The beautiful Sri Lanka, 2-8 January 2020

An amazing trip that you cannot miss

5 Stars Deluxe hotels, Breakfast and Dinner, Air Ticket - Qatar airways, Travel insurance, All Transport, Local Guide, and a Lebanese tour guide - full time with the trip.

Trip Included

Colombo city cultural tour (Temples, Museum, Church) and shopping time

PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE

DAMBULLA CAVE TEMPLE Minneriya safari at MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK

Sigiriya Ancient Rock (450 meters, 1250 stairs)

Kandy

ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS, PERADENIYA

Museum & Temple of Tooth Relic

HIRIWADUNNA VILLAGE TRECK

SPICE GARDEN IN MATALE Cultural show Tea Factory - Enjoy “Tea experience”

Gem Lapidrie

Kalutara on the Indian Ocean

MARINE TURTLE CONSERVATION KOSGODA

MADU RIVER BOAT RIDE

 

2nd of Jan:          

Arrival at 9:20 am to Colombo Airport 

 Head from Airport to hotel in Colombo - Cinnamon Lake Side (approximately 1 hour)early check in to the hotel, rest a bit and refresh

  

Colombo visit after rest:

Drive along the clean streets edging the crystal white Race Course - horse racing hub in 1893 & World War II airstrip - furnished today with lavish clothing, food & tea boutiques.

Meanwhile, ride to Pettah & tune into the Floating Market - an offbeat shopping experience, or enjoy the parks and the city.

Head along Bauddhaloka Mawatha towards 'Arcade' facing a historic waypost, the Independence Square. Every designer boutique, top-notch cuisine outlet and even the 'walk-over fish tank', have revamped this colonial masterpiece into one of the trendiest shopping and hangout zones in Sri Lanka.

Visit & relax a bit at the Dutch Hospital while gazing through fancy windows showcasing best fashion, jewelry & handicraft brands. Smell the scent of incense while listening to the chiming bells of Gangarama temple.

Overnight Stay at Cinnamon Lake Side hotel, Colombo

 Habarana lake                                                  

3rd of Jan: 

Breakfast at hotel, then transfer from Colombo to Pinnawala; visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. (Approximately 02.30 hours)

                                    As you enter the 25-acre coconut property, do not be surprised to witness baby elephants being bottle fed or moving around freely causing absolutely no harm to anyone. It is rightly a sincere sight to observe how these gentle giants - orphaned and sometimes three-legged - are taken care of since 1975 at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Watchelephant feeding at 1:15 pm (elephant river bath at at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm respectively for an experience that could never be felt anywhere else on earth! )

 Then transfer from Pinnawala to Dambulla to visit the The Dambulla rock temple was built by King Walagambahu (Approximately 3 hours)

 The Dambulla rock temple was built by King Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and it is a World Heritage Site.  It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka's cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sqm of painted walls and ceilings, is the largest area of paintings found in the world.  It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 meters.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Jetwing Lake – Deluxe Room

 

 

4th of Jan:     

Breakfast at hotel;

HIRIWADUNNA VILLAGE TRECK. The trek begins with a beautiful walk along to a man-made reservoir. You will also experience a boat ride, bullock cart ride, rural vegetable cultivation, paddy fields and enjoy an authentic

 

Minneriya for a safari of the Kaudulla National Park 

Do a safari of the Kaudulla National Park by jeep. The extent of the Kaudulla National Park is about 8,889 hectares. Dry zone plant and animal species are common and elephants are in plenty.  Unlike in other national parks, elephants could be spotted at a very close range. About 160 species of birds, 09 amphibians, 25 reptile species, 26 fish species and more than 78 butterfly species have been found in this area. There are also rare bamboo trees in this park which are not found in other parks. 

 

 

Dinner & Overnight stay at Jetwing Lake – Deluxe Room 

5th of Jan:

Breakfast at hotel then transfer from hotel to Sigiriya to visit rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site (Approximately 1 hour)

The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site - Sigiriya - doesn't only boasts of ancient Sri Lanka engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture.

