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TOUR ITINERARY 1 - KANDY & COLOMBO- 2 NIGHTS/3 DAYS

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DAY 01/Arrive Colombo-Kandy

Meet on arrival and transfer from Airport to Kandy.On Arrival check into hotel after freshen up in the Afternoon – Do a city tour of Kandy.Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. The name "Kandy" conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary. Also visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy. Thereafter witness a cultural show.Overnight stay in Kandy.

DAY 2/Kandy- colombo

Morning after Breakfast at the Hotel – Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya.This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. Later proceed to Colombo via Pinnawala.

The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.established in 1975, commenced with seven orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but is soon became a conservation and educational centre. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawela started a scientific captive-breeding programme for elephants. The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for respective individuals of both sexes to get together and mate. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, and in 1984, the first baby of Pinnawela was born.The success story of Pinnawela has drawn the attention of scientists from all over the world. A considerable number of books and research articles on Pinnawela have been published in several languages. The members of the Pinnawela herd have been filmed, videoed and photographed thousands of times by professionals.

Later proceed to Colombo & Check into Hotel after freshen up in the afternoon city & shopping tour of Colombo like many capital cities in developing countries is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the old world charm is retained. For example, there is a 100-year-old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings. Other places of interest are a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), the old parliament. Also visit House of Fashion, ODEL, Noritake ceramic shop & a local souvenir shop. Overnight stay Colombo.

DAY 03/Colombo Departure

After Breakfast transfer to Airport to connect the departure flight .

 


TOUR ITINERARY 2 - KANDY, COLOMBO & BEACH 3 NIGHTS/4 DAYS

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DAY 01/Arrive Colombo-Kandy

Meet on arrival and transfer from Airport to Kandy.On Arrival check into hotel after freshen up in the Afternoon – Do a city tour of Kandy.Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. The name "Kandy" conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary. Also visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy. Thereafter witness a cultural show.Overnight stay in Kandy.

DAY 2/Kandy- Colombo (Bentota / Ahungalla.)


Morning after Breakfast at the Hotel – Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya.This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. Thereafter proceed to Kalutara/Bentota / Ahungalla via Pinnawala.

The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.established in 1975, commenced with seven orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but is soon became a conservation and educational centre. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawela started a scientific captive-breeding programme for elephants. The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for respective individuals of both sexes to get together and mate. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, and in 1984, the first baby of Pinnawela was born.The success story of Pinnawela has drawn the attention of scientists from all over the world. A considerable number of books and research articles on Pinnawela have been published in several languages. The members of the Pinnawela herd have been filmed, videoed and photographed thousands of times by professionals.Overnight stay in Bentota / Ahungalla.

DAY 03/Colombo

Morning after Breakfast at the Hotel.City & shopping tour of Colombo .Like many capital cities in developing countries is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the old world charm is retained with several British built colonial buildings. Other places of interest are a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) & the old parliament. Also visit House of Fashions, ODEL, Noritake ceramic shop & a local souvenir shop. After noon at leisure.Overnight stay in Colombo.

DAY04/Colombo

After Breakfast transfer to Airport to connect the departure flight.

 


TOUR ITINERARY 3 - Colombo- Nuwara Eliya-Kandy-Colombo 4 NIGHTS/5 DAYS

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DAY01/Arrive Colombo

Meet on arrival & transfer to Colombo.After freshen up proceed for city tour of Colombo. like many capital cities in developing countries is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the old world charm is retained with several British built colonial buildings. Other places of interest are a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) & the old parliament. After noon at leisure.Overnight stay in Colombo

DAY02/Colombo- Nuwara Eliya via Kitulgala.

After breakfast at the Hotel.Proceed to Nuwara Eliya via Kitulgala.The Kelani River flowing through Kitulgala was the main location where the Oscar winning Movie Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed. On the hill above this town, a prehistoric cave was recently discovered containing large middens of shells from some unknown civilization. The Kelani River is the broadest river in Sri Lanka. Later proceed to Nuwara Eliya & check into Hotel after freshen up in the afternoon proceed to Visit Nuwara Eliya, its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lankas most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lankas tea country producing a significant share of the world s best tea. Sri Lanka s highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. Nuwara Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia.Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya

DAY 03/Nuwara Eliya-Kandy

Morning after Breakfast at the Hotel.Proceed from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy .enroute - Visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. Here you could observe all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory.

Later proceed to Kandy. On Arrival check into hotel after freshen up proceed for sightseeing of Kandy- the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. The name "Kandy" conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary. Also visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy. Thereafter witness a cultural show. Overnight stay in Kandy.

DAY 4/Kandy- colombo

Morning after Breakfast at the Hotel – Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya.This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. Later proceed to Colombo via Pinnawala.

