5 nights Best of Sri Lanka Tour from £665 pp

Sigiriya – Anuradhapura - Polonnaruwa - Dambulla - Kandy - Pinnawala
  • Duration

    5 Nights / 6 Days

  • Tour Type

    Guided Tour

  • Group Size

    Min 2 People

  • Languages

    English

  • Guide Price From£665

    per person

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  • Tour Overview

  • Visit medieval capital Anuradhapura

  • Visit Temple in Mihintale

  • Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress

  • Visit Ancient city of Polonnaruwa and Dambulla cave temple

  • Visit Temple of Tooth in Kandy and see cultural show

  • Visit Pinnawela elephant orphanage

  • Visit Royal botanical gardens in Peradeniya.

  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 01 - Airport/ Damubulla
  • Approx. distance - 150 km / transfer time: 4 to 5 Hrs

  • On arrival at Colombo International Airport, you will be met by a professional English speaking driver at the Arrival Lounge.

    After completion of formalities at the airport, you will be escorted to an air conditioned vehicle. Thereafter, you will travel to Sigiriya, in the north-central plains. This is an area in the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka holidays. It is an area with ancient monuments, palaces and monasteries which displays the rich golden age of Sinhalese culture and civilization.

    Upon arrival check into the hotel and spend the rest of the day in relaxation.

    Day 2 - Damubulla/ Anuradhapura/ Damubulla
  • Approx. distance - 75 km / transfer time: 1.5 to 2 Hrs

  • After breakfast, depart for Anuradhapura, situated to the north of Sri Lanka in the North Western Province. Upon arrival, you will enjoy a city tour of this majestic city full of ancient palaces, monuments, temples, monastic complexes and ruins that are well-preserved and mesmerizing.

     

    At Anuradhapura, you can see the ruins of one of Sri Lanka’s oldest capitals. It is one of the oldest continuous inhabited cities in the world. It was founded in the fifth century BC. Buddhism was established at Anuradhapura. Some sacred sites in Anuradhapura are most venerated by Buddhists in Sri Lanka as well as overseas.

    Thereafter, visit the “Sri Maha Bodhi” Bo Tree, the oldest historically authenticated tree in the world. It is a sapling of the Peepal Tree at Buddha Gaya in Northern India in whose shelter the Buddha attained supreme Enlightenment. This tree was brought to Sri Lanka by Arhat Sangamitta, the daughter of Emperor Asoka.

    According to ancient chronicles, Brazen Palace (Lovamahapaya in Sinhala) was a huge structure, a nine storied building at a height of 46 meters.

    You can also visit Samadhi Statue in the Mahameuvna Park, the statue of the Buddha in meditating posture. This eight feet tall statue is carved on granite is a shrine visited by Buddhists as well as local and overseas visitors. The statue is an indication of skilled architecture of ancient Sri Lankans

    A few sites that can be seen in Anuradapura

    • The Jetavanarama – The 3rd tallest structure of the ancient world behind the Great Pyramids and the largest stupa ever built anywhere in the world.
    • Ruwanweli Seya
    • Abhayagiri Dagoba
    • Thuparama
    • Lovampahaya
    • Lankarama
    • Isurumuniya
    • Magul Uyana
    • Kuttam Pokuna
    • Samadhi Statue
    • Avukana Buddha Statue

    Thereafter, you can visit Mihintale. It is a 1000 feet high mountain peak situated about 12 kilometers east of Anuradhapura. According to chronicles, Mihintale had been the site of a meeting between Arhat Mahinda Thera and King Devanampiyatissa which led to the establishment of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. With the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Mihintale served as a residential area for monks headed by Arhat Mahinda. There are ruins of many ancient buildings at Mihintale such as monastic buildings and an ancient hospital.

    Upon completion of the tour, you will be brought back to your hotel in Sigiriya.

    Overnight at your selected hotel in Damubulla

    Day 03 – Damubulla/ Sigiriya/ Polonnaruwa/ Damubulla
  • Approx. distance – 61 km / transfer time: 1.5 to 2 hours

  • After breakfast, visit the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

    Sigirya is an ancient palace and fortress complex with immense archaeological importance. It is a rock plateau situated 370 meters above sea level. The palace and fortress complex at Sigiriya are recognized as one of the marvels of ancient urban planning. The most iconic paintings of Sigirya are the damsels painted in the fifth century. These paintings adorn the wall as a large mural. There had been about 500 painted damsels in the past. Sigirya has been a tourist attraction from the eighth century.

