Best of Sri Lanka Tour - 12 Days / 11 Nights

Best of Sri Lanka Tour - 12 Days / 11 Nights

Day 01 - Airport - Colombo Hotel

Welcome and assistance at Bandaranayke International Airport and meet Our Trans Srilanka Travel guide on arrival terminal and Transfer to Colombo hotel. Over Night Stay at Hotel.

Day 02 - Colombo - Anuradhapura

Early Morning procced to Most Sacred City Of Anuradhapura, Can visit Sri mahaBodhiya, Ruwanwalimahasaya temple, Thuparamaya,Abayagiriya,Jethawanaramaya,Isurumuniya Rock Temple,Twin Baths (KuttamPokuna), Samadhi Statue,Lovamahapaya.

Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura is the largest and oldest of all ancient cities in Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura is a fitting climax to any tour of the Cultural Triangle and world famous for its well preserved ruins of the Great Sri Lankan Civilization. The Civilization which was built upon this city was one of the greatest civilizations of Asia and in the world. Anuradhapura was the royal seat of more than 250 Buddhist and Hindu kings recorded in the royal genealogies, and the preeminent city on the island for some 1400 years.

The city now a UNESCO heritage site lies 205 km north of the current capital Colombo in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka, on the banks of the historic MalvathuOya. Founded in the 4th century BC it was the capital of the Anuradhapura Kingdom till the beginning of the 11th century AC. During this period it remained one of the most stable and durable centers of political power and urban life in South Asia. It was also a wealthy city which created a unique culture and a great civilization. Today this ancient city of Sri Lanka, which is sacred to the Buddhist world, which its surrounding monasteries covers an area of over sixteen square miles ( 40 km) and is one of the world's major archaeological sites...

Sri maha Bodhiya

The Sacred Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura is reckoned as the oldest surviving historical tree in the world.

Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi was brought to Sri Lanka by the Theri Sangamitta, daughter of Emperor Asoka and was planted in the Mahameghavana Park in Anuradhapura in 249 BC by King Devanampiyatissa.

Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi is said to be the southern branch of the Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi at Buddha Gaya in India under which Lord Buddha attained bodhi or 'Awakening'

Ruwanwelisaya

Ruwanwelisayais the one of the world tallest stupa, located in sacred city of Anuradhapura. It was built by king Dutugamunu (140 B.C).It is standing at 103 m (338 feet)with circumference of 290 m (950 feet) Ruwanwelisaya is one of the 8 places of veneration in the Anuradhapura. The Buddha's relics has been deposited in this sacred stupa. Ruwanwalisaya is called various names such as Swarnamali Chaitya, Mahathupa, Suvarnamali Mahaceti.

Thuparamaya Temple

This is the first stupa to be built in the country after the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka. Built in the time of king Devamnampiyatissa (250BC - 210BC) this was a stupa as well as an Aramic complex (monastery). Today ruins of this complex covers nearly 3 1/2 acres. The stupa was built on the instructions of Mahinda Thero who brought Buddhism to the island to enshrine the right collar-bone of Lord Buddha.

Abhayagiri stupa

Abhayagiri stupa belongs to the aramic complex of Abhayagiriya Viharaya which was constructed in the reign of King Vattagamini Abaya (commonly known as King Valagamba) in the 1st Century BC.

Jethawana Stupa

Jethawana Stupa is the largest stupa in the Sri Lanka. It was originally 400 feet (122 meters) in height and was the third tallest building in the world at that time. Even today as a brick monument, Jethawanaramaya still remains the tallest of its kind in the world.

Isurumuniya

The Meghagiri Vihara is now commonly known as Isurumuniya Vihara or Isurumuniya. But the real Isurumuni Vihara is located few hundred metres away is now called Vessagiri Vihara.

Isurumuniya is most famous for the stone carving of a couple located there. This carved stone was found in The most popular is that this carving shows the prince Saliya (the son of the great king Dutugamunu) and his mistress Asokamala. Asokamala was of a lover cast called "Chandala" and the prince Saliya gave up the right to be the king by marrying this girl of a lower cast.

