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Sri Lanka Express

08 DAYS / 07 NIGHTS

DAY 01 : Airport / Sigiriya

        • Welcome on arrival and transfer to Sigiriya . Evening at leisure.

          Overnight stay at : Kassapa Lion’s Rock Similar category ( 3*)
                                                : Sigiriya Village or similar category ( 4*)

DAY 02 : Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Sigiriya

        • Breakfast at hotel

        • Thereafter, transfer to Sigiriya

        • The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site – Sigiriya – doesn’t only boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture. Step through the gigantic ‘Lion Paws’ – overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below – to comprehend the absolute splendor that once dominated this rock fortress. Surrounded by ramparts & moats the Lion Rock – resembling the mythological ‘City of Gods’ – is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India. Walk in the shade of an eminent ‘mirror wall’ embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti. Wander into the well-fabricated museum downstairs for an epic journey of yesteryears to realize how the citadel floated above citizens with the castle, ponds and irrigation systems that pumped water right onto its summit with an ingenious hydraulic system describing a colossal masterpiece of the great king which remained a wonder in Asia for centuries.

        • Transfer to Polonnaruwa

        • Do a city tour of Polonnaruwa. Rising with the decline of Anuradhapura, the city of Polonnaruwa – medieval capital & crown jewel of King Parakramabahu I – remains superior proof of ancient culture & heritage blended with religious beliefs. Walk across its scattered walls of the World Heritage Site – blessed by stupas, resting Buddha statues, irrigation canals and fantastically carved Hindu sculptures – while observing the relic house – Watadage – which boasts of beautiful stone carvings. Take a close glance and you will realize a subtle Hindu influence on architecture and statues found in Polonnaruwa. Or sit by the side of Galviharaya and observe the absolute beauty gushing out of every bend of its huge Buddhist statues. Nissankamalla Council Chamber is however, a head-spinning beauty to just sit back and observe with its swaying pillars reminding the aesthetics of a powerful kingdom which rests beside Parakrama Samudraya – sea of Parakramabahu & masterpiece of irrigation!

        • On completion, transfer to Sigiriya

        • Dinner and overnight stay at : Kassapa Lion’s Rock Similar category ( 3 * )
                                                                          :Sigiriya Village or similar category ( 4 * )

DAY 03 : Sigiriya / Dambulla / Matale / Kandy

        • Breakfast at hotel

        • A hub which has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. Today, an icon in the face of Sri Lanka Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the most unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Observe how exquisitely cave paintings are done along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. As you enter the retreat look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold over a land which today houses an important junction in the country’s economic and cultural uplifting.

        • Lunch at Pinnawala

        • On completion, transfer from Dambulla to Matale

        • An agricultural zone in the Central Province, Matale seldom drops off the maps due to its remarkable contribution through flagship crops of the island extending from tea, rubber & vegetables to spices. Spearheading the Rebellion back in 1848, Matale today takes immense pride in its story woven around spices. Stop by the side of a spice garden – into which you will be most welcome – and observe the therapeutic values of spices & processes over a refreshing cup of herbal tea !

        • On completion transfer from Matale to Kandy

        • Do a city tour of Kandy. Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe – before it was brought under the British rule in 1815, Kandy – the World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings – crafts an array of culture, history and heritage in the minds of visitors across the globe. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. A stroll across this small lakeside town – cradled among the misty hills. will feature the Kandy City Centre – bundled with latest and world class brands, bazaar, an arts & crafts centre, as well as a gem museum & lapidary. Drive towards Victoria Golf Course, undoubtedly one of the best golf courses in the world for a sweep blended with class and style. Or walk in color as you glide through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market. Fine tube your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the Wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka.

        • Thereafter witness a cultural show

          Dinner and overnight stay at : Serene Grand Hotel or similar ( 3*)
                                                                        : Suisse Hotel or similar ( 4* )

DAY 04 : Kandy / Pinnawela / Peradeniya / Kandy

        • Breakfast at Hotel.

        • Thereafter, transfer to Pinnawala

        • Visit the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala. As you enter the 25 acre coconut property, do not be surprised to witness baby elephants being bottle fed or moving around freely causing absolutely no harm to anyone. It is rightly a sincere sight to observe how these gentle giants – orphaned and sometimes three-legged – are taken care of since 1975 at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Up to date, over 20 calves have been born here, and it is surprising to hear that some of its inmates have even seen their grand children during the past few decades! Watch as they feed at 09:15 am, 12:15 pm & 05:00 pm and take a river bath twice a day at 10:00 am & 02:00 pm respectively for an experience that could never be felt anywhere else on earth !!!