The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.established in 1975, commenced with seven orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but is soon became a conservation and educational centre. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawela started a scientific captive-breeding programme for elephants. The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for respective individuals of both sexes to get together and mate. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, and in 1984, the first baby of Pinnawela was born.The success story of Pinnawela has drawn the attention of scientists from all over the world. A considerable number of books and research articles on Pinnawela have been published in several languages. The members of the Pinnawela herd have been filmed, videoed and photographed thousands of times by professionals. Late Proceed to Colombo ,afternoon – Do a shopping tour of Colombo including visits to House of Fashions, ODEL ,Noritake ceramic shop & a local souvenir shop.Overnight stay in Colombo


DAY 05/Colombo Departure

After Breakfast transfer to Airport to connect the departure flight .


TOUR ITINERARY 4 - EXOTIC EAST AND HIGHLIGHTS OF SRI LANKA
4 NIGHTS/5 DAYS

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DAY01/Colombo- Pinnawala- to Sigiriya / Dambulla.

Meet on arrival & transfer from Airport to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975, commenced with seven orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but is soon became a conservation and educational centre. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawela started a scientific captive-breeding programme for elephants. The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for respective individuals of both sexes to get together and mate. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, and in 1984, the first baby of Pinnawela was born. The success story of Pinnawela has drawn the attention of scientists from all over the world. A considerable number of books and research articles on Pinnawela have been published in several languages. The members of the Pinnawela herd have been filmed, videoed and photographed thousands of times by professionals. Later Proceed from Pinnawala to Sigiriya / Dambulla. Overnight stay in Sigiriya / Dambulla

DAY 02/Sigiriya-Trincomalee

Morning After breakfast at the hotel, proceed from Sigiriya to Trincomalee.This part of the east coast is well known is for its beautiful deserted beaches. Trincomalee is also well known for its natural harbour.At any one point it is only possible to see sections of the magnificent Bay which gives Trincomalee its reputation as one of the finest natural harbours in the world.The British explorer Samuel Baker described Trincomalee thus “few things surpass the tropical
beauty of this harbour , lying completely land - locked, it forms glassy lake surrounded by hills covered with the waving foliage of coconut trees and palms of great variety”. The small fishing village of Nilaveli north of Trincomalee is considered to be one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka . The hot springs at Kanniyai are known for their therapeutic qualities and whale watching which is seasonal are the other interesting activities which is possible in Trincomalee.
The Koneswaram temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Swamy Rock also known locally as lover’s leap are the other interesting attractions to visit.Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay in Trincomalee.


DAY03/Trincomalee -Dambulla- Matale -Kandy

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed from Trincomalee to Dambulla -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 sq. metres 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 metres. Thereafter proceed from Dambulla to Matale.Visit a spice garden in Matale to see different spices for which Sri Lanka is famous for. Here, clients could see different spices and how some of these spices are grown and processed. Witness a Cookery demonstration. In the evening, witness a cultural show in Kandy.Overnight stay in Kandy

DAY04/Kandy- Colombo.

After breakfast at the hotel,proceed for sightseeing of Kandy ,which was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. The name "Kandy" conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary. Also visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy. Peradeniya botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. Later Proceed from kandy to Colombo. On Arrival check into Hotel .

After freshen up do a city & shopping tour of Colombo. Colombo like many capital cities in developing countries is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the old world charm is retained. For example, there is a 100-year-old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings. Other places of interest are the Pettah bazaar - where one can shop for bargain, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH). Also, visit Noritake, Odel and House of Fashion. Overnight stay in Colombo

DAY 05/Colombo Departure

After Breakfast transfer to Airport to connect the departure flight .


TOUR ITINERARY 5 - RAMAYANA TRAIL – HIGHLIGHTS 5 NIGHTS/6 DAYS

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DAY 01/Arrive Colombo-Kandy

Meet on arrival and transfer from Airport to Kandy.On Arrival check into hotel after freshen up in the Afternoon – Do a city tour of Kandy.Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. The name "Kandy" conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary. Also visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy. Thereafter witness a cultural show.Overnight stay in Kandy.

DAY 02/Kandy- Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast Proceed from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya enroute visiting the Anjaneear temple in Pusselawa and a tea factory.Pussellawa is the Home of 18 feet statue of Anjaneear The famous temple situated on a hill over looking the Kotmale reservoir area, Anjaneear at this temple Thousand’s of devotees from India & Sri Lanka pay homage to.Later proceed to Nuwara Eliya .Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya

DAY 03/:Nuwara Eliya - Bandarawela

After breakfast proceed from Nuwara Eliya to visit the Sita Aman temple.

