you are in Sri Lanka, you are in a world of wonderful places, wildlife,
gems and jewels, ancient monuments and all that make up a fantastic
vacation. Experience this green pearl nestled in the Indian
Ocean as the tour takes you to the World Heritage sites in Negombo,
Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, and Kandy.
Day 1: Colombo - Negombo
On arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake, 30
km north of Colombo you will be met with a warm traditional welcome. You
will be driven across the fishing town of Negombo to a first class hotel
in Colombo where you will stay for the night.
Day 2: Negombo - Anuradhapura - Sigiriya-Dambulla
Early in the morning, after breakfast, you will embark upon a journey
(250km - north of Colombo) to Auradhapura, the first capital of Sri
Lanka. The crowning glory of Anuradhapura is still resplendent in many a
place of historical an archaeological significance which you can not
afford to miss out. You will pay a visit to Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred
Bo-Tree), the holiest site of the city. Thereafter, you will be taken to
Ruwanweliseya, the most famous of all the Dagobas. You will also visit
the Thuparama Dagoba, which is believed to contain the right collar bone
of Lord Buddha. Then you are going to see the Samadhi Buddha statue, one
of the most famous Buddha statue depicting Buddha in a state of samadhi.
You will then be transferred from to Kandalama/Sigiriya. Overnight stay
Day 3: Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya - Dambulla
After breakfast, you will go for a sightseeing tour of Polonnaruwa, the
second capital city of Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th centuries
AD. Here you will have a chance to see the ruins of the Royal Palace,
the Gal Viharaya, where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha "Upright",
"Sedentary" and "Recumbent" postures carved out of
rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, King Parakramabahu's statue and
the Parakrama Samudraya Lake. In addition, there are sacred places such
as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage (tooth-relic
temple), the Gal Pota (The Stone Book), the Kiri Vehera (the white stone
dagoba). And now you know why this is declared as a World Heritage site.
Then you proceed to the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya. The "Lion Rock"
is a paradigm of unusual beauty rising 200 meters above the jungle. A
moat, rampart, extensive gardens and the seductive frescoes of the Heavenly
Maidens on the face of the wall will leave you spellbound. You
will then be taken to a hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4: Sigiriya - Dambulla - Kandy
After breakfast, you will drive across Kandy via Dambulla. On your way
you will visit the Dambulla Rock Temple, a World Heritage site and the
most impressive cave temple of Sri Lanka. The complex of five caves with
its over 200 sq.metres of painted walls and the ceiling are the largest
area of paintings found in the world. Theses caves are home to over 150
images of the Buddha.
You continue towards Matale, a tiny town 24km north of Kandy, which is
surrounded by the sylvan hills on all sides. You will enjoy your visit
to a spice garden in Matale where you will be acquainted with different
spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed.
Thereafter you will be taken to a tour of the city of Kandy, the last
capital of Sri Lanka. You will relish every moment of your drive around
the picturesque Kandy Lake. You will be driven around the town to
witness the prime centres of attraction- bazaar, art & craft center,
a gem museum and a lapidary . In the evening you will pay a visit to the
Temple of the Tooth Relic. Finally you will be enthralled by the culture
show featuring traditional Sri Lanka dancing and then transferred to
hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5: Kandy - Colombo
After breakfast, you continue driving towards Colombo. En route you
will visit the fabulous Peradeniya Botanical Garden, built as a pleasure
garden by a Sinhala King and was expanded by the British. It has an
exquisite collection of trees, and ornamental plants and flowers. The
orchid house and the spice gardens are worth visiting. Thereafter, you
will be transferred to Colombo.
In Colombo, you will have a fascinating city tour with visits to a 100
year old clock tower and the old Parliament in Fort, a Hindu and a
Buddhist temple, the tree line streets of Cinnamon Gardens which house
the residences of the affluent Sri Lankans and the Bandaranaike Memorial
International Conference Hall and many a colonial building built by the
British. You can go for shopping at Pettah, the favourite haunt of the
shoppers. In the evening you are going to visit the Kelaniya Raja Maha
Vihara Temple, the Buddhist Temple traditionally believed to be the site
visited by the Buddha 2500 years ago. Finally you will be transferred to
your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6: Departure
After breakfast, you will be driven to the airport to connect you to
the departure flight.