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Sight seeing at its best


15 Day(s)

US $ 250 onwards (will vary as per number of travellers)


Sri Lanka, an island in the Indian Ocean and located south of the Indian subcontinent, is also known as the Island of Serendipity. Sri Lanka lies between 5° 55' and 9° 55' north of the equator and between the eastern longitudes 79° 42' and 81° 52'. From North to South it has a maximum length of 435 km and at its widest point it measures 225 km, giving it a land area of 65,600 sq.km. This entire stretch encompasses beautiful tropical beaches, verdant vegetation, ancient monuments and a thousand delights to please all tastes, which we as tour operators Sri Lanka is delighted to guide you around.



Day 1

COLOMBO / ANURADHAPURA

· After an early breakfast leave Colombo and proceed to the Historic city of Anuradhapura
· Check in at the Heritage Hotel, Anuradhapura
· Proceed on a City tour after lunch

Colombo is the hub of commerce and administration of Sri Lanka. Colombo was a fort city during the times of occupation by successive European powers and architecture of buildings is a blend of the past influences. Highlight places of visit include, the Colombo Museum, the Independence Square, and Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, Town Hall and Parliament

Anuradhapura - Visit the ruins of the first capital founded in the 05th century BC here is found the largest number of ancient monuments of a great civilization. Buddhism found its first real home in Sri Lanka at Anuradhapura, and it thus contains some of Sri Lankan Buddhism’s most secret sights The “Sri Maha Bodhi tree in Anuradhapura, planted from a cutting from the original “Bo Tree” under which the Buddha received enlightenment, continue to draw thousands of Buddhist pilgrims from around the world. The pillars of the brazen palace which once had nine stories, the image of the Samadhi Buddha which is one of the finest pieces of Buddhists sculpture, the twin ponds, guard- stones and the moon-stones are amazing remains of a great civilization. There are also monuments such as Ruwanveli Seya Dagoba with its famous elephant wall from the 2nd Century B.C. and the Thuparama Dagaba from the 3rd Century B.C.

The Heritage Hotel which opened it's doors in 2009 is an enchanting hotel situated in the heart of Anuradhapura. Because of the Hotel's Proximity to many historic sites Heritage Hotel is the Ideal launching pad to explore this great kingdom which lasted over 1400 years. The Hotel face the beautiful Tissa Wewu tank and offers breath taking views of the three Stupas, Jetawanaramaya, Abayagiriya & Thuparamaya. Heritage Hotel offers all the facilities of a modern hotel. This 50 room hotel has the best local and International food prepared by the most experienced chefs in the country.




Day 2

ANURADHAPURA

Proceed to visit the rest of the historical sites after breakfast

Spend the evening at Leisure at Hotel, if there is anything else you wish to do, please inform the tour representative of Modern Voyages Tour Operators Sri Lanka, and we’ll help you in having a best time during your leisure.




Day 3

ANURADHAPURA / TRINCOMALEE

  • After an early Breakfast proceed to Trincomalee
  • Visit the Trincomalee Town, and other sites in the vicinity
  • Overnight stay at either Chaaya Blu, or Nilaveli Beach Hotel

Trincomalee

Back in 1775 , a teenaged midshipman named Horatio Nelson, arrived in Trincomalee Harbour aboard the HMS Seahorse. Later, as admiral of the British Navy, he remembered it as the “finest harbour in the world.” With its 33 miles of shoreline locked in by hills on three sides and protected by islands on the fourth, Trincomalee is the world’s fifth largest natural harbour. Visitors to Trinco, usually start their sightseeing at Fort Frederick, which sits on a promontory at the east side of Trinco town. This site was used by the Portuguese in 1624 and later by the Dutch in 1676. The British named it in honour of Frederick, Duke of York in 1803, and a century of British fortifications can be found around the fort grounds

The famous Tirukonesvaram Temple is found on the topmost pinnacle of Swami Rock, the northeasternmost tip of Fort Frederick’s promontory. Swami Rock drops about 360 feet directly into the sea. This temple was rebuilt on the site of the fabled ‘Great Pagoda’ of Dakshana Kailayam, the Temple of 1000 pillars, that was destroyed by the 17th century Portuguese. One pillar of this original temple still remains on the top of Swami Rock in a place called ‘lovers leap.’North of Trinco, a 20-mile strand of beach runs uninterrupted up the coast past Kuchchaveli. One of Sri Lanka’s premier beach resorts, Nilaveli, is the centre of this strip. Sun bathing, deep sea fishing, skin diving and shell collecting are excellent.




Day 4

TRINCOMALEE

Spend the day at leisure enjoying the magnificent Trincomalee beach. If you have a thirst for any marine activities we will help you to find the needed instruments. You are also free to visit other sites at leisure and feel free to approach us because being one of the Modern tour operators Sri Lanka; we want you to experience Sri Lanka at its best. 




