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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 Colombo
Route:
Airport > Colombo
Distance:
approx: 35 Km
Drive Time:
approx: 30 minutes 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.

Day2
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Transfer to Anuradhapura Historical City via Yapahuwa
Route:
Marawila > Yapahuwa > Anuradhapura
Distance:
approx:149km
Drive Time:
approx: 2 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 Mihinthale
Route:
Anuradhapura > Mihintale
Distance:
approx: 18km
Drive Time:
approx: 20 minutes drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
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.

Day4
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel Transfer to (Dambulla / Sigiriya / Habarana). Visit Dambulla Cave Temple
Route:
Anuradhapura > (Habarana > Sigiriya) > Dambulla
Distance:
approx: 74 Km
Drive Time:
approx: 1 hour drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Dambulla

Dambulla

Dambulla is a big town, situated in the Matale District, Central Province of Sri Lanka. Due to its location at a major junction, it's the centre of vegetable distribution in the country. Major attractions of the area include the largest and best preserved cave temple complex of Sri Lanka, and the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, famous for being built in just 167 days. The area also boasts the largestrose quartz mountain range in South Asia, and the Iron wood forest, or Na Uyana Aranya. Ibbankatuwa prehistoric burial site near Dambulla cave temple complexes is the latest archaeological site of significant historical importance found in Dambulla, which is located within 3 km (1.9 mi) of the cave temples providing evidence of the presence of indigenous civilisations long before the arrival of Indian influence on the Island nation.

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.

Day5
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Visit Polonnaruwa Historical City & Safari at Minneriya National Park
Route:
Dambulla > (Sigiriya > Habarana) > Polonnaruwa > Minneriya & Back to Hotel
Distance:
approx: 135 Km
Drive Time:
approx: 2 ½ hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Polonnaruwa Ancient City

Polonnaruwa Ancient City

Polonnaruwa bears witness to several civilizations, notably that of the conquering Cholas, disciples of Brahminism, and that of the Sinhalese sovereigns during the 12th and 13th centuries. This immense capital created by the megalomaniac sovereign, Parakramabahu 1, in the 12th century, is one of history’s most astonishing urban creations, both because of its unusual dimensions and because of the very special relationship of its buildings with the natural setting. It is also a shrine of Buddhism an of Sinhalese history. The tooth of the Lord Buddha, a remarkable relic placed in the Atadage under Vijayabahu, was considered as the talisman or the Sinhalese monarchy: its removal by Bhuvanaikabahu 2 confirmed the decline of Polonnaruwa. After the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993 by Rajarata, Polonnaruwa, a temporary royal residence during the 8th century, became the capital. The conquering Cholas constructed monuments of their religion (Brahmnism). The recon quest of Ceylon by Vijayabahu 1 did not put an end to the city’s role as capital: it became covered, after 1070, with Buddhist Sanctuaries, of which the Atadage (Temple of the Tooth Relic) is the most renowned.

Minneriya National Park

Minneriya National Park

Minneriya National Park is a national park in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is of historical importance, having been built by King Mahasen in third century AD. The park is a dry season feeding ground for the elephant population dwelling in forests of Matale, Polonnaruwa, and Trincomalee districts. Along with Kaudulla and Girithale, Minneriya forms one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) of Sri Lanka. It is a great place for elephant spotting all year round – though as the dry season makes water scarce between June and September, more and more elephants gather on the shores of Minneriya Tank. Indeed by late August and September, the awe inspiring site of up to 300 elephants can often be seen, in a phenomonen known as ‘The Gathering’. It is the largest concentration and gathering of Asian elephants that can be seen anywhere in the world. Watching baby elephants playing with each other, bull elephants tussling for dominance and the great matriarchs surveying the scene is not a sight you are likely to forget in a hurry.The park is situated 182 kilometers from Colombo.

Day6
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Transfer to Kandy. Visit Temple of the Tooth Relic & Cultural Dance Show at Kandy
Route:
Habarana > (Sigiriya >Dambulla) Kandy
Distance:
approx: 100 km
Drive Time:
approx: 3 hours drive
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Kandy

Kandy

Kandy is one of the scenic and beautiful cities, located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. It is the second largest city in the country next to 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 one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.

Temple of the Tooth

Temple of the Tooth

Temple of the Tooth is the place that houses the Relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Originally part of the Royal Palace complex of the Kandyan Kingdom, it is one of the holiest places of worship and pilgrimage for Buddhist around the world. It was last of a series of temples built in the places where the relic, the actual palladium of the Sinhalese monarchy, was brought following the various relocations of the capital city. The Palace of the Tooth relic, the palace complex and the holy city of Kandy are associated with the history of the dissemination of Buddhism. The temple is the product of the last peregrination of the relic of the tooth of Buddha and the testimony of a religion which continues to be practiced today.

