Classic Sri Lanka Mini Round Tour
Highlights of the Tour
- Sigiriya Rock Fortress
- Dambulla Cave Temple
- Spice gardens in Matale
- Temple of the tooth relic
- Royal Botanical gardens in Peradeniya
- Tea plantation & Tea factory
|1||Airport||Sigiriya||BB||Airport to Sigiriya. Sightseeing of Sigiriya rock fortress.|
|2||Sigiriya||Kandy||BB||Transfer to Kandy via Dambulla temple & spice gardens in Matale. Explore Kandy.|
|3||Kandy||Negombo||BB||Transfer to Negombo via Peradeniya botanical gardens & a tea plantation.|
|4||Negombo||Airport||BB||Departure transfer to Airport.|
Airport | Sigiriya
Arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport. Clients will be welcomed by the Representative of Reliance Tours / Chauffeur guide and transferred to the hotel in Sigiriya.
Afternoon leave for Sigiriya & climb the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Sigiriya – is a world heritage site built in 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the fortress. Within its triple-moated defense the huge rock rises almost to a sheer height of 500ft. On its summit are the foundations of what was once a great and sumptuous palace and gardens complete with swimming pool. On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of Frescoes of life sized damsels in all the freshness and delicacy of their original color.
Water Gardens, Fountain Garden, summerhouse, Boulder Gardens and the Caves with the enclosed are should not be missed.
Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Sigiriya.
Sigiriya | Dambulla | Kandy
After breakfast proceed to Kandy via Dambulla cave temple and the spice gardens in Matale.
Dambulla – is a vast isolated rock mass 500 feet high and a mile around the base.
Here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century B.C. The caves of Dambulla sheltered King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne he built the most magnificent of Rock Temples to be found in the Island. In the first Cave is a recumbent image of the Buddha 47ft long cut out of the Rock. There are images of deities associated with Buddhism all around. The frescoes on the walls and the ceiling are the oldest here but they are over painted in the Kandy period.
In the Second Cave, the finest and the largest of all, there are 150 life-size statues of the Buddha in various postures with few statues of Gods and Kings. The ceiling is also covered with frescoes, which depict great events in the life of the Buddha and landmarks in the history of the Sinhalese people.
Spice Gardens at Matale – You will see Cinnamon, Cardamom, Pepper Creepers and all other spice trees, plants and creepers are planted for visitors to see them. Spice products are also available for those who would like to buy them. At all Spice Gardens visitors are taken round explaining each tree and plant and at the end explaining the use of them food preparations.
Afternoon you will witness the city of Kandy including upper lake drive, market square, arts & crafts center, gem Museum and the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
Kandy is another “World Heritage Site”. It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings during the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule and finally the British in 1815.
To the Buddhist of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the “Dalada Maligawa” – Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha.
Today Kandy is the center of Buddhism, Arts, Crafts, Dancing, Music and Culture. Visitors can see these Dance & Music at the daily Cultural Performances held at several places in the city.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess’ hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession.
It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country.
Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Kandy.
Kandy | Peradeniya | Negombo
Breakfast at the hotel then visit the Royal botanical gardens in Peradeniya.
Royal Botanical Gardens – 147 acres in extent: started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the King’s of Kandy. There are more than 5000 species of tree and plants. Some and endemic as well as flora from the tropical world, Spice garden and Orchid House are popular with Tourists.
There are 5 Palm Avenues beautifying the gardens, the earliest and tallest Palm Avenue (Royal Palm Avenue) was planted in 1905 and the Double Coconuts from the Seashells Island, with the largest seed of all plants in the world is one such avenue.
Proceed to Negombo for the last destination. En-route visit a tea plantation and tea factory.
Tea Plantations – Tea was first planted in Sri Lanka in 1824 at the Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, when a few plants were brought from China. More were introduced from Assam in 1839.
In 1867, a Scottish Planter named James Taylor planted tea seedlings in an 8 hectares of forestland, in the Loolkondura Estate.
In 1873, the tea export industry of Sri Lanka began with a modest 23 lbs. being shipped to London.
Tea will grow only on rolling terrain and is classified by elevation into low grown, medium grown and high grown into 3 main groups. Today more than 200,000 hectares in highlands and other areas are under Tea and around 300 million Kilograms, with a 15% of world tea exports are done by Sri Lanka as one of the World’s largest Tea exporter.
Negombo is a famous fishing village North of Colombo. It is one of the famous commercial hubs in the country. Negombo is known for its long sandy beaches and centuries old fishing industry. Negombo has a large bilingual population of Roman Catholics.
The streets on either side of the Hotels are dotted with Souvenir Shops, Restaurants etc.
Proceed to the hotel in Negombo.
Negombo | Airport
After breakfast transfer to the airport for departure.
Cost & Terms
Cost: – Staring from USD 275 per person
Sharing double room on BB basis including the excursions and entrance fees (Conditions apply)
Above price Includes
- Welcome service at the airport on arrival by private chauffeur / driver.
- Accommodation with breakfast at hotels based on standard room category.
- Transportation from arrival to departure in an Air conditioned vehicle.
- Service of an English speaking chauffeur / driver guide.
- Breakfast at the hotels from day 02 to day 04
- Excursions / sightseeing to the places included in the program
- Entrance fees / tickets to the places mentioned in the program
Value added services from Reliance Tours on FOC
- Mobile phone with emergency contact details
- 02 bottles of mineral water per client per day (500ml)
- Binocular for sightseeing
- A gift of gratitude
Above price Excludes
- Lunch & Dinner
- Early check-inn or late check-out at hotels
- Optional supplements, sightseeing & excursions
- Tips & Portage
- Camera / video permits if any
- Air Tickets, train tickets and Visa fees
- Sudden festive or Cricket event supplements
- Government tax imposition change
Additional services offered by Reliance Tours (Surcharges apply)
- Wifi device with data packs
- Cool box in vehicle
- Baby seat
- Camera / Lenses
- Other equipment’s related to travel