Green View Tours

Mini Tours


3 Nights / 4 Days Program

Day 1 - AIRPORT - KANDY 
Arrival To Sri Lanka, Invite Lanka Tours Chauffeur/ Guide Will Meet You At The Airport, And Drive You To Kandy, Paying A Visit To The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage En Route (Depends On Your Arrival Flight Time). Providing A Caring Home For Abandoned And Wounded Elephants, It Is A Much Loved Destination For Tourists And Locals Alike. Here, Adults And Baby Elephants From Around Sri Lanka Thrive, And A Captive Breeding Program Is Also Proving To Be Highly Successful. The Feeding And Bathing Times Are Generally The Ideal Times To Visit When You Can Observe These Gentle Giants At Their Best.

Afternoon enjoy A City Tour Of Kandy - The Last Kingdom Of The Sinhalese, Taking In The Sights Of Upper Lake Drive And The Market Square On The Way To Pay Homage To One Of The Most Sacred Religious Sites In Sri Lanka. The Temple Of  The Tooth Or Dalada Maligawa Is Believed To House The 'Tooth Relic' Of The Lord Buddha. A Walk Around The Town Will Let You Indulge In Some Souvenir Hunting With Intricate Treasures In Wood, Copper, Silver, Brass, Ebony, Bronze, Ceramics, Lacquer Work, Handlooms.

Evening round Off Your Day With A Cultural Show, Where The Vibrant Costumes And Pulsating Rhythms Of Traditional Dance Forms From Centuries Old Rituals Will Enthrall You.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT KANDY

Day 2 - KANDY, NUWARA  ELIYA 
Morning visit Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens. 147 Acres Of Lushness With Over 5000 Species Of Trees And Plants Many Of Which Are Rare Or Endemic; A Spice Garden And An Orchid House Are Yours To Explore. Continue To Nuwara Eliya, Visiting The Ramboda Waterfalls And A Tea Factory Along The Way.

Afternoon The Old Colonial Outpost Still Referred To As 'Little England' Nuwara Eliya Certainly Lives Up To Its Name. Perched 6200 Feet Above Sea Level, The Climate Too, Adds To The Illusion Of One Stepping Into An Old English Town, Where Neat Hedges, Quaint Cottages And Beautiful Old Buildings Stand As Serene As They Did Well Over A Century Ago - The Magnificent Grand Hotel Presiding Over Them All. There Is, Of Course, An Old Golf Course As Well As Horse Racing Events To Complete The Picture.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT NUWARAELIYA

Day 3 - NUWARA ELIYA - KITHULGALA - COLOMBO - NEGOMBO
After Breakfast Return To Colombo Via Kithulgala. If You Feel Adventurous, The Incredible Experience Of White Water Rafting Awaits You At Kitulgala. The 5km On The Picturesque Kelani River Run Covers 5 Major Rapids And 4 Minor Ones. You Will Be In Good Hands With Safety Gear, Modern Rafts, And A Comprehensive Safety Briefing Given By Our White Water Rafting Instructors Beforehand. Those Who Prefer To Keep Their Feet Dry Can Take It Easy, Relax And Admire The Beautiful Views.

Afternoon Take In The Sights And Sounds Of The Capital City Of Colombo, From The Busy Commercial Hub To The Tree-Lined Suburbs. Here, Colonial Architecture Vies With Glass Skyscrapers And The Past Comes Alive In Buildings That Have Withstood Great Winds Of Change. There Are Bargains To Find, History To Discover And Much To Explore.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT NEGOMBO

Day 4 - NEGOMBO  -   AIR PORT

After Breakfast proceed to the airport for the departure. Bon Voyage!!!

~~ END OF PROGRAM ~~

 

Wonder Of Lanka

7 Nights / 8 Days Program

Day 1- AIRPORT - PINNAWALA – HABARANA
Arrival to Sri Lanka, Invite Lanka Tours chauffeur/ guide will meet you at the airport, and drive you to  Dambulla, in the North Central plains of Sri Lanka, paying a visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanageen route. Providing a caring home for abandoned and wounded elephants, it is a much loved  destination for tourists and locals alike. Here, adults and baby elephants from around Sri Lanka thrive, and a captive breeding program is also proving to be highly successful. The feeding and bathing times are generally the ideal times to visit when you can observe these gentle giants at their best.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT DAMBULLA

Day 2 - HABARANA - SIGIRYA
After breakfast, set off to discover the 8th wonder of the world - the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Dating back to the 5th Century A.D, this astounding 'city' on the summit of a high outcrop was the royal citadel of King Kassapa for over 18 years. A miraculous feat of artistry and engineering, its unique features and exquisite frescoes continue to amaze all who visit it, even today.

