Kandy Festival(Perahera)

13 Days 12 Nights

DAY 01 | AIRPORT / NEGOMBO

Negambo Beach

Negambo Beach

Upon Arrival welcome and assistance by our representative and transfer to Negombo reach to Hotel in Negombo check in and refresh at hotel leisure at Negombo Beach.
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Negambo Fish Market

Negambo Fish Market

Negombo is the nearest town to the airport. Relax at the Beach in Negombo. Enjoy the soothing breeze, and take a stroll along the beach front, explore the olden buildings in the city that dates back to the Dutch & Portuguese Colonial days. The expansive sandy beaches and a relaxed atmosphere make Negombo the ideal place to relax. It is also a place to find a variety of fish including shrimps, prawns, lobsters, crabs, seer and etc.
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DAY 02 | NEGOMBO / HABARANA

Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave Temple

After breakfast at Hotel drive to Habarana through beautiful Typical Sri Lankan Villages en route visit the magnificent rock temple in Dambulla consists of 5 caves, built in a hill 340 m high rock. The cave temple has 150 serene statues of Buddha, numerous carvings & murals. The fascinating site was founded by King Valagambahu during the 1st century BC in gratitude for the shelter he found in the caves during an invasion by marauding Dravidians from Southern India.
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Habarana Hotels

Habarana Hotels

Afternoon reach to Hotel in Habarana check in and refresh at Habarana hotel there are quaint hotels overlooking the Habarana Lake, where you can find abode. There are well maintain greenish garden plots, endemic birds and plenty of wildlife. You may enjoy an elephant ride in Habarana. The ride takes around a bund of an ancient manmade rainwater reservoir named Giritalawewa. You may cross the lake on an elephant and get your feet wet whilst still seated on the jumbo. There is also an opportunity to enjoy rural Sri Lankan life style

Elephant Ride

Elephant Ride

Evening you may enjoy Elephant ride in Habarana. The ride takes around a bund of an ancient manmade rainwater reservoir named Giritalawewa. You may cross the lake on an elephant and get your feet wet whilst still seated on the jumbo. There is also an opportunity to enjoy rural Sri Lankan life style.
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DAY 03 | HABARANA / POLONNARUWA / MINNERIYA

Watadage

After breakfast day excursion to Polonnaruwa The ancient city of Polonnaruwa was the capital of the Buddhist Agrarian civilization after the decline of Anuradhapura (11th – 13th Century).
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Prakrama Samudraya

Prakrama Samudraya

Its period of greatness lasted from tenth century AD to 12th. The Polonnaruwa era was famous for huge man made reservoirs, most famous of which is the Prakrama Samudra or the Sea of Parakrama, which is larger than the Colombo harbor.

Mirissa Night Life

Gal Viharaya

The glory s of this ancient city is relatively well preserved and give evidence of the miracles of Sri Lanka’s past. See the Royal Palace complex, the Quadrangle with its concentration of ancient heritage and the spectacular Gal vihare complex of four massive images of the Buddha, cut from a single slab of granite – one of the tallest of ancient Sri Lankan rock carvings.

Minneriya National Park

Minneriya National Park

After proceed to Mannerly National park and you may enjoy Jeep Safari. MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK is an eco-tourism park in Sri Lanka. The park is a shelter to most of Srilankan animals such as leopards, elephants, macaques, sambar deer, crocodiles and buffalo It consists of mixed scrub areas and evergreen forest which is a shelter for birds, such as painted storks, herons, little cormorants and large pelicans all fish in the shallow waters
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DAY 04 | HABARANA / SIGIRIYA / KANDY

Sigiriya

Sigiriya

After breakfast drive to Kandy en route climb Sigiriya rock fortress ‘The Lion Rock Citadel’ is a world heritage site. Sigiriya was the Royal Citadel of King Kasyapa who ruled in the 5th Century A.D. He built moats, terrace gardens, beautiful ancient frescos of heavenly maidens in a pocket of the rock, water gardens, Miniature water gardens, boulder gardens, and a fountain garden atop this rock. Stone staircases were erected leading up to the rock and you can see mirror wall around the western side of the rock. On the top of the rock are the ruins of the palace & two intact man-made pools of water.
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Temple of the Tooth

Temple of the Tooth

Reach to Kandy lunch at local restaurant in Kandy thereafter some sightseeing in Kandy Visit Art and Crafts Centre and Gem Bureau. Visit the sacred Tooth relic Temple which is the custodian of the Buddha’s Tooth relic. The Tooth relic is encased in seven caskets; the outermost of which has the shape of a Stupa adorned with a large number of or gold ornaments.

