The Ancient

9 Nights 10 Days

Airport - Colombo

Day 01

Meet on arrival at Bandaranayake International Airport, by a Voyage Wonders Representative and leave for Anuradhapura

Visit Anuradhapura Historical Site

Anuradhapura was the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of the ancient Ceylon. It is the home of two world heritage sites. Many places of historical and archaeological interest could be visited. Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo-Tree) was brought as a sample of the tree under which Prince Siddhartha attained to enlightenment and it is over 2200 years old and is the oldest historically documented tree in the world. The Brazen Palace (2nd century B.C), the 1600 stone columns you see are all that is left of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks. Ruwanweliseya (2nd century B.C) is the most famous of all the dagobas. It originally depicted the perfect ''bubble shape" that modern restoration has not been able to accurately reproduce. ''Samadhi'' Buddha statue (4th century AD) is one of the most famous statues, depicting the Buddha in a state of ''Samadhi'' or deep meditation. Isurumuniya rock temple (3rd century B.C) is well known for its rock carvings.

Overnight at Polonnaruwa (Hotel Sudu Araliya/ Deer park – no need to mention)

Polonnaruwa

Day 02

Visit Polonnaruwa Historical site

Poḷonnaruwa is the main town of Polonnaruwa District in North Central Province, Sri Lanka. Kaduruwela area is the Polonnaruwa New Town and the other part of Polonnaruwa remains as the royal ancient city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa.

The second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated Chola invaders in 1070 to reunite the country once more under a local leader.

The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage Site.

Leave to Sigiriya Rock

Sigiriya (Lion Rock) is an ancient rock fortress located in the central Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters (660 ft) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colorful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion.

Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning.It is the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka.
Sightseeing tour of Dambulla Cave Temple

The Dambulla rock temple was built by King Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and it is a World Heritage Site. It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka's cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceilings, is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 meters.

Stay overnight at Dambulla

Unique Monolith Buddha statue in Polonnaruwa the Temple Capital of Ceylon.

Kandy

Day 03

After breakfast leave for Kandy

En route visit Spice Garden

Guests are offered a guided educational tour around spice gardens, introducing them to the wonderful world of spice and herbs. Learn how Diabetes, high/low blood pressure and impotence are controlled and cured, and how stress, aches and pains are alleviated from the use of our spices and herbs. Find out their secrets and their use in the production of genuine cosmetics such as face cream, hair removal cream and hair growing creams.

Try out our Red Banana and pineapple, and while sipping a lovely cup of cocoa tea you can watch a cookery demonstration that will show you the best ways to use spices in making mouthwatering creations.

Composed of interesting info on natural benefits, healing powers and scientific background of many a spice and herb, the tour will be enlighten you on the colorful collection at Tropical Spice Garden.

Continue journey to Kandy

Late evening visit the Temple of the tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing. 

Stay overnight at Kandy (Amaya Hills/ Earl Regency – no need to mention)

 

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic at Kandy, Sri Lanka

Peradeniya

Day 04

After Breakfast visit the Peradeniya Botanical Garden. This is botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. The best attraction is the orchid house.

Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. The name 'Kandy' conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town, the bazaar, an art & crafts centre and a gem museum / lapidary.

Leave to Nuwara Eliya

En route watch Ramboda Water Fall, Tea States

Visit Gregory Lake

Lake Gregory is a reservoir in heart of the tea country hill city, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka. It was constructed during the period of British Governor Sir William Gregory in 1873. The lake and the surrounding area make up the Gregory Lake Area.

Stay overnight at Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya city pretends to be particularly well kept and neat and always green grass gives to the locality an aspect of “colonial British Style” The city was built entirely during the 19th century and its architecture mimics that of an English country town, with Red brick walls, country house like hill club and mock-Tudor half timbering.