Another belief is that this couple represent the god Siva and goddess Parvathi of Hindu belief.

The vihara also has another stone slab which depicts a court scene which is thought to be the court of king Dutugemunu. Both these stone slabs are thought to be originated in the 8th century.

The vihara itself is built on a rock and the sacred tooth relic of Buddha has been originally kept here when it arrived to the island from India in the 312 AC. the royal pleasure garden and brought here. There are many interpretations for this carving.

Kuttam Pokuna

the twin ponds are another hydrologic engineering marvels of the ancient Sri Lanka. These two ponds belong to the Abayagiri aramic complex and probably been used by the monks for bathing. The origins of these ponds are not known but it is thought to have been built during the reign of King Aggabodhi I (575-608).

Samadhi Statue

Samadhi Statue is considered one of the best sculptures in the Anuradhapura era. It is thought to be done during the 3rd or the 4th century. It is made out of dolomite marble and stands 7 feet 3 inches (2.21 metres) in height. This statue was found in the present location in 1886 fallen to the ground with damages to the nose. It was then erected and the nose was reconstructed. In 1914, it was found damaged by treasure hunters and re constructed again.

Lovamahapaya

The king Devamnampiyatissa, the first Buddhist king of the country build a chapter house in this location on the instructions Mahinda Thero who brought Buddhism to the country. A century later king Dutugamunu (161-131 BC) built a massive structure of which the remains you see today.

According to Mahavamsa, the great chronicle of the Sinhalese, Lovamahapaya was a massive nine storied building with a height of 150 ft (47 meters) and each side with a 150 feet (46 meters) length. The building was supported by 40 rows of stone pillars with 40 pillars which totaled 1600 pillars. In each level there were 1000 rooms and 100 windows. The building of Lovamahapaya was adorned with corals and precious stones. Its roof was covered with copper-bronze plates. Although this description may be a little exaggerated, this would have been a very impressive building at that time looking at what remains today.

Over Night Stay at Hotel.

Day 03 - Anuradhapura - Mihinthalaya Temple

Morning Proceed to Climb Mihinthalaya Rock (Aradhana Rock) En - Route visit Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond,Ranmasu Uyana.

Mihinthalaya Rock

Mihintale is only 12 kM away from the famous Anuradhapura city. The sacred forest mountain Missaka Pabbatha where King Devanampiya Tissa met Arhat Mahinda Thera and his companions is situated in Mihintale. Prior to that the Lord Gautama Buddha had visited this place on his Third visit which was called as Missaka Pabbatha then. Being one of the sixteen places (Solosmasthana) the Lord Buddha had visited in Sri Lanka, this is regarded as one of the most important sacred places by the Buddhists in Sri Lanka.

Kalu Diya Pokuna (Pond)

Kaludiya Pokuna in Kandalama is not to be confused with its name-sake in Mihinthale. It dates back to the period, 853 - 857 A.D., during the reign of King Sena the 2nd. The sacred precincts of this ancient site served as a meditating center for the Buddhist monks who resided there.

RanmasuUyana.

Sandwiched between the Thissa Wewa reservoir and the Isurumuniya Rock Temple, RanmasuUyana of Anuradhapura, a forty acre pleasure garden of the ancient Sri Lankan royals is a unique creation.

The Ranmasu Uyana was mainly known for its rock sculpted bathing ponds with a sophisticated hydraulics mechanism. A subtle use of pressure difference enables the pumping of water from the nearby Tissa Wewa to the swimming pools of the garden. The pools themselves display a clever use of technology and craftsmanship, in constructing a flawless luxury swimming facility nearly three thousand years ago.

Over Night Stay at Hotel.

Day 04 - Anuradhapura - Arugam Bay Beach

Morning proceed to Arugam Bay Beach, Many tourist visit this place do surrfing from around the world , En- Route visit Kudumbigala Monastery,MuhuduMahaViharaya.

