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GRAND TOUR

Day 1:       AIRPORT / COLOMBO

Arrival to Colombo International Airport and meet and welcome by  Delux Holidays  representative and guide at the airport arrival lobby.


Transfer from Airport to Colombo.


In the afternoon, do a city tour of Colombo. Colombo like many capital cities in
developing countries is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise
from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the old world charm is
retained. For example, there is a 100-year-old clock tower and several British built
colonial buildings. Other places of interest are the Pettah bazaar - where one can shop
for bargain, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately
homes of the affluent, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall
(BMICH) an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the People's Republic of China.


Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel (As per selected hotel category)

Standard (3*+ )– Pegasus Reef Hotel, Hendala www.pegasusreefhotel.com
Superior  (4*+) – Ceylon continental www.colombocontinental.com
Deluxe (5*) – Cinnamon Lake Side www.cinnamonlakeside.com
 

Breakfast at Hotel


Proceed to Anuradhapura.


Visit Anuradhapura. It was the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of the
ancient Ceylon. It is the home of two World Heritage Sites.
http://www.worldheritagesite.org/sites/site200.html


Many places of historical and archaeological interest could be visited. Sri Maha Bodhi
(Sacred Bo-Tree) was brought as a sapling of the tree under which Prince Siddhartha
attained to enlightenment and it is over 2200 years old and is the oldest historically
documented tree in the world. The Brazen Palace (2nd century B.C), the 1600 stone
columns you see are all that is left of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks.
Ruwanweliseya (2nd century B.C) is the most famous of all the Dagobas. It originally
depicted the perfect 'bubble shape" that modern restoration has not been able to
accurately reproduce. 'Samadhi' Buddha statue (4th century AD) is one of the most
famous statues, depicting the Buddha in a state of 'Samadhi' or deep meditation.
Isurumuniya rock temple (3rd century B.C) is well known for its rock carvings.
Transfer from Anuradhapura to the area of your choice


Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel (As per selected hotel category)

Standard (3* Hotel) – Sigiriya Hotel www.serendibleisurehotels.com
                                       Chaaya Village, Habarana www.chaayahotels.com

Superior (4* Hotel) – Cinnamon Lodge www.cinnamonhotels.com
                                       Amaya Lake Resort, Dambulla  www.amayaresorts.com

Deluxe (5* Hotel) – Heritance Kandalama Hotel  www.heritancehotels.com
 

Day 3:       SIGIRIYA / POLONNARUWA

Breakfast at Hotel


Proceed to Sigiriya.


Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site,
http://www.worldheritagesite.org/sites/site202.html


Built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The 'Lion Rock' is a citadel of unusual beauty
rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the
70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the
renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of
the 'Heavenly Maidens' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock
approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on
plaster.


Transfer from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa.


Visit Polonnaruwa, which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka built in the 11th and
12th centuries AD, and which is a world heritage site.
http://www.worldheritagesite.org/sites/site201.html
Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya where 4 splendid
statues of the Buddha in 'Upright', 'Sedentary' and 'Recumbent' postures carved out of
rock could be seen, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, the statue of king
Parakramabahu, and the Parakrama Samudraya - a lake built by King Parakramabahu
the great. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva
Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains
of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.
Return to the hotel


Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel (As per selected hotel category)


Standard (3* Hotel) – Sigiriya Hotel www.serendibleisurehotels.com
                                        Chaaya Village, Habarana www.chaayahotels.com

Superior (4* Hotel) – Cinnamon Lodge www.cinnamonhotels.com
                                        Amaya Lake Resort, Dambulla  www.amayaresorts.com

Deluxe (5* Hotel) – Heritance Kandalama Hotel  www.heritancehotels.com

Breakfast at Hotel


Proceed to Dambulla.


Dambulla - Optional ( Ticket price Rs.1100.00 per adlt /child 50% could be obtain at the Temple and pay direct as per to clients wishes)

Transfer to Kandy via Matale.
Visit a Ayurveda HerbalGarden in Matale to see different herbal products for which Sri Lanka is famous for.


Here, clients could see different spices and how some of these spices are grown and
processed. Witness a Cookery demonstration.
Transfer from Matale to Kandy.
Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site.
http://www.kandycity.org/index2.html
The name "Kandy" conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the
legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy

Lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy
town and bazaar, the arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary. Also visit
the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy. www.daladamaligawa.org
 Thereafter witness a cultural show.


Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel (As per selected hotel category)

Standard (3*+ ) – Hotel Chaaya Citadel www.chaayhotels.com or
                                 Hotel Randholee Resort - www.randholeeresorts.com

Superior  (4*+ ) – Amaya Hills www.amayaresorts.com

Deluxe (5* ) – Mahaweli Reach Hotel www.mahaweli.com

Breakfast at Hotel


Proceed to Peradeniya.


Peradeniya botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and
was expanded by the British. http://www.kandycity.org/botanical.htm
It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.
Transfer from Peradeniya to Nuwara Eliya.

Visit Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and
scenery, is Sri Lankas most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri
Lankas tea country producing a significant share of the world s best tea. Sri Lanka s
highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. Nuwara Eliya also has one
of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia.


Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel (As per selected hotel category)


Standard (3*+ )  - Galway Forest Lodge  www.galway.lk

Superior tour (4*+ )- The Grand Hotel  www.tangerinehotels.com

Deluxe Tour (5* ) - Tea Factory Hotel www.heritancehotels.com

 

Breakfast at Hotel


Transfer from Nuwara Eliya to Bandarawela to Yala


In the afternoon, do a safari of the Yala National Park by jeep. http://www.dwlc.lk/
Yala is the largest National Park in Sri Lanka which is the home for wild elephants,
wild boars, wild buffaloes, leopards, bears, deers and crocodiles. Large flocks of
migratory and indigenous birds are also found here.
Transfer from Yala to Kataragama.


Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel (As per selected hotel category)

Standard (3*+ )  - Priyankara Hotel –  www.priyankarahotel.com
Superior tour (4*+ ) - Yala Village Hotel –  www.yalavillage.com

DELUXE HOTEL IN THE AREA YALA IS NOT AVAILABLE,  RECOMMEND  only YALLA VILLAGE!!!



Breakfast at Hotel


Transfer to Galle.


Galle was once the chief port of Ceylon. It is still well known for hand-made lace. You
can also visit the Galle Fort (spanning 90 acres) which was originally built by the
Portuguese and later extended by the Dutch in 1663. This is a World Heritage Site.
http://www.worldheritagesite.org/sites/site451.html
Transfer from Galle to Beach Hotel OR up to Colombo.

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