Nuwara Eliya is a city in the hill country of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. Its name means "city on the plain (table land)" or "city of light". The city is the administrative capital of Nuwara Eliya District, with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. It is at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) and is considered to be the most important location for tea production in Sri Lanka. The city is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya is known for its temperate, cool climate — the coolest area in Sri Lanka.

Palm alley in botanical garden Peradeniya. Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Horton Plains

Day 05

Early morning packets Breakfast from Hotel leave for Horton Plains.

Horton Plains National Park to reach the escarpment before the mist descends clouding the panoramic view. The Horton plains are located in the highest plateau of Sri Lanka at an elevation of 7,200 feet above sea level. The highlight of the Plains is the terrific escarpment, The World’s End, 3km walking trail from Horton Plain, which drops vertically for about 700m. On a very clear day, one could view the east horizon too. En route you could visit Baker's falls.

Reach to Nuwara Eliya town. Have lunch at local restaurant or Hotel. After lunch city tour in colonial city, observing the well maintained buildings, busy market, Lake Gregory, Golf Course, Race course, Vegetable cultivation.

Return to Hotel and overnight stay at Hotel.

Horton Plains National Park Is A Protected Area In The Central Highlands Of Sri Lanka And Is Covered By Montane Grassland And Cloud Forest.

Moon Plaines

Day 06

Leave to Moon Plaines

The view of 7 different mountain ranges is magnificent. The mini world end drop is also dramatic...the drop is so deep that one sees paddy fields at a distance. It is Safari Jeep trip to watch deer & small birds.

En route visit Seetha Amman Kowila and Hakgala Botanical Garden

Hakgala Botanical Garden is one of the five botanical gardens in Sri Lanka. The other four are Peradeniya Botanical Garden, Henarathgoda Botanical Garden, Mirijjawila Botanical Garden and Seetawaka Botanical Garden. It is the second largest garden in Sri Lanka.[1] The garden is contiguous to Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve.

Hakgala Botanical Garden is situated on the Nuwara Eliya-Badulla main road, 16 km from Nuwara Eliya. The garden has a cool temperate climate because of altitude is 5,400 feet above the sea level. The mean annual temperature ranges between 16 °C to 30 °C during course of a year. From December to February it has a cold climate, while the warm climate persists from April to August.

There are over 10,000[3] species of flora planted here and during the Spring season in Nuwara Eliya thousands of visitors come to see the blooms here. Numbers of annual visitors are around 500,000. The garden is famous for number of species of Orchids and Roses are planted there.

Stay overnight at Ella

Mountain Ella Rock. View from Little Adam's Peak. Mountain landscape in Sri Lanka.

Ella

Day 07

The Nine Arches Bridge also called The Bridge in the sky is one of the iconic bridges in Sri Lanka. It is located in Demodara, between Ella and Demodara railway stations. The traditional red colored train coming through the tunnel and then going through the 9 arch bridges.

Leave to Yala

En route watch Rawana Ella

Stay overnight at Yala

Mist morning on Arches Bridge in Demodara, Ella,railways Sri Lanka

Safari at the Yala

Day 08

Early Morning packets Breakfast from Hotel leave to commence a Safari at the Yala National Park.

You could commence a Full Day Safari or a Half Day Tour

(We could arrange over night stay at Safari Camp – optional)

Stay 0vernight at Mirissa (Hotel Mandara – no need to mention)

Sri Lankan Leopard, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka.

Mirissa

Day 09

Whale and Dolphin watching at Mirissa 

Mirissa is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka, located in the Matara District of the Southern Province. It is approximately 240 kilometers (150 mi) south of Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 4 meters (13 ft) above the sea level. Mirissa beach and night life make it a popular tourist destination. It is also a fishing port and one of the island's main whale and dolphin watching locations.

Leave for Colombo

En route you can have Ayurvedic Spa treatment

Stay overnight at Colombo

Big Blue whale Sri Lanka

Colombo

Day 10

Colombo City tour (Independence square, Light house, old parliament, Gangarama temple, Laksala, Odel)

Leave for Airport for Departure transfer.

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