Airport pick up. Transfer to a hotel in Rambukkana. Pinnawala elephant orphanage. The herd goes to the river at 10.00 a.m. and 2. P.m. In this governmental conservation project, they keep the ill, old, abandoned baby elephants, ensure them good conditions in big area, healing, two times 2 hours bathing in river, etc. Before this, we can watch the baby feeding, after they go to the river.
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.We watching the fruit eating bats, and relax at the river. [Night in Rambukkana]
We are heading to the hills. We can go to Kitulgala to white water rafting program, which is not hard water, but joyful program. After visit RambodaFalls. Hills have more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation. This make the scenery lush and diverse, with cloud forests and tea plantations. Visit tea factory, where they explain the tea making process, and there is a tea degustation with several kind of teas. [Night in Ramboda Falls]
Kandy. 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 a batiq factory, where ladies making batique textiles with hand painting. 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 religious people come to praying we visiting the Buddha’s sacred tooth relic temple. [Night in Kandy]
On the way to Dambulla, we stop for 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. We stop for Matale Aluvihare rock temple and the Hindu temple. We visit Nalanda Gedige ruins. 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. [Night in Dambulla1]
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.
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 on the stairs to the top, and watch sunset from the top of this ancient rock fortress. The historic rock of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya where the lava plug rock holds the ruins of an ancient empire. Built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century CE, the citadel that surrounds the main rock and its palace contains all the attractions. [Night in Anuradhapura]
In the morning we visit of Polonnaruwa ancient city. The archeological park with the ruins of the ancient city of is 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. In the noon we can go to a village experience program, where we go to the lake area on bull cart, go through lake with waterlilies and arrive to farmers mud houses where the ladies show how traditional farmers make their foods, they make a coconut sambol and herbal tea for the guests. 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 Polonnaruwa or heading to Trincomalee]
After this tour travellers can decide whether they go back to Negombo or visit Ttrincomalee/Nilaveli, or other northern eastern beaches.