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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Cultural Program (9D/8N)

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Overview

Duration: 9D/8N

 

Destinations Covered: Negombo, Dambulla, Pinnawala, Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Galle, Colombo.

 

This is a standard itinerary which can be easily customised based on your interests, no. of pax, time and types of accommodation. Other places of interests / activities can be added or removed. If you wish, we could also include beach time at Bentota or Mirissa, or explorations of other UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Polonnaruwa/ Anuradhapura/Climbing Adam’s Peak.

 

For trip customisation, pricing query and bookings, email us at hello@crimsonasia.my.

Program

Day 1:  AIRPORT | NEGOMBO

Airport – Negombo (Approx. time: 30mins).

Arrival, Meeting at the airport, transfer to hotel in Negombo. 

Overnight at Hotel in Negombo.

 

 

Day 2: NEGOMBO | PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE | DAMBULLA (B/D) (Negombo – Pinnawala Approx. time: 2 hrs 45 mins; Pinnawala – Dambulla Approx time: 3 hrs)

 

Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to Pinnawala, visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala.  

 

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage and nursery in Pinnawala village that cares for wild orphaned elephants found wandering in the jungles of Sri Lanka. Established by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation in 1975, the orphanage is also a captive breeding place for these elephants. When the orphanage was first established, there were only five elephants but through the project, they now have 78 elephants from three generations.

 

The main attraction of the elephant orphanage is to observe the elephants bathing and playing by the river bank.

 

Proceed to Dambulla. Dinner & overnight stay in Dambulla.

 

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Day 3: | SIGIRIYA | MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK | DAMBULLA (B/D) (Sigiriya – Minneriya Approx. time 30mins; Minneriya - Dambulla Approx. time: 1hr)

 

Sigiriya Rock Fortress is UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most dramatic, inspiring and beautiful historical locations in the world. A mythical past of feuding dynasties suits Sigiriya’s striking setting- it was built in 5th century AD by King Kasyapa, as a fortress-palace. The palace complex at the foot of the rock still has the remains of four indoor swimming pools where the king’s 500 concubines bathed. The palace structure was built with complex water arteries in the walls that provided natural air conditioning in the hot climate. On the summit, reached with the help of metal staircases and ladders, you can see the remains of the palace walls, gardens and ponds. 

 

The mirror walls of the Sigiriya rock still retain the world-famous frescoes of the king’s concubines, who originated from all parts of the world.

 

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In the afternoon enjoy the jeep safari in Minneriya National Park. The main attraction at the park is its large herds of free elephants. It is a common sight to behold around 300 elephants gathering together, peacefully frolicking around the tank while the mischievous youngsters run around and through the legs of their elders. Some reports account number of elephants to as high as 700. The Minneriya reservoir is an important habitat for large water birds.

 

Dinner & overnight stay in Dambulla.

 

 

Day 4: DAMBULLA | MATALE | KANDY (B/D) (Approx. time: 3hrs)

 

Breakfast at hotel. Make a visit to the Dambulla Rock Cave Temple.

 

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Leave for Kandy. En route visit a spice garden in Matale to see many different types of spices Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. Gardens are open to visitors, a delightful place to stroll in fragrant greenery and learn about nutmeg, pepper vines, clove trees and curry, cinnamon and the precious cardamom, a relative of ginger. It grows in the shade of high jungle trees and can only be harvested by hand. 

 

In the evening enjoy show of Cultural dance program. 

 

Check into the hotel & unwind. Dinner & overnight stay in hotel in Kandy.  

 

Day 5: KANDY (B/D)

 

Breakfast at hotel. 

 

Visit the 17th century Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) – the temple is believed to house the left upper canine tooth of the Lord Buddha himself. This precious relic attracts white-clad pilgrims, bearing lotus blossoms and frangipani, every day.  

 

 

Make a sightseeing tour of Kandy. Visit the upper lake, an arts and crafts work shop, oriental market place, a bazaar and a gem centre where you can see how rough gems (particularly the famous Blue & Star sapphires) are mined cut and polished using traditional methods. 

