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Nature and Culture Tours

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Detailed Itinerary

 

Day 01: Colombo – Polonnaruwa – Habarana

Upon arrival in Colombo you will be met by our local representative who will present you with all onwards travel documentation. Thereafter you will be transferred by road to the heart of Sri Lanka’s Cultural triangle. En-route stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Thereafter proceed direct to Polonnaruwa.

 

Polonnaruwa

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Polonnaruwa, which became Sri Lanka’s royal medieval capital in 1073 and remained Sri Lanka’s capital until the late 13th century. Today, the ancient city’s ruins remain in remarkably good state with its great ruins of palaces, treasuries, meeting halls and temples. The most impressive are the ancient sculptures of Lord Buddha at the Gal Vihara, cut into granite stone dating back to the middle of the 12th.

Thereafter proceed to Habarana.

 

Overnight: Chaaya Village(Dinner/Breakfast)

Day 02: Habarana – Kandy

After breakfast your chauffeur guide will meet you at a designated time and take you to Kandy to visit,

 

Temple of the Tooth

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Temple of the Tooth, which houses SriLanka’s most famous relic, a fragment of Buddha’s tooth. The sounds of chanting and drums reverberate around the prayer halls, as hundreds of pilgrims pass through to ask for blessings at the sanctum where the fragment of the tooth is kept.

 Late evening proceed to witness a cultural show with traditional dances.

 

 

Overnight: Hotel Casamara (Dinner / Breakfast)

 

Day 03: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast proceed to visit the Royal Botanical Garden.

 

Royal Botanical Garden

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This 147 acre property originally a pleasure garden of the last Queen of Kandy. Later this garden became the operational headquarters of Lord Mountbatten who was Supreme Commander of the allied Forces during the Second World War.  This garden is one of the best in the world with its Variety of plants. The best known attraction is the Orchid house which houses more than 300 varieties of orchids.

Then proceed to Nuwara Eliya. Arrive and relax at the hotel or walk around the city.

 

Overnight: Grand Hotel (Dinner/Breakfast)

 

Day 04: Nuwara Eliya –Seetha Amman Temple – Kataragama

After breakfast proceed to Seetha Amman Temple.

 

Seetha Amman Temple

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The stream that runs from the hill, catered to the needs of SitaDevi during her stay at Ashok Vatika. She is said to have bathed in this stream. About centuries ago of three idols were discovered in the stream, one of which was that of Sita. It is believed that the idols have been worshipped at this spot for centuries. Now there is temple for Lord Rama, Sita Devi, Luxhmana, and Hanuman by the side of this stream. It is interesting to note that foot prints akin to Lord Hanuman’s are found by this river and some are of small size and some are of large size, which tells us of the immense powers of hanuman transforming himself into any size.

The Hill country of Sri Lanka is a sight to behold. After the heat of the low lands of Sri Lanka, the diversity of temperature and scenery of the high lands is incredible.Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Bandarawela, are three popular hill stations of Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya being the highest, situated over 6000 feet above sea level is also called “Little England”. As this is where the British built themselves a home away from home.The winding road that leads to the hill country through tea plantations that carpet the hills to extents beyond sight, the water falls that meander cascading down the hills, the misty valleys and scenery are certainly awe inspiring.

Then proceed to Tissamaharama, En route lunch at a local restaurant.

Evening visit Kataragama Sacred city.

 

Kataragama

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The usually bland town of Kataragama, 16km (10miles) north of Tissa, has been described as “the holiest place in Sri Lanka’. Devotees from the Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim religions flock here all year round, although the biggest numbers come for the Kataragama Festivals in July and August, when conch shells blow, trumpets blare and drums beat out as voices rise in unison to a chorus of Haro Hara! Self imposed mortifications are endured by devotees with tongues transfixed by spikes, or with their bodies suspended from scaffolding with butchers hooks penetrating their skin. The town is split by the Menik River, with a small residential area on one side and the extensive religious complex, containing shrines and temples to all three religions Deviyo, is synonymous here with the 12 armed Hindu war god Skanda, whose lance or vel, is held within the maha Devala, the most important shrine in the complex. All three religions worship at this simple white shrine, with three daily services or pujas.

Overnight: Priyankara Hotel (Dinner/Breakfast)

 

Day 05: Kataragama – Colombo

After breakfast proceed to Colombo en-route visit a turtle Hatchery. Lunch en route in Galle.

Arrive in Colombo and proceed on a city tour including shopping stops.

Overnight: Galadari Hotel (Dinner/Breakfast)

 

Day 06: Colombo – Airport

After breakfast depart to the airport for your onward flight.