Join us on this enchanting tour of Sri Lanka for a holiday that is sure to hearten your spirits and delight your senses. Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites that have made Sri Lanka an incredible destination for both pilgrims and art lovers alike.
Admire breath-taking views of tropical landscapes, with the beautiful colors of the country’s flora and the captivating force of its majestic waterfalls. Learn about local culture and traditions while enjoying the warm hospitality of Sri Lanka and its people.
Our Sri Lanka adventure begins with arrival at Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport. A representative will be waiting for you for airport transfer. Heading north-east to Central Province, you will arrive in Sigiriya. Enjoy your first night’s stay in Sigiriya Hotel, the first Sri Lanka accommodation of our itinerary.
After breakfast, the day’s Sri Lanka itinerary begins with a drive from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa. One of the four UNESCO World Heritage sites on this itinerary, the royal medieval city of Polonnaruwa flourished during the reign of King Parakramabahu in the 12th century. At Polonnaruwa see the remains of the royal palace and garden, ancient shrines and dagobas, as well as the impressive group of colossal statues of Buddha at the rock temple Gal Viharaya. Next, the tour heads back to Sigiriya. Of all the travel sites in Sri Lanka, Sigiriya is the most imposing with its massive rock. This UNESCO World Heritage site is famous for the ruins of a 5th-century fortress built atop the rock called “Lion Rock” in Sinhalese. Not to be missed are the splendid frescoes, extensive gardens, and Lion Gate. The day ends with rest and relaxation in the comfort of the Sigiriya Hotel.
After breakfast and check out of Sigiriya Hotel, Sri Lanka sightseeing continues heading south towards Kandy with a stop in Dambulla along the way. This UNESCO World Heritage site is the best-preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka. The 5 cave sanctuaries at Dambulla house numerous statues and beautiful paintings representing Buddha and scenes from his life. The history of this site stretches back to the 1st century BC. King Valagamba had the temple at Dambulla built to thank the Buddhist monks for providing him refuge in the caves during his exile from the Anuradhapura Kingdom. The next stops on the itinerary provide visitors with a real step inside the local culture. First, we will visit a batik factory. Introduced to Sri Lanka by the Dutch, batik is now one of Sri Lanka’s most important textile industries. Batik textiles are used to create dresses, shirts, and sarongs suited for the tropical climate. Then we will visit a spice garden. Cinnamon, pepper, cloves, nutmeg, and vanilla are just some of the spices that grow abundantly in the rich fertile soil of Sri Lanka. The tour continues to one of the top places to visit in Sri Lanka, the sacred city of Kandy. Surrounded by lush green hills, it is home to the country’s most important Buddhist relic, the tooth of Buddha. In Kandy enjoy stunning views of the city and Lake Kandy, a visit to the market square, and a visit to a gem factory. Our Sri Lanka tour itinerary comes to a close for the day with arrival and checks into Kandy Hotel for an overnight stay.
After breakfast and check out at Kandy, our travels in Sri Lanka resume with a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya. Take in all the colours and fragrances of about 4,000 different species of tropical plants like palms, orchids, and gymnosperms, strolling down the avenues of Sri Lanka’s biggest botanical garden. This Sri Lanka adventure continues with a scenic train ride through the heart of Sri Lanka. Board the train at Peradeniya Railway Station heading south to Nanuoya. Enjoy all the beautiful sites as you sit back and relax. A driver will be waiting at the station upon arrival for transfer to Nuwara Eliya hotel where you will enjoy an overnight stay.
After breakfast and check out at Nuwara Eliya, the day’s itinerary begins with a drive to Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka. Along the way, we will visit a tea plantation where the world-renowned Ceylon tea is grown and produced. Before arriving in Colombo we will also stop at two enchanting tourist attractions in Sri Lanka found along the Kotmale River and cherished by nature lovers. First is St. Clair’s Falls, the widest waterfall in Sri Lanka. The waterfall gets its name from the tea plantation that it flows through, while the second waterfall on the itinerary, Devon Falls, is named after the English coffee producer who began growing the crop in the area. Upon arrival in Colombo, check in to the itinerary’s last Sri Lanka accommodation for an overnight stay.
Enjoy breakfast and then check out of the hotel. City tour in Colombo and our Sri Lanka tour plan concludes with a transfer to Bandaranaike International Airport for departure.
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