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Arrive in Colombo International Airport. Meet and Greet services by a representative of  SIDE BY SIDE HOLIDAYS. Afterwards, proceed to Sigiriya.

Check in at the hotel

Dinner & Overnight in Sigiriya

Overnight Stay:		Kassapa Lions Rock  03*
Accommodation: Double Standard Room
Meal Plan: Dinner

After breakfast proceed to Polonnaruwa for sightseeing of the ancient city.

Polonnaruwa-king Parakramabahu reign is considered as the golden age of Polonnaruwa. It was his reign that is considered the Golden Age of Polonnaruwa, when trade and agriculture flourished under the patronage of the King, who was adamant that no drop of water falling from the heavens was to be wasted, and each be used toward the development of the land; hence, irrigation systems far superior to those of the Anuradhapura Age were constructed during Parakramabahu reign, systems which to this day supply the water necessary for paddy cultivation during the scorching dry season in the east of the country. 

The greatest of these systems, of course is the Parakrama Samudraya or the Sea of Parakrama, a tank so vast that it is often mistaken for the ocean. It is of such a width that it is impossible to stand upon one shore and view the other side, and it encircles the main city like a ribbon, being both a defensive border against intruders and the lifeline of the people in times of peace. The Kingdom of Polonnaruwa was completely self-sufficient during King Parakramabahu reign.

Thereafter visit Medirigiriya Temple 

Medirigiriya Vatadage is situated in a beautiful surrounding has a history going in to the pre-Christian times. The brami characters found on the bricks and the some of the stone carvings is an indication of the long history of this site. The first reference to this site in the chronicles is during the king Kamatha Tissa (192-194) of the Anuradhapura Era. Later many kings have contributed to this complex and finally after the invasion of Maga this site too was abandoned when the Sinhalese migrated to the southern parts unable to withstand the torture. This site was later discovered in 1897 in the middle of a thick jungle by Mr H.C.P Bell and he immediately realised the importance of the site calling it an architectural jewel. Initially the restoration work was done by mainly Muslim laborers as the Buddhist laborers did not want to work at a Buddhist temple for money. This they felt was a sin. This restoration work was finally completed in 1945 and was open to the public giving a glimpse  of what this temple would have looked over 1000 years ago.

Afterwards return to hotel in the late afternoon.

Dinner & Overnight in Sigiriya

Overnight Stay:		Kassapa Lions Rock  03*
Accommodation: Double Standard Room
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Dinner

After breakfast proceed to Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

Sigiriya is home to the 5th century "Fortress in the sky" which is the most fantastic single wonder of the island. On its summit are the foundations of what was once a great and sumptuous palace and garden complete with a 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 color.

Thereafter proceed to Ritigala.

Ritigala is home to 70 rock caves that were believed to had been inhabited since the first century BC. Mahavamsa, the great historical chronicle of Sri Lanka narrates that Ritigala was known by the name of “arittha-pabbata” during the reign of Pandukabhaya (377-307 BC), the third king of Sri Lanka. Since then Ritigala had been, at intervals, a sanctuary for the kings at war against the Dravidian invaders to the island till the 7th century: King Dutugemunu (161-137 BC) and King Jetthatissa in the seventh century. From the early days of Buddhism, monks had been living in natural caves or rock shelters. 

Rock inscriptions discovered at Ritigala indicate that gradually, the sanctuary became a monastic retreat for hermit (Pamsukulika) monks. The monastery complex built with the tradition of Padhanaghara Parivena was endowed by King Sena the first (846-866 AD) for the benefit of Pansukulika monks who practiced extreme austerity. By the 10th-12th century AD however Ritigala seems to have been abandoned by the hermit monks, taken over by the jungle and forgotten by the populace. It is the ruins of this monastery that King Sena I (846-866 AD) built for the Pansakulika monks that the modern pilgrims see today. The Archaeological Department has sensitively restored many of the ruins. At the end of the tenth century; Ritigala came under the barrage of south Indian invasions. By the 10th-12th century AD Ritigala seems to had been abandoned by the hermit monks and soon it retreated into the jungles and rediscovered in the late 19th century by James Mantel, a government surveyor. A couple of decades later, the first archeological commissioner in Ceylon H.C. P. Bell visited Ritigala and published a report on his archeological investigations.

Afterwards continue the journey to Sigiriya and check in at the hotel.

Dinner & Overnight in Sigiriya

Overnight Stay:		Kassapa Lions Rock  03*
Accommodation: Double Standard Room
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Dinner

After breakfast proceed to Kandy en route visit Dambulla Cave Temple & a spice garden and a Batik Factory at Matale.

Dambulla is famous for the five cave Temples on a rock.  The first 03 caves are better, older and larger than the other two. Some caves dates to 1st C.B.C. All the 5 cave walls and ceilings are covered with Buddhist murals and there are more than 130 Buddha statues, statues of Gods and Kings are also found here.