Day7
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Visit Royal Botanical Garden & Udawattha Jungle
Route:
andy City Limit
Distance:
Maximum 100 Km
Drive Time:
9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Royal Botanical Garden

Royal Botanical Garden

Royal Botanical Garden Paradeniya near Kandy is world famous inclusive of a variety of fauna and flora. The great lawns highlight huge tropical trees. It is also famed for its Orchid House, which has more than 300 varieties of exquisite orchids from the rare indigenous Foxtail and Vesak orchids, to many natural and hybrid species laying claim to the title as one of the best known orchid centers in the world. Additionally the Spice Garden provides knowledge about the varied trees, plants and creepers that produce the special spices of Sri Lanka. The Herbarium grows many of the plants used for the traditional Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia. Royal Botanical Garden Paradeniya near Kandy is world famous inclusive of a variety of fauna and flora. The great lawns highlight huge tropical trees. It is also famed for its Orchid House, which has more than 300 varieties of exquisite orchids from the rare indigenous Foxtail and Vesak orchids, to many natural and hybrid species laying claim to the title as one of the best known orchid centers in the world. Additionally the Spice Garden provides knowledge about the varied trees, plants and creepers that produce the special spices of Sri Lanka. The Herbarium grows many of the plants used for the traditional Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia.

Udawattha Jungle

Udawattha Jungle

Udawatta Jungle or the Royal Forest Park of Kandy is situated on the hillside behind the Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Tooth Relic. This forest extents about 257 acres and is considered to be a vital Bio reserve for the much populated Kandy City. During the Kandyan Kingdom, The pond in the heart of the jungle was the place where queens in the past bathed and used as their pleasure garden. The forest remained impenetrable for over many centuries where wild boar, monkey, hare, squirrel scaly anteater, porcupine, and reptiles, monitor lizard, tortoise and varieties of birds, worms and insects live in perfect harmony with nature. This verdant jungle where among trees, creepers, lichen, mosses, ferns, grasses, fungi, and bacteria are found in abundance

Day8
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Transfer to Nuwara Eliya. Visit Tea Plantation, Tea Factory & Waterfall
Route:
Kandy > Nuwara Eliya
Distance:
approx: 100 Km
Drive Time:
approx: 3 hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Nuwaraeliya

Nuwaraeliya

Nuwara Eliya, "The Little England" of Sri Lanka situated about 2000m above sea level is set against beautiful background of mountains, valleys, waterfalls and tea plantation. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places on the Island. Nuwara Eliya is famous for Tea Plantation and the cool and moist climate are factors for the Tea leaves to thrive on; tea grown in this region has a high market and is in good demand worldwide. Ramboda waterfall also situated at Ramboda on your way to Nuwaraeliya from Kandy.

Tea Plantation & Tea Factory

Tea Plantation & Tea Factory

Nuwara Eliya is famous for Tea Plantation and the cool and moist climate are factors for the Tea leaves to thrive on; tea grown in this region has a high market and is in good demand worldwide.

Ramboda Waterfall

Ramboda Waterfall

Ramboda Falls is 109m high and 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 729th highest waterfall in the world. It is situated in Pussellawa area, on the A5 highway at Ramboda Pass. It formed by Panna Oya which is a tributary of Kothmale Oya. Altitude of the falls is 945m above sea level.

Day9
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Visit Horton Plains & Nuwara Eliya City Tour
Route:
Nuwara Eliya City limit
Distance:
Maximum 100 Km
Drive Time:
9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains National Park is a protected area in the central highlands of Sri Lanka and is covered by montane grassland and cloud forest. This plateau at an altitude of 2,100–2,300 meters (6,900–7,500 ft) is rich in biodiversity and many species found here are endemic to the region. This region was designated a national park in 1988. It is also a popular tourist destination and is situated 32 kilometers (20 mi) from Nuwara Eliya.

Nuwaraeliya Golf Club

Nuwaraeliya Golf Club

Nuwara Eliya Golf Club is one of the main features of this hill station, developed by the British in the late 19th-century. The club, however, does not show its age, with the 5,550m of 70-par course being perfectly maintained. The course features numerous bunkers, water hazards and dense rough, which when combined with long, narrow fairways mean an exacting challenge. At 595m, the sixth hole is the longest in Sri Lanka, and has a river running through the middle of it to add tropical spice. The course is hilly so that over each rise, players are treated to a new stunning view of the natural surroundings – all at 1,950m above sea level. In the verandah or atmospheric wooden colonial-style bar of the club, you will meet local golfers able to tell you more about Nuwara Eliya. Modest accommodation is available. When it gets especially chilly in the evenings, staff light a log fire, adding to the magic of this venerable institution. All year round the climate is pleasant in Nuwara Eliya, a perfect first stop on any golfer’s tour. Don’t be fooled, though – while it may feel you are playing a cool Scottish course, you will soon be reminded of where you really are on spying tea plantations through the trees, or notice people bathing in the river at the eighth.

