Serendipitous Escape

7 Nights & 8 Days,

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Upon arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by a Classic Sri Lanka representative, and transferred to your vehicle, for your journey ahead. Upon boarding, you will journey towards Kandy (4 hrs drive). Known as the “Cultural Capital” of Sri Lanka and a UNESCO world heritage site, Kandy was established in the years 135AD by King Wickramabahu and was named Senkadagalapura at the time. In 1592 Kandy became the official Capital of the last Sinhalese Kingdom as the coastal areas were conquered by the Portuguese invaders. The hill capital remained a stronghold despite constant invasions by the Portuguese and the Dutch during the 16th , 17th and 18th century and also by the British (most notably in 1803) which were repelled thanks to the hilly landscapes, and guerilla tactics of the Sinhalese forces. The last ruling dynasty of Kandy was the ‘Nayaks’ of Kandy while the Kingdom preserved its independence until it finally fell to the British in 1815, mainly due to the lack of support of the noble families. The British deposed the last king, Sri Wikrama Rajasingha, and all claimants to the throne, thus ending the last traditional monarchy of Sri Lanka. Upon reaching Kandy, visit the Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic This sacred temple was built in the 16th century AD and is located adjacent to the Royal Palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy and overlooks the expanses of the Kandy lake. Referred locally as the Sri Dalada Maligawa, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is the most revered site in the country. This temple complex houses the sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha, and with strong political sway to who holds possession of the tooth, as it was believed that the possessor of this sacred relic had the right to rule the country. Thereafter be entertained by the cultural dance show. The best way to experience the music and dance culture of Sri Lanka, especially the Kandyan traditions is to witness a cultural dance show in Kandy which provides an insight into the array of dances and playing of drums linked to Sri Lanka’s ancient traditions with the participants dressed in their decorative costumes. Each costume, dance and act signified a story, and the performances will take one on a visual and sensual journey through time and space. Performances such as fire walking and fire breathing as well as Kandyan drumming and devil dancing will be showcased in this show

Oakray Regency Hotel or Similar

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Dambulla, Minneriya Safari Today after checkout, you will head down towards Sigirya (3 hrs drive), En-route you will stop over at Dambulla to visit the ancient Cave Temples. Dambulla Cave Temple, which is famous for its rock paintings and is among the best preserved monastic temple cave complexes in Sri Lanka. Dambulla’s origins as a place of worship dates back to the reign of King Valagamba in the 1st century BC, who took refuge in these caves when driven out of Anuradhapura by Chola invaders. Once he regained the throne, the king had the interior of the caves transformed in to magnificent rock temples. More paintings and statues were added over time by later kings. Thereafter head to Habarana, where you will hop on a jeep to go on a safari to witness the world famous Elephant Gathering. The Gathering of Elephants’, which is ranked among the world’s top wildlife viewing spectacles runs from June – October each year. Each afternoon, around 150 - 200 individual elephants come out of the forest in to the open to graze on the fresh green pasture by the water’s edge at Minneriya and Kaudulla national parks. You have excellent opportunities here to observe the social dynamics of the Asian Elephant as the large bulls in musth compete among each other and seek the females within the herd, while young calves with carefree abandon get up to their mischievous antics often to the displeasure of its alert mothers within the herd. Water birds such as Painted Stork, Asian Openbill, Woolly-necked Stork along with raptors such as White-bellied Sea Eagles and Grey-headed Fishing Eagles are abundant around these large man-made lakes. Stay overnight in Pidurangala, in an Idyllic Eco Resort