    After climbing the marvelous Sigiriya Rock, you can travel to Polonnaruwa. (Approximate distance – 61 kilometers and transfer time is 1.5 to 2 hours)

     Polonnaruwa is situated in the north-central region of Sri Lanka. It was the capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura Kingdom. It is a well-planned archaeological relic site in Sri Lanka. About 800 years ago, Sri Lankan Kings ruled the country from Polonnaruwa. During that time, Polonnaruwa was a glorious religious center with many cultural, historic and archaeological treasures, the majority of which have been preserved to date.

    A few sites that can be seen in Polonnaruwa:

    • Gal Vihara – A rock temple of the Buddha. The central feature consists of 4 Buddha statues carved into the rock – 2 seated, 1 reclining and 1 standing.
    • The ruins of the Royal Palace
    • Lakatillaka Temple
    • Medirigiriya Vatadage – A vatadage is a type of Buddhist structure, circular in shape and adorned with intricate stone carvings which act as a protection for smaller stupas built within them or important relics.
    • Statue of the great King Parakramabahu I

    On completion of the tour, return to your hotel.

     

    Overnight at the selected hotel in Damubulla

    Day 04 – Dambulla/ Kandy
  • Approximate distance 22 kilometers / Transfer time is 30 minutes)

  • After Breakfast, travel to Dambulla

    Dambulla is situated in the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka. Dambulla is home to the Golden Temple also known as Dambulla Cave Temple Complex, an iconic image with its interior full of Buddha Statues. Dambulla Cave Temple Complex is the best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. These cave temples were occupied by Buddhist monks in the past. There are 2000 year old murals depicting the life of the Buddha in this Cave Temple Complex. The vividly colored murals on the walls and ceiling cover an area of 2100 meters. These paintings are the largest ancient paintings in the world.

    Thereafter, you can visit a spice garden and batik factory in Matale en-route to Kandy. You can also visit Ena de Silva’s Matale Heritage Center.  Ena de Silva was a famous Sri Lankan artist who re-established the batik industry in Sri Lanka.

    (Approx. Distance – 65 kilometers / transfer time – 1.5 to 2 hours)

    Matale is a midsize town in the heart of Sri Lanka situated at an elevation of 300 meters above sea level. There are spice groves in Matale which visitors can visit and purchase spices. The historic Buddhist Temple Aluvihare Rock Cave Temple is situated in Matale. This is a historically important temple where the Buddha’s doctrine which was transmitted orally was written in ola leaves at a Council of Buddhist monks. This Council was the only Buddhist Council held in Sri Lanka.

     

    Thereafter proceed to Kandy, the cultural and spiritual capital of Sri Lanka situated amidst mountainous terrain.

    Upon arrival in Kandy, check into the hotel.

    Overnight at the selected hotel in Kandy

    Day 05 – Kandy City Tour
  • After breakfast, commence a Sri lanka holidays guided tour holiday of Kandy and visit the Kandy Market, Kandy Upper Lake Drive, Gem Museum, Arts and Crafts Centre.

    You can also visit Bahirawakanda Buddhist Statue, an iconic landmark in Kandy, Udawattekele Forest Reserve and Garrison Cemetery situated within city limits of Kandy.

    For shopaholics, Kandy City Center is an ideal place where you can buy quality souvenirs.

    On completion of the tour, return to your hotel.

    Overnight at your selected hotel in Kandy

    As you are on holiday in Srilanka Kandy temple is the famous for Buddha’s Tooth

    Legend has it that when the Buddha was cremated in 543 BC at Kushinagar in North India, various parts of his remains were rescued from the fire, including one of his teeth.In the fourth century AD, as Buddhism was declining in India in the face of a Hindu revival, the Tooth was smuggled into ve Srilanka, hidden (according to legend) in the hair of an Orissan princess. It was first taken to Anuradhapura, then Polonnaruwa, Dambadeniya and Yapahuwa. In 1284 an invading Pandyan army from South India captured the Tooth and took it briefly back to India, until it was reclaimed by Parakramabuhu III some four years later.

