Taprobana by Lankarus

Number of days: 05 nights — 06 days
Season: Winter 2019/2020
Special event: Yes
Complimentary Promotion: Group Leader — Free!
Seasonal supplements: No
Flight / Arrival: by Travel Agency or independently
Flight / Information: Travel agency or self-data transfer to Lankarus
Meals plan: Half Board

The Romans called Sri Lanka the island of Taprobana, the Arabs — Serendib, the British — Ceylon. And the inhabitants since the time of Ramayana gave him the name Sri Lanka — the Sacred Land. This is a country of Buddhist shrines, lost in the jungles of the ancient cities, exotic animals and precious stones. To list all the wealth of Sri Lanka is impossible. And, as they say, it is better to see once… It is possible, even for a very meek, but full time, because during this time you can visit the most important historical and natural sights.

Day 01 Arrival — Dambulla
Arrival by morning flight to the international airport of Colombo. Meeting with your Lankarus guide.
Transfer to the hotel in Sigiriya / Dambulla.

On the way visit to elephant nursery in Pinnawala.
Pinnavel's elephant nursery was opened to care for orphaned elephants found in the jungle.
Breakfast of elephant babies starts at 9.15 am, where frolicking babies are fed with milk from bottles. By 10.00 a herd of about 70 elephants goes to the nearest river for morning swimming, which is a popular tourist attraction. Very touching photos are obtained here.

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Visit to The Golden Temple of Dambulla.
In Dambulla on top of the hill there is a Buddhist temple, consisting of 5 caves. Here is the largest collection of Buddha statues, many of which are already over 2000 years old. The look of visitors can not help but stop at the frescoes adorning the walls and ceiling — this is a real treasure trove of walled temple painting. The ceiling shows the main moments of the life of the Buddha: his birth, renunciation of the royal life, enlightenment, seven weeks after the insight, reading the first sermon, the departure to the bliss of Nirvana… Remains of plaster with traces of paint outside the caves indicate that the temple was a continuous gallery of painting. The church dates back to the 1st c. BC, but was completed and restored in the XII and XVIII centuries. In the XII century. The temple was restored during the reign of King Nissankamalla, and 73 Buddha statues were covered with gold. After that, the temple was called «Golden Cave Temple». In the XVIII century. restoration of painting was engaged in the dynasty of painters living in the surroundings of Dambulla. The descendant of this dynasty continues the family tradition, using ancient tools and recipes for the preparation of natural dyes. The temple is under the protection of UNESCO.

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Accommodation at the Dambulla / Sigiriya Hotel

Day 02 Sigiriya-Kandy
After breakfast at the hotel, climb to the Lion Rock in Sigiriya.
Once on the top the palace's pediment, built of marble and surrounded by gardens and reservoirs, was paved with precious stones. The giant royal throne is well preserved. On the rock you will also see a gallery with frescoes and a «mirror wall», polished with the help of minerals. The frescoes depicting the procession of Heavenly Dancers — Apsaras or palace ladies as if hovering in the air, and covered with egg white composition with honey of wild bees, retained their bright colors. Of the 500 frescoes, only 18 have survived. The monument is under the protection of UNESCO.
Thousands of tourists aspire to Sri Lanka to see this wonder of the world!

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Transfer to Kandy after lunch time
On the way visit to Nalanda Gedige.
In Nalanda, 44 km south of Sigiriya, there are ruins of an ancient monastery with a dome-shaped house of the Buddha image. This is all known in Sri Lanka Nalanda Gedige. The monastery, combining Buddhist and Hindu architectural styles, was built between the 8th and 10th centuries. The only house of the Buddha image of Sri Lanka, built in the architectural style of Pallava, South India, by famous stone carvers.

In the evening, a sightseeing tour of Kandy.
Located in a mountain range at an altitude of 488 m above sea level, the city is very picturesque. Its peculiar necklace is the river Mahaweli Ganga with shady shores. Kanda in translation means «mountain», and the local name of the city of Maha Nuwara is the Great City. The city was founded in the XIV century. King Wickramabahu III (1357-1375 gg.). In 1590, when the Portuguese seized the south-west and north coast of the island, the Sinhala rulers went to the mountains and founded a state with the capital in Kandy. For 225 years, the state was independent, and only in 1815 the British managed to capture the city. A lot of the most important historical events are connected with this city, and the inhabitants of Kandy still preserve the original culture, traditions and art of the Sinhalese people.
Kandian dancers delight travelers from all over the world with the originality of movements, unusual plasticity, the beauty of costumes, and «swallows of fire» dancing on hot coals, simply amaze the audience with their unusual art.
In the center of the city is an artificial lake, the creation of the last King of Kandy. The residential area is located in the mountains south of the lake, and the city itself occupies the northern and western parts. In the center, on a small island, the Royal Summer Palace was built, where Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe kept his harem.

Hotel accommodation in Peradeniya / Kandy

Day 03 Kandy — Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast in the hotel visit to Temple of the Tooth.
On the shore of the lake there is Sri Dalada Maligawa — Temple of the Sacred Tooth of the Buddha. Since 311, when the Tooth appeared on the island in the hair of Princess Hemamala, the relic became a symbol of sovereignty. The state capital was the city where the Tooth of Buddha was placed…

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After visiting Temple of the Tooth a trip to Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya. Originally, the garden was founded in 1374, as a garden for resting kings who ruled in Gampola and Kandy. Here on 147 acres of the fairy world, there is an incredible number of species of plants, both rare local and species brought from various tropical countries of the world, collected together. Particularly interesting are the pavilions of the Garden of Spices and the House of Orchids.

