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Explore Sri Lanka - Classical Tour

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Day 01
On arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport you will be met by Your Travel Representative from The Holiday Place and be transferred to your hotel in Habarana.
(Airport to Habarana: Approximately 04 Hours / 160 KM)
Check in at hotel.

  • Enjoy a game drive at the Minneriya National Park Located between Habarana and Polonnaruwa, the 8,890 hectares of Minneriya National Park is home to sambar deer, leopards and elephants.
  • Visit the Lion Rock - One Of The Seven World Heritage Sites In The Island Attractions of the lost city include the many gardens, artistry and the mirror wall
  • Plenty of activities to keep you busy Enjoy a varied selection of Sri Lankan culinary adventure and evening entertainment such as Kandyan Cultural Dance Show

In the afternoon enjoy a game drive at the 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 favourites such as sambar deer, leopards and elephants. However the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank (built in 3rd 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.

Overnight Stay at Chaaya Village, Habarana -Superior Room on Half Board Basis

Day 02
Today you will visit the Lion Rock, one of the seven World Heritage sites in the island.
(Habarana to Sigiriya: approximately 01 Hour / 30 Km)

This is an ancient rock fortress and ruins of a castle, which was once the home to King Kasyapa. The entrance to the original fortress was through the mouth of a lion, however the ravages of time has resulted with only a part of the massive paws remaining today. A testament to ancient artistry and architectural ingenuity - Sigiriya has many attractions to its visitors - its gardens (boulder, water & terraced), its artistry (the world renowned frescos), the mirror wall and the dramatic history linked to the construction of the Lion Rock. An original Lost City, Sigiriya is a must see in any visit to the Cultural Triangle.

Thereafter set off to explore the medieval capital of Sri Lanka - Polonnaruwa.
(Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa: approximately 02 Hours / 70 Km)

The second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated the Chola invaders in 1070 CE to reunite the country once more under a local leader. This city is known to have been the pinnacle of the Golden Age of Sri Lanka, during the reign of Parakramabahu I, a ruler whose goal that no drop of water falling from the heavens be wasted led to the development of irrigation systems which are still utilised to this day. The greatest of these
systems - the Parakrama Samudra (Sea of Parakrama) is a tank so vast that it is often mistaken for an ocean. It circles the main city like a ribbon, acting both as a defensive border against intruders and the lifeline of the people in times of peace.

Return to Habarana.
Overnight Stay at Chaaya Village, Habarana -Superior Room on Half Board Basis

Day 03
This morning you will leave Habarana and drive to Kandy
(Habarana to Kandy: approximately 03 Hours / 104 Km)

En -route you will visit the Rangiriya Dambulla Cave Temple - which 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.

Next you will stop for a break at the Matale Spice Gardens. Here you will indulge your senses and have the opportunity to sample some of the homeopathic remedies of the East. Continue to Kandy and check in at your hotel.

In the afternoon enjoy a city tour of Kandy including a visit to the famous Temple of the Tooth which is commonly known as "Sri Dalada Maligawa" and is situated in the city of hills, Kandy. It is an important shrine for Buddhists as it holds the tooth relic of Lord Buddha. It is famous for its carvings and the beautiful art that is unique to Sri Lanka. The most important part of the Dalada Maligawa is the octagon (Pathirppuwa). The Sri Dalada Maligawa is the most sacred temple in the whole of Sri Lanka. Thousands of people line up each day to get a glimpse of its majesty.

Later you will enjoy a Kandyan Cultural Dance Show.
Overnight Stay at Hotel Thilanka, Kandy -Deluxe Room on Half Board Basis

Day 04
Today you will proceed to Nuwara Eliya.
(Kandy to Nuwara Eliya- Approximately 2.5 Hours / 82 Km) En-route visit a Tea Plantation and Tea Factory.

After arriving in Nuwara Eliya spend the rest of the day at leisure enjoying the simplicity and beauty of life in the hill country away from the sophistication of city life.
Nuwara Eliya - Sri Lanka's premier hill resort with a fine bracing mountain climate, Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country, producing some of the world's best tea. The mountain slopes and valleys are a carpet of velvety green tea plantations, interspersed with gushing streams and tumbling waterfalls. Red or green roofed plantation bungalows, English country style homes and hotels with lovely flower gardens, a fine 18 hole golf course and a racecourse gives Nuwara Eliya a decidedly British character

Return to Kandy.
Overnight Stay at Hotel Thilanka, Kandy -Deluxe Room on Half Board Basis

Day 05
Today you will be transferred to the airport.

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Explore Sri Lanka - Classical Tour

explore sri lanka - classical tour
  • Day 1Airport to Habarana
  • Day 2Habarana to Sigiriya
  • Day 3Habarana to Kandy
  • Day 4Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
  • Day 5Kandy to the Airport

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