Tour Day 1
Be warmly welcomed by Leisure Island Holiday Tours as you arrive to the Bandaranaike International Airport, whereas you’ll come to Negombo within a travel time of 20mins and check-in to a hotel for relaxation and enjoyment spending a lovely night.
Tour Day 2
Wake up and make yourself relished with a delicious breakfast as it’s the time where you’ll spend in leisure along with the stunning surroundings of the hotel. Enjoy the day and spend a quiet night of pleasure.
Tour Day 3
Rise and shine and have your tasty breakfast at the hotel as it’s the day that you’ll proceed to Anuradhapura around 3hrs and 45mins where you’ll witness the site of mysteries and wonder, the Anuradhapura ancient sacred kingdom.
Anuradhapura, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, is one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites which is about 200 Km north east to Colombo. This city is very important to Buddhists as it bears the Eight Great Places of Veneration (Atamasthana) namely, Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi(sacred fig) tree, said to be the southern branch of the historical Bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya in India under which Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment, Ruwanwelisaya, renowned as an architectural wonder of 338 feet as well as a Buddhist stupa(temple) which was built in 140 B.C by the great King Dutugemunu, Thuparamaya , considered to be the first dagoba (temple) built in Sri Lanka following the introduction of Buddhism, Lovamahapaya, known as the Brazen Palace for the roof was covered with bronze tiles, that is ruined now leaving stone pillars behind, Abghayagiri Dagoba a great monastic centre and one of the most extensive ruins in the world, Jetavanaramaya, one of the tallest structures in the ancient world with height of 400 feetand also known to be the tallest structure in the world behind the Great Pyramids of Giza at the time of its completion the structure, Mirisaveti Stupa , built by King Dutugemunu after placing the Buddha relics in the scepter and the Lankarama Dagoba surrounded by rows of stone pillars giving evidence that it was encircled by some kind of a building.Anuradhapura also becomes a destination that has given birth to many more other attractions whereas Isurumuniya, Magul Uyana, Kuttam Pokuna (pond), RathnaPrasadaya, Samadhi Statue and Archaeological Museum stand in pride.
After enjoying this fascinating day, check-in to the hotel at Anuradhapura where you’ll spend a quiet night of relaxation and relish.
Tour Day 4
Wake up and make yourself cherished with a mouthwatering breakfast as you’re about to step on to wondrous, sacred destination, Mihintale. Proceed to Mihintale within 30mins where you’ll get the great opportunity to visit Mihintale and climb the enormous rock slab.
Mihintale, the cradle of Sinhalese Buddhist civilization, is a 1000 feet rock which is located 12 km east to the World heritage site of Anuradhapura. Mihintale is believed to be the place, where Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka in the 3rd BC. According to the history, Arahath Mahindathera, the son of the Indian emperor Asoka, met King Devanampiyathissa of Sri Lanka to preach the doctrine at the Mihintale. On the full moon day of the June, Buddhists’ pilgrimage to Mihintale to commemorate this event. There are 1840 granite steps leading to the summit. Ruins of a hospital can be noticed at the foot of the mountain and a stone canoe for medical bath has been discovered along with stone inscriptions and urns. Kantacha Cetiya, Mihintale Museum, Ruins of Mihintale Monastery, Caves and Ponds imply the ancient grandeur of the Mihintale.
After living a moment of curiosity, get ready to proceed to Polonnaruwa within 2hrs, where you’ll witness an ancient, ruined kingdom.
Polonnaruwa is the second most ancient city of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms while it has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. The city is full of well preserved relics and tanks, testifying the ancient glory; such as Parakrama Samudraya (Tank), the impressive 17m high Lankatilaka temple, the Gal Viharaya, a rock temple containing four Buddha statues carved in granite, ruins of the Royal Palace featuring 31m high and 3m thick walls, the Thivanka image house that has a 26 feet Buddha statue, which were all built by king Parakramabahu the great between 1153–1186. Other popular destinations are the Thuparamaya ,a building where the roof was made completely out of bricks, Medirigiriya Vatadage (a Buddhist structure), Nissanka Latha Mandapaya (an ancient building), Rankoth Vehera (180 feet stupa/temple), Kiri Vihara (stupa/temple), Satmahal Prasadaya(pyramid-shaped, seven storied building), Hatadage (an ancient relic shrine), Lotus Pond, Somawathiya Chaitya (temple), Dimbulagala Monastery and 11 feet high granite Statue known to be King Parakramabahu 1 of Polonnaruwa. Wasgamuwa National Park and Angammedilla National Park, which belongs to Polonnaruwa District, are breathtaking destinations for those who are interested in elephant and birds watching.
