Deal of the Month
Sigiriya - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Tissamaharama - Mirissa - Colombo
7 Days / 6 Nights
Group Size: 02 pax
Date of Issue: 02 March 2020
Fresco Water Villa
Oak Ray Summer Hill Breeze
Chaarya Resort & Spa
Day 1 - Fresco Water Villa, Sigiriya
Day 01 - Airport / Pinnawala / Sigiriya - (Approximate travel time - 3-4 hours)
Welcome at Airport by Helanka Vacations Representative and transfer to Sigiriya.
En ruote visit Pinnawala Elephant orphanage, currently home to 93 Elephants. The orphanage is not only for abandoned babies but also for those injured and maimed within the jungle. During 9.00 am – 9.45 am and 12. 00 pm – 1.45 pm, visitors are allowed to feed these humble giants their favorite fruits. During the time 10.00 am - 12.00 pm and 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm, the Elephants start bathing in the river which most consider the highlight of their visit.
Arrive and check in to Hotel in Sigiriya.
Climb the Sigiriya rock (Lions rock). When entering the site walk along the Royal gardens which consists of pools, fountains and unending number of aromatic gardens. As you enter the second level of the rock, witness the colourful paintings dating back from the 5th century. Another interesting construction is the Mirror wall, which is covered with graffiti from the 7th to the 10th centuries AD. The Audience hall is a part of the royal complex constructed on a rock boulder. The Cobra head cave is named due to the natural shape of the rock itself. Sigiriya is named a world heritage site by UNESCO.
Situated in the northern Matale District of Sri Lanka, the small village of Sigiriya is best known for its proximity to the magnificent Sigiriya ‘Lion Rock’. The village offers some comfortable accommodations and a variety of restaurants for visitors to enjoy when stopping over to view the famous rock.This ancient rock fortress rises abruptly from the lush landscape and reaches over 200 metres in height. Crowning this massive outcrop are the ruins of an ancient civilisation, which are considered to be one of the best -preserved examples of ancient urban planning and have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can walk through the lily-dotted moats, lush gardens and cave shrines, through the grand lion-paw entrance, and climb the series of steep staircases passing beautiful murals painted on the sheer rock walls, and enjoy exploring the ruins and soaking up spectacular views of the surrounds.
Overnight: Fresco Water Villa
Day 2 - Hotel Topaz Kandy
Day 02 - Sigiriya / Dambulla / Kandy - (Approximate travel time - 2 hours)
Breakfast at Hotel, thereafter proceed to Dambulla.
Dambulla, which was declared a World Heritage site in 1991. The Cave Temple had first been constructed during the reign of King Vattagamini Abhaya. There are 5 caves in the temple and 157 statues of the Lord Buddha, with paintings on the ceilings and walls of the cave. The paintings of the cave highlight the past of Lord Buddha.
Proceed to Kandy.
Arrive and check in to Hotel in Kandy.
Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic; the crown jewel of the Kandy city is also known as Dalada Maligawa. ‘Maligawa’ translates to palace and the temple is a part of it. It has seen centuries of peaceful reigns and is one of the many historical places on the island. Walk around the Kandy lake, also known as “the sea of milk” is situated in the heart of Kandy (next to the Temple of the Tooth Relic), it was built in 1807 by the last king of Sri Lanka. This lake is highly protected as it has many auspicious stories related to it.
Witness the Kandyan cultural show, a unique show of Sri Lankan traditional dance (fire and harvest dance), which includes an entertaining fire-walking act. The artists dance to the beat of the drums, rising and falling to the lively tempo.
The second major city in Sri Lanka (the other being Colombo) lies in the midst of the Kandy Plateau, an area of tropical tea plantations. A prominent feature is Kandy Lake, to the north of which lies the golden-roofed Temple of The Tooth, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and important place for Buddhist worship, as it is said to house a tooth relic of Buddha. Other fascinating places include the Ceylon Tea Museum, the Buddhist Publication Society, the Ayurvedic centre in the Amaya Hills nearby, the Kandyan Art Association and Cultural Centre, where crafts people can be seen at work, and the Kandy Muslim Hotel, which offers the finest spiced curries served with naan or rotis.
