Foot Print Holidays
 
 
     
 
Dream.....
 
 
 
 
Day01
 
AIRPORT / COLOMBO SIGHTSEEING & SHOPPING
Overnight - COLOMBO  
 
Welcome & assistance at the Airport on arrival. Transfer to hotel. Leisure.

Afternoon tour The City of Colombo, visiting Fort, the commercial capital, Pettah bazaar area, also pass the Old Parliament complex, Gangaramaya Temple which is situated in the middle of the Beira lake, Independence Square, Bandaranayake International Memorial Conference Hall and the new parliament complex and administrative capital at Sri Jayawardhenapura which is surrounded by the waters of Lake Diyawanna Oya.

Later time at your disposal for shopping.
 
Dinner & Overnight in Colombo.................
 
 
 
Day02
 
COLOMBO / ANURADHAPURA / MIHINTALE / HABARANA / SIGIRIYA..................................
Overnight - HABARANA / SIGIRIYA  
 
After breakfast depart to Anuradhapura, 2000-year-old city and 1st capital of Sri Lanka. Sightseeing tour of ancient ruins. You can see the Sacred Bo Tree, a sampling of the original tree under which the Lord Buddha attained enlightenment in Buddha Gaya in India, which is the oldest tree in the world and has been tended devotedly for 2300 years, even when the city was conquered. Many temples, ruins and monuments of Archaeological interest can be visited.

Lunch at Anuradhapura.

After lunch depart to Mihintale, a rock Sanctuary. This is a Monastic City of caves, temples & ruins, where Buddhism took hold of the Island and left behind an assortment of relics and monuments on the rocky hillside. It was in the reign of King Devanampiyatissa ( 250 – 210 BC ) that the Arahath Mahinda, son of the great Buddhist Emperor Asoka, led a group of missionaries from North India to Sri Lanka. With his followers he settled in a hermitage of caves on the hill of Mihintale.

All over the world, high places are given religious significance, with the result that devotees are always climbing steps – sometimes on their knees. The three flight of steps at Mihintale, totalling 1840, take the pilgrim through the shadows of the spreading Temple Trees to the summit. At the foot of the mountains are spread the ruins of a hospital [Vejja Sala], which takes back to the 3rd Century A.D., some 400 years before the earliest hospital in Europe. Among the remnants of walls & pillars are monolithic basins of bathing the sick known as “Beth Oruwa” or “Medical Boats’.

The spectacular view from the top takes the entire ancient city of Anuradhapura, seen spread out like a survey map, with white done of “Ruwanweliseya” set apart from the brown twin towers of Jetawana and Abbayagiriya at Anuradhapura, further off in the hazy distance.
 
Continue to Sigiriya / Habarana for Dinner & Overnight stay…………….
 
 
 
Day 03
 
ROCK FORTRESS - SIGIRIYA / POLONNARUWA / MINNERIYA WILD LIFE SANCTUARY / HABARANA / SIGIRIYA………………..
Overnight - HABARANA / SIGIRIYA  
 
After breakfast climb the 5th century A.D Rock Fortress. See the mural paintings of "Heavenly Maidens" over 1500 years old, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock. Historians say originally there were close to 500 paintings but today only 19 exist. Also visit the water and rock gardens and the King's bath on the 600 feet high palace fortress. You would also see the famous Sigiriya Graffiti which dates back to the 6th Century.

On conclusion proceed to Polonnaruwa, the second capital of Sri Lanka in the 11th and 12th centuries AD. There one can visit "Galvihara" which consist of three splendid statues of Lord Buddha in the upright, recumbent and sedentary posture carved out of one single rock. Also in Polonnaruwa see the remains of the 7-storied palace, the Vatadage, Kirivehera, Lankathilaka Temple, Galpotha and many other ruins of interest.

Lunch at Polonnaruwa. Return to Habarana / Sigiriya.

