Sri Lanka Culture Tour

  • DURATION 11 Days / 10 Nights
  • TYPE OF TRIP Road Trip, Air Trip
  • START CITY ANURADHAPURA
  • END CITY COLOMBO

Overview

Sri Lanka Culture Tour

Destinations : ANURADHAPURA | ROSE QUARTZ | DAMBULLA | HABARANA | SIGIRIYA | POLONNARUWA | MATALE | KANDY | NUWARA ELIYA | HORTON PLAINS | NUWARA ELIYA | YALA | GALLE | BEACH HOTEL | RIVER SAFRI | COLOMBO

PACKAGE ITINERARY

  • Day1

    AIRPORT | ANURADHAPURA

    Arrival: Morning time

    Upon on arrival you will be warmly greeted with fresh orchid garlands and transferred to the hotel in Anuradhapura. (Approx. 4 hours’ drive)

    On arrival, check in to the hotel and relax.

    In the evening visit Anuradhapura archeological site.

    ANURADHAPURA - It was the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of the ancient Sri Lanka. It is the home of two World Heritage sites. Many places of historical and archaeological interest could be visited. Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo-Tree) was brought as a sapling of the tree under which Prince Siddhartha attained to enlightenment and it is over 2,200 years old and is the oldest historically documented tree in the world. At Brazen Palace (2nd century B.C), the 1600 stone columns you see are all that is left of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks. Ruwanweliseya (2nd century B.C) is the most famous of all the Dagobas. It originally depicted the perfect 'bubble shape" that modern restoration has not been able to accurately reproduce. 'Samadhi' Buddha statue (4th century AD) is one of the most famous statues, depicting the Buddha in a state of 'Samadhi' or deep meditation. Isurumuniya rock temple (3rd century B.C) is well known for its rock carvings.

    On completion, transfer back to the hotel.

    Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel in Anuradhapura

  • Day2

    ANURADHAPURA | ROSE QUARTZ | DAMBULLA | HABARANA

    After breakfast check-out from the hotel and proceed to Habarana. (Approx. 2 ½ hours’ drive)

    En route visit Rose Quartz (Jathika Namal Uyana)

    The Jathika Namal Uyana in Sri Lanka is the largest ironwood forest and pink quartz mountain in Asia. The Ironwood Tree is endemic to Sri Lanka and the replanted forest is over 260 acres in extent. According to archeological researcher’s findings, the pink quartz in this historical place has a history of more than 550 millions of years. Naamal Uyana is an extremely rare forest replanted with Iron wood trees in the 8th Century AD commenced during the starting from King Devanampiyathissa and ending with king Dappula IV. Namal Uyana had been a sanctuary for Buddhist monks during King Devanampiyatissa’s reign in the 8th century. Later it had been used as a prison camp where the punishment was to plant Na trees. King Dappula period it declared it as a human sanctuary. This unique natural place has been brought forward to the attention of the world almost 15 years before, by a Buddhist monk, Venerable Wanawasi Rahula Thero.

    Next continue your journey to Dambulla. On arrival visit Dambulla cave temple.

    DAMBULLA - As one reaches the city of Dambulla lays a hub which has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. Today, an icon in the face of Sri Lanka Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the most unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Observe how exquisitely cave paintings are done along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. As you enter the retreat look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold over a land which today houses an important junction in the country's economic and cultural uplifting.

    In the evening relax at the hotel.

    Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel in Habarana/Dambulla/Sigiriya

  • Day3

    HABARANA | SIGIRIYA | POLONNARUWA | HABARANA

    After breakfast proceed to climb Sigiriya rock fortress. (Approx. 30 Min drive)

    SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS - The 5th century rock citadel of King Kashyapa and World Heritage Site - Sigiriya - doesn't only boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture. Step through the gigantic 'Lion Paws' - overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below - to comprehend the absolute splendor that once dominated this rock fortress. Surrounded by ramparts & moats the Lion Rock - resembling the mythological 'City of Gods' - is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India. Walk in the shade of an eminent 'mirror wall' embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti.

    Wander into the well-fabricated museum downstairs for an epic journey of yesteryears to realize how the citadel floated above citizens with the castle, ponds and irrigation systems that pumped water right onto its summit with an ingenious hydraulic system describing a colossal masterpiece of the great king which remained a wonder in Asia for centuries.

    On completion, transfer to Polonnaruwa.

    In the evening visit Polonnaruwa archeological site.

