Day 01- AIRPORT - PINNAWALA - ANURADHAPURA
After arrived to Colombo air Port leave to visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala to witness the feeding to the baby elephants. The elephant orphanage is about 2 and half hours drive from the hotel and good chance for a people to get up close and personal with the pachyderm. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage and breeding ground established in 1975 for abandoned elephants in Sri Lanka. Currently its home to one of the largest elephant herds in captivity in the world with more than 85 elephants. Pinnawala was first established by Wild Life department O Sri Lanka in 1975 on a 24- acre preserve near the town of Kegalla, halfway between Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka and Kandy. Its main purpose was to feed and provide care sanctuary to orphaned baby elephants that were found in wild. In 1978, the orphanage was taken over by the Department o National Zoological gardens, and in 1982 breeding program was lunched.
It is good idea to go and have your lunch by the river while bathing elephants. After the orphanage proceed to the Anuradhapura. Overnight stay in Anuradhapura.
Day 02 - ANURADHAPURA CITY TOUR - ISURUMUNIYA - MIHINTALE - ANURADHAPURA
After breakfast visit the largest and oldest of Sri Lanka’s ancient city Anuradhapura, and it's dates back to the 6th century BC. It was made capital in 377 BC, rising to prominence with the arrival of the Buddhism, a pivotal event that saw the city transformed in to a major centre of Buddhist pilgrimage and learning. The great kings of Anuradhapura oversaw a golden age in the island’s history, building colossal dagobas that rivaled the pyramids of Egypt in scale. It’s remained an important centre of power till the 12th century AD. .Anuradhapura located in the North Central Province, 206 km from Colombo. It is nestled between three vast reservoirs known as tanks- the Basawakkulama, the Tissaweva, and the Nuwaraweva. The sacred city of Anuradhapura is a magical place. Featuring some of the most ancient archaeological treasures in Sri Lanka, this vast heritage site is an impressive reminder of an ancient civilization. Most memorable are its gleaming white dagobas (pagoda) – large bell-like structures some over 100meters high which house for Buddhist Relics. The city’s fame spread afar and features in writings from ancient Greece, Rome and China. But after enduring frequent invasions from South India, Anuradhapura eventually fell into decline in the 10th c. AD.
You feel overwhelmed at the scale of ancient Anuradhapura. At the centre of the ancient city is the Mahavihara, the oldest of the city’s monasteries. Worshippers still come to meditate here, drawn to the Sri Maha Bodhi, which is the oldest documented tree in the world. (Over 2200 years). This was grown from a cutting of the Bo tree under which Buddha archived enlightenment in Bodhgaya in Northern India. The Thuparama dagoba, erected in the 3rd c.BC..., was the first dagoba to be built in Sri Lanka and enshrines the Buddha’s right collarbone. Standing before the red- brick Jethawana dagoba- once the third tallest structure in the world is an awesome experience. The Abhayagiri dagoba is still covered in earth and vegetation, while the more famous Ruvanveliseya dagoba, fully restored is beautifully illuminated at night. The magnificent Kuttam pokuna or ‘twin baths’ with their stone steps are well preserved but all that remains of the Brazen Palace – once a nine story structure with 1000 rooms- is 1600 granite columns
The Isurumuniya rock temple houses a famous 5th c.AD Indian style sculpture known as the “Lovers”.
The tour of the ancient kingdoms is very enlightening. To best enjoy it, remember to carry a hat or umbrella along, with a bottle of water and some sun lotion….!
Continue to Mihintale is regarded as the cradle of Sri Lankan Buddhism since it is here that in 248 BC King Tissa whilst hunting met monk Mahinda who converted him and his 4000 followers to Buddhism. You reach the impressive temple complex via a spectacular ancient grand stairway of 1840 steps. Not as tough as it sounds since they are very shallow and most are in the shades of perfumed Frangipani. (You can do it on next day on the way to Habarana too)
End of the day tour return to hotel for over night stay.
Day 03- ANURADHAPURA - HABARANA
After breakfast chekout from the hotel to proceed to Habarana, Dambulla or to Sigiriya. Cheking to the hotel and evening leisure and aslo can have Elephant ride.Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 04 - HABARNA - SIGIRIYA - POLONNARUWA - HABARANA
After breakfast proceed to Sigiriya the “The Lion Mountain” in the morning. In 470 AD Kashyapa the son of a non royal consort of the king, took over the kingdom after committing patricide. He built his magnificent palace on the top of this 200meters high rock fearing the wrath of the crown prince Moghallana. The architectural wonder is famous for its well preserved rock paintings. Of the beautiful “Cloud damsels” seen half up the rock and the “Lion stairway” that provides access to the summit. The complex of the fortress on the plains around the rock extends over 15 hectares. On completion proceed to Polonnaruwa.
Polonnaruwa the Medieval Kingdom from the 11th to 13th century. Ethnic harmony prevailed between the Sinhalese and the Tamils during this period. Buddhist and the Hindu temples located in the same complex and many other ruins symbolize this fact. The palaces, huge granite sculptures and the massive tanks and complex irrigation systems built by the great kings convey the extent of development that existed in this middle history period. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 05 - DAMBULLA - MATALE - KANDY
After breakfast checkout from the hotel and proceed to Kandy, en route you visiting the Golden Rock Cave Temple of Dambulla.
