Olu ( 6 Days / 5 Nights Tours)

Heritage Tour & Beach Stay

Programme : Colombo / Dambulla & Seegiriya /Kandy / Ella / Tissa / Mirissa / Negambo

Duration : 6 Days / 5 Nights

Day 01 : Colombo to Dambulla

Checkout & proceed to Dambulla, You can climb Rock Fortress of Sigiriya (ancient Lion Rock) then visit to Dambulla Rock Temple. You can have the fun of Elephant Riding when you were there. .(you can visit to the Kandala Hotel to spent the evening with the Breeze of Kandalama Lake will be a nicest experience)

Accommodation : Over Night 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.

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 : 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 03 : Kandy to Ella

We should Start early morning to proceed to Ella through 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.

Accommodation : Overnight stay at Ella

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).

Hortain Plains -

Hortain 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.

The Plains also 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).

Day 04 : 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.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).

Accommodation : Overnight stay at Tissa

Little Adam’s Peak -

One of 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, a pyramid-shaped rock which stands opposite the far larger Ella Rock and offers marvelous views out over the hills.

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 area 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 05 : 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. Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest National Park in Sri Lanka. You can see Elephants, Leopard, Crocodiles and many more animals at open Jungle. After the Lunch from best place called “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. The height of the statue is 88 cubits (39m) The highly significant of this temple is the tunnel shrine. When you are at Mirissa you can feel the special Sea Food Dinner.

Accommodation : Overnight 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 -

BAt 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 06 : Mirissa to Negambo

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.

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.

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.

Accommodation : Departure From Hotel Negambo

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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