Sri Lanka may be insignificant in terms of size on a world map, but it packs a punch when it comes to the plethora of attractions it offers. Most important of the many is the UNESCO approved heritage sites of Sri Lanka. Seven exists and this program is designed to introduce each and every one to the discerning traveler.
Meet & and greet on arrival and be driven to Sigiriya.
Dinner & overnight stay in Sigiriya.
After breakfast proceed to Anuradhapura.
Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, world famous for its well preserved ruins of the Great Sri Lankan Civilization. The Civilization which was built upon this city was one of the greatest civilizations of Asia and in the world. The city now a UNESCO heritage site lies 205 km (127 mi) north of the current capital Colombo in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka, on the banks of the historic Malvathu Oya. Founded in the 4th century BC it was the capital of the Anuradhapura Kingdom till the beginning of the 11th century AC. During this period it remained one of the most stable and durable centers of political power and urban life in South Asia. It was also a wealthy city which created a unique culture and a great civilization. Today this ancient city of Sri Lanka, which is sacred to the Buddhist world, which its surrounding monasteries covers an area of over sixteen square miles ( 40 km²) and is one of the world's major archaeological sites.
Dinner & overnight stay in Sigiriya.
After breakfast proceed to Polonnaruwa.
The second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated the Chola invaders in 1070 CE to reunite the country once more under a local leader. While Vijayabahu's victory and shifting of Kingdoms to the more strategic Polonnaruwa is considered significant, the real Polonnaruwa Hero of the history books is actually his grandson, Parakramabahu I. The city Polonnaruwa was also called as Jananathamangalam during the short Cholareign.The ancient city of olonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
Upon completion to Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Sigiriya, considered by some as the eighth wonder of the world, consists of an ancient castle used by King Kasyapa of the 4th century AD. The Sigiriya site has the remains of an upper palace sited on the flat top of the rock, a mid-level terrace that includes the Lion Gate and the mirror wall with its frescoes, the lower palace that clings to the slopes below the rock, and the moats, walls and gardens that extend for some hundreds of metres out from the base of the rock.The site is both a palace and fortress. Sufficient remains to provide the visitor with a stunning insight into the ingenuity and creativity of its builders.The upper palace on the top of the rock includes cisterns cut into the rock that still retain water. The moats and walls that surround the lower palace are still exquisitely beautiful.
Dinner & overnight stay in Sigiriya.
After breakfast visit the Dambulla Cave Temple.
DAMBULLA CAVE TEMPLE
Dambulla Cave Temple world heritage site (1991) in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country. This site is situated 148 km (92 mi) east of Colombo and 72 km (45 mi) north of Kandy. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m (525 ft) over the surrounding plains. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain statues and paintings. This paintings and statues are related to Lord Buddha and his life. There are total of 153 Buddha statues, 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of gods and goddesses. The later 4 include two statues of Hindu gods, god Vishnu and god Ganesh. The murals, covers an area of 2,100 square meters. Depictions in the walls of the caves include Buddha's temptation by Mara (demon) and Buddha's first sermon.
On completion, proceed to Kandy enroute visit the Spice Garden in Matale and learn about the different spices of Sri Lanka and how it could be useful for day to day life.
In the evening city tour of Kandy including a visit to the Sacred Temple of the Tooth, this will be followed by a cultural dance performance.
Kandy - The hill capital of Kandy lies picturesquely surrounded by mountains and rivers just 72 km away from Colombo. Kandy features the most sacred of all Buddhist shrines - the temple of the tooth or The Dalada Maligawa, which holds the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha. This is also the location in which the annual Esala Perahera, one of the most sought after events in the country takes place.
Dinner & overnight stay in Kandy.
After breakfast proceed to Sinharaja.
Afterwards visit the Sinharaja Rain Forest.
SINHARAJA FOREST RESERVE
Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a national park in Sri Lanka. It is of international significance and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The hilly virgin rainforest, part of the Sri Lanka lowland rain forests ecoregion, was saved from the worst of commercial logging by its inaccessibility, and was designated a World Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and a World Heritage Site in 1889. The reserve's name translates as Kingdom of the Lion. The reserve is only 21 km (13 mi) from east to west, and a maximum of 7 km (4 mi) from north to south, but it is a treasure trove of endemic species, including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Because of the dense vegetation, wildlife is not as easily seen as at dry-zone national parks such as Yala. There are no elephants and the 15 or so leopards are rarely seen. The commonest larger mammal is the endemic Purple-faced Langur.
Dinner & Overnight stay in Sinharaja
After breakfast proceed to Galle. Afterwards city tour of Galle.
Galle is a town situated on the southwestern tip of Sri Lanka, 119 km (74 mi) from Colombo. Galle was known as Gimhathiththa (although IbnBatuta in the 14th century refers to it as Qali) before the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century, when it was the main port on the island. Galle reached the height of its development in the 18th century, before the arrival of the British, who developed the harbor at Colombo.
Dinner & Overnight at galle.
After Breakfast proceed to Bentota.
En route Madhu Ganga River Safari.
Madhu Ganga River
The estuary of the Madu Ganga river is a complex coastal ecosystem of mangroves and islands. It may be one of the last remaining tracts of pristine mangrove forests in Sri Lanka.
A boat trip is a wonderful way of seeing some of the hundreds of species of plants and animals – monkeys eat fruit in the trees, a water monitor lizard glides slowly through the water, and cormorants, egrets and kingfishers wait patiently on the banks, eyeing the water for prey.
There are around 64 islands in the river and lagoon, from a tiny speck housing a deserted shrine to one housing 250 families connected to the mainland with a very long footbridge.
At Bentota relax at the beach resort or indulge in your favourite water sport.
After breakfast proceed to the Airport for Departure or beach extension on the south coast.
Dinner & overnight stay in Bentota
Beach Stay in Bentota.
Located on the southern tip of the island, this quaint resort town offers travellers everything from luxe beach beds to jet skiing, paragliding, snorkelling and scuba diving. Turquoise water and white sand beaches define Bentota and make it a must-visit not only for Lankans looking for a weekend getaway but also for any tourist visiting Sri Lanka. A mere 60km is all that separates paradise from the hustle and bustle of Colombo. Boasting an array of five-star hotels on its shore capable of confusing those looking for a splendid splurge of a weekend, we've taken it upon us to tell you a few of the best places to kick-back and unwind in this splendid Sri Lankan town.
Dinner and overnight stay in Bentota.
After breakfast proceed to Colombo.
Afternoon city tour of Colombo.
Dinner and overnight stay in Colombo.
After breakfast transfer to the Airport for departure.