SRI LANKA

Visit historic sites like Sigiriya and Anuradhapura, and enjoy an evening safari in Minneriya National Park with your travel companion. Your journey begins with your arrival in Colombo, and you can also add tours for a supplement.

Highlights

September 2-6, 2022

Travel back in time as we visit the historic sites like Sigiriya and Anuradhapura. Enjoy an evening safari in Minneriya national park. Non-travel industry companions are welcomed to join this journey. Add pre & post tours for a supplement or combine it with another FAM trip in the Indian sub-continent.

Special note – As things start to settle down, we request that international flights not be booked till you hear from Yatrik.com.

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Sep 2
Welcome to Colombo
Sigiriya
Sep 3
Day trip to Anuradhapura
Sigiriya
Sep 4
Explore Sigiriya and enjoy an evening safari at Minneriya national park
Sigiriya
Sep 5
Day trip to Polonnaruwa and Dambulla
Sigiriya
Sep 6
Transfer to Colombo & departure

Day-by-Day Program

Rooms are available for check-in starting 14:00 hrs local. A representative from Yatrik.com will welcome you at the airport. Your transfer has been arranged and you will be driven to Sigiriya right away. It is a 4+ hour drive.

Check-in and relax. The rest of the day is yours.

Hotel: Cinnamon Lodge

Meals Included: None

We will enjoy breakfast at Water Garden Sigiriya

This is a day trip to Anuradhapura.

We will start with Anuradhapura city. Commanding a rich Sri Lankan heritage, Anuradhapura – one of the greatest and oldest civilizations in the world starring 113 kings & spanning over 1300 years in its peak – avows of being the greatest city of ancient Sri Lanka following its reign as the first capital. The sapphire of its crown is certainly the Sri Maha Bodhi – the sacred Bo sapling extracted from the tree under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment – standing more than 2200 years in its pride. Stroll through the sacred trails of the venerated city to adore the legacy that interweaves Ruwanweliseya – the gigantic dagoba resting alongside the Basawakkulama Tank – shading the Samadhi Buddha Statue & Isurumuniya Rock Temple that empower the culture, heritage and supremacy of arguably the strongest kingdom in Sri Lankan history.

Return transfer to Sigiriya.

 

Hotel: Cinnamon Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Post breakfast, we will explore Sigiriya.

We will visit Sigiriya rock fortress, The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site. Sigiriya – not only boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture. Step through the gigantic ‘Lion Paws’ – overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below – to comprehend the absolute splendor that once dominated this rock fortress. Surrounded by ramparts & moats the Lion Rock – resembling the mythological ‘City of Gods’ – is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India. Walk in the shade of an eminent ‘mirror wall’ embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti. Wander into the well-fabricated museum downstairs for an epic journey of yesteryear to realize how the citadel floated above citizens with the castle, ponds and irrigation systems that pumped water right onto its summit with an ingenious hydraulic system describing a colossal masterpiece of the great king which remained a wonder in Asia for centuries.

We will then head to Minneriya where we have an evening safari arranged at Minneriya national park. If you’re up for a serious rumble in the jungle, then Minneriya is your Colosseum! Spreading over 8800 hectares, this is a sanctuary for elephants. Minneriya is home to herds of deer and ample bird life, but its spotlight remains between swaying trunks & flapping ears. We will park our jeep on the bank of the reservoir and switch off its engine. Stay glued, watch carefully as herds of elephants – one by one – roll on to the grass-covered banks, to feed on tender shoots. In fact, this is the largest elephant gathering in the world – over 300 at a time – which has garnished the park to become a magnet for wildlife enthusiasts across the globe.

After being in the wild, it is time to head back to the hotel in Sigiriya.

 

Hotel: Cinnamon Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast is at the hotel.

We will head to Polonnaruwa and start with the city tour. Rising with the decline of Anuradhapura, the city of Polonnaruwa – medieval capital & crown jewel of King Parakramabahu I – remains superior proof of ancient culture & heritage blended with religious beliefs. Walk across its scattered walls of the World Heritage Site – blessed by stupas, resting Buddha statues, irrigation canals and fantastically carved Hindu sculptures – while observing the relic house – Watadage – which boasts of beautiful stone carvings. Take a close glance and you will realize a subtle Hindu influence on architecture and statues found in Polonnaruwa. Or sit by the side of Galviharaya and observe the absolute beauty gushing out of every bend of its huge Buddhist statues. Nissankamalla Council Chamber is however, a head-spinning beauty to just sit back and observe with its swaying pillars reminding the aesthetics of a powerful kingdom which rests beside Parakrama Samudraya – sea of Parakramabahu & masterpiece of irrigation!

From here, we will head to Dambulla and visit Dambulla cave temple. In the city of Dambulla lies a hub which has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. Today, an icon in the face of Sri Lanka, Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the most unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Observe how exquisitely cave paintings are done along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. As we enter the retreat, look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold over a land, which today houses an important junction in the country’s economic and cultural uplifting.

Time to head back to Sigiriya.

 

Hotel: Cinnamon Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast we will head back to Colombo for the onward flights.

 

Hotel: None

Meals Included: Breakfast

Participation Costs

Travel advisor and planner : USD 699.00 per person on twin share.

Single supplement: USD 225.00

Travel companion: USD 869.00 per person on twin share

Additional Information

  • 100% payment is required to hold the spot.
  • An invoice will only be raised once the participating travel advisor confirms in writing.
  • For credit card payments, 5% transaction fee will apply.
  • Wire transfer fee for accepting the payment is included in the participation cost. Remittance fee is extra.
  • All payments will be remitted to Yatrik.com, the DMC and the host for the Sri Lanka FAM trip.
  • Cancellation must be received in writing and will become effective on the date of receipt via email, local time Sri Lanka.
  • 75 days or less – 100% cancellation charge.
  • Between 76 days and 90 days – 50% cancellation charges or the equivalent of the first two days charges depending on the program and the length of stay.
  • Above 91 days – USD 100.00 cancellation fee.
  • All amounts will be held as a credit for future FAM participation or client booking.

Please refer to the Sri Lankan Tourism website or click here.

Visa is required. Please refer to the exact requirements on the Government (visa online) website or click here to be re-directed

  • LKR or Sri Lankan Rupee is the local currency.
  • We recommend carrying a small amount for tipping the airport representative, the driver and the bell staff at the hotel.
  • Exchange counters are available at the airport.
  • The local team member will be able to assist with currency exchange once in the destination.

Please consult your doctor for travel vaccination requirements.