandy.
There are more than 5,000 species of trees, plants and creepers. Some rare and endemic as well as flora from the tropical world are found in the gardens.
Spice Garden and Orchid House are popular with tourists.
There are 5 Palm Avenues beautifying the gardens, the earliest and tallest Palm Avenue (Royal Palm Avenue) was planted in 1905 and the Double Coconuts
from the Seashells Island, with the largest seed of all plants in the world is one such avenue.
Visit to gem and lapidary museum in Kandy
Evening visit Cultural show.
Overnight stay at Kandy

DAY 04:

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to Colombo.

Proceed to city tour in Colombo with shopping.

Colombo:a drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens.
Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street - the Goldsmiths quarters in the heart of Pettah,
the Bazaar area, where is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749.
The historic Dawatagaha Mosque and the former Eye Hospital are two buildings in Cinnamon Gardens worth looking at.
Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha and the Independence Square.

Rest of the day at leisure in the hotel.

Overnight stay at Colombo

DAY 05:

Breakfast at the hotel

Transfer to airport to connect with the departure flight.

The above prices include:

01) Accommodation at the above mentioned Hotels or similar.

02) Transport in an A/C Car / Micro van / Mini Coach with the service of an English-speaking chauffeur / National Guide.

03) Sightseeing as mentioned above.

04) Value added tax.

05) Meeting and Assistance at the airport.

The above prices exclude:

01) All entrance fees/ Boat Ride / Jeep Safari cost.

02) Early check in & late check out.

03) Lunch & Dinner on Tour.

04) Camera & video permit.

05) Visa & other charges (Entry Visa Fees, please visit www.eta.gov.lk for more details / submit your individual visa application)

06) Any expenses of a personal nature.

07) Any other expenses not mentioned above.

08) Tips & Portages.