On arrival I will meet you at the arrival lobby and escort you to the hotel to recover from jetlag. Overnight stay at Negombo
DAY 2 - Anuradhapura Ancient City
After Breakfast I will drive you to visit the 1st capitol of Sri Lanka and sacred tree of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, is the most Sacred tree in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It is said to be the southern branch from the historical Bodhi tree Sri Maha Bodhi at Bodh Gaya in India under which Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment. It was planted in 247 BC, and is the oldest living human-planted tree in the world with a known planting date. Today it is one of the most sacred relics of the Buddhists in Sri Lanka and respected by Buddhists all over the world.
(World Heritage site declare by UNESCO 1982) After visiting this site, we drive to Sigiriya in the evening.
Overnight stay at Sigiriya
DAY 3 - Sigiriya and National Park (Minneriya/Kaudulla/Eco Park)
After breakfast I will escort you to the Sigiriya Lion Rock. This is an ancient rock fortress and castle/palace ruin situated in the central Matale District of Sri Lanka. The remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs, and other structures surround it. It is a popular tourist destination, also known for its Ancient paintings (frescos), very similar to those in the Ajanta Caves of India the fortress was built during the reign of King Kassapa I (AD 477 – 495), and it is one of the seven World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka. (World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO 1982).
After Lunch, i will guide you to a national park to see Elephants. Overnight stay at Sigiriya.
DAY 4 - Dambulla, Nalanda Gedige, Temple of the Tooth (Hill Country)
After Breakfast, I drive you to the last Kingdom of Sri Lanka. It lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy Valley which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is one of the most scenic Cities in Sri Lanka. (World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO 1982)
En route we visit major attraction of Dambulla, it is Dambulla cave temple complex; for some, the most impressive sight in Sri Lanka. There are colorful and very well preserved paintings and statues of Buddha inside the caves, which date back to the 1st century BC. (World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO 1991)
Hence visit Nalanda Gedige, Spices and herbs Garden, and Hindu Temple at Matale.
Evening enjoy with Cultural Dance Performance at Kandy: It has become most distinctively Sinhalese and is readily associated with the idea of a national dance. This development can be explained by the fact that the Kandyan kingdom was the last of the Sinhala kingdoms to fall under foreign rule (1815).
Late evening we visit Temple of the Tooth.
Temple of the Tooth: According to the legend, the tooth relic was taken from the Buddha as he lay on his funeral pyre. It was smuggled to Sri Lanka 313 AD, hidden in the hair of Princess Hemamala who fled the Hindu armies besieging her father’s kingdom in India. It immediately became an object of great reverence and was enshrined in a series of nested jeweled reliquaries. The tooth relic was brought out for special occasions and paraded on the back of elephants, which are sacred to the Buddha. Where it survived numerous attempts to capture and destroy it. When the capital was moved to Kandy, the tooth was taken to this new city and placed in temples built to honor it.
Overnight stay at Kandy.
DAY 5 - Kandy City Tour; Kandy view point, Colonial Buildings, Botanical Garden
After Breakfast, i will guide you to visit Kandy city including Kandy view point, Colonial Buildings and Botanical Garden.
Kandy city: Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kandy which is a UNESCO world heritage site. The historic city about 520m above sea level surrounded by mountains was known to Sri Lankan Kanda Uda Rata; which means the hill country. Kandy was home to last independent kingdom, which survived two centuries of colonial incursion before finally falling to the British at the beginning of nineteenth century. Visit Botanical garden, colonial city and catch a panoramic view of the picturesque town from Kandy Upper Lake View point.
Peradeniya Botanical Garden: It has more than 4000 species of plants, including orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. Attached to it you find is the National Herbarium of Sri Lanka. The total area of the botanical garden is 147 acres (0, 59 km2), at 460 meters above sea level, and with a 200-day annual rainfall.
After we visited Kandy, we drive from Kandy to Nuwaraeliya. Enroute we visit tea plantation and tea factory.
Nuwaraeliya City tour: Nuwaraeliya meaning “The city of dawn” is the city at the highest elevation about 2000m above sea level in Sri Lankaand its tallest peak, Piduruthalagala (2423m) can be seen from here. The city established by the British in the nineteenth century, known as “Little England” and is a popular holiday resort among Sri Lankans and Tourists due to its cool climate and quaint colonial feel with its bungalows surrounded by hedgerows.
Overnight stay at Nuwaraeliya.
DAY 6 - Horton Plains Nature Trail and Ella
I will drive you to Horton Plains to enjoy that lovely walk inside that national park. Horton Plains known as “Maha-Eliya” in Sinhala: is a national park in the highlands of Sri Lanka. It lies at a height of more than 2,000 m in the central highlands, and its altitude means that it has a much cooler and windier climate than the lowlands of Sri Lanka, with a mean annual temperature of 16 °C rather than the 26 °C of the coasts. The area was named in 1834 after Lady Anne Horton, wife of Sir Robert Wilmot-Horton, then-governor of Ceylon.
On completion Horton Plains, return to Nuwaraeliya and travel by train from Nuwaraeliya to Ella.
Overnight stay at Ella
Optional: For mind and body relaxation, Sri Lankan Ayurvedic massage.
Overnight stay at Ella
DAY 7 - Ella city and Tissa (Nearest Town to Yala) Drive: approximately 3 hours by car
I will take you to Ella. Ella is a small village located high in the mountains. It is possible to climb the peaks around Ella and walk through tea plantations to Mini Adams Peak, Nine arch bridge, waterfalls and viewpoints.
After breakfast we visit Ella and drive to Thissa town which is nearest to drive to Yala National Park.
(Yala national park is widely known for its block 1 area which has the highest leopard density in the world. Spreading across Sri Lanka’s southeast coast, Yala is the island’s second largest national park and a hub for wildlife research. Its vast variety of ecosystem such as rocky outcrops, coastal areas, savannahs, wetlands and shrub forest are home to a diverse range of mammals, birds, and reptiles.).
Overnight stay: At Thissamaharama.
DAY 8 - Tissa to Tangalle
Early morning we drive to Yala national park for safari. After the safari i will drive you to your hotel at Tangalle and will drop you off there.
Thank you for choosing SUDI LANKA TOURS and have a safe flight back home!