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Sri Lanka, a precious jewel in the Indian Ocean, is a must see!
What pops into your head when you think of Sri Lanka? Ceylon tea, historic ruins or natural scenic beauty? Be enchanted by hundreds of attractions Sri Lanka has to offer, such as ancient and mysterious culture, stunning island landscape or rich traditions and customs.
What are you waiting for?
Get your backpack and camera ready, and then set out towards this enigmatic country! Flights depart from Hong Kong or Guangzhou to Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. Upon arrival, Dambulla Cave Temple, is the first destination. You can fully experience the artistic charm of this Buddhist country right here.
Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple in Sri Lanka. Various Buddha statues and mural paintings are spread throughout the temple. The statue of Guatama Buddha is not to be missed. Visitors can feast their eyes on a space filled with religious art and Buddhist charm. Come and get a glimpse of the glamour at this World Heritage Site!
On the way to Dambulla cave temple, a dazzling golden Buddha seated atop a hovering dragon can be seen from a far away distance. When climbing up the stone steps towards the pilgrimage, many happy and cheerful monkeys will accompany you. Please remember to take off your shoes before you enter the temple.
After a long day of travel, you can have a rest in Cassandra Culture Hotel. If you still feel energetic, a visit to Minneriya National Park might be just what you need.
Minneriya National Park is sure to impress with its natural forests, lakes and large number of wild animals including elephants, foxes, snakes, deer, elks, lizards and Sri Lanka junglefowls, the national bird of Sri Lanka. Minneriya National Park is a perfect place to go off-roading and do some elephant watching. Toward nightfall, elephant herds will flock to the lakeside allowing you to experience the harmony of nature at short range!
After a good rest and breakfast, you can travel to Sigiriya Lion Rock by car. Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla. Lion Rock is known as the 8th Wonder of the World and forms part of Sri Lanka’s “Cultural Golden Triangle.” Moreover, Lion Rock is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. The name refers to a site of archaelogical and historical significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock. King Kasyapa built his palace on the top of this orange tinged rock and decorated its sides with colorful frescos. He built a gateway in the shape of an enormous lion on a plateau halfway up the side of this rock. The name of this place is derived from this structure – Sigiriya Lion Rock.
It’s 377 meters in height from the Garden Square to the abandoned palace. And it’s a strenuous climb from the rock up to the palace under the burning sun. All the hard work is worthwhile when you finally reach the top of Lion Rock and are rewarded with a stunning view. You can take everything in at a glance, like the
It’s 377 meters in height from the Garden Square to the abandoned palace. And it’s a strenuous climb from the rock up to the palace under the burning sun. All the hard work is worthwhile when you finally reach the top of Lion Rock and are rewarded with a stunning view. You can take everything in at a glance, like the well-proportioned Garden Square, boundless lush jungles and undulating mountains in the Southeast.
After a short break, you can set off to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. In 933 AD, Polonnaruwa became the capital of Sri Lanka. Take in Brahmanism sites of the Cholas Period or explore relics in the wonderful Garden City, which were built by King Palakra I and date back to the 12th century. Be sure to check out ruins of the ancient city, a special sacrificial altar, a Sri Lankan classic pagoda and the stone Buddha statues built along the wall. It’s easy to lose track of time wandering the streets of this ancient city!
When night falls, the day’s journey is over. Treat yourself to a bonfire BBQ!
It’s time to visit the sacred city of Kandy! There are a large number of architectural and cultural relics preserved here, demonstrating the long history of Sri Lanka’s architectural arts that date back 2,000 years. On our drive to Kandy, you will come across a spice garden where you can discover exotic tropical plants and are taught about their various health remedies.
Spending time at a spice garden is a fascinating educational experience if you like spices but don’t often see them growing wild. So why not take the chance to learn all about plants, herbs and spices in this lovely garden? Here you will gain a better understanding of the active ingredients and medicinal properties that plants have to offer and also pick up some ancient recipes for teas, infusions, creams and oils, which you can later purchase on site. After lunch, you can check in at Earls Regent Hotel.
Later on, you can set out to the Temple of the Tooth, a Buddhist temple located in the city of Kandy. The Temple of the Tooth is important to Buddhists as it is home to one of Buddha’s teeth and attending an evening puja at the Temple of the Tooth is a must. Every evening there is a ceremony during which the tooth is taken out of its case for devout Buddhists and visitors to see. Offerings of flowers are laid before the sacred tooth’s chamber and prayers fill the room.
When walking along the corridor and looking up at the ceiling, you can see the grand occasion of the annual Buddha’s Day Festival being depicted. Climbing up the wooden stairs to the second floor, you can spot flowers offered in front of the Buddha statue, which seems to bear believers’ hope for the good. You can also see pious Buddhists sitting on the floor and chanting lections. The chanting of lections pervades the tranquil Temple of the Sacred Tooth, which makes the feeling of piety and sanctity arise spontaneously.
