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Get A Glimpse Of Sri Lanka's Heritage On A 4-Day Culture Tour

Anuradhapura, Colombo, Dambulla, Negombo, Pinnawala, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya

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Tour the ancient capitals of the Sihalese Kingdoms – from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya. Admire the beauty of these well-preserved UNESCO World Heritage Sites and learn about the ancient history of this island nation.

DAY 01

Arrival – Negombo

  • Meet and greet your guide and driver at the Arrivals Lounge of Bandaranaike International Airport.

  • Drive towards Negombo and check-in at the hotel. (~30 min – 1 hour drive)

  • Depending on the time of your arrival, a short drive around or a half-day sightseeing tour of Negombo can be arranged.

  • Known as “Little Rome”, Negombo is home to most of Sri Lanka’s Christians. There are around 50 churches in the area. You can also visit the fish market, Hamilton Canal, Dutch Fort and the local beach.

  • Overnight at Negombo hotel.

DAY 02

Negombo – Anuradhapura

  • After breakfast at the hotel, check-out by 8 am and begin your road trip to one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka. (~4 Hours’ drive).

  • Reach Anuradhapura by noon, have lunch, and check-in to the hotel.

  • Proceed for a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage city. Drive through the ancient ruins dating back to 1st Century BCE, while the guide tells you all about Sri Lanka’s ancient kingdoms. Stop for photo-ops as per your interest.

  • On the drive, you will see the Abhayagiri Dagoba, Ruvanvelisaya Dagoba, Sri Maha Bodhi, and several other stupas and temples.

  • In the evening, drive to Mihintale – a hilltop where locals believe Buddhism was introduced in Sri Lanka. The guide would help you understand more about the stories surrounding the serene space. Enjoy the sunset here.

  • Drive back to your hotel in Anuradhapura.

  • Overnight in Anuradhapura.

DAY 03

Anuradhapura – Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya

  • Have breakfast, check-out, and start early at 6 am for a full-day of activities.

  • Drive to Polonnaruwa – another ancient capital city with fascinating ruins. (~3 hours’ drive)

  • On arrival, go on a sightseeing tour around Polonnaruwa and see the Royal Palace, King’s swimming pool, Court, Sacred Quadrangle, several Dagobas and Buddha statues.

  • Have lunch at a local restaurant and continue your journey to Sigiriya.

  • Drive to Sigiriya (~1 hours’ drive) and reach by late afternoon.

  • In Sigiriya, head straight to the UNESCO World Heritage rock fortress. Start the climb up the “Lion Rock” and reach the ancient citadel in time for the sunset.

  • Climb back down and don’t miss the stunning view on the way.

  • Transfer to a hotel in Sigiriya and check-in for the night

  • Overnight in Sigiriya.

DAY 04

Sigiriya – Colombo via Dambulla/Pinnawala

  • After breakfast at your hotel in Sigiriya, get on the road to Colombo.

  • On route, you can either choose to stop at:

  • Dambulla Cave Temple Complex: A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climb up to the world-renowned cave temples and admire the fascinating interiors with vibrant décor and impressive Buddha statues. The guide will tell you all about the history and stories about these caves. OR

  • Pinnawala Elephant orphanage: See the gentle giants – both babies and adults – roaming freely in this amazing place, that is ideal for families and those interested in spending some time with these magnificent animals. You can watch them being fed or taking a bath in the river.

  • Reach Colombo by evening and get dropped off at a hotel/airport/ any other place of your choice within the city.

End of services

  • Professional English-speaking guide-driver.

  • Insured air-conditioned private car/van (Car in case of 1-3 people and Van for 4 or more people with max 12 people allowed).

  • Fuel, tolls, road taxes and parking fees.

  • Airport transfers.

  • Driver-Guide expenses/accommodation/meals etc.

  • International air-tickets.

  • All meals and beverages.

  • Entrance Fees for attractions.

  • Accommodation.

  • Fee for activities.

  • Shopping and personal expenses.

  • Anything not mentioned in ‘What’s Included’.

  • The day-wise itineraries are flexible; guests may choose to remove or alter any sites/activities, provided it is within the time and budget allocated to the tour.

  • The guide could suggest and arrange any extra activity that might interest you. However, this would be at your own expense.

  • The guide could recommend restaurants for lunch and dinner if required.

Anuradhapura, Colombo, Dambulla, Negombo, Pinnawala, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya

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