Heritage with Wild Encounters

Tour information

  • 2 bottles of 500ml mineral water per person
  • Accommodation and any other meals/refreshments/expenses not stated above.
  • Air –conditioned luxury transport
  • Breakfast on day 2
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch on All 3 Days
  • Lunch on day 1
  • Services of professional Guide/ Tour Leader(for coach only)
  • Tickets to listed attractions
Free
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Heritage with Wild Encounters

Tour Map

7 NIGHTS 8 DAYS

DAY 1 – AIRPORT / NEGOMBO

You will be welcomed by a representative of Ebert Silva Holidays at the Bandaranaike International Airport and transferred to Negombo. Enjoy a city tour in Negombo, a most popular coastal stopover that is best known for its fishing industry.

Enjoy a stroll to discover the interesting restaurants serving fresh seafood, quaint shops selling local handicrafts, batiks and jewelry and enjoy the delightful scenery.

Overnight stay in Negombo.

 

DAY 2 – ANURADHAPURA

After early breakfast proceed to the heritage city of Anuradhapura which flourished as the capital of Lanka for 1400 years under 130 kings. Known as the cradle of the glorious Sinhalese Buddhist civilization, Anuradhapura will undoubtedly offer you many memorable sightseeing highlights. It was a stately, well laid-out pre-Christian metropolis of massive Buddhist shrines and monasteries, splendid palaces, pavilions, and parks, bathing ponds and vast reservoirs, many of them are masterpieces of architecture, art, sculpture and engineering.

Highlights among the many sites you will visit are the sacred ‘Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Tree’, the oldest recorded human-planted tree in the world, the Aukana Buddha Statue, the ponds and pavilions, the great stupas and many other awe-inspiring monuments.

Overnight stay in Anuradhapura.

 

DAY 3 – MIHINTALE / HABARANA

After breakfast continue your discovery of the ancient Kingdom of Anuradhapura and enjoy a delectable authentic Sri Lankan lunch.

Visit Mihintale, the sacred site where great Arahath Mahinda first preached the Buddhist doctrine to the King of Lanka, thus establishing Buddhism in Sri Lanka nearly 2350 years ago. Enjoy the breathtaking landscape as you climb 1840 steps to reach the summit of this sacred mountain. Discover ruins of an ancient hospital complex among other amazing remnants of a complex that had over 2000 Buddhist monks in the 5th century AD. Proceed to Habarana.

Overnight stay in Habarana.

 

DAY 4 – POLONNARUWA / MINNERIYA / HABARANA

After breakfast, you will you proceed to discover the ancient city of Polonnaruwa.

Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka for three centuries between the 11th to 13th centuries. The gigantic ruins to date echo the glory and splendor of the Kingdom of Prakramabahu the Great (1153 – 1186), the hero king whose vision and engineering mastery led to a prosperous kingdom and an era during which Lanka was known as the ‘Granary of the East’. Among the highlights of the tour is the King’s Palace which was once a seven-storied grand edifice with around 1,000 chambers. The grand Lankatilaka Image House, the unique Vatadage, Rankoth Vehera and many other masterpieces will fascinate you with their architectural brilliance and engineering mastery.

After lunch proceed to Minneriya National Park for an adventurous jeep safari.

Overnight stay in Habarana.

 

DAY 5 – SIGIRIYA / KANDY

After early breakfast, you will proceed to Sigiriya. This fascinating rock fortress is one of the most valuable historical sites in Sri Lanka and also among the new 8 Wonders of the World. Sigiriya is a must-see attraction in Sri Lanka with amazing architecture, engineering and art of the 5th century AD.

Thereafter, you can visit the Dambulla Cave Temple which comprises of five large caves adorned with Buddha statues, colorful paintings and well-preserved religious works of art. Both Sigiriya and Dambulla are UNESCO declared World Heritage Sites.

After exploring the enthralling cave temple you will proceed to Kandy.

Overnight stay in Kandy.

 

DAY 6 – KANDY

After breakfast, your first visit will be to the James Taylor Tea Factory in Galaha. James Taylor was a Scottish planter who first introduced tea in British Ceylon. You will also visit the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya. This popular attraction boasts of more than 4000 species of plants, including orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees and is renowned for its collection of orchids. The long, palm framed pathways, shady trails and bursts of color set in breathtaking landscapes will certainly charm you.

Whilst in Kandy, the last royal capital of the island, embark on a delightful city tour and visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic complex. The Temple is one of the most venerated and picturesque Buddhist places of worship in Sri Lanka. In the heart of the city is the scenic Kandy Lake on which you will enjoy a boat ride thereafter.

In the evening witness a colorful cultural show of traditional Sri Lankan dances and pageantry.

Overnight stay in Kandy.

 

DAY 7 – GALLE

After breakfast leave to visit the southern port city of Galle. Explore the Galle Fort to experience an interesting and iconic part of the island’s Dutch history with its breathtaking views. Enjoy at leisure the World Heritage City of Galle wandering among the colorful souvenir shops or strolling along the narrow pathways. The Dutch Reformed Church, the Clock Tower, National Maritime Museum and the Galle Light House are among many other interesting monuments you will explore in Galle.

Overnight stay in Galle.

 

DAY 8 – COLOMBO / AIRPORT

After breakfast leave for Colombo. You have reached the final day of your amazing vacation in Sri Lanka.

Depending on your flight schedule you can hop on board for a delightful open deck city sightseeing experience on the ‘Colombo City Tour’. The tour will give a unique opportunity to witness the history, heritage and the important monuments in Colombo.

We will guide you thereafter to the airport for your onward journey.