    During these turbulent years the Tooth came to assume increasing political importance, being regarded not only as a unique religious relic but also as a symbol of best of Sri Lanka sovereignty-it was always housed by the Sinhalese kings in their capital of the moment which explains its rather peripatetic existence.After being reclaimed by Parakramabahu III, it subsequently travelled to Kurunegala, Gampola and Kotte. In the early sixteen century, the Portugese captured what they claimed was the Tooth, taking it back to Goa, where it was pounded to dust, then burnt and cast into the sea(Buddhist claim either that this destroyed Tooth was simply a replica, or that the ashes of the Tooth magically reassembled themselves and flew back to Srilanka). The Tooth finally arrived in Kandy in 1592 and was installed in a specially constructed Kandy temple next to the palace, later becoming the focus for Kandy Esala Perahera which take place every month of July or August which is best to have Sri lanka short tour.

    Day 6 – Kandy/ Pinnawala/ Airport or Beach Resort
  • Distance to Pinnawala – 45km / Transfer time – 1.5 hours

  • After breakfast depart to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.  (Approximate transfer time: 1 to 1 1/2 hours)

    After breakfast you travel to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage situated in Kegalle between Kandy and Colombo on a 25 acre property bordered by a river. This orphanage has the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. The Orphanage was founded to care and protect orphaned elephants found in the jungles of Sri Lanka. The Orphanage provides a natural habitat to orphaned elephants. Elephants are taken twice a day to the river for a bath. Baby jumbos less than three years old are bottle fed by mahouts and volunteers. Visitors to the orphanage can see baby jumbos being bottle fed. The main attraction of the orphanage is elephants bathing at the river which is a beautiful spectacle.

     

    On completion of the Srilanka Holiday 2020 tour proceed to the airport or to your selected beach resort.

     

    Included and Excluded

    What's Included
  • Accommodation selected set of hotels or in hotels of a similar standard
  • Standard room on twin per person on twin sharing
  • Meals on bed & breakfast basis
  • Air conditioned transport with an English speaking private guide up to 4 passengers
  • Entrance fees To Medieval capital Anuradhapura, Temple in Mihintale, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Ancient city of Polonnaruwa, Dambulla Cave Temple, Temple of tooth in Kandy, Cultural Show, Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage,
  • Cost Excludes
  • Flights and airport taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature such as tips, drinks and gratuities, photo fees at some monuments
  • Excursions & detours beyond the itinerary
  • Compulsory Xmas & New year supplements
  • Compulsory Room Supplements for Hotels in Kandy during the Month of August
  • Tickets for the Perehara Cultural Pageant that replaces the traditional cultural show in Kandy during the month of August
  • Additional Information

  • Must apply for Visa before arrive in Srilanka. To apply go to http://www.eta.gov.lk
  • Room category can be change at addictional cost subject to availability
  • Hotels standard check-in time is 1400hrs and standard check-out time is 1200hrs
  • This is only an offer without any obligation on the hotel rooms, until such time the tour is confirmed and availability is checked
  • General Information

  • Time difference GMT +5 hours 30 minutes (summer) +6 hours 30 minutes (winter time)
  • The climate is tropical and warm, due to the moderating effects of ocean winds. Mean temperatures range from 17 °C (62.6 °F) in the central highlands, where frost may occur for several days in the winter, to a maximum of 33 °C (91.4 °F) in other low-altitude areas. Average yearly temperatures range from 28 °C (82.4 °F) to nearly 31 °C (87.8 °F). Day and night temperatures may vary by 14 °C (25.2 °F) to 18 °C (32.4 °F).[186]
  • Best time to trave January - April // Mid July - September
  • Monsoon Season October - January
  • Best time for bird watching and whales watching December - April
  • Best time for Wildlife in Yala/Wilpattu January - October
  • Esala Perahera Festival in month of August
  • Options

  • The whole tour can be tailored to your requirement if needed.
  • Let us know if you have a special occasion
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