8 Nights, 9 Days
Duration

‘Ayubowan’ or ‘long life’ is used in Sri Lanka as a greeting. Immerse yourself in a world of glistening palms, emerald waters and shadowy jungles, with air perfumed by temple flowers, spices and coconut oil.

 

PICKUP/DROP OFF LOCATION Airport, Hotel or Private Residence
DURATION 8 Nights / 9 Days
INCLUDED
Transport in air-conditioned vehicle Professional driver/guide
Accommodation in 4-Star/5-Star hotels Bed & Breakfast
NOT INCLUDED
Airfare Visa to Sri Lanka
Entrance Fees Guide Gratuity

Ayubowan Sri Lanka

‘Ayubowan’ meaning a ‘long life’, is the salutation used in Sri Lanka to greet someone. This tour will immerse you in a world of glistening palms, emerald waters and shadowy jungles, with air perfumed by temple flowers, spices and coconut oil. Explore the rich culture of Sri Lanka’s elaborate temples, ancient fortresses and wildlife-filled countryside which has created a curious, wonderful place that is utterly unique and captivating.

Day 1

AIRPORT / COLOMBO

Arrival, welcome by a representative of TC Holidays and transfer to Hotel in Negombo.

Afternoon undertake a City Tour including “Lellama” the Fishing Harbor from where the Fishing Travelers take off, Retail Fish Market a fishing Village, a Catholic Church, Hindu Kovil etc….

Negombo
Being one of the major tourist beach resorts of the island, this lively town is mainly inhabited by the fisher-folk. This is also one of the strongholds of the catholic community of Sri Lanka and quietly correctly considered as the “Little Rome”, located along the picturesque Negombo lagoon, along which hundreds of fishing boats and catamarans could be seen most of the time. The Town is dotted with several churches, some dating from the earliest colonial times. Sightseeing in Negombo includes the remains of the Old Dutch Fortress from 1678, the Dutch Canal constructed for the transportation of Cinnamon, St. Mary’s Church and the Old Dutch Cemetery, and naturally, the Negombo Fish Market –more famously known as the “Lellama”.
Dinner & overnight at a Hotel in Negombo
Day 2

NEGOMBO / PINNAWALA / ANURAHAPURA

After breakfast leave for Anuradhapura – the first Capital – 5th Century BC.

En route visit the Elephant Orphanage to see the world’s largest herd of domestic Elephants including babies who are still being fed by bottle thrice a day and any other place of interest

Elephant Orphanage
Located on the banks of Maha Oya , claimed as the only place in the entire planet earth where one can see such a large herd of captive elephants , established in 1975 as an effort towards education and conservation of scientific captive breeding , it provides shelter to young elephants who find themselves abandoned , displaced or lost from their natural habitats due to various reasons

Visit many sites of the City of archaeological and historical interest including Isurumuniya – the first temple to be built in the island, Sri Maha Bodhi Tree- with an authenticated history of more than 2300 years which has been planted from a sapling from the original tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment, Ruwanveliseya – the largest stupa in the island, Jethawanaramaya and Abhayagiriya – which in their original form have been equivalent in size to the Great Pyramids in Giza and have thus been declared as World Heritage Sites , Twin Ponds, Thuparamaya- the first Stupa to be built in Sri Lanka enshrining the left collar bone of the Buddha, the Samadhi Statue – meditating posture etc

Dinner & overnight stay at a hotel in Anuradhapura

Day 3

ANURADHAPURA / SIGIRIYA

After breakfast leave for Polonnaruwa- the Medieval Capital of Sri Lanka- 11th Century AD

In Polonnaruwa , visit the many sites of archaeological and historical interest in the Sacred City including the Grate Statue, Quadrangle, Royal Palace, Vatadage, Hatadage, Siva Devalaya, Gal Viharaya, Alahana Pirivena Complex, Kumara and Lotus Ponds, Thuparamaya , Rankoth Vehera, Pabalu Vehera , Thiwanka Image House , The Museum etc some of which depict the influence that Hinduism had on the Buddhist Civilization during that period of history.

Hop in to a Wood Carving Factory to see the skills of Sri Lankan Craftsmen

Dinner & Overnight stay at a Hotel in Sigiriya / Damblla / Habarana or Polonnaruwa

Day 4

SIGIRIYA

After breakfast, climb the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya*, a Royal Citadel for 20 years in the 5th Century AD built by King Kasyapa, contemporary with the paintings of Ajantha and Ellora Caves in India, highlights being the Frescoes, Mirror Wall and the Lion’s Paw, considered as the 8th Wonder of the modern world, thought to be equivalent to the “Alakamanda” – Celestial Palace of God Kuvera – meant for wealth.

Participate in a two hour Elephant Ride – through the dry zone jungles, water ways etc.

