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Your adventure starts in Dambulla where you get the opportunity to visit the Cave Temples. After this amazing day you will head to Pidurangala which is an enormous rock located a few kilometres north of Sigiriya. In Gadaladeniya is a splendor of both Buddhism and Hinduism and belongs to the same era as Embekke and Lankatilaka. When in Galle, the epic Southern capital, you will see the intersection where classic Dutch architecture meets a tropical setting creating a vivid atmosphere in beauty. Walk the Dutch-haunted streets listening to the creaks of wooden saloon doors and observe how European architecture mingles with South Asian traditions today flooding cultural enthusiasts on a global scale. And end your journey with a ride on a Tuk Tuk in Colombo!
Upon arrival, you will be met and be assisted by our Representative at the airport and be escorted to your transport.
You will then be taken to your hotel in Negombo to be checked in for overnight stay.
After breakfast, proceed to Dambulla and visit the Cave Temples.
In the city of Dambulla lies a hub which has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. Today, an icon in the face of Sri Lanka, Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the most unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Observe how exquisitely cave paintings are done along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. As you enter the retreat, look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold over a land, which today houses an important junction in the country's economic and cultural uplifting.
Transfer from Dambulla to your hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast, visit Pidurangala.
Pidurangala is an enormous rock located a few kilometres north of Sigiriya. The two rocks have an interlinked history: whilst King Kasyapa was building Sigiriya Rock Fortress in the 5th century, he moved monks living around Sigiriya to a new monastery on Pidurangala Rock. An ancient cave temple still houses objects from various vintages that reflect Buddhist, Hindu and western beliefs, and the stupa to the left of the temple entrance is believed to mark the spot where King Kasyapa was cremated. Pidurangala is a more challenging climb than Sigiriya, so should not be attempted by those with poor physical fitness.
There is no clear path to the top: steep, uneven steps give way to an expanse of boulders and crevices that climbers must navigate in order to reach the summit. From the top, there are glorious vistas of the surrounding landscape and an incredible view of the majestic Sigiriya Rock.
After breakfast, proceed to Kandy. Visit Gadaladeniya and Emmbekke Devalya this evening.
Constructed on a rocky outcrop, Gadaladeniya - a splendor of both Buddhism and Hinduism - belongs to the same era as Embekke and Lankatilaka. Built during the reign of King Wickramabahu, the Gadaladeniya temple depicts some remarkable similarities to South Indian architecture. Walk into the small shrine dedicated to God Vishnu before you step into the shady roofs of the main building to observe its gold-plated Buddha statue still glittering in its glory unfolding centuries of veneration & liturgy.
A royal audience hall blazing the glory of a fruitful Kandyan era is all about Embekke. The historic site located in Udunuwara boasts of enchanting wood carvings circling a brilliance which isn't found anywhere else on earth. Take the left road from Gadaladeniya junction to reach Embekke Devalaya. Walk into the shade of a timber sculptured masterpiece - the royal audience hall - with every wooden pillar engraved with lotuses, lions and mermaids in a remarkably smooth finish that still remains after centuries.
Visit the historic war cemetery this morning after breakfast.
The Kandy War Cemetery is a British military cemetery in Kandy, Sri Lanka, for soldiers of the British Empire who were killed during World War II as well as a soldier who died during World War I.
There are 203 buried consisting of: 107 British, 35 East Africans, 26 Sri Lankans, 23 Indians, 6 Canadians, 3 Italians, 1 Frenchman and 2 unidentified persons, Of the 203 dead, 151 were army, 32 were air force, 16 were navy, 2 were unidentified, 1 was merchant navy and 1 was from the national fire service.
Return to the city for a tour of hill capital of Sri Lanka.
Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe - before it was brought under the British rule in 1815, Kandy - the World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings - crafts an array of culture, history and heritage in the minds of visitors across the globe. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. A stroll across this small lakeside town - cradled among the misty hills - will feature the Kandy City Centre - bundled with latest and world class brands, bazaar, an arts & crafts centre, as well as a gem museum & lapidary.walk in color as you glide through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market. Fine tune your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the Wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka.