Step through the gigantic 'Lion Paws' - overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below - to comprehend the absolute splendor that once dominated this rock fortress. Surrounded by ramparts & moats the Lion Rock - resembling the mythological 'City of Gods' - is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India. Walk in the shade of an eminent 'mirror wall' embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti. Wander into the well-fabricated museum downstairs for an epic journey of yesteryears to realize how the citadel floated above citizens with the castle, ponds and irrigation systems that pumped water right onto its summit with an ingenious hydraulic system describing a colossal masterpiece of the great king which remained a wonder in Asia for centuries.

 

Transfer from Sigiriya to Matale to visit a spice garden (Approximately 2 hours)

                                     An agricultural zone in the Central Province, Matale seldom drops off the maps due to its remarkable contribution through flagship crops of the island extending from tea, rubber & vegetables to spices. Spearheading the Rebellion back in 1848, Matale today takes immense pride in its story woven around spices. Stop by the side of a spice garden - into which you will be most welcome - and observe the therapeutic values of spices & processes over a refreshing cup of herbal tea! or spend sometime idling on the hardened streets if you mean a real town adventure filled with voices and colors.

Transfer from Matale to Kandy check in to the hotel; In the afternoon do the Kandy city tour (Approximately 1 hour)

                          Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe - before it was brought under the British rule in 1815, Kandy - the World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings - crafts an array of culture, history and heritage in the minds of visitors across the globe. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Buddha. A stroll across this small lakeside town - cradled among the misty hills - will feature the Kandy City Centre - bundled with latest and world class brands, bazaar, an arts & crafts center, as well as a gem museum & lapidary. Walk in color as you glide through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market. Fine tube your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the Wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka.

Overnight Stay at Golden Crown hotel in Kandy

 

6th of Jan:

Breakfast at the Hotel, then transfer from hotel to Peradeniya to visit the Royal Botanical Gardens (Approximately 30 Minutes)

                                 First developed as a pleasure garden under royalty and later harmonized by the British, the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya - today bundled with the most welcoming facilities located just 4 miles from Kandy - is a flourishing national asset in the Wonder of Asia. Walk into this 147 acre bliss of an experience, passing well tended lawns, pavilions & an octagon conservatory to be greeted by the vast expanse of a magnificently landscaped lush green turf which will encourage you for an exhilarating break. Towards the north of the entrance rests a cafeteria that one might come across before stepping into some of the highlights - the orchid house & giant Javan fig tree - of this place which overflow in grace. 

Transfer from Peradeniya to Giragama Tea plantation(Approximately 20 Minutes)

 Giragama is always a household name when it comes to Ceylon Tea. Visit a tea factory in Giragama for an authentic experience curled around a cup of tea. Watch how tea is being processed before they are graded, and send your taste buds to the edge with a fresh cup of Ceylon Tea just off the estate!

 Transfer from Giragama Tea plantation to Kalutara, by the Indian Ocean (Approximately 03hrs 50mn) 

Overnight Stay at Avani Resort hotel  in Kalutara 

 

7th of Jan:

Breakfast at hotel

Relaxing afternoon on the beach;

In the morning time:  MARINE TURTLE CONSERVATION KOSGODA Globally, all seven species of marine turtles are endangered. Of these seven, five come ashore to nest in Sri Lanka. The process of marine turtles nesting, hatchlings being born, and swimming back to sea is fascinating to observe. The Kosgoda Conservation Project is an ideal way to learn and observe this endangered species

MADU RIVER BOAT RIDE in the 915 hectare Maadu Ganga Estuary is connected by two narrow channels to the Random Be Lake, forming a complex wetland system encompassing 64 mangrove islets. In the year 2000, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) undertook a detailed biodiversity survey of the region & revealed the existence of no less than 10 major wetland vegetation types supporting over 300 plant species & 248 species of vertebrates. This remarkable diversity has led to its being classified under RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands in 2003.

Overnight Stay at Avani Resort hotel  in Kalutara 

 

8th of Jan:

Departure, home sweet home;  transfer from Kalutara to Colombo International Airport for the departure. (Approximately 02.30 hours)

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