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IncludesNegombo Dutch Fort, Yapahuwa Ancient Kingdom, Anuradhapura Ancient   Kingdom, Mihintale Rajamaha Viharaya, Isurumuniya Rock Temple, Avukana Buddha Statue, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Polonnaruwa Ancient Kingdom, Dambulla Golden Cave Temple, Kandy/Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, 03 famous ancient temples in Kandy, Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, Ceylon Tea Museum/Tea factory visit/Tea tasting, Nuwara Eliya (little England), Ella Gap, Rawana Falls, Buduruwagala Ancient Temple, Kataragama Hindu Kovil & the Ancient Buddhist Temple, Galle Historical City andColombo city tour.

 

 

ITINERARY

Our Sri Lankan representative will be there at the airport to welcome you on arrival. You will then be introduced to your chauffeur/guide to begin the journey to uncover the wonders of this emerald isle. Visit, feel and discover! Feel the vivacity of this island nation, bask in its intoxicating beauty and enjoy an extraordinary travel experience. Explore Sri Lanka’s golden beaches, glorious history, rich wilderness, bustling cosmopolitan cities and be dazzled!

 

DAY 01 : Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) & transfer to Negombo.

                             

Check-in at Jetwing Lagoon Resort in Negombo . In the late afternoon engage in a city tour of Negombo including the Old Dutch Fort visit.

 

 

NEGOMBO CITY TOUR

Negombo is a major tourist destination in Sri Lanka. This city is an ideal and liberal place with luxury, tropical life style, for those who want quick access to and from the country’s main international airport and also to Colombo city center. The 100 km long canal network running through the city is still used, and outrigger canoes and modern water-craft ply this route daily, for trade and tourist purposes. Remnants of colonization include the Dutch fort built in 1672, as well as centuries-old Portuguese and Dutch houses, Administrative buildings, Churches and the ceiling frescoes of St. Mary’s Cathedral. Negombo is known for its huge and old fishing industry with busy fish markets and sandy beaches. There are daily fish auctions, which give tourists a chance to meet the area’s fishermen, buy fish and even organize fishing trips into the lagoon and the ocean beyond.

Overnight stay at Jetwing Lagoon Resort in Negombo.

Website:www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwinglagoon

 

 DAY 02 : After breakfast at Jetwing Lagoon Resort, proceed to Anuradhapura.

 

En-route visit The Ancient Kingdom of Yapahuwa.

 

 

YAPAHUWA ANCIENT KINGDOM

Yapahuwa served as the capital of Sri Lanka in the latter part of the 13th century (1273–1284).

Yapahuwa is in the Northwestern Province, situated on the outskirts of Kurunegala. , Aappropriate footwear and a sun-hat are recommended for the entire expedition.

The Yapahuwa rock rises abruptly from the plains, on its southern and eastern faces, terraces retained by walls permit access to the summit. The king had enclosed the city with a towering wall and a moat, protecting the palace within. A cave temple was built for monks at the apex. It still contains statues of the Buddha and paintings of the Kandyan period.

Check-in at Ulagalla Resort in Anuradhapura/Thirappane. In the late afternoon engage in a city tour of Anuradhapura – an Ancient Kingdom.

 

 

ANURADHAPURA ANCIENT KINGDOM

Anuradhapura became the capital of Sri Lanka in the 4th century BC. Sri Lankan history from the 4th century BC up to 10th century A.D is generally referred as “Anuradhapura” period. King “Pandukabhaya” the third king of Vijayan dynasty became the king after great struggle against his uncles. He is the one who formally planned the city, with gates, quarters for traders etc. Anuradhapura kingdom lasted one thousand and four hundred years until it was invaded by South Indian Chola forces in 1017. It was a very wealthy city which created a unique culture and a great civilization. Today Anuradhapura is one of the world’s major archaeological sites and it covers an area of about 40 km²

Evening back to Ulagalla Resort and relax for the rest of the day.

Overnight stay at Ulagalla Resort in Anuradhapura/Thirappane.

Website:www.ugaescapes.com/ulagalla

 

DAY 03 : After breakfast at Ulagalla Resort, proceed to Mihintale.

