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11 Days Culture tour itinerary for sri-lanka: Locate Hidden Treasure Of Ceylon

Dambulla, Sigiriya, Kandy, Matale, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Wilpattu National Park

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Locate Hidden Treasure of Ceylon

Jaffna city tour

Jaffna-Sri Lanka

See how Sri Lanka’s infamous beaches have been enticing visitors for many years. However, the rest of the island harbours many more idyllic vistas. The guides have designed this tour specifically to discover the new destinations combine with major attractions of Sri Lanka.

DAY 01

Airport - anuradhapura

  • On arrival, meet & greet at the airport and transfer to hotel in Anuradhapura.

  • Check-in to the hotel and relax to recover from the jet lag.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Anuradhapura.

DAY 02

MIHINTALE - WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK

  • Eat breakfast at the hotel.

  • Visit Mihintale Temple. Minitale is the place where Arahath Mahinda Thero encountered King Devanampiyatissa. The landmark in the reception of Buddhism as a religion to Sri Lanka and holds a significant place among the Buddhists and Sri Lankan Culture.

  • Step into the Mihintale temple premises for the fantastic setting of the temple. At one side of the temple is the entrance to the Aradhana Rock, on the other hand, there is the KaluDiya Pokuna (Blackwater Pond), and further towards down, there are set of caves like aramayas (Monasteries), which were used by the monks back then.

  • In the afternoon, go for a jeep safari at Wilpattu National Park. Wilpattu National Park is situated along the Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka. It comprises of a unique complex of lakes called Villus, which are natural basins that are filled up with rainwater and are surrounded by open grassy plains set within the dense scrub jungle. The biggest draws in Wilpattu are Leopards and Sloth bears. Alongside these, it is possible to see Asian Elephants, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Wild Pig, Asiatic Buffalo and Mugger Crocodiles. Endemic birds include the Ceylon Junglefowl, Brown-capped Babbler, Ceylon Woodshrike and Black-capped Bulbul in riverine habitats. Muntjac or Barking Deer are more easily seen in Wilpattu than any other national park. Butterflies recorded include the Great Eggfly, Great Orange Tip, Glad-eye Bushbrown, Blue Mormon, Common Mormon, Common Rose and Crimson Rose.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Anuradhapura.

DAY 03

ANURADHAPURA - JAFFNA

  • Rise up for breakfast at the hotel.

  • Leave for Jaffna. Jaffna is an ancient port city, which is one of the most densely populated areas of Sri Lanka, spread over an area of 2560 square km. The peninsula is almost an island except for the narrow neck of land occupied by the Chundikkulam Bird Sanctuary and the causeway known as Elephant Pass which connects Jaffna with the rest of Sri Lanka. Most of the area of Jaffna is dry and sandy. A good amount of area of Jaffna district is covered by shallow lagoons. Jaffna has a thick population of the Tamil people, who are an ethnic minority in Sri Lanka, consisting of Christians & Hindus. When compared with other provinces of Sri Lanka, the people of Jaffna have a different culture, similar to that of Tamil Nadu in south India.

  • Enjoy some of the interesting points such as Public library, Jaffna fort, Point Pedro including a visit to St. Anthony’s church ruins & Cemetery etc.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Jaffna.

DAY 04

JAFFNA

  • Start with breakfast at the hotel.

  • Visit Kantharodai, which is the first archaeological site found in the Jaffna.Nearly 62 dagobas were found during the excavation and they were built using limestone.According to archaeologists, these stupas are date back to the 2nd [sensitive content]legends, it is stated that the stupas consist of buried fossils related to the number of Buddhist monks who lived in Jaffna at that time and expired due to huger.

  • Proceed to the bottomless well Nilaveri which is geometrically square-shaped.As the water of Nilavari well is fresh and drinkable, nearby farmlands use this water for irrigation.Also, the well never gets dried up even in heavy drought is another reason for the usage.According to the surveys done by the Sri Lankan marine department, the first 40ft of the well is freshwater and then turns salty in respect to the depth.

  • See the famous Hindu temple in Keerimalai.At Keerimalai the spring water floor is of great value.Bathing in its waters imparts healing medicinal benefits to the human body.The freshwater comes from an underground spring source.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Jaffna.

DAY 05

jaffna - trincimalee / nilaveli

  • Begin the day with breakfast at the hotel.

