Cultural Hotspot – 6 Days

DAY 01 – Colombo

Meet entourage at Colombo Airport and be whisked off to the Galadari Hotel, right in the heart of the urban metropolis. Enjoy an evening tour of the city.

More than just a busy capital, Colombo has plenty of beautiful landmarks and sights to explore. A patchwork of new and old architecture, modern hotel chains and flashy sky scrapers dominate the sky line while the city’s lower reaches bustle with commerce. Museums and sophisticated restaurants dot the more high-end section of the vibrant city, but there are always good bargains to make, great food and surprises to be found in every nook and cranny of the city.

Once you’ve seen it all, dig into a sumptuous dinner and fall asleep to the gentle humming of the city beneath you and a stunning view of an impeccable sky line.

DAY 02 - Pinnawala / Dambulla

Yawn your way down to breakfast and gorge yourself on a very large, very full breakfast plate. Then it’s time to start on the road trip to Dambulla.

Make a stop by the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and cuddle with baby elephants. If you love the idea of little baby elephants frolicking freely, then this is your kind of place. Pinnawala is among the worlds largest elephant sanctuaries and home to deserted or orphaned elephants. With around 90 elephants of all ages roaming about, take your time to observe these majestic creatures and bottle-feed one of the little cuties. One of the most spectacular sights here is the daily elephant bath, where the elephants are all herded off into the nearby river to splash around to their hearts content.

After you’ve caught your breath, it’s time to continue on to the little town of Dambulla. A moderately busy town, Dambulla is best known for its ancient holy sites of worship. The famous Dambulla Golden Cave Temples stand high up in the southern end of the town with an excellent view of Sigiriya.

Check in at the Amaya Lake hotel and make a trip to the Dambulla Rock Temple in the evening. The trek up to the gigantic golden structure presents little challenge even to amateur climbers. As the ground drops away over 160 m from the bottom, a large Buddha statue comes into view. Ancient markings and lovely paintings dating back to the first century BC can be seen in these caves, along with several Buddha statues. Enjoy a birds-eye view of the surrounding villages and return to the hotel for a sumptuous dinner and rest.

DAY 03 - Anuradhapura

Roll over, yawn and catch a few more Zzzs before toeing down to a warm herculean breakfast. When you’re done, we’ll be off to delve into the heart of Sri Lanka’s ancient culture in Anuradhapura. Warm air and dusty paths mingling with the hushed aura of an ancient civilization beckons you towards a kingdom lost in the ages. With milky white dagabas gleaming in the sun and crumbling parapets and ruins around every corner, Anuradhapura is a patchwork of breath-taking architectural phenomena. We’ll also be paying a visit to the infamous mountains of Mihintale, where Buddhism first made its appearance in Sri Lanka.

When the day is done, it’s time to tuck yourself into bed in the beautiful Palm Garden Village Hotel in Anuradhapura.

DAY 04 - Polonnaruwa

Open up to a new day of life and opportunity while being driven to ancient Polonnaruwa, right after wolfing down yet another of palatable Sri Lankan breakfasts. A maze of archaeological spectacles from one end to the other, Polonnaruwa speaks of an age of long-lost glory when legendary kings walked the earth. Here, you can admire the ruins of carefully crafted masterpieces, numerous statues and brilliantly built stupas.

Prepare to spend the rest of the day amidst fields of blue-green grass and terrains of raw wilderness stretching in every direction. Welcome to beautiful Minneriya, where the wild elephants lord over grassy fields and sambar deer dance away the golden hours. Witness nature at its loveliest as herd upon herd of elephants flock to the Minneriya reservoir for a truly spectacular ‘’Gathering’’ The park is also the right place to get your fill of lazy full-sized crocs, buffaloes and even the occasional leopard.

After a memorable jeep safari, go down on an elephantine dinner and settle for the night at the Deer Park Hotel in Polonnaruwa.

DAY 05 - Sigiriya

Snooze away those extra precious minutes and wake up to a scrumptious breakfast and a day of adventure at Sigiriya.

Sigiriya, sometimes hailed as the worlds eighth wonder has a story going back as far as the 5th century AD. Constructed to be the apex of power and home to the genius King Kasyapa, this massive rock fortress shows off some of the worlds finest architecture and engineering. Climb right up to the top to be rewarded with a magical view of the beautiful surrounding landscapes.

After you’ve got your breath back, it’s time to get going to the picture-perfect mountain city of Kandy. Make a stop by the super-fragrant spice gardens of Matale. Here you can check out the fabulously famous Sri Lankan spices at their home. With the demand for Sri Lankan spices only increasing over the centuries, these goodies will continue to be a popular export for a long while yet.

Once you’ve arrived, you’ll be shown around the infamous Kandy Tooth Temple. Glinting gold and pearl with the rays of the setting sun, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic houses the single most important relic of Sri Lanka’s religious history, a tooth of the Buddha himself. The chambers containing the well-guarded relic are open to Buddhist advocates and tourists alike. After the tour, wrap the day up with a bang as you feast your senses on Kandy’s famous cultural show. The Kandy Folk Show displays some truly amazing historical dances brought to you from generations past. The show reaches its climax with an impressive fire walking ceremony that will take your breath away.

After the fiery showdown, check in at the Amaya Hills or Randholi Hotel and float away to sleep on the softest of Kandyan beds and dream of elephants and dances.

DAY 06 - Kandy / Airport

Snooze away those extra precious minutes and wake up to a scrumptious breakfast and a day of adventure.

Take in the colorful views, breathe in the fresh air and set your feet on the cobble-stoned paths of the final capital to ever be ruled by the Sri Lankan Kings. There’s always plenty to see in Kandy, the beautiful hilltop city of light and culture. Starting off with the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, the Kandy Lake and the mystical monasteries are just a handful of the attractions that make the city so popular among holiday makers. There’s also the Gem Museum to explore and the Botanical Gardens are always worth a visit too.

Once the tour reaches its end, we can either escort you to a selected beach hotel, or even take you to the Kandy airport for your flight back home.

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