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  Cultural Tour  
  Day 1

Meet and assist on arrival and proceed to Kandalama. Overnight stay at Kandalama Hotel.

Day 2

After breakfast Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The 'Lion Rock' is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the 'Heavenly Maidens' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster. Thereafter proceed to Dambulla.

Dambulla Rock Temple
Dambulla rock temple was built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and it is a World Heritage Site. It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka's cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 meters.

Overnight stay at Kandalama Hotel, Kandalama.

Day 3

Anuradhapura is Sri Lanka's first capital and the most extensive & important of Sri Lanka's ancient cities. The sacred bo-tree is the city's holiest site, and was grown from the tree under which lord Buddha achieved enlightenment. The Thuparama Dagaba, the oldest of many temples in the city is believed to contain the right collar-bone of Lord Buddha. The Jetavanarama Dagaba is the largest remaining structure and may once have been over 100m (328ft) in height and housed an estimated 3000 monks. There are also museums that invite explorations

thereafter proceed to Polonnaruwa and overnight stay at Hotel Sudu Araliya

Day 4

After breakfast city tour in Polonnaruwa and visit a Spice Garden in Matale.

Visit Polonnaruwa, which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and which is a world heritage site. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in 'Upright', 'Sedentary' and 'Recumbent' postures carved out of rock could be seen, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, the statue of king Parakramabahu, and the Parakrama Samudraya - a lake built by King Parakramabahu the great. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.

Spice Garden
Visit a spice garden in Matale to see different spices for which Sri Lanka is famous for. Here, clients could see different spices and how some of these spices are grown and processed. Witness a Cookery demonstration.

Thereafter proceed to Kandy and witness a cultural show. Overnight stay at Earl's Regency Hotel, Kandy.

Day 5

Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and it is a World Heritage Site. The name "Kandy" Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and it is a World Heritage Site. The name "Kandy" conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary. Also visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy.

After breakfast proceed to Colombo en route visiting Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975, commenced with seven orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but is soon became a conservation and educational centre. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawela started a scientific captive-breeding program for elephants. The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for respective individuals of both sexes to get together and mate. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, and in 1984, the first baby of Pinnawela was born. The success story of Pinnawela has drawn the attention of scientists from all over the world. A considerable number of books and research articles on Pinnawela have been published in several languages. The members of the Pinnawela herd have been filmed, videoed and photographed thousands of times by professionals.
  Cost per person sharing double room on bed & bedfast basis : USD 650.00 upwards

Note : all rates are strictly subject to change without prior notice and upon availability of mentioned hotels. Rates valid till April 30th 2013 only.  

The Tour Price includes the following
• Accommodation in standard room on bed & breakfast basis

• Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle throughout the tour.
• Services of an English Speaking Driver.

The Tour Price does not include the following
• Video and Camera permits at the Kandy Temple and video permits at Pinnawela.
• Lunch & dinner throughout the tour.

 • Entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary.
• Expenses of personal nature.

Any other services not specified above.


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