Situated in the Indian Ocean and located just off the Southern Coast of India, Sri Lanka has been often considered the pearl of the Indian Ocean. As a result of its location in the path of major sea routes, Sri Lanka is a strategic naval link between West Asia and South East Asia. It was also an important stop on the ancient Silk Road.
Sri Lanka has also been a center of the Buddhist philosophy and culture from ancient times, being the nation where the Buddhist teachings were first written down as well as the oldest continually Buddhist country.
Sri Lanka boasts a diverse range of cultures, languages and religions. The Sinhalese people from the majority of the population, Tamil people who are concentrated in the north and east of the island, form the largest ethnic minority. Other communities include Moors, Burghers, Malays, and the aboriginal Vedda people.
The country is famous for the production and export of tea, coffee, gemstones, coconuts, rubber and cinnamon the last of which is native to the country. The island contains tropical forests and diverse landscapes with high biodiversity. The country lays claim to a long and varying history of over three thousand years, having one of the longest documented histories in the world.
With a location just above the equator the country enjoys a lovely tropical climate that provides relatively constant weather throughout the year. Despite this, it also features two main monsoon seasons that bring about heavy periods of rain. Namely South-West Monsoon (May to July) and North- East Monsoon (December to January).
Sri Lanka has no marked seasons. This tiny island which is not more than 65,610 km2 in area is home to 08 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. As result of being so small the hot and humid lowlands and the salubrious hill country are separated only by a few hours motoring
It is important that you visit the link in order to get an idea of what to do and what not to do while in the country – www.srilanka.travel/travel_tips
Sri Lankan History Tour
Meet and assist at Colombo international airport by our company representative and proceed to the hotel in Negombo. Overnight stay at Negombo.
Negombo The northernmost resort on the west coast, and a large fishing town, Negombo has an old world atmosphere of 17th century churches and forts, and is also often called ‘little Rome’. A fine example is St.Mary’s church in the town centre.
Overnight stay at Negombo
After breakfast proceed to Anuradhapura.
Visit the ruins of the first capital of Sri Lanka founded in the 05th century BC. Here is found the largest number of ancient monuments of the great civilization of Sinhalese. Buddhism found its first real home in Sri Lanka at Anuradhapura, and it thus contains some of Sri Lankan Buddhism’s most sacred sites. The Sri Maha Bodhi tree in Anuradhapura, planted from a cutting from the original ‘bo tree’ under which the Buddha achieved enlightenment, continues to draw thousands of Buddhist pilgrims from around the world.
Overnight stay at Anuradhapura
After breakfast proceed to Sigiriya.
One of Asia’s major archaeological sites, Sigiriya presents a unique concentration of fifth-century urban planning, architecture, gardening, engineering, hydraulic technology and art. Sigiriya Lion Rock Citadel of Sri Lanka built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century A.D. It was the royal citadel of King Kasyapa for more than 18 years. Sigiriya has been named as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.
Proceed to Dambulla
Overnight stay at Dambulla.
After breakfast proceed to City Tour in Dambulla.
Dambulla Rock Temple is a magnificent Gallery of Buddha images and wall and ceiling paintings. It is a complex of five cave temples with its origin going back to the Anuradhapura period (1st century BC). However due to additions and restorations done by various rulers over the past two thousand years what now remains are mostly the works of the Kandyan period (18th century).
Overnight stay at Dambulla
After breakfast proceed to Kandy via Matale.
Matale Spice Garden – Matale Visit a spice garden in Matale to see many different types of spices Sri Lanka is famous for. Just 25 km from the hill capital of Kandy, the Matale spice gardens are among the best on the island. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed.
Continue to Kandy. Cultural Dance show in the evening The Sri Lankan Cultural Dance Show is a showcase of Sri Lankan arts; culture and heritage .The show includes a variety of traditional dances and exciting drum rhythms that will be a memorable experience.
Overnight Stay at Kandy.
After breakfast proceed to Leisure at Temple tooth. Kandy Kandy, a world heritage site, is home to numerous Buddhist temples including the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic. Set in a valley surrounded by rings of mountains, the city of Kandy is the gateway to the Salubrious hill country of Sri Lanka. Tooth Relic Temple The pink painted famous Temple of the Tooth which houses the most sacred religious relic, the tooth of the Buddha, is one of the most venerated temples in Whole world.
Proceed to Colombo Colombo (City Tour) Colombo, Sri Lanka’s bustling capital, is located on the country’s west coast and is by far the country’s biggest city, as well as its window on the world. The city is a jarring mix of old and new, with a central cluster of high-rise office blocks and hotels overshadowing red-tiled colonial-era buildings and sprawling street markets which overflow with high piled fruit and vegetables, colorful silks and cottons, and deliciously fragrant spices. Colombo offers many interesting venues that you can visit. The Galle Face Green Promenade, the National Museum, the National Art Gallery, the Independence Square. Shopping options are widely available while the night life is indeed enjoyable.
Overnight stay at Colombo
Departure transfer to the airport