Heritage Lanka

(15 day tour)

DAY 01

Airport- Negombo

Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide at the International Airport with a warm Ayubowan and taken to your beach hotel in Negombo. Check into your hotel and recover from your flight. Take a first beach walk or get acclimatized by the pool or flooding of the Indian Ocean. After your rest, you will get a first impression of Sri Lanka during a city visit. Negombo is also called “Little Rome” because the city is strongly influenced by the colonial period. You will visit St. Stephen’s Church, the Buddhist Angurukaramulla Temple and the “Dutch Fort”. Then drive to the Fish Market to Negombo. Watch the hard-working traders sell and dismantle large tuna fish and sharks. Time to shoot a reminder photo.

DAY 02

Negombo – Anuradhapura

After breakfast at the hotel, leave the coast behind for Anuradhapura. Arrived in Anuradhapura, the visit to the first capital of Sri Lanka is on the agenda. Anuradhapura was the most significant city in the history of Sri Lanka. It is one of the 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Sri Lanka. The Sri Maha Bodhi (sacred Bo tree) is over 2200 years old and originated from a branch of the Bo-tree in India, under which Prince Siddhartha was enlightened. He is revered as the “oldest tree in the world”. The famous Stupa Ruwanwelisaya (2nd century BC), the bronze palace in front of the tree, the Samadhi Buddha statue and the Isurumuniya rock dome (3rd century BC) are other sights of the glorious Anuradhapura. You will then check into your hotel and have time for some rest in your accommodation.

DAY 03

Anuradhapura-Sigiriya

After breakfast, leave Anuradhapura behind and continue to Sigiriya. On the way you will visit Mihintale. You have to climb 1,800 steps to see this attraction, which is high up on a hill. In Mihintale Buddhism was introduced by the conqueror Asoka in Sri Lanka. Enjoy the breathtaking view. Then continue to Sigiriya. Upon arrival, check into your accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure. Guests can explore the surrounding area on a small walk or relax by the pool at your hotel.

DAY 04

Sigiriya- Polonnaruwa-Sigiriya

After breakfast, take a trip to Polonnaruwa. After the decline of the city of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa was declared the second capital of Sri Lanka by King Vijayabahu I, who had freed the island from the Chola occupation. Today, the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, as well as Anuradhapura, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The impressive remains of the Royal Palace, the Audience Hall and the Temple of Gal Vihara, with its 4 Buddha statues standing, sitting and lying, carved from a single rock, are among the highlights of your sightseeing tour through the archaeological park of Polonnaruwa. The Parakramabahu statue, the former dental temple, the Shiva temple, Lankatilake, Watadage, Galpota and Kiri Vehera are also interesting examples of the ancient royal city from the 11th century. Watch the mischievous monkey that live in the ancient ruins and visit the archaeological museum. Return to Sigiriya towards the end of the day and end the day comfortably.

DAY 05

Sigiriya

After breakfast, drive to Sigiriya Rock Fort, built in the 5th century AD by King Kashyapa. Climb the 1202 steps and admire the accurate water gardens, the old graffiti inscriptions and the beautiful drawings of the cloud girls on the rock wall. Once up, you can enjoy an unforgettable view of Sri Lanka’s green landscape.

DAY 06

Sigiriya – Kandy

On the way visit the Dambulla cave temples. The cave temples of Dambulla comprise five caves, under a far overhanging rock. It is believed that King Valagambahu designed the temple in the caves in the 1st century BC. In 1938, the building was equipped with colonnades and gables. Inside the caves are numerous Buddha statues. The caves are also decorated with beautiful ceiling and wall paintings of religious content.
In addition, they stop in Matale to visit a traditional herb garden and learn more about the use of different spices in Sri Lanka’s cuisine. You will also visit a batik factory, where you will learn a lot about the techniques and traditional methods of textile dyeing. In the evening you will experience a cultural show.

DAY 07

Kandy-Pinnawela-Kandy

After breakfast at the hotel you can take a city tour. You will see the sacred dental temple, where a Buddha’s canine is preserved, an art and craft workshop, an oriental market square and a gemstone grinding shop, where you will learn about the traditional methods of sapphires. Then drive to the Elephant Swim House in Pinnawela. This place is famous for the world’s largest elephant herd. The huge and now tame creatures wander around in this magnificent protected area and enjoy being fed and bathed by their human nurses. Twice a day, the herd is led to the nearby river, which promises two hours of fun and refreshment. Today, you are part of this pleasure and you can admire the largest gathering of tame elephants.
The baby elephants are fed with a special milk from their Mahut, a kind of watchdog. And the best comes to an end: they can also be there and feed the babies! After your visit to the orphanage you will return to Kandy. The rest of the day is at leisure. Relax by the pool of your hotel or take a stroll through the old royal town and idyllic lake.

DAY 08

Kandy-Nuwara Ealiya

After breakfast at the hotel you will visit the Botanical Garden in Peradeniya. Here you can find many tropical and subtropical plants. Among others, one of the world’s largest birch pies is to be found there. The plants range from the Chilean candle tree over Mexican agaves to Australian tall trees. Due to the rather moderate climate in the Kandy region, however, orchids are also found here under glass. Then continue through the picturesque mountains to Nuwara Eliya, known as “Little England”. They stop at the mountains covered with tea plantations and waterfalls. Then we go to a tea factory. In the tea factory you can learn more about the processing of the famous Ceylon tea. After you know all about the manufacturing process, enjoy a cup of freshly brewed Ceylon tea with different eyes. In addition, you have the opportunity to talk with the teepickers about your way of life.

DAY 09

Nuwara Eliya- Kataragama

After breakfast at the hotel, take the train from Nanu Oya to Ella. The tracks run through the spectacular mountain landscape with tea plantations, gorges and waterfalls. The trip takes place in an air-conditioned panorama train. There’s a lot to discover. As a strengthening you will get a Sri Lankan food. At the railway station of Ella you will be met by your chauffeur and transferred to Tissamaharama. On the way visit the Rawana Waterfall and the Rawana Caves. According to the Hindu legend, the demon Rawana was once said to have lived here and abducted a Sri Lankan princess. The waterfall is one of the most impressive in Sri Lanka. Then drive to Tissamaharama. In the afternoon you will have an exciting Jeepsafari at Yala National Park. Watch leopards, elephants, crocodiles, clawbears and deer and many different bird species. Your guide will accompany you and bring you the unique variety of animals.

DAY 10

Kataragama -Galle

Start your day with a visit to the Hindu temple in Kataragama. Later you drive along the south coast through Tangalle and Matara. On the way you will see in Koggala the famous stem Fishermen. In Galle, take a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site Galle fort, guided by your guide. Learn everything about the colonial era and marvel at the thick walls. Then take a stroll through the narrow streets with many designer shops and restaurants. Then you will continue to your beach hotel.

DAY 11 – 14

Galle

The following days are at your disposal. Relax at the beach, at your resort or take advantage of one of the many activities.

DAY 15

Galle-Airport

Have breakfast in peace. Then you will be taken to the airport. Your journey through Sri Lanka ends today. Goodbye and a good flight!

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