Manel (8 Days / 7 Nights Tours)

Heritage Tour

Programme : Colombo / Dambulla & Seegiriya /Kandy / Nuwara Eliya / Ella / Tissa / Mirissa / Hikkaduwa

Duration : 8 Days / 7 Nights

Day 01 : Arrival and transfer to Dambulla

overnight stay at Dambulla.You can climb Rock Fortress of Sigiriya (ancient Lion Rock) then visit to Dambulla Rock Temple. You can have the excitement of Elephant Riding when you were there.

Accommodation : Over Night Stay at Dambulla

Damulla -

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.

Elephant Riding -

Elephant Back Safari in Sri Lanka brings in multifaceted joys. The majestic beast, the locations in close proximity to the cultural attractions and the terrain rich with bird life all add up to bring in memorable experiences to the tourists holidaying in Sri Lanka. Elephant Back Safaris are one of the newest and most thrilling safari experiences in Sri Lanka. These Elephant Back Safari not only make it possible to view wildlife from the back of an elephant, but perhaps more importantly, provide the unique opportunity to share a day in the life of the elephant.

Elephant Back Safaris not only make it possible to view wildlife while riding an elephant, but also to view the wildlife enthusiasts chances to be familiar with the nature and behaviour of tamed Elephants. The holiday makers may opt to share a day with the majestic beast by picnicking in the bush in the shadow of the elephant or by swimming, grooming, feeding the elephant too. The most popular locations of Elephant Back Safaris are Habarana, Sigiriya and Kaudulla.

Day 02 : Dambulla to Kandy

After breakfast proceed to Kandy. On the way you can visit Herbal Gardens with more than 400 plants located. Feel relax with Herbal head Massage. Then visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic, Botanical Garden & see around the king’s capital of Kandy. When you are at Kandy city visit a Gem lapidary. Then at the late evening you can see the Cultural Kandy Dance.

Accommodation : Over Night 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 03 : Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

We should Start at 8.00 am to proceed to Nuwara Elliya. On the way you can see Tea Factory, Tea Plantation and Waterfalls. & also you can feel Sri Lankan No.01 Tea cup from the Hiland Tea Factory. For the Lunch we stop very Special place the name of the place Ramboda Falls Hotel, can see five water falls in one place. After you reach to Nuwara Elliya you can proceed to Hortan Plains Their you can find World’s End. Then back to the hotel.

Accommodation : Overnight stay at Nuwara Ellya

Nuwara Elliya -

Nuwara Eliya is a mountain station at 1,868 m (6,128 ft) of altitude, in a splendid landscape. The city pretends to be particularly well-kept and neat, and the always green grass gives to the locality an aspect of “colonial British style".

Nuwara Eliya was built entirely during the 19th century and its architecture mimics that of an English country town, with red-brick walls, country house like hill club and mock-Tudor half-timbering. Blessed with salubrious climate, breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains and greenery; it's hard to imagine that Nuwara Eliya is only 180 Km from the hot and humid Colombo. Temperatures are 14C-21C (Jan- April) 16C-18C (May-Aug) 15C- 18C (Sept-Dec).

Hakgala Gardens -

Hakgala Botanical Garden is situated on the Nuwara Eliya-Badulla main road, 16 km from Nuwara Eliya. It was established in 1861 for the purpose of experimentation and promotion of Cinchona cultivation in Sri Lanka. Once after the Tea replace the Cinchona, it was turned into an experimental Tea cultivation. In 1884 it transformed to a garden since then many sub tropical and some temperate plants were planted in the gardens. Now the garden is famous for number of species of Orchids and Roses.

Day 04 : Nuwara Eliya to Ella

From the hotel we start at 7.30 am. You can have a Boat Ride at Nuwara Eliya Lake. Then You should never missed the train ride through the Tea Plantation from Nanuoya to Ella,that bring you pleasant breath talking sceneries in the hill country Sri Lankas highest mountain Piduruthalagala (8282 ft)is located. Finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia. When you are at Ella you can have International Professional Herbal Massage, that will makes your relax as you tired. Back to the Hotel

Accommodation : Overnight stay at Nuwara Ella

Hortain Plains -

Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka is undoubtedly one of the world's best nature reserves and eco tourism venues. It is characterised by a beautiful landscape of rolling hills, covered in upper montane forest and wet patana grassland.

NThe Plains feature many interesting attractions such as 'Bakers Falls', 'Chimmini Pool' and the famous 'World's End' (a 3700 ft sheer drop that offers fabulous views of the tea estates below and all the way out to the distant southern coastline).

