06 Days Heritage of Sri Lanka Tour

6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS

Highlights of the Tour

  • Wilpattu national park
  • Anuradhapura ancient site
  • Avukana Buddha statue
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Pidurangala Rock
  • Polonnaruwa ancient site
  • Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Spice gardens in Matale
  • Temple of the tooth relic
  • Sri Lankan cultural show
  • Tea factory & Tea plantation
  • Tastes of Sri Lankan cuisine

Trip Summary

Day Start

Point

End

Point

Meal

Plan

Itinerary
 1 Airport Negombo BB Transfer from Airport to Negombo.
2 Negombo Anuradhapura BB Transfer to Wilpattu. Jeep safari at Wilpattu national park. Then visit the ancient city of Anuradhapura.
3 Anuradhapura Sigiriya BB Transfer to Sigiriya. En-route visit Avukana. Then climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
4 Sigiriya Sigiriya BB Morning hike to Pidurangala. Then excursion to Polonnaruwa and visit the sites by bicycle.
5 Sigiriya Kandy BB Transfer to Kandy via Dambulla temple & spice gardens in Matale. Explore Kandy and visit temple of tooth relic.
6 Kandy Airport BB Proceed to Colombo. En-route visit tea factory and tea plantation. City tour in Colombo before departure.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01

Airport | Negombo

Arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport. Clients will be welcomed by the Representative of Reliance Tours / Chauffeur guide and transfer to the hotel in Negombo.

Negombo is a famous fishing village North of Colombo. It is one of the famous commercial hubs in the country. Negombo is known for its long sandy beaches and centuries old fishing industry. Negombo has a large bilingual population of Roman Catholics.

The streets on either side of the Hotels are dotted with Souvenir Shops, Restaurants etc.

Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Negombo.

Day 02

Negombo | Wilpattu | Anuradhapura

Early breakfast at the hotel. Then transfer to Wilpattu for a jeep safari.

Wilpattu National Park is 508 square miles (131.694 hectares) in extent and was declared as a National Park in 1938.

The special feature in this Park is the large number of Villus (lakes) where you can watch wild life and many species of birds. Leopards are the most famous animals in this Park and Wild Elephant herds. Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, sloth Bear, Mongoose, Crocodile and Peacocks are also found here.

Afternoon visit the historical site of Anuradhapura.

Anuradhapura “UNESCO World Heritage Site” is the capital of Sri Lanka from the 05th Century B.C. to the end of the 10th Century A.D. was the most celebrated of Sri Lanka’s ancient ruined cities. The city’s greatest treasures are its dagobas constructed of bricks and are hemispherical in shape. The most notable of these dagobas are the Ruvanveliseya dating back to the 2nd Century B.C. and is 300 feet in diameter, the Jetawanarama is 370 feet and one of the largest structure in the ancient world. Thuparama Dagoba is enshrined with the collarbone of the Buddha. The city’s most renowned relic is the sacred Bo Tree, which is said to have grown from a branch of the tree under which the Buddha gained Enlightenment. It was planted 2250 years ago and is the oldest historically authenticated tree in the world.

Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Anuradhapura.

Day 03

Anuradhapura | Avukana | Sigiriya

Breakfast at the hotel then proceed to Habarana. En-route visit the Avukana Buddha statue.

Avukana Buddha Statue Undoubtedly, the most magnificent undamaged ancient image in the island. This 5th Century statue, ascribed to King Dhatusena, is 46 feet high, standing in an image house of which remains could be seen. It is situated 32 miles (51 kilometers) southeast of Anuradhapura via the great tank of Kalawewa. This is the most beautiful Rock-cut standing Buddha Statue in the Island, Maybe in the entire world.

Then leave for Sigiriya & climb the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

Sigiriya – is a world heritage site built in 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the fortress. Within its triple-moated defence the huge rock rises almost to a sheer height of 500ft. On its summit are the foundations of what was once a great and sumptuous palace and gardens complete with swimming pool. On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of Frescoes of life sized damsels in all the freshness and delicacy of their original color.

Water Gardens, Fountain Garden, summerhouse, Boulder Gardens and the Caves with the enclosed are should not be missed.

Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Sigiriya.

Day 04

Sigiriya | Pidurangala | Polonnaruwa | Sigiriya

Morning start hiking tour in Pidurangala.

Pidurangala is an ancient Buddhist temple constructed on a massive rock called Pidurangala, which is located a few kilometers north of the historical fort Sigiriya.

The history of Pidurangala goes back beyond to the first and second century BC. From those days Pidurangala was used as a Buddhist monastery and but became a prominent place during the reign of King Kashyapa (473 – 495 AC).

It is a hike of 30 minutes to the top of the rock and you get to the best viewing spot of Sigiriya Rock. Climbing will start with stairs and the later parts of the path will be a little bit off road.

Then excursion to Polonnaruwa and visit the site by bicycle.

