Arriving at Bandaranaike International Airport, a T2 Travels representative will be waiting to meet and greet you. Afterward, we will start our trip to Anuradhapura.
The first stop on our way will be in the village of Avukana, where an ancient Buddhist temple is located. The most popular monument of this temple is the Avukana Buddha Statue, a statue of a standing Buddha carved out of granite rock in the 5th century AD.
Continuing on our way, we will arrive at the Ancient City of Anuradhapura. Founded as the capital of Sinhalese civilization in the 4th century BC, it was the most important city of Buddhist learning. Some of the most important places of worship are among its many ancient buildings. The most amazing of these is the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, a sacred fig tree planted from a branch of Maha Bodhi, the tree under which Buddha achieved enlightenment.
A direct trip from Bandaranaike International Airport to Anuradhapura typically takes 3 hours and 45 minutes, and you will stay overnight at hotel on the Bed & Breakfast basis, with breakfast included in price.
After breakfast at the hotel in Anuradhapura, we will get on our way to Polonnaruwa.
Founded as the capital of Sri Lanka by the Chola dynasty after the sacking of Anuradhapura around 1017, Ancient City Polonnaruwa for centuries was the economic and cultural center of Sri Lanka. Among the ruins of this city stands the Vanavan Mahadevisvaram, a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva from the 11th century AD, which today looks almost the same as when it was built.
Afterward, we will embark on a Jeep Safari through Minneriya National Park. This national park is located near the Minneriya Wewa, a dammed lake constructed in the 3rd century AD. During the dry season, it is teeming with life, as the animals from the surrounding area migrate in search of food and water.
A direct trip from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa typically takes 2 hours and 10 minutes.
A direct trip from Polonnaruwa to Minneriya typically takes 45 minutes, and you will stay overnight at hotel on the Bed & Breakfast basis, with breakfast included in price.
After breakfast at the hotel in Sigiriya, we will start our journey to Kandy.
In the morning we will pass through the Lion Gate and climb to the summit of Lion Rock, where Sigiriya Rock Fortress is located. This citadel from the 5th century AD is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a stunningly beautiful example of planned city construction in ancient Sri Lanka.
Continuing on our way we will visit the city of Dambulla where the Golden Temple of Dambulla is located. This cave temple complex, founded in the 1st century BC, is the best-preserved and largest of its kind in Sri Lanka.
Afterward, we will visit the Spice and Herbal Garden. Since ancient times many spices were produced and exported from Sri Lanka, as far as to Ancient Rome. Here you will be able to learn about the history and production of many spices this island is famous for.
Arriving at Kandy we will attend a cultural heritage show. Starting at 4 pm Kandyan Dance Show showcases some of the most important immaterial heritage of Sinhalese civilization, the dances which developed over centuries from religious rituals and traditional garbs and costumes.
After the show, we will visit the Sri Dalada Maligawa. This temple is home to the sacred relic of Buddha’s tooth, and thus one of the most important places of Buddhist veneration in Sri Lanka.
A direct trip from Sigiriya to Kandy typically takes 2 hours and 30 minutes, and you will stay overnight at hotel on the Bed & Breakfast basis, with breakfast included in price.
After breakfast at the hotel in Kandy, we will embark on the road to Nuwara Eliya.
Just outside of the city of Kandy is place where once were royal palace gardens of one of the first Kandyan kings. Today on this spot is Royal Botanic Garden, which boasts a collection of more than 4,000 different plant species.
On our way, we will visit a Tea Factory where one of the most famous Sri Lankan products are grown. Here you will be able to learn about the history of tea production on the island and taste some of the best tea in the world.
Continuing toward Nuwara Eliya, we will visit the Sri Bhakta Hanuman, a temple dedicated to Hanuman, a member of the Hindu pantheon and one of the central characters of the epic Ramayana. A short drive from the temple is the Ramboda Ella, a 109 meters tall waterfall which makes it the 11th tallest in Sri Lanka.
The cool and temperate climate of the tea country is appropriate for growing vegetables and fruits that are an unusual sight on tropical islands. So, we will visit the Strawberry Farm, where you will be able to enjoy the products of this aromatic fruit.
Arriving in Nuwara Eliya, we will spend time in a place that is favored for leisure since the late 19th century. Lake Gregory is an artificial lake where you can enjoy trout fishing, boating, or strolling along its banks.
A direct trip from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya typically takes 2 hours and 30 minutes, and you will stay overnight at hotel on the Bed & Breakfast basis, with breakfast included in price.
We will start our day before sunrise. Breakfast is provided in the form of a takeaway in Horton Plains National Park.
First thing in the morning we will visit the Horton Plains National Park. This national park is located on a plateau at 2,000 meters of elevation. A popular hiking location due to the World’s End, a sheer cliff precipice from which spreads a bewitching vista of Sri Lankan lowlands. This view is obscured by mists that settle above the valleys in the morning.
Continuing on our way we will visit the Seetha Aman Kovil. This Hindu temple was constructed at the place of captivity of princess Sitha and is the only temple dedicated to this Hindu goddess in the world.
Our next stop will be in Nanuoya, a town where we will embark on the Train Trip to Ella. The railway slowly snakes through the hills of tea country, with vistas of lush green hills and mountains, and this ride is considered to be one of the most scenic train rides in the world.
A direct trip from Nuwara Eliya to Ella typically takes 2 hours and 30 minutes, and you will stay overnight at hotel on the Bed & Breakfast basis, with breakfast included in price.
After breakfast at the hotel in Ella, we will start our trip to Colombo.
In the morning we will hike up Little Adam’s Peak, one of the most popular hiking locations, from which spreads the stunning vista of Sri Lanka’s tea country and its lush green rolling hills.
Afterward, we will visit the Nine Arches Bridge, a charming railway bridge that slowly curves spanning over a ravine covered by verdant jungle-like growth.
Continuing on our way we will pass through the city of Ratnapura, where we will visit a Gem Museum. This city is known as the place where some of the most famous gems, that today grace crown of European royalty, were unearthed. Among them, the most famous is the Star of Adam, the largest sapphire ever found.
A direct trip from Ella to Colombo, via Ratnapura, typically takes 5 hours and 30 minutes, and you will stay overnight at hotel on the Bed & Breakfast basis, with breakfast included in price.
After breakfast at the hotel in Colombo, we will head to the airport.
On our way to the airport, we will take a sightseeing tour of Colombo. The Old Fort area, the National Museum of Sri Lanka, Streets of Pettah neighborhood, Gangaramaya Temple, Beira Lake, Independence Memorial Hall, and Galle Face Green; are some of the places we will visit.