Glamour of Sri Lanka – 10 Days – 9 Nights DAY 01 : Airport / Colombo Arrival to Colombo International Airport and meet Explore Lanka Travels agent at the airport arrival lobby. Transfer from Airport to Colombo Colombo is the commercial and business center of Sri Lanka located on the west coast. The city blends […]
Colombo is the commercial and business center of Sri Lanka located on the west coast. The city blends together with old colonial type building, high-rise commercial buildings, and hotels. It is filled with shopping malls. Some of the finest structures built during colonial times still preserved in one part of the City. For example, there is a 100-year-old clock tower. The Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) which was a gift to Sri Lanka from the People’s Republic of China. It is the very first purpose-built convention center in Asia combines the best of professional facilities with the once in a lifetime opportunity to visit.
Which was once a swamp adjoining the famous Beira Lake, a landmark in the capital city, is today a vibrant complex comprising the Gangaramaya temple, the ‘seema malaka’ – an assembly hall for monks – in the picturesque Beira Lake and a vocational training institute. The temple has been in existence for over 120 years having been established by one of the most famous scholar monks, Venerable Hikkaduwa Sri Sumanagala Nayaka Thera.
When shopping in Colombo, your options are anything but limiting. From modern, air-conditioned malls to the famously buzzing street markets, there’s something for everyone. Knowing where to go is the key to getting the best out of Sri Lanka’s shopping haven.
Colombo itself has a fair share of shopping malls and department stores. With everything from the latest pair of shoe & designer jewelry to mobile phones and electronic items, Colombo has an exhaustive variety of things to buy.
No matter how much shopping you do in Colombo, your shopping isn’t complete without experiencing the hustle and bustle of Pettah. With almost anything being available in the many narrow streets, you will have plenty of shops to choose from that will satisfy your retail needs. Shops are located in clusters, with specific types of items being sold in each cluster. Although driving through, and parking maybe problematic, the entire stretch of shops are located within a “walkable” distance. Whatever you choose to purchase, be sure to polish your bargaining skills, which is important to fetch the best prices.
“Clothing maketh man” goes the saying. Colombo stands strongly by this quote and offers the best of clothes shops and boutiques to suit every conceivable style. Be it office, casual, designer, sports or party wear, Colombo’s got it covered. You can shop till you drop.
Climb the citadel of Sigiriya which was built in the 5th century. Sigiriya is treated as one of the most remarkable creations in the world, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The path through the gardens along Stone stairways come to the Lion Gate. Only the rock carving and the brick structure is evident today of the lion’s mouth through which millions of people have walked to admire the beauty of this magnificent citadel.
Enjoy an excursion that takes you through the real Sri Lankan Villages. Clients will be able to ride on a Bullock Cart, a three-wheeler & have a home-cooked meal. It is a very pleasant experience!!
Visit Polonnaruwa the second capital of Sri Lanka from 1017 A.D to 1235 A.D. Polonnaruwa is also a UNESCO world heritage city. You will be able to see the ruins of Royal Palace king Parakramabahu, Audience Hall, the statue of King Parakramabahu, Watadage, the Galpotha, Parakrama Samudraya (Sea of Parakrama) which was built by King Parakramabahu I, covers an area of 5940 acres and the elegant Lotus pond was built in the 12th century. There is also the famous monument of worship such as the Gal Viharaya which has 4 magnificent carved Buddha statues, Kiri Vehera (the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic) and Shiva Temple.
Do a jeep safari in Minneriya National park. The park covers an area of 8,889 hectares giving a home to 160 species of birds about 25 species of reptiles, 26 fish species, 09 amphibians, and more than 78 butterfly species. A park is an ideal place for elephant and leopard watching.
Ride on an Elephant Back crossing through rivers & beautiful jungles.
Dambulla Rock temple was built by King Walagambahu during the 1st Century B.C. The major attraction of Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex which covers an area about 2,100 m². Dambulla is a UENESCO world heritage site. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding and the paintings are done on the ceiling. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of god and goddess.
Visit a spice garden in Matale to see different spices for which Sri Lanka is famous for. Clients will be able to see different spices and how some of these spices are grown and processed. Witness Cookery demonstrations as well.
This culinary tour is an ideal way by which the discerning traveler can immerse himself or herself in the history and the ethos of Sri Lanka, its people and their customs and of course most importantly their food. You can learn about Sri Lankan spices and various Sri Lankan cookery methods.
Kandy was the last capital of Sinhala Kings. The valley of Kandy is surrounded by magnificent hills which made it as the last bastion. Today Kandy offers its visitors rich collection of art and craft and historical buildings. It includes a collection of ancient temples buildings, handicrafts, souvenirs, bazaar and gem museum and the temple of tooth relic which houses the most sacred Buddhist relic in the world, the Tooth of Lord Buddha. Visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts center, a gem museum and a lapidary. Witness a Cultural Show.
Sri Lanka is world-famous for Ceylon Tea. Clients will be shown a tea plantation & a factory. You will be able to witness the processing of Tea and also taste a cup of nice & hot Ceylon Tea. You can buy various different Tea products from the Tea shop.
Ramboda is a breathtaking natural beauty. There are two prominent waterfalls next to each other. Clients could take pictures & enjoy the view from a view deck.
Nuwara Eliya is located at the heart of the hill country 6182 feet above from the sea level. The town is situated at 74 km away along Kandy-Nuwara Eliya road and this was rediscovered by British in 1827. It is still very much like an old English town with styled Bungalows and buildings.
The cool calm climate, gorges rolling tea plantation which makes the best “Ceylon tea” and the breathtaking beautiful waterfalls makes Nuwara Eliya one of the most beautiful towns in the world. Nuwara Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia.
You can visit the Golf Club, Strawberry Farms & pick some strawberries. You can take a nice evening walk around the Gregory Lake. Visit the beautiful clubhouse & Have a hot & a nice cup of Ceylon Tea Do a peddling boat ride.
Negambo is a tourist attraction. The city is so lively with the number of different restaurants, shops, pubs & hotels. The beach road is the ideal place for hanging out.
We are delighted to quote for an above tour as per your choice of accommodation selected from following categories.
A grade Gust Houses or Two Star(**) Hotels
3 Star (***) Hotels
4 Star (****) Hotels & 5 Star (*****) Hotels
Boutique Type Private Villas & Bungalows.
(Please note that the extra bed in a triple room will be foldable and rollaway bed)