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Day 1: International /Colombo

  • Overnight flight to Colombo

Day 2: Colombo /Sigiriya

  • Upon arrival, reception at the airport and leave for Sigiriya
  • Arrive in time for a late lunch
  • Thereafter the rest of the afternoon and evening is free
  • Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 3: Sigiriya /Anuradhapura / Sigiriya

  • Breakfast at the hotel and thereafter leave for a full day excursion to Anuradhapura which was the capital of the country for 1400 years
  • Under the patronage of three major Buddhist monasteries,Anuradhapura expanded around 3 huge stupas built in the memory of Buddha
  • City sightseeing of Anuradhapura and also visit the 'Bodhi Tree', reputed to be 2200 years old and was grown from a branch of the tree under which Buddha received enlightenment in Bodhgaya ( North India )
  • Lunch in a local restaurant. Then take a bullock cart ride in the village. Thereafter, return to Sigiriya
  • Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 4: Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa

  • Breakfast at the hotel and leave for Polonnaruwa to visit the second capital of the island for two centuries and now overgrown by the jungle
  • Many vestiges and ruins of temples are scattered throughout the forest and make and unforgettable landscape : the statue of Prakrama Bahu, and the temples of Vatadage and Galvihara
  • Lunch in a local restaurant and the return to Sigiriya and visit the the Lion Rock of Sigiriya, a massive column of red stone rock which dominates the jungle and upon which is built a palace and fortress of legend
  • Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 5: Sigiriya / Dambulla / Matale / Kandy

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Thereafter leave for Kandy. On the road to Kandy, stop at the Dambulla cave temple, a monastery whose five cave sanctuaries are fully decorated with Buddhist paintings
  • Continue to Matale and visit a spice garden. The warm, moist climate is perfect for growing spices necessary to prepare savoury curries and Sri Lankan cuisine. Lunch at Matale
  • Arrive Kandy late in the afternoon. Take a tour of the lake and visit the craft center and market
  • In the evening see a Kandyan Dance Performance. Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 6: Kandy

  • Breakfast and thereafter visit the famous " Temple of the Tooth," one of the most sacred places of Buddhism and home to the relic of the 'Tooth of Buddhat'
  • Buddha was brought to Sri Lanka in the fourth century. Visit the three temples : Lankathilaka, Gadaladeniya and Embekke
  • Lunch in a local restaurant
  • Thereafter excursion to the Pinnawela elephant orphanage
  • Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 7: Kandy / Peradeniya / Nuwara Eliya

  • Breakfast at the hotel and then visit the botanical garden of Peradeniya. Before the arrival of the English, it was a royal park.
  • Today it is the largest garden in Sri Lanka. It has a wondrous collection of orchids, palms planted the driveway in 1950 and gigantic Javanese fig trees
  • Early lunch in a local restaurant and then leave for Nuwara Eliya. On the way to Nuwara Eliya, visit a tea plantation where tea tasting is possible
  • In the 19th century, the English made ​​Nuwara Eliya a hill station to escape the heat. Today, the British architectural style still exists
  • Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 8: Nuwara Eliya / Kithulgala / Colombo / International

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Then leave for Kithulgala
  • Stop at the waterfalls of St Claire and Devon which reach a height of more than 80 metres
  • These waterfalls are the location of the filming of the famous movie " The Bridge on the River Kwai."
  • Lunch in a local restaurant. Continue to a hotel in the Colombo area for a few hours rest
  • Dinner in a local restaurant and then transfer to the airport late in the evening for an overnight flight

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Day 1: International / Colombo

  • Overnight flight to Colombo

Day 2: Colombo /Sigiriya

  • Upon arrival, reception at the airport and leave for Sigiriya
  • Arrive in time for a late lunch
  • Thereafter the rest of the afternoon and evening is free
  • Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 3: Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa

  • Breakfast at the hotel and leave for Polonnaruwa to visit the second capital of the island for two centuries and now overgrown by the jungle
  • Many vestiges and ruins of temples are scattered throughout the forest and make and unforgettable landscape : the statue of Prakrama Bahu, and the temples of Vatadage and Galvihara
  • Lunch in a local restaurant and the return to Sigiriya and visit the Lion Rock of Sigiriya, a massive column of red stone rock which dominates the jungle and upon which is built a palace and fortress of legend
  • Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 4: SIGIRIYA - A day in the country

  • Break fast at the hotel. Then leave for a walking tour of to visit the villages of Sigiriya
  • The tour shall be accompanied by one of the local hotel staff, who is well versed ine the language, customs and traditions of the area
  • Lunch at the hotel and thereafter the afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities - pool, spa, ayurvedic center
  • Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 5: Sigiriya /Dambulla / Matale / Kandy

  • Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter leave for Kandy
  • On the road to Kandy, stop at the Dambulla cave temple, a monastery whose five cave sanctuaries are fully decorated with Buddhist paintings
  • Continue to Matale and visit a spice garden
  • The warm, moist climate is perfect for growing spices necessary to prepare savoury curries and Sri Lankan cuisine
  • Lunch at Matale. Arrive Kandy late in the afternoon
  • Take a tour of the lake and visit the famous " Temple of the Tooth," one of the most sacred places of Buddhism and home to the relic of the Tooth of Buddhat
  • Tooth of Buddha was brought to Sri Lanka in the fourth century
  • Visit the three temples : Lankathilaka, Gadaladeniya and Embekke
  • In the evening see a Kandyan Dance Performance
  • Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 6 : Kandy /Pinnawala / Peradeniya / Kandy

  • Breakfas at the hotel and leave to visit the Pinnawela elephant orphanage where abandoned orphan elephants are looked after and reared
  • Lunch at Pinnawela along the river Mahaoya
  • Thereafter return to Kandy and visit the botanical garden of Peradeniya
  • Before the arrival of the English, it was a royal park
  • Today it is the largest garden in Sri Lanka
  • It has a wondrous collection of orchids, palms planted the driveway in 1950 and gigantic Javanese fig trees
  • Take a tour of the city of Kandy and visit a handicrafts workshop of jewellery and precious stones
  • Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 7 : Kandy /Gampola / Nuwara Eliya

  • Breakfast at the hotel and thereafter transfer to the railway station and leave for Gampola
  • Upon arrival, continue by road to Nuwara Eliya
  • On the way to Nuwara Eliya, visit a tea plantation where tea tasting is possible
  • In the 19th century, the English made Nuwara Eliya a hill station to escape the heat
  • Today, the British architectural style still exists
  • Arrive for lunch at the Ramboda waterfalls Visit the town of Nuwara eliya in the afternoon
  • Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 8 : Nuwara Eliya / Kitulgala / WEST COAST

  • Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for the west coast of Sri Lanka
  • The road passes through beautiful mountain scenery dotted with waterfalls
  • At Kitulgala, top at the waterfalls of St Claire and Devon which reach a height of more than 80 metres
  • These waterfalls are the location of the filming of the famous movie " The Bridge on the River Kwai."
  • Lunch at Kitulgalaon the banks of the river Kelani Ganga
  • Upon arrival on the west coast, check-in to the hotel and thereafter the rest of the day is free
  • Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 9 : West Coast / Colombo / International

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Full day free on the beach
  • Late afternoon, transfer to Colombo
  • Dinner in a local restaurant and then transfer to the airport late in the evening for an overnight flight

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Day 1: International / Colombo
Overnight flight to Colombo

Day 2: Colombo / Sigiriya
Upon arrival, reception at the airport and leave for Sigiriya. Arrive in time for a late lunch. Thereafter the rest of the afternoon and evening is free. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa
Breakfast at the hotel and leave for Polonnaruwa to visit the second capital of the island for two centuries and now overgrown by the jungle. Many vestiges and ruins of temples are scattered throughout the forest and make and unforgettable landscape : the statue of Prakrama Bahu, and the temples of Vatadage and Galvihara. Lunch in a local restaurant and the return to Sigiriya and visit the the “Lion Rock of Sigiriya, a massive column of red stone rock which dominates the jungle and upon which is built a palace and fortress of legend.