        • Transfer to Kandy

        • Visit Peradeniya botanical gardens. First developed as a pleasure garden under royalty and later harmonized by the British, the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya – today bundled with the most welcoming facilities located just 4 miles off Kandy – is a flourishing national asset in the Wonder of Asia. Walk into this 147 acre bliss of an experience, passing well tended lawns, pavilions & an octagon conservatory to be greeted by the vast expanse of a magnificently landscaped lush green turf which will encourage you for an exhilarating break. Towards the north of the entrance rests a cafeteria that one might come across before stepping into some of the highlights – the orchid house & giant Javan fig tree – of this place which overflow in grace.

        • Thereafter, transfer to Kandy

          Dinner and overnight stay at : Serene Grand Hotel or similar ( 3 * )
                                                                      : Suisse Hotel or similar ( 4 * )

DAY 05 : Kandy / Nuwara Eliya

        • Breakfast at Hotel.

        • There after transfer to Nuwara Eliya on the famous Tea route

        • Visit a tea plantation and a tea factory. Sri Lanka, Tea and Tourism are words which cannot be separated. Take a tour to the cold & misty hills that take pride of an ultimate tea tour, covering lush green blankets of tea plantations. Or just step into a tea factory processing the prestigious brand of Ceylon Tea, to observe a rich tradition kept alive up to date. As you observe the hissing and swishing of machines, inhaling the heavenly scent arising from these facilities, make sure to end your day in style over a perfectly blended cup of pure Ceylon Tea.

        • Transfer to Nuwara Eliya

        • Do a city tour of Nuwara Eliya.

        • Thereafter, transfer to Kandy

        • Misty steep roads, twisting through lush green blankets of tea bushes in a cool climate, remind visitors that they are within the range of the renowned British colonial retreat, Nuwara Eliya. Augmented by an English countryside atmosphere, the city of light – once governed by English & Scottish planters – is still studded with colonial bungalows, hedgerows & one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in the world. A hike through the green grass and red-brick walls should present breathtaking views of a buzzing countryside hamlet. Hop into a rattling train smoking and hissing its way through green valleys of the hill country pierced by endless waterfalls & dotted by tea pluckers draped in bright-colored saris. Or rent a bike for a gentle ride along the banks splashed by the waters of Lake Gregory.

          Dinner and overnight stay at : Heaven Seven Hotel or similar category ( 3 * )
                                                                : St. Andrew’s Hotel or similar category ( 4 * )

DAY 06 : Nuwara eliya / Bandarawela / Udawalawe

        • Breakfast at Hotel.

        • Thereafter transfer to Udawalawe via Bandarawela with a stop at Ravana Falls en route

        • Do a safari of the Udawalawe National Park by jeep. Spreading into a vast 36000 hectares Udawalawe – with its glory spinning around vast grasslands, shrubs, tanks and dunes – rightfully is one of the hottest wildlife in Sri Lanka. Its usual inmates cover herds of elephants , spotted dear, jackal, extensively populated birdlife as well as the highest density of elephants in the Sri lanka . Feel the rough track as your jeep thunders over rocks and swish passing narrow bends for an exhilarating experience blended with the cries of wilderness under the tropical sun

          Dinner and overnight stay at : Centauria Hotel or similar category ( 3 * )
                                                                       : Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort or similar category ( 4 * )

DAY 07 : Udawalawe / Galle / Negombo

        • Breakfast at Hotel.

        • There after transfer to Galle via Matara

        • Galle, the epic Southern capital, is the intersection where classic Dutch architecture meets a tropical setting creating a vivid atmosphere in beauty. Walk the Dutch-haunted streets listening to the creaks of wooden saloon doors and observe how European architecture mingles with South Asian traditions today flooding cultural enthusiasts on a global scale. Its original ramparts and bastions preserved up to date showcase evidences of a heritage preserved for more than 3 1/2 centuries. Walk clockwise within the fort to observe the ‘old gate’ carrying the British coat of arms. Flanking the old gate is the Zwart bastion the oldest of all – and the lighthouse standing 18 feet in its glory next to the Point Utretcht Bastion. This Dutch bliss is painted with streets that spread in a rectangular grid pattern pierced with houses carrying Dutch colonial style verandas. However, its hallmark stands a reality where the Dutch fort remains a working community with its usual buzz of administrative offices, court complex, commercial buildings, churches and Southern folks frequenting its streets bracing the air of the Elysium of architecture, Galle

        • On completion transfer to Negombo

          Dinner and overnight stay at : Camelot Beach Hotel or similar category ( 3 * )
                                                            : Goldi Sands or similar category ( 4 * )

DAY 08 : NEGOMBO / AIRPORT

        • Transfer to airport for departure flight to Oslo