Arugam Bay Beach

Arugam Bay Beach is on the list of the top ten surf points in the world. Situated on the South East side of Sri Lanka Arugam bay receives the same Antarctic winter swell's that hit Indonesia in the in the middle of the year. The best time of the year is between May and November when the predominant wind is offshore for at least the first half of the day. Due to its location and southerly swell direction the area is dominated by right hand point breaks. There is a beach break in front of the Stardust Hotel, which can be fun for body surfing or for beginners but that's about it. Three of the point breaks "The Point", "Pottuvil Point" and "Crocodile Rock" are within a hour tuk tuk ride from the Hotel, with "The Point being visible (15 min walk) from the hotel. There are several other points that are within a 1-hour's ride or can be accessed by boat.

Kudumbigala Monastery

Kudumbigala monastic complex was built in 246 BC, during the time of King Devanampiyatissa. It was first established as a refuge for the Buddhist monks who wanted to get away from the busy Cities. Archaeologists had recovered over 200 rock caves belonging to this forgotten monastery.

Muhudu Maha Viharaya

Even though many people consider that Kirinda is the place where Viharamaha Devi landed, according to Historical facts, it is believed to be Muhudu Maha Viharaya in Pottuvil. Actually this temple has around 2000 years of history.

Over Night Stay at Hotel.

Day 05 - Arugam Bay Beach - Katharagama

Morning visit to Katharagama Maha Devalaya, En - Route Visit Wedihiti Kanda, Kiriwehera Temple, Sella Katharagama,Sithulpauwa Raja Maha Viharaya.

Kataragama

Kataragama is one of the few places in Sri Lanka which is worshipped by most of the popular religious people in Sri Lanka. According to the Buddhists, Kataragama is one of the 16 places visited by Buddha.

Wedihiti Kanda

(Wedahiti Kanda) is a rocky mountain located about 3.5 km from the famous Kataragama Devalaya. Except for Kataragama Devalaya and Sella Kataragama, Wedihiti Kanda is one of the most popular destination for the pilgrims to Kataragama.

Kiriwehera Temple

Kataragamam temple is a Hindu and Buddhists temple complex dedicated to Skanda-Murukan also known as Kataragamadevio. It is one of the few religious sites in Sri Lanka that is venerated by the majority Sinhala Buddhists, minority Hindu Tamils, and the indigenous Vedda people.It is a collection of modest shrines, of which the one dedicated to Skanda-Murukan also known as Kataragamadevio is the most important. For most of the past millennia, it was a jungle shrine very difficult to access, but currently is accessible by an all-weather road. Almost all the shrines and the nearby Kiri Vehera are managed by Buddhists, apart from shrines dedicated to Tevayani, Shiva (Siva). Up until the 1940s a majority of the pilgrims were Tamil Hindus from Sri Lanka and South India, who undertook an arduous pilgrimage on foot. Since then most pilgrims tend to be Sinhala Buddhists, and cult of Kataragamadevio has become the most popular amongst the Sinhalese people. Protests occurred upon this development in the 1940s, particularly when restrictions were placed on Tamil worship at the shrine.

Sella Kataragama

Sella Kataragama is a very important place in Kataragama. About 4 mile from Sella to Kataragama. At the long distance fast a love seen was between Skanda Kumar and Valliamma at here.

One mile short tunnel of Sella Kataragma is Valli's cave. There is a small shrine to Ganesh, which s visited by the pilgrims. There is the place tradition says walliamma met the elephant when she was escorting Kataragma to the well.

Sella Kataragma has many Kovils. Those are Ganapathi Kovil, Siva Kovil, Kataragama Kovil, Valliamma Kovil, Lakshmi Kovil and Saman Devalaya.

Sithulpauwa Raja Maha Viharaya

The Historical Situlpauwa temple Lounts a history of over 2200 years, according to the Mahawansa and this temple was constructed by the king kawanthissa. During this period the temple had been used for residential and meditation purposes for about 12000 Buddhist monks. This beautiful sacred place of worship has been sprawled in the deep south of Sri Lanka, in the District of Hambanthota With in the Yala National Park. About 25Km away from Yodakandiya. The temple consists of two Separate units as identified as large sithulpauwa and small Situlpauwa.