    POLONNARUWA which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and which is a world heritage site. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in 'Upright', 'Sedentary' and 'Recumbent' postures carved out of rock could be seen, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, the statue of king Parakramabahu, and the Parakrama Samudraya - a lake built by King Parakramabahu the great. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.

    Next, learn the art of woodcarving with “Iramusu” herbal drink in Polonnaruwa.

    Proceed back to the hotel.

    Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel in Habarana/Dambulla/Sigiriya

  • Day4

    HABARANA | MATALE | KANDY

    After breakfast proceed to Kandy. (Approx. 3 hours’ drive)

    En route visit Nalanda Gedige (Center of Sri Lanka)

    Nalanda Gedige is an ancient complete stone temple near Matale, Sri Lanka and its original site was considered as the center of Sri Lanka. The building was constructed in between 8th and 10th centuries with dravidian architecture inand is believed to have been used by Buddhists.

    Next stop in Matale and visit a herbal garden and witness a spice demonstration and herbal medicine manufacturing.

    Kandy Upon arrival visit the temple of the tooth relic.

    KANDY TOOTH TEMPLE - 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.

    Fine tune your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the Wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka.

    Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel in Kandy

  • Day5

    KANDY

    After breakfast do city tour of Kandy including the visits of the gem factory, batik & silk factory.

    KANDY-Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe - before it was brought under the British rule in 1815, Kandy - the World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings - crafts an array of culture, history and heritage in the minds of visitors across the globe. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. A stroll across this small lakeside town - cradled among the misty hills - will feature the Kandy City Centre - bundled with latest and world class brands, bazaar, an arts & crafts centre, as well as a gem museum & lapidary. Drive towards Victoria Golf Course, undoubtedly one of the best golf courses in the world for a sweep blended with class and style. Or walk in color as you glide through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market.

    Next visit Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya.

    PERADENIYA BOTANICAL GARDEN - First developed as a pleasure garden under royalty and later harmonized by the British, the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya - today bundled with the most welcoming facilities located just 4 miles off Kandy - is a flourishing national asset in the Wonder of Asia. Walk into this 147-acre bliss of an experience, passing well-tended lawns, pavilions & an octagon conservatory to be greeted by the vast expanse of a magnificently landscaped lush green turf which will encourage you for an exhilarating break. Towards the north of the entrance rests a cafeteria that one might come across before stepping into some of the highlights - the orchid house & giant Javan fig tree - of this place which overflow in grace.

    In the evening relax at the hotel.

    Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel in Kandy

  • Day6

    KANDY | NUWARA ELIYA

    After breakfast, transfer to Nuwara Eliya (Approx. 2 hours’ drive)

    En route visit Tea plantation and tea factory.

    In the evening check-in to the hotel in Nuwara Eliya

    NUWARA ELIYA - Misty steep roads, twisting through lush green blankets of tea bushes in a cool climate, remind visitors that they are within the range of the renowned British colonial retreat, Nuwara Eliya. Augmented by an English countryside atmosphere, the city of light - once governed by English & Scottish planters - is still studded with colonial bungalows, hedgerows & one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in the world. A hike through the green grass and red-brick walls should present breathtaking views of a buzzing countryside hamlet.

    You may walk around the hotel area would be interesting.

    Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel in Nuwara Eliya

  • Day7

    NUWARA ELIYA | HORTON PLAINS | NUWARA ELIYA

    With packed breakfast, transfer to Horton Plains. (Separate vehicles will be arranged for this)

    Enjoy the trekking (nearly 3 hours)

    Horton Plains, its surroundings, forests and the adjoining Peak Wilderness constitute Sri Lanka’s most important catchment area of almost all major rivers. The plains are also of outstanding scenic beauty and conservation importance, containing most of the habitats and endemic plants and animals representative of the country’s wet and Montane zones. The western slopes support the most extensive area of Montane cloud forest surviving in the island. Horton Plains is not merely a destination for nature tourists. Since the rich biodiversity of Horton Plains is still grossly underexplored, it affords invaluable opportunities to those engaged on educational and research activities.

    On completion, transfer back to the hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

    In the evening relax at the hotel.

    Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel in Nuwara Eliya

  • Day8

    NUWARA ELIYA | YALA

    After breakfast, drive to Yala. (Approx. 2 hours’ drive)

    Upon on arrival enjoy your wildlife safari at Yala national park.

