HERITAGE AND CULTURE

Theme - Explore Paradise
Key Places - Negombo, Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Bandarawela, Kataragama, Galle, Colombo
Key Activities - City and Historical tours
Accommodation - Mid Range Hotels or Luxury Boutique Hotels

Location

Duration

Day 01
  • (AIRPORT / NEGOMBO) DURATION OF JOURNEY 0.30H (APPROX.)
  • Arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport.
  • Afternoon: Visit Negombo city including fish market, Dutch Canal and the shopping complex etc
  • Overnight stay at a Hotel in Negombo
DAY 02
  • (NEGOMBO / ANURADHAPURA) DURATION OF JOURNEY 04H (APPROX.)
  • Morning drive to Anuradhapura Sri Lanka’s first known kingdom built by King Anuradha
  • Late evening: Visit Mihintale or Vilpattu National Park
  • Overnight stay at a Hotel in Anuradhapura
DAY 03
  • (ANURADHAPURA / DAMBULLA / SIGIRIYA) 1.5 HOURS
  • Morning drive to Sigiriya. En route visit 2nd century Rock Cave Temple of Dambulla, which is the largest area of cave paintings found in the world. It has 5 caves with over 2,000 square meters of paintings and over 150 Buddha rock carvings.
  • Afternoon : Climb the 5th century Rock Fortress of Sigiriya famed for its beautiful frescoes and water fountains
  • Overnight stay at a Hotel in Sigiriya
DAY 04
  • (SIGIRIYA / POLONNARUWA / MENNERIYA / SIGIRIYA) 1.5 HOURS
  • Morning drive to Ancient City of Polonnaruwa
  • Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993. It comprises, besides the Brahmanic monuments built by the Cholas, the monumental ruins of the fabulous garden-city created by Parakramabahu I in the 12th century.
  • Afternoon: Minneriya National Park
  • It is a national park in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area.
  • Overnight stay at a Hotel in Sigiriya
DAY 05
  • (SIGIRIYA / KANDY) 3.5 HOURS
  • Morning : Drive to Kandy. En route, visit a Batik factory and experience the intricate art of traditional hand-made Batiks.
    Afternoon : Tour of the city and surrounding areas of Kandy including visit to an arts & crafts center, a gem museum, a lapidary and the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha.
    Evening : Attend to a Cultural Dance Performance
  • Overnight stay at a Hotel in Kandy
DAY 06
  • KANDY
  • Morning : Visit the three temples of Gadaladeniya, Lankathilaka and Embakke which are some of the oldest buildings in the Kandyan kingdom dating from the 14th century A.D. They contain paintings and sculptures of great historical and artistic importance. Afternoon : Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens which were first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and later expanded by the British. They are an expansive 147 acres and have an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.
  • Overnight stay at a Hotel in Kandy
DAY 07
  • (KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA) 3 HOURS
  • Morning : Drive to Nuwara Eliya, the colonial British retreat famous for its quaint cottages and world renowned tea plantations. You will enjoy the scenic beauty of the hill country, its mountain ranges and waterfalls as you drive along the narrow winding roads heading higher into the mountains.
    Evening : Walk around Nuwara Eliya city built around the golf course or play a round of Golf on the challenging 18 hole golf course of the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club.
  • Overnight stay at a Hotel in Nuwara Eliya
DAY 08
  • (NUWARA ELIYA / KATARAGAMA 4.5 HOURS)
  • Morning : Drive to Bandarawela. Visit Dowa Cave Temple located 6km from Bandarawela at the bottom of a hill on the banks of a charming hill stream. The historic cave temple complex was once the sanctuary for King Walagamba. The temple has a beautiful ornamental gateway. It has a 38 ft Buddha image sculptured from a single rock and paintings belonging to the Kandyan era.
    Afternoon : Drive along the mountain descent to the city of Kataragama in the dry-zone. En route visit Buduruwagala. About 5 kilometers South of Wellawaya and off the trampled track surrounded by a beautiful ancient lake, is the famous rock sculptures of Buduruwagala which is still relatively less known. These seven colossal figures pertaining to the Mahayana Buddhist Doctrine sculptured on to a rock face is still a controversy. A side road to the west reaches the seven colossal figures carved out of a rock face are dated to the 9th or the 10th century. The central figure of the group is the Buddha, standing 51 feet and is the largest standing Buddha in Sri Lanka.
  • Overnight stay at a Hotel in Kataragama
DAY 09
  • KATARAGAMA
  • Morning : Visit Situlpauwa an ancient monastic temple. It is believed that 85% of this ancient monastic complex is still under dense forest cover. It is speculated that the Situlpauwa Vihara complex was built by King Kawantissa (210-161 B.C.) and was the largest monastic complex within the Ruhuna area and the Buddhist Vihara. Historical records show that it had been a large complex of Buddhist monasteries where more than a thousand Arahats, Buddhist monks who have attained the highest mental stage resided.
    Afternoon: Check in to a Luxury Tent Camp Site in Kataragama
    After lunch visit Wildlife Safari in Yala National Park
    Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public, and also adjoining parks. The blocks have individual names such as, Ruhuna National Park,and Kumana National Park or 'Yala East' for the adjoining area. It is situated in the southeast region of the country, and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province.
  • Overnight stay at Luxury Tent Camp Site in Kataragama
DAY 10
  • (KATARAGAMA / GALLE) 4.5 HOURS
  • Morning : Drive along the scenic southern coastline to Galle. You can stop along the way at little fishing villages, stick fish men and Devundara Light House.
    Afternoon : Visit the city of Galle, which was one of the main ports of Sri-Lanka. The Galle Fort, originally built by the Portuguese in the 1500s and later expanded by the Dutch in the 1600s, is a living world heritage site. It is also famous for its hand-made lace.
  • Overnight stay at a hotel in Galle
DAY 11
  • (GALLE / COLOMBO) 2 HOURS)
  • Morning: Drive along the southern way to Commercial Capital of Colombo. Enroot to Colombo you mat get engaged in Corals Watching, Mask Craftsmanship and Sea Turtle hatchery.
    Evening: Tour of the teeming, colourful and fascinating city of Colombo. Visit historic and interesting landmarks of Colombo including the exciting Pettah bazaar area, temples and mosques, town hall, residential area of Cinnamon Gardens, Independence Square, Old Parliament and the seafront at Galle Face Green.
  • Overnight stay at a hotel in Colombo
DAY 12
  • (COLOMBO / AIRPORT) 45 MINUTES
  • Morning: our chauffeur will drive you back to the Airport for your return flight as your departure. (You need to be at the Airport at least 2 hours before your flight)

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