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Temple Of The Tooth Relic

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Cultural & Central Country

6 Day tour of Sri Lanka

Go on a full tour of Paradise Island, experiencing all the sensations of each and every continent. From the scenic hills and cool breeze in Kandy, to historical and cultural masterpieces which are named UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and the Sigiriya ‘Lion Rock’ Fortress and the Dambulla Golden Cave Temples. Explore the wilderness and go adventuring on an exciting safari through Minneriya National Park. Spend an unforgettable time among the Gentle Giants of Pinnawala where they find refuge at the famous Millennium Elephant Foundation.

Highlights

  • World Class – UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Gentle Giants – Millennium Elephant Foundation.
  • Into the Wild – Minneriya National Park.
  • Spice Trails – Spice & Herbal Gardens in Matale.
  • Last Kingdom – Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic & Kandyan Culture.

Itinerary

Negombo - 1 Night

Day 01

Arrive at Colombo International Airport. Here, you will be met by a designated chauffer guide from Lakpura. After the formalities at the airport you will be escorted to your air conditioned vehicle and proceed to Negombo and check in to the hotel and relax. (Travel Time: 20 to 30 mins)

Overnight Stay

Economy Option (3 Star) – Hotel J
Standard Option (4 Star) – Jetwing Beach
Luxury Option (5 Star & Boutique) – Heritance Negombo

Dambulla - 2 Nights

Day 02

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and proceed to Dambulla. En-route make a stop at Pinnawala and visit the Millennium Elephant Foundation. (Travel Time: 2 to 2 ½ hrs)

Millennium Elephant Foundation

Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF) is a family run non-government organization (NGO) dedicated to improving the welfare of domestic elephants throughout Sri Lanka. The Foundation provide and fund the care, medical treatments, food, mahout salaries, the running costs of the charity as well as having an on call Mobile Veterinary Unit which travels around the country treating sick elephants in need. The Elephant Walk Experience is another alternative to elephant riding for tourists, which is an ethical, up close and personal experience for tourists.

Afterwards, continue to Dambulla and check in to the hotel and relax. (Travel Time: 2 to 2 ½ hrs)

Dambulla Cave Temple

The historic Dambulla Cave Temples, date as far back as the 1st Century BC. View the ancient murals depicting the life story of Lord Gautama Buddha. Marvel at the hundreds of Buddha figurines and other deities scattered across the five main caves. Visit the Golden Cave Temple, the Cave of the Divine King, Cave of the Great King and the Great New Monastery. See the giant golden Buddha Statue just a little distance outside the cave complex and hear the legendary tales of this ancient kingdom.

Day 03

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the famous Sigiriya ‘Lion Rock’ Fortress. (Travel Time: 30 to 40 min)

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

The 5th century AD rock fortress Sigiriya, once ruled by the Sri Lankan King Kashyapa, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Sri Lanka’s most historical landmarks. Walk through the entrance framed by the paws of a lion that is quite appropriate for its name, ‘The Lion Rock’. View the beautiful unfading murals that brought Sigiriya its fame. Climb the steep staircase to see the terraced gardens and still-working cisterns, that are a mind blowing example of ancient Sri Lankan hydraulic engineering. Walk through the tunnels leading to the palace as you get a feel for times long past.

After making your descent, proceed to a local village in Sigriya and get an authentic experience in Sri Lankan Village Life.

Sigiriya Village Tour

Get a chance to go on an oxen cart ride, and experience the world from the view of a village farmer. Enjoy a relaxing catamaran safari across a calm lake. Walk through the golden fields ripe with their harvest of paddy. Watch an enjoyable traditional cooking demonstration that teaches you the basics of Sri Lankan cuisine. Delight your taste buds with a home cooked lunch; made over a wood-fire and served on fragrant lotus leaves placed over woven trays. Enjoy the life of a Sri Lankan villager, just this day.

Thereafter proceed to Minneriya and go on an exciting Jeep Safari.

Minneriya National Park

This three-hour safari takes you on a ride through the Minneriya National Park. Enjoy the sight of over 150 elephants congregating in one place during the famous Great Elephant Gathering, which happens in the dry season between May to October. In addition to elephants, get a chance to also see many varieties of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians in the scrub lands, forests and other areas of the park.

