Sri Lanka special

Weligama, South coast, Sri Lanka, 1995."Fishermen along the southern coast of Sri Lanka cast their lines in the traditional way atop poles so they can work in shallow water without disturbing the fish."  - George Eastman HouseThe theatrical stage would not offer a finer gesture, nor a more equisite doubling between the near and the far, than does this picture.  McCurry captures the beauty of a cultural tradition and with it a natural choreography.  This image also preserves a practice now essentially lost to technology, having all but disappeared in the intervening years since the photograph was made.  -Anthony Bannon

Magnum Photos, NYC5948; MCS1995006K200, Phaidon, 55, South Southeast, Iconic Images, final book_iconic

Srilanka 6Days/5Nights

Day 1 :

Arrive Colombo * On to Dambulla (129 kms / approx. 3 1/2 hour drive)

Welcome to your ‘Sri Lanka – Tropical Paradise’ tour! Arrive at the airport in Colombo and proceed on a picturesque drive to Dambulla. On arrival, check into your hotel.

The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight in Dambulla – None (Meals on your own).

Day 2 :

On to Kandy (72 kms / approx. 2 hour drive)

This morning, drive to Kandy. You will enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the central highland with its hills and mountains. En route visit Dambulla Cave temple and Spice Garden. Later in afternoon, you will arrive at the Old Royal City of Kandy situated at 5000 m, beautifully nestled between green hills. In its very centre, lie a small artificial lake and the palace of the last Singhalese king which has become a temple and the holiest shrine in Sri Lanka, where the tooth relic of the Lord Buddha is highly venerated.

On arrival, check into your hotel.

Later in the afternoon, proceed on a city tour of Kandy visiting the gem museum and lapidary. In the evening, pay a visit to the temple of the holy tooth followed by an opportunity to attend a dance performance, where you will see the famous Kandyan dances, as well as up-country and devil dances.

Overnight in Kandy (B)

Day 3 :

In Kandy * Excursion to Nuwara Eliya (75 kms / approx. 1 1/2 hour drive one way)

After breakfast, depart for Nuwara Eliya (1500 m high).

You are now in the tea country; wherever you look, you will see tea plantations, the rich full green of thousands and thousands of tea bushes and out of the green in regular intervals, the white-coloured tea factories will enchant your eyes. Occasionally you can see a few rice fields, vegetable plantations or gardens near the villages. At the town boundaries, there are a lot of vegetable plantations and flower fields along the roads of Nuwara Eliya and in most of its gardens, flowers are blooming.

The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight in Kandy (B)

Day 4 :

On to Bentota (179 kms / approx. 4 hour drive)

This morning, drive to Bentota. It’s a plum spot for serious beach lovers. Thanks to its dazzling combination of sun, sea and sand. On arrival, check into your hotel.

The rest of the day is at leisure

Overnight in Bentota (B)

Day 5 :

On to Colombo (203 kms / approx. 3.5 hour drive)

This morning, depart for Colombo. Enjoy the drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens. On arrival, check into your hotel.

In the afternoon, proceed on a city tour of Colombo.

Overnight in Colombo (B)

Day 6 :

Depart Colombo * Return home with happy memories

Today, bid farewell to your ‘Sri Lanka – Tropical Paradise’ tour as you are transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

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