Welcome to Sri Lanka. On this day of your 11 days Sri Lanka tour, you shall start exploring its marvels. Upon your arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport, an agent’s representative will greet you and guide you towards a luxury chauffeur-driven vehicle that will take you around the country.
After breakfast stat to joinery to the Munneswara Temple in Chilaw.
Munneswaram temple is an important regional Hindu temple complex in Sri Lanka. It has been in existence at least since 1000 CE, although myths surrounding the temple associate it with the popular Indian epic Ramayana, and its legendary hero-king Rama. The temple is one of five ancient temples dedicated to Shiva in the region.
The temple is located in Munneswaram, a village with mixed Sinhala and Tamil population situated in the Puttalam District of Sri Lanka.The presiding deity Siva is installed in the form of Lingam in the sanctum sanctorum. The Siva temple’s architectural details conform to what is written down in the Hindu scriptures known as agamas.. The Siva temple faces east and has three pathways around it. A sacred pond is situated in front of the Siva temple and a Bo Tree stands by the side of it. The main sanctum and the structure above the sanctum are one of the largest in Sri Lanka.
Overnight stay at Chilaw.
The next morning you leave for Chilaw to Sigiriya. Also known as Sigiriya, sigiriya is one of the most valuable historical monuments of Sri Lanka. Referred by locals as the Eighth Wonder of the World this ancient palace and fortress complex has significant archaeological importance and attracts thousands of tourists every year. It is probably the most visited tourist destination of Sri Lanka. One of the most striking features of Sigiriya is its Mirror wall.
Overnight stay at Sigiriya
The next morning you leave for Sigiriya to Ritigala. you will depart to Ritigala Sanjeevani Mountain (Ritigala Strict Nature Reserve). Ritigala Mountain is a designated Strict Nature in Sri Lanka having an area of 3,776 acres. Ritigala has significances from archaeological, historical, cultural, botanical and zoological aspects.
Simply Ritigala Strict Nature Reserve is located in the dry zone of the island, Ritigala is one of the few high altitude forests, encompassing an area of 1,528.1 hectares and was declared a Strict Natural Reserve in 1941. Since it is home to species which are rare and possibly extinct from the region, and also because its isolation provides ideal conditions for the evolution of species, the conservation of such ecosystem is extremely important.
Overnight stay at Ritigala.
After breakfast, you will depart to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Polonnaruwa.
Sri Lanka’s second most ancient kingdom, Polonnaruwa, became the capital of Sri Lanka following the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993 AD. Built by King Parakramabahu I, this urban green city has seen numerous civilisations journeying through this kingdom including the Cholas, South Indian Hindu and Buddhist Sinhalese, between the 12th and 13th centuries.
Overnight stay at Polonnaruwa.
Today you will drive towards to visit the Dambulla cave temples en route.The Buddhist temple complex of Dambulla consists of five cave temples carved under a very large overhanging rock. The temples were carved out over several centuries, but the oldest dates back to the 1st century B.C.E. The temples include numerous carved statues of Buddha, and his faithful disciple Ananda, as well as Hindu deities.
The vast internal spaces of the cave shrines are not compartmentalized, but are spatially differentiated by a deliberate and subtle arrangement of polychrome sculpture of exceptional craftsmanship and decorated with brilliant compositions of mural paintings.
Overnight stay at Dambulla.
Today You will arrive in Kandy.Sri Lanka’s second largest city, A Brief History of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a world-renowned place of worship, where the left Canine tooth of Gautama Buddha is enshrined. The temple which is venerated by thousands of local & foreign devotees and tourists daily was named as a world heritage by UNESCO in 1988. The temple which carries a lot of value to Buddhists all over the world also has immense cultural value.
Overnight stay at hotel in Kandy.
Enjoy a delectable breakfast and gear up for an enchanting city tour. Your first stop for the day is the Horton Plains National Park, in the shadows of Sri Lanka’s second and third highest mountain ranges.
A paradise for nature lovers, hikers and birds watching. The most gorgeous place is the Worlds End, where the southern Horton Plains suddenly ends, and drops off to nearly 1050metres, an awesome sight indeed.It is 9.5Km walking with warm jackets. In the evening you can walk “Single Tree Mountain” At this vantage point one could enjoy the panoramic view of Pidurutalagala Mountain range, Haggala Mountain, Lake Gregory, and the entire town of Nuwara Eliya as well as Northern section of Horton Plains.