Peradeniya Botanical Garden

Peradeniya Botanical Garden

Another tourist attraction, Peradeniya botanical Garden was originally founded in 1371 as the queen’s pleasure garden, later becoming the residence of a Kandyan king. The 60 hector park was later converted into a botanical garden with extensive well-kept lawns, pavilions, an orchid house with an outstanding collection, numerous flower beds with cannas, croton and colorful bougainvilleas. Giant water lily and papyrus reeds complement unusually exotic specimen trees.

Cultural Dancing

Enjoy a typical Sri Lankan Cultural Show of Drumming, Dancing & music.
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DAY 05 | KANDY / PINNAWALA / KANDY

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

After breakfast day excursion to Pinnawala elephant orphanage. It has one of the largest herd of elephants in captivity. It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka wildlife department. The 24- acre- elephant orphanage is also a breeding ground for elephants. The first baby elephant was born there in 1984 and between 1975 and 2012, 67 animals were born. Main attractions are feeding baby elephants by milk bottle and bathing of the elephants.
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Peradeniya Botanical Garden

Peradeniya Botanical Garden

En route you may visit another tourist attraction place, Peradeniya botanical Garden was originally founded in 1371 as the queen’s pleasure garden, later becoming the residence of a Kandyan king. The 60 hector park was later converted into a botanical garden with extensive well-kept lawns, pavilions, and an orchid house with an outstanding collection, numerous flower beds with cannas, croton and colorful bougainvilleas. Giant water lily and papyrus reeds complement unusually exotic specimen trees.

Kandy Esala Perahera

Kandy Esala Perahera (the festival of the tooth)

Return to hotel and refresh few hours at hotel and drive back to Kandy city evening get seated to view the Kandy Esala Perahera (the festival of the tooth) the most important annual event in the Kandy city. That is the grandest of all processions held in the country, accompanied by elephants adorned with colorful costumes. Taking place in July or August in Kandy, it has become a unique symbol of Sri Lanka. It is a Buddhist festival consisting of dances and nicely decorated elephants. There are fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandyan dances and many others. The festival concludes with the traditional 'diya-kepeema', a Sinhalese Buddhist ritual.
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DAY 06 | KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA

tea plantation

After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya the famous Hill station elevation of 6000ft above Kandy – Nuwara Eliya road is one of the most impressive roads in Sri Lanka. Driving along the city of particularly well kept and neat and the eternal green grass gives to the locality an aspect of ‘’ colonial British Style. En route visit Tea Factory and estate where you could buy world best Ceylon Tea.
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Nuwara Eliya Golf Club

Nuwara Eliya Golf Club

Afternoon sightseeing in Nuwara eliya.The city was built entirely during the 19th Century and its architecture mimics that of an English Country town, with red brick walls, country houses like hill club and mock – Tudor half timbering. There are plenty of restaurants in the locality and plenty of guest houses as well. Take a city tour in the colonial city : Drive through the town of Nuwara Eliya, have a look at the well maintained buildings of colonial Architecture, the busy market place, Lake Gregory, golf course, race course, vegetable cultivation and ever encompassing tea plantations.
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DAY 07 | Horton Plan

Nuwara Eliya Hotels

Nuwara Eliya Hotels

Early morning packet breakfast from Hotel leave for Horton plan
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Horton Plains

Elk

Horton Plains is most certainly one of the world's best nature reserves. The vast expand suddenly comes to an end with a massive precipice, the world renowned “World's End". There is famous "Bakers Falls". Horton plains is the largest wet grassland in the country and expands in an area of the size of 10,000 hectares, it is habitat for Elk, Deer, Giant Squirrel, Wild Boar, Wild Hair, Porcupines, and a variety of Migratory birds, some of which are endemic in the region.

Relax Arugamby

Worlds End

On others, it offers a panoramic view down below, one is greeted, by the beautiful view of the sprawling tea estate laced with gravel roads and lie rooms, and if one looks beyond, by breath-taking view of the southern part of the island down to the coast.

strawberry Pizza

Reach to Nuwara Eliya town at lunch time lunch at local restaurant or hotel after lunch leisure walk around the town
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DAY 08 | NUWARA ELIYA / YALA

Rawana Waterfalls

Rawana Waterfalls

After breakfast proceed to Ruhuna Yala National Park. En route stop at Ella to visit the the famous Ella gap & Rawana waterfalls, we travel to downhill from through impressive sceneries with waterfalls
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Yala National Park

