Historic Excursions8 nights / 9 days
Our representatives will welcome you at the airport on your arrival. You will then be taken to Anuradhapura the first ever kingdom in Sri Lanka. Where history in its majestic splendor comes alive.
You will stay in your Hotel in Anuradhapura where you can unwind, overcome Jet lag with a sensuous massage or just dose off to the melancholic music of wild birds.
Today your first visits would be to the Historic sites of ‘Anuradhapura’
The capital city of the North Central province of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura is a city with a magnificent historical backdrop and well preserved ruins of one of the oldest inhabited civilizations in the world. It is also among the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka according to UNESCO. This ancient city is revered by Buddhists across the world because of the Eight Great Places of Veneration (In Sinhalese “Atamasthana”), and by historians, scholars, and archeologists for its paramount role in the history of Sri Lanka, and loved and cherished by travel enthusiasts, explorers and students.
Next stop would be a breath taking site; it will speak a thousand words of the rich cultural heritage Sri Lanka upholds.
Legends say it was born out of a competition between a master and a pupil, Awukana Buddha Statue, the 5th Century 12 meter long, standing statue of Buddha, in all glory and grandeur attracts worshippers and tourist in equal measure to delight their eyes with the sheer craftsmanship of ancient Sri Lanka.
Time to rest your tired feet we will take you to your Hotel in Sigiriya, where you can unwind and relax.
Today would be another day devoted to unravel the majestic colonial glory of Sri Lanka first stop would be to the famous ‘Sigiriya Rock’
The literal castle in the sky. Located in the central province of Sri Lanka surrounded by forested plains, Sigiriya is one of country’s most visited tourist attractions heralded by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 1982. Built over a 1600 years ago, this 660-ft rock fortress, used as a capital by King Kashyapa derives its name from the splendid structure of a Lion that marks the entrance. The climb to the top of the rock is worth 1200 steps and on your way you will witness the infamous frescoes and once your reach the summit you will enter the majestic ruins of the Sky Palace. To visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress is to catch of glimpse of an era beauty and grandeur and experience with your eyes one significant examples of ancient urban planning.
Next would be a journey to the illustrious ancient city of Polonnaruwa
The illustrious ancient city of Polonnaruwa is another landmark which is guaranteed to make your trip Sri Lanka a unique one. Polonnaruwa is the second most ancient of the history of kingdoms in the country. Also listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, The remains of this eminent kingdom still continues to dazzle explorers and archeologists from both locally and internationally. The glorious statues of Buddha in Gal Viharaya, the sublime architectural brilliance of the ruins time had failed to wipe away and the rippling waters of the Parakrama Samudraya makes Polonnaruwa a must-see during a visit to Sri Lanka.
After the explorer in you is satisfied we take you to the Wild Side. Explore the Sri Lankan wildlife in a 4x4
A safari in the Minneriya National park by 4x4 jeep
Minneriya national Park, located closer to Polonnaruwa city and spread over an 8890-acre is renowned for its tropical monsoon climate and undoubtedly one of the largest gatherings of Asian Elephants, this large herds of wild elephants are seen migrating during the dry season to the Minneriya Rainwater Reservoir adjoining the park. This safari is guaranteed to make for picture-perfect travel experience mixed with adventure as you cruise through the heart of a nature in its untouched raw beauty.
Ending yet another amazing day you will head to your Hotel in Sigiriya where you can unwind over divine luxury and mouth watering delicacies.
- Sigiriya Rock
Third and another exciting day on the tour would take you to a few more spectacular destinations leaving you with nothing but awe and sheer admiration and love for this gem of an island. First stop would be to the ‘Dambulla Cave temple’
Dambulla cave temple
Towering 160 meters over the surrounding plains of the central part of Sri Lanka, and included in World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1991, Dambulla Golden Temple is revered by pilgrims, historians, travel enthusiasts and archeologists and remain a splendid example of the cultural heritage the country has always mothered. The temple is highly often considered to be the world’s most acclaimed complex of Buddhist arts and craft due to the magnificent paintings and statues of Buddha dating back to 2nd century BC. This spectacular site consists of 5 caves with varying sizes and incomparable splendor, the largest measuring 52 meters from the east end to the west and 23 meters from the entrance to the back. With hundreds of statues preserved to its former glory and thousands of murals covering, approximately 2100 square feet, the walls of these caves, image of Buddha, great kings and famous Gods and depicting the celebrated events of the history such as Buddha’s first sermon, in here history and pride tugs at the senses of the explorer you are.
