miércoles, 20 de agosto de 2014

Recorrido por Jordania - Srilanka (2007)

En el viaje de Srilanka aprovechando la escala en Amman dedicamos 4 dias a visitar los mas destacado de Jordania. No tengo diario de este viaje, asi que aporto a la memoria el circuito que nos preparo la agencia Traveloteca (solo disponible en ingles...).

DAY 1: Meet and assist at Queen Alia Airport. Our representative will be holding a sign that reads clients names. Transfer by deluxe A/C coach to selected hotel in Amman. Day 2:  After breakfast, Travel down 400 meters below sea level and experience an unforgettable swim at the salty waters of the Dead Sea. Proceed via the kings' high way to Petra, visiting en route the mosaic city of Madaba, where the oldest map of the holy land exists on the floor of Saint Georges’s Cathedral. Mt. Nebo, the traditional burial site of Moses Sea. Continue southwards via the breathtaking scenery of Wadi Mujib to visit the Crusader castle at Kerak. Overnight in Petra

 Day 3: A full day dedicated to the visit of the lost Nabatean city of Petra. Start with a morning ride in a Bedouin guided horse: you’ll pass through the fabled Siq, an immense sandstone gorge which opens out to reveal the Treasury. Continue to gaze at hundreds of ancient temples, royal tombs, RomanTheatres and houses.  Depart to the magical desert of Wadi Rum, the home “Lawrence of Arabia”. Enjoy a mint of tea or Cardamon coffee before touring this moon-like landscaped desert in a Bedouin Driven jeep. After the tour, return to Amman via the desert highway for overnight.

Day 4: After breakfast, Start the day with a tour of Amman , taking in the old and new parts of the city. This includes visiting the mosques and the historical sites in Amman and surroundings. Transfer to Queen Alia International Airport for departure 


Welcome at Airport with garlands & then transfer to Anuradhapura.

Visit AnuradhapuraIt was the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of the ancient Ceylon. It is the home of two World Heritage Sites.  Many places of historical and archaeological interest could be visited.  Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo-Tree) was brought as a sapling of the tree under which Prince Siddhartha attained to enlightenment and it is over 2200 years old and is the oldest historically documented tree in the world. The Brazen Palace (2nd century B.C), the 1600 stone columns you see are all that is left of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks. Ruwanweliseya (2nd century B.C) is the most famous of all the Dagobas. It originally depicted the perfect 'bubble shape" that modern restoration has not been able to accurately reproduce. 'Samadhi' Buddha statue (4th century AD) is one of the most famous statues, depicting the Buddha in a state of 'Samadhi' or deep meditation.  Isurumuniya rock temple (3rd century B.C) is well known for its rock carvings.

Thereafter transfer from Anuradhapura to Kandalama.
 Dinner and overnight stay at Heritance Kandalama.


After breakfast at Heritance Kandalama, leave for Polonnaruwa

Visit Polonnaruwa, which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and which is a world heritage site.  Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in 'Upright', 'Sedentary' and 'Recumbent' postures carved out of rock could be seen, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, the statue of king Parakramabahu, and the Parakrama Samudraya - a lake built by King Parakramabahu the great.  There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.

 Therafter proceed from Polonnaruwa to Sigiriya.

Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The 'Lion Rock' is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the 'Heavenly Maidens' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.

Return to Kandalama

Dinner and overnight stay at Heritance Kandalama.


Breakfast at Heritance Kandalama & then leave for Kandy.

En-route visit Dambulla rock temple , which was was built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and it is a World Heritage Site.  It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka's cave temples.  The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and ceilings, is the largest area of paintings found in the world.  It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 metres.

Also visit a spice garden in Matale to see different spices for which Sri Lanka is famous for. Here, clients could see different spices and how some of these spices are grown and processed. Witness a Cookery demonstration.

Continue from Matale to Kandy.

Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. The name "Kandy" conjures visions of splendour and magnificence.  Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive.  Drive around the Kandy lake built by the last Sinhala king,  Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. 

In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy.  Thereafter witness a cultural show.

Dinner and overnight stay at Earl'S Regency Hotel.


After breakfast leave for Pinnawala to visit the Elephant Orphanage.

The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975, commenced with seven orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but is soon became a conservation and educational centre. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawela started a scientific captive-breeding programme for elephants. The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for respective individuals of both sexes to get together and mate. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, and in 1984, the first baby of Pinnawela was born. The success story of Pinnawela has drawn the attention of scientists from all over the world. A considerable number of books and research articles on Pinnawela have been published in several languages. The members of the Pinnawela herd have been filmed, videoed and photographed thousands of times by professionals.

Thereafter transfer from Pinnawala to Peradeniya to visit the botanical garden.

Peradeniya botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British.  It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.

Transfer from Peradeniya to Kandy and visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary. 

 Dinner and overnight stay at Earl'S Regency Hotel.



After breakfast , leave for Nuwara Eliya.

En-route visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. Here you could observe all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory.

Thereafter proceed to Nuwara Eliya.

Visit Nuwara Eliya.  Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lankas most popular hill resort.  Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lankas tea country producing a significant share of the world s best tea.  Sri Lanka s highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. Nuwara Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia.

Transfer from Nuwara Eliya to Kandapola.

Dinner and overnight stay at Tea Factory Hotel.


Leave the hotel early in the morning with picnic breakfast to Horton Plains.

Visit Horton plains, which is located on a high windswept saddle at about 2134 meters above the sea level. The plains are an expanse of misty grassland with scraggy trees and ice-cold rivulets. Visit the World s End, considered to be the finest view in all of Sri Lanka. The awesome escarpment drops vertically for about 4,000 feet, hence its name. You can also see the beautiful Backer s falls. (Walk is about 14 km)The park shelters mammals such as Sambhur, Leopard and endemic Bear Monkey and famous for its endemic lizards. This area is a home for over 20 endemic bird species including Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush, Orange-billed Babbler and Yellow-eared Bulbul.

Thereafetr transfer from Horton Plains to Nuwara Eliya.

 Dinner and overnight stay at Tea Factory Hotel, Kandapola.



After breakfast at Tea Factory Hotel, leave for Ahungalla .
Check in at the hotel
Rest of the day at leisure.

Dinner and overnight stay at Heritance Ahungalla, Ahungalla.

DAY  08   :       AHUNGALLA

Breakfast at Heritance Ahungalla.

Day at leisure.

Dinner and overnight stay at Heritance Ahungalla, Ahungalla.


DAY  09     :       AHUNGALLA / COLOMBO

After breakfast at Heritance Ahungalla ,proceed to Colombo .
Check in at the hotel

In the afternoon, do a city tour of Colombo. Colombo, like many capital cities in developing countries is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood.  Yet in some parts, the old world charm is retained.  For example, there is a 100-year-old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings.  Other places of interest are the Pettah bazaar – where one can shop for bargain, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Colombo museum, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH)– an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the People’s Republic of China, the new Parliament and the Dutch Museum.

After breakfast , proceed to Airport for departure.

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