After breakfast, leave Kandy and head down to Galle!
Galle, the epic Southern capital, is the intersection where classic Dutch architecture meets a tropical setting creating a vivid atmosphere in beauty. Walk the Dutch-haunted streets listening to the creaks of wooden saloon doors and observe how European architecture mingles with South Asian traditions today flooding cultural enthusiasts on a global scale. Its original ramparts and bastions preserved up to date showcase evidences of a heritage preserved for more than 3 1/2 centuries. Walk clockwise within the fort to observe the 'old gate' carrying the British coat of arms. Flanking the old gate is the Zwart bastion - the oldest of all - and the lighthouse standing 18 feet in its glory next to the Point Utretcht Bastion. This Dutch bliss is painted with streets that spread in a rectangular grid pattern pierced with houses carrying Dutch colonial style verandas. Hop into the Dutch Hospital Shopping Complex to be mesmerized by an array of souvenir selections. However, its hallmark stands a reality where the Dutch fort remains a working community with its usual buzz of administrative offices, court complex, commercial buildings, churches and Southern folks frequenting its streets bracing the air of the Elysium of architecture, Galle!
Proceed to your beach hotel to be checked in for overnight stay afterwards.
Visit the cute turtles in Kosgoda after breakfast!
Both locals and international volunteers battling it out for ''Sea Turtles' Sake'' is a common sight at Kosgoda. This vibrant tourist destination sitting calm along the Southern coast of Sri Lanka - apart from its traditional industries of fisheries and cinnamon cultivation - was later recognized by the Wildlife Protection Society who studded the region with a Sea Turtle Conservation Project which operates on a formidable scale today. Indirectly, this has become a watering hole of flipper & shell enthusiasts!
Proceed to Balapitya for a boat safari this evening.
Balapitiya is where one could just sit back and observe how ecology and culture combines under the sun! Cut through the clear water of Madu River - a lifeline of Balapitiya - and head towards Kotu Duwa, the small island housing a temple that dates back to ancient Sinhalese kings. Or, sail through tunnels of shady mangroves swaying alongside Madu River - hiding an ecological treasure - to witness the tranquility of this bio-diversity hot spot which boasts of reptiles, mollusks and over 70 species of fresh water fish. Today the region - which is strong in observing rural folk life in the island - does not only boast of cinnamon plantations in abundance, but also has a fine 'fish pedicure center' - one of the most potent & latest rejuvenation techniques. Apart from these amenities Balapitiya has also become a household name in the minds of bird watchers ensuring a thrilling offshore experience.
After breakfast, proceed to Colombo, stopping of in Lunuganga for lunch at Bawa Gardens.
Lunuganga Estate was the country home of the renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. Started in 1947, the garden led Bawa a lawyer called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1940, to decide to become an architect. As he went on to become Sri Lanka's and one of Asia's most prolific and influential architects, the garden at the Lunuganga estate remained his first muse and experimental laboratory for new ideas. He continued to change and experiment with its spaces and structures throughout his life until his final illness in 1998. Left to the Lunuganga Trust in 2003, the gardens are now open to the public and the buildings on the estate are run as a country house hotel.
Continue to Colombo and enjoy a tuk tuk ride upon arriva.
Colombo is a vibrant, compact and interesting city, rich in culture, history and heritage. There is so much to see and do!
The city traffic, however, is a little unruly sometimes—and the best way to get around the chaos, is by taking a tuk tuk. The three-wheeled taxis, fondly known by locals as 'tuk-tuks' for the sound of their sputtering little engines, are notoriously fast, easy to park, and can manoeuver through the tiny streets of this compact city with ease, making it a great way to experience Colombo's disorderly charm.
After breakfast, you will be taken to the airport on time to meet your departure flight.
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