Tour Highlights

Negombo, Munneshwaram Hindu temple, Yapahuwa, Haththikuchchi, Sri Mahabodhi, Ruvanveliya, Thuparama, Samadhi Buddha statue, Mihintale, Avukana, Namal Uyana, Minneriya National park, Sigiriya, Hiriwadunna trek, Dambulla Cave Temple, Nalanda Gedige, Dalada Maligawa, Royal Botanical Garden, Udawaththakele, Gadaladeniya, Nuweara Eliya, Hortain Plains, Hakgala, Dova Rajamaha Vihara, Buduruwagala, Yala National Park, Kataragama, Galle Dutch Fort.

Day 01 Airport / Negombo

Arrival to the Katunayake Bandaranayke International Air Port. Meet our foreign language speaking National Tourist Guide Lecturer or our Company Representative and transfer to Negombo. Check in at the Hotel. In the evening do a City Tour of Negombo.

Negombo

Negombo is a major tourist destination in Sri Lanka and also home to the countries second largest Fish Market and home to the largest community of Catholics in Sri Lanka. Negombo has once been a trading port for Portuguese and for the Dutch, who were engaged in Cinnamon Trade. Due to the Colonial Period a number of historical Buildings can still see. The main attractions of the City are the Old Dutch Canal and the old world fishing crafts like outrigger canoe and Catamaran introduced by the Portuguese traders. The Negombo Lagoon is one of the most scenic landmarks of the City.

Dinner and Overnight stay at Negombo

Day 02 Negombo / Chilaw/ Yapahuwa / Haththikuchchi / Anuradhapura.

Breakfasts at the Hotel.
Thereafter proceed to Chilaw to visit the Munneshwaram Hindu Kovil.

Munneshwaram

Munneshwaram temple has five shrines, three of them are Hindu and two of them are Buddhist. Munneshwaram is one of the five ancient Hindu temples dedicated to God Lord Shiva, located in a village called Munneshwaram in the Puthtalam District. The Central temple is the largest and most prestigious amongst devotees and others are dedicated to God Ganesh and Goddess kali. The Portuguese destroyed it in 1578 and used the core of the building as a Roman Catholic chapel and during the reign of King Rajasinha 1 it was rebuilt.

Afterwards proceed to Yapahuwa to visit and climb the Rock Fortress.

Yapahuwa

Yapahuwa was the 4th Capital of Sri Lanka, built on a huge rock boulder, by the king Buvenakabahu in 13th century (1273-1284). But the history of Yapahuwa goes back to the prehistoric period; 28000 years ago people have lived in the caves there. In the 2nd century BC the place served as a Buddhist Monastic, where a large number of Buddhist Monks have lived in the caves, which can be still seen. Once the sacred tooth Relic of the Buddha was kept there.
Thereafter proceed to Haththikuchchi to visit a one of the oldest Buddhist Monastery in Sri Lanka.

Haththikuchchi

This was one of the oldest Buddhist Monastic Complex, where a large number of Buddhist Monks had lived and is believed to have been built by King Devanampiyatissa in the 3rd century BC. It is said that this was the place, where the King Sirisangabo offered his head to a peasant.

Thereafter proceed to Anuradhapura.
Dinner and Overnight stay in Anuradhapura. .

Day 03 Anuradhapura / Mihintale / Anuradhapura

Breakfasts at the Hotel.
Thereafter explore the Ruins of the first Capital of an ancient Sri Lanka by bicycle.

Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura, a World Heritage site declared by UNESCO was the 1st Capital of Sri Lanka from 4th century B.C. until the beginning of the 11th century A.D. and also was the Centre of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries. During this period it remained one of the most stable and durable centre of political power and urban life in South Asia. In this ancient city, the sacred Bo-tree which is said to dates back to the year 245 BC can be seen. Apart from that the brazen Palace, the Twin pond, the Moonstone, The Samadhi Buddha and also a number of colossal Dagobas like Ruwanweliya, Jetewanaya and Abayagiriya can be seen.

Afterwards proceed to Mihintale to explore the Ruins of the oldest Buddhist monastery in ancient Ceylon.

Mihintale

Mihintale, the sacred forest mountain missaka Pabbatha, where King Devanampiyatissa met Arahath Mahinda and his retinue in the 3rd century BC. Is the cradle of the Buddhism in Sri Lanka. The lord Gautama Buddha had visited this place on his third visit to Ceylon in the 06th century BC. Mihintale is regarded as one of the sixteenth most sacred places by the Buddhists in Sri Lanka. Mihintale was the first Buddhist monastic Complex, where a large number of Buddhist Monks had lived.

Thereafter return to the Hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay in Anuradhapura.