After reaching Kandy witness the cultural show and end the evening by visiting temple of tooth relic.

Kandy Cultural show – Sri Lanka, a country rich with culture & tradition offers a very vibrant and unique show of Sri Lankan traditional dances, in the form of Kandy cultural show. The beat a dancing from "Salupliya" depicting several demons, "Thelme" vibrant expression of low country rhythm, Fire and Harvest dances accompanied by Ceremonial Drums and the Drum Orchestra rising and falling to the lively tempo. As many as 12 different folk and traditional dances are performed by Kandy lake club dance troop within the span of one hour. 

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's 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. 

Check in at the hotel in the late afternoon.

Dinner & Overnight in Kandy

Overnight Stay:		Senani Hotel 03 *
Accommodation: Double Standard Room
Meal Plan: Breakffast and Dinner

After breakfast visit Pinnawala Elephant orphanage.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage was started in 1975 to house abandoned and wounded elephants. The sanctuary covers 25 acres of lush vegetation with an approximate population of about 77 consisting of both adult and baby elephants. The best time to visit is the feeding time and the bathing time; when all the elephants are taken to the river close by. 

Afterwards enjoy a city tour including arts and craft center, Kandy Market and Kandy View point (Kandy View point is where you get to see the perfect panoramic view of the Kandy City) 

Kandy - the laidback capital of the hill country, and the historical bastion of Buddhist power, is built around a peaceful lake and set in a picturesque bowl of hills. Today it is the center of Buddhism, Arts, Crafts and Culture.

Return to hotel in the early afternoon and rest of the day at leisure at the hotel

Dinner & Overnight in Kandy

Overnight Stay:		Senani Hotel 03 *
Accommodation: Double Standard
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Dinner

After breakfast visit botanical garden at Peradeniya 

Royal Botanical Gardens Peradeniya 147 acres in extent; Started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the Kings of Kandy.  There are more than 5000 species of trees and plants. Some rare and endemics as well as flora from the tropical World.  Spice Garden and Orchid House are popular with tourists.

Afterwards proceed to Nuwara Eliya.

Stop at Ramboda Falls and visit the Glen Loch Tea Factory & enjoy a refreshing cup of Tea while take in the panoramic beauty of Glen Loch tea plantation at Katukithula and enjoy a short walk in the tea fields After reaching Nuwara Eliya enjoy a city tour.

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. 

The Victoria Park, in the middle of 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 in the spring (March to May) and the fall (August and September). These are the ‘seasons’ when low-country folk flock to Nuwara Eliya to escape the sea level heat and humidity

Check in at the hotel in the late afternoon.

Dinner & Overnight in Nuwara Eliya.

Overnight Stay:		Summer Hill Breeze 03 *
Accommodation: Double Standard Room
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Dinner

After an early breakfast proceed to Hikkaduwa.

Hikkaduwa With plenty of beachfront accommodation and a reputation as the second best surf spot in Sri Lanka, the reason why so many visit Hikkaduwa is blatantly clear. The resort area has now engulfed two or three villages south of it, and is now a 4km strip of hotels, shops, bars, restaurants and guesthouses. The beaches are lovely and wide and swimming is safe here, though the currents are stronger when it comes to the south of Hikkaduwa.

Check in at the hotel in the early afternoon and enjoy the beach.

Dinner & Overnight in Hikkaduwa

Overnight Stay:		Hikkaduwa beach Hotel  03*
Accommodation: Double Standard Room
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Dinner

After breakfast, free time before transferring to the airport.

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EXTENSION POSSIBLE ON SEA TO THE SEYCHELLES:

Direct flights from Colombo to Mahe on Thursday and Saturday, leaving at 1205 and arriving at 1440

EXTENSION POSSIBLE ON SEA TO MALDIVES:

Daily direct flights from Colombo to Mahe, leaving at 0030 and arriving at 0125

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Meal Plan:		Breakfast
Activities Included: Transfer to the Airport

From To Periods Cancellation Policies Price

 

? Accommodation at the above mentioned hotels on HALF BOARD  Basis 

? Transport in an AC car for 02 pax with the services of an Italian/English Speaking chauffeur 

? Transport in AC  Micro Van for 3 pax with services of Italian/English Speaking chauffeur 

? Transport in AC van for 04-05 Pax with services of an Italian/English Speaking chauffeur

? Transport in an AC Mini Coach for 06-07 Pax with the services of a regular driver

? Transport in an AC Mini Coach for 08-12 Pax with the services of a regular driver

? Sightseeing as per the tour 

? Entrance fees to sites 

? 01 Liter of mineral water bottle per person per day


 

? Lunch 

? Portage & tips

? Expenses of personal nature.

? Perahara Supplement at proposed hotels in Kandy in August Month 2016

? Christmas and new year Supplement at any of the hotels mentioned above

? Perahara Seat cost during Kandy Perahara - Dates TBA

? Peak Period supplement at Summer Hill Breeze from 10-20 April 2016



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