Sri Lanka in 7days*07 Days / 06 Nights

07 Days / 06 Nights

Itinerary

Day 01: Airport / Colombo*see colombo

We are at your service on arrival at Colombo International Airport. We will meet & assist you at the airport. And transfer to a hotel in the capital, Colombo.
City tour of Colombo. Colombo like many capital cities is fast changing its face. As an example there is a 100 year old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings. Other places of interest are the Pettah bazaar where one can shop for bargains, the old Parliament in Fort, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, Independence Square,
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Colombo.*See hotels in Colombo

Day 02: Colombo / Anuradhapura / Mihintale / Anuradhapura*see Anuradapura

After breakfast proceed to Anuradhapura.

Do a city tour of Anuradhapura, 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. Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo-Tree) was brought as a sampling of the tree under which prince Siddhartha attained to enlightenment and it is over 2,200 years old and is the oldest historically documented tree in the world. At Brazen Palace (2nd century B.C), the 1600 stone columns you see are all that is left of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks. Ruwanweliseya (2nd century B.C) is the most famous of all the Dagobas. It originally depicted the perfect ‘bubble shape” that modern restoration has not been able to accurately reproduce. ‘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. Thereafter proceed to Mihintale, where Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka. On this rock, there are many shrines and dwellings originally used by monks. A grand stairway of 1,840 steps made of 15 feet wide granite slabs leads to the summit from where one could get a splendid view of the surrounding countryside.

*Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in, Anuradhapura.See hotels in Anuradapura

Day 03 : Anuradhapura / Aukana / Dambulla*See Dambulla

After breakfast proceed to Aukana. Aukana Buddha statue, which is beyond doubt the most magnificent, undamaged statue in Sri Lanka. It was built in the reign of King Dhatusena in the 5th century and is 39 feet (12 metres) high. Thereafter proceed to Sigiriya.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Sigiriya / Dambulla.*See hotels in Sigiriya Dambulla

Day 04 : Dambulla / Polonnaruwa / Sigiriya*See Polonnaruwa&Sigiriya

After breakfast precede to Polonnaruwa .Do a city tour of 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. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic. Thereafter proceed to Sigiriya and 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 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock.

Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.Thereafter return to hotel in Sigiriya / Dambulla for Dinner and overnight stay. *See hotels in Sigiriya Dambulla

Day 05: Dambulla / Matale / Peradeniya / Kandy*See Kandy

After breakfast leave for Kandy.En route visit Dambulla Rock Temple.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. metres 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 metres. Also, visit a spice garden in Matale to see the different spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be shown different spices and how some of these spices are grown and processed. Thereafter continue to Kandy.

In Kandy, do a city tour. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. The name Kandy conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798.

Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts Centre* and a gem* museum and a lapidary. Also visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens*. This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.

Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Kandy.*see Kandy hotels

Day 06: Kandy / Nuwara EliyaSee Nuwaraeliya

After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya. Enroute visit a Tea factory and Tea plantations. Do city tour of Nuwara Eliya. 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. Nuwara-Eliya also has one of the finest 18 holes golf courses in South Asia.

Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel in Nuwara Eliya.*See hotels Nuwaraeliya

Day 07: Nuwara Eliya / Kitulgala / Colombo

After breakfast proceed to Kitulgala.Kitulgala was the location where the famous film ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ was filmed. You can do white water rafting in Kitulgala.SeeWhite water rafting. Also en route observe the waterfalls St. Clare’s and Devon. Thereafter proceed to Colombo/Airport.