Arrive in Sri Lanka met our representative in international airport and transfer to Colombo. The name “Colombo”, first introduced by the Portuguese in 1505, is believed to be derived from the classical Sinhalese name Kolon thota, meaning “port on the river Kelani. Another belief is that the name is derived from the Sinhalese name Kola-amba- thota.which means “Harbour with leafy mango trees” Evening do the Colombo city Tour & shopping.
After the breakfast proceed to Yala. On the way to Yala you can visit, Turtle hatchery, Madu River, Mask Museum, Galle Dutch fortress, Devinuwara Vishnu Temple and giant Buddha statue in Dikwella.
The “modern” history of Galle starts in 1502, when a small fleet of Portugueseships, under the command of Lourenço de Almeida, on their way to the Maldives, were blown off course by a storm. Realising that the king resided in Kotte close toColombo Lourenço proceeded there after a brief stop in Galle.In 1640, the Portuguese had to surrender to the Dutch East India Company. The Dutch built the present fort in the year 1663. .
Overnight stay in Kirinda beach. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________
Day 3 – Day 03 : Yala – Ella
Early morning visit Yala National Park. Yala National Park is the most visited and largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public, and also adjoining parks. The blocks have individual names such as, Ruhuna National Park(block 1) and Kumana National Park or ‘Yala East’ for the adjoining area. It is situated in the southeast region of the country, and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The park covers 979 square kilometres (378 sq mi) and is located about 300 kilometres (190 mi) from Colombo. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards and Then proceed to Ella. On the way to Ella visit, Buduruwagala Temple and Rawana waterfall.
After the breakfast climb to mini Adams peak then proceed to Bandarawella for cocking class on the way to Bandarawella visit Dove Rock Temple. After the lunch go to Lipton seat. The Lipton’s Seat is located at Dambetenna in the Haputale Mountain region. This place was a favourite look-outpoint for Sir Thomas Lipton. The point has a fabulous view over Uva, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Eastern provinces.
After the breakfast proceed to Nuwaraeliya by train. Train journey arrange by Jethro Lanka Tours,
Evening you can visit Seetha Amman Temple, then free walking around the Nuwaraeliya city. The city was founded by Samuel Baker, the discoverer of Lake Albert and the explorer of the Nile in 1846. Nuwara Eliya’s climate lent itself to becoming the prime sanctuary of the British civil servants and planters in Ceylon. Nuwara Eliya, called Little England then, was also a hill country retreat where the British colonialists could immerse in their pastimes such as fox hunting, deer hunting, elephant hunting, polo, golf and cricket.
Early morning you can visit Horton plains National park (optional) then proceed to Kandy. En route visit, Tea garden, Tea factory and Ramboda waterfalls. 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.
After the breakfast visit the Temple of Tooth Relic and Peradeniya botanical garden, then go to Lankathilake Temple in Gadaladeniya. Evening at 1700 hrs culture dance in Kandy city, then free walking around Kandy city and Lake..
After the breakfast proceed to Sigiriya. En route visit, Matale Hindu Temple, Matale spices garden, Nalanda gedige and Dambulla cave Temple. It is the largest and best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m (520 ft) over the surrounding plains.There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which containstatues and paintings. This paintings and statues are related to Lord Buddha and his life. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of god and goddess. The latter 4 include two statues of Hindu gods, Vishnu andGanesh. .
After the breakfirst climb to Sigiriya Lion Rock fortress. Sigiriya is an ancient palace located in District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres (660 ft) high
Overnight stay in Polonnaruwa. Optional : Village safari, Elephant Ridding, Ayurvedic Therapy and Minneriya National park safari.
After the breakfast visit Polonnaruwa Heritage site.
Poḷonnaruwa is the main town of Polonnaruwa District in North Central Province, Sri Lanka. Kaduruwela area is the Polonnaruwa New Town and the other part of Polonnaruwa remains as the royal ancient city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa.The second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated Chola invaders in 1070 to reunite the country once more under a local leader.The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage Site. Then go to beautiful Nilaveli beach.
Nilaveli is a coastal resort town located aboutWest of Trincomalee, Trincomalee District, Sri Lanka. It used to be a popular tourist destination, however due to 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and Sri Lankan Civil War tourist numbers have declined, until 2010 onwards, we can see a significant increase in the number of tourists. Once again Nilaveli has become one of the main tourist attractions in Sri Lanka.
Day 12 – Trincomalee – Anuradhapura After the lunch proceed to Anuradhapura.Anuradhapura is a major city in Sri Lanka. It is the capital city of North Central Province, Sri Lanka and the capital of Anuradhapura District. Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilization. It was the third capital of the Kingdom of Rajarata, following the kingdoms of Tambapanni and Upatissa Nuwara. The city, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the center of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries. The city lies 205 km north of the current capital Colombo in Sri Lanka’s North Central Province, on the banks of the historic Malvathu Oya. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka. It is believed that from the fourth century BC until the beginning of the 11th century AD it was the capital of the Sinhalese. During this period it remained one of the most stable and durable centers of political power and urban life in South Asia. The ancient city, considered sacred to the Buddhist world, is today surrounded by monasteries covering an area of over sixteen square miles (40 km²). After the lunch proceed to Anuradhapura. Overnight stay in Anuradhapura.
Morning visit Anuradhapura Heritage site then go to Negambo. Depending on your fight schedule. We will transfer you to the International airport.
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