Afternoon, Enjoy an exciting safari at Minneriya National Park where you can watch elephants in their rightful home - in the wilds. One of the most spectacular wildlife events in Sri Lanka is 'The Gathering', where hundreds of elephants arrive by the herd from the surrounding areas to the Minneriya reservoir. As the water level recedes at the height of the dry season, they gather to feast on the lush grass, and quench their thirst for water and play.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT HABARANA

Day 3 - HABARANA  - DAMBULLA - KANDY  
Morning, Take to the skies on an exciting Hot Air Ballooning adventure at Dambulla (Optional). Float with the winds and enjoy a bird's eye view of the breathtaking scenery from up high - from around 500 to 2000 feet. Drift above it all - forests, lakes and rivers, famous landmarks such as Sigiriya rock fortress, ancient ruins and of course wild life too. A magical sensation that is often described as 'surreal and peaceful' by many, it's a journey you will treasure. (The exact route cannot be predicted as the balloon follows wind direction. The entire experience lasts around 2 ½ hours from preparations to take off. Stringent safety procedures are always followed and a support vehicle follows the flight at all times.)

After breakfast leave for the hill capital of Kandy, visiting the historic Dambulla Cave Temple en route. Famed for their exquisite painted ceilings and statues - over 130 of them, the temple complex comprises five caves, some dating back to the 1st century B.C.

Afterwards, leave for the hill capital of Kandy, visiting a spice garden at Matale on the way. Our spices

 have been sought after for centuries, and continue to be a celebrated export, even today.

Afternoon, Enjoy a city tour of Kandy - the last kingdom of the Sinhalese, taking in the sights of Upper Lake Drive and the Market Square on the way to pay homage to one of the most sacred religious sites in Sri Lanka. The Temple of the Tooth or Dalada Maligawa is believed to house the 'tooth relic' of the Lord Buddha. A walk around the town will let you indulge in some souvenir hunting with intricate treasures in wood, copper, silver, brass, ebony, bronze, ceramics, lacquer work, handlooms, batiks, jewelry and reed-ware to choose from.

Evening,Round off your day with a cultural show, where the vibrant costumes and pulsating rhythms of traditional dance forms from centuries old rituals will enthrall you.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT KANDY

Day 4 - KANDY - NUWARA ELIYA
After breakfast, head 'up country' and the city of Nuwara Eliya, stopping by at the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens en route. 147 acres of lushness with over 5000 species of trees and plants many of which are rare or endemic; a spice garden and an Orchid house are yours to explore.

Continue to Nuwara Eliya, visiting the Ramboda waterfalls and a tea factory along the way.

Afternoon ,The old colonial outpost still referred to as 'Little England' Nuwara Eliya certainly lives up to its name. Perched 6200 feet above sea level, the climate too, adds to the illusion of one stepping into an old English town, where neat hedges, quaint cottages and beautiful old buildings stand as serene as they did well over a century ago - the magnificent Grand Hotel presiding over them all. There is, of course, an old golf course as well as horse racing events to complete the picture.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT NUWARA ELIYA

Day 5 - NUWARA ELIYA   - HORTON PLAINS

Morning, Leave early for an excursion to Horton Plains National Park (OPTIONAL) (Van / Jeep must be hired separately to visit Horton Plains). At a level of over 7000 ft above sea level, Horton Plains is the highest plateau in the country and its unique landscape and wilderness draws visitors from near and far. The vast Patna rises from the marshland on the lower slopes and spreads up to the tree line - trees which are stunted by the winds, covered in 'Spagnum moss ' or old man's beard. The swirling mist envelops it all. In the lush jungle rare and endemic trees and plants flourish - the 'Niloo' flowers bloom once in 12 years. Sambur, leopard and other mammals as well as many species of birds and butterflies are also found here.

