Airport – Anuradhapura - Dambulla – Habarana - Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa – Kandy -
Pinnawala - Nuwaraeliya - Kithulgala – Airport
|Genre:||Heritage, Safari, leisure, honeymoon|
|Duration:||11 Nights 12 days tour
Day 01 -AIRPORT - ANURADHAPURA
Arrival to Sri Lanka to be meet at the Air Port by CYRIL TOURS representative and Transfer you to Anuradhapura, a first capital city in ancient Sri Lanka. Checking to the Palm Garden Village Hotel for overnight stay. After long drive relax and enjoy the nature.
Day 02 - ANURADHAPURA - CITY TOR - ISURUMUNIYA - MIHINTALE
After breakfast visit the largest and oldest of Sri Lanka’s ancient cities and dates back to the 6th century BC. It was made capital in 377 BC and remained an important centre of power till the 12th century AD. When the capital moved further south. The city was quite large in its heyday, and so there is a lot of archaeology to see. Most memorable are its gleaming white dagabos (pagoda) – large bell-like structures some over 100meters high which house for Buddhist Relics. However, it is the best known for 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, and has been continuously guarded for over 2000 years, making it the oldest historically authenticated tree in the world. The tour of the ancient kingdoms is very enlightening. The temple complex is surrounded by walls, and is quite busy with monks and worshipers. Enjoy it; Shoes can be left near the entrance. It is polite to leave a tip. Also visit Ruwanwelisaya, Thuparamaya, Mirisavetiya, Abhayagiriya, Jethavanaramaya, Twin ponds, Moonstone and many more… remember to carry a hat along, with a bottle of water and some sun lotion….!
Then visit Isurumuniya,
Isurumuniya -The temple was built by King Devanampiyatissa who ruled in the ancient Sri Lankan capital of Anuradhapura. After 500 children of high-caste were ordained, Isurumuniya was built for them to reside. King Kashyapa I (473-491 AD) renovated this Vihara and named it as "Boupulvan, Kasubgiri Radmaha Vehera". This name is derived from names of his 2 daughters and his name. There is a Viharaya connected to a cave and above is a cliff. A small stupa is built on it. It can be seen that the constructional work of this stupa belong to the present period. Lower down on both sides of a cleft, in a rock that appears to rise out of a pool, have been carved the figures of elephants. On the rock is carved the figure of a horse. The Isurumuniya rock temple houses a famous 5th c.AD Indian style sculpture known as the “Lovers”. On the slab has been brought from another place and placed it there. A few yards away from this vihara is the Ranmasu Uyana. Then return to Palm Garden Village Hotel for overnight stay. Then visit Mihintale.
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 with Sri Maha Bodhi tree who converted him and his 4000 followers to Buddhism. It is a sapling of the bo tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment, and is symbolic of the most significant event of Tissa's reign, 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. Return to the hotel Palm Garden Village for overnight stay.
Day 3 –ANURADHAPURA - TRINCOMALEE
During your stay in Trincomalee you can visit Hindu temple, Pigeon island and Dolphin watching by boat (Optional)
PIGEON ISLAND Fringed by a coral reef off Nilaveli in Trincomalee is the Pigeon Island, one of the two marine national parks of Sri Lanka, situated 1km off the coast of Nilaveli. The reason that makes Pigeon Island National Park more unique than the rest of the national parks the country has to boast of is that it´s the only national park to harbour a colony of the most beautiful Blue Rock pigeons. The national park also contains some of the best remaining coral reefs of Sri Lanka. Many of the 100 species of corals and 300 coral reef fishes recorded around the Trincomalee area are found in the national park. Juvenile and adult Black-tip reef shark are seen around the shallow coral areas whilst, Hawksbill turtle, Green turtle and Olive Ridley are the visiting sea turtles of the coral reef. This adventurous yet breathtaking tour of the Island´s National Park should undoubtedly be a highlight in your itinerary.
