Romance in Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka is filled with romantic landscapes, governed by rising mountains, lush forests, ocean like tanks and gushing waterfalls, that it was considered the lost paradise by many a trotter, who fell upon the country. The golden beaches of the country had been praised for their picture postcard views since eternity. The dusk and dawn and many human activities connected to these times of the day creates a vibrant picture along the coasts of Sri Lanka.

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  • Destination:Sri Lanka
  • Duration:7 days
    • Hotel:4 Stars
    • Meals:Lunch, Dinner
    • Price:Contact Us

Day 01

On arrival you will be met and warmly welcome by representatives of Jetwing Travels and proceed to Engcobo,

Check-in at Jetwing Blue.

Early check in is on availability basis.

Evening have a 45 minutes massage at the Spa, (Aromatherapy Head and Shoulder Massage – A relaxing massage, concentrating on the neck and shoulders)

Overnight at Jetwing Blue – 5***** Hotel – in Negombo,
Room type: (Deluxe)
Meal Type: Half Board

Day 02

After breakfast leave for Dambulla, en-route visit Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela and Golden Cave Temples in Dambulla.

PINNAWELA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE App. 55 miles from Colombo, off the Colombo – Kandy road is Pinnawela, where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants. The number of elephants has increased to more than 65 now; including Baby Elephants brought from various parts, as well as some of the more than 38 babies born, as a result of the captive breeding programme. The best time to visit is the feeding time from 0930-1000 hrs and 1330-1400 hrs and the bathing time from 1000-1030 hrs and 1400-1430 hrs when all the elephants are taken to the river close by.
* DAMBULLA CAVE TEMPLES * – is a vast isolated rock mass 500 feet high and a mile around the base. Here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century B.C. The caves of Dambulla sheltered King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne he built the most magnificent of Rock Temples to be found in the Island.
In the first Cave is a recumbent image of the Buddha 47ft long cut out of the Rock. There are images of deities associated with Buddhism all around. The frescoes on the walls and the ceiling are the oldest here but they are over painted in the Kandy period.
In the Second Cave, the finest and the largest of all, there are 150 life-size statues of the Buddha in various postures with few statues of Gods and Kings. The ceiling is also covered with frescoes, which depict great events in the life of the Buddha and landmarks in the history of the Sinhalese people.

Day 03

After breakfast proceed to visit Polonnaruwa ancient site.
POLONNARUWA – is another “World Heritage Site” was the Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th – 13th Centuries, contains some splendid and spectacular statues. Lankatilake, Tivanka and Thuparama are the most beautiful and largest Image Houses and Tivanka has the best examples of frescoes of the Polonnaruwa period. Rankoth Vehera and Kirivehera are well preserved large stupas, and Gal Vihare – a rock shrine, has four Buddha statues, two seated, one standing and one reclining and Parakrama Bahu statue are examples of Sinhalese stone carver. The Vata-da-ge is a unique creation of the Sri Lankan artists. The medieval capital, Polonnaruwa was fortified with inner & outer moats and inner & outer walls. The Parakrama Samudra is on the western side of the city. The Royal Palace, Audience Hall and other buildings in the inner city were enclosed by another tall wall,

Afternoon do a jeep safari at Minneriya National Park.

MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK – This National Park 8889 hectares in extent is famous for its large population of Elephants in herds of 100 to 150 roaming in the jungle and seen in the catchment area of the lake. Entrance is at Ambagaswewa about 6 km from Habarana on the main Habarana Polonnaruwa road. Office is by the side of the main road. Elephants, about 300 wild Elephants, Wild Buffaloes, Wild Boar, Spotted Deer, Sloth Bear, Sambhur, Leopards, Crocodiles, Jackals, 9 kinds of amphibians, 25 kinds of reptiles, 160 species of birds, 26 varieties of fishes, 78 varieties of butterflies are recorded from the Minneriya National Park.

Day 04

After breakfast visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

SIGIRIYA is a “World Heritage Site” and the 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the Palace on the summit of the 600-foot high rock. On its summit are the foundations of the Royal Palace, Water Tanks to supply water and all other buildings and at the edges the guardhouses. On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of Frescoes of 21 life sized damsels still shining in their original colors. The Water Gardens, Fountain Garden, Summerhouses, Boulder Gardens and the Caves within the enclosed area should not be missed.

Thereafter proceed to Kandy, en route visit Spice Garden and Aluvihara Temple in Matale,

SPICE GARDENS – in Matale – You will see many spice gardens at Matale and in Mawanella on the Colombo-Kandy road where Cinnamon, Cardamom, Pepper Creepers and all other spice trees, plants and creepers are planted for visitors to see them. Spice products are also available for those who would like to buy them. At all Spice Gardens visitors are taken round explaining each tree and plant and at the end explaining the use of them in food preparations. Afterwards visit a Batik Factory where you can see the manufacture of beautiful Batik prints. These shops contain a wide variety of Batik items.

