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4 Days Tour To Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Dambulla & Polonnaruwa From Colombo

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Day 1: COLOMBO – KANDY

Stop At: Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy 20000 Sri Lanka
Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha
Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Kandy Lake, Centre of Kandy City, Kandy 20000 Sri Lanka
Kandy Lake, also known as Kiri Muhuda or the Sea of Milk, is an artificial lake in the heart of the hill city of Kandy, Sri Lanka, built in 1807 by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe next to the Temple of the Tooth. Over the years, it was reduced in size. It is a protected lake, with fishing banned

Stop At: Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya Road, Peradeniya 20400 Sri Lanka
Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya are about 5.5 km to the west of the city of Kandy in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. It attracts 2 million visitors annually. It is near the Mahaweli River. It is renowned for its collection of orchids.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Kandy View Point, Rajapihilla Mawatha, Kandy 20000 Sri Lanka
Climb the hill by Kandy Lake to reach Kandy viewpoint and receive a view of the city that cannot be beaten. As a popular tourist spot, the area brings in a large number of peddlers, though they often sell sub-par items. The area also has a reputation for high pickpocket activity, so keep an eye on your belongings. From the hill, you can enjoy great views over the lake and the city as a whole. 
Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy Sri Lanka
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, also known as Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium , is a cricket stadium in Kandy, Sri Lanka. In July 2010, The Central Provincial Council in Kandy announced plans to rename the stadium to honor the legendary Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan but hasn’t officially done so yet. The stadium was opened on 27 November 2009 and became the 104th Test venue in the world in December 2010.

Pass By: St Anthony's Shrine, St Anthony's Mawatha Kochchikade, Colombo Sri Lanka
One of the city’s most interesting shrines is St Anthony’s Church. Outside it looks like a typical Portuguese Catholic church, but inside the atmosphere is distinctly subcontinental. There are heaving queues of devotees offering puja (offerings or prayers) to a dozen ornate statues; a likeness of St Anthony said to be endowed with miraculous qualities is the center of devotions from people of many faiths. It is indeed a monument of love and devotion to St. Anthony raised by all, rich and poor, but mostly latter, in Colombo, as well as in the whole of Ceylon. May Anthony protect this City and this Island and all his devout are and lovers therein!

Pass By: Sri Ponnambalam Vanesar Kovil, Kotahena, Colombo Sri Lanka
This temple in Kotahena, northeast of Pettah, is built of South Indian granite.The Hindu Temples of Sri Lanka usually do not resemble the ancient Indians temples with their elaborate and detailed sculptures and solid black granite construction. This is doubly true for the capital city of Colombo which does not have many old Hindu temples. However, there is one temple dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva; which while not being too old, is still a peerless example of ancient Dravidian architecture. And that temple is Sri Ponnambala-waneswaram Temple.

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 2: KANDY-NUWARA ELIYA

Stop At: Ambewela Farms, Nanuoya Rd, Nuwara Eliya 22200 Sri Lanka
Ambewela is a small town, or a hill station, located in the Nuwara Eliya District of Sri Lanka. The area is also sometimes called "Little New Zealand". The town is situated approximately 17 km south-east of the district capital Nuwara Eliya. Ambewela is also a service center to the New Galway tea planting district
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Sita Temple, Peradeniya-Badulla-Chenkaladi Highway, Nuwara Eliya 22200 Sri Lanka
The Sita Amman Temple dedicated to Sita, the wife of Lord Rama, situated in the hills of Nuwara Eliya, is treated with enduring devotion by Hindus as it is considered to be the only such temple in the world. It is located five kilometers along the road from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy. History has it that this is the place where King Ravana held Sits imprisoned. What is interesting about the temple is the presence of footprints by the river, which is construed as being akin to Hanuman’s.
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Hakgala Botanic Gardens, Badulla Road, Nuwara Eliya 22200 Sri Lanka
Hakgala Botanical Garden is one of the five botanical gardens in Sri Lanka. The other four are Peradeniya Botanical Garden, Henarathgoda Botanical Garden, Mirijjawila Botanical Garden and Seetawaka Botanical Garden. It is the second largest garden in Sri Lanka.
Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Gregory Lake, Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka
Gregory Lake was created in 1873 by the British era Governor at the time, Sir William Gregory, supposedly for the purpose of providing electricity. However, the lake was mainly used for leisure and recreation after it was built. At its peak of fame, Gregory Lake was the most prominent attraction in the area and was used as a place to relax by many visitors.