En route visit Minneriya Wild Life Sanctuary, which host to large herds of wild Elephants . Drive to their territory on 4 x 4 jeep guided by experienced and professional tracker to watch the magnificent lords of the jungle in their natural habitats. An abundance of Flora & Fauna, over a 100 species tropical & migratory birds and a wide variety of fragile Butterflies could be seen. Look for Elephants, Wild Bears, Leopards, Jackals, Somber, Bears, Deer, Peacocks, or the Sleepy Crocodiles……
 
Dinner and Overnight stay in Habarana / Sigiriya...................
 
 
 
Day 04
 
SIGIRIYA / HABARANA / TRINCOMALEE ........................
Overnight - TRINCOMALEE  
 
After breakfast proceed to Trincomalee, city where the famous natural harbour located, one of the largest and the best sheltered in the world, and during the World War 11, which became a naval base to protect the fleet of the combined Allied Powers. “Trinco” as popularly known, is famous with it’s beautiful beaches and the sea – warm as tea and clear as gin, the skies as pink as Paradise, and jungles where Elephants roam, is a heaven for nature lovers.

Arrive in Trincomalee. Chreck-in at hotel. Lunch.

Later visit “Fort Frederick”, originally built by the Portuguese, is now used as barracks and is also home to a herd of wild spotted deer. Inside the portals of the fort is a large residence known as Wellington House. In 1799 Arthur Wellesley, who later became the Duke Of Wellington, stayed in this residence which was named after him, to reflect the new position of its famous resident.

At the end of the road to Fort Frederick, is Swami Rock, also known locally as “Lover’s Leap”, on account of a Dutch officials daughter, Francina Van Reede, who threw herself off the rock after watching her unfaithful husband desert her by sea. Also at the same place situated the famous “Tirukonesvaram Kovil” of Trincomalee.

Visit the “Hot Springs” at Kanniyai and are known for it’s therapeutic qualities. The coolest spring is 29 C [84 F] and the hottest not more than 46 C ( 115 F ). The Tamils believe they were created by God Vishnu and named after the mother of Ravanna, the demon king.
 
Dinner and Overnight in Trincomalee..................
 
 
 
Day 05
 
TRINCOMALEE / DAMBULLA / SPICE GARDEN & BATIK FACTORY - MATALE / KANDY CITY TOUR & DANCE [CULTURAL SHOW]................
Overnight - KANDY  
 
After breakfast proceed to Kandy via Dambulla. Visit the famous Rock Cave Temples, the most visited monastery. It is the most impressive cave temple in Sri Lanka, with five caves under a vast overhanging rock, carved with a drip line to keep the interiors dry. There are images of the Buddha, and Gods and Goddesses. There are innumerable painted sculptures, including a life size effigy of the last Kandyan king and much older statues of Hindu gods.

Continue to Kandy. En route visit a Batik Factory and a Spice Garden at Matale. Here you would be shown the different varieties of spices grown and demonstration of their use.

Arrive in Kandy. Check-in at Hotel. Lunch. Leisure.

Late afternoon tour the City of Kandy including visits to the Art and Crafts Centre, Gem Museum and Lapidary and the world famous “Temple of The Sacred Tooth Relic Of Lord Buddha”.

Evening view a Kandyan Folkloric Dance performance. [Cultural Show].
 
Dinner & Overnight in Kandy.......................
 
 
 
Day 06
 
KANDY / ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE – PINNAWELA / ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS – PERADENIYA / KANDY......................
Overnight - KANDY  
 
After breakfast proceed to Pinnawela. Elephants young and old are given sanctuary in a natural habitat at the government run Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. Abandoned or injured baby elephants are reared here and are trained to eventually become working animals. Feeding [bottle feeding of the baby elephants] and bathing time in the river provide the best opportunities to admire the animals’ close-up.

