The Cultural Essence
Day 01Arrival / Colombo
You have now arrived to get an educational and interactive insight into the heritage of Sri Lanka. We will start off your tour by picking you up at the airport and kicking off the tour in Colombo, the commercial capital of the island. With eye catching sites such as the Lotus Tower, the National Museum of Colombo, the Viharamahadevi Park, the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka, the NelumPokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre, Mount Lavinia Beach, the National Museum of Natural History and the Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo is a sight to love and behold.
Day 02Colombo / Anuradhapura
From Colombo we will journey on to Anuradhapura. Anuradhapura is one of Sri Lanka's historic capitals, famed for the well-preserved remnants of an ancient Sinhala civilisation. It was the third capital of Rajarata, after the kingdoms of Tambapanni and UpatissaNuwara.Anuradhapura was the capital of the ancient Ceylonese rulers from the 5th century BC to the 11th century AD, according to historical documents. After the bustling metropolis was abandoned in 1073, its magnificent palaces, monasteries, stupas, and temples were overrun by the forest, and it wasn't until the twentieth century that some of them were superficially unearthed again.
Day 03Anuradhapura / Sigiriya
From Anuradhapura, we will trek up the Lion Rock, Sigiriya, and explore the sanctity and be blown away by the sheer magnificence of thousand-year-old paintings. Sigiriya's art and cultural events will provide you with an understanding of the city's history, customs, and artwork. While seeing Sigiriya's cultural treasures will be educational, attending its artistic activities will keep you engaged. Through this tour, you can get a better understanding of Sigiriya, which includes everything from cultural performances to historical sites that provide a window into the past.
Day 04Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Sigiriya
From Sigiriya, we will journey on to Polonnaruwa, another city in the island that is rich with culture. Polonnaruwa is the second biggest city in North Central Province, but it is also one of the country's cleanest and most picturesque cities. Tourists are drawn to the lush landscape, wonderful historical structures, Parakrama Samudra (a massive lake created in 1200), and appealing tourist hotels and welcoming people. Around 800 years ago, Polonnaruwa was a prosperous commercial and religious town in Sri Lanka. It is densely packed with temples and religious structures. It served as the royal capital of both the Chola and Sinhalese kingdoms for three centuries. Following this adventure, we will return to Sigiriya to end the day.
Day 05Sigiriya / Dambulla / Mathale / Kandy
From Sigiriya, we will now journey upwards to Dambulla. A visit to Dambulla would be incomplete without learning about its rich history. Dambulla's art and cultural events will provide you with an understanding of the city's history, customs, and artwork. While visiting Dambulla's cultural attractions will provide you with information, attending its artistic activities will keep you entertained. Take a look at this list to get to know Dambulla better, from cultural events to historical sites that provide an insight into the past. Then we will travel up the mountains of Mathale. Near the settlement, there is a Buddhist monastery and a rock temple (Aluvihara). Spice cultivation is aided by Matale's middle height and moderate rainfall. It is a cattle center, with extensive tea, rubber, and cacao plantations nearby. When we’re done with Mathale, we will further travel towards the uphill country, into Kandy.
Day 06Kandy / Gadaladeniya / Embekke / Lankathileke / Kandy
Nestled among the highlands in the central region of the island. Kandy is a lively city with a wide range of customs. The Sri DaladaMaligawa is the most notable of the numerous locations to visit in Kandy, Sri Lanka, since it holds the precious tooth relic of the Lord Buddha. The Kandy EsalaPerehera comes to the streets in August and is a spectacular cultural festival that must be seen while visiting. From there, we will venture on to Gadaladeniya, where you will visit the GadaladeniyaViharaya, a Buddhist Temple. The temple's history dates back to the 14th century. According to historical records, Ven. SeelavamsaDharmakirti erected this temple in 1344 under the patronage of King Bhuvanekabahu IV, who ruled from 1341 to 1351 A. D. Ganesvarachari, a South Indian architect, created the temple's building in Hindu aesthetic forms. A carved inscription about the temple's construction may be seen on the rock outcrop upon which it stands. The temple was built in the Dravidian architectural style, including Polonnaruwa-era Sinhalese architecture and other Indo-Chinese architectural motifs. Then we will make our way to Lankathileke Temple, which is a Buddhist temple in the Kandy district of Udunuwara, Sri Lanka. It is around 4 kilometers from the Pilimatalawa intersection and a few kilometers from the Buddhist temple, GadaladeniyaVihara, on the Daulagala road. We will then return to Kandy to turn in for the day.
Day 07 & 08Kandy / Mahiyanganaya
From Kandy, we will begin our journey to Mahiyangaya. There are many of quiet spots to visit in Sri Lanka, but if you're searching for spiritual enlightenment, a visit to the Sri MahasumanaMahamevnawa Buddhist MonastryBathalayayaMahiyangana is a necessity. As the name implies, the Buddha's teachings will lead to enlightenment. And, if you believed the old language was beyond your comprehension, you'll be relieved to find that the teachings are now rewritten in current, intelligible English. You may also participate in its community welfare activities such as blood donation, free medical and channel services, education scholarships, and more. You can also discover the lifestyle of our aboriginal people, more commonly known as the ‘Veddas’.
Day 09Mahiyanganaya / Nuwara Eliya
Now it is time to move on to the hills of Nuwara Eliya, a truly magical wonderland. You can visit the organically designed Hakgala Botanical Gardens, which also serves as a shelter for monkeys and blue magpies and is a paradise for roses and tree ferns. You can also visit the Seetha Amman Temple, a lovely Hindu shrine nearby, which is adorned with sacred pictures. The heavily forested Galway's Land National Park is a shelter for indigenous and migratory bird species such as bulbuls and flycatchers, which you can also visit.
Day 10 & 11Nuwara Eliya / Bentota
Following your exploration of Nuwara Eliya, we will head for the last leg of the trip, which is Bentota. Bentota is mostly a vacation destination. But if you've spent a little too much time lying horizontal on a sun lounger with a Pina Colada in hand, there are some alternatives. Bentota has a plethora of water activities to choose from. The crystal-clear turquoise water is ideal for wind surfing, banana boat excursions, canyoning, jet skiing, wake boarding, and other activities.
Now you have finished your tour of twelve days, filled with love and cherished memories. It is time now to say a temporary goodbye to Sri Lanka as you head for the airport.
- Colombo City Tour
- Explore the ruins of Anuradhapura
- Explore the ruins of Polonnaruwa
- Visit the Dambulla Cave Temple
- Climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress
- Visit the Matale “Aluvihare” rock cave temple
- A visit to the temple of the tooth relic
- A day trip to Gadaladeniya which is famed for its rock carvings, Embekke famed for its wooden carvings and Lankathilaka temple famed for its architectural edifice
- Discover the lifestyle of the indigenous tribal community of “Veddas”
- Visit the SoraboraWewa
- Drive on the 18 Bend Road
- Visit a Tea Factory
- Explore the Beaches Along the South Coast