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The Tales of Ramayana Sri Lanka

Few places in the world can offer the traveller such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location.  The journey takes you to the time of the famous Hindu mithology of RAMAYANA to the morden day Sri Lanka.

Within a mere area of  65,610 kilometres lie 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,330 kilometres of coastline – much of it pristine beach – 15 national parks showcasing an abundance of wildlife, nearly 500,000 acres of lush tea estates, 250 acres of botanical gardens, 350 waterfalls, 25,000 water bodies, to a culture that extends back to over 2,500 years.

DAY 1-  Arrival Sri Lanka -  Pinnawala – Sigiriya                                       

Arrive in Sri Lanka. You will be met by  our representatives and transferred to Sigiriya. (Travel time approx: 05hrs)

En route visit *Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage - App. 55 miles from Colombo, off the Colombo - Kandy road is Pinnawala, where an orphanage was 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 babies born, as a result of the captive breeding programme. The best time to visit is the feeding time from 0930-1000 hrs and 1330-1400 hrs and the bathing time from 1000-1030 hrs and 1400-1430 hrs when all the elephants are taken to the river close by.

Proceed to Dambulla

Arrive In the hotel and check in

Visit *Sigiriya - Sigiriya is a “World Heritage Site” and the 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the Palace on the summit of the 600-foot high rock. On its summit are the foundations of the Royal Palace, Water Tanks to supply water and all other buildings and at the edges the guardhouses. On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of Frescoes of 21 life sized damsels still shining in their original colors. The Water Gardens, Fountain Garden, Summerhouses, Boulder Gardens and the Caves within the enclosed area should not be missed (The excursion will take approx: 3hrs for climb and decent)

Overnight stay at a Hotel in Sigiriya


DAY 2-  SIGIRIYA – DAMBULLA SIGHTSEEING                                                       

Breakfast at the Hotel

*Dambulla Cave Temple - Dambulla cave is a vast isolated rock mass 500 feet high and a mile around the base. Here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century B.C. The caves of Dambulla sheltered King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne he built the most magnificent of Rock Temples to be found in the Island. In the first Cave is a recumbent image of the Buddha 47ft long cut out of the Rock. There are images of deities associated with Buddhism all around. The frescoes on the walls and the ceiling are the oldest here but they are over painted in the Kandy period. In the Second Cave, the finest and the largest of all, there are 150 life-size statues of the Buddha in various postures with few statues of Gods and Kings. The ceiling is also covered with frescoes, which depict great events in the life of the Buddha and landmarks in the history of the Sinhalese people. (The excursion will take approx: 1 & 1/2hrs for climb and decent)

Overnight stay at a Hotel in Sigiriya

 


DAY 3-  SIGIRIYA – MATALE – KANDY                                                                    

Today morning you will be transferred to Kandy (Travel time approx: 03 & ½ hrs)

En – route visit Matale Spice Garden 

Gem Gallery visit

Evening witness the colorful Kandy Cultural Show

Visit *Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic - ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha's Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess' hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka's most prized possession.

Overnight stay at a Hotel in Kandy


DAY 4-  KANDY – NUWARA ELIYA

Breakfast at the Hotel

Visit *Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden

Today morning you will be going to Nuwara Eliya (Travel time approx: 02 & 1/2hrs)

En route visit Ramboda Hanumanji Temple (subject to temple timing), Tea Plantation & Ramboda Falls

Afternoon proceed to Nuwara Eliya & enjoy the scenic beauty of hill country

*Nuwara Eliya - The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places in the Island, but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence, houses like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions. The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic and is also good for Birding as you get some rare birds in this Park. Seasons may be absent elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers, which bloom in the spring (March to May) and the fall (August and September). These are the “seasons” when low-country folk flock to Nuwara Eliya to escape the sea level heat and humidity.

Overnight stay at a Hotel in Nuwara Eliya


DAY 5-  NUWARA ELIYA

Breakfast at the Hotel

*Seetha Amman Temple & Asoka Vatika

*Hakgala Botanical Garden

*Gregory Lake & Boat Ride

*Victoria Park

Overnight stay at a Hotel in Nuwara Eliya


DAY 6-  NUWARA ELIYA – BENTOTA 

Breakfast at the Hotel

Proceed to Bentota (Travel time approx: 05hrs)

En-route *Witness St Clairs Falls & Devon Falls

  • Optional – Kitulgala White Water Rafting – USD 10 per person

Continue to Bentota & leisure @ the hotel

Overnight stay at a Hotel in Bentota 


DAY 7-  BENTOTA 

Breakfast at the Hotel

Commence Bentota sightseeing

  • Maadu River Ride
  • Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery
  • Bentota Water Sports (Jet Ski, Banana Ride & Tube Ride)

Overnight stay at a Hotel in Bentota 


DAY 8-  BENTOTA – COLOMBO

Breakfast at the Hotel

Proceed to Colombo (Travel time approx: 02hrs)

*Colombo - a drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens. Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street - the Goldsmith’s quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area, where is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749. Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha & the Independence Square.

*Shopping in Colombo.......visit *ODEL Unlimited provides ample opportunity indulge, not only in shopping for designer wear apparel for the whole family, but also take taste buds on a voyage of discovery.

Overnight stay at a Hotel in Colombo  


DAY 9-  COLOMBO – AIRPORT                                                                          

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight back to India.

  • Accommodation with breakfast and dinner at all destinations
  • Return airport transfers
  • Intercity  transport via Luxury vehicle.
  • An English speaking guide. 
  • Tours as per the itinerary 
  • Entrance fees to monuments 

  • Flight tickets
  • Visa fees
  • Meals other than specified
  • Applicable taxes
  • Any personal expense