Place of Interest
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. The historic Dawatagaha Mosque and the former Eye Hospital are two buildings in Cinnamon Gardens worth looking at. Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha and the Independence Square.
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.
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.
Hakgala Botanical Gardens - Four miles south east of Nuwara Eliya is another prominent peak, Hakgala. At its foot lie the Hakgala Botanical Gardens, and beyond, the Hakgala Strict Natural Reserve. The gardens are smaller and less exotic than those at Peradeniya, but at 5,600 feet (1,707 meters) elevation the species of flora quite different. Opened as an experimental cinchona plantation (for production of the malaria antidote quinine) in 1860, the pride of the gardens is now roses and ferns.
Polonnaruwa - the Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th - 13th Century, contains some splendid and spectacular statues. Lankatileke, Tivanka and Thuparama are the most beautiful and largest shrine ruins and Tivanka has the best example of frescoes of the Polonnaruwa period. Rankot Vihara and Kiriwehera are well preserved large stupas, and Gal Vihare - a rock shrine, has four Buddha statues, two seated, one standing and one reclining and Parakrama Bahu statue are examples of Sinhalese stone carver. The Vata-da-ge is a unique creation of the Sri Lankan artists.
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.
Dambulla is a vast isolated rock mass 500ft high and a mile around the base. Here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century BC. The caves of Dambulla sheltered the 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 on the Island.
Spice Garden at Matale and see the luscious Cinnamons, Cardamons, Pepper plants etc. You can also purchase your requirements of spices.
Batik Factory where you can see the manufacture of beautiful Batik prints. The shop contains a wide variety of Batik items.
SRI LANKA RAMAYANA TOURS
DAY 01 - ARRIVAL / NEGOMBO BEACH
You are met with traditional Sri Lankan hospitality at the airport, and then taken in your own private air-conditioned vehicle by our courteous English -speaking Chauffeur-guide to the beautiful Negombo Beach, area. Then you will be check in to your hotel and have a change and proceed to Munneshwaram temple in Chillaw, Lord Rama after his victorious battle left for Ayodhya in one of King Ravana's vimana's. He felt he was being followed by bramhaasthi dosham as he had killed King Ravana who was a Brahmin.. He stopped the vimana at this juncture because he felt at this place the "Brahmaasthi Dosham" was not following him. He ascended from the vimana and asked God Shiva for a remedy. God Shiva blessed Lord Rama and advised him installing and praying four lingams at Manavari, Thiru Koneshwaram, Thiru Ketheshwaram and Rameshwaram in India, as the only remedy to get rid of the dosham. In the late evening back to the hotel after dinner.
Overnight at Silver Sands Hotel, Negombo
DAY 02 - ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE /DAMBULLA CAVE TEMPLE / SIGIRIYA ROCK
After breakfast, you will proceed Pinnawela to visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, where baby elephants are cared for by man. Then proceed to Dambulla, home of the famous Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, with it's marvellous Buddhist statues and frescoes dating back to our ancient times, all inside of an amazing cave!. In the late afternoon you will check into your Hotel in Dambulla and in the evening visit Sigiriya rock. Manavari is the first place where Lord Rama installed and prayed the Siva lingam after the end of the war with King Ravana. To date this lingam is called as Ramalinga Shivan. Rameshwaram is the only other lingam in the world named after Lord Rama
Overnight stay at Eden Garden Hotel, Sigiriya
DAY 03 - KANDY HILL COUNTRY
After breakfast, Then depart for Kandy, it was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. The name "Kandy" conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary. The centre of traditional Sri Lankan culture, and home to the Kings of old. There are brief stops along the way, to visit an ancient Hindu Temple, the 8th century curious hybrid of Buddhist & Hindu architecture, a Spice Garden, Batik Factory, Gem Shop & also a Wood Carving factory. Evening visit the sacred Temple of Tooth. Thereafter enjoy the Kandyan Cultural Show at the Kandyan Arts & Cultural Centre. The show features the graceful and rhythmic dancers and drummers culminating in an impressive fire walking display.
