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8 Days Culture tour itinerary for sri-lanka: Partake In Classical Tour Of Ceylon

Negombo, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Kandy, Matale, Pinnawala, Polonnaruwa, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, Yala National Park, Galle

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Partake in Classical Tour of Ceylon

Elephants by the river

Pinnawala-Sri Lanka

Explore the main attractions of Sri Lanka. In this tour, you will cover UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the last Sinhalese kingdom, central highlands with lush tea gardens, the experience of a scenic train trip, with wildlife and discover towns loaded with colonial history.

DAY 01

AIRPORT - NEGOMBO

  • On arrival, meet & greet at the airport and transfer to hotel in Negombo.

  • Check-in to the hotel and relax to recover from the jet lag.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Negombo.

DAY 02

NEGOMBO - PINNWEALA ELEPHANT ORPHANGE - DAMBULLA/SIGIRIYA

  • Eat breakfast at the hotel.

  • Explore the history of the dynamic city of Negombo with your Sri Lanka guide-[sensitive content]dulge in a diverse experience by visiting the famous fish market in Negombo known as the ‘Lellama’.Walk on the beach and watch fishermen untangle their fishing nets and witness the fish being auctioned and sold to retail and commercial customers alike.

  • Leave for Pinnaweala.

  • Visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawela, initiated in 1975 to foster care for the abandoned and orphaned baby elephants.These giant yet gentle creatures wander around in the sanctuary, being fed and bathed by their foster human parents.Twice a day the herd is led to the river nearby for a two-hour bath.You are welcome to join and interact with them while feasting your eyes on the largest gathering of tame elephants.Baby elephants are bottle-fed special formula milk by their mahout, the caretaker, and if you are curious you can even join in feeding them at the daily feeding times 9.15 am & 1.15 pm.

  • Leave for Dambulla.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Dambulla / Sigiriya.

DAY 03

SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS - POLONNARUWA ANCIENT SITES

  • Wake up to breakfast at the hotel.

  • Visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most dramatic, inspiring and beautiful historical locations in the world. A mythical past of feuding dynasties suits Sigiriya’s striking setting- it was built in 5th century AD by a king, Kasyapa, as a fortress-palace. The palace complex at the foot of the rock still has the remains of four indoor swimming pools where the king’s 500 concubines bathed. The palace structure was built with complex water arteries in the walls that provided natural air conditioning in the hot climate. On the summit, reached with the help of metal staircases and ladders, you can see the remains of the palace walls, gardens and ponds. The mirror walls of the Sigiriya rock still retain the world-famous frescoes of the king’s concubines, who originated from all parts of the world.

  • Later, continue on to one of the ruins of ancient Ceylon - the UNESCO World Heritage City of Polonnaruwa, which was the capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to 13th century. Polonnaruwa was a well-planned medieval city defended by enclosing walls (around 5 km. which still remain), graced by palaces, shrines, monasteries, pavilions, parks, ponds and irrigation lakes. Polonnaruwa is strewn with ruins in a resplendent state of preservation. The ‘Gal Vihara’ which consists of statues of the recumbent, standing and seated Buddha have been cut from a single granite wall and rank among few of the true masterpieces of Sri Lankan Art.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Dambulla / Sigiriya.

DAY 04

DAMBULLA ROCK CAVE TEMPLE - MATALE - KANDY

  • Rise up for breakfast at the hotel.

  • Visit Dambulla Rock Cave Temple. Dambulla Cave Temple, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla. The largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka, the rock from which the caves were carved towers 160meters (520ft) over the surrounding plains. A total of 153 Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lankan kings and four statues of gods and goddesses also stand in the site.

  • Continue your journey to the hill capital of Kandy. Eminent as the centre of Buddhism and the capital of the last Sinhalese kingdom.

  • En-route, visit a spice garden in Matale to see many different types of spices Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. Gardens are open to visitors, a delightful place to stroll in fragrant greenery and learn about nutmeg, pepper vines, clove trees and curry, cinnamon and the precious cardamom, a relative of ginger. It grows in the shade of high jungle trees and can only be harvested by hand.

  • Enjoy a traditional cultural dance performance which is a vibrant and unique fire and Harvest dances accompanied by Ceremonial Drums and the Drum Orchestra rising and falling to the lively tempo. The highlight of the show is definitely the fire walking show, where the artists walk through a specially prepared fire pit, roughly 8 feet by 3 feet covered with red-hot charcoal, completely barefoot.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Kandy.

DAY 05

KANDY

  • Consume breakfast at the hotel.

  • Visit the Temple of tooth relic, for the morning ceremony; the stunning 17th century Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) is believed to house the left upper canine tooth of the Lord Buddha himself.This precious relic attracts white-clad pilgrims, bearing lotus blossoms and frangipani, every day.

  • Make a sightseeing tour of Kandy by visiting the upper lake, oriental market place, a bazaar.

  • Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, the largest of Sri Lanka’s botanical gardens displaying over 4 000 different species of plants and is regarded amongst the most superior in Asia.The focal points include the superb Orchid collection and a mighty avenue of Royal Palm [sensitive content]addition to a plethora of flowering plants, there is also an extensive collection of medicinal plants and spices which can be spotted on your meander across the gardens.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Kandy.

DAY 06

KANDY - TRAIN TO NUWARA ELIYA

  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

  • Transfer to Kandy Railway station.

  • Make scenic train trip to Nuwara Eliya, also known as Sri Lanka’s “Little England”, is the prime hill resorts of the country. At a height of approximately 2000 m above sea level, the city has an abundance of lush tea plantations and jaw-dropping scenery. Its nickname comes from the many English style bungalows and buildings still in existence today.