For it’s the end of the day, check-in to the hotel in Polonnaruwa for an overnight stay, where your weariness and tiredness will vanish of like dust.
Tour Day 5
Wakeup for a dazzling morning and enjoy a delightful breakfast as you’ll going to spend the morning in leisure at the hotel but then get ready, because you’re about to proceed to the 8th wonder of the world, Sigiriya in the afternoon around 1hr 20mins of drive. With all your strength begin your climb on the Sigiriya rock and enjoy a wonderful moment of stunning views.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress was built by King Kashyapa in 05th century AD (477-495). This well planned royal city was surrounded by rampart and moats which are partially ruined. There are many attractive tanks with flowers such as lotus and water lilies. The total height of the rock is close 200 meters and takes about an hour to get into the top of the rock. On the way climbing the steps one could witness the most beautiful frescoes painted on the rock. The paintings were done with local pigments while it is still not faded even after nearly 1500 years. In the middle level entering through a Lion’s mouth and at the top of the rock which is nearly 2.5 acres, the ruins of the King’s palace, pond, seats of the Royal audience, the King’s throne could be seen. This historical place was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1982.
After enjoying this day of amuse, check –in to the hotel at Sigiriya where you’ll spend a night with ample memories left in your heart.
Tour Day 6
Rise and shine and have your tummy full with a yummy breakfast for it’s the day that you’ll proceed to Dambulla, a sacred destination within 2omins of drive and witness the amazing Dambulla Cave Temple.
Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, built by King Walagamba in 1st Century BC is one of the best preserved cave temple in South East Asia. It is the Sri Lanka’s biggest cave temple complex devoted for Buddhist religious activities. The architectural structure and the valuable statues are great contribution to the culture that has been lasted for long period of time. UNESCO has designated this historical place as a World Heritage Site in 1991.
After the moment of amusement, travel to Kandy, the cultural capital about 2hrs and 30mins of drive, where you’ll witness the Spice Garden at Matale on the way. Enjoy the highlights of Sri Lankan culture in the Cultural Show at the evening and then check–in to the hotel at Kandy where you’ll erase your weariness in the overnight stay at the hotel.
Tour Day 7
Wake up in the wonderful morning and strengthen your body with a delightful breakfast at the hotel for you’re about to visit one of the remarkable destinations in Sri Lanka, the Temple of the Tooth Relic.
The Kandy is situated in the hill part of the country and it was the last kingdom of Sri Lanka. King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe was the last King of the Kandy and in 1815 it was captured by the British. The historical tooth relic of Lord Buddha is placed in one of the temples named as “DaladaMaligawa” (Temple of the Holy Tooth Relic). To pay the gratitude each year, a religious procession is organized in the month of August and it is one of the most colorful festivals in the world. The procession includes hundreds of endemic Kandyan dances, fire dances, folk dances and many other varieties of items which show the cultural heritage of natives in the hill country. Sacred city of Kandy was designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988.
After living a moment of cherish, hang on to your journey, for the next is the pride of the mighty nature, the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, where you’ll arrive around 20mins of travel time.
With a total area of 0.59km2, Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya is a home to more than 4000 species of plants including orchids, spices, medical and palm trees. Origin of this garden is dated as far back as 1371 and presently it is administrated by Department of Agriculture. Though it was started by the Sinhala Kings of the Kandy era, during the British colonial period it was named as the Royal Botanical Garden.
Stick off your eyes from the Mother Nature as you’re about to wander around the city of Kandy in the Kandy City Tour. For it’s the end of the day, make your return to the hotel and spend the night in leisure and pleasure.
Tour Day 8
Wake up in the stunning morning and freshen up yourself with a tasty breakfast as you’ll travel to Pinnawala around 1hrs and 20mins where you’ll stick your eyes to the wonderful sight of freely roaming elephants, bottle feeding of cute, small elephants and bathing elephants nearby river.
