SRI LANKA Cultural Tour

DAY 01 – Negombo

On arrival at the Colombo International Airport, a representative will meet and welcome you at the meeting lobby and guide you to the vehicle. There after drive to Negombo. The drive is approximately 20 minutes. Check in at a beach hotel and relax during the morning hours. In the afternoon go on a sightseeing tour of Negombo. Visit the Negombo town area, the Angurukaramulla Temple, a Hindu mosque, the fish market, the Dutch canal and the Negombo Lagoon. Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel in Negombo.

DAY 02 – Sigiriya

After breakfast drive to Sigiriya. Visit and climb the 200 meter tall Sigiriya Rock Fortress. This rock fortress was built by king Kasyapa in the 5th century A.D. and was a royal citadel for more than 18 years. In a sheltered pocket, approached by a spiral stairway, are the famous frescoes. The summit of the rock, with an area of nearly one hc. Was the site of the palace, the outer wall of which was built on the very brink of the precipice. The UNESCO – sponsored Central Cultural Fund has restored Sigiriya’s 5th century Water Gardens to their former glory.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel in Dambulla.

DAY 03 – Dambulla / Kandy

After breakfast drive to Kandy. En-route visit the cave Temples at Dambulla. Dambulla is a vast isolated rock mass and it was here that King Valagam Bahu took refuge in the 1st century B.C. He later turned the caves into a rock temple. Some of the frescoes are over 2,000 years old and there is a colossal figure of the recumbent Buddha carved out of the living rock, some 14 meters long.

Also visit a spice garden and a batik factory in Matale. In the afternoon do a sightseeing tour of Kandy. . Visit the Kandy Lake, the market area, the upper lake drive and the Temple of the Tooth Relic. In the evening witness a cultural dance performance. Kandy, Sri Lanka’s hill capital, strong hold of the Sinhala Kings, is our most beautiful town.

It is 488 meters above sea level and next to Colombo is Sri Lanka’s most visited place. The focal point of the town is, without doubt, the golden roofed Dalada Maligawa where the Sacred Tooth of the Buddha is enshrined.

In the evening witness a cultural dance show followed by fire walking. Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel in Kandy.

DAY 04 – Pinnawela / Colombo

After breakfast drive to Colombo. En-route visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawela. Witness the feeding and bathing activities of the elephants. This orphanage was established mainly to house young elephants who find themselves displaced and lost from their natural habitats for various reasons, environmental changes due to development projects, being abandoned by their parents when they fall into pits and ravines. Some animals are found diseased or wounded. They are brought to the orphanage for treatment and to be taken care of. It was established in 1975 and several animals brought here at the inception are now mature enough for breeding, which is the ultimate aim of the institution.

In the afternoon do a sightseeing tour of Colombo. Visit the Gangarama Temple, the Independence square, the town hall, the old parliament building, and the busy Fort & Pettah areas. Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel in Colombo.

DAY 05 – Departure

Departure transfer to the International Airport to board onward flight.

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