This comprehensive Sri Lanka tour package will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in historical sites, like the cave temples in Dambulla, the Sigiriya fortress and the sacred temple in Kandy. Also, experience the amazing culture and gorgeous landscapes varying from the dense jungle of Kandalama, the stunning waterfalls of Nuwara Eliya, the gardens of kandy and more.
Start your exhilarating Sri Lanka tour package by exploring the extensive golden cave temples at Dambulla. Dating back to the first century B.C., the 5 monasteries of the Cave Temples are a sacred site of pilgrimage. You will have the chance of admiring the intricate paintings of Lord Buddha, gods and godesses, the earliest being of 8th century, that adorn the ceilings. The 150 statues in the cave complex are also a marvelous work of art.
Next, climb away at the locally referred 8th wonder of the world, Sigiriya. The looming rocky outcrop of Sigiriya is perhaps Sri Lanka’s most dramatic sight. Go up steep stairways to a flat summit that contains the ruins of a rock fortress known to have been owned, built and fortified by the King Kasyapa. En route to the summit, gaze at well preserved frescoes that date back to approximately 1600 years, and a pair of gigantic lions’ paw carved out of rocks. The surrounding landscapes, lily pad covered moats, water gardens and quiet shrines gives Sigiriya its rock star appeal. Being the land of spices, we definitely should not miss a visit to the spice garden in Matale where variety of local spices are grown and harvested. Stroll amidst the fragrant greenery, learn about numerous spices and purchase some which are used in traditional remedies and cosmetics.
Spend the rest of the day at the second largest city in Sri Lanka; Kandy. Walk through the Royal Botanical Gardens; the finest of its kind in Asia. It spans an area of 147 acres and is adorned with around 4000 different species of plant life and well cut grass. Wander through the picturesque garden, find a nice space beneath a large tree, by a bamboo forest, by the lake or take a walk down the suspension bridge and enjoy the breathtaking nature surrounding you.
Being named as Ratna Dweepa (Gem Island) because of its rich history in gemology and its famous trades with the Persians and the British Empire, let your eyes feast on the island’s finest precious stones on your visit the gem museum in Kandy. Experience the distinctive culture of the Island demonstrated through Cultural Dance Show, consisting of 12 different traditional dances and an unbelievable fire walking show.Just before this exciting day draws to an end, visit the 16th century Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, lined with large processions of devotees seeking the blessings of their Lord. The temple remains the most blessed site for Budhists as it holds Lord Budha’s relic; a tooth.
Thats not all for this Sri Lanka tour package, travel through winding green hills from kandy to the salubrious, misty hills of Nuwara Eliya; a prominent tourist and local holiday destination famous or its vistas of tea plantations, glorious waterfalls and stunning lakes. Nuwara Eliya is dotted with around 30 waterfalls, some of which you will visit in this tour. Visit the second largest botanical gardens in Sri Lanka; The Hakgala Gardens, which contains over 10 000 species of flora. Also visit Seetha Amman Temple; a colorful Hindu temple where Seetha was held captive by the demon King Rawana. Observe the alleged footprints of Rawana’s elephant on the rockface. Do not miss the Galway’s Land National Park, one of Sri Lanka’s newest National Parks, a birdwatching haven also known for its significant number of animals. You will also visit Sri Lanka tea factory to witness the tea industry of the island, as Sri Lanka is one of the largest exporters of tea in the world.
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.|
Attractions Covered – Golden cave temples, Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Sigiriya rock fortress, landscaped gardens
Upon arrival to Sri Lanka, you will be escorted to Dambulla, to explore the ancient cave temples, after which, you would be driven to Sigiriya to encounter the mesmerizing ancient rock fortress. Relax after a long day at your hotel, where you will spend the night.
Attraction covered – Kandy City tour, Gem museum, Royal Botanical Garden, Cultural Dance Show, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Following a hearty breakfast, proceed to Matale and visit the aromatic Spice gardens followed by a tour around the city of Kandy where you will be visiting the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Gem museum. Subsequently, experience a distinctive Cultural Dance show and a fire walking show, after which, you can visit the enlightening Temple of Tooth just before you retire in your overnight hotel stay.
Attractions covered – Tea Factory, Waterfall, Hakgala Botanical Gardens, Seetha Amman Temple, Galway’s Land National Park
Travel through the winding hills from kandy to Nuwara Eliya post breakfast. En route, visit the famous Tea Factory, while passing along the numerous waterfalls you encounter while driving along. Visit the stunning Hakgala Botanical Gardens, the historical Seetha Amman Temple and Galways’s Land National Park during this enticing trip around Nuwara Eliya.
After breakfast, travel back to the airport to board your flight back.