Evening ,Enjoy a tour of the charming town of Nuwara Eliya.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT NUWARA ELIYA

Day 6 - NUWARA ELIYA - GALLE

After breakfast head to the resort town of Galle  via Kithulgala. If you feel adventurous, the incredible experience of White Water Rafting awaits you at Kitulgala. The 5km on the picturesque Kelani River run covers 5 major rapids and 4 minor ones. You will be in good hands with safety gear, modern rafts, and a comprehensive safety briefing given by our white water rafting instructors beforehand. Those who prefer to keep their feet dry can take it easy, relax and admire the beautiful views.

Travel to the south coast and the golden sands of Galle.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT GALLE

Day 7 - GALLE - NEGOMBO 
Morning, After breakfast leave for an excursion to the Heritage city of Galle. For centuries Galle has stood strong against invasions - from colonial powers and nature's volatile outbursts. The famous Dutch Fort was first built by the Portuguese, fortified by the Dutch and preserved by the British. Battered daily for over 400 years by the ocean it even survived the onslaught of a tsunami and is enjoyed today by residents and visitors alike. The colonial architecture of the walled city too has resisted the advance of modernity and holds tightly to its past glory.

Afternoon, Continue the journey along the west coast to Negombo , taking in the unique sight of Stilt Fishing along the shores of Ahangama. An iconic image of Sri Lanka, Stilt Fishing is a skill handed down from one generation to the next: an ancient tradition that is sadly on the decline. Further along the coast, you will visit the Turtle Hatchery at Kosgoda - a successful conservation effort established to protect Sri Lanka's turtles from extinction.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT NEGOMBO

Day 8 - NEGOMBO - AIR PORT 

After breakfast, leave to the airport for your departure flight; depending on your flight time, you can enjoy a quick tour of Colombo. Take in the sights and sounds of the capital city from the busy commercial hub to the tree-lined suburbs. Here, colonial architecture vies with glass skyscrapers and the past comes alive in buildings that have withstood great winds of change. There are bargains to find, history to discover and much to explore.

Finally proceed to the airport for the departure. Bon Voyage!!!

~~ END OF PROGRAM ~~

 

Explore Lanka


8 Nights / 9 Days Program

Day 1- AIRPORT - COLOMBO - NEGOMBO
Arrival to Sri Lanka Invite Lanka Tours chauffeur/ guide will meet you at the airport, and drive you to Colombo the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Check inn at the hotel at Relax.

Evening take in the sights and sounds of the capital city from the busy commercial hub to the tree-lined suburbs. Here, colonial architecture vies with glass skyscrapers and the past comes alive in buildings that have withstood great winds of change. There are bargains to find, history to discover and much to explore.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT NEGOMBO

Day 2 - NEGOMBO - KITHULGALA -  NUWARA ELIYA
Morning after Breakfast head 'up country' and the city of Nuwara Eliya via Kithulgala. If you feel adventurous, the incredible experience of White Water Rafting awaits you at Kitulgala. The 5km on the picturesque Kelani River run covers 5 major rapids and 4 minor ones. You will be in good hands with safety gear, modern rafts, and a comprehensive safety briefing given by our white water rafting instructors beforehand. Those who prefer to keep their feet dry can take it easy, relax and admire the beautiful views.

Evening, The old colonial outpost still referred to as 'Little England' Nuwara Eliya certainly lives up to its name. Perched 6200 feet above sea level, the climate too, adds to the illusion of one stepping into an old English town, where neat hedges, quaint cottages and beautiful old buildings stand as serene as they did well over a century ago - the magnificent Grand Hotel presiding over them all. There is, of course, an old golf course as well as horse racing events to complete the picture.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT NUWARA ELIYA

Day 3   NUWARA ELIYA - HORTON PLAINS 
Morning,Leave early for an excursion to Horton Plains National Park (Optional - Van / Jeep must be hired separately to visit Horton Plains). At a level of over 7000 ft above sea level, Horton Plains is the highest plateau in the country and its unique landscape and wilderness draws visitors from near and far. The vast Patna rises from the marshland on the lower slopes and spreads up to the tree line - trees which are stunted by the winds, covered in 'Spagnum moss ' or old man's beard. The swirling mist envelops it all. In the lush jungle rare and endemic trees and plants flourish - the 'Niloo' flowers bloom once in 12 years. Sambur, leopard and other mammals as well as many species of birds and butterflies are also found here.

