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Day1
Program:
Arrive at Katunayake International Airport and you will be met by Explore Asia Holidays Representative at the Airport & Transfer to Negombo
Route:
Airport > Negombo
Distance:
approx: 10km
Drive Time:
approx: 15 minutes drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Negombo

Negombo

Negombo is a beautiful beach on the western coast of Sri Lanka. The wide sandy beaches and the safe sea are the major tourist attractions of Negombo. The Negombo Lagoon covers an area of 3164 hectares. It is situated some 40 km north of Colombo. Negombo has a small port, and its economy is mainly based on tourism and its centuries-old fishing industry. Negombo is a traditional fishing town in Sri Lanka, and no wonder the town is a gourmet food lover’s paradise with seafood available in plenty. Negombo also produces spices, ceramics and brassware.

Day2
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Transfer to Anuradhapura
Route:
Negombo > Anuradhapura
Distance:
approx: 170 km
Drive Time:
approx: 3 ½ hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Anuradhapura Ancient City

Anuradhapura Ancient City

Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Lankan civilization. The city, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies 205 km north of the current capital Colombo in Sri Lanka's North Central Province, on the banks of the historic Malvathu Oya. From the 4th century BC, it was the capital of Sri Lanka until the beginning of the 11th century AD. 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

Day3
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Visit Mihintalaya Rock & Transfer to (Dambulla / Sigiriya / Habarana)
Route:
Anuradhapura > Mihintale > (Habarana > Sigiriya) > Dambulla
Distance:
approx: 80 km
Drive Time:
approx: 3 hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Mihintale

Mihintale

Mihintale is only 12 kM away from the famous Anuradhapura city. The sacred forest mountain MissakaPabbatha where King DevanampiyaTissa met ArhatMahindaThera and his companions is situated in Mihintale. Prior to that the Lord Gautama Buddha had visited this place on his Third visit which was called as MissakaPabbatha then. Being one of the sixteen places (Solosmasthana) the Lord Buddha had visited in Sri Lanka, this is regarded as one of the most important sacred places by the Buddhists in Sri Lanka.

Habarana

Habarana

Habarana is a popular tourist destination for safari lovers as it is the starting point for safaris in the nearby Habarana jungle and the Minneriya sanctuary which is heavily populated by elephants. Elephant back riding is also an attraction in this small city. Habarana is situated nearby to the ancient rock fortress and palace ruin of Sigiriya and is situated on the main road from Colombo to Trincomalee and Polonnaruwa.

Day4
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress & Leisure
Route:
Sigiriya city limit
Distance:
Maximum 100 Km
Drive Time:
9.00am to 4.00pm
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Sigiriya Rock Fortress of Sri Lanka is situated in Matale district near Dambulla. 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. 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 the Lion Rock. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century. Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site.

Day5
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, visit Dambulla Cave Temple & Transfer to Trincomalee. Leisure at Nilaweli Beach
Route:
Dambulla > (Sigiriya > Habarana) > Trincomalee
Distance:
approx: 110 km
Drive Time:
approx: 2 hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
Botique Hotels
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave temple Located at an elevation of 1118 feet from the sea level raises a massive rock from the surrounding plains of Dambulla of 600 feet high and over 2000 feet in length. It is home to the World’s most acclaimed Cave complex of magnificent Buddha Images and Rock Paintings of vivid colors and shapes constructed and painted from around 2nd Century BC (Anuradhapura era ) and continued up to the Kandyan era of the 18th Century.

Trincomalee

Trincomalee

Trincomalee, one of the finest natural deep-water harbors in the world is located 257 km north-east of Colombo, which is considered as the commercial hub of Sri Lanka. Trincomalee is home to the fine beaches of Nilaveli, Uppuveli and the off-shore Pigeon Island. Recently Trincomalee has become popular as a Whale Watching destination as well. The Dive centers at Nilaveli and Uppuveli offer tourists the opportunity to enjoy their holidays in diving, snorkeling and swimming. The seven hot springs at Kanniya located a mere 8km from Trincomalee attract regular crowds throughout the year in view of the therapeutic properties of the water as well as the varying temperatures from one well to the other.

