ESSENCE OF Sri Lanka

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464
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Per Person
  • Superior Grade, Air Conditioned Vehicle
  • 5 Night / 6 Days
  • Anuradhapura/Colombo/Dambulla  /Kandy/Negombo/Sigiriya

ESSENCE OF Sri Lanka

This 6 day Essence of Srilanka themed tour, will take you through the commercial city - Colombo, up to thh Heritage of Sigiriya, Dambulla and Anuradhapura through the typical country side of Srilanka - Kandy and finally to the famous little fishing village Negombo. 

DAY 1

Arrival- Pick up |Colombo

Arrive in Colombo (CMB), Sri Lanka.

Welcome to the wonder of Asia. In the coming few days, you will be discovering this beautiful paradise island rich in heritage, thrill, scenic, pristine and hospitality in abundance with team Wanderlust Asia.

Meet your tour representative who will greet you with a warm Sri Lankan welcome. Enjoy a refreshingly cup of Ceylon Tea and proceed to Hotel in Colombo
 
Tour around the Colombo city.  Bet you are going to love the diversity of this destination. Full of fun and frolic.

Colombo; Sri Lanka’s commercial capital brings varying options be it leisure, dining, shopping or accommodation; marked with diverse colonial and cultural influences from Dutch and British colonial style architecture to Islamic mosques, Anglican and Catholic churches.

Some of the landmarks you tour may include - the  President’s House and Chatham Street Clock Tower, Old Dutch Hospital now converted to a shopping and dining complex, Galle Face Green, the colourful Pettah shopping bazar, the Gangaramaya Temple housing Buddhist artefacts from all over the world, National Museum depicting Sri Lanka’s historical and cultural heritage, the Independence Memorial Hall designed in the typical style of a medieval Kandyan audience  hall, the Independence Museum and the iconic Town Hall Building.

Colombo is replete with entertainment too- art fests, cultural shows, exhibitions, music, drama and food festivals popping up at different venues such as Viharamahadevi Open Air Art Gallery , Green Path Lionel Wendt Art Gallery, Nelum Pokuna, Fairway Street Chatham Street Colombo …. List goes on…  

We will help you make the maximum of your stay in Colombo!

 

Overnight Accomadation
Cinnamon Red or similar

DAY 2

Kandy

Breakfast at Hotel

Transfer to Kandy

It’s your day with the Asian elephants!

En-route you’ll stop at a home to young elephants found abandoned by their mothers in the jungle, those displaced or wounded, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage located in Kegalle-Rambukkana Road is one of the greatest tourist attractions in Sri Lanka.

Established to feed, nurse and house these baby elephants, the home also boats of many success stories of natural elephant breeding in the captive condition.

Here you will get to catch a glimpse into their daily routine- from bathing to feeding; enjoying the elephant dances; make close encounters and take plenty of pictures with these giant beasts.

Most of the elephants there got fascinating name stories which their Mahouts will so willingly share if you talk to them.

This Wanderlust Asia expedition is taking you to the regal Kandy kingdom which is home to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic- a supreme place of Buddhist worship. A place that gets illuminated with all the glamour during Perahera time.

The first on the agenda is a visit to the majestic Tooth Relic Shrine (Dalada Maligawa) which has preserved its ancient splendour –adorned with Kandyan architecture and spectacular interior. On your way there you will walk past the beautiful Kandy Lake. A walk around the temple premises you will witness the traditional drumming during morning, noon and evening, learn the rituals and honours accorded to the Relic, the history and the custodians of this iconic heritage, and finally to enjoy a cultural performance to get a taste of the aesthetic heritage of our Kandy kingdom.

Overnight Accomadation
Amaya Hills or similar

DAY 3

Dambulla  

Breakfast at Hotel 

Proceed to Dambulla.

En-route visit a spice garden. Sri Lanka’s world renowned spices at their source, where smells of cinnamons, pepper, cardamom, nutmeg and mace overwhelm the senses and the visitors are provided an insight into an age old industry of spice production, which attracted many a European and Asian merchants to the ports of ancient Sri Lanka.

This drive will take you through historical and scenic beauty of Dambulla. 

Here you’ve got a bit of climbing to do as well.

First to the world famous Dambulla rock temple.  A vast isolated rock mass, on a gentle slope. As you climb, you will enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding. An ancient King on exile is said to have taken refuge here. Inside the cave you find a large collection of Buddha statues and the roof which is a beautiful canvas of Buddhist paintings –some 2000 years old.

