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SRI LANKA TOUR


From USD 865 * | from £ 631.45*

per person sharing

Sigriya Rock Fortress
 
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is 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.
 
Polonnaruwa
 
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.
 
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 a few) that come to fish in the shallow waters.
 
Dambulla
 
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.
 
Temple of the Tooth
 
Temple of the Tooth which is commonly known as "Sri Dalada Maligawa" 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.
 
Cost:
 
01 May 2018 – 30 Jun 2018 & 01 Sep 2018 – 31 Oct 2018 - $865* pps
01 Apr 2018 – 30 Apr 2018 - $965 pps
01 Jul 2018 – 30 Aug 2018  - $921 pps                  
 
 
 
Day 1: Arrival
 
In keeping with Sri Lankan tradition, all of us here at Rickshaw Travels will like to extend to you our heartiest “Ayubowan!” (Traditional Sri Lankan greeting wishing long life to the other).
 
On arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be meeting by your English-Speaking Chauffeur guide and transferred to Sigiriya. Transfer time– Approximately 04 hours (Airport to Habarana)
 
Check in at hotel.
 
Rest of the day at leisure.
 
Overnight stay at Hotel Sigiriya, Sigiriya - Superior Room on HB basis
 
Day 2: Sigriya
 
After an early breakfast, you will take a journey to climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Transfer Time – Approximately 10 minutes (Hotel to Sigiriya)
 
Afternoon you will set off to explore the Medieval Capital of Polonnaruwa.
 
Overnight stay at Hotel Sigiriya, Sigiriya - Superior Room on HB basis
 
Day 3: Minneriya National Park
 
This evening, you will engage in a safari at the Minneriya National Park. Transfer Time – Approximately 30 minutes (Hotel to Minneriya)
 
Return to your hotel & rest of the day at leisure.
 
Overnight stay at Hotel Sigiriya, Sigiriya - Superior Room on HB basis
 
Day 4: Sigriya - Kandy
 
After breakfast you will be transferred to Kandy. En-route you will visit Dambulla Cave Temples.
 
You will pause on your journey to discover the homeopathic remedies of the East at the Matale Spice Gardens. 
 
Continue to Kandy. Rest of the day at leisure.
 
Overnight stay at Thilanka Hotel, Kandy - Deluxe Room on HB basis
 
Day 5: Kandy
 
Today you will visit the famed Temple of the Tooth including City Tour in Kandy.
 
Later you will enjoy a show of traditional Sri Lankan music, dance and drumming.
 
Overnight stay at Thilanka Hotel, Kandy - Deluxe Room on HB basis
 
Day 6: Kandy to Waskaduwa
 
After breakfast, you will be transferred to your beach resort in Waskaduwa.
 
Transfer time -: Approximately 04 hours (Kandy to Waskaduwa) 
 
En-route stop over at Geragama Tea Factory in Kandy.
 
Proceed to Waskaduwa and check in at hotel.
 
Spend the rest of your day at leisure.
 
Overnight stay at Citrus Waskaduwa, Waskaduwa - Superior Room on BB basis
 
Day 7-10: Waskaduwa
 
Spend the rest of stay at leisure.
 
Overnight stay at Citrus Waskaduwa, Waskaduwa - Superior Room on BB basis
 
Day 11: Departure
 
Today you will proceed to the airport for your departure.
 
 

Includes:

  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Exclusive Services of an English-Speaking Chauffeur Guide from pick up at th airport to drop off at Citrus Waskaduwa, Waskaduwa.
  • Departure Transfer to the Airport.
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Excursions as per itinerary.

 


Excludes:

  • Any optional excursions
  • Accommodation and transportation not mentioned in the above itinerary
  • Use of vehicle and chauffeur guide while on leisure/beach stay
  • Tips of a personal nature and other incidental expenses
  • Camera charges, etc. 
  • Porterage
  • Visa fees  
*terms and conditions apply