 

Morning visit Mihintale Rajamaha Viharaya.

 

 

MIHINTALE RAJAMAHA VIHARAYA

Mihintale is a mountain peak near Anuradhapura. It is believed by Sri Lankans to be the site of a meeting between the Buddhist monk  Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa which inaugurated the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. It is now a pilgrimage site, and the site of several religious monuments and abandoned structures.

Afternoon visit the Isurumuniya Rock Temple.

 

 

ISURUMUNIYA ROCK TEMPLE

Isurumuniya is a Buddhist temple situated near to the Tisawewa (Tisa tank). There are three carvings of special interest in this Viharaya. They are the Isurumuniya Lovers, Elephant Pond and the Royal Family.

 

Bback to Ulagalla Resort.

Overnight stay at Ulagalla Resort in Anuradhapura/Thirappane.

Website: www.ugaescapes.com/ulagalla

 

 

DAY 04 : After breakfast at Ulagalla Resort, proceed to Sigiriya.

 

En-route visit The Avukana Buddha Statue/ Temple.

 

 

AVUKANA BUDDA STATUE

The Avukana statue is a standing statue of the Buddha near Kekirawa in North Central Sri Lanka. The statue, which has a height of more than 40 feet (12 m), has been carved out of a large granite rock face during the 5th century.

Afternoon, visit one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka – the Sigiriya Rock Fortress

 

 

SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS

Sigiriya also known as Lion Rock, the archeological rock fortress or lion -mountain and palace of the Sigiriya is situated in the central province of Sri Lanka. Sigiriya was designated a World Heritage site in 1988. Sigiriya presents a unique concentration of fifth century urban Planning, surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, art and architecture, engineering and hydraulic technology. The Sigiriya rock is a hardened magma plug from an Extinct and long-eroded volcano. The Complex consists of the central rock, rising 200 meters above the surrounding plain, and the two rectangular precincts on the east (90 hectares) and The west (40 hectares), surrounded by two moats and three ramparts. This popular tourist destination, Sigiriya is also renowned for its ancient paintings. The Sigiriya was built during the reign of King Kasyapa (AD 477 – 495) during the Anuradhapura period.

Check-in at Jetwing Vil Uyana in Sigiriya and relax at the Hotel for the rest of the evening.

Overnight stay at Jetwing Vil Uyana Luxury Resortin Sigiriya.

Web site:www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwingviluyana

 

DAY 05 : After breakfast at Jetwing Vil Uyana, proceed to Polonnaruwa.

 

Morning visit Polonnaruwa Ancient City.

 

 

POLONNARUWA ANCIENT KINGDOM

Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka’s splendid medieval capital was established as the first city of the land in the 11th Century, A.D. It replaced Anuradhapura, which was plundered, made desolate and laid hopelessly bare by the invading armies from South India. Three Kings dominate the chronicles of the city and the period. The city reached a dazzling but pitifully brief zenith in the 12th century and though ravaged by invasion in the centuries that followed, much evidence remains of the old grandeur and glory. The ruins of the ancient city stand on the east shore of a large artificial lake, the Topa Wewa Lake, or Parakrama Samudraya (the Sea of Parakrama), built by King Parakramabahu I (1153-86), whose reign was Polonnaruwa’s golden age. Within the rectangular city walls stand the palace buildings and clusters of dozens of Dagobas, temples and various other religious buildings.

Back to Jetwing Vil Uyana and relax for the rest of the day at the hotel.

Overnight stay at Jetwing Vil Uyana Luxury Resort in Sigiriya.

Web site: www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwingviluyana

 

DAY 06 : After breakfast at Jetwing Vil Uyana, proceed to Kandy.

 

En-route visit the Golden Cave Temple in Dambulla.

 

 

DAMBULLA ANCIENT KINGDOM

Dambulla is notable for its sacred caves, which served as shrines in prehistoric times and were occupied in the 2nd century BC by Buddhist monks, who established a monastery here. In 90 BC they provided a refuge for King Vattagamini Abhaya, who established a temporary capital here after abandoning Anuradhapura when it was attacked by the South Indians; and according to belief it was he who made the caves into a center of worship and pilgrimage. Located on the Eastern side of the Royal Rock Temple is the Golden Temple. It possesses all the prescribed distinctiveness needed for its completeness and has been a sacred pilgrimage site for more than 22 centuries. The imposing giant golden Buddha sitting on the roof of the Golden Temple was said to be the largest of its kind in the world.

