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Explore and experience Sri Lanka in 8 days including a scenic train ride

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Day 1: Negombo - Anuradhapura

Stop At: Mihintale, Anuradhapura Sri Lanka
Mihintale is the spot where King Devanampiya Tissa of Anuradhapura met Mahinda, a Buddhist monk and son of the Indian Buddhist Emperor, Ashoka. Mahinda asked the king a riddle and when the king was able to solve it, Mahinda deemed him to be a worthy disciple and converted him to Buddhism. There are religious monuments all over the hill, and the ruins of a monastery and a hospital.


Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Ruwanwelisaya, Abhayawewa Rd, Anuradhapura 50000 Sri Lanka
Ruwanweliseya Dagoba is considered a marvel for its architectural qualities and sacred to Buddhists all over the world. It was built by King Dutugemunu, who united Sri Lanka after defeating Chola King Elara. This Dagoba was known as Mahathupa, Swarnamali Chaitya, Swarnamali Mahaceti (in Pali) and Ratnamali Dagoba.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Isurumuniya Temple, At Royal Pleasure Gardens, Anuradhapura 50000 Sri Lanka
Isurumuniya Temple is like a symbol of ancient stone carvings. You will find number of incredible carvings there, such as Isurumuni Lovers, the Man and the Horse Head, Elephant Pond etc. This temple was built by King DevanampiyaTissa for 500 children birth to reside in, after they were ordained. Housed within the nearby museum is the famous 6th century carving called the "Isurumuniya Lovers".

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Jethawanaramaya Stupa, Watawandana Road B341, Anuradhapura 50000 Sri Lanka
Jethawanaramaya Stupa is one of the tallest stupa's of Sri Lanka. The stupa was constructed by the King Mahasen, between the years 273 – 301. The Jethawanaramaya stupa holds the relic of the Lord Buddha’s sash or the waist tie. The Stupa is also considered to be one of the prominent destinations listed under the sixteen places, that a devoted Buddhist should visit at least once in their lifetime. Visiting this stupa is not only limited to Buddhists, but any person who has a common understanding and love for ancient irrigations and cultural heritage of Sri Lanka should also visit the Jethawanaramaya Sthupa.
Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight stay in a 3 star hotel in Anuradhapura

Day 2: Anuradhapura - Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya

Stop At: Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Sacred City, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka
Polonnaruwa Vatadage belongs to the Polonnaruwa Kingdom. It is a structure which is built encircling the stupa for protection. It is believed that the structure was built during the reign of King Parakramabahu. This is the most famous Vatadage among the other Vatadage structures found in Sri Lanka. It has two stone platforms and only single entrance is there to access the lower platform. There is four entrance to the upper platform facing four cardinal points and four Buddha statues are located facing to each entrance. The stupa is placed at the center of the upper floor in between the Buddha statues.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Gal Vihara, 440/225 Palm Grove State Minuwangoda road, Polonnaruwa 51000 Sri Lanka
The Gal Viharaya otherwise known as the stone temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Viharaya contains four Buddha statues, which have been carved on solid granite stone depicting irresistible sublimity. These four statues consist of two seated figure, a standing figure and a reclining figure. Each statue is placed within individual cave shrines.
Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight stay in a 3 star hotel in Sigiriya

Day 3: Sigiriya - Dambulla - Kandy

Stop At: Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress, Main Road, Sigiriya 21120 Sri Lanka
Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982, Sigiriya is Asia’s best preserved city of the first millennium, showing complex urban planning around the base of the rock, combined with sophisticated engineering and irrigation skills in the palace perched on the summit. It is considered it to be one of the oldest tourist attractions in the world with visitors recording their impressions in some of the earliest-known graffiti.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Dambulla Cave Temple, Jaffna Hwy, Habarana 50150 Sri Lanka
Dambulla cave temple also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka. The Dambulla cave monastery is still functional and remains the best-preserved ancient edifice in Sri Lanka. This complex dates from the third and second centuries BC, when it was already established as one of the largest and most important monasteries.
Duration: 40 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight stay in a 3 star hotel in Kandy

