Ayubowan-Welcome to Sri Lanka
On arrival at Colombo International Airport you will be met by our local representative and you will be transferred to the hotel in Dambulla. (Duration from Airport to Dambulla-Approx. 4 Hours)
En route make a visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is situated northwest of the town of Kegalle, halfway between the present capital Colombo and the ancient royal residence Kandy in the hills of central Sri Lanka. It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka wildlife department in a 25 acre coconut property near the Maha Oya River. The orphanage was originally founded in order to afford care and protection to the many orphaned Elephants found in the jungle.
Upon completion proceed to Dambulla
(Distance from Pinnawala to Dambulla– 88Kms – Approx. 2 Hours)
Dambulla-Located in the north central province this UNESCO World Heritage Site which dates back to the 01st century BC, is an amazing complex of 05 caves, first used as a refuge by an ancient king who on regaining his throne, commissioned magnificent carved images within the living rock, Later kings made further improvements and the caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is a colossal figure spanning 15 meters. Cave inscriptions from the 2nd Century BC are found and on the walls are many paintings most of which belong to the Kandy period (early 19th century). This temple is a perfect location to view evolution of ancient Sri Lankan art and is an important historical site due to the amalgamation of the material from many eras.
Overnight in Dambulla.
Breakfast at the hotel. Day is free to relax and unwind in the hotel or an “Optional” visit to the Rock Cave Temple,
Dambulla cave temple also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country. This site is situated 148 kilometres east of Colombo and 72 kilometres north of Kandy. Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka
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.
Transfer back to the hotel and spend leisure.
After breakfast Transfer to Matale to visit a spice garden where you will witness many spices and herbs in Sri Lanka,
(Distance from Dambulla to Matale – Approx. 1 ½ Hours)
Spice Garden-The Island had been famous for its spices since the medieval times and is considered as one of the main reasons for the Europeans to conquer the Island and for the Arabs to trade upon from the 14th century onwards. The most interesting feature would be the opportunity you’ll get to identify the real plants of spices you are so familiar with in your day to day life. A qualified guide will do a conducted tour of the garden and a presentation of its products.
Enjoy a special head and shoulder massage at the spice garden,
Transfer to Kandy, conduct a sightseeing tour of Kandy.
Visit a Batik Factory, a Gem Museum and drive through the local Market.
Kandy-A lovely exotic city, the Hill Capital and last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which retains an aura of grandeur, time has not affected. Encircled by hills, with a tranquil lake in its centre, it is the site of the renowned temple that enshrines the Tooth Relic of the Buddha and the Royal Botanical gardens – home to one of the world’s best collections of Orchids. A cultural sanctuary where many legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive, Kandy and its satellite villages are the centre of the islands handicraft industry (items of wood, brass & silver) exquisite silver or gold jewellery and precious gems of many varieties including the world’s best blue and star sapphires. The highlight of the city’s calendar is the Esala Perahera, when a replica of the casket enclosing the Tooth is taken in procession for ten glittering nights in July/August by exotically costumed dancers, drummers and approximately 100 Elephants.
Late evening witness a cultural dance performed by our famous Kandyan Dancers.
Overnight in Kandy.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today your driver will bring you to Peradeniya and you will see the Royal Botanical Gardens.
Royal botanical gardens-A visit to the historical botanical gardens will be an enchanting experience. Exploration of this magnificent garden will give you an insight in to Sri Lankan Flora and other exotic plants, in a tranquil environment. A perfect ambience for a romantic pick-nick for two. It is near the Mahaweli River. It is renowned for its collection of orchid
Breakfast at the hotel, prepare for checkout and transfers to Colombo. Travel time from Kandy to Colombo will be around 2:00 hours depending on the traffic.
Upon arriving in Colombo, proceed on a sightseeing tour including free time on shopping.
Colombo, Sri Lanka‘s bustling capital, is located on the country’s west coast and with a population of between 800,000 and one million (estimates vary) is by far the country’s biggest city, as well as its window on the world. Its natural harbour at the mouth of the Kelani River was a magnet for successive traders and conquerors – first Arab merchants, then Portuguese, Dutch and British imperialists. Colombo’s cosmopolitan side supports ever-more stylish eateries, galleries and museums. Surprises abound in its old quarters where you can find great local food and discover a characterful shop or tiny, convivial cafe. The capital is an excellent start – or finish – to your Sri Lankan adventures.
After breakfast. The day is free until checkout time. The driver will pick you up and drop you to the airport for your onward flight.
AED 3,190/- Per person, Prices are based on twin sharing.
Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights.
Destinations: Dambulla, Kandy & Colombo.
The rates are subject to availability at the time of booking request. In the event if there are rate changes due to increase in Govt taxes, or hotel charges a surcharge, or BAR rates (Best available rates), we reserve the right to amend the rates without notice. The exchange rate is subject to change. Please ensure that you have secured the relevant visa / entry permits & valid passport. The best source of visa information is the embassy of the country itself.
If you are interested in going ahead with this booking, we would require deposits or payments as follows either in the form of cash or cheque:
Please ensure that the names given to us for reservations match the names in your passport, as hotels, sightseeing tour companies are very particular about name changes. Mismatched names may result in heavy amendment penalties. We strongly recommend travel insurance as part of your package – we have excellent rates with the world’s best companies – please let us know if you wish us to add this to your package.
Economy class airfare from Dubai / Colombo / Dubai.
2 nights accommodation in Dambulla & Kandy based on double room occupancy.
1 night accommodation in Colombo based on double room occupancy.
Transportation as per the itinerary on private car.
Sightseeing tours in Dambulla, Kandy & Colombo.
Complimentary travel insurance.
All airline and hotel taxes.