Explore the UNESCO listed world heritage sites in Sri Lanka during this 9-day tour. This is not just an experience, you will learn so much about the ancient culture, heritage and some endemic flora and fauna. Some of the attractions will surely amaze you. If you want to have an impact tour in Sri Lanka that has so much to offer for the money you pay, this tour will be a good choice for you.
You will be picked up from BIA airport or your hotel in Colombo, Negombo, Mount Lavinia and driven to Galle for the overnight stay. Overnight stay at a 4-Star hotel in Galle
After breakfast, visit Galle Dutch fort. Galle Fort was built by the Portuguese in 1588, and then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which even after more than 423 years maintains a polished appearance, due to extensive reconstruction work was done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards you will be driven to Sinharaja (approx. 3 hours’ drive). In the afternoon you can proceed with a guided trekking tour in the Sinharaja Rainforest, which is a UNESCO world heritage site and major ecotourism destination in Sri Lanka. Overnight stay at a 4-Star hotel in Sinharaja
After breakfast, you will be driven to Nuwara Eliya where you can explore some of the central high land attractions. The Central Highlands of Sri Lanka were listed as a World Heritage Site in 2010 in recognition of the site’s values within one of the world’s richest attentions of biodiversity. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a city tour of Nuwara Eliya. Known as Little England, the town of Nuwara Eliya enjoys spring-like weather throughout the year. A favorite retreat of the British during colonial times, the town is dotted with English country style houses and half-timbered bungalows. During this tour you will visit Victoria Park, Gregory Lake, 19th century Golf Club and drive around the city. Overnight stay at a 4-Star hotel in Nuwara Eliya
Make a pre-dawn start with a packed breakfast to explore the Horton Plains which is part of the UNESCO listed world heritage site. Take a guided walk along the nature trails to a viewpoint known as World’s End. A variety of wildlife including endemic Rhino-horned and Hump-nosed Lizards, highland bird species including the Sri Lanka White-eye, Dull-blue Flycatcher, Sri Lanka Bush Warbler, Yellow-eared Bulbul may be encountered. Also, keep your eye out for troops of Bear Monkey, and Sambar (Sri Lanka’s largest species of deer) which are regularly seen on the plains close to the entrance. In the afternoon, you will be able to enjoy a Tea Plantation and a Tea Factory tour. Barely 3.5 kilometres from Nuwara Eliya town, Pedro's Tea Factory lies nestled in the hills. You can take a half-hour guided tour of the factory, originally built in 1885 and still packed with 19th-century engineering. Step in to the Tea Plantation with a guide and start plucking tea with estate tea pluckers. This will give you an opportunity to experience the tea workers life and share their knowledge of tea plucking & and tea production. Overnight stay at a 4-Star hotel in Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast, you will be taken to Kandy which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. On arrival, you will start a guided city tour. To the Buddhists of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. The Kandy Lake that was built by king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1807 is one of the major highlights in the city. The upper lake drive is more scenic and memorable. Today Kandy is the center of Buddhism, Arts, Crafts, Dancing, Music and Culture. Visiting gem lapidary, art and craft center along with a traditional cultural show will complete the city tour in this small historical town. Overnight stay at a 4-Star hotel in Kandy
After breakfast, you will be Driven to Sigiriya. En route visit Dambulla Cave Temple. Dambulla Cave temple is one of the most impressive and well-preserved cave temples in Asia. This complex contains five caves with over 2000 sq.m of painted walls and ceilings. This emphasizes the artistic talents of the people lived in this small island. Due to its artistic & archeological values, Dambulla Cave temple has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Today you can see the Golden temple at the entrance of Dambulla rock that includes a Buddhist museum completed in 2000. In the afternoon, you will enjoy the sightseeing of Sigiriya Rock fortress. The 5th century Rock fortress of Sigiriya which as built by King Kashyapa is one of the Wonders of world and a UNESCO world heritage site. The Rock itself has its unique identity due to its shape. The irrigational technologies of water gardens & archeological technologies of the large lion carved at the entrance are precious as they are still existing. Overnight stay at a 4-Star hotel in Sigiriya
After breakfast, you will be driven to Polonnaruwa. Polonnaruwa remains as one of the best planned archeological relic sites in the country, which was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1982. This is a well-preserved city with ancient dagobas, moonstones, beautiful parks, massive buildings and stunningly beautiful statues. The Sea of Parakrama, a vast 12th-century man-made water reservoir is also one of the main highlights in this wonderful ancient city. Moreover, this is one of the best ancient cities in the country that gives a big experience within a short period of time as the monuments are in a more compact area. Overnight stay at a 4-Star hotel in Sigiriya
After breakfast, you will be taken to Anuradhapura. Anuradhapura is the first kingdom of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization. The city houses the oldest historically documented tree on earth, grown from a branch of the very tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment 2500 years ago. It was also the center of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon, you will be able to visit Mihintale Buddhist Monastery. In the 3rd century BC, area of Mihintale was a thick jungle inhabited by wild animals and was a hunting ground reserved for the royals. This is the place where Mahinda Maha Thero, the son of the Indian Emperor Asoka, met king Devamnampiyatissa in 250 BC which resulted in inauguration of Buddhism to Sri Lanka. Today it is the main center for Theravada Buddhism and the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Overnight stay at a 4-Star hotel in Sigiriya
After breakfast, you will be driven to BIA Airport for the departure or dropped off at your hotel in Colombo, Negombo or Mount Lavinia.