Classic Sri Lanka

The country of Sri Lanka, famed for the amazing diversity of culture, the natural beauty of landscapes and a proud history dating back over 2500 years!
Discover the ancient wonders of the cultural triangle including historical monuments, fortresses and religious sites. Start your journey in Dambulla, famous for its lion rock of Sigiriya. Continue to Kandy were traditions remain undisturbed. The Royal Palace, now known as the “The Temple of the Tooth Relic’’ (of Lord Buddha), situated right beside the Kandy lake, gives a magical beauty to the city. Onwards to Nuwara Eliya before reaching the famous beach stretches of Bentota.

Location

Sri Lanka is an island off the southeast coast of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Adam’s Bridge used to link Sri Lanka to the Indian mainland. However, it is now submerged due to past violent storm or cyclones.

Ancient Buddhist sites

Ancient Buddhist sites in Sri-Lanka include Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Panduwasnuwara and Yapahuwa. All sites contain the remains of a great civilization. It grew through the centuries under the influence of Buddhism, a gentle faith still preserved in Sri Lanka in its purest form.

Sri Lanka cuisine

Sri Lankan standard foods are spicy and approach the curries with caution. Many vegetables, fruits, meats and seafood’s are also on offer. Continental, Chinese, Indian and Japanese menus are available in Colombo and other touristic places. The specialty is a basic curry made with coconut milk, sliced onion, green chilies, aromatic spices such as cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon, saffron and aromatic leaves.

Why is Sri Lanka unique?

Sri Lanka is without a doubt one of the most scenic places on the planet well worth a visit. It’s world renowned for thick, tropical jungles, tea gardens, elephant orphanage, perfect beaches and an entire calendar of colorful festivals.

The Classic Sri Lanka Tour is probably the oldest and most travelled tour. But it is still one of the most popular tours for many visitors to the country. The Classic Tour is an extremely interesting 6 nights and 7 days journey visiting among others: Ancient Cities, Cultural Sites, Scenic Routes and Wildlife.
Our Classic Tour is a great starting point when planning a trip. Perfect for anyone wanting to combine the country’s main cultural and scenic points of interest with a stay on the beach.

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Day 1 Welcome to Sri Lanka. Transfer to Dambulla Day 5 Continue on to Bentota – famed for its beaches
Day 2 Drambulla: Day at leisure. Optional: Cave Temple Day 6 The Day is yours to having fun in the sun
Day 3 Transfer to Kandy – a World Heritage City. Day 7 Last Day in Sri Lanka. Transfer to Colombo Airport
Day 4 Onwards to Eliya, the emerald city of Sri Lanka    

Scroll down for your detailed day by day itinerary.

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Day 1

Arrival in Sri Lanka – Cultural Triangle
* Upon arrival at the Colombo Bandaranayake International Airport; you will be warmly received by a representative.
* Your holiday of pure leisure has just begun.
* You will then be escorted to your vehicle and transferred to Dambulla the starting point of an idyllic vacation.
* Dambulla; located in Sri Lanka’s famous cultural triangle; offers plenty to fire both mind and body over the next four days.
* Explore some of Sri Lanka’s fascinating UNESCO protected World Heritage Sites – the lion rock of Sigiriya; a royal capital city built in 477 AD; the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa; which was Sri Lanka’s royal medieval capital between the late 11th – 13th centuries.
* You might also consider a safari at Minneriya National Park when you visit Polonnaruwa or an adventurous elephant safari at Habarana.
* Things to do:
– Climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress
– Take an exciting elephant back ride.
* Overnight stay at a Hotel in the Cultural Triangle
* Standard: MPS Village / Fresco Water Villas / Joes Bungalow
* Deluxe: Camellia Resort and Spa
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Day 2

Cultural Triangle – Kandy
* Travel to Kandy a World Heritage city.
* Traditions and culture remain undisturbed by European influence in the colonial era.
* The Royal Palace; now known as The Temple of the Tooth Relic (of Lord Buddha); situated right beside the Kandy lake gives a magical beauty to the city.
* Kandy is also home to one of the largest botanical gardens in South East Asia.
* The Gardens date back to the 14th century and boast over 4000 species of plants and many trees with significant histories.
* Visitors from the UK will be particularly interested in the Cannonball Tree planted by King George V. The tree is bent with its fruits; which resemble cannonballs hence the name.
* Things to do:
– Visit the Cave Temples in Dambulla enroute to Kandy
– Enroute also consider a visit to a spice garden in Matale.
– Kandy join devotees at the Temple of the Tooth Relic
– Witness a cultural show after the visit to the Temple
– Stroll through the Botanical Gardens
* Overnight stay at a Hotel in Kandy
* Standard: Senani Hotel / Suisse Residencies / Oak Ray Regency
* Deluxe: Topaz Hotel
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Day 3

Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
Travel to Nuwara Eliya; the emerald city of Sri Lanka; also known as Little England for its cool climate and colonial style architecture.
* It is located at an altitude of 1;868 m (6;128 ft) above sea level which enables the plantations to produce the finest tea in the world.
* Things to do:
– Visit a Tea Plantation and be amazed at how the mountains have been tamed into carpets of tea
– Enjoy a scenic city tour of Nuwara Eliya
* Overnight stay at a Hotel in Nuwara Eliya
* Standard: Summer Hill Breeze
* Deluxe: Hotel Jojos
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Day 4

Nuwara Eliya – Yala
* Travel to the Yala National Park; the second largest and most visited National Park; rich in wild life and famous for having the highest concentration of leopards in the world.
* Things to do:
– An unforgettable Jeep Safari in the Yala National Park.
– See wild life in their natural habitat.
* Overnight stay at a Hotel in Yala
* Standard: Okrin Hotel
* Deluxe: Elephant Reach Hotel
5

Day 5

Kandy – Bentota – Hikkaduwa – Beruwala
* Today you will travel to Bentota; a popular stretch of beach resorts offering excellent sun sea and sand to wind down your dream vacation.
* Bentota has plenty to offer apart from pure leisure. It is a recognized area for scuba divining; snorkeling and many water-based sports.
* Things to do:
– Enjoy some water sports
– Visit the Turtle Farm
– Boat ride at the Madhu Ganga
– Overnight stay at a Hotel in Bentota / Hikkaduwa / Beruwala
– Standard: Oasey Beach Hotel / Taprospa Footprints Hotel
– Deluxe: Bentota Beach Hotel
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Day 6

Bentota – Hikkaduwa – Beruwala – Colombo
* Today you will be transferred to Colombo – the official political and trade capital of Sri Lanka.
* All the famous shopping arcades are in and around the city; which allows one to have a tantalizing experience in Colombo as it has something to offer every visitor.
* As a hub of many ethnicities with people from all creeds working together; Colombo is indeed cosmopolitan.
* Things to do:
– City tour of Colombo
– Shopping
* Overnight stay at a Hotel in Colombo
* Standard: Hotel Clarion
* Deluxe: Mirag / Mount Lavinia Hotel
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Day 7

Colombo – Departures:
* Drive to Bandaranaike International Airport for departure
* On arrival at the airport you will board your flight for your onward destination.
* Services end at Bandaranaike International Airport.
* Thank you for choosing Azure Travel for your Sri Lanka experience. We value your patronage & look forward to serving you again in the near future.

* Welcome & Assistance at the Airport
* Accommodation at Standard/Deluxe Packages
* Meals on Bed and Breakfast Basis
* Private Transfers on an Air-conditioned vehicle to all mentioned venues
* Service of an English speaking chauffeur guide
* Mineral water bottles

* Lunch & Dinner on Tour
* Entrance Fees to any sights in Sri Lanka.
* Extra Services at the Hotel
* Transfer to venues not mentioned in the Tour Itinerary
* Anything else not specifically mentioned or listed under ‘inclusions’.
* Peak Period Supplements – This will be added depending on the date of booking.
* Rates may be subject to change depending on the dates booked.

* The above rate is LAND ONLY, and EXCLUDES ALL INTERNATIONAL and DOMESTIC FLIGHTS
* Seasonal Supplements MAY apply
* Rates valid at time of quoting, and all subject to any exchange rate fluctuations, airlines and supplier rate changes and fuel levies.
* Peak Period Supplements – This will be added depending on the date of booking.
* Rates may be subject to change depending on the dates booked.

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Rates valid for travel between 01 August to 30 September 2017.
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Sri Lanka interior view of the Temple of the Tooth
Sri Lanka Colombo bridge with Buddah statues
Sri Lanka Colombo harbour
Sri Lanka food stall in Colombo
Sri Lnaka Bentota beach view at sunset with palm trees and deck chairs
Sri Lanka view of Bentota beach with rowing boat
Sri Lanka elephants in Yala Park with a Safari jeep
Sri Lanka leopard in yala Park
Sri Lanka tea pickers picking tea at Nuwata Eliya tea plantation
Sri Lanka view of tea plantations covering the hills
Sri Lanka view of a steam train crossing a bridge between the tea plantations
Sri Lanka front entrance to the Temple of the Tooth
Sri Lanka interior view of the Temple of the Tooth
Sri Lnaka Buddist monks walking in the botanical gardens in Kandy
Sri Lnaka entrance to the cave temple at Dumbulla
Sri Lanka interior of the Dumbulla cave temple with Buddah statues
Sri Lanka aerial view of Sigiriya rock
Sri Lnaka aerial view of the gardens of Sigiriya
Sri Lanka ruins of the lion mouth entrance with lion feet in the front