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Let us do justice to your choice in selecting us to tour around Sri Lanka. These 11 days of your lives will be promisingly entertaining, exciting and full of new experiences. The tour covers a good range of Sri Lanka’s places of interest. Having gathered unique traditional experiences in Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya and Kandy, you will then have the most remarkable moments at most attractive places as Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Ella, Nuwara Eliya and Pinnawala. Apart from those, your time at Wilpattu National Park will be adventurous.
Arriving to Sri Lanka
Upon your arrival in Sri Lanka, you will be warmly greeted by our representative who will then assist you in a smooth transfer to your hotel in Negombo. If time permits, you will be lucky enough to explore the exotic Negombo. You will be enjoying a great stay overnight at your hotel in Negombo.
Visit Wilpattu National Park
Post breakfast in the morning, you will be driving towards one of the most popular national parks in the Island; Wilpattu National Park. Popular for its Willus (natural Lakes) which are filled with rain water, the park is a natural beauty to wander. Wilpattu is known as the largest national park in the Island which is also popular for its Leopards population.
The national park is home to many creatures, fauna and flora. Common captures in the wilderness of Wilpattu include birds as the Painted Stork, Openbill, Jungle Fowl, Pin Tail, Whistling Teal, Spoonbill and reptiles as Mugger Crocodile, Cobra, Rat Snake and Fauna as Palu, Weera, Milla, Satin and Mammals as Elephants, Leopards, Sloth Bear, Sambar Deer and Spotted Deer.
You will be staying overnight at your hotel in Anuradhapura.
Visit Anuradhapura and Aukana
Post breakfast, you will visit the quaint and holy grounds of Anuradhapura. The ancient Kingdom of Anuradhapura which is popular for its well preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lanka still holds pride and honor in upholding all religious rituals and practices with millions of followers and worshippers in and around the city of Anuradhapura. You will see many ruins from past and remarkably attractive temples, stupas and other Buddhist interests as Isurumuniya, Magul Uyana, Vessagiriya, Rathna Prasadaya, Dakkhina Stupa, Naka Vihara, Kiribath Vehera, Samadhi Statue, Toluvila Statue and Ranmasu Uyana.
You will then be taken to visit the great Avukana Buddha Statue located in the city of Aukana. The popular statue which was built in the 5th century is more than 40 feet tall. Followers from all corners of the world pay a visit annually or so to get blessings. The statue shows some artistic influence from Gandhara and Amaravati schools of art in India.
Ending a tiresome day, you will then rest and relax at your hotel in Sigiriya preparing for an exciting tomorrow.
Visit Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya
Today, after breakfast gear up to be swept away by the sunrise of Polonnaruwa; the second most ancient city of the Island. The ancient kingdom which was declared as a war heritage site is now a major place of interest for any Buddhist followers for the ruins that remains. Though many took keen interest in ruling Polonnaruwa, King Parakramabahu the first is considered as the real hero for during his reign was when the Kingdom cherished and was considered as the Golden age of Polonnaruwa. During that period agriculture and trade flourished. Later in 1284 with many successors having controlled the kingdom, it was finally invaded. At present, Polonnaruwa remains as one of the best archeological cities in the country which is why your tour will be more interesting.
Prepare to embark on a historical yet a magnificent and an exquisite tour at Sigiriya; one to awe and one to call to magnificent and exquisite. Sigiriya which was also announced as a UNESCO world heritage site promises you a tale to remember. King Kashyapa; son by a non royal consort seized the throne from his father which rightfully belonged to King Moggallana and fled to Sigiriya and built his own kingdom making his imaginations a reality.
The one and only Sigiriya is a must to see for its incomparable beauty and architecture. The premises comprise of an entrance with a Lion’s gate, the gigantic Lion’s paw, Sigiriya frescoes, water gardens, terrace gardens and boulder gardens.
Having explored the scenic surroundings of Sigiriya, enjoy your scheduled stay at the hotel.
Visit Dambulla Cave Temple, Spice Gardens and Temple of the Tooth
Post an early breakfast, you will be embarking on an interesting tour. First you will be paying a visit to the great Dambulla Cave Temple which is built on a 600 ft high rock. The temple is home to many cave temples that comprise vivid colorful paintings of Lord Buddha, Gods and Goddesses and Kings and Queens. These temples were constructed by King Valagamba to hide himself during invasions and he has used these cave complex to hide for 12 years frequently. The five caves within the premises are namely, Cave of Lord of the Gods, Cave of Great Kings, Cave of Great New Temple, Cave of Western Temple and Cave of Second New Temple. These caves include 45 ft. sleeping Buddha statue, statutes of Gods and Goddesses as well as Kings and Queens as well as many ancient treasures.