Evening,Enjoy a tour of the charming town of Nuwara Eliya.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT NUWARA ELIYA

Day 4  NUWARA ELIYA – KANDY
Morning after Breakfast proceed to the hill capital of Kandy visiting the Ramboda waterfalls and a tea factory along the way.

Afternoon ,Enjoy a city tour of Kandy - the last kingdom of the Sinhalese, taking in the sights of Upper Lake Drive and the Market Square on the way to pay homage to one of the most sacred religious sites in Sri Lanka. The Temple of the Tooth or Dalada Maligawa is believed to house the 'tooth relic' of the Lord Buddha. Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens en route. 147 acres of lushness with over 5000 species of trees and plants many of which are rare or endemic; a spice garden and an Orchid house are yours to explore.

A walk around the town will let you indulge in some souvenir hunting with intricate treasures in wood, copper, silver, brass, ebony, bronze, ceramics, lacquer work, handlooms, batiks, jewelry and reed-ware to choose from.

Evening, round off your day with a cultural show, where the vibrant costumes and pulsating rhythms of traditional dance forms from centuries old rituals will enthrall you.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT  KANDY

Day 5 - KANDY  - DAMBULLA - TRINCO
Morning after Breakfast proceed to Trincomalle to Enjoy the East cost beach, On the way visit the historic Dambulla Cave Temple en route. Famed for their exquisite painted ceilings and statues - over 130 of them, the temple complex comprises five caves, some dating back to the 1st century B.C.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT NILAVELI

Day 6 - TRINCO - NILAVELI

Breakfast at the hotel and spend the leisure on the beach also you could do some excursions (Optional) such as Whale Watching Excursion (05.30 - 09.3 0 AM) off the coast of Trincomalee, where the giants of the ocean are seen in abundance with large pods of dolphins and, in the migration season, blue whales found just a few miles offshore.

Pigeon Island Boat Ride which is one of the two marine national parks of Sri Lanka.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT TRINCOMALEE OR NILAVELI

Day 7 - TRINCO -  HABARANA
Morning after Breakfast transfer to Dambulla / Habaranna

Afternoon Set off to discover the 8th wonder of the world - the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Dating back to the 5th Century A.D, this astounding 'city' on the summit of a high outcrop was the royal citadel of King Kassapa for over 18 years. A miraculous feat of artistry and engineering, its unique features and exquisite frescoes continue to amaze all who visit it, even today.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT DAMBULLA OR HABARANA

Day 8 - HABARANA -  NEGOMBO 
Morning, Take to the skies on an exciting Hot Air Ballooning adventure at Dambulla (Optional). Float with the winds and enjoy a bird's eye view of the breathtaking scenery from up high - from around 500 to 2000 feet. Drift above it all - forests, lakes and rivers, famous landmarks such as Sigiriya rock fortress, ancient ruins and of course wild life too. A magical sensation that is often described as 'surreal and peaceful' by many, it's a journey you will treasure. (The exact route cannot be predicted as the balloon follows wind direction. The entire experience lasts around 2 hours from preparations to take off. Stringent safety procedures are always followed and a support vehicle follows the flight at all times.)

Thereafter transfer to Negombo en route you can   enjoy a boat ride in the Muthurajawela marshy

land and return to your hotel.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT NEGOMBO

Day 9 - NEGOMBO - AIRPORT

After Breakfast proceed to the airport for the departure. Bon Voyage!!!

~~ END OF PROGRAM ~~

 

Ramayana Tour


6 Nights / 7 Days Program

Day 1- AIRPORT - NEGOMBO  

Arrival to Sri Lanka Your Invite Lanka Tours chauffeur/ guide will meet you at the airport, and drive you to Negombo

Negombo  is a famous fishing village North of Colombo, with a Dutch built Canal running through. The canal itself is a hive of activity with fishermen travelling up and down in their gaily-painted boats. On the shores of the canal you will find many homes and many species of birds including the spectacular Kingfisher.