*** Take a short elephant ride at Habarana.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Sigiriya / Anuradhapura / Mihintale / Aukenta / Sigiriya
Breakfast at the hotel and thereafter leave for a full day excursion to Anuradhapura which was the capital of the country for 1400 years. Under the patronage of three major Buddhist monasteries,Anuradhapura expanded around 3 huge stupas built in the memory of Buddha. City sightseeing of Anuradhapura and also visit the “Bodhi Tree”, reputed to be 2200 years old and was grown from a branch of the tree under which Buddha received enlightenment in Bodhgaya ( North India ). Lunch in a local restaurant. Then visit the religious sites of Mihintale and Aukana (Site famous for its colossal statue of a Buddha blessing dating from the fifth century BC, one of the oldest in Sri Lanka and also one of the best preserved. It is carved directly into the rock, 15 meters high making it one of the largest in the world. ) Thereafter, return to Sigiriya. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Sigiriya / Dambulla / Matale / Kandy
Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter leave for Kandy. On the road to Kandy, stop at the Dambulla cave temple, a monastery whose five cave sanctuaries are fully decorated with Buddhist paintings. Continue to Matale and visit a spice garden. The warm, moist climate is perfect for growing spices necessary to prepare savoury curries and Sri Lankan cuisine. Lunch at Matale. Arrive Kandy late in the afternoon. Take a tour of the lake and visit the famous " Temple of the Tooth," one of the most sacred places of Buddhism and home to the relic of the “Tooth of Buddhat”. The Tooth of Buddha was brought to Sri Lanka in the fourth century. Visit the three temples : Lankathilaka, Gadaladeniya and Embekke. In the evening see a Kandyan Dance Performance. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: Kandy / Pinnawala / Peradeniya / Kandy
Breakfas at the hotel and leave to visit the Pinnawela elephant orphanage where abandoned orphan elephants are looked after and reared. Lunch at Pinnawela along the river Mahaoya. Thereafter return to Kandy and visit the botanical garden of Peradeniya. Before the arrival of the English, it was a royal park. Today it is the largest garden in Sri Lanka. It has a wondrous collection of orchids, palms planted the driveway in 1950 and gigantic Javanese fig trees. Take a tour of the city of Kandy and visit a handicrafts workshop of jewellery and precious stones. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 7 : Kandy / Gampola / Nuwara Eliya
Breakfast at the hotel and thereafter transfer to the railway station and leave for Gampola. Upon arrival, continue by road to Nuwara Eliya. On the way to Nuwara Eliya, visit a tea plantation where tea tasting is possible. In the 19th century, the English made ​​Nuwara Eliya a hill station to escape the heat. Today, the British architectural style still exists. Arrive for lunch at the Ramboda waterfalls Visit the town of Nuwara eliya in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: Nuwara Eliya / Ella / Kataragama
Breakfast at the hotel, and leave for the south of Sri Lanka. The road passes through the hills and tea plantations of Central Sri Lanka. Stop at the impressive Ella waterfalls. Lunch in a local restaurant near the Yala Wildlife sanctuary. Afternoon, excursion to the Yala Wildlife Sanctuary where migratory birds, elephants, herds of deer, monkeys, wild buffalo and wild boar may be seen. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 9: Kataragama / Galle / Sinharaja Rainforestt / West Coast
Breakfast at the hotel. Then leave for Galle, a city declared a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1988. Discover the fortifications of the city founded in the sixteenth century by the Portuguese, which reached its peak in the eighteenth century, before the arrival of the British. This is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and South- East Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and traditions of South Asia. Successive colonial invaders and traders were attracted to the natural harbour of Galle. The Dutch strengthened the fortress and built beautiful buildings before being driven out in turn by English settlers Lunch in a local restaurant in Galle Then visit the Sinharaja RAIN FOREST reserve by foot with a local specialised guide…. Located in the southwest of Sri Lanka, Sinharaja is the last viable area of ​​primary tropical rainforest in the country. More than 60 % of the trees are endemic and many of them are considered rare. Endemic fauna is numerous, including birds and 50% of mammals and butterflies, as well as many kinds of insects, reptiles and rare amphibians.