Next stop would be to the spice Gardens /Batik Factory one of the most unique Sri Lankan experiences that goes without saying would certainly bring you a step closer to embracing this amazing culture. Followed by this would be a tour to Nalanda Gedige which will leave you amazed by the intricate and advanced ancient architecture.
Spice gardens / Batik factory
Sri Lanka during the historic times has been widely famous for its spice trade between the Greeks, Romans and Arabians. These spice gardens offer tourists a unique experience of seeing the spice plantations, Ayurveda medicine and gather knowledge of them from expert vendors and professionals.
The batik industry has always being a standout experience for visitors in Asia as well as in Sri Lanka, showcasing the creativity of individual designing batik clothing and materials, they can be used for cold nights in the hill country or shorts and comfy shirts for a nice day in the beach. This will give you a great opportunity to see the birth of these household products during a visit to the Batik factory we are offering with our packages.
Built between 8th to 10th centuries resembling a south Indian Hindu temple is one of the earliest stone buildings in Sri Lanka. The site is well known for its surroundings with a range of birdlife and the richly decorated façade sections with tantric carvings, the only such in the country.
To unwind and relax for the day you will then head towards your Hotel in Kandy. With the right amount of luxury and perfect balance of spice you are sure to call this place a luxury escape.
- Dambulla cave temple
Fifth morning on this beautiful Island, with more surprises awaiting to be unraveled, this scenic journey will take you to yet another unique Sri Lankan experience.
First stop would be a village trek in Pitawala Pathana,
Visit a village, a temple, small trek in Pitawala Pathana
Situated in the Knuckles Conservation Forest in Matale district is this stunning grassland spread over 10hectares. Pitawala Pathana has also become one major tourist attraction due to the Mini World’s End, which can be found at the end of a small trail about 0.75 km. This place offers a stunning panoramic view of the knuckles mountain range and the surrounding valleys below reminiscent of the popular World’s End located at Horton’s plains.
Next would be a cultural show that will dazzle you with the blazing culture of Sri Lanka
The cultural show in the heart of this city with a royal heritage is one event any traveler can not miss. This show is the stunning showcase of ancient dance styles, music, arts and performances that can be witnessed with drummers, dancers, sparkling traditional costumes and music.
Final stop for the day would be to the epitome of Buddhist cultural heritage ‘the temple of the sacred tooth relic’.
Temple of the sacred tooth relic
Sri Dalada Maligawa or The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, requires little to no introduction in terms of its distinction. Long hailed as the center of country’s Buddhist faith, this venerated 17th century sacred palace attracts thousands of local and foreign tourists and pilgrims each day. Adjoining the Kandy Lake at the center of this prestigious city, be it for the Esala Perahara, the 10 day dazzling parade with hundreds of Elephants in bright drapes, fire dancers, torch-bearers, acrobats and drummers, that enlightens the Kandy city nights every year, or the religious festivities, the architectural and historic eminence, and the constant scent of incense, Sri Dalada Maligawa continues to be one of the top tourist attractions in the country.
Time to rest your tired feet. Let’s get you to the hotel, have a hearty meal and get some rest.
- Visit a village, a temple, small trek in Pitawala Pathana
Today you will experience a few more of unique Sri Lankan escapes, which are bound to have you asking for more. First stop would be to ‘Pinnawela elephant orphanage’
Pinnawela elephant orphanage
Established in 1975 by the Department of Wildlife Conservation of Sri Lanka and located northeast of the Kegalle town, Sabaragamuwa province, Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is used for feeding, nursing and providing sanctuary to orphaned baby elephants and disabled, displaced adult elephants, most famous among them being Raja the Blind Tusker. Large number of local and international travels visit Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage to see elephants in their natural habitats, the major attraction being the observing of the elephants bathing in the Oya River adjoining the orphanage.
Then you will head towards one of the most beautiful Gardens in the Island the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.
Peradeniya Botanical garden
Just about 5.5 kilo meters from the City of Kandy is the Royal Botanical Gardens, the 147-acre garden with nearly 4000 species of plants. The garden is managed by the Division of National Botanic Gardens of the Department of Agriculture of Sri Lanka and attracts millions of visitors annually. Here is the place to spend a fantastic day among shades of giant trees, radiance of thousands of flowers and immerse yourself in the nature under clear blue skies.
