7 Days History tour itinerary for sri-lanka: Visit The Scintillating Ceylon
Dambulla, Ella, Galle, Habarana, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Pinnawala, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Tissamaharama, Yala National Park
Take a 7 day tour of Sri Lanka(Ceylon), an island country known for is ethereal beauty and vivid diaspora. Explore the culture triangle, wildlife, temple hotspots, alongside opting for a variety of activities that are bound to leave you asking for more.
Arrive at Sri Lanka and start this adventure with a bang! Leave for Pinnawala, home of the famous elephant orphanage. It houses closes to 70 elephant found abandoned or orphaned in the wild.
Engage in a variety of activities such as feeding milk to orphaned baby elephants and bathing these cute and precious animals.
Proceed to Sigiriya and climb it's rock fortress, built in the 5th century A.D. See it's various attractions such as the water garden, boulder garden, mural paintings, the mirror wall, the lion paws, and the royal swimming pool.
Proceed to Polonnaruwa and en-route, visit the rock of Pidurangala.
Take a village tour of Habarana, including an authentic Sri Lankan lunch of rice and curry.
Take a boat ride and a tuk tuk ride to reach Polonnaruwa (UNESCO world heritage site), the Sri Lankan capital from the 11th to 13th century. Polonnaruwa ancient monuments and ruins are resplendent in their state of preservation.
Visit the last rock temple(Gal viharaya), monuments such as Thivanka image house/Parakramabahu statue and archaeological museum.
Head back to Habarana and go for an elephant safari at Kaudulla or Minneriya national Park, where you will get to see herds of wild elephants.
Return to Sigiriya for an overnight.
Leave for Kandy.
Head via Dambulla, Matale and en-route, visit the golden rock temple. It’s a cave temple which date back to the first century BC, the rock ceiling being one of the largest sweeps of colorful frescoes which depict Buddhist mythology and the tales of the Buddha’s previous birth.
From Dambulla, drive to Matale,visiting the Nalanda Gedige temple, its architecture based on hindu temples. You will find herbal and spice garden, with its free demonstration of a variety of spices.
Proceed to Kandy, the last seat of the king.
Head out for an enjoyable evening, regaled by the traditional dance and food.
Stay for the night.
Kandy/Nuwara eliya /Adams peak
After breakfast, visit Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a Buddhist temple which houses the tooth relic of Buddha. You can visit royal botanical garden in Peradeniya.
Here are the option of activities, you can choose from:
From Kandy, proceed to Kitulgala white water rafting adventure, on the Kelani river. This is where Oscar winning movie "The Bridge of the River Kwai", was filmed and after, head to a hotel at Sri pada.
You can choose to climb the ‘Adams peak’. At 3.00 am, start a 2 and 1/2 hrs climb to Adams peak, to see the sunrise between 5.15am to 5.45am. The Buddhist pilgrims climb the 2242 m (7242ft) high mountain to honor the legendary footprint of Buddha
After you finish, head back to the hotel and post breakfast, proceed to Nuwara Eliya. Visit the Gregory lake and English post office which gives Nuwara Eliya its moniker as "The Little England".
In the evening, proceed to Nanu oya railway station to catch the charming train ride to Ella.
From Kandy, you can catch a train ride to Nanu Oya station and then proceed to Nuwara Eliya and next day, visit Horton Plains and head to Ella.
Ella is a small town in the Badulla District of Uva Province, governed by an Urban Council. It is approximately 200 kilometres east of Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 1,041 metres above sea level.
The area has a rich biodiversity, dense with numerous varieties of flora and fauna, surrounded by hills covered with cloud forests and tea plantations. The town has a cooler climate than surrounding lowlands, due to its elevation.
The Ella Gap allows views across the southern plains of Sri Lanka.
You can also visit the Nine arch bridge railway tracks, that go all the way to Badulla.
Reach Tissamaharama and head to the Yala National park, where the all wild animals frolic in their natural surroundings. The Park is a huge area, comprising of forest, grassland and lagoons bordering the Indian Ocean.It’s home to a variety of majestic beasts such as leopards, elephants and crocodiles, as well as hundreds of bird species.
Inland, Sithulpawwa is an ancient Buddhist monastery.Nearby caves contain centuries-old rock [sensitive content] the Southwest, Magul Maha Viharaya also has ancient Buddhist ruins.all in all, the perfect combination of the wild and the pious.
From Tissamaharama, proceed to the Bay of Galle, on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. It was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century, from 1649 onwards. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which maintains a polished appearance, even after 423 years. This is due to extensive reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka.
The fort has a colourful history, and city houses a multi-ethnic population. The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site under criteria iv, for its unique exposition of "an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries."
Another interesting fact: The Galle Fort, withstood the Boxing Day tsunami which damaged part of coastal area Galle town. It has been since restored.
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Site tickets and activities like village tour.