Overnight: Hotel Topaz
Day 3 - Oak Ray Summer hill breeze, Nuwara Eliya.
Day 03 - Kandy / Nuwara Eliya - (Approximate travel time - 2-3 hours)
Breakfast at Hotel.
Visit the Royal Botanical gardens in Peradeniya, established in 1821 stretch across 147 acres. These verdant gardens were once used as a royal ground. Being the largest botanical garden in Sri Lanka, its highlights include a fine collection of fruits, orchids, a stately avenue of royal palms, an aptly named cannonball fruit tree and 40-meter-high Burma bamboo. A giant Javan fig tree on the great lawn can also be found here, held stern by its colossal central trunk that leads into an umbrella-like canopy of branches.
Thereafter proceed to Nuwara Eliya.
Visit the tea factory in Ramboda and learn about the production of Sri Lanka’s globally sought out tea.
Witness the Ramboda falls, a unique and beautiful sight that can be seen at the Pussellawa area of Nuwara Eliya, at the Ramboda pass. The height of this fall is 109 meters.
Arrive and check in to Hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
Start sightseeing Nuwara Eliya by visiting the old brick post office, country house like hill club and its interesting interior, the 18-hole golf course, race course, Gregory lake, Victoria park and the Botanical gardens in Hakgala, established in 1861. Highlights include the central pond, lower flower garden, rose garden, glass house, bulb garden, upper flower garden and their folklores. There is a collection of flowers such as Lilium, Watsonia, Gladiolus, Agapanthus and Zephyranthes. The Badulla tree which can be found here is said to have valuable medicinal properties. This garden is inhabited by many species of birds such as; Wood Pigeons, Southern Crow Pheasants, Layard's WoodPeckers, Fantail Warblers, Yellow Fronted Barbertons and Tickell's Flowerpecker.
Nuwara Eliya is a beautiful mountain station in Sri Lanka known for its incredible scenery and abundant tea plantations. Sometimes referred to as “Little England’, the city is well-kept and neat and features British-style red-brick walls, mock-Tudor half-timbering and a very English country club. The surrounding areas offer breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains and greenery, and most importantly a wonderful break from the heat and humidity of the coast. Tea Estates, waterfalls, and mountains complete the picture. Visitors can take guided tours of the tea plantations, meander through the roses, take a picturesque walk to the ‘Lovers’ Leap’ waterfall, and meander through orchids and giant cypresses at the Hakgala Gardens. Other highlights include the Seetha Amman and Nuwara Eliya Buddhist Temples and the Galway's Land National Park.
Overnight: Oak Ray Summer Hill Breeze
Day 04 - Chaarya resorts & Spa, Thissamaharama.
Day 04 - Nuwara Eliya / Tissamaharama - (Approximate travel time - 4 hours)
Breakfast at Hotel proceed to Tissamaharama.
Arrive and check in to Hotel in Tissamaharama.
Afternoon proceed on a Safari Tour of Yala National Park.
YALA NATIONAL PARK
Yala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and was designated a national park in 1938. Yala is home to 44 varieties of mammals and 215 bird species. Among its more famous residents are the world’s biggest concentration of leopards, majestic elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted deer, peacocks, and crocodiles.
Return back to Hotel.
Tissa, as this south-eastern town is known, is surrounded by rice paddies and ancient temples. Visit the recently restored white-domed Tessa Dagoba, a Buddhist stupa that is thought to have held relics of Buddha. Aside from its rich cultural and religious offerings, it is also a nature lover’s paradise. The Tissa Lake attracts flocks of roosting egrets and, if you’re up for a safari, a visit to Yala National Park is a must. It covers an area of 1 260 square km, but only one fifth is open to visitors. The remainder is designated as a strict natural reserve. A wide variety of wildlife can be seen, including elephants, leopard, sloth bears, water buffalos, wild boars, golden jackals and spotted deers.
Overnight: Chaarya Resort & Spa
Day 5 - Mirissa Beach, Mirissa.
Day 05 - Tissamaharama / Mirissa - (Approximate travel time - 2-3 hours)
Breakfast at Hotel, proceed to Mirissa.
Arrive and check in to Hotel in Mirissa.
Rest of the day relax at Mirissa Beach.
