When you arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport, a T2 Travels representative will be waiting for you ready to meet and greet you. Then we will start on our journey to Anuradhapura.
Traveling along the coast we will reach the town of Chilaw. Here is the Munneswaram Kovil, a Hindu temple which according to legend predates the events of epic Ramayana. It is a place where Lord Rama prayed to Shiva asking for the absolution of killing Lord Ravana.
According to Ramayana, his prayers were answered with instructions to erect four lingams, representations of Shiva, at four specific locations. The very first he did is at today’s place of the Manavari Kovil, a Hindu temple we will also visit. Because it was the first one, the lingam of this temple is called Ramalinga Shivam.
In the afternoon, we will explore the Ancient city of Anuradhapura. This city was the capital of ancient Sinhalese civilization since it was founded in the 4th century BC, and until its sacking around 1017 AD. It is known as the place where one of the earliest Buddhist teachings were recorded, the Pali Canon. Often is referred to as a holy city, because many places of Buddhist worship and pilgrimage are located here.
A direct trip from Bandaranaike International Airport to Anuradhapura typically takes 3 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 Anuradhapura, we will get on our way to Trincomalee.
Arriving in the city of Trincomalee, we will visit the Kanniya Hot Water Spring. According to a Hindu legend, these seven hot springs were created when Lord Ravana hit the ground seven times with his sword.
Afterward, we will visit the Koneswaram Kovil. This Hindu temple has a history that started in the 1st century BC. Over the centuries it was destroyed and rebuilt several times, and before the last destruction in 1622 by Portuguese it was known as the Temple of Thousand Pillars, for having “Aayiram Kaal Mandapam” a thousand pillars hall.
Near this temple is a smaller shrine that we will visit. Known as the Shankari Devi Kovil. According to Hindu teachings, it is one of the eighteen Maha Shakti Pithas, places in the world where parts of the body of a goddess Shakti fell, and which are places of pilgrimage.
Then we will visit one of the only two marine national parks in Sri Lanka, Pigeon Island National Park. This small rocky island is surrounded by a thriving colony of corals, which are thus home to a very rich ecosystem. Because of its beauty, it is a very popular snorkeling place.
A direct trip from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee typically takes 2 hours and 10 minutes, and you will stay overnight at hotel on the Bed & Breakfast basis, with breakfast included in price.
After breakfast at the hotel in Trincomalee, we will start our journey to Sigiriya.
Upon the arrival in Sigiriya, we will walk through the Lion Gate and climb to the top of Lion Rock, where the ancient Sigiriya Rock Fortress is located. This ancient citadel and the city which surrounds it, below the rock, were built between 477 and 495 AD. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a very popular tourist spot.
In the afternoon we will embark on the Jeep Safari through Minneriya National Park. This national park is a place where during the dry period animals from surrounding areas migrate in search of food and water. Being located on the shores of a 3rd century artificial lake, Minneriya Wewa, it is rich in both. Here, often can be seen the largest gathering of wild Sri Lankan elephants.
A direct trip from Trincomalee to Sigiriya typically takes 1 hour 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 Sigiriya, we will start the trip to Bandaranaike International Airport.
On our way, we will pass through the city of Dambulla. Here is located one of the oldest, and the best-preserved Buddhist cave temple complex on the island, the Golden Temple of Dambulla. This temple has existed since at least the 1st century BC. Over centuries it grew from one to five caves, which were gilded and decorated and pillared entrances to them were constructed. The interiors of caves, over centuries, were decorated by more than 2,100 square meters of religious wall paintings, depicting the life and teachings of Buddha.
Continuing on our way, we will visit the Spice and Herbs Garden. Through centuries Sri Lanka was famous as home to many spices, of which the most prominent place has the true cinnamon, a tree from which bark a spice of superior quality is made. Here you will be able to learn about this industry and also procure some of these spices and traditional remedies and wellness products made with them.
A direct trip from Sigiriya to Bandaranaike International Airport typically takes 3 hours and 45 minutes.