Sri Lanka Mini Tour

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Fall in Love with the History, Beauty and Culture of Sri Lanka

With a documented history dating back 3,000 years, Sri Lanka is an island country of impressive beauty and culture. The country has been mentioned as 'Lanka' in the Hindu epic Ramayana. According to Hindu traditions, it's Lanka where Ravana (the demon king) had built his fortress. Ravana abducted Sita, the wife of Rama, and kept her in his fortress. When Rama came to know of it, he sent Hanuman (the monkey god) to destroy Lanka and get back Sita. Hanuman was also followed by Rama and his troops who entered Lanka by building a bridge from the mainland across the sea. The Sri Lanka Mini tour will reveal all this interesting religious history.

Apart from being steeped in Hindu mythology, Sri Lanka is also a great tourist destination with plenty to see and do. During your mini tour to the country, you'll visit national parks, temples, fortresses, botanical gardens, monasteries and museums among others. If you're an adventure sports lover, you can also indulge in a number of adrenaline-pumping activities like surfing, diving, hot air ballooning etc. The country also attracts a large number of tourists for watching whales and dolphins. The country's cities and towns are also reminiscent of the colonial era. Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, amazes travellers with a heady mix of the old and the new. The Portuguese, the Dutch and the British have left their marks all over Colombo in the form of churches and monuments.

During your Sri Lanka mini tour, you'll discover the country's history, natural beauty and archaeological sites among others. In addition to all these, you'll also have the opportunity to enjoy cultural dance performances by native artists. All in all, this tour will make you fall in love with the tropical island of Sri Lanka. At the end of this mini tour, you may want to spend more days in Sri Lanka. That's what the country is all about and that's why it's so popular with tourists from all over.

Detailed itinerary

Day 01 Arrival and drive to Dambulla

Arrival, meet & greet and proceed to Dambulla/Habarana via Pinnawala. Pinnawela, about 80 km northeast of Colombo, is regarded as the biggest herd of captive elephants in the world. Among the elephants is one that lost a foot when it stepped on a mine. Another is blind and is totally reliant on humans. The elephant herd in Pinnawela makes the journey to the river twice a day to bathe under the eyes of the tourists. The sound of cameras clicking increases every Sigiriya Rock Dambullatime one of the young elephant babies splashes about in the water. Overnight in Dambulla/Habarana

Day 02 Dambulla to Kandy

After breakfast climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress Part hedonistic pleasure palace, part fortress and part sacred complex, Sigiriya is one of the island's most awe-inspiring archaeological sites and a leading tourist attraction. In fact some consider it to be one of the oldest tourist attractions in the world with visitors recording their impressions in some of the earliest-known graffiti. Located north of Dambulla, 116km from Colombo, the site consists of a sheer rock that rises over 200m with the ruins of a palace on the top and a vast pleasure garden complex at the foot. For just two decades in the 5th century AD, Sigiriya rose to prominence following a power struggle between two brothers, and an act of patricide that saw the then king walled-up alive by his son, Kasyapa. Fearful that his defeated brother would return from exile to extract vengeance, Kasyapa shifted the capital to Sigiriya.

hereafter proceed to Kandy en-route visiting 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.

Afternoon city tour of Kandy including a visit to the Temple of The Tooth, and this will be followed by a Cultural Dance Performance. Nestled amidst lush mountains in the north of the island's hill country, the Royal City of Kandy Traditional DanceKandy, 116km 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

Day 03 Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast proceed to Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Sri Lanka’s botanic gardens have a long and proud history, punctuated by colonialism, and industrial change & throughout this period the gardens have continued to flourish, and the plant collections and herbarium grown. Here, exotic crops such Great SightSeen Nuwara Eliya Srilankaas coffee, tea, nutmeg, rubber and cinchona (quinine) - all of which later became important to Sri Lanka's economy – 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.

Proceed to Nuwara Eliya en-route visiting a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced.

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 bundles of turnips, leeks, marrows and cabbages to the markets. 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.

Day 04 Nuwara Eliya to Colombo

After breakfast proceed to Colombo via Kitulgala. Continue to Colombo and a city tour of Colombo. The commercial capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo is a fascinating city, a blend of East & West as well as a cozy mixture of past & present, is dotted with numerous interesting and important tourist attractions including colonial era buildings. The original trading settlers - the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have all left in their wake churches and monuments, names and religions, costumes and food and smatterings of their languages which have been absorbed into the speech of the Sri Lankan. Overnight in Colombo

Day 05 Departure from Colombo

After breakfast proceed to airport for the departure

What’s Included

Airport Services

Private air conditioned car with driver Company staff for airport assistance

Accommodation

11 nights in handpicked hotels, 02 nights in Camps

Meals

13 Breakfasts, 02 Lunch, 02 Dinners

Transport

All ground transport for sightseeing trips,

Guides / Escorts

Expert local tour guides for sightseeing tours

Activities

Trekking Equipment including mattress and tent

Other inclusions

Govt of India taxes and Company service charges, Travel and Trekking Permit

What’s not included

Flights

International or domestic flights are not included

Travel insurance

Please carry valid travel insurance

Visa

Visa fee and charges

Entry Tickets

Monument and museum tickets

Meals

Meals not specified

Personal expenses

Any kind of personal expenses/bills

Accommodation Style Max Holidays

Accommodation style

09 nights in standard handpicked hotels including 02 nights stay in a heritage hotel at Jaipur or Udaipur and 02 nights stay at Pushkar fair in a tent or a hotel near the event ground. All hotels are carefully selected and pre-booked for a comfortable stay of the guests.

Staying in a single room will attract supplement charges which can be informed to you by our customer care executive during the course of correspondence. Please ask for it incase required.

Remark : Our Pushkar fair tour offers flexibility of upgrading accommodation to higher classat additional cost.