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Sri Lanka Essential
Sri Lanka Essential
Visit: Colombo - Kandalama - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Yala - Galle
Duration: 12 Nights / 13 Days
This tour combines culture and relaxation taking in some of Sri Lanka's finest historical, archaeological and natural treasures whilst not forgetting the pleasures of a few days by the sea. Begin from Colombo, the political capital of Sri Lanka. Continue to the Cultural Triangle visiting the ancient cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura, the sacred cave temples of Dambulla and the inspiring sky citadel of Sigiriya.. Travel to the bustling city of Kandy where you may explore the Temple of the Tooth and the magnificent Peredeniya Botanical Gardens. Continue to Nuwara Eliya, famous for picturesque tea plantations rising out of the tropical heat and mist. Next enjoy a game drive at the Yala National Park. Finish the trip with a few days at a charming boutique hotel with miles of beaches right on the doorstep at the historical town of Galle. This trip is perfect on its own; however it would also combine well with India or the Maldives.
 

Tour Duration : 12 Nights / 13 Days

Destinations Covered: Colombo - Kandalama - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Yala - Galle

Package Highlights:
• Colombo: the political capital of Sri Lanka , a blend of past and present
• Time at an Elephant Orphanage
• Visiting the ancient cities and UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, and Polonnaruwa the Cultural Triangle
• Hill station of Kandy and visit the world famous the Temple of the Tooth
• Picturesque tea plantations rising out of the tropical heat and mist in Nuwara Eliya
• Game drive at the popular Yala National Park
• Discover the heritage at the historical town of Galle
• Relax by the prisitine beaches
• Time for spa and relaxation
• Warm hospitality
• Fascinating culture


Package Inclusions:
• Accommodation on twin share
• Meals as mentioned
• Transport using the services of an air conditioned vehicle as per the itinerary
• Services of English/Language speaking local guide for all sightseeing and excursions
• Entrances to the monuments (one visit)
• Assistance on arrival/departure by a trained Hi Tours airport representative


Package Exclusions:
• Tips/gratuites to chauffeur, cleaner, guide etc
• Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
• Any domestic/international airfare
• Insurance/camera fees at the monuments etc
• Any expenditure of personal nature


Day 01 Arrive in Colombo By: flight TBA at: TBA hours
This morning arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport. Meet & greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Afternoon, enjoy an orientation tour of Colombo.

Strategically-placed in the Indian Ocean, this port city has been a wide open door to visitors for centuries. This chameleon city absorbs new influences, while still retaining own unique Sri Lankan character:

Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street - the old smith’s quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area where there is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, the Kaymans Gate with the Belfry at the original gate to enter the Fort, the Dutch Church of Wolvendaal dating back to 1749, and Davatagaha Mosque. Also visit the BMICH (Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall), see the replica of Avu kana Buddha and the Independence Square.

Overnight at the hotel
Meals included: None
  
Day 02 Colombo - Kandalama
This morning leave for Kandalama in the heart of the cultural triangle. The trip to the Cultural Triangle takes approximately 4 hours

En route visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants, the number of elephants has increased to more than 65 now; including Baby Elephants brought from various parts, as well as the 23 baby elephants born as a result of the captive breeding program.

On arrival, check in to your hotel.

Evening visit Dambulla rock cave temple. Also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a UNESCO world heritage site. Situated in the central part of the country, it is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. This complex dates from the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC, when it was already established as one of the largest and most important monasteries. Overnight at the hotel
Meals included: Breakfast
  
Day 03 Kandalama - Sigiriya Rock fortress - Polonaruwa - Kandalama
This morning visit 5th century rock fortress of Sigiriya - a UNESCO world heritage site, also known as the "Lion Rock".

Later continue north towards the ancient city of Pollonaruwa - a UNESCO world heritage site. Polonnaruwa became Sri Lanka’s capital in 10th century AC at a time when Sri Lanka achieved its triumph as a civilization with an ingenious network of hydraulic engineering - the construction of water tanks and irrigation canals.

