Royal Heritage Tour (30% Off Limited Time %)
May 1st – Oct 31st (except July 29th – August 8th)
6 Days / 5 Nights
USD 320* Per Person
Airport / Pinnawala / Sigiriya
Highlights of the day
- Visit Elephant orphanage in Pinnawala
- Elephant back Safari
- Evening at Leisure
Read More... You will be picked up from the airport by our trustee local driver upon arrival at the Colombo Bandaranayke airport. Thereafter the first stop of the day would be Pinnawala. Here you will visit the famous Elephant Orphanage. It is a 25 acre coconut property that is a conservation camp for Sri Lankan elephants. Here you will witness baby elephants being fed by a feeding bottle as soon as you enter. This is a lovely site for tourists. This elephant orphanage also houses the crippled elephants that can’t take care of themselves. Special mahouts are trained to take care of these ‘gentle giants’ who are sometimes orphaned. This orphanage was started in 1975 and has birthed over 20 new-born calves in its premises. Some elephants even have had the opportunity to witness their own grand children being born in the past few decades. Witness as these beautiful creatures are fed at 9.15am, 12.15pm & 5.00pm, or when they are bathed – twice a day at 10.00am and 02.00pm respectively. This is an experience that is sure to leave you mesmerized for a life time! After this, you will be taken to Sigiriya, where you will settle in at a hotel for the night.
You will be picked up from the airport by our trustee local driver upon arrival at the Colombo Bandaranayke airport.
Thereafter the first stop of the day would be Pinnawala. Here you will visit the famous Elephant Orphanage.
It is a 25 acre coconut property that is a conservation camp for Sri Lankan elephants. Here you will witness baby elephants being fed by a feeding bottle as soon as you enter. This is a lovely site for tourists. This elephant orphanage also houses the crippled elephants that can’t take care of themselves. Special mahouts are trained to take care of these ‘gentle giants’ who are sometimes orphaned. This orphanage was started in 1975 and has birthed over 20 new-born calves in its premises. Some elephants even have had the opportunity to witness their own grand children being born in the past few decades.
Witness as these beautiful creatures are fed at 9.15am, 12.15pm & 5.00pm, or when they are bathed – twice a day at 10.00am and 02.00pm respectively. This is an experience that is sure to leave you mesmerized for a life time!
After this, you will be taken to Sigiriya, where you will settle in at a hotel for the night.
Sigiriya / Anuradhapura / Mihintale / Sigiriya
Highlights of the day
- The Sacred City of Anuradhapura
After breakfast at the hotel, you will proceed to Anuradhapura.
Here, you will go on a city tour of this ancient city. Anuradhapura is one of the most ancient cities in Sri Lanka, spanning over 1330 years, it is by far the most rich in culture and values. It was Sri Lanka’s first capital and has one of the greatest and oldest civilizations in the world. The highlight of this ancient capital of Sri Lanka would definitely be the Sri-Maha Bodhi – standing over 2200 years in its pride, this is the sacred Bo sapling that was extracted from the tree which Lord Buddha was said to attain enlightenment. Walking through this city you will also come across the gigantic dagoba resting beside the Basawakkulama Tank – known as the ‘Ruwanweliseya’. Alongside this you will also find the Samadhi Buddha Statue & the Isurumuniya Rock Temple that empire the culture and heritage of this once most strongest kingdom in Sri Lankan history.
After Anuradhapura, you will then be transferred to Mihintale.
This memorizing city is located just 16km from Anuradhapura. It is said that in this city lays the cradle of Buddhism as its stone carvings and unending stairways proclaim a legacy which hinges the philosophy lead by Lord Buddha. This holy land is said to have held the first Buddhist sermon by Aratha Mahinda to King Devanampiya Thissa, during the full moon time (known as Poson in Sri Lanka) that was used to light the forest that was used by the King himself for hunting. As you keep walking, you will pass the massive cooling fountain and head towards the renowned staircase of the temple. There are many other famous ruins that you could visit in this ancient city such as, the Kantaka Stupa – built in the 1st century B.C or the famous courtyard and the refractory. Some of the other highlights of this city are Maha Seya – the main dagoba – and Aradana Gala, the peak of the rock assuring breathtaking viewpoints of the Kingdom of Lakes in Anuradhapura.
After exploring this ancient city, you will return to Sigiriya where you will stay on for the night at the hotel there.
Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Sigiriya
Highlights of the day
- Visit Sigiriya Lion Rock
- Polonnaruwa World Heritage Site
After breakfast at the hotel you will then proceed to climb the famous rock fortress – Sigiriya.
