On this comprehensive Sri Lanka tour of 14 Nights and 15 Days, you will discover Sri Lanka’s best historical attractions. Cover attractions and sites that speak of the country’s rich grandeur; visit the ancient UNESCO, which includes the famous Dambulla Caves, which also contains the largest colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock; go on a scenic train ride from Kandy to Ella, visit the old colonial fort of Dutch and Portuguese heritage in Trincomalee; go for a thrilling experience of watching whales in the coastal town of Mirissa; enjoy an array of other experiences that is exclusive to Sri Lanka.
On arrival at the Colombo International Airport, get welcomed by MCI GeTS Holidays representative and transferred to your selected hotel in Seeduwa.
After breakfast, transfer to Anuradhapura. Visit Dambulla caves en-route visit Dambulla Rock Temple, built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. 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 ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. The caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 meters.
After breakfast, visit Anuradhapura archaeological sites, which is also the first capital of Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura - is located in the north central part of the Island, it was the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka. It is the home of two world heritage sites. Many places of historical and archeological interest could be visited. Sri-Mahabodhi (sacred Bo-tree), brought as a sapling of the tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment, it is over 2,200 years old and is the oldest historically documented tree in the world. 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 “water-bubble” shape that modern restoration has not been able to accurately reproduce. Samadhi Buddha (3rd century. B.C.), 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.) Well known for its rock carving of “the lovers”. Kuttam Pokuna – twin ponds (3rd century B.C.) used by the monks of old as a bathing pool. Thuparama Dagoba (3rd century B.C.), the oldest Dagoba in the island. It enshrines a relic of the Buddha. Thereafter transfer to Trincomalee.
After breakfast, do a city tour of Trincomalee. Horatio Nelson, the British admiral of the 18th century had on arriving at the Trincomalee harbour described it as the finest harbour in the world. It is a beautiful natural harbour worthy of that description and had been in use from the days of the early Sinhala kings. The Old Portuguese/Dutch Fort reminiscent of the colonial rule of the Island has the year 1676 inscribed above its entrance by the Dutch. It was subsequently named Fort Frederick by the British. Visit Hot springs and Trinco Shankari Devi Temple.
After breakfast transfer to Sigiriya. Visit Sigiriya Rock fortress in the evening. Sigiriya Rock Fortress, which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (473 – 491 A.D). The “lion rock” is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70-hectare fortified town.
The base of the rock is ringed by a moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens. The world-renowned frescoes of the “heavenly maidens’ of Sigiriya which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway are one of the main attractions. The frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.
After breakfast, do a village tour of Hiriwadunna to experience the typical Sri Lankan lifestyle. Evening, go on a Jeep safari at the Minneriya National park, which is spread over 8,889 hectares. There are wetlands in this national park which have international importance, animal and plant species which are plenty in dry zone are found in this park. Wild elephants, various amphibians, local and immigrant bird species are plenty in this park. about hundred and sixty species of birds, 09 amphibians, 25 reptile species, 26 fish species, and more than 78 butterfly species have been found in this area. There are bamboo trees which are rare in other parks and wild elephants can be seen conveniently.
After breakfast, transfer to Kandy. Visit Matale spice gardens. Spice Gardens - visit a spice garden to see the different spices that Sri Lanka is famous. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed.
After breakfast, proceed for a city tour of Kandy. Kandy is the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings which is a world heritage site. The name Kandy conjures visions of splendor 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 1806, visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts center and a gem museum and lapidary. The evening is the best time to visit the temple of the tooth relic and thereafter witness a traditional cultural dance show. Visit Kandy temple, botanical gardens and cultural show.
After breakfast, transfer to Ella by Train (famous scenic route) and back to Nuwara Eliya by road.
After breakfast, go for a city tour of Nuwara Eliya.
Nuwara Eliya is Sri Lanka's premier hill resort with a fine bracing mountain climate. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country producing 50% of the world’s best tea. Sri Lanka's highest mountain Lagala (8282 ft) is located here. Nuwara Eliya is the location for one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in Asia.
After breakfast, transfer to Mirissa. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and relax
Early morning visit for Whale watching, and back to the harbour by 10.30 HRS. Thereafter, transfer to Bentota. Rest of the day at the beach.
After breakfast, do a city tour of Bentota. Bentota is situated on the Northern limit of the Southern Province, at the confluence of the sea and the Bentota River, 62 km from Colombo. Its location in the sun-drenched southern coast at the mouth of the Bentota River and its picturesque, sandy, palm-fringed beaches which border the warm, sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean made it a natural choice for development as Sri Lanka's first planned tourist resort. Today it’s famed in Sri Lanka’s global tourist markets as a highly attractive holiday resort with a wide and varied choice of distinctive hotels to suit every taste and purse. Bentota also has a complete range of tourist facilities within the resort complex including very popular water sports centres.
After breakfast, go on a city tour of Colombo.
Visit fort and Pettah areas and drive past the 100-year-old clock tower, the old parliament and several British built colonial buildings. other places of interest are, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Colombo museum, the Bandaranaike memorial international conference hall (BMICH). Also visit the ceramics corporation showrooms, the ODEL unlimited dress boutique, and the majestic city shopping complex.
After breakfast, transfer to the Airport for departure.
Alternatively, you can choose to extend this tour with a stay at any of the options available in Sri Lanka or the Maldives.
|Duration||:||14 Nights / 15 Days|
|Starting price||:||1015 Per Person|
|Route||:||Seeduwa – Anuradhapura – Trincomalee - Sigiriya – Kandy - Nuwara Eliya – Mirissa – Bentota - Colombo|