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Short Family Tour 07 Days

  • Day 01 : Schedule

    Ceylon odyssey Representative will welcome you at the Airport. Transfer to a beach hotel in Negombo and stay leisure on the day. Negombo Negombo is in the heart of Sri Lanka"s fishing industry. The sea and catamarans are the backdrop of the Negombo. Negombo is renowned for its fishing. Negombo's fish market is quite possibly the island's best. The city is dominated by shrines and picturesque churches due to its significant Catholic population. The biggest is the impressive, candy-colored church of St Mary's, which exhibits some amazing ceiling paintings. Negombo offers some of the better beaches on the west coast of Sri Lanka, and draws tourists who stop over for a day on their way to or from the airport. Overnight stay in Negombo.

    DAY 02 : Schedule

    After breakfast proceed to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975, commenced with seven orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grand children born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but is soon became a conservation and educational centre. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawala started a scientific captive-breeding program for elephants. Then proceed to Dambulla. Visit Dambulla Cave Temple at the evening. The 1st century B.C. Dambulla Rock Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (149 km from Colombo, 16 km west of Sigiriya) is a complex of five cave shrines. Among its highlights are pre-Christian rock inscriptions, sculptures (including a 47 ft long rock-cut reclining Buddha) and Buddhist murals which cover more than 20,000 sq. ft. of cave walls and ceilings, the largest antique painted surface in the world. Ancient drip-ledge drainage still keeps the caves free of seeping water. Dambulla cave temple is a treasure trove containing valuable images The Mural Paintings at the Dambulla Rock Temple belong to different period, traces of which can be seen today. The painted Buddha images and the depictions of the life of the Buddha show the ingenuity and artistic expression of those who painted them, and murals that adorn the cave shrine, drawing visitors daily for its historic fame. overnight stay at the hotel Dambulla.

    DAY 03 : Schedule

    Today start the journey by climbing Sigiriya Rock Fortress after the breakfast at the hotel. Sigiriya (166 km from Colombo), the stupendous 5th century A.D. rock-fortress citadel of a fugitive king, where history merges with melodrama. A gallery of frescoes of shapely be-jewelled maidens still glows with vibrant colour and the water. It is believed these paintings depict the "apsaras" or goddess and some say it represents the lightning and clouds. Another distinctive feature of Sigiriya is the Mirror Wall which is located just below the paintings. The surface of this wall is well polished and covered with writings known as "Sigiri Graffiti" which are a form of poems. The Lion Staircase leads to the summit and the special feature of this is the massive Lion Paw which carved out of rock. The brick wall is still preserved in original form. Sigiriya is being currently excavated and restored by UNESCO under the Cultural Triangle Project and according to sources is most likely to be declared as a wonder of the world. Then proceed to Matale and walk around the well grown spice gardens. Visit a spice garden in Matale to see many different types of spices Sri Lanka is famous for. Just 25 km from the hill capital of Kandy, the Matale spice gardens are among the best on the island. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. Then proceed to Kandy and check in to the hotel. Evening visit Temple of Tooth Relic. Kandy 115 km from Colombo, Sri Lanka's picturesque highland capital, last stronghold of Sri Lankan kings against European conquest from the 16 th to the 19 th centuries. It is the sanctuary of traditional culture, and the island's most visited tourist resort. Kandy 's main attraction is the Dalada Maligawa, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha brought to Sri Lanka in the 4 th century AD. This sacred relic has ever since been the symbol of sovereignty for its rulers and is always enshrined in great splendor. If you are visiting Kandy during July-August the Esala Perahera is definitely a must see. Termed as Asia's grandest pageant, this spectacular annual event is held to honour the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha and to obtain blessings of the guardian deities of Sri Lanka. Overnight stay in Kandy.