The 5th century rock citadel which was built by Sri Lankan King Kashyapa in 477-495AD, is not only famous for its remarkable engineering and urban planning supremacy, but is also said to be quite famous for its unique art and culture. This beautiful monument is also known as the ‘Lion Rock’ and is a citadel of unusual beauty in Sri Lanka. It stands 200 meters tall and was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. Step through the huge ‘Lion Paws’ to witness the beautiful surroundings that once dominated this rock fortress. The walls are covered in beautiful frescos paintings that are said to resemble the Gupta style paintings in the Ajanta cave in India. As you walk along – you will come across a mirror wall that faces the western side of Sigiriya. This mirror wall is covered in 100 meters of laminated graffiti and is a sight for art lovers. As you stroll further, you will come across a well fabricated museum downstairs. Here you can learn about the wonders of the irrigation systems back in the day, where water was pumped straight to the summit through an ingenious hydraulic system that remained a mystery for several centuries.
After Sigiriya you will move onto Polonnaruwa.
This city rose up after the decline of Anuradhapura and was the medieval capital of Sri Lanka during the reign of King Parakramabahu I from 1153-86 B.C. Enjoy a long walk in this city and observe beautiful stupas, resting Buddha statues, irrigation canals, and beautifully carved Hindu sculptures. You could even observe the Relic House that contains beautiful stone carvings here. If you look closely you will see the resemblance of Hindu architecture and statues found in Polonnaruwa. You could even sit by the side of the ‘Galviharaya’ and observe the beauty of the huge Buddha statues from there. The Nissankamalla Council Chamber is another attraction that you could visit here; these are the famous stone pillars of Polonnaruwa and rests beside the Parakrama Samudraya – which is the manmade water reservoir – built by the famous King Parakramabahu during his reign.
After this, you will be transferred back to the hotel in Sigiriya, where you will retire for the night.
Sigiriya / Dambulla / Matale / Kandy
Highlights of the Day
- Visit Dambulla Rock Temple
- Visit Mathale
After breakfast at the hotel, the first stop for the day is Dambulla.
Here you will visit the famous Dambulla rock temple. This is a place that has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. The Dambulla rock temple is an icon in Sri Lanka and houses some of the most unique paintings and statues of Lord Buddha. There are 150 statues of Lord Buddha- the tallest being over 14 ft, carved of rock. There is also a gigantic gold Buddha statue that glitters as you descend the caves that overlooks the entire area. This area is said to be an important junction in the country’s economic and cultural uplifting.
Next stop of the day would be Matale.
Matale is in the Central Province of Sri Lanka and is an agricultural zone due to its remarkable contribution of main crops to the Island. From tea & vegetables to rubber and spices, Matale is the main city these crops are cultivated in. Today, Matale has many stories woven around spices. Step into the spice world, where you will be warmly welcomed by staff at the spice garden. Observe the process of how spices are made and also learn about their therapeutic values while enjoying a refreshing cup of herbal tea while you’re at it!
Finally, transfer to Kandy – which is the last stop for the day.
Kandy / Peradeniya / Kandy
Highlights of the Day
- Visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden
- Kandy city tour including visit to Temple of Lord Buddha’s tooth relic
- Visit to Gem museums, batik factory
- Visit Kandyan Arts & Crafts
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, head off to the famous botanical gardens in Peradeniya.
These gardens were initially built by Sri Lankan Kings as ‘pleasure’ gardens but were thereafter expanded by the British later on. It expands to over 147 acres and contains many beautiful varieties of trees, flowers and plants. Peradeniya is located just 4 miles off Kandy and is considered a ‘wonder of Asia’.
After you are done exploring these beautiful gardens, you will then be taken on a city tour of the Kandy town.
Kandy is known as a world heritage site and it was also the last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings. This city holds an array of culture, history and heritage in the minds of many visitors across the world. While you are here, visit the sacred temple of the tooth – known as “Dalada Maligawa”, this temple holds the famous tooth relic of Lord Buddha. Wonder on a stroll across this small lakeside town and come across the Kandy City Center nestled amongst the misty hills. This building features many worldwide brands and is an arts & crafts centre, shopping mall, and even has a gem museum and lapidary in it. You could also drive towards the Victoria Golf Course, which is without a doubt one of the best golf courses in the world. Stroll through a world of colour as you see an array of fresh fruits and vegetables being sold in the local Kandy market. The evening will come to an end with a beautiful cultural show organized for you, that showcases the traditional music and drumming of Sri Lanka.
After the city tour, you will return to the hotel in Kandy and stay on for the night.
Kandy / Air port
After breakfast at the hotel in Kandy, you will be transferred back to the airport and this will be the end of your cultural tour in Sri Lanka.
Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
Service of English/ German/ Russian speaking chauffeur guide
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance