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(Arrival 9.30 AM to Colombo Airport)
Meet Greet respectively transfer from Airport — >Anuradhapura
City tour Anuradhapura/Ancient site seeing/Srimahabodhi/Ruwanweliseya
Anuradhapura, is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Lankan civilization. From the 4th century BC, it was the capital of Sri Lanka until the beginning of the 11th century AD. During this period it remained one of the most stable and durable centers of political power and urban life in South Asia. The ancient city, considered sacred to the Buddhist world, is today surrounded by monasteries covering an area of over sixteen square miles (40 km²). The Sri Maha Bodhi An offshoot of the historical Bodhi tree under which Buddha became enlightened was planted in Anuradhapura in 288 BC, Abhayagiri Dagaba, This is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage towns and extensive ruins in the world.
Ruwanwelisaya Stupa is considered a marvel for its architectural qualities.Thuparamaya Collarbone of Buddha is enshrined in the chetiya of Thuparamaya. It is the first dagaba built in Sri Lanka.Lovamahapaya Also known as Brazen Palace Lovamahapaya is a complex which was once a structure of its own.
(Overnight Hotel Anuradhapura)
Anuradhapura— > Jaffna
Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil/Jaffna library/Old Dutch fort of Jaffna
Visit the northern most city of Sri Lanka, the ever volatile city of Jaffna. See the effects of war and improvements in the life of people after the war. This is an excellent opportunity to see the Northern Sri Lanka and the post war situation there.
Jaffna town-After the independence from Britain in 1948, Jaffna town was ranked as the second largest town next to Colombo. Due to the three decades old civil war, the town was torn apart and now in the process of emerging as phoenix. Jaffna is the cultural capital of Tamils in Sri Lanka and the unique features are needed to be witnessed.
Dutch fort-Even though It’s called as the Dutch fort, it has more than, 2,000 years old history as archeologists recently have unearthed 2,000 years old Chinese clay pots and 1,500 years old Romanian coins in order to prove the ancient history. Despite the fact that this 22 acres fort badly affected by the bombing, for certain extent it has been renovated.
Famous Library-It’s a pity this world famous library was burnt by the hooligans in the early eighties with more than 97,000 books and manuscripts but tries to provide the esteemed services once again to the needy in the region after it had been reconstructed.
Nallur temple-Its almost impossible to explain the art and culture of Jaffna without mentioning sculpture and beauty of Nallur temple that has more than 500 years history. The most spectacular cultural and religious place in Jaffna is Nallur temple and this is a must visit destination for a traveler in north and still attracts thousands of locals daily.
Jaffna City Tour /War Sights
Ponnadai potrum coccation & Nadaswara Kachcheri at Hotel Autorium
Thiru Koneswaram temple/ Luxmynarayan temple
A 17th century stone inscription in the temple states that the temple began its history in 1580 BC. Though this is unconfirmed, the truth remains that the ancient cave shrine that lies beneath the pinnacle of the mountain points towards a history well predating the Sangam Period. It is also a confirmed fact that Koneswaram was a well established and popular temple during the arrival of the exiled Indian prince Vijayan during the 6th century BC.
Nilaveli is a coastal resort town and suburb of the Trincomalee District, Sri Lanka located 16 km northwest of the city of Trincomalee. A historically popular Tamil village and tourist destination of the district alongside the nearby Uppuveli, the numbers of visitors declined following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and Sri Lankan Civil War, but have risen again since 2010
Pigeon Island National Park
Floating in the great blue 1km offshore, Pigeon Island, with its powdery white sands and glittering coral gardens, tantalises with possibilities. A nesting area for rock pigeons, the island is beautiful enough, with rock pools and paths running through thickets, but it’s the underwater landscape that’s the real star. The reef here is shallow, making snorkelling almost as satisfying as diving, and it’s home to dozens of corals, hundreds of reef fish (including blacktip reef sharks) and turtles.
Trinco — >Kandy
Dambulla golden Buddha Statue /Matale Muththumari Amman temple
The 5th-century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site – Sigiriya -boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering and urban planning supremacy acclaiming to be one of the finest monuments of art and culture. Surrounded by ramparts and moats, the Lion Rock, resembling the mythological ‘City of Gods’, is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in the Ajanta caves of India. Walk in the shade of an eminent ‘mirror wall’ embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with
the Golden Temple of Dambulla,
A UNESCO World Heritage Site.This magnificent overhanging rock temple towering 600 ft high and close to 2000 ft in length was where King Vattagamini Abaya (King Valagamba) took refuge from foreign invasion in the first century BCE, who out of gratitude for having provided refuge turned the cave complex into a rock temple.
