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9 Days History tour itinerary for sri-lanka: Capture This Country's Ancient Histories

Colombo, Kandy, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Nuwara Eliya, Yala National Park, Mirissa, Galle

Nature Tour
History Tour
Whale Watching Tour

Revel in nature and history sites explorations. Make stops at Polonnaruwa (ancient capital), Sigiriya (Lion's rock), Tooth Relic temple, etc.

Learn about tea production at Nuwara Eliya, do short safaris, and view stunning landscapes at Horton Plains.

DAY 01

Airport - Negombo

  • Welcome to Sri Lanka. You will be met at CMB International Airport and taken to Negombo. Your pick up will be in a comfortable, latest model van with AC and bottled water to refresh you. You will travel in comfort with plenty of room for 4 passengers and baggage.  We will provide any assistance with currency conversions, baggage pick-up, or anything else, as per need.

  • You will be taken to Negombo for check-in at your reserved accommodations. If time and energy levels permit, we will visit the famous Fish Market in Negombo.

DAY 02


  •  We will spend the entire day exploring Polonnaruwa,the ancient capital (heritage site) of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura.  Here, you can see Brahmanic monuments built by the Cholas and the monumental ruins of the fabulous garden-city created by Parakramabahu I in the 12th century. Sightsee city walls, palace buildings, clusters of dagobas,  Parakrama Samudra water reservoir and rock temples here, in the old and new town of this city.  Today, this city stands out as one of the planned archaeological relic cities in the country.

  •  Overnight stay will be in Polonnaruwa.

DAY 03


  • We will visit Sigiriya or Lion's Rock - an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town Of Dambulla. This heritage site is a site of historical and archaeological significance. It dominates a massive column of rock nearly 660 ft high. According to legends, this site was chosen by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital, and so he built his palace atop this rock and decorated it's sides with colourful frescoes. Halfway up the side of this rock, one can see a huge gateway in the form of an enormous lion.  Watch out for the ruins of this palace, the Lion Gate, the frescoes on the rock side, the mirror wall, moats and landscaped gardens.

  • Next, we will visit the Dambulla Cave Temple (heritage site), one of the largest and best-preserved cave temple in Sri Lanka. One can see a lot of caves, paintings and statues related to Gautama Buddha here. It is believed that Pre-Historic Sri Lankans lived in these cave complexes before the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka as burial sites dating back to 2700 years old have been found in this area.

  • Overnight stay will be in Dambulla.

DAY 04


  • We will visit Kandy to see the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Buddhist temple). 

  • Continue to see the Royal Botanical Gardens followed by some leisure time at Kandy Lake.

  • Overnight stay will be in Kandy.

DAY 05

Nuwara Eliya

  • Today, we will visit the tea factories of Nuwara Eliya followed by a short visit to the pink post office. Nuwara Eliya is famous for it's tea production. 

  •  Overnight stay will be at Nuwara Eliya.

DAY 06

Udawalawe or Yala

  •  We will visit Horton Plains, and travel by train from Nuwara Eliya to Yala/ Udawalewa via Ella.  Take photos of the Mini Adam's Peak and visit the Rawana Cave.

  • Overnight stay will be at Yala or Udawalawe.

DAY 07

Yala national park

  • Begin with a short morning safari tour at Yala National Park. This is the second largest national park in Sri Lanka and is host to a variety of ecosystems including moist and dry monsoon forests, thorn forests, grassland and marine wetlands. Spot elephants, leopards, wild water buffaloes, green turtles, sloth bears, saltwater crocodiles, flying snakes and lot's more. 

  •  In the afternoon when we are done with the safari, we will drive towards  Mirissa for the overnight stay. 

DAY 08


  •  Spend a relaxed day at Mirissa and do some leisure whale watching by the sea.   

  • Overnight stay will be in Mirissa

DAY 09

Colombo - Airport

  • You will proceed towards the airport, passing by Galle Fort and Colombo city. You will reach Galle by train from Mirissa. Click candid shots near Galle Fort and at the beach, and do a short Colombo city tour as well. 

  • At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off either at a Colombo hotel of your choice or the CMB International Airport.     

  • 549.00 USD Per Group (* 1-7 PAX)
  • Vehicle expenses.

  • Experienced private Sri Lankan tour guide.

  • Price is per tour - not per passenger.

  • Parking fee and toll charges.

  • Guide's accommodations and meals.

  • Passenger hotel accommodations.

  • Passenger meals and beverages.

  • Entrance fees to National Parks, temples and museums.

  • Additional activities such as scuba diving, massages, etc.

  • Any personal expenses.

  • Travelling in a private vehicle with a licensed guide is the most comfortable way to see Sri Lanka. 

  • There are many choices for hotel accommodation here. I am more than happy to make some good hotel suggestions based on your needs and budget. Some of my mid-range hotels are local home stays (that include breakfast) and many of these hotels will not have a website. That being said, you can also go online and find many more choices available in every price range. However, if you are the one that likes to have a set plan, then I suggest you to book hotels online. If you are more free-spirited, I can also get very good rates, at the last minute on your day of arrival. My discounted rates are 'stand-by' rates. Do let me know your plans before your arrival so that I can make my arrangements accordingly

Colombo, Kandy, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Nuwara Eliya, Yala National Park, Mirissa, Galle

Nature Tour
History Tour
Whale Watching Tour

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