Highlights of Lanka within a week

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A week’s comprehensive tour package visiting all the traditional, standard sights and places – ideal for first timers to Sri Lanka.

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All about the Highlights of Lanka within a week.

Highlights of Lanka within a week
6 Nights/7 Days

Day Route Places Visited Over Night
1 Airport – Negombo Negombo (fishing village) tour Waikkal / Negombo
2 Negombo – Sigiriya Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Sigiriya Rock Fortress Sigiriya
3 Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa Minneriya Safari, Polonnaruwa (Medieval capital) Sigiriya / Dambulla
4 Sigiriya– Kandy Dambulla Caves, Spice Garden &Kandy city tour Kandy
5 Kandy – Nuwara Eliya Scenic train ride, Tea Factory visit, Nuwara Eliya
6 Nuwara Eliya –Colombo Colombo city tour Colombo
7 Transfer to airport

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

Tour includes:

  • Accommodation on twin/double sharing basis.
  • Meals on half board basis (breakfast & dinner)
  • Air-conditioned private transport
  • Entrance fees at Locations
  • English speaking chauffeur-guide
  • Government tax and service charge
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

Tour does not include:

  • Any extra beverages, lunches or snacks,
  • Any personal effects not mentioned here.
  • Any activities which are not mentioned on itinerary.
  1. Day1 Airport to Negombo

    Meet & Greet at Airport on arrival and transfer to hotel in Negombo. (Transfer time – approximately 25 minutes)

    After checking into hotel visit the Negombo city with emphasis on the fishing harbor, fish market and a Roman Catholic cathedral.

    Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Negombo

  2. Day2 Negombo to Sigiriya via Pinnawela and Dambulla

    Morning depart to Sigiriya via Pinnawela. In the morning watch the elephants having their morning feed especially the baby elephants being bottle fed at the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and thereafter the elephants bathing in the river nearby.

    Proceed to Sigiriya on the way visiting the Dambulla Cave Temples.

    Dambulla is known for its beautiful ancient Cave temples and a huge modern Buddha statue. The history of the 5 caves, containing over 150 images of Buddha, goes back to 1st century BC when king Valagambahu took refuge here. Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over five caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Gautama Buddha and his life. Three statues of Sri Lankan kings and four statues of gods and goddesses. The latter include Vishnu and the Ganesha. The murals cover an area of 2,100 square metres (23,000 sq ft). Depictions on the walls of the caves include the temptation by the demon Mara, and Buddha’s first sermon.

    Afterwards continue on to Sigiriya and reach the destination for the day. in the evening check-in at the hotel.

    Dinner and overnight stay at Sigiriya.

  3. Day3 Visit the Polonnaruwa ruins and the Minneriya National Park

    Morning proceed to Polonnaruwa and visit the ancient ruins of the mediaeval kingdom.

    POLONNARUWA the Medieval Kingdom from the 11th to the 13th century. Buddhist and Hindu Temples located in the same complex and many other ruins symbolizes this fact.  The Palaces, Huge granite sculptures and the massive tanks and complex irrigation systems built by the Great Kings conveys the extent of development that existed in this middle history period. Among the important ruins we come across in Polonnaruwa are, the Royal Palace, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, the Statue of king Parakramabahu and the famous Gal Viharaya – where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in ’Upright’, ’Sedentary’ and ’Recumbent’ postures are carved out of rock – , and the Parakrama Samudraya. The Gal Vihara marks a very important land mark and a high point in rock carving. These four separate large statues out of which, the upright statue is 7m tall and the recumbent statue is 14m long are all carved out of one large slab of rock.

    On the return back to Sigiriya, do game safari of the Minneriya National Park. (Duration of safari – approximately 2 ½ hours).  (lunch on the way).

    Enter the Minneriya National Park by jeep : The park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to Sri Lanka ’s favourites such as sambar deer, leopards(if lucky) and elephants.  However the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank (built in 3rdcentury AD by King Mahasena).  During the dry season (June to September), this tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants who come to bathe and graze on the grasses as well as buffalo, jackals, crocodiles, civet cats and the huge flocks of birds (cormorants and painted storks to name but a few) that come to fish in the shallow waters.

    After the sight-seeing tour return to Sigiriya.

    Dinner and overnight stay at Sigiriya.

  4. Day4 Sigiriya to Kandy

    After breakfast, depart to Kandy en route visiting the Sigiriya Rock fortress and return to Habarana.

    The ancient city of SIGIRIYA was designated a cultural World Heritage Site in 1982.  It is also proposed that the site should be named the eighth wonder of the world, indicating it is in the same league as other international wonders such as the Grand Canyon and Ancient Pyramids.  Translated as ‘Lion Rock’ into English, the name of the monument indicates the entrance through which visitors  begin their final ascent to the top – through the open jaws and throat (‘giriya’) of a lion (‘sinha’).  Unfortunately, the only remains of this lion figure are the gigantic paws, sculpted into the side of the rock. The topography of the area is flat except for the massive rock outcrop of the fortress itself. This amazing rock rises incredibly over 600ft up from the scrub jungle and what is more amazing is that its flat top has an area of over 3-1/2 acres.

    Proceed to Kandy en route visitng a Spice Garden close to Matale (lunch optional)

    Upon reaching Kandy check in at Hotel.

    In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth and witness a cultural dance.

    Kandy was the last kingdom of Sri Lanka where the famous Dalada Maligawa – another world heritage site – is, is a very important place to visit.  The Dalada Maligawa also called the Temple of the Tooth  houses the Tooth Relic of the Lord Buddha.

    Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Kandy.

  5. Day5 Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

    After early breakfast depart Kandy to Nuwara Eliya by train to Nanu Oya. Your vehicle will be there to pick you up from the Nanu Oya station and transfer you to Nuwara Eliya.

    Nuwara Eliya is the highest town in Sri Lanka and  has a cool sparkling climate with the temperature changing around 13degC. This is an exquisite and healthy city famous for its wide range in flowers. With buildings of English architecture everywhere in the city, it is affectionately called “Little England”. The Victoria Park in the center of Nuwara Eliya, is a beautiful place to visit.

    In the afternoon visit a Tea Factory and be guided through the process of Tea manufacture. Later in the afternoon visit the Victoria Park, the Golf Course and Lake Gregory.

    Dinner and overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya

  6. Day6 Morning leave Nuwara Eliya for Colombo

    COLOMBO  the Sri Lanka’s commercial capital is an important port in the Indian Ocean since ancient time. The traders from the middle-east used Sri Lanka as an exchange center. The Arab traders came to gather the ivory, the precious stones and spices such as cinnamons, cardamom, cloves and pepper, which were highly priced in Europe. In Colombo, the needs of the leisure travellers can be fulfilled with the range of activities available in the city. Great shopping arcades, luxury hotels restaurants, Karaoke Bars, Casinos, nightclubs and other entertainment facilities available within the city limits. There are also many attractions for sight-seeing relating to the Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial times.

    Dinner and overnight stay at Colombo

  7. Day7 Transfer to Airport for departure flight

    Checkout from hotel to proceed to airport for your departure flight (you need to arrive at least 2 ½ hours prior to flight departure time).

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

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