Day One - Arrival
Arrival and transfer from Bandaranaike International Airport Colombo to Negombo.
Negombo, which is the home of largest catholic community of Sri Lanka, you can visit the old Portuguese fort constructed in 1644. Negombo offers some of the better beaches on the west coast of Sri Lanka, and draws tourists who stop over for a day on their way to or from the airport. Water-sports and diving are also extremely popular among visitors, with a few well preserved coral reefs and a 50 year old shipwreck (Kudapaduwa) that serves as an artificial reef for many varieties of fish.
Overnight stay in Negombo.
Transfer from Negombo to Anuradhapura
Anuradhapura is the largest district of Sri Lanka and was the first kingdom of ancient Ceylon. There are many historical places here including the Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo tree) which is recorded as the oldest tree in the world, the Ruwanweli dagaba, the Samadhi Buddha Statue which is a rock statue of Lord Buddha, the twin ponds that receive water from a tank by an underground irrigation system and many more.
Overnight stay in Anuradhapura.
Anuradhapura City Tour. Overnight stay in Anuradhapura.
Visit Mihintale, Ritigala & Transfer to Habarana
Anuradhapura – Mihintale – Habarana via Ritigala forest reservation. Mihintale is a mountain peak near Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. 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. According to Dipavamsa and Mahavamsa, Thera Mahinda came to Sri Lanka from India on the full moon day of the month of Poson (June) and met King Devanampiyatissa and the people, and preached the doctrine. The traditional spot where this meeting took place is revered by the Buddhists of Sri Lanka. Therefore in the month of Poson, Buddhists make their pilgrimage to Anuradhapura and Mihintale.
Ritigala is an ancient Buddhist monastery and mountain in Sri Lanka. The ruins and rock inscriptions of the monastery date back to 1st century BCE. It is located 43 km away from the ancient monastic city of Anuradhapura. Ritigala Kanda rises to an elevation of 2513 feet, higher than the other main tourist attractions of the north central plains, namely Sigiriya, Dambulla and Mihintale. The significance of this topographical feature lies in the abrupt sheerness of the massif, its wooded slopes and wet microclimate at the summit. During the North East monsoon (December to February), Ritigala experiences the highest rainfall (125 cm) of entire dry zone. It is also a place where many of ancient legends have risen. Overnight stay in Habarana Hotel.
Sigiriya is a rock fortress which an ancient Sri Lankan King has built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure —Sīhāgiri, the Lion Rock. Sigiriya is considered one of the most important urban planning sites of the first millennium, and the site plan is considered very elaborate and imaginative. The plan combined concepts of symmetry and asymmetry to intentionally interlock the man-made geometrical and natural forms of the surroundings. On the west side of the rock lies a park for the royals, laid out on a symmetrical plan; the park contains water-retaining structures, including sophisticated surface/subsurface hydraulic systems, some of which are working even today. Sigiriya is a UNESCO World heritage site now.
Overnight stay in Habarana Hotel.
Transfer to Kandy Via Dambulla and Matale. You will start your journey to Kandy which is the last kingdom of ancient Ceylon, on the 6th day. On your way to Kandy, you will visit Dambulla Cave Temple also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site (1991) in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country. This site is situated 148 km east of Colombo and 72 km north of Kandy. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Lord Buddha and his life.
There are total of 153 Buddha statues, 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of gods and goddesses. The latter include two statues of Hindu gods, the god Vishnu and the god Ganesh. The murals cover an area of 2,100 square metres. Depictions on the walls of the caves include the temptation by the demon Mara, and Buddha's first sermon. Then you can visit some spice gardens where high quality eastern spices are grown. Then you will be able to visit Aluvihare Rock Temple which situated in a nice environment. Your next visit will be to the Temple of Tooth Relic at Kandy. It is also known as Sri Dalada Maligawa among the Buddhist people in Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of Lord Buddha. This is one of the most sacred places in Sri Lanka. You will wind up your sixth day in Sri Lanka after watching a colourful traditional Kandian Dancing Show.
Over night stay in Kandy Hotel
Kandy City Tour and Overnight stay in Kandy.
Visit the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala. It is 12 kilometers away from the Colombo – Kandy main road where is one of the Elephant conservation programmes established. Overnight stay in Kandy.
Transfer to Nuwaraeliya.
Nuwaraeliya is a mountain station at 1,868 m (6,128 ft) of altitude, in a splendid landscape. The city pretends to be particularly well-kept and neat, and the always green grass gives to the locality an aspect of “colonial British style". Nuwaraeliya was built entirely during the 19th century and its architecture mimics that of an English country town, with red-brick walls, country house like hill club and mock-Tudor half-timbering. Blessed with salubrious climate, breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains and greenery; it's hard to imagine that Nuwara Eliya is only 180 Km from the hot and humid Colombo. Temperatures are 14C-21C (Jan- April) 16C-18C (May-Aug) 15C- 18C (Sept-Dec). On your way you will visit Ambakka Dewalaya which is an ancient temple with beautiful wood carvings. The road from Kandy to Nuwaraeliya is full of scenic beauty along its way. On the way you can see the Ramboda falls that is 109m high and the 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. After that you will visit a Tea factory where the world's best tea is manufactured.
Overnight stay in Nuwaraeliya Hotel.
Nuwaraeliya – Horton Plains – Gregory Lake – and city tour. When you reach Nuwaraeliya town you can go on a boat ride at Gregory’s Lake. After that you can visit Ambewela New Zealand Farm and return to Nuwaraeliya city. Horton Plains National Park is a protected area in the central highlands of Sri Lanka and you will have a hiking experience there. You will have to go through the reservation around 7 km by walk to see the World’s End & the Baker’s falls. After that you can visit the Bambarakanda falls, which is the highest water fall in Sri Lanka.
Overnight stay in Nuwaraeliya.
Transfer to Hikkaduwa via Kitulgala. On the 11th Day you will be visiting the St. Clair waterfall which is known as “Little Niagara of Sri Lanka” and there you can taste a delicious cup of Ceylon tea from the nearby St. Clair Tea Center. Then you can visit the famous St. Benedict’s monastery known as Adisham Bungalow. After that you will reach Kithulgala and there you can experience an adventures river craft. Proceed to Colombo via Kithulgala visiting the Famous film location “The Bridge on the River Kwai”.
Overnight stay in Hikkaduwa.
Hikkaduwa is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka located in the Southern Province, about 17 km north-west of Galle. Arranged around the heavily trafficked main Galle to Colombo road which runs mostly parallel to the shore, Hikkaduwa's beach and night life make it a popular tourist destination. A well-known international destination for board-surfing, the town was featured in an episode of Anthony Bourdain's television show No Reservations. While you are in Hikkaduwa, you can visit the coral gardens and the moonstones and enjoy the beauty of the beach.
Overnight stay in Hikkaduwa
On the 13th Day you will be heading back to Colombo and you will have the opportunity to visit some important places in Colombo where is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka.
Overnight stay in Colombo.
Colombo City Tour & Shopping. Overnight stay in Colombo.
Day Fifteen - Departure
Departure from Bandaranaike International Airport - Colombo