* On the way you may taste King Coconut and some Sri Lankan fruits as well *

ALUVIHARA TEMPLE – is situated just north of Matale, about 18 miles from Kandy. Here, in the 2nd C. B.C., the Buddhist scriptures (Tripitaka) were first committed to writing in “Ola leaves”, a chore that required the devout attention of about 500 senior monks 2,000 years ago. The rock caves were formed long ago by boulders tumbling down from a nearby mountain. They contain various icons and frescoes. One cavern graphically depicts sinners’ hell. Few years ago a new set of books were written down once again and this is one of the few places where visitors can see the method of preparing the Ola leaves as pages of books and the method of writing on them.

Overnight at Amaya Hills – 4**** Hotel – in Kandy,
Room type: (Junior Suite)
Meal Type: Half Board

Day 05

After breakfast city tour of Kandy, including Upper Lake Drive, Market Square, Arts & Crafts Centre and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

KANDY the hill capital is another “World Heritage Site”. It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings during the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule and finally ceded to the British in 1815 after an agreement. To the Buddhists of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the “Dalada Maligawa” – Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. Close by are the remains of the Royal Palace (“Maha Wasala”), “Palle Wasala”- where the Queens stayed-now used for the National Museum, “Meda Wasala” where other close relatives lived, Audience Hall, Natha Devala and Vishnu Devala are situated close by. The Bathing Pavilion (“Ulpenge”) is by the Lake and in the Center of the lake is the Island called “Kiri samudraya” (Milk white ocean) used by the kings as the summerhouse. Today it is the center of Buddhism, Arts, Crafts, Dancing, Music and Culture. Visitors can see these Dance & Music at the daily Cultural Performances held at several places in the city. Later visit the Market, drive round the Lake, visit Wace Park to get a superb view of the city, shopping in Kandy. Evening visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic to witness the evening Pooja with the crowd visiting the Temple. Visit the remains of the Old Royal Palace which was captured by the Dutch Army sent from Colombo but were unable to hold on to it as their supplies were cut at several places by the Sinhala Army. This building was set on fire by the British and what you see is the remains. Dutch Writers describe all these landmarks in the city.

Afternoon visit Royal Botanical Gardens with picnic lunch

ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS Peradeniya – 147 acres in extent; Started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the Kings of Gampola and Kandy. There are more than 5,000 species of trees, plants and creepers. Some rare and endemic as well as flora from the tropical world are found in the gardens. Spice Garden and Orchid House are popular with tourists. There are 5 Palm Avenues beautifying the gardens, the earliest and tallest Palm Avenue (Royal Palm Avenue) was planted in 1905 and the Double Coconuts from the Seashells Island, with the largest seed of all plants in the world is one such avenue.

* Evening witness a Cultural Show featuring various dance types of Sri Lanka *

Overnight at Amaya Hills – 4**** Hotel – in Kandy,
Room type: (Junior Suite)
Meal Type: Half Board

Day 06

After breakfast proceed to Peradeniya Railway Station and get the Train to Nanu Oya, (01st Class – Observation saloon or Rajadhani Express: On availability basis) Pick up from Nanu Oya Railway Station and drive to Nuwara Eliya.

NUWARA ELIYA – The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places in the Island, but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence, houses like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions. The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic and is also good for Birding as you get some rare birds in this Park. Seasons may be absent elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers, which bloom in the spring (March to May) and the fall (August and September). These are the “seasons” when low-country folk flock to Nuwara Eliya to escape the sea level heat and humidity.

Afterwards visit a Tea plantation & Factory.

* TEA PLANTATIONS * Tea was first planted in Sri Lanka in 1824 at the Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, when a few plants were brought from China. More were introduced from Assam in 1839. In 1867, a Scottish Planter named James Taylor planted tea seedlings in 8 hectares of forestland, in the Loolkondura Estate. In 1873, the tea export industry of Sri Lanka began with a modest 23 lbs. being shipped to London. Tea will grow only on rolling terrain and is classified by elevation into low grown, medium grown and high grown into 3 main groups. Today more than 200,000 hectares in highlands and other areas are under Tea and around 300 million Kilograms, with a 25% of world tea exports are done by Sri Lanka as the World’s largest Tea exporter.

Check-in at Jetwing St. Andrew’s and experience a Romantic Candle Light Dinner.

Overnight at Jetwing St. Andrew’s – Colonial Hotel – in Nuwara Eliya
Room type: (Suite)
Meal Type: Half Board

Day 07

After breakfast proceed to Colombo, en route visit any places of interest.

COLOMBO – is the business and commercial center and the new capital is Sri Jayawardhanapura Kotte, only a few miles away. Colombo was only a small seaport, which came into prominence in the 16th Century with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505 and the development of it as a major Harbor took place during the British period. Colombo became the capital of Sri Lanka in 1815 after Kandyan Kingdom was ceded to the British. The remains of the buildings during the period of the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule are found in every area of the city. None of the Portuguese & Dutch fortifications are found today but some of their buildings and churches could be seen in the Fort & Pettah areas.

Shopping at ODEL, Majestic City, Paradise road and Barefoot etc…

Dinner at local restaurant in Colombo

Overnight at Cinnamon Grand – 5***** in Colombo
Room type: (Deluxe rooms)
Meal Type: Bed & breakfast basis

Day 08

After breakfast proceed to Colombo Airport for your connecting departure flight / Beach hotel in Negombo.

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