  • Leave for Trincomalee / Nilaveli. Trincomalee town itself is mildly attractive and is situated around several picturesque bays and rocky peninsulas. Its economic trump card is a superb deep-water port, considered to be one of the worlds finest.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Trincomalee/Nilaveli.

DAY 06

TRINCOMALEE / NILAVELI

  • Savour breakfast at the hotel.

  • Make a city tour of Trincomalee. See the Foul Point Lighthouse, an Old Dutch fort.

  • Visit Thirukoneswaram Temple; Thirukoneswaram is one of the five Eswarams- Sivan temples in Sri Lanka. The temple is situated on the topmost pinnacle of the Swamy rock. And it's known as the Southern Kailasam. You can see the devotees entering the temple as the chief priest of the temple Sivasri, Sivakugarajah Kurukkal explains about the old and new statues, the devotees worship the "Pancharaththi", which is lit on camphor, etc.

  • Go to Kinniya Hot Water springs. Pilgrims believe in their healing power. There are many different versions of the myth on how these curative hot water wells came into existence; most of them are connected to Ravana. One legend about Kanniya's origin has it, that this is the place where King Ravana carried out the last rites for his mother. When he was unable to find water to duly perform the rites, he in anger pierced his Trishula into the ground seven times. Water started gushing out immediately. The very hot water cooled down to the present degree when Ravana's anger calmed down. The temperature of the water is different in all the seven wells.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Trincomalee/Nilaveli.

DAY 07

trincomalee - polonnaruwa ancient sites - sigiriya / dambulla

  • Eat breakfast at the hotel.

  • Continue to Polonnaruwa to explore the ancient sites by bicycle. One of the ruins of ancient Ceylon - the UNESCO World Heritage City of Polonnaruwa, which was the capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to 13th century. Polonnaruwa was a well-planned medieval city defended by enclosing walls (around 5 km. which still remain), graced by palaces, shrines, monasteries, pavilions, parks, ponds and irrigation lakes. Polonnaruwa is strewn with ruins in a resplendent state of preservation. The ‘Gal Vihara’ which consists of statues of the recumbent, standing and seated Buddha have been cut from a single granite wall and rank among few of the true masterpieces of Sri Lankan Art.

  • Leave for Dambulla/Sigiriya.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Dambulla/Sigiriya.

DAY 08

sigiriya rock fortress - village tour

  • Consume breakfast at the hotel.

  • Visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most dramatic, inspiring and beautiful historical locations in the world. A mythical past of feuding dynasties suits Sigiriya’s striking setting- it was built in 5th century AD by a king, Kasyapa, as a fortress-palace. The palace complex at the foot of the rock still has the remains of four indoor swimming pools where the king’s 500 concubines bathed. The mirror walls of the Sigiriya rock still retain the world-famous frescoes of the king’s concubines, who originated from all parts of the world. The palace structure was built with complex water arteries in the walls that provided natural air conditioning in the hot climate.

  • On the summit, reached with the help of metal staircases and ladders, you can see the remains of the palace walls, gardens and ponds. 

  • Make a village tour in a bullock cart, one of the oldest modes of transport which are still prevalent in certain parts of the island.

  • Step off the cart to start a hike across the village through the paddy fields and through home gardens. At each step of your way, you will be met with a genuine smile of the unpretentious villagers.

  • Walk along the banks of the lake until you meet your next mode of transportation; a Canoe ride.

  • Paddle through the lake on the homemade Canoe as you watch small exotic birds hopping from one aquatic plant to another. You will be invited to a cup of tea.

  • Here you have the opportunity to experience the local cooking guided by a lady. Let yourself learn the traditional ways of cooking a delicious and an equally enticing Sri Lankan meal in clay pots over an open hearth.

  • Enjoy Sri Lankan village lunch.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Dambulla/Sigiriya.

DAY 09

dambulla Rock cave temple - matale - kandy

  • Rise up for breakfast at the hotel.

  • Visit Dambulla Rock Cave Temple. Dambulla Cave Temple, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla. The largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka, the rock from which the caves were carved towers 160meters (520ft) over the surrounding plains. A total of 153 Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lankan kings and four statues of gods and goddesses also stand in the site.

  • Continue your journey to the hill capital of Kandy. Eminent as the centre of Buddhism and the capital of the last Sinhalese kingdom.

  • En-route, visit a spice garden in Matale to see many different types of spices Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. Gardens are open to visitors, a delightful place to stroll in fragrant greenery and learn about nutmeg, pepper vines, clove trees and curry, cinnamon and the precious cardamom, a relative of ginger. It grows in the shade of high jungle trees and can only be harvested by hand.

