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Welcome to Sri Lanka! Upon arrival at Colombo’s International Airport you will be met by your friendly and knowledgeable guide and will be privately transferred to your hotel in Habarana. Habarana is the hub of the cultural triangle and the perfect location to start your epic Journey. Approximately a 3 to 4 hour drive (160 km) depending on traffic.
During your Journey your guide will give a small briefing about Sri Lanka and some safety precautions you need to take into consideration. Please feel free to ask your guide to stop for a break at any stage of your journey. On the way to Habarana you will pass beautiful coconut ranches, paddy fields and many majestic cities. There will also be plenty of time and opportunities to stop for photos in order to capture the moment.
Habarana is commonly referred to as the ‘Cultural Triangle’ this central plains area boasts of ruined temples and ancient cities that are combined with national parks and glistening reservoirs. Habarana is a UNESCO World Heritage site which includes the striking rock fortress of Sigiriya and the Dambulla royal temple which captures the crumbling archaeological treasures of Polonnaruwa. This stunning setting and historic interest means a stay in this region is sure to be a highlight of any trip to Sri Lanka. The rest of the day is yours to relax and unwind or you can ask your guide about what else is interesting in the area.
Overnight Accommodation at Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana.
Set off in the morning for the Sigiriyan Lion Rock which is 25 km from Habarana and approximately a 45 minute drive depending on traffic. Please ensure you wear proper walking shoes to walk up the rock and wear comfortable clothing. You will start by visiting the Sigiriya Museum to gain a better knowledge of the site. Below is we have provided you with some historical information to give you some background knowledge about the Sigiriyan Lion Rock before you visit.
In 477 CE, Kashaya I, 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. Afraid of an attack by Moggallana, Kashyapa moved the capital and his residence from the traditional capital of Anuradhapura to the more secure Sigiriya. During King Kashyapa reign (477 to 495 CE), Sigiriya was developed into a complex city and fortress. Most of the elaborate constructions on the rock summit and around it, including defensive structures, palaces, and gardens, date from this period. The Culavamsa and folklore inform us that the battle-elephant on which Kashyapa was mounted changed course to take a strategic advantage, but the army misinterpreted the movement as the king's having opted to retreat, prompting the army to abandon him altogether. It is said that being too proud to surrender he took his dagger from his waistband, cut his throat, raised the dagger proudly, sheathed it, and fell dead. Moggallana returned to the capital to Anuradhapura, converting Sigiriya into a Buddhist monastery complex, which survived until the 13th or 14th century. After this period, no records are found on Sigiriya until the 16th and 17th centuries, when it was used briefly as an outpost of the Kingdom of Kandy. In 1831 Major Jonathan Forbes of the 78th Highlanders of the British army, while returning on horseback from a trip to Pollonnuruwa, encountered the "bush covered summit of Sigiriya". Sigiriya came to the attention of antiquarians and, later, archaeologists. Archaeological work at Sigiriya began on a small scale in the 1890s. H.C.P. Bell was the first archaeologist to conduct extensive research on Sigiriya. The Cultural Triangle Project, launched by the Government of Sri Lanka, focused its attention on Sigiriya in 1982. Archaeological work began on the entire city for the first time under this project. There was a sculpted lion's head above the legs and paws flanking the entrance, but the head collapsed years ago.
After visitingthe Sigiriyan Lion Rock you will have the chance to go back to your hotel to relax and unwind before you depart on your Minneriya Jeep Safari. Safari will take about 3 hrs.
Over Night at Cinnamon Lodge.
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Polonnaruwa city tour. 46 KM 1.30 hrs.
After you indulge in breakfast your guide will take you to the second capital city of Sri Lanka. (Polonnaruwa). Please dress in something suitable for the temples as we recommend dressing in attire that covers your shoulders and knees. Another important note is shoes and hats aren’t permitted in the temples. The tour starts by visiting the museum and the Archaeological Park which contains many well preserved ruins within a compact area. The visit to the Polonnaruwa museum enables you to learn about the site in more detail. But before heading out to see it we highly endorse seeing the King Parakkramabahu Palace, Watadageya Thuparama, Rock inscription on a huge rock book, and Rankoth Wehera, Lankathilaka, and the Gal Viharaya. If you like to see all these highlightsit will take about 3 to4 hours to complete. The Site can be very hot, so it’s recommended to start in the early morning.
While Vijayabahu's victory and shifting of kingdoms to the more strategic Polonnaruwa is considered significant, the real "Hero of Polonnaruwa" of the history books is actually his grandson PARKKREMABAHU 1. It was his reign that is considered the Golden Age of Polonnaruwa, when trade and agriculture flourished under the patronage of the king, who was so adamant that no drop of water falling from the heavens was to be wasted, and each was to be used toward the development of the land; hence, irrigation systems that are far superior to those of the Anuradhapura Age were constructed during Parakramabahu's reign, systems which to this day supply the water necessary for paddy cultivation during the scorching dry season in the east of the country. The Kingdom of Polonnaruwa was completely self-sufficient during King Parakramabahu's reign. With the exception of his immediate successor, Nissankamalla I, all other monarchs of Polonnaruwa were slightly weak-willed and rather prone to picking fights within their own court They also went on to form more intimate matrimonial alliances with south Indian kingdoms, until these matrimonial links superseded the local royal lineage and gave rise to kalinga invasion by King kalinga Magha in 1214 and the eventual passing of power into the hands of a Pandyan King following the Aryan Chakrawarthi invasion of Sri Lanka in 1284. The capital was then moved to Dambadeniya.
Overnight at Cinnamon Lodge.
