Srilanka Cultural Tour

Duration : 6 Nights / 7 Days
Destinations : Colombo - Polonnaruwa - Habarana - Sigiriya - Kandy - Departure

Day 1 : Arrive Colombo
Our representative would greet you in Colombo airport. You would be escorted to hotel where you would take rest and have lunch. You can spend rest of the day as you desire. Watching the ocean from the beach is very rejuvenating.

Day 2 : Colombo
Move on for a sightseeing tour of Colombo. Meander through the commercial and city centre area which is famous as the Fort, erected by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Highlight of the tour is visit to the bustling and colourful markets of Pettah. Another stop is the National Museum known for its intriguing collection of lovely antiques and art of Srilanka. Drive past Independence Square, Town Hall, the B.M.I.C.H (International Convention Centre) and Cinnamon gardens residential area. Also tour the Zoological gardens at Dehiwala.

Day 3 : Colombo - Polonnaruwa
Take breakfast. Drive to Habarana. En route you would see fascinating villages and small towns. On way stop at Polonnaruwa. Watch the charm of mediaeval Sri Lanka at Polonnaruwa. Polonnaruwa served the Sri Lankan kings as a 'country residence' from the 7th century. Within the contours of the Royal Citadel are the remnants of the King's palace, the Council Chamber and the Royal Bath. The Buddha images at the Gal Vihara or the Rock Temple are wonderful examples of stone sculpture. Parakrama Samudra or the Sea of Parakrama is a colossal man made irrigation reservoir.

We drive on to Dambulla where we tour the Dambulla Rock Temple. The temple holds a magnificent gallery of Buddha images. Wall and ceiling paintings are not seen anywhere else in the Island. It is a complex of five cave temples with its origin harking back to the Anuradhapura period (1st century BC). However due to refurbishments undertaken by various rulers over the past two thousand years what now remains is mostly work done in the Kandyan period (18th century).

Day 4 : Sigiriya
Have a leisurely breakfast. Now journey to Sigiriya, which owes its glory to the vision of King Kashyapa. The monarch erected this 'Palace in the Sky' in the 5th century AD. On the top of the Sigiriya rock (meaning the 'Lion Rock') are the remnants of a large palace, which is the earliest surviving royal building in Sri Lanka. The palace has several chambers and a bathing pond. In a pocket of the giant rock are the celebrated paintings of 5th century. The Mirror Wall, which had been exposed to elements for more than fifteen centuries still has some of the original sheen. This archaeological site has been declared a World Heritage Site. Leave for Kandy.

Day 5 : Kandy - Colombo
After having breakfast go on a guided tour of Kandy. Kandy was a bastion of the Sinhala kings. It is a charming city which offers a living record of its magnificent past. Attractions in Kandy include the Dalada Maligawa, the temple housing the sacrosanct Tooth Relic of the Buddha. Kandy Lake increases the charm of the City. Also tour the Market Place, an art & crafts show room. Soak in interesting view of the Kandy Lake and its environs. Also visit the Botanical Gardens. Kandiyan dances are also popular attraction in Kandy.

Leave for Colombo. After taking some rest at the hotel, you would be transferred to airport for your departure.
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