Airport pick up, transfer to a beach hotel in Negombo/ Waikkal area.Dear Guests, if you arrive at morning after an nightlong flight, I suggest you an airport transfer and 1 day beach relax and acclimatization as a starting day. In Negombo you can watch traditional fishing boats and fishing market, or you may take a small boat ride on a peaceful mangrove river Muthurajawela. Night: beach hotel in Negombo or Waikkal [Night: Negombo or Waikkal].
We go up to north, stop at the ruins of Yapahuawa ancient kingdom. Afternoon we visit Anuradhapura – the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura at the times of the first kingdom,now an Unesco World Heritage Site, and still the center of Theravada Buddhism. Huge stupas show the grandeur of this ancient city. [Night: Anuradhapura].
Morning visit Mihintale forest monastery – 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.
Afternoon we climb Sigiriya. Go up to the top, and watch sunset from the top of this ancient rock fortress. This lava plug rock holds the ruins of an ancient empire. Built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century CE, the citadel and its palace contains all attractions. [Night in Dambulla1]
In the morning we can go to a village experience program in Habarana (2 hours it takes), where we go to the lake area on bull cart, after go through a nice lake with waterlilies and arrive to farmers houses, this mud houses has simple environment, ladies show how traditional farmers make their plantations, foods, they make a coconut sambol and herbal tea for the guests. Daytime we the visit of Polonnaruwa ancient city. The major attraction is an archeological park with the ruins of the ancient city of, a World Heritage Site. Its masterful stone carvings, palace complexes, and temples dating back to the 11th century testify to splendor and grandeur of the former kingdom. [Night in Dambulla2]
Dambulla, where we can watch the golden buddha statute and the rock cave temple monastery. Dambulla is Unesco Heritage Site, fascinating underground world of cave temples with thousands of statutes.
On the way to Kandy, we stop for Matale Aluvihare rock temple and the Hindu temple. After we stop for visiting an ayurvedic spice garden, where they introducing the healing plants and their natural oils and powders for non/chemical medical treatment and give a short back massage (for free) as a try for the famous Ayurveda massage. You can visit a batiq factory, where ladies making batique textiles with hand painting. [Night in Kandy1]
Pinnawala elephant orphanage. The herd goes to the river at 10.00 a.m. In this governmental conservation project, they keep the ill, old, abandoned baby elephants, ensure them good conditions, two times 2 hours bathing in river, etc. The elephant herd stays at the river until around 11.40. Hence, the tourists can not go among the herd, if you want, we can also visit another elephant foundation, where you can ride elephant, and go to the little river and wash the elephants and see them more closer. Afternoon we can watch some world famous products and ancient craftmanships. Example we can visit a wood carving factory in Kandy, where you can watch the processing of masks, furnitures. You can visit gem museum, with all of gem stones mined in SL
Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. After a short sightseeing in Kandy we watch the Kandy dancers and fire eaters performance show (16.50), at 18.00 when it starts to dark and the drums starts to call the religious people to praying and lighting the candles we visiting the Buddha’s sacred tooth relic temple. daily worship in the inner chamber of the temple. [Night in Kandy2]
In the morning you can take a walk at the exotic Peradeniya botanical garden. After we are heading to the hills. We can go to Kitulgala to white water rafting program, and sleep at night at Caterleigh reservoir. [Night Casterleigh]
Morning we visit Ramboda falls. Visit tea factory, where they explain the tea making process, and there is a tea degustation with several kind of teas. If you want a scenic train ride through hill county and Horton plains, the train goes from Nanu Oya to Ella at 15.00. [Night in Ella]
In Ella we visit the mini Adams peak. The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation. The pleasant temperatures make the scenery surrounding Ella particularly lush and diverse, with cloud forests and tea plantations. Visit the 9 arch bridge, and the Ravana Falls. After heading to south, we sleep at night close to Udawalawe National park. [Night in Udawalawe]
Morning go to a Jeep safari at Yala national park. You can watch leopards, bears, antelopes, dears, crocodiles, lot of birds (pelican, cormorants, grey heron, etc), monguses, elephants, buffalos. After we go to a short visit to Wewurukannala vihara, which is one of the most amazing Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. The Wewurukannala Vihara temple is dominated by an image of a seated Buddha. It is 160ft high, the largest statue in all of Sri Lanka and dates back to the time of King Rajadhi (1782 – 1798). We stop for a photo at the Dondra light house. [Night: your beach hotel]
At morning we can visit a snake conservatory farm. After we take a short look to Koggala stick fishermen. Afternoon visit Galle fort and Rumassala Japanese peace pagoda. Rumassala is featured in the Ramayana, as the home of the beautiful Queen Sita. Built with the help of Japanese monks. In the Bay of Galle, the Fort on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built in 1588 by the Portuguese, then fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century. Walking and shopping on the old charming streets