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Sri Lanka Essence 8 nights

The Sri Lanka Essence Tour of 8 nights is one of the most complete trips, ready to meet the most strategic points in Sri Lanka. It combines nature-related trips and cultural visits. Sri Lanka is a country with a vast cultural legacy and lush vegetation that leaves footprint in the heart of those who visit this country. The friendly smile of its inhabitants is another of the treasures hidden in this country.

We will visit places such as Anuradhapura with its well preserved ruins, Mihintale, which is the birthplace of Buddhism, we will see the famous Sigiriya rock fortress, and we will visit Buduruwagala, famous for its archaeological interest.

We can also see the Dambulla rock Temple, enjoy the cultural festival of Kandyan Dance,

and feel amazed by visiting the vast tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya.

We will know about the best preserved natural reserve called the Yala National Park, as well as mingle with this wonderful culture and its local people.

This tour is an extended version of the classic Tour. An extra night in the South of Sri Lanka has been added so that you can enjoy the best beaches of the country.

 
The trip includes:
 

traslados Airport transfer and hosting with garlands of orchids and flowers.

alojamiento Accommodation in half board regime.

traslados Private vehicles are air-conditioned with driver and guide during the entire Tour.

tour All entries to the places to visit included.

tour 1 day of safari on 4 x 4 included or a path in elephant.

A bottle of water of 500 ml per person per day.

Vehicles with free WiFi connection (if this is not possible, a SIM card with data will be provided).

tasas Bed tax, government fees, Service Charge, fuel and service fees.

seguro Travel insurance, with coverage of health care around the world from departure until the date of arrival, included.

 

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Colombo (Arrival) - Habarana

Arrival and transfer to Habarana

Arrival and assistance at the airport by our staff. Transfer to Habarana. En route, it is possible to make a stop to cool off or take something before arriving at the hotel. Registration at the selected hotel in Habarana. Dinner and rest at hotel.
Day 2
Anuradhapura - Mihintale
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Por la mañana: Tour por la ciudad de Anuradhapura

Desayuno en el hotel y tour por la ciudad de Anuradhapura. Anuradhapura (a 205Km de colombo) fue la primera capital y más grande de la antigua Ceilán conocida por sus ruinas bien conservadas. Actualmente está protegida por la UNESCO como patrimonio de la humanidad, por su interés arqueológico e histórico. Fundada en el siglo IV a. C. fue la capital del reino de Anuradhapura hasta el comienzo del siglo IX. Durante este periodo fue uno de los centros de poder político más estables y duraderos del Asia meridional. En la actualidad, esta antigua ciudad, sagrada para el budismo, cuyos monasterios circundantes cubren un área de más de 40 Km2, es uno de los mayores yacimientos arqueológicos del mundo.

Por la tarde: Visita a Mihintale

Conoceremos la ciudad de Mihintale, cuna del Budismo en Sri Lanka en el año 247 a. C. Desde entonces se ha convertido en un lugar de gran significado histórico y religioso que atrae anualmente a miles de peregrinos, sobre todo en la luna llena de Junio, para conmemorar la introducción oficial del Budismo en el país. La leyenda cuenta que la montaña Sagrada de Mihintale, situada a 13 kilómetros al Este de Anuradhapura, fue santificada por Buda. Es considerada como uno de los 16 lugares sagrados de Sri Lanka. Podrán disfrutar de un impresionante paisaje y sumergirse en su cultura. La zona incluye un complejo monástico, estupas, dagobas y un hospital. Mientras que algunos de los edificios se encuentran en casi perfecto estado de conservación, otros están en ruinas. Regreso al hotel de Habarana. Cena y alojamiento en el hotel.
Day 3
Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Habarana
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Por la mañana: Visita a la Fortaleza de la Roca de Sigiriya

Desayuno en el hotel y salida hacia Sigiriya. Ascenderemos a la impresionante Fortaleza de la Roca de Sigiriya, uno de los puntos arqueológicos más importantes de Asia, Patrimonio de la Humanidad. , Construida por el Rey Kashyapa (477-495 DC) en un gran monolito de piedra roja a 180m de altura sobre la jungla, es una ciudadela de belleza extraordinaria que se levanta a 200 metros de la selva. La roca era la más recóndita fortaleza de una ciudad de 70 hectáreas. Hay un foso, una muralla y enormes jardines incluyendo el célebre sistema de riego que rodea la base de la roca. Visitaremos los famosos frescos de las “Divinas Damas” de Sigiriya que se encuentran en un recoveco protegido de la roca, al que se accede por una escalera de espiral. Considerada una de las ocho maravillas del mundo antiguo, hay suficientes restos como para impresionar al visitante con una arrebatadora visión del ingenio y creatividad de los constructores.