Day 04 Anuradhapura / Avukana / Namal Uyana / Minneriya / Habarana

Breakfasts at the Hotel. Afterwards proceed to Avukana to visit one of the Colossal Buddha Statues, made out of living rock.

Avukana

It is a rural village, located in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka, where a large colossal standing Buddha statue carved out of living granite stone is situated. The Avukana Buddha Statue is one of the five colossal standing Buddha statue in Sri Lanka and it is 11.36 m high, measuring from the lotus seat to the top of the head. It was a work of the king Dhatusena ruled in the 5th century A.D., is one of the best example of a standing statue constructed in ancient Sri Lanka.
Afterwards leave for the Jathika Namal Uyana for a nature walk.

Jathika Namal Uyana

It is the largest Iron Wood Forest situated in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka. A Buddhist Monk called venerable Wanawasi Rahula Thero focused the attention of the nation towards this unique natural forest around 15 years ago. It has a great history stemming from the Era of king Devanampiyatissa of Anuradhapura. The biggest Pink Quartz deposit of Asia belonging to the pre-historic era of 550 million years ago can be seen in this iron wood forest. Today it has become a focal attraction for the tourists, environmentalists, journalists, and researchers.

Afterwards proceed to Minneriya for a Jeep Safari.

Minneriya

It is located in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka, is a one of the ideal national park to observe a large number of wild elephants. On 12th August 1997, it was declared as a national park to protect the wild life of the surrounding are.

Thereafter proceed to Habarana.
Dinner and overnight stay in Habarana.

Day 05 Habarana / Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Habarana

Breakfasts at the Hotel.
Thereafter proceed to Sigiriya for climbing the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Sigiriya, a world heritage site declared by UNESCO in 1982, is a unique archaeological monument in South Asia. It is a granite rock which rises to a height of about 200 meters from the surrounding plain. In the 5th century A.D. the King Kassyapa turned it and its surroundings in to a fortified capital, building a palace at the top of the rock like another Alakamanda and lived there like the God Kuvera. Sigiriya constitutes a unique concentration of 5th century Sri Lankan town-planning, art and architecture, landscape- gardening and hydraulic technology.

Thereafter proceed to Polonnaruwa. Lunch on the way. After lunch explore the Ruins of the second Capital of an ancient Ceylon.

Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa was the 2nd capital of the ancient Sri Lanka. The Sinhalese King Vijayabahu, who ruled in 1070AD declared the 2nd Capital of Ceylon after having defeated Chola Invasions. But the Golden Era of Polonnaruwa is considered in the Reign of King Parakramabahu 1. During his Reign, Trade, Agriculture, Irrigation system flourished and Polonnaruwa Kingdom was completely self- sufficient. Making the Parakrama Samudra, the King Parakramabahu showed us the Skills of the People in Irrigation, who lived at that time. Amongst the ruins, Galviharaya, The king Parakramabahus Palace, Atadageya, Hatadageya, Vatadageya, Rankothvehera, Lankathilaka are worth to see.

Afterwards visit an indigenous Wood Carving Centre in Polonnaruwa. Thereafter return to the Hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay in Habarana. .

Day 06 Habarana / Hiriwadunna / Dambulla / Nalanda Gedige / Kandy

Breakfasts at the Hotel.
Thereafter leave for Hiriwadunna for a nature walk in a rural village.

Hiriwadunna

Hiriwadunna is a village, located in a very remote area where the people lead a very traditional way of life. They cultivate lands in a traditional way and their main occupation is farming. It is full of natural beauty and a large number of birds and other beasts can be seen in that territory. The mode of transport is very often the Bullock Kart and you can enjoy the Bullock Cart ride around the village.

Thereafter proceed to Dambulla to visit the Rock Cave Temple.

Dambulla

It is also known as the Golden Rock Temple of Dambulla, is located in the Central Province of Sri lanka. It is the largest and well preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The history of the Temple goes back to the 1st century BC. It is traditionally thought, that the King Valagamba converted the first two caves in to a temple. It is one and only temple, where a large number of Buddha Statues and also paintings are seen writhing a one temple in the country. In the year 1991 it was declared as a World Heritage Site.

Afterwards proceed to Kandy visiting Nalanda Gedige and a Spice Garden in Matale en-route.

Nalanda Gedige

Neither the local public nor the foreign tourists know much about Nalanda, yet this site is unique in local archaeology, because of its ruins dates back to a period of over a thousand years. It is significance to the historians and to the archaeologists is the presence of the ruins an ancient monastery and a stone build Buddha image house popularly known as Gedige being located at this site. This image house is suppost to be a unique building amongst our ancient ruins due to many reasons. One is that it is considered as the only Buddha image house in Sri Lanka that bears the main characteristics of the famous Pallawa architecture of Mahabalipuram (7th century AD) in South India. Secondly it depicts a combination of Theravada and Mahayana forms of worship and at the same time both Buddhists and Hindu forms too are also visible. According to available evidence this may have been built somewhere in the period between 8th and 10th century AD.

