I will meet and assist you on arrival at the airport and transfer from Airport to Negombo to recover from jetlag. Overnight stay: at Negombo.
DAY 2 - Sigiriya Via Anuradhapura
After Breakfast I will drive you to visit the 1st Kingdom of Sri Lanka.
Anuradhapura Ancient City
Sacred tree of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, is the most Sacred tree in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It is said to be the southern branch from the historical Bodhi tree of Sri Maha Bodhi at Bodh Gaya in India under which Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment. It was planted in 288 BC, and is the oldest living human-planted tree in the world with a known planting date. Today it is one of the most sacred relics of the Buddhists in Sri Lanka and respected by Buddhists all over the world.
(World Heritage site declare by UNESCO 1982) After visiting this site, we drive to Sigiriya in the evening. Overnight stay: At Sigiriya
DAY 3 - Sigiriya
After breakfast we drive to Sigiriya.
Visit Dambulla cave temple.
Major attraction of Dambulla, is Dambulla cave temple complex; for some, the most impressive sight in Sri Lanka. There are colorful and very well preserved paintings and statues of Buddha inside the caves, which date back to the 1st century BC. (World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO 1991).
At last you will reach the 5th century King Kassapa territory.
In the evening visit Sigiriya rock fortress.
This is an ancient rock fortress and castle/palace ruin situated in the central Matale District of Sri Lanka. The remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs, and other structures surround it. It is a popular tourist destination, also known for its Ancient paintings (frescos), very similar to those in the Ajanta Caves of India the fortress was built during the reign of King Kassapa I (AD 477 – 495), and it is one of the seven World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka. (World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO 1982)
Option : Evening safari at Minneriya National Park/Kaudulla National Park /Eco Park
Overnight stay: At Sigiriya.
DAY 4 - Kandy
After breakfast I drive you to the last Kingdom of Sri Lanka. It lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy Valley which crossed an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is one of the most scenic Cities in Sri Lanka. (World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO 1982).
En route we can visit, Nalanda Gedige and Matale Hindu Temple.
Option : Visit one of the innumerable spice gardens and a batik factory.
Kandy City: Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kandy which is a UNESCO world heritage site. The historic city about 520m above sea level surrounded by mountains was known to Sri Lankan Kanda Uda Rata; which means the hill country. Kandy was home to last independent kingdom, which survived two centuries of colonial incursion before finally falling to the British at the beginning of nineteenth century. Visit Botanical garden, colonial city and catch a panoramic view of the picturesque town from Kandy Upper Lake View point.
Peradeniya Botanical Garden: It has more than 4000 species of plants, including orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. Attached to it you find is the National Herbarium of Sri Lanka. The total area of the botanical garden is 147 acres (0, 59 km2), at 460 meters above sea level, and with a 200-day annual rainfall.
Evening enjoy with Cultural Dance Performance at Kandy: It has become most distinctively Sinhalese and is readily associated with the idea of a national dance. This development can be explained by the fact that the Kandyan kingdom was the last of the Sinhala kingdoms to fall under foreign rule (1815).
Late evening- visit the Temple of Tooth
Temple of the Tooth: According to the legend, the tooth relic was taken from the Buddha as he lay on his funeral pyre. It was smuggled to Sri Lanka 313 AD, hidden in the hair of Princess Hemamala who fled the Hindu armies besieging her father’s kingdom in India. It immediately became an object of great reverence and was enshrined in a series of nested jeweled reliquaries. The tooth relic was brought out for special occasions and paraded on the back of elephants, which are sacred to the Buddha. Where it survived numerous attempts to capture and destroy it. When the capital was moved to Kandy, the tooth was taken to this new city and placed in temples built to honor it. Overnight stay: At Kandy
DAY 5 - Knuckles Trekking Drive: approximately 2 hours
After Breakfast, we start 6.30am from hotel to drive to Thangappuwa village. (Thangappuwa is the last village on that road and where we start our walking tour.
Two waterfalls trek takes about 06 hours to walk up and down. The distance is about 8kms.We can walk enjoying picturesque sceneries of flora and fauna in this forest. Finally we reach to waterfalls. Take our Lunch there and come back through the same way.
There is a natural pool, if someone wishes to have a bath, can take at natural pool.
(The Knuckles Conservation Forest is one of the must see places in Sri Lanka. Lying in the Central Province, the forest is a UNESCO world heritage site.). Overnight Stay: At campsite
DAY 6 - Heeloya trekking tour and back to Kandy.
After breakfast, We walk Heeloya Medium trek on Second day.
Heeloya is another village close to Knuckles Conservation forest. This is the way down to heeloya village from the forest. We start from campsite and finish from Heeloya village. It takes about 6 hours to walk from Campsite at Thangappuwa Village to Poddalgoda village. The distance is about 9.5km.
Drive back to Kandy and drop you off at your hotel.
Thank you for choosing SUDI LANKA TOURS and have a safe flight back home!