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6 Nights Colombo & Negombo

Destinations Covered
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Day 1 Colombo – Negombo (36km/40min)

On arrival at Bandaranayke International Airport, you will be met by our representative and assisted to the designated coach/car booked.

Transfer to Negombo and check-in at selected hotel.

Rest of the day at leisure to relax.

Negombo is a coastal town, located on the shores of a lagoon of the same name. Set amidst lush groves of coconut palms, Negombo is famous for its fishing industry and wide sandy beaches. Negombo is historically interesting, and has been given the name “Little Rome” due to the highly ornate Portuguese-era Roman Catholic churches found within the township. The town has several buildings dating back to the Dutch and Portuguese colonial era.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2 In Negombo

Post breakfast, set off for half-day sightseeing tour of Negombo.

Visit the Old Dutch Fort Gate. Built in 1672, this gate is now a part of the prison. You’ll also visit the Dutch Canal, which was once a supply route for the Dutch administration, several old churches, and fishing villages. The 100 km long canal running through the town is still being used, and is an attraction for those who want to see the country from a different perspective. You’ll also see the local fish market, which is the second largest in the country, and Agurukaramulla Raja Maha Viharaya, a famous Buddhist temple depicting various Buddhist events, built beneath a giant Buddhist statue.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3 Negombo – Pinnawala – Kandy (185km/6hrs, Including Pinnawala Sightseeing)

Post breakfast, check-out and depart for Kandy.

On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Kandy was founded in 1592 by King Vimaladharmasuriya 1. It was the last seat of royal power, lasting until it was captured by the British in 1815. Fortified by the mountainous terrain, it was difficult to approach, and was the last bastion of the Sinhalees Kings. Kandy offers a rich collection of arts, crafts, and historical buildings: including ancient temples, handicrafts, souvenirs, rich cultural practices and rituals. UNESCO has declared the city a world heritage site, partly due to the main temple.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4 In Kandy

After breakfast, take a morning sightseeing tour of Kandy, visiting the Old Royal Palace and the Temple of Tooth Relic.

The Royal Palace of Kandy is the last royal residence of the Kingdom of Kandy. The last king to reside in it was King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha, who ruled there until he was overthrown by the British in 1815, with the aid of Kandian chieftains. Surrounded by stunning greenery on all sides, the magnificent palace complex comprises many buildings scattered around the premises. After the British invasion, the palace was used by the British government agents. Today only the front entrance of the old palace remains, situated on the left hand side of the Temple of Tooth Relic; this building houses the Museum of the Department of Archaeology. The building known as Palle Vahala houses the National Museum, and was used by the Queen and princesses during the reign of the final King, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe (1797 – 1814). Meda Vahala, used by the King’s relatives, houses the Folk Museum. Maha Gabadawa (the royal stores) and the Aramudale (treasury) of the final King were probably destroyed by the British, and a new building built afterward. This building now houses the High Court.

Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth Relic) is a UNESCO world heritage site, and is also a part of the palace complex. The temple houses the legendary Buddha's Tooth, which arrived here in the sixteenth Century, after various peregrinations around India and Sri Lanka. Nothing remains of the original temple, built around 1600. The main shrine of the current temple was originally constructed during the reign of Vimala Dharma Suriya II (1687–1739). It was further embellished during the reign of Sri Wickrama Rajasinha, who added the moat, gateway and Pittirippuva. The eye-catching golden roof over the relic chamber was donated by President Premadasa in 1987. Since ancient times the relic has played an important role in local politics, because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Rituals are performed here three times daily: at dawn, noon, and in the evenings.

Afternoon at leisure to relax.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 5 Kandy – Colombo (116km/3hrs 20min)

Post breakfast, check-out and depart for Colombo.

On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Rest of the day at leisure to relax.

Sri Lanka’s modern day capital, Colombo, is a port city with rich colonial heritage. Colombo is a potpourri of races, religions and cultures, and is also the country’s commercial centre. Colombo came into prominence with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505. During the British period, in 1815, it was developed as a major harbour. The remains of buildings from Portuguese, Dutch and British time are found in every area of the city. Despite its small size, Colombo offers a varying selection of experiences.

The capital is an excellent start to your Sri Lankan adventures.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 6 In Colombo

Post breakfast, set off half-day sightseeing tour of Colombo City.

We'll visit The Independence Memorial Hall, which was built to commemorate Sri Lanka’s independence from British rule in 1948; The Gangaramaya Temple, one of the city's most important temple, is not only a place of worship, but also a school of Buddhist learning, and a museum housing a huge collection of Buddhist relics from around the world; and The Jami Ul Alfar Mosque in the Pettah, whose garish exterior of red and white stripes, checkers, spirals and other patterns makes it one of Colombo's most recognizable religious landmarks. We’ll drive past the commercial district, also known as The Fort; it was used to protect trading resources during the Dutch and Portuguese colonial times.

Afternoon at leisure to relax.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 7 Departure from Colombo

Post breakfast, our representatives will escort you to Bandaranayke International Airport, 3 hrs prior to your flight.

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