Muththumariyamman temple- Matale
Dedicated to the Hindu goddess of Mariamman,
The Muthumariamman Temple was originally built in 1852 by Thiyagaraja Chettiar. It was damaged in the early 1980s but it has since been fully repaired and is a splendid and must see sight when travelling within the Cultural Triangle.
Kandy — >Kandy
Herbal Garden /Kandy Royal City/Temple of tooth Relic UNESCO World heritage site/Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage/Evening Cultural show
Kandy-World Heritage site
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kandy which is a UNESCO world heritage site. The historic city about 480m above sea level surrounded by mountains was known to Sri Lankan as Kanda Uda Rata, which means the hill country. Kandy was home to Sri Lanka’s last independent Kingdom, which survived two centuries of colonial incursion before finally falling to the British at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Visit the Temple of the tooth.
Early evening, you will visit a Kandyan Dance performance and be treated to a spectacular fire walking finale. Kandy is also famous for its shopping, gems and jewellery, handicrafts, batiks, silks etc.
Pinnawala- Elephant Orphanage
After breakfast at hotel Transfer from Kandy to Pinnewala.
The Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage is one of Sri Lanka’s most popular tourist attractions. The orphanage’s population has now mushroomed to around 65, making it the world’s largest collection of captive elephants. The elephants here range in age from newborns to elderly matriarchs, and include orphaned and abandoned elephants, as well as those injured in the wild.
Kandy — >Nuwaraeliya
Ceylon Gem Museum/Ramboda Hanuman Temple/Ceylon Tea Factory/Victoria Park
Royal Botanical Garden-Peradeniya
Visit will be to the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens which is a paradise for nature lovers. This beautiful flower Eden is restored with over 300 different varieties of orchids, other spices, medicinal plants and Palm trees. Every year more than 1.2 million people are enchanted by the beauty of these 147 acre flower gardens.
Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple in Ramboda
The Sri Lankan branch of the Chinmaya mission trust, commited to promoting the Ramayana philosophy as well as Ramayana Trail pilgrimages in particular, has built a temple with Hanuman as the presiding deity in Ramboda at the Kandy to Nuwara Eliya mainroad. There is a new five metres tall granite statue of Lord Hanuman as the central icon worshipped in the temple. Rama’s devote supporter Hanuman is believed to have started his searching for Sita in the surrounding hills. Swami Chinmayananda during his visit of Sri Lanka felt Hanuman energy at this spot later on purchased by the Chinmaya mission. Hanuman traditionally was not as popular among Sri Lankan Tamil devotees (as he indeed is in India), because he devastated parts of the island with his burning tail. But in recent times Hindu missionaries and local Tamil spiritual leaders began building shrines for worshipping Hanuman in Sri Lanka, too. The Tamil word for Ramboda, Rampadai, means “Rama’s force”, this is why Ramboda is believed the area where Rama collected his troops.
Nuwaraeliya — > Nuwaraeliya
Seetha Amman temple-Asoka Vanam/Little England City Tour/Gregory lake sight & boat riding
Nuwara Eliya meaning “the city of dawn” is the town at the highest elevation (about above sea level) in Sri Lanka and its tallest peak, Piduruthalagala (2555m) could be seen from here. The city established by the British in the nineteenth century, and known as “Little England” and is a popular holiday resort for Sri Lankans & tourists due to its cool climate and quaint colonial feel with its little bungalows surrounded by hedgerows.
Seetha Amman temple
Sri Seethai Amman temple is a unique temple it has been made at the place where Seeta Mata spent her days in the prison of Ravana aprox 5000 years ago. It is also unique in a way that it is one of the very few temples dedicated to Seeta
The prominent temple architecture will not fail to attract your attention. Ancient statues of Rama and Sita can be seen on one side of the temple. The temple today is a modern building with its paintings, statues and pillars decorated with sculptures; all depicting the tale of Rama and Sita.