After visiting the temple, you can continue to do some shopping in Kandy and call it a day.
Day four is dedicated to good food and shopping. You will have a hard time deciding what to pick! Foodies may enjoy delicious tropical fruits, fragrant curries or roti, a rustic flat bread made up of flour and grated coconut and served with spicy onion or chilli paste. Or why not bring home tea, essential oils and exotic handmade works of art from your trip?
Up next is a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens or Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Built in 1371 AD, the Botanical Garden acted as the Kings’ royal garden. Today, more than 4,000 plants, either native or imported, can be found in the garden. The tropical equatorial sunshine and Mediterranean climate of Kandy make the Botanic Garden look like spring year round. Feast your eyes on lush plants and blooming flowers everywhere.
If you visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, you will have ‘zero distance contact’ with these massive creatures. Built by the Sri Lanka Wildlife Authority in 1975, the orphanage was founded to care and protect the many orphaned unweaned wild elephants found wandering in and near the forests of Sri Lanka.
Pinnawala has the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. Elephants living here receive kind and careful care from humans. They regularly eat, bathe and occasionally help to carry timber.
You can observe the bathing elephants from the broad river bank as the herd interacts socially, bathing and playing. Visitors to the park can view the care and daily routine of the elephants, such as bottle-feeding of elephant calves, feeding of all other elephants, and bathing in the Ma Oya River.
With half of the journey behind us, it’s time to see the most beautiful seascape of Sri Lanka! Let’s head to Galle, a city on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. Here you can check in to the Roman Beach Hotel in Hikkaduwa, go to sleep early and look forward to the adventures of next day!
Galle is known for its beaches and ancient European-style castles, which are now listed on the World Heritage Site. The best way to explore this bygone city is to slow down and have a leisurely walk, experiencing the unspeakable beauty.
Take a leisurely stroll by the sea in the morning and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of Galle. In the afternoon, you can visit the fort of Galle, see the cultural heritage and enjoy the sunshine, beaches, coasts and reefs. Take in the picturesque beauty of Galle. So romantic and so simple!
The beauty of Galle makes people linger. Relax and enjoy the last day in this seaside town! After breakfast, you can continue to stroll the beaches or stay in the hotel. Of course, you can also indulge and get a traditional massage nearby!
When night falls, why not enjoy a candlelight dinner by the pool? Alternatively, you can enjoy dinner on the beach.
Endless beaches, hospitable people, herds of elephants, famous black tea and tempting food… A short or long-distance trip to Sri Lanka will make you fall in love with this beautiful country. It’s time to say goodbye and fly back to Hong Kong or Guangzhou. But one thing is certain, it’s a journey that won’t be forgotten…
|7 Days in Sri Lanka|
|Day 1||Flight from Hong Kong or Guangzhou to Colombo|
|Pick up at airport|
|Go to Dambulla, sightseeing temple & lunch|
|Check-in at Cassandra Culture Hotel|
|Optional: Minneriya National Park in the evening|
|Have a rest in the hotel|
|Visit Sigiriya Lion Rock|
|Lunch on the way|
|Visit Polonnaruwa, the ancient city in Sri Lanka|
|Back to Cassandra Culture Hotel|
|BBQ with the group|
|Drive to Kandy|
|Stop on the way at Spice Garden|
|Lunch on the way or in Kandy|
|Check-in at the Earls Regent Hotel or other equally rated hotel|
|Visit Kandy and go shopping in the afternoon|
|Temple of the Sacred Tooth Ceremony in Kandy at 6pm|
|More shopping and dinner in Kandy|
|Optional: Visiting the Botanical Garden or Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage|
|Travel to the south|
|Check-in at the Roman Beach Hotel in Hikkaduwa or other equally rated hotel|
|Dinner at the hotel|
|Relax on the beaches or in the hotel|
|Afternoon visit to the ancient castles in Galle (Fort)|
|Dinner in Galle or other restaurant|
|Relax on the beaches or in the hotel|
|Optional: get a massage|
|Dinner by the swimming pool or on the beaches|
|Fly back to Hong Kong or Guangzhou|
WHO WE ARE
CEO: Dietmar Krywald
Mr. Dietmar Krywald, the Managing Director of Kowloonland Limited, comes from Germany and lives in Hong Kong now. He loves to travel and amongst his extensive trips, Sri Lanka left a lasting impression. Revisiting Sri Lanka this year cemented his decision to recommend this beautiful island country to anyone, especially when exploring it with his appointed tour guide, Thushara Jagoda.
Tour Guide: Thushara Jagoda
Thushara Jagoda is a local Sri Lankan tour guide and has been working in the tourism industry for 13 years, earning him a high standing reputation. He is one of the earliest tour guides to have received professional training in systematic tour guide courses and obtained a guide certificate. Thanks to his long-term work in the tourism industry, Thushara Jagoda has established good working relations with many hotels and restaurants. He is fully capable of taking charge of large groups or can provide private customized services for individual clients.