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Discover the Magical Charm of Sri Lanka including North & North East – 14NTS TOUR (1)

Duration
15 days
Max People
1000
Min Age

Description

In this 15-day adventure across Sri Lanka, you'll explore the island's rich history and diverse landscapes. Your journey begins in Anuradhapura, where you'll visit ancient ruins and experience the city's serene ambiance. From there, you'll travel to Jaffna, known for its unique cultural heritage, and uncover its treasures, including the famous Jaffna Library and Nallur Kovil. The tour continues to Trincomalee, a coastal city with a fascinating history and stunning natural beauty. You'll explore places like Koneswaram Hindu Temple and Fort Fredrick before relaxing on the beach.

The adventure takes a spiritual turn as you visit Nagadeepaya and the Naguleswaram Temple, significant sites for both Buddhism and Hinduism. Along the way, you'll stop at a tobacco plantation and vineyards, immersing yourself in local traditions. Your journey then leads to Kaludiya Pokuna, Habarana, and Dambulla, where you'll discover ancient temples and caves filled with statues and paintings.

The tour delves deeper into history with visits to Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, and Kandy, where you'll explore ancient palaces, historic cities, and vibrant cultural shows. The trip also includes a trek through the picturesque Knuckles range and a visit to a tea factory, allowing you to savor the world-renowned Ceylon tea. Finally, you'll head to Horton Plains National Park, Ella, and Udawalawe, offering opportunities to witness Sri Lanka's incredible wildlife and natural beauty. Your journey ends with relaxation in the coastal towns of Mirissa and Galle before returning to Colombo for your departure.

This comprehensive tour provides an unforgettable exploration of Sri Lanka's history, culture, and natural wonders, making it a perfect itinerary for travelers seeking a diverse and enriching experience.

Highlights
  • Explore Anuradhapura's ancient city and its archaeological wonders
  • Conquer Sigiriya Rock Fortress for stunning views and frescoes
  • Tour Polonnaruwa's well-preserved historic ruins
  • Visit Dambulla's Rock Cave Temples adorned with art
  • Spice Garden in Matale for aromatic discoveries
  • Savor a traditional Sri Lankan paddy field lunch
  • Discover Batik art at a local factory
  • Pay respects at the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy
  • Witness elephant care at Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
  • Stroll through the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya
  • Hike amid tea plantations in the hills
  • Enjoy a scenic local train journey
  • Experience thrilling wildlife at Udawalawe National Park