Nilaveli

Nilaveli

Nilaveli is a prime beach resort in the East Coast. It is ideally suited for sun bathing, sea bathing and diving. A few metres off shore is a small rocky island good for snorkelling. Nilaveli was the venue for the 1985 International Fun Board Championships.

Day6
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Visit Kanniya Hot Water Wells, Koneswaram Temple, Pigeon Island & Harbor
Route:
Trincomalee city limit
Distance:
maximum 100 Km
Drive Time:
9.00 am to 4. 00 pm
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
Botique Hotels
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Kanniya Hot Water Springs

Kanniya Hot Water Springs

Kanniya Hot Springs is famous hot well in Sri Lanka from the past. There are seven wells in a square shape. Wells are only 3–4 feet deep and you can clearly see the bottom. The temperature is considerably high but vary from one spring to another. Wells run out of water, when 10-15 buckets of water are taken out. This hot water spring is connected with Hindu culture. Most of the Tamils in Sri Lanka doing the religious rites for their lost loved one in this hot water spring according to Hindu culture. It is believed King Ravanan started this religious rites for his mother.

Koneswaram Temple

Koneswaram Temple

Koneswaram temple of Trincomalee is a Hindu temple in Trincomalee, Eastern Province, Sri Lanka venerated by Saivites throughout the continent. It is built atop Swami Rock, a rocky promontory cape overlooking Trincomalee, a classical period harbour port town. The primary deity is the Hindu God Lord Shiva in the form Konesar. At its zenith, the Konesar temple was the main shrine of the Trincomalee Koneswaram Temple Compounds, one of three ancient connected Hindu temples on Swami Rock with a considerably sized Gopuram. This temple stood distinctly in the middle of the cape, at its highest eminence. The other two connected temple shrines of the Koneswaram complex, to deities Ganesh, Vishnu (Thirumal), Ambal-Shakti and Murukan stretched across the cape to its extremities. The complex has laid in ruins, been restored, renovated and enlarged by various royals and devotees throughout its history. Heralded as one of the richest and most visited temple compounds in Asia, Koneswaram became one of the most important surviving and influential structures of the classical Dravidian architectural period by the early 17th century

Pigeon Island National Park

Pigeon Island National Park

Pigeon Island National Park is one of the two marine national parks of Sri Lanka. The national park is situated 1 km off the coast of Nilaveli, a coastal town in Eastern Province. The island's name derives from the Rock Pigeon which has colonized it. The national park contains some of the best remaining coral reefs of Sri Lanka. Pigeon Island was designated as a sanctuary in 1963. In 2003 it was redesignated as a national park. This national park is the 17th in Sri Lanka. The island was used as a shooting range during the colonial era. Pigeon Island is one of the several protected areas affected by the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004

Trincomalee Harbor

Trincomalee Harbor

The Trincomalee Harbor is a large natural harbor in Sri Lanka. Located in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka in the heart of the Indian Ocean, its strategic importance has shaped its recent history. There had been many sea battles to conquer the harbor. The Portuguese, Dutch, French, and the English, each held it in turn. The harbor, the fifth largest natural harbor in the world, is overlooked by terraced highlands, and its entrance is guarded by two headlands.The harbor was open even before Sri Lanka won her independence from the British. The harbor was a very important point for salers and cargo ships to stop and re-fuel and re-supply. It was a major point in the route taken by spice transport.

Day7
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Trincomalee City Tour & Leisure at Beach
Route:
Trincomalee city limit
Distance:
Maximum 100 Km
Drive Time:
9.00 am to 4. 00 pm
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
Botique Hotels
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Day8
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Leisure at Beach
Route:
Trincomalee city limit
Distance:
Maximum 100 Km
Drive Time:
9.00 am to 4. 00 pm
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
Botique Hotels
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Day9
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Transfer to Colombo
Route:
Trincomalee > Colombo
Distance:
approx: 310 km
Drive Time:
approx: 6 hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
Botique Hotels
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Colombo

Colombo

Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Colombo offers you a mixture of modern life with historical and natural sites. The main tourist attractions include National museum, Galle face Green, National Zoological Garden, Floating Market, Arcade Shopping Complex, Independence Hall, Ape Gama, Viharamaha Devi Park and Pettah streets and you can visit them within half day. And then visit the shopping malls for your souvenirs and handicrafts. There are many exclusive shops catering to the tastes of the fastidious shopper. Shops which specialize in pure cotton clothing, handmade shoes and bags, designer-wear shoes and bags, hand loom items such as linen table ware, rugs and wall hangings in vibrant colors and temporary design. Visit Odel, Lakmedura, Barefoot, Noritake, etc.