Pinnawala village is famous for its Elephant Orphanage, which gives protection to wild Asian elephants. It is located in the Kegalle district in Sabaragamuwa province and is about 90km from Colombo. Pinnawala is well-known for having the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. The orphanage was started by the Sri Lankan department of wildlife conservation in 1975 for baby elephants who lost or were abandoned from their parents. Elephants in Pinnawala roam freely as a herd during the day time and tourist can witness elephants bathing and bottle feeding of baby elephants every day at 9 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon.
After your day of cherish and delight, get ready to travel to Unawatuna and about 3hrs and 30mins you’ll be checked-in the hotel in Unawatuna and will spend a night of relaxation.
Tour Day 9
As you have gone up with a long journey of excitement, now it’s time to spend the whole day in leisure at the hotel and of course on the golden pristine beaches of Unawatuna. As the end of the day comes, have your dinner and spend the night of rest and zest.
Tour Day 10
Rise and shine and have your breakfast of delight as you’ll be spending the whole day in leisure today as well. Feel the cool breeze striking to your body as you relax on the cozy, sandy beaches in Unawatuna. Spend your day at the hotel surroundings and then live in the quiet, whispering night where your memories will recall your journey.
Tour Day 11
Wake up in the lovely morning and fuel up yourself with a tasty breakfast as today you’ll be visiting the Galle Fort and its vicinity, the Maritime Museum and the Dutch Church. You’ll be looking for about 20mins of travel time to reach the destination.
Galle Fort is situated in the southern province of Sri Lanka, 119 Km from Colombo. A Portuguese ship accidently landed to Galle in 1505 by a storm, making the beginning of the modern history of Galle. Initially built by Portuguese and then rebuilt by the Dutch, Galle Fort holds fame as the biggest tourist attraction in the city whereas within the vicinity you can see the Dutch reformed church, the clock tower, the Old Dutch government house, the residence of the commander, Buddhist temple, the all saints Anglican Church, the Meera mosque, Great Warehouse and national maritime museum and buildings with colonial style architecture. Rumassala mountain, Natural harbor, The Galle International Cricket Stadium; which is considered to be one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world are other important destinations and Unawatuna town which is renowned for its beautiful beach and corals can be reached within minutes from Galle.
After a moment of pleasure and leisure in the city of Galle, step up to Balapitiya for an amazing mangrove safari at the Madhu River within a time of 1hr.
Balapitiya Madhu River is located in the Galle district, southern Sri Lanka. Along with the rich bio diversity Madhu River is home to 303 species of plants and 248 species of animals. The mangrove forest in this area is considered as one of the last remaining pristine mangrove forests in the island. The River has around 70 isles and the biggest isle is called Maduwa while the isle Kothduwa has a famous Buddhist monastery. The inhabitants of its islets produce peeled cinnamon and cinnamon oil. A boat trip would give you a good idea of this calm, enchanting eco system. The Madhu River Wetland was declared in 2003, in terms of the Ramsar Convention.
After the wondrous moment along the Madhu River, proceed to Kosgoda where you’ll view the Turtle Hatchery within a 20mins of travel time.
Approximately 76km south from Colombo, Kosgoda, is a coastal town in southern Sri Lanka. This town is most famous for the turtle hatchery, which was established in 1988 to protect sea turtles such as the Green Turtle, the Leatherback, the Hawksbill, the Loggerhead and the Olive Ridley. Visitors can see huge tanks filled with new born turtle hatchlings and there are tanks in the hatchery for disabled turtles for further care. Apart from turtles other famous attractions are Kosgoda beach and Kosgoda lagoon for bird watching and boating.
After viewing the cute, gorgeous turtles, proceed to Colombo within 2hrs where you’ll check-in to a hotel and spend a night that will grab all your weariness away.
Tour Day 12
Wake up for the last day of the journey and have a delicious breakfast at the hotel as you’ll tour around Colombo where you’ll witness Gangaramaya Temple, Seemamalaka Temple and Independence Square. Afterwards proceed to Bandaranaike International Airport around 45mins for it’s time to farewell to the loving isle, Sri Lanka, not alone, but with ample memories left beneath your heart.