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Sri Lanka's Temples & Culture Tour

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Sashini Perera

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Sri Lanka's Temples & Culture Tour

This tour will take you to the golden era of Sri Lanka, to the lands ruled by the King's with a civilization dating back over 2500 years. You will visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The sacred city of Kandy, Golden Temple of Dambulla, and the ancient cities of Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya.

DAY 1

Airport/Kandy

Upon arrival at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport you will be met by your guide for a private transfer to your hotel in Kandy. Optional visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphange en route (depending on flight arrival time).

Kandy, 2 Nights
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DAY 2

Kandy

Today you will spend the day in the beautiful city of Kandy ‐ surrounded by greenery and the great Mahaweli River. Kandy is also well known as the centre of Buddhism. At your convenience, become acquainted with the city of Kandy and pay your respects to the Temple of the Lord Buddha’s Tooth Relic. You can enjoy some spot of shopping and a cultural dance show in the evening. Read more

Kandy
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DAY 3

Kandy/Sigiriya

After breakfast you will drive to Sigiriya. En route visit a spice & herbal garden in Matale; where you can gain knowledge on various Sri Lankan spices and herbs and their healing powers in Sri Lankan ‘Ayurveda’ system. Also, with advance notice, you can enjoy cooking classes at the spice garden. Next, you will visit the remarkable cave temples of Dambulla. Used as a refuge since the 1st century BC, each cave is filled with murals depicting scenes from the Buddha’s life and gilded statues of the Buddha in various poses. The temple is spiritual and mesmerising with no less than 150 Buddhist statues in the five caves. This visit involves a 10‐15 minute uphill climb on foot, though you are also rewarded with wonderful views looking over the plain. You will spend two nights in Sigiriya in the famous cultural triangle. Read more

Sigiriya, 2 nights
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DAY 4

Sigiriya/Polonnaruwa/Minneri

After breakfast you will proceed to Polonnaruwa. In the 12th century AD, the capital of Polonnaruwa was one of the great urban centres in South Asia. Today, the well-preserved ruins give you the chance to experience the grandeur of this period and marvel at the artistry of the island's early craftsmen. Highlights are the Royal Palace and Council Chamber, and the four graceful Buddha statues of Gal Vihara (Stone Temple), the pinnacle of Sri Lankan rock carving. The site also hosts the Royal baths and the vast artificial Parakrama Samudraya reservoir (Sea of Parakrama) as well as many distinctly South Indian-style Hindu temples. Set amongst gently undulating woodland, the monkeys, giant lizards and birdlife in abundance. Evening enjoy a wildlife jeep safari at Minneriya National Park. This is the site of the ‘Elephant Gathering’ between July and October, where up to 300 elephants can be seen gathering around the tank in the late afternoon. Read more

Sigiriya
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DAY 5

Sigiriya/Negombo

In the morning, visit Sigiriya rock fortress ‐ another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sigiriya was built in the 5th century during the reign of King Kashapa and is probably the most fantastic wonder of Sri Lanka. It is also known as the Lion’s Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the Palace on the summit of the 600‐foot rock. Afterwards, proceed to Negombo for 2 nights beach stay. Read more

Negombo, 2 nights
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DAY 6

Negombo

Spend the day in leisure by the beach or pool.

Negombo
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DAY 7

Negombo/Airport

More beach time before transfer to the airport for departure.

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Kandy
Day 3
Location Sigiriya
Hotel Wewa Addara
Day 5
Location Negombo
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Kandy
Hotel Hotel Yo
Day 3
Location Sigiriya
Day 5
Location Negombo
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Kandy
Day 3
Location Sigiriya
Hotel Aliya Resort
Day 5
Location Negombo

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation on mentioned or similar hotels
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Meals on Bed & Breakfast basis

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages, Snacks, Lunch & Dinner
  • Additional journeys and transfers
  • All entrance and activity fees
  • Bicycles
  • 4WD Jeep charges to enter national parks
  • Cooking classes

More information

  • Please note that maximum occupancy in a room is 3 adults or 2 adults + 1 child.

REVIEWS

5 Reviews

Pernille, Norway

We had a great time visiting both the highland and the south coast. We saw some lovely nature on our drive through some of the country. We had good contact with the the traveller agency when we were in Sri Lanka, and we could even change some of the plans during the stay. The roads in Sri Lanka is not as good as in Europe, so be aware of the lenght on the drive each day. Read more

Eva, Germany

I am afraid another good review will make people sceptical. Too good to be true? No, this is a genuine report - cross my heart. I travelled with Euphoria in August 2014 together with my 16 year old daughter. It was our first trip to Sri Lanka and Euphoria helped make it an enjoyable one. Our itinerary was truly tailormade to our needs and it felt right to us. Response time was minimal and Euphoria stayed in touch throughout our trip. We toured for 10 days, got to see the main sites without feeling awfully rushed and stayed at pleasant hotels. Our driver was always friendly, willing to accommodate us and a very knowledgable guide on top. He even managed to make us feel (almost) safe in the crazy Sri Lankan traffic. All in all, i can wholeheartedly recommend Euphoria Exotic Holidays - and will do so to family and friends. In fact, I am planning a return visit just now - with Euphoria. P.S. We stopped at Euphoria Spice Garden for a cooking lesson and lunch. It was great fun and one of our best meals on the island. Don't miss out! Read more

Nilz, United Kingdom

Sri Lanka is such a beautiful place where people are so friendly and food is just amazing. If you are thinking of planning a trip to Sri Lanka, do not look anywhere else!! I usually book all our holidays myself as I am very picky and believe that travel agents can cost a lot of money but this time due to time constraint I decided to book my trip with Sashini via Euphoria Exotic Holidays and it turned out to be the best decision ever! We travelled to Sri Lanka from 18th April 2016 for 18 days with a 2 year old. We provided the dates and roughly what we wanted to see to Sashini and within days she put an amazing itinerary together. We were quite demanding and specific as were worried about travelling with an infant but for Sashini none of our questions or request was too much and she delivered everything as promised. Our itinerary was so well done that I could have not done better myself: • She ensured that we can see all possible in the time we had without getting too tired with our little one. • We had a very good, clean and comfortable Air conditioning car • Our driver/guide : Vijitha he was just the best: very knowledgeable, organised, kind , so punctual and he went above and beyond his responsibilities to ensure we were safe, comfortable and helped us lots with our baby • We stayed in 6 different hotels throughout the trip and they were all just amazing. They were clean, great food, it also had all we asked for such as Baby cot, swimming pool. • Cost – She worked with us to ensure we stayed within our budget and was very patient even when I was being difficult and changing my mind 20 times I recommend Euphoria Exotic Holidays to anyone that is looking for a well organised, comfortable and tension free trip. Sashini is not just very good at her job but she is also very kind and friendly person. She is not one of those people who don’t care about how your trip goes once she has been paid. Once we arrived in Sri Lanka, she rang the driver to check that we have arrived safely and that we are ok with the car and driver etc. She also rang on daily basis to ensure we were happy with the hotels and trips etc. and now that we are back home she still keeps in touch. Thank you Sashini and Euphoria Exotic Holidays for giving our family one of the best memorable trip of our life. Read more

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