Lanka Highlights – 12 Days
Tour Code : SL1
This is a fully guided private tour. (You will have your own air-conditioned vehicle and personal services of a driver/guide) The tour can be fully customized according to your requirements. (Your choice of accommodation, attractions etc) You can start the tour at a preferred date.
Day 2 : Colombo – Anuradhapura
After breakfast we will leave for Anuradhapura. Anuradhapura was the first ancient kingdom and capital of Sri Lanka. Founded by King Pandukabhaya in the 3rd century BC and is famous for being home to the sacred Bo Tree – an offspring of the sacred Bo Tree under which Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment in India. Other highlights at Anuradhapura include ancient temples ruins of palaces beautifully landscaped gardens and Isurumuniya Temple – carved out of solid rock was the first temple in which Lord Buddha-s tooth relic was stored. It is also home to very artistic rock carvings.
Day 3 : Anuradhapura – Sigiriya
After breakfast we will leave to climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is one of the most remarkable creations rising above 200 metres from the scrub jungle. An UNSECO World Heritage listed site also known as the -Fortress in the Sky- has many fascinating features ranging from the remains of the Palace the Lion Staircase Sigiri Graffiti (verses written on the mirror wall) the breathtaking Frescoes and sophisticated architecture.
Day 4 : Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa – Sigiriya
After breakfast leave in the morning and proceed to Polonnaruwa Sri lanka-s second ancient capital between 11th and 13th Century. It was built alongside an artificial lake Polonnaruwa has well preserved ruins of palaces bath pools architecture and statues of Lord Buddha. Sophisticated irrigation structures and civilizations are evident from the remains of the site. One of the many highlights of the site are the 4 large rock cut Buddha-s statutes depicting the four significant poses of Buddha.
Day 5 : Sigiriya – Dambulla – Pinnawela – Kandy
After breakfast proceed to Kandy. En-route visit Dambulla Cave Temple. It is listed as a world Heritage Site and considered to hold the most breathtaking masterpieces of Buddhist Art in Sri Lanka.Next visit Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. Some highlights of the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage include witnessing herds of elephants making their way down to the river for their daily bath and feeding of baby elephants.Next proceed to Kandy the gateway to Sri Lanka-s beautiful Hill Country. Check-in to your hotel and relax.In the evening we will visit Dalada Maligawa (home to the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha). You will also experience the bustling city of Kandy. Kandy is the last kingdom of Sri Lanka and is also an UNESCO World Heritage listed site.
Day 6 : Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya. You will notice as we drive through the Hill Country the temperature get much cooler and the air is crisp. You will also witness the never ending luscious green tea plantations and the beautiful waterfalls. En-route we will visit a tea plantation and a tea factory where the best tea in the world is produced. Here you will observe the process of manufacturing tea. You can also witness how tea is graded and taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. Nuwara Eliya is about 2000m above sea level. Check in to your hotel and relax.
Day 7 : Nuwara Eliya – Tissa
After breakfast we will leave for Tissa via Ella. The view from Ella Gap is a spectacular scenic sight- the landscape falls ways in a dizzy drop of 3000ft to the eastern plains. Proceed to Tissa and check-in to the hotel. Take a plunge at the pool enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Day 8: Tissa – Yala – Tissa
After breakfast we will leave for an exciting wildlife jeep Safari at the Yala National Park. Yala National Park is about 1260 sq. Km in size and is the largest National Park in Sri Lanka. It has a picturesque scenic ocean frontage and it-s vegetation ranges from open parkland to dense jungle. The highlight of Yala is the large herd of elephants. Yala West Park is the best location to observe and photograph leopards. There are estimated to be about 35 leopards in the park. It is also home to a large variety of water birds sloth bear spotted deer barking deer mouse deer toque monkey mongoose and crocodiles.
Day 12: Tissa – Unawatuna / Airport
Leave for the airport for departure with a warm good bye.