Splendid Heritage

From
820
USD
Per Person
  • Superior Grade, Air Conditioned Vehicle
  • 9 Night / 10 Days
  • Anuradhapura/Dambulla  /Kandy/Matale/Negombo/Polonnaruwa/Sigiriya/Trincomalee

Splendid Heritage

10 days of Heritage and Culture! A tour that uncovers most of Sri lanka's ancient heritages which are also named as UNESCO world Heritage Sites and beautiful beaches! Starting the tour from Negombo, upto the heart of the cultural triangle - Anuradhapura, you have two days here to expolre the sacred city and everything around it and further North East to Trincomalee with blissful beaches, continue down to Sigiriya, then Kandy and back to Negombo to end your trip. 

DAY 1

Arrival- Pick up |Negombo

Arrive in Katunayeka International Airport, Sri Lanka.

 

Welcome to the wonder of Asia. In the coming few days, you will be discovering this beautiful paradise island rich in heritage, thrill, scenic, pristine and hospitality in abundance with team Wanderlust-Asia.

 
Check-in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day relaxed at vibrant Beach Negombo. 

 

 

Overnight Accomadation
Jetwing Beach or similar

DAY 2

Anuradhapura

Breakfast at hotel, proceed to Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura, the heart of the cultural triangle, taking you back in time -to Sri Lanka’s First Capital. 

The centre of Sri Lanka’s majestic civilization enriched with Buddhism, exquisite sculpture, magnificent feats of architecture and hydraulic sophistication depicted by the cluster of reservoirs and irrigation channels- all reminiscent of the grandeur of a bygone era founded in the 5th Century BC and self- sustained in the decades afterwards.

 

Your itinerary in Anuradhapura kingdom is made of these:

A guided tour around the age old ruins depicting the embodiment of Buddhism, history and culture; exploring the Eight Sacred Sites (Atamastana) Buddha is said to have visited namely Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya- a sapling of the scared Bo tree where Buddha attained enlightenment, Ruwanwelisaya- containing the relic of Buddha, Thuparamaya- a dagoba constructed in the earliest times, Lovamahapaya- the bronze tiled palace, Abhayagiri - the monastic centre in the form of a humped dagoba, Jetavanarama- the world’s tallest Stupa, Mirisaveti Stupa built safeguarding Buddha relics placed on a king’s scepter and Lankarama stupa.
Happy touring this most evocative ancient regal city! 

Overnight Accomadation
The Palm Garden Village or similar

DAY 3

Anuradhapura|Polonnaruwa

Breakfast at hotel.

Proceed to Polonnaruwa UNESCO heritage sites

Polonnaruwa is a grandeur unsurpassed. An interesting mix of Buddhism, ancient craftsmanship, arts, architecture and South Indian Hindu culture spread across around 122 hectares - an experience that would forever be etched in the traveler’s mind.

Ready to find out what you would explore in this 11th & 12th Century medieval capital during your travel journey?

Within this walled citadel you would find the significant monuments best preserved to date such as the flora stone pillared pavilion called Nissanka Latha Mandapaya; the Royal Citadel and the ponds; the impressive Vatadage relic house; Tuparamaya image house; the circular relic house; the golden pinnacled stupa- Rankoth Vehera; the extravagant moonstones; guard stones and sculpture; Kirivehera dagoba; the glorious Polonnanru Gal Viharaya with breathtaking rock sculptures; Menik Vehera- a Lotus shaped stupa; the statue of King Parakramabahu the Great carved on a rock (during this King’s reign Polonanurwa reached its golden era) and the mammoth man-made inland Lake - Parakrama Samudraya which irrigates the city and the farmlands even today.

Let’s revisit the glorious Polonnaruwa days!

 

Continue to Ritigala, a hotspot not to be missed if you are in the Cultural Triangle!

If getting lost in nature and history is an option for you; this protected cultural and natural reserve will be truly intriguing. 

