Classical Sri Lanka
An itinerary in tropical Sri Lanka, unspoilt and hospitable environment, full of history and Buddhist soul. Ben 1330 km of coastline and beaches, unforgettable landscapes but also culture. 8 sites are well recognized by UNESCO World Heritage. 15 protected national parks make this island the ideal destination for the mind and spirit. Here we will visit the Yala Park.
Day 01: Arrival in Colombo, Colombo / Sigiriya (Km. 135 - about 4 hours)
Arrival in Colombo. Meeting with the staff of our staff for presentations. Transfer to Dambulla and accommodation in hotels. In the afternoon possibility to take part in jeep safari in Minneriya Park (or Kaudulla or Eco Park, depending on the season).
Day 02: Sigiriya / Anuradhapura / Dambulla / Sigiriya
After breakfast depart for an excursion to Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site, one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka. The ancient city, consecrated by Buddhist world and surrounded by monasteries covering an area of over 40 square kilometers, is one of the major archaeological sites in the world. In the afternoon, at Dambulla, excursion to visit the magnificent temples carved into the caves and that, lying on top of a hill, are reached after about thirty minutes. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Sigiriya
After breakfast, visit the imposing castle-fortress of Sigiriya (declared World Heritage by UNESCO), that King Kasyapa erected on the rock in the fifth century .. It is accessed with a thousand steps a staircase built into the rock a thousand steps). Traditional Sri Lankan lunch in a typical local village. In the afternoon, visit Polonnaruwa (also declared World Heritage by UNESCO), the ancient capital between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries d.c. and full of well-preserved examples of the greatness of the first rulers of the kingdom. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Sigiriya / Matale / Kandy (Km. 70 - about 1 hour)
After breakfast drive to Kandy, visiting along the way, to a spice plantation in Matale. Lunch. In the afternoon, visit Kandi, whose name means "land in the mountains", the third most sacred city and capital of the Sinhalese kingdom, situated on the shores of a lake at the height of 465 meters above sea level. Sacred place of Buddhism because of the Buddha's tooth relic in Sri Dalada Maligawa, the picturesque temple on the banks of the lake which will be visited along with the marketplace. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 05: Kandy / Peradenya / Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast, visit the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens Peradenya, which is also famous for the University which is the second oldest in Sri Lanka with its colonial buildings and Indian style. Departure to Nuwara Eliya. the "little England", situated at 1,896 meters above sea level. On the banks of a lake and whose name means "City of Light". It 'a popular health resort since the British colonial period and in the middle of extensive plantations of tea which we will visit dutante the path to get to the city. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 06: Nuwara Eliya / Yala Park (Tissamaharama)
Breakfast in the hotel. In the morning transfer to the Nanu Oya railway station (10 km from Nuwara Eliya) and departure by train to Ella (3 ½ hours approximately): with the train moves along a particularly beautiful mountain route. Dinner and overnight stay near the Yala Park.
Day 07: Yala / Galle National Park
Dawn jeep safari in the Yala National Park which stretches some 1,000 square kilometers. The park is inhabited by crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants, deer, wild boars, monkeys, peacocks blue, tantali indium flamingo to name a few. The park boasts the highest density of leopards in the world only visible from more fortunate. Dinner and overnight at the hotel to have breakfast. After breakfast leave for Galle, the most important city in the southern part of Sri Lanka. Free time to visit the old fortified town, a UNESCO heritage, to admire the interaction between European architectural styles and Asian traditions. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 08: Galle / Colombo
Morning departure to Colombo. city panorama with the Pettah bazaar, in a rich variety of ethnic district, the Fort neighborhood where are concentrated almost all the historical sites, the main districts, government buildings and so on. Transfer to the airport and boarding the return night flight in Italy.
We inform you that all our trips may be changed, if required, according to your needs!