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East coast beaches 12 nights 13 days.

White sand beaches of the east, Pigeon island and much more.

13 days on the beaches of the east and much more

1st day. Airport – Kurunegala – Anuradhapura

2nd day. Anuradhapura: ancient city – Mihintale – Anuradhapura

3rd day. Anuradhapura – Trincomalee – Konesvaram Temple – Nilaveli

4th day. Trincomalee: Nilaveli Beach – Pigeon Island National Park

5th day. Nilaveli – free

6th day. Nilaveli – Sigiriya Rock – Minneriya National Park Safari – Sigiriya

7th day. Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa – Sigiriya

8th day. Sigiriya – Golden Temple of Dambulla – Spice Garden – Kandy

9th day. Temple of the Tooth – Peradeniya Botanical Garden – Kandy

10th day. Kandy – Ramboda Waterfalls – Tea Factory – Nuwara Elia Train to Ella

11th day. Ella – Buduruwagala – Yala National Park Safari

12th day. Yala – Galle Fortress – Unawatuna

13th day. Unawatuna – Colombo – Airport

1st day. Airport – Kurunegala – Anuradhapura

Reception at the Bandaranaike international airport by our representative and transfer to Anuradhapura.

Stop in Kurunegala for a walk around the lake and to enjoy a refreshing drink.

Accommodation in Anuradhapura

2nd day. Anuradhapura: ancient city – Mihintale – Anuradhapura

This day will be dedicated to another of the ancient capitals of the country: Anuradhapura.

Founded in the 4th century BC, it was the first capital of Sri Lanka and remained active until the 10th century AD.

Anuradhapura is one of the largest archaeological sites in the world and is considered World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In the enclosure of this ancient city is located the oldest tree in the world, called “Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi” which was planted from a branch of the tree where Buddha achieved enlightenment in India.

Besides ancient times and stupas, we will see, above all, how the Sri Lankans visit and venerate this sacred enclosure. It is very common to see locals smiling, dressed in white with flowers and other offers.

Then we will visit Mihintale, the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

According to ancient chronicles, Buddhism entered Sri Lanka through Mihintale in the year 237 before Christ.

In the sacred wood we will meet the ruins of what remains of a great monastery that housed up to 3,000 monks. Still the remains of the life of that time remain: the canteen, the clinic, etc. Today it is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site in the world.

Accommodation in Anuradhapura

3rd day. Anuradhapura – Trincomalee – Konesvaram Temple – Nilaveli

Transfer to Trincomalee.

This is an important tourist destination on the shores of the Indian ocean. Its beaches of fine white sand and crystal clear blue water stand out. A place suitable for underwater activities and in certain seasons of the year it is possible to admire whales and dolphins. The city, like all the north of the country, witnessed the fighting during the war, but in recent years the scenario has totally changed. It is currently a virgin and first-class tourist spot due to its spectacular landscape which is compared to the Maldives.

Visit to the Hindu temple of Konesvaram in Trincomalee, dedicated to the god Shiva.

Free afternoon.

Accommodation in Nilaveli

4th day. Trincomalee: Nilaveli Beach – Pigeon Island National Park

Boat transfer to visit the Pigeon Island Marine National Park: this is one of the country’s marine parks and consists of two small bird sanctuary islands since 1963. In this park, which houses one of Sri Lanka’s best coral reefs, you can immerse yourself in to see turtles, coloured fish, and sea horses … It is one of the most appreciated visits by tourists who come to ancient Ceylon.

Accommodation in Nilaveli

5th day.Nilaveli beach – free

Free day to take advantage of the wonderful beach

Accommodation in Nilaveli

6th day. Nilaveli – Sigiriya Rock – Minneriya National Park Safari – Sigiriya

In the morning visit to Sigiriya rock.

Sigiriya’s fortress is a practically rectangular 360-degree rock that houses the ruins of an ancient luxurious complex, considered one of the 8 wonders of the ancient world.

This work of King Kassapa dates back to the fifth century AD and hides a story of betrayals and revenge. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Sigiriya is one of the main tourist attractions of Sri Lanka.

In the afternoon we will go on a safari in the Kaudulla National Park, in the heart of the cultural triangle.

This park is famous for the large herds of elephants that come to drink and bathe in its expanse of water.

Accommodation in Sigiriya

7th day. Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa – Sigiriya

Transfer to Polonnaruwa.

In the morning we will visit one of the old countries capital, Polonnaruwa (XI-XIII).

Founded in the tenth century AD, Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka and remained active until the thirteenth century. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this city retains the remains of buildings and temples of the era.

They are highlighted for their beauty and grandeur, the statues of Buddha and that of the King Parakrama carved in the rock.

Followed by an interesting visit to the University of Alahana Pirivena.

In the “Polonnaruwa era” agriculture prospered, along with commerce, teaching and healthcare. Consequently, this era is considered the greatest in the history of this country.

Transfer to Sigiriya.

Accommodation in Sigiriya

8th day. Sigiriya – Golden Temple of Dambulla – Spice Garden – Kandy

In the morning we will visit the Golden Temple of Dambulla(I AD).