Back of Beyond Pidurangala or similar

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Early morning head to Pidurarangala Rock and make a climb to witness a spectacular sunrise from the summit. Pidurangala is a massive rock formation located next to the iconic Sigiriya rock fortress. The area has been occupied for over two thousand five hundred years by Buddhist monks who took residence in the caves around the site. The rock came into prominence when King Kassapa (477- 495AD), built Sigiriya, and moved the monks living around the Sigiriya Rock to a newly refurbished and enlarged temple and monastery complete at Pidurangala. The climb to the rock is a pleasant one, where you are surrounded by lush forest, and can hear the beautiful songs of birds. The summit has a stunning view of the surrounding landscape and a great view of Sigiriya at eye level. Return back to the hotel for a hearty Sri Lankan breakfast. In the afternoon you will go on a village tour in Hiriwaduna. The Hiriwadunna Village experience showcases what day to day life is in a typical Sri Lankan village. The tour starts with a bullock cart ride, where you are taken in a cart with two bulls through village paths where you will have stunning views of the idyllic village landscape, through lush green paddy fields, and village lakes. Thereafter a dugout canoe will take you on a lotus filled lake to a home of a villager. Here you will see how they farm their fresh produce as well as their daily struggles from elephants and other wildlife in the bordering jungles. Visit the kitchen where they would prepare a delicious meal of rice and curry, served on lotus leaves, along with a dessert of buffalo curd with treacle syrup. Life is simple and basic for a typical Sri Lankan villager, but is also enriching and peaceful. Late evening you will engage in a one of a kind wildlife experience by night. After dark go on a guided nature walk with the resident naturalist along the forested nature trails in search of the endangered and elusive Grey Slender Loris, a small nocturnal primate which has been regularly encountered and become resident within the property over the past few years. Fishing Cat, Collared Scops Owl, Indian Civet and the Golden Palm Civet are some other species occasionally seen here.

Back of Beyond Pidurangala or Similar

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In the morning head towards Sigiriya to climb the ancient rock fortress, Rising dramatically from the central plains, the enigmatic rocky outcrop of Sigiriya is perhaps Sri Lanka's single most dramatic sight. Near-vertical walls soar to a flat-topped summit that contains the ruins of an ancient civilisation. Top of this rock contains ruins of an ancient palace complex, built during the reign of King Kasyapa (477AD – 495 AD) and surrounding rock is the Royal Garden. Ruins of various chambers, stairways and pools can be seen at the top of this rock. There is a stone stairway leading from the base to the top of the mountain. About half way to the top, there is a giant pair of lions paws which is in fact are the remains of a huge head of a lion whose open mouth served as the entrance to the royal palace. Surrounding the palace complex are the ruins of a garden complex consisting of two moats and various pools, some with water fountains still functioning after 1500 years. Thereafter return to the hotel for a quick freshen up and checkout to head towards the East coast of Pasikudah ( 4hrs drive), Upon reaching Pasikudah, check into your hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure enjoying the beach

Giman Free Beach Resort or Similar

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Spend the day at leisure by the beach

Giman Free Beach Resort or Similar

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Spend the day at leisure by the beach

Giman Free Beach Resort or Similar

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After an early checkout, you will head towards Wilpattu (4.5 hrs drive), Upon reaching the park , check into your camp and there after, you will go on your first game drive into this iconic national park. Popularly dubbed as ‘the land of the lakes’, Wilpattu National Park is famous for watching wildlife within its picturesque villus and dry evergreen forests. It is Sri Lanka’s oldest and largest national park which re-opened in 2010 after being closed for nearly three decades due to the civil war. Wilpattu is one of the top spots in Sri Lanka for watching Leopard and Sloth Bear. Other larger animals seen regularly here include Elephant, Jackal, Mugger Crocodile, Sambar, Spotted Deer and Buffalo are among the larger animals regularly encountered. You also have the option of doing a mid-day excursion to Kudurumalai point along the Wilpattu coastline, believed to be the location where Prince Vijaya and the first group of Indian settlers set foot to Sri Lanka. The area is characterized by steep cliffs and fossilized limestone remains and provides panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.

Big Game Camp

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Early morning go on one more safari into Wilpattu National Park. Return back to camp for a late breakfast (you can opt for a packed breakfast and spend longer in the park), after which you will checkout, and be transferred back to the airport for your flight back home.

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