 

Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, at Peradeniya, which is about 5.5 km from the city of Kandy and attracts over 2 million visitors annually, consisting of both locals as and tourists. It’s renowned for its collection of a variety of orchids and over 4000 species of plants, including of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. The total area of the botanical garden is 147 acres (0.59 km2), at 460 meters above sea level, and with a 200-day annual rainfall. 

 

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Kandy.

 

 

Day 6: KANDY | NUWARA ELIYA (B/D) (Approx. time: 3.5hrs) 

Breakfast at hotel. 

 

Transfer to Kandy Railway Station. Make scenic train trip to Nuwara Eliya. En route see the mountains covered with tea plantations, and cascading waterfalls. Pick up from Nanu Oya Railway Station.  

 

Visit a tea plantation and a tea factory where the best tea in the world is produced. Watch the tea pluckers pick two leaves and a bud with deft hands. Then to the factory where the all-important conversion to black tea happens. The machinery used is of very traditional British design, some as old as 100 years. The process is a very artisanal one, unchanged for a century. Observe the process of manufacturing tea, tea grading and taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea. 

 

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Nuwara Eliya.  

 

 

Day 7: NUWARA ELIYA | GALLE (B/D) (Approx. time: 6.5hrs)

 

Breakfast at hotel. Leave for hotel in Galle.

 

Travel through a beautiful landscape & see the widest waterfall of Sri Lanka, “St. Clair”. Enjoy the rich nature.  

 

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Galle.  

 

Day 8: GALLE (B/D)

 

Breakfast at hotel. Day’s at leisure.

 

Home to the most coveted, largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers, Galle is the administrative centre of the southern province. The coastal city is one of the main attractions because of the Galle Fort, a UNESCO Heritage site. Galle was a buzzing focal point for traders since the times of kings. It was here the Portuguese first stepped on our island and worked their way towards colonization of our country. Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by the Portuguese in Asia, showing the interaction between Portuguese architectural styles and native traditions. There are more wonders to behold in Galle. Away from the city stands proudly Sri Lanka's oldest light station dating back to 1848. The lighthouse was originally built by the British to guide the sailors back home. 

 

Its brightly burning yellow light was a beacon towards safety for the mariners on board longing to return to their family and loved ones. Basking on the coast of Sri Lanka in the bay of Galle, the Fort was first built by the Portuguese in 1588 before being extensively fortified by the Dutch in the mid-1600s. The garrison is to date the best-preserved fortification with architectural influence from 3 major nations: Portuguese that originally built it, Dutch under whose period it reached its zenith and the British that renovated it. When it comes to fortified towns, nothing can compare to the Galle Dutch Fort.

 

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Galle.

 

 

Day 9: GALLE | AIRPORT (B) (Approx. time: 3hrs)

 

Breakfast at the hotel.

 

Make a sightseeing tour in Colombo, which includes Fort, Pettah, Sea Street & the Town Hall etc. Discover the city & explore the shopping malls, such as House of Fashion, Odel, Gangarama Temple, Museum etc.

 

Transfer to airport for onward flight.

 

***Program Ends***

 

Inclusions

-Airport transfers in private A/C car or van

-Train journey from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

-Activities as per tour including entrance fees

-Accommodation on half-board basis with breakfast and dinner

-Accompanying English-speaking guide services

-Meeting and assistance by local representatives on arrival/departure at airport/hotel

-Private transfers and transport between airport, hotel and sightseeing spots

-2 Mineral water bottles per person per day

-SIM Card

 

Exclusions

-International return flight to Colombo

-Visa Fees

-Travel Insurance

-Lunch and snacks

-Tipping

-Personal expenses

-Optional activities

-Excess baggage charges

 

For queries/bookings for this tour, pls email us at hello@crimsonasia.my or Whatsapp +6012-2030624.

Enquiry/Booking

For queries/bookings for this tour, pls email us at hello@crimsonasia.my or Whatsapp +6012-2030624.

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