Stop At: Shanthipura View Point, Kalapura , Shanthipura, Nuwara Eliya 22200 Sri Lanka
On the slopes of the majestic Kikiliyamana, the fifth highest mountain in Sri Lanka lies the village of Shanthipura. This is the highest village on the entire island, located at an altitude of 7339 feet on the Kikiliyamana Mountain road from Nuwara Eliya. On reaching Shanthipura, visitors are greeted by the small but beautiful Buddhist pagoda which makes the centerpiece of the village at the tallest place; surrounded by the villagers’ houses in differing altitudes. They will also get to see the villagers’ lifestyles and the interesting methods they use to farm on the slopes.
Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: St Clair's Falls, Hatton-Talawakele Highway, Talawakele, Nuwara Eliya 22200 Sri Lanka
One of the widest waterfalls in Sri Lanka, the waterfall is found in the Nuwara Eliya district. It comprises of two smaller falls, ‘Mala Ella’ —The Greater Fall and ‘Kuda Ella’ —The Lesser Fall and is within close proximity of the Mlesna Tea Castle, St Clair. The name St. Clair was crowned cause the St. Clair tea plantation surrounded by the fall.

Stop At: Holy Trinity Church, Church Rd, Nuwara Eliya 22200 Sri Lanka
Holy Trinity Church is an Anglican church in Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka.HistoryOn 5 May 1845, a committee comprising Reverend Hermann Randall von Dadelszen, Colonel James Campbell, Colonel William Henry Slade, Captain Nelson, Lieutenant Albert Watson, Mr E. R. Power, Mr H. C. Selby, Mr C. Temple and Mr E. F. Gepp met to discuss the construction of a church in Nuwara Eliya, at an estimated cost of £900.
Duration: 10 minutes

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 3: KANDY-DAMBULLA-SIGIRIYA

Stop At: Dambulla Cave Temple, Jaffna Hwy, Habarana 50150 Sri Lanka
Dambulla cave temple also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country. This site is situated 148 kilometres east of Colombo and 72 kilometres north of Kandy. Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Ancient City of Sigiriya, Sigiriya Site between the towns of Dambulla and Habarane, Sigiriya 21120 Sri Lanka
Sigiriya is the most exquisite example of ancient Sri Lankan art, architecture and landscaping. Built over 1,600 years ago, the now sinister-looking 600 ft high black rock once appeared like a massive dazzling white cloud floating above the surrounding forests. Its sides were painted with beautiful frescoes of semi-naked nymphs. A large gatehouse in the form of a lion guarded the entrance to the innermost sanctum of the city – the Sky Palace on top of the rock. Sigiriya burst briefly into pre-eminence and was then abandoned and lay hidden in the forests for nearly 1,500 years. The climb to the top is strenuous but it is worth it. Definitely a must visit site!
Duration: 3 hours

Pass By: Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre, Kandy - Jaffna Highway, Dambulla 21100 Sri Lanka
Located in the Dambulla SecretariatDivision of Matale District, in the center of Dambulla town started in 1999 to establish a wholesale market for vegetables and fruits. One important feature of the DDEC is thus more direct participation of the farmers is selling farm produce.

Pass By: Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Kurunegala Road, Dambulla 21100 Sri Lanka
Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium is a 30,000 seat cricket stadium in Sri Lanka. The Stadium is situated in the Central Province, close to Dambulla a 60-acre (240,000 m²) site leased from the Rangiri Dambulla Temple, is the first and only International cricket ground in the dry zone of Sri Lanka. The stadium is built overlooking the Dambulla Tank (reservoir) and the Dambulla Rock.

Pass By: Pidurangala Rock, Pidurangala,Sigiriya, Sigiriya 21120 Sri Lanka
Pidurangala Rock is adjacent to Sigiriya Rock and is the best viewing spot of Sigiriya Rock as it is only slightly lower. Pidurangala is a popular spot for sunrise as you can enjoy 360-degree views of not only the valleys but also Sigiriya Rock.

