Culture & Heritage Tour – 17 Days

Start / End : Colombo | Duration : 17 Days / 16 Nights

Culture & Heritage Tour – 17 Days

Due to the long period of colonialism that this island went through, there are traces of many foreign cultures that have blended in with the local culture that was strongly influenced by Buddhism. This tour will take you to the Hill Country, the Cultural Triangle and the beautiful South for 17 days of pleasure and delightful discovery

Tours Summary

Duration: 17 Days / 16 Nights

Start / End: Colombo

Price Per Person:from US$ 1660

Available : All year round

Highlights

  • Visit Pinnawela, Tooth Temple
  • Visit and climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Visit Polonnaruwa
  • Visit Bogoda Wooden bridge & Demodera Railway Loop (optional for trekking in Haputale)
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Day 01 – Airport / Colombo/Kollpity
Arrive at the Airport and transfer to Colombo. Overnight stay at Colombo

Day 02 – Colombo / Sigiriya
After breakfast leave to visit the Cultural Triangle. En-route visit Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawela and Dambulla Rock Cave Temple. Rest of the day at leisure. Dambulla Rock Cave Temple. This rock cave temple is a must for any tourist who visits Sri Lanka. A history, which dates back to the 1st centaury BC and awarded the first prize for the best photograph at the World Tourism Organization. Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage: An orphanage, which was built to take care of elephants. This orphanage is situated in the Kegalle district. At the moment there are approx 60 Elephants in this orphanage. Overnight stay at Sigiriya.

Day 03 -Sigiriya/ Pollonnaruw/ Girithale
After breakfast visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Proceed for Polonnaruwa and visit Polonnaruwa Cultural sites. Sigiriya This rock of the 5th century AD was a monastery before King Kasyapa built his kingdom. Better known, as the “Lion Rock” is a Citadel rising up to 560ft from the surrounding jungle. The popular frescoes of the maidens of heaven are found in the caves of this rock. Polonnaruwa: This capital city was the most popular in the history of Sri Lanka. Popular for its agriculture, Irrigation Systems and its architecture. Polonnaruwa is situated approx 240km from Colombo. Overnight stay at Girithale

Day 04 -Girithale/Kandy
After breakfast leave for Kandy. En route visit a spice garden. After lunch visit the Kandy temple and observe a cultural dance in the evening. Dinner and over night stay at Kandy. Kandy: (1815-1948) The last and most popular kingdom in the history of Sri Lanka. The British army captured Kandy in 1815 and ruled for almost 133years before they gave independence to Sri Lanka in 1948. It is from this year that Colombo was made the Capital of Sri Lanka. Kandy was also known as Senkadagala.

Day 05 -Kandy
After breakfast visit the Peradeniya gardens. Optional lunch in Kandy. After lunch visit the Kandy temple. “The Sacred Tooth Relic of the lord Buddha is the most venerated of worship for Buddhists which is now protected in the Kandy Temple, The Kandy temple is considered the foremost sacred place of worship in the Buddhist world.” Overnight stay at Kandy.

Day 06 -Kandy /NuwaraEliya
After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya. En-route visit a tea factory. Evening visit Hakgala botanical gardens. Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya

Day 07 -NuwaraEliya
After breakfast city tour and rest of the day at your leisure. “The center of the hill country also called the “Hill station” in British colonial jargon. This ruggedly picturesque location almost 6200 feet in elevation with it’s soft English spring climate is very English in it’s landscape & buildings; which of course was started by the British, who made it their hill resort, during their rule in Sri Lanka.” Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya.

Day 08 – NuwaraEliya / Bandarawela
After breakfast leave for Bandarawela. City tour of Bandarawela. Overnight stay at Bandarawela

Day 09 Bandarawela
After breakfast visit St benedicts Monastry & Dova temple. “Adisham Bungalow, a 19th century British period building, was modelled on Leeds Castle in Kent, England. It was the country house of Sir Thomas Villiers, a distinguished British resident in Sri Lanka in the early 20th century. It is now a Benedictine retreat, adjoining the Thangamale Bird Sanctuary. The Bungalow is 3km away from Haputale.” Overnight stay at Bandarawela

Day 10 -Bandarawela /Yala /Katharagama
After breakfast leave for Yala. Optional lunch at Tissamaharama. After lunch proceed to visit Yala national park. Dinner and overnight stay Katharagama. Yala National Park: The most popular national park in Sri Lanka. Established in 1938 with a land area of approx 121000 ha. This Park is situated between Hambantota and Monaragala districts at the southern most point of Sri Lanka. It is home for almost all the animals and birds that are found in Sri Lanka.

Day 11 – Katharagama /Galle / Beruwala
After breakfast leave to Wadduwa. En-route you will visit the Galle fort, a mask factory and a Turtle hatchery. Overnight stay Beruwala

Day 12 -Beruwala
Leisure at a star class resort at Beruwala or similar.Overnight stay Beruwala

Day 13 -Beruwala
Relax on the Beach

Day 14 – Beruwala
Relax on the Beach

Day 15 -Beruwala
Relax on the Beach

Day 16 -Beruwala
Relax on the Beach

Day 17 -Beruwala/Airport
Transfer to the airport on time for the flight.

* Accommodation sharing twin on Bed and Breakfast Basis while on tour at mentioned hotels or similar.

* Air-conditioned private transport

* English speaking chauffeur-guide

* Government tax and service charge

* International airfare

* Lunch, Dinner & Beverages.

* Expenses of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry etc,.)

* Personal travel and medical insurance

* Departure airport tax

* Compulsory Cricket/Peak and any Seasonal supplements at selected hotels.( To be notified by the time of the booking)

* Entrance fees, Jeep hire costs, Trekker chargers etc at sites and locations as per itinerary.