Sri Lanka Culture is fascinating. The Yaksha and Naga tribes Civilized before 300 B.C. using agriculture and irrigation, Nourished from the Buddhism in early 2nd Century B.C. and also influenced by Indian invasions and going through Portuguese, Dutch and British rule, Sri Lankan Culture is diverse like its Natural Heritage.

Known as the Smiling People though out the world Sri Lankans enjoy a unique life style that's humble, artistic, entertaining and touching someone's heart with Sri Lanka hospitality known for centuries. The intimate connection between Society and Buddhism as well as traditional forms of Art, Dance and Music are the fusion of the Sri Lanka Culture

In the early 19th century The British rule introduced democracy, modern education, legal and commercial agriculture system. Sri Lanka now is a mirror of its own ancient and modern cultures diverse from it's cities to far villages across the tiny island.

Social Diversity of Sri Lankans can be explained as people involved in software engineering International markets as well as traditional farmers using buffaloes for to work in the paddy fields.

 

13 Nights / 14 days Sri Lanka Cultural Tour

Day 01 - Arrival Transfer / Dambull
Met on arrival at the Colombo International Airport and transfer to Dambulla - Check in at Hotel - Afternoon at leisure - overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 02 - Dambulla / Anuradhapura / Dambulla
Morning excursion to Dambulla. The name Dambulla derives from Damba (rock) and Ulla (fountain). This is one of the most impressive Buddhist Temples in the world, showing the evolution of the Sinahalese Buddhist art. Afternoon excursion to Anuradhapura located in the northern central part of the island, Anuradhapura was the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka. It is the home of two UNESCO world heritage sites. Areas of interest include Sri Maha Bodhi (sacred Bo Tree) under which the Buddha attained enlightenment, it is over 2,200 years old and is the oldest historically documented tree in the world – Return to Dambulla for overnight stay.

Day 03 - Dambulla / Polonnaruwa / Dambulla
Morning excursion to Polonnaruwa. King Parakramabahu (1153-86) raised Polonnaruwa to its heights erecting huge buildingsm draining swamps and planting vast areas with crops. He planned beautiful parks, created wildlife sanctuaries and restored earlier monuments. The crowning achievement was the unification of the three orders of monks, the Mahavihara, Jetavana and Abhayagiri into on Sangha or ‘Supreme Order of Monks’. This achievement ensured the survival of Buddhism in the dark centuries ahead - Return to Dambulla - Afternoon at leisure – Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 04 - Dambulla / Sigiriya / Dambull
Morning excursion to Sigiriya rock fortress, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. About halfway up the rock is a sheltered gallery of frescos painted on the sheer rock face. The ‘Heavenly Maidens’ are similar in style to the paintings of Ajantha in India - Return to Hotel - Afternoon at leisure - Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 05 - Dambulla / Kandy
Morning departure for Kandy en-route visit a spice garden in Matale to see the different spices for which Sri Lanka is famous – Check in at Hotel - Afternoon leave on a sightseeing tour of Kandy; The last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, is now a World Heritage Site, visit the lake built by the last Sinhala King in 1798, the bazzar, the arts & crafts center and a gem museum. Evening visit to the ‘Temple of the Sacred Tooth’ containing the tooth of Buddha followed by a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing – Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 06 - Kandy / Pinnawela / Kandy
Morning excursion to Pinnawela elephant orphanage, the orphanage is hoe to about 60 elephant, found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. Afternoon visit to the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens; the botanical gardens were first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala King and were later expanded by the British to 147 acres – Evening at leisure – Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 07 - Kandy / Nuwara Eliya
Morning departure for Nuwara Eliya, en-route visiting a Tea Factory. Upon arrival in Nuwara Eliya, check in at the Hotel, a Unique heritage hotel converted from a tea factory. Afternoon free. Overnight stay. Surrounded by hills and tea plantations, the town of Nuwara Eliya was a favorite retreat of the British during colonial times, the town is dotted with English country style houses earning it the name ‘Little England – Return to Hotel for overnight stay.

Day 08 - Nuwara Eliya / Kalutara
Morning departure for Kalutara via Kithulgala – Check in at Hotel for overnight stay.

Day 09 / 12 Kalutara
Breakfast at Hotel – Day at leisure – Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 13 - Kalutara / Departure Transfer
Breakfast at Hotel – Transfer to Airport to connect with departure flight.

Sri Lanka Cultural Tour includes:

Arrival / Departure transfer and Tour as per itinerary in air-conditioned private car or microbus with English speaking Chauffeur/Guide with visit to places of Historical and Cultural interest.
Accommodation in hotels listed or similar on twin sharing Bed/Breakfast basis, with applicable mandatory Single Supplement 01-06 pax.
All entrance fees are included as per itinerary.
Porterage, Service Charges and Government Taxes.
Please note; for every 15 fully paid pax booked for this tour a complimentary place will be given for a tour escort.

Sri Lanka Cultural Tour excludes:

Lunches and Dinners to be paid for directly by client.
Any other expenses not specified above.

Supplements:

Kandy Perehara Supplement; please note that if the stay at Kandy is coinciding with the Kandy Festival Season (July/August period – actual dates to be announced) a supplement of US$15.00 per person per day will be applied.

 
 
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