Check-in at The Elephant Stables Luxury Boutique Hotel in Kandy and in the late afternoon engage in a city tour of Kandy including the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

 

 

TEMPLE OF THE SACRED TOOTH RELIC

Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. The temple houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha, and is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings.

Evening relax at the hotel.

Overnight stay at The Elephant Stables Luxury Boutique Hotel in Kandy.

Web site: www.elephantstables.com

 

DAY 07 :  After breakfast at the Elephant Stables Luxury Boutique Hotel, visit three famous ancient temples in Kandy.

 

 

EMBEKKE TEMPLE (DEVALAYA)

Embekke Devale, famed for its elaborate woodcarvings, pillars and other structures, nestlse in Udu Nuwara. It lies close to Daulagala about eight miles from Kandy. The uniqueness of the temple is attributed to its enticing Wood carvings – The UNESCO has identified these marvelous and elaborate carvings on wooden pillars to be the some of the finest woodcarvings to be found in any part of the world.

 

 

LANKATHILAKE TEMPLE

The history of the Lankathilaka templeruns back to the Gampola kingdom era. King Buwanekabahu IV built the temple in 1344 AD. The majestic Lankatilaka Raja Maha Viharaya, is believed to be one of the most magnificent architectural edifice in the Gampola Kingdom.

 

 

GADOLADENIYA TEMPLE

Gadaladeniya Rajamaha Viharaya and ancient monastery is found on the flat rock at Diggala in the district of Kandy. According to an inscription there this temple was built by King Buwanekabahu IV in the year 1344. The chief architect of the temple was a south Indian called Ganesvarachari. The temple is therefore essentially a South Indian design.

Late afternoon visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya.

 

 

PERADENIYA ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS

Royal Botanical Garden, Peradeniya is situated about 5.5 km to the west of the Kandy City in the Central Province of Sri Lanka, and attracts 2 million visitors annually. It is renowned for its varied collection of orchids. The total area of the botanical garden is 147 acres (0.59 km2), at 460 meters above sea level, and with a 200-day annual rainfall. It is managed by the Division of National Botanic Gardens of the Department of Agriculture.

Evening relax at the hotel.

Overnight stay at The Elephant Stables Luxury Boutique Hotel in Kandy

Web site: www.elephantstables.com

 

DAY 08 : After breakfast at the Elephant Stables Luxury Boutique Hotel, morning visit the Tea Museum in Kandy.

 

 

CEYLON TEA MUSEUM KANDY

The alchemy of land, sun and rain in the Paradise Island of Ceylon, as it was known 40 years ago, presents the ideal climatic conditions for cultivation of tea. Ceylon now known as Sri Lanka brings a new dimension to tea by producing variations in taste, quality, character and appearance, largely based on the terrain of the region. Ceylon tea with its distinct taste and character has now become the consumer’s favorite cuppa. An essential stop on any Sri Lankan tea tour, this museum occupies the 1925-vintage Hantane Tea Factory, 4km south of Kandy on the Hantane road. Abandoned for more than a decade, it was refurbished by the Sri Lanka Tea Board and the Planters’ Association of Sri Lanka.

Proceed to Nuwara Eliya. En-route visit a Tea factory at Mackwoods Labookellie Tea Estate.

 

 

MACKWOODS LABOOKELLIE TEA CENTRE

Situated approximately 1500 meters above sea level in the heart of Labookellie Estate, one of the finest tea plantations in Sri Lanka, is today a popular stop in an international travelers itinerary – providing an opportunity to experience Mackwoods Tea at its best in the salubrious hill country clime as well as providing an instructive glimpse of the manufacture of Ceylon Tea. The Labookellie Tea Centre has for long been a popular land mark amongst both locals and tourists to Nuwara-Eliya from Kandy for their requirements of garden fresh high quality Labookellie Tea. The Tea Centre has been expanded and refurbished to give its many visitors and customers better service in a more comfortable setting. Mackwoods provides visitors with a free guided tour of Labookellie tea factory, an educational experience in the tea cultivation and manufacturing process.

