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Tranquil Isle

Duration : 04 Nights / 05 Days

Destinations Covered : Dambulla - Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Dambulla - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Pinnawela - Beach Resort

Day 01 : Airport - Dambulla

a.m. Welcome and assist on arrival by our representative Transfer to Dambulla.
Check into hotel. Stay at leisure.

p.m. Visit the impressive Dambulla Rock Caved Temple en-route which sits 100m to 150m above the road. The hike up to the temples begins along a vast, sloping rock face with steps in some places. The caves’ as a place of worship is thought to date from around the 1st century BC. There are five separate caves of which the interiors are carved into magnificent rock temples containing about 150 images of the Buddha. The interiors are also gilded, earning the place the name “Ran Giri” (Golden Rock).
Return to the hotel.
Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel in Dambulla.

Day 02 : Dambulla - Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Dambulla

a.m. Breakfast at the hotel.
After breakfast leave to Sigiriya.
Climb the 180 meter rock which was a royal citadel for nearly 20 years. This great exiting site is nearly one hectare in extent. The rock fortress was built by King Kashyapa who killed his father to gain his wealth. This wonderful fortress is a masterpiece of artistry. Sigiriya has been made famous throughout the world for the frescoes on its rock wall and advanced water system. It is regarded as a World Heritage Site.

Also visit a Villager’s Home and see as to how a typical Sri Lankan meal is cooked using various spices, condiments and age old methods such as clay pots, grinding stone, mortar and pestle, hearth etc., You would also have the opportunity of tasting a typical Sri Lankan curry prepared by them.

Proceed to Polonnaruwa.
p.m. Sightseeing in Polonnaruwa with visits to the largest man-made reservoir, the “Parakrama Samudraya” (the sea of Parakrama) built during King Parakrama’s reign. Also see the ruins of Shiva Devales and Hindu style decor which show the influence of Hindu culture on Sinhala Buddhist culture. The “Gal Vihara Complex” with its imposing Buddha sculptures in granite which is one of the most evocative pieces of sculpture in the world can be seen. Unique style of brick work architecture can also be seen at Lankathilaka Viharaya. The other interesting places are the ruins of the King’s Council Chamber, the Royal Pavilion, Kirivehera and the Gal Viaharaya. All these places show the height of stone craft and artistry of this period.
Return to Dambulla.
Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel in Dambulla.

Day 03 : Dambulla - Kandy

a.m. Breakfast at the hotel.
After breakfast leave for Kandy.
Visit a Woodcarving Factory & Spice Garden in Matale en-route. At the Woodcarving Factory one could witness craftsmen display a variety of woodcarving skills.

The visit to a Spice Garden is an excellent way to discover the alternative uses of familiar spices which are integral to Sri Lanka’s cuisine and Ayurvedic traditions. You will see Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg, Vanilla Beans, Cardamom and Black Pepper to name a few.

Continue journey to Kandy.
p.m. In the evening view a colorful cultural show of Kandyan Dancers. The finale is a display of fire-walking. Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha (Sri Dalada Maligawa) which houses the most important Relic of the Buddhists in Sri Lanka. A gold canopy was erected some years ago over the roof of the shrine room where it is placed. Carried around by the ancient Kings, the tooth in question has witnessed all manner of calamities. You will also witness the pooja ceremony, the Sound of drumming, promises a dramatic climax. The tooth itself is never seen, kept locked up in a diminishing series of caskets which are closely guarded. The poojas of veneration are held at dawn, mid morning and dusk every day.
Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel in Kandy.

Day 04 : Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

a.m. Breakfast at the hotel.
After breakfast visit a Gemological Museum and Showroom. At the Gemological Museum you could view a video on the entire process of gem mining, cutting and polishing and also witness in reality how gemstones are cut and polished. Also visit a Batik Factory and witness as to how handcrafted Batik is made, which is a unique process.

Drive around the picturesque city. Kandy, the former capital of the country has a lot to offer – history, culture, forested hills and a touch of urban buzz and situated at an altitude of 500m. Kandy served as the capital of the last Sinhalese kingdom which fell to the British in 1815 after defying the Portuguese and the Dutch. The town and the countryside around it, is lush and green and has a picturesque lake as its centerpiece.

Thereafter visit the Royal Botanic Gardens in Peradeniya which is considered one of the best in Asia. Its extent is 60 hectares and had been laid out in 1832. It consists of a large variety both tropical and temperate flora, medical herbs and palms. The gardens were the setting for the South East Asia Command Headquarters during the World War II when Lord Mountbatten was in charge of operations.

Leave for Nuwara Eliya.
p.m. The road from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya climbs nearly 1,400 metres as it winds through jade green Tea Plantations and past crystal-line reservoirs. Kotmale reservoir can be seen from a little further up the road. Ramboda falls, 108 metres in height can also be viewed en-route. Also visit a Tea Plantation and Factory. You will be taken around the factory on a guided tour and explained the entire process of tea manufacture. You will also be given an Opportunity of tasting freshly brewed “Ceylon Tea”, considered as the best in the world.
Continue journey to Nuwara Eliya while enjoying the scenic beauty of the hill country.
Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

Day 05 : Nuwara Eliya - Pinnawela - Beach Resort

a.m. Breakfast at the hotel.
After breakfast drive around the city of Nuwara Eliya. It is nicknamed “The Little England” due to its unique climate and the atmosphere which some say is a typical English environment. The golf course, race course, horses, rose gardens and British style houses adapt to a perfect vacation retreat offering a level of perfection without equal. Many local travelers visit here for holidays especially during the warmest month of the year, April. Leave for the Beach Resort of your choice.

p.m. Visit the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawela en route.
The orphanage was created to protect abundant and orphaned elephants. It has now grown into the most popular jumbo attraction in the country and with good reason, for nowhere else expect at Peraheras (processions) are you likely to see so many elephants at close quarters. The elephants are controlled by their mahouts (keepers) who ensure they feed at the right times and don’t endanger anyone but otherwise the elephants roam freely around the sanctuary area. There are many elephants in residence from babies to young adults. Among the attractions, you will be able to witness elephants being lead to a nearby river for bathing. You could also see feeding of milk to the baby elephants which is the highlight of the visit.
Continue journey and arrive at the Beach Resort of your choice.