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Classic Island Tour

DAY 1


On arrival you will be met by a representative of Exotic Holidays International. From here you will be transferred to Habarana, with a comfort stop en route.

 

The afternoon can be spent at leisure, or an elephant-back safari can be done through the jungles of Habarana. Being a city famed for its chain of high class tourist resorts, Habarana is a small city which is popular tourist destination for safari lovers. It is the starting point for safaris in the Habarana jungle, and the Minneriya sanctuary which is home to a large elephant population.

 

Dinner and overnight stay: Cinnamon Lodge - 4*


DAY 2


Leave for Sigiriya after breakfast.

 

Sigiriya is perhaps the most awe-inspiring wonder of the island. With its history dating back to prehistoric times, the rock rises 370m above sea level and is visible for miles in all directions. At the summit of the rock is the fortified palace with its ruined buildings, its cisterns and its rock sculptures. According to chronicles, the entire complex was built by King Kasyapa(AD 477 – 495), and it was later used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century.

 

Proceed to Polonnaruwa in the afternoon.

 

Home to the ancient monuments built by the Cholas and the ruins of the famous garden-city created by King Parakramabahu I during the 12th century, Polonnaruwa is the second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms. It was also the country's second capital, following the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993 and was inscribed on the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1982.

 

Dinner and overnight stay: Cinnamon Lodge - 4*


DAY 3

Leave for Anuradhapura after breakfast.

 

Established around the 4th century BCE, Anuradhapura was Sri Lanka's first capital and is one of the oldest cities in the world. It functioned as the island’s centre of temporal and spiritual power and was one of the world's grandest monastic cities, with its fame spreading as far as Rome, Greece, India and China. It is also home to some of the tallest dagobas in the country, as well as remains of palaces, temples, monasteries, ceremonial baths and the temple of the holy Bo-tree.

 

Dinner and overnight stay: Cinnamon Lodge - 4*


DAY 4

Leave for Kandy after breakfast.

 

Being the hill capital of the country, Kandy was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. It is also the venue of the perahera and temples, shrines and monasteries are found everywhere, keeping Buddhist traditions alive. Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in the afternoon, and later witness a cultural show. The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, also known as the Dalada Maligawa, is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy and is located in the royal palace complex which houses the Relic of the tooth of Buddha, which is considered to be Sri Lanka’s most prized possession.

 

Dinner and overnight stay: Amaya Hills Hotel, Kandy - 4*.


DAY 5


Visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage after breakfast.

 

The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage was established in 1975 to care for abandoned and wounded elephants. The orphanage is open to the public daily, and all admission fees are used to look after the elephants.

 

City tour of Kandy in the afternoon, including a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya.

 

The Peradeniya Botanical Gardens cover over 60 hectares and are the largest botanic gardens in Sri Lanka. The history of the gardens date back to as far as 1371 when King Wickramabahu III kept court at Peradeniya, near Mahaweli Ganga. The garden is home to over 300 varieties of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees.

 

Dinner and overnight stay: Amaya Hills Hotel, Kandy - 4*

 

DAY 6

Leave for Nuwara Eliya after breakfast. Sightseeing in the afternoon.

 

Nuwara Eliya offers breathtaking views of misty mountain peaks, verdant green valleys, flowery meadows and cascading waterfalls. It is blessed with pleasant mountain air and has a cool climate despite the county's tropical weather. Being only 180 kilometres away from Colombo, Nuwara Eliya is also known as “Little England” since the British had once tried to turn this city into a typical English village.

 

Dinner and overnight stay: Grand Hotel - 4*


DAY 7


Leave for Colombo, and visit Kitulgala on the way. Shopping and a city tour of Colombo can be done in the afternoon.

 

Being the country's commercial capital, Colombo is the largest city in Sri Lanka. It is a busy and vibrant city, with a mixture of modern life, colonial buildings and ruins. Some notable landmarks in Colombo include the two World Trade Centre towers - the tallest completed building in the country and the third tallest twin tower in South Asia, the Independence Hall at the Independence Square in Cinnamon Gardens - which was built for commemoration of the independence of Sri Lanka from the British rule, the Old Colombo Lighthouse - which was first constructed as a clock tower in 1860, the Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque - which was recognized as the landmark of Colombo by sailors approaching the port, and the Galle Face Green - the city's largest and most elegant promenade.

 

Dinner and overnight stay: Taj Samudra Hotel - 5*


DAY 8

Transfer to the airport after breakfast.





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