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Cultural Highlights – 3 Days

Cultural Highlights – 3 Days

Duration

3 Days

Max People

25

Min Age

3+

Pickup

Air Port

Overview

The Cultural Highlights Tour offers a captivating insight into several of Sri Lanka’s most famous archaeological sites and historical locations. During this excursion, you will have the opportunity to explore a splendid rock fortress and a revered cave temple, both of which hold UNESCO World Heritage status. Moreover, you will discover the central hill capital, where you can receive the blessings of Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha (also known as the triple gem).

Tour Highlights

  • Kandy
  • Sigiriya
  • Dambulla
  • Mathale
  • Peradeniya
  • Pinnawala
  • Beach resort

Included/Excluded

  • Airport transportation for arrival and departure
  • Comfortable lodging tailored to your liking and budget
  • Privately owned modern vehicle with complete air-conditioning
  • Experienced Chauffeur Guide throughout the trip
  • Fuel and local passenger insurance provided for the vehicle
  • Inclusive of government taxes with transparent pricing
  • Accessible 24/7 for emergencies
  • Entrance/excursion fees unspecified as part of the package
  • Meals omitted from the itinerary
  • Airfare and travel insurance available upon inquiry
  • All individual expenses
  • Fees for late check-out and early check-in

Tour Plan

Day 01 Starting

Upon your arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport, a warm reception awaits you by a representative from Hope Ceylonta Travels or a designated tour guide. With this gracious welcome, your expedition commences towards the enchanting hill capital, Kandy.

As the sun sets, the evening unveils a remarkable experience as you journey to the revered Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a significant pilgrimage destination for Buddhists. Immerse yourself in the spiritual aura of this place before proceeding to a local auditorium, where you can relish a captivating cultural performance.

As the day transitions into night, treat your palate to the flavors of Sri Lanka with an authentic dinner served at your hotel, allowing you to savor the essence of local cuisine.

Your sojourn in Kandy continues with an overnight stay, enveloping you in the charm of this picturesque hill capital.

Day 02 Relax

Start your day with a delicious breakfast before heading to Sigiriya, the ancient rock citadel built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site showcases both the brilliance of ancient Sri Lankan engineering and its deep connection to art and culture. Ascend to the “Lion Paws” section for panoramic views and refreshing breezes.

Marvel at ethereal cloud maiden frescoes and the famed Mirror Wall, while reflecting on ancient verses left by visitors. Explore the museum for insights into the fortress’s historical significance, including its advanced irrigation system. After Sigiriya, visit the Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, dating back to the 1st century B.C., with intricate cave paintings and over 150 Buddha statues.

Journey to a spice garden in Matale to learn about spices and their cultivation. Conclude with herbal tea before venturing to bustling streets for an authentic urban experience. Return to Kandy for dinner, reminiscing about the day’s adventures. Your overnight stay in Kandy lets you unwind in this enchanting hill capital.

Day 03 End Tour

After a delightful breakfast, embark on a captivating exploration of Kandy. With its rich culture and storied heritage, Kandy holds unparalleled charm. Immerse yourself in the essence of tradition as you traverse meandering streets adorned with shops offering intricate souvenirs and global brands. Discover the revered Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a testament to spirituality. The vibrant Kandy Market leads to a cultural performance celebrating the city’s identity.

Journey to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, a serene haven a stone’s throw from Kandy. Roam through its expansive 147-acre expanse, losing yourself in manicured lawns and pavilions. Highlights include a charming cafeteria and notable features like the majestic Javan fig tree and the Orchid House.

Conclude your Kandy adventure as you head to a beachfront haven. Along the way, visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, where you can observe and interact with orphaned elephants. With over 20 calves born on the property, this sanctuary, established in 1975, offers a rare glimpse into the care provided to these gentle giants. Scheduled milk feeding and river bath times add to the enchanting experience.

From Pinnawala, journey to your chosen beach resort, whether in Beruwala on the southern coast or Marawila on the northwest. This transition promises new coastal vistas and adventures, marking a seamless continuation of your journey.

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