Culture with Wildlife
- 1 Night in Sigiriya
- 1 Night in Kandy
- 1 Nights in Nuwara Eliya
- 1 Night in Yala
- 5 Nights in East Coast Beach – Trincomalee
- 1 Night in Colombo
DAY 1: WE SHALL WELCOME THE GUESTS FROM BANDARANAYKE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. WILL BE GOING TO SIGIRIYA VIA PINNAWALA.
Pinnawala- Pinnawala orphanage is situated northwest of the town Kegalla, halfway between the present capital Colombo and the ancient royal residence Kandy in the hills of central Sri Lanka. It was established 1975 by the Sri Lanka Wildlife department.
This 24 acres large elephant orphanage is a also breeding pace for elephants, twenty elephants were born since 1984, and it has the greatest herd of elephants in captivity in the world.
1975: 5 baby elephants
1978: 12 elephants, of those 5 babies.
1997: 56 elephants, and in
1998: 63 elephants
2000 70 elephants,
2003 65 elephants,
● Elephant Bathing
● Fruits Feeding
● Milk Feeding.
Sigiriya- Environment around the Sigiriya may have been inhabited since prehistoric times. There is clear evidence that the many rock shelters and caves in the vicinity were occupied by Buddhist monks and ascetics from as early as the 3rd century BCE.
In 477 CE, Kashyapa, the king’s son by a non-royal consort, seized the throne from King Dhatusena, following a coup assisted by Migara, the king’s nephew and army commander. The rightful heir, Moggallana, fearing for his life fled to South India. Fearing an attack from Moggallana, Kashyapa moved the capital and his residence from the traditional capital of Anuradhapura to the more secure Sigiriya.
Sigiriya is also called the “Lion’s Rock” and halfway up the Sigiriya rock climb, an open-air spiral stairway leads to a long, sheltered gallery in the sheer rock face. The paintings of the maidens are either believed to be apsaras (celestial nymphs) or King Kasyapa’s concubines, the frescoes remain in remarkably good condition in the present.
Sigiriya are considered one of the most important urban planning sites of the first millennium, and the site plan is considered very elaborate and imaginative. The Sigiriya’s plan combined concepts of symmetry and asymmetry to intentionally interlock the man-made geometrical and natural forms of the surroundings.
OVERNIGHT AT SIGIRIYA.
DAY 2: AFTER BREAKFAST WILL BE GOING TO KANDY AFTER VISITING DAMBULLA & POLONNARUWA
Dambulla- The area is thought to be inhabited from as early as the 7th to 3rd century BC. Statues and paintings in these caves date back to the 1st century BC. But the paintings and statues were repaired and repainted in the 11th, 12th, and 18th century AD.
The caves in the city provided refuge to King Valagamba (also called Vattagamini Abhaya) in his 14 yearlong exile from the Anuradhapura kingdom. Buddhist monks meditating in the caves of Dambulla at that time provided the exiled king protection from his enemies.
When King Valagamba returned to the throne at Anuradhapura kingdom in the 1st century BC, he had a magnificent rock temple built at Dambulla in gratitude to the monks in Dambulla.
In the afternoon we will visit some historical places in Polonnaruwa, show you the UNESCO World Heritage list, the capital, from the 11th to the 13th century, the country’s capital and seat of the king. Drive past numerous rice fields in the northern central province to Polonnaruwa.
The kingdom of Polonnaruwa was a city from the 11th to the 13th century, capital of the island and is the second oldest kingdom of Sri Lanka. Featured here is the statue of the city founder Parakrama Bahu I, Tivanka with many impressive frescoes, the “holy square” with the dome Thuparama and the reliquary Vatadage, the Statue Home Lankathilake, the White Dagoba Kiri Vehara and the rock temples Gal Vihare.
Admire the statues of Buddha carved out of rock – two seated in a meditating posture, a standing figure with arms crossed and a 14-meter long reclining Buddha at the entrance to nirvana. A true masterpiece of the former stonemasons.
Kandy- The impressive city of Kandy is located in the central mountains of Sri Lanka and has about 110,000 inhabitants. In Kandy visit a gemstone, a typical hand-held operation.
The landmark of the city is the famous Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa), which supposedly is the upper left canine tooth of the Buddha. . The last highlight of the day is the cultural dance show of Kandyan dancers.
• Temple Tooth
• Cultural Dance
• City Tour
• Village Walking
OVERNIGHT AT KANDY.
DAY 3: AFTER BREAKFAST WILL BE GOING NUWARA ELIYA
Nuwara Eliya- The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coldest places on the island, but is really just like an England spring day although the temperature does drop at night.
All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence. Houses are like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions. To know more about Ceylon Tea, you must visit a Sri Lanka Tea Factory or Tea Processing Center. There are hundreds of Tea factories in the Central Highlands, the Uva region and in the Southern parts of Sri Lanka. Some of these factories are situated in breathtakingly beautiful landscape, surrounded by indeed serene green gardens of tea.
A casual tourist to this island cannot call his visit complete, if he does not pay a visit to this place. Visitors to any of these Centers are normally treated with typical Sri Lankan courtesy and normal given an educative, guided tour on the various stages of tea manufacturing process.
• Village Walking
• Highland Farm
• Seetha Amman Temple
OVERNIGHT AT NUWARA ELIYA.
DAY 4: AFTER BREAKFAST WILL BE GOING YALA, TO EXPERIENCE THE WILD LIFE
Yala- Yala combines a strict nature reserve with a national park and is the second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Divided into 5 blocks, the Yala Nature Park has a protected area of nearly 130,000 hectares of land consisting of light forests, scrubs, grasslands, tanks and lagoons. Two blocks are currently opened to the public.
Situated in Sri Lanka’s south-east hugging the panoramic Indian Ocean, Yala was designated a wildlife sanctuary for animals in 1900 and was designated a national park in 1938.
Ironically, the park was initially used as a hunting ground for the elite under British rule. Yala is home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. Among its more famous residents are the world’s biggest concentration of leopards, majestic elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks and crocodiles.
OVERNIGHT AT YALA.
DAY 5: AFTER BREAKFAST WILL BE GOING TO THE EAST PART OF SRI LANKA.
CLIENTS WILL HAVE 5 NIGHTS STAY IN EAST COAST! (FROM THE DAY 5 – DAY 9)
Trincomalee- Trincomalee, one of the finest natural deep-water harbors in the world is located 257 km north-east of Colombo, capital city of Sri Lanka. Trincomalee is home to fine beaches of Nilaveli, Uppaveli and off-shore Pigeon Island. Recently Trincomalee has become popular as a Whale Watching destination too. The Dive centers at Nilaveli, Uppaveli support the tourists to enjoy their holidays in diving, snorkeling and swimming. Trincomalee district, called Gokanna or Gokarna in the history.
- Water Sports
- Whale Watching
- City Tour
Pasikuda– Pasikuda beach although popular and well known among locals, it isn’t a place frequently visited by locals or foreigners. This is a bit strange because it is one of the safest beaches for sea bathing in the east coast. Due to the lack of crowd it is very clean most of the time and the Navy does a good job of keeping it clean. It has the basic facilities like fresh water bathing, as well making it an ideal place for a sea bath.
In Pasikuda you want find many attractions, any shops or traders unless you go on a weekend and even if you go on a weekend you won’t find that many people. There are no luxury hotels in the area and you have to do with small hotels or houses rented out for visitors. The prices are very reasonable and you can get it very cheaply especially if you happen to visit on week days.
DAY 10: AFTER BREAKFAST DRIVER PICK YOU’LL FROM SOUTH TO COLOMBO TO ENJOY THE CITY LIFE.
Colombo- Colombo is the largest city of Sri Lanka, with a population of 5.6 million, in the city limits. It is located on the west coast of the island and adjacent to Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte (which is the official capital of Sri Lanka) suburb or the parliament capital of Sri Lanka.
Colombo is also the administrative capital of Western Province, Sri Lanka and the district capital of Colombo District. Colombo is often referred to as the capital since Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte is a satellite city of Colombo. Colombo is a busy and vibrant place with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins it was the political capital of Sri Lanka, before Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte.
Colombo is one of Sri Lanka’s points of interest, like the other developing cities in Asia, it is changing at a fast pace. There is many exciting things to do here in Colombo, visit shopping complexes such as Odel, Barefoot, Crescat Boulevard, House of Fashion.
OVERNIGHT AT COLOMBO.
DAY 11: AFTER BREAKFAST DRIVER PICK YOU’LL FROM HOTEL TO AIRPORT.