The large situlpauwa has been stretched next to the historical temple while small situlpauwa locates about 124 meters above on the mountain. Two star ways made of the rock are in place on the north and south of the rock to climb up to the mountain.

Over Night Stay at Hotel.

Day 06 - Kumana National Park Safari

Morning procced to most famous bird watching park in srilanka & many tourist visit this place to see deferant kind of bird in srilanka & foring.

A total of 255 species of birds have been recorded at Kumana. Commonly seen on a birding safari are Pelicans, Painted Storks, Spoonbills, White Ibis, and Cormorants. The veryrareBlack-neckedStorkhasalsobeenspotted.

Most commonly seen are the Pacific Golden Plover, Greater Sand Plover, Lesser Sand Plover, Grey Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Little Ringed Plover, Wood Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Common Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Common Snipe,and Pintail Snipe.

The Asian Openbill, Glossy Ibis, Purple Heron, Great Egret, Indian Pond Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret, Spot-billed Pelican, Indian Cormorant, Little Cormorant, Common Moorhen, Watercock, Purple Swamphen, White-breasted Waterhen, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Black-winged Stilt, Lesser Whistling Duck and Little Grebe migrate here in large flocks which the Pintail fly 9,000 kilometres from far away Siberia. Rare migrants include Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Malabar Trogon, Red-faced Malkoha, and Sirkeer Malkoha.

Kumana is also home to some of the mammals found in the neighbouring Yala National Park such as elephants and leopards which can also be seen on safari. Other animals which reside inside Kumana National Park include the Golden Jackal, the European Otter. It is also reported that approximately 30-40 Sri Lankan elephants reside in the park, although they do crossover to Yala National Park.

The park's wetland areas are surrounded by dry zone tropical thorn forest. The inland forest's flora consists mainly of Manilkara hexandra which is known as Palu in Sinhalese. There are also a range of aquatic plants, trees and reeds.

Over Night Stay at Hotel.

Day 07 - Kumana - Hikkaduwa

Morning leave to Hikkaduwa En - Route Visit Kirinda Temple, Hummanaya Blow Hole & Proceed Hikkaduwa.

Kirinda Temple

An ancient temple built on top of a rocky mountain in the beach of Kirinda is believed to be the landing place of Princess Vihara Maha Devi after being set ashore as a sacrifice to make amends for her father King Kelanithissa's great sin of killing a Buddhist monk. After discovering her on the beaches of Kirinda, King Kavanthissa, the ruler of Ruhuna at the time, married the princess and they had two sons. Dutugemunu their eldest son went on to make history in Sri Lanka as a great and honoured king. The Temple of Kirinda is famous because of this rich historical background. People visit the temple rock mostly to witness the statue of Princess Vihara Maha Devi and also to experience the breathtaking views of the sea and sand dunes of Kirinda. On a clear day, the outline of the lighthouse at Great Basses reef can be viewed from atop the temple rocks.

Hummanaya Blow Hole

The Hummanya is also known as "blow hole" in the region of Sri Lanka and it is considered as the second largest in the league of blow holes, but Sri Lanka's one and only. In essence it means a distance where the sound of "hoo" can easily be listened or heard by a person. It is a well known attraction for the travelers and tourists visiting the area and is well known for its uniqueness and excitement aspect. It is located in the deeper southern region of the country and it certainly has its charming aspect that thrills many and attracts people from all across Sri Lanka.

Over Night Stay at Hotel.

Day 08 - Hikkaduwa Beach - Galle Fortess

Morning Transfer to Hikkaduwa Coral Sanctuary En-Route visit ,Turtle Hatchery ,in the evening doing city tour in Hikkaduwa.

Hikkaduwa Coral Sanctuar

The Coral sanctuary is one of the most popular and respected coral reef destinations in the Country visited by tourists from all over the world for varied reasons.

