Day 1 – Negambo
Meet & greet by the driver cum guide by the airport. Then you will be directed in to an air condition, comfortable car & drive to Negombo town which is about 20 mins drive.
Negombo is a major city located in Western Province, Sri Lanka. The Bandaranayake International Airport is located close to this city. The city is known for its great and olden trawling industry with busy fish markets, sandy beaches, hotels and restaurants. Due to bounty of seafood, the town restaurants are a gourmet’s delight. Fishing and tourism is the main economy of this city.
Morning hours are the best to see the action fish market in Negombo. The traditional Catamarans are still used to do the fishing in this fishing village.
A relax boat tour in the famous Dutch cannel is an experience to witness some nice birds like white throated king fishers, pied king fishes, cormorants and some other animals too. Overnight stay in Negombo.
Day 2 – Habarana
Today we drive to Habarana, on the way visit Yapahuwa and Aukana sites. Yapahua was on of the ephemeral capitals of the medieval Sri Lanka. The Yapahuwa palace complex was built in 13th century. Built on a huge 90 meter high rock boulder. On the top of the rock the remains of a stupa, Bodhi tree can be seen. There are several rock caves and it was an early Buddhist monastery.
The Avukana statue is a standing statue of the Buddha near Kekirawa in North Central Sri Lanka. The statue, which has a height of more than 40 feet (12 m), was carved out of a large granite rock face during the 5th century. It depicts a variation of the Abhaya mudra, and the closely worn robe is elaborately carved. Constructed during the reign of king Dhatusena, The Avukana statue is one of the best examples of a standing statue constructed in ancient Sri Lanka. It is now a popular tourist attraction. Overnight stay in Vaana holiday resort.
Day 3 – Dambulla
Today a nice hiking to Pidurangala mountain in the morning. Pidurangala temple is an ancient Buddhist temple situated in Pidurangala village of Matale District, Sri Lanka. The temple was constructed on a massive rock called Pidurangala, which is located a few kilometers north of the historical fort Sigiriya.
It is said that the name Pidurangala was derived from the Sinhala words pidu + ran + goda. In English language it means “offered piles of gold”
It is believed that the history of Pidurangala temple goes back beyond to the first and second century BC.From those days Pidurangala was used as a Buddhist monastery and but became a prominent place during the reign of King Kashyapa.
According to ancient chronicles, Prince Kashyapa had killed his father King Dhatusena and fled to Sigiriya to find out a more secure place to prevent retaliation attacks from his half-brother, Mugalan. With the arrival of King Kashyapa, the Bhikkus who were meditate there were requested to move the nearby Pidurangala. In a sort of compensation, King Kashyapa refurbished the temple and made it a prominent place.
In the afternoon , visit the world famous Dambulla Golden rock temple. The famous Dambulla rock temple has been built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and it is a world heritage site. Also, it is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 metres.
Over night relaxed at Vaana resort in Habarana.
Day 4 – Polonnaruwa
In the morning we visit Polonnaruwa city. The Island medieval capital (11c & 12c) rose to fame after the decline of Anuradhapura city. The city in its day was fortified with three concentric walls, beatified with parks gardens and sanctified by many shrines. Pollonnaruwa shows the interesting blend of the influence of the south Indian Hindu culture. Amazing ancient constructions and most importantly the huge lake Parakrama Saudrayabuilt in 1200. on the Buddhist art and architecture in the scattered shrines and monuments still venerated daily by devotees.
It’s a well planned city in the history which spreads 5km from North to South and 3km from west to east. It’s a world heritage site by UNESCO
After Polonnaruwa we drive to Passikudha, one of the best beaces in Sri Lanka. Passikudah is renowned because of its clear ,clean extended shallow coastline, making it a great spot for relaxing, sunbathing and shallow swimming. The mesmerizing waters are hard to resist and, along with the pristine, white golden sand of the beach, create an incredible sight. Evening relaxed by the Indian ocean, over night at Amaaya beach hotel.
Day 5 – Passikudah
Whole day relax at Amaaya beach hotel in Passikudah
Day 6 – Dambana
In the morning we drive 3 hours to reach Dambana village to see, Sri Lankan Veddha (Aborigine) community. Dambana is the home for the Vedda community. Their present situation is more demanding and arduous. On one side they are fighting to keep their members from getting commercialised and on the other side, the authorities and the society blame them for getting commercialized and keep away from looking into their grievances.
The Veddas preserve a direct line of descent from the island’s original Neolithic community dating back from at least 10,000 to 18,000 BC. Veddas were originally hunter-gatherers. They used bows and arrows to hunt game, and also gathered wild plants and honey. The original home of the Veddas consisted of caves and rock shelters.
Visitting the Veddas of Sri Lanka in their village gives visitors a unique opportunity to get a firsthand experience of the Vedda culture which remains relatively untarnished by the globalization.
Witness the beautiful wax museum and meet the Veddha leader to have a chat and a photo graph. Take part to try their traditional weapons and listen to their songs. Over night stay at Dambana village hotel.
Day 7 – Kandy
Today we drive to Kandy.
Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings which is a World Heritage Site. The name “Kandy” conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary. Also if you are interested in Gems & Jewellery you could visit the gem museum shops in the area which is famous for so many years.
Evening visit the temple of the tooth relic of the Buddha and witness a nice Sri Lanka traditional dance ceremony. Overnight stay in Thilanka hotel in Kandy.
Day 8 – Kithulgala Water Rafting
Today is a bit adventures day, where we drive to a famous village called “Kithulgala”.
The word “Kitul” is the Sinhalese name for the fishtail palm tree, “Gala” is the simple meaning for the rock. Kithulgala has been once a filming place for the David Lean’s 1957 Oscar-winning epic “Bridge on the River Kwai” on the banks of Kelani River. The Kitulgala’s main attraction is White water rafting where you can ride the tides of Kelani river covering 5 major rapids and 4 minor rapids. This activity is for anyone above the age of 10 years with safety gear, modern rafts, and a comprehensive safety briefing will be given by our white water rafting instructors beforehand. The distance covered is around 5 KMs. The river and its surrounding will make you feel enchanted, with a memorable Experience during your White Water Rafting Tour.
Overnight stay at Adventure base camp in Kithulgala.
Day 9 – Colombo
Today we drive to Colombo from Kithulgala, it will be a drive for about 3 hours.