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 – Mihintale, Anuradhapura
Today morning we drive to the heart of central province of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura. On route visit the ancient village of Mihintale and its nearby scared mountain peak and famous temple complex. Ancient monastic dwelling and meditation activities are connected by beautiful old stone steps amongst rocky hills.
Overnight stay in Anuradhapura
Day 3 – Anuradhapura site, Habarana
After breakfast visit Anuradhapura which 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 sampling 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 of The Lovers. Kuttam Pokuna twin ponds (6th century AD) was used by the Buddhist monks as a bathing pool. Thuparama Dagoba (3r century B.C) is the oldest stupa in Sri Lanka.
Over night stay at Vaana resort Habarana or alternate accommodation in Habarana.
Day 4 – Sigiriya, Minneriya, Habarana
The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa 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 royalgardens 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. Walkin 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. After lunch visit Minneriya, Kaudulla or Hurulu Eco park to see elephants and other wild life by a nice Safari jeep.
Day 5 – Hiriwadunna, Trincomalee
After breakfast, proceed to have Sri Lankan village experience in Habarana.
In Habarana during the Hiriwadunna village excursion you’ll get the opportunity to mingle with the local community. Trek through the archetypal Sri Lankan typical village. The Trek begins with an awesome walk along a bund of a manmade reservoir. The reservoir itself, the surrounding scrub jungle, marshland and village are a hive of early morning activity. The amazing birdlife, butterflies and possible sightings of crocodile only add to the charm of seeing the villagers as they go about their early morning tasks of fishing, or washing clothes at the periphery of the lake. Later on you will be transfer to a farmers house for a cookery demonstration and you will be invited for a nice village lunch too.
After lunch we drive to Trincomalee.
Evening relax by the sea, overnight stay in Trincomalee.
Day 6 – Trincomalee
In the morning we do a boat ride to Pigeon’s island national park to do snookering, you will have your lessons by an experienced instructor about snorkeling and you will get a nice opportunity to explore the beauty of the sea life.
In the evening we do drive to Koneswaran Hindu temple.
Overnight stay in Trincomalee.
Day 7 – Dambulla
In the morning over first stop is in Dambulla. 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.
Overnight stay in Thilanka hotel in Kandy or alternate accommodation in Kandy
Day 8 – 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.
In the morning visit the temple of the tooth relic of the Buddha. Then we visit the royal botanical gardens in Peradeniya.
Do some shopping in Kandy, evening witness a nice Sri Lanka traditional dance ceremony.
Overnight stay in Thilanka hotel in Kandy or alternate accommodation in Kandy.
Day 9 – Nuwaraeliya
A nice drive to the central highlands of Sri Lanka Nuwaraeliya, on the way you will be visiting to one of the best tea factories which is more than hundred years old, to experience the process of “Ceylon tea” in Sri Lanka. Site seen tour in Nuwaraeliya, coveing the famous Bale bazzer (winter jackets and winter clothing), Red post office, Hill club and gran hotel.
Overnight stay in Nuwaraeliya.
Day 10 – Ella
Early start to do a drive for one hour to Hortan plains natiomal park. In the park there is a trek for 3 hours which covers nearly 8 km. the track will cover Mini Worlds end, Worlds end (cliff for 930m), Bakers falls, water fall. After the track you will be transferred to the train at Ohiya or Pattipola stations to catch to train to Ella.
Visit mini Adams peak for a nice photo.
Overnight stay in Ella.
Day 11 – Kataragama
Drive to Kataragama town through Yala, Buttala National park. Evening visit the Hindu temple in Kataragama for the ceremony time and get the blessings from God “Kataragama”. The temple is thousands years old and still everyday there are ceremonies at the auspicious times.
Overnight stay in Kataragama.
Day 12 – Yala national park
In the morning enjoy a Safari at Yala National Park. Yala National Park is Covered in Dense Pockets of Jungle & Lakes & Water Holes. The Second Largest National Park In The Country is Home For Leopards, Elephants. Spotted Deer. Sloth Bears. Wild Boar Crocodiles, Sambhur, Mongoose, Monitor Lizards, Snakes And More Along with Very Rich Bird Life Such AS
Hawk Eagle, Serpent Eagle, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Jungle Fowl, Painted Stork, White Ibis Black Necked Stork, Kingfisher, Open Billed Stork, Spoon Billed
After safari you will be transferred to Mirissa.
Overnight stay in Mirissa.
Day 13 – Mirissa
Full day leisure in Mirissa
Day 14 – Galle
After breakfast head towards Galle and visit the historic Dutch Fort. Resembling a living model of a colonial Dutch town, the Galle Fort – as the locals call it – is simply a masterpiece of architecture, history and tradition. Most of all, the fort resembles a unique way of life, perfectly preserved to date. The roads, with their unique Dutch names, and buildings with traditional European architectural designs simply speak out the historic treasures each thick wall and each paved road exemplife.
Take the newly build Southern highwayrive and drive to Colombo.