Anuradhapura Holidays

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Day 1: Negombo

Today is that start of your Sri Lankan holiday, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel where you have the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Day 2: Negombo

Today after breakfast you will have a half day of tour of Negombo. Negombo town is situated by the shores of lagoon once has been a trading port during the periods of Portuguese and Dutch migration. There are many interesting remnants of Portuguese and Dutch visitors who ousted the moors took possession of the Negombo coast.

Day 3: Negombo - Anuradhapura

Today we leave for Anuradhapura – En-route we visit Mihintale. Mihintale is a mountain peak near Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. It is believed by Sri Lankans to be the site of a meeting between the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa which inaugurated the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura - It 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.

Day 4: Anuradhapura - Sigiriya

This morning we leave for Polonnaruwa, which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and which is a world heritage site - Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya – where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and ‘Recumbent’ postures carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, king Parakramabahu’s statue, and the Parakrama Samudraya lake built by King Parakramabahu the great.

Day 5: Sigiriya

Proceed to Habarana today- Experience the thrill of an elephant back safari in Habarana for about one hour. Each elephant will be able to carry 05 adults in a Howdy or Basket. Once the guest mount on Elephants, they will be taken deep in to the jungle, accompanied by a Mahout. Proceed to Sigiriya. Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle.

Day 6: Sigiriya - Kandy

En-route visit Golden cave Temples of Dambulla. Climb up to the temple, which was donated by king Walagambahu in the 1st century BC to Buddhist monks. Dambulla is a World Heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and the ceiling is the largest area of paintings found in the world. These caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 meters. En route visit a spice garden in Matale to see the different spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for.

Day 7: Kandy

After breakfast this morning we will visit the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawela. This orphanage is the home for about 89 elephants, out of which some are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authorities. The best time to visit is during the feeding times, when one will have the opportunity of seeing the baby elephants being bottle-fed. In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.

Day 8: Kandy

Today you are free at your own leisure to explore the local town or en joy the facilities that your hotel has to offer.

Day 9: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

Today we leave for Nuwara Eliya – En-route visit a Tea plantation and a Tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. After we head to Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country producing a significant share of the world’s best tea. Sri Lanka’s highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here.

Day 10: Nuwara Eliya

Morning proceed to Horton Plains on a trekking journey, The coldest and windiest location in Sri Lanka consists of ecosystems such as Montane evergreen forests, grasslands, marshy lands and aquatic ecosystem. At an altitude of 2,100 meters above sea level, Horton Plains spreads across over 3,169 hectares of the highest tableland of the island. In view of the large number of endemic flora and fauna species, Horton Plains was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 30th July 2010. The escarpment with a depth of 900 meters called World’s End and Baker’s Falls are the highlights of the Horton Plains.

Day 11: Nuwara Eliya - Yala National Park

After a good night rest we head to Yala National Park. Upon arrival you will be checked into your hotel and have the remainder of the day free.

Day 12: Yala National Park

This park is famous for its high density of leopards, perhaps the highest in the world. You are also sure to see elephants – grumpy loan males during the dry months and large herds in the wet season. Sloth bears are also a big draw. The uniqueness of the park is the sheer diversity of the habitat: dense jungles suddenly give way to lagoons and open plain areas and the park has a simply beautiful sea front. Huge, stark boulders dominate the horizon and the elegant, languorous leopard can often be seen basking atop the sun baked rock.

Day 13: Yala National Park - Weligama & Mirissa

Today we head to Mirissa for some R&R.

Day 14: Weligama & Mirissa

An early start today means we proceed to the whale watching centre - Whale watching in Mirissa has becomes one of greatest location spotting Blue, spam and Killer whales in the world. Mirissa is the best city spotting more blue whale watching and possibility of whale watching with my Ceylon adventures more than 90%. Out of the largest mammals on earth Sri Lanka is the place where you can observe the largest land mammal the Elephant and the largest sea mammal the Whale.

Day 15: Weligama & Mirissa

Today is a down day where you can spend your day lazing at the beach with a drink in hand.

Day 16: Weligama & Mirissa - Galle

We leave for Galle today -Visit Galle fort was built first by the Portuguese, and then modified by the Dutch during the 17th century. Even today, after 400 years of existence, it looks new and polished with reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. Today Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world.

Day 17: Galle

Today you are free at leisure.

Day 18: Galle

Today you are free at leisure.

Day 19: Galle - Colombo

We head for the country's capital Colombo. En route we visit Balaptapitya -In the outset Madu Ganga is considered as Sri Lanka's second largest wetland consisting of 28 islands including two main islands providing shelter to 215 families. Over the past generations Madu Ganga has played an important role in providing food and shelter and of course providing easy access to the main land via small wooden boats. Thereafter visit a Turtle hatchery in Kosgoda - Kosgoda is famous for its turtle hatchery- operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka.

Day 20: Colombo

proceed on Sightseeing tour in Colombo Drive through the Commercial area of the “Fort” so named, because both the Portuguese and Dutch had a Fort at this point. Drive passed “Pettah” – a noisy Oriental bazaar with a hotchpotch of Humanity, ancient vehicles, bargains, mosques & temples. Visit Hindu temple & drive pass Jumi-UL Alfar Jumma Mosque, Continue the tour through the Wolvendaal Dutch Church, Hultsdorf Law courts, to the residential area of Cinnamon Gardens and on to the Independence Square and Bandaranayke Memorial International Conference Hall. And also visit Gangarama Temple

Day 21: Colombo

Today you have a day at leisure explore the surroundings and maybe pick up some last minute bargains.

Day 22: Colombo

Today is the last day of your Sri Lankan adventure. We transfer you back to the airport for your onward journey home.

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