The Golden Temple of Dambulla consists of a large cave with different converted environments into temples. In its interior you can admire 153 statues of Buddha, some statues of the Sri Lanka Kings and some Hindu gods, and the murals that cover the walls and ceilings of the cave.

The story of Dambulla goes back to the year I AC and had its greatest splendour in the twelfth century.

Even today the temple is still active, we will have the opportunity to observe the Sri Lankan Buddhists offering flowers, incense and oil lamps.

Then we will learn all the secrets of a spice garden. In this visit we will have the opportunity to see the plants and trees in which the different spices are grown and learn of their uses in cooking and in Ayurvedic medicine.

In particular we will know the vanilla, cocoa, cardamom, pepper, ginger, lemongrass, nutmeg.

Transfer to the capital of the mountains “ Kandy”. World Heritage Site recognised by UNESCO, Kandy is one of the most sacred places in the Buddhist world.

It was the last capital of the Sri Lankan Kings and the second most important city, after Colombo. Kandy is also considered the capital of the Buddhist world due, in large part, to the Temple of the Tooth or Sri Dalada Maligawa.

Accommodation in Kandy

9th day. Temple of the Tooth – Peradeniya Botanical Garden – Kandy

In the early morning we will visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.

The Botanical Gardens are also called the Royal Gardens, their origins go back to the fourteenth century. This vast expanse of trees and plants is one of the best travel sites in Sri Lanka. We will admire the ancient trees and palms with the strangest shapes, Ayurvedic plants and the famous orchid collection. This vast area of 60 hectares is a place of relaxation and leisure for the Sri Lankans where they come to stroll and spend the day with their loved ones.

Then we will visit the Sri Dalada Maligawa or Buddha Tooth Temple.

In this sacred place we find the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times, this heirloom played an important role in Sri Lanka’s life, as it was believed that those who possessed it had power. Again we will see how Sri Lankan Buddhists gather in this temple with flowers and offerings to worship Buddha.

For the rest of the afternoon we will take a stroll though the city and the lake surrounding the Temple of the Tooth, the market. …

Accommodation in Kandy

10th day. Kandy – Ramboda Waterfalls – Tea Factory – Nuwara Elia Train to Ella

On our way to the mountain station of Nuwara Eliya (1868mt.) we will admire the vast tea plantations, we will stop at the Ramboda waterfalls and visit a tea factory.

In Nuwara Eliya we will take a walk to Lake Gregory and to the little England, so called by British settlers, here we can see the old buildings and take in the atmosphere of that time.

An example is the Golf Club or Club Hill.

Travel by train from Nanu Oya station of Nuwara Eliya to Ella. Over 3 hours of winding road through the mountains and the forest, a time to relax and take in the breathtaking scenery. The railway network in Sri Lanka started operating in 1968 and still runs perfectly preserving the old trains of the time.

Accommodation in Ella

11th day. Ella – Buduruwagala – Yala National Park Safari

On the way to Yala, we will visit Buduruwagala, an ancient X century Buddhist temple,

where we will admire 7 Buddha statues and Buddha aspirants carved in the rock.

Transfer to Yala for the safari.

The Yala National Park is the most visited Nature Reserve in the country and the second in extension.

You can see deer, pelicans, wild boars, crocodiles, magpies, wild buffaloes, kingfishers, elephants, royal peacocks, bears … and with a little luck, even the elusive leopard.

Accommodation in Yala

12th day. Yala – Galle Fortress – Unawatuna

Transfer to the Galle Fort.

Galle is the third most important city after Colombo and Kandy.

It was a Portuguese city in the 16th century and Dutch in the 118th century, a moment of maximum apogee; also the British lived there in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

All these colonisers left their mark, which is why it has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO..

The Galle Fort is the best preserved colonial historical centre in the country, where Buddhists, Muslims, Catholics and Hindus live together in perfect harmony. It is a pleasure to get lost in its shady colonial streets and squares.

Transfer to Unawatuna

Accommodation in Unawatuna

13th day. Unawatuna – Colombo – Airport

In the morning you can take the opportunity to visit the colonial area of the Colombo Fortress where you will find the Dutch Hospital, considered the oldest building in the Colombo Fort area that dates back to the Dutch colonial era in Sri Lanka. It is believed that it dates back to 1681.

For the afternoon the following visits are proposed:

Independence Square: the memorial hall of the independence from the British dominion with the creation of the Ceylon domain, February 4, 1948.

The Ideal is walking through the gardens that surround the square.

Galle Face: great esplanade where Colombo residents go for a walk on the sea side and fly kites. We recommend to go in the afternoon.

Transfer to the airport at the agreed time where we will arrive 3 hours before the flight departure

Inclusions

  • Accommodation and breakfast at the indicated hotels.
  • Private transport with  english spoken chaufeur/escort.
  • Reception and escort service at the airport upon arrival and departure
  • The entrance tickets to the monuments, National parks and the temples of the itinerary.

Exclusions

  • Optional activities.
  • The visits not contemplated in the route.
  • Tips.
  • International flight
  • Visa entry fees to Sri Lanka ($ 35)

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