Polonnaruwa – another “World Heritage Site” was the Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th – 13th Centuries, contains some splendid and spectacular statues. Lankatilake, Tivanka and Thuparama are the most beautiful and largest Image Houses and Tivanka has the best example of frescoes of the Polonnaruwa period. Rankoth Vehera and Kirivehera are well preserved large stupas, and Gal Vihare – a rock shrine, has four Buddha statues, two seated, one standing and one reclining and Parakrama Bahu statue are examples of Sinhalese stone carver. The Vata-da-ge is a unique creation of the Sri Lankan artists.

Polonnaruwa – the medieval capital was fortified with inner & outer moats and inner & outer walls. The Parakrama Samudra is on the western side of the city. The Royal Palace, Audience Hall and other buildings in the inner city were enclosed by another tall wall.

Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Sigiriya.

Day 05

Sigiriya | Dambulla | Kandy

After breakfast proceed to Kandy via Dambulla cave temple and the spice gardens in Matale.

Dambulla – is a vast isolated rock mass 500 feet high and a mile around the base.

Here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century B.C. The caves of Dambulla sheltered King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne he built the most magnificent of Rock Temples to be found in the Island. In the first Cave is a recumbent image of the Buddha 47ft long cut out of the Rock. There are images of deities associated with Buddhism all around. The frescoes on the walls and the ceiling are the oldest here but they are over painted in the Kandy period.

In the Second Cave, the finest and the largest of all, there are 150 life-size statues of the Buddha in various postures with few statues of Gods and Kings. The ceiling is also covered with frescoes, which depict great events in the life of the Buddha and landmarks in the history of the Sinhalese people.

Spice Gardens at Matale – You will see Cinnamon, Cardamom, Pepper Creepers and all other spice trees, plants and creepers are planted for visitors to see them. Spice products are also available for those who would like to buy them. At all Spice Gardens visitors are taken round explaining each tree and plant and at the end explaining the use of them food preparations.

Afternoon you will witness the city of Kandy including upper lake drive, market square, arts & crafts center, gem Museum and the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

Kandy is another “World Heritage Site”. It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings during the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule and finally the British in 1815.

To the Buddhist of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the “Dalada Maligawa” – Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha.

Today Kandy is the center of Buddhism, Arts, Crafts, Dancing, Music and Culture. Visitors can see these Dance & Music at the daily Cultural Performances held at several places in the city.

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess’ hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession.

It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country.

Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Kandy.

Day 06

Kandy | Colombo | Airport

Breakfast at the hotel. Then transfer to Colombo. En-route visit a tea factory and a tea plantation.

Tea Plantations – Tea was first planted in Sri Lanka in 1824 at the Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, when a few plants were brought from China. More were introduced from Assam in 1839. In 1867, a Scottish Planter named James Taylor planted tea seedlings in an 8 hectares of forestland, in the Loolkondura Estate. In 1873, the tea export industry of Sri Lanka began with a modest 23 lbs. being shipped to London.

Tea will grow only on rolling terrain and is classified by elevation into low grown, medium grown and high grown into 3 main groups. Today more than 200,000 hectares in highlands and other areas are under Tea and around 300 million Kilograms, with a 15% of world tea exports are done by Sri Lanka as one of the World’s largest Tea exporter.

Arrive in Colombo. Explore the city of business and commercial center. 

Colombo was only a small seaport, which came into prominence in the 16th Century with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505 and the development of it as a major Harbor took place during the British period. Colombo became the capital of Sri Lanka in 1815 after Kandyan Kingdom was ceded to the British. The remains of the buildings during the period of the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule are found in every area of the city. Colombo is a shopping paradise for shoppers who always enjoy a good bargain on quality clothes and fashion accessory items. Genuine Gem Stones have been used in designing the jewelry, blending the lush fresheners of nature with the warm sensuality of design.

Discover yourself for the famous shopping items like clothes, handloom fabric, Sarongs, Sarees, art, photography, books and souvenirs etc…

Thereafter transfer to the airport for departure.

Cost & Terms

Cost: – Staring from USD 450 per person

Sharing double room on BB basis including the excursions and entrance fees (Conditions apply)

Above price Includes

  • Welcome service at the airport on arrival by private chauffeur / driver.
  • Accommodation with breakfast at hotels based on standard room category.
  • Transportation from arrival to departure in an Air conditioned vehicle.
  • Service of an English speaking chauffeur / driver guide.
  • Breakfast at the hotels from day 02 to day 06.
  • Excursions / sightseeing to the places included in the program
  • Entrance fees / tickets to the places mentioned in the program

Value added services from Reliance Tours on FOC

  • Mobile phone with emergency contact details
  • Portable Wi-Fi device with a pack of data
  • 02 bottles of mineral water per client per day (500ml)
  • Binocular, umbrella and other travel related equipment’s
  • Printed photo gallery of the travelers and a gift of gratitude before departure

Above price Excludes

  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Early check-inn or late check-out at hotels
  • Optional supplements, sightseeing & excursions
  • Tips & Portage
  • Camera / video permits if any
  • Air Tickets, train tickets and Visa fees
  • Sudden festive or Cricket event supplements
  • Government tax imposition change

Additional services offered by Reliance Tours (Surcharges apply)

  • Cool box in vehicle
  • Baby seat
  • Camera / Lenses
  • Other equipment’s related to travel

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