12 Days in Sri Lanka

Language English
Price 750,00 USD for excursion
Capacity Group of up to 10 people
Duration 4 days 14 hours

DAY 01

AIRPORT / PUTTALAM / ANURADHAPURA (180 Kms)

Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport. Welcome and assistance, transfer to hotel in Anuradhapura via Puttalam.

The ancient city of Anuradhapura is located at a distance of 206 km from Colombo. The city lies in the northern part of Sri Lanka and is the capital of north-central province. The city of Anuradhapura was established in the 4th century B.C and was the first capital of Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura is an archeological delight as it contains monuments and structures of historical importance. The city is the abode of the largest Dagobas in the country and is considered as sacred by the Buddhist.

Overnight at hotel in Anuradhapura.

DAY 02

ANURADHAPURA / POLONNARUWA (120 Kms)

After breakfast leave for Polonnaruwa.

Polonnaruwa is the medieval capital of Sri Lanka from 11th AD to 13th AD. Polonnaruwa was built more than a millennium ago in 11th century A.D. This ancient town is better preserved than most other old cities of Sri Lanka. Polonnaruwa is about 140 km from Kandy. The ruins of this ancient town belong to the 10th century. Polonnaruwa took over Anuradhapura as the capital city of Sri Lanka because of the invasion of South India.

Polonnaruwa got the status of a World Heritage Site under the cultural criteria of UNESCO. Polonnaruwa is an ancient city with its well-preserved Dagobas, moonstones, beautiful parks, massive buildings, interesting statues.

Overnight at hotel in Polonnaruwa.

DAY 03

POLONNARUWA / HABARANA (50 Kms)

After breakfast leave for Habarana.

Minneriya National Park 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.[1] The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is of historical importance, having been built by King Mahasen in third century AD.

Overnight at hotel in Sigiriya.

DAY 04

HABARANA

After breakfast leave for Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

Sigiriya is 169 kms from Colombo . It's on the way to Polonnaruwa. Sigiriya rock was a royal citadel for nearly twenty years and is nearly one hectare in extent. It is said to build by King Kashyapa who killed his father to gain his wealth. But many historians of present challenge it. Dr Lal Sirinivas of Bangalore a historian states that it was the abode of King Kuvera but later won over by Ravana and was called Chirakuta. This wonderful fortress is a masterpiece of artistry.

Dambulla Cave Temple

Dating back to the 1st Century BC, this is the most impressive cave temple in Sri Lanka. It has five caves under a vast overhanging rock, carved with a drip line to keep the interiors dry. In 1938 the architecture was embellished with arched colonnades and gabled entrances. Inside the caves, the ceilings are painted with intricate patterns of religious images, following the contours of the rock. There are images of the Lord Buddha and bodhisattvas, as well as various gods and goddesses.

Overnight at hotel in Sigiriya.

DAY 05

HABARANA / MATALE / KANDY (94 Kms)

After breakfast leave for Kandy via Matale.

Spice and Herbal Garden you can learn of their medicinal healing properties and how to use them in your day to day needs. Used worldwide in many medicines, the healing powers of spices have been respected from the time of the Pharaohs and Chinese Dynasties, while our herbs are used in Ayurvedic concoctions.

Traditional dancing show

The Dance was done during the king’s times as an entertaining show for the kings. However its popularity reduced when the British took over, but now it’s revived and taken on for the stage. The Kandyan Music & the Dresses all are a beauty to watch.

Overnight at hotel in Kandy.

DAY 06

KANDY

After breakfast leave for Kandy city.

Kandy city is the Hill Capital of Sri Lanka and was the last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings. It still retains an aura of grandeur which has been unaffected by time. Encircled by hills, with a tranquil lake in its center, it is the site of the renowned “Temple of the Tooth” and the Royal Botanical Gardens - home to one of Asia’s best Orchid collections. Kandy and its satellite villages are the center of the island’s handicraft industry and it’s traditional dances are the most lively and spectacular in the country.

Also, explore the Arts & Crafts workshops, Market Places and Bazaar areas

Overnight at hotel in Kandy.

DAY 07

KANDY / PINNAWALA / NUWARA ELIYA (120 Kms)

After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breedingground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km (8.1 mi) northwest of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawalla is notable for having the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. In 2011, there were 88 elephants, including 37 males and 51 females from 3 generations, living in Pinnawala.

Nuwara Eliya is the heart of Sri Lankan hill country, it is the home of the famous Ceylon Tea and the rolling mountains are a carpet of velvety green tea plantations, interspersed with gushing streams and tumbling waterfalls. The salubrious climate, misty glens and the decidedly British character make Nuwara Eliya a must on any Sri Lankan travel industry.

