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Footfalls in Sri Lanka

DAY 01,Arrival

On arrival, you will check-in to your hotel and spend the rest of your evening at leisure to explore the surrounding area Option 1 - Overnight Ozo, Colombo Option 2 – Cinnamon Lakeside, Colombo Option 3- Galle Face Hotel, Colombo

DAY 02,Habarana

Transfer to Habarana in the morning after breakfast. Habarana, located in the north central part of the island, Habarana is a part of Sri Lanka’s dry zone. Thanks to the genius of our ancient kings dating as far as the 05th Century AD, the Sri Lankan Dry Zone is anything but dry, with hundreds of lakes and reservoirs which are connected by an elaborate network of canals making up an old but great irrigation system. Aside from the benefit for agriculture and industry, the waterworks of the dry zone provide some of the most breathtakingly beautiful scenery and fertile habitat for the islands incredible bio-diversity. There after ascend the rock fortress Sigiriya in the afternoon. 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. Option 1 - Overnight Kassapa Lion’s Rock,Sigiriya Option 2 – Habarana Village by Cinnamon Option 3 – Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana

DAY 03,Mihinthale

Early ,after Breakfast Visit Mihinthale located a little away from the main Anuradhapura town. Visiting Mihintale at sunrise is especially beautiful as you will watch the orange sun reflecting off the many white domes of the sthupa’s which surround Anuradhapura…. MIHINTALE- This forest clad mountain is sacred to all Buddhist because Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC at this point. There is a Buddhist dagaba on the top of the rock which is riddled with shrines and rock dwellings. Mihintale is regarded as the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. A gravel stairway of 1,840 steps made of granite slabs 15 ft wide leads from the very foot of Mihintale to the summit. Thereafter explore Sri Lanka’s first capital Anuradhapura by Tuk Tuks which would be the fastest method to get around the cultural sight. Anuradhapura – a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the north central part of the Island was the first capital (5th century BC - 9th century AD), the centre of the island's Buddhist civilization and undoubtedly the grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka. In antiquity and the interest, it is the equal of any ancient 'buried city' in the world. The oldest historically documented tree on earth (over 2,200 years old) - The Sri Maha Bodhi, brought as a sapling of the tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment, and the island's oldest Buddhist shrines - some dating back to the 3rd century BC, impressive white 'dagabas' (relic chambers) and monuments embellished with handsome stone carvings or sculpture, pleasure gardens, beautifully executed stone baths and ponds and a superb irrigation system of reservoirs and canals are the main attractions of Anuradhapura. Specific places to visit are - the Brazen Palace (2nd century B.C.), with 1600 significant stone columns are the remains of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks – an engineering marvel at the time, Ruwanweli Seya (2nd century B.C) the most famous of all the dagoba’s, originally depicted the perfect water-bubble shape that modern restoration has not been able to accurately reproduce, Samadhi Buddha (3rd century B.C.) regarded as the finest rock sculpture in the island - depicting the Buddha in a state of deep meditation, Isurumuniya rock temple (3rd century B.C.) known for its rock carving of the “Lovers”, Kuttam Pokuna, twin ponds (3rd century B.C.) which were used by monks of this glorious era as a bathing pool. Thuparama (3rd century B.C.), the oldest dagoba in the island – enshrines the right collarbone of Buddha, Ratnaprasada with the best preserved Guard Stone, Mahasena’s Palace with its renowned Moonstone, Abayagiri and Jetevanarama – a huge dagoba said to the largest brick built structure in the world. Proceed to Sigiriya. Option 1 - Overnight Kassapa Lion’s Rock,Sigiriya Option 2 – Habarana Village by Cinnamon Option 3 – Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana

DAY 04,Polonnaruwa

eave after breakfast to visit Sri Lanka’s second ancient capital Polonnaruwa. You will start the day with a catamaran ride with a local fisherman enjoying some Sri Lankan snacks. Thereafter explore the city by bicycle the easiest way to get around the palaces and temple complex. While the local bikes may be old, they are good enough to get the job done! Continue to the ride through the village of Polonnaruwa…. Meet local people and learn about their way of life, finally join a family in the preparation of a typical village lunch with many different types of Sri Lankan vegetables and lake fish! Polonnaruwa – this medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, rose to fame as the capital (10th - 12th century AD) after the decline of Anuradhapura. The entire landscape of the region is punctuated by huge man-made reservoirs, the most famous of which is the Parakrama Samudra or the Sea of Parakrama, larger in size than the Colombo harbour. The monuments are relatively well preserved and give clear evidence of the glory of Sri Lanka's past. Highlights are the Royal Palace complex including the Kings Palace and Audience Hall, the Quadrangle with its concentration of ancient heritage and the spectacular Gal Vihare complex of four massive images of the Buddha, cut from a single slab of granite - a highlight of ancient Sri Lankan rock carving. Some of the best examples of the Hindu influence – the Temples of Shiva, intricate statues of Hindu Gods, fascinating Budhist temples, the Lankatileka and Watadage, the Galpotha, the Lotus bath, the Kiri Vihare Dagoba and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth are other impressive sights. Optional - In the evening proceed minneriya and take a safari. Option 1 - Overnight Elephas Resort, Sigiriya. Option 2 – Habarana Village by Cinnamon, Habarana Option 3 – Habarana Lodge by Cinnamon, Habarana