Ritigala mountain- the highest peak in the Northern Sri Lanka- some 2513 ft above sea level (scientific research conducted has brought to limelight the interesting variety of lichens here), the rich biodiversity within the unblemished landscape of the forest reserve, the forest monastery with 9th Century AD ruins- stone paths and pillars and meditating platforms - all steeped in history and myth. A destination being mentioned in the ancient chronicle Mahavamsa and the Hindu epic Ramayanaya. (Folklore you will come across in plenty here)

Overnight Accomadation
The Palm Garden Village or similar

DAY 4

Trincomalee

Breakfast at hotel.

Proceed to Trincomalee

Trincomalee is famed to have the world’s 5th largest natural harbor which also served as a military base during World War II, the sites you will explore here include the iconic Portuguese build Federick Fort; the famous Koneswaran temple referred to by the Europeans as the temple of thousand pillars majestically standing on the Swami Rock which lies above sea level and offering a panoramic view of the Indian Ocean; the Lovers Leap which is associated with the tragic tale of two lovers jumping off the cliff of the Swami Rock to profess their love and the Kanniya hot water springs. 
Also if a relaxed beach day is what you prefer the most, Nilaveli Beach with crystal clear water is the place for you.

Overnight Accomadation
Trinco Blu by Cinnamon or similar

DAY 5

Habarana

Enjoy the beautiful sunrise from the East Coast. Breakfast at hotel. 

Proceed to Habarana

En-route you’ll be climbing a flight of 1840 steps up the Mihintalaya Rock which is considered the cradle of Buddhism.


Once in hotel, you can spend your evening relaxing.

Overnight Accomadation
Amaya Lake or similar

DAY 6

Habarana|Sigiriya

Breakfast at hotel.

Proceed to Sigiriya

Imagine you in the middle of a massive 200 meter rock fortress of the 5th Century AD… A royal palace built on a colossal rock using the most sophisticated technology; having unique frescoes dating back to over thousand years - a place that has intrigued many archaeologists and historians, let alone the tourists, all over the world.

The remains of the citadel on a massive rock, the unique Lion Gate, the mirror wall, moats, ponds and archaeological ruins of Sigiriya makes it the Eighth Wonder of the World.  Well, you have to see it to believe it!

We suggest you to visit the museum outside at the main entrance on your way down or before you climb up the summit for a little familiarization to make the most of your tour.

In the evening you’ll be heading to the Minneriya National park for a game drive at the famous hotspot for elephant gathering - Minneriya National Park afterwards.

Minneriya is home to a resident population of about 200 elephants. However the numbers increase during the dry season due to the influx of elephants coming into the park in search of water.  So get on a safari jeep escorted by a tracker and a guide who will take you into the wilderness to make an encounter with these majestic creatures you very much admire.

Herds of elephant families wandering in the wild freely, often accompanied by their baby elephants, a sight to behold indeed. 

Overnight Accomadation
Amaya lake or similar

DAY 7

Kandy

Breakfast at the Hotel

 
Before you start your drive to Kandy you’ll be heading to the world famous Dambulla rock temple.  A vast isolated rock mass, on a gentle slope. As you climb, you will enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding. An ancient King on exile is said to have taken refuge here. Inside the cave you find a large collection of Buddha statues and the roof which is a beautiful canvas of Buddhist paintings –some 2000 years old.

 
On your drive down to Kandy you also get the chance to stop by a spice garden. Sri Lanka’s world renowned spices at their source, where smells of cinnamons, pepper, cardamom, nutmeg and mace overwhelm the senses and the visitors are provided an insight into an age old industry of spice production, which attracted many a European and Asian merchants to the ports of ancient Sri Lanka.

 

Arrive at Kandy which is home to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic- a supreme place of Buddhist worship. A place that gets illuminated with all the glamour during Perahera time.

The first on the agenda is a visit to the majestic Tooth Relic Shrine (Dalada Maligawa) which has preserved its ancient splendor –adorned with Kandyan architecture and spectacular interior. On your way there you will walk past the beautiful Kandy Lake. A walk around the temple premises you will witness the traditional drumming during morning, noon and evening, learn the rituals and honours accorded to the Relic, the history and the custodians of this iconic heritage.

