Cultural Paradise Tours
Airport to Negombo
15 kms approx..
10 mins drive
Places of interest : Fish Market / Negombo Town / Catholic church & Old Dutch Canal.
Arrival at the Colombo international airport, a warm welcome by Royal Holidays Sri Lanka. Thereafter, proceed to Negombo.
Check in at the hotel. In the evening, do a city tour in Negombo . The major beach resort on the West Coast is Negombo. The wide sandy beaches and the safe sea are the major attractions of Negombo, a traditional fishing town. Besides the beach, the fish market is worth visiting, where busy trading of a variety of fish, including prawns, crabs, and seaweed, takes place in the mornings when the fishing crafts return to the shore with their catch. The most popular fishing craft is the outrigger canoe called the oruwa, dug out from a huge log and seen in large numbers in the Negombo-lagoon.
Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel.
Negombo to Habarana via Anuradhapura
Places of interest: Sri-Mahabodhi (sacred Bo-tree), Brazen palace (2nd cent. B.C.), Ruwanweliseya , Samadhibuddha, Thuparamaya., Twin ponds.
After breakfast, travel to Habarana. You can stop at Sri-mphabodhi, Brazen Palace, Ruwanweliseya, Samadhibuddha, Thuparamaya, and Twin Ponds en route to Habarana, if you so choose. The city of Anuradhapura is situated in the island’s north-central region. It was unquestionably the most opulent city in ancient Sri Lanka and served as its first capital. There are two world heritage sites there. There are numerous sites of historical or archaeological interest that can be explored.
Dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel in Habarana
Habarana – Polonnaruwa – Sigiriya – Habarana
Habarana to Polonnaruwa 46kms approx.. 1 ½ hrs.
Polonnaruwa to Sigiriya 57 Kms aprox. 1 ½ hrs.
Places of interest: Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya he audience hall, the lotus bath, the Polonnaruwa statue (12th century) and the Parakrama Sam udra tank (lake) built by king Parakramabahu the great. Shiva temple, the Lankatileka, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vihare Dagoba and the remains of a former temple of the tooth.
Sigiriya Rock fortress
Breakfast at the hotel & proceed to Polonnaruwa. Do a city tour in Polonnaruwa. Polonnaruwa is the 2nd capital of Sri Lanka. It was built in the 11th and 12th centuries A.D. and is a world heritage site.
Proceed to Sigiriya: Sigiriya, sometimes also referred to as the eighth wonder of the world, dates back to over 7,000 years ago, through Pre-Historic to Proto-Historic to Early Historic times, then as a rock-shelter mountain monastery from about the 3rd century BC, with caves prepared and donated by devotees to the sangha. The garden city and the palace were built by Kasyapa in 477–495 AD.
Return to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
Habarana to Kandy via matale
93 Kms approx.
3 ½ hrs.
Places of interest: Rock cave temple of Dambulla. Spice Garden in Matale, Cultural dance show.
Breakfast at the hotel & proceed to Kandy. While on the way, visit Dambulla Rock Cave Temple. Dambulla Rock Temple was built by King Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. Dambulla is a world heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of painted walls in the world. The caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha, of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha, carved out of rock and spanning 14 meters.
En route, visit a spice garden to see the different spices that Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed.
Arrive in Kandy. In the evening, enjoy a cultural dance show.
Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel.
Places of interest: Temple of tooth relic.
Breakfast at the hotel city tour of Kandy.
One of the holiest and most important places for Buddhists is the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy, also known as Dalada Maligawa, which is located in the old kingdom in the country’s central highlands. One of Lord Buddha’s teeth is believed to be housed in the temple. The tooth relic was delivered to Sri Lanka by an Indian princess by the name of Hemamala many years after Buddha’s passing.
A moat surrounds the temple complex, which is bordered by white elephant carvings. The temple complex also provided views of the four primary Devalas (God temples). As soon as you approach the temple grounds, you see statues of revered and well-known monks, including the Hikkaduwe Sri Summangala Thera and Weera Keppetipola Disawe, a hero of the Uva uprising against the British. You can see the Octagon and the golden canopy over the chamber holding the tooth relic clearly from this location.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
Places of interest : Tea Factory, British architecture in the city
Breakfast at the hotel and proceed to Nuwara Eliya. En route, visit a tea factory in Nuwara Eliya.
Visit a tea plantation and a tea factory where some of the best tea in the world is produced. You will be told all about the process of manufacturing tea and also see how tea is graded. Try tasting a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. Nuwara Eliya is Sri Lanka’s premier hill resort with a fine, bracing mountain climate. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country, producing 50% of the world’s best tea. Sri Lanka’s highest mountain, Pidurutalagala (8280 ft), is located here. It is also famous for British architecture.
Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel in Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya to Colombo
180 kms approx..
Places of interest : Galle Face Promenade, Dutch Hospital Shopping precinct, Colombo harbor , Lake House Complex , Gangarama Sima Malaka, Public Library, National Museum, Nelum Pokuna Theatre, Colombo Town hall , Race Course Ground Independence Square , BMICH, Replica of Aukana Buddha Statue, , Pettah market, fort Railway Station ,World Market.
Following breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Colombo. Similar to many other capital cities in developing nations, Colombo is rapidly evolving. Where ancient ones once stood, new ones appear virtually overnight, although some locations still have an old-world charm. The city still has a century-old clock tower and a number of colonial structures constructed by the British. The folk art center, the new parliament in Sri Jayawardenapura, the Bandaranaike memorial international conference hall, the Pettah bazaar, where one can find bargains, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where mansions of the wealthy can be found, the Colombo museum (outside visit only), and others are some of the places of interest that one can visit.
Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel in Colombo
Colombo – Airport
We wish you farewell as our Chauffeur Guide drives you to the airport to catch your return trip home because all wonderful things must come to an end.