  • Enjoy a traditional cultural dance performance which is a vibrant and unique fire and Harvest dances accompanied by Ceremonial Drums and the Drum Orchestra rising and falling to the lively tempo. The highlight of the show is definitely the fire walking show, where the artists walk through a specially prepared fire pit, roughly 8 feet by 3 feet covered with red-hot charcoal, completely barefoot.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Kandy.

DAY 10

kandy

  • Start with breakfast at the hotel.

  • Visit the Temple of tooth relic, for the morning ceremony; 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.

  • Make a sightseeing tour of Kandy by visiting the upper lake, oriental market place, and a bazaar.

  • Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, at Peradeniya, the largest of Sri Lanka’s botanical gardens displaying over 4 000 different species of plants and regarded amongst the most superior in Asia.The focal points include the superb Orchid collection and a mighty avenue of Royal Palm [sensitive content]addition to a plethora of flowering plants, there is also an extensive collection of medicinal plants and spices which can be spotted on your meander across the gardens.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Kandy.

DAY 11

kandy - airport or beach

  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

  • Visit the tea plantation and a tea factory, on the island where the best tea in the world is produced. Watch the tea pluckers pick two leaves and a bud with deft hands.

  • Then to the factory where the all-important conversion to “made” black tea happens. The machinery used is of very traditional British design, some as old as 100 years. The process is a very artisanal one, unchanged for a century. Observe the process of manufacturing tea, tea grading and taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea.

  • Transfer to the airport for onward flight or selected beach hotel for a continued beach holiday.

  • 778 USD Per Adult , 237 USD Per Child
  • Meeting at the airport upon arrival and assistance during the stay

  • Bottle of mineral water per person per day

  • Accommodation on half board basis in DBL Sharing for 10 Nights from dinner on Day 01 to Breakfast on Day 11 at Hotels specified or at Hotels of Similar Standard.

  • Transportation by Air-Conditioned Vehicle with an English-speaking Sri Lanka chauffeur-guide.

  • Government tax and service charge

  • Early check-in & late checkout

  • Lunch and beverages cost throughout the Tour,

  • Entrance fees to sites (approx. adult: USD 180 / child (5 - 12 Years): USD 90)

  • Extras of personal nature.

  • Tips and gratuities.

  • Extra services other than those specified.

  • Extensions of stays or amendments to the itinerary

  • Sri Lanka Hidden Treasure Tour: Sri Lanka’s infamous beaches have been enticing visitors for many years. However, the rest of the island harbours many more idyllic vistas. The guides have designed this tour specifically to discover the new destinations combine with major attractions of Sri Lanka.

Accommodation basis:

  • All hotel classifications are as per Ceylon Leisure Holidays classifications.

  • Confirmation of hotels will be subject to availability at the time of final confirmation.

  • Meal plan will be on a booked basis.

  • Half Board will be from arrival day dinner to departure day breakfast.

  • Full Board will be from arrival day lunch to departure day breakfast.

  • Tours could be re-routed with/ or without adequate notice, in the best interest of the customer.

  • Certain places of interest could be closed during lunch hours, public holidays etc., and the DMC will not be responsible for those.

Other Conditions:

  • Optional excursions and additional services could be provided for which we will charge additionally.

  • Visits to wildlife parks, adventure activities, etc., will be at client's own risk.

  • Payment by credit cards will be subject to 3% bank charges.

Cancellation charges (Sri Lanka):

  • Within 07 - 00 days - 100% cancellation charge.

  • Within 14 - 08 days - 75% cancellation charge.

  • Within 21-15 days - 50% cancellation charge.

Hotel Rules & Regulations:

  • The official check-in time at all hotels will be 14.00 hrs.

  • The official check-out time at all hotels will be 11.00 hrs.

  • Early check-in / late check-out will be subject to availability at the discretion of the hotel’s management. However, a request to hotels will be made where necessary.

  • Cancellation policy will be applicable for any reduction of allocated/blocked rooms, after the release period.

Visas:

  • A tourist visa needs to be obtained for nationals other than Singapore & Maldives and could be obtained online. For further details, visit the Sri Lanka government website. 

Dambulla, Sigiriya, Kandy, Matale, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Wilpattu National Park

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The tour is available from 02 Apr to 31 Oct on the following days of the week.

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