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Sri Lanka is a beautiful island nation in South Asia. The country is bestowed with the best of everything, including sandy beaches, lush green tea and spice gardens, dense forests, grassy plains, diverse wildlife, architectural ruins, etc. Hence, the country can delight all, irrespective of age and interests. Sri Lanka Trip has been specially designed, taking into account the preferences of tourists. It includes visits to Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, and Mirissa. Within 9 days, tourists will be able to get to know about different aspects of the country by opting for Sri Lanka Trip. So, delay no more and book the tour now.
Catch a glimpse of a wide variety of wildlife in Minneriya National Park
Explore the world-famous Dambulla Cave Temple
Paya visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy
Enjoy whale watching in Mirissa
Once you arrive at Colombo International Airport, you will meet a chauffeur guide. After completing all the formalities at the airport, he will escort to the hotel in Negombo.
You will leave for Anuradhapura after having breakfast in the hotel.
Known for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient civilization of the country, Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka. In ancient times, it was the center of Theravada Buddhism. Situated on the banks of River Malvathu, Anuradhapura is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Overnight stay is in Anuradhapura.
You will have breakfast in the hotel. Then, you will proceed towards Dambulla en-route visiting Polonnaruwa. It is the place where tourists can learn about the past of the region in the form of tombs, statues, stupas, and temples. All these ancient structures allow tourists to make the most of their holidays by diving deep into the rich heritage of Sri Lanka.
Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Polonnaruwa has elaborately carved out statues of Lord Buddha and mighty stupas. The city provides tourists with a mesmerizing view of the dry land.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Minneriya National Park for a wildlife safari.
If you are the one whose interest lies in viewing diverse wildlife then Minneriya National Park will surely amaze you. The park is one of the best national parks in the country. The park is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including Sri Lankan elephants, monkeys, crocodiles, leopards, peacocks, small black bears, deer, birds, etc.
Afterward, you will return to the hotel for an overnight stay in Dambulla.
You will have breakfast at the hotel. Then, you will depart for visiting the well-known Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Also known as The Lion Rock, Sigiriya Rock Fortress is situated near Dambulla and is a giant rock structure. The structure served as a citadel for 18 years (477-495). The major highlights of the fortress are its architectural and irrigational technologies. It also has steep steps of metal passing through a wall decorated with frescoes of bare-breasted women.
Afterward, you will visit the Dambulla Cave Temple. The temple complex has five caves, 157 statues of Lord Buddha, and various paintings, showcasing the craftsmanship of the ancient days. The history of the rocks, caves, and temple dates back to the 1st century BC. Tourists from all across the world visit the Dambulla Cave Temple for observing intricate and delicate paintings, which cover the ceilings and walls. It is because of the history, archaeological and artistic implications that the temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Later, you will visit the Spice Garden en route while going to Kandy.
A visit to the spice garden will enlighten you why Sri Lanka is world-famous for its spices and herbs. The environment is suitable for growing vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, peppercorn, etc. you will learn about the process of growing various natural items. Then, you will stop by a souvenir shop, from where you can buy exotic spices.
Then, you will continue moving towards Kandy.
You will enjoy the Kandy Cultural Show in the evening. The show lets tourists know about the traditions of the country. The hour-long show also demonstrates various art forms. You will be amazed by the performance of fire dancers and sword dancers.
Eventually, you will be transferred to the hotel in Kandy for an overnight stay.
The breakfast will be served in the hotel. Then, you will check-out of the hotel. You will explore the famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
Also known as Sri Dalada Maligawa, The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic was established n 1595 by the Kandyan kings as a dedication to the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. The temple receives a large no. of white-clad pilgrims, who worship in the temple by offering lotus flowers. The temple has intricate carvings boasting of the architectural values of the town. The temple is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Formed by Panna Oya (a tributary of Kothmale Oya), the fall is elevated 945 m above the sea level.
You will also visit a tea factory en route. During the visit, you will learn about the production of tea in Sri Lanka. Tourists will get to know the procedure of tea production and the machines involved in the process. You also may taste one or two types of tea in the tea factory.
Overnight stay is in Nuwara Eliya.
You will leave for Horton Plains in the early morning, with packed breakfast.
Horton Plains is an undulating 2000 m high plateau, located near to Nuwara Eliya. These are grassy plains interspersed with small patches of forest. The plains also nestle leopards, sambar deer, monkeys, slender loris, fishing cat, otter, barking deer, strip-necked mongoose, long-tailed giant squirrel, and a wide variety of birds. The major attraction of the plains is “World’s End”, where the plateau almost ends and drops nearly 1000 m.
Then, you will have an overnight stay in Ella.
After having breakfast and checking-out of the hotel, you will visit Adam’s Peak. Also known as Sri Pada, the site has the sacred footprint of Lord Buddha. The peak offers an awe-inspiring view to tourists. You will also take a stroll around lush green tea plantations, waterfalls, and paddy fields.
You will also visit the famous Nine Arch Bridge. It is one of the finest specimens of colonial-era railway construction in Sri Lanka. The local Ceylonese builder, P. K. Appuhami played an important role in the construction of the bridge. The viaduct bridge was designed by Harold Cuthbert Marwood of Railway Construction Department of Ceylon Government Railway.
Afterward, you will continue moving towards Mirissa, where you will stay for a night.
You will head out for whale watching in the early morning with packed breakfast.
The largest creature on earth, the blue whale swims off the coast of south Sri Lanka, which is considered as the jewel of the Indian Ocean. The guide will enlighten you about the whales, marine lifestyle, the conservation of whales, etc. It is worth noticing that snorkeling and swimming with whales are not allowed. However, one can obtain special permission for the same.
The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay is in Mirissa.
After having breakfast, you will check-out of the hotel. You will be dropped at the airport to continue with the further journey.
End of Sri Lanka Travel package