Day 01 – Hikkaduwa, Yapahuwa & Anuradhapura
morning start from hikkaduwa Strong, dry breezes ruffle the quiet serenity of the temperate country side. Wild grass thrusts through pleasantly undulating ground while a lone lizard revels in brilliant sunshine, poised on one of many ancient stone ruins. Overhead looms the Yapahuwa rock, a 300-foot isolated fortified wonder with a history dating back to the 13th Century.
The ruins of Anuradhapura are one of South Asia's most evocative sights. The sprawling complex contains a rich collection of archaeological and architectural wonders: enormous dagobas, soaring brick towers, ancient pools and crumbling temples, built during Anuradhapura's thousand years of rule over Sri Lanka.
Overnight stay : Anuradhapura
Day 03 – Anuradhapura, Mihintale, Aukana, Ritigala
Mihintale is a mountain peak near Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankans believe this place to be the site of a meeting between the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa which inaugurated the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. It is now a pilgrimage site, and the site of several religious monuments and abandoned structures.
The Aukana Buddha statue is located 30 km northwest of Dambulla close to the ancient Kala Weva man-made rainwater reservoir. It can be reached from Kekirawa on Dambulla-Anuradhapura road. The Aukana Buddha Statue rises to a height of 11.36 metres, it is the tallest ancient Buddha statue in Sri Lanka.
Ritigala is an ancient Buddhist monastery and mountain in Sri Lanka. The ruins and rock inscriptions of the monastery date back to the 1st century BC. It is located 43 km away from the ancient monastic city of Anuradhapura
Overnight stay : Sigiriya
Day 04 – Sigiriya and Pidurangala Rock, Minneriya National Park
The Sigiriya Rock Fortress of Sri Lanka is situated in Matale district near to Dambulla. It can be reached along the Colombo-Habarana highway turning east from Inamaluwa, then proceeding about 10 km from Inamaluwa and passing Kimbissa township one arrives at Sigiriya.
Before Sigiriya became a Kingdom, the Sigiriya Rock base and places such as Pidurangala Rock which were endowed with many Caves and a temple had been the dwelling place of Buddhist monks from around the 3rd century BC.
Pidurangala is a massive rock formation located a few kilometers north of Sigiriya. It has an interesting history closely related to that of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Being less grand and far more difficult to climb it is often overlooked by tourists. But you will discover this rather secret place.
The Minneriya National Park is situated in the north-central plains of Sri Lanka, 20 kilometers from Polonnaruwa. Even though it is one of the smallest national parks in the country, covering just 8,889 hectares, it's a paradise with many natural wonders.
Overnight stay : Sigiriya
Day 05 – Namal Uyana, Dambulla Rock Temple, Matale Hindu Kovil, Kandy Toothtemple
The national reservation area Namal Uyana in Galkiriyagama which has the largest Rose Quartz mountain in South Asia covers a mountainous area of nearly 1000 hectares. The area was opened as a National Forest Reserve in 2005.
Matale is a small town encircled by hills, a historic power base of the last rebellious uprising against British rulers in 1848. This beautiful Hindu temple Sri Muthumariamman Thevasthanam is right in the centre of the town.
The Rock Temple of Dambulla, called Jumbukola Vihara in the principal Pali Chronicle of Sri Lanka, is situated about forty-seven miles north-west of Kandy, the last capital of the Sinhalese kings, on the main road to Anuradhapura. The shortest way from Colombo to Dambulla leads via Kurunegala, one of the capitals of the medieval Sinhalese kings. The other rock temple of equal fame, Aluvihare, where according to tradition the Buddhist scriptures were first written down in about the first century B.C., is to be found about twenty-six miles to the south on the Kandy - Dambulla road. And the famous fortress of Sigiriya with its beautiful frescoes rises aloft like a gigantic cylinder at a distance of about twelve miles to the north-east of Dambulla.
The Sacred Tooth Relic (Dālada) of the Buddha is the most venerated object of worship for Buddhists in Sri Lanka. Its present house, the Temple of the Tooth Relic (Dālada Māligāwa) in Kandy is considered to be one of the foremost sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world.
