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4N - 5D DISCOVER THE CULTURAL HERITANCE


DAY 01 - AIRPORT / PINNAWELA / DAMBULLA

On arrival met by a guide of ELT and transfer to Dambulla while visiting the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage en route.

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage – A venture initiated by the Sri Lankan Government to safe guard one of its National Treasures, the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage has been operating for over 30 years, nurturing orphaned calves, treating the feeble and rehabilitating the injured. Today, the orphanage has 60 elephants, with hundred watching their antics during their bathing times!! It is a definite treat watching them frolic in the water and observe the unique characteristics of each and every one of Sri Lanka's gentle giants! The ideal time to watch them is 1000hrs-1200hrs and 1400hrs-1600hrs


Habarana - the central point of Sri Lanka's cultural triangle and the most convenient base for excursions to the Ancient historical cities – Anuradhapura 60 minutes, Polonnaruwa 45 minutes, Sigiriya/Dambulla 30 minutes, Ritigala 10 minutes and Minneriya National Park (site of the renowned "Gathering" of over 300 Elephant between July and September) 15 minutes. Though in the "Dry Zone" of the country, thanks to the genius of ancient kings the Sri Lankan "dry zone" is anything but dry, with hundreds of lakes and reservoirs connected by an elaborate network of canals making up a fascinating irrigation system which also provides some of the most breathtakingly beautiful scenery and fertile habitat for Sri Lanka's incredible bio-diversity. This contributes to a large range of activity in the area – village and forest walks, bird and wildlife watching, Elephant Back Safari, cycling, trekking and boating.


P.M. At leisure or optional engage in an Elephant back safari.

Dinner & Over Night- stay in Dambulla Palwehera Village


DAY 02 - DAMBULLA / ANURADHAPURA / MIHINTALE / DAMBULLA

After breakfast sightseeing of Anuradhapura including visit to Mihintale.

Anuradhapura – is the most celebrated of Sri Lanka's ancient ruined cities. The city's greatest treasures are its dagabas constructed of small sun-dried bricks and hemispherical in shape. The most notable of these dagabas are the Ruvanveli which dates back to the 2nd Century BC and is 300ft in diameter, the Jetawanarama is 370ft and the Thuparama which enshrines the collarbone of the Buddha. The city's most renowned relic is the sacred Bo-Tree which is said to have grown from a branch of the tree under which the Buddha gained enlightenment. It was planted 2250 years ago and is the oldest historic tree in the world.


Mihintale – Cradle of Buddhism – it was here that the Buddhist doctrine was first preached in Ceylon by the monk ' Mahinda ', son of Asoka, Emperior of India, to King Devanampiyatissa more that 2000 years ago. Mihintale – 'the hill of Mahinda' is approached by a magnificent wide ancient stone stairway of 1,840 steps.


Dinner & Over Night- stay in Dambulla Palwehera Village


DAY 03 - DAMBULLA / SIGIRIYA / POLONNARUWA / DAMBULLA

After Breakfast leave to Trincomalee en-route Excursion to Polonnaruwa

Sigiriya – is an ancient rock fortress and ruins of a castle, which was once the home to King Kasyapa. The entrance to the original fortress was through the mouth of a lion, however the ravages of time has resulted with only a part of the massive paws remaining today. A testiment to ancient artistry and architectural ingenuity – Sigiriya has many attractions to its visitors – its gardens (boulder, water & terraced), its artistry (the world renown frescos), the mirror wall and the dramatic history linked to the construction of the Lion Rock. An original Lost City, Sigiriya is a must see in any visit to the Cultural Triangle.


PM: excursion to Polonnaruwa


Polonnaruwa – the Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th – 13th Century, contains some splendid and spectacular statues. Lankatileke, Tivanka and Thuparama are the most beautiful and largest shrine ruins and Tivanka has the best example of frescoes of the Polonnaruwa period. Rankot Vihara and Kiriwehera are well preserved large stupas, and Gal Vihare - a rock shrine, has four Buddha statues are examples of Sinhalese stone carver. The Vata-da-ge is a unique creation of the Sri Lankan artists.


Dinner & Over Night- stay in Dambulla Palwehera Village


DAY 04 - DAMBULLA / MATALE / KANDY

After breakfast depart to Kandy While visiting a Batik Factory where you can see the manufacture of beautiful Batik prints. The shop contains a wide variety of Batik items.

Thereafter leave for Kandy en-route visiting DambullaCavesTemple a spice garden in Matale.

Dambulla – is a vast isolated rock mass 500ft high and a mile around the base. Here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century BC. The caves of Dambulla sheltered the King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne he built the most magnificent of Rock Temples to be found on the Island.


Enroute visit the Spice Garden at Matale – and see the luscious Cinnamons, Cardamons, Pepper plants etc. You can also purchase your requirements of spices.


Afternoon city tour of Kandy, including Upper Lake Drive, Market Square, Arts and acrafs Centre and the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic


Kandy – which was the last independent kingdom of the Singhalese kings, is the most important place for the present Buddhist because it is the final resting place of the sacred tooth relic of Buddha. Kandy is also the one of the most beautiful cities of Sri Lanka with it's picturesque lake built by it's last king, it's hills surrounding the city, it's devales the oldest the natha devale belonging to the 14th century and the palace of the last king of Kandy which are presently the districts courts and the archaeological museum. Kandy also is the centre for Buddhist cultural affaires with meditation centres and Buddhist publication societies.


During the evening, visit the Temple of the Tooth after which, experience a show on the cultural dances of Sri Lanka.


Temple of the Tooth – which is commonly known as "Sri Dalada Maligawa" is situated in the city of hills, Kandy. It is an important shrine for Buddhists as it holds the tooth relic of Lord Buddha. It is famous for its carvings and the beautiful art that is unique to Sri Lanka. The most important part of the Dalada Maligawa is the octagon (Pathirppuwa). The Sri Dalada Maligawa is the most sacred temple in the whole of Sri Lanka. Thousands of people line up each day to get a glimpse of its majesty


Also witness a cultural show in the evening if there is one available for that day.


Over Night- stay in Kandy at Hotel Sennani or Devon Hotel


DAY 05 - NUWARA ELIYA / BEACH

After breakfast leave for beach stay.


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