A very accessible program, designed for those who want to move, meeting a millenary culture. Sri Lanka offers travellers a memorable experience, as in a few days they will be able to see and experience … all that is most beautiful in the country! From the archaeological vestiges of a culture rich in its diversity to the aromas of tea plantations, spices and exotic plants; from the sites of Buddhism to the fabulous diversity of its fauna: A world of temples, waterfalls, plantations, safaris, colonial cities, fishing villages, of colours and endless perfumes …
Day 1: Arrival in Colombo, visit of the fishermen’s town and road to Sigiriya
Arrival in Colombo. Reception at the airport. Near the airport, we visit the fishermen’s town before leaving for Sigiriya. Visit the monumental site of the Lion Rock, a monument declared World Heritage by UNESCO. Discovery of this beautiful fortress built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century, with the famous frescoes representing the “Golden Women”.
Day 2: Visit of the site of Medigiriya and the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa
After breakfast, departure for the Polonnaruwa region, first to visit the «Vatadage», around the temple, with its 68 authentic carved columns. At the four corners of the temple, one can admire the marvellous stone Buddhas in meditation. Next to it, a view of the ruins of the ancient hospital. Continuation towards Polonnaruwa. Trip to Polonnaruwa, the medieval capital of Sri Lanka between the 11th and 12th centuries. Discovery of the ruins of the Royal Palace with the Audience Hall and the Gal Vihar, with its three statues of reclining Buddha of 14 meters, carved into the rock. Return to the hotel in Sigiriya at the end of the day.
Day 3: Visit of Anuradhapura, the oldest royal city
Road departure towards Anuradhapura, one of the oldest royal cities of Sri Lanka, considered a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Visit the shrine of the sacred tree called Bo and the dagobas. View of the Bronze Palace, which once housed many monks and then continued towards Mihintale, a place of great historical and religious significance. On the way back, visit Aukana, to discover an impressive statue of Buddha.
Day 4: Visit the Dambulla caves and road to Kandy
Road departure towards Kandy via Dambulla. The caves of Dambulla were transformed into Buddhist sanctuaries and you can admire 5 caves with their 150 authentic statues. Visit of the altar of Nalanda Gedige, a jewel of Sinhalese architecture. At about thirty kilometres, I discovered the spice gardens that made Ceylan famous. Possibility to visit a batik factory. Continuation towards Kandy, the last capital of the kings of Sri Lanka and small sacred city on the revised artificial lake, with many Buddhist monasteries. Return to the hotel to freshen up and off to watch a show of traditional Sinhalese dances.
Day 5: Visit of the Temple of the Tooth, a tea plantation and the elephant orphanage of Pinnawella
Breakfast and visit of the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, where a very venerated relic of a tooth of Buddha is preserved. Departure by road to Pinnawella and visit of the elephant orphanage. Return to Kandy and walk along the shores of the lake and through the bazaar.
Day 6: Visit the botanical garden of Peradeniya, via del Te and Nuwara Eliya waterfall
Visit the Royal Botanical Garden of Peradeniya, a garden of about 59 hectares. It contains about 4,000 varieties of plants, where you can discover, among other things: the spectacular list of palms, the Orchid house (with more than 300 varieties) and an impressive collection of Gymnosperms. Departure to walk the tea route, with a stop to visit a plantation and a factory. Continuation through the picturesque landscapes and arrival in Nuwara Eliya, with its impressive waterfall. Night at the hotel.
Day 7: Visit of Ella, Nuwara Eliya and Safari in Yala park
Breakfast and departure to Ella, a picturesque town from where you will take the train that will take you to Kataragama, a sacred pilgrimage town for various religions on the island, surrounded by jungle. Then off to a jeep safari in the Yala National Park, where you can see lots of specimens of the island’s fauna; monkeys, leopards. Departure for Tissamaharana and view of the beautiful white Buddhist dagoba.
Day 8: Arrival in Tangalle – Beach and sun
After breakfast, departure for Tangalle. Check-in at the hotel and free time to lie in the sun.
Day 9: Second day of beach and sun
Free day to enjoy the beautiful beaches and lagoons of Tangalle.
Day 10: Visit of Galle, transfer to the airport – End of the program
Breakfast and free morning to lie in the sun. Departure for Galle and short visit of the beautiful Dutch colonial city. Departure for Colombo. Transfer to the airport and registration formalities.