Train Ride -

The Train trip will take you through manmade tunnels, places to look out for are Nawalapitiya – Hatton, and Haputale – Ella, grey stone cliffs and rivers will flash past your window with occasional views of enormous waterfalls cascading down the mountainside, while the Train keeps climbing steadily through to Hatton then Nanu Oya, if you are going to Nuwara Eliya you need to break journey here.

Day 05 : Ella to Tissa

From the hotel start to at 8.00 am. There the best ways to spend a morning in Ella is to tackle the beautiful short walk up to the top of Little Adam's Peak. Then we proceed to Tissa. On the way we meet 25m-high Ravana Falls and also the Buduruwagala Temple. Buduruvagala means "the rock of Buddhist Sculptures" Then you can visit to the Ancient Tissa Temple & Tissa Lake (You can go by boat to the small Island at the Middle of the lake). Then back to the hotel at Tissa.

Accommodation : Over Night stay at Tissa

Little Adam’s Peak -

A hike up the conical Adam’s Peak is one of the top things to do in Sri Lanka. Legions of people complete the hike daily, both pilgrims and travelers. Jürgen and I are always primed for an adventure… as long as it’s convenient. After learning that you must embark for the the summit at 2am, we immediately,instantly scratched Adam’s Peak from our list. Call us lame if you want, I won’t protest. But no way. Besides, we had just read about another hike called Little Adam’s Peak, near Ella. “Close enough!

Rawana Falls -

The 25m-high Ravana Falls cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. In the dry season, the flow of water is markedly reduced, whereas rain turns the fall into what is said to resemble an areca flower with withering petals.

Forming part of the Ravana Ella Wildlife Sanctuary, the source of the fall is the Bandarawela Hill Oya Reservoir, and it flows to the Kirindi Oya Reservoir. It is situated in the Badulla District, Ella Divisional Secretariat and is visible from Ella railway station, 2km away

Buduruwagala Temple -

Buduruwagala is located about 5 km from the Wellawaya on the Thanamalwila road. The name Buduruwagala means “the rock with the statue of Buddha” And this is exactly what it is. Seven figured are carved in this rock with a massive 51 foot Buddha statue in the Abhaya Mudra gesture at the centre. The rock itself has shape of a kneeling elephant with its head own. Although there is no documented information about this site in the ancient scriptures, it is now believed this carvings were done during the last days of the Anuradhapura period. (between 8 - 10 Century).

Day 06 : Tissa to Mirissa

Early in the morning we have to wake up at 5.30 am. by safari Jeep( The Vehicle Prepared for See around) Wild Safari at Yala National Park. After the Lunch from best place named “ Refresh Restaurant” We can proceed to Mirissa.

On the way through Tangalle beach we can visit Largest Buddha Statute known as Wavurukannala Temple and Hummanaya is the only known blowhole in Sri Lanka. Then on the way you can see the Weherahena Temple Known as the colossal Buddha statue is a wonderful master piece. When you are at Mirissa you can feel the special Sea Food Dinner.

Accommodation : Over Night stay at Mirissa

Yala National Park -

Distance : 350km from Colombo Famous for its Elephants. Several species of other wild animals and birds can also be seen in the Yala National Park. Spotted Deer, Sambhur Deer, Barking Deer, Monkey, Wild Baffalo, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, different varieties of birds endemic and migratory are seen in Yala. Peacock is the most famous bird in Yala. The Peacock dance is a treat to watch in the morning at Yala.

Wawurukannala Temple -

A famous temple two kilometers from Dikwella town on the Matara Beliatta Road in the Dikwella Divisional Secretarial area in Matara District in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka.This temple is built on a beautiful hill with a large building complex in an extent of Eight acres land, This sacred place which is in a beautiful environment is a historical temple that contributes social, Religious and educational service.

Blow Hole -

At Kudawela, 6 kilometres to the east of Dikwella, secreted in a beautiful beach of golden surf and turquoise sea is found the only blow hole in the country; one of the handful found in the world. This is locally known as the "Hoo-maniya" - named thus because of the sound the blow hole makes before the water spurts upward.

Wheherahena Temple -

The reason why this temple was historically kept as a hidden temple was the fact that Buddhists wanted to save it from outside interference and other many problems in this regard. This upgraded and present temple was built in the year 1990 for the worshippers. There is a magnificent red clothed Buddha statue that is sitting outside the temple and presents a spectacular look and religious appeal to the onlookers. The Buddha is in fact shown as sitting in the Samadhi or the squatting position and it is a statue of 39 meters in height. There are overall not relics or artefacts of the historic importance or significance of this temple.

