Araliya (3 Days/ 2 Nights Tours)

Cultural Tour

Programme : Colombo / Kandy / Dambulla - Seegiriya / Negambo

Duration : 3 Days / 2 Nights

Day 01 : Colombo to Kandy

Visit the world heritage, Temple Of The Tooth Relic (Dalada Malaigawa) and Botanical Garden. Also never missed to see around the Kandy City as the final Kingdom of Sri Lanka’s before capture by British. Back to the Hotel

Accommodation : Overnight stay at Kandy

Kandy -

Kandy is one of the most beautiful cities of Sri Lanka that is known for its scenic beauty and rich cultural value. Spread over an area of around 1940 square kilometers, it is counted amongst the world heritage sites of UNESCO. The city promises a number of tourist attractions that include the Old Royal Palace and the famous Temple of Tooth. The latter consists of the sacred relic of Buddha’s tooth because of which Kandy is regarded as one of the most sacred places by Buddhists. Other holy spots include the Gadaladeniya Temple and the Lankathilake Temple.

Kandy offers an exciting shopping experience with souvenirs ranging from precious stones and handmade laces to stone and wooden carvings. If you visit the city in the month of August, you can get a taste of Kandy Esala Perehera, an annual ritual of the Sacred Tooth Temple. Thus, your vacation can be an enriching and cultural uplifting one if you choose this sacred and beautiful city.

Temple of Tooth -

Sri Dalada Maligawa, or Temple of the Tooth Relic, is the holiest Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. It is located in the city of Kandy, the ancient capital of the Kandyan kingdom. During my visit to Kandy with a small group of AsiaExplorers members, I had the privilege not only to visit the temple, but also to enter the holy sanctuary. Our tour guide was able to arrange with the temple escort for us to be ushered to the inner sanctuary, a place where normal pilgrims would not have a chance to visit. Directly before us is the doorway to the holy of holies. However, as I am not a Buddhist, the visit is merely of cultural rather than religious value to me.

Botanical Garden -

After the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, Hakgala, 10km (6 miles) south of Nuwara Eliya, is the second most important garden in Sri Lanka. Though on a smaller scale than those at Peradeniya, Hakgala's plantations of roses, shrubs, ferns and montage woodland are delightfully located, with scenic views. Above the gardens, a forest trail leads into virgin woodland - the home of a troop of purple-faced leaf monkeys, a species endemic to Sri Lanka, and to endemic bird species including the Sri Lanka white-eye, Sri Lanka wood pigeon, and Sri Lanka whistling thrush. Open daily from 07:30 to 17:00.

Day 02 : Kandy to Seegiriya

After breakfast Proceed Kandy to Seegiriya On the way you may visit a International Herbal Mediation center for relax yourself and also to see Natural spice Plantation located in the Matale. After reach Dambulla, Climb one of wonder of World known as “ Lion Rock” the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya, Visit the Ancient Dambulla Cave Temple.(you can visit to the Kandala Hotel to spent the evening with the Breeze of Kandalama Lake will be a nicest experience)

Accommodation : Overnight stay at Dambulla

Dambulla -

Dambulla is famous among tourists for its wonderful cave temple complex of 2nd century BC. Dambulla is situated in the Central Province of Sri Lanka, about 148 km north-east of Colombo and 72 km north of Kandy. Located on the main road from Sigiriya to Kandy about 19Km from Sigiriya, Dambulla is a part of the Sri Lanka tourism Cultural Triangle declared by UNESCO.

Major tourist attractions of the Dambulla include the largest and best preserved cave temple complex of Sri Lanka, and the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, famous for being built in just 167 days.

Seegiriya -

One of the major tourist attractions of Sigiriya is the ancient castle built by King Kasyapa in 5th century AD. The Sigiriya site has remains of upper palace located at the flat top of the rock, a mid-level terrace that includes a Lion gate and the mirror wall with its frescoes.

Archaeologically, the best feature of the Sigiriya rock is the Lion staircase, a gigantic figure towering majestically against the granite figure, leading to the palace garden on the summit. The Sigiriya site is both a palace and fortress that despite now being in ruins give an amazing picture to travellers of the creativity of its builders in Sri Lanka.

Kandalama Lake -

Featuring comfortable accommodation and convenient facilities, Kandalama Lake Resort is an ideal place to enjoy and relax with friends or family. Set in proximity to all cultural and archaeological sites of Sri Lanka, Kandalama Lake resort is situated amidst the picturesque surrounding of Kandalama Lake. This property is a short stroll from all the major attractions in and around Dambulla

At Kandalama there are plenty of activities that one could indulge in. These include Elephant rides, boat rides, Bird Watching, Mountain Biking and so on. As the place is surrounded by trees and the Kandalama Lake, birds are a familiar sight. If you look up towards the sky at any given time you would see at least a couple of Eagles soaring over the skies. Monkeys are also a familiar sight. They come to eat seeds and fruits as well as drink water from the lake.

A Holiday at Kandalama Lake Resort is a wonderful holiday as well as a learning experience. You can thoroughly enjoy holiday. And it is a unique experience.

Day 03 : Seegiriya to Negambo

Checkout after breakfast and proceed to Negombo on the way we can visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage with a break for lunch in front of the Elephant bath river. You have a chance of bottle feeding milk to the baby elephants. After you reach to Negambo enjoy the beach of country side and stay at Negombo beach hotel.You can walk to see the Negambo fort & fish market & buy some Souvenirs from the town. The at the late evening you can feel the sea breeze with the nice sunset.

Accommodation : Overnight stay at Negambo

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage -

It is located northwest of Kegalle town along the Colombo ~ Kandy main road. The orphanage is in a twenty five acre coconut land near Maha Oya. The wide area of shallow water and the huge rocks of Maha Oya make the ideal place to these magnificent animals.

Pinnawala Elephant orphanage is treated as one of the largest breading centre in the world. Today the heard has grown up to 69 elephants.

Negambo -

Negombo is about 7 km from the Bandaranaike International Airport and Negombo has a moderate fish port (used during the periods of Portuguese and Dutch colonization) The economy of Negombo is mainly based on tourism and its centuries-old fishing industry, though it also produces cinnamon,[1] ceramics, and brass ware. The Colombo Stock Exchange-Negombo branch and many major financial corporations have their key branches in Negombo. There are also Departmental stores, Large super markets, and various of branded shops and Boutiques in the bustling streets of Negombo downtown.

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