Srilanka Esala Perahera

Cultural & Central Country

Go on a full tour of Paradise Island, experiencing all the sensations of each and every continent. From the scenic hills and cool breeze in Kandy, to historical and cultural masterpieces which are named UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and the Sigiriya ‘Lion Rock’ Fortress and the Dambulla Golden Cave Temples. Explore the wilderness and go adventuring on an exciting safari through Minneriya National Park. Spend an unforgettable time among the Gentle Giants of Pinnawala where they find refuge at the famous Millennium Elephant Foundation.

SKU LK10071400
Accommodation Luxury Boutique
Meals Bed and Breakfast
Transport Private Air Condition Vehicle
Guide English Speaking Chauffer
Entrance Fees All Included
Taxes Included

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 01 Night in Negombo

Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). Here you will meet you designated Chauffeur guide from Lakpura. After formalities at the airport, proceed to Negombo, check in to the hotel and relax.

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 02 Nights in Dambulla

During your time in Dambulla, you can engage in the following activities.

Millennium Elephant Foundation

The Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF) is a family run non-government organization (NGO) dedicated to improving the welfare of domestic elephants throughout Sri Lanka. The Foundation provide and fund the care, medical treatments, food, mahout salaries, the running costs of the charity as well as having an on call Mobile Veterinary Unit which travels around the country treating sick elephants in need. The Elephant Walk Experience is another alternative to elephant riding for tourists, which is an ethical, up close and personal experience for tourists.

Dambulla Cave Temples

The historic Dambulla Cave Temples, date as far back as the 1st Century BC. View the ancient murals depicting the life story of Lord Gautama Buddha. Marvel at the hundreds of Buddha figurines and other deities scattered across the five main caves. Visit the Golden Cave Temple, the Cave of the Divine King, Cave of the Great King and the Great New Monastery. See the giant golden Buddha Statue just a little distance outside the cave complex and hear the legendary tales of this ancient kingdom.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

The 5th century AD rock fortress Sigiriya, once ruled by the Sri Lankan King Kashyapa, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Sri Lanka’s most historical landmarks. Walk through the entrance framed by the paws of a lion that is quite appropriate for its name, ‘The Lion Rock’. View the beautiful unfading murals that brought Sigiriya its fame. Climb the steep staircase to see the terraced gardens and still-working cisterns, that are a mind blowing example of ancient Sri Lankan hydraulic engineering.  Walk through the tunnels leading to the palace as you get a feel for times long past.

Sigiriya Village Tour

Get a chance to go on an oxen cart ride, and experience the world from the view of a village farmer. Enjoy a relaxing catamaran safari across a calm lake. Walk through the golden fields ripe with their harvest of paddy. Watch an enjoyable traditional cooking demonstration that teaches you the basics of Sri Lankan cuisine. Delight your taste buds with a home cooked lunch; made over a wood-fire and served on fragrant lotus leaves placed over woven trays. Enjoy the life of a Sri Lankan villager, just this day.

Minneriya National Park

This three-hour safari takes you on a ride through the Minneriya National Park. Enjoy the sight of over 150 elephants congregating in one place during the famous Great Elephant Gathering, which happens in the dry season between May to October. In addition to elephants, get a chance to also see many varieties of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians in the scrub lands, forests and other areas of the park.

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02 Nights in Kandy

During your time in Dambulla, you can engage in the following activities.

Matale Spice Tour

The Matale Spice Tour gives you a hands on experience of a Spice & Herbal Garden within the Spice capital of Sri Lanka, Matale. Here you will learn about Sri Lanka’s famous spices such as coriander, chili, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and their uses. The garden is enriched with herbs, spice groves and plants with fragrant greenery shading from the tropical trees that heighten the unique aroma of each spice and herb. Apart from gaining knowledge on Sri Lankan spices, this unique tour also let’s you learn about Ayurvedic medicine. The tropical climate in which the plants and herbs are grown helps them preserve its ancient originality.

Kandy Cultural Show

Watch the Kandyan Cultural Show with its colorful traditional dances and delightful music. The Kandy Cultural Show gives you an opportunity to experience some of Sri Lanka’s traditions. Enjoy this hour long extravaganza as some of the most popular art forms of the island take to the stage. Get mesmerized by fire dances, sword dances, and watch the talented Kandyan dancers take to the air to the thrumming, primal beat of the drums.

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which was built in the 16th century as the place of veneration and protection for Lord Buddha’s sacred tooth. Walk through the beautifully embellished passageways and elaborately painted halls, done in red, cream and black. Lounge against delicately carved pillars and get amazed by the beautiful golden statues. This tour is an unforgettable experience of Sri Lankan art and history.

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Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and proceed directly to Bandaranaike International Airport for your departure from Sri Lanka after spending a memorable time on the island.

 

 

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Negombo – Heritance Negombo

What colour is that sky – Pink, Fuchsia, Magenta? A little boat – a catamaran, is off fishing, a tiny black dot on the horizon. The sun, returns to the sea – the night closes in. A gust of breeze swishes the palm fronds and shares a whiff of tempting aroma from the BBQ. Eat, sleep, wake, indulge and repeat… life on paradise.

Dambulla – Jetwing Lake

Surrounded by centuries’ old history, and located amidst a secluded dry zone forest, Jetwing Lake bears a mysticism to it that is undeniable. The Hotel also overlooks the Siyambalaweva water tank, which has been part of ancient civilization.

Kandy – Elephant Stables

The old colonial bungalow was previously the home of Sir Cudah Ratwatte, the patriarch of the island’s leading aristocratic family. Many elephants were once housed in the gardens of his old plantation hence the name The Elephant Stables.
Located on a private road a mere 10 minutes from the historic city centre, it is nevertheless a haven of serenity, sitting atop a hill with magnificent views of the mist covered Knuckles Mountains in the far distance.

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation as per the list of Hotels
  • Meals on Bed and Breakfast Basis starting with Breakfast on Day 2 and ending with Breakfast on Day 11
  • Transport in a Private Air Condition  with the service of an English Speaking Chauffer Guide
  • Entrance Fees and guided tours to all sights as per the itinerary
  • All Taxes & Service Charges (Except for 4% Online Payment Surcharge)

Tour Excludes

  • Entry Visa Fees, please visit www.eta.gov.lk for more details / submit your individual visa application.
  • International / Domestic Airfare
  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • Tips & Portages
  • Cost of Beverages
  • Meals where not specified
  • Entrance fees where not specified