9 Days History tour itinerary for sri-lanka: A World-Class Sri Lanka Tour
Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Kandy, Pinnawala, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya
Drive along the palm-fringed south coast to marvel at the ruins, architecture and the irrigation system that symbolizes the ancient civilization of Sri Lanka dating back to the 5th century B.C.
Our representative will meet and greet you upon your arrival at the airport.
You will then be transferred to your hotel in Colombo where you can refresh yourself after which you will join a mid-day city tour of Colombo; which will give you a glimpse of Colombo’s architecture, art, and culture.
You will be brought back to your hotel at the end of your city tour where you will spend the night.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
You leave for the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage - a sanctuary for orphan elephants, located in a vast span of lush greenery.
Here you will be given an opportunity to feed the elephants during the feeding times, after which you will proceed to Sigiriya, a massive rock fortress which rises 600 feet from the green scrub jungle to accentuate the lucid blue of the sky. Built in the 5th century BC, it is one of the best architectural feats of the ancient world. Its key features being the frescos and its landscaped garden which is known to be Asia’s oldest surviving landscaped garden.
Having concluded your tour of Sigiriya you will be transferred to your hotel in Dambulla for an overnight stay.
You will visit the ancient city of Anuradhapura which was established in 437 BC. It is the largest of Sri Lanka’s ancient cities of the cultural triangle. En route you will be able to see the Aukana Buddha statue which was carved out of living rock in the 5th century BC. Followed by a visit to the Kalawewa Tank built in 400 AD.
Here you will witness ruins of temples, dagobas and Buddha statutes. You will also visit “The Sri Maha Bodi” a giant Bo tree which was a sapling from the Bo tree underneath which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. It is the most frequented Buddhist site of Anuradhapura.
The fame of Anuradhapura spread as far as the ancient Roman Hellenistic world and established diplomatic links with China. It was the royal seat of 25 Buddhist and Hindu kings and the pre-eminent city of the island for 1400 years.
If there is sufficient time you will also visit Mihintale which is known to be the 'Cradle of Buddhism'.
Then you will be transferred back to your hotel in Dambulla where you will spend your night.
Leave for Polonnaruwa, yet another ancient city of the cultural triangle. It was made capital after the fall of Anuradhapura in 993 BC. Here you will witness the famed monumental ruins of the famous garden city created by King Parakramabahu in the 12th century and also the Brahmanic monuments build during the Chola invasion. The most significant being the Library Monastery, The Citadel and the palace complex and the Vatadage.
Having concluded your tour of Polonnaruwa you will have the option of enjoying an elephant ride in Habarana and then depart for the Minneriya national park, where you will be taken on a jeep safari. The park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to Sri Lanka’s favorites such as the sambar deer, leopards, and elephants. However, the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank built in the 3rd century AD.
You will then be transferred to your hotel in Dambulla.
Caves of Dambulla
You will visit the cave temple complex of Dambulla which is known to be one of the largest cave temples of South Asia. Here you will witness ancient rock paintings of Lord Buddha.
After the Dambulla Cave Temple visit, you will proceed to the beautiful central highlands of Kandy.
En route to Kandy, you will visit a spice garden.
Indulge in the rich history and culture of Kandy by embarking on a city tour.
You will also be taken to visit a bazaar, an arts and craft center, a gem museum and lapidary where you may indulge in some shopping. After this city tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Kandy for rest and relaxation. The last event of the day will be to witness a beautiful cultural show.
You will then be transferred to your hotel for your overnight stay in Kandy.
You will be taken to the most beautiful botanical garden in the island, the Peradenaiya botanical gardens. It is renowned for its collection of a variety of orchids. The garden consists of more than 4000 species of plants, including of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees.
Having concluded your visit to the botanical gardens you will journey to the breathtaking mountainous region of Nuwara-Eliya which is considered to be the most important location for tea production in the island.
Here you will visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, after which you will be transferred to your hotel where you can relax and spend the night.
Bentota - The Coast City
You will depart for the beautiful coastal city of Bentota.
You will be transferred to your hotel for your stay.
Fun in Bentota
Arrive in Bentota and spend a relaxing day of fun in the sun in this beautiful coastal region.
You may also indulge in some shopping while here with a variety ranging from batik, traditional masks and handicrafts, hats and clothes, brassware and wooden ornaments, semi-precious and precious gems of the island.
You will be transferred to the Colombo Airport for your departure flight.
Garlanded welcome & assistance on arrival at the airport.
Transport by AC Car Meal plan.
English speaking driver.
Visit according to the program.
Video Camera permits.
Tickets & Entrance fees for the sites in the above-mentioned itinerary.
Early check INS / late checkouts.
Expenses of personal nature or any other services not specified above.
Porterage & Tips.
Lunches and Dinner.
Visit the Pinnawala elephant orphanage, a sanctuary to orphaned elephants.
Indulge in the rich culture and scenic beauty Kandy has to offer.
Take a stroll through the Royal botanical gardens.
Visit a tea plantation in the scenic hill country of Nuwara-Eliya.
Climb the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya and witness stunning frescos.
Explore architectural wonders of the ancient kingdoms of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa.
Explore the beauty of the ancient cave temple in Dambulla.
Enjoy the wildlife national park jeep safari in Minneriya.
Indulge in the cool misty mountain region of Kandy and Nuwara-Eliya.
Walk through a bright green tea plantation.
Enjoy the sunny beaches of Bentota.