Historic Excursions4 nights / 5 days
Our representatives will welcome you at the airport on your arrival. You will then be transferred directly to your hotel in Sigiriya. A luxurious cocoon that would make you “feel at home” instantly. With a quick refresher you will head off to a Village Trek in Hiriwadunna.
Village trek in Hiriwadunna
2 kilometers from Habarana, a picaresque walk down a bund of a man-made reservoir welcomes you to the village of Hiriwadunna. The 3-hour trek through this archetypal village is elevated to an unforgettable experience by the wildlife, the many varieties of butterflies and birds, shrub forests and the ability to witness the rural life style of the villagers, to taste the local cuisine or to cruise the bordering lake on a boat surrounded by a thousand water lilies is the perfect way to recover from jet lag.
After the village trek head back to the Hotel and unwind.
- Village trek in Hiriwadunna
Today your first destination would be to the magnificent Sigiriya Rock,
The literal castle in the sky. Located in the central province of Sri Lanka surrounded by forested plains, Sigiriya is one of country’s most visited tourist attractions heralded by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 1982. Built over a 1600 years ago, this 660-ft rock fortress, used as a capital by King Kashyapa derives its name from the splendid structure of a Lion that marks the entrance. The climb to the top of the rock is worth 1200 steps and on your way you will witness the infamous frescoes and once you reach the summit you will enter the majestic ruins of the Sky Palace. To visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress is to catch a glimpse of an era of beauty and grandeur. Experience with your own eyes one significant example of ancient urban planning.
Next would be a journey to the illustrious ancient city of Polonnaruwa
This is another landmark which is guaranteed to make your trip to Sri Lanka a unique one. Polonnaruwa is the second most ancient of the history of kingdoms in the country. Also listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, The remains of this eminent kingdom still continues to dazzle explorers and archeologists from both locally and internationally. The glorious statues of Buddha in Gal Viharaya, the sublime architectural brilliance of the ruins time had failed to wipe away and the rippling waters of the Parakrama Samudraya makes Polonnaruwa a must-see during a visit to Sri Lanka.
After the explorer in you is satisfied we take you to the Wild Side. Explore the Sri Lankan wildlife in a 4x4
Minneriya safari in a jeep 4x4
Minneriya national Park, located closer to Polonnaruwa city and spread over an 8890-acre is renowned for its tropical monsoon climate and undoubtedly one of the largest gatherings of Asian Elephants, this large herds of wild elephants are seen migrating during the dry season to the Minneriya Rainwater Reservoir adjoining the park. This safari is guaranteed to make for picture-perfect travel experience mixed with adventure as you cruise through the heart of a nature in its untouched raw beauty.
Ending yet another amazing day you will head to your Hotel in Sigiriya where you can unwind over divine luxury and mouth watering delicacies.
- Sigiriya Rock
Third and another exciting day on the tour would take you to a few more spectacular destinations leaving you with nothing but awe and sheer admiration and love for this gem of an island. First stop would be to the ‘Dambulla Cave temple’
Dambulla Cave temple
Towering 160 meters over the surrounding plains of the central part of Sri Lanka, and included in World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1991, Dambulla Golden Temple is revered by pilgrims, historians, travel enthusiasts and archeologists and remain a splendid example of the cultural heritage the country has always mothered. The temple is highly often considered to be the world’s most acclaimed complex of Buddhist arts and craft due to the magnificent paintings and statues of Buddha dating back to 2nd century BC. This spectacular site consists of 5 caves with varying sizes and incomparable splendor, the largest measuring 52 meters from the east end to the west and 23 meters from the entrance to the back. With hundreds of statues preserved to its former glory and thousands of murals covering, approximately 2100 square feet, the walls of these caves, image of Buddha, great kings and famous Gods and depicting the celebrated events of the history such as Buddha’s first sermon, in here history and pride tugs at the senses of the explorer you are.
Next stop would be to the spice Gardens one of the most unique Sri Lankan experiences that goes without saying would certainly bring you a step closer to embracing this amazing culture. Followed by this would be a tour to Nalanda Gedige which will leave you amazed by the intricate and advanced ancient architecture.
Spice Gardens / Nalanda Gedige
Spice Gardens - Sri Lanka during the historic times has been widely famous for its spice trade between the Greeks, Romans and Arabians. These spice gardens offer tourists a unique experience of seeing the spice plantations, Ayurveda medicine and gather knowledge of them from expert vendors and professionals.
Nalanda Gedige - Built between 8th to 10th centuries resembling a south Indian Hindu temple is one of the earliest stone buildings in Sri Lanka. The site is well known for its surroundings with a range of birdlife and the richly decorated façade sections with tantric carvings, the only such in the country.
Afterwards you will proceed to the final destination of the day the “temple of the tooth relic”, which will leave you spellbound.
Temple of the tooth relic
Sri Dalada Maligawa or The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, requires little to no introduction in terms of its distinction. Long hailed as the center of country’s Buddhist faith, this venerated 17th century sacred palace attracts thousands of local and foreign tourists and pilgrims each day. Adjoining the Kandy Lake at the center of this prestigious city, be it for the Esala Perahara, the 10 day dazzling parade with hundreds of Elephants in bright drapes, fire dancers, torch-bearers, acrobats and drummers, that enlightens the Kandy city nights every year, or the religious festivities, the architectural and historic eminence, and the constant scent of incense, Sri Dalada Maligawa continues to be one of the top tourist attractions in the country.