ATTENTION: The reserve is full of leeches ! Therefore, it is advisable to wear thick long socks. Then on to the west coast and beach

Upon arrival on the west coast, check-in to the hotel and thereafter the rest of the day is free. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 10 : West Coast
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day free on the beach. Lunch, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: West Coast
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day free on the beach. Lunch, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: West Coast / Colombo / International
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure on the beach Lunch at the hotel. Afternoon leave for Colombo. Upon arrival proceed for a short sightseeing tour of the City of Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, and home to approximately 800 000 inhabitants. Dinner in a local restaurant and then transfer to the airport late in the evening for an overnight flight.

Day 13: Puri / Bhubaneshwar
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning, visit the city of Puri and the Jagannatha Temple. Lunch at the hotel. Afternoon, leave for Bhubaneshwar. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 14: Bhubaneshwar / Delhi ( Flight ) / International Airport
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport and leave by flight for Delhi. Upon arrival, lunch in a local restaurant and afternoon at leisure to visit the bazaars of New Delhi. Dinner in a local restaurant and thereafter transfer to the international airport.

*** A room will be made available at a hotel for a quick wash and change before leaving for the airport.


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Day 1: International / Colombo
Overnight flight to Colombo

Day 2: Colombo
Upon arrival, transfer to the City of Colombo and check-in to the hotel. Thereafter the rest of the morning is at leisure. Lunch at the hotel Afternoon, city sightseeing of the City of Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, and home to approximately 800 000 inhabitants.

Colombo combines old neighborhoods and ultra- modern areas. Its waterfront is a pleasant and airy city, including the Galle Face Green, a vast park with a length of 1.5 km long. This area, called " The Fort " is actually the business and commercial hub of Colombo. Outside the fort, the Pettah district, is more traditional with its great mosque, its market and Hindu temples.

Day 3: Sigiriya / Anuradhapura / Mihintale / Aukena / Sigiriya
Breakfast at the hotel and thereafter leave for a full day excursion to Anuradhapura which was the capital of the country for 1400 years. Under the patronage of three major Buddhist monasteries,Anuradhapura expanded around 3 huge stupas built in the memory of Buddha. City sightseeing of Anuradhapura and also visit the “Bodhi Tree”, reputed to be 2200 years old and was grown from a branch of the tree under which Buddha received enlightenment in Bodhgaya ( North India ). Lunch in a local restaurant. Then visit the religious sites of Mihintale and Aukana (Site famous for its colossal statue of a Buddha blessing dating from the fifth century BC, one of the oldest in Sri Lanka and also one of the best preserved. It is carved directly into the rock, 15 meters high making it one of the largest in the world. ) Thereafter, continue to Sigiriya and arrive in the evening. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa
Breakfast at the hotel and leave for Polonnaruwa to visit the second capital of the island for two centuries and now overgrown by the jungle. Many vestiges and ruins of temples are scattered throughout the forest and make and unforgettable landscape : the statue of Prakrama Bahu, and the temples of Vatadage and Galvihara. Lunch in a local restaurant and the return to Sigiriya and visit the the “Lion Rock of Sigiriya, a massive column of red stone rock which dominates the jungle and upon which is built a palace and fortress of legend.