On conclusion return to Kandy. En route visit the century old Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya. The 60-hectare [147-acre] garden is the largest in Sri Lanka. Here you find a Spice Garden, a Herb Garden, an Orchid House, a Cactus House and a glass house of Anthuriums, Begonias, African Violets and other species. Enjoy the great variety of flowers, plants and mature trees, and make sure that you don’t miss the giant “Javan fig tree” which covers an impressive 1,600 sq meters.

The gardens were the setting for the South East Asia Command Headquarters during World War II, when Lord Mountbatten was in charge of operations.

Lunch at Peradeniya. Return to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
 
Dinner & Overnight in Kandy................................
 
 
 
Day 07
 
KANDY / TEA PLANTATIONS & FACTORY / WATER FALLS / NUWARA ELIYA..................
Overnight - NUWARA ELIYA  
 
After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya. This beautiful town in the hills nestling below Pidurutalagala, Sri Lanka’s highest mountain offers beauty unlimited. It is easy to see why the early British settlers fell for it. After the heat and dust of Colombo, the salubrious climate and the breathtaking landscape are a soothing balm, as Sir Edward Barnes discovered when he was governing the island in 1828 and used it as his up-country retreat. A little later the British explorer Samuel Baker, famous for discovering the source of Nile, spent time convalescing here and determined - “to make it a regular settlement………… a little English village……………” This misty mountain settlement is well known as “Little England in the hills”.

Arrive in Nuwara Eliya. Check – in at Hotel. Lunch. Late afternoon sightseeing at Nuwara Eliya.
 
Dinner & Overnight in Nuwara Eliya..................................
 
 
 
Day 08
 
NUWARA ELIYA / HORTON PLAINS – WORLD’S NUWARA ELIYA / HORTON PLAINS – WORLD’S END / NUWARA ELIYA........................................
Overnight - NUWARA ELIYA  
 
After breakfast visit the Horton Plains National Park , which is the only National Park situated in the Hill Country. It falls within the Nuwara-Eliya district 200 KM away from Colombo.

Sri Lanka’s highest and most isolated plateau, where nature lovers will revel in this wide, Patna - grass covered plain, the haunt of many wild , yet harmless animals and home of many species of birds. Bridle path will take you to the precipice known as World’s End. A sheer drop of 1050 metres. Lie on your stomach & peep over the ridge, the view when it is clear of mist, is magnificent.

En route visit Baker’s Falls. Lunch at “Worlds End Inn” in Horton Plains.
 
Later return to Nuwara Eliya for Dinner & Overnight stays..........................
 
 
 
Day 09
 
NUWARA ELIYA / BERUWELA / BENTOTA...........................................
Overnight - BERUWELA / BENTOTA  
 
After breakfast proceed to the golden beaches of Beruwela / Bentota....................... in the beautiful Southern Coast of Sri Lanka !
 
Dinner & Overnight in Beruwela / Bentota....................
 
 
 
Day 10
 
OVERNIGHT - BENTOTA / BERUWELA……………………………………………..
 
 
Full day on leisure at the beautiful beaches of the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka !
 
Dinner & Overnight in Bentota / Beruwela……………...
 
 
 
Day 11
 
OVERNIGHT - BENTOTA / BERUWELA……………………………………………..
 
 
Full day on leisure at the beautiful beaches of the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka !
 
Dinner & Overnight in Bentota / Beruwela……………...
 
 
 
Day12
 
OVERNIGHT - BENTOTA / BERUWELA……………………………………………..
 
 
Full day on leisure at the beautiful beaches of the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka !
 
Dinner & Overnight in Bentota / Beruwela……………...
 
 
 
Day 13
 
OVERNIGHT - BENTOTA / BERUWELA……………………………………………..
 
 
Full day on leisure at the beautiful beaches of the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka !
 
Dinner & Overnight in Bentota / Beruwela……………...
 
 
 
Day 14
 
BENTOTA / BERUWELA / AIRPORT…………………………
- DEPARTURE-  
 
After breakfast transfer to the Airport for the departure.
 
 
 
     
 
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