    YALA - Spreading into a vast 1259 Km2 Yala - with its glory spinning around vast grasslands, shrubs, tanks and dunes - rightfully is the heartland of wildlife in Sri Lanka. As your jeep rumble through the giant gates of Yala, you are not only stepping into the most visited national park in the country, but also the lands of a civilization which thrived during the reign of Sri Lankan kings. You name it, and Yala has it! Its usual inmates cover herds of elephant, sloth bear, spotted dear, jackal, extensively populated birdlife as well as the highest density of leopards in the world that garnish the park to be one of the finest destinations in the country. Feel the rough track as your jeep thunders over rocks and swish passing narrow bends for an exhilarating experience blended with the cries of wilderness under the tropical sun.

    On completion, check-in to the hotel.

    Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel in Yala/Tissa

  • Day9

    YALA | GALLE | BEACH HOTEL

    After breakfast check-out from the hotel and proceed to the beach hotel

    En route visit the Galle world heritage city which was built by Portuguese & Dutch.

    GALLE - the epic Southern capital, is the intersection where classic Dutch architecture meets a tropical setting creating a vivid atmosphere in beauty. Walk the Dutch-haunted streets listening to the creaks of wooden saloon doors and observe how European architecture mingles with South Asian traditions today flooding cultural enthusiasts on a global scale. Its original ramparts and bastions preserved up to date showcase evidences of a heritage preserved for more than 3 1/2 centuries. Walk clockwise within the fort to observe the 'old gate' carrying the British coat of arms. Flanking the old gate is the Zwart bastion - the oldest of all - and the lighthouse standing 18 feet in its glory next to the Point Utretcht Bastion. This Dutch bliss is painted with streets that spread in a rectangular grid pattern pierced with houses carrying Dutch colonial style verandas. However, its hallmark stands a reality where the Dutch fort remains a working community with its usual buzz of administrative offices, court complex, commercial buildings, churches and Southern folks frequenting its streets bracing the air of the Elysium of architecture, Galle!

    In the evening check in to the hotel.

    Dinner & Overnight stay at a beach hotel

  • Day10

    BEACH HOTEL | RIVER SAFRI | COLOMBO

    After breakfast, transfer to Kosgoda and Visit Turtle hatchery

    Both locals and international volunteers battling it out for ''Sea Turtles' Sake'' is a common sight at Kosgoda. This vibrant tourist destination sitting calm along the Southern coast of Sri Lanka - apart from its traditional industries of fisheries and cinnamon cultivation - was later recognized by the Wildlife Protection Society who studded the region with a Sea Turtle Conservation Project which operates on a formidable scale today. Indirectly, this has become a watering hole of flipper & shell enthusiasts!

    Next enjoy “Madu” river boat safari in Balapitiya.

    Balapitiya is where one could just sit back and observe how ecology and culture combines under the sun! Cut through the clear water of Madu River - a lifeline of Balapitiya - and head towards Kotu Duwa, the small island housing a temple that dates back to ancient Sinhalese kings. Or, sail through tunnels of shady mangroves swaying alongside Madu River - hiding an ecological treasure - to witness the tranquility of this bio-diversity hot spot which boasts of reptiles, mollusks and over 70 species of fresh water fish. Today the region - which is strong in observing rural folk life in the island - does not only boast of cinnamon plantations in abundance, but also has a fine 'fish pedicure center' - one of the most potent & latest rejuvenation techniques. Apart from these amenities Balapitiya has also become a household name in the minds of bird watchers ensuring a thrilling offshore experience.

    On completion, transfer to the hotel in Colombo.

    Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel in Colombo

  • Day11

    COLOMBO | AIRPORT

    After breakfast, you will be taken on the city tour in Colombo.

    The capital of Sri Lanka, has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. That heritage is reflected in its its architecture, mixing colonial buildings with high-rises and shopping malls. The imposing Colombo National Museum, dedicated to Sri Lankan history, borders sprawling Viharamahadevi Park and its giant Buddha.

    Colombo is still the commercial and entertainment hub with many corporate buildings, restaurants, shopping malls, spas, hotels and nightclubs. If you want to have an active urban nightlife and do a spot of shopping, then Colombo is your place. One thing unique you’re bound to find in the heart of Colombo is the tree-lined main streets adding to the idea that this truly is a tropical paradise. Stand under one of the towering streets in the afternoon sun and you’re bound to cool off.

    In the evening transfer to the airport

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