Luxury Tour Sri Lanka

Destination: Colombo, Kandy, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Nuwara Eliya

From US$ 1,276 to US$ 2,394 8 days excluding flights

DAY – 1:  Airport – Sigiriya  
Arrival at the Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport, Sri Lanka, the tropical paradise, will be met and assisted by representative of Crystal Holidays and transfer to Sigiriya. Rest of the day at leisure  
Overnight stay at Wild Grass Nature Resort, Sigiriya or similar (   
Wild Grass Nature Resort is set amidst 30 acres of unfenced forestland that is frequently visited by rabbits, deer, wild boar, monkeys and over 40 species of birds as well as the occasional wild elephant.     
Sigiriya - is a major archeological site in. It was made a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982, under the title "Ancient City of Sigiriya, preserving the ruins of an ancient palace complex built during the reign of King Kasyapa (477 – 495 AD). The most distinctive landmark within the ancient palace grounds is the amazing Sigiriya Rock, also called Lion Rock, a hardened magma plug from a long extinct and eroded volcano.   

DAY – 2:  Dambulla - Polonnaruwa - Dambulla  
After breakfast, excursion to World Heritage Site Polonnaruwa, home to some of medieval Sri Lanka’s finest art and architecture, including the giant Buddha statues of the Gal Vihara Visit the wonderful ancient relics at Polonnaruwa  In the evening Sigiriya Rock Fortress the world Heritage Site and see the famous decorated its sides with colorful frescoes.   Overnight stay at Wild Grass Nature Resort, Sigiriya or similar  
Polonnaruwa – A ‘World Heritage Site’, Polonnaruwa was the medieval capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to the 13th century AD. Great revival was achieved in the country, politically, economically and socially during the periods of kings Vijayabahu 1, Parakramabahu 1 and Nissankamalla. The monuments here are better preserved than at Anuradhapura - the previous capital. Parakrama statue, royal palaces, audience halls, Vata-da-ge, Thuparama, Rankoth Vehera, Kiri Vehera, Gal Vihara, Lankathilaka & Thivanka Image House are some of the interesting monuments here.  
Sigiriya - Home to the 5th century ‘Fortress in the Sky’ built by King Kasyapa 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 defense, the huge rock rises to a sheer height of almost 500 feet.  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 survives in the form of frescoes of life-sized damsels in all the freshness and delicacy of their original colours.

DAY – 3:  
Dambulla – Kandy  
After breakfast, leave for Kandy, the cultural capital of Sri Lanka is a World Heritage Site and has number of tourist attractions. While travelling to Kandy, en route visit Dambulla Cave Temple, crammed with Buddhist statues and decorated with Sri Lanka’s finest murals & Spice Garden in Matale to see different Spices for which Sri Lanka is famous   
Overnight stay at Mountbatten Bungalow, Kandy (  
Mountbatten Bungalow, Once the alleged Kandy Residence of Lord Mountbatten, this century old bungalow, has been renovated and refurbished into an up-market boutique theme bungalow.   
Kandy - The hill capital; venue of the annual Esala Perahera (Local festival at Kandy); the last stronghold of the Sinhala kings, was finally ceded to the British in 1815. Surrounded by hills, the Mahaweli River and the virgin forest, it is the center of Buddhism, arts, crafts and culture in Sri Lanka. Kandy is an example of Buddhism’s influence in Sri Lanka today. Temples, shrines and monasteries keep Buddhist traditions alive.   
Spice Gardens at Matale - See the luscious cinnamons, cardamoms, pepper plants etc. You can also purchase your requirements of spices. Afterwards visit a Batik factory where you can see the manufacture of beautiful Batik prints and also purchase a wide variety of Batik items.  

DAY – 4:  Kandy  
After breakfast, start the City tour of Kandy, visit Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya which is a paradise for nature lovers, Upper Lake, Market and Gem Museum & Shopping etc..,  
Evening, you will be taken to visit the Temple of the Tooth which is also known as Dalada Maligawa, Thereafter witness a cultural dance show featuring various dance types of Sri Lanka.  
Overnight stay at Mountbatten Bungalow, Kandy or similar 
Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya – Started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the kings of Kandy, 147 acres in extent, it has more than 4,000 species of rare and endemic trees and plants as well as flora from the tropical world. This is a haven not only for scientists but to every nature lover too. The Spice Garden and Orchid House within the Gardens are popular with tourists.  
Temple of the Tooth Relic (Dalada Maligawa) – According to legend, the tooth was taken from the Buddha as he lay on his funeral pyre. It was smuggled to Sri Lanka in 313 AD, hidden in the hair of Princess Hemamali who fled the Hindu armies besieging her father's kingdom in India. The temple was originally built under Kandyan kings between 1687 and 1707, but later severely damaged during the 18th-century colonial wars against the Portugese and Dutch. After the wars, the original wooden structures were restored in stone.  

DAY – 5:  Kandy – Nuwara Eliya 
After breakfast, visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage .The foster – home of elephants of different age and size feed, bathe, play together and even mate.   Thereafter leave for Nuwara Eliya, is one of the most scenic city & Little England of Sri Lanka   On the way visit a working Tea factory and green Tea plantations     
Overnight stay at Langdale by Amaya, Nuwara Eliya or similar ( 
Langdale by Amaya, the majestic mountains, tethered with the sublime beauty of surrounding greenery seems to beckon many travelers to the respite of Nuwara Eliya. At the height of this resonating calmness, Langdale by Amaya stands with an almost conventional colonial charm, abounding with vibrant activities.   
Nuwara Eliya - The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of mountains, valleys, waterfalls and tea plantations and is 6,200 feet above sea level. In 1826 some British Officers out on shooting, chanced on Nuwara Eliya plains, and Sir Edward Barnes investigated on it. In 1828 a road was constructed over the ridge at Ramboda Pass and a station for convalescent soldiers was established. 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. The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic. Seasons may be absent elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers, which bloom during spring (March to May) and fall between August and September.  
Tea Plantations - Tea was first planted in Sri Lanka in 1824 at the Royal Botanical Gardens in 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 in 8 hectares of forestland in the Loolkondura Estate. In 1873, the tea export industry of Sri Lanka began with a modest 23 lbs. being shipped to London. Today more than 200,000 hectares in highlands and other areas are under tea and around 300 million kilograms (25% of world tea exports) are exported by Sri Lanka as the world’s largest tea exporter. Tea grows only on rolling terrain and is classified by elevation into Low Grown, Medi um grown & High Grown.  

DAY – 6:  Nuwara Eliya  
After breakfast, breathe in the fresh mountain air as you take in all the beauty this place has to offer with its hills, waterfalls and green forests, Gregory Lake, & Golf Club etc.., & enjoy a Nuwara Eliya City tour.  
Overnight stay at Langdale by Amaya, Nuwara Eliya or similar   

DAY – 7:  Nuwara Eliya - Colombo  
After breakfast leave for Colombo, a port city, with a rich colonial heritage, on the Western coast is a potpourri of races, religions and cultures. Rest of the day at leisure  
Overnight stay at Casa Colombo or similar (   

DAY – 8:  Colombo - Airport  
After breakfast, proceed to Airport in time to check in for your departure flight.    

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