Best Of Sri Lanka
Highlights of the tour
Negombo – Anuradhapura – Mihinthalaya – Sigiriya – Dambulla – Polonnaruwa – Parco Nazionale di Minneriya – Giardini reali di Peradeniya – Danza culturale Kandyana – Tempio di dente di Buddha con la cerimonia – La casa per gli elefanti a Pinnawela – Piantagione di Tè – Tour panoramico in treno – Cascata di Ravana – Cascata di Ramboda – Safari per vedere le balene – Mirissa – La conservazione delle tartarughe marine – Incontro con i coltivatori di cannella
Entrance Fees 200 USD
Air Port - Negombo
Upon your arrival in Sri Lanka, you will be welcomed and assisted by a team member of I GO TO SRI LANKA and will be escorted to pleasing hotel in Waikkala.
Before arrival to the hotel(if you arrive late, we postpone this to day after), we visit:
- Negombo fish market
- Negombo vegetable market
- Negombo fishermen’s town
Dinner and overnight stay at Negombo in a tranquil hotel.
From Negombo - Anuradhapura - Mihinthalaya
After the breakfast at the hotel, we are ready to depart Cultural Tringle. Anuradhapura is an ancient capital of 5 BC with it’s well- preserved ruins and stupas.
According to Mahavamsa (“Great Chronicle”, Pali Mahāvaṃsa) Anuradhapura was the first capital of Sri Lanka during the great king Dutugamunu (දුටුගැමුණු Duṭugämuṇu).
Under his reign, Anuradhapura was the centre for Theravada Buddhism for many centuries.
After being lost in the epoch of Sri Lankan great kings, let’s climb the peak of Mihinthale during the dusk admiring the stunning panorama.
Minhinthale is a mountain peak near Anuradhapura, where the Buddhism was established in Sri Lanka by Mihindu Arahath who is the son of Indian emperor Ashoka.
According the history Mihindu came to Sri Lanka from India on the full moon poya Day of the month Posson (June) and met King Devanampiyatissa and preached the Buddhist doctrine.
Dinner and overnight in Anuradhapura
Anuradhapura - Dambulla
After the breakfast, we will visit Dambulla Cave Temple. Golden Temple of Dambulla is a UNESCO world heritage site, which consists of 5 separate caves contain about 153 absolutely stunning Buddha statues and 2100 square meters of cave paintings which are related to Gautama Buddha and his life.
In the evening, we can relax ourselves with authentic Ayurvedic massage in a ashram. The rest of the day at your own leisure.
Polonnaruwa - Heriwadunna Trekking
Polonnaruwa is a another medieval capital of Sri Lanka, built in 11th and 12th century A.D. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On foot or by bicycle you can visit the ruins which witness the Sri Lanka’s golden age of trade and agriculture under the patronage of King Parakramabahu the Great.
The ruins of the Royal Palace, the Assembly hall, Shiva Devale, Twin ponds, Elephant pond, Vatadage and many more will drag you in a glorious past.
Lastly, the Gal Vihara is the pure magic of all. The four Buddha sculptures curved out of monolithic stone will leave you spellbound!
Heriwadunna village is the best place to experience the local rural life. In the evening we will be enjoying a very easy trekking the Heriwadunna village to live the local village life.
Dambulla - Lion's Rock Sigiriya - Kaudulla or Minneriya National Park
Morning is ideal to visit Sigiriya Lion Rock. After our breakfast we climb and discover this amazing rock fortress constructed by king Kashyapa 5th century A.D. Sigiriya wall paintings and the mirror wall where the pilgrims wrote the poems in the past, we can admire them before we arrive to the top of the rock fortress.
Minneriya National Park or Kaudulla National Park is the best place in Sri Lanka to see hundreds of wild elephants, who are often wandering with thier little ones and wading birds.
The dry season, from may to September, is reckoned to be the best time to visit as by then water in the Minneriya Tank has dried up, exposing grasses and shoots to varieties of grazing animals.
Royal Botanical garden- Spicy Garden - Kandy
Sri Lanka is the land of spices. Europeans came to Sri Lanka in search of spices. In Matale, we will have a guided tour in a spicy garden where all those spices are cultivated.
Kandy is Sri Lankan cultural city. On our way to Kandy, we will visit the Royal Botanical Gardens which is very famous in the Asia for its collection of the Orchid and royal palm.
Esala Perahara is very famous in the world and it take place in the August in Kandy. Mahanuwara in Sinhalese, is also the center for the island’s handcraft industry and also the place to find exquisite silver and gold jewellery and variety of precious gems including the worlds best blue and star sapphires.
Kandy City is encircled by hills, with lake in it’s centre. Because of it’s geographical position kandy was the last kingdom which is surrender to the colonials. In 1815 kingdom of kandy was taken under the British rules.
Not only that, Kandy is the home for the Temple of the Tooth Relic (Dalada Maligawa) one of the most sacred places to worship in the Buddhist world.
It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988. It is worth to spend couple of hours visiting the temple which is full of affresco, wood carving and granite columns and statues which witness the buddhism.
In the Evening, we will participate to small religious ceremony and a cultural dancing event close to the temple.
Kandy - Embekke - Pinnawla Elephant Orphanage
During our stay in Kandy, we will explore:
- Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
- Kandy Markets
- Embekke Dewalaya
- The temple of tooth relic and the pooja
Dinner and overnight in Kandy
Kandy - Tea Plantation - Ella Train Tour- Ravana falls
Ceylon Tea is the best tea in the world, we will be joining a guided visit to a tea plantation in the factory to observe the process of the tea manufacturing. Having wormed up our selves with a hot cup of fresh black Ceylon tea freely in the cafeteria here we resume our journey!
From Nanu Oya, we will get on to the train which will go to Ella. The train passes the stunning landscapes with thick forests, arced bridges, mountains, cascades of waterfalls and green veggie fields which stretch for kilometers.
The scenery from the train is like a green carpet of tea bushes rolling with tea plucking maids dressed with colourful saris popping out of the sea of green. Mingle with locals and enjoy a journey with them up to Ella!
After a tough day, we will have little pause watching Rawana Waterfall and drive to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight in Ella.
Giorno 10 - 11 -12 - 13
Ella - Mirissa
Little Adam’s Peak and nine arch bridge is a must before we departure to South coast of Sri Lanka.
- Easy trekking little Adam’s Peak
- Visiting nine arch bridge
Mirissa is the best beach in Sri Lanka. Having visted Ella, we move to down south beach of Sri Lanka.
The rest of the day from 10-13 at your own leisure in the Mirissa beach.
Mirissa - Galle - Meet cinnamon cultivators - Airport
Still- fishermen are very famous attraction among travellers. We visit then and you can even try this our old tradition of fishing.
On our way to Airport, we visit Galle colonial city. Galle Fort was built in 1588 and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It witness the colonial era architecture within the Fort and allow the charm of yesteryear to enfold you. Some lovely shopping also awaits within the Fort.
Meeting cinnamon farmers in Balapitiya
The last adventure of this tour we will spend in search of in the islands of the Madu River. It is a lovely experience cruising down the river Madu.
Stopping off at some of the islands you can find out how they make cinnamon and coconut oil or get a fish foot massage.
In the end of the ride we will be in a small island called Kothduwa where you can relax visiting an old buddhist temple. Say bye bye to Sri Lanka when the cool river breeze blows around you!
The turtle hatchery is a must before arrive in to the airport.
Prepare to catch your flight home as you make your way to the airport with the sure hope of returning once again. I Go To Sri Lanka guide will help you with your check-in in the air port.