For an in-depth analysis of the history, culture and tradition of ancient and modern day Sri Lanka, this cultural tour of Sri Lanka is just what you need. Beginning with Anuradhapura – the oldest kingdom of Sri Lanka, and wrapping up with Colombo – the trading hub and busiest city on the island, this tour covers all cultural attractions, not forgetting a touch of the hill country’s natural beauty.
From pick up at the Bandaranaike International Airport, your two week cultural tour will begin in Colombo – the commercial capital of the island. Negombo or Colombo Hotel is where you will be staying on your first night.
Day 02 & 03
After a city tour of Colombo the next day, you will take off to the city of Anuradhapura. En route, you stop at Yapahuwa ancient city (a 300 foot fortified wonder dating back to the 13th century) and explore the area. In Anuradhapura, Dinner and overnight stay at Anuradhapura hotel, Anuradhapura.
On day three, the ancient city of Anuradhapura will be explored where you will get to observe several historical remains. Later in the day you will visit the Mihintale Buddhist Temple and head back to your hotel for the night. Dinner and overnight stay at Anuradhapura hotel, Anuradhapura.
Day 04 & 05
On your way to Sigiriya the next day, you will stop for a visit to the Aukana Buddha Statue and the Dambulla Cave Temple. Your hotel for the night will be Habarana or Sigiriya.
On day five we have a touch of adventure lined up for you where you will be taken to visit the ancient and historical city of Polonnaruwa. Afterwards, you can climb and explore the “Lion’s Rock” in Sigiriya. This activity is quite doable by most people so don’t fret at the task of climbing a rock! Your overnight stay will be a Habarana or Sigiriya hotel.
Day 06, 07 & 08
The next morning you will begin your journey to the hill capital of Kandy. En route you will visit the Matale Alu Viharaya Buddhist Temple and the Matale Hindu Temple. In Kandy, you will be taken to enjoy an evening show of the cultural dance of Kandyans. Dinner and overnight stay at Kandy hotel, Kandy.
On day seven you will visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and obtain blessings from the Buddhist Monks there. Next you will go on to visit the Three Temple Loop known as the Gadaladeniya, Embekke and Lankathilake Temples. These are Hindu-Buddhist Temples from the 14th Century. Towards the evening you will get back to your hotel in Kandy for your night stay.
On the final day in Kandy you get to explore the culture of the Veddas in Dambana Mahiyanganaya and visit the Mahiyanganaya Temple. In the evening back to the hotel. Overnight stay at Kandy hotel, Kandy.
Day nine is when you head towards the beautiful town of Nuwara Eliya where you will come across several waterfalls on the way. Ramboda Falls is one visit we have scheduled for you. Along the way you can also visit the Pedro Tea Factory and the luscious tea plantations of the country. You will also be given a tour of Nuwara Eliya, also known as “Little England”. Dinner and overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya hotel, Nuwara Eliya.
From Nanu Oya, you will be taking a beautiful train journey to Ella, where a visit to Rawana Falls is a must. In Ella, you will spend the night at Ella hotel, Ella.
Early morning the next day you are advised to explore the breathtaking view of the sunrise from the “Ella Gap”. You will then depart to the town of Udawalawa where we will take you on a luxurious jeep safari in the Udawalawa National Park. Dinner & overnight stay at Udawalawa hotel, Udawalawa.
On day 12 you head on to the city of Galle, en route you will visit the hot water springs in Embilipitiya as well as the fish market in Weligama. You also get a chance to observe the old and challenging tradition of stilt fishing. Dinner & overnight stay at Galle hotel, Galle.
Day 13 & 14
Bentota & Colombo
On day thirteen you will explore the Galle Dutch Fort and learn about its history. A boat ride on the Madu Lake is also on the list before you begin your journey to the capital city of Colombo.
On day fourteen you may take a city tour of Colombo if you have approximately 6-7 hours for your flight departure time.
The amazing cultural tour with Ceylon Island Travel comes to an end here. This itinerary is dedicated to exploring the cultural aspects of Sri Lanka as well as touching its splendid beauty and we hope you found it attractive.
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