Dambulla is renowned for its cave temple, which were built by King Valagambahu in the 1st century BC in gratitude for the shelter he sought in the caves when fleeing from Indian invaders. Sighted on gigantic granite out crop, which towers more than 160m above the surrounding land, the caves are completely covered by ancient frescoes depicting religious and secular scenes. Protected within the caves are hundred of statues of Buddha, many carved out of the rock itself, of which the largest is the 15m long Dyeing Buddha. While continuing to Kandy, on the way (in Matale) you will have chance to visit spice plantation that grow a variety of spices such as cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg, for which Sri Lanka was renowned and initially colonized by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. You could also visit the Batik factory and watch the production of artistic fabric. Continue to Kandy. Check into the hotel.
Day 06 - KANDY CITY TOUR - KANDY
After breakfast leave to visit the Royal Botanical Garden of Peradeniya, initially a royal park in 1821 under British rule it became a botanical garden. Here exotic crops, such as coffee. Tea, Nutmeg, Rubber and Cinchona (quinine) – an all of which were to become important to the country’s economy were first tested. The botanical gardens are fantastic with and excellent Orchid House, and a wide variety of plant species from all over the world. For keen gardeners, at least a morning is recommended to visit garden, possibly longer.
Later take a guided tour of the city of Kandy.
Kandy is the old capital of Ceylon and the seat of the last Sinhalese Kingdom. It is a charming city with the most important Buddhist temple in the country and is set around an ancient official lake amongst rolling hills that are covered by forests and tea plantations. Set in the mountainous area of the island, there is fantastic view from the upper lake where you can see the whole city of Kandy.
Wandering about in Kandy is a fun experience, with cross roads and interconnecting byroads – all forming and intertwined complex. Most pavements are dominated by the vendors selling garments. Lotteries, toys and variety of fancy items – making passing through look almost impossible especially during festive seasons. The main market are in the heart of the town is frequented often for its array of fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and meat stalls, sweets, cloths, fancy goods and what not ……!
Kandy is a great place to buy gemstones, Sapphires of all colures, Rubies, Tourmalines and many many precious and semiprecious stones can all be found here. Visitors are also invited to have a look around there work shop, where they will be able to see the design, cutting, polishing and setting processes.
Evening there is a local dance performance which you will enjoy in the town in the late afternoon,.
After the show visit the Temple of the sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. Ever since it was founded in the 16th century, it has one of the most sacred relics of Buddhism – a tooth of the Buddha collected from his funeral pyre and which is now protected within the gold – roofed temple of the tooth. At the end of the day return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 07 - KANDY - NUWARAELIYA
After breakfast checkout from the hotel and proceed to Nuwaraeliya (little England) this journey all the way through scenic tea gardens. Visit the Tea Factory to watch how to process the tea before it reached to us
(Optional) You have the opportunity to enjoy a brief train ride on your way to Nuwaraeliya. Your vehicle will travel ahead of you and pick you up from predetermined railway station. Arrive Nuwaraeliya and check into Hotel for overnight stay.Optinal (If you like to have a train journey must inform me before one week minimum to book the tickets. It’s very difficult to get, because it has only limited seats in observation gallery)
Over night stay in cool comfort in Nuwara eliya situated in 1900 meters above sea level.
Day 08 - NUWARAELIYA - HORTON PALINS / ELLA - YALA
(Optional) Early morning visit Horton Plains by hired van or jeep. They are best viewed at sunrise as the mist is less likely to spoil the view at that time of day. A road journey and the 2 – 3 hour work passes through heartland with giant ferns, terraced vegetable gardens and tropical, mist – shrouded forest, where tree branches poke sky wards like gnarled fingers.
You reach big world’s end after a 5km walk from the entrance. The view from the sheer 1000m (3300-ft) drop is awesome. With luck there will be no mist to impede the panorama over the plains. Return to hotel and have leisure in the evening with cold comfort. Overnight stay in Nuwaraeliya. Or
Checkout from the hotel to proceed to Yala.
Enroute we are passing Ella famous for baeutiful landscape and more attractions like climb Ella rock and Little Adams Peak, Rawana Water Fall.Then continue to Yala.
The Yala National Park is the most visited park in Sri Lanka. Visit Yala National Park by 4x4 in the evening. Yala national park (1570 sq.km) was created in 1938 and is located in the south eastern corner of the island. It divers range of habitats, including scrub jungle, blackish lagoons, lakes and rivers are home to approximately 500 hundred elephants and 120 leopards in addition to wild buffaloes, sambar and spotted deer, , sloth bears, macaques and langur monkeys, jackals, mongooses, wild boar etc…..There are also plentiful crocodiles. Yala is also rich in bird life. Around 130 species have been recorded here, including many migrants escaping the northern winter, common aquatic birds include various storks (among them the rare black–necked stork), sandpipers, pelicans, egrets, herons, ibises, kingfishers and the magnificent Indian darter, along with birds of prey such as the hawk eagle and colorful smaller species including green and blue bee eaters, hoopoes, parakeets and bulbuls. Peacocks are ubiquitous throughout the park, while you should also spot at least a couple of jungle fowl, a singularly inelegant, waddling creature, like a feral hen, which has been adopted as the national bird of Sri Lanka.
After a long day return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 09- YALA - BEACH STAY
After breakfast checkout from the hotel to proceed to Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, Bentota, Kaluthara, Beruwala or Wadduwa for beach stays on south coast.You can enjoy your holiday period on the beautiful famous beaches also can have a variety of water sports.
Day 10 - Leisure
Day 11- BEACH HOTEL - COLOMBO - AIRPORT
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