The Classic Sri Lanka

(07 nights 08 days)

Overview

Sri Lanka, due to its warm weather climate, tropical beaches and cultural experiences, is fast becoming a favored place for destination for explorers. Also known as the pearl of the Indian Ocean, its 2000 years plus old culture is well preserved in its ancient sites filled with mystery and stunning beaches with white sands. There are several forts and monuments, which stand as a testimony to the colonial past. These structures were used by the British, Dutch and Portuguese and are intact in different parts of the country. The UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Galle Fort Dambulla Cave Temple, Sigiriya are well kept. Sri Lanka also being a perfect destination for beach lovers is a treat for the ones who love diving or lazing around for the tan. The ‘Classic Sri Lanka’ Tour is going to take you to some extremely culturally rich places of Dambulla, Sigriya, Kandy, and Anuradhapura. Not only will you explore a world heritage site but will also enjoy wildlife and fun activities at the beach.



Highlights

Trip will unfold as:

Day 1

Colombo – Kandy (140 kms/4 hrs)

Arrive at Colombo Airport where you would meet the Cloud Itineraries representative. Drive to Kandy from the airport. En-route visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village. In the evening visit Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic), a Buddhist temple in Kandy.

Day 2

Kandy- Kandalama (85 kms/2-3 hrs)

In the morning after breakfast start your day with a visit to Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya. Later drive to Kandalama (3 hours). Visit the ancient Dambulla Cave Temple (Golden Temple of Dambulla) en-route. On arrival in Kandalama, the evening is free to relax or explore the city.

Day 3

Kandalama- Anuradhapura (75 kms/2 hrs)

Start your day with a bird watching trip where you can spot some 233 resident species. Later drive to Anuradhapura. En-route, visit Sigiriya, an ancient rock fortress.

Day 4

Anuradhapura

Post breakfast; visit Ruwanwelisaya (Ruwanweli Maya Seya), a Buddhist stupa and Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, said to be the right wing branch of the Sri Maha Bodhi in Bodh Gaya, India. Spend your evening at Kala Wewa Reservoir, built by King Datusena in 307 BC.

Day 5

Anuradhapura- Polonnaruwa (105 kms/2 hrs)

In the morning explore the city of Anuradhapura. Famous for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilisation, the city is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive to Polonnaruwa and in the evening, enjoy a boat ride on Parakrama Samudra.

Day 6

Polonnaruwa

In the morning proceed for an excursion to Minneriya National Park. It is reportedly famous for the largest known wild Asian Elephant gathering at one place in the world.

Day 7

Polonnaruwa- Colombo (230 kms/5 hrs)

Drive to Colombo and visit National Museum. You have the rest of the day free to explore the city or just relax at the hotel.

Day 8

Colombo

Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

As at Cloud Itineraries we believe in letting you ‘live the journey’, please do not hesitate to speak to us to tweak your holiday or change the route. You could also ‘create your own experience’ with our expert help. So hop on and let’s build the most memorable trip together.

Without a doubt, your trip will give you a memory of a lifetime. In addition to a dedicated tour manager/coordinator, your holiday trip is laced by assistance on arrival and departure at the airport, soothing stays at suggested hotels, quick transfers with a driver, all government and road taxes paid for along with driver’s allowance, splendid sightseeing as mentioned, English speaking guides for tours in plan and delish meals as per your itinerary. Please note, that all applicable taxes and service charges will be included as well.


(Exclusions- international airfares, visa charges, meals outside of plan, monument fees, camera charges, insurance and personal expenses).

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