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14 Days Culture tour itinerary for sri-lanka: Take A Country-wide Tour Of Sri Lanka

Anuradhapura, Colombo, Dambulla, Ella, Galle, Kandy, Kitulgala, Minneriya National Park, Nuwara Eliya, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Yala National Park

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Take a Country-wide Tour of Sri Lanka

View from the top of Sigiriya Rock

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Take this tour spanning across the country of Sri Lanka. Visit the ancient monuments and the natural wonders of the place that has stood the test of time for thousands of years.

DAY 01

Airport - Negombo

  • Meet your tour guide at the airport and transfer to Negombo.

  • Visit the fishing village in Negombo, which is the center of the island's fishing community, is largely Roman Catholic by faith with huge imposing churches down almost every street. The sea and the catamarans are the backdrop of Negombo scenery.

  • Overnight stay in Negombo.

DAY 02

Negambo - Anuradhapura

  • After breakfast, leave for Anuradhapura.

  • Visit Aukana Buddha, one of Sri Lanka’s most perfect and elegant statues, which lies to the west of the large Kala Wewa tank. Creation of both the temple and the tank (reservoir) is attributed to King Dhatusena in the 5th century. The statue stands 12m high, carved from a single rock and is completely free standing. It is an example of the Abhayamudra Buddha, showing superhuman qualities. It is a unique creation in the world by an unknown sculptor. 

  • Visit the first Royal Kingdom of Sri Lanka founded in the 5th century B.C. Anuradhapura is surrounding the largest number of ancient monuments of a great civilization. "Sri Mahabodhi", the oldest historically documented tree in the world is over 2200 years. There are monuments such as Ruwanveliseya Dagobah, 2nd century B.C. with its famous elephant wall; Thuparama Dagobah 3rd century B.C., the brazen palace which once had nine stories, the image of the Samadhi Buddha is one of the finest places of Buddhist sculpture, the twin ponds, guard stones & moonstones. 

  • Overnight stay at Anuradhapura Hotel.

DAY 03

Anuradhapura - Sigiriya

  • After breakfast, visit Mihintale. Mihintale is a mountain peak 13 km East of Anuradhapura, Mihintale or the Sinhalese translation ‘Mahinda’s Mountain’ is believed to be the place where in the year 247 BC the Sinhalese King Devanampiyatissa was converted to Buddhism by Arahat Mahinda; the son of Ashoka, the last Mauryan Buddhist emperor of India. This event took place on the full moon day in the month of June. Known as the cradle of Buddhism, it is a revered site for Buddhist pilgrims from around the world. It is now a pilgrimage site and the site of several religious monuments and abandoned structures. After Mihintale continuous the trip to Polonnaruwa.

  • En-route, visit Ritigala. Ritigala is an ancient Buddhist monastery and mountain in Sri Lanka. The ruins and rock inscriptions of the monastery date back to 1st century BCE. Ritigala is one of the less visited but most legendary ancient sites of Sri Lanka. Situated 188 km northeast of Colombo in the North Central province, it is right between the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa.

  •  Overnight stay at Sigiriya Hotel.

DAY 04

Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Minneriya National Park - Sigiriya

  • After Breakfast visit to Polonnaruwa Archeological site.

  • Visit Polonnaruwa and visit the 2nd capital of Sri Lanka, dating back to the 11th and 12th century A.D. The entire landscape of the region is punctuated by huge man-made reservoirs, numerous historical monuments. "Gal Vihara Or Rock Temple" complex in Polonnaruwa is one of the best among in world’s stone carving art with the fine sculptures of the recumbent, standing, and seated Buddhas. 

  • Overnight stay at Sigiriya Hotel.

DAY 05

Sigiriya - Dambulla - kandy

  • After breakfast, visit Sigiriya Lion Rock. Sigiriya rock is a fortress built by the patricide king Kashyapa in the 5th century A.D and today it’s a treasure trove of rare art. A pocket of the giant rock are the famous frescoes of the ‘’ heavenly maidens of Sigiriya’’. Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is of immense archeological significance: it is one of the best preserved and most elaborate surviving urban sites in the South Asia from the first millennium A.D. 

