Fantastisk 19 dages rundrejse på Sri Lanka, hvor i oplever alt fra duftende te plantager til imponerende nationalparker, et dyreliv der er helt unikt og natur og kultur der er på UNESCOS verdensarv . Alt dette kan afsluttes med et par afslappende dage på en fantastisk sandstrand med udsigt til det indiske ocean.

I  overnatter i  Deluxe rooms med morgenmad og alle transfer er med vores fantastiske private transferfirma

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DAY 1

Arrival – Welcome to Sri Lanka! You will be met by our airport representative who will be holding a board with your name and waiting for you in the arrivals hall after you pass the baggage claims and customs. You may want to change some currency or purchase a local mobile Sim both of which can be done prior to starting your tour and the airport representative will help you with this. He will then introduce you to your chauffeur guide.

 Morning Transfer to Colombo – Transfer Details: 32 km, 0.5 hrs

Sri Lanka’s commercial capital is a multi-cultural cosmopolitan community that encompasses the past, present and future, packaging it in a delightful manner. Colombo constantly reinvents itself and absorbs new influences, whilst retaining its unique character. Exploring Colombo will leave you pleasantly surprised with all that it has to offer – shopping, cuisine, and plenty of opportunities for sightseeing.

Evening Excursion – Colombo City Tour – Excursion Duration: 3 hrs

Enjoy a walk along the promenade of the Galle Face Green overlooking the Indian Ocean. Continue past the Dutch Hospital complex, dating back to the Dutch colonial era, now a heritage building and a shopping and dining precinct. Next experience hustle and bustle of the commercial area of “Fort’. Drive past the noisy bazaar area of ‘Pettah’ or Pitakotuwa as the locals calls it. Visit the Fort Railway station opened in 1917 and to-date functions as the central station for Colombo. Continue your tour driving past Slave Island, the Beira Lake, a lake in the heart of the city, Viharamahadevi Park, the Town hall and ‘Cinnamon Gardens’, Colombo’s residential area and the greener part of Colombo. Your last stop will be the ‘Independence Square’ a monument built at the location where the ceremony marking the end of British rule in Ceylon took place on 4th February 1948.

Accommodation: Ramada Colombo, Deluxe Room, Colombo – Breakfast Included

 

DAY 2

Morning Transfer to Sigiriya – Transfer Details: 178 km, 4.75 hrs

 The stunning ancient city of Sigiriya lies on the summit of a giant granite rock in Central Province of Sri Lanka. This remarkable attraction ranks high on the list of things to do in Sri Lanka – it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is considered by some to be the eighth wonder of the world.

There are endless reasons why Sigiriya is extraordinary. It is visually stunning, even from a distance. As you walk towards it, the scale of this impressive natural 180m tall rock with steep sides, begins to dawn upon you. When you realise that an actual palace was built on top of the summit in the 5th century, you will be stunned with the ingenuity and creativity of mankind to build this engineering and construction marvel. The history of the rock is fascinating too, involving prince brothers, kings, patricide, defence and vengeance.

Evening at Leisure

 Accommodation: Kassapa Lions Rock, Chalet Room, Sigiriya -Breakfast Included

 

DAY 3

Morning Excursion – The Sigiriya Rock Fortress – Excursion Duration: 3 hrs

The Rock fortress of Sigiriya rises almost 370 metres above sea level with the ruins of a palace dating back to the 5th century AD found on the summit of the rock. 1202 steps will take you to the top of Sigiriya but the climb is broken up by short terraces at regular intervals. At the half way mark another flight of stairs will take you to the paintings of the Sigiriya maidens of which originally there were 500, however now only about 50 remain. You will also see the mirror wall with its ancient and barely decipherable graffiti. The climb from the lions paw to the top of the rock is along a narrow metal stairway with railings. This part of the climb could be difficult and requires a certain degree of energy. But it is worth it because the views from the summit of the rock are spectacular.
For those unable to do the climb a visit to the Sigiriya Museum is highly recommended

 Evening Excursion – Minneriya National Park Safari – Transfer Details: 12 km, 0.25 hrs – Excursion Duration: 4 hrs

 The central feature of the Minneriya National park is the large Minneriya Tank, and despite its relatively small size, the park also boasts an unusually wide range of habitat types, from dry tropical forest to wetlands, grasslands and terrain previously used for slash-and-burn (chena) agriculture.

