Day 01: Colombo/Airport/Kalpitiya
Arrive in Sri Lanka you will be met by a representative of Jethro Lanka Tours transfer to Kalpitiya beach. Evening visit St’anne church Thalawila.
Over night stay in Kalpitiya.
Day 2 – Kalpitiya/Wilpattu/Anuradhapura
Early morning Dolphin and Whales watching. The best time for dolphin watching in Kalpitiya is from November to March/April. During this time, conditions are perfect to view a variety of sea mammals: the monsoon season is over and the seas are relatively calm. During this dolphin watching season in Sri Lanka, it is relatively safer for boat rides out in the ocean, since the sea is not as choppy as it is during monsoon months. In addition, since the sea is calm, it is easier to spot dolphins and see them from greater distances. Kalpitiya is home to a variety of dolphins that can be found in close proximity to the coast – the Spinner dolphin being the most common. Other dolphins that can be spotted here include Bottlenose, Risso’s, Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins, etc.
Then proceed to Anuradhapura en route visit Wilpattu National Park.
Overnight stay in Anuradhapura.
Day 3 – Anuradhapura/Awukana/Habarana
After the breakfast visit Anuradhapura Heritage site.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). Then proceed to Sigiriya en route visit Mihinthale, Awukana Buddha Stature.
Overnight stay in Sigiriya
Day 4 – Sigiriya
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 meters (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 colorful 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 best preserved examples of ancient urban planning. It is the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka.
Optional : Village safari, Minneriya Elephants safari, Ayurvedic
Overnight stay in Sigiriya.
Day 5 – Sigiriya/Dambulla/Knuckles
After the breakfast visit 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.
Then proceed to Knuckles Range for tracking en route visit Nalanda Gedige and Matale spices garden in evening do the track with tracking guide at Knuckles Range.
Overnight stay in Knuckles Range.
Day 6 – Knuckles/Matale/Kandy
After the breakfast do the track in Tea state and proceed to Kandy, on the way to Kandy you can visit Matale Aluwihare Temple and Matale Hindu Temple.
Evening at 1700 Hrs culture dance show in Kandy city.
Overnight stay in Kandy city.
Day 7 – Kandy/Peradeniya/Gadaladeniya
After the breakfast visit Temple of Tooth Relic. Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple.
Bhikkhus of the two chapters of Malwatte and Asgiriya conduct daily worship in the inner chamber of the temple. Rituals are performed three times daily: at dawn, at noon and in the evenings. On Wednesdays there is a symbolic bathing of the relic with an herbal preparation made from scented water and fragrant flowers called Nanumura Mangallaya. This holy water is believed to contain healing powers and is distributed among those present.
Then go to Peradeniya botanical garden and Gadaladeniya three Temples. Evening free walking around the Lake and City.
Overnight stay in Kandy.
Day 8 – Kandy/Kithulgala
After the breakfast proceed to Kithulgala for white water rafting. Kithulgala is a small town in the west of Sri Lanka. It is in the wet zone rain forest, which gets two monsoons each year, and is one of the wettest places in the country. Nevertheless, it comes alive in the first three months of the year, especially in February, the driest month. The Academy Award-winning The Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed on the Kelani River near Kitulgala, although nothing remains now except the concrete foundations for the bridge (and, supposedly, the submerged train cars that plunged into the river in the climactic scene). Kithulgala is also a base for white-water rafting, which starts a few kilometers upstream.
Overnight stay in Kithulgala.
Day 9 – Kithulgala/Ramboda
After the breakfast proceed to Ramboda en route visit Tea garden, Tea factory and Ramboda waterfalls. Evening free walking around the Village side.
Overnight stay in Ramboda.
Day 10 – Ramboda/Nuwaraeliya/Ella
Morning proceed to Nuwaraeliya, then visit the city and Seetha Amman Temple thereafter go to Ella by Train. Train journey arrange by Silkroad Lanka Holidays free of charges.
Overnight stay in Ella.
Day 11 – Ella/Haputhale/Udawalawe
Morning climb to Mini Adams peak then visit Rawana waterfalls, Dove Temple, Haputhale, Bambarakanda waterfall, Natural gem minds and bottle feeding for baby elephants in Udawalawe elephants transits home.
Over night stay in Udawalawe.
Day 12 – Udawalawe/Tangalle Beach
Early morning visit Udawalawe National park. Udawalawe National Park lies on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces, in Sri Lanka. The national park was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River, as well as to protect the catchment of the reservoir. The reserve covers 30,821 hectares (119.00 sq mi) of land area and was established on 30 June 1972. Before the designation of the national park, the area was used for shifting cultivation (china farming). The farmers were gradually removed once the national park was declared. The park is 165 kilometers (103 mi) from Colombo. Udawalawe is an important habitat for water birds and Sri Lankan elephants. It is a popular tourist destination and the third most visited park in the country.
Then proceed to the beautiful Tangalle beach. Evening enjoy at the beach.
Overnight stay in Tangalle beach.
Day 13 – Leisure at Tangalle beach.
The name of the town in Sinhala means “projected rock”,to the rocks which form the coastline in the town area, which contrasts with the sandy beach of the surrounding areas. Another rationale is that the name is derived from ran-gala or “golden rock”, which relates to a local legend that a holy man once ate a meal there and the rock was turned to gold.
Tangalle is a regionally important fishing port and a centre of tourism. In the city centre there is an old Dutch fort which is used as a prison today.
Overnight stay in Tangalle beach.
Day 14 – Tangalle/Galle/Mount Lavinia beach
Morning proceed to Mount Lavinia, en route visit Weurukannala Temple, Devinuwara Temple, Mirissa beach, Galle Dutch fort, Madu River, Turtle hatchery. The “modern” history of Galle starts in 1502, when a small fleet of Portuguese ships, under the command of Lorenzo de Almeida, on their way to the Maldives, were blown off course by a storm. Realizing that the king resided in Kotte close to Colombo Lorenzo 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 Mount Lavinia.
Day 15 – Day 15: Mount Lavinia/Colombo/Airport
Morning visit Colombo city then do the city tour.
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-thotawhich means “Harbour with leafy mango trees”. 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.
Then we will transfer you to the International Airport end of our