Overnight stay at Sigiriya Hotel

Polonnaruwa

The island’s Medieval Capital (11th – 13th Centuries AD) which rose to fame after the decline of Anuradhapura.. The city was fortified with three concentric walls, beautified with parks and gardens and sanctified by many shrines. A unique Irrigation complex watered the city as well as the surrounding plains helping in agriculture which made the island “the Granary of the East” . The largest of the man made reservoirs, the huge Parakrama Samudra (the Sea of Parakrama), is larger in size than the Colombo Harbour. Polonnaruwa is home to two magnificent World Heritage Sites and numerous other sites of archaeological and historical interest, some of which depict the influence that Hinduism had on the Buddhist Civilisation during that period of history.

Hop in to a Wood Carving Factory to see the skills of Sri Lankan Craftsmen

Dinner & Overnight stay at a Hotel in Sigiriya / Damblla / Habarana or Polonnaruwa

Day 5

SIGIRIYA / DAMBULLA / KANDY

After breakfast leave for Kandy – “The Hill Capital”
En route visit the Dambulla Cave Temple considered to be the largest painted caves in the world with more than 22,000 sq ft of painted surfaces with many paintings, sculptures, statues of Lord Buddha, his disciples, Kings, Gods etc.

Dambulla
A collection of five caves of different sizes full of paintings , sculptures, statues of Lord Buddha, his disciples, Kings , Gods etc. considered to be the largest painted caves in the world with more than 22,000 sq ft of painted surfaces declared a World Heritage Site Initial authorship is attributed to King Valagambahu who took refuge here after being driven out of Anuradhapura by invading armies, although the works span over all periods since then to the late Kandy Period in the 18th Century
Walk in to a Spice Garden and take part in a conducted tour to get some knowledge about the growth and use of spices in the day to day life

In a Batik Making Factory, see how beautifully the village girls turn out beautiful colored cloths for different purposes with colorful designs.

In the evening watch a Cultural Performance by traditional Kandyan Dancers and Drummers including devotional “Fire Walking” and walk across in the star lit night to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha – by far the most important place of worship for Buddhists world over.

Kandy
Literally known as the “City on the Hills” so named as it was protected by the nature – water , rocks and jungles. The last capital of the Sri Lankan kings before falling to the British in 1815AD which is a World Heritage Site. The name Kandy conjures vision of splendour of magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. The centre of attraction is the golden roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha .The Kandy Lake built by the last King Sri Wickramarajasinghe in 1806 holds a prominent view of the City. It is a City for arts and crafts as well culture and history

Dinner & overnight stay at a hotel in Kandy

Day 6

KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA

After breakfast undertake a City Tour including the Upper Lake Drive – a place where one could have a bird’s eye view of the city below, the Royal Botanical Gardens – one of the best of its kind in Asia with more than 5000 species of different varieties of flora which incidentally was the Headquarters of Lord Louise Mountbatten – the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces during the 2nd World War, a Gem Museum – to see how the valuable gems that you see on a shop shelf are turned out from a raw stone with the back ground history.

Then leave for Nuwara Eliya Thru the entrance from University of Peradeniya which has a picturesque view

Nuwara Eliya
Nestled in a wooded basin at the foot of Mount Pidurutalagala Sri Lanka’s highest peak, this region at 6,183ft above sea-level has a cool, crisp climate unknown elsewhere in Sri Lanka. A serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of Colombo, the town seems like a piece of the English Lake District, aptly named by the British as “Little England” – their Holiday Retreat. Unusual plants, birds and animals thrive here besides natural features like waterfalls and caves. Tea, the glistening green leaves of this lovely shrub, along with neat rows of green, cloak ridges and valleys providing a lasting impression of Sri Lanka’s Hill Country. The Golf Course – one of the finest and picturesque in Asia – the serene Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity, beautiful parks and well kept lawns and hedges give the place an air of nostalgia.

En route visit a Tea Factory and a Plantation to witness the manufacturing process of world famous “Ceylon Tea” and to taste a pure unblended cup of factory fresh tea before being sent to the Tea Auctions in Colombo leading to Export.

Evening is free for walks /tour around the city – the important places being the Victoria Park, Gregory Lake, Golf Course, and Market etc.

Nature Lovers could make a visit to see the Lover’s Leap Water Falls just outside the city which will involve a little bit of hiking for about 1 hour both ways.

Dinner & overnight stay at in Nuwara Eliya

Day 7

NUWARA ELIYA / YALA

After breakfast leave for Yala through the breathtakingly beautiful Ella Gap passing the cascading Rawana Ella Water Falls

Undertake a Jeep Safari of the Yala (Ruhuna) National Park mainly to see wildlife

Dinner & overnight stay at a hotel in Tissamaharama / Yala

Day 8

YALA /GALLE /INDURUWA

After late breakfast leave for Bentota
En route visit the Wevurukannala Temple to see one of Sri Lanka’s tallest seated Buddha Statues, Veherahena underground Temple Complex, Galle Dutch Fortress – a World Heritage Site,a Mask Museum and Turtle Hatchery etc

Dinner & overnight at hotel in Induruwa / Bentota

Day 9

INDURUWA / AIRPORT

Transfer to the airport for departure.

END OF SERVICES

Note: All passengers should be at the departure lobby of the Airport before 03 hours of their departure flight

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