Classical Sri Lanka Tour
Escape to Sri Lanka to Have the Time of Your Life
With a documented history dating back over 2,500 years, Sri Lanka is 'a good thing in a small package'. Though it looks like a tiny island, it has almost everything that would fill a traveller's heart with utter delight. In fact, it will surprise you with its cultural diversity, varied wildlife, numerous adventure sports, friendly people and delectable cuisines. The Classic Sri Lanka Tour takes you to such popular tourist spots as Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Yala, Bentota and Colombo.
If you're planning to escape the hum-drum of city life and have a tet-a-tete with unadulterated nature, Sri Lanka is a perfect destination. At hill stations like Kandy and Nuwara Eliya, you'll get an excellent opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the country. These places are not just hill stations of great beauty, but they're also redolent with memories of the Colonial Era. Explore the interesting historical past of the country while having the time of your life with your closed ones. At the Yala National Park, one of the biggest in the country, you'll enjoy a jeep safari into the untamed wilderness that's home to a variety of wild animals and bird species. The Bentota beach on the West Coast will enrich your tour experience further by giving you a chance to laze around vast expanses of silvery sands in complete solitude.
The Classic Sri Lanka Tour will culminate with a visit to Colombo, Sri Lanka's commercial capital. It's a modern city with beautiful relics belonging to the Dutch, the British and the Portuguese. The entire city is dispersed with churches and monuments of the colonial era. Almost every aspect of life (including dresses, food and languages) has been influenced by the colonizers of the past.
Arrive and Transfer to Dambulla
In the 12th century AD, the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa was one of the great urban centres in South Asia. Today, the well preserved ruins give you the chance to experience the grandeur of this period and marvel at the artistry of the island's early craftsmen. Located 142km from Colombo, Polonnaruwa was the island's second ancient capital. Many of the existing ruins owe their construction Parakramabahu Temple Tourto Parakramabahu the Great, the last in a sequence of warrior-kings, who developed the city on a lavish scale. He is also credited with the massive artificial lake that lies to the west of the city, The Sea of Parakrama. Overnight in Dambulla/Habarana
Dambulla to Kandy
Nestled amidst lush mountains in the north of the island's hill country, the Royal City of Kandy, 116km Â from Colombo, was home to Sri Lanka.s last independent kingdom, surviving two centuries of colonial incursions by the Portuguese and the Dutch before falling to the British in 1815. The legacy of this proud tradition lives on today in the form of the city's distinctive architecture, art and dance. Home to the sacred relic of the tooth of the Buddha, a visit to the Dalada Maligawa or Temple of the Tooth, is an experience no tourist should miss said to have been snatched from the Buddha's funeral pyre and smuggled to Sri Lanka in the hair of a princess, the tooth relic is of great spiritual significance. Each year in July or August is the Kandy Esala Perahera (perahera means 'procession') a spectacular display of medieval pageantry that includes caparisoned elephants, fire dancers and Kandyan drummers. Overnight in Kandy
Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
as coffee, tea, nutmeg, rubber and cinchona (quinine) - all of which later became important to Sri Lanka's economy â€“ were tested. Sights include a palm avenue planted by the British in 1905. Another British import was the enormous spreading Java fig which sprewls across the lawn, grown from a sapling brought from the East Indies. The gardens also have stands of towering bamboos from Burma, Japan China and the East Indiaes, and a fine collection of orchids from Sri Lanka and further afield.
Thereafter proceed to Nuwara Eliya. En route visit the factory and tea plantation. P.m. city tour. At the heart of the southern hill country is Nuwara Eliya (Colombo 180km), Sri Lanka’s highest town and a favourite hill station during British colonial times. The town is still touted as ‘Little England’, an illusion maintained by the presence of the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, a racecourse, the Victoria Park and excellent trout fishing in nearby lakes and rivers. You will find the temperature can drop close to freezing at nights and log fires are a common feature of the many Tudor-style houses.
Adding to the atmosphere is the spectacle of its townsfolk wrapped up in winter jackets and woolly hats, carting great Deer Yala National Parkbundles of turnips, leeks, marrows and cabbages to themarkets. Nuwara Eliya is a great base to explore the surrounding countryside: there are many walks on offer, including hiking around the lower slopes of the thickly-forested Mount Pidurutalagala, at 2,555m the island’s highest peak. A visit to the Hakgala Botanical Gardens, a short distance from Nuwara Eliya, is also recommended.
Overnight in Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya to Yala National Park
Yala to Bentota
Bentota to Colombo
Private air conditioned car with driver Company staff for airport assistance
11 nights in handpicked hotels, 02 nights in Camps
13 Breakfasts, 02 Lunch, 02 Dinners
All ground transport for sightseeing trips,
Guides / Escorts
Expert local tour guides for sightseeing tours
Trekking Equipment including mattress and tent
Govt of India taxes and Company service charges, Travel and Trekking Permit
What’s not included
International or domestic flights are not included
Please carry valid travel insurance
Visa fee and charges
Monument and museum tickets
Meals not specified
Any kind of personal expenses/bills
Why we are different than others?
Value for money
We offer services which are better comparing to other agencies running similar trips. Our drivers and guides are highly experienced and trained for hospitality. The hotels are carefully picked to ensure your comfort and safety.
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