Overnight stay: Kandy
Day 06 – Kandy & Knuckles
The Knuckles Massif or the Knuckles Mountain Range is part of the Hill Country of Sri Lanka which is also more than 915 metres from sea level and covers an area of about 234 square kilometres. This park is also known as the Knuckles Range or Knuckles Peaks or simply as Knuckles. The reason to call it Knuckles is because there is a mountain with five peaks that look like the knuckles of a clenched fist when seen from the Kandy area ( or the SW direction of that mountain named Knuckles with a height of 6112 Feet ). The Sri Lankan name for this mountainous area is " Dumbara Mitiyawatha " which means " The Misty Valley ". Since this inner mountainous area is off the motoring roads, it remains as an unspoilt nature reserve even today.
Overnight stay : Kandy
Day 07 – Kandy & Mahiyanganaya
After breakfast we proceed to Mahiyanganaya to visit historical places and the Veddas.
Around 7 km further east from Hasalaka, the bustling town of Mahiyangana is recorded in the great chronicle of Lanka as the first of the three places in Sri Lanka which the Buddha himself visited. The others are the Kelaniya Royal Temple and Adam's Peak. Following the launch of the greatest modern irrigation scheme of Sri Lanka, the Mahaweli Ganga (Mahaweli River) Scheme, the town was laid out to serve the new irrigation districts. Sri Lankan Historical people of ancient origin named Veddas live in Mahiyangana Dabana Village. Visiting these descendants of Sri Lanka`s oborigines is the major purpose of today´s excursion.
Overnight stay : Kandy
Day 08 – From Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast we will visit Kandy´s local market, the Peradeniya Botanical Garden, and outside Kandy three temples, Gadaladeniya, Embekke, Lankathilake. Later that day we will visit a tea factory and a tea plantation.
Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, the finest of its kind in Asia and the largest of the botanical gardens of Sri Lanka, couldn't be better located. In the Mediterranean climate of Kandy, the gateway to the Central Highlands, the gardens, at an elevation of 500 metres above sea-level, are tightly surrounded on three sides by a loop of the river Mahaweli (Great sandy river), the largest river of Sri Lanka.
Gadaladeniya Rajamaha Viharaya with an ancient monastery is found on the flat rock at Diggala in the district of Kandy. According to an inscription this temple was built by King Buwanekabahu IV in the year 1344. The chief architect of this temple has been a South Indian called Ganesvarachari. Therefore this temple is essentially a South Indian design.
Embekke Devale, famous for its elaborate woodcarvings, pillars and other structures, is found in the Udu Nuwara. It lies close to Daulagala about eight miles from Kandy. Because of enticing wood carvings UNESCO has identified these marvellous and elaborate carvings on wooden pillars to be the finest products of woodcarvings to be found in any part of the world.
Lankathila Viharaya is a Gedige type large image house built by king Parakramabahu the Great ( 1153- 1186 AD). The special attractions in this structure are the two pylons at the entrance and the giant Buddha statue inside. This statue is 42 feet in height and the building walls are 53 feet high.
Overnight stay : Nuwara Eliya
Day 09 – Nuwara Eliya, Horton Plains, Worlds End & Ella by Train
Early in the morning we will proceed to Horton Plains and World´s End and in the afternoon you do the train journey from Nanuoya to Ella.
Horton Plains is a beautiful, silent, strange world with some excellent hikes in the shadows of Sri Lanka's second- and third-highest mountains, Kirigalpotta (2395m) and Totapola (2359m). The 'plains' themselves form an undulating plateau over 2000m high, covered by wild grasslands and interspersed with patches of thick forest, rocky outcrops, filigree waterfalls and misty lakes. The surprising diversity of the landscape is matched by the impressive variety of wildlife.
World's End is located in Horton Plains National Park. It is a sheer cliff, with a drop of about 4,000 feet (1,200 m). It is one of the key tourist attractions in Sri Lanka and visited by most tourists able to do a bit of hiking.
A Kandy to Ella train trip is considered one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. Therefore we facilitate our clients to book observation deck, luxury air conditioned compartment, 1st class AC compartment or 2nd class non AC reserved seats. The train starts from Colombo Fort Railway station and it takes about 3 hours approximately to reach Kandy/Peradeniya Railway station where the actual scenic trip begins.
