TOUR OF THE CULTURAL TRIANGLE
Real Rural Sri Lanka
From ancient cultural and heritage sites, monasteries, Dutch colonial architecture to captivating relics, you will have an exclusive experience steeped in the wonders of Sri Lanka. Enjoy the historical monuments, temples and local culture.
Arrival - Negombo
Welcome to Sri Lanka! Upon arrival at Colombo Airport, you will be met and transferred to our start hotel in Negombo. After you have checked in the remainder of the day is at your leisure. This evening meet your guide and the rest of the group at the tour briefing.
Travel onwards to Anuradhapura for the next two nights. Passing rice paddies and farm, this is a great route to spot some local wildlife. The evening is free to relax.
Today you will visit the ancient sites which dot the towns of Anuradhapura and Mihintale.
AM - Anuradhapura is the first capital and city of ancient Sri Lanka which is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here in the ancient city, there are many historical and archaeological sites of interest. Highlights include the sacred bo-tree which is the oldest documented tree in the world, the 1600 columns of Brazen Palace and Ruwanweliseya, one of the most famous dagobas in Sri Lanka.
PM - Visit mihintale which is one of the iconic place for buddhism in Sri Lanka due to the fact that the arrival of Buddhism to Sri Lanka occur at this location.
You will be transferred to Polonnaruwa and evening at leisure.
Today you will be driven to explore the Ancient City of Polonnaruwa, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, remains one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in the country.
Polonaruwa is intriguing 11th century city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here we explore many interesting and famous monuments including the Royal Palace and the Gal Vihara. We then return to the hotel.
Today you will be transferred to Habarana, en-route take a part in a jeep Safari into the Minneriya National Park. Minneriya is a national park renowned as one of the best places to see the famous Sri Lankan elephant.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
AM - After your breakfast, you will be able to enjoy a village tour in Hiriwadunna and enjoy an authentic lunch. You will also have the opportunity to ride a bullock cart around the village. Also take a catamaran ride in the Hiriwadunna Lake. Thereafter, you will be be driven to hotel.
PM - Evening head to Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Here you can explore the gardens at the base of the rock and
astounding views from the tops.
Dambulla Cave Temple
AM - This morning we leave habarana and begin our journey inland to kandy. Stopover at impressive Dambulla Cave Temple. A spectacular complex of five caves dedicated to the Lord Buddha, within the caves of Dambulla you'll find over 150 images of Buddha, including an impressive 14-metre rock cut statue.
PM - Reach Kadny
Temple of Tooth
AM - At leisure.
PM- In the evening your driver will take you to a performance of the famous Kandyan dancing before visiting the famous Temple of The Sacred Tooth.
AM - Our representative will drive you to Colombo and then to the Bandaranayake International Airport and to make note you need to be there prior 3 hours before your flight. If time permits, spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring one of Colombo's markets.