Gregory Lake

Gregory Lake

Gregory Lake was build under the period of British Governor Sir William Gregory in 1873. This is the most prominent attraction in Nuwara Eliya and all the visitors used to come here and spent some time by the lake and relax. This was used as a place for water sports and for re-recreational activities during the British time. Gregory lake gets crowded during the April tourist season.

Day10
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Transfer to Tissamaharamaya via Ella Gap & Visit Buduruwagala Temple
Route:
Nuwara Eliya > Ella Gap > Buduruwagala > Tissamaharamaya
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Ella Gap

Ella Gap

Ella is a small town in the Badulla District of Uva Province, It is approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi) east of Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 1,041 metres (3,415 ft) above the sea level. The area has a rich bio-diversity dense with numerous varieties of flora and fauna. Ella is surrounded by hills covered with cloud forests and tea plantations. The town has a cooler climate than its surroundings, due to its elevation. The Ella Gap allows views across the Southern plains of Sri Lanka.

Day11
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Visit Tissamaharama Temple & Kataragama Temple
Route:
Tissamaharama > Kataragama & Back to Hotel
Distance:
Maximum 100 Km
Drive Time:
9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Tissamaharama Temple

Tissamaharama Temple

The Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara is a Buddhist temple in Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka. It was built in the 2nd century BC by King Kavan Tissa of Ruhuna (Southern Sri Lanka). The site was consecrated by Lord Buddha himself, who spent some time in meditation there with 500 arhats (individuals who have reached enlightenment). The Tissamaharama Dagoba which is situated in the premises of Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara is one of the largest stupas in Sri Lanka. A stupa is a Buddhist dome-shaped religious monument found largely on the Indian subcontinent and also called a dagoba in Sri Lanka.

Kataragama

Kataragama

Kataragama is a pilgrimage town sacred to Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka. People from South India also go there to worship. The town has the Ruhunu Maha Kataragama devalaya, a shrine dedicated to Skanda-Murukan . Kataragama is in the Monaragala District of Uva province, Sri Lanka. It is 228 km ESE of Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. Although Kataragama was a small village in medieval times, today it is a fast-developing township surrounded by jungle in the southeastern region of Sri Lanka. It houses the ancient Kiri VeheraBuddhist stupa. The town has a venerable history dating back to the last centuries BCE.

Day12
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Transfer to Tangalle . Evening village walk
Route:
Tissamaharama > Tangalle
Distance:
approx: 75 Km
Drive Time:
approx:1 ½ hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Botique Hotels
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Tangalle

Tangalle

Tangalle is located in down south district of Hamabanthota few km away from Mathara. It is an beautiful and natural palm fringed sea bay and a Fishing Harbor offering great sea food. The long and great beach and the coral reef are best attractions. The Dutch Fort built with corals now used as a prison.

Village Tour

Village Tour

Village tourism has been emerged as a very new concept in the Sri Lanka tourism industry. A brand new concept of village tourism where the guests would be taken to the carefully picked up village where you would be given the chances to know the local people, their culture by allowing to gather with Villagers. Villages continue their daily normal works and guests enjoy participating in the village activities. As you would be, you can participate in all activities of their daily choirs and experience the real Sri Lankan rich culture. The friendly and hearty behaviors of the villagers give you a different experience that you have never enjoyed before. You have the chance to eat the traditional local food prepared in the neat and clean kitchen, which are delicious and are hygienic. And also you can experience the village life styles, village agriculture, medicines & herbs, cooking methods in the village, experience the village beliefs & festivals, village transport, traditional dresses, village forest air bathing & walking in the Forest and you can experience the bathing in a open well or a water stream on traditional way by wearing a saron (for males) and cheeththaya (for females) The tour gives you the chances to explore the real Sri Lankan village life unlike having spent short time in different villages on trek. You will be observing the real Sri Lankan cultural traditions from the closest quarter and intermingle with the locals. Besides, any expenses made at that level directly contribute to the welfare of the local community, which ultimately gives you the high sense of satisfaction.

Day13
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Leisure at Beach
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Botique Hotels
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Day14
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Leisure at Beach
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Botique Hotels
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Day15
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Transfer to Colombo via Galle Fort
Route:
Tangalle > Galle > Colombo
Distance:
approx: 205 km
Drive Time:
approx: 4 hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
Botique Hotels
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Galle

Galle

Galle is a living time capsule. It has a vibrant commercial district that’s also shambolic and often charmless, but passes through one of the Fort gates and you are transported back to the Dutch colonial era. Built by the Dutch beginning in 1663, the 36-hectare Fort occupies most of the promontory that forms the older part of Galle. Described by the notoriously hard-to-please Paul Theroux as being ‘garlanded with red hibiscus and smelling of the palm-scented ocean, The Fort is an amazing collection of structures and culture dating back through the centuries. Just wandering the streets at random yields one architectural surprise after another. And be sure to take in the dramatic views of town and ocean from the encircling walls. UNESCO has recognized Fort as a World Heritage Site

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.

Day16
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
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