  • En-route, visit the rock cave temple of Dambulla Rock Temple. Dambulla Rock located at an elevation of 1118 feet from the sea level raises a massive rock from the surrounding plains of Dambulla of 600 feet high and over 2000 feet in length. It is home to the Worlds most acclaimed Cave Complex of magnificent Buddha Images and Rock Paintings of vivid colours and shapes constructed and painted from around 2nd Century BC (Anuradhapura era ) and continued up to the Kandyan era of the 18th Century. Sinhalese people call it as 'Dambulu Gala' (Dambulla Rock) and the Temple is called as the ' Rangiri Dambulu Viharaya' (Golden Rock Dambulla Temple). Visit Nalanda Gedige the Abu Simbel of Sri Lanka, visit a spice garden & batik factory in Matale, visit at fabulous Hindu temple in Matale.

  • In the afternoon, arrive in Kandy city. Kandy is a major city in Sri Lanka, located in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. It is the second largest city in the country after Colombo. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka.The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city and is also the capital of the Central Province. 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. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.

  • In the evening, visit the Temple of The Tooth which is one of the most sacred places in the world for Buddhist people. This historical monument long a center of the Buddhist faith, the stunning 17th-century Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) is believed to house the left upper canine tooth of the Lord Buddha himself. This precious relic attracts white-clad pilgrims, bearing lotus blossoms and frangipani, every day. The annual procession of Temple of the tooth held in July or August. This Kandy Procession or Esala Perahera is the main identity of Sri Lankan traditional arts and culture.

  • Overnight stay in Kandy Hotel

DAY 06

Kandy - Three Temples - Botanical Garden - Kandy

  • After the breakfast visit Royal Botanical gardens of Peradeniya, which are well known for its large number and variety of plants. More than 4,000 species include indigenous and introduced plants. This garden is best known for its collection of orchids the largest in Asia. At one time this beautiful botanical garden was reserved exclusively for Kandyan royalty. Today even commoners are allowed into what are, at 60 hectares, the largest and most impressive botanic gardens in Sri Lanka. The many highlights include a fine collection of orchids and a stately avenue of royal palms. Another big hit is the giant Javan fig tree on the great lawn. It is like a giant, living geodesic dome.

  • After the Botanical Garden visit Three Temples: Gadoladeniya, Lankatilake, and Embakke.

  • Overnight stay in Kandy Hotel

DAY 07

Kandy - Nuwara eliya

  • After breakfast, leave for Nuwara Eliya - the center of the hill country.

  • En-route, visit a tea plantation and witness the manufacture of the world famous "Ceylon tea". This route is one of the most beautiful routes of Sri Lanka.

  • In the evening, relax and enjoy the cool climate. 

  • Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya hotel.

DAY 08

Nuwara eliya - Horton Plains - Train ride - Ella

  • With a picnic breakfast, leave for Horton Plains by a van or jeep. It is a 4 km hike from the entrance office of the Horton Plains National Park. The Horton Plains are a beautiful, silent, strange world with some excellent hikes in the shadows of Sri Lanka’s second- and third-highest mountains – Kirigalpotta (2,395 m) and Totapola (2,359 m), rearing up from the edges of the plateau. The ‘plains’ themselves form an undulating plateau over 2,000 m high, covered by wild grasslands and interspersed with patches of thick forest, rocky outcrops, filigree waterfalls and misty lakes. 

  • Horton Plains plateau comes to a sudden end called World’s End, a stunning escarpment that drops almost straight down for 880 m. Unfortunately, the view from World’s End is often obscured by mist, particularly during the rainy season from April to September. Early morning (between 6 am and 10 am) is the best time to visit before the clouds roll in. In the evening and early morning, you will need long trousers and a sweater, but the plains quickly warm up, so take a hat as well. January to March are usually the clearest months weather-wise.

  • Start the train journey after the Horton Plains.

  • Train Ride from Nuwara Eliya to Ella.

  • Overnight stay in Ella.

DAY 09

Ella

  • Ella is a beautiful small sleepy town on the southern edge of Sri Lanka's Hill Country. It is situated in the middle of beautiful countryside, with small vegetable plots in the valleys, tea plantations on the hill slopes and forests on the tops. The climate throughout most of the year is typical of the high Hill Country, with a hot sun by midday, but a moderate air temperature. It will often rain in the afternoon, but only for an hour or so.