This national park is one of the best places to see wild elephants which are often found in huge numbers. Apart from the elephants, 24 species of mammal are to be found in the park including the sambhur, spotted deer, leopard (rather elusive), sloth bear, toque monkey and purple-faced leaf monkey.  Some 160 species of bird have been recorded in the park, including endemics such as the Sri Lanka jungle fowl, hanging parrot, brown-capped babbler, crimson-fronted barbet and black-crested bulbul.

 Accommodation: Kassapa Lions Rock, Chalet Room, Sigiriya – Breakfast Included

 

DAY 4

Morning Excursion – The Ruins of Polonnaruwa – on a Bicycle – Transfer Details: 56 km, 1 hrs – Excursion Duration: 4 hrs

 Enjoy an easy ride through the sights of the ruins of Polonnaruwa. The second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated Chola invaders in 1070 to reunite the country once more under a local leader. Today the ancient city of Polonnaruwa remains one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in the country, standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the Kingdom’s first rulers. The ancient city of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Sight seeing in Polonnaruwa will include the statue of the great Sinhalese King Parakramabahu, the ancient ruins including the area known as the Quadrangle, the Thuparama Image House,  the Gal Vihara – the fine detailed granite sculptures of the Lord Buddha, the Lankathilaka and the 12th century Lotus bath just to name a few.

 Evening at Leisure

Accommodation: Kassapa Lions Rock, Chalet Room, Sigiriya – Breakfast Included

 

DAY 5

Morning Excursion – Dambulla Rock Cave Temple + Economic Centre – Transfer Details: 15 km, 0.5 hrs
Excursion Duration: 3 hrs

 The rock cave temples of Dambulla consists of 5 caves which have been converted to shrines. During an invasion from South India in the 1st century BC, the Sinhalese king Walagambahu took refuge in the caves at Dambulla and through meditation gained the strength to drive the invaders away. As a token of gratitude he declared the caves as a sacred area and built the first cave shrine, since then 4 more caves were converted into shrines and the Rock cave temples of Dambulla is today an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists from around the world. Later visit the Dambulla Economic Centre, a wholesale market specializing in Vegetables and Fruit. Produce from the region is brought here for distribution to retail outlets accross the country. It is interesting to see the produce and witness the wholesale operations taking place.

Afternoon Transfer to Kandy – Transfer Details: 80 km, 2.5 hrs

 Kandy is the second largest city in Sri Lanka and the gateway to the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. Lying in the midst of hills, a lake, river, tea plantations and spice gardens, Kandy is one of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka. Not only is it gorgeous – it also has significant religious, cultural and historical value and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kandy was the last capital of the ancient Sinhala kingdom and the final stronghold against colonial rule. It is also one of the most venerable places for Buddhists worldwide, who pay homage to the impressive Temple of the Tooth (Sri DaladaMaligawa) that enshrines a relic of Lord Buddha’s tooth. The temple is located in the royal palace complex of Kandy and is adjacent to the Kandy Lake – an artificial lake built by a king. Every July/August, artefacts from the temple are paraded around the city in a colourful festival called the EsalaPerahera. Those who aren’t around for the festival – do not fear. You can watch the famous traditional Kandyan dancers in action in the evenings at the Kandy Cultural Show, which runs for more than an hour.

 Evening Excursion – Kandy Cultural Show & The Temple of the Tooth –  Excursion Duration: 2 hrs

 This evening enjoy a unique dance performance. Sri Lanka, a country rich with culture and tradition offers a vibrant and unique show of Sri Lankan traditional dances in the form of the Kandy Cultural show.  Traditional dances from the different regions of the country are performed to the rhythm of drums rising and falling to a lively tempo.  The highlight of the show is definitely the fire walking show where artists walk through a specially prepared fire pit covered with red hot charcoal completely barefoot. The devotees who perform the fire walking seek divine blessings of the Gods.

