This trip to Trincomalee captures the most interesting and beautiful landscapes, Wild Life, Ancient Cities, Green Tea covered Hill Country and most importantly with a beach stay in Trincomalee found in North East part of the island where you will indulge in a wonderful beach stretch of white sand, unharmed and creating that perfect set up for unforgettable Sri Lanka tour holidays that will leave you wanting more.
Arrival at the Colombo International Airport. You will be met by our English speaking / other language speaking depending on availability Chauffeur Guide. Transfer to Bentota or Galle according to selected hotel. Arrival at your hotel & rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at selected category of hotel
Breakfast at the hotel. City tour of Galle and Direction towards Yala. Arrival in Yala Around 1530hrs - jeep safari to the YALA NATIONAL PARK which is Sri Lanka's best known national park is popular for Elephant, Leopard, Bear, Crocodile and Wild Boar. More than three times larger than Undawalawe at 97,800 hectares, this is the second largest of Sri Lanka's national parks. Its open undulating terrain made it famous for elephants for many years, but recently the park has also received much fame through publicity by National Geographic and the Discovery TV channels, which focused on a leopard research/conservation and identification project. Claims have subsequently been made that Yala National Park has the world's highest concentration of leopard per square kilometre. This park is primarily shrub jungle with several salt and fresh water lagoons. The areas popular with leopard are rock strewn hillocks with dense shrub in which the animals hide. Return to hotel and overnight at selected category of hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Direction towards Nuwara Eliya with en route stop at Rawana Falls in Ella. Also visit to Buduruvagala, literally it means images of Buddha. The complex consists of seven statues and belongs to the Mahayana school of thought. The statues date back to 10 century AD. The gigantic Buddha statue still bears traces of its original stuccoed robe and a long streak of orange suggests it was once brightly painted. The central of the three figures to the Buddha's right is thought to be the Buddhist mythological figure-the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. To the left of this white painted figure is a female figure in the thrice-bent posture, which is thought to be his consort-Tara. Evening arrival in Nuwara Eliya & City tour and free time in town. This town seems like a piece of English district. Tudor-style and Victorian homes look across the blue lake. These buildings are the other architectural monuments to the English, the Post Office, the English country house like Hill Club with its hunting pictures, mounted hunting trophies and fish, Anglican Church and private residence. The Golf course here is one of the best in Asia. Overnight at selected category of hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Leave towards Kandy with en route stops. Stop at a Tea factory & Plantation. A guided tour around will allow you to experience the whole process of tea production. It also provides an opportunity to buy the best grades of tea. Arrival in Kandy city and after some free time drive towards Pinnawala. Visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in time to witness the bathing and bottle feeding of the baby elephants. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Among the green hills of Kegalle, about 50 miles (85km) from Colombo on the road to Kandy in the hill country, a herd of about 60 elephants roam free in the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage. This popular attraction, established as a sanctuary covering 25 acres of lush forest by the Sri Lankan Government in 1975, is unique. Its purpose is to feed, nurse and house young elephants lost or abandoned by their mothers. Recently the sanctuary has also started a breeding program. Visitors are invited to observe and assist the baby elephants as they are fed from giant feeding bottles, before the pachyderms plod down to the river for their daily bath. Return to Kandy Sightseeing of Kandy city in the evening including a visit to the Temple of the much revered Temple of the Tooth relic. Also witness a Cultural Performance. Temple of the Tooth Relic, Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy is the most venerated place of worship for Buddhists throughout the world. Built in the 16th century this temple houses the sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha brought to Sri Lanka from the Kalinga province in ancient India in the 4th century AD. Several buildings have been added to the temple complex by successive rulers, the latest being the Golden Canopy over the inner shrine where the Tooth Relic is placed. Return to hotel. Overnight at selected category of hotel
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens, the most beautiful in the world and begun as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala King. Every variety tropical and temperate tree and flower is cultivated here and special houses with orchids and e cacti are too beautiful to be true. Drive towards Anuradhapura with en route stops in Matale and Dambulla. Brief visit to Spice Garden in Matale.Visit of the garden with explanations. Brief visit to a Batik Factory to witness the fabulous hand work designs on batik fabrics. Explanation on the designing process and various choices are available if you wish to own few souvenirs. Visit the Rock cave temples of Dambulla; This Historic and Romantic hill capital of Sri Lanka is situated 115 kilometres inland from Colombo. The road to Kandy is enchanting and exciting revealing the full glory- of the tropics. Everything is in the most effulgent luxuriance, throbbing with silver and green. The roads run round in sharp curves and looking down are the deep valleys, abysses, rocks, waterfalls and streams glittering in the sun and patterned in emerald with terraced rice fields. On the other side the mountains rise majestically against the blue sky. Whether one looks u or down, it's a sight of beauty, glorious beyond the power of words to express. The city of Kandy, lies in a triangular valley surrounded by mountains. The great rock caves of Dambulla are 100 to 150 meters above the road and the village of Dambulla. Continue towards reserved hotel in Anuradhapura. Overnight at selected category of hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. AM visit to Aukana, What may be called one of the wonders of the world is the tall, standing statue of the Buddha at Aukana, another architectural marvel of the ancient Sinhalese. The rock cut statue which stands 39 feet above its decorated lotus plinth and 10 feet across the shoulders, belongs to the period of King Dhatusena (459-477 AD), the builder of the great reservoir Kalawewa. It has been very well preserved over the years and is a joy for anyone to see and appreciate. It is a unique creation by an unknown sculptor. PM: Excursion to Anuradhapura; Sri Lanka's first capital, founded in the 5th century B.C. is situated 206 km. from Colombo. Attractions worth seeing are:- The Sacred Bo Tree, Abhayagiri Dagaba, Jetavanaramaya, Brazen Palace, Thuparama Dagaba, Samadhi Buddha, Kuttam Pokuna and Mirisavati Dagaba. Continue towards Habarana. Arrival at your hotel in Habarana & overnight at selected category of hotel.
After breakfast visit the Rock fortress of Sigiriya. A mighty 600 ft high rock-fortress of a 5th century King is famous for its entrancingly beautiful frescoes which are found in a sheltered pocket of the rock. One cannot fail to marvel at the masterful execution of the sinuous forms of these women (originally 500, of which only 19 remain today). The old stairway to the top led through the mouth of a huge crouching lion, carved from the rock- today only the paws remain. Remains of the handsome royal citadel are on the summit. Proceed to Polonnaruwa. Stop at a village house to witness the rural life style and to enjoy a friendly chat with some villagers. PM: Visit of Polonnaruwa, the 11 th to 13 th Century capital of Polonnaruwa has more to see and less to conjecture than the older metropolis of Anuradhapura. With its comparatively brief and uncomplicated history (two centuries and a dozen rulers, in contrast with 1,400 years and 123 kings of Anuradhapura) and its far more completely preserved ruins, much more recently exposed to the ravages of time, Polonnaruwa (say Poh-loh-NA-roowah) has a particular fascination for the average visitor. The age of the city's foundation is not known with any certainty. A military garrison from Anuradhapura may have been stationed here in the early years of the Christian era. By the 6 th Century, it was a military camp of some importance, strategically located guarding the Mahaweli River crossing from Ruhuna, the southern province where rebellions continuously fomented. Return to Habarana & overnight at selected category of hotel.
08 Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Trincomalee as per selected beach resort (Approx. 2 hrs drive from cultural triangle). Check-in to the selected resort. PM city tour of Trincomalee with visits to harbour, Hindu temples, hot springs, famous Catholic churches and many witness the life style people livening in the area….etc Vehicle returns to Colombo if the stay is more than 2 nights