Day 5

TRINCOMALEE / POLONNARUWA

  • Leave to the historic City of Polonnaruwa after breakfast.
  • Visit Pollonaruwa Heritage site
  • Check in at Deer Park Hotel for overnight stay
Polonnaruwa - The Capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th - 13th Century contains some splendid and spectacular status. Lankatilake, Tivanka and Thuparama are the most beautiful and largest shrine ruins and Tivanka has the best example of frescoes of the Polonnaruwa period. Rankot Vihara and Kiriwehera are well preserved large stupas, and Gal Vihare - a rock shrine, has four Buddha statues, two seated, one standing and one reclining and Parakrama Bahu statue are examples of Sinhalese stone carver. The Vata-da-ge is a unique creation of Sri Lankan artists.

Deer Park Hotel, Polonnaruwa

Quench your appetite for adventure at Deer Park Hotel with a host of activities bound to leave you with an experience to remember. From exploring ancient civilisations in Polonnaruwa to seeing endangered wildlife in their natural habitats, as tour operators Sri Lanka we believe or better yet we are certain this magical getaway is bound to excite your senses.




Day 6

POLONNARUWA / SIGIRIYA

  • Proceed to Sigiriya which is a UNESCO heritage site after breakfast.
  • Check in at Chaaya Village, Habarana
  • Spend evening at leisure or visit Dambulla Cave Temple.
  • Overnight Stay at Chaaya Village, Hotel

Dambulla - is famous for the five cave Temples on a rock. The first 03 caves are better, older and larger than the other two. Some caves date to the 1st century B.C. All 5 cave walls and ceilings are covered with Buddhist murals and there are more than 130 Buddha statues, and statues of Gods and Kings.

 

Sigiriya Rock Fortress - The 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The 'Lion Rock' is a citadel of unusual natural beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the 'Heavenly Maidens' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes were painted using earth pigments on plaster.
(You could request for a professional guide if you would require detailed information about the Rock Fortress)

Chaaya Village-Like a well-disguised tree with thirsty widespread roots reaching far and wide to drink from the closest brook, Chaaya Village Habarana lies sprawled across 27 acres of luxuriant land bordering a stunning lake. Habarana is situated 176 km from Colombo in the heart of Sri Lanka's cultural triangle and is part of the Anuradhapura District.




Day 7

SIGIRIYA / KANDY

  • After early breakfast, proceed to Kandy
  • En-route visit Herbal Spice Garden, Matale
  • Overnight stay at Hunas Falls Hotel, Kandy or Chaaya Citadel
(Please visit - www.hunasfalls.com for Hotel Hunas Falls, Kandy - www.chaayahotels.com /ChaayaCitadel.htm for Chaaya Citadel, Kandy your preference is what we take in to account, and that’s what sets us apart from many tour operators Sri Lanka.

The Regent Spice and Herbal Garden, Matale - This spice and herbal garden features many important herbs such as Sandalwood, Margosa, Cocoa, Citronella, Almond, Jasmine and Coconut. When visiting, make the most of the chance to experience first-hand how cloves, pepper, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and saffron are grown in their natural surroundings. At Regent Spice and Herbal Garden you can learn of their medicinal healing properties and how to use them in your day to day needs. Used worldwide in many medicines, the healing powers of spices have been respected from the time of the Pharaohs and Chinese Dynasties, while, locally, herbs are used in Ayurvedic concoctions.

Kandy, the laidback capital of the hill country, and the historical bastion of Buddhist power, is built around a peaceful lake and set in a picturesque bowl of hills. Today it is the center of Buddhism, Arts, Crafts and Culture. Here, you will visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

Ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha's Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess's hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka's most prized possession.




Day 8

KANDY

  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Participate in Kandy City Tour
  • Visit Knuckles Mountain Range
Kandy, the laidback capital of the hill country, and the historical bastion of Buddhist power, is built around a peaceful lake and set in a picturesque bowl of hills. Today it is the center of Buddhism, Arts, Crafts and Culture. Here, you will visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
Ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha's Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess's hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka's most prized possession.

Chaaya Citadel Kandy is constructed in the place of the former Dunuvila Wallauwa (The ancestral home of the Dunivila family). Dunuvila, one of the King's Ministers, lived here with his extended family.




Day 9

KANDY / PERADENIYA / PINNAWELA / KANDY

  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Visit Peradeniya Gardens
  • Visit Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
  • Return to overnight stay at Hotel

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens – Sri Lanka’s botanic gardens have a long and proud history, punctuated by colonialism and industrial change. Throughout this period the gardens have continued to flourish and the plant collections and herbarium grown. Within the context of the 21st Century, the gardens represent a significant national asset for Sri Lanka. Over 1.4 million people visit the gardens every year and it is uniquely placed to educate by stealth, taking advantage of the pleasure and joy experienced by visitors.

The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage was started in 1975 to house abandoned and wounded elephants. The sanctuary covers 25 acres of lush vegetation with an approximate population of about 77 elephants, consisting of both adults and babies.The best time to visit is the feeding time and the bathing time; when all the elephants are taken to the river close by.