 

Dambulla is also considered the Centre of Vegetable distribution. So why not try a traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry meal too.

 

Following lunch, head towards Sigiriya.

Imagine you in the middle of a massive 200 meter rock fortress of 5th Century AD… A royal palace built on a colossal rock using the most sophisticated technology; having unique frescoes dating back to over thousand years - a place that has intrigued many archaeologists and historians, let alone the tourists, all over the world.

How do you feel?  Enthralled right?

The remains of the citadel on a massive rock, the unique Lion Gate, the mirror wall, moats, ponds and archaeological ruins of Sigiriya rock makes it the Eighth Wonder of the World.  Well, you have to see it to believe it!
We suggest you visit the museum outside at the main entrance on your way down or before you climb up the summit for a little familiarization to make the most of your tour.

Overnight Accomadation
Amaya Lake or similar

DAY 4

Anuradhapura

Breakfast at Hotel

Proceed to Anuradhapura

Taking you back in time -to Sri Lanka’s First Capital. 

The heart of Sri Lanka’s majestic civilization enriched with Buddhism, exquisite sculpture, magnificent feats of architecture and hydraulic sophistication depicted by the cluster of reservoirs and irrigation channels- all reminiscent of the grandeur of a bygone era founded in the 5th Century BC and self- sustained in the decades afterwards.                            

Your itinerary in Anuradhapura kingdom is made of these:

A guided tour around the age old ruins depicting the embodiment of Buddhism, history and culture; climbing a flight of 1840 steps up the Mihintalaya Rock considered the cradle of Buddhism and exploring the Eight Sacred Sites (Atamastana) Buddha is said to have visited namely Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya- a sapling of the scared Bo tree where Buddha attained enlightenment, Ruwanwelisaya- containing the relic of Buddha, Thuparamaya- a dagoba constructed in the earliest times, Lovamahapaya- the bronze tiled palace, Abhayagiri - the monastic centre in the form of a humped dagoba, Jetavanarama- the world’s tallest Stupa, Mirisaveti Stupa built safeguarding Buddha relics placed on a king’s scepter and Lankarama stupa.  

 

Happy touring this most evocative ancient regal city! 

Overnight Accomadation
The Palm Garden Village or similar

DAY 5

Negombo

Breakfast at Hotel

Transfer to Negombo

You are meeting the locals in the vibrant coastal city of Negombo, not so far away from the Katunayake Airport, to indulge in a diverse experience with its picturesque beaches, the lagoon, dazzling fishing villages and archaeological sites. Also called ‘Little Rome’ for the spectrum of Roman Catholic churches and statues of saints marking the landscape.

Have a look around the handcraft shops at Lewis Place, if you want a souvenir or two back from your journey that is!

Overnight Accomadation
Jetwing Sea or similar

DAY 6

Negombo

DEPARTURE

THINGS TO DO

  • DAY 01 – Transfer from Airport to Colombo / Colombo city tour
  • DAY 02 – Proceed to Kandy / en- route visit Pinnawala elephant orphanage / Kandy city tour / Evening cultural dance show
  • DAY 03 – Proceed to Dambulla / en-route visit a spice garden / visit the Dambulla cave temples / Climb Sigiriya rock fortress in the evening
  • DAY 04 – Transfer to Anuradhapura / Explore the Sacred city of Anuradhapura
  • DAY 05 – Transfer to Negombo
  • DAY 06 - Transfer to airport - Departure

INCLUSIONS

  •  A personalized welcome at the Colombo international airport
  •  The service of an English-speaking chauffeur guide on tour
  •  All transfers in an air-conditioned superior grade car
  •  5 Nights’ accommodation at hotel(s) mentioned above
  •  Daily dinner and breakfast
  •  Guided excursions as per the itinerary
  •  A bottle of mineral water per day
  •  All applicable taxes

EXCLUSIONS

  •  Airfares
  •  Visa fees (visit www.eta.gov.lk for more information)
  •  Travelers insurance
  •  Meals not specified
  •  Snacks and beverages
  •  Detours and optional excursions
  •  Camera and video charges where applicable
  •  Tips, porterage and expenses of any personal nature
  •  Anything not specified above
  • Entrance ticket fee for sightseeing places
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