  • The train journey weaving through the scenic hill country is one of the most beautiful explorations in Sri Lanka. From the edge of soaring mountains, you will oversee the branching valleys from the mist capped mountains, sloping lush green tea plantations, villages dotted with houses, thick forests and whooshing waterfalls.

  • Pick up from Nanu Oya Train station.

  • Visit the tea plantation and a tea factory, on the island where the best tea in the world is produced. Watch the tea pluckers pick two leaves and a bud with deft hands.

  • Then to the factory where the all-important conversion to “made” black tea happens. The machinery used is of very traditional British design, some as old as 100 years. The process is a very artisanal one, unchanged for a century. Observe the process of manufacturing tea, tea grading and taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

DAY 07

NUWARA ELIYA - ELLA - YALA JEEP SAFARI - TISSA / YALA

  • Eat breakfast at the hotel.

  • Leave for Tissa/Yala (approx. transfer Time: 4 hours).

  • Visit spectacular Ella gap in the southern mountain wall where the land falls away in a dizzy drop of 3000 ft (915m), to the southern plains and the sea, which is visible in the far distance on a clear day.

  • Witness the Rawana Ella Water Fall.

  • In the afternoon, do jeep safari at Yala National Park. Yala national park is the second-largest and most visited national safari park in Sri Lanka with numerous type of wildlife and also known for its variety of ecosystems and rich biodiversity. It is situated in a dry semi-arid climatic region which hosts various ecosystems from moist monsoon forests to freshwater and marine wetlands. Yala is home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species with seven are endemic bird species to the country. Among its more famous residents are the world’s biggest concentration of leopards, majestic elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks, crocodiles and wild buffalos.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Tissa / Yala.

DAY 08

YALA - TANGALLE - MATARA - GALLE - BEACH OR AIRPORT

  • Savour breakfast at the hotel.

  • Leave for Beach Hotel.

  • Travel through Tangalle and Matara.

  • See the stilt fishermen’s on poles in Koggala, which is a traditional method for fishing practised by most fishermen along the southern coast of Sri Lanka.

  • Visit the Galle Fort. Galle Fort is the finest and most intact fortified city built by the former European colonial powers in Asia. The narrow streets of Galle Fort are lined with Dutch merchant villas, pillared verandas, carved doors and windows. British and Dutch period offices are still in use. This is a living world heritage city with residents walking the 300-year-old ramparts at sunset.

  • Strolling along the high rampart walls, you will see the Old Dutch and English churches, the Governor's house, the massive VOC warehouses, the Square of Courts, the elegant pillared facade of the Old Dutch hospital, the Portuguese Black Fort, the lighthouse, the Clock Tower and much more.

  • Visit a turtle hatchery.

  • Transfer to the airport for onward flight or selected beach hotel for a continued beach holiday.

  • 582 USD Per Adult , 165 USD Per Child
  • Meeting at the airport upon arrival and assistance during the stay

  • Bottle of mineral water per person per day

  • Accommodation on half board basis in DBL Sharing for 7 Nights from dinner on Day 01 to Breakfast on Day 08 at Hotels specified or at Hotels of Similar Standard.

  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with an English-speaking chauffeur-guide.

  • Government tax and service charge

  • Early check-in & late checkout

  • Lunch and beverages cost throughout the tour

  • Entrance fees to sites (Approx. Adult: USD 190 / Child 5 - 12: USD 95)

  • Extras of personal nature.

  • Tips and gratuities.

  • Extra services other than those specified.

  • Extensions of stays or amendments to the itinerary

  • Sri Lanka Classical Tour: Sri classical tour for exploring the main attractions of Sri Lanka. Covering of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the last Sinhalese kingdom, central highlands with lush tea gardens, the experience of a scenic train trip, with wildlife and discover towns loaded with colonial history.

Accommodation Basis:

  • All hotel classifications are as per Ceylon Leisure Holidays classifications.

  • Confirmation of hotels will be subject to availability at the time of final confirmation.

  • The meal plan will be on a booked basis.

  • Half Board will be from arrival day dinner to departure day breakfast.

  • Full Board will be from arrival day lunch to departure day breakfast.

  • Tours could be re-routed with/ or without adequate notice, in the best interest of the customer.

  • Certain places of interest could be closed during lunch hours, public holidays etc., and the DMC will not be responsible for those.

Other Conditions:

  • Optional excursions and additional services could be provided for which we will charge additionally.

  • Visits to wildlife parks, adventure activities, etc., will be at client's own risk.

  • Payment by credit cards will be subject to 3% bank charges.

Cancellation charges (Sri Lanka):

  • Within 07 - 00 days - 100% cancellation charge.

  • Within 14 - 08 days - 75% cancellation charge.

  • Within 21-15 days - 50% cancellation charge.

Hotel Rules & Regulations:

  • The official check-in time at all hotels will be 14.00 hrs.

  • The official check-out time at all hotels will be 11.00 hrs.

  • Early check-in / late check-out will be subject to availability at the discretion of the hotel’s management. However, a request to hotels will be made where necessary.

  • The cancellation policy will be applicable for any reduction of allocated/blocked rooms, after the release period.

Visas:

  • A tourist visa needs to be obtained for nationals other than Singapore & Maldives and could be obtained online. For further details, visit the Sri Lanka government website.

Negombo, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Kandy, Matale, Pinnawala, Polonnaruwa, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, Yala National Park, Galle

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The tour is available from 01 Apr to 31 Oct on the following days of the week.

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