Day 4: Kandy - Nanu Oya station - Nuwara Eliya

Stop At: Temple of the Tooth, Sri Dalada Maligawa, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy 20000 Sri Lanka
Temple of Sacred Tooth is one of the popular Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka and is popularly known as Sri Dalada Maligawa in Sri Lanka. The temple of Sacred Tooth is situated in the royal complex in the city of Kandy in Sri Lanka. The City Kandy was an ancient kingdom during the lifetime of Lord Buddha. The temple of Sacred Tooth is considered quite important since this temple holds the relic of the real tooth of the Lord Buddha. Sri Dalada Malagawa is believed to hold the left upper canine tooth of Lord Buddha. The relics of Buddha sacred tooth hold quite important role in the political reign in Sri Lankan Government since it is believed that whoever holds the relic of the sacred tooth of Lord Buddha holds the power of government of the country.
Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya Road, Peradeniya 20400 Sri Lanka
Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden is the largest of that nature in Sri Lanka spreads over an area of about 147 acres on the bank of The Mahaweli river, the longest river in the country. It is said that there are more than 4,000 different species of plants and 10,000 trees at Peradeniya Garden. After the British took control of the kingdom of Kandy in 1815, the royal park became a botanical garden in 1821. The Royal palm avenue (Raja Thal Mawatha) planted by the British in 1905 offers a magnificent sight to visitors. The Orchid house nurtures an outstanding collection in the park.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight stay in a 3 star hotel in Nuwara Eliya

Day 5: Nuwara Eliya - Ella

Stop At: Gregory Lake, Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka
Lake Gregory was constructed during the period of British Governor Sir William Gregory in 1873. The lake and the surrounding area make up the Gregory Lake Area. However, the lake was mainly used for recreation and leisure after its construction. At its peak of fame, Gregory Lake was the most important attraction in the area and was used to relax by many visitors.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Hakgala Botanic Gardens, Badulla Road, Nuwara Eliya 22200 Sri Lanka
Hakgala Botanical Garden is one of the five botanical gardens in Sri Lanka and one of the main attractions in Nuwara Eliya. Hakgala Botanical Garden is situated on the Nuwara Eliya-Badulla main road, 16 km from Nuwara Eliya. The garden has a cool temperate climate because of an altitude of 5,400 feet above the sea level. The mean annual temperature ranges between 16 °C to 30 °C during the course of a year. From December to February, it has a cold climate while the warm climate persists from April to August.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Nuwara Eliya Golf Course, Grand Hotel Road, Nuwara Eliya 22200 Sri Lanka
The Nuwara Eliya Golf Club proudly conveys to its membership that in recognition of sporting excellence and achievements and in appreciation of dedicated services and determined commitment, the club was adjudged the runner-up for the most outstanding leisure sports provider for the year 2016 at the Presidential Sports Awards Night.
Duration: 20 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight stay in a 3 star hotel in Ella

Day 6: Ella - Little Adam Peak - Yala

Stop At: Little Adam's Peak, Passara Road, Ella 90090 Sri Lanka
Little Adams Peak is found in Ella Sri Lanka, a region best known for its spectacular mountain ranges, tea plantations, waterfalls and hiking trails. The great thing about Little Adams Peak is that you will get some of the best views in the world. The trail begins with a moderate incline as it winds through tea plantations. There are some great photo opportunities early in the hike so keep your eyes peeled.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Yala National Park Sri Lanka
Yala National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s largest and most diverse national parks, full of wild monsoon forest, grassland, marine wetlands and sandy beaches, which provide the ideal habitat for a range of mammals and bird life. Our exciting evening jeep safari takes you into the park by 4X4 with an experienced guide, so you can go in search of the incredible wildlife Yala offers. Yala’s most famous residents are its leopards, incredibly Yala boasts a higher concentration of leopard than anywhere else in the world.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight stay in a 3 star hotel in Yala