Day 07 : Mirissa to Hikkaduwa

Same as last morning have to wake up at 5.00 am. to see Blue Whales by well Prepared Boats from Mirissa Harbour (The blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is the largest baleen whale and the largest animal that ever lived on Earth.) Then after the lunch from the Beauitiful Waligama city then proceed to Hikkaduwa. On the way you can see Stilt Fishermans Fishing at the sea. Then you take a boat ride at Koggala lake as most famous place for boat safari that located several Islands in the middle, can only reach by boats. There are more than 500 Natural herbal Plants you can see. On the way you can see also the Turtle farm & Hatchery. After the turtle farm you will see famous Unawatuna Beach, Galle city & Dutch fort. Then stay at Hikkaduwa Hotel.

Accommodation : Over Night stay at Hikkaduwa

Turtle Hatchery -

On the fringes of Koggala town is a small turtle hatchery that first opened in 1996. In an effort to promote responsible tourism and conservation, the hatchery buys turtle eggs off fishermen, in an attempt to discourage them from poaching & selling the eggs for food. Visitors are educated on the importance of protecting turtle life, via the hatchery’s facilities that care for newborn turtles until they are ready to be released back into the ocean, an experience that some lucky visitors may even have the opportunity to do themselves first-hand. The wide sandy beaches that exist round the island of Sri Lanka are utilized by several of the marine turtles for laying their eggs. The commonest of these are the Loggerheads and the Leathery turtle while the green turtle is less common.

Stilt Fishing -

An age old method of catching fish, very primitive and poor in results terming with today's commercial fishing perspective, but ads on beauty and uniqueness to the countries deep south coast line, as a icon of the fishing folk in Sri Lanka. A major attraction at the south cost, stilt fishing till date is continued by the locals owing to the good will gifts by the locals and the foreign visitor that adds on apart to the catch from the sea.

A stick standing up with another piece of wood tied to it to create a seat where fisherman climb on to during the low tide to fish in the rising waters of the high tide, though is a lovely sight is a hard and uncomfortable task of few hours for a small catch of fish enough to feed few mouths.

Koggla Lake -

The largest lake in the island, Koggala lake is an unspoilt ecological haven a few hundred meters away from the resort. The small islands scattered in the lake ideal for bird watching at sunset. This beautiful turquoise lagoon is just a couple of kilometers away from the town; dotted with rocky islands & fringed with mangroves. The lagoon teems with birdlife & supply prawns in abundance. Motor boat trips & catamaran rides take you to the smaller islands around the lagoon, each showcasing a unique experience in itself.

Galle Fort -

The Capital city of the Southern Province, Galle Fort was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century and is designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The old part of town is compact so you can explore by foot. A tour of the fort's fortified walls is the highlight of a visit to Galle.

Day 08

Hikkaduwa is most famous for watch Corrals by boat prepared with Glass Bottom. That would be a nicest experience that ever you can have. There you can have a nice See food lunch. When you are staying there you can visit for Souvenirs to the Natural Silk Factory, Battick Factory, world famous Mask Workshop and experience the excitement of Moonstone mining in Meetiyagoda

Hikkaduwa Corals -

Hikkaduwa is located About 100 km from Colombo and it one of most popular beach resort of Sri Lanka. Hikkaduwa is treated as the diving center of Sri Lanka, with many diving schools. If you are a experienced scuba diver you can rent equipment from these diving schools, if you are a beginner try PADI courses from professionally qualified diving instructors. Hikkaduwa was once popular for its astonishing Coral Sanctuary and glass bottomed boat rides on this beautiful Sanctuary. But unfortunately this magnificent coral garden is no more there, only patches of surviving corals are there with variety of tropical fish. The beautiful coral garden is killed mainly because of the “Elnino “effect and the human activities.

Moonstone Mine -

Have you ever wondered where that pretty little moonstone on your finger actually comes from? Head inland 7km to Mitiyagoda and you can descend (not literally) into the mucky world of mining – 18th-century style! Moonstone has been mined in these sweltering forests forever and the moonstone mines, little more than muddy rabbit holes, 6m or 7m long, are fascinating – as is the process of filtering out the precious stones, cutting them up and polishing them up ready for sale. Entrance is free, but expect a hardcore sales pitch in the on-site shop afterwards. To get there head towards Kahawa and turn inland to Mitiyagoda after which it’s clearly signed.

Battik Factory -

Board Sri Lanka’s very own tie-n-dye industry. Popularly known as ‘Batik’, Ambalangoda is well-known for this creative activity on fabric, décor and accessories. Meetiyagoda and Gintota are the two most known villages for Batiks. Paints and cloth of a number of vibrant shades and patterns can be seen around the area.

Ask your guide or your hotel for tips and suggestions for times to visit the villages and witness the amazing process of tie-n-dye that you have only heard about. You may even pick out your own pattern and fabric! It is a trip you shouldn’t miss out on.

Accommodation : Departure From Hotel

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