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Overview

Sri Lanka has been up and coming for few years as this beautiful island has been thrust into spotlight and made a part of world’s top travel destinations. This island has something to offer to its every visitor. Be it the hiking trails, sweeping views of plantations or amazing wildlife, this pearl shaped island has it all. Its cuisine is wholesome, healthy and is a blend of unique spices and condiments similar to Indian cuisine which is worth tasting on a Sri Lanka tour. Pristine beaches and tropical climate surely adds beauty to this amazing island. 

This trip to Sri Lanka takes you to some major cities of the island and its famous tourist spots. To begin the trip and provide you a glimpse of Lanka’s beauty, we take you to Kandy, a major and second largest city of Lanka which is surrounded by lush green tea plantations and majestic mountains. Here you can relax at the Royal Botanical gardens, visit famous Buddhist Temple named Sri Dalada Maligawa and learn about breeding of elephants at Pinnawala elephant orphanage. Another important city is Anuradhapura, a monastic city of the ancient world which remained the proud seat of Sri Lanka’s kingdom until 11th century A.D. Today Anuradhapura is a UNESCO World Heritage site which houses various monuments and preserved ruins such as Ruwanwelisaya and Sri Maha Bodhi which you will visit during this Sri Lanka vacation. Next is a one stop destination for wildlife lovers as it is a National park famous for its safari and elephant gathering. A trip to Sri Lanka is incomplete without spending a day observing elephants and other mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians at the Minneriya National park. Bid adieu to this splendid land by visiting Colombo, the biggest city of Lanka which although modern displays a colonial style architecture influenced by the Dutch, Portuguese and British. 

The country as a whole is surely a reason to return here again. A place where the wildlife amaze you, cuisine is mouth watering, Buddhist culture is fascinating and hospitality is truly special is indeed worth a visit.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Enjoy excursion to Minneriya National Park 
  • Bird watching at Kandalama 
  • Boat ride on Parakrama  Samudra
  • Visit to National Museum, Colombo
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Day 1: Colombo – Kandy (140kms/4 hrs)

Arrive at Colombo airport to meet a representative of Cloud Itineraries. Drive to Kandy from the airport. En route visit Pinnawala Elephant orphanage whose primary purpose has been to provide shelter to orphaned baby elephants and adult elephants lost in wilderness. In evening, visit Sri Dalada Maligawa also known as the Temple of the Tooth which is a sacred Buddhist Temple and is believed to house Buddha’s tooth.
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Day 2: Kandy – Kandalama (85 kms/2-3 hrs)

Post breakfast; visit Royal Botanical Gardens, Persadeniya which is situated 6 kms away from Kandy. Drive to Kandalama. En route, visit Dambulla cave temple. Reach Kandalama. Evening is free to relax or explore the city.
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Day 3: Kandalama – Anuradhapura (75kms/2 hrs)

Begin your day by enjoying bird watching where one can spot some of the 233 resident species. Later, drive towards Anuradhapura. En route, visit Sigiriya which is an ancient rock fortress and a historical monument.
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Day 4: Anuradhapura

Post breakfast; visit Ruwanwelisaya, a hemispherical stupa sacred to Buddhists. Also visit Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, a sacred fig tree which is almost 2500 years old. Spend your evening at Kala Wewa reservoir.
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Day 5: Anuradhapura – Polonnaruwa (105kms/2-3 hrs)

In the morning explore city of Anuradhapura which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its ancient ruins and historical sites. Drive to Polonnaruwa and in evening, enjoy boat ride on Parakrama Samudra.
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Day 6: Polonnaruwa

In morning proceed for an excursion to Minneriya National Park famous for Asian elephant gatherings. Besides elephants, various mammals and birds are recorded here.
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Day 7: Polonnaruwa – Colombo (230 kms/5 hrs)

Drive to Colombo and visit National museum, largest museum of Sri Lanka. Rest of the day is free to relax or explore the cosmopolitan city.
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Day 8: Colombo

Post breakfast, transfer to airport to catch onward flight.
As at Cloud Itineraries we believe in letting you ‘live the journey’, please do not hesitate to speak to us to tweak your holiday or change the route. You could also ‘create your own experience’ with our expert help. So hop on and let’s build the most memorable trip together.
 
Without a doubt, your trip will give you a memory of a lifetime. In addition to a dedicated tour manager/coordinator, your holiday trip is laced by assistance on arrival and departure at the airport, soothing stays at suggested hotels, quick transfers with a driver, all government and road taxes paid for along with driver’s allowance, splendid sightseeing as mentioned, English speaking guides for tours in plan and delish meals as per your itinerary. Please note, that all applicable taxes and service charges will be included as well.
 
(Exclusions- international airfares, visa charges, meals outside of the plan, monument fees, camera charges, insurance, and personal expenses).

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