8 Days – 7 Nights Sri Lanka Tour Detailed Itinerary

Esala Perahera Tour (8 Days / 7 Nights)

The Taste of Traditional Festivals in Sri Lanka – KANDY ESALA PERAHA

Day 01:Airport – Negombo

Arrival at Colombo airport where you will be met and transfer to your hotel in nearby Negombo. Relax after your flight with a dip in the pool or perhaps visit Negombo.

Negombo is a year-round destination boasting lovely golden sandy beaches and a charming old world fishing village atmosphere. Negombo lagoon is fed by a number of small rivers and a canal. The lagoon has extensive mangrove swamps and attracts a wide variety of water birds including cormorants, herons, egrets, gulls, terns and other shorebirds.

 Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Negombo.

Day 02:Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage – Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

After breakfast leave for Pinnawaela to visit the elephant orphanage which was set up by the government to take care of baby elephants lost or abandoned in the wild. En- route you will experience Elephant Back Safari. Afterwards travel to Sigiriya. Enjoy the exhilarating climb to the top of the rock fortress of Sigiriya – a 5th century “Fortress in the Sky”. The world famous fresco paintings of Heavenly Maidens are housed in a cave.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Sigiriya.

Day 03: Minneriya National Park – Polonnaruwa Cultural Site

Minneriya National Park

Breakfast at the hotel and travel to Polonnaruwa. En-route you will have a Jeep safari at the Minneriya National Park where elephants herd at the bank of Minneriya Tank. After you will have a lake and water adventure in Hiriwadunna Lake.

Thereafter, visit Polonnaruwa cultural sites. Then, continue to one of the best-kept ruins of ancient Ceylon – the UNESCO World Heritage city of Polonnaruwa, which was the capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to 13th century.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Sigiriya.

Day 04:Dambulla Cave Temple – Kandy Esala Perahera

Kandy Esala Perahera

Leave for Sigiriya via Dambulla. The Golden Rock of Dambulla is a cave temple with colorful frescoes which depict Buddhist mythology and the tales of the Buddha’s previous births. Thereafter visit a spice garden to see different spices & witness a cookery demonstration.

Then, travel to Kandy and visit the Kandy Esala Perahera.

The great festival of the Kandy Perahera is unequalled in Sri Lanka for its pageantry and splendour. The festival takes place annually over nearly two weeks in late July or early August during the lunar month of Esala. Processions of elephants, musicians and dancers from the Temple of the Tooth and the four Devals, houses of the Gods, move through the streets before thousands of joyful spectators. In the evening see the glory of Esala Perahera.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Kandy.

Day 05:Temple of the Tooth Relic – Royal Botanical Gardens

Temple of the Tooth Relic

Proceed on city tour of Kandy. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage site. The name “Kandy” conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake & visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary. Thereafter, visit The Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya which was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Kandy.

Day 06, 07:Leisure at Bentota Beach

Leisure at the Bentota Beach

After breakfast, you will check-out from the hotel and drive to Bentota. Along the way visit Galle Dutch Fort and a turtle hatchery.

Beach stay with many choices of spending your time. Leisurely strolling on the golden beaches enthralled in the magical atmosphere. Lazing on a sun deck reading a book of your choice, and sipping a cool fresh tropical fruit drink of pineapple, mango or banana. Truly tune out from the stresses of modern life and recharge with a relaxing holiday in Sri Lanka. Water Skiing, Wind Surfing, Snorkeling or cutting through the choppy on a jet water scooter and Dolphin and Whale watching, Diving, Glass Bottom Boat Trip and much more…

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Bentota.

Day 08:Colombo City – Shopping – Depart from Sri Lanka

Colombo City

Breakfast at the hotel and travel to Colombo. Today, your Sri Lanka tour ends as you returned to Colombo.

Colombo- the capital of Sri Lanka is the commercial and financial center of Sri Lanka and also the largest city, the main port & a bustling metropolis of the country which is an attractive blend of old and new. Your guide will show you the sights and sounds of Colombo city.

Your guide will comfortably take you to the international airport in time for your departure flight.

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Rate Includes:

Rates per tour and NOT per person.

Rates in US dollars

Accommodation at the hotels mentioned above or similar.

Daily buffet breakfast and at the hotels.

All transfers on a private basis, your own private air-conditioned vehicle.

Free pocket Wifi with you during the whole tour for all packages

English-speaking local driver/guide will be provided throughout the tour.

All currently applicable taxes.

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