|P Programme : Cultural highlights /Hill Country/Colombo
Duration : 07 Days / 06 Nights
Day 01 :
Arrival and transfer to a Hotel in Negombo. Afternoon at leisure.
Dinner and overnight stay in Negombo.
Day 02 :
After breakfast proceed to Anuradhapura and visit places of Religious and Archaeological interest.
Dinner and Overnight stay at Anuradhapura.
Day 03 :
Leave for Polonnaruwa after breakfast. After visiting places of Religious and Archaeological interest at Polonnaruwa proceed to Sigiriya and climb the Rock Fortress built by King Kasyapa (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. Evening at leisure.
Dinner and overnight stay at Sigiriya or Dambulla.
Day 04 :
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. Afternoon at leisure. In the late evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show.
Dinner and overnight stay in Kandy.
Day 05 :
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 in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 06 :
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 Rest House. Afternoon at leisure.
Dinner and overnight stay in Colombo.
Day 07 :
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 for departure..