Wanderlust Sri Lanka

From
390
USD
Per Person
  • Superior Grade, Air Conditioned Vehicle
  • 5 Night / 6 Days
  • Colombo/Dambulla  /Kandy/Matale/Polonnaruwa/Sigiriya

Wanderlust Sri Lanka

Set out on an photography tour in this tropical island filled with natural beauty! Starting the trip from Sigiriya village, climb the sigiriya rock fortress for amazing views from the top, this used to be one of the world wonders back in the days - through to another UNESCO world heritage site - the sacred city of Polonnaruwa and then to Kandy,  a town that overflows with tradition and rich culture of Sri lanka following with a night in Colombo - the busiest city of the country!

DAY 1

Arrival- Pick up |Sigiriya

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 WanderlustAsia.

 
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 Sigiriya.

Overnight Accomadation
Sigiriya Village or similar

DAY 2

Polonnaruwa|Sigiriya

Breakfast at hotel.

 

Proceed to Sigiriya Rock Fortress

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 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.

 

Following lunch, proceed to Polonnaruwa. A grandeur unsurpassed. An interesting mix of Buddhism, ancient craftsmanship, arts, architecture and South Indian Hindu culture spread across around 122 hectares - an experience that would forever be etched in the traveler’s mind.

Ready to find out what you would explore in this 11th & 12th Century medieval capital during your travel journey?

 

Within this walled citadel you would find the significant monuments best preserved to date such as the flora stone pillared pavilion called Nissanka Latha Mandapaya; the Royal Citadel and the ponds; the impressive  Vatadage relic house; Tuparamaya image house; the circular relic house; the golden pinnacled stupa- Rankoth Vehera; the extravagant moonstones; guard stones and sculpture; Kirivehera dagoba; the glorious Polonnanru Gal Viharaya with breathtaking rock sculptures; Menik Vehera- a Lotus shaped stupa; the statue of King Parakramabahu the Great carved on a rock (during this King’s reign Polonanurwa reached its golden era) and the mammoth manmade inland Lake - Parakrama Samudraya which irrigates the city and the farmlands even today.

 

Let’s revisit the glorious Polonnaruwa days!

Overnight Accomadation
Sigiriya Village or similar

DAY 3

Dambulla  |Kandy|Matale

Breakfast at the Hotel

 

Today’s expedition will take you through historical and scenic beauty of Dambulla and Kandy 

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 proceed to Kandy, en-route visit a spice garden.

This part of the Wanderlust 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 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. After a city tour around Kandy you can finally enjoy a cultural dance performance to get a taste of the aesthetic heritage of our Kandyan Kingdom

Overnight Accomadation
Randholee Resort or similar

DAY 4

Kandy

Breakfast at Hotel

 

Proceed to Udawatta Kale Sanctuary, into the woods, we go. Sri Lanka indeed is a hiker’s paradise.

 

Behind the Dalada Maligawa, is 160 acres of tropical rainforest– a rich vegetation surrounded by the cluster of hills with its plethora of plants, birds, butterflies and animals.

Some of the encounters you will make here are the water pond and the Senkada cave- a meditation centre of a hermit. Your feet is made for walking after all- so we have included the highest peak known Kodimale also into the itinerary.  The giant pus wela creeper – some 300 years old - is also something not to be missed here.

 

Within the sanctuary limits you will also find a little trace of history.  The Garrison Cemetery – a collection of tombstones of 150 British souls, who were buried far from home in the early 19th century. Quite an intriguing place to see.

 

Due to the human activity that leads to deterioration of this precious territory the Government has declared it a Forest Reserve. So let’s do some responsible travelling.

 

Next up is the beautiful Embekke shrine well known for its wood carvings, Lankatilleke and Gadoladeniya brick and stone marvels.

 

Overnight Accomadation
Randholee Resort or similar

DAY 5

Colombo

Breakfast in Hotel

 

Proceed to Colombo

En-route enjoy a nice stroll in the beautiful Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.

 

Bet you are going to love the diversity of Colombo. 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 will include - the  Chatham Street Clock Tower and the Old Parliament building, 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 tour in Colombo!

 

Overnight Accomadation
Mandarina or similar

DAY 6

Colombo

DEPARTURE

THINGS TO DO

  • DAY 01 – Transfer from Airport to Sigiriya
  • DAY 02 – Climb Sigiriya rock fortress/ Polonnaruwa sacred city tour
  • DAY 03 – Dambulla cave temples/ transfer to Kandy/ en-route visit spice garden/ Kandy city tour/ Cultural dance show
  • DAY 04 – Trek the Udawatta Kale sanctuary/ Visit the Embekke Shrine
  • DAY 05 – Transfer to Colombo/ Colombo city tour
  • DAY 06 - Transfer to Airport for 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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