ANURADHAPURA/ TRINCOMALEE / MINNERIYA/ HABARANA/ DAMBULLA/ KANDY /PINNAWALA/ NUWARA / ELIYA/ BERUWELA / COLOMBO
DAY 01 - BEIRUT / AIRPORT/ COLOMBO
On the start of the journey you will depart from Beirut to Colombo in Sri Lanka, where you will be met at arrival by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Colombo. Overnight.
Spend the day at leisure. Optional Lunch and afternoon visit of Colombo city. In Colombo you will drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens. Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street - the Goldsmith’s quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area, which has a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749. The historic Dawatagaha Mosque and the former Eye Hospital are two buildings in Cinnamon Gardens worth looking at. Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha and the Independence Square. Dinner and overnight at your hotel .
DAY 3 COLOMBO/ ANURADHAPURA/ TRINCOMALEE
After breakfast proceed to Anuradhapura. (Approximate Duration – 5 ½ hours – Distance – 203Km)
Anuradhapura was the ancient capital of Sri Lanka, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the city could be labeled as the islands most celebrated. When it seemed as if the rest of the world were far behind, this magnificent city during its former days, was well ahead of its time, most notably in its use of Hydraulic Technology. Though most of this ancient city is in ruins today, it’s most awe-inspiring structures still stand tall. Only second to the pyramids in Giza, the Dagobas - some of them intact and some restored, are amazing monuments to the art of masonry prevalent at that time. The Jetavana Dagoba is the most spectacular of them all.
The sacred Sri Maha Bodhi Tree in Anuradhapura is a sampling of the sacred Bo tree in India (in whose shelter prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment and became Buddha). It is the oldest (2,250 years) recorded tree in the world. The Anuradhapura Archeological Museum, the Abhayagiri and the Jetavanarama Museums, offer an in-depth insight and a greater understanding of this dynamic civilization. Optional Lunch at a local restaurant. Thereafter, proceed to Trincomalee (Approximate Duration 3 hours – Distance 104Km). Check-in at the hotel. Spend the evening relaxing at leisure at the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Trincomalee.
DAY 04 - TRINCOMALEE/ MINNERIYA/ HABARANA
After breakfast proceed to the Minneriya National Park to conduct an optional 4x4 Jeep Safari. (Approximate Duration 2 hours – Distance 85Km). Thereafter, proceed to Habarana. (Approximate Duration 30 minutes – Distance 25Km). Check-in at the hotel. Optional Lunch at local restaurant. Spend the evening relaxing at leisure at the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Habarana.
DAY 05 - HABARANA/ DAMBULLA/ KANDY
After breakfast proceed to visit the Dambulla Cave Rock Temple & a Spice Garden in Matale. (Approximate travel time 30 minutes – Distance 18 km) Dambulla Cave Temple is home to one of Sri Lanka’s seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites; the richly painted cave temple complex is the islands largest and best preserved. Though there are more than 80 documented caves in the area, the most significant are spread over 5 caves, which comprise of statues and paintings related to Lord Buddha and his life. The latest archeological site of significant historical importance is the Ibbankatuwa Prehistoric Burial Site. It is also found in this great city, within 3 km of the cave temple. At this site, bones of 2700 year old human skeletons were found, which according to scientific analysis, is evidence of civilizations existing long before the arrival of the Indians to the island. Ancient history aside, Dambulla is home to the Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium, well known for being built in just 167 days. Its Iron Wood forest (Namal Uyana) and the largest Rose Quartz mountain range in South Asia make this city special.
In the evening visit the Kandy Temple of the Tooth Relic. Dinner and overnight stay in Kandy.
DAY 06 - KANDY/PINNAWALA/PERADENIYA /KANDY
Dinner and overnight stay in Kandy.
DAY 07 - KANDY/NUWARA ELIYA
Tea Plantation & Tea factory visit. Tea was first planted in Sri Lanka in 1824 at the Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, when a few plants were brought from China. More were introduced from Assam in 1839. In 1867, a Scottish Planter named James Taylor planted tea seedlings on 8 hectares of forest land, in the Loolkandura Estate. In 1873, the tea export industry of Sri Lanka began with a modest 23lbs being shipped to London. Tea will grow only on rolling terrain and is classified by elevation into low grown, medium, grown, high grown. In 1996 Sri Lanka has produced 258 million Kilograms of tea.
Afternoon, a brief city tour of Nuwara Eliya. Dinner & overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.
After breakfast proceed to Beruwela via Kitulgala. (Approximate travel time 5 Hours – Distance 210 km). Morning visit to a Strawberry farm in Nuwara Eliya. Afternoon check in to hotel and spend the rest of the day at Leisure. Dinner & overnight stay in Beruwela.
DAY 09 - BERUWELA
Visit Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery. Kosgoda is famous for its sea turtle conservation project operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1988 to protect Sri Lanka’s turtles from extinction. Since then it has released about 3.5 million baby turtles into the wild. The hatchery pays fishermen for eggs that they collect at night along the long sandy beach. Although October to April is the main laying season, some eggs (mostly green turtles) can be found at Kosgoda throughout the year. The hatchery buries the eggs in sand, and when they hatch around 50 days later the baby turtles are released into the sea at night. Only about one in 1,000 turtles survive to maturity. Kosgoda turtle hatchery also has tanks for injured or disabled turtles, including albino turtles that would not survive in the wild. Dinner & overnight stay in Beruwela.
DAY 10 - BERUWELA/ COLOMBO AIRPORT / BEIRUT
Transfer to the airport on time for departure to Beirut .
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