  • Climb Ella Rock and Little Adam's peak.

  • Visit Nine Arches Bridge.

  • Overnight stay in Ella.

DAY 10

Ella - Buduruwagala - Udawalawe elephant transit home - Yala

  • Travel to Buduruwagala.

  • Buduruwagala is an ancient Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. The complex consists of seven statues and belongs to the Mahayana school of thought. The statues date back to the 10th century. The gigantic Buddha statue still bears traces of its original stuccoed robe and a long streak of orange suggests it was once brightly painted.

  • See the milk feeding at the Udawalawe elephant transit home.

  • Overnight stay in Tissmaharama

DAY 11

Yala National Park - Weligama or Unwantuna Beach

  • Early in the morning, visit Yala National Park by a 4x4 jeep. Yala National Park is world renowned as one of the best parks to observe and photograph leopards. Although it has one of the world’s densest leopard populations, it still requires good luck to see one of the elusive creatures in its natural habitat.

  • Covering an area in excess of 126,000 hectares, the park is divided into 5 blocks, of which only Block One is open to the general public. The area consists of scrub jungle and brackish lagoons with stunning rock monoliths scattered throughout the park. Yala National Park has a substantial elephant population along with many other species like spotted deer, sambur, wild buffalo, sloth bear, mongoose, and crocodiles to name a few. Also, more than one hundred and thirty different species of birds can be seen, ranging from the lesser flamingos to Paradise Flycatchers, Crested Hawk Eagles, and the rare Black Necked Stork. The best times to see the wildlife is either in the early morning or in the late afternoon, when the animals are most active.

  • After the Safari, transfer to beach.

  • Overnight stay at a beach hotel.

DAY 12

Beach

  • Spend the day at leisure on the beach.

DAY 13

Beach - Galle Dutch Fort - Colombo

  • After the breakfast, visit Galle Dutch Fort. Galle Fortress is a World Heritage Site. The Galle Dutch Fort is a rare historical jewel protected by dark, thick stone walls – with the endless ocean on one side. The roads inside the Galle Fort have hardly changed, like the squares on a chess board crisscrossing in regular patches. Straight and narrow lanes branch in and out inviting the visitor to a delightful walk into the 17th century. Galle Fortress was originally built by Portuguese in 15th Century A.D. and later rebuilt and extended by the Dutch is still fine preservation. Most of the administration of Galle still takes place from the fort. The view from the ramparts is superb. Galle was the center of the Dutch regime in the 17th century and the majestic Galle Fort bears testimony to this fact. The City of Galle is one of the well preserved colonial-era cities in Southeast Asia and has been declared a '' World Heritage City ''. The Dutch Museum, Groote Kerk (Great Church) and the National Maritime Museum are two famous tourist attractions in Galle. International Cricket Stadium has also contributed to the enhancement of the city's image as a sports destination.

  • After Dutch Fort, leave for Colombo.

  • Overnight stay in Colombo.

DAY 14

Colombo - Airport

  • After the breakfast visit Colombo city.

  • The largest city and commercial capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo, which is located in the western province adjacent to Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte (the capital city of Sri Lanka), is a vibrant city with a mixture of modern life, colonial buildings, and ruins. Due to its very large harbor and its position along the East-West sea trade routes, Colombo was very popular among ancient traders 2,000 years ago. Colombo houses a majority of Sri Lanka's corporate offices, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

  • Transfer to the airport to connect flight for departure.

  • 1350 USD Per Adult
  • Transport includes a comfortable air-conditioned car with English speaking chauffeur

  • Accommodation in standard and star class hotels for 13 nights with bed and breakfast

  • One time safari at Minneriya National Park and Yala National Park

  • All the relevant car parking and entrance fees

  • Replacement vehicle for the breakdown

  • Lunch and dinner

  • Entrance fees for visiting sites

  • Tips and portages

  • Any other personal experiences

  • During the tour, we provide mineral water

  • Entrance fees for Kandy Cultural Dance show

  • Train tickets from Nanuoya to Ella

Anuradhapura, Colombo, Dambulla, Ella, Galle, Kandy, Kitulgala, Minneriya National Park, Nuwara Eliya, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Yala National Park

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