“Get to the heart of this stunning country by exploring places of deep cultural significance!”
It is rare to come across a country with a culture so full of colour and vitality and simultaneously a landscape so verdant and wild. Sri Lanka is breath-taking and home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, many of which you will visit on this tour. The ancient civilisations of this island have left astounding ruins and frescoes as well as a deep cultural heritage. From vast ruins to tranquil living Buddhist temples, to national parks teeming with wildlife you will live and breath the culture of this “jewel of the Indian ocean”.
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Arrive at the Bandaranaike International Airport, from where you will be collected and transported to Negombo where you will be staying the night.
Day two will begin with a transfer to Anuradhapura. Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient civilization. The ancient city, considered sacred to the Buddhist world, is today surrounded by monasteries covering an area of over sixteen square miles (40 km²). Anuradhapura is also significant in Hindu legend as the fabled capital of the Asura King Ravana in the Ramayana.The city is now UNESCO World Heritage Site. After enjoying a spectacular dose of culture, you will stay the night here.
From Anuradhapura, you will go on to Polonnaruwa, the second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, and to the breathtaking site of Sigiriya. Sigiriya is a vast volcanic plug upon which an ancient fortress was built. Climb the 2000 steps to the top for an unparalleled view. Along the way, enjoy the network of gardens and reservoirs, and the frescoes in the caves on the journey up.
Finally that day you will move on to Dambulla. Major attractions of the city include the largest and best preserved cave temple complex of Sri Lanka. The city also boasts the largest rose quartz mountain range in South Asia, and the Ironwood forest, or Namal Uyana.
You will stay the night at Dambulla
You will begin your fourth day in Dambulla. Dambulla is spectacular. You will visit the largest and best preserved cave temple complex of Sri Lanka. The city also boasts the largest rose quartz mountain range in South Asia, and the Ironwood forest, or Namal Uyana.
You will then move on to Sri Lanka’s cultural capital, Kandy. Here you will visit the temple of the tooth. Enter into the sacred place and you will quickly be caught up in the atmosphere, heavy with prayers. The elegance and history combine to create a place which feels magical, even if you do not hold it as sacred. Other attractions for the day include the Kandy National Museum, the World Buddhism Museum, and the vast and incredible Bahirawakanda Buddhist statue.
On day five, you will head to Nuwara Eliya, where you will visit a tea factory and the Horton Plains National Park. The Park is covered with montane grassland and cloud forest. Take a moment to appreciate the stunning vistas and perhaps glimpse sambar deer nosing their way through the grassland. You may also see macaque and langurs and cats at either end of the spectrum: beautiful Sri Lankan Leopards and tiny, toy-like rusty spotted cats (one of the smallest members of the cat family).
After seeing so much in just a few days, Gregory lake offers a chance to relax completely. This man-made lake was initially designed to be a source of hydroelectric power, however when it was built, the beauty of its surroundings very rapidly drew people to spend their leisure time there, picnicing on the shores.
Pass the Ravana Ella waterfall, a lovely 25m cascade. In the wet season, the fall is said to look like an areca flower. It is also said to be the bathing place of the princess Sita when she was kidnapped in the famous Indian epic, the Ramayama.
You will end the day at Yala National Park, where leopards prowl in great numbers, and elephants wander majestically. This is a spectacular opportunity to see up close the untamed creatures which rule this land. But look closely and you will also see signs of a lost civilisation: the Monastic settlement of Sithulpawwa.
On your final full day, you will visit the majestic Tissa Maha Dagoba. This a stunning piece of architecture houses a tranquil buddhist temple. After this, head past houses where fishermen are selling their catches to the Hummana Blow Hole. This peaceful expanse of water is beautiful enough but just wait for the explosion!
In Galle you will visit the Dutch Fort and National Museum. Here you will start to get a feel for the colonial history of the country. The fort has a colourful history, and today has a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population.
Finally say your farewells and be transferred to the airport, where you can continue your adventure or head home.
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