Por la tarde: Visita a Polonnaruwa

Tour por la ciudad de Polonnaruwa. Capital medieval de Sri Lanka desde el siglo XI al XIII d.C., la antigua ciudad es considerada la “Joya Renacentista” de la arquitectura Sinhala. Actualmente protegida por la Unesco como patrimonio de la humanidad por su interés arqueológico e histórico. Se encuentran grandes monumentos dispersos en la jungla a orillas de un inmenso pantano, tales como la colosal figura esculpida en roca del Rey Parakramabahu, el Palacio Real, los Salones de Audencias, el formidable Templo de Imágenes de Thuparama, etc. Visitaremos las fabulosas estatuas del Gal Vihara, son tres grandes budas esculpidos en una pared de roca caliza. Finalmente veremos el Nuevo Museo donde se encuentran restos de todos los lugares de la zona. Regreso al hotel de Habarana. Cena y alojamiento en el hotel
Day 4
Habarana - Dambulla - Kandy

Morning: visit to the Dambulla rock Temple

On the road to Kandy we will visit the Dambulla rock Temple, built by King Walagambahu in the 1st century BC. Dambulla is heritage and the most impressive temple cave in Sri Lanka. The complex of five caves of more than 2000 m 2 of murals and painted ceilings is the largest area of paintings of this type found in the world. The route is completed with a visit to the garden of spices from Matale.

Afternoon: Tour of the city of Kandy

Kandy was the last capital of the Kings of Sri Lanka and is heritage. The name "Kandy" conjures up visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still alive in this city. We pass around Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhalese King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. We will witness a representation of a cultural show in the evening at 18.00 h: Kandyan Dance, dances with traditional masks. We will then visit the Dalada Maligawa, Temple of the Holy Diente of Buddha. You can also visit the Bazaar, a crafts Center, a Museum of precious stones, and several attractions more. About 19.00 h you will attend the ceremony Pooja, religious tradition which is performed daily by the Maligawa. Finally, we will visit Raja Wasala, complex of the Royal Palace, whose wooden pillars hall dates from the year 1784. To end, registration at the selected hotel in Kandy. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 5
Kandy – Peradeniya – Nuwara Eliya

Morning: visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens

Depart to Nuwara Eliya. En route we will visit the Royal Botanical Gardens. This Botanical Garden was originally built as a garden of enjoyment by a Sinhalese King and was extended  by the British. Its extension is almost a 60-hectare, offering an incredible variety of trees, plants and flowers, around 4000 species. In the middle of the garden, we find one of the largest collections of orchids in the world.

In the afternoon: Tour by the tea plantation of Nuwara Eliya

The route will continue to Nuwara Eliya tea plantations. Nuwara Eliya, due to its healthy climate of mountain and landscape, is the most famous place in Sri Lanka for a mountain holiday. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka tea production; a green mantle completely covers these mountains. You can taste a cup of tea from the very heart of Sri Lanka.
Day 6
Nuwara Eliya - Yala Park - Kataragama

Morning: Breakfast and departure towards Kataragama

Breakfast in the hotel and departure to Kataragama. En route we will contemplate the Ravana falls (8 meters). The falls take their name from a former King who, according to legend, ruled Sri Lanka. On our route to the south we will visit Buduruwagala where you can see a group of 7 colossal Buddhist figures facing the cliff; standing in the middle of the thick jungle, carved into the rock between the 8th and 10th B.c.. Its central figure is 16 meters. Registration at the Kataragama hotel.

In the afternoon: Safari in the National Park of Yala (Ruhuna)

At about 15.00 depart on jeep to enjoy a safari in the National Park of Yala (Ruhuna). Yala is the best preserved natural park of Sri Lanka. There you can see all the flora and fauna of the place, the only place where you can see leopards. There are several families of leopards, large numbers of elephants, wild boar, crocodiles, hippos and a great variety of birds. The peculiarity of its coastal geography makes this park a special place, combining all the uniqueness of the jungle with kilometers and kilometers of uninhabited coastline. The safari will last throughout the afternoon, enabling us to see plenty of animals and wonderful landscapes. Back to the hotel from Kataragama. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.  
Day 7
Weligama – Galle – Unawatuna

In the morning: visit Weligama and Galle

Along the way, you can visit Weligama and observe these famous fishermen’s arts. You can also visit the Portuguese Fort of Galle, a city located in the southwest of Sri Lanka, 119 km far from Colombo. It is believed that the present city of Galle was the port of ancient Tharsis, where the Hebrew King Solomon used to send people so that they could get the ivory and peacocks the Bible talks about. The city of Galle was known as Gimhathiththa (previously called Qali) before the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century, when it was the main port of the island of Ceylon. Galle had its apogee in the 18th century, before the arrival of the British, who enhanced the development of Colombo.

In the afternoon: the journey will continue to Unawatuna.

Registration at the selected hotel in Unawatuna. You will have the afternoon free to enjoy the beaches of southern Sri Lanka. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 8
Unawatuna – Colombo

In the morning: relaxing on the beaches of southern Sri Lanka

Morning free to enjoy the beaches of southern Sri Lanka.

Afternoon: departure to Colombo

Tour of the city of Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Colombo.
Day 9
Colombo (Departure from Sri Lanka)

Colombo city tour (optional) and departure from Sri Lanka

Breakfast in the hotel. If your flight leaves in the evening you can go on a tour around the city of Colombo in the morning. It’s the capital of Sri Lanka and there you will see the Independence square, the Fortress, the Bazaar, the Hindu temple, the Cinnamon gardens and the old Parliament. Colombo, as many capitals of developing countries is changing rapidly; though in some parts you can still enjoy the old world charm. Transfer to Colombo airport to take the flight.

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