You will be picked up from your hotel in Negombo at 6:00 AM. You can bring a packed breakfast to eat along the way, as it will take up till 10:30 to 11 AM to reach your destination, Anuradhapura. Anuradhapura was first settled by Anuradha, a follower of Prince Vijaya the founder of the Sinhala race. Later, it was made the Capital by King Pandukabhaya at about 380 B.C. According to the Mahavamsa, the epic of Sinhala History, King Pandukabhaya’s city was a model of planning. Precincts were set aside for huntsmen, for scavengers and for heretics as well as for foreigners. There were hostels and hospitals, at least one Jain chapel, and cemeteries for high and low castes. A water supply was assured by the construction of tanks, artificial reservoirs, of which the one named after the king itself exists to this day under the altered name of Baswakkulam. Visit important landmarks such as Jetavanarama, which was one of the tallest buildings in the ancient world, the Sri Maha Bodhi and the ruins of the huge Abhayagiri Monastery. Then you can retire for lunch at one of the nearby restaurants. After an enjoyable lunch, you can visit the Mihintale temple too if you wish, if not you can start your journey to return to back to your hotel in Negombo.