The Sita Amman Temple can be seen on route to Hakgala along the Nuwara Eliya Badulla Road. The prominent temple architecture will not fail to attract your attention on the way to the Hakgala Botanical Gardens from Nuwara Eliya. According to tradition, the site is associated with Sita of the Ramayana epic. Ancient statues of Rama and Sita can be seen on a side of the temple. The temple seen today is a modern building with its paintings, statues and pillars decorated with sculptures, all depicting the tale of Rama and Sita. The rear of the temple overlooks a stream, while from its front can be seen the Hakgala peaks. On completion visit the Hakgala gardens.The Hakgala Botanical Garden was one of the pleasure gardens of King Ravana of the well-known epic Ramayanaya. This garden was expanded during the British period and has a wide variety of flowers including an excellent collection of orchids

This is the exotic pleasure garden where king Ravana kept the depressed Sita, insisting that she marry him. It was here where the heart-warming meeting took place between her and Hanuman, who brought her Rama’s ring with the news that Rama was looking for her. He offered to carry her back but she refused saying it would be an insult to Rama’s honour if he did so. Part of this majestic garden still exists. It is also said that Hanuman nearly destroyed it in order to prove to Ravana of the forces against him. Thereafter Leave from Hakgala to visit Isthripura via Welimada.

This exotic cave still boasts the picturesque cascading waterfall that was in existence 2000 years ago. It was within this cave that Sita was held prisoner with over 1500 women to attend to her every need. Thereafter proceed to Welimada and visit the Divurumpola temple.
Although this Vihara is said to be established in the 6th A.D. Polonnaruwa period it has a long history among people of having been started in the time of Rama, Rawana and Sita. Still revered by thousands, this holy haven was the place where Sita performed her Agni Pariksha (proving her chastity) to her husband Rama. Continuing the practice for over thousands of years, villagers still pledge their fidelity or take oaths there and even in certain courts, this agreement was binding.

Since that time this place has been respected and worshiped by people down the ages. Furthermore it is said that this place was given the name “Divurumpola” or the place of making a wow. Not only in legends but this name has been inscribed in the moonstone guarding the Devale in the premises.

Later proceed to Bandarawela .
In the afternoon, visit Ella. Ella, a small mountain near Bandarawela, boasts three locations linked to the Ramayana where, local legend dictates, Ravana hid Sita. First there is Ravana Ella Cave, situated in the massive Ella Rock. Then there is Ravana Ella Falls and a nearby pool bored out of the rock by the gushing waters where Sita is said to have bathed.

The Bandarawela hotel is a charming heritage hotel built during the colonial period. The elegant hotel, whose illustrious life began as a European’s – only tea planters club, is a perfectly preserved relic steeped in colonial comforts. Though its location is central, its ample garden and foliage seclude it from the city.

Overnight stay in Bandarawela

Day 04/Bandarawela -Colombo via Ratnapura

Morning After breakfast at Bandarawela Hotel proceed to Colombo via Ratnapura and Sitawaka, Avissawella.Ratnapura is the fabled city of gems. Its name remains unchanged over the years and means “city of gems”. In Ratnapura prospecting and mining goes on everyday. Visit a gem mine and a museum and strike a bargain at one of the shops.Sitawaka, situated near Avissawella on a tributary of the Kelani Ganga (river). Not surprisingly it derives its name from Sita, who is supposed to have been imprisoned by Ravana in a grove in this neighborhood. .Later proceed to Colombo.

Colombo like many capital cities in developing countries is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the old world charm is retained. For example, there is a 100-year-old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings. Other places of interest are Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH)
One could shop at Odel Shopping Mall, house of Fashion and Noritake Ceramic Showroom.Overnight stay at Hotel in Colombo.


Day 05/Colombo

Morning After breakfast at Hotel.Visit the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya , which was a temple built in the 3rd century B.C. Kelaniya was one of the three places visited by the Buddha during his visits to Sri Lanka. Kelaniya is also the centre for traditional Sinhala pottery.Whithin the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara Temple is a s special shrine dedicated to Vibushana , king Ravana’s brother, who allied with Rama in the struggle to rescue Sita .Even during the Ravana regime Vibushana was in charge of Kelaniya.Transfer from Kelaniya to Wattala / Seeduwa.

Proceed to Chilaw.

Muneeshwaram
Lord Rama after his victorious battle left for Ayodhya in one of King Ravana’s vimana’s. He felt he was being followed by bramhaasthi dosham as he had killed King Ravana who was a Brahmin. He stoped the vimana at this juncture because he felt at this place the “Brahmaasthi Dosham” was not following him. He ascended from the vimana and asked God Shiva for a remedy. God Shiva blessed Lord Rama and advised him installing and praying four lingams at Manavari, Thiru Koneshwaram, Thiru Ketheshwaram and Rameshwaram in India, as the only remedy to get rid of the dosham.

Manavari is the first place where Lord Rama installed and prayed the Siva lingam after the end of the war with King Ravana. To date this lingam is called as Ramalinga Shivan. Rameshwaram is the only other lingam in the world named after Lord Rama.Transfer from Chilaw to Colombo .

Overnight stay at Hotel in Negombo/ Waikkal.

DAY 06/Colombo

After Breakfast transfer to Airport to connect the departure flight .