Your next stop will be at the Spice gardens where you will learn all basics about growing endemic spices and how they are bred. The spice garden tour will be done by a guide from the spice gardens who will explain every bit of anything you will want to know. The spice gardens include a variety of spices as Chilies, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Saffron and many more.
Your final visit for the day would be the Temple of the Tooth which is one of the main attractions in the Island. The sacred city of Kandy is a must to visit in your tour. The Temple of the Tooth is where the deposits of Lord Buddha lies. Many worshippers from all over the world visit the temple often. This Buddhist temple is purely extraordinary. Sri Lankan culture, beliefs and expectations from the followers are shaped up and communicated in a way by the temple to build a great nation going forth.
Visit Royal Botanical Garden, Pinnawala and Gem Museum
Today in the morning, start your tour with excitement as you will visit the royal botanical gardens. The gardens which is in Peradeniya is beyond explanation. Most popular for its Orchid population, the garden comprises of around 4000 species of plant varieties, species, medical plants and palm trees. Spreading over 147 acres of land, the botanical gardens is a real beauty. The garden was formally designed by Alexander Moon in 1821. The more you explore the more you enjoy at the gardens.
You will next be taken to visit the Pinnawala orphanage of Elephants where you will enjoy the advantage of nurturing the elephants and making them feel better. Visitors are given the privilege to assist in their daily routine as feeding baby elephants with bottles, playing with them and involving in their other daily activities. From the time they wake up to the time they have their daily bath and the day comes to an end, all visitors are privileged to witness.
You will then be taken a tour to the Gem Museum in Kandy. The various types of endemic gems are for exhibition at the museum. These priceless gems at the museum are a true attraction to the Island.
Return back to your hotel in Kandy for overnight stay.
Visit Nuwara Eliya
Post breakfast, you will be visiting and spending the entire day at one of the most attractive cities on the Island. Nuwara Eliya being top ranked as a tourist attraction spot since ages with a very pleasing cold weather invites all guests with a warm embrace. Nuwara Eliya is one place to feel free and relax leisurely. The beautiful nature and scenic views lets one feel stolen away. Many attractions in the town will amaze you and let you enjoy your tour after a tiresome and exciting few days. Some places of interest in Nuwara Eliya include, Victoria Park, Golf Club, Horton Plains, Waterfalls, World’s End, Entertainment Park, Boat rides in the Gregory’s Lake, Ambewela Dairy Farm, Tea land visits and many more. Enjoy this very moment which will amuse you and make you feel alive.
Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya.
Visit Ella and Little Adam’s Peak
Post breakfast, you will then be taken to visit the most charming Ella. With increased popularity since recently, Ella is gaining more and more interest. The natural beauty has everything to offer its guest. The little town is entered passing the popular Ravana Falls which is one major reason for tourist attraction. The Ella has many adventure parks, waterfalls, luxury hotels and best restaurants to offer.
Your next stop for the day would be the Little Adam’s Peak in Ella. Popular for jaw dropping scenery and views, the Little Adam’s Peak is also 1141 M high and beats every beauty. Feel tempted to spend extra time with this wild beauty before leaving Ella.
You will be transferred to your hotel in Hikkaduwa or Unawatuna for night stay.
Day 09 & 10
Relax in Hikkaduwa or Unawatuna
Today in the morning, enjoy leisurely at the local beaches of Hikkaduwa or Unawatuna while being swept away by the breath taking sunrise. The beaches of Hikkaduwa or Unawatuna are exquisitely beautiful and possess unparalleled beauty. This would be the time for you to enjoy your own pace and relax before leaving this charming Island of Sri Lanka. The freshest and the finest sea fish varieties are a must to try.
Relax and rest at your hotel.
Leaving heavy heartedly with emotional attachment to Sri Lanka will never be easy. Yet time has arrived to bid goodbye for now. You will then be transferred to the Bandaranaike International Airport for your scheduled departure.
Tour package includes
- Accommodation (BB Basis)
- Transport in an air-conditioned private car/van accompanying English speaking chauffeur guide throughout the tour
- Unlimited travel distance
- All applicable taxes
Tour package does not include
- Entrance fees at visiting sites as per the given itinerary
- Lunch, dinner & beverages
- Tips, portage or any expense of personal nature
- Cameras and video permits for certain sites