FULL OF SURPRISES
FULL OF SURPRISES
Blessed with rich nature and surrounded by a charming golden coast Sri Lanka will surprise you at every corner. From the turquoise beaches in the down south, surf-perfect waves in the southeast coast, the metropolitan world in the west coast, to majestic tuskers in the north-central area, beautiful cascades covered in mist in the hill country to the vibrant cultural elegance of the cultural triangle to the sandscapes in northern Sri Lanka there is no other destination that can leave you in awe with its diversity compact within 65,610 km². Embark on a journey through the pearl of the Indian Ocean with Embark Holiday. We will handle your tour from A-Z.
An unforgettable trip with a positive impact
Created to maximize the benefits to people and place, while minimizing the environmental footprint.
COMMUNITY & CULTURE
Sourcing resources from the local community to empower and uplift their lives is our utmost priority
Supporting environment conservation projects joining hand in hand with many partners in Sri Lanka
While we only leave our footprints behind with our tours, we also go paperless to reduce our carbon footprint
Airport – Millennium elephant orphanage – Sigiriya
3 Star or above
A Warm Sri Lanka Smile and Welcome by our own representative on arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, you will get your first taste of warm Sri Lankan hospitality.
First visit to Millennium elephant orphanage (Optional visit)
Millennium Elephant Foundation, which has been home to the Samarasinghe’s family and their elephants for many generations, was first opened to the public as the Club Concept Elephant Bath in 1979 by Sam Samarasinghe (1931-1991), a dedicated animal lover. After Samarasinghe’s death in August 1999, MEF was founded in his memory with the assistance of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (Now known as World Animal Protection), and unveiled as a sanctuary possessing proper caretaking facilities and medical services for captive elephants. MEF strives to improve the care and treatment of Sri Lankan elephants whilst increasing awareness about the crippling conditions many of them face throughout the country. The foundation remains the only certified non-profit organization working with captive elephants in Sri Lanka today.
Thereafter proceed to Dambulla Rock cave temple
Come to Dambulla and you cannot mistake the 2000-year-old history it holds. The Royal Rock Temple Complex situated about 160m above ground and adjacent caves in the South of Dambulla remains unparalleled as symbols of ancient devotion and master craftsmanship. The five caves surrounding the main temple contain within them some of the world’s greatest ancient depictions of faith and the human journey toward enlightenment. Dating back to over 2000 years ago when the work first commenced, other kings who ruled this area added to the craft and art within the complex making it as much of the nation’s historical journey as its spiritual one. The caves are also cooling as against the scorching heat you may encounter outside
Overnight stay at a selected hotel in Sigiriya
Dambulla - Sigiriya – Kandy
3 Star or above
After breakfast proceed to climb the Sigiriya rock fortress.
Here is a tale worthy of Shakespearean tragedy – a page from Sri Lanka’s history books: 1600 years ago, King Dhatusena had a son, Kashyapa – by a woman of low caste – before his marriage to a royal bride. While the King had a younger son by his wife in line to be king, Kashyapa staged a coup and ordered the murder of his father to claim his rightful place as heir to the throne. The younger heir apparent Moggallana, fled to India in fear of his life. Realizing his younger brother could return with an army, Kashyapa moved his base of operations to Sigiriya, loosely translated at the Lion’s Rock. The strangely inspired Kashyapa built a citadel in the skies with complex engineering, spectacular frescos that beguile most artists today, tropical gardens and waterways. A giant lion-headed gatehouse and stairway guarded to the entrance to this palace in the clouds.
14 years later and the winds turned on Kashyapa’s newfound glory. His allies became him enemies in support of his brother’s return from India. Refusing to heed the warnings of his soothsayer’s Kashyapa came down from Sigiriya and rode his elephant mount into battle. Shortly after, Kashyapa took his own life. Many other events occurred between Kashyapa’s birth and death – events that enrich this story and blur the lines between good and evil. Tales that bring in visitors from far and wide to visit the magnificence in engineering, architecture, landscaping, culture and art combined.
This is why Sigiriya is sometimes referred to as the 8th wonder of the World as in one of UNESCO’s high priority World Heritage Sites. Come join in the story of this irreverent, yet spiritual and ingenious ruler of Sri Lanka. This is how we preserve our immortality.
Thereafter En route visit to herbal spice garden
SPICE; HERBAL GARDEN: Sri Lanka is world renowned for its valued spices and healing herbs. Our lush spice and herbal gardens feature many important herbs such as Sandalwood, Margosa, Cocoa, Citronella, Almond, Jasmine and Coconut. When visiting us, make the most of the chance to experience first-hand how cloves, pepper, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and saffron are grown in their natural surroundings.
En route visit to
Batik Factory: – The history is bit unclear how the Javanese art of Batik arrived in Sri Lanka. The locals believe traders who visited Sri Lanka hundreds of years ago traveling along the Silk route introduced Batik to Sri Lanka. Today the Batik is a thriving industry in Sri Lanka especially in the Matale / Kandy region. Something very special about the Batik industry in Sri Lanka the artist and the crafts men makes there prints based on traditional motifs that date backs to the time of the Kandyan kingdom days.