Overnight stay : Ella
Day 10 – Ella Rock, Ravana Cave, Little Adam`s Peak
After breakfast we will proceed to Ella Rock for hiking and to the beautiful Ravana Cave. In the evening we will climb Little Adam`s Peak..
Ella rock is a great place for a small adventure as you can explore a large area by a bit of hiking, walking and enjoying the landscape. The easiest way to Ella Rock begins from a train rail track, we follow the tracks leading away from the city for about 1.5 km until we meet a small waterfall.
The Rawana Ella Cave is located about 2 km from the picturesque town of Ella. It is quite a small cave, about 50ft wide, 150ft long and 60ft high. However, once inside one can find several other caves that lead 20 to 40 ft deep into its walls.
The mountain range in the Badulla - Ella area which is named Small Sripada (Little Adam's Peak) has become an attraction for local and foreign tourists. A large number of people visit the area to admire its scenic beauty. Small Sripada is located about 2 km from the Ella town.
Overnight stay: Ella
Day 11 - Ella, Rawana Water Fall, Buduruwagala Buddha Statue and Yala National Park
The Ravana Ella (Ravana Falls) is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Sri Lanka. The name of the falls is linked with a famous Indian epic, the Ramayana. The Ravana Ella (Ravana Falls) has been named after the brawny daemon Ravana. According to the epic, it is said that after kidnapping Sita, Ravana, the king of Sri Lanka had hidden her in the caves behind this waterfall.
The name "Buduruwagala" means "stone images of the Buddha" and measuring 51 feet here we find the tallest Buddha statue in Sri Lanka and perhaps in the world, since the Bamiyan figures no longer exist in Afghanistan. The sculpture at Buduruwagala is in lower relief unlike the other comparable Buddha statues in the country at Aukana (46 ft), Saseruwa
(36 ft) and Maligawila (36 ft), and for all of those it may have served as a model.
The second largest national park in Sri Lanka, Yala is situated in the southeastern part of the island in the dry, semi-arid climate region, bordering the Indian Ocean. The number of mammals recorded at Yala is as high as 44 while it also boasts of one of the highest leopard densities in the world. The majestic Sri Lankan elephant and the leopard take pride to be residents of this amazing national park.
Overnight stay : Tissamaharama
Day 12 – Tissamaharama, Kataragama Light House, Galle Fort and Bentota Beach
Kataragama is a place of pilgrimage for a variety of religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam and is located in the south-east corner of Sri Lanka. Therefore it is a multi-religious sacred city. Kataragama is one of the few places in Sri Lanka which is visited for religious worship by Buddhists, Hindus and Moslems. According to the Buddhists Kataragama was one of the 16 places visited by Buddha (solos maha stana) during his 3 visits to Sri Lanka.
The Dutch Fort at Galle, close to the island's southernmost point, 173km from Colombo, has the distinction of being the best-preserved sea fort in South Asia. A living heritage site, this 90 hectare (222 acre) attraction is a superb blend of architecture, with fortifications that resemble those in the coastal areas of Portugal. The fall of Galle to the Dutch in 1640 saw its fortifications consolidated further resembling the fortified cities of Europe.
Overnight stay: Bentota
Day 13 – Bentota Madu River Boat Trip and Water Sports Activities
After breakfast we start for a boat trip at Madu River and some water sports activities. During the afternoon you may relax at the Bentota Beach.
Boat riding is a very enjoyable activity to do when you are in Sri Lanka. It gives you an insight to the life of the people living along the river bank and also a chance to see the unique growth of plantations and the bio diversity integrated around the river region. You might be lucky enough to see birds living near the river and in some rivers there will be water monitors.
Bentota is the water-sports capital of Sri Lanka and Club Bentota is the exclusive spot for surfers and jet skiers alike. The sports centre is equipped with jet skis, water skis, surf boards, speed boats and much more. The sports centre attendants have plenty of tips and information to help you. Whether you want to enjoy yourself with your friends on a banana boat or experience an adrenaline rush on a speed boat, Club Bentota is the place to be. Professional trainers can be engaged for beginners.
Overnight stay : Bentota
Day 14 – Relax at the Bentota Beach
Full day to relax at the Bentota Beach.
Overnight stay: Bentota
Day 15 – Back to Airport