Yala National Park

Relax in the hotel and in the evening enjoy a Jeep Safari at the Yala National park. Yala is situated 309Kms south of Colombo and approximately 1259 Km2 in extent. It is located in South Eastern corner of the Island and is the largest and most popular national park. It is one of the best places in the world to see leopards in their natural habitat. You can see wild life such as elephants, monkeys such as Red Faced Macaques, muggers, swamp crocodiles, bears, wild bears, Chital deer, Sambar deer, buffalos, Golden Jackal and many other animals and birds
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DAY 09 | YALA /DICKEWELLA OR TANGALLE

Hambantota Port

Hambantota Port

After breakfast along the coast drive to Tangalle en route visit Hambantota fishing village and salt plan
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Salt Pans

Salt Pans

Salt pans - The coastal line of Hambantota is dominated by shimmering expansive saltpans that stretch along the main road for about 15km. Salt is produced by means of allowing the sea water into the pans called ‘Lewayas’ that makes the seawater evaporates leaving only salt to be scraped up and collected. The salt pans attract a large number of waders and shore birds, including greater flamingo, spot-billed pelican, several species of plover and tern, gulls, ducks, egrets, sand pipers and many others.

tangalle Hotels

Reach to Hotel in Tangalle or Dickwella check in and refresh at hotel
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DAY 10 | TANGALLE LEISURE

Tangalle Beach

Tangalle Beach

After breakfast leisure at Tangalle or Dickwella beach
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cabanas

Tangalle is located in the southern coast of Sri Lanka, in the Hambantota district. It has a mild climate in comparison to the rest of the district, and sandy beaches.

mulkirigala

Mulkirigala Rock Temple

Tangalle is a regionally important fishing port and a center of tourism. In the city center, there is an old Dutch fort which is used as a prison today. The town also serves as a starting point for visits to the rock temple of Mulkirigala.

wewrukannala

Wewurukannala Vihara Temple

Dickwella - Dickwella is a small coastal town in the Matara district in southern province of Sri Lanka. It is located 22Kms east of the city of Matara. Dickwella is noted for its long sandy beach which is protected by headlands, reefs and sand bars, marking it safer for swimming, Dickwella is the location of Sri Lanka’s largest seated Buddha statue and a temple full of colorful drawings depicting scenes from the life of the Buddha.
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DAY 11 | TANGALLA OR DICKWELLA / COLOMBO

Habarana Hotels

Stilt Fishermen Weligama

After breakfast leave for Colombo en route visit slit fishing in weligama and proceed to city tour in Galle
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Galle Fort

Galle Fort

Galle – An ancient city is now a modern and buzzing town, though the Dutch fortress remains as it was during the Dutch period. Galle was the most important sea port at the crossroads of Far East & Middle East since the days of the Romans. The Dutch Fortress is one of the best preserved in the Island. The oldest Protestant church in the country called the ‘’ Groote Kirk ’’ built by the Dutch among many other buildings, villas, bungalows, mosques are inside the fort, fortified by massive ramparts.

Boat ride in Madu Ganga

Boat ride in Madu Ganga

Thereafter drive to Colombo en route boat ride in Madu Ganga, the River Madu and Wetlands is one of the great combination of nature’s wonders: Birdlife, mangroves, and islands in the river, traditional fishing & prawn trapping. A boat ride in the river would expose you to the whole new experience with the nature.

cmbhotel

Evening reach to Hotel in Colombo check in and refresh at hotel
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DAY 12 | COLOMBO SIGHTSEEING

Odel

ODEL

After breakfast leave for Colombo reach hotel in Colombo check in and refresh at hotel. Colombo is the commercial capital and there are plenty of places to shop. There are high end places such as Majestic City shopping complex, Galle face Green, House of Fashion and the ODEL Unlimited Dress Boutique or you can go on a shopping spree in bustling Pettah market.

DAY 13 | COLOMBO / AIRPORT

departure

After breakfast leave for Airport for departure transfer

Places To Visit

  • Negambo
  • Habarana
  • Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Giritale Wewa
  • Polonnaruwa
  • Parakrama Samudraya
  • Gal Viharaya
  • Minneriya National Park
  • Kandy
  • Temple Of Tooth
  • Peradeniya botanical Garden
  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Horton plan
  • Yala National Park
  • Tangalle Beach/Dickwella Beach
  • Galle
  • Madu Ganga
  • Colombo
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Excellent hotel, friendly staff would def go there again

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The view from our balcony in room # 409, was terrific. It was centrally located to everything on and around the port area. Wonderful service and everything was very clean. The breakfast was below average, although not bad. If back in Zante Town we would stay there again.

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It is close to everything but if you go in the lower season the pool won't be ready even though the temperature was quiet high already.

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