Day 7: Yala - Weligama - Galle

Stop At: Weligama Beach, Matara Sri Lanka
Weligama is a popular tourist destination and hosts several boutique hotels. The name Weligama itself, in Sinhala, means `Sandy Village’ which is a direct reference to the sandy bay beach in the town. Weligama beach is famous for its stilt fishermen. In chest-deep water on the beach, just a few meters off-shore, are the stilt fishermen perched on a cross bar fixed on a single pole planted into the sea-bed.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Jungle Beach, Unawatuna 80600 Sri Lanka
Jungle Beach is a hidden cove at the foot of Rumassala, this secluded tropical escape can be reached via a jungle trek or a short drive, and is the ideal getaway from the buzz of Unawatuna Beach. The coastal foliage here makes it a wonderful spot to laze away in the shade, while the shallow blue waters are great for wading, especially around sunset, when our southern skies put on a colourful spectacle that needs no filter whatsoever to impress anyone, anywhere.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight stay in a 3 star hotel in Galle

Day 8: Galle - Negombo

Stop At: Galle Fort, Church Street, Galle 80000 Sri Lanka
Built by the Portuguese in 1588 and fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century, the UNESCO World Heritage Galle Fort survived the 2004 tsunami. Today, Galle Fort is the main reason visitors flock to Galle. A walking tour reveals history and lovely ocean views. A stroll around the streets past old warehouses, churches and historic houses offers fine colonial architecture and a glimpse into the past. The Dutch left an architectural legacy of homes, churches and warehouses along with Dutch-sounding road names. Dutch words pepper the Sri Lankan vernacular and the cuisine has some Dutch influence.


Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Galle Fort Lighthouse, Rampart Street Galle Fort, Galle 80000 Sri Lanka
Galle Lighthouse also is known as Pointe De Galle Light is Sri Lanka’s oldest light station. Established in 1848 as the first onshore lighthouse in Galle, Sri Lanka, the original 80 feet structure was destroyed by a fire and the existing second structure was built in 1939, just 100 meters away from where its predecessor stood.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Maritime Archeological Museum (Galle), Queen Street Duch fort, Galle 80000 Sri Lanka
The museum is one of the main tourist attraction places in Galle and is not hard to find; its signature yellow walls, which have been an inspiration in the design of The Fortress Resort & Spa, can be seen from quite a distance away. The building of the museum is an artefact in itself as it belongs to the latter part of the 17th century and was first used as a warehouse by the Dutch. Today, the museum is filled with an eclectic collection of artefacts relating to ancient maritime trade, seafaring and fishing. It also has a rather curious display of life-size dioramas demonstrating the conventional methods of fishing as well as a ´walk into the sea´ diorama which shows deep sea fish, natural coral beds and seagrass beds.
Duration: 40 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: No accommodation provided on this day
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We can pickup guests from any hotel in Negombo

Airports

  • Bandaranayake Intl Airport, Colombo Sri Lanka
Duration
8 days
Inclusions
  • 7x Breakfast
  • 7x Dinner
  • 8x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 8 nights
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private transportation
  • Bottled water
  • Hot and cold towels
  • Safari Jeep
  • All entrance fees
  • Train tickets from Peradeniya Station to Nanu Oya Station
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Entry/Admission - Mihintale
  • Entry/Admission - Ruwanwelisaya
  • Entry/Admission - Isurumuniya Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Jethawanaramaya Stupa
  • Entry/Admission - Polonnaruwa Vatadage
  • Entry/Admission - Gal Vihara
  • Entry/Admission - Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress
  • Entry/Admission - Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Temple of the Tooth
  • Entry/Admission - Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Gregory Lake
  • Entry/Admission - Hakgala Botanic Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Nuwara Eliya Golf Course
  • Entry/Admission - Yala National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Maritime Archeological Museum (Galle)
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Restroom on board
  • WiFi on board
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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