Discover Sri Lanka 9 Days Tour: Sri Lanka is known for its rich Buddhist history and culture and offers many places of religious and historic significance.
Sri Lanka is a Buddhist country for the past 2000 years, 2nd simply to India. Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka through the Indian Buddhist Emporer Asoka’s pen-pal, King Tissa of Anuradhapura. 236 years following the death of the Buddha.Discover Sri Lanka 9 Days Tour you probably the most visited tourist attractions of Sri Lanka including a few of the World Heritage Sites.You are able to explore the island at your own pace, in a vehicle or minivan, with your personal Chauffer.
Day 01- Airport / Negombo
Arrival, welcome & assistance in the airport. Overnight at the hotel at Negombo.
Day 02- Negombo / Anuradhapura
Leave Negambo for Anuradhapura, a global Heritage Site
Visit the ruins from the first capital of Sri Lanka founded within the 05th century BC. Here is found the biggest number of ancient monuments of the great civilization of Sinhalese. Buddhism found its first real home in Sri Lanka at Anuradhapura, also it thus contains some of Sri Lankan Buddhism’s most sacred sites.
The ‘Sri Mahabodhi tree’ in Anuradhapura, planted from the cutting from the original ‘bo’ tree’ to which the Buddha achieved enlightenment, continue to draw a large number of Buddhist pilgrims from around the world. The pillars from the brazen palace which once had nine stories, the look of the Samadi Buddha, one of the finest places of Buddhists sculpture, the dual ponds, guard stones & moonstone. One of the most famous monuments are Ruwanveliseya Dagoba built-in 2nd century BC and Thuparama Dagoba built-in 3rd century B.C.
Overnight in the hotel reserved in Anuradhapura.
Day 03- Anuradhapura / Polonnaruwa / Sigiriya
After breakfast leave for Polonnaruwa after which onto Sigiriya, World Heritage Sites.
When at the start of the 11th centaury AD Anuradhapura suffered among the worst of its many Indian invasions, Polonnaruwa had become the next seat of rule. The town in its day was fortified with three concentric walls, beautified with parks and gardens and sanctified by many people a shrine and sacred place. The town it self as well as the surrounding plain was watered by an irrigational network of man-made lakes and canals. Among the ancient reservoirs is so vast it had been named Sea of Parakrama following the King Parakrambahu the great who built it.
Today, as the buildings are preserved ruins, ancient reservoirs are renovated making to re-irrigate the agricultural district of Polonnaruwa and surrounding areas as with the glorious days of Polonnaruwa. Lunch en-route.
Go to visit the Sigiriya Lion Rock Citadel of Sri Lanka built by King Kasyapa within the 5th century A.D. It had been a royal citadel of King Kasyapa in excess of 18 years. In a sheltered pocket, approached with a spiral stairway, are the famous Sigiriya frescoes. The summit from the rock, with an area of nearly one hectare was the website of the palace, the outer wall which was built on the very brink from the precipice. The UNESCO – sponsored Central Cultural Fund has restored Sigiriya Water Gardens for their former glory.
Overnight in the hotel reserved at Dambulla.
Day 04- Sigiriya / Habarana / Dambulla / Matale / Kandy
After breakfast leave for Kandy, a global Heritage Site, via Dambulla, the place to find another World Heritage Site of Dambulla Rock Cave Temple.
Then go to the Dambulla Rock Temple. Twelve miles from Sigiriya is Dambulla, an enormous isolated rock mass 500 ft. high along with a mile round the base. Here’s found the famous rock temple dating towards the first centaury B.C. The caves of Dambulla sheltered King Valagambahu throughout his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. Having regained the throne, the king had the rock caves transformed into a magnificent of rock temple. Among the many statues, a colossal figure from the recumbent Buddha 14 meters long carved from rock takes the pride from the place.
Visit a spice garden at Matale.
Within the afternoon, arrive at hotel in Kandy. At night visit the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Buddha at Kandy . Overnight in the hotel at Kandy.
Day 05- Kandy / Pinnawela / Kandy
After breakfast leave Kandy for Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. Pinnawela that is about one hour away from the Kandy town. Pinnawala is among the largest elephant orphanages where they rear Elephants which were lost to their herds by human-elephant conflict by falling into pits. Many of them are baby elephants. The elephants are fed in the orphanage and bathed in the nearby river twice daily at 0915hrs and 1315hrs.Once again they’re fed at 1515 hrs. Elephant ride at Pinnawala.
Within the afternoon, visit the city of Kandy. The favourite landmark of Kandy is its lake in the heart of the city. The Kandy town is bargain hunter’s bazaar to purchase Sri Lankan handicrafts.
Day 06- Kandy / Peradeniya / Nuwareliya
After breakfast visit Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya. Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden is home, among a large number of plants and trees, for an Orchid House with an outstanding collection, an Octagon Conservatory, Fernery, banks of bamboo and various flower borders with cannas, hibiscus, croton and colourful bougainvillea. This garden is better known for it’s collection of orchids the biggest in Asia.
In the afternoon, leave Kandy for Nuwara Eliya, the famous health resort of Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands. En-route go to a tea plantation and witness the output of the world famous “Ceylon tea”.
Overnight in the hotel at Nuwara Eliya.
Day 07- Nuwareliya / Ella / Tissamaharama / Yala / Tissamaharama
After breakfast, at the start of the evening, we leave Nuwara Eliya for Yala National Park via Ella and Tissamaharama. In route, pause at the paradise like village of Elle a to admire the magnificent look at Ella gap. Lunch at the ancient town of Tissmaharama, home to ancient and renovated reservoirs and stupas.
Within the afternoon safari in Yala National Park by jeep.
The Elephant, undoubtedly the very best known attraction at Yala is viewed in small & large herds. Herds of spotted deer are noticed all over the park. Monkeys-the pinkish rhesus and also the Grey-faced Langur Monkey, live and experience the tree-tops and the ground below. Wild buffalo & wild boar may offer you a good surprise & the sight of a leopard sunning itself or h2o at a water hole might be memorable experience. The peacock is regarded as the famous of the birds at Yala. The painted stork, many types of heron, the spoonbill, the bee-eater, parakeets, king-fisher & wood pecker are the birds can be seen in the park. Tissamaharama is definitely an ancient town rich in history. The traditional man-made irrigation reservoir, Tissa Wewa located just behind the town center irrigates vast expanses of paddy fields. The towering stupa constructed within the 3rd century B.C. in the town is one of the 16 most sacred Buddhist cultural sites of Sri Lanka. Today, the current town affectionately called Tissa, a tourist attraction on its own and home to hotels and guest houses mainly works as a starting point for excursions to Yala National Park and Kataragama
Overnight at hotel at Tissamaharama.
Day 08- Tissamaharama / Galle / Colombo
After breakfast leave for Galle. Visit VOC Galle Dutch Fort in the sea-port of Galle. Most of the local administration of Galle still happens in the buildings within the fort. The vista from the ramparts is one of panoramic landscape in one side and of the beach, harbour and sea alternatively.
Overnight at hotel at Colombo.
Day 09- Colombo / Airport
After breakfast in the hotel, transfer to the airport.