The Coral sanctuary has approximately seventy varieties of multi coloured corals. Visitors can either swim or hire a guide with a glass bottomed boats to view the corals. The coral reefs are the best place to see and admire corals and water is never more than three or four meters deep. Some of the coral reefs are real close to the beach and can hire snorkels, masks and fins and ventured into the calm crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean to be amazed with the wonderful & colourful corals and tropical fish with various colours and sizes, few inches below the surface.

Visitors can thoroughly enjoy the beach everyday as Hikkaduwa beach has plenty of beachfront accommodation. Hikkaduwa beach is also reputed as the second best surfing spot in Sri Lanka by the international board-riding set.

Turtle Hatchery

The "Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery" is a non - profitable organization which is maintained for the survival of Sea Turtles for the next generation. The "Turtle Farm" is situated in Habaraduwa (southern part of Sri Lanka - Galle District) near to the beautiful beach. That is 5m from the Galle - Matara main road. The center was started in 1986 and up to now we have released more than 500,000 Sea Turtles to the ocean.

Hikkaduwa City Tour

Known only as a fishing village in the past, Hikkaduwa has now become a major tourist attraction due to its beautiful location and natural resources such as clean beaches, corals, clear waters, and sun that tourist value the most.

Situated in the Southern province of Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa is located 100Km from the Bandaranayke International Airport which can be reached either by bus, train, or by a private vehicle. The town is located on route from Colombo to Galle and can be reached when travelling down a road named as the Galle Road. The main attractions in Hikkaduwa are the coral gardens and the sandy beaches that travellers regard as ideal for wind surfing and snorkelling. Hikkaduwa's Coral Sanctuary, guarantees that underwater world can be seen by anybody whether they can dive or not.

The city is also famous for its vibrant nightlife and reaches its peak season in the period from October to April where surfers from Australia, UK, Japan, Italy, Israel, and U.S.A. are high in numbers. Luxury hotels, fine restaurants, cafes, and tour guides are located in numbers in the beach area of Hikkaduwa to cater to the demand from the tourists.

Hikkaduwa invites travellers and water sport lovers to indulge in holidays filled with the sun, sand and sea. If you want to shop in Hikkaduwa, plenty is offered such as clothes, jewellery, souvenirs, batiks and paintings, etc.

Hikkaduwa is the ultimate place to visit if you want to have a relaxed holiday filled with fun, swim, shopping and excitement.

Over Night Stay at Hotel.

Day 09 - Hikkaduwa - Kaluthara Rajamaha Temple

Morning Transfer to Kaluthara Temple En - Route visit Tsunami Honganji Vihara, Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya, Aluthgama Kandevihara Temple.

Tsunami Honganji Vihara

This Buddha statue was opened on the 26th of December 2006 as a memorial to the over 35,000 Sri Lankans killed by the Tsunami on the 26th December 2004. This statue is a exact replica of the 5th Century 175 feet Barmiyan Buddha Statue destroyed by the Muslim Fundamentalists in Afghanistan. This replica was created using the earliest known sketches of the statue.

A pulp like material has been used to obtain the colour and the texture of the statue. This pulp has been applied on the cement structure. Unfortunately just a week after opening this pulp like material seems to coming off from the cement at the very bottom of the image. I doubt that this image will look the same in one years time.

Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya

Devalaya (Temple) is located by the Colombo - Galle main road, just before the Hikkaduwa Town. This Temple is devoted for Devol Deviyan (God Devol) and around 300 years old. But some believe that, this place is more than 1000 years old, but there is no any proven evidence. Eventhough, many visors Seenigama goes only to the devalaya in the main land the main devalaya is located in a close by island. This one can be reached only by a boat. locals used to stop here while on their way to down south. People coming various parts of island pray for the blessing of the god. Some people come to this place and do various special rituals & offerings and beg the god for punishing their enemies. Specially if some one faced a injustice, if there is no other help, they used to come here and grid chilies. This is to request the god to curse party, who has done injustice to them.

Aluthgama Kande vihara Temple

Kande viharaya temple located at Aluthgama is another tourist attraction that you may get astound of the tourism of sri lanka. Thousands of devotees flock daily to the temple and obey the rituals. The temple gets the name 'Kande vihara' as it is placed on top of a hill. The temple was constructed in 1734 and has become most venerated places in Sri Lanka.

