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Heritage & Wildlife of Srilanka

Package Name : Heritage & Wildlife of Srilanka

Duration : 06 Nights / 07 Days

Tel: 91-11-2332 1822

E-mail: enquiries@tradewingstours.com

Locations: Habarana / Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Dambulla / Kandy / Nuwara Eliya / Ella/ Yala/ Bentota

Day 01

Destination: Habarana     -    Drive: Approximately 4 2½ hours (160km)
On arrival in Sri Lanka you will be met and assisted by our Airport Representative, who will direct you to your very own Chauffeur who will transfer you to Habarana, a small village with excellent hotel accommodation, a central location for all the ancient city sites. Check in at your hotel on arrival and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight Stay: Hotel in Habarana

Day 2

Destination: Sigiriya     -    Drive: Approximately 2½ an Hour (25 km)
After breakfast leave for Sigiriya. Begin the morning by climbing the rock fortress of Sigiriya - a 5th Century "Fortress in the Sky". Built by King Kassapa the fortress was a Royal Citadel for more than 18 years. The lion rock (A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SIGHT) is a citadel of unusual beauty, rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The base of the rock is ringed by a moat and rampart and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens. The majestic Lion's Paw picturesquely guards the stairway of the palace on the summit. See the famous frescoes of the "Heavenly maidens" of Sigiriya in a sheltered pocket of the rock and the 10 foot high Mirror Wall.

Destination: Polonnaruwa     -    Drive: Approximately 1 2½ Hours (67 km)
Then continue 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. 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 the true masterpieces of Sri Lankan Art.

Overnight Stay: Hotel in Habarana

Day 3

Destination: Dambulla     -    Drive: Approximately 2½ Hour (25km)
After breakfast head for Dambulla and explore the famous Golden Rock cave temple which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries, this cave monastery, a vast isolated rock mass with its five caverns is the largest best preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka.

The Buddhist mural paintings (covering an area of 2,100 sq. meters) are of particular importance as are the 157 statues including a 47 foot long statue of the recumbent Buddha.

Destination: Kandy     -    Drive: Approximately 2 1/2 Hour (72 km)
Continue on to Kandy. En route you will visit a spice garden in Matale. You will check in at your hotel on arrival and once you are rested, continue on to your tour of Kandy!

Kandy, the bustling hill country capital is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for the pink painted Temple of the Tooth which houses the most sacred religious relic, the tooth of the Buddha, the Kandy Lake built in 1807 which is an attractive centerpiece to the town.

In the Evening you will visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic. Thereafter enjoy the Kandyan Cultural show at the Kandyan Arts & Cultural Centre. The show features the graceful and rhythmic dancers and drummers culminating in an impressive fire walking display.

Overnight Stay: Hotel in Kandy

Day 4

Destination: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage     -    Drive: Approximately 1 2½ Hours (50km)
After breakfast leave for Pinnawala to visit the Elephant orphanage. This orphanage was set up by the government to take care of baby elephants lost or abandoned in the wild. Witness the feeding of the elephants. Thereafter observe them as they take their daily bath in the river nearby, which affords marvelous photo opportunities. Bath time is enjoyed by all elephants, young and old alike and it is a good time to closely observe their tightly knit family structure. Daily feeding times - 9.15 am, 1.15 pm, and 5.00 pm. bathing times – 10.00 am, 2.00 pm, and 4.00 pm.

Destination: Nuwara Eliya     -    Drive: Approximately 5 Hours (130 km)
Transfer to Nuwara Eliya. En route visit a tea plantation and a tea factory. At the tea factory, witness the process of manufacture of tea from plucking of the green leaves to packing of the processed tea which is mainly meant for export markets.

The beautiful town of Nuwara Eliya, set in the heart of Tea country and situated 1890 meters above sea level, is where the British succeeded in creating an English countryside with homes in styles from Georgian to Queen Anne with well kept lawns with hedges.

Commence a sightseeing tour of the city: visit the Nuwara Eliya Town, Market place, Golf Course (one of the finest 18 holes Golf courses in Asia) the Hill club and drive around the man-made Lake Gregory.

Check in to the hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

Overnight Stay: Hotel in Nuwara Eliya

Day 5

Destination: Ella     -    Drive: Approximately 12½ Hours (56 km)
After breakfast check out of the hotel. Proceed to Ella. Mountainous village Ella is considered one of the most scenic parts of the island. It is Famous for the Ella Gap – a gap in the mountains where you can see all the way up to the ocean on clear days and the Rawana Waterfall, a sight to behold with a scenic backdrop of mountains and valleys as well as the Rawana Falls is featured in the Rawana mythology, where Sita is said to have bathed at this waterfall while she was in captivity. Ella is also a base for plenty of trekking expeditions to the surrounding countryside and offers plenty of beautiful scenery and waterfalls.

Destination: Jeep Safari in the «Yala» National Park Drive: Approx. 3 Hours (135 km)
Continue on to Yala. Check into the hotel in Yala. On the second half of the day, commence a jeep safari in the Yala National Park, one of world's best known parks to photograph leopards, although seeing these nocturnal carnivores still requires some luck. Yala National Park has a substantial elephant population too along with many other species like spotted deer, sambur, wild buffalo, sloth bear, mongoose and crocodiles to name a few.

Overnight Stay: Hotel in Yala

Day 6

Destination: Bentota beach     -    Drive: Approximately 4 hours (240 km)
After breakfast check out of the hotel. Transfer to Bentota, delightfully located along one of the finest beaches on the South coast. Check in to the beach hotel. Spend the afternoon at leisure watching the waves as they bounce off the sun-kissed sands.

Overnight Stay: Hotel in Bentota

Day 7

Destination: Airport     -    Drive: Approximately 2½ Hours (100 km)
Now that you are at the end of your journey with us, after breakfast your chauffeur will comfortably take you to the international airport in time for your departure flight.