DAY 1 DAY 2
Visiting Place: Anuradhapura, Sigiriya
Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport. You will be greeted by a Starron Tours representative. Thereafter you will be transferred to Habarana(approximately 04 Hours’ drive).
Possible Excursions Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress located in the central Matale
District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres (660 ft) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kashyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure, the Lion Rock. The capital and the royal palace was abandoned after the king’s death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century. Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning.
Day excursion :Anuradhapura is a major city in Sri Lanka. It is the capital city of North Central Province, Sri Lanka and the capital of Anuradhapura District. Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization. The city, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the center of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries. The city lies 205 km (127 mi) north of the current capital Colombo in Sri Lanka’s North Central Province, on the banks of the historic MalvathuOya (River). It is one of the world and one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.It is believed that from the fourth century BC until the beginning of the 11th century AD it was the capital of the Sinhalese. During this period it remained one of the most stable and durable centres of political power and urban life in South Asia. The ancient city, considered sacred to the Buddhist world, is today surrounded by monasteries covering an area of over sixteen square miles (40 km²).
Overnight stay in Sigiriya.
DAY 3 DAY 4
Visiting Place: Pigeon Island Marine National Park, whale watching safari, Thiriyai Temple, Koneswaram Temple, hot springs at Kanniyai,
Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter you will be transferred to Trincomalee(approximately 02 hoursdrive). During your stay in Trincomalee, you could visit the Pigeon Island Marine National Park,proceed on a whale watching safari, Thiriyai Temple, Koneswaram Temple and the hot springs at Kanniyai.
Pigeon Island Marine National Park, a paradise for scuba divers, isa national marine park and the second marine sanctuary in Sri Lanka. It is considered as one of the iconic tourism attraction site in Eastern Sri Lanka. It was first declared as a sanctuary in 1963 and upgraded as a National Marine Park under the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance in 2003. The Park consists of two
islands of which one is small and other one is larger in size. This is unique and is the only national park in the country to harbour a colony of the beautiful blue rock pigeons and contains some of the best remaining coral reefs in the country. There are around 100 types of coral reefs and 178 species of fish on this island.
Whale watching safari has been recognized as a great spot forwhale and dolphin watching in Trincomalee. Sperm whales, blue whales, and spring dolphins can be spotted off the eastern coast of Trinco from May to October. Within ten nautical miles to the east of the Trincomalee coastline whales and dolphins can be spotted.
Thiriyai Temple is the Buddhist temple known as Girihadu Seya isconsidered as the first Dagaba in Sri Lanka. Girihadu Seya was built by “ThapassueBalluka” Merchants‚ who offered first alms giving to Lord Buddha. Girihadu Seya is located on top of a mountain‚ where the “ThapassueBalluka” merchants kept the relic hair of Buddha on a temporary basis on their visit to Sri Lanka.
Koneswaram Temple is a Hindu temple in Trincomalee, Sri Lankavenerated by Saivites throughout the continent. It is built atop Swami Rock, a rocky promontory cape overlooking Trincomalee, a classical period harbour port town. The primary deity is the Hindu God Lord Shiva in the form Konesar. At its zenith, the Konesar temple was the main shrine of the TrincomaleeKoneswaram Temple
Compounds, one of three ancient connected Hindu temples on Swami Rock with a considerably sized Gopuram. This temple stood distinctly in the middle of the cape, at its highest eminence. The other two connected temple shrines of the Koneswaram complex, to deities Ganesh, Vishnu (Thirumal), Ambal-Shakti and Murukan stretched across the cape to its extremities. The complex has laid in ruins, been restored, renovated and enlarged by various royals and devotees throughout its
Overnight stay in Trincomalee
Visitng Place: Temple of the Tooth, Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden, Cultural Show.
Breakfast at the hotel.There after you will transferred to Kandy (approximately 03 ½ hours drive). vIn the evening, visit the Temple of the Tooth.
Temple of the Tooth is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. 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. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple.
Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden is the Sri Lanka’s largest garden an elegant and spacious 147- acres (60-hectares). There are some 4,000 different species of plants at Peradeniya Gardens. The 10,000 or so trees, which are the stars, are mature, lofty giants, many of them tropical timber trees. Highlights of the collection include the Giant Bamboo of Burma, capable of growing to 40 meters height (130 feet) with a 25-centimetre (10-inch) stem diameter. Absolutely sensational is the century old giant Javan fig tree, its tentacle like roots spread across the enormous area of about 1,800 square meters (19,375 square feet) a massive central trunk beneath the tree’s vast canopy ‘umbrella’. The Cannonball tree is also intriguing, with its cannonball-like fruit hanging off the trunk and large open, waxy pink-white flowers. So is the Double Coconut Palm, one of 200 types of palms displayed at Peradeniya – originating from the Seychelles, this tree produces the largest seed known.
Its fruits take five years to mature. The gardens showcase all of Sri Lanka’s flora and representative species from around the tropical world. Luminaries as varied as Queen Elizabeth II, Marshal Tito and Yuri Gagarin have planted trees to mark their visits to the garden.
Cultural Show features daily shows at 5.30 pm which showcase therich cultural heritage of the Kandyan Kingdom. These shows essentially comprise various styles of Kandyan dance, and are quite popular with visitors to the Hill Capital. The Centre overlooks the scenic lake as it is located along its shore.
Overnight stay in Kandy.
DAY 6 DAY 7
Visiting Place: Tea Manufacturing process, Single Tree hill/One tree hill Mountain, Haggala Mountain, Pidurutalagala range,Victoria Park, Hakgala Botanical Garden, Nanu Oya River,The Sita Amman temple.
Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter you will be transferred to NuwaraEliya (approximately 02 ½ hours drive). Eu route visit a tea factory dur ing your stay in NuwaraEliya.
Tea Factory and be enlightened on the tea manufacturing process. Watch the tea pickers as they nimbly climb up the mountainside with their large baskets and pick the tea leaves, then visit the factory and you will be taken around by a friendly staff member who will explain the process of fermentation, rolling, drying, cutting, sieving and grading of tea.
Single Tree hill/One tree hill Mountain is the ninth highest peak in Sri Lanka (2100 meters), rising only 250 meters above the Nuwara Eliya city. Single tree hill is easily accessible by use of the road across the tea estate.Single Tree Hill Mountain is one of the most panoramic vantage points of Nuwara Eliya which gives an extraordinary view of the city below where you could absorb the beauty of the Haggala Mountain, Pidurutalagala range, Lake Gregory and the whole of the northern slice of the Horton Plains. A traveller would have a wonderful time.
Victoria Park is a public park located in Nuwara Eliya. Originally the park was the research field of Hakgala Botanical Garden. The park was formally named in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. The park was established with the planting of its first tree, an Oak, by a visiting German Princess. The Nanu Oya River runs through the park, creating a number of small scenic lakes that greatly enhance the park’s natural beauty. A large number of rare bird species can be found in the park.
The Sita Amman temple dedicated to Sita, the wife of King Rama, situated in Sri Lanka’s mountain city Nuwara Eliya, is supposed to be the only such temple in the world and is found about 5 km down the road from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy. History has it that this is the place where Sita was held imprisoned by king Ravana, in the story of Ramayana. The temple has been reconstructed according to South Indian style and is set beautifully against a clear flowing stream.
Dinner & overnight stay in Nuwaraeliya
Visiting Place: Catamarans beach, shrines and picturesque churches.
Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter you will be transferred to Negombo(approximately 05 ½ hours drive).Negombo is in the heart of Sri Lanka’s fishing industry. The sea and catamarans are the backdrop of the Negombo and the city is renowned for its fishing. Negombo’s fish market is quite possibly the island’s best. The city is dominated by shrines and picturesque churches due to its significant Catholic population, the biggest is the impressive, candy-colored church of St Mary’s, which exhibits some amazing ceiling paintings. Negombo offers some of the better beaches on the west coast of Sri Lanka.
Overnight stay in Negombo
Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter you will be transferred to the Bandaranaike International Airport (approximately 30 minutes’ drive)