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- Experience all Sri Lanka has to offer on this twin centre holiday
- Explore the cultural side of this country and visit the amazing Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the Minneriya National Park you'll also get to visit the Dambulla Cave Temple
- After your time exploring relax on the beach at the Vivanta by Taj, we've included an upgrade to a sea view room just for you
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Your Destination —
This is a culturally rich and environmentally diverse country, with nine World Heritage Sites (the oldest dating back to the 3rd Century BC); 86 species of mammals (including elephant and leopard) and more than 400 bird species (including 26 endemics); a colorful array of flowering plants and trees, and a Hill Country famous for tea; 14 National Parks out of 100 areas protected by the government; and an Indian Ocean coastline boasting palm-fringed and sandy tropical beaches.
With fabulously flavoursome food and a vast array of culturally rich experiences to delve into, Sri Lanka promises to be one of your best-loved travel destinations, and the charm of the people will simply enchant you.
Your Itinerary —
DAY 1 AIRPORT / DAMBULLA
Arrival at Colombo International Airport. After the formalities at the airport you will be escorted to your air conditioned vehicle and proceed to Dambulla. (Approx Travel Time - 4 to 5 Hours).
DAY 2 DAMBULLA / SIGIRIYA / HIRIWADUNNA / DAMBULLA
After breakfast at the hotel, Proceed to Sigiriya. ( Approx Travel Time - 15 to 20 Mins)
Sigiriya - Sigiriya or Lion Rock is an astonishing feat of engineering and construction. Built by an obsessed monarch in the 5th century, the most striking portion of Sigiriya, a terracotta and grey core of rock set in the cultural heart of Sri Lanka, rises a sheer 200 meters above a forested plain, its flattened summit sloping gently. A series of moats, ramparts and water gardens — remnants of an ancient city — spread out on two sides of the rock, with the remains of a pair of giant stone lion’s paws still guarding the staircase that leads to the summit, once occupied by a royal palace. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982, Sigiriya is Asia’s best preserved city of the first millennium, showing complex urban planning around the base of the rock, combined with sophisticated engineering and irrigation skills in the palace perched on the summit. After climbing the magnificent Sigiriya rock fortress, you will then go on an authentic village-trek at Hiriwadunna.
Village Safari with Bullock cart Ride - is a super jungle and village experience which is popular with most clients. Where we begin a scintillating walk over village paths, a tank (ancient reservoir) bund and forest. Cross a little jungle rivulet by catamaran to reach a farmers simple "wattle and daub" house where the breakfast is consumed. The villager will provide some tea and may be sweetmeats. Proceed half an hour by foot and bullock cart to a point where a vehicle meets you to continue your trip to the next destination. A truly Sri Lankan experience.
On completion, return to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure, enjoying the hotel amenities. Overnight stay at Amaya Lake or Similar.
DAY 3 DAMBULLA / POLONNARUWA / MINNERIYA / DAMBULLA
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Polonnaruwa for a city tour of this ancient city! ( Approx Travel Time - 1 ½ to 2 Hours).
Today, Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its preserved ruins and restored ancient irrigation reservoirs is a “must visit” cultural destination of Sri Lanka Holidays. As much as the preserved cultural monuments would enlighten the tourists, the wild life sanctuaries in the district of Polonnaruwa affords ample opportunities for the joy and fun in the close range of wild elephants, other mammals to the lovers of wildlife. At the city of Polonnaruwa itself is the largest ancient irrigation reservoir called Parakrama Samudra (Sinhala: the Sea of Parakrama) is always lovely, and with the plethora of birdlife, it is seldom that there is not something interesting going on upon its shimmering expanses of waters.
After this city tour, you will head to the Minneriya National park for an exciting wild life safari!
Minneriya National Park - Minneriya national park is one of the best places in the country to see wild elephants, which are often present in huge numbers, and wading birds. Dominated by the ancient Minneriya Tank, the park has plenty of scrub, forest and wetlands in its 88.9 sq km to also provide shelter for toque macaques, sambar deer, buffalo, crocodiles and leopards (the latter are very rarely seen however). Elephants, which can number 200 or more, come to feed and bathe during what is known as ‘the Gathering’; and flocks of birds, such as little cormorants, painted storks, herons and large pelicans all fish in the shallow waters.