    DAY 04 : Schedule

    After breakfast do a city tour in Kandy with Royal Botanical Gardens. Six kilometers from Kandy, at Peradeniya, the magnificent 57 hectare Royal Botanical Gardens, laid out in 1832, are among the finest in the world. Its treasures of tropical flora include fine collections of orchids, aromatic spices, medicinal herbs, palms and rare, endangered plant species. Then proceed to Nuwara eliya. On the way visit a tea plantation. Check in to the hotel and at the evening do a city tour in Nuwara eliya. Nuwara Eliya, meaning "city on the plain (table land)" or "city of light", is a town in the central highlands of Sri Lanka with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. Nuwara Eliya's climate lent itself to becoming the prime sanctuary of the British civil servants and planters in Ceylon. Nuwara Eliya, called Little England then, was also a hill country retreat where the British colonialists could immerse in their pastimes such as fox hunting. Due to the high altitude, Nuwara Eliya has a much cooler climate than the lowlands of Sri Lanka, with a mean annual temperature of 16 °C. But the temperature changes and sometimes it can be as low as 3°C. In the winter months it is quite cold at night, and there can even be frost. Although it rapidly warms up as the tropical sun climbs higher during the day. Overnight stay in Nuwara eliya.

    DAY 05 : Schedule

    Proceed to Yala via Bandarawela and Ella. AT the evening go for a jeep Safari at Yala. Overnight stay at a hotel in Yala/ Tissamaharama. Surrounded by hills and tea plantations, the town of Bandarawela is the perfect getaway from Sri Lanka's tropical heat. The town enjoys spring like weather throughout the year. A favourite retreat of the British during colonial times, Bandarawela is dotted with English country style houses and sprawling gardens. Yala is by far the most popular national park in Sri Lanka and renowned for the variety of the wildlife especially for Leopards, largely characteristic of dry zone tropical thorn forest and fine coastline and associated coral reefs. Large number of important cultural ruins bears testimony to earlier civilization and indicates that much of the area was populated and well developed, with an irrigation system supplying water to the surround paddy fields, including those of Yala. Overnight stay in Yala.

    DAY 06 : Schedule

    After breakfast transfer to a beach hotel in Weligama.

    DAY 07 : Schedule

    After the breakfast proceed to Colombo, the busiest commercial city in Sri Lanka. Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka – it is the traditional gateway to the Orient. Colombo which has a population of over a million distributed over fifteen zones, has three main zones, each of which has a distinctive character. The Fort, the centre of metropolitan activity, the Pettah the bustling bazaar area and the old Cinnamon Gardens, now fashionably known as Colombo 7 with its spacious mansions and better residential areas. Do a city tour and there are many places for you to do shopping. Evening check in to the hotel in Colombo and overnight stay in colombo.

    DAY 08 : Schedule

    After breakfast proceed to Airport for departure.

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Grand Family Tour 12 Days

  • Day 01 : Schedule

    Ceylon odyssey representative meets the clients on arrival and Transfer from Airport to Colombo Overnight stay at Colombo.

    DAY 02 : Schedule

    Breakfast at a Hotel in Colombo Transfer from Colombo to Pinnawala. The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975, commenced with seven orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but is soon became a conservation and educational centre. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawela started a scientific captive-breeding programme for elephants. The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for respective individuals of both sexes to get together and mate. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, and in 1984, the first baby of Pinnawela was born. he success story of Pinnawela has drawn the attention of scientists from all over the world. A considerable number of books and research articles on Pinnawela have been published in several languages. The members of the Pinnawela herd have been filmed, videoed and photographed thousands of times by professionals. Transfer from Pinnawala to Sigiriya. Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The 'Lion Rock' is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the 'Heavenly Maidens' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster. Overnight stay at Sigiriya / Dambulla / Kandalama.

    DAY 03 : Schedule

    Breakfast at a Hotel Sigiriya / Dambulla / Kandalama Transfer from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura. Visit Anuradhapura. It was the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of the ancient Ceylon. It is the home of two World Heritage Sites. Many places of historical and archaeological interest could be visited. Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo-Tree) was brought as a sapling of the tree under which Prince Siddhartha attained to enlightenment and it is over 2200 years old and is the oldest historically documented tree in the world. The Brazen Palace (2nd century B.C), the 1600 stone columns you see are all that is left of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks. Ruwanweliseya (2nd century B.C) is the most famous of all the Dagobas. It originally depicted the perfect 'bubble shape" that modern restoration has not been able to accurately reproduce. 'Samadhi' Buddha statue (4th century AD) is one of the most famous statues, depicting the Buddha in a state of 'Samadhi' or deep meditation. Isurumuniya rock temple (3rd century B.C) is well known for its rock carvings. Overnight stay at Sigiriya / Dambulla / Kandalama.