Catamaran trips in the sea and boat trips in the canal can be organized. From November to April, diving facilities are available in this quaint village. The streets on either side of the Hotels are dotted with Souvenir Shops, popular Restaurants etc. Rest of the day at leisure.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT NEGOMBO

Day 2 - NEGOMBO - PINNAWALA - KANDY

Morning,After breakfast proceed to Muneeshwaram Temple, After his victorious battle, Lord Rama left for Ayodhya, in one of King Ravana"s vimana (carriages).He felt he was being followed by bramhaasthi dosham as he had killed King Ravana who was a Brahmin. Legend has it that when he came to this place he felt bramhaasthi dosham was not following him and he stopped the vimana and asked God Shiva for remedy. Lord Shiva blessed Lord Rama and advised him to install four lingams there and pray to get rid of the dosham. Since then many Hindu devotees flock to the Temple.

Thereafter proceed to Mannavari Temple.  

Manavari is the first liEvening,Thereafter proceed to Kandy, paying a visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage en route. Providing a caring home for abandoned and wounded elephants, it is a much loved destination for tourists and locals alike. Here, adults and baby elephants from around Sri Lanka thrive, and a captive breeding program is also proving to be highly successful. The feeding and bathing times are generally the ideal times to visit when you can observe these gentle giants at their best.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT KANDY

Day 3   NUWARA ELIYA
After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya,En route visit the Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple,Ramboda On these hills of Ramboda where Hanuman was searching for Sitadevi, the Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka built a temple with Hanuman as the presiding deity. On every full moon day special pooja"s are conducted and witnessed by thousands of devotees.

There after proceed to Mani Kattuther at Labukalle Estate.This is a rock in the Labukalle estate. After Lord Hanuman met Sitadevi he set out to announce this happy information to Lord Rama. On the way, he rested on a hill top and was Rearrested there. The hill where Lord Hanuman is believed to have rested after meeting Sitadevi is known as Mani Kattuther.

Check in at the hotel.

Evening visit the Gayathri Pe(e)dam in Nuwara Eliya.It is believed to be the place from where King Ravana"s son Meghanath propitiated Lord Shiva with penance and poojas and in turn was granted super natural powers by lord Shiva.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT NUWARA ELIYA

Day 4  NUWARA ELIYA  - BANDARAWELA    
After breakfast proceed to Bandarawela,En route visit Seetha Amman Temple, Seetha Eliya.

The stream that runs from the hill, catered to the needs of Sitadevi during her stay at Ashoka Vatika. She is said to have bathed in this stream. Now there is a temple erected for Lord Rama, Sitadevi, Luxshmana and Hanuman by the side of this stream. It is interesting to note that foot prints akin to Lord Hamunams are found by this river -some small and some large Thereafter proceed to Divurumpola situated in Nuwara Eliya Welimada road.

Divurmpola means a place where one takes an oath. Sitadevi, after being liberated from King Ravana was subjected to a test to prove here chastity by offering herself to the fire. However she came unscathed and proved her holiness during this ritual at this place.

Check in at the hotel.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT BANDARAWELA

Day 5 - BANDARAWELA  - KATARAGAMA
After breakfast proceed to Ella to see Ravana Ella & Ravana Cave Ravana Ella Falls - a breathtaking waterfall, 1080 feet high (cascades into several falls) close to the road from Ella to Wellawaya about 6 Km south from Ella. The stream, a tributary of Kirindi Oya plunges with a foaming spray over a series of ledges into the valley close to a bend in the road. The waters rise from Wewatenna highland above the rocks. In general the rocky underground of the waterfalls in Sri Lanka consists of hard gneiss or granite, but here the material is khondalite, a kind of limestone which undergoes decay faster. This has resulted in many caves being formed near the falls. King Ravana of Ramayana legend is said to have lived in one of the caves above the waterfalls.

Ravana Cave -These tunnels prove beyond doubt the architectural brilliance of King Ravana.These tunnels served as a quick means of transport through the hills and also as a secret passage. These tunnels networked all the important cities, airport and dairy farms. A close look at these tunnels indicates that they are man-made and not natural formations.

Thereafter proceed to Kataragama.

