The ancient kingdoms of Anuradhapura & Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya Rock fortress, See Elephant feeding and bathing, Holy city of Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth Relic,Cultural Dance Performance at Art Gallery, Gem Museum, Tea Factory & Plantations, Waterfalls, Wild Life Experience in Yala National Park.
Your Itinerary – 6 Days/5 Nights
Upon arrival, meet & greet by Travelwind Holidays representative at Bandaranaike International Airport and proceed to Colombo.
Overnight stay in Colombo
Accommodation: Colombo – Galadari Hotel / Cinnamon Lake Side
Board the train from Colombo for to Anuradhapura.
Train departs from Colombo at 0650Hrs and arrival in Anuradhapura at 1015Hrs
Commence sightseeing tour of Anuradhapura by Car.
Anuradhapura is the most celebrated of Sri Lanka’s ancient ruined cities. The city’s greatest treasures are its dagabas constructed of small sun-dried bricks and hemispherical in shape. The city’s most renowned relic is the sacred Bo-Tree which is said to have grown from a branch of the tree under which the Buddha gained enlightenment. It was planted 2250 years ago and is the oldest historic tree in the world.
Overnight stay in Anuradhapura
Accommodation: Anuradhapura – Palm Garden Village / Palm Garden Village
After breakfast proceed to Polonnaruwa by car, Sri Lanka’s Buddhist capital from the 11th-13th centuries, Polonnaruwa is home to the former palace, audience hall and magnificent carved Buddhas. Parts of the city are ruined but its special atmosphere pervades amid lush gardens.
Polonnaruwa another “World Heritage Site” was the Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th – 13th Centuries, contains some splendid and spectacular statues. Lankatilake, Tivanka and Thuparama are the most beautiful and largest Image Houses and Tivanka has the best example of frescoes of the Polonnaruwa period. Rankoth Vehera and Kirivehera are well preserved large stupas, and Gal Vihare – a rock shrine, has four Buddha statues, two seated, one standing and one reclining and Parakrama Bahu statue are examples of Sinhalese stone carver. The Vata-da-ge is a unique creation of the Sri Lankan artists
Overnight stay in Polonnaruwa
Accommodation: Polonnaruwa – Sudu Araliya Hotel / Deer Park Hotel
After breakfast drive by car to Sigiriya: In the morning visit the rock fortress of Sigiriya. A climb to the top (only for the energetic!) will reveal a spectacular view. The gallery of frescoes half way up is a definite highlight. World Heritage Site of Sigiriya to marvel at the beautiful water gardens, frescoes and ancient graffiti.
There after proceed to Kandy by road.
Visits Kandy and enchanting sightseeing in Kandy with visits to Temple of the Tooth Relic, local handy craft, Gem museum, Royal Botanical Garden. Evening witness a culture show.
Kandy the hill capital is another “World Heritage Sites”. It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings during the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule and finally ceded to the British in 1815 after an agreement.
To the Buddhist of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the “Dalada Maligawa” – Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha.
Close by are the remains of the Royal Palace (Maha Wasala), Palle Wasala- where the Queens stayed-now used for the National Museum, Meda Wasala where other close relatives lived, Audience Hall, Natha Devala and Vishnu Devala are situated. The Bathing Pavilion (Ulpenge) is by the Lake and in the Center of the lake is the Island called “Kiri samudraya” (Milk white ocean) used by the kings as the summerhouse.
Today it is the center of Buddhism, Arts, Crafts, Dancing, Music and Culture.
Visitors can see these Dance & Music at the daily Cultural Performances held at several places in the city.
Overnight stay at Kandy
Accommodation: Kandy – Earl’s Regent / Mahaweli Reach Hotel
You will be transferred to Peradeniya railway station to depart Nuwara Eliya.
Train leaves at 0838Hrs- and arrival at Nanuoya at 1230Hrs.
Afternoon city tour of Nuwara Eliya & Tea plantations.
Visit “Sitta Amman Kovil” known place in “Ramayana trail in Sri Lanka”
Nuwara Eliya The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places in the Island, but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence, houses like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions.
The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic and is also good for Birding as you get some rare birds in this Park.
Seasons may be absent elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers, which bloom in the spring (march to May) and the fall (August and September). These are the “seasons” when low-country folk flock to Nuwara Eliya to escape the sea level heat and humidity.
Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya
Accommodation: Nuwara Eliya – Jetwing St.Andrews / Araliya Green Hills
Morning city tour of Nuwara Eliya and then proceed to yala by car.
Late afternoon do a safari to Yala National Park – is 378 sq. miles in extent. Yala was established in 1938 from what originally was Sportsman s shooting reserve. This is most famous and well-developed National Park where wild animal and birds could be observed. The wild animals include Elephants in herds of varying sizes, Leopards, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, Crocodile, Peacocks, Jackal, Sloth Bear and other animals. The bird-life comprises of about 130 species including the resident and migrants. Painted Strokes, Paradise Flycatcher, Grey Herons, Serpent Eagle, Sea Eagle, Black-Necked Stork, Spoonbills, Pelicans add colour to the bird life in the park.
Overnight stay at Yala
Accommodation: Yala – The Safari Hotel / Jetwing Yala
Transfer to Chosen beach or Colombo by road.
Accommodation: Colombo – Galadari / Cinnamon Grand
Departure transfer or transfer to chosen beach for beach extension