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Essentials of Sri Lanka and Beach Stay

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Essentials of Sri Lanka and Beach Stay 10 Days / 09 Nights

Nature, culture and relaxation awaits you on this 10 Days tour. Soak in the aesthetic excellence the country has to offer. Visit the culturally rich town of Kandy, emerge yourself in the natural beauty of Nuwara Eliya and finally enjoy the warm sun at the Taj Bentota.

 

Tour Nights

  • Sigiriya: 2 nights
  • Kandy: 1 nights
  • Nuwara Eliya: 1 nights
  • Bentota: 5 nights
  • Tour code: AWSL20
  • Accommodation Grade
  • Private Tour

Tour At a Glance

  • Explore magnificent historical sites at the 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Excavate History in the Relics of Polonnaruwa
  • Feel Spiritual at the Rock Temples of Dambulla
  • Visit Kandy and admire the temple, the museum etc.
  • Learn about the spice history of Matale
  • Spend some quiet time at Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya
  • Discover Polonnaruwa, the erstwhile capital city of Sri Lanka

Itinerary details

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  • Day 1 Arrival Colombo Airport - Sigiriya
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    Arrival Colombo Airport - Sigiriya

    Meet our representative at the airport and you’ll be assisted to your chauffer guide, then proceed to Sigiriya. (Approx. 04 hours)
    Overnight stay in hotel on bed & breakfast basis. 

  • Day 2 Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa
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    Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa

    Early morning proceed to Sigiriya for a hike up the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. (Approx. 20 mins)
    The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site - Sigiriya - doesn't only boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture. Step through the gigantic 'Lion Paws' - overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below - to comprehend the absolute splendor that once dominated this rock fortress. Surrounded by ramparts & moats the L ion Rock - resembling the mythological 'City of Gods' - is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India. Walk in the shade of an eminent 'mirror wall' embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti. Wander into the well-fabricated museum downstairs for an epic journey of yesteryears to realize how the citadel floated above citizens with the castle, ponds and irrigation systems that pumped water right onto its summit with an ingenious hydraulic system describing a colossal masterpiece of the great king which remained a wonder in Asia for centuries.
    On completion return to the hotel for breakfast and refresh, then proceed to Polonnaruwa. (Approx. 1.5 hours)
    Rising with the decline of Anuradhapura, the city of Polonnaruwa - medieval capital & crown jewel of King Parakramabahu I - remains superior proof of ancient culture & heritage blended with religious beliefs. Walk across its scattered walls of the World Heritage Site - blessed by stupas, resting Buddha statues, irrigation canals and fantastically carved Hindu sculptures - while observing the relic house - Watadage - which boasts of beautiful stone carvings. Take a close glance and you will realize a subtle Hindu influence on architecture and statues found in Polonnaruwa. Or sit by the side of Galviharaya and observe the absolute beauty gushing out of every bend of its huge Buddhist statues. Nissankamalla Council Chamber is however, a head-spinning beauty to just sit back and observe with its swaying pillars reminding the aesthetics of a powerful kingdom which rests beside Parakrama Samudraya - sea of Parakramabahu & masterpiece of irrigation!
    Overnight stay in Hotel on bed and breakfast basis. 
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  • Day 3 Sigiriya – Dambulla – Matale - Kandy
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    Sigiriya – Dambulla – Matale - Kandy

    After your breakfast proceed to Kandy, enroute visit Dambulla Cave Temples. (Approx. 30 mins)
    In the city of Dambulla lies a hub which has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. Today, an icon in the face of Sri Lanka, Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the most unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Observe how exquisitely cave paintings are done along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. As you enter the retreat, look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statu e glittering in gold over a land, which today houses an important junction in the country's economic and cultural uplifting.
    Continue to Kandy via Matale on completion of Dambulla(Approx. 2.5 hours).
    An agricultural zone in the Central Province, Matale seldom drops off the maps due to its remarkable contribution through flagship crops of the island extending from tea, rubber & vegetables to spices. Spearheading the Rebellion back in 1848, Matale today takes immense pride in its story woven around spices. Stop by the side of a spice garden - into which you will be most welcome and observe the therapeutic values of spices & processes over a refreshing cup of herbal tea! Or spend some time idling on the hardened streets if you mean a real town adventure filled with voices and colors.
    Embark on a city tour of Kandy in the evening.
    Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe - before it was brought under the British rule in 1815, Kandy - the World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings - crafts an array of culture, history and heritage in the minds of visitors across the globe. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. A stroll across this small lakeside town - cradled among the misty hills - will feature the Kandy City Centre - bundled with latest and world class brands, bazaar, an arts & crafts centre, as well as a gem museum & lapidary.walk in color as you glide through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market. Fine tube your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the Wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka.
    Overnight stay in Hotel on bed and breakfast basis. 
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  • Day 4 Kandy - Peradeniya - Nuwara Eliya
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    Kandy - Peradeniya - Nuwara Eliya