In the morning you will depart from your hotel to Kandy along the way you will be able to visit the Dambulla cave temple the spice garden if it interests you.
Kandy is the home to the lord Buddha’s tooth relic temple and the second largest city of Sri lanka and it is the last stronghold of the King’s era of Sri Lanka.
In 1592 Kandy became the capital city of the last remaining independent kingdom on the island after the coastal regions. Which had been conquered by the Portuguese through several invasions and most notably in the campaign of Danture. After the Sinhalese–Portuguese War and the establishment of Dutch Ceylon, attempts by the Dutch to conquer the kingdom were repelled.
The kingdom tolerated a Dutch presence on the coast of Sri Lanka, although attacks were occasionally launched. The most ambitious offensive was undertaken in 1761 as the capital, Kandy had become home to the relic of the tooth of the Buddha which symbolizes a 4th-century tradition that used to be linked to the Sinhalese monarchy, since the protector of the relic was the ruler of the land. Thus the Royal Palace and the Temple of the Tooth were placed in close proximity to each other.
The last ruling dynasty of Kandy was the Nayaks. Kandy stayed independent until the early 19th century. In the Second Kandyan War, the British launched an invasion that met no resistance and reached the city on February 10, 1815.
Visit Kandy and the Temple of Tooth Relic and wonder around Kandy Lake and the town center. In the evening enjoy a cultural dance show before you heading to your hotel.
Over Night at Cinnamon Citadel.
In the morning after breakfast you will depart from your hotel and travel to Nuwara Eliya which takes approximately 3 to 4 hours travel time. Along the way there will be two stops the first is the Tea Factory where you will sample tea and witness the production of tea and the second stop is at the Waterfalls. You may also want to take the Train Journey which will take a lot longer but boast memorizing scenery. Sometimes the train doesn’t stick to scheduled times however if you choose the train your guide will remain with you till you get on to the train. You may also want to visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden before going to the train station. Your guide will inform you of the perfect time to leave from the hotel and good time to leave from the garden as it takes around 2 hours. It is recommended to take drinking water and something to eat on the train journey.
If you choose the train your guide will meet you at Nanu Oya station and then take you to your hotel in Nuwara Eliya which is approximately a 30 min drive depending on traffic. Nuwara Eliya is located about 1900 meters above the sea level and is the coldest place in Sri Lanka. It is also home to the world famous Ceylon tea production. You will have free time to leisurely walk through the city and the beautiful Gregory lake area.
The city was founded by Samuel Baker, the discoverer of Lake Albert and the explorer of the Nile in 1846. Nuwara Eliya's climate lent itself to becoming the prime sanctuary of the British civil servants and planters in Ceylon. Nuwara Eliya, called Little England, was a hill country retreat where the British colonialists could immerse in their pastimes such as fox hunting, deer hunting, elephant hunting, polo, golf and cricket. Many of the buildings retain features from the colonial period such as the Queen's Cottage, Grand Hotel, Hill Club, St Andrew's Hotel and Town Post Office. New hotels are often built and furnished in the colonial style. Visitors in the city can wallow in its nostalgia of bygone days by visiting the landmark buildings. Many private homes maintain their old English-style lawns and gardens.
Over Night Accommodation at Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya.
In the morning after breakfast you will leave your hotel and your guide will drive you to beautiful Yala National Park. On the way you will see beautiful sites on your journey to Yala which will firstly stopat Ella. Where you will see the beautiful country side Tourist City, hike the Little Adams Peak, and visit the 9 Arch Bridges. The second stop will be driving down to the Rawana Waterfall and then continue to your hotel in Yala. You will Stop along the way for site seeing and activities and arrive at your hotel in the evening. Your guide will give you options of things to do or you can simple choose to unwind.
Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka, bordering the Indian Ocean. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public and also adjoining parks. The blocks have individual names such as, Ruhuna National Park (Block 1), and Kumana National Park or 'Yala East' for the adjoining area. It is situated in the southeast region of the country, and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The park covers 979 square kilometers (378 sq mi) and is located about 300 kilometers (190 mi) from Colombo. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattuwas one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards and aquatic birds.
You will have an early morning game drive the next morning your hotel will make you a breakfast packs to take with you upon request the night before.
Over Night at Cinnamon Wild Yala.
In the morning at 5. 30 Am you will set off on a game drive by a jeep to the Yala national park with your guide. It’s the second largest national park in the island, so you may lucky enough to see a Sri Lankan leopard, bear, samba dear, crocodile’s elephants and many more animals and beautiful birds and mesmerizing nice landscaping,
You will then be transferred back to your hotel and be given the opportunity to have some unwind time before departing to Galle. Which is approximately 180 km and 4 to 5 hour drive depending on the traffic condition.
Galle is an immensely charming town, which is located at the tip of the southwest cost of the island. You will see the remains of the best example of a European built fortified city in Asia the fort was built by the Dutch from the 17th century and is today a UNESCO World heritage site. The narrow streets are a delight to explore with decaying colonial buildings and numerous boutiques and cafes surrounded by grand fort walls.
Your Galle city tour will start by visiting the British built clock tower and have a walk along the fort wall to the light house. Your guide will provide any information that you request and afterwards will take you to your hotel in Gale.
Today you can leisurely enjoy the beach or sip on some cocktails the choice is yours a perfect chance to relax and unwind.
Over night at Jetwing Light house.
Your tour of Sri Lanka will come to an end and your guide will take you to Colombo International Airport. Please organize with your tour guide a pick up time surrounding your flight details as you should aim to be at the airport 3 hours prior to your flight departure. Travel time to the airport will be about 3hours depending on trafficand the time of day you travel along Galle Colombo highway.
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