THE FINEST OF CEYLON

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699
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Per Person
  • Superior Grade, Air Conditioned Vehicle
  • 8 Night / 9 Days
  • Bentota | Beruwela/Dambulla  /Kandy/Matale/Negombo/Nuwara Eliya/Sigiriya/Yala | Kumana

THE FINEST OF CEYLON

The 9 day Essence of Srilanka takes you pretty much around the country. Visit some of the most important attractions. Starting from the small fishing village just 20 minutes away from the Airport, through to the Heritage of Sigiriya and Dambulla and down to the typical country side of Sri lanka - Kandy and up hill to the heavenly tea trails in Nuwara Eliya, drive down to Yala the famous wildlife hotspot and then on to the blissful beaches in Bentota. It will be a memorable trip indeed!

DAY 1

Arrival- Pick up |Negombo

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.

Upon your arrival 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. You will spend the rest of the day leisurely cause you are about to have an exciting week ahead!

Overnight Accomadation
Suriya Resort or similar

DAY 2

Dambulla  |Sigiriya

Breakfast at hotel,

Proceed to Sigiriya

Imagine you in the middle of a massive 200 meter rock fortress of the 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.

The remains of the citadel on a massive rock, the unique Lion Gate, the mirror wall, moats, ponds and archaeological ruins of Sigiriya makes it the Eighth Wonder of the World.  Well, you have to see it to believe it!

We suggest you to 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.

In the evening go for a game drive at the famous hotspot for elephant gathering! Minneriya is home to a resident population of about 200 elephants. However the numbers increase during the dry season due to the influx of elephants coming into the park in search of water.  So get on a safari jeep escorted by a tracker and a guide who will take you into the wilderness to make an encounter with these majestic creatures you very much admire.

Herds of elephant families wandering in the wild freely, often accompanied by their baby elephants, a sight to behold indeed. 

 
 

Overnight Accomadation
Amaya Lake or similar

DAY 3

Dambulla  |Kandy|Matale

Breakfast at hotel

Proceed to Dambulla, this tour 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.

Transfer to Kandy which is home to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic- a supreme place of Buddhist worship.

Enjoy a cultural performance to get a taste of the aesthetic heritage of our Kandy kingdom for starters!

Overnight Accomadation
Amaya Hills or similar

DAY 4

Kandy

Breakfast at Hotel

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 place you will witness the traditional drumming during morning, noon and evening, learn the ritual and honours accorded to the Relic, the history, custodians of this iconic heritage.

 

And then to the  Embekke shrine, well known for its wood carvings, Lankatilleke and Gadoladeniya brick and stone marvels

Overnight Accomadation
Amaya Hills or similar

DAY 5

Nuwara Eliya

Breakfast at the hotel

Proceed to Nuwara Eliya

En-route take some time to visit the beautiful Peradeniya botanical garden.

In the Land of Ceylon Tea Nuwara Eliya shouldn’t be missed!

The picturesque Nuwara Eliya – also known the world over as ‘little England’ has wonderful tea estates. The tour will take you on a scenic drive through acres of lush tea estates; here you will see tea pickers, mostly females clad in sarees, carefully picking the tender two leaves and a bud which are essential to making fine tea. You will have the opportunity to visit a tea factory to witness the process of making your cuppa. May we also remind you not forget to indulge in the pleasure in fine Ceylon Tea- Black Tea, Green Tea, Oolong Tea, or Silver Tips whatever your choice is?

Overnight Accomadation
Royal Cocoon or similar

DAY 6

Yala | Kumana

Breakfast at hotel.

Proceed to Yala

A tour that is bound to bring ample fun and photo delights. Yala National Park’s incredible wild life has made this vast area of forest, grassland and lagoons a world famous safari park.

We know that the safari ride in this wildlife kingdom is what you look forward to the most. An unexpected “elephant on the road!” moment , the mating dance of a peacock, a wild buffalo  trying to defend itself from an intruder, the deer and the leopards -Nature tourism and adventure- you are going to have it all there.

Yala is a heaven of Birds too. Thousands of water birds that have migrated to the Yala lagoons as well as the residing forest birds makes Yala a bird lover’s paradise. So you sure will enjoy the game drive.

No matter whatever you do; how long you hangout, please this national asset with all your love!

Overnight Accomadation
Echo Safari Hotel or similar

DAY 7

Bentota | Beruwela

Breakfast at Hotel

Start you journey to South West coast, on your way stop by and visit Katharagama, a popular pilgrimage destination frequented by adherents of all religions in Sri Lanka. The main Shrine is devoted to Skanda, popularly described in eulogies as God with six faces and twelve arms whose assistance is sought for worldly gain. The history of the shrine dates back to 2 century BC.

And the Kiriwehera Temple Beyond the Maha Devale is a meeting hall on the north side of the square. From the east gate, a Tulip tree avenue leads 500m past further lines of stalls selling lotus flowers to the Kiri wehera dating from 1 BC. It is a milk white large stupa with a well maintained peaceful courtyard. The temple elephant is often seen shackled to the trees here, being fed a copious diet of palm leaves. Its only unusual feature being the two sets of square walls which enclose it. A modern statue of King Dutugamunu stands behind the dagoba.

Continue to Bentota

En-route spend to time in a beautiful fortified city, down south. Galle-a UNESCO Heritage site.

Discovering the old and the new. Discovering people amidst a wonderful mix of architecture and culture.

Taking a stroll down the old town with interesting street names would be like a walk down memory lane, reminiscing Ceylon in the Colonial days. 

Impatient to find out what you will explore here? Here you go!

 Portuguese constructed and Dutch fortified majestic Galle Fort and the landmarks within the premises such as the Galle National Museum depicting history and the life of the Galle inhabitants; the Fort Library - the treasure trove of rare books; Galle maritime Museum, heritage houses in the narrow alleys, eateries and art galleries and the mix bag of boutiques and shops in every nook and corner selling antiques, souvenirs, jewellery, arts and crafts. 

This excursion will have you walking quite a bit. Still you would have plenty to see a second time around too.

Overnight Accomadation
The Surf or similar

DAY 8

Bentota | Beruwela

Breakfast at the hotel

Spend the day leisurely

Overnight Accomadation
The Surf or similar

DAY 9

Colombo

DEPARTURE

THINGS TO DO

  • DAY 01 – Transfer from Airport to Negombo
  • DAY 02 – Proceed to Sigiriya/ Climb Sigiriya rock fortress / Evening game drive at Minneriya National park
  • DAY 03 – Transfer to Kandy / Visit the Dambulla cave temples en-route / Evening cultural dance show
  • DAY 04 – Explore Kandy
  • DAY 05 – Proceed to Nuwara Eliya / Visit a tea factory
  • DAY 06 – Transfer to Yala / Evening game drive at Yala national park
  • DAY 07 – Transfer to Bentota / Visit Katharagama temple and the Galle Dutch fortress en -route
  • DAY 08 – Spend the day at leisure
  • DAY 09 - 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
  •  8 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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