Stop At: Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya, Dambulla Sri Lanka
This monastery is the largest cave temple complex in Sri Lanka, dating back to the 1stCentury BC with well preserved mural paintings and 157 statues. The site is surrounded by the plains of Kurunegala on one side and the rock of Sigiriya on the other. The colourful murals portray the history of Buddhism and Sri Lanka. Moreover, some believe that the incessant drips of water from the ceiling, even during the dry season, have healing powers.
Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, Kurunegala-Dambulla Road, Dambulla 21100 Sri Lanka
Ibbankatuwa Ancient burial ground lies five kilometers before the Dambulla town on the Kurunegala-Dambulla Road. An archeological Department board will indicate the turnoff from the main road. The site is reached by traveling about 500m into this road. The site was developed into a tourist attraction in 2017 and was formally open to the public.
Duration: 10 minutes

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 4: SIGIRIYA-POLONNARUWA-COLOMBO

Stop At: Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka
Poḷonnaruwa is the main town of Polonnaruwa District in North Central Province, Sri Lanka. Kaduruwela area is the Polonnaruwa New Town and the other part of Polonnaruwa remains as the royal ancient city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Thuparama, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka
Thuparamaya is an ancient Buddhist temple in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. Located in the sacred area of Mahamewna park, the Thuparamaya Stupa is the earliest Dagoba to be constructed in the island, dating back to the reign of King Devanampiya Tissa
Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Gal Vihara, 440/225 Palm Grove State Minuwangoda road, Polonnaruwa 51000 Sri Lanka
The Gal Vihara, also known as Gal Viharaya and originally as the Uttararama, is a rock temple of the Buddha situated in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa in North Central Province, Sri Lanka. It was fashioned in the 12th century by Parakramabahu
Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Galle Face Green, Galle Road, Colombo Sri Lanka
This long open space traditionally faces a narrow beach and the sea. This is the most popular beachfront park in Colombo city, to have a relaxing evening and see the sunset. Not only that, there are many activities to do such as walking, jogging, tasting sr Lankan street foods, fly kites and enjoy the fresh air. In the morning many people used to come to Galle face for exercising and in the fall of night street food vendors open their stalls where you can taste Sri Lanka's most famous 'Kottu Rotti' and 'Isso Wade'

Pass By: Old Parliament Building, Fort, Colombo Sri Lanka
This Neo-Baroque-style building was built during the British colonial era to house the Legislative Council of Ceylon. It was built on an idea of Sir Henry McCallum, which led to a proposal made by a committee to construct the new building for the Secretariat, Council Chamber and Government offices on reclaimed land at the northern end of Galle Face’ were accepted by the Government in 1920.

Pass By: Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, Hospital Street Galle Fort, Colombo 00001 Sri Lanka
The Old Colombo Dutch Hospital (known as The Dutch Hospital) is considered to be the oldest building in the Colombo Fort area dating back to the Dutch colonial era in Sri Lanka. It is now a heritage building and a shopping and dining precinct. The old structure; with its boxy pillars, red clay roof tiles, and large central courtyards; was built in the late 17th century by the Dutch. Lavishly restored, it is home to shops, cafes, and restaurants run by some of Colombo’s best operators. Enjoy a pause for a cold drink amid the incredibly thick columns of its arcades.

Pass By: World Trade Center, 1 Bank of Ceylon Mawatha, Colombo Sri Lanka
The World Trade Center of Colombo, located in the heart of the city, is a center-point of trade and business. As one of the most exclusive business addresses in Sri Lanka, this 152m tall commercial landmark has two 39 story towers connected by the 4 story retail block that they stand over, bringing the total floor count to 43. With over 750,000 square feet of prime office and retail space, state-of-the-art facilities, superb dining, convenient shopping, and spectacular vistas in a "One Stop Shop" concept; the twin structure holds over 120 local, international and multinational brand names that make it one of the most important buildings in Colombo.

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered

Airports

  • Bandaranayake Intl Airport, Colombo Sri Lanka
Departure Time
7:00 AM
Duration
4 days
Inclusions
  • Transport by air-conditioned (Bus/ Van/ Car)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • English Speaking Chauffeur
  • Bottle Water
  • Complimentary WiFi Excess During the Travel (Subjected To Availability)
  • Bottled water
Exclusions
  • Overnight Accommodations
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
  • Entry/Admission - Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Kandy View Point
  • Entry/Admission - Ambewela Farms
  • Entry/Admission - Hakgala Botanic Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Shanthipura View Point
  • Entry/Admission - Holy Trinity Church
  • Entry/Admission - Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Sigiriya
  • Entry/Admission - Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya
  • Entry/Admission - Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs
  • Entry/Admission - Polonnaruwa
  • Entry/Admission - Thuparama
  • Entry/Admission - Gal Vihara
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Comfortable walking shoes recommended for this tour.
  • All visitors to Buddhist and Hindu temples are expected to remove footwear and hats. Also shoulders and knees should be covered
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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