Romantic Sri Lanka

(14 day tour)

DAY 01

Airport -Anuradhapura

Ayubowan! Upon arrival at Colombo International Airport you will be greeted by our representative. You will meet your driver for the coming days and start your discovery tour to the east coast of Sri Lanka.
In the afternoon you will arrive at Anuradhapura. Arrived at the hotel, the afternoon is at leisure. Guests can relax by the hotel pool or go on an excursion to the Mihintale Rock Monastery. In addition to the four World Heritage sites in the cultural triangle, Mihintale is one of the most interesting archaeological sites. It is next to the nearby Anuradhapura one of the most important pilgrim places, because here Buddhism settled in Sri Lanka. In addition to Dagobas, they can also admire monastery caves – some still inhabited – and a colorful decorated cave temple. The highlight is however the Ambasthala sanctuary – not least because of the beautiful location.

DAY 02

 Anuradhapura- Nilaweli

After breakfast, explore the first capital of Sri Lanka during a city tour. Anuradhapura was from the 5th century BC. Was the first capital of Sri Lanka until the end of the 10th century AD and is still revered today as a holy site. One of the largest sanctuaries in the city is the spectacular Dagobas – half-spherical structures built of bricks. The white Ruvanveliseya-Dagoba (built in the second century BC) is almost 100 m high. The highest of all Dagobas in Anuradhapura is the approximately 110 m high Jetawanarama-Dagoba. The Thuparama-Dagoba is considered to be the oldest Buddhist building in Anuradhapura. In it is to be the right key bones of Buddha.
The most important goal of every pilgrim is however the holy Boddhibaum. According to legend, an offshoot of the tree under which Buddha found his enlightenment was planted from India in Anuradhapura as early as 2250 years ago and is regarded as the oldest tree in the world. Since 1981 Anuradhapura belongs to the world cultural heritage of UNESCO.
Then continue to Nilaweli where you will stay overnight.

DAY 03

Nilaweli-Trincomalee

After breakfast, explore Trincomalee on a city tour. You will visit the main attractions such as Fort Frederick and the Koneswaram-Hindu Temple. Trincomalee has a lot more to offer in the north-east of Sri Lanka. Because of the predominantly Tamil-shaped population, there are many richly ornamented Hindu temples to admire. The Thiru Koneswaram Temple is idyllically situated on a landmark and is one of the five most important Shiva sanctuaries in Sri Lanka. At the end of the temple is the rock cliff Swarmi Rock, which is also known as Lovers Leap. In the year 1687 a Dutch bureaucracy from the love affair should have fallen into the depths. She survived, however, and later married twice. Fort Frederick is also worth a visit. The name derives its name from the then Duke of York.

DAY 04

Nilaveli-Pigeon Island

Today, you will be able to indulge in the pleasures of bathing on the nearby island of Pigeon Island. In the morning, take a boat trip to the island named in 2003 as a national park. Pigeon Island is located about 1 km off the coast of Nilavelis and is a popular excursion destination for snorkelers due to the fish richness and the colorful underwater world. Pigeon Island (Pigeon Island) is the name given to pigeons, which here prefer to hatch their eggs.
In the late afternoon you will be transferred back to your hotel in Nilaweli.

DAY 05

Nilaveli

You will enjoy a beach day in Nilaveli. Let yourself be pampered and enjoy the last exciting days of your trip.

DAY 06

Nilaweli-Passikudah

After breakfast, the route continues to Passikudah. Once there, the rest of the day is at leisure. You will stay in Passikudah.

DAY 07

 Batticaloa-Passekudah

Enjoy your breakfast in the cool climate of the highlands and leave for Udawalawe. There you will take a safari trip through the national park. Udawalawe is the best place to observe wild elephants – there are more than 500 wild pachyderms living in this park. There are also domestic herdsmen, wild buffaloes, mongoos, nostrils, foxes, crocodiles, bandits, lupins and leopards.

DAY 08 – 10

Passikudah

On untouched dream beaches you will meet at Passikudah on the east coast. Enjoy relaxing days at the beach and go swimming at pleasant temperatures in the Indian Ocean.

DAY 11

Passekudah-Polonnaruwa

Today it is for you to take leave of the east coast. After breakfast, you will depart to your today’s destination in Sigiriya / Habarana (depending on the booked category). At noon you will reach Polonnaruwa and visit the historic city. By bicycle you can explore the extensive grounds of the former capital.
Polonnaruwa was the second capital of the empire from the 11th to the 13th century after Anuradhapura. In Polonnaruwa you’ll find magnificent statues, impressive Dagobas, typical frescoes of the Polonnaruwa era, palaces and not least “Gal Vihara” – an impressive rock sanctuary with four Buddhafiguren to be discovered by you. In the southern part of Polonnaruwa you come across the statue of the “founder of the city” King Parakramabahu I, whom the city owes its fame. Most of the reservoirs and temples of the city were built in his official time.
Then you will be taken to your hotel.

DAY 12

Polonnaruwa -Sigiriya

In the morning you will climb the imposing Sigiriya rock fortress.
Built in the 5th century AD, the rock fortress on the plateau of a monolith is probably one of the most spectacular places on the island. Since in earlier times a stone lion at the entrance of the fortress thronte, the rock is also called lion rock. The two paws of the lion are preserved. In the midst of the extensive plant the rock rises almost 200 m from the plain. Explore the gardens with fountains, pavilions and swimming pools. On the way to the top of the rock, you can admire the famous cloud girls and probably the oldest graffiti in the world – the mirror wall.
In the afternoon, visit the Minneriya National Park with the pachyderms at an elephant safari. Afterwards you will be driven back to your hotel.

DAY 13

 Sigiriya- Negombo

Today she will take the route back to the west coast to Negombo. Once you arrive at your hotel, you can relax at the hotel pool or explore the fishing village on a walk.
The former fishing village Negombo has developed over the years to a lively city, in which many different cultures unite. Located on the lagoon of the same name, Migamu offers a wide range of leisure activities, as the place is called in Sinhala. Kilometers and wide beaches invite to walks and the fish market offers culinary treasures from Neptune’s kingdom, which you can enjoy in the evening in one of the countless restaurants. Also worth seeing are the churches, mosques, temples and shrines.
Negombo also has something to offer for those interested in history: the Old Dutch fort offers an exciting insight into the history of Negombo. Also a boat trip on the old cannel offers a delightful change.

DAY 14

Return home (Colombo)

With a suitcase full of fascinating stories and relaxed your transfer to the airport in Colombo after breakfast, Depending on the flight schedule of your booked flight. We wish you a pleasant journey home.

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