Splendors of Ceylon

Splendors of Ceylon

Day 01  :-

Arrival at Colombo International Airport. Here, you will be met by a designated chauffeur guide from Oceannex Travels. After the formalities at the airport you will be escorted to your air conditioned vehicle and proceed to Dambulla

(Approx Travel Time from Airport to Dambulla - 03 to 04 Hrs)

On arrival,check in to the hotel and free for leisure. 


Overnight stay at a Hotel in Dambulla

Day 02 :-  
After breakfast leave for the Sigiriya Rock Fortress where you could climb the 1200 steps and admire the fabulous frescoes on the walls of the ancient rock fortress.

(Approx Travel time from Dambulla to Sigiriya - 20 to 30 Mins)

The Sigiriya Rock Fortress is known as the 8th wonder of the world. This rock fortress was built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century A.D. and was a royal citadel for more than 18 years. In a sheltered a pocket, approached by a spiral stairway, are the famous frescoes. The summit of the rock, with an area of nearly one hectare was the site of the palace and the outer wall was built on the very brink of the precipice.  

The UNESCO sponsored Central Cultural Fund has restored Sigiriya 5th century water gardens to their former glory.

On completion proceed on a sight seeing tour around Polonnaruwa.

(Approx Travel time from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa - 01 to 01½ Hrs) 

Polonnaruwa was established as the capital by King Vijayabahu I after Anuradhapura had been invaded in the late 10th century. However it was under King Parakramabu I, who ruled in the late 11th century, that Polonnaruwa became a magnificent walled city. He built the vast reservoir, Parakrama Samudra (the Sea of Parakrama) still in use today, and ordered the construction of monasteries, temples, palaces, bathing pools and Buddhist statues, all set in a forested park surrounded by moats. During his period of rule it is said that Sri Lanka was known as the Granary of the East.

On Completion, return to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure, enjoying the hotel amenities.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Dambulla 

Day 03 :-  
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed to Kandy. En route visit Dambulla cave temple.

Dambulla Cave Temple is a vast isolated rock mass and it was here that king Valagambahu took refuge in the 01st century B.C. when fleeing from his enemies. He later turned the caves into a rock temple. The Golden Temple of Dambulla has been the centre of pilgrimage for Buddhists and Hindus alike for 22 centuries. It is Sri Lanka’s most popular historic site. The Cave monastery, home to Buddhist monks is covered with exquisite 2,000 year-old murals depicting the life and times of the Lord Buddha. The shrines also house a collection of 157 statues of Buddha in various sizes and poses, including a 15 meter long reclining Buddha and vividly coloured frescoes on the walls and ceiling, making this the largest antique painted surface in the world.

On completion proceed to Kandy En route make a visit to a Spice Garden in Matale.

(Approx Travel time from Dambulla to Matale - 01 to 01 ½ Hrs)

Matale is famous for its batik production and spice gardens. Batik has been an ancient art of painting cloth and today Sri Lanka is among the world leaders in the design of batik. Batik galleries and factories offer batik from simple single-colored designs to intricate multi-colored masterpieces. For centuries, spices have been one of Sri Lanka's celebrated exports. Spices are mostly grown in home gardens (as a home industry) and used not only to flavor food but also for medicine and cosmetics.

Thereafter continue to your hotel in Kandy and Check in to your hotel.  

(Approx Travel time from Matale to Kandy - 01 to 01 ½ Hrs) 

In the late afternoon, make a visit to The Temple of tooth Relic. 

It is located in the royal palace complex which houses the Relic of the tooth of Buddha.

After that, witness a Cultural Dance performance in the evening. These classical dance forms are associated with the performance of various rituals and ceremonies which are centuries old and are based on the folk religion and folk beliefs going back to times before the advent and acceptance of Buddhism by the Sinhalese people in the third century B.C. .

On Completion, return to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure, enjoying the hotel amenities.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Kandy

Day 04 :-
After breakfast proceed to visit Millennium Elephant Foundation.

(Approx Travel time from Kandy to Pinnawala - 01 to 01½ Hrs)

Elephant walk experience program at Millennium Elephant Foundation
Millennium Elephant Foundation was founded in 1999 as a charity in Sri Lanka for captive elephants.
Millennium Elephant Foundation has always offered people the chance to interact with elephants in a safe and responsible way for both the person and elephant, whilst learning about the plight of Asian Elephants. 

What’s included :

1. Personalized educated guide for your whole tour
2. Approx. 40 minutes walking with an elephant around the grounds watching and observing the way elephant behavior whilst learning about Sri Lankan elephants.
3. Bathing the same elephant in the river, which will be a personal experience.
4.Optional shower whilst standing next to elephant.
5. Free entrance and tour of Maximus Elephant Dung Paper Factory. 

On completion proceed to visit Royal Botanical Gardens.

This was originally the King’s own royal pleasure garden that was later converted in to a botanic garden and opened to the public. At the Royal Botanical Gardens at ‘Peradeniya’ you could treat your eyes to an amazing, wide and rare collection of tropical and temperate, exotic and indigenous flora, and an orchid house with the largest collection in Asia.
On Completion, return to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure, enjoying the hotel amenities.

