Heritage Tour – 10 Days

Start / End : Colombo | Duration : 10 Days / 09 Nights

Heritage Tour – 10 Days

The Cultural Triangle, the up-country area and the South are the regions you will visit, and you will be amazed at the incredible examples of artistic and architectural talent from an era long past. You will also be treated to a Cultural Show in Kandy, a most breathtaking and colorful spectacle indeed, while a time of leisure at the beach is also included

Tour Summary

Duration: 10 Days / 09 Nights

Start / End: Colombo

Available : All year round

Highlights

  • Visit Pinnawela, Tooth Temple
  • Visit Medieval capital of Polonnaruwa
  • Visit Hakgala Gardens, Tea factory, Tea estate
  • Visit Dova Temple, Adisham Bungalow (during the weekends only)
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Day 01 Airport – Colombo

negombo2-thumbAirport transfer to a Hotel in Negombo. Depending on the time a city tour of Negombo. “A characteristic fishing town north of Colombo, it is a mere 6 Km from the international airport. Set amid lush groves of coconut palms, it breathes the spirit of the sea. Negombo is a gourmet’s paradise with sea food in plenty. Old world fishing craft like the outrigger canoe and the catamaran bring seer, skip jack, herring and mullet, pom fret & amber jack, while lobster & prawn are caught in the lagoon.”

Overnight stay in Negombo.

 

Day 02 Colombo – Polonnaruwa

dowa-thumbAfter breakfast leave to visit Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawela. Optional lunch at Dambulla. After lunch visit Dambulla Rock Cave Temple. Dinner & overnight stay at Pollonnaruwa. Dambulla Rock Cave Temple. This rock cave temple is 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 in 1995.

 

 

Day 03 Polonnaruwa

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After breakfast visit Cultural sites in Polonnaruwa. “Polonnaruwa was the capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to the 13th century AD. This ancient city is today one of the most beautiful centres of this island’s cultural heritage. In its prime, the city, inside it’s 3½ miles strong encircling walls, housed hundreds of thousands of people. The remains of this ancient city comprised of many buildings and irrigation works. The buildings, mainly brick structures, included the inner city area (with two palace complexes of two different kings), inner & outer city walls, a number of monastic complexes with stupas, image houses & dwelling cells of monks. Also contained were refectories, assembly halls (chapter house, bathing pond etc”.

Overnight stay at Polonnaruwa.

 

Day 04 Polonnaruwa – Kandy

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After breakfast leave for Kandy. En-route you would visit a spice garden and Aluvihara Temple. “Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, which fell to the British in 1815. This hill capital is situated in a valley 1600 feet above sea level, surrounded by mountains & virtually encircled by the scenic Mahaweli river; the longest in Sri Lanka. Due to it’s Its cultural and religious significance UNESCO designated the Sacred City of Kandy as a World Heritage Site in 1988.”

Overnight stay at Kandy.

 

Day 05 Kandy

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After breakfast visit the Kandy temple and the botanical gardens.Evening you will watch a cultural show . “The Royal Botanic Gardens Peradeniya is well known for its large variety of plant life. The great lawns highlight huge tropical trees and a variety at bamboo can be found in one place. The best know attraction of the garden is the orchid House. The area, nearly 150 acres in extent, is beautifully undulated, its average elevation above sea-level being about 1,540 feet. The Royal Botanic Gardens at Peradeniya were established in 1821”.

Overnight stay at Kandy

 

Day 06 Kandy – Nuwara Eliya

hakgala-thumbProceed to Nuwara Eliya en-route visit a tea factory.Optional Lunch at Nuwara Eliya. Evening visit the Hakgala botanical gardens. “Hakgala is a small botanical garden close to the famous hill resort of Nuwara Eliya. A special attraction here is the variety of montane orchids, many of them endemic to Sri Lanka.It was once the pleasure garden of Ravana of the Ramayana epic and according to many; it was one of the places where the beautiful Sita was hidden by the demon king”.

Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya.

 

Day 07 Nuwara Eliya – Bandarawela

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After breakfast leave for Bandarawela. At Banadarawela you will visit the Dova temple and St Benedicts monastry. Dova Temple Located on the main highway between Badulla and Bandarawela about 05 km from Bandarawela, the Dowa Rock Temple has murals and inscriptions dating back to the 1st century BC. The colossal unfinished rock-cut standing Buddha figure (8m high) carved on the cliff face is one of its main attractions. Adisham Bungalow Adisham Bungalow (opened during weekends only), 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, 3km away from Haputale.

Overnight stay at Banadarawela.

 

Day 08 Bandarawela – Ratnapura

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After breakfast depart for Balangoda. Visit Darfter Jailani (Kuragala) caves. “Close to the ledge where the Saint meditated, is a cave that can be negotiated for about 200 feet. Inside is a light that appears from a crevice – no miracle but the sun light filtering in from below as this cave is at the top of the Balangoda Plateau and overlooks the Kaltota Plains about 500 feet below”.

Overnight stay at Rathnapura.

 

Day 09 Rathnapura – Kaluthara

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Leave after breakfast to Kaluthara. Day leisure at a Beach Resort.

Overnight stay at Kaluthara.

 

 

Day 10 Kaluthara – Airport

Leave 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.

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