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Highlights of Sri Lanka 05 Days / 04 Nights

Dedicated to Sri Lankan art, architecture, history, culture and traditions, this 5-day tour is one of the best ways to understand the country in a short time. Among other things, you will visit ancient temples and forts, important religious shrines and their ruins, lush gardens as well as well as bustling local markets on your Sri Lanka adventure.

 

Tour Nights

  • Habarana: 2 nights
  • Kandy: 2 nights
  • Tour code: AWSL14
  • Accommodation Grade
  • Private Tour

Tour At a Glance

  • Admire the archeological ruins of Polonnaruwa, popular for their architecture and engineering marvels , history and sheer beauty
  • Visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites and prominent Buddhist shrines
  • Learn about the spice history of Matale
  • Spend some quiet time at Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya
  • Explore the beautiful hill-country of Kandy and pay a visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Itinerary details

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  • Day 1 Colombo Airport - Sigiriya - Habarana
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    Colombo Airport - Sigiriya - Habarana

    Arrive at the airport and meet with our representative, to be transferred to Habarana, a small city in the Anuradhapura District in Sri Lanka, popular as a base for Sigiriya. Check into the hotel and spend rest of the day at leisure. Welcome dinner and overnight stay at hotel. Two nights stay in superior room on half board basis.
    Meals: Dinner  
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  • Day 2 Habarana- Polonnaruwa – Minneriya –Habarana
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    Habarana- Polonnaruwa – Minneriya –Habarana

    Following breakfast, visit the archeological ruins of Polonnaruwa, approximately 1.5 hours of drive. The second-most ancient of all kingdoms in Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa was the medieval capital and crown jewel of King Parakramabahu I. Amidst the scattered walls of this World Heritage Site, one will find stupas, resting Buddha statues, irrigation canals and fantastically carved Hindu sculptures. Admire the beautiful stone carvings of Watagate, known to carry influences from the Hindu architecture. The rock temple of the Buddha, the Gal Vihara boasts rock relief statues of the Buddha, some of the best examples of ancient Sinhalese sculpting and carving arts. Nissankamalla Council Chamber, complete with its pillars, remind one of the aesthetics of a powerful kingdom which rests beside Parakrama Samudraya, a shallow reservoir believed to be a masterpiece of irrigation from those times. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
    Meals: Half Board  
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  • Day 3 Habarana - Dambulla - Matale - Kandy
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    Habarana - Dambulla - Matale - Kandy

    After your early morning tea, climb up to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress boasting remnants of a ruined palace from the 5th century, surrounded by an extensive network of fortifications, vast gardens, ponds, canals, alleys and fountains. Check out the gigantic Lion Paws, Lion Rock, a mirror wall as well as a museum and get interesting insights into the history, art, architecture as well as ancient engineering and urban planning supremacy of the Kingdom of King Kasyapa. Have late breakfast at Habarana Village by Cinnamon, post which, you will travel from Sigiriya to Dambulla, approx 15 minutes of drive. Once here, visit the Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site as well as the largest and the best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. Among other things, the temple remains famous for a 14m statue of Lord Buddha; exquisite paintings distributed over 5 caves as well as ceiling walls covered with over 1500 paintings. Next, you travel approximately 1.5 hours from Sigiriya to reach Matale. Visit a spice garden at this agricultural zone in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. Woven around spices, Matale has an interesting story of the rebellion in 1848 that it spearheaded. At the spice garden, learn about the therapeutic values of spices & enjoy a refreshing cup of herbal tea. Roam around locally before travelling back to Kandy. Overnight stay at the the hotel.
    Meals: Breakfast 
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  • Day 4 Kandy - Peradeniya – Kandy
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    Kandy - Peradeniya – Kandy

    After breakfast at the hotel, proceed towards the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, just 30 minutes away. Spread over 147 acres, the gardens offer a blissful retreat amidst verdant and well-kept lawns, pavilions and an octagon conservatory. Stop by the cafeteria towards the north entrance, and enjoy views of the orchid house and giant Javan fig trees. Transfer to Kandy and have lunch at a local restaurant at your own expense. Explore Kandy, popular as the cultural capital of Sri Lanka, and carrying significant traces of Sri Lankan art, architecture, history and culture. The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of the most significant shrines in Buddhism will be the highlight of your visit. Also explore the Kandy City Centre, popular for its world class brands, bazaar, an arts & crafts centre, as well as a gem museum & lapidary. The fresh fruits and vegetables at the Kandy market will appeal to all visitors as will a local cultural show, anchored to the beat of traditional music & drumming and offering insight into the rich and vibrant culture of Sri Lanka. Overnight Stay at the hotel.
    Meals: Breakfast 
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  • Day 5 Kandy-Colombo
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    Kandy-Colombo

    After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll be transferred from Kandy to Colombo, approximately 4 hours of drive.
    Meals: Breakfast 

Dates and Prices

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Hotels

  • Habarana Village By Cinnamon
    Habarana Village By Cinnamon
    Habarana
  • Cinnamon Citadel Kandy
    Cinnamon Citadel Kandy
    Kandy

Habarana Village By Cinnamon

Habarana
  • Habarana Village By Cinnamon

Habarana Village by Cinnamon lies sprawled across 27 acres of luxuriant land bordering a stunning lake. Habarana hotel is situated 176 kilometers from Colombo in the heart of Sri Lanka's cultural triangle and is part of the A

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Cinnamon Citadel Kandy

Kandy
  • Cinnamon Citadel Kandy

Chaaya Citadel hotel is located in the heart of Kandy, surrounded by awesome beauty of the Kandyan landscape of sweeping green hills, broken by the winding path of the Sri Lanka's longest river, the Mahaweli. Colombo, the cap

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What's Included?

  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Accommodation in standard rooms at hotels specified or of similar standard.
  • Meals on Half Board in Habarana and Breakfast in Kandy.
  • Jeep Safari for Minneriya National Park ( 01 Safari).
  • Service of English Speaking Chauffeur Guide.
  • Water bottles on board the vehicle (02 water bottles per person per day).
  • Entrance fees to Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park,Dambulla, Cultural Show, Botanical Gardens, Kandy Temple.

What's not Included?

  • International flights.
  • Visa fees.
  • Departure transfer to Airport/ Beach Hotel.
  • Cost of beverage throughout the tour.
  • Video Camera and Still Camera permits at the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy.
  • Expenses of a personal nature.
  • Christmas and New Year’s eve supplements at hotels.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the itinerary and inclusions.

Additional Information

VALUE ADDITIONS
  • Gift at the end of the tour
  • Free Room upgrade subject to availability
  • Free sim card on arrival with USD 10.00 top up
  • Free Wet Wipes (1 packet for each client upon arrival)
  • King coconuts as refreshments 3 times during the tour
  • Free in-vehicle Wi-Fi  subject to availability (as there are a limited number of Wi-Fi devices)
Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£) based on twin sharing.



 
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