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Sri Lanka is the land of festivals and traditions… one of the most magnificent of these festivals is the Kandy Esala Perahera. This is a religious festival and one of the biggest Buddhist celebrations of the year, during which devotees pray for good rains to cultivate the crops. One of Buddhism’s most sacred relics, the Sacred Tooth is taken from the Temple of the Tooth and paraded through the streets in a golden bejeweled casket that sits on top of the majestic ‘Maligawa” (temple) elephant. Following the parade many more festive events take centre stage and visitors can expect to see a lively cast of Kandyan dancers and drummers in colorful traditional costumes. Kandyan Chieftains in medieval court dress, gaily caparisoned elephants numbering almost one hundred, country dancers, acrobats, whip crackers, torch bearers etc., make it an unforgettable experience for any traveler……
Sri Lanka Tour Itinerary
Arrival at Colombo Airport.
DAY 1 AIRPORT / SIGIRIYA (225km)
Arrive at the airport and be met by our representative and transfer to Hotel in Sigiriya.
En route visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
Pinnawala, Visit the Elephant Orphanage, the foster – home of elephants of different age and size feeding, bathing, playing together and even mating. These have been found injured or left abandoned in the wilderness. There are even little baby calves born in captivity.
P.m Climb the rock fortress.
The Lion Rock Fortress of Sigiriya which contains beautiful frescoes of heavenly maidens with flowers and fruit baskets and a palace garden with an intricate irrigation system – Sigiriya is called the 08th Wonder of the World. This was the Royal Citadel of King Kasyapa who ruled in the 5th Century A.D.
Overnight stay at Hotel – Sigiriya
DAY 2 SIGIRIYA / ANURADHAPURA / SIGIRIYA (155km)
After breakfast leave for Anuradhapura.
Anuradhapura was the first Capital of Sri Lanka and it is also referred to as the Cradle of Buddhism since Buddhism was first preached officially at Mihintale in Anuradhapura.The city that was founded in the 5thcentury B C has many monuments related to Buddhism and The culture of Sri Lanka.
Where Buddhism was officially introduced to a king of the 3rd century B.C. Today it is very popular with Buddhist pilgrims and tourist the complex consists of rocks caves ponds and stupas. First monastery of Sri Lanka and the worlds first declared sanctuary.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Sigiriya.
DAY 3 SIGIRIYA / POLLONNARUWA (180km)
Breakfast at Hotel. Leave for Pollonnaruwa.Proceed to Pollonnaruwa.
02nd Capital of Sri Lanka, City Tour including visits to the Gal Vihara with its majestic rock statues of the Buddha in standing, reclining and seated forms, the Thuparamaya, the princes’ pond, Lankathilaka Viharaya and the relic houses of Watadageya, Hatadageya and the Atadageya.
The Elephant that was the limousine, Bulldozer, War Tank, Status Symbol, Wealth Asset and Domestic pet in the past is today an element that adds colour to pageants or the gentle Giant that gives pleasure rides.
The Elephant Safari Habarana (At Village) has become a highlight event to tourist for its excitement and adventure or even for the “Chance of a Life Time ” of riding an Elephant.
The Elephant Safari is a ride on an Elephant with safely secured seat that takes around two hours. The ride takes you on a bund of an ancient lake built for irrigation then through the jungle and even crosses a part of the lake where you could get your feet wet whilst seated on Elephant Back. This is fun never to be missed when in Sri Lanka.
Overnight stay at Hotel – Sigiriya.
DAY 4 DAMBULLA / KANDY (145km)
Leave for Kandy. En route visit the Cave Temples of Dambulla,
CAVE TEMPLE DAMBULLA
In the 1st century B C a king of Anuradhapura fled the city due to a South Indian invasion and took refuge in the caves of Dambulla. On recapturing Anuradhapura after 13 years, the king converted the caves in to monastery and gifted it to the Buddhist monks.
En route visit spices Garden in Matale.
Where spices and herbs used for Sri Lankan cuisine and medication are grown. Spices of Sri Lanka attracted the early sea faring merchants who made the long voyages to purchase this precious merchandise.
P.m. Visit art and craft centre and Gem Bureau where you will be shown a documentary film on how Sri Lankan Gem mining is traditionally done.
Next Sight seeing of Kandy including Upper Lake Drive and visit to Art and Craft Centres.
Next enjoy a typical Sri Lankan Cultural Show of Drumming Dancing music and fire walking.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Kandy.
DAY 5 KANDY / BOTANICAL GARDEN / KANDY (45km)
Breakfast at Hotel. visit the Botanical Garden Peradeniya.
Which was a pleasure garden of a Kandyan King of the 16th Century and later made in to a Botanical Garden during the British regime.
P.m. At leisure
Overnight at Hotel. – Kandy.
DAY 6 KANDY / AT LEISURE (0km)
Breakfast at Hotel. A.m. At leisure
Evening Kandy Perehera
KANDY PERAHERA – (ESALA PERAHERA)
The significance of this great event is to invoke blessings of the gods to give the farmers rain to cultivate their crops. This ritual is performed by carrying the sacred tooth relic of the Budda through the city streets which is done with great ceremony.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Kandy.
DAY 7 KANDY / COLOMBO / NEGOMBO (170km)
Breakfast at Hotel. Leave for Colombo.
En route visit
Visit a Tea Plantation and a Tea Factory en route. Sri Lanka being famous for its “Ceylon Tea” has added cheer to many the world over for more than a century.
Sight seeing of kandy including Upper Lake Drive.
City Tour and Shopping
The City Tour will include places of Tourist interest such as Old parliament, Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, Buddhist Hindu Temple and Town Hall.
Shopping at Odel, House of Fashion, Bare foot etc.
Proceed to Negombo. En route visit fishing village.
The fishing village of Negombo has turned out to be a very popular Tourist Beach Resort, for its Golden Sun kissed Beach that’s fringed with Palm Groves. The amazing fact is that the development of the tourist industry has had no influence to change originality of the quiet fishing village or the Life style of the inhabitants.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Negombo.
DAY 8 NEGOMBO / AIRPORT (20km)
After breakfast leave for Airport…
RELAX & SHOPPING…GOODBYE TO SRI LANKA