Programme : Cultural highlights /Hill Country/Colombo
Duration : 06 Days/05 Nights
Arrival and transfer to Sigiriya Village / Kandalama
Hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at Sigiriya Village
/ Kandalama hotel.
After breakfast proceed to Sigiriya and climb the Rock
Fortress of Sigiriya, built by King Kasiappa (473 - 491 AD). The lion rock
is a citadel of unusual beauty, rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle.
See the world famous frescoes of the "Heavenly Maidens" of
Sigiriya in a sheltered pocket of the rock. Lunch at Sigiriya Village /
Kandalama Hotel. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at
Kandalama /Sigiriya Village.
After breakfast proceed to Kandy, enroute visiting the
Dambulla Rock Temple, which was built by King Walagambahu in the 1st
century BC. Dambulla too is a world heritage site and is the most
impressive of Sri Lanka's cave Temples. The complex of five caves with
over 2000 sq.mtrs of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of
paintings found in the world. Also, visit a Spice Garden in Matale. Lunch
at Hill Top / Earl's Regency Hotel, Kandy. Afternoon at leisure. In the
late evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a
cultural show. Dinner and overnight stay at Hill Top / Earl's Regency
After breakfast do a city tour of Kandy - the last capital
of the Sri Lankan Kings. The name Kandy conjures visions of a storied
past, splendour, legend, folklore, mystery and traditions lovingly kept
alive for countless years. Visit a Gem lapidary. Also, visit the Botanical
Gardens in Peradeniya, which was originally the pleasure gardens of the
Royalty. Nearly 4000 species of plants are found in this garden and it is
encircled by the Mahaweli River. Lunch at Hotel. Thereafter proceed to
Nuwara Eliya, enroute visiting a Tea Plantation and a Factory. Nuwara
Eliya is the location for one of the finest 18 hole Golf Courses in Asia.
Sri Lanka's highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 ft) is located here.
Dinner and overnight stay at Galway Forest Lodge / Tea Factory Hotel
After breakfast proceed to Colombo via Kitulgala where the
famous "Bridge on the River Kwai" film was made. Enroute observe
the two Water Falls, Devon and St. Clare's. Lunch at Kitulgala Plantation
Club. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at Grand Oriental /
Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo.
After breakfast do a city tour of Colombo observing the
old Parliament, the residential areas and the BMICH (Bandaranaike Memorial
International Conference Hall) and visit Fort. Also, visit the Ceramics
Corporation Showroom, Majestic City shopping complex and the ODEL
Unlimited Dress Boutique. Lunch at hotel. After lunch proceed to airport
Sri Lanka tour operator providing cultural & heritage tours. Also offers information on Srilanka.