Thereafter proceed to hotel, check in, and relax. Enjoy the evening cultural show.
Cultural show: These shows essentially comprise various styles of Kandyan dance, and are quite popular with visitors to the Hill Capital. The Centre overlooks the scenic lake, as it is located along its shore. Early Birds can also be privy to handicraft showroom and workshops that are located alongside the Centre.
Overnight stay at a selected hotel in Kandy
Kandy – Ella
3 Star or above
After breakfast, enjoy the Kandy city tour. First, visit the Temple of Tooth Relic
Kandy, as the name infers is Sri Lanka’s sweet, serene hill capitol and undoubtedly its spiritual nexus. A magnificent old palace now turned temple, houses a tooth relic of the Buddha himself. Tea plantations grace the city’s outskirts and breathtaking valley buildings line Kandy’s panoramic view. The almost uncountable number of temples stand in harmony with kovils, churches and mosques making this last great kingdom of Sri Lanka a multi-religious center for the soul. Kandy is called Maha Nuwara by locals, meaning Great City and it truly has remained great through the centuries. Hotels sport balconies with views of the lake below in the heart of the city, giving you a great view no matter where you stay. Walks across the lake early morning or at sundown combine with hill city views and the cool mountain air to create a wonderful atmosphere.After that proceed to Ella
Overnight stay at a selected hotel in Ella
Ella – Hikkaduwa
3 Star or above
After breakfast proceed to Hikkaduwa. En route, visit the famous Ravana Waterfall.
Ravana Falls is a popular sightseeing attraction in Sri Lanka. It currently ranks as one of the widest falls in the country. This waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft) in height and cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. During the local wet season, the waterfall turns into what is said to resemble an area flower with withering petals. But this is not the case in the dry season, where the flow of water reduces dramatically. The falls form part of the Ravana Ella Wildlife Sanctuary, and are located 6 km (3.7 mi) away from the local railway station at Ella.
After that proceed to Hikkaduwa.
Hikkaduwa is a seaside resort town in southwestern Sri Lanka. It’s known for its strong surf and beaches, including palm-dotted Hikkaduwa Beach, lined with restaurants and bars. The shallow waters opposite Hikkaduwa Beach shelter the Hikkaduwa National Park, which is a coral sanctuary and home to marine turtles and exotic fish. Inland, Gangarama Maha Vihara is a Buddhist temple decorated with hand-painted murals. Hikkaduwa’s economy was traditionally based on fishing and coconut cultivation. This was replaced by tourism when its golden sandy beaches were discovered. It is a well-known international destination for board surfing. The town was featured in an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s television show No Reservations
Hikkaduwa was affected by the tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake along with nearby villages Telwatta, Paraliya (site of the Queen of the Sea rail disaster), Dodanduwa, Kahawa and Rathgama. In the aftermath of the tsunami, many of the families who had lost everything were given sewing machines as part of the relief operations. As a result, the town has a multitude of tailors who will custom-make shirts, trousers, and shorts.
Overnight stay at selected hotel in Hikkaduwa
Hikkaduwa - Galle
3 Star or above
After breakfast check out and proceed to Galle using Sri Lankan’s southern highway. Once in Galle enjoy the Galle fort city tour.
Galle is place that’s been frozen in time. Drive into town and an epic, monstrous Fort will greet you to one side – a Dutch Fort that encompasses the heart and soul of Galle. First built by the Portuguese in 1558, the Fort was fortified extensively by the Dutch in the 17th Century and of course is now inhabited by a host of Sri Lankans and many other European nationalities making it an intercontinental mass of history and culture. The ramparts are perfect for an evening stroll as the silhouettes of children playing against the backdrop of the sunset are breathtaking sites you will want to see and photograph while you are in town. Wander back along the tiny streets and marvel at the architectural wonders that will greet you along the way like religious institutions, judicial complexes, mosques and more. While the actual Galle town is a place of trade and chaos, the Fort has increasingly been known as the country’s artistic hub playing host to festivals and events that bring in some of the world’s leading artists and authors. The Galle Literary Festival, the Galle Children’s’ Festival and the Galle Music Festival are just some of the biannual occurrences in the Fort while exhibitions and performances are a daily dose for anyone who visits here.
The history and significance of the mammoth-sized Fort has also made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site, bringing in hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
Once the Galle city tour is finished, enjoy the lunch in a selected restaurant. Thereafter proceed to Colombo, and enjoy the city tour with city shopping.
Overnight stay at selected hotel at Galle.
Colombo – Airport
After Breakfast, rest of the day at leisure in the hotel. Later check out and proceed to the Colombo Airport to catch your flight back home accompanied with all the surprises you had with happy memories of the tropical isle Sri Lanka.
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