Later visit the famous Sri Dalada Maligawa – Kandy’s revered Temple of the Tooth Relic was built within the royal palace complex and houses the only surviving relic of Buddha, which is venerated by Buddhists. The relic played an important role in local politics since ancient times. It is believed that whoever holds the Tooth relic, holds the governance of the country, which naturally caused the ancient kings to protect the Relic with great effort. Monks conduct daily ritual worship in the inner chamber of the Temple of the Tooth three times a day, at dawn, at noon and in the evening.

 Accommodation: Hotel Suisse, Deluxe Room, Kandy – Breakfast Included

DAY 6

Morning Excursion – Kandy City Tour including Royal Botanical Gardens – Excursion Duration: 2 hrs

 Commence a city tour on Kandy visiting the colourful and busy Market place, the upper lake drive and a gem museum to see how precious gems are cut, polished and set into intricate pieces of jewellery. Later proceed to visit the arts and crafts centre where you can learn the rich ancient craft making techniques including drum making and Dumbara mat waving.

Proceed on a visit to the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens; these started off as a pleasure gardens for Sinhalese Royalty it was turned into a Botanical garden by the British in 1843. It was also the location of the supreme headquarters of Lord Mountbatten during World War 2. It has an amazing collection of over 300 varieties of orchids, probably the largest collection in Asia.

On request, you can visit the British Garrison Cemetery and the Commonwealth War Cemetery as well.

 Evening at Leisure

 Accommodation: Hotel Suisse, Deluxe Room, Kandy – Breakfast Included

DAY 7

Morning Transfer to Ella by train – Transfer Details: 154 km, 5.5 hrs

 Ella is a quaint village situated in the middle of Sri Lanka’s hill country. With an incredible climate and picturesque surroundings of the hills, tea plantations and forests, Ella is one of the most beautiful destinations in Sri Lanka.

The village is flanked on both sides by huge mountains, the front of which is the renowned Ella Rock. The hike up Ella Rock is about four hours both ways. There is a space between two sides of the rock, known as Ella Gap. Through this amazing gap, you can see plains that are nearly 1000 m below. This view is truly magnificent and on a clear fine day, you can see right across to the south coast of Sri Lanka. Those looking for an easier hike can opt for the splendid view from Little Adam’s Peak. It takes about 1.5 hours to reach this peak and back, with fewer steps to climb. Ella is also home to Ravana Ella falls, which is one of the widest falls in the island.

Evening at Leisure

 Accommodation: Mountain Heavens, Deluxe Room, Ella – Breakfast Included

DAY 8

 Morning Excursion – Highlights of Ella – Excursion Duration: 1 hrs

 Start your tour of Ella by viewing the famous Demodara nine arch railway bridge located between Demodara and Ella railway stations. Specialty of this bridge is that it is constructed with stones, brick and cement, but without any steel. Construction of this bridge was started during the first world war and the British government was not in a position to provide the required steel supply for the construction. A local resident came up with the plan of building with only bricks, stones and cement. Today you can see the results of his team’s effort. Later proceed to climb Little Adams peak, a short 20 mins climb will take you to the top of the 1140 meter peak. The peak is named after the more famous and arduous Adam’s peak due to its close resemblance albeit on a smaller scale. Breath taking views of an endless valley, tea plantations and waterfalls make the easy climb a rewarding effort. A short drive from the base of Little Adam’s peak will take you past the Ella Gap to the famous Ravana Ella Falls which ranks as one of the widest falls in Sri Lanka. It measures approximately 25 meters (82 ft) in height and cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. The falls form part of the Ravana Ella Wildlife Sanctuary.

