8 Day Mystic Kingdoms and Eastern Sunrise
8 Day Mystic Kingdoms and Eastern Sunrise
Mix the culture and history of Sri Lanka with the opportunity to relax on the most beautiful beaches on the island during this eight day tour, encompassing the World Heritage Sites to be found in the Cultural Triangle and with three days in the coastal resort of Passikudah.
Tour highlights
  • Travel to the Cultural Triangle to see Sri Lanka’s many World Heritage Sites
  • Admire the views from the top of the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya, rising high above the rainforest
  • Marvel at the stunning wall murals to be found inside the Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Visit the ruins of the city of Polonnaruwa with its spectacular statues and ancient relics
  • Relax on some of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka during time on the east coast
  • Explore the Hill Country capital with a trip to Kandy, including a visit to the famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth
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Day 1: Colombo – Kandalama
Arrive at the airport in Colombo to meet your guide before being transferred to the Cultural Triangle deep in the heart of Sri Lanka, ready to visit the numerous World Heritage Sites located on the beautiful island. Having arrived as your overnight accommodation, there is the optional of an excursion in the afternoon that will see you take a safari trip into the Minneriya National Park, where you’ll be able to view the large number of elephants that live in the area.
  • Heritance Kandalama Hotel, or similar
Day 2: Kandalama – Sigiriya – Dambulla
A day exploring some of the historical sites to be found in the Cultural Triangle begins with the climb up the 200 metre high rock fortress of Sigiriya, where you’ll be able to gaze down on the ancient gardens and ramparts below. There’ll also be the chance to see the ancient artwork to found adorning the rock walls, known as the Heavenly Maidens of Sigiriya. The afternoon is set aside for a visit to the stunning cave temples at Dambulla, which are home to hundreds of Buddha statues and a series of intricate ancient murals.
  • Heritance Kandalama Hotel, or similar (B)
Day 3: Dambulla – Polonnaruwa – Passikudah
Continuing your tour of Sri Lanka’s World Heritage Sites, your day will start with a visit to the city of Polonnaruwa, regarded as one of the top archaeological sites in the country with its ancient statues and temples located within the enclosed city walls. Following your time amongst the ruins, you’ll head towards the coast for your overnight stay in the coastal resort of Passikudah.
  • Amaya Beach Resort & Spa, or similar (B)
Days 4-6: Passikudah
Spend time at leisure enjoying the area around Passikudah, with its beautiful sandy beaches and clear shallow waters being the perfect location to sit back and relax. Alternatively, try your hand at some of the watersports available in the area or take up the opportunity to go diving on the nearby reefs.
  • Amaya Beach Resort & Spa, or similar (B)
Day 7: Passikudah – Kandy
Head from the coast into the mountains as you journey to the Hill Country Capital of Kandy, where you’ll enjoy a tour taking in the main sights, including a wander around the huge man-made lake and a visit to the local markets. In the evening, you’ll pay a visit to the important Buddhist Temple of the Sacred Tooth where there will be the chance to witness a traditional Puja ceremony and see locals perform Kandyan dancing and drumming.
  • Cinnamon Citadel Hotel, or similar (B)
Day 8: Kandy Departure
A busy final day starts with a visit to the picturesque surroundings of the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, originally created as a pleasure garden for royalty and now home to more than 4,000 different species of plants that can be enjoyed by all. Head for the airport and your return trip home.
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All content and services, including overnight hotels and number of nights, are subject to change and may vary from the inclusions as shown in the itinerary. Specified hotels/content/services are therefore not guaranteed, however we and our suppliers undertake to ensure that any alternatives provided will always be of a similar standard or content/service type.
  • Accommodation (in standard rooms) on Bed and breakfast basis at hotels specified or at hotels of similar standard
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for Archeological sites given below only
  • Services of English Speaking Chauffeur Guide
  • 12% VAT + 1% CESS fund + 2% NBT (Government Taxes)
  • International flights in Tour Only prices
  • Dinner & Lunch on tour
  • Still Camera/video camera permits at the Kandy temple

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