Arrival to Bandaranayke International Airport at 000 hrs on 000.On arrival the client will be met by the Ceylon Reach representatives and will be decorated with garlands of “Temple tree flowers”. Thereafter they will be introduced to the local tour guide who will be accompanying them around the Island. Afterwards transfer to Colombo.
After having breakfast leave for Sigiriya via visiting Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
• Check out from the hotel at 07:00 am / depend on the day situation guide will decide the final.
Approx. 2 hours’ drive to Pinnawala
*Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage - started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded, the orphanage has grown to be a big family today. The number of elephants has increased to more than 40 now, including baby Elephants brought from various parts, as well as the babies born, as a result of the captive breeding programe. A unique experience never to be missed (Approx. 1 ½ hrs to visit)
Afterwards transfer to Sigiriya and climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Approx. 3 – 3 ½ hours’ drive to Sigiriya
* Sigiriya- is home to the 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the fortress. Within its triple-moated defence the huge rock rises almost to a sheer height of 500ft. On its summit are the foundations of what was once a great and sumptuous palace and gardens complete with swimming pool. On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of Frescoes of life sized damsels in all the freshness and delicacy of their original colour(Approx.2 ½ hrs to climb & down)
After breakfast leave for Anuradhapura for sight-seeing en route visiting Aukana Buddha statue.
• Check out from the hotel at 07:45 am / depend on the day situation guide will decide the final.
Approx. 1 ½ hours’ drive to Aukana
*Aukana Buddha undoubtedly, the most magnificent undamaged ancient images in the island. This 5th Century statue, ascribed to King Dhatusena, is 42½ feet (13 meters) high, standing beneath a recently constructed brick shelter, a reconstruction of an image house said to have contained it 1,000 years ago. Aukana means “sun-eating “, and the image is best viewed when the sun rises. It is situated 32 miles (51 kilometers) southeast of Anuradhapura via the great tank of Kalawewa. (Approx. 30 minutes to visit)
Afterwards proceed to Anuradhapura & commence sight-seeing tour.
Approx. 1 ¼ hours’ drive to Anuradhapura
*Anuradhapura is the most celebrated of Sri Lanka’s ancient ruined cities. The city’s greatest treasures are its dagabas constructed of small sun-dried bricks and hemispherical in shape. The most notable of these dagabas are the Ruvenweli which dates back to the 2nd Century BC and is 300ft in diameter, the Jetawanarama is 370ft and the Thuparama which enshrines the collarbone of the Buddha. The city’s most renewed relic is the sacred Bo Tree which is said to have grown from a branch of the tree under which the Buddha gained enlightenment. It was planted 2250 years ago and is the oldest historic tree in the world. (Approx. 2 – 2 ½ hrs to visit)
Late afternoon proceed to Giritale via visiting Mihintale.
Approx. 20 minutes’ drive to Mihintale
*Mihintale – “Cradle of Buddhism” in Sri Lanka. Mihintale is the first sanctuary in the world for Flora & Fauna declared in 247 B.C and is still a sanctuary. The King of Anuradhapura met the missionary Arahat Mahinda here, and the monument dates from 3rd C.B.C. When you climb 1840 steps you see Ambastale Dagaba, Maha Seya, Kantaka Cetiya, Alms Hall, Hospital, Kaludiya Pokuna, Naga Pokuna and other monuments. (Approx. 1 ½ hrs to visit)
After breakfast excursion to Polonnaruwa for sigh-seeing.
• Check out from the hotel at 08:45 am / depend on the day situation guide will decide the final.
Approx. 20 minutes’ drive to Polonnaruwa
*Polonnaruwa - was the medieval capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th - 13th C.A.D Great revival was achieved in the country, politically, economically and socially during the period of Kings Vijayabahu 1, Parakramabahu 1 and Nissankamalla of the Polonnaruwa period. The monuments are better preserved than at Anuradhapura. Parakrama Statue, Royal Palaces, Audience Halls, Vata-da-ge, Thuparama, Rankoth Vehera, Kiri-Vehera, Gal-Vihara, Lankathilaka and Tivanka Image House are some of the interesting monuments here. (Approx. 2 hrs to visit)
Afternoon visit Wood Carving Factory in Polonnaruwa (Approx. 30 – 45 minutes to visit)
Transfer to Dambulla and visit Dambulla Cave Temple
Approx. 1 ¾ hours’ drive to Dambulla
After noon visit *Dambulla Cave Temple - is a vast isolated rock mass 500 feet high and a mile around the base. Here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century B.C. The caves of Dambulla sheltered King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne he built the most magnificent of Rock Temples to be found in the Island.
In the first Cave is a recumbent image of the Buddha 47ft long cut out of the rock. There are images of deities associated with Buddhism all around. The frescoes on the walls and the ceiling are the oldest here but they are over painted in the Kandy period.
In the Second Cave, the finest and the largest of all, there are 150 life-size statues of the Buddha in various postures with few statues of Gods and Kings. The ceiling is also covered with frescoes, which depict great events in the life of the Buddha and landmarks in the history of the Sinhalese people. (Approx. 1 ½ hrs. time to visit)
After having breakfast leave for Kandy, en route visit a *Spice Garden at Matale - you will see many spice gardens at Matale where Cinnamon, Cardamom, Pepper Creepers and all other spice trees, plants and creepers are planted for visitors to see them. Spice products are also available for those who would like to buy them. At all Spice Gardens visitors are taken round explaining each tree and plant and at the end explaining the use of them in food preparations.