Evening at Leisure

Accommodation: Mountain Heavens, Deluxe Room – Ella – Breakfast Included

 

 DAY 9

Morning Transfer to Udawalawe National Park – Transfer Details: 110 km, 2.5 hrs

 Udawalawe National Park is the third most visited park in Sri Lanka, and is located approximately 200 km south east of Colombo. Lying on the boundary of Uva and Sabaragamuwa Provinces, the park is a major eco tourism destination in Sri Lanka, and spans over 30,000 hectares. It lies on the boundary of Sri Lanka’s wet and dry zones, with a great diversity of flora and fauna. Udawalawe was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced during development of the reservoir on the Walawe river nearby.

 Evening Excursion – Uda Walawe National Park Safari – Excursion Duration: 4 hrs

 Udawalawe National covers an area of 306 sq km. The ecosystems here include Marshes, Walawe River and its tributaries, forests and grasslands. There are over 400 Elephants and recorded sighting of Leopards: however due to their elusive nature spotting them requires considerable luck. Golden Jackals, Water Buffalo and Grey langur are just a few of the other mammals found here. Reptiles include Crocodiles and Monitor Lizards. The many species of birds found here include birds of prey such as the White-bellied Sea Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Fish Eagle, Booted Eagle, Changeable Hawk Eagle and in the wetlands, Waders and Painted Storks.

 Accommodation: Kalus Hideaway, Deluxe Room, Udawalawe National Park – Breakfast Included

 

DAY 10

Morning Transfer to Galle –Transfer Details: 134 km, 4.125 hrs

 Galle is a must visit destination in Sri Lanka for any tourist. Galle stands on a peninsula and has a fine natural harbour with excellent defences, and gorgeous views of the ocean. The highlight of this area is the Galle Fort, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a remarkable fortification that was built by Portuguese colonists in the 17th century, and was inhabited by the Dutch and English during their colonial eras. Although several villas and buildings have been renovated into shops, cafes and hotels today, the Fort maintains an aura of old world times.

 Evening Excursion – Galle Fort Walking Tour – Excursion Duration: 1.5 hrs

 Galle was founded by the Portuguese in 16th century. In 1598, the Portuguese built a small fort which was later extended. However, when the Dutch took over in 1640, they destroyed all traces of the Portuguese presence. In 1663, the Dutch built the 36-hectare Fort, which is now a World Heritage Site. Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and South-East Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and South Asian traditions.

 Accommodation: Lady Hill, Deluxe Room, Galle – Breakfast Included

 

DAY 11

Morning Excursion – Paddy Trail – Guided Cycling tour through Paddy Fields – Excursion Duration: 1.5 hrs

 Cycling tours in Galle are an excellent way to spend the day if you are looking for a lovely ride through the lush countryside and a nice change from the main attractions of Galle. It is a great opportunity to see some of the inland areas of Sri Lanka, and get a feel for the Sri Lankan way of life and offers a chance to follow routes that would be difficult by car. The 12 km Paddy Trail  starts near Wijaya Beach and passes through local villages and paddy valleys making a leisurely and interesting 1.5 hour ride.

 Evening at Leisure

Accommodation: Lady Hill, Deluxe Room, Galle – Breakfast Included

DAY 12,13 and 14

Morning Transfer to Bentota – Transfer Details: 64 km, 1 hrs

 Bentota is one of the most popular exotic beaches along the Colombo-Galle coast, located approximately 65 km from Colombo. With an array of luxury hotels, amenities and facilities to cater to foreign tourists. Bentota is an ideal location for extended holidays at the beach. During the season – between December and April – conditions in Bentota are favourable for safe swimming, fun water sports and exciting excursions. In addition to the pristine beach, the area is blessed with a river and lagoon, which is perfect for a host of water sports. You will be spoiled for choice here with water skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, wind surfing, parasailing, fishing, wake boarding and canoeing.

 Evening at Leisure

Accommodation: Avani Bentota Resort & Spa, Superior Room, Bentota – Breakfast Included

DAY 15 – Departure – Transfer Details: 110 km, 2 hrs

The following are included

ü  Meeting and assisting on arrival and departure at Colombo B.I.A. airport by our representative

ü  Accommodation and meals as per the above program

ü  Private a/c transportation with a licensed English speaking chauffeur guide.

ü  All entrance fees for the excursions as per the program including jeep hire for the safaris.

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