DAY 05,Kandy

Leave after breakfast to Kandy visiting the Dambulla cave Temples. On the way to Kandy the clients can visit the Matale Spice gardens. There after proceed to Kandy. In the evening explore the town of Kandy and visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic of the Lord Buddha. Option 1- Overnight Cobert’s Rest, Knuckles Option 2 – Corbert’s Rest, Knuckles. Option 3- Dumbanagala Chalets, Knuckles

DAY 06,Bandarawela.

To start off Take of 03 – 04 hour trek though the Knuckles range. Climb along the intricate rice terraces which have been magically created to allow rice cultivation on the steep mountain faces of the Knuckles. Walk through patches of forest and remote villages before returning to the campsite in the afternoon. (15 km trek begins at an altitude of 1000 m above sea level. Max decent 400m, max ascent 400m) leisurely proceed to Bandarawela. Stop en route to visit a Tea Plantation and Factory to witness the process of turning the raw green leaf in to the familiar black/brown finished product. Option 1 – Olympus Plaza , Haputale Option 2 – Orient Hotel, Bandarawela Option 3 – Bandarawela Hotel, Bandarawela

DAY 07,Ambewala

Leave after breakfast to Horton Plains and take a nature trek for a couple of hours. On your return drive to the Ambewala farm and enjoy the scenery with a fresh cup of milk. A picnic lunch will be arranged at Ambewala. Return to the hotel and relax. Option 1 – Olympus Plaza , Haputale Option 2 – Orient Hotel, Bandarawela Option 3 – Bandarawela Hotel, Bandarawela

DAY 08,Yala

Leave early after breakfast and proceed to Yala Take an evening safai in Yala where you might be lucky to spot the Sri Lankan Leopard, the sloth bear and many more. Option 1 – Hotel Chandrika, Tissamaharama Option 2 – Cinnamon Wild, Yala Option 3 – Mahoora Luxury Camping, Yala

DAY 09,Yala

Take an early morning Safari at Yala National Park. Leave after breakfast to Tangalle. Option 1 – Lagoon Paradise, Tangalle Option 2 – Portofino, Tangalle Option 3 – Coco ,Tangalle ( Boutique )

DAY 10,At leisure on beach.

Option 1 – Lagoon Paradise, Tangalle Option 2 – Portofino, Tangalle Option 3 – Coco ,Tangalle ( Boutique )

DAY 11,Galle

Leave after breakfast to explore Galle and visit the Dutch fort. Galle – said to be the famous Tarshish of the Bible where King Solomon obtained gems and spices, this “Living” UNESCO World Heritage Site is the port where the Portuguese first landed in Sri Lanka in 1505. Captured and fortified by the Dutch who ruled maritime Sri Lanka in the 17th and 18th centuries, the city still retains the air of old Holland. Within the well preserved 90 acre fort and ramparts built in 1663 are old Dutch churches and monuments with armorial bearings, an imposing crested and monogrammed gateway dated 1669, many well preserved old Dutch houses and narrow alleys still bearing Dutch names. The New Oriental Hotel, built for a Dutch governor in 1684, a colonial gem now converted to the internationally renowned Amangalle Hotel and several other excellent boutique hotels are testimony to the importance of this location. Option 1 – Lady Hill, Galle Option 2 – Tamarind hill, Galle Option 3 – Jetwing Light Hiuse, Galle

DAY 12,Colombo

Leave after breakfast to Colombo In the evening take a city tour of Colombo in “Tuk Tuks” the fastest way to get around Colombo while having fun. This is an amazing combination of Colombo’s best seasonal hotspots, all of our amazing local food stops AND lots of drinks are also included (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). This Safari runs a bit longer, depending on how the guests are going, so please be prepared for a massive fun filled evening. This all-inclusive experience is excellent value and we guarantee you will find it impossible to beat! Option 1 - Overnight Ozo, Colombo Option 2 – Cinnamon Lakeside, Colombo Option 3- Galle Face Hotel, Colombo

DAY 13,proceed to the airport in time for the departure flight.

  • Duration : 13 Days, 12 NIghts
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