Cultural Triangle Sri Lanka Package | EPIC Sri Lanka Holidays

Visit ancient cities that make up the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka reflecting upon an epic period when kings ruled and left behind traces of magnificent art, architecture, irrigation, engineering and agriculture. Sri Lanka’s rich heritage has evolved through 2500 years of rich history; Anuradhapura with its mammoth dagobas and monasteries, Polonnaruwa and its magnificent stone carvings, the fascinating Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the timeless Golden Cave Temple of Dambulla and the unique art and architecture of the Kandyan era.

Highlights

  • Day 1 – Arrival and overnight on Negombo beach
  • Day 2 – Visit Anuradhapura, the first ancient capital of Sri Lanka dating up to 200 BC and still has well preserved stupas and dagobas from the era
  • Day 3 and 4 – Explore Polonnaruwa the medieval capital and its greatest stone architectural marvels and head to Sigiriya to climb the Lion rock fortress and experience village life
  • Day 5 and 6 – Visit the Dambulla cave temple complex and Nalanda Gedige on your way to Kandy, the last royal kingdom of Sri Lanka to experience what the Kandyan era was all about
  • Day 7 – Leave for the airport or get dropped back in Colombo or Negombo

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Tour Details

Arrive at the Bandaranaike International Airport to be escorted to your vehicle that will take you to your hotel on Negombo beach to rest and relax from your flight. Alternatively we could pick you up from any specified location in Colombo or Negombo.

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Goldi Sands Hotel
Entrance tickets included: None
Other inclusions: Transport in air conditioned vehicle, guiding services

After breakfast, drive to Anuradhapura, and visit the Anuradhapura historical places. It was the first ancient capital and sacred city where you can see largest number of ancient monuments of the great Sinhala civilization such as the well-preserved ruins, stupas, dagobas, and ancient ponds. The city`s most prized treasure is the sacred Bo Tree which was planted 2250 years ago and is the oldest documented historic tree in the world.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Rajarata Hotel
Entrance tickets included: Anuradhapura ancient complex
Other inclusions: Transport in air conditioned vehicle, guiding services

After breakfast, drive to Polonnaruwa and start a city tour in Sri Lanka’s medieval capital Polonnaruwa, home to well-preserved ruins of Royal palaces, rock statues, stunning stone architectural marvels such as the Polonnaruwa Vatadage, carvings, sculptures at Gal Vihara and ancient man-made rainwater reservoir of Parakrama Samudraya that amaze historians today. End the day in Sigiriya.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Oak Ray Elephant Lake
Entrance tickets included: Polonnaruwa historical complex and Gal Viharaya
Other inclusions: Transport in air conditioned vehicle, guiding services

After breakfast drive to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, one of the country’s main attractions, a 200 meter high granite rock that houses ruins of an ancient palace carved out of bedrock at its summit. The complex also showcases traced of a giant lion carved in to the rock, beautiful frescos and ancient rock scriptures. Later, take a fascinating tour of local village life, try a catamaran ride on the village lake and observe farmers at work. Try a typical Sri Lankan village lunch in a mud-hut.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Oak Ray Elephant Lake
Entrance tickets and excursions included: Sigiriya Rock, Village Tour
Other inclusions: Transport in air conditioned vehicle, guiding services

Visit the Dambulla Cave Temple, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla, Sri Lanka’s best-preserved cave temple complex. Drive and take a kilometre’s trek up to Nalanda Gedige an ancient monastery hidden in forestland, a little off the beaten track. Thereafter head to the last royal capital of Sri Lanka, Kandy, nestled in the central hills, en route visiting the Spice gardens of Matale.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Suisse
Entrance tickets and excursions included: Golden cave temple in Dambulla, Nalanda Gedige, Spice garden
Other inclusions: Transport in air conditioned vehicle, guiding services

Tour some iconic landmarks that would give you an understanding of the Kandyan era; its heritage, art, architecture and culture. Visit the Kandy Temple of the tooth relic, the royal palace and Embekke Devalaya that represent different periods and styles. Kandyan dancing is a unique form of dance. Watch a cultural show and take a brief Kandyan dance class. Later there will be time for a relaxing stroll around the Kandy Lake.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Suisse
Entrance tickets and excursions included: Kandy Temple of the tooth, Royal Palace, Embekke Devalaya, Kandyan dance and cultural show, dancing class.
Other inclusions: Transport in air conditioned vehicle, guiding services

Your tour ends when we drive you back to the airport or a location in Colombo or Negombo as you wish.  If your flight is at night we will include a free 2-hour Colombo city tour for you and give you free time in Colombo for shopping until departure.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: None
Entrance tickets and excursions included: Brief Colombo city tour depending on flight time
Other inclusions: Transport in air conditioned vehicle, guiding services

 

INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation as per programme above or if not available a similar/same class of hotel will be suggested to you in booking confirmation
  • Meals as stated above for each day
  • Transportation in an Air conditioned vehicle with private transfers throughout the tour
  • Services of English speaking Guide
  • Entrance tickets for sites mentioned in the tour
  • Meet & Assistance on arrival
  • 02 bottles of 500ml water per person per day in vehicle and x 2 in Hotel rooms
  • 24 hrs. Emergency on call duty manger services
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