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Taste of Sri Lanka - Superior Tour

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DAY 01

  • Modern and comfortable accommodations Relaxing experience at all resorts with a good choice of amenities and spectacular views
  • Minneriya & Horton Plains National Parks Watch the elephants come to graze at the water tank, as well as spotting sambar deer and leopards, bear monkey, giant squirrel and much more.
  • Visit the Dambulla Cave Temple This temple is a perfect location to view evolution of ancient Sri Lankan art and is an important historical site due to the amalgamation of the material from many eras.

AYUBOWAN! WELCOME TO SRI LANKA!
Arrival at the Colombo International Airport, meet your representative from The Holiday Place and transfer directly to Colombo
Transfer time: approximately 01 hour.
Check-in to the hotel where you may relax for the rest of the day.
Overnight at Cinnamon Red, Colombo (Bed & Breakfast Basis - Standard Room)

DAY 02

Leave Colombo and travel towards the hill country - Nuwara Eliya. En- route visit the Tea Plantation and Tea Factory Tea Plantation - visit a tea plantation and a tea factory where one the best tea in the world is produced. You will be told all about the process of manufacturing tea and also gain first-hand experience on the manufacture of some of the best tea in world. If you're lucky you may be invited to taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea which begins its journey as raw green leaves in the hills and ends up as a final golden-brown graded product which we all but know too well.
Thereafter proceed to your hotel for check in
Transfer time: approximately 04 hours
Overnight stay at St. Andrews, Nuwara Eliya (Bed & Breakfast Basis - Superior Room)

DAY 03

Leave very early in the morning with a packed breakfast for the Horton Plains for a morning of great birding.
This National Park, on Sri Lanka's highest plateau over 2100m above sea level in the central mountains is a strange and tranquil region with an astounding variety of scenery - from misty mountains to grasslands, from marshes to ice cold streams, lakes and waterfalls. Sri Lanka's best flavoured "high grown" teas are from estates in the surrounding areas. Two highlights are the spectacular view from 'Worlds End' where the plateau plunges almost 1000m in a sheer drop and the beautiful "Bridal Veil" Bakers Falls. Distinctive flora with a high level of endemism, colourful butterflies, many rare endemic, resident or migrant birds and several species of Gauna including Sambhur, Bear Monkey, Barking Deer, Giant Squirrel, Fishing Cat, Wild Boar, Hare and even a few very rare sightings of Leopard are recorded. The perfect location for hiking and cycling with excellent trails and cool climate.
Species To Lookout For: Ceylon Woodpigeon, Alpine Swift, Crimson-Backed Flameback, Hill Swallow, Yellow-Eared Bulbul, Common Blackbird, Ceylon Whistling-Thrush, Kashmir Flycatcher, Dusky Blue Flycatcher, Grey-Headed Canary-Flycatcher, Pied Bushchat, Ceylon Scimitar-Babbler, Sri Lanka Bush-Warbler, Greenish Warbler, Large-Billed Leaf-Warbler, Ceylon White-Eye And Black-Throated Munia. Possible Mammals: Purple-Faced Leaf Monkey, Sambar and Dusky Striped Squirrel.
Transfer time: approximately 01 hour
Overnight stay at St. Andrews, Nuwara Eliya (Bed & Breakfast Basis - Superior Room)

DAY 04

Check out and travel to the last kingdom of Sri Lanka - Kandy
Transfer time: approximately 02 hours

In the afternoon you will take a city tour in Kandy including a visit to the Temple of the Tooth & Cultural Dance Show
Kandy - Sri Lanka's hill capital, stronghold of the Sinhala Kings, is our most beautiful town. The focal point of the town is, without doubt, the golden roofed Dalada Maligawa. The highlight of the year is the Esala Perahera, when a replica of the relic casket is taken in procession accompanied by exotically costumed dancers, drummers and elephants during ten glittering nights in July/August. Visit Kalapuraya in the beautiful Dumbara valley. There are many shrines and temples, where you will see rare paintings, frescoes, wood and stone carvings.
Overnight at the OZO Kandy (Bed & Breakfast Basis - Sleep Room)

DAY 05

Leave early in the morning to visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
The Elephant Orphanage - Near Kegalle, 20km (12 miles) west of Kandy on the Colombo highway. Started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded, the orphanage has grown to be a big family today. The best time to visit is the bathing time when the elephant are taken to the river close by. A rare experience never to be missed.

Transfer time: approximately 01 hour
Return back to the hotel.
In the afternoon visit the Royal botanical gardens Royal botanical gardens - About 6km (4miles) southwest of the town centre at Peradeniya on the Colombo highway, close to the banks of the Mahaweli Ganga, these gorgeous gardens were first planted and laid out for king Kirthi Sri Rajasingha (1747-1780) and cover some 60ha (150acres) of trees lawns and flowering shrubs, including a 20-ha (50acre) arboretum of more than 10,000 trees. Under British rule, the royal park became a botanical garden in 1821 and is the largest of Sri Lanka's three main botanical gardens. Here, exotic crops such as coffee, tea, nutmeg, rubber and cinchona (quinine) - all of which later became important to Sri Lanka's economy - were tested. Sights include a palm avenue planted by the British in 1905.

