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Cultural Treasures Tour Plan

Discover Sri Lanka's Cultural Treasures - A Journey into Rich Heritage

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Embark on an enchanting journey through Sri Lanka’s Cultural Treasures tour and unlock the secrets of the island’s vibrant history.

Explore ancient cities like Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, where time stands still amidst intricate ruins and sacred sites. Ascend the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress and marvel at its ancient frescoes, surrounded by breathtaking vistas.

Immerse yourself in the spiritual aura of Kandy, home to the revered Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Indulge in the charm of Nuwara Eliya’s tea plantations, with a chance to savor the timeless tradition of high tea.

This immersive tour invites you to experience the diverse cultural heritage and historical wonders of Sri Lanka, leaving you with unforgettable memories and a deeper appreciation for this captivating country.

Day 1: Arrival in Negombo

  • Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo.
  • Meet your tour guide and transfer to your hotel in Negombo, a coastal town.
  • Take some time to relax and acclimate to your new surroundings.
  • Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Negombo Beach.
  • In the evening, savor a delicious seafood dinner at a beachfront restaurant.

 

Hotel Options in Negombo:

  • Jetwing Beach (5-star)
  • Heritance Negombo (4-star)
  • Pledge 3 (3-star)
  • Goldi Sands Hotel (3-star)
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Day 2: Anuradhapura - Ancient Capital

  • After breakfast, depart for Anuradhapura, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka (approximately 3-4 hours’ drive).
  • Explore the sacred city of Anuradhapura, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Visit historical sites such as the Sri Maha Bodhi, Ruwanwelisaya, and Jetavanaramaya.
  • Discover the ancient monastic complexes, magnificent dagobas, and intricately carved stone sculptures.
  • Immerse yourself in the spiritual and historical significance of this ancient city.
  • In the evening, check-in at your hotel in Anuradhapura and relax.

 

Hotel Options in Anuradhapura:

  • Ulagalla by Uga Escapes (5-star)
  • Palm Garden Village (4-star)
  • Heritage Hotel Anuradhapura (3-star)

Day 3: Sigiriya - Majestic Rock Fortress

  • After breakfast, proceed to Sigiriya (approximately 1-2 hours’ drive).
  • Visit the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Climb to the top of the rock to witness the stunning frescoes and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
  • Explore the well-preserved ruins, including the famous Lion Gate and the beautifully landscaped gardens.
  • Learn about the intriguing history and legends associated with Sigiriya.
  • In the evening, check-in at your hotel in Sigiriya and relax.

 

Hotel Options in Sigiriya:

  • Aliya Resort and Spa (4-star)
  • Water Garden Sigiriya (5-star)
  • Sigiriya Village Hotel (3-star)
  • Camellia Resort and Spa (4-star)
  • Jetwing Vil Uyana (5-star)
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Day 4: Polonnaruwa - Ancient Kingdom

  • After breakfast, travel to Polonnaruwa (approximately 1-2 hours’ drive).
  • Explore the ancient ruins of Polonnaruwa, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Visit architectural marvels such as the Royal Palace, Gal Vihara, and the Quadrangle.
  • Marvel at the intricate stone carvings and the rich historical heritage of this ancient city.
  • Take a leisurely bike ride or a guided tour to discover the hidden gems of Polonnaruwa.
  • In the evening, return to your hotel in Sigiriya and relax.

 

Hotel: Overnight stay in Sigiriya.

Day 5: Dambulla Cave Temple and Matale Spice Garden

  • After breakfast, visit the Dambulla Cave Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Explore the impressive cave complex adorned with intricate Buddhist murals and statues.
  • Continue to a spice garden in Matale and learn about Sri Lanka’s famous spices.
  • Discover the aromas and healing properties of various spices and herbs.
  • Enjoy a traditional Sri Lankan lunch at a local restaurant.
  • In the afternoon, return to your hotel in Sigiriya and relax.

 

Hotel: Overnight stay in Sigiriya.

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Day 6: Kandy - Hill Country Gem

  • After breakfast, depart for Kandy, the cultural capital of Sri Lanka (approximately 2-3 hours’ drive).
  • Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a significant Buddhist temple that houses a relic of the Buddha.
  • Explore the beautiful Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, known for its stunning variety of flora.
  • Enjoy a cultural dance performance showcasing traditional Sri Lankan dance forms.
  • In the evening, take a leisurely walk around Kandy Lake and enjoy the tranquil ambiance.
  • Check-in at your hotel in Kandy and relax.

 

Hotel Options in Kandy:

  • Earl’s Regency Hotel (5-star)
  • Cinnamon Citadel Kandy (4-star)
  • OZO Kandy (4-star)
  • Hotel Suisse (3-star)

Day 7: Tea Plantations of Nuwara Eliya

  • After breakfast, travel to Nuwara Eliya, often referred to as “Little England” (approximately 2-3 hours’ drive).
  • Visit a tea plantation and experience the process of tea production firsthand.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of lush green tea estates and rolling hills.
  • Explore the picturesque town of Nuwara Eliya and visit attractions like Gregory Lake and Victoria Park.
  • In the evening, indulge in a high tea experience at one of the colonial-style tea houses.
  • Check-in at your hotel in Nuwara Eliya and relax.

 

Hotel Options in Nuwara Eliya:

  • Heritance Tea Factory (4-star)
  • Grand Hotel (5-star)
  • Jetwing St. Andrew’s (3-star)
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Day 8: Bentota - Beach Retreat

  • After breakfast, depart from Nuwara Eliya and head towards Bentota, a beautiful coastal town (approximately 4-5 hours’ drive).
  • Arrive in Bentota and check-in at your beachfront hotel.
  • Spend the day relaxing on the pristine beaches of Bentota, soaking up the sun, and enjoying the serene coastal atmosphere.
  • Take a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean.
  • Engage in water sports activities such as jet skiing, banana boat rides, or snorkeling (optional, additional charges may apply).
  • Explore the Bentota River and enjoy a boat safari to witness the diverse wildlife and lush mangroves.
  • Visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery and learn about their conservation efforts to protect endangered sea turtles.
  • In the evening, indulge in a delectable seafood dinner at a beachfront restaurant.
  • Enjoy a peaceful night’s stay at your hotel, listening to the soothing sounds of the ocean.

 

Hotel Options in Bentota:

  • Taj Bentota Resort & Spa (5-star)
  • Vivanta Bentota (4-star)
  • Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa (4-star)
  • Temple Tree Resort & Spa (3-star)

Day 9: Departure

  • After breakfast, check-out from your hotel in Bentota.
  • Transfer to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo for your departure.
  • The approximate travel time from Bentota to the airport is around 2-3 hours, depending on traffic conditions and the specific location of your hotel.
  • It is recommended to allow additional time for check-in and security procedures at the airport.
  • Please plan your departure accordingly, ensuring you have sufficient time to reach the airport and complete all necessary formalities before your flight.
Note: That the timings provided are approximate and may vary based on external factors. It is always advisable to allow extra time to account for unforeseen circumstances and ensure a smooth departure process.
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