Check in at the hotel.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT KATARAGAMA

Day 6 - KATARAGAMA  - COLOMBO     
After breakfast visit to Kataragama Temple to worship.This is a shrine in the deep south of the country, dedicated to God Skanda (Murugan) the God of Love and War. It is believed that this Devala was started in the 2nd Century B.C. by King Dutugemunu (167 -137 B.C.)Today Kataragama is a place of worship for Buddhists, Hindus and some Muslims.

This is a very popular place of pilgrimage for south Indian Hindus as it is said that God Kataragama came from India, married a Jungle Girl from Sri Lanka and lived here. When his Indian wife came in search of him he refused to go back. The legend has it that all of them lived here happily thereafter.

There are separate shrines for the two wives, Tevani Amman Kovil for the Indian wife and Valli Amman Kovil for the Sri Lankan wife.

During the month of July a 10-day festival is held here with the Perahera (procession), Fire walking, hanging on hooks and other acts of penance being performed by the devotees.

Thereafter proceede Ussanggoda. According to Ramayana, after meeting Sitadevi, Lord Hunuman decided to test the strength of the mighty King Ravana and his army of Rakshasas. During the events that unfolded Lord Hanuman's tail was set on fire by the rakshasa's, and Lord Hanuman in turn went on to torch some parts of King Ravana's empire.Ussanggoda is on the torched areas, which is said to have been an airport used by King Ravana.

There after proceed to Colombo, En route visit Rumasela, Galle.At various times during the war, both Lords Rama and Lakshmana were hit by powerful arrows, and had fallen unconscious. At these times, Lord Hanuman had been instructed to fetch the life saving herbs from the jungles of Himalaya to bring them back to life. Mighty Hanuman had gone to the Himalayan hills and lifted the whole hill and brought it back, as he was unable to identify the life saving herbs by himself. Parts of the hill is said to0 have fallen in five places in Sri Lanka, namely, Rumasala in Galle, Dolukanda near Heripitiya, Ritigala near Habarana , Thalladi in Mannar and Kachchativu in the north.

Thereafter proceed to Seenigama Tempel, Hikkaduwa

The southern most part of Sri Lanka is called Dondra and further up towards the west you arrive at Seenigama Hikkaduwa. This is said to be the place from where Sugreeva, king of the Vanara's (monkeys) started his onslaught on King Ravana's forces.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT COLOMBO OR NEGOMBO

Day 7 - NEGOMBO - AIR PORT

After breakfast commence a tour of Colombo, which includes time to indulge in shopping.

Colombo is  a drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens. Visit Fort, the former British administrative centre and military garrison, Sea Street - the Goldsmith's quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area, where there is a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749. The historic Dawatagaha Mosque and the former Eye Hospital are two buildings in Cinnamon Gardens worth looking at. Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha and the Independence Square.

After Breakfast proceed to the airport for the departure. Bon Voyage!!!

~~ END OF PROGRAM ~~

 

Ancient Lanka Tour


09 Nights / 10 Days Program

Day 1 - AIRPORT - PINNAWALA - HABARANA
Arrival to Sri Lanka, Invite Lanka Tours chauffeur/ guide will meet you at the airport, and drive you to  Dambulla, in the North Central plains of Sri Lanka, paying a visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanageen route. Providing a caring home for abandoned and wounded elephants, it is a much loved destination for tourists and locals alike. Here, adults and baby elephants from around Sri Lanka thrive, and a captive breeding program is also proving to be highly successful. The feeding and bathing timesare generally the ideal times to visit when you can observe these gentle giants at their best.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT HABARANA

Day 2 - HABARANA  - ANURADHAPURA  APPROX 4 HRS DRIVE
After breakfast leave to Anuradhapura. En route visit Aukana Buddha Statue Our ancient sculptures in stone in the form of Buddha statues, sluices, guard stones , pillars and other such artifacts are over 2000 years old. Among the largest such standing Buddha statues is this famed Aukana Buddha statue lying amidst Raja Rata - the cradle of our ancient civilization. It is carved out of a rock boulder and lies close to the serene Kala Weva tank built by King Dhatusena of the 5th century AD.This Aukana Buddha statue is 46-feet high, resting on a fine lotus stone pedestal. The symbolic gesture carved on the statue, called Mudra is in the form of Ashiva Mudra which signifies giving or blessing.