Another British Import was the enormous spreading Java fig which sprawls across the lawn, grown from a sapling brought from the East Indies. The gardens also have stands of towering bamboos from Burma, Japan China and the East Indies, and a fine collection of orchids from Sri Lanka and further field. In the centre of the gardens is an artificial lake in the shape of the island of Sri Lanka, beside which a white- domed rotunda commemorates George Gardner, superintendent of the gardens in the mid-19th Century.
Return back and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure
Overnight at the OZO Kandy (Bed & Breakfast Basis - Sleep Room)

DAY 06


Today you will travel to Habarana. En route you will visit the Matale Spice Garden & Dambulla Cave Temple
You will proceed to Matale, there you will visit a Spice Garden and see spices growing in their natural habitat. Learn about spices and their use in Sri Lankan cuisine.
Afterwards visit the Dambulla Cave Temple.
Dambulla Cave You will proceed to Matale, there you will visit a Spice Garden and see spices growing in their natural habitat. Learn about spices and their use in Sri Lankan cuisine.

Afterwards visit the Dambulla Cave Temple.
Dambulla Cave Temple - This is located in the North Central Province. This UNESCO World Heritage Site which dates back to the 01st century BC is an amazing complex of 05 caves, first used as a refuge by an ancient king who on regaining his throne, commissioned magnificent carved images within the living rock. Later kings made further improvements and the caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is a colossal figure spanning 15 meters. Cave inscriptions from the 2nd Century BC are found and on the walls are many paintings most of which belong to the Kandy period (early 19th century). This temple is a perfect location to view evolution of ancient Sri Lankan art and is an important historical site due to the amalgamation of the material from many eras.

Transfer time: approximately 02 & half hours
Continue to Habarana and check in at hotel.
Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Overnight at Chaaya Village, Habarana (Bed & Breakfast Basis - Superior Room)

DAY 07

Leave after breakfast to visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Sigiriya - this UNESCO World Heritage Site, a spectacular Rock Fortress, is one of Sri Lanka's major attractions. The most impressive facets of the unique complex are the Water Gardens, the Frescoes of beautiful maidens, the Mirror Wall with ancient graffiti, the Lion platform and the Summit of 1.6 hectares, which was completely covered by buildings during the period of Sigiriya's glory. Built by King Kashyapa (477-495 A.D), the "Lion Rock" is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200m from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town and the base is ringed by a moat, rampart, and extensive gardens. The world-renowned frescoes (originally 500, of which only 19 remain today) which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway are painted in earth pigments on plaster. The old stairway to the top led through the mouth of a crouching lion but today only the huge paws remain giving an indication of the massive proportions of the head. Remains of the handsome royal citadel are on the summit and several caves for meditation, audience platforms and baths complete the unique site.
Transfer time: 30 minutes each way
In the afternoon you will take a Jeep Safari at the Minneriya National Park.

Minneriya National Park - Located between Habarana and Polonnaruwa, the 8,890 hectares of Minneriya National Park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to favorites such as sambar deer, leopards and elephants. However the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank (built in 3 rd century 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, as well as the huge flocks of birds (cormorants and painted storks to name but a few) that come to fish in the shallow waters.
Return to Habarana.
Overnight at Chaaya Village, Habarana (Bed & Breakfast Basis - Superior Room)

DAY 08
Check out and travel to Nilaveli for your beach stay
Transfer time: approximately 02 & half hours
Check in & spend your evening at leisure
Overnight at the Anilana Hotel, Nilaveli (Bed & Breakfast Basis - Anilana Deluxe)

DAY 09 to DAY 10

Enjoy the days at leisure
Overnight at the Anilana Hotel, Nilaveli (Bed & Breakfast Basis - Anilana Deluxe)

DAY 11
Today you will be transferred to Negombo for your last stay in Sri Lanka
Transfer time: approximately 06 hours
Overnight at Jetwing Beach, Negombo (Bed & Breakfast Basis - Deluxe Room)

DAY 12
After breakfast departure transfer to the Airport.
Transfer time: approximately 20 minutes

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Taste of Sri Lanka - Superior Tour

taste of sri lanka - superior tour
  • Day 1Colombo
  • Day 2Colombo - Nuwara Eliya
  • Day 3Nuwara Eliya
  • Day 4Nuwara Eliya - Kandy
  • Day 5Kandy
  • Day 6Kandy - Habarana
  • Day 7Habarana
  • Day 8Habarana - Nilaveli
  • Day 9Nilaveli
  • Day 10Negombo
  • Day 11Departure - Airport

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