Dinner and overnight stay in Kandy.

Day 07 Kandy/ Udawaththakele/Sri Dalada Maligawa/Gadaladeniya/Royal Botanical Garden

Breakfasts at the Hotel
Afterwards leave for Udawaththakele for a nature walk.

Udawaththakele

Udawaththa kele is a historic forest reserve and extend of 104 hectares. During the Days of the kandyan Kingdom, it was known as Udawasala Waththa, means the Garden above the Royal Palace. The forest reserved for the Royal Family and used as a Pleasure Garden by the Kandyan Kings. A great variety of plant species especially Lianas, shrubs and small trees and several giant lianas can be seen here. It was designated as a forest reserve in 1856 and it became a sanctuary in 1938.

Thereafter visit the most sacred Sri Dalada Maligawa (The Temple of the Tooth).

Sri Dalada Maligawa

The Temple of the Tooth Relic is the most sacred place of worship of the Buddhists. It was first build by king Wimaladarmasuriya in 1592AD. Among the relics of the Buddha, it is the most venerated Object of worship for Buddhists. Three rituals with the beating of the Drums are performed daily. The morning ritual begins at 5.15am. The midday ritual starts at 9.15am and the evening ritual starts at 6.15p.m.

Afterwards visit the Gadaladeniya Temple.

Gadaladeniya

Gadaladeniya was built by King Buwenakebahu IV in 14th century during the Gampola era. This Temple was built of stone on a flat rock. According to the available records, the chief Architecture of this temple was a South Indian and there is a belief that the workers had been brought from South India. Therefore the Temple shows the south Indian design. The Temple was abandoned and the King Viraparakama Narendrasinhga (1707- 1739) handed over it to Ven. Velivita Sri Saranankara Sangaraja.

Thereafter visit the Royal Botanical Garden.

The Royal Botanical Garden

According to available evidence, the royal Botanical garden at Peradeniya was established by Alexander moon in 1822. The total area of the garden is 59 hectares. During the World War II, the Garden was used by Lord Louis Mountbatten, the supreme commander of the allied forces in the south Asia, as the headquarters of the South East Asia. In the garden there are more than 4000 species of Plants, including Orchids and Palm trees. Interesting features are Orchid House, the Fernery, Spice Garden and the trees planted by the distinguished Visitors to the Country like king Edward vii, the late Czar of Russia, King George v, the King of Belgium and Kurt Georg Kiesinger.

Thereafter visit a Gem Lapidary, a Batik Factory. In the evening witness a Cultural Dance Performance.
Dinner and overnight stay in Kandy.

Day 08 Kandy / Nuwara Eliya

Breakfasts at the Hotel.
Afterwards proceed to Nuwara Eliya visiting a Tea Factory en-route.

Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya, the Salubrious city, which is at an elevation of 1890mmeters above Sea Level, is one of the main Tourists destination for the Local and Foreign Tourists. Due to its pleasant Climate, Nuwara-Eliya known as Little England. The British Governor Sir Edward Bans converted Nuwara Eliya in to a commercial and coffee planting centre during the 1930s.

In Nuwara Eliya do a City Tour.
Dinner and overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.

Day 09 Nuwara Eliya / Hortain Plains / Hakgala / Bandarawela

Breakfasts at the Hotel.
Thereafter proceed to Hortain Plains . In Hortain Plains do a nature walk.

Hortainplains

Hortain Plains is a wonderful creation of the nature is located around 2000-2300m above the sea level. It is rich in Biodiversity and many species found here are endemic. The original name of the area was Mahaeliya thenna (great open plain). But in the British period, it was renamed after Sir Robert Wilmot Hortain, the British Governor of Ceylon from 1831 to 1837. But the history goes back to pre historic period. It was a Strict Nature Reserve and in the year 1988 it was designated a National Park and in the year.It was declared as a World Heritage site by the UNESCO. The main attractions in the park are Bakers fall, Worlds End and a large herd of Sri Lankan Samba deer.

Thereafter return to Nuwara Eliya and visit the Botanical Garden in Hakgala.

Hakgala

It is the 3rd largest Botanical Garden in Sri Lanka, situated in the Nuwara Eliya District, around 1800m above sea level. The garden was established in 1861. In this Garden, the oldest cinchona, a commercial crop and old tea trees are seen. In the folklore, it says that Sri Lankan demon king Ravana kept Sita in this area and offered to her as a pleasure garden.