On completion, return to your hotel in Dambulla and spend the rest of the day at leisure, enjoying the hotel amenities. Overnight stay at Amaya Lake or Similar.
DAY 4 DAMBULLA / BENTOTA
After Breakfast,Check out of the hotel and proceed to visit the Dambulla cave temple. Dambulla Cave Temple is a vast isolated rock mass and it was here that king Valagambahu took refuge in the 01st century B.C. He later turned the caves into a rock temple. Dambulla is a world heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceiling found here are over 2000 years old and is the largest area of painting found in the world. The caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 meters. On Completion, you will head to Bentota to begin your beach stay! ( Approx Travel Time - 5 to 6 Hours).
DAY 5 to DAY 8,10 or 13 BENTOTA
Breakfast at hotel, spend rest of the day at leisure by beach or pool and enjoying the other facilities of the hotel. Dinner & Overnight stay at Vivanta by Taj.
DAY 9,11 or 14 BENTOTA / AIRPORT
Today after breakfast you will be transferred to the Colombo Airport to catch your flight, back home accompanied with all the happy memories of the tropical isle; Sri Lanka once known as TAPROBANE.
(Travel Time - 2 to 2 ½ Hours)
Your Hotels —
Set on the tranquil banks of the magnificent Kandalama Lake, this showpiece resort captures the essence of Sri Lankan design, culture and tradition. Enjoy lush tropical gardens against a dramatic backdrop while uplifting, catchy raban melodies welcome you.
A tropical haven complete with sweeping views of Kandalama Lake, Amaya Lake surrounds you with natural beauty. Choose your oasis from one of our 120 guest rooms and suites, designed in harmony with the unspoilt environs of the resort. Enjoy waking up each morning to the humming of birds and let the airy breeze and quiet whispers of rustling trees enliven your senses.
Relax on the terrace, close your eyes and listen to the rustling of trees. Exquisitely designed, these rooms present a perfect combination of luxury and comfort.
Vivanta by Taj - Bentota, Sri Lanka, delightfully located along one of the finest beaches on the island’s south west coast, brings you a renewed oering of all things indulgent. Inviting the scenic Indian Ocean to its shores, its charms are quick to work on anyone that chances upon this paradise of pristine sands. With European styled living spaces, a high energy bar and a Jiva spa on premises, the buzz just extends to the restaurants, where chefs dish out culinary creations that leave the palate craving for more.
Marvel at the solid-wood high ceilings that grace the lobby. Stare out to picture postcard views of the cerulean Indian Ocean. And accept humble greetings of 'Ayubowan', followed by sips of 'Nelli' (gooseberry nectar), passion fruit or Ceylon iced tea. S.H.A.C.K. serves up fresh seafood in an open air setting overlooking the ocean. Sea View is a stylish new dining restaurant that boasts of being the preferred choice of wine connoisseurs. Oriental Pavilion, the only authentic Chinese restaurant in Bentota, is sure to mesmerise one and all with its delicacies. The Palms is the 24x7 multi-cuisine eatery on the premises and the hip bar Tease is where Bentota's most imaginative cocktails come alive.
Find rejuvenation at the Jiva Spa. Blending ancient Indian wisdom with contemporary remedies, the Jiva Spa offers you the very best in Indian rejuvenation therapy, ranging from Indian aromatherapy massages, time-honoured Indian treatments to body scrubs and wraps. These are offered by trained experts using exclusive natural products in a calm and harmonious setting.
Check in and be amazed at Vivanta by Taj – Bentota’s spacious rooms in Sri Lanka. Roomy and comfortable,, it doesn’t get better than the Superior Charm rooms. Flooded with natural light, these rooms never fail to surprise and delight.
Superior Charm rooms at Vivanta by Taj – Bentota seamlessly integrate style and comfort, so that you get nothing but the best. The rooms have chic cane chairs and boast of an international direct dial facility, a minibar, tea/coffee maker, 24-hour room service and a television with satellite programmes. And, you can enjoy the night breeze in the privacy of your own balcony or terrace. Step in and be charmed!
Your Journey —
Flights: The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.
Transfers: Transfers are included as per the itinerary.