Day – 01 Negombo – Anuradhapura
After you got picked up at the airport or your hotel, you will proceed the ancient city of Anuradhapura while visiting coconut plantations and observing the famous toddy tappers at work.After you’ve checked into your 4 -5 star hotel you will start the city tour of the city dating back to 3rd century B.C to 10th century A.D. You will visit the Sri Maha Bodhi (the oldest tree in the world with a written history and it is a sapling from the original tree under which Buddha got enlighted), the Brazen Palace, the Ruwanveli Seya Dagoba (biggest dagoba in Sri Lanka), the Thuparama Dagoba (oldest dagoba), the Lankarama Dagoba, the Elephant Pond, the Abhayagiriya Monastery Complex, the world famous Samadhi Buddha Statue and the Isurumuniya Temple (Stone carving of the Sri Lankan Romeo & Juliet). Overnight in Anuradhapura.
Day – 02 Polonnaruwa – Sigiriya
Sightseeing of the ancient city of Polonnaruwa (10th-12th century A.D). You will visit the modern museum, the Parakrama Samudra (gigantic reservoir made by king Parakrama the Great), Statue of King Parakrama, the Library Shrine, Palace of King Parakrama, the Kumara Pokuna (pond used by royal family with the water flowing system), the Shiva temple, the Thuparama shrine room with its glittering statues, the Alahana Monastery Complex, the Gal Vihara (a master peace of stone carving), the Lotus Pond and a traditional wood carving factory. After your afternoon tea, you will proceed to Sigiriya.
Overnight in Sigiriya.
Day – 03 Sigiriya – Kandy
In the early morning, you will have the opportunity to climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, built 5th century A.D (claimed by some as the 8th wonder in the world), see the water garden, bolder garden, mural paintings, the mirror wall, the lion’s paws and the royal swimming pool on top. Back to the hotel to have your well-deserved breakfast.
After this, you will proceed to the Dambulla Cave Temple (built by King Walagamba in the 1st century B.C with 22.000 square feet of ceiling paintings). This is followed by Nalande Gedige (a temple built in the geographical center of Sri Lanka), the spice gardens in Matale and the Aluvihare Cave Temple (this is where Buddhism was brought into book form in the 1st century B.C).
Overnight in Kandy.
Day – 04 Kandy City and Elephant Orphanage
You will visit the Elephant Orphanage in Pinawella where you can see the feeding of baby elephants by milk bottle and elephants bathing in the river. After this, it’s off to a tea factory, a gem museum, the former Royal Botanical Garden Botanical, a batik factory. Followed by a Kandy city tour including the famous Temple of the Tooth and a traditional Kandian Dance performance.
Overnight at a modern, clean guesthouse in Kandy.
Day – 05 Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
After a picturesque drive through Sri Lanka’s hill country you will reach Nuwara Eliya (the so-called Little England) with its colonial hotels, the race course, and golf courses. Followed by a visit to the Hakgala Botanical Gardens from where you will proceed to Ella, Sri Lanka’s highest village.
Overnight in Ella.
Day 6 Ella -Tissamaharama (Yala)
First, watch the magnificent views of Ella Valley and the Rawana water falls. After a stop at the Wellawaya Pottery Manufactory, you will continue to the Yala National Park.
Afternoon Jeep safari was you can watch leopards, elephants, bears, thousands of local and migrant birds in the wild. Just to name a few.
Overnight in Yala.
Day 7 Tissamaharama – South & South-West Coast
You will drive back to the airport or your hotel along beautiful beaches with the opportunity to stop wherever you like to take a dip. The most known beach resorts are Tangalle, Mirissa, Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Kosgoda, Induruwa, Bentota and Beruwala.
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