Overnight at hotel in Nuwara Eliya

DAY 08

NUWARA ELIYA (80 Kms)

After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya.

Hakgala Gardens is Rising to an elevation of 1700 metres is 10 minutes drive from Nuwara Eliya town on the Badulla Road. It was established in 1860: first as a cinchona plantation and then adapted to an experimental garden for the adaptation of plants from temperate zones in the tropics. One can see the flowers of an English cottage garden in spring and summer; the oldest tea-bush in the island, an ornamental pond and quant summerhouse. The Hakgala Mountain rises 460 metres and offers one of the most spectacular views. The leopards roam in the nights. There are many legends connecting it to Ramayana.

Horton Plains, the coldest and windiest location in Sri Lanka consists of ecosystems such as Montane evergreen forests, grasslands, marshy lands and aquatic ecosystem. At an altitude of 2,100 meters above sea level, Horton Plains spreads across over 3,169 hectares of the highest tableland of the island. In view of the large number of endemic flora and fauna species, Horton Plains was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 30th July 2010. The escarpment with a depth of 900 meters called World’s End and Baker’s Falls are the highlights of the Horton Plains.

Overnight at hotel in Nuwara Eliya

DAY 09

NUWARA ELIYA / KITULGALA / BENTOTA (210 Kms)

After breakfast leave for Bentota via Kitulgala.

St. Clair's Falls is one the widest waterfalls in Sri Lanka. It is called the "Little Niagara of Sri Lanka and situated 3 km west of the town of Talawakele on the Hatton-Talawakele Highway in Nuwara Eliya District.

Devon Falls, 97 meters in highest, is ranked the 19th highest water fall in Sri Lanka. The stunning waterfall located in Thalawakale, Nuwara Eliya, was named after a successful British Coffee planter called Devon. For a very close view of the falls, access can be gained by passing through a nearby plantation.

Kitulgala is a small town in the west of Sri Lanka. A rain forestry area, which gets two monsoons each year, and is one of the wettest places in Sri Lanka. The Academy Award-winning movie, The Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed on the Kelani River near Kitulgala, although nothing remains now except the concrete foundations for the bridge. Kitulgala is the base for white-water rafting in Sri Lanka.

Overnight at hotel in Bentota.

DAY 10

BENTOTA / GALLE / BENTOTA (52 Kms)

After breakfast leave for Galle.

Sri Lankais becoming a major spot for watching Whales and Dolphins. Sri Lanka is situated within international whaling commission's protected zone in Indian Ocean. West coast in locations from Alankuda beach in Kalpitiya, Mirissa or Dondra Pointof down south, east coast of Trincomalee in Sri Lanka is the main ports of Whale and Dolphin watching in Sri Lanka. Whale and dolphin sightings are additionally available in the western coastal cities of Alutgama, Ambalangoda and Hikkaduwa.

Galle Fort

The port town of Galle is Sri Lanka's fourth biggest town with 80,000 people. The history of Galle dates back to 1505 when a Portuguese fleet bound for Maldives was blown off course and took shelter in the Galle Harbour. This arrival drastically changed the course of Sri Lankan history. In 1598, the Portuguese built a small fort which was later extended. However, when the Dutch took over in 1640, they destroyed all traces of the Portuguese presence. In 1663, the Dutch built the 36-hectare Fort, which is now a World Heritage Site.

Return to Bentota.

Overnight at hotel in Bentota.

DAY 11

BENTOTA / COLOMBO (70 Kms)

After breakfast leave for Colombo.

Kosgoda is famous for its turtle hatchery- operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1981 to protect Sri Lanka's turtles from extinction. The hatchery pays fishermen for eggs that they collect at night along the sandy beach. Visitors can see huge tanks filled with new born turtle hatchlings. After being fed, the baby turtles are taken to the sea and released when they are 2-4 days old, usually during the safer hours of darkness. Although October to April is the main laying season, some eggs can be found at Kosgoda throughout the year.

Colombo city tour

City tour of Colombo including visits to the Residential, Commercial and Bazaar areas – the tour also includes visits to well known Departmental stores such as “House of Fashion” and “ODEL”, which has Internationally recognized “Designer” brands of clothing at an unbelievable price.

Dinner and overnight at hotel in Colombo.

DAY 12

COLOMBO / AIRPORT (30 Kms)

After Breakfast Check out and transfer to Airport for departure.

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