Locals identify the temple as Bentota kande viharaa too. While kande viharaya was founded by ven. Karapagala Dewamitta thero it was built under the guidance of ven. Udugama Chandrasara thero and Ven Dedduwa Dhammananda thero. The most important element is the gigantic Samdhi Buddha statue unveiled in 2006. This 48 m height statue is the tallest sitting Buddha statue in the world.

Kaluthara Temple

Kalutara is historically important due to the fact that it was one of the 32 places indicated by Arahant Mahinda Thera to the king Devananpiya Tissa in the 2nd century B.C. as a place where one of the thirty two saplings of the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi tree in Anuradhapura be planted, to which the King extended his patronage. It is recorded in the Sinhala Maha Bodhi Wansa that until such time when the maritime provinces were subjugated by the Portuguese in 1505 A.D., the historic Kalutara Bodhiya exited intact. In the 16th century this sacred site was turned in to a Portuguese fort. Though no harm is supposed to have done to the Bodhi it was not venerated by the people during that period. It was after the planting of a Bodhi in lower terrace of Pahala Maluwa by an Indian Prince from the Pandya country named Wickrama Pandya in 1042 A.D. that the public began to venerated and consider the site as a sacred place. This prince from Indian became a viceroy in the Kalutara area.

Over Night Stay at Hotel.

Day 10 - Kaluthara - Mount Lavinia Beach

Morning Proceed to Visit Colombo National Zoo in Dehiwala , visit Mt. Lavinia Beach and doing city tour with shopping in Mt. Lavinia.

Dehiwala National Zoo

Dehiwala zoo is one of the oldest zoological gardens in Asia founded in 1936. It is a home to a variety of animals and birds. There are over 3000 animals and 350 species. 100 species of mammal, 110 different types of birds, 65 species of fish, 3 amphibians and 10 species of marine invertebrates can be found within the premises. The zoo also plays a huge role educating the community and conservation of the endangered species.

The zoo takes all the visitors to a world, vibrant blend of flowers with animals and with the aquarium walk through which defines the beauty of the underwater world marvel. The magnificent butterfly garden has about 30 different species of butterflies.

The garden is beautifully decorated with small streams, shrubs and trees. An artificial mist also created to control the temperature and humidity level to give a natural vibe to the environment. The landscape design of the zoo gives you a time you'll never forget as it is very beautiful with the exotic animals and birds, as you being very close to them.

Exotic animal performances are also held at different intervals, where you could check it on the time table of the zoo. One of the greatest attractions is the elephant performance, where they dance to music, hoping on one foot and standing on their hind legs. The sea lion show is also a main attraction as it is very impressive to see the sea lion doing such great performances. Again the time table has the intervals when does these great memorable shows are held. Elephant and pony rides are also available at the zoo, which is very popular in Sri lanka tourism. A souvenir shop is available to the visitors to take home a piece of beautiful memory they had in the zoo.

Mt. Lavinia city tour

The town is largely a middle class and mostly residential suburb of Colombo that had until now escaped most of the damaging industrialisation of neighbouring cities and urban centres. Famed for its "Golden Mile" of beaches, Mount Lavinia has often been a hot spot for tourism and nightlife. It is one of the most liberal regions in Sri Lanka and also plays host to the island's annual gay pride, including the famed Rainbow Kite Festival.

Over Night Stay at Hotel.

Day 11 - Mount Lavinia - Colombo
City tour in Colombo

Can Visit Gangaramaya Temple, Galle Face Green, Colombo National Museum, Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, Viharamahadevi Park, Dutch Museums, Town Hall, Colombo Port Maritime Museum & proceed to hotel.

Over Night Stay at Hotel.

Day 12 - Colombo - Airport

Transfer to Bandaranayke International Airport to the departure.

Observe: Colombo / Anuradhapura / Mihinthalaya / Arugam Bay / Katharagama / Kumana / Hikkaduwa / Galle / Kaluthara / Mount Lavinia
Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights
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