On Completion, return to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure, enjoying the hotel amenities.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Kandy  

Day 05 :- 

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and proceed to Nuwara Eliya.

(Approx Travel Time from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya - 02 to 02 ½ Hrs)

Enroute Stop by Ramboda Ella for a Visit.  

Ramboda Ella is the 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and located by the Pussellawa. Ramboda falls consists of three sections. You will get a good view of the middle section from the A5 highway, just above the bridge. This is very small in size with compared to other parts. You can get a far view of the top part from the main road, but not the complete view of the fall. You need to climb up to see the top part of the Ramboda falls and there is a pathway just before the bridge. You may find the climbing bit difficult, but you will be compensated with the great view of the top fall and the surrounding. 

Thereafter, proceed to visit a Tea Estate.  

Here you would see how the world’s famous “Ceylon Tea” is manufactured. In 1824 a tea plant was brought to Ceylon by the British from China and was planted in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya for non-commercial purposes. James Taylor was a British citizen who introduced commercial tea plantation in Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Today even people who have never heard of Sri Lanka are familiar with Ceylon tea, which is known for its quality.

On completion,proceed to Nuwara Eliya for a sight seeing tour.

Nuwara Eliya is set in the heart of tea-country is a beautiful town where the British succeeded in creating a replica of the English countryside, with homes in styles from Georgian to Queen Anne. Well-kept lawns with hedges, an Anglican church, a famous golf course and beautiful parks give the place an air of nostalgia. Situated 6,200 feet above sea level, the air is cool and fresh – a serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Pony and Horse riding is available at the turf club of Nuwara Eliya to facilitate you with some sports and adventure.

On completion, Check in to your hotel in Nuwara Eliya and spend the rest of the day at leisure, enjoying the hotel amenities.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Nuwara Eliya 

Day 06 :-
After Breakfast, check out from the hotel and Proceed to Udawalawe via Ella.

(Approx Travel time from Nuwaraeliya to Ella - 03 to 04 Hrs)

Ella is a small sleepy village positioned high in the mountains, on the southern edge of Sri Lanka's Hill Country. Most visitors happy to be there many days. But if you are willing to pass through out of town, you can find plenty of things to do to keep you occupied.
It's situated in the middle of beautiful countryside, with small vegetable plots in the valleys, tea plantations on the hill slopes and forests on the tops.
On completion, Check in to your hotel in Udawalawe and in the evening proceed to Udawalawe National park. 

Udawalawa, Located approximately 200 km south-east of Colombo city and is a major eco tourism destination in Sri Lanka. The 30,821 hectares dry zone game park has an annual rainfall of 1524 mm and an average temperat ure of 29.4°C. It is most famous for the many elephants that live there (about 400 in total). During a visit, it is not unusual to see whole herds of adults and young elephants feeding or bathing and playing in the water! In addition to this main attraction, the park is home to many water buffalo, water monitor lizards, sambar deer, monkeys and the occasional leopard, as well as being an exciting location for bird enthusiasts.

On completion, return to your hotel and relax. 

Overnight stay at a hotel in Udawalawe 

Day 07 :- 
After breakfast, Check out from the hotel and Proceed to visit the colonial coastal town of Galle.

(Approx Travel time from Udawalawe to Galle - 02½ to 03 Hrs)

Galle is a coastal town where the Dutch presence is still visible. Galle was an ancient port (said to be the legendary Tarshish of the Bible), and our first international commerce and trade centre. Today, Galle is the bustling provincial capital and administrative centre of the south. It is famous for its lovely Unawatuna Bay, where the sea is reef protected and therefore safe for swimming. The old Dutch “Star Fort” (a World Heritages Site) covering 36 hectares, the well-preserved Groote Kerk (Dutch Church), Dutch Government House, the New Oriental Hotel (built in 1684) old bell tower and a tide-based Sewage-System, also introduced by the Dutch. In Galle they still make the Dutch ‘pillow-lace’ and do fine ebony carving and gem polishing.

Thereafter continue to Colombo.
(Approx Travel time from Kosgoda to Colombo - 02½ to 03 Hrs)
On arrival Check in to your hotel in Colombo and spend the rest of the day at leisure, enjoying the hotel amenities. 

Overnight stay at a Hotel in Colombo.

Day 08 :- 
Today after breakfast you will be transferred to the Colombo international airport to catch your flight back home, with all the happy memories of the tropical isle; Sri Lanka once known as TAPROBANE.

(Approx Travel Time from Colombo to Airport - 45 Mins to 01 Hrs)


We look forward to greeting you soon in Sri Lanka!
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Package cost includes

  1. Accommodation in hotels specified in the itinerary or in hotels of a similar standard.
  2. Meal plan as you wish.
  3. Air conditioned transport with services of an English speaking Chauffeur Guide through out the tour.
  4. Entrance fees to Sigiriya rock fortress , Minneriya National Park , Ritigala Monastery , Pinnawala Elephant orphanage , Temple of the Tooth Relic , Udawattakale Sanctuary , Horton Plains , Udawalawe Transit home , Udawalawe national Park , Sinharaja Rain forest
  5. Half a day Jeep Safari in in Minneriya & Udawalawe National Parks
  6. All applicable current local taxes, but subject to change at the time of booking

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