Thereafter proceed to Anuradhapura. Do city tour at Anuradhapura.It was the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of the ancient Ceylon. Two of the World Heritage Sites are situated here and many places of historical and archaeological interest could be visited. Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo-Tree) was brought as a sampling of the tree under which Prince Siddhartha attained to enlightenment. It is over 2200 years old and is the oldest historically documented tree in the world. The Brazen Palace (2nd century B.C), the 1600 stone columns you see are all that is left of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks. Ruwanweliseya (2nd century B.C) is the most famous of all the Dagobas. It originally depicted the perfect 'bubble shape" that modern restoration has not been able to accurately reproduce. 'Samadhi' Buddha statue (4th century AD) is one of the most famous statues, depicting the Buddha in a state of 'Samadhi' or deep meditation and Isurumuniya rock temple (3rd century B.C) which is well known for its rock carvings.
Transfer to Mihintale..Mihintale is where Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka. Mihintale is regarded as the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. The rock is riddled with shrines and rock dwellings. A grand stairway of 1,840 steps made out of granite slabs of 15' wide leads to the summit from where one could get a splendid view of the surrounding countryside.
Thereafter transfer to Habarana

OVER NIGHT STAY AT HABARANA 

Day 3 -  HABARANA  - POLONNARUWA
Morning, after breakfast visit Medirigiriya his site situated in a beautiful surrounding has a history going in to the pre-Christian times. The brami characters found on the bricks and the some of the stone carvings is an indication of the long history of this site. The first reference to this site in the chronicles is during the king Kanittha Tissa (192-194) of the Anuradhapura Era. Later many kings have contributed to this complex and finally after the invasion of Maga this site too was abandoned When the Sinhalese migrated to the southern parts unable to withstand the torture.

Thereafter Proceed to Polonnaruwa. Do city tour around Polonnaruwa which is a world heritage site and the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD. See the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya where four splendid statues of the Buddha in 'Upright', 'Sedentary' and 'Recumbent' postures carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, the statue of king Parakramabahu, and the Parakrama Samudraya - a lake built by King Parakramabahu the great. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.

Day 4 - DAMBULLA - SIGIRIYA – KANDY
Morning,After breakfast climb Sigiriya Rock
Sigiriya Rock Fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The 'Lion Rock' is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the 'Heavenly Maidens' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted on plaster using earth pigments.
Thereafter proceed to Dambulla Visit Dambulla rock temple which has been built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. It is a World Heritage Site. It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka"s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 metres.
En route visit Ayurveda herbal garden in Matale and experience the demonstration of different spices.
Evening do Kandy City tour!!

OVER NIGHT STAY AT KANDY

Day 5 - KANDY   
After breakfast proceed to Botanical Gardens Peradeniya. Botanical gardens was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.
There do City tour Kandy with visit Gem museum and see the different precious stones are making.
Evening visit Kandy the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy.
Visit the famous Temple of the tooth or popularly known as the "Dalada Maligawa" TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH RELIC - The famous Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy is the most venerated place of worship for Buddhists throughout the world. Built in the 16th century, this temple houses the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Lord Buddha, brought to Sri Lanka from the Kalinga province in ancient India in the 4th century AD. Several buildings have been added to the temple complex by successive rulers, the latest being the Golden Canopy over the inner shrine where the Tooth Relic is placed. Originally the Temple was within the King's palace complex as it was the symbol of Royal Authority.
Thereafter witness a cultural show.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT KANDY

Day 6 - KANDY - NUWARA ELIYA
After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya. On route visit Tea Factory & Plantation. Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka's most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country producing a significant share of the world's best tea. Sri Lanka's highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. One of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia is also situated in Nuwara Eliya.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT NUWARA ELIYA

Day 7 - NUWARA ELIYA - HAPUTHALE - BANDARAWELA
After breakfast visit Horton Plains, which is located on a high windswept saddle at about 2134 meters above the sea level? The plains are an expanse of misty grassland with scraggy trees and ice-cold rivulets. Visit the World's End considered to be the finest view in all of Sri Lanka. The awesome escarpment drops vertically for about 4,000 feet, hence its name. You can also see the beautiful Backer's falls. (walk is about 14 km). The park shelters mammals such as Sambhur, Leopard and endemic Bear & Monkeys. This area is the home for over 20 endemic bird species including Sri Lanka's Whistling Thrush, Orange-billed Babbler and Yellow-eared Bulbul.
Thereafter take the breathtaking view of Train from NanuOya to Haputale.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT BANDARAWELA