Overnight at the hotel
Meals included: Breakfast
  
Day 04 Kandalama - Anuradhapura - Kandalama
Leave for a full day excursion to Anuradhapura.

Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, world famous for its well preserved ruins of the Great Sri Lankan Civilization. The city now a UNESCO heritage site lies in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka, on the banks of the historic Malvathu River. Today this ancient city of Sri Lanka, which is sacred to the Buddhist world, is one of the world's major archaeological sites.

Overnight at the hotel
Meals included: Breakfast
  
Day 05 Kandalama - Kandy
Today morning leave for Kandy, approximate 02 hours drive.

Stronghold of the Sinhala Kings and capital of Sri Lanka’s hill regions, Kandy is perhaps the most beautiful and romantic city in the island. Surrounded by green hills and with a large lake in the town centre, Kandy combines the sophistication of a modern city with the timeless appeal of ancient temples.

On arrival, check in to your hotel.

Late afternoon visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

The Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a temple in the city of Kandy in Sri Lanka. It was built within the royal palace complex which houses the only surviving relic of Buddha, a tooth, which is venerated by Buddhists. The city is a world heritage site declared by UNESCO, in part due to the temple.

Overnight at the hotel
Meals included: Breakfast
  
Day 06 Kandy
This morning visit Royal Botanical Garden. Located in close proximity to the city of Kandy, It is renowned for the collection the variety of Orchids, and has more than 300 varieties of Orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palms trees attach it is the National Herbarium.

Overnight at the hotel
Meals included: Breakfast
  
Day 07 Kandy - Nuwara Eliya
Leisurely this morning drive to the hill station of Nuwara Eliya, approximate 02 hrs drive.

At 2,000 meters above sea level, the 19th century colonial hill station of Nuwara Eliya was a favourite retreat of the British, who were drawn by the climate, and to this day it retains a colonial ambiance with its golf course, gentlemen’s clubs and mock-Tudor buildings.

Afternoon visit a local Tea Factory and witness the production and other processes.

Overnight at the hotel
Meals included: Breakfast
  
Day 08 Nuwara Eliya - Yala National Park
Early morning leave for Yala, approximate 5 hrs drive. On arrival, check in to your hotel.

Afternoon enjoy a game drive at Yala National Park.

One of the largest national parks in the country, the terrain at Yala National Park is varied with grassy plains and forest, rocky scrubland, lagoons and a coastline. Home to one of the highest densities of leopard in the world, it is a great place to see this magnificent big cat.

Overnight at the hotel
Meals included: Breakfast
  
Day 09 Yala National Park - Galle
This morning leave for Galle, approximate 5 hrs drive. On arrival, check in to hotel.

Galle was known as Gimhathiththa (although Ibn Batuta in the 14th century refers to it as Qali) before the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century, when it was the main port on the island. Galle reached the height of its development in the 18th century, before the arrival of the British, who developed the harbor at Colombo.

Later in the afternoon visit Galle Fort.

Galle fort was built first by the Portuguese, and then modified by the Dutch during the 17th century. Even today, after 400 years of existence, it looks new and polished with reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka - a UNESCO world listed site.

Overnight at the hotel
Meals included: Breakfast
  
Day 10, Galle
Day will be at leisure for relaxation and beach activities.

Overnight at the hotel
Meals included: Breakfast
  
Day 11 Galle
Day will be at leisure for relaxation and beach activities.

Overnight at the hotel
Meals included: Breakfast
  
Day 12 Galle - Colombo
This morning leave for Colombo, approximate 4 hrs drive. On arrival, check in to hotel where rooms will be available till your International departure.

Overnight at the hotel
Meals included: Breakfast
  
Day 13 Depart Colombo
A Hi Tours representative will assist you for your flight to onward destination.
  


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