    DAY 04 : Schedule

    Breakfast at a Hotel Sigiriya / Dambulla /Kandalama. Transfer from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa. Visit Polonnaruwa, which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and which is a world heritage site. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in 'Upright', 'Sedentary' and 'Recumbent' postures carved out of rock could be seen, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, the statue of king Parakramabahu, and the Parakrama Samudraya - a lake built by King Parakramabahu the great. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic. Do a safari of the Minneriya National Park by jeep. The extent of the Minneriya National Park is about 8,889 hectares. There are wetlands in this National Park, which have international importance, animal and plant species, which are plenty in dry zone, are found in this park. Wild elephants, various amphibians, local and immigrant bird species are plenty in this park. About 160 species of birds, 09 amphibians, 25 reptile species, 26 fish species and more than 78 butterfly species have been found in this area. There are bamboo trees which are rare in other parks and wild elephants can be seen conveniently. The significant feature is that these elephants can be seen going closer to them. Transfer from Minneriya to Sigiriya again via Polonnaruwa Overnight stay at Sigiriya / Dambulla / Kandalama.

    DAY 05 : Schedule

    Breakfast at a Hotel in Sigiriya / Dambulla / Kandalama. Transfer from Sigiriya to Dambulla. Dambulla rock temple was built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and it is a World Heritage Site. It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka's cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 metres. Transfer from Dambulla to Matale. Visit a spice garden in Matale to see different spices for which Sri Lanka is famous. Here, clients could see different spices and how some of these spices are grown and processed. Witness a Cookery demonstration. Transfer from Matale to Kandy. Overnight stay at Kandy.

    DAY 06 : Schedule

    Breakfast at Hotel in Kandy. Transfer from Kandy to Peradeniya. Peradeniya botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. Transfer from Peradeniya to Kandy. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. The name "Kandy" conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary. Also visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy. Thereafter witness a cultural show. Overnight stay at Kandy.

    DAY 07 : Schedule

    Breakfast at Hotel in Kandy. Transfer from Kandy to Tea Plantation. Visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. Here you could observe all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. Transfer from Tea Plantation to Nuwara Eliya. Visit Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lankas most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lankas tea country producing a significant share of the world s best tea. Sri Lanka s highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. Nuwara Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia. Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya.

    DAY 08 : Schedule

    Breakfast at a Hotel in Nuwara Eliya. Transfer from Nuwara Eliya to Kataragama through Bandarawela Tissamaharama road. The story of Kataragama centres around the repeated descent and exploits on earth of a hero (Kataragama) and his battles with the forces of darkness. According to this basic symbolic framework, a number of themes are woven in depending on the perspective taken - whether it be Buddhism, where Kataragama is the bodhisattva or Buddha to be or Hinduism where according to legend, Skanda, the Hindu God of War arrived in Sri Lanka and received two gifts from the Sinhalese - a house of leaves and a beautiful wife. It is the romantic union of Skanda and his wife that is commemorated annually. Transfer from Kataragama. Overnight stay at Kataragama.

    DAY 09 : Schedule

    Breakfast at a Hotel in Kataragama. Transfer from Hambantota to Galle. Galle was once the chief port of Ceylon. It is still well known for hand-made lace. You can also visit the Galle Fort (spanning 90 acres), which was originally built by the Portuguese and later extended by the Dutch in 1663. This is a World Heritage Site Overnight stay at Bentota / Ahungalla.

    DAY 10 : Schedule

    Breakfast at a Hotel in Bentota / Ahungalla. Whole day at leisure (No transport) Overnight stay at Bentota / Ahungalla.

    DAY 11 : Schedule

    Breakfast at a Hotel in Bentota /Ahungalla Transfer from Bentota /Ahungalla to Colombo. Do a city tour of Colombo. Colombo like many capital cities in developing countries is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the old world charm is retained. For example, there is a 100-year-old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings. Other places of interest are the Pettah bazaar - where one can shop for bargain, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH)- an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the People's Republic of China. Overnight stay at Colombo.

    DAY 12 : Schedule

    Breakfast at a Hotel in Colombo. Transfer from Colombo to Airport to board the flight.

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