Culture, gem history, nature and temples in Sri Lanka
Arrival, welcome by a representative of Lanka Sportreizen and transfer to Hotel in Negombo.
Undertake a City Tour of Negombo including a Fishing Village, Old Dutch Fortress from 1678 converted to prison, the Hamilton Canal which was built by the Dutch for the transportation of Cinnamon; the Old Dutch Cemetery and naturally the Negombo Fish Market.
Overnight stay at Negombo
After breakfast leave for Udawalawa via Ratanapura
En route in Ratanapura visit the places of interest of the Gem Industry in Sri Lanka including Gem Mines to get an insight in to this important segment of the local economy.
Afternoon Undertake a Jeep Safari of the Udawalawe National Park mainly to see wild elephants.
Overnight stay at Udawalawe
After breakfast leave for Ampara
En route visit the Buduruwagala Rock Carving Complex and Yudaganawa Temple Complex which is now known to be one of the largest Stupas ever made in Sri Lanka
Afterwards Continue to Gal oya and undertake a Boat Safari to see wild life
Overnight stay at Ampara
After breakfast leave for Passikudah
En route visit Buddhangala Monastery
Continue to Passikudah
Overnight stay at Passikudah
Breakfast at Hotel
Overnight stay at Passikudah
After breakfast leave for Polonnaruwa - “The Medieval Capital of Sri Lanka-11th Century AD”
Visit the many sites of archaeological and historical interest in the Sacred City including the Grate Statue, Quadrangle, Royal Palace, Vatadage, Hatadage, Siva Devalaya, Gal Viharaya, Alahana Pirivena Complex, Kumara and Lotus Ponds, Thuparamaya, Rankoth Vehera, Pabalu Vehera, Thiwanka Image House, The Museum etc some of which depict the influence the Hinduism had on the Buddhist Civilization during that period of history.
Afternoon climb the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya, a Royal Citadel for 20 years in the 5th Century AD built by King Kasyapa, contemporary with the paintings of Ajanta and Ellora Caves in India, highlights being the Frescoes, Mirror Wall and the Lion's Paw, considered as the 8th Wonder of the modern world, thought to be equivalent to the "Alakamanda" - Celestial Palace of God Kuvera.
Overnight stay at Sigiriya/Dambulla
After breakfast leave for Kandy- “The Hill Capital”
En route visit the Dambulla Cave Temple considered to be the largest painted caves in the world with more than 22,000sq ft painted surfaces with many paintings, sculptures, statues of Lord Budda, his disciples, Kings, Gods etc.
In the evening watch a Cultural Performance by traditional Kandyan Dancers and Drummers including devotional "Fire Walking" and walk across in the star lit night to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha –By far the most important place of worship for Buddhist world over.
Overnight stay at Kandy
Transfer to the Airport for the departure
Catamaran Beach Hotel or Similar – Negombo
Centauria Hotel or Similar – Embilipitiya / Udawalawe
Monty Hotel or Similar – Ampara
Marina Hotel or Similar – Passikudah
Rangiri Resort or Similar – Sigiriya / Dambulla
Thilanka Hotel or Similar – Kandy
1. Lunch & Dinner
2. Entrance Fees/Jeep hires
3. All beverages, Tips and Portages.
4. Compulsory Supplements (Christmas & New Year’ Eve Gala Dinners Supplement/ Kandy Perahera Room Supplement)
5. All expenses of personal nature such as Telephone Calls, Laundry and Tipping etc.
6. Any supplements that may incur due to events / matches / sports activities taking place in those localities
7. Additional transfers other than the itinerary will be charged locally. Mileage will be calculated from office to office