Airport pick up, transfer to a beach hotel in Negombo/ Waikkal area
Dear Guests, if you arrive afternoon, after an all night long flight, I suggest you an airport transfer and 1 night beach relax and acclimatization as a starting day, in Negombo . Every day 18.40 is sunset in Sri Lanka. [Night: Negombo].
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: 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: Dambulla1].
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: Dambulla2].
Morning 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.
Afternoon you can 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 Dambulla3]
Jeep safari in the Kaudulla National Park very early morning.
On the way to Kandy, you can stop for a short visit Matale hindu temple and the Hindu temple, and also you can stop if you want in 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.
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 Kandy]
Morning we can 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. [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 Ravana Falls. After heading to south. [Night in Mirissa.]
Visit Mirissa beach. You can stop for a photo at Koggala stick fishermen.
Afternoon you can 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. [Night in Unawatuna.]