*** Take a short elephant ride at Habarana.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Sigiriya / Dambulla / Sigiriya
Breakfat at the hotel. Thereafter, leave for an excursion to Dambulla. and visit this cave temple with 112 statues. These caves are the most impressive of the country. The walls are completely covered with frescoes depicting the life of Buddha. A short climb up the sacred mountain leads to the beautiful monastery compound of caves carved into the rock and containing frescoes and many Buddhas. This temple is the largest, the oldest, the most famous and the most impressive. Inscriptions written in Brahmi script whose characters are typical of the period from the 3rd to 2nd century BC attest to the great antiquity of Dambulla.
Lunch in a local restaurant and then return to Sigiriya. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: Sigiriya / Matale / Kandy
Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter leave for Kandy. On the road to Kandy, stop at Matale and visit a spice garden. The warm, moist climate is perfect for growing spices necessary to prepare savoury curries and Sri Lankan cuisine. Lunch at Matale. Arrive Kandy late in the afternoon. Take a tour of the lake and visit the famous " Temple of the Tooth," one of the most sacred places of Buddhism and home to the relic of the “Tooth of Buddhat”. The Tooth of Buddha was brought to Sri Lanka in the fourth century. Visit the three temples : Lankathilaka, Gadaladeniya and Embekke. In the evening see a Kandyan Dance Performance. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 7 : Kandy / Pinnawala / Peradeniya / Kandy
Breakfas at the hotel and leave to visit the Pinnawela elephant orphanage where abandoned orphan elephants are looked after and reared. Lunch at Pinnawela along the river Mahaoya. Thereafter return to Kandy and visit the botanical garden of Peradeniya. Before the arrival of the English, it was a royal park. Today it is the largest garden in Sri Lanka. It has a wondrous collection of orchids, palms planted the driveway in 1950 and gigantic Javanese fig trees. Take a tour of the city of Kandy and visit a handicrafts workshop of jewellery and precious stones. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: Kandy / Gampola / Nuwara Eliya
Breakfast at the hotel and thereafter transfer to the railway station and leave for Gampola. Upon arrival, continue by road to Nuwara Eliya. On the way to Nuwara Eliya, visit a tea plantation where tea tasting is possible. In the 19th century, the English made ​​Nuwara Eliya a hill station to escape the heat. Today, the British architectural style still exists. Arrive for lunch at the Ramboda waterfalls Visit the town of Nuwara eliya in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 9: Nuwara Eliya / Ella / Kataragama
Breakfast at the hotel, and leave for the south of Sri Lanka. The road passes through the hills and tea plantations of Central Sri Lanka. Stop at the impressive Ella waterfalls. Lunch in a local restaurant near the Yala Wildlife sanctuary. Afternoon, excursion to the Yala Wildlife Sanctuary where migratory birds, elephants, herds of deer, monkeys, wild buffalo and wild boar may be seen. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 10 : Kataragama / Galle
Breakfast at the hotel. Then leave for Galle, a city declared a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1988. Discover the fortifications of the city founded in the sixteenth century by the Portuguese, which reached its peak in the eighteenth century, before the arrival of the British. This is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and South- East Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and traditions of South Asia. Successive colonial invaders and traders were attracted to the natural harbour of Galle. The Dutch strengthened the fortress and built beautiful buildings before being driven out in turn by English settlers Lunch in a local restaurant in Galle Afternoon at leisure Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 11: Galle / Sinharaja Rainforest /West Coast
Breakfast at the hotel. Then visit the Sinharaja RAIN FOREST reserve by foot with a local specialised guide…. Located in the southwest of Sri Lanka, Sinharaja is the last viable area of ​​primary tropical rainforest in the country. More than 60 % of the trees are endemic and many of them are considered rare. Endemic fauna is numerous, including birds and 50% of mammals and butterflies, as well as many kinds of insects, reptiles and rare amphibians.

ATTENTION: The reserve is full of leeches ! Therefore, it is advisable to wear thick long socks.

Lunch in a local restaurant, then leave for the west coast and beach and arrive in the late afternoon

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: West Coast
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day free on the beach. Lunch, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 13: West Coast
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day free on the beach. Lunch, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 14: West Coast / Colombo / International
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure on the beach Lunch at the hotel. Dinner in a local restaurant and then transfer to the airport late in the evening for an overnight flight.


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