Tour Plan

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Day 01 – Airport / Anuradhapura
  • Arrival at the Colombo International Airport. 
  • Welcome by our English-Speaking chauffeur guide
    • Drive towards Anuradhapura
    • Arrival at your reserved hotel. Welcome drinks and refreshing towels on arrival
  • Lunch (optional)
  • Evening leisure at the pool side OR a relaxing walk in the ancient city admiring the charming beauty.
  • Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel 
Day 02 – Visit of Anuradhapura / Mihintale / Hotel
    • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Drive towards Anuradhapura & visit of the site
  • Anuradhapura Kingdom named for its capital city, was the first established kingdom in ancient Sri Lanka. Founded by King Pandukabhaya in 377 BC, the kingdom's authority extended throughout the country, although several independent areas emerged from time to time, which grew more numerous towards the end of the kingdom. Nonetheless, the king of Anuradhapura was seen as the supreme ruler of the country throughout the Anuradhapura period. Buddhism played a strong role in the Anuradhapura period, influencing its culture, laws, and methods of governance.[N 2] Society and culture were revolutionized when the faith was introduced during the reign of Devanampiya Tissa; this cultural change was further strengthened by the arrival of the Tooth Relic of the Buddha in Sri Lanka and the patronage extended by her rulers
  • Lunch (optional)
  • Drive towards Mihinthale & visit of the site
  • Mihintale is a mountain peak near Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. It is believed by Sri Lankans to be the site of a meeting between the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa which inaugurated the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. It is now a pilgrimage site, and the site of several religious monuments and abandoned structures      
    •               Return to the hotel 
  •    Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel 
Day 03 – Anuradhapura / Jaffna
    • Breakfast at the hotel 
  • Leave hotel around 0700hrs and drive towards Jaffna (Approx. 4hrs) with en route stops at important places (Elephant pass, Jaffna peninsula…etc) to discover 
    • Arrival at your reserved hotel. Welcome drinks and refreshing towels on arrival
  • Lunch (optional)
  • Afternoon sightseeing tour around Jaffna city including following sites
  •    - Famous Jaffna Library
  •    - Ancient Jaffna Fort
  •    - The famous Hindu temple - Nallur Kovil
  •    -  Local market
  •    -  Meet local families to discover their day-to-day lifestyle
    • Return to hotel 
  • Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel 
Day 04 – Nagadeepa / Dambakola Patuna / Naguleswaram / Kadurugoda Viharaya / Saint Mary’s Church / Hotel
    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Transfer to Nagadeepaya by a Private boat & visit of the Purana Viharaya
  • Nagadeepa Purana Viharaya is an ancient Buddhist temple situated in Jaffna district of Northern Province,Sri Lanka. It is among the country's sixteen or seventeen holiest Buddhist shrines (Solosmasthana). According to contemporary history, the Gautama Buddha visited the site after five years of attaining Enlightenment to settle the dispute between two warring Naga kings, Chulodara and Mahodara.
  • Visit of the Naguleswaram Temple
  • Lunch (optional)
  • Back to the city of Jaffna, en route to interesting stops to visit a Tobacco Plantation and        vineyards in Sri Lanka
  • Visit of Kadurugoda Viharaya
  • Continue towards visit of Saint Mary’s Cathedral
  • St. Mary's Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jaffna located in Gurunagar, a suburb of Jaffna in northern. According to local folklore King of Jaffna Cankili I killed his son at the location of the present cathedral after his son converted to Catholicism.[4] The prince's ashes were buried at the spot where he was killed and a chapel, which later served as the foundation for the construction of the present cathedral, was built.         
    • Return to the hotel
  • Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel 
Day 05 – Jaffna / Trincomalee
    • Breakfast at the hotel 
  • Drive towards Trincomalee traversing some fishing villages and enjoying beautiful landscapes 
    • Arrival at your reserved hotel. Welcome drinks and refreshing towels on arrival
  • Lunch (optional)
  • Afternoon sightseeing tour around Trincomalee city including following sites
  • Koneswaran Hindu Temple - Koneswaram temple is a classical-medieval Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in Trincomalee. Surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery on all sides, the colourful Koneswaram temple sits high above the bay, a classical-medieval complex in the Eastern Province city of Trincomalee. The site is a religious pilgrim centre, and is one of the five “Pancha Ishwarams” (abodes of Shiva) that were built in coastal regions of Sri Lanka to honor the supreme god of Hinduism.
  • Fort Fedrick - Fort Fredrick, also known as Trincomalee Fort or Fort of Triquillimale, is a fort built by the Portuguese at Trincomalee, Eastern Province, Sri Lanka, completed in 1624 CE, built on Swami Rock-Konamamalai  from the debris of the world famous ancient Hindu Koneswaram temple. The temple was destroyed by the Portuguese colonial Constantino de Sá de Noronha under Phillip III, occupier of the Jaffna kingdom and Malabar country on the island. On the Konamalai cape was also built a new village of Portuguese and Tamil people, 50 Portuguese soldiers and inside the fort, a church named after "Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe". The Fort of Triquillimale was dismantled and rebuilt by the Dutch in 1665, renamed Fort Fredrick.