KONESWARAM TEMPLE Among the various monuments of Hindu antiquity found in Sri Lanka, the Thirukoneswaram Hindu temple in Trincomalee is one of the three principal places of worship dedicated to God Siva. The Koneswaram temple as it is commonly known, a sacred place of Hindu worship of the ancient past, would have remained in its original form up to the present day, had it not been destroyed in the 17th century by the Portuguese, who called it the Temple of a Thousand Columns. As the legendary story goes, a Portuguese soldier once entered the shrine room and defiled it by his presence as he was under the influence of alcohol. The wrath of God having fallen on the man for his unholy behavior in disrespecting the holy place has fallen accidentally into the sea below and drowned.
A Portuguese historian not only describes the exact location of the temple but goes further by describing it as the "Rome of the Orient more frequented by pilgrims than Rameshwaram or Jeganath in Orissa".
Day 4 - Leisure
Day 5 - Leisure
Day 7 -TRINCOMALEE - SIGIRIYA
After breakfast proceed to Sigiriya and visit the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster. After Sigiriya you can have a Village tour (Optional)
Village tour - This was introduced recently in Habarana and Sigiriya areas. In this tour will taking you by three wheeler, then by Bullock cart and crossing the big lake by catamaran. After that walking to remote village farm by foot. If we started our journey in the morning around 11.00am they will provide a delicious Sri Lankan lunch on Lotus leaf made by village women in the mud hut as the traditional way. It is really tastier. Also village woman will show you how to prepare and cook in traditional way. We can order with or without food. Then returned again by the same.
Checking to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 8 - SIGIRIYA - HABARANA - DAMBULLA - MATALE - KANDY
After breakfast checkout from the hotel to proceed to Kandy. Enroute visit Dambulla Golden Rock Cave Temple, Spice and herbal garden in Matale. Checking to Heritance Earl's Regency , Mahaweli reach, Earl’s Regent Cinnamon Citadel, Amaya hills, Thilanka hotel for overnight stay.
Day 9 -KANDY - PINNAWALA - PERADENIYA - KANDY CITY TOUR
After breakfast leave to visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. On completion return to Kandy. Enroute visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden. After a garden you have a opportunity to walk in Kandy city by your own. 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 ……! There is a local traditional 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.. (Sri Dalada Maligawa) 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. It was built within the Royal palace complex which houses the only surviving relic of Buddha, a tooth, which is venerated by Buddhists. The relic has played an important role in the local politics since ancient times; it’s believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country, which caused the ancient kings to protect it with great effort. Kandy was the capital of the Sinhalese kings from 1592 to 1815, fortified by the terrain of the mountains and the difficult approach. End of the day return to hotel
Day 10 -KANDY - NUWARAELIYA
After breakfast checkout from the hotel to proceed to Nuwaraeliya (little England) with this journey all the way through scenic tea gardens and waterfalls. 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 a predetermined railway station. (If you like to have a train journey, you must inform me at least one month minimum prior to booking the tickets. It has only limited seats in observation gallery; it can sometimes be difficult to organize quickly. Arrive Nuwaraeliya and check into Heritance Tea factory / Grand /Araliya Green City/ Araliya green hills / St Andrews hotel for overnight stay.
Day 11 -NUWARAELIYA - HORTON PLAINS - KITULGALA - COLOMBO
After breakfast checkout from the hotel to proceed to Horton Plains ,world's end. This tour will take around 4 hours. then continue to Colombo via Kithulgala. Checking to Cinnamon Grand /Cinnamon lake side /Hilton /Galadari / Taj Samudra hotel/ Ramada hotel for overnight stay.
Day 12 - Transfer to the airport to connect to your flight. (Reporting time at airport 2 hours before flight as required by an airline)
You spend 11 days in Sri Lanka. Now time to say Good bye. You are leaving with lots of good memories. I hope you have enjoy well if there is anything you missed, please inform me. Your suggestions are welcome. Even during the tour.
Please give time to pickup to go to airport. You have to be in the airport before 2.30 minutes.
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