Enjoy the great opportunity of visiting home of world heritage sites named in Anuradapura “ Atamasthana” including a marvel for its architectural qualities and sacred to many Buddhists all over the world , the “Sri Maha Bhodi” is said to be the oldest planted tree in the world and “ Isurumuniya” rock temple is well known for its rock carvings of the lovers .You will be able to view the Golden Temple Dambulla spread over amazing caves contain statues and paintings which is a world heritage site in Sri Lanka . The gateway to hill country known as Kandy is identified as a best place to visit as Buddhist temple where the tooth relic of Lord Buddha is to be placed in “ Dalada Maligawa”. The Royal botanical Gardens in Peradeniya will be an un forgettable memory in you tour. Not to forget about “Batik” where Kandy is a very famous place to buy.
Arrival and Transfer Anuradhapura
You will met and assisted upon arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport and be transferred to Anuradhapura.
Check in at Hotel and rest.
After breakfast visit Anuradhapura which is one of the ancient cities in Sri Lanka, well known for its ruins depicting early Sri Lankan civilization. It is the home of two world heritage sites.
You can visit popular eight great places of veneration in Anuradhapura Atamasthana. The Ruwanwelisaya Golden Sand Stupa (144BC) in Anuradhapura is a Stupa in Sri Lanka, considered a marvel for its architectural qualities and sacred to many Buddhists all over the world. It was built by King Dutugemunu, who became lord of all Sri Lanka after a war in which the Chola King Elara, was defeated. It is also known as Mahathupa, Swarnamali Chaitya and Rathnamali Dagaba.Then Brazen Place in Anuradhapura so called because it once had a bronze roof, the ruins of the Brazen Palace stand close to the bodhi tree. The remains of 1600 columns are all that is left of this huge palace, said to have had nine storeys and accommodation for 1000 monks and attendants.It was originally built by Dutugemunu more than 2000 years ago, but through the ages was rebuilt many times, each time a little less grandiosely. Next Heritage place gonna visit is Sri Maha Bodhi Tree The Sri Maha Bodhi Tree is said to be the oldest planted tree in the world, and located in the most crowded place in all of Anuradhapura. It is also regarded by Buddhist pilgrims as the most sacred tree. This particular bodhi tree is said to be 2,300 years old. It has planted and has been continuously looked after all this while, even when Anuradhapura was under Tamil occupation.The Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment in 528BC, and this particular bodhi tree is believed to have been grown from a cutting from that original tree. As such, it is the most sacred tree in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. Seedlings from this tree have been planted in temples throughout Sri Lanka and around the Buddhist world. It is forbidden for a Buddhist to cut or harm any part of the tree. “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 (3rd century B.C) is the oldest Dagoba in the island, which enshrines the right collarbone of the Buddha.
Over Night stay in Habarana.
Check out after Breakfast and proceed to Elephant-back trails, encounters and safaris offer a unique and exciting way to explore the wilderness around the area. You'll get a chance to connect with these magnificent animals as they carry you through grasslands and forests in the area. In addition, you’ll also be able to view the surrounding wildlife in a more natural and closer setting. then visit Dambulla cave temple also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla which is a World Heritage Site (1991) in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country. This site is situated 148 km east of Colombo and 72 km north of Kandy. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains.There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Lord Buddha and his life. There total of 153 Buddha statues, 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of gods and goddesses.
Evening visit Sigiriya rock which is a massive rock fortress built in the 5th century A.D. is an enduring tribute to one man’s vision.Climbing Sigiriya one can enjoy an enthralling experience. Then proceed to Polonnaruwa and checkin hotel.
Over night in Polonnaruwa.
After breakfast arrange bicycle tour around Polonnaruwa for sightseeing maximum 3 hours. 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 to reunite the country once more under a local leader. The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage Site.
After lunch at Polonnaruwa leaving to kandy on the way to Kandy visit Pinnawala. Pinnawala which is about one hour away from the Kandy town, is one of the largest elephant orphanages where they rear Elephants that were lost to their herds by human-elephant conflict and by falling into pts. Most of them are baby elephants. The elephants are fed at the orphanage and bathed in the nearby river twice a day.
Over night at Kandy.
After breakfast visit Kandy.Kandy is known to be the gateway to the hill country and also was the first capital in Sri Lanka. In 1988, Kandy was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site while Kandy Sri Lanka was also the last kingdom of Sinhalese Kings. Visit the Temple of Tooth also known as Dalada Maligawa is a Buddhist Temple where the tooth of Lord Buddha is known to be placed. Dalada Maligawa can be identified as one of the Best Places to Visit in Kandy.Then commence a shopping tour in Kandy .Kandy is a great location for shopping where there are several markets,Bazaar where you could get handcrafted items, silk, Gem museums etc. Not to forget about batick where Kandy is a very famous place to buy batick. Then going to Explore the Royal Botanical Garden “Peradeniya” in Kandy.
Thereafter leave for Thissamaharama. On the way to Thissamaharama visit a tea factory and tea plantation where the best tea in the world is produced and have an opportunity to pluck tea leaves.
Over night at Thissamaharamaya.
After an early breakfast, proceed on a half day safari tour at the world famous Yala National Park. Yala combines a strict nature reserve with a national park. Divided into 5 blocks, the park has a protected area of nearly 130,000 hectares of land consisting of light forest, scrubs, grasslands, tanks and lagoons. It has the highest density of Leopards in the world, and also home to Elephants, Crocodiles, and other variety of animals.
After Yala safari head towards the beautiful beach in Dickwella which is one of the most exquisite locations which resides small fishing on the south cost of Sri Lanka. This is the ideal place to escape the busy environment and enjoy the sunny beach with the feeling home away from home.
Overnight at Dickwella.
After breakfast, head towards the beautiful beaches in Galle. En route, visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Galle Fort
Thereafter proceed to Colombo and have small shopping tour in Colombo city and leave in time to your departure flight.NOTE :All packages can be tailored to your desires.