This tour has been designed to make this possible in the most convenient manner. You get to visit the world famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the history of which spans nearly 2000 years. An equally intriguing historical site you will get to witness is Polonnaruwa with its ruins of ancient rock temples and lakes. Most of the architectural wonders you get to see here speak volumes of the skills of the people of the past. The tour also includes a trek amidst Horton Plains and a visit to the spot known as the World’s End which offers captivating views.
Wonder Of Sri Lanka Tour
Airport > Pinnawala > Dambulla (185 kms and approximately 03 hour Journey)
Arrive to Pinnawala & Visit the Elephant Orphanage.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage – is a home for about 60 elephants (out of which around 50 are baby elephants) found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authority. The best time for your visit is at 9 in the morning, when you will have the opportunity of seeing these ‘babes’ being bottle-fed. You could also see the elephants having their daily baths at a river close by. Pinnawala established in 1975 and commenced with seven orphans. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but soon it became a conservation and an educational centre. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawala started a scientific captive-breeding programme for elephants.
Thereafter transfer to Dambulla. Arrive & Check into Hotel.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Dambulla > Anuradhapura (70 KMS and approximately 1 Hour Journey)
Arrive & do a city tour of Anuradhapura.
Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Lankan civilization. The city, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies 205 km north of the current capital Colombo in Sri Lanka’s North Central Province, on the banks of the historic Malvathu Oya. 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). It was the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of the ancient Ceylon. Two of the World Heritage Sites are situated here and many places of historical and archaeological interest could be visited. Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo-Tree) was brought as a sapling of the tree under which Prince Siddhartha attained to enlightenment. It is over 2200 years old and is the oldest historically documented tree in the world.
Transfer to Aukana.
The Aukana Buddha statue beyond doubt is the most magnificent, undamaged statue in Sri Lanka. It has been built in the reign of King Dhatusena in the 5th century and is 39 feet (12 metres) high. The Name “Aukana” means “Sun-eating”.
Return to Hotel for Overnight stay.
Anuradhapura > Sigiriya > Polonnaruwa > Dambulla (120 KMS and approximately 3 Hour Journey)
Arrive & Visit the Sigiriya Rock fortress.
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 its other highlights. Sigiriya Rock Fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD).
Later, transfer to Polonnaruwa.
Do a city tour of Polonnaruwa which is a world heritage site and the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD. See the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya where four splendid statues of the Buddha in ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and ‘Recumbent’ postures carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, the statue of king Parakramabahu, and the Parakrama Samudraya – a lake built by King Parakramabahu the great. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.
Return to Hotel for Overnight stay.
Dambulla > Matale > Kandy (80 KMS and approximately 03 Hour Journey)
Free for bird watching around Kandalama. The 55 acre forest around the Kandalama tank where the hotel is situated has a variety of trees – 100 years or more in age, with medicinal plants and a rich and varied bird life. Around 90 varieties of birds including migrants – babbler, blue flycatcher, oriole, paradise flycatcher, warbler, wagtail, barbet, bee-eater, Brahmin kite, owl, teal, pelican, make their home here.
Visit Dambulla rock temple which has been built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. It is a World Heritage Site. It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and ceilings, is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 metres.
Leave to Matale.
In Matale, visit a spice garden to see different spices for which Sri Lanka is famous for. Here, clients could see different spices and how some of these spices are grown and processed. Also, witness a Cookery demonstration.
Transfer to Kandy.
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.
Arrive to Kandy & Check into Hotel.
Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Kandy > Peradeniya > Kandy (6 KMS and approximately 20 Minutes Journey)
Peradeniya botanical gardens was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.
Return to Hotel for leisure.
In the evening witness a cultural show.
Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Kandy > Tea Plantation > Nuwara Eliya (80 KMS and approximately 03 Hour Journey)
Tea Plantation – visit a tea plantation and a tea factory where one the best teas in the world is produced. You will be told all about the process of manufacturing tea and also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory.
Transfer to 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 Pidurutalagala (8282 ft) is located here. Nuwara Eliya is the location for one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in Asia.
Check into Hotel for Overnight stay.
Nuwara Eliya > Horton Plains > Bandarawela ( 75 KMS and approximately 2 Hour Journey)
Visit Horton plains, which is located on a high windswept saddle at about 2134 meters above the sea level. The plains are an expanse of misty grassland with scraggy trees and ice-cold rivulets. Visit the World’s End considered to be the finest view in all of Sri Lanka. The awesome escarpment drops vertically for about 4,000 feet, hence its name. You can also see the beautiful Backer’s falls. (walk is about 14 km). The park shelters mammals such as Sambhur, Leopard and endemic Bear & Monkies. This area is the home for over 20 endemic bird species including Sri Lanka’s Whistling Thrush, Orange-billed Babbler and Yellow-eared Bulbul.
Transfer to Bandarawela.
Bandarawela is a charming town at an elevation of 4000 feet. It is a popular health resort.
Check into Hotel in Bandarawela
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Bandarawela.
Bandarawela > Udawalawe > Embilipitiya (115 KMS and approximately 03 Hour Journey)
Arrive & do a safari of The Udawalawe National Park by jeep. The area of this park is 30,821 hectares and is a dry zone park which was declared as a National Park in 1972. This park falls within the Sabaragamuwa and Uva provinces and between the Udawalawe reservoir and the Walawe River. It is surrounded by the scenic beauty of the mountain range that keep on winding endlessly on the Balangoda, Kalthota and Haputale escarpments. It has an annual rainfall of 1,524 mm. and an average year-round temperature of 29.4 C. This park is famous for its elephants seen in all their playfulness, whole herds of them, adults and babies bathing and playing in the water or feeding. In addition to elephants, deer species such as spotted deer, sambhur, barking deer and langur, water buffalo and jackal are some of the prominent wild animals found in this park.
Thereafter, transfer to Embilipitiya.
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Embilipitiya.
Embilipitiya > Ratnapura > Beach Resort or Departure to Airport (185 KMS and approximately 03 Hour Journey)
Do a city tour of Ratnapura. Its name remains unchanged over the years and means “City of Gems”. In Ratnapura, prospecting and mining goes on every day. Visit a gem mine and a museum and strike a bargain at one of the shops.
Transfer to a beach resort in the down south area or in Negombo or departure to Airport.