Next stop and nothing short of colonial Is touring around this famous city “Kandy” all about heritage all about beauty, one of the most beautiful cities where culture and heritage comes alive
The city of Kandy is the second largest city of Sri Lanka after Colombo. Surrounded my mountain ranges and a proud history, the city is lively from the first light of the day till late long in to the night. During this city tour we will be passing the Bogambara Prison built in 1876 during the British rule which is also the second biggest prison complex in the country, noted for its archeological and architectural significance. Other locations include the Peradeniya University of Sri Lanka situated at the lower slopes in the famous Hanthana Mountain Range evoking splendid scenery and also closer to the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden. The tour doesn’t end there, the city is home to other interesting locations as well, the busy open air market (locally called “Pola”) is a place where you can enjoy local street food, the Pillaiyar Kovil, Kandy Clock Tower, Old Lawyer’s office complex also the Neo-gothic style church of St Paul’s built in 1848. Touring the city of Kandy, where the presence of the historic Sri Dalada Maligawa and the Bogambara Lake at the center of the town, is always an experience the like of which no town elsewhere in the country can evoke.
We will take you to your hotel in Kandy, and help you relax to a calm and mellow evening with a sensuous touch of luxury, May be its time for that book accompanied with a cup Ceylon tea
- Pinnawela elephant orphanage
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, today we will take you on a journey across ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka. A picture paints a thousand words.
Train ride from Kandy to Nanu Oya
Without a doubt one of the most beautiful train rides you will have the privilege of getting on board. This leisurely drive will take you between mountains carpeted with acres of green valleys, woodlands or tea plants and with scenes of remarkable beauty as workers can be spotted spread over plucking tea leaves, and may be you will cut through thick mists, cold breezes together with sunlight hovering over the hills, over bridges that connect mountain as towns can be visible below resting below and through tunnels that echo. Every year this particular train ride attracts tourists of foreign and locals and every age to enjoy this bewitching travel experience.
Visit Tea Plantation and a factory
Sri Lanka has always been famous for its Tea. The divinity of the taste it carries has been loved by many. So is the tea plantations and factories with remarkable historical values. The tea plantations is the pride of Sri Lanka’s hill country, the scenery of green rivers of tea plants are not only the perfect picture to capture but also a sight to behold. This historic industry has produced some of the best vacation memories infused with treasures of knowledge all in the form of tea factories and plantations. You will get this incredible opportunity to not only visit these places but also share insights and knowledge with a visit to a tea plantation and a factory.
We will take you to your hotel in Nuware Eliya, for an afternoon in true colonial spirit.
- Train ride from Kandy to Nanu Oya
Eighth day where you bid farewell to the mountains and head towards sun kissed beaches
Visit Kalutara Temple
This 3-storey high dagoba, located to the south of the Kalutara bridge was built during the year of 1960, is another one of country’s most sacred places and attracts increasing number of visitors, worshipers, pilgrims and travelers from all over the globe. The interior of this honored landmark contains approximately 70 astounding murals depicting the life of Buddha.
Then we will take you to your Hotel in Kalutara, where you’ll get a chance to fall in love with the pristine beaches and work on you Tan.
- Visit Kalutara Temple
Final day, which will mark the end to this amazing scenic journey, we are sure this experience left you nothing short of expectations but an amazing footprint of culture and heritage in your travel diary.
Here we bid farewell driving you to the Airport until we see you again!
- Accommodation in double rooms on Half board basis
- Tour starts with Dinner on day 01 ending with breakfast on day 9 at hotels specified or similar categories.
- Transport in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
- Service of an English speaking chauffeur up to 6 pax and Service of an English speaking national guide 7 pax onwards.
- Nonalcoholic Welcome drink at arrival in each hotel
- Entrance fees mentioned above
- Video Camera and Still Camera visiting different sites.
- Cost of beverage throughout the tour.
- Lunches during the tour
- Expenses of a personal nature.
- Any other services not specified above.
- Porter age & tips
- We understand that things can change unexpectedly and love to be as flexible as possible. Unfortunately we also make a few commitments with our suppliers to ensure your experience in Sri Lanka is unflawed such as making a booking for your Transport, Tour Guide and Accommodation immediately after your confirmation. As such the following charges may apply:
- Between 7 Days – 0 Days of tour start: 100% Cancellation Charge
- Between 14 Days – 8 Days of tour start: 75% Cancellation Charge
- Between 21 Days – 15 Days of tour start: 50% Cancellation Charge
- Between 30 Days – 22 Days of tour start: 25% Cancellation Charge
- Above 30 Days of tour start: 10% Cancellation Charge