Day 1 – Colombo airport – Colombo city
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”.The author of the oldest Sinhalese
grammar, Sidatsangarava, written in the 13th about a category of words that exclusively belonged to early Sinhalese. It lists naramba (to see) andkolamba (ford or habor) as belonging to an indigenous source. Kolamba may also be the source of the name of the commercial capital Colombo. Galle Face Green is a ribbon of green space located in the heart of the city along the Indian Ocean coast, and is a popular destination for tourists and residents alike. The Galle Face Hotel is a historic landmark on the southern edge of this promenade.Gangaramaya Temple is one of the most important temples in Colombo. The temple’s architecture demonstrates an eclectic mix of Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, and Chinese architecture.The Viharamahadevi Park (formerly Victoria Park) is an urban park located next to the National Museum of Colombo and the Town Hall. It is the oldest and largest park in Colombo and features a large Buddha statue.As part of the Urban Regeneration Program of the Government of Sri Lanka, many old sites and buildings were revamped to modern public recreational spaces and shopping precincts. These include Independence Memorial Hall Square, Pettah Floating Market and Old Dutch Hospital among others.
Evening do the Colombo city Tour & shopping.
Overnight stay in Colombo.
Day 2 – Colombo – Galle – Yala
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. They built a fortified wall, using solid granite, and built three bastions, known as “Sun”, “Moon” and “Star”. After the British took over the country from the Dutch in the year 1796, they preserved the Fort unchanged, and used it as the administrative centre of the district.
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.
Overnight stay in Ella.
Day 4 – Ella – Mini Adam peak – Lipton seat
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.
Overnight stay in Ella.
Day 5 – Ella – Nuwaraeliya
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. Although the town was founded in the 19th century by the British, the whole district is today visited by native travelers, specially during the month of April, the season of flowers, pony races, go cart races and auto rally. Many of the buildings retain features from the colonial period such as the Queen’s Cottage, General’s House, Grand Hotel, Hill Club, Town Post Office and even new hotels are often built and furnished in the colonial style. Anyone who visits the city can wallow in its nostalgia of bygone days by visiting these landmark buildings. Many private homes still maintain their old English-style lawns and gardens.
Overnight stay in Nuwaraeliya.
Day 6 – Nuwaraelia – Kandy
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.
Over night stay in Kandy.
Day 7 – Kandy – Lankathilake Temple
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..
Overnight stay in Kandy.
Day 8 – Kandy – Dambulla – Sigiriya
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. The murals cover an area of 2,100 m². Depictions in the walls of the caves include Buddha’s temptation by demon Maraand Buddha’s first sermon.
Overnight stay in Sigiriya.
Day 9 – Sigiriya – Polannaruwa
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. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure —Sīhāgiri, the Lion Rock. The capital and the royal palace was abandoned after the king’s death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century. Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning. It is the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka. Then proceed to Polonnaruwa Heritage site
Optional : Village safari, Elephant Ridding, Ayurvedic Therapy and Minneriya National park safari.
Overnight stay in Polonnaruwa.
Day 10 – Polonnaruwa – Trincomalee
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.
Overnight stay in Nilaveli beach.
Day 11 – Leisure 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.
Overnight stay in Nilaveli beach.
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.
Day 13 – Anuradhapura – Colombo Airport
Morning visit Anuradhapura Heritage site then go to Negambo. Depending on your fight schedule. We will transfer you to the International airport.