In the late afternoon engage in a city tour of Nuwara Eliya.

 

 

NUWARA ELIYA

Nuwara Eliya is often referred to by the Sri Lankan tourist industry as ‘Little England’. While most British visitors struggle to recognize modern England in Nuwara Eliya, the toy-town ambience does have a rose-tinted English country village feel to it, though it comes with a disorienting surrealist edge. Three-wheelers whiz past red telephone boxes.

Water buffalo daubed in iridescent dye for the Tamil Thai Pongal festival mingle outside a pink, brick Victorian post office. A well-tended golf course morphs seamlessly into a rolling carpet of tea plantations. The dusty and bustling center of town is a thoroughly Sri Lankan tangle, but scratch the surface a little to reveal colonial bungalows, well-tended hedgerows and pretty rose gardens.

Check-in at Heritance Tea Factory Hotel in Nuwara Eliya and rest of the evening relax at the hotel.
Overnight stay at Heritance Tea Factory Hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

Web site: www.heritancehotels.com/teafactory

 

DAY 09 :  After breakfast at Heritance Tea Factory Hotel, morning relax at the hotel.

 

Afternoon enjoy a panoramic train journey from Nanu Oya station (Nuwara Eliya) to Ella.

Check-in at 98 Acres Resort in Ella and rest of the day relax at the hotel.

 

 

INTRODUCING ELLA

Welcome to everyone’s favorite hill-country village and the place to ease off the travel accelerator with a few leisurely days resting in your choice of some of the country’s best guesthouses. The views through Ella Gap are stunning, and on a clear night you can even spy the subtle glow of the Great Basses lighthouse on Sri Lanka’s south coast. Don’t be too laid-back though; definitely make time for easygoing walks through tea plantations to temples, waterfalls and viewpoints.

Overnight stay at 98 Acres Resort and Spa in Ella.

Web site:www.resort98acres.com

 

DAY 10 : After breakfast at 98 Acres Resort and Spa, morning relax at the hotel.

 

Afternoon engage in a city tour of Ella including the Ella Gap view point, Rawana Falls and the 09 Arch bridge.

 

 

RAWANA FALLS

The water fall has got this name because of a legend related with King Rawana. It expositions an ancient story between Sri Lanka and India , By means of a legend king Rawana, The King of Sri Lanka kidnapped the princess Sita and took her to Sri Lanka from India. The legend is bonded with Rawana falls not the Rawana Ella. Then he hid her in a cave behind this water fall.

 

 

9 ARCH BRIDGE

This viaduct was built at Gotuwala between the two railway stations – Ella and Demodara during the British Colonial period is the largest in Sri Lanka. Located almost 3100 feet above the sea level, this 99.6ft high bridge is called “Ahas namaye palama” (Nine skies bridge) in Sinhala. When one stands underneath it and looks up there is a beautiful sight of ‘nine skies’ through the nine arches, hence the Sinhala name. This bridge is also called ‘The Bridge in the sky’ due to the sheer height.

Relax at the hotel for the rest of the day.

Overnight stay at 98 Acres Resort and Spa in Ella.

Web site: www.resort98acres.com

 

 

DAY 11 : After breakfast at 98 Acres Resort& Spa, proceed to Tissamaharama.

 

En-route visit the Buduruwagala Ancient Buddhist Temple.

 

 

BUDURUVAGALA BUDDHA STATUE

Buduruwagala is located about 5 km from the Wellawaya on the Tanamalwila road. The name Buduruwagala means “the rock with the statue of Buddha” And this is exactly what it is. Seven figured are carved in this rock with a massive 51 foot Buddha statue in the Abhaya Mudra gesture at the center. The rock itself has shape of a kneeling elephant with its head down. Although there is no documented information about this site in the ancient scriptures, Different historians have dated these statues from the 6th century to late Anuradhapura period. (Between 8 – 10 Century).