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Transfer to Nuwara Eliya.
On the way from Peradeniya, you will visit the high-mountain plantation of tea, where the the best tea in the world. You will be told all about the process of making tea, and you will see how the tea is graded. Here you will try a cup of pure Ceylon Tea right at the factory.
Then wait for you to stop at waterfall of Ramboda for a short break.
The evening is free, on your own plan to spend.

Accommodation at Nuwara Eliya Hotel.

Day 04 Nuwara Eliya — Yala

After breakfast at the hotel Nuwara Eliya city tour.
Houses with spiky roofs and dormer windows, Anglican church, a post office building with a clock tower, old villas, well-groomed lawns — for this Nuwara Eliya is called «Little England».
An excellent 18-hole golf course — one of the best in South-East Asia — is known all over the world for true lovers of this sport.
In the center of the city is Victoria Park, a charming place for picnics and recreation. South of the park is the racetrack, where horses run in April. The Gregory Lake, south of the hippodrome, is one of the city's attractions.

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Transfer to Yala.
Along the way you will see two beautiful waterfalls at Ravana Ella. Most of tourists come to admire this waterfalls, being in the Hill Country of Sri Lanka.

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On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Yala in the south-eastern part of the island is one of the most famous national parks in Sri Lanka.
Evening Jeep Safari in Yala Park.

The park covers an area of more than 1259 and is the most popular of the tourist facilities for safaris. In the national park there are several hundred species of animals live, including about two dozen species, the observation of which is of interest to tourists. In the first place — this, of course, leopards, in the park about 40 individuals. In addition, there is a herd of elephants, deer, samburs, buffaloes, gazelles, beehive-sponges, as well as large reptiles — combed crocodiles and monitor lizards.

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Accommodation at Yala Hotel

Day 05 Yala — Kalamatiya / Kahandamodara
In the morning after breakfast drive to the beach area of the deep south of Sri Lanka.

A trip to the picturesque Kalamatiya unique lagoon, in which the tropical vegetation of the dry zone is presented in Sri Lanka. The bird sanctuary Kalamatiya is a haven for over 180 species of endemic and migratory birds, dozens of species of fish and reptiles. On the way, a short survey of the Buddhist Dagoba in Kalamatiya.
In the evening, a trip to the village of Rekawa is one of the few places in the world where 5 species of rare sea turtles go to the deserted beach to lay eggs. This is a very touching excursion.

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Optionaly in the daytime trip to Bata Atha Botanical Garden.

Now the garden collection is thousands of species and varieties of plants, trees, flowers, herbs and shrubs from around the world. Of particular interest you will certainly call the Orchid Lodge and a collection of variegated flowering plants. Orchids conquer everyone, even relatively indifferent to the colors of the visitor. The peculiarity of the collection of Bata Atha is that in the Orchid House you will see many local species of orchids that are not found anywhere else in the world. Where else you can see first hand how mangoes, coconuts, rambutans, lychees, pineapples, tamarinds, guavas and dozens of other tropical fruit trees grow!

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Accomodation at the hotels Turtle Bay Boutique Hotel / Villa Modara

Day 06 Kalamatiya / Kahandamodara — Negombo

After breakfast, transfer from Kalamatiya / Kahandamodora to Negombo.
On the way, stop in Bentota for lunch in former pub Machan Bentota, at present Bollywood Masala , where only for the guests of Lankarus there's special action -10% discount on the whole bill! Here you will test the real seafood, Sri Lankan Curry and local Sri Lankan beer that will cheer you up and refresh before the road to Negombo.

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This is your last day on this tour by Lankarus. You can take your free time walk around the city, make a shopping tour or simply soak under the gentle sun on the Negombo beach.

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Evening / night departure from Sri Lanka.
After dinner, a representative of Lankarus will escort you to the airport.

The tour price includes:
• Meeting, seeing off — transfer to the airport and tour along the route with an air-conditioned micro bus / bus (with guide)
• Accommodation in a double room and meals (half board: breakfast and dinner, including dinner on the day of arrival and breakfast, lunch and dinner on the day of departure). Full board on the beach holiday in Koggala.
• Entrance tickets to the Botanical Garden and the Temple of the Tooth of Buddha, the Golden Temple of Dambulla, the Lion Rock in Sigiriya.
• State duty (Service Charge 10%, VAT 15%, TDL 1%, NBT 2%)

The tour does not include:
• Personal expenses for beach holidays in Koggala
• Food not indicated in the program
• Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks in hotels
• Tipping to drivers and guides, personal expenses; as well as other services not included in the tour.

Calculation of the cost of the tour and optional offers — on your request.
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Significant seasonal group discounts and discounts for students!

Complementary action of the Season 2019-2020.

Taprobana tour by Lankarus for free!

Conditions for obtaining complimentary bonuses from Lankarus:

— When recruiting at least 12 people, the team leader or representative of the travel company is exempted from paying the cost of food, accommodation and payment of entrance tickets on the entire route.
Team leader pays only travel on the entire route and air travel.

— In groups from 16 to 20 people the head of the group is completely exempted from paying the tour, except for air travel. Lankarus takes care of the payment for meals, accommodation, excursions and travel all along the route.

— Validation period: until April 15, 2020.

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