  • Swami Rock - Viewpoint in Trincomalee. ... The base for Kandasamy Kovil is considered the world's greatest vantage point for spotting blue whales
  • Trincomalee Port - Trinco Harbor is a seaport in Trincomalee Bay or Koddiyar Bay, a large natural   harbour situated on the north-east cost of Sri Lanka. Located by Trincomalee, Sri Lanka in the heart of the Indian Ocean, its strategic importance has shaped its recent history. There have been many sea battles to control the harbour. The Portuguese, Dutch, French, and the English have each held it in turn. In 1942 the Japanese Imperial Navy attacked Trincomalee harbour and sunk three British warship anchored there.
    • Evening leisure at the beach side 
  •              Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel 
Day 06 – Trincomalee / Kaludiya Pokuna / Habarana / Dambulla / Sigiriya
    • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Drive towards Kaludiya Pokuna 
  • This site is closer to Kumbukkandanwala, which is about 8 km away from Sigiriya in the Dambulla   Divisional Secretariat Division. Situated in a jungle area, this site had been named as Dakkhinagiri Vihara in an inscription of the ninth century. According to Mahavamsa it has been built by King Saddhatissa (137-139 BC.). It was developed by King Aggabodhi and a Chapter House has been constructed by him. Several inscriptions, some caves with inscriptions under the drip-ledges, a dagoba, pillars, a residence of monks, remains of a monastery can be seen in the site. This vihara is named after the Kaludiya Pokuna or the pond with blackish water found in the vicinity.
    • Continue towards Habarana
  • There is a half an hour Bullock cart ride through Habarana village as well as enjoy an interesting traditional boat ride (oruwa) through the Habarana Lake surrounded with nice sceneries and bird life.
  • After the village tour there will be a cooking demonstration and you will be able to participate to prepare a curry with mixing the spices thereafter lunch will be served (rice and curry + traditional desserts such as, fresh fruits and curd with trickle) at one of the village house in Habarana.  
  • Continue towards Dambulla and visit of the site & visit of the Dambulla Temple
  • Dambulla is the centre of vegetable distribution in the country. Dambulla cave temple is the largest and best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain statues and paintings
    • Arrival at your reserved hotel. Welcome drinks and refreshing towels on arrival
  • Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel 
Day 07 – Visit of Sigiriya/ Hingurakgoda/ Polonnaruwa/ Back to Hotel
    • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Drive towards Sigiriya and visit of the site
  • Sigiriya an ancient palace located in the central Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes. Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning. It is the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka
  • LUNCH at CIC AGRI HOLIDAY RESORT enjoying beautiful surroundings  
  • Visit of CIC Bio Farm by a tractor 
  • Continue towards Polonnaruwa and visit of the site by bicycles 
  • Polonnaruwa is considered significant; the real "Hero of Polonnaruwa" of the history books is actually Parakramabahu I. It was his reign that is considered the Golden Age of Polonnaruwa, when trade and agriculture flourished under the patronage of the king, who was so adamant that no drop of water falling from the heavens was to be wasted, and each was to be used toward the development of the land; hence, irrigation systems that are far superior to those of the Anuradhapura Age were constructed during Parakramabahu's reign, systems which to this day supply the water necessary for paddy cultivation during the scorching dry season in the east of the country.
    • Return to the hotel
  • Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel 
Day 08 – Sigiriya / Knuckles Region / Matale / Kandy
    • Breakfast at the hotel 
    • Early Morning drive towards Knuckles for interesting trek for about 3hrs in Knuckles range through Madukumbura village admiring beautiful sceneries, rural villages, paddy fields and many more cultivations
  • Knuckles range also called Dumbara mountain range is located off Kandy, in the northern end of Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. To the south and east of the mountain range is Mahaweli river basin while to the west are Matale plains.The trekkers’ favorite approach to Knuckles ranges begins on A26 main motor way running east of Kandy to Hunnsgiriya. At Hunnasiriya, B grade road leads to the Corbett’s Gap which opens up magnificent views of Knuckles range. From Corbett’s Gap the road that leads to the village of Meemure too can be travelled by a vehicle having good ground clearance.The trekkers also have options in two more entry roads: from Matale via Rattota and Riversten; from Wattegama via Panwila.
  • Continue up to Matale and visit of the spice gardens with a massage and a cooking demonstration. 
  • Typical Lunch served near a paddy field 
    • Continue towards Kandy 
  • Kandy, is a major city in Sri Lanka, located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. It is the second largest city in the country after Colombo. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city and is also the capital of the Central Province. Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988. 
  • Cultural show in the evening.
  • Thereafter visit of the Temple of the Tooth
  • The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic since ancient times has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site partly due to the temple.
    • Arrival at your reserved hotel. Welcome drinks and refreshing towels on arrival
  • Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel 
Day 09 – Kandy/ Pinnawela / Peradeniya/ Kandy
    • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Thereafter proceed to Pinnawela. Journey by local train towards Pinnawela. Get down at Rambukkana railway station which is the nearest station to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. 
    • Visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage in time to witness the bathing and bottle feeding of the baby elephants. Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage Among the green hills of Kegalle, about 50 miles (85km) from Colombo on the road to Kandy in the hill country, a herd of about 60 elephants roam free in the Pinnewela Elephant Orphanage. This popular attraction, established as a sanctuary covering 25 acres of lush forest by the Sri Lankan Government in 1975, is unique. Its purpose is to feed, nurse and house 
    • young elephants lost or abandoned by their mothers. Recently the sanctuary has also started a breeding program. Visitors are invited to observe and assist the baby elephants as they are fed from giant feeding bottles, before the pachyderms plod down to the river for their daily bath. 
  • Lunch at Pinnalanda Restaurant with the magical view of elephants bathing in Mee Oya
    • In front of the restaurant. Authentic Sri Lankan lunch with some western dishes as well.
    • Visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens
    • The most beautiful in the world and begun as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala King. Every variety tropical and temperate tree and flower is cultivated here and special houses with orchids and e cacti are too beautiful to be true.
    • Walk leisurely in the Kandy city including surroundings by the lake with free time for shopping. Fabulous options to buy souvenirs in wood, copper, silver, brass, ebony, and bronze. Ceramics, lacquer work, handlooms, batiks, jewelry and rush and reed-ware can also be purchased.
  • Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel
Day 10 – Kandy /Pussellawa/ Nuwara Eliya
    • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Drive towards Nuwara Eliya
    • Stop at a tea factory and Plantation. Possibility of buying the finest tea in the world.
    • Walk in the nature and through tea plantations at the same time meeting with local people and enjoying some Ceylon Tea in the Pusselawa village. Duration would be approx. 60mnts
    • Stop in Ramboda to admire the beauty of magnificent Ramboda Waterfall. Optional Lunch at Ramboda Restaurant with view of the waterfalls.
    • Arrive in Nuwara Eliya. City tour with free time for shopping
  • Nuwara Eliya. This town seems like a piece of English district. Tudor-style and Victorian homes look across the blue lake. These buildings are the other architectural monuments to the English, the Post Office, the English country house like Hill Club with its hunting pictures, mounted hunting trophies and fish, Anglican Church and private residence. The Golf course here is one of the best in Asia. 
  • Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel
Day 11 – Nuwara Eliya / Horton Plaines/ Ella
  • Early morning tea/ coffee around 0545hrs and leave towards Horton Plains with packet breakfast
  • Drive towards Horton Plains 
  • Horton Plains National Park is a protected area in the central highlands of Sri Lanka and is covered by grassland and cloud forest. Horton Plains was designated a national park in 1988. It is also a popular tourist destination and is situated 32 kilometers (20 mi) from Nuwara Eliya and 8 kilometers from Ohiya
  • Lunch (optional)
  • Train Journey to from Pattipola to Ella
    • Arrival and check-in to your hotel
  • Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel
Day 12 – Ella / Udawalawe
    • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • 03hrs of Walk in the Ella village crossing through mountains and tea fields.
  • Drive towards Udawalawe 
  • Lunch (optional)
  • Afternoon visit of the Udawalawe National Park by 4x4 a Luxury jeep 
  • Udawalawe National Park lies on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces, in Sri Lanka. The national park was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River, as well as to protect thecatchment of the reservoir. The reserve covers 30,821 hectares (119.00 sq mi) of land area and was established on 30 June 1972. The park is 165 kilometres (103 mi) from Colombo. Udawalawe is an important habitat for water birds and Sri Lankan elephants. It is a popular tourist destination and the third most visited park in the country.
  • Arrival at your campsite
    • Welcome drinks and refreshing towels on arrival
  • Dinner and overnight at a Camping Site in Deluxe Camping tents
Day 13 – Udawalawe/ Galle / Mirissa
    • Breakfast at the campsite
  • Leave towards Galle & Mirissa with following visits & stops en route,
    • Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in south and southeast Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and south Asian traditions. The Galle fort is a world heritage site and the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers. Other prominent landmarks in Galle include St. Mary's Cathedral founded by Jesuit priests, one of the main Shiva temples on the island 
  • City tour of Galle & thereafter check into your hotel in Mirisssa
    • Arrival at your beach hotel and stay on bed & breakfast
  • Lunch (optional)
  • Overnight at Hotel Triple “O” Six in Deluxe Room (Charming boutique hotel found 400m from stunning beach front of Mirissa)
Day 14 – Mirissa at leisure
    • Breakfast at the Hotel
    • Leisure at the beach with breakfast
  • Lunch (optional)
  • Overnight at Hotel Triple “O” Six in Deluxe Room
Day 15 – Mirissa / Colombo/ Airport
    • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Morning at leisure.
  • Driver towards Colombo et visit of Colombo city 
  • Transfer to Colombo Bandaranayake International Airport 
  • End of services in Sri Lanka

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