Check-in at Jetwing Yala Hotel in Yala/Tissamaharama and relax at the Hotel for the rest of the day.

Optional: Enjoy a Wildlife Jeep Safari at Yala National Park.

 

 

INTRODUCING TISSAMAHARAMA

Tissamaharama is one of the most pleasant towns in the southern coast. The beautiful man-made tank (reservoir) in Tissa, Tissa Wewa with its remarkable bird life provides the scenic backdrop to the town. Tissa was the sanctuary in the Deep South, where Sinhalese patriots fled to rally support against marauding Dravidian invaders from Southern India. Known by the name of Mahagama (great town), it was one of the principal settlements of the southern province of Ruhuna. Mahagama was founded in the third century BC by a brother of the King Devanam Piya Tissa of Anuradhapura, and later rose to prominence under King Kavantissa, father of the hero of the nation, King Dutugamunu of Ruhuna.

Overnight stay at Jetwing Yala Hotel in Yala/Tissamaharama.

Web site: www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwingyala

 

DAY 12 : After breakfast at Jetwing Yala Hotel, relax at the hotel for the morning.

 

Afternoon engage in a city tour of Kataragama including the Kataragama Hindu Kovil and the ancient Buddhist Temple.

 

 

KATARAGAMA

Sheltered in the foothills 15km northeast of Tissa is Kataragama. This most holy of towns is a compelling mix of pomp and procession, piety and religious extravagance. Along with Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada), this is the most important religious pilgrimage site in Sri Lanka and is a holy place for Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus alike. It is one of those wonderful places where the most outlandish of legends becomes solid fact and magic floats in clouds of incense. Many believe that King Dutugemunu built a shrine to Kataragama Deviyo (the resident god) here in the 2nd century BC, and that the Buddhist Kirivehera dagoba dates back to the 1st century BC, but the site is thought to have been significant for even longer.

Back to Jetwing Yala Hotel and relax at the hotel for the rest of the evening.

Overnight stay at Jetwing Yala Hotel in Yala/Tissamaharama.

Web site: www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwingyala

 

 

DAY 13 : After breakfast at Jetwing Yala Hotel, proceed to Galle.

 

Check-in at Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel in Galle and in the late afternoon visit the Galle Historical City/Galle Fort.

 

 

GALLE HISTORICAL CITY

Galle is the big unmissable destination in the south. It’s at once endlessly exotic, bursting with the scent of spices and salty winds, and yet also, with its wonderful collection of Dutch-colonial buildings, a town of great beauty. Classic architecture melds with a dramatic tropical setting to create a reality that is endlessly interesting.
Built by the Dutch, beginning in 1663, the 36-hectare Fort occupies most of a promontory that’s surrounded on three sides by the ocean. Just wandering the old walls and streets at random yields one architectural surprise after another as you explore the amazing collection of structures dating back through the centuries. Its glories have earned the Fort status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Relax at the Hotel for the rest of the day.

Overnight stay at Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel in Galle.

Web site: www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwinglighthouse

 

DAY 14 : After breakfast at Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel, proceed to Colombo.

 

Check-in at Galle Face Hotel in Colombo and in the late afternoon engage in a city tour of Colombo including National Museum, Dutch Period Museum.

 

 

INTRODUCING COLOMBO CITY

Although reclaiming its 19th-century moniker ‘the garden city of the East’ is unlikely, Colombo is rapidly emerging as a must-see stop in Sri Lanka. No longer just the sprawling city you have to endure on your way to the southern beaches, it has become a worthy destination in its own right.

The legacies of colonial Colombo’s garden roots are still very much intact along its often shady boulevards. Fort is in the midst of widespread historic restoration of its landmark colonial architecture, while Pettah brims with markets and rampant commerce. Even traffic-clogged Galle Road is getting spiffier with glossy new hotel complexes, while the seafront benefits from new roads that are spurring hotel construction. Colombo’s cosmopolitan side supports ever-more stylish eateries, galleries and museums.

Overnight stay at Galle Face Hotel in Colombo.

Web site: www.gallefacehotel.com

 

DAY 15 : After breakfast at Galle Face Hotel, transfer to Bandaranaike International Airport for the departure flight.

 

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