Glimpse of Sri Lanka

3 Nights

Sigiriya

Sri Lanka is known as the "Pearl of the Indian Ocean" and it has a lot to offer. It is strewn with cultural jewels and natural treasures. With impressive landscapes hosting lush tropical forests, expansive dazzling lakes and magnificent mountain ranges, all scattered with captivating temples and ancient monuments, yet it remains largely untrodden by the typical tourist.

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Highlights

- Sigiriya Rock Fortress
- Tea Factory: Giragama
- Polonnaruwa
- Temple of the Tooth
- City Tour of Kandy
- Cultural Dance Show

  • Day 1 - Arrival into Sigiriya
  • Day 2 - Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa
  • Day 3 - Tea Factory, Kandy and Temple of the Tooth
  • Day 4 - Departure
  • Additional Information

Welcome to Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian Ocean!

In keeping with Sri Lankan tradition, all of your tour representatives will like to extend to you their heartiest "Ayubowan!" (Traditional Sri Lankan greeting wishing long life to the other).

Today you will be be met by your private chauffeur and transferred to your hotel in Sigiriya which will take approximately 4 hours.

Meals Included: Room only

Amaara Forest Hotel Sigiriya

Property Location With a stay at Amaara Forest Hotel Sigiriya in Central Province (Anuradhapura District), you'll be close to Pidurangala Rock and Sigiriya Museum. This spa resort is within the vicinity of Sigiriya Archaeological Site and Minneriya National Park.

After an early breakfast, you will take a journey to climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress which will take approximately 20 minutes.

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.

In the afternoon you will visit the Polonnaruwa & the Museum, explore the medieval city on foot which will take approximately one hour.

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 harbor. 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 Buddhist 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.

Meals Included: Half board

Amaara Forest Hotel Sigiriya

Property Location With a stay at Amaara Forest Hotel Sigiriya in Central Province (Anuradhapura District), you'll be close to Pidurangala Rock and Sigiriya Museum. This spa resort is within the vicinity of Sigiriya Archaeological Site and Minneriya National Park.

Today morning you will be transferred to Kandy and visit a Tea Factory in Geragama.

Plantation workers, mostly women, pluck the tea leaves by hand, usually in spring and summer. Depending on weather conditions, picking can also take place in autumn and winter. For each plant, only a terminal bud and two young leaves are picked. Different types of tea (white, green, black…) come from the same plant, but are processed differently.

Evening, you will experience a city tour of Kandy & visit the famed 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.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.

Later you will enjoy a show of traditional Sri Lankan music, dance and drumming.

Meals Included: Half board

Mahaweli Reach

ancient kingdom of Kandy, Sri Lanka's longest river & the wondrous mountain ranges, stands the palatial Mahaweli Reach Hotel. Mysteriously hidden behind the lush green tropical gardens on the plush banks of the Mahaweli river.

Departure transfer to the airport

Meals Included: Half board

Notes:
- The mentioned hotels will only be confirmed on availability at the time of booking. If otherwise, suitable alternatives will be suggested prior to confirmation.
- An English speaking chauffeur guide for the entire round tour starting from the pick-up from Airport to the drop-off at Airport. The vehicle will not be used during your days of leisure.
- The consumption of alcohol at bars, clubs, other public areas and similar forms of entertainment establishments is prohibited by law in Sri Lanka during "Poya Days". It is recommended that clients contact the Reception to obtain their respective formalities during their holiday.
- All transfer times mentioned are subject to variations depending on traffic flow and road conditions.
- In the event of an international cricket team tours Sri Lanka, a peak period supplement will be applicable in Sigiriya and Kandy. This will be advised as and when respective hotels update us.

Cost includes:
- Accommodation on Half Board basis
- Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle with arrival transfer/departure transfer and sightseeing as per itinerary
- All applicable entrance fees for the mentioned sights in the itinerary
- Services of an English speaking driver/guide for the entire tour
- All applicable government taxes

Cost excludes:
- Compulsory supplements
- Any optional excursions mentioned in the itinerary (and not mentioned in the above excursion summary)
- Accommodation, transportation not mentioned in the above itinerary
- Tips of a personal nature
- Camera charges, water, porterage etc.
- Visa fees