 
Enjoy a Cultural dancing and fireworks show

Overnight Accomadation
Amaya Hills or similar

DAY 8

Kandy

Breakfast at the Hotel

Proceed to Dambana

Today you’ll be visiting the descendant aboriginals of Srilanka in Dambana.
Dambana is home to a remote and indigenous community known as the Veddas who are regarded as the original inhabitants of Sri Lanka, and were originally hunter-gatherers. They still live by their ancient traditions, and are almost completely untarnished by modern society. This excursion takes you to Dambana village, which is about 2.5 hours from Kandy, so that you can learn firsthand about this incredible community of people. There may not be a chance to actually go hunting with the tribe, however they will explain their innovative ways of catching food, such as rabbit, deer, and wild boar from the forests that surround the area. You will also get the chance to enjoy the small and intimate museum that has been set up to showcase the various equipment the Veddas have used to fish and hunt over the centuries etc.

 

 

 

Overnight Accomadation
Amaya Hills or similar

DAY 9

Negombo

Following breakfast.

Proceed to Negombo

En-route you will make a stop by a home to young elephants found abandoned by their mothers in the jungle, those displaced or wounded, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage located in Kegalle-Rambukkana Road is one of the greatest tourist attractions in Sri Lanka. Established to feed, nurse and house these baby elephants, the home also boats of many success stories of natural elephant breeding in the captive condition. Here you will get to catch a glimpse into their daily routine- from bathing to feeding; enjoying the elephant dances; make close encounters and take plenty of pictures with these giant beasts.

Most of the elephants there got fascinating name stories which their Mahouts will so willingly share if you talk to them.

 

Meeting the locals in the vibrant coastal city of Negombo, not so far away from the Katunayake Airport, to indulge in a diverse experience with its picturesque beaches, the lagoon, dazzling fishing villages and archaeological sites. Also called ‘Little Rome’ for the spectrum of Roman Catholic churches and statues of saints marking the landscape.

Head to the beachside behind the market place where rows and rows of mats of dry fish are laid; the picturesque Negombo lagoon with hundreds of colourful boats and trawlers anchored, a boat ride in the lagoon to enjoy its rich mangroves and water birds; and to call it a day admiring the scenic view of the Catamaran sail boats returning from the sea at sunset.

Finally, to handcraft shops at Lewis Place, if you want a souvenir or two back from your journey that is!

Overnight Accomadation
Suriya Resort or similar

DAY 10

Negombo

DEPARTURE

THINGS TO DO

  • DAY 01 – Transfer from Airport to Negombo
  • DAY 2 – Proceed to Anuradhapura / Anuradhapura sacred city tour
  • DAY 03 – Polonnaruwa sight seeing and sacred city tour / Visit the ritigala monastery
  • DAY 04 – Proceed to Trincomalee / Trincomalee sight seeing
  • DAY 05 -Transfer to Habarana / Climb Mihintalaya rock en-route
  • DAY 06 – Climb Sigiriya rock fortress / Evening game drive at Minneriya national parl
  • DAY 07 – Visit the Dambulla cave temples / Transfer to Kandy / Visit a spice garden en-route / Kandy city tour / Evening cultural dance show
  • DAY 08 – Visit Dambana Veddhas village
  • DAY 09 – Proceed to Negombo / en-route visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • DAY 10 - Transfer to airport - Departure

INCLUSIONS

  •  A personalized welcome at the Colombo international airport
  •  The service of an English-speaking chauffeur guide on tour
  •  All transfers in an air-conditioned superior grade car
  •  9 Nights’ accommodation at hotel(s) mentioned above
  •  Daily dinner and breakfast
  •  Guided excursions as per the itinerary
  •  A bottle of mineral water per day
  •  All applicable taxes

EXCLUSIONS

  •  Airfares
  •  Visa fees (visit www.eta.gov.lk for more information)
  •  Travelers insurance
  •  Meals not specified
  •  Snacks and beverages
  •  Detours and optional excursions
  •  Camera and video charges where applicable
  •  Tips, porterage and expenses of any personal nature
  •  Anything not specified above
  • Entrance ticket fee for sightseeing places
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