Located on Sri Lanka's beautiful southern coast, the little beachside village of Mirissa is renowned for its excellent whale watching opportunities and boasts a perfect crescent-shaped beach. This pristine beach is scattered with picturesque seaside shacks and little local eateries shaded by palm trees. Visitors can look forward to an array of wonderful activities including: enjoying the vibrant nightlife, swimming and surfing in the crystal-clear warm ocean, soaking up the exquisite views from Parrot Rock, sampling some delicious local Sri Lankan cuisine, and watching the sunset from a hammock while sipping a pina colada out of a coconut. Don't miss the opportunity to jump on a whale watching tour and spend a few hours spotting a variety of marine life such as: dolphins, turtles and of course, whales.
Overnight: Mirissa Beach
Day 6 - Fairway Colombo, Colombo
Day 06 - Mirissa / Colombo - (Approximate travel time - 2-3 hours)
You will be taken to Mirissa to embark on a voyage of unforgettable sights while whale watching.
Blue whales, Bryde's whales, Sperm whales, Orcas and various types of dolphins have all been spotted within the crystal waters of Mirissa. Bare witness to pods of over 100 dolphins majestically soaring across the water and whales spout water through their blowhole as they slowly emerge through the water’s horizon all in one breath-taking boat ride.
Enjoy breakfast on board while returning back.
Return to Hotel relax for few hours, thereafter proceed to Colombo.
Arrive and check in to Hotel in Colombo.
Evening free to enjoy the Night Life in Colombo.
Sri Lanka’s seaside metropolis of Colombo offers a laid-back atmosphere coupled with a mixture of crumbling colonial buildings and glinting skyscrapers. Stroll to Pettah, Colombo’s main market and be dazzled by the variety of gems, the brightly coloured fruit and vegetable stalls and the plethora of ayurvedic medicines on offer. Sample some of the city’s fine fare, from curries to crabs, in any one of the beachfront bistros or inner city dining rooms. Nature lovers should head to Galle Face Green, a grassy promenade along the Indian Ocean for a stroll or take a scenic train ride to Mount Lavinia Beach.
Overnight: Fairway Colombo
Day 7 - End of Itenerary
Day 07 - Colombo / Airport - (Approximate travel time - 1 hours)
Breakfast at Hotel.
Start your city tour and shopping. A drive through the city will take you to Fort and Pettah – the commercial area of the city and tree-lined Colombo 7 – Cinnamon Gardens. Colombo 3, 4, 5 & 8 are the prime residential areas of the city. The Hindu Temple at Sea Street – lined with goldsmith shops, the Dutch Church at Wolfendhal dating back to 1749, the historic Devatagaha Mosque, Independence Square, BMICH, Gangaramaya Temple and Colombo Museum are but some of the many attractions in Colombo. Sri Lanka is renowned for Ceylon Tea, Ceylon Cinnamon, Blue Sapphires spices, precious and semi-precious gems and jewelry in silver, gold and white gold.
Late in the afternoon depart to Airport in time for your departure flight.
Dress Code at Religious Locations
Buddhist Temples - Visitors are advised to dress modestly in somber and modest colors and most importantly to remove foot wear, hats, scarves etc. prior to entering the premises.
Churches – Visitors are advised to dress modestly, remove hats, scarves etc. prior to entering the premises.
Kovils - Visitors are advised to dress modestly, no sleeveless, remove foot wear hats prior to entering the premises.
- Accommodation on Double Room Sharing Bed & Breakfast Basis.
- Transport in an air conditioned car.
- English speaking chauffeur guide.
- Entrance fees as per itinerary.
- Return Airport Transfers.
- Jeep for Yala Safari.
- Breakfast at Hotels.
- Transport for sightseeing places as per itinerary.
- All applicable taxes (Subject to change without prior notice).
- Early check in and Late check out.
- Tips and Porterage's.
- Camera & Video permits (for tourist sites).
- Other extra expenses of personal nature.
- Lunch / Dinner during tour.
- Visa fee charges for details log on to www.eta.gov.lk
- All extra expenses at Hotels.
Validity Period (1st of March 2020 to 31st of March 2020)
Price per person sharing double room on Bed and breakfast basis
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