Day10
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Colombo City Tour & Departure, transfer to Katunayake International Airport
Route:
Colombo > Airport
Distance:
approx: 35 km
Drive Time:
approx: 30 minutes drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
Places that can visit on this day:
Ape Gama (Our Village)

Ape Gama (Our Village)

The lush greenery and the assiduously swept golden lawns of this cultural village refreshingly contrast the gray sidewalks and the infuriating congestion of the city. Visitors are warmly greeted upon arrival by the “MahaGamaya,” the village headsman, who then proceeds to guide the guests around the “village” with lovely anecdotes of rural life. MahaGamaya will make special stops at important households of the village, such as the “Veda Gedara,” the house of the village doctor who prescribes traditional Ayurveda medicine for patients. Sri Lanka has its own Ayurveda tradition, distinct from India’s, believed to date back about 3,000 years. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to witness the “vedamahattya” prepare aromatic herbal concoctions derived from ancient prescriptions. Around the village are many mud huts with straw-thatched roofs occupied by painted figurines of farmers and gardeners tending to patches of cinnamon, areca nut, gourd, or cloves. On village grounds visitors can marvel at figurines of vegetable sellers, bullock carts, snake charmers and replicas of village essentials such as the “veebissa,” paddy storage. Other huts are occupied by real artisans, who elegantly produce Sri Lankan jewelry, batik cloth, woodcrafts, pottery, brassware and cane work from scratch, on site. Many of these handicrafts can be purchased at the Laksala, the state souvenir boutique store located on the premises. Other living occupants demonstrate how local delicacies are prepared. Garden fresh produce are processed using tools like the “Kurahan gala,” traditional grinder, well spiced and cooked into mouthwatering treats such as “kavum,” fried treacle cake, and “kokis,” crispy cookies. There are many food outlets on the premises selling scrumptious Sri Lankan food along with blends of Asian and Western cuisine.

Diyatha Uyana (Diyatha Garden)

Diyatha Uyana (Diyatha Garden)

Diyatha Uyana situated near Diyawanna Lake close to Waters Edge Hotel, Battaramulla. The most attractive item is the illuminated walk away and the greenery around. Ideal place for walking and relaxation, day time boat rides available. ample parking available and weekend flower & plant sale at this place.

Nelum Pokuna (Lotus Pond)

Nelum Pokuna (Lotus Pond)

The Nelum Pokuna (Lotus Pond) – Mahinda Rajapakse Theatre is a fully equipped sate of the art performance centre, meant for large scale theatrical productions. The theatre consists of two venues for performances, which includes the main auditorium and an open air amphitheater.

National Zoological Garden

National Zoological Garden

The Dehiwala National Zoo, which has a remarkable collection of exotic and indigenous fauna, is one of the oldest Zoos in Asia. The Zoo in Sri Lanka is widely known as Colombo zoo all over the world. Currently, Dehiwala Zoo houses 72 species of Mammals, 65 species of Birds, 31 species of Reptiles, 89 species of Fish, 03 families of Amphibians and 30 species of Butterflies etc. The total number of animals varies from 2500-3000 due to breeding and free living colonies of birds. Dehiwala Zoo has become famous among the visitors not only for collection of local and exotic animals but also for landscaping with lush greeneries. The Zoo supports and promotes conservation by breeding certain rare and endangered species through proper animal welfare.

Galle Face Green

Galle Face Green

The Galle Face is a five hectare ocean side urban park, which stretches for a half kilometer along the coast, in the heart of the financial and business district of Colombo, Sri Lanka. The promenade was initially laid out in 1859 by Governor Sir Henry George Ward, although the original Galle Face Green extended over a much larger area than is seen today. The Galle Face Green was initially used for horse racing and as a golf course, but was also used for cricket, polo, football, tennis and rugby.

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