Sri Lanka - Mind, Body, Spirit
6 nights accomodations .
Daily buffet breakfast & dinner.
Trek to Hiriwaduna with lunch
Intercity overland transportation in air conditioned Deluxe coach with English speaking drive/ guide.
Services of an English speaking guide during excursions
Entrance fees to the places of visit as per the itinerary.
Packaged drinking water in the vehicle throughout
Yoga space and mats
All applicable taxes.
Call 207-748-0001 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13484528
- Tour Operator
- Learning Journeys
- Offer valid through 9/30/2017
- 7 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Colombo||ARRIVE COLOMBO|
Welcome to Sri Lanka! Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo. Sri Lanka offers visa on arrival facility. You need to have a valid passport, two passport -size photo with a light background is required (Immigration Department has not specified the size of the passport-size photo) and electronic travel authorisation from Department of Immigration & Emigration (DI&E) of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
After completing immigration and custom formalities, you will exit the airport and meet with your Learning Journeys representative at the arrival area. After the customary greeting, assisted transfer to Sigiriya- driving through the lush green countryside, a mix of coconut palms, paddy fields and banana plantations. (D)
Morning visit the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya. Known by some as Lion's Rock, it is one of Sri Lanka's most recognisable landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sigiriya Rock looms 200 metres above the plains, overlooking the surrounding countryside giving far-reaching views. Used as a safe haven from invaders, the route to the top is up a series of steep steps and gangways. When King Kasyapa built his base here in the 5th century, he didn't merely create a fortress but a fabulous palace on top of the rock, complete with pleasure gardens below. If you climb to the top, you will be rewarded by one thing that has remained unchanged over the centuries; the magnificent views over miles of jungle and rolling hills. Today, only ruins of the palace remain, but features such as the massive Lion's Paws and frescoes of beautiful damsels still give visitors a glimpse of its former splendour.
Afternoon is at your leisure. Take some time to indulge in the hotel amenities or simply relax in your room.
Evening, practise yoga/ meditation at the hotel.(B,L,D)
Taking the advantage of morning cooler temperature, trek through this archetypal Sri Lankan Village to Hiriwaduna, walking along a bund of Wewa (man-made reservoir). The amazing birdlife, butterflies and possible sightings of crocodile only add to the charm of the trek. On the trek, you will pass through small hamlets where you can meet the villagers as they go about their morning tasks for fishing or washing clothes at the periphery of the lake. With the guidance of the farmer, pick some fresh vegetables from the plot and join in the preparation of a simple meal prepared in the traditional method using earthenware pots and firewood as fuel. Your guide will be hand to translate as you interact with the village people and the children.
Note: This is an easy 3 hour walk Later return to the hotel. Evening Meditation and pranayama (B,D)
|Day 4||SIGIRUYA||SIGIRIYA / POLONNARUWA/ SIGIRUYA|
Morning drive to Polonnaruwa for a visit of the well-preserved remains of capital of the Singhalese kings from the 11th to the 13th century. See the excavations: Temples, Dagobas, the Royal Palace, the Royal Library. The most famous Singhalese king, Parakrama Bahu the Great (1153-1186), built in the environs of Polonnaruwa, an impressive irrigation system with many artificial tanks interconnected with irrigation channels.
Later return to the hotel. (B,D)
|Day 5||Anuradhapura||SIGIRIYA - ANURADHAPURA|
Morning, drive to Anuradhapura - the first capital of Sri Lanka. On arrival, check in for your stay.
Afternoon, visit selection of the most remarkable sights of Anuradhapura. As per written records, Anuradhapura was made royal capital by the king Panduk Anhaya in 380 BC. It remained residence and royal capital for 119 successive Singhalese kings till the year AD 1000 when it was abandoned and the capital moved to Polonnaruwa. You will see some of the most famous as well as the tallest dagoba of Sri Lanka, remains from palaces, temples, monasteries, ceremonial baths and the temple of the holy Bo-tree. This tree was grown from a sapling of the very tree under which more than 2500 years ago the Buddha found enlightenment.
Evening, meditation at the hotel. (B,D)
|Day 6||Anuradhapura||ANURADHAPURA - MIHINTALE - ANURADHAPURA|
Wake up early to practice Yoga.
Breakfast at the hotel Afternoon, excursion to Mihintale. Located 10 miles off the sacred city of Anuradhapura, Mihintale is the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. This is the holy land which sheltered the first Buddhist sermon by Arahath Mahinda to King Devanampiya Thissa, when the Poson full moon brightened a forest used by the king himself for hunting. Walk past a massive cooling fountain and head towards the renowned staircase of the temple which leads to Kantaka Stupa built in 1st century B.C. The highlights of the sacred land are Maha Seya - the main dagoba - and Aradana Gala, the peak of the rock offering breathtaking viewpoints of the Kingdom of Lakes, Anuradhapura.(B,D)
|Day 7||Departure||ANURADHAPURA - COLOMBO-DEPARTURE|
Breakfast at the hotel Morning is at leisure
Afternoon drive to Colombo and board flight for onward destination, taking with you peaceful memories and renewed health. (B)