Day 8 - BANDARAWELA   - ELLA - YALA - TISSA
After breakfast proceed to Yalla. On route See the Water Fall Ella The falls have been named after the legendary king Ravana, which is connected to the famous Indian epic, the Ramayana. According to legend, it is said that Ravana (who was the king of Sri Lanka at the time) had kidnapped princess Sita, and had hidden her in the caves behind this waterfall, now simply known as the Ravana Ella Cave. The reason for the kidnapping is said to be a revenge for slicing off the nose of his sister by Rama (husband of Sita) and his brother Laxmana. At the time, the cave was surrounded with thick forests in the midst of wilderness. It is also believed that Rama's queen bathed in a pool that accumulated the water falling from this waterfall. They believed that Ravana has played the Ravanahatha over here.
Also on route visit Buduruwagala Temple.

Buduruwagala is an ancient Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. The complex consists of seven statues and belongs to the Mahayana school of thought. The statues date back to the 10th century. The gigantic Buddha statue still bears traces of its original stuccoes robe and a long streak of orange suggests it was once brightly painted. The central of the three figures to the Buddha's right is thought to be the Buddhist mythological figure-the  Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. To the left of this white painted figure is a female figure in the thrice-bent posture, which is thought to be his consort-Tara.
Evening do Safari in Yala National Park by Jeep. Yala is the largest National Park in Sri Lanka which is the home for wild elephants, wild boars, wild buffaloes, leopards, bears, deers and crocodiles. Large flocks of migratory and indigenous birds are also found here.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT TISSA

Day 9 -  TISSA -  GALLE
After breakfast proceed to beach hotel. On-route visit Mulkirigala Temple The Rock of Mulkirigala rises about 676 feet from the surrounding land mass. There are seven cave temples situated in five Terraced areas of different altitudes. They are the Lower Terrace (Patha Maluwa), Bo Tree Terrace (Bodhi Maluwa). Great King's Temple Terrace ( Raja Maha Vihara Maluwa), Upper Bo Tree Terrace (Uda Bodhi Maluwa) and Chetiya Terrace (Chaitya Maluwa). These terraces can be accessed comfortably through well paved granite paths and steps going right up to the Dagoba Terrace.
Thereafter proceed to Galle. On route stop & see . The Wewurukannala Vihara temple where there is one of the most amazing Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. The Wewurukannala Vihara temple is dominated by an image of a seated Buddha. It is 160ft high, the largest statue in all of Sri Lanka and dates back to the time of King Rajadhi (1782 - 1798).The temple has three parts, the oldest being about 250 years old.
Also Visit Galle Fort Galle was once the chief port of Ceylon. It is still well known for hand-made lace. Visit the Galle Fort (spanning 90 acres) which has been originally built by the Portuguese and later extended by the Dutch in 1663. This is a World Heritage Site.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT GALLE

Day 10 - GALLE - NEGOMBO
Morning, after breakfast leave for an excursion to the Heritage city of Galle. For centuries Galle has stood strong against invasions - from colonial powers and nature's volatile outbursts. The famous Dutch Fort was first built by the Portuguese, fortified by the Dutch and preserved by the British. Battered daily for over 400 years by the ocean it even survived the onslaught of a tsunami and is enjoyed today by residents and visitors alike. The colonial architecture of the walled city too has resisted the advance of modernity and holds tightly to its past glory.
Afternoon, Continue the journey along the west coast to Negombo , taking in the unique sight of Stilt Fishing along the shores of Ahangama. An iconic image of Sri Lanka, Stilt Fishing is a skill handed down from one generation to the next: an ancient tradition that is sadly on the decline. Further along the coast, you will visit the Turtle Hatchery at Kosgoda - a successful conservation effort established to protect Sri Lanka's turtles from extinction.

OVER NIGHT STAY AT NEGOMBO


 Day 11 - NEGOMBO - AIRPORT
After Breakfast proceed to the airport for the departure. Bon Voyage!!!

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