• Check out from the hotel at 09:00 am / depend on the day situation guide will decide the final.
Also visit *Batik Factory - where you can see the manufacture of beautiful Batik prints. These shops contain a wide variety of Batik items.
Approx. 2 ¾ - 3 hours’ drive to Matale
Thereafter transfer to the Kandy & commence city tour in Kandy.
Approx. 45 minutes’ drive to Kandy
* Kandy - the hill capital. Venue of the annual Perahera The last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings was finally ceded to the British in 1815. Kandy is an example of the Buddhism’s influence in Sri Lanka today. Temple’s shrines and monasteries keeping alive Buddhist traditions are everywhere.
* Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic - ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess’ hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession. (Approx. 1 ½ hrs. time to visit)
Evening witness a cultural show featuring various dance types of Sri Lanka
• Check out from the hotel at 07:45 am / depend on the day situation guide will decide the final.
* Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya - 147 acres in extent; Started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the Kings of Gampola and Kandy. There are more than 5,000 species of trees, plants and creepers. Some rare and endemic as well as flora from the tropical world are found in the gardens. Spice Garden and Orchid House are popular with tourists.
There are 5 Palm Avenues beautifying the gardens, the earliest and tallest Palm Avenue (Royal Palm Avenue) was planted in 1905 and the Double Coconuts from the Seashells Island, with the largest seed of all plants in the world is one such avenue (Approx. 2 hrs. to visit)
Thereafter proceed to Nuwara Eliya visiting a tea estate & factory en route and Ramboda Falls
Evening commence city tour in Nuwara Eliya
Approx. 1 ¾ hours’ drive to tea plantation
Tea Plantation - Tea was first planted in Sri Lanka in 1824 at the Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, when a few plants were brought from China. More were introduced from Assam in 1839. In 1867 a Scottish Planter named James Taylor planted tea seedlings on an 8 hectares of forest land, in the Loolcondura Estate. In 1873, the tea export industry of Sri Lanka began with a modest 23lbs being shipped to London. Tea will grow well only on rolling terrain and is classified be elevation into low grown, medium grown, high grown, into 3 main groups. In 1996 Sri Lanka has produced 258 million kgs. Of tea and has earned Rs. 34,068 million by exporting 244 million kgs. of tea. (Approx. 1 hr to visit)
Approx. 1 hour drive to 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.
After having early breakfast excursion to Horton Plains.
• Check out from the hotel at 06:30 am / depend on the day situation guide will decide the final.
Approx. 1 ½ hours’ drive
*The Horton Plains - The highest plateau at 7000ft (2134 meters) is a National Park, visited by tourists and a large number of Sri Lanka tourists. The Patnas in the lower parts, rising from the Marshes and streams extends upto the tree-line. The trees, stunted by the wind and mist, covered with ‘Spagnum moss ‘ or old man’s beard, and the jungle is full of rare and endemic plants. The red flowered Rhododendrons, or the ‘Niloos’ that blooms once in 12 years, and the Butterflies, Birds, found only in the hill areas, the ‘Bear Monkey,’ large herds of Sambhur, Leopard and other animals are found in the plains.
The ‘World End’ and ‘Little World End” with sheer drops of 3000ft to the plantation below and the beautiful scenery, are not found anywhere else in the country. (Approx. 02 ½ hrs for safari)
Afternoon transfer to Tissmaharama and on the way visit Baker’s waterfalls
Early Morning pick up at 05:30 and leave for Safari at Yala National Park by jeeps.
*Yala - is a haven for Fauna both indigenous and migrant Bird concentrations are by the Lagoons. Salvers. Here are thousands of flamingoes, Assemblies of spotted billed, Spoonbills, Cormorants and various species of Herons. Pheasants, Pea Fowl, Peacocks and the Wild Fowl are found in hundreds. Wild Buffalo and herds of Wild Elephants are a common sight. Whether it is birds or animals you have them all at Yala.
(Approx. 2 ½ hrs. to visit)
Thereafter transfer to Galle
Approx.3 hours’ drive
Galle - 72 miles from Colombo. This is the most ancient and important harbour of the country, until the Colombo Harbour was established. Galle is identified as the ‘ Tarshis ‘ of the Bible. This was captured by the Portuguese in 1587 A.D, Dutch in 1640 A.D, and British in 1796 A.D. Most of the existing buildings dates to Dutch Period. The Bastians are still using Dutch names such as Zwart, Akesloot, Aeloes etc. Famous for lace making, Ebony carving, Gem cutting & polishing, out on shooting chanced on Nuwara Eliya plains, and Sir Edward Barnes investigated on it.
Thereafter leave to beach hotel & evening leisure at the hotel
*Colombo - a drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens. Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street - the Goldsmith’s quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area, where is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749. Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha and Independence Square.
Thereafter proceed to Airport to connect departure flight 000 at 000hrs .