Ashok Vatika (Asoka Vanam)
This is the exotic pleasure garden where King Ravana kept the depressed Sita, insisting that she marries him. It was here where the heartwarming meeting took place between her and Hanuman, who brought her Rama’s ring with the news that Rama was looking for her. He offered to carry her back but she refused saying it would be an insult to Rama’s honor if she did so. Part of this majestic garden still exists. It is also said that Hanuman nearly destroyed it in order to prove to Ravana of the forces against him.
Gayatri Pitam in Nuwara Eliya
Gayathri Pitam, also spelled Gayaththri Peedam, inside Nuwara Eliya town is the first and foremost temple built for Gayathri Amman in Sri Lanka, Gayatri being an aspect of Saraswati and the Universal Mother. The temple was founded by the Gayathri Siddhar Swami Murusegu. The Shiva Lingam for this Tamil temple was brought from the Holy River Narmada. Gayathri Pitam is said to be the place from where King Ravana’s son Meghanath propitiated Lord Shiva with penance and worship and in turn was granted super natural powers by the mighty god
Sita met Rama after the war, and Divurumpola is the place she under went the “Agni” test of fire where she proved her innocence and purity to Rama. Divurumpola means the Place of Oath in Sinhala.
Nuwaraeliya — >Kadirgamam
Rawana Falls/Kadirgamam Kandaswamy temple
The Ravana ella (Ravana Falls) is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Sri Lanka.This popular falls has its roots connected the famous Indian epic the Ramayana. The Ravana Ella (ravan Falls) has been named after the brawny daemon, Ravan. According to the epic, it is said that after kidnapping Sita, Ravan, the king of Sri Lanka had hidden her at the caves behind this waterfalls. The cave came to be known as Ravana Ella cave. It is believe Rama’s Queen wandered around this place while she was confined. She also bathed in a pool that accumulated the water from these Ravana Falls.
Kadirgamam- Murugan Temple
Katharagama is famous for the Hindu Shrine (Devale) and Dageba (Buddhist Pagoda – Kirivehera). Lord Buddha and his third and the last visit to Sri Lanka were believed to have met the King Mahasena who ruled over the Katharagama area in B.C.580. Thus the Sri Lankans believe that Katharagama was sanctified by Lord Buddha.
In spite of the differences of caste and creed, all Sri Lankans show great reverence to God Katharagama. They honour him as a very powerful deity and beg divine help to overcome their personal problems or for success in business enterprises etc., with the fervent hope that their requests would be granted. They believe that God Katharagama actually exists and is vested with extraordinary power to assist those who ever appeal to him with faith and devotion in times of their distress or calamity.
Katharagama is a multi-religious sacred city as it contains an Islamic Mosque within its Devale complex as well. It holds its annual festival, that celebrates the God’s courtship and marriage to a Vedda princess, in July to August.
Yala Safari/Turtle Farm/Moonstone Gem Mining/Gall Fort-World Heritage City/Maduganga boat safari
YALA National Park Safari
(Expected to start 5.30AM,around 8.00AM back to the hotel)
Yala National Park
This is the most visited and celebrated wildlife park in Sri Lanka..
Yala is an ideal place to spot the “big four “of Sri Lankan wild life the Sri Lankan elephants, the sloth bear, the illusive leopard and the wild buffalos ,the unsung denizen of the park, if nothing else dangerous to the extreme.
Leopards can be seen throughout the park, though best period for enjoying the sights of leopards is during January to July. According the reason studies Yala is sed to have the highest concentration (as high as 1/squire Km)of the elusive Sri Lankan leopard “the prince of Dusk”
Sri Lankan leopards (Panthera Pardus Kotiya) are said to be a distinct sub-species from their Indian neighbors.
Madu Ganga boat safari.
Madu ganga is situated in Bentota/Balapitiya, along the country’s southern coast , within the Galle District of the southern Province of Sri Lanka. It opens to the Indian Ocean Madu lagoon is a very wide and a beautiful lagoon in Sri Lanka. It is in the wet zone of Sri Lanka with a high bio-diversity.
Around 25 landmasses reported found in madu river with some of these islets are home to local communities who have traditionally inhabited the lands as it populaces’ of witch some are engaged in the lucrative vocation of cinnamon peeling. The islet known as ‘Koth duwa’ is home to an ancient Buddhist temple that dates back to the days of Sinhala kings of lankawa.