Overnight Stay

Economy Option (3 Star) – Fresco Water Villa
Standard Option (4 Star) – Cinnamon Lodge
Luxury Option (5 Star & Boutique)- Heritance Kandalama

Kandy - 2 Nights

Day 04

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and proceed to Kandy. En-route make a stop at Matale to visit a Spice Garden and take a guided tour. (Travel Time:  1 to 1 ½ hrs)

Matale Spice Tour

The Matale Spice Tour gives you a hands on experience of a Spice & Herbal Garden within the Spice capital of Sri Lanka, Matale. Here you will learn about Sri Lanka’s famous spices such as coriander, chili, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and their uses. The garden is enriched with herbs, spice groves and plants with fragrant greenery shading from the tropical trees that heighten the unique aroma of each spice and herb. Apart from gaining knowledge on Sri Lankan spices, this unique tour also let’s you learn about Ayurvedic medicine. The tropical climate in which the plants and herbs are grown helps them preserve its ancient originality.

Thereafter, proceed to Kandy, check in to the hotel and relax. Later, go on technical tours related to arts and crafts such as gem crafting, woodcarving, and batiks. (Travel Time:  40 to 60 min)

Kandy Cultural Show

Watch the Kandyan Cultural Show with its colorful traditional dances and delightful music. The Kandy Cultural Show gives you an opportunity to experience some of Sri Lanka’s traditions. Enjoy this hour long extravaganza as some of the most popular art forms of the island take to the stage. Get mesmerized by fire dances, sword dances, and watch the talented Kandyan dancers take to the air to the thrumming, primal beat of the drums.

Upon completion return to the hotel and relax.

Day 05

After breakfast at the hotel, go on a temple tour of Kandy, Sri Lanka’s last great kingdom.

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which was built in the 16th century as the place of veneration and protection for Lord Buddha’s sacred tooth. Walk through the beautifully embellished passageways and elaborately painted halls, done in red, cream and black. Lounge against delicately carved pillars and get amazed by the beautiful golden statues. This tour is an unforgettable experience of Sri Lankan art and history.

Upon completion take a romantic walk around the ambient Kandy Lake and explore Kandy town before returning to the hotel to relax.

Overnight Stay

Economy Option (3 Star) – Oakray Regency
Standard Option (4 Star) – Cinnamon Citadel
Luxury Option (5 Star & Boutique) – Earl’s Regency

Departure

Day 06

After breakfast at the hotel on your final day, proceed to the Colombo International Airport (CMB) and get ready for your departure after spending a memorable time on the Pearl of the Indian Ocean.

Price Starting From:

USD 495 Per Person

When to go on this trip?

The best time of the year you can enjoy this trip is All-Year-Round. The climate in Sri Lanka at these locations are such that you can enjoy this tour anytime.

When to book

We recommend that you book this tour at least 6 months ahead.

What add-ons are available for this trip?

We can arrange for just about any add-on’s on this trip. Have a chat with one of our Tour Consultants to help you decide.

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Hotel Timing

Standard Check in time : 1400 hrs.
Standard Check out time : 1200 hrs.
The above may differ from hotel to hotel. Speak to your travel expert for more details.
We are able to arrange early check-in and late check-outs depending on the hotels you choose. However, you may be subject to additional charges.

Booking Process

After deciding on which trip you want to go, send us an inquiry with the requested details. If you want to further customize this trip, our travel experts would be glad to help perfect the tour itinerary for you. Once all planning is final, the next step is starting the booking process. We request for a 20% deposit to confirm the booking. On receipt of the deposit, our team will start booking your hotels and the vehicles that were agreed upon. The balance 80% payment can be made 30 to 45 days prior to the date of arrival. For cancellation and refund policies please take a look at the terms & conditions.

Price

The price quoted is valid till April 2018. Will be subject to seasonal supplements. Speak to your travel expert to learn more details.

Packing Essentials

When packing for Sri Lanka, you only need to remember that this is a tropical country. Sunny weather & warm water. Hence, packing thin cotton clothing is essential. However, if your stay includes places like Kandy, Nuwara Eliya & Ella, we recommend that you pack a few sweaters just in case. You must not forget the following:

  • Effective mosquito repellent.
  • A good sunscreen.
  • (Ladies) Tampons – Nearly impossible to find outside Colombo.
  • Universal power adapter.

Travel Insurance

We recommend that you purchase travel insurance before you travel.

VISA

Visa can be obtained online via www.eta.gov.lk. You can obtain Visa on arrival as well, however, this option is not available for some countries. Do read more on this topic here.

Travel Information

Sri Lanka is a developing nation. Yet, there are many things you must look out for during your travel. For example; when visiting religious sites, it is important that you dress to cover. All key information you need to know before traveling is right here.