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One of the most scenic places in southern Asia is Sri Lanka. This island country has lived and prospered through the ages. The vast coastline offers beautiful beaches wherever you go. The historic cities of the country still preserve their tradition and culture. The place is filled with sights of ornate shrines, calm beaches, grand skyscrapers, refreshing plantations, hills that look down on the world, and various such wonders. The guests, through this Sri Lanka trip, can experience the transition of the country through history by traveling through its most famous landmarks. One can spot how it turned from a strong and rich kingdom to a colony of European countries and then how it turned into what it is now. An amalgamation of tradition and modernization.
Arrive at Columbo, the old Garden City that is now turned into a busy cosmopolitan. The city offers you not only a way to the beautiful Sri Lankan Beaches but also some splendid views of skyscrapers. The growing city is filled with shops and diners where one can get unique souvenirs for their family and friends and savor the taste of local cuisine.
You will be checked in the Uga Escapes' Hotel Residence. The hotel offers you a serene view of the lake by which the temple of Gangarama is built. The resort offers its residents a respite, a retreat from the ever-going buzz of the city. Rest for the day in the luxuries of the hotel.
Explore The City of Gardens
On the second day, the tourists will go for sightseeing. The capital city of Sri Lanka offers various landmarks and museums for the tourists to see and get to know the vibrant history of the place. The first stop will be at the old district areas, known as Fort and Bettiah. Walk around to discover various shops and regal looking buildings that will remind you that the place was under the control of European countries in the past. The districts are best for shopping.
Then proceed to the Red Mosque. The unique mosque will be the tourists' most vibrant sight during the whole Sri Lanka tour. The red and white fort can be spotted from afar and its architecture is breathtaking.
Then the tourists will visit the famous Gangaramaya temple. The temple is an epicenter of Buddhism. Here the teachings of the sacred religion, as well as texts and other relics, are displayed to the visitors. One can see everything, from the vintage Rolls Royce to a lock of the hair of Lord Buddha, still preserved.
Visit the Dutch Museum to know the struggle during the colonial times as well as to get a glimpse at the impact of these European cultures at the place.
On the third day of your vacations in Sri Lanka, you will get to Sigiriya from Colombo through a flight. Whereas Columbo is the commercial hub of the country, Singriya is the cultural one. The place offers you a glance at the true Sri Lankan culture that has not been affected by any other country. Sigiriya offers a wonderful view of vast blue skies and forts that are almost 16 centuries old.
You can spend the day at your leisure after checking into the Jetwing Vil Uyana. The hotel is covered with shrubs and trees that provide a refreshing feeling throughout the day. The place is a reflection of Sri Lanka as it was before, a beautiful garden preserved and cherished by its people.
The next day will begin with an early breakfast after which the tourists will set out to sightsee the Rock Fortress. The fortress is a staggering price that history has left behind for future generations. Go through the ruins of an empire long forgotten and glimpse at the grandeur of Sri Lanka that now resides in stories.
After lunch, get ready for a wildlife experience. This Sri Lanka tour also includes an excursion to the Minneriya National Park. Watch the giant elephants roaming in their natural habitat. Awaken your hidden bird-water as your eyes are filled with the sight of colorful birds flocking the area.
Overnight will be at Sigiriya.
Exploration of Sigiriya
Visit the historic kingdom of Pullonawura. The city was the capital of the island long ago. Now it lies as a shrine to great historical emperors and Buddhism. Walk around the center of the city, the Quadrangle, and get a glimpse at the ornate Vatadage. It is considered to be the most lavish and beautiful shrine to Lord Buddha in the whole country.
The ancient city tells its tale through the museums built here. The tourists can visit the museum and explore the history of the place.
One also has the option to glide above the city of Singriya on a hot-air balloon. Soaring through the clear skies, above the ruins of the old city is a wondrous experience.
Feel the history at Polonnaruwa
From Sigiriya, the tourists will proceed to Spice Gardens in Matale. Get lost in the rich fragrance of spices that wafts through the garden. The tourists can even buy the traditional spices grown here. The unique spices that make the Sri Lankan cuisine a mouth-watering experience are grown here.
Moving up the hill, we will reach the last capital of the old kingdoms of Sri Lanks, Kandy. If the tourists are lucky, they will find the skies clear. The splendid Temple of Sacred Tooth Relics a Buddhist shrine that is as important as it is ancient. The old city is a spark of color under the gloomy skies and will connect the tourists to the lavishness of the kings of the island.
Check into the hotel Kandu House. The ancestral building turned hotel is a luxurious place to enjoy the taste of Sri Lanka's traditional food and the calming view of the vast paddy fields.
Visit the Spice Garden
The seventh day of vacation in Sri Lanka will be spent exploring the ancient city of Kandy. The morning will be spent in the serene and sacred shrine, the Temple of Sacred Tooth Relic. The complex includes several smaller shrines that can be visited by the tourists. Get to know the history of the place by walking through the museums in the temple complex.
In the evening, enjoy the Cultural Show. The traditional dance form of the country, with its impeccable expressions, vibrant costumes, and the way a whole story unravels by the simplest movements is a dazzling experience for the tourists during the Sri Lanka tour.
Exploration of Kandy
After breakfast, the tourists' first stop will be at the Little England of Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya. The place is filled with Tudor-style bungalows and surrounded by tea plantations that fill the area with the intoxicating smell of tea. The scenic beauty of hills covered with lush greenery and tea plantations is another beautiful experience of vacations in Sri Lanka.
Moving onwards to Hatton. The tourists will be checked into the Ceylon Tea Trails, the best place to get a complete tea experience. From the smell of dew on tea leaves in the morning air to the cuisine based on tea, the place will offer the tourists luxuries and all that you need, with tea.
Enroute to Hatton
The day can be spent enjoying the tranquility of the place. If the tourists feel like some excursions, one can go to the Horton Plains. The cold winds, the scenic landscape, the beautiful plants that blanket the hills, all of it make the trek to the top a worthwhile excursion.
One can also visit the famous World's End and watch the Sri Lankan landscape from the steep height.
Leisure at Hatton
After breakfast, the tourists will set out for Tangalle, one of the most developed beaches in the area. The place is also special because of the shrines and other landmarks adorning it. The beaches of Tangalle are not overly crowded and provide a calm experience to the tourists.
The tourists may into the Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort. The place offers views of the beach and all the amenities one could ask for.
|Days 11 - 12||
These two days of the vacations in Sri Lanka will be spent at leisure on the beach. Recline back with a book and drink, cover yourself up in sunscreen, and enjoy the serene beach. The place offers the tourists a clear view of the horizon where the blue skies and bluer sea meets. The sunset view is astounding. The Marakolliya beach provides the most privacy, being further away from the town.
The nights are also special as the stars are reflected in the sea and brighten it up. One can also spot turtles coming to the shore at night.
Beach Day at Tangalle
On the last day of the Sri Lanka tour, the tourists will travel from Tangalle to Columbia and from there, they will catch the flight to their next destination.