Anuradhapura-Polonnaruwa Tour

Duration

7 days

Max People

50

Min Age

10+

Pickup

Airpot

Overview

Embark on an extraordinary journey through Sri Lanka. Ancient wonders and natural beauty await you as you explore ancient temples, majestic rock fortresses, and vibrant cities. Experience the serenity of sacred sites, where spirituality meets stunning landscapes. Wander through lush botanical gardens, and witness breathtaking waterfalls cascading down rocky cliffs.

There are hidden gems in bustling markets and savour the aromas of exotic spices. The chaos of humans pale to the adventure of a thrilling safari and encounters with diverse wildlife.

This, in turn, takes a backseat when you reach the coast. Marvel at the sight of traditional fishermen and relax on pristine beaches. Take in the beauty of iconic bridges and picturesque peaks.

Tour Highlights

  • Numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Thrilling adventures at a national park where you will encounter a wide range of animals.
  • The chance to witness a colourful cultural performance.
  • City tours of some of the most iconic cities and towns in Sri Lanka.

Included/Excluded

  • Private transfers with an English-speaking chauffeur
  • Accommodation in recommended hotels with BB basis on a Twin-sharing basis
  • All entrance fees
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Tips and Porterage
  • Any other services not specified
  • Early check-in
  • Late checkouts

Tour Plan

Day 01 Negombo

Negombo, a charming coastal town, sits just north of Colombo. Thanks to its proximity to the Bandaranaike International Airport, you can easily get your first taste of Sri Lanka at this beautiful beach resort. Famous for its sandy beaches and vibrant fishing industry, it offers relaxation and adventure.

Wander through bustling fish markets or explore colonial Dutch architecture. You will see beautiful churches and cathedrals that welcome visitors with their peaceful atmosphere.

Day 02 Dambulla and Sigiriya

Discover Dambulla, home to the stunning Rock Cave Temple. The stunning collection of ancient murals and statues are so detailed, that you will spend time gazing at each and finding unique details. This UNESCO World Heritage site boasts serene caves and a rich history.

Nearby, the iconic Lion Rock in Sigiriya awaits. Explore the ancient fortress and its breathtaking views. The lush gardens, ancient frescoes, centuries-old inscriptions and ruins all add to the allure of the rock fortress. There is also a museum where you can learn more about the history of the fortress and discover the intricacy of the construction.

Day 03 Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Sri Lanka.

You will find stunning ruins of ancient palaces, monasteries, and temples that speak to its long history. These ancient sites have earned the city a distinction as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The sacred Bodhi Tree, grown from a cutting of the original tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment, is a must-see. There are daily pujas (rituals) at the Sri Maha Boshi complex which are impressive to witness.

Day 04 Trincomalee

Trincomalee has a history that goes back centuries. Its natural harbour made it a strategic settlement for ancient Sri Lankans, then the colonial powers.

One of the places where history meets the present is the Trincomalee Dutch Fort. You can walk around the fort and catch a glimpse of the past. While many of its buildings are now administrative offices or used by the Sri Lankan military, you can still explore the fortress.

The Koneswaram Temple is another iconic destination in Trincomalee and steals your attention. Perched at the edge of a cliff, the kovil is a beautiful complex with stunning idols of Hindu gods and religious icons adorning the buildings. You can also catch glimpses of the Indian Ocean from the temple grounds.

The Kanniya Hot Water Well, where natural hot water springs have been developed to become a popular bathing spot. This is another major destination that you can visit.

Day 05 Polonnaruwa

Explore the ancient wonders of Polonnaruwa.

Wander through majestic stone structures, marvel at intricately carved statues, and discover the stories etched in ancient temples. Each step unveils centuries-old mysteries and architectural brilliance.

However, Polonnaruwa is not just about old things. The town has embraced the technologies of the modern world, merged them with the intricate history of the area and created an outstanding museum where technology helps you to better appreciate ancient ruins, engineering and traditions. The Ancient Technology Museum and Wax Museum is a great place to enjoy an educational excursion with kids.

Day 06 Matale

Matale is a bustling town in the hill country with an incredible amount of natural vistas.

The famous spice garden is a fantastic place to visit and learn about the island's history and relationship with spices. You can even discover how to use these spices in recipes to bring out the flavours of the dish even more.

Afterwards, you can visit the Muthumariamman Hindu temple in Matale. The beautifully adorned gopuram soars over the rest of the building within the complex and the brightly painted idols of gods and goddesses that feature on its surface alone deserve time to be properly admired.

Day 07 Kandy

Kandy is a cultural gem in Sri Lanka's hill country.

Renowned for its iconic temple, rich history and scenic beauty, Kandy offers a captivating blend of ancient temples, lush greenery, and vibrant neighbourhoods. Explore the picturesque Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden. It is a serene area where you can embrace nature. The Mahaweli River flows nearby forming the garden's border on one side. If you reach this border, you can even see a hanging bridge that gives access to the river's far bank.

Day 08 Kandy
Day 09 Ella
Day 10 Yala National Park

Yala National Park is the perfect place to enjoy an adventurous safari. This is one of the most popular national parks in Sri Lanka thanks to the Sri Lankan leopard population. Grab a 4x4 safari jeep and enter the park in the afternoon for an action-packed safari.

Yala also has a wide variety of other mammals, birds, reptiles and insects. The national park is bordered on one side by the Indian Ocean, so you can even visit the coastline before you exit the park.

Day 11 Galle

Galle is one of the best destinations to experience the charm of a coastal town. This area is home to stilt fishermen perched on narrow poles erected on shallow water.

Once in Galle, you can take a city tour to explore the historic city and its main attraction - the Galle Fort. One of eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka, the Fort carries a subtle mix of European and Sri Lankan influences.

Day 12 Relaxation

Today is a free day where you can indulge in the hotel's facilities. If you would like to leave the hotel and engage in some activities, that can be arranged at an additional cost. Please be sure to notify us at least 24 hours before, so we can arrange the excursion on your behalf.

Day 13 Galle and Colombo

Visit a turtle hatchery to observe tiny hatchlings. Afterwards, enjoy a boat ride in the Madu River. This is one of the most popular river safaris in the south.

In the evening, go out on a city tour of Colombo. The evening hours are perfect for a Colombo city tour followed by a whirlwind shopping expedition.

Day 14 Conclusion

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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    Alani

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    I thoroughly enjoyed myself and thought it was one of the best vacations I’ve ever had.

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