Sri Lankan Gateway

Tour Duration: 06N/07D
Destination covered: Colombo / Negombo, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Beach Destination - Negombo to Weligama

Program

DAY 01 | AIRPORT – COLOMBO/NEGOMBO

Arrival and welcome at the airport. Transfer to hotel and check-in. Rest of the day at leisure.
Dinner & overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 02 | COLOMBO/NEGOMBO–CULTURAL TRIANGLE

Breakfast at the Hotel. 
Do a brief city tour of Colombo (for customers accommodated in Colombo) and Negombo (for customers accommodated on Negombo) and thereafter proceed to cultural triangle.

Colombo, the throbbing metropolis, located in the west is not only the country’s commercial capital, but also the turbine that impels above 50% of the national GDP flanking Colombo's fancy urban development effort.  Drive along the clean streets edging the crystal white Waters.  Racecourse horse racing hub in 1893 & World War II airstrip furnished today with lavish clothing, food & tea boutiques.

Negombo, the cinnamon hub of the Colonization of Dutch offers some of the most exiting diving stretches in the country. With quite a pleasant beach and lagoon. Watch how Negombo dishes out some of the best lobsters, prawns and crabs found in the country.

Rest of the day at leisure. 
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 03 | CULTURAL TRIANGLE

Breakfast at the Hotel. 
Proceed to Sigiriya and climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Thereafter continue to Polonnaruwa for sightseeing.

Sigiriya, the 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage site Sigiriya doesn't only boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture. Surrounded by ramparts & moats the Lion Rock resembling the mythological 'City of Gods' is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India.

Polonnaruwa, the medieval capital & crown jewel of King  Parakramabahu I, remains superior proof of ancient culture &  heritage blended with religious beliefs. Walk across its scattered walls of the World Heritage site blessed by stupas, resting Buddha statues, irrigation canals and fantastically carved Hindu sculptures.

Afternoon return to your hotel in Dambulla/Sigiriya via Minneriya. Enroute  do a safari at the Minneriya National Park. Spanning over 8,800 hectares, the Minneriya National Park is located alongside the vast manmade Minneriya Rainwater Reservoir. Minneriya offers an amazing sightseeing experience where one may see herds of elephants throughout the year. In October, you will witness the famous gathering of the wild elephants which is the largest known meeting place of wild elephants in the world. The Park is also home to about 160 species of birds, 9 amphibians, 25 reptile species, 26 fish species and more than 78 butterfly species. 
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 04 | CULTURAL TRIANGLE – KANDY

Breakfast at the Hotel. 
Transfer to Dambulla and visit the Cave Temple, dating back to 1st century B.C. Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the most unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Observe how exquisitely cave paintings are done along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. As you enter the retreat, look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold over a land, which today houses an important junction in the country's economic and cultural uplifting.

Thereafter proceed to Kandy via Matale. Enroute visit a Spice Garden. 
Late afternoon sightseeing Kandy including a visit to the temple of the tooth relic. If time permits view a cultural show. 
Kandy - The last royal capital of Sri Lanka before it was brought under the British rule in 1815, Kandy the World Heritage crafts an array of culture, history and heritage in the minds of visitors across the globe.  Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. 
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 05 | KANDY – NUWARA ELIYA

Breakfast at the Hotel. 
Transfer to Nuwara Eliya via Peradeniya. Enroute visit the royal botanical gardens in Peradeniya and a tea plantation & tea factory and witness the process of Ceylon tea.

Royal Botanical Gardens first developed as a pleasure garden under royalty and later harmonized by the British, the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya is a flourishing national asset in the Wonder of Asia. Walk into this 147-acre bliss of an experience,

Passing well-tended lawns, pavilions & an octagon conservatory to be greeted by the vast expanse of a magnificently landscaped lush green turf which will encourage you for an exhilarating break. 
Late afternoon, do a city tour of Nuwara Eliya. Misty steep roads, twisting through lush green blankets of tea bushes in a cool climate, remind visitors that they are within the range of the renowned British colonial retreat, Nuwara Eliya. Augmented by an English countryside atmosphere, the city of light once governed by English & Scottish planters is still studded with colonial bungalows, hedgerows & one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in the world. 
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 06| NUWARA ELIYA – BEACH

Breakfast at the Hotel. 
Transfer to your beach destination (Program includes beach Destinations from Negombo to Weligama). 
Rest of the day at leisure. 
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 07| BEACH – AIRPORT

Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to the airport to connect your departure flight.

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