An interesting thing to be visited of the area is the Open-Air Fish Massage. The fish massage is quite popular around the world, especially in East Asian countries. The unique factor about this massage is that the fish are held in their natural environment, the river. A large space is sectioned off by nets tied between poles; restricting the fish from leaving that area. Other than that, they are free to move around. The client simply sits on a pier and dips his or her feet into the water.
This unforgettable activity gives a visitor a chance to travel the secretive passages through the mangrove forests and see the ecology.
Gall- Fort (World Heritage City)
Galle is the most significant city of southern Sri Lanka. A town with an old world colonial inheritance with and ancient port. (Said to be the legendry “Tar Shish” of the holy bible). it’s natural harbor was famous fort in days gone by. Our first international commerce & Trade. The 17th century built Old Dutch fort has the distinction of being the best-preserved sea fort in South Asia. Enter through the imposing stone bastions that encircle the sea-facing promontory and step back in time. Inside the fort premises you will find that it exudes old world charm and the unique colonial architecture a blend of Dutch and English.
Turtle Farm/Moonstone Gem Mining/Gall Fort-World Heritage City/Maduganga boat safari
MOONSTONE MINE & FACTORY IN MEETIYAGODA – AMBALANGODA
The village of Meetiyagoda near Ambalangoda, is where moonstone is most commonly found, concentrated within an acre of land. Believed to have been blessed by the moon.
The mysterious gem, as captivating as the full moon gleaming in the night sky, is considered sacred and has been used in jewellery for centuries. The most sought after moonstones have a haunting blue sheen, an effect produced by the orthoclase feldspar, which is found almost exclusively in the gem mines of Sri Lanka. Here, you can even go down into the deep, narrow shafts from which the stones are mined and witness the process yourself.
The Sea Turtle Farm
The “Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery” is a non – profitable organization which is maintained for the survival of Sea Turtles for the next generation.
There are five varieties of Sea Turtles found in Sri Lanka, namely Olive Ridley Turtle, Loggerhead Turtle, Green Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle and Leatherhead Turtle. The all major nesting habitats are located in the Galle District.
Vibhishana Devale in Kelaniya
Besides the famous Buddhist temple is a Vibhishana shrine in Kelaniya. After Ravana’s death Rama appointed Vibhishana as the new king of Lanka. Vibhishana is venerated by Sinhalese Buddhists as a god, they believe him to be one of the main protectors of the island, of the western territories in particular.
City Tour Colombo/Viharamahadevi Park/ Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple /Independent Square/Galle Face Beach
Colombo city, Sri Lanka’s commercial capital is an interesting blend of the varying influences, it has seen for more than 600 years. Its importance as a trading port increased after the arrival of the Portuguese to the Island in the early 16th Century.
Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple
Located amidst the calm waters of the Beira Lake, the Gangaramaya Temple complex is a vibrant venue located in the heart of the Business District. The complex consists of the Main Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, the “Seema Malaka” which is an assembly hall for monks and also a vocational training institute. The temple is over 120 years old while now it has been converted to an institution of International significance. The temple and its surroundings are adorned with colourful lights during various ceremonial months while the annual Nawam Perahera conducted by the Gangaramaya is one of the most vibrant and colourful processions in the island.
Located just across the Town Hall Building, the Viharamahadevi Park is the largest and oldest park in the heart of Colombo. Open to the public, the park was built during the British rule and was formally known as the “Victoria Park” and renamed as Viharamahadevi in honour of the famed historical queen of Sri Lanka, the mother of King Dutugamunu. From a Buddha statue, many fountains, flowers and even an amphitheatre that is used for various performances, the park is the ideal place for long evening walks.
Located in Colombo Fort, facing the sea, the Old Parliament Building is a Neo-Baroque style edifice that was built during the British Colonial Era. The building housed the island’s legislature for 53 years since 1930 until the New Parliament was built in 1983. The Old Parliament Building is however a venue for many state functions that are held in Sri Lanka all year round. First adorned with the British Coat of Arms till 1948 when it was replaced by the Arms of the Dominion of Ceylon and once again replaced with the Arms of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in 1972.
The Independence Memorial Hall, most commonly known as the Independence Square, is a National Monument in Sri Lanka. The structure was built in commemoration of the Independence of Sri Lanka from the British rule and to mark the ceremonial start of self rule with the opening of the first parliament on the 4th of February 1948. There is also a statue of the first prime minister of the country right in front of the structure. Many events including the Independence Day celebrations are held here annually.