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Short & Sweet Excursions - 3 Days Mini Culture Tour - 300 USD p/p
 
 
 
 
Travel Dates
Individual tour with flexible travel date
 
Tour route:
start from ( Negombo/Colombo/Wadduwa/kalutara/ Bentota/Aluthgama/Hikkaduwa )
 
Day 1 - Overnight stay in Habarana
Pinnawela >> Dambulla >> Minneriya >> Habarana
 
Day 2 - Overnight stay in Kandy
Sigiriya >> Dambulla >> Kandy
 
Day 3 - Overnight stay in Kandy
Kandy >> Peradeniya >> Ramboda
 
Highlights
Elephant Orphanage Dambulla - Cave Temple
Minneriya - 4 WD jeep safari Habarana - Elephant Back ride & village safari
Sigiriya – Lion’s Rock Matale - Isiwara Ayurveda Village
Kandy – Temple of the tooth and culture Dance
Peradeniya – Royal Botanical garden
Ramboda – Waterfall , Tea Plantation & Factory
 
What's Includes
Elephant Orphanage Dambulla Cave Temple
4 WD jeep safari at Minneriya National Park Sigiriya Lion’s Rock
Matale Isiwara Ayurveda Village Cultural Dancing show
Temple of the Tooth Royal Botanical Garden
Tea Plantation & Factory Ramboda waterfall
Travel by air conditioned comfortable car/ mini van/ mini bus
English-speaking local guide(s) on included excursions
 
What's not Included
Extra Activities (Elephant back ride/ Habarana village Tour )
meals, snacks, drinks, souvenirs, tips and any extras
 
Tailoring your trip
Any part of this itinerary can be altered to fit your need, e.g. attractions, activities, add/skip city, tour length.
 
 
Day 1 –Pinnawela/ Dambulla / Minneriya - overnight stay in Habarana/Sigiriya
Morning
Your chauffeur/ guide will meet you at the Beach hotel where you stay, Morning approx 5:30 Am transfer to Sigiriya. The route from your beach hotel takes you through broad acres of growing rice fields (paddy), coconut palms, mountains and a picturesque landscape. En route visit Elephant Orphanage and Dambulla Cave temple.
 
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Started in 1975 home to the worlds largest collection of orphans ,Providing a caring home for abandoned and wounded elephants, it is a much loved destination for tourists and locals alike. Here, adults and baby elephants from around Sri Lanka thrive, and a captive breeding program is also proving to be highly successful. The feeding and bathing times are generally the ideal times to visit when you can observe these gentle giants at their best.
 
Mid Morning
Afterwards leave for the Sigiriya, visiting the historic Dambulla Cave Temple en route
 
Dambulla Caves Temple
Temple is thought to be inhabited from as early as the 7th to 3rd century BC. Statues and paintings in these caves date back to the 1st century BC. But the paintings and statues were repaired and repainted in the 11th, 12th, and 18th century AD. The caves in the city provided refuge to King Valagamba (also called Vattagamini Abhaya) in his 14 year long exile from the Anuradapura kingdom. Buddhist monks meditating in the caves of Dambulla at that time provided the exiled king protection from his enemies. When King Valagamba returned to the throne at Anuradapura kingdom in the 1st century BC, he had a magnificent rock temple built at Dambulla in gratitude to the monks in Dambulla.
 
It is the largest and best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain statues and paintings. This paintings and statues are related to Lord Buddha and his life. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of god and goddess. The latter 4 include two statues of Hindu gods, Vishnu and Ganesh. The murals cover an area of 2,100 m². Depictions in the walls of the caves include Buddha's temptation by demon Mara and Buddha's first sermon
 
Minneriya
Enjoy an exciting safari at Minneriya National Park where you can watch elephants in their rightful home - in the wilds. One of the most spectacular wildlife events in Sri Lanka is ‘The Gathering’, where hundreds of elephants arrive by the herd from the surrounding areas to the Minneriya reservoir. As the water level recedes at the height of the dry season, they gather to feast on the lush grass, and quench their thirst for water and play.
 
Overnight stay at Habarana /Sigiriya
 
Day 2 – Sigiriya / Matale / Kandy
Morning
After breakfast, set off to discover the 8th wonder of the world – the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Dating back to the 5th Century A.D, this astounding ‘city’ on the summit of a high outcrop was the royal citadel of King Kassapa for over 18 years. A miraculous feat of artistry and engineering, its unique features and exquisite frescoes continue to amaze all who visit it, even today.
 
Sigiriya
Sigiriya consists of an ancient citadel built by King Kashyapa during the 5th century. The Sigiriya site contains the ruins of an upper palace located on the flat top of the rock, a mid-level terrace that includes the Lion Gate and the mirror wall with its frescoes, the lower palaces located behind the lavish lower gardens, and moats and ramparts which protected the citadel. The site was both a palace and a fortress. The upper palace on the top of the rock includes cisterns cut into the rock that still retain water. The moats and walls that surround the lower palace are still exquisitely beautiful.
 
Mid Morning
proceed to kandy - if you wish you could visiting a spice garden at Matale en route. Our spices have been sought after for centuries, and continue to be a celebrated export, even today.
 
Afternoon
After Lunch - Enjoy a city tour of sweet Kandy –A walk around the lake and town will let you indulge in some souvenir hunting with intricate treasures in wood, Craft centre , handlooms, batiks, Gem Museum & jewelry and reed-ware to choose
 
Evening
Later in the evening witness a Cultural Dance performance where the vibrant costumes and pulsating rhythms of traditional dance forms from centuries old rituals will enthrall you. Afterwards visit the last kingdom of the Sinhalese, visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic. one of the most sacred religious sites in Sri Lanka. The Temple of the Tooth or Dalada Maligawa is believed to house the ‘tooth relic’ of the Lord Buddha.
 
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy is a major city in Sri Lanka, located in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. It is the second largest city in the country after Colombo. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city and is also the capital of the Central Province. Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.
 
Overnight stay in Kandy
 
Day 3 - Peradeniya / Ramboda
Morning
After breakfast Morning approx 8:30 Am Proceed to Peradeniya for visit Royal botanical Gardens.
 
Royal Botanical Gardens – Peradeniya
Royal Botanical Garden, Peradeniya is situated about 5.5 km to the west from the city of Kandy in the Central Province of Sri Lanka and attracts 2 million visitors annually. It is renowned for its collection of a variety of orchids. It includes more than 4000 species of plants, Some rare and endemics as well as flora from the tropical World. including of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees Attached to it is the National Herbarium of Sri Lanka. The total area of the botanical garden is 147 acres (0.59 km2), at 460 meters above sea level, and with a 200-day annual rainfall. It is managed by the Division of National Botanic Gardens of the Department of Agriculture.
 
Mid Morning
Proceed to Ramboda , On the way to Ramboda a stop can be made at a Tea factory to see the process of making tea, the factory outlet sells fresh Ceylon tea to anyone interested in buying some. You can see Ramboda waterfall
 
Afternoon
After Lunch leave from Ramboda, The route from at the ramboda takes you through broad acres of growing rice fields (paddy), Tea plantations, coconut palms, mountains and a picturesque landscape.
 
Transfer back to the Hotel ( Tour End ).

 

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