Arrival at Bandaranaika International Airport. Our Chauffeur Guide will receive you at the airport and transfer you to Negombo to check you into your hotel.
Visit Negombo city including fish market, Dutch Canal and the shopping complex etc
Airport – Negombo (10 Km – 15 minutes)
Negombo – Anuradhapura (180 Km – 4.5 Hours)
Morning drive to Anuradhapura Sri Lanka’s first known kingdom built by King Anuradha.
Activities Included :
Visit the ancient city of Anuradhpura. Anuradhpura has an illustrious history of over 1,000 years as the first capital of Sri-Lanka. Visit the secret city, an important Buddhist pilgrimage center, which has some of the largest Dagoba’s found in Sri-Lanka as well as the sacred Bodhi tree planted from sapling in the 1st century BC (recorded as the oldest tree in history).
Visit standing statue of the Buddha at Aukana, another architectural marvel of the ancient Sinhalese. The rock cut statue which stands 39 feet above its decorated lotus plinth and 10 feet across the shoulders, belongs to the period of King Dhatusena (459-477 AD), the builder of the great reservoir KalawewaDrive to Sigiriya. En route visit Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage where around 70 orphaned elephants are fed and looked after by the wild life authorities.
Anuradhapura – Sigiriya (80 Km – 1.5 Hours)
Morning drive to Sigiriya. En route visit 2nd century Rock Cave Temple of Dambulla, which is the largest area of cave paintings found in the world. It has 5 caves with over 2,000 square meters of paintings and over 150 Buddha rock carvings.
Climb the 5th century Rock Fortress of Sigiriya famed for its beautiful frescoes and water fountains
Elephant safari where you are taken on elephant back along a jungle path and across shallow rivers.
Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa (70 Km – 1.5 Hours)
Morning drive to Polonnaruwa
Activities Included :
Visit Polonnaruwa, the second capital, from the 10th to 12th century AD. See the ruins of the Royal Palace, Gal Vihara (three splendid statues of Buddha in upright, sedentary and recumbent postures carved out of one rock).
Visit Medirigiriya. Medirigiriya is generally considered to be the best vatadage in the country. The circular building known as a vatadage was constructed to house and protect a dagaba built to enshrine the sacred relics of the Buddha. The Medirigiriya Vatadage is also known as the Madalagiri Vihara and was thought to have been built during Pre- Christian times. However, the existing vatadage built around the old chetiya belongs to the period of King Agbo (667-683AD) and is thought to have been constructed by King Malaya.
Evening return to Sigiriya for dinner and overnight stay
Sigiriya - Kandy (110 Km – 3.5 Hours)
Visit Alu Vihara temple which is a rock monastery located in a picturesque valley. This temple had been constructed in the 1st century BC.
Drive to Kandy. En route, visit a Batik factory and experience the intricate art of traditional hand-made Batiks.
Tour of the city and surrounding areas of Kandy including visit to an arts & crafts center, a gem museum, a lapidary and the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha.
Attend to a Cultural Dance Performance
Visit the three temples of Gadaladeniya, Lankathilaka and Embakke which are some of the oldest buildings in the Kandyan kingdom dating from the 14th century A.D. They contain paintings and sculptures of great historical and artistic importance.
Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens which were first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and later expanded by the British. They are an expansive 147 acres and have an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.
Kandy – Nuwara Eliya (80 Km – 3.5 Hours)
Drive to Nuwara Eliya, the colonial British retreat famous for its quaint cottages and world renowned tea plantations. You will enjoy the scenic beauty of the hill country, its mountain ranges and waterfalls as you drive along the narrow winding roads heading higher into the mountains.
Walk around Nuwara Eliya city built around the golf course or play a round of Golf on the challenging 18 hole golf course of the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club.
Nuwara Eliya – Kataragama (190 Km – 5.5 Hours)
Drive to Bandarawela. Visit Dowa Cave Temple located 6km from Bandarawela at the bottom of a hill on the banks of a charming hill stream. The historic cave temple complex was once the sanctuary for King Walagamba. The temple has a beautiful ornamental gateway. It has a 38 ft Buddha image sculptured from a single rock and paintings belonging to the Kandyan era.
Drive along the mountain descent to the city of Kataragama in the dry-zone. En route visit Buduruwagala. About 5 kilometers South of Wellawaya and off the trampled track surrounded by a beautiful ancient lake, is the famous rock sculptures of Buduruwagala which is still relatively less known. These seven colossal figures pertaining to the Mahayana Buddhist Doctrine sculptured on to a rock face is still a controversy.
A side road to the west reaches the seven colossal figures carved out of a rock face are dated to the 9th or the 10th century. The central figure of the group is the Buddha, standing 51 feet and is the largest standing Buddha in Sri Lanka.
Visit Situlpauwa an ancient monastic temple. It is believed that 85% of this ancient monastic complex is still under dense forest cover. It is speculated that the Situlpauwa Vihara complex was built by King Kawantissa (210-161 B.C.) and was the largest monastic complex within the Ruhuna area and the Buddhist Vihara. Historical records show that it had been a large complex of Buddhist monasteries where more than a thousand Arahats, Buddhist monks who have attained the highest mental stage resided.
Witness a traditional religious ceremony at the famous Kataragama temple. Kataragama is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the country. It is a holy place for Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims alikeDrive to Nuwara Eliya, the colonial British retreat famous for its quaint cottages and world renowned tea plantations. You will enjoy the scenic beauty of the hill country, its mountain ranges and waterfalls as you drive along the narrow winding roads heading higher into the mountains.
Kataragama – Galle (190 Km – 4.5 Hours)
Drive along the scenic southern coastline to Galle. You can stop along the way at little fishing villages or take a look at people making hand-made lace or traditional dancing masks.
Visit the city of Galle, which was one of the main ports of Sri-Lanka. The Galle Fort, originally built by the Portuguese in the 1500s and later expanded by the Dutch in the 1600s, is a living world heritage site. It is also famous for its hand-made lace.
Galle – Colombo (120 Km – 1.5 Hours)
Morning drive along the southern-express way to Commercial Capital of Colombo.
Tour of the teeming, colourful and fascinating city of Colombo. Visit historic and interesting landmarks of Colombo including the exciting Pettah bazaar area, temples and mosques, town hall, residential area of Cinnamon Gardens, Independence Square, Old Parliament and the seafront at Galle Face Green.
Colombo – Airport (40 Km – 45 Minutes)
Morning our chauffeur will drive you back to the Airport for your return flight (You need to be at the Airport at least 2 hours before your flight)