Day 10

NUWARA ELIYA

  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Enjoy Nuwara eliya City Tour
  • Overnight stay St.Andrews Hotel
Nuwara Eliya - The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coldest places on the island, but is really like an England spring day although the temperature does drop at night.
The Victoria Park, in the middle of town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic. Seasons may be absent elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers, which bloom in spring (March to May) and fall (August and September). These are the ‘seasons’ when low-country folk flock to Nuwara Eliya to escape the sea level heat and humidity.

St. Clare’s Waterfall – St. Clare’s is one the widest waterfalls in Sri Lanka and it is also called the "Little Niagara of Sri Lanka". The falls derived its name from a nearby tea estate. It is 80m in height. St. Clair's falls comprises of two falls: the“Maha Ella" ("The Greater Fall") and "Kuda Ella," ("The Lesser Fall").

Devon Waterfall – The Devon Falls situated 6 km west of Talawakele, Nuwaraeliya, is named after a pioneer English coffee planter called Devon, whose plantation is situated nearby the falls. The Waterfall is 97 meters high and ranked 19th highest in the Island. The altitude of Devon falls is 1,140m above sea level.

St. Andrew’s Hotel - Take a trip back in time to when you visit St. Andrew's, a unique colonial retreat among Nuwara Eliya hotels and find yourself surrounded by all the old world charm and quaint details of a Tudor mansion in the hills. Perched high above sea level amidst mist shrouded mountain peaks in Sri Lanka's cool tea country, this colonial residence is over a hundred years old and still retains the pace and style of life from that era. Enjoy the comforts of every modern convenience at St. Andrew’s Nuwara Eliya alongside the more traditional delights of plush antique 4-poster beds and open wood fires, and sample a selection of timeless culinary creations from our show kitchens. And as for the outdoors, try a slow round of golf in a stunning location or simply lie back and enjoy the view.




Day 11

NUWARA ELIYA / YALA

  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Transfer to Yala
  • Check-in at Hotel Chaaya Wild, Yala
  • Visit Kataragama Temple after Lunch
  • Overnight stay at Hotel- Chaaya Wild

Yala - Tucked away in the South-eastern corner of Sri Lanka is the Yala National Park. The wildlife park is mainly thorny scrub forest similar to the African bush. We the tour operators Sri Lanka, will open up the opportunity for you to see elephants, leopards and bears, the splendid mating dance of the beautiful peacocks and more.




Day 12

YALA

  • Have an early breakfast at Hotel and leave for Yala Safari tour
  • Spend the evening at Leisure




Day 13

GALLE

  • Transfer to Galle after breakfast
  • Galle City tour
  • Check in and overnight stay Unawatuna Beach Resort

Drive along the beautiful southern coastline to Galle. Galle is a Dutch fortified city built in the 17th Century, and its fortress still bursting with life. Shop for exquisite hand made lace and other souvenirs. You could also visit many beaches en route and stop by at Kalutara, Beruwala or Bentota for a break, which is famous for Watersports. Hikkaduwa which is just before Galle is renowned for Corals and Tropical Fish, whilst Ambalangoda specializes in Masks and Batiks. A visit to the turtle hatchery, mask museum, etc, could most certainly be arranged.

Unawatuna Beach Resort
With the most stunning views of the Indian Ocean, nowhere else in Sri Lanka can you take a relaxing walk on a long sandy beach, watch the romantic golden sunset, sit in solitude and read a book, sunbathe to your satisfaction and have a succulent seafood lunch or dinner on the sand, all in a day, at the Unawatuna Beach Resort.

The Maduganga river is a shallow water body in south-west Sri Lanka, which enters the sea at Balapitiya. The Buddhist Amarapura Nikaya sect had its first upasampada (higher ordination ceremony) on a fleet of boats anchored upon it in 1803. The Buddhist Kothduwa temple is situated on an isolated island in the lake. The wetland in its estuary and the many mangrove islets on it constitute a complex coastal wetland ecosystem. It has high ecological, biological and aesthetic significance, being home to 303 species of plants belonging to 95 families and to 248 species of vertebrate animals. It might be one of the last remaining tracts of pristine mangrove forests in Sri Lanka. The inhabitants of its islets produce peeled cinnamon and cinnamon oil.




Day 14

NEGOMBO

  • After early breakfast, leave for Negombo
  • En-route visit Turtle Hatchery
  • Check in at the Jetwing Lagoon

The picturesque town of Negombo, often referred to as Little Rome, has an Old World atmosphere of 17th Century churches and forts. The Negombo lagoon is a good place to watch the fishermen at work, some still using the ‘oruwa’, a dugout outrigger canoe, whose prehistoric evolution can be traced from the Comoro Islands off Mozambique to the South Seas. The canal system is the most evident Dutch relic here, and stretches 80 miles from Colombo to Puttalam.




Day 15

DEPARTURE

Spend the day at leisure until time of departure to airport. 

If you love to extend the trip do let us know, and we will make sure it’s done for you to relive the best of the island, with the best of tour operators Sri Lanka