Thereafter proceed to Bandarawela.

Bandarawela

Dinner and overnight stay in Bandarawela.

Day 10 Bandarewela / Dova / Ella / Buduruwagala / Yala / Tissa

Breakfasts at the Hotel.
Thereafter visit the Dova Rajamaha Vihara.

Dova Rajamaha Vihara

Dova is a small village located 6km away from Bandarewela in the Uva Province. According to the Archaeologists the Temple may be over 2000 years old. It is believed that the King Walagamba, who ruled in 1st century B.C., took refuge in this cave due to foreign Invasions. The main attraction is the colossal standing Buddha statue carved out of living Rock and beautiful paintings.

Thereafter proceed to Yala visiting Ella gap and Buduruwagala.

Buduruwagala

Buduruwagala, a Buddhist Temple in ancient Ceylon, where seven Statues are seen, carved out of living rock. Amongst these Statues the tallest Buddha Statue, a height of 16meter is seen. According to the available records this Temple belongs to the Mahayana school of thoughts. Though there are no much historical records, it is said that the history of this temple goes to the period of 09th to 10th century A.D.

In the afternoon do a jeep Safari in the Yala National Park.

Yala national Park

Yala is the 2nd largest National Park in Sri Lanka. It spreads over an area of 1260 square kilometres. The was initially used as a hunting ground for the Elite under British Rule. In 1900 it was designated as a wild life sanctuary and on 01. March 1938 it became national Park. Most of the animals live in Sri Lanka are seen here.

Thereafter proceed to Tissa.
Dinner and overnight stay in Tissa.

Day 11 Tissa / Kataragama / Galle / Hikkaduwa

Breakfasts at the Hotel.
Afterwards proceed to Kataragama to visit one of the oldest Buddhist Temples.

Kataragama

Kataragama is one of the most popular and most sacred pilgrimages site of Sri Lanka. The Sinhalese Buddhists as well as Tamil Hindus, Muslims and Christians visit this holy place. This sacred place is dedicated to the God Skanda popularly known as Kataragama Deviyo, who has six faces and twelve arms. The History of Kataragama goes back to Pre Christian era. According to Chronicle some of the People who accompanied vijaya from India in 543BC. Established a village called Kajara-Gama, which is thought to be current Kataragama. Religious Rituals (Puja) are conducted daily and a large number of devotees visit here to fulfil of their vows. The main attractions are the main shrine room which is dedicated to God kataragama and other shrine rooms which are dedicated to a number of other deities and also Kirivehera, an ancient Stupa built by King Mahasena.

Thereafter proceed to Hikkaduwa visiting the Dutch Fort in Galle.

Galle

Galle is the main city of Southern Province. It was once a major trading Port between East and West. Persians, Romes, Arabs and Indians came to Galle for Trades. The main attraction is the Fort built by the Dutch. It was first built by the Portuguese. The Portuguese captured the City from the Sinhalese king and erected a small Fortification. In 1640 the Dutch landed to Galle and seized the City and demolished the Fortification and built the present Fort. The 36 hectare Dutch Fort, surrounded on three sides by the Indian Ocean is now a World Heritage Site.

Afterwards proceed to Hikkaduwa.

Hikkaduwa

Day 12 Stay at Hikkaduwa.
Day 13 Stay at Hikkaduwa.
Day 14 Breakfasts at the Hotel.
Thereafter leave for the Katunyake Bandaranayke International Air Port for departure.



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Please inquire in English or German languages.
  • You will be met and welcomed by our national tourist guide lecturer or our company representative on arrival at the Katunayake Bandaranaike International Air Port.
  • We provide water bottles on arrival.
  • We provide fully air conditioned luxury vehicles along with a qualified English speaking Chauffer Guide from begin to end of the tour.
  • We offer 24 hrs * 7 day customer support service.
  • Optional Excursion or Services could be arranged for which an additional charge will be applicable.
  • The official check in time at hotels will be 12.00hrs.
  • The official check out time at hotels will be 11.00hrs.
  • Management does not take responsibilities for any belongings that are lost, stolen or damaged during the tour.
  • Visits to national parks for jeep safari will be clients own risk. The jeeps available are non air- conditioned and very basic insurance covers.
What does the above programme include?
  • Accommodation on half board basis, but as it is mentioned in the programme lunch will be provided.
  • Transportation by fully air- conditioned luxury vehicle from begins to the end of the tour.
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in the programme.
  • Services of qualified English speaking Sri Lanka Tourist Board approved Chauffer Guide.
  • A bottle of mineral water every day. (500ml.)
  • Fruits as mentioned.
  • Welcome drink and refreshing towels at all the hotels.
  • A farewell gift with company logo.
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  • Tips and Portage.
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