Overnight stay at the Devon Hotel ,Kandy
DAY 04 - NUWARA ELIYA / LITTELE ENGLAND
Today after breakfast visit Nuwara Eliya and a spectacular drive around the mountains, viewing endless tea plantations and majestic waterfalls, brings you to Nuwara Eliya, our "little England" where time seems to have stood still since the days of the British occupation. The Sita Amman Temple can be seen on route to Hakgala along the Nuwara Eliya Badulla Road. The prominent temple architecture will not fail to attract your attention on the way to the Hakgala Botanical Gardens from Nuwara Eliya. According to tradition, the site is associated with Sita of the Ramayana epic. Ancient statues of Rama and Sita can be seen on a side of the temple. The temple seen today is a modern building with its paintings, statues and pillars decorated with sculptures, all depicting the tale of Rama and Sita. The rear of the temple overlooks a stream, while from its front can be seen the Hakgala peaks.
On completion visit the Hakgala gardens.
The Hakgala Botanical Garden was one of the pleasure gardens of King Ravana of the well-known epic Ramayana. This garden was expanded during the British period and has a wide variety of flowers including an excellent collection of orchids this is the exotic pleasure garden where king Ravana kept the depressed Sita, insisting that she marry him. It was here where the heart-warming meeting took place between her and Hanuman, who brought her Rama's ring with the news that Rama was looking for her. He offered to carry her back but she refused saying it would be an insult to Rama's honour if he did so. Part of this majestic garden still exists. It is also said that Hanuman nearly destroyed it in order to prove to Ravana of the forces against him. Then in the evening visit the Gayathri Padam for the pooja. It is believed to be the place from where King Ravana's son Meghanath propitiated Lord Shiva with penance and poojas and in turn was granted super natural powers by lord Shiva
Overnight stay at Sunhill Hotel, Nuwara Eliya
DAY 05 Colombo City
After breakfast, you will proceed to Colombo, In the afternoon proceed from Colombo to Kelaniya. Visit the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya, which was a temple built in the 3rd century B.C. Kelaniya was one of the three places visited by the Buddha during his visits to Sri Lanka. Kelaniya is also the centre for traditional Sinhala pottery. Within the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara Temple is a s special shrine dedicated to Vibushana, king Ravana's brother, who allied with Rama in the struggle to rescue Sita. Even during the Ravana regime Vibushana was in charge of Kelaniya. In the evening visit Panchamuga Anjaneyar Temple at kalubowila.A Temple dedicated to Anjaneyar temple in Sri lanka.The only temple in the world to have a chariot for Anjaneyar. After visit the Anjaneyar temple do a Colombo city tour.
Colombo like many capital cities in developing countries is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the old world charm is retained. For example, there is a 100-year-old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings. Other places of interest are Hindu and a Buddhist temple; residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH).
Overnight stay at Omega Inn Hotel, Colombo
DAY 06 LAST DAY / AIRPORT
This is a day to relax and perhaps do some last minute souvenir shopping, and to say goodbye to beautiful & exotic Sri Lanka, and it's wonderful people, scenery, and mystical ambience, because today you will be transferred to the airport in time to board your flight home.
End of Tour.
YOUR 06 DAYS / 05 NIGHTS LUXURY TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:
Meet & greet services at the airport on arrival, All transportation by luxury air-conditioned private Mini coach
Welcome drink at every hotel,The services of an English speaking Chauffeur-guide, Your Chauffeur-guide's fuel, food and accommodation throughout, All air-conditioned star hotel rooms with private attached bathrooms, Only Daily Full Breakfast, English speaking guide,
And also all applicable local taxes of 45% and service charges are included, for only US$ 320 per Adult in air-conditioned 08 DOUBLE Sharing Rooms
PACKAGE COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Lunch & Dinner
Extra meals taken at the hotels,
Sight seeing entrance fees,
Expenses of personal nature,
Table drinks, and water bottles & room service laundry,
Private Telephone calls made,
Video and Camera permits