6 Days Explore Sri Lanka

Enjoy a Sri Lankan extravaganza as you see the sights of the island in just 6 fun filled days! The old and the new stand side by side, as you explore Sri Lanka’s rich history, and learn from its nature and wildlife.

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“Discover or re-discover Sri Lanka in a new and exciting way”

Days

Nights

Itinerary

Day 1
  • AIRPORT/COLOMBO

Colombo, Drive through the commercial city center known as the “Fort”, which is built by the Portuguese in the 16th century where grand colonial era buildings stand alongside modern office structures. See the vibrant markets and bazaars of Pettah, and the National Museum with its fine collection of lovely antiques and art of Sri Lanka. You could visit a Buddhist temple and a Hindu Kovil to experience the diversity of religion, ethnicity and customs of the people. Alternatively you may indulge in some shopping.

Overnight stay at Colombo
40 Km / 45 minute drive from Airport to Colombo

Day 2
  • COLOMBO/DAMBULLA

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

The Pinawella Elephant Orphanage is one of Sri Lanka’s most popular tourist attractions. The orphanage’s population has now mushroomed to around 65, making it the world’s largest collection of captive elephants. The elephants here range in age from newborns to elderly matriarchs, and include orphaned and abandoned elephants, as well as those injured in the wild.

Dambulla

In the city of Dambulla lies a hub which has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. Today, an icon in the face of Sri Lanka, Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the most unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Observe how exquisitely cave paintings are done along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. As you enter the retreat, look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold over a land, which today houses an important junction in the country’s economic and cultural uplifting.

Dambulla cave temple.

The Dambulla Cave Temple, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and perhaps one of the largest cave monasteries in the island country of Sri Lanka. The Dambulla Temple has been a sacred pilgrimage site for the last 22 centuries. The cave temple complex is very well preserved, spanning over an area of roughly 2100 square meters.

Overnight stay at Dambulla

160 Km / 04 Hours’ Drive from Colombo to Dambulla.

Day 3
  • DAMBULLA /KANDY

Breakfast at Hotel, and transfer Sigiriya and then to Kandy.

Sigiriya
The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site – Sigiriya – doesn’t only boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture. Step through the gigantic ‘Lion Paws’ – overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below – to comprehend the absolute splendor that once dominated this rock fortress. Surrounded by ramparts & moats the Lion Rock – resembling the mythological ‘City of Gods’ – is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India.

Kandy
Kandy – a lovely exotic city, the Hill Capital and last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which retains an aura of grandeur, time has not affected. Encircled by hills, with a tranquil lake in its centre, it is the site of the renowned temple that enshrines the Tooth Relic of the Buddha and the Royal Botanical gardens – home to one of the world’s best collections of Orchids. A cultural sanctuary where many legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive, Kandy and its satellite villages are the centre of the islands handicraft industry (items of wood, brass & silver) exquisite silver or gold jewellery and precious gems of many varieties including the world’s best blue and star sapphires. The highlight of the city’s calendar is the Esala Perahera, when a replica of the casket enclosing the Tooth is taken in procession for ten glittering nights in July/August by exotically costumed dancers, drummers and approximately 100 Elephants.

Evening proceed to witness the Cultural Dance Show.

Cultural Dance Show – which showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Kandyan Kingdom. These shows essentially comprise various styles of Kandyan dance, and are quite popular with visitors to the Hill Capital.

Overnight stay at Kandy.
75 Km / 2 Hour Drive from Dambulla to Kandy

Day 4
  • KANDY

Breakfast at hotel then do the Kandy city tour.

Temple of Tooth Relic

– A sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha was brought to Sri Lanka in 4th Century A.D. and was enshrined within the Dalanda Maligawa, or the Temple of the Tooth. This sacred relic has ever since been the symbol of sovereignty for the Sinhalese kings and always enshrined in great splendor. Kandy’s Dalada Maligawa is a magnificent shrine, with decorative walls, golden roof and fine woodwork and its 16th to 19th century ambience still vividly alive. Religious services, poojas, are held daily at dawn, mid-day and in the evening and can be viewed by visitors. The services are accompanied with traditional music and drumming. Although the tooth relic cannot be seen within the temple as it is securely enshrined within, on the Esala full moon day of July/August each year, the sacred tooth relic, encased in a golden casket, is taken in procession or perahera on the back of the temple elephant through Kandy’s streets for all to see.

Overnight stay at Kandy.

Day 5
  • KANDY / BENTOTA

Breakfast at hotel then transfer to Bentota.

Bentota situated on the south west coast, at the confluence of the sea and the Bentota River, the sun drenched location and its golden, palm-fringed beaches which border the warm, sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean made it a natural choice for development as the first tourist resort. Today it is known in Sri Lanka’s global tourist markets as a highly attractive holiday resort with a wide and varied choice of distinctive hotels to suit every taste and purse. Bentota has a complete range of tourist facilities, great seafood and very popular water sports centres which provide boating, water skiing, jet skiing, snorkelling and wind surfing.

Overnight stay at Bentota.

180 Km / 5 Hour Drive from Kandy to Bentota

Day 6
  • BENTOTA /AIRPORT

Breakfast at Hotel, and transfer to Airport.

80 Km / 2 Hour Drive from Bentota to Airport.

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