From the airport or from Negombo area, we go directly to north to 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.
From Anuradhapura first we go to visit Mihintale. Mihintale forest monastery 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. If you want, you can go to elephant riding in this area. [Night in Dambulla1]
In the morning we 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.
Afternoon we can go to a village experience program (1.5 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. [Night in Dambulla2]
Morning visit the Kaudulla National Park, go to a jeep safari. here you can spot wild elephants, deers, buffalos, lot of birds, peacocks, and lot of other inhabitant species.
Afternoon: 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 Matale Hindu temple. After we can 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 Kandy]