After you will visit Sri Bhaktha Hanuman Temple in Nuwara Eliya.Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple is one of the important Hanuman Temples in Sri Lanka located on summit of the very beautiful picturesque mountain in Ramboda 30 KM north to Nuwara Eliya, the gateway to the tea country hill station of Sri Lanka. This Hanuman Temple in Ramboda was constructed by Chinmaya Mission of Sri Lanka. Shri Bhakta Hanuman temple is dedicated to the God Hanuman and this is one of important sites of Ramayana Tour in Sri Lanka. Visitors can witness the 18 feet Hanuman statue which is the tallest Hanuman statue in Sri Lanka established inside the Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple in Ramboda.
Proceed to visit Baker’s fall, Tea Plantations, Strawberry Farm, and Ambewela Milk Farm. Come back to the hotel for a peaceful night’s sleep.
Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya.
Today you will drive towards Ella. A trip to Ella wouldn`t be complete without a visit to the iconic Nine Arches Bridge.One of the highlights in the mountain village Ella is the 30-meter high Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. With a small 30-minute walk through the jungle, you will reach a piece of beautiful architecture that is hidden between lush green tea fields. It is allowed to walk on the bridge and it’s one of the things you must do in Sri Lanka.
After you will visit Rawana Waterfall. Rawana Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in our country. It belongs to the Ella area. Rawana Falls has got a very high tourist attraction as you can see.
After Lunch You will visit Liptons Seat.It is a beautiful tourist attraction that offers awe-inspiring views of the surrounding tea fields. This place is perfect to witness the best of sunrise and sunset.
Overnight stay at Ella
The next morning you leave for Ella to Kataragama.First you will visit Kataragama temple.
Kataragama An ancient city revered by several religionsMore importantly , the town is revered for the Kataragama Deviyo, or God of Kataragama – a deity worshipped across multiple faiths. For Buddhists, the Kiri Vehera dagoba is situated on the site where the Lord Buddha once visited, while a Bo tree grown from a sapling of the Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura is also found on the grounds of the famed Kataragama Temple.Additionally, the indigenous Veddas of Sri Lanka have also long venerated the God of Kataragama as a guardian deity of the island.
After you will visit Yala national park. Yala National Park is the island’s principle national park and offers the greatest diversity of animal and birdlife in the country. The habitats found in the park are wide-ranging, from freshwater lakes to beaches, rocky outcrops to green plains and jungle. This creates an area of immense biodiversity and is one of the world’s most popular destinations to spot the elusive leopard, who love to lounge on the huge granite boulders that dot the parkland.
Overnight stay at hotel in Kataragama.
Today you will drive towards Galle.First you will visit Galle fort. The Galle Dutch Fort happens to be one of the treasured historical monuments of Srilanka located on the southern coast of the country. The fort was constructed by the Portuguese in the course of their reign in Srilanka and was later renovated by the Dutch. The fort is one of the most The fort displays an amazing amalgamation of age-old architecture and antiquity in the middle of astounding natural beauty.You will come across a number of lively shops, cafes, exhibition halls, lifestyle stores, and villas, which adds to the beauty of the place. It would be just amazing to move by the walls witnessing the intricate artworks and sheer craftsmanship.
Then next you will visit the Japanese Peace Pagoda. Located a few kilometres from the city of Galle, the Japanese Peace Pagoda is a unique shrine that guarantees peace and solitude to anyone who visits. Built by the Japanese Nipponzan-Myōhōji order in 2005, it was made as a symbol to promote peace in the island. A short hike to the summit of the Rumassala Hill and you’ll find yourself in awe of the pristine pagoda. Enjoy the unhindered and stunning views of the coast and the bustling town of Galle when you reach the top.Perched on Rumassala Hill, visit the peace pagoda before enjoying a refreshing swim in Jungle Beach on your way down.
Proceed to visit Galle lighthouse, Mahamodara sea turtle hatchery centre, Still Fishing,Hikkaduwa beach. Come back to the hotel for a peaceful night’s sleep.
Overnight stay at Galle.