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February 1-10, 2012
Day 1 – Colombo
• Arrival in Colombo in morning
• Transfer to Dambulla, sightseeing in Dambulla cave temple also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site (1991) in Srilanka, situated in the central part of the country. .The temple is composed of five caves, which have been converted into shrine rooms. The caves, built at the base of a 150m high rock during the (1st century BC to 993 AD) and times (1073 to 1250), are by far the most impressive of the many cave temples found in Srilanka. Access is along the gentle slope of the Dambulla Rock, offering a panoramic view of the surrounding flat lands, Dusk brings hundreds of swooping swallows to the cave entrance. The largest cave measures about 52m from east to west, and 23m from the entrance to the back, this spectacular cave is 7m tall at its highest point.
• Overnight in Kandlama
Day 2 – Sigiriya
• Start day with Hot air Balloon ride,A typical flight is scheduled for take-off commencing soon after dawn to take advantage of the cool morning atmosphere and view the landscape also waking to a new day. The exact start time varies depending on the season Generally the arrival time at the launching point is 6:30 am.
• Excursion to Sigiriya, Sigiriya is a place with a large stone and ancient rock fortress and palace ruin in the central Matale District of Central Province, Srilanka, surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs, and other structures. A popular tourist destination, Sigiriya is also renowned for its ancient paintings (frescos) which are reminiscent of the Ajanta Caves of India. It is one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Srilanka.The Complex consists of the central rock, rising 200 meters above the surrounding plain, and the two rectangular precincts on the east (90 hectares) and the west (40 hectares), surrounded by two moats and three ramparts.
• Excursion to Anuradhapura, Anuradhapura, is Sri Lanka's most sacred town. From origins as a settlement in the 6th century BC, it was made capital in 377 BC by King Pandukabhaya (437–367 BC) who started the great irrigation works. Anuradhapura was once the greatest monastic city of the ancient word. Abandoned in 1073 to the mercy of the jungle, the British explorers who discovered it in the 19th Century thought they had stumbled on a “lost” city.
The sacred Bodhi Tree “Sri Maha Bodhi” – the oldest known in the World – a cutting of the tree in India where the Buddha achieved enlightenment – is central to the buildings and religious awareness. Golden railings maintain its safety and to approach with the pilgrims. Please remember to remove hat and shoes.
• Overnight in Miridiya Lodge
Day 3 - Polonnaruwa
• Travel to Polonnaruwa by private vehicle, Polonnaruwa is a town. The second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated the Chola invaders in 1070 to reunite the country once more under a local leader.
The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage Site..
• Travel to Dalhousie by private vehicle
• Overnight in Dalhousie
Day 4 – Adams Peak
.Explore Tea Plantations in Morning then have rest to prep your slef for a long climb at night to Adams Peak,
• Travel to Adams peak then climb to witness the beautiful sunrise,Adams Peak, Sri Pada "butterfly mountain", is a 2,243 metres (7,359 ft) tall conical mountain located in central Sri Lanka. It is well known for the Sri Pada "sacred footprint", a 1.8 metres (5 ft 11 in) rock formation near the summit, in Buddhist tradition it is held to be the footprint of the Buddha, in Hindu tradition that of Shiva and in Muslim and Christian tradition that of Adam.
• Travel to Kandy by private vehicle
• Overnight in Kandy swiss residenc
Day 5 – Kandy
• Explore Kandy,Kandy is a major city in Srilanka, located in the Central Province, Srilanka. It is the second largest city in the country after Colombo. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Srilanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is one of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka; it is both an administrative and religious city. It is also the capital of the Central Province. Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), one of the most venerable places for the Buddhist community of Srilanka and all around the world. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.
• Overnight in Kandy swiss residence
Day 6 – Kandy Pinnawala Orphanage
.The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is situated northwest of the town of Kegalle, halfway between the present commercial capital Colombo and the ancient royal residence Kandy in the hills of central Srilanka. There are about 84 elephants under protection
. In evening explore markets and temples of Kandy
• Overnight in Kandy swiss residence
Day 7 – Negambo
• Negombo city is an ideal and liberal place with modern life style, for those who want quick access to and from the country's international airport. The 100 km long canal network running through the city is still used, and outrigger canoes and modern water-craft ply this route daily, for trade and tourist purposes. Remains of colonization include the Dutch fort built in 1672, as well as centuries-old Portuguese and Dutch houses, administrative buildings, and churches. Negombo is also home to the country's second-largest fish market, the "Lellama", at the north end of the town's lagoon. There are daily fish auctions, which give tourists a chance to meet the area's fishermen and even organise fishing trips into the lagoon and the ocean beyond. Other nearby attractions open to visitors include Muthurajawela, which is part of a 6,000-hectare (14,826-acre) protected marshland, home to over 190 species of wildlife.