    After your breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya, enroute visit the Royal Botanical Gardens. (Approx. 03 hours)
    First developed as a pleasure garden under royalty and later harmonized by the British, the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya - today bundled with the most welcoming facilities located just 4 miles off Kandy - is a flourishing national asset in the Wonder of Asia. Walk into this 147 acre bliss of an experience, passing well-tended lawns, pavilions & an octagon conservatory to be greeted by the vast expanse of a magnificently landscap ed lush green turf which will encourage you for an exhilarating break. Towards the north of the entrance rests a cafeteria that one might come across before stepping into some of the highlights - the orchid house & giant Javan fig tree - of this place which overflow in grace.
    After your breakfast proceed to Peradeniya Railway Station to catch your train to Nuwara Eliya.
    Board the intercity train from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya, the Train journey will take you through approximately 20 manmade tunnels, gray stone cliffs and rivers will flash past your window with occasional views of enormous waterfalls cascading down the mountainside, while the Train keeps climbing steadily through to Hatton then Nanu Oya.
    By the time you reach Nanu Oya station the driver guide will be at the station and take you to the hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
    Once you reach Nuwara Eliya, check in at the hotel and refresh. Enjoy a city tour in the evening.
    Misty steep roads, twisting through lush green blankets of tea bushes in a cool climate, remind visitors that they are within the range of the renowned British colonial retreat, Nuwara Eliya. Augmented by an English countryside atmosphere, the city of light - once governed by English & Scottish planters - is still studded with colonial bungalows, hedgerows & one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in the world. A hike through the green grass and red-brick walls should present breathtaking views of a buzzing countryside hamlet. Drive through green valleys of the hill country pierced by endless waterfalls & dotted by tea pluckers draped in bright-colored saris. Or rent a bike for a gentle ride along the banks splashed by the waters of Lake Gregory.
    Overnight stay in Hotel on bed and breakfast basis. 
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  • Day 5 Nuwara Eliya – Tea Plantation – Beach Stay at Taj Bentota
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    Nuwara Eliya – Tea Plantation – Beach Stay at Taj Bentota

    After your breakfast proceed to a local tea plantation. (Approx. 20 mins)
    Sri Lanka, Tea and Tourism are words which cannot be separated. Take a tour to the cold & misty hills that take pride of an ultimate tea tour, covering lush green blankets of tea plantations. Or just step into a tea factory processing the prestigious brand of Ceylon Tea, to observe a rich tradition kept alive up to date. As you observe the hissing and swishing of machines, inhaling the heavenly scent arising from these facilities, make sure to end your day in style over a perfectly blended cup of pure Ceylon Tea.
    Completing your visit to tea plantation you will be transferred for to bentota for Beach stay. 
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  • Days 6 to 9 Beach stay at Taj Bentota
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    Beach stay at Taj Bentota

    Beach stay at Leisure. 

  • Day 10 Bentota – Colombo Departure
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    Bentota – Colombo Departure

    Proceed to the airport after breakfast, wrapping up this magnificent trip and take back amazing memories from Sri Lanka. 

Dates and Prices

  • PERIOD OF TRAVEL
  • PRICE (PP)

Hotels

  • Amaara Forest Hotel
    Amaara Forest Hotel
    Sigiriya
  • Hotel Topaz Kandy
    Hotel Topaz Kandy
    Kandy
  • Araliya Red Nuwara Eliya
    Araliya Red Nuwara Eliya
    Nuwara Eliya
  • Taj Bentota Resort & Spa
    Taj Bentota Resort & Spa
    Bentota

Amaara Forest Hotel

Sigiriya
  • Amaara Forest Hotel

Located in the Matale district of Sigiriya, Amaara Forest Hotel Sigiriya is within 20 minutes drive of the famed Sigiriya Lion Rock and Pidurangala Rock. 3 hours drive from Bandaranaike International Airport.

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Hotel Topaz Kandy

Kandy
  • Hotel Topaz Kandy

Situated on the highest point of Sri Lanka’s hill capital. (KDZ)Polgolla Reservoir airport just 20 Minutes drive. Kandy Clock Tower just 20 Minutes Walk away. 

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Araliya Red Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya
  • Araliya Red Nuwara Eliya

Locating in the Hill Country, Nuwara Eliya is known as the little England due to its temperate climate which is further complemented by the colonial appearance of the town. Lake Gregory just 15 Minutes walk away, Horton Plain

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Taj Bentota Resort & Spa

Bentota
  • Taj Bentota Resort & Spa

Taj Bentota Resort & Spa is located on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka along the golden mile beach at Bentota. It is short stroll away from the Water Sports Complex & Kandevihara Temple. Located 90 kilometer from the Airpor

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What's Included?

  • International flights.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle from Colombo. 
  • Hotel accommodation at specified hotels or similar standard.
  • Meals on Bed & Breakfast.
  • Cost of English-Speaking Chauffeur Guide.
  • Entrance fees at places visiting as per the itinerary.

What's not Included?

  • Visa fees.
  • Video Camera and Still Camera permits at the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy.
  • Supplement for accommodation in Kandy during Kandy Esala Perahera period.
  • Cost of ticket to view the Kandy Esala Perahera which will be held in Kandy.
  • Cost of beverage throughout the tour.
  • Expenses of a personal nature.
  • Christmas and New Year’s Eve supplements at hotels.
  • Any other services not specified in itinerary and inclusions.

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