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Sri Lanka in 7 days - Essential.

One week is more than enough to know this country renowned for its spices.

1st day.  Airport – Kurunegala – Sigiriya

2nd day. Polonnaruwa – Sigiriya Rock – Sigiriya

3rd day. Sigiriya – Golden Temple in Dambulla – Spices’s Garden – Kandy: Tooth Temple and visit to the city

4th day. Kandy – Ramboda Falls – Tea Factory – the Nuwara train Eliya to EllaNilaveli beach sri lanka eden travels_

5th day. Ella – Yala: Safari in the National Park

6th day. Yala – Galle Fort – Unawatuna

7th day. Unawatuna – Colombo – Airport

1st Dayelephant orphanage in pinnawela by sri lanka eden travels. Airport – Kurunegala – Sigiriya

Reception at the International Bandaranaike by our representative and transfer to Sigiriya.Stop in Kurunegala for a walk around the lake and have a refreshing drink.Rest in the afternoon with the option to do the following excursion:Visit a typical rural village: Canoeing, Tuk-tuk or in an oxen wagon.

2nd Day. Polonnaruwa – Sigiriya Rock – Sigiriya
In the morning we will visit one of the old countries capital, Polonnaruwa (XI-XIII).

Founded in the X century AD, Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka and remained active until the 13th century. UNESCO World Heritage Site, this city retains the remains of buildings and temples of the era. They highlight for their beauty and grandeur the statues of Buddha and that of the King Parakrama carved in the rock. Interesting is the visit to the University of Alahana Pirivena.

In the “Polonnaruwa era” agriculture prospered, along with commerce, teaching and healthcare. Consequently, this era is considered the greatest in the history of this country.

In the afternoon we will climb to the rock of Sigiriya (Vs.V BC). 

Sigiriya Fortress is practically a rectangular rock of 360 meters above sea level that houses the ruins of an ancient luxurious complex, considered one of the 8 wonders of the ancient world.

This work by King Kassapa dates back to the fifth century AD and hides a story of betrayal and revenge. Sigiriya is one of the main tourist attractions of Sri Lanka.

3rd Day. Sigiriya – Golden Temple of Dambulla – Gardens of Spices – Kandy: Tooth Temple and CityBudhist monks sri lanka eden travels_opt

In the morning we will visit the Golden Temple of Dambulla(I AD).

The Golden Temple of Dambulla consists of a large cave with different converted environments into temples. In its interior you can admire 153 statues of Buddha, some statues of the Sri Lanka Kings and some Hindu gods, and the murals that cover the walls and ceilings of the cave.

The story of Dambulla comes back to the year I AD in the twelfth century it lived its greatest moments. Even today the temple still active, we will have the opportunity to observe the Sri Lankan Buddhists offering flowers, incense and oil lamps.

After lunch we will know all the secrets of the Spice Garden.

On this visit we will learn off the plants and trees with which the different spices are produced and we will discover their use in the kitchen and the Ayurveda, an ancient natural medicine.Queens hotel Kandy - sri lanka eden travels_opt

Transfer to Kandy the capital of the mountains.

In the afternoon we will visit Sri Dadala Maligawa or called Buddha Tooth Temple.

In this sacred place lies the relic of the Buddha’s canine Tooth.

Since ancient times, this relic has played a very important role in the life of Sri Lanka, possessing it will gain power. Again, we will verify how Buddhists go to this temple with flowers and offerings to worship Buddha.

Rest of the afternoon a walk around the lake that surrounds the Temple and the city.

4th day. Kandy – Ramboda Falls – Tea Factory – Train Nuwara Eliya to Ella

Transfer to Nuwara Eliya. On the way to Nuwara Eliya Mountain Station (1,868 mt)

we will observe tea plantation estates, we will stop at the falls of Ramboda and visit a tea production plant.

Train trip from Nanu Oya station in Nuwara Eliya to Ella.Train and tea estates sri lanka eden travels_opt

They are 3 hours of sinuous journey between the tea mountains  and the high forests.

Accommodation in Ella

5th day. Ella – Yala: Safari in the National Park

Transfer to Yala and in the afternoon safari tour.

Yala National Park is the country’s most visited reserve and is the second largest reserve in Sri Lanka.

We can see deer, pelicans, wild boars, crocodiles, herons, wild buffaloes, martin fishermen, elephants, peacocks, black bears and with a bit of luck, we will also see the elusive leopard.

Accommodation in Yala

6th day. Yala – Galle Fort – Unawatuna

Transfer to the Galle’s Fort. Galle is the third most important city after Colombo and Kandy.

It was a Portuguese city in the XVI century and Dutch in the 18th century,

also inhabited by the English in the 19th and 20th centuries. All these colonisers left an impression, the reason for which this was declared a World Heritage by UNESCO.

The Galle Fort is the best preserved historical colonial centre in the country. Where  Buddhists, Catholics, Muslims, and Indus live in perfect harmony. It’s nice to get lost in its shady streets and colonial squares of the Fort and visit art galleries with handicrafts.

Transfer to Unawatuna Hotel

7th day. Unawatuna – Colombo – Airport

Transfer to Colombo for a retrospective visit to the capital, Independence Square, Galle Face walk and Colombo Fortress Colonial Zone.

Transfer to the airport.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation and breakfast at the indicated hotels.
  • Private transport with  english spoken chaufeur/escort.(
  • Reception and escort service at the airport upon arrival and departure
  • The entrance tickets to the monuments, National parks and the temples of the itinerary.

Exclusions

  • Optional activities.
  • The visits not contemplated in the route.
  • Tips.
  • International flight
  • Visa entry fees to Sri Lanka ($ 35)

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