Culture & Heritage Tour

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

08 Days

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The Culture & Heritage Tours offered by Miraculous Sri Lanka make this possible. Explore ancient cities such as Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla & Kandy where marvelous architectural structures and ruins of such can still be seen. Although these packages were originally designed for 07 nights / 08 days, our team is prepared to cater to your discerning requirements by customizing these tours for different durations as per your request.

Itinerary

Culture & Heritage Tour

Day 1

Airport > Dambulla (190 kms and approximately 04 to 05 hours journey)

Arrival at the Colombo Airport on Flight.
Assistance on arrival by a representative of Adventure De Ceylon.

Transfer to Dambulla & check in to Hotel. In the evening visit the Dambulla Rock cave Temple. A 1st century BC Rock Caved Temple, which contains the most outstanding collection of Buddha’s images in Sri Lanka. The walls are covered in paintings of images of Buddha during his different reincarnations as well as depicting some historic episodes.

Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 2

Dambulla > Anuradhapura > Mihintale > Dambulla (125 kms and approximately 03 hours journey)

After Breakfast, Leave to Anuradhapura and visit the ancient capital.

Visit the Archaeological Museum and proceed to Mihintale.

Anuradhapura was the first ancient capital of the country of kings for about 1400 years. In pinnacle of its glory the city extended over a surface of 52 sq. km and the population amounted to several tens of thousands. Its magnificent monuments, refined sculptures and paintings are testimony to a veritable and original Sri Lankan culture.

Mihintale regarded as the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
The rock is dotted with shrines and rock dwellings. A grand stairway of 1840 steps, 5 m wide, leads to the summit with its splendid views of the surrounding countryside.

Return to Hotel for overnight stay.
Day 3

Dambulla > Sigiriya > Polonnaruwa > Dambulla

After Breakfast, Leave for Sigiriya and visit the Rock Fortress.
Visit the mediaeval capital Polonnaruwa.

Sigiriya, a massive rock in the green scrub jungle, is perhaps the most memorable place for visitors to Sri Lanka. The site was known from ancient times as a hermitage for Buddhist monks. A well-planed monastic complex included caved temples, bathing pools, lovely ponds and Asia’s oldest surviving landscaped gardens. Today Sigiriya is famous for its frescoes painted in the pocket of the rock. The “Lion stairway”, the “mirror wall” and the “water gardens” are it’s other highlights.

Polonnaruwa was the mediaeval capital of Sri Lanka, and today it is one of the most beautiful centers of our cultural heritage. With its comparatively brief history and a dozen rules, it is far more completely preserves ruin than Anuradhapura. Visit the ancient ruins and Gal Vihara complex, where 3 gigantic Buddha’s statues are caved out of a single rock.
Return to Hotel overnight stay.
Day 4

Dambulla > Matale > Kandy (80 kms and approximately 04 hours journey)

After Breakfast, leave for Kandy visiting Batik Factory en route.
Arrive in Kandy and check in to hotel

Batik has been an ancient art of painting cloth and today Sri Lanka is among the world leaders in the design of batik. Batik galleries and factories offer batik from simple single-colored designs to intricate multi-colored masterpieces. Visit Batik Factory and see the various phases of batik manufacture.

Visit Spice Garden in Matale.
For centuries, spices have been one of Sri Lanka’s celebrated exports. Spices mostly grown in home gardens (as a home industry) and used not only to flavor food but also in medicine and cosmetics. Visit a Spice Garden and sample such scents and flavors as cinnamon, ginger, pepper, vanilla, cardamom etc.

In the evening, visit the City of Kandy.
Sri Lanka’s second city is Kandy, a beautiful historical city in the citadel of the country. It is not only known for it’s great kings who ruled the city for almost 225 years independently until the British took over in 1815, but it is also the place where the Sacred Tooth of Lord Buddha is laid in a magnificent temple. The incomparable Perahera celebration, a procession of more than 100 elephants, is held every August here. Visit part of the Old Palace and the Temple of the Tooth Relic and view the daily traditional rituals of the Temple.
In the evening, view half an hour cultural performance of Kandyan Dancing.
Return to Hotel for overnight stay.
Day 5

Kandy > Pinnawela > Peradeniya > Kandy (50 kms and approximately 01 hours journey)

After Breakfast, leave for Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawela.
Visit the Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya.

The Orphanage was established to feed, nurse and house young elephants abandoned by their mothers, displaced from their natural environment by development projects. Most of the orphans cannot be introduced back into the wild, as other elephant family groups will not accept them. They enjoy a good life with their human parents, and many find good foster homes in zoos around the world. It is more interesting to visit an Orphanage at feeding or bathing time. Feeding time: 09:15′, 13:15′, 17:00’/Bathing time: 10:00′, 12:00′, 14:00′, 16:00′

The Royal Botanical Garden at Peradeniya was established in 1821 and now covers 140 acres, smuggled in a loop in the Mahaweli River, the longest river in Sri Lanka. Its primary purpose was the testing and acclimatizing of plants for commercial use in Sri Lanka. Today the Gardens have one of the largest collections of flora from sub tropical climates around the world.

Return to Kandy and visit Crafts Center and a Gemmological Museum.
Return to Hotel for overnight stay.
Day 6

Kandy > Nuwara Eliya (80 kms and approximately 03 hours journey)

After Breakfast, Leave for Nuwara Eliya visiting Tea Estate & Tea Factory.
Arrive to N’ Eliya and check in to Hotel.

It is generally accepted that the discovery of tea occurred in ancient China. The Chinese say it was their Emperor Shen-Nung in 2737 BC who first tasted tea. The story goes that while he was boiling his drinking water a few leaves from a wild tea bush accidentally fell into the water. The Emperor liked the delicate flavor they imparted to the water and so the art of tea making was born. Ceylon tea acclaimed as the best tea in the world. The influence of climatic conditions imparts to the product a variety of flavors and aromas, synonymous with quality. The cultivation and manufacture of tea is presently a highly skilled, scientific and technical process, with Sri Lanka producing some of the most fragrant teas in the world.

Free at the hotel for the rest of the day.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 7

Nuwara Eliya > Negombo

After Breakfast, leave to Negombo.
Arrive and Check into Hotel.
Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 8

Negombo > Airport

After Breakfast proceed to Airport for the departure.

Please note that you have to be at the Airport 3 hours prior to the departure Flight.

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