To unwind and relax for the day you will then head towards your Hotel in Kandy. With the right amount of luxury and perfect balance of spice you are sure to call this place a luxury escape.
- Dambulla Cave temple
Fourth morning on this beautiful Island, with more surprises awaiting to be unraveled, this scenic journey will take you to another Sri Lankan experience, “The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage”
Pinnawela Elephant orphanage
Established in 1975 by the Department of Wildlife Conservation of Sri Lanka and located northeast of the Kegalle town, Sabaragamuwa province, Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is used for feeding, nursing and providing sanctuary to orphaned baby elephants and disabled, displaced adult elephants, most famous among them being Raja the Blind Tusker. Large number of local and international travels visit Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage to see elephants in their natural habitats, the major attraction being the observing of the elephants bathing in the Oya River adjoining the orphanage.
Then you will head towards one of the most beautiful Gardens in the Island the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
Just about 5.5 kilo meters from the City of Kandy is the Royal Botanical Gardens, the 147-acre garden with nearly 4000 species of plants. The garden is managed by the Department of Agriculture of Sri Lanka and attracts millions of visitors annually. Here is the place to spend a fantastic day among shades of giant trees, radiance of thousands of flowers and immerse yourself in the nature under clear blue skies.
Next stop and nothing short of colonial Is this famous city “Kandy” all about heritage all about beauty, one of the most beautiful cities where culture and heritage comes alive
Kandy City tour
The city of Kandy is the second largest city of Sri Lanka after Colombo. Surrounded my mountain ranges and a proud history, the city is lively from the first light of the day till late long in to the night. During this city tour we will be passing the Bogambara Prison built in 1876 during the British rule which is also the second biggest prison complex in the country, noted for its archeological and architectural significance. Other locations include the Peradeniya University of Sri Lanka situated at the lower slopes in the famous Hanthana Mountain Range evoking splendid scenery and also closer to the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden. The tour doesn’t end there, the city is home to other interesting locations as well, the busy open air market (locally called “Pola”) is a place where you can enjoy local street food, the Pillaiyar Kovil, Kandy Clock Tower, Old Lawyer’s office complex also the Neo-gothic style church of St Paul’s built in 1848. Touring the city of Kandy, where the presence of the historic Sri Dalada Maligawa and the Bogambara Lake at the center of the town, is always an experience the like of which no town elsewhere in the country can evoke.
Time to rest your tired feet. Let’s get you to the hotel, have a hearty meal and get some rest.
- Pinnawela Elephant orphanage
Final day, which will mark the end to this amazing scenic journey, we are sure this experience left you nothing short of expectations but an amazing footprint of culture and heritage in your travel diary.
Here we bid farewell driving you to the Airport until we see you again!
THE ABOVE PRICE INCLUDES:
Accommodation in double rooms on Half board basis
Tour starts with Dinner on day 01 ending with breakfast on day 5 at hotels specified or similar categories.
Transport in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
Service of an English speaking chauffeur up to 6 pax and Service of an English speaking national guide 7 pax onwards.
Nonalcoholic Welcome drink at arrival in each hotel
Entrance fees mentioned above
ABOVE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Video Camera and Still Camera visiting different sites.
Cost of beverage throughout the tour.
Lunches during the tour
Expenses of a personal nature.
Any other services not specified above.
Between 7 and 0 days - 90%
Between 14 days and 8 days - 75%s
Between 21 days and 15 days - 50% cancellation charge.
Between 22 days and 30 days - 25% cancellation charges
Above 31 days - No cancellation charges provided no commitment or advances are made to 3rd parties.
Rooms will be provided on availability at the time of confirmation & if the mentioned hotels are not available at the time of confirmation a similar category hotel will be provided from the same area with a prior approval of the guest.
- THE ABOVE PRICE INCLUDES:
- Accommodation in double rooms on Half board basis
- Tour starts with Dinner on day 01 ending with breakfast on day 5 at hotels specified or similar categories.
- Transport in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
- Service of an English speaking chauffeur up to 6 pax and Service of an English speaking national guide 7 pax onwards.
- Nonalcoholic Welcome drink at arrival in each hotel
- Entrance fees mentioned above
- Video Camera and Still Camera visiting different sites.
- Cost of beverage throughout the tour.
- Lunches during the tour
- Expenses of a personal nature.
- Any other services not specified above.
- Porter age & tips
- We understand that things can change unexpectedly and love to be as flexible as possible. Unfortunately we also make a few commitments with our suppliers to ensure your experience in Sri Lanka is unflawed such as making a booking for your Transport, Tour Guide and Accommodation immediately after your confirmation. As such the following charges may apply:
- Between 7 Days – 0 Days of tour start: 100% Cancellation Charge
- Between 14 Days – 8 Days of tour start: 75% Cancellation Charge
- Between 21 Days – 15 Days of tour start: 50% Cancellation Charge
- Between 30 Days – 22 Days of tour start: 25% Cancellation Charge
- Above 30 Days of tour start: 10% Cancellation Charge