Negombo offers some of the better beaches on the west coast of Srilanka, and draws tourists who stop over for a day on their way to or from the airport. Some quiet stretches of the beach are maintained by the tourist hotels, while others are always busy with fishermen and their equipment. Water-sports and diving are also popular among visitors, with a few well-preserved coral reefs and a 50-year-old shipwreck (Kudapaduwa) that serves as an artificial reef for many varieties of fish. There are also local handicrafts, batiks and jewellery boutiques on the beaches and the shops in the city.
• Overnight in Jetwing Blu
Day -8 Colombo
. Transfer to colombo by private car,Explore sites of Colombo,Colombo is the largest city and the commercial, industrial and cultural capital of Srilanka. It is located on the west coast of the island and adjacent to Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte suburb or the parliment capital of Sri Lanka. Colombo is also the administrative capital of Western Province, Srilanka and the district capital of Colombo District. Colombo is often referred to as the capital since Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte is a satellite city of Colombo. Colombo is a busy and vibrant place with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins with a population of about 752,993 in the city limits. It was the political capital of Srilanka, before Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte.
Due to its large harbor and its strategic position along the East-West sea trade routes, Colombo was known to ancient traders 2,000 years ago. It was made the capital of the island when Srilanka was ceded to the British Empire in 1815, and its status as capital was retained when the nation became independent in 1948. In 1978, when administrative functions were moved to Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Colombo was designated as the commercial capital of Srilanka.
Like many cities, Colombo's urban area extends well beyond the boundaries of a single local authority, encompassing other municipal and urban councils. The main city is home to a majority of Srilanka's corporate offices, restaurants and entertainment venues. Famous landmarks in Colombo include the Galle Face Green, the Viharamahadevi Park, Mount Lavinia beach as well as the National Museum.
• Overnight in Mt Lavinia Hotel
Day 9 – Colombo Fort/Shopping
. Explore the Fort area, The fort area is a mixture of buildings from many eras of the cities past. The most notable of residences of the fort is the President's House, official residence of the President of Srilanka, next to the Gordon Gardens which was once open to the public is now part of the President's House. The residence traces it origins to the Dutch period when it was the residence of the Dutch Governor and later the British Governor hence it was known till 1972 as Queen's House. The Presidential Secretariat housed in the Neo-baroque style Old Parliament Building. Several important government ministries are also located here, these include the Ministry of Finance housed in the General Treasury Building and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs housed in the Republic Building. SLNS Parakrama the Naval headquarters of the Srilanka Navy is located along Flagstaff Street. Along the Janadhipathi Mawatha (formally Queens Street) is the location of the Central Bank of Srilanka and the old General Post Office. Apart from these the Central Telegraph Office, Police Headquarters, Colombo Metropolitan Police building, Srilanka Port Authority building, Times building and the Cargills & Millers building are located in the fort area.
Fort is home to the head offices of many banks and business, hence it is considered the financial district of Colombo. These banks include the Bank of Ceylon, HSBC, State Bank of India, Standard Chartered Bank, Seylan Bank, Sampath Bank, Hatton National Bank, People's Bank and the Commercial Bank. The World Trade Centre of Colombo is one of the tallest buildings in the city and is home to the Colombo Stock Exchange and many leading corporations. The head offices of the Srlanka Telecom and Ceylinco Consolidated housed at the Ceylino House are located here. Many hotels are also located in the area, including the Grand Oriental Hotel, Colombo Hilton, Colombo Intercontinental, Galdari Meridian and the Colombo City Hotel. Notable landmarks in the fort area are the Old Colombo Lighthouse, Colombo Lighthouse, the Old Colombo Dutch Hospital and the Sambodhi Chaithya.
• Spend the rest of day exploring markets of Colombo
• Overnight in Mt Lavinia Hotel
Day 10 – Bangkok
.Transfer to airport from hotel for on wards flight
The cost of the 10 day trip is US $8,000, this includes
- Airfare from Bangkok to Colombo (round trip)
- Airport / hotel transfers in Srilanka
- All hotel rooms (package price based on 5 stars hotels)
- All Meals
- A tour guide at each destination and all ground transportation
Please note that no alcohol, soft drink, are included except for the daily meals. Airfare from your home country to Bangkok is also NOT included. Participants are expected to provide their own insurance as none will be provided as part of this package.
Important: You must Apply for ETA online for Srilankan Visa 2 to 3 days before travelling
We are now booking this trip so you must make a non-refundable deposit of US $1,200 to hold your seat.
10 DAYS & 9 NIGHTS - US $ 6,000
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