This tour is Ideal for the travelers who like to travel on their own or if they are here for more than two weeks in Sri Lanka. This is the difficult part to travel and see all the places with public transport so you can go with a driver for 4 or 5 days and from Kandy onwards go by bus and train.
Day 1, Negombo-Pinnawela-Sigiriya
Start at 9.00 am from Negombo to Elephant orphanage. On the way through coconut plantaitions, Roofing tile factories and paddy fields reach the elephant orphanage to see them in the river. At 1.15pm see the feeding of baby elephants and leave the orphanage. Drive through Kurunegala (The town surrounded with 7 rocks and the 5th ancient capital of Sri Lanka) through Dambulla city proceeds to the hotel in Sigiriya.
Over night stay in Sigiriya.
Day 2, Sigiriya-Anuradhapura
In the morning 8.00am start driving towards Anuradhapura and start the city tour of ancient city (3rd century B.C to 10th century A.D). Visit Sri maha bodhi ( The oldest tree in the world with a written history and it is a sapling from the original tree which the Buddha attained enlighten under it), The brazen palace, Ruwanveli seya dagoba (The biggest dagoba in Sri Lanka), Thuparama dagoba (oldest dagoba built in the 3rd century B.C,the right color borne of Buddha is deposited), Lankarama dagoba, Elephant pond, Abhayagiriya monastery complex, World famous Samadhi Buddha statue, Twin ponds, The finest stone carving and the meaning of the Moonstone, The guard stone , Jethavanarama dagoba and museum and Isurumuniya temple (Stone carving of the Sri Lankan Romeo & Juliet). After visiting the city stop for lunch in Anuradhapura and proceed to Mihintale.Visit Mihintale monastery complex built in the 3rd century B.C, (The place where Buddhism was established for the first time in Sri Lanka), Ruins of an Ancient hospital, Refectory hall, Lion pond, Cobra pond, Ambastale, and Mihindu cave and then proceed to Aukana to see the highest Buddha statue in Sri Lanka, in one piece of granite 13 meters in height built in the 5th century A.D. This statue was built by King Datusena while he was building the gigantic reservoir called Kala wewa. After visiting Aukana then proceed to Sigiriya.
Over night stay in Sigiriya.
Day 3, Polonnaruwa-Sigiriya
Start 8:00 am
After breakfast leave guest house to Visit Polonnaruwa ancient city (10th-12th century A.D), The modern meuseum,parakrama Samudra (Gigantic reservoir made by king Parakrama the great), Statue of king Parakrama, Library shrine, Palace of king Parakramabahu, The council chamber, The kumara Pokuna (pond used by royal family with the water flowing system), Shiva temple, Thuparama shrine room and the glittering statues, Atadage,Hetadage, Vatadage, Stone book, Rankoth Vehera, Alahana monastery complex, Gal Vihare (Master peace of stone carving), Thivanka image house, Lotus pond and proceed to Habarana to have an Ayurveda massage or an elephant safari in the jungle, as you like. Evening reach to Sigiriya.
Overnight stay in Sigiriya.
Day 4, Sigiriya-Kandy
Start 7:00 am
Early morning Climb Sigiriya rock fortress built in the 5th century A.D by king Kasyapa who was a patricide(Sigiriya Claimed as the 8th wonder in the world), see the water garden, bolder garden, world famous Paintings, Mirror wall, Lion's paws, The swimming pool on top and back to hotel to have breakfast.
After breakfast proceed to Dambulla cave temples (Built by king Walagamba in the 1st century B.C with 22000 square feet’s of ceiling paintings),Then Next to Nalande gedige (Temple built in the geographical Centre of sri lanka), Then in Matale Aluvihare the temple (Where Buddhism brought into book form in the 1st century B.C) and proceed to Kandy.
Overnight stay in Kandy.
Day 5, Kandy city
Start 9:30 am
Visit a tea factory, Botanical garden (best garden in Asia), Kandy city and the view point and in the evening 5:30 pm The Kandyan dance show and the temple of the tooth at 7:15 pm the ceremony time. The tour ends from Kandy.
The whole tour is conducted with a guide who will explain all the archeological sites and the proud history of Sri Lanka.
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