The Wonder

12 Nights 13 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.

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

Ruwanwelisaya stupa in the sacred world heritage city of Anuradhapura.

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 Walagamba 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 Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya. 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 Kithulgala Via Gampola and Ginigathena.

Stay Overnight at Kithulgala.

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

Kitulgala

Day 05

Enjoy water rafting/ kayaking the river.

Kitulgala is a small town in the west of Sri Lanka. It is in the wet zone rain forest, which gets two monsoons each year, and is one of the wettest places in the country.

Leave to Nuwara Eliya via Hatton.

Stay Overnight at Nuwara Eliya.

White Water Rafting in Kitulgala

Horton Plains

Day 06

Early morning packets Breakfast from Hotel leave for Horton Plains

Horton plan 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 bakes 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.

Ella

Day 07

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.

Leave to Pedro Tae Factory.

You can see live demo of the Ceylon Tea preparation from the plantation to production

Proceed to Ella to embark Nanu Oya train to travel to Ella. Met Voyage Wonders representative at Ella Railway station. En route view beauty of the hill country.

Stay Overnight at Ella.

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

 Mahiyanganaya

Day 08

After Breakfast visit Nine Arches Bridge.

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 for Arugam Bay.

En route visit Vedda at Mahiyanganaya.

The Veddas are a small group of people living in the center of Sri Lanka, an island off the southern tip of India. "Vedda" is a Dravidian word meaning "hunter." Contemporary Vedda culture is strongly marked by prolonged interaction both with the Sinhalese and with the Tamils, the two largest ethnic groups in Sri Lanka, but the Vedda people themselves are generally reputed to be descended from the aboriginal population of the island and to have maintained until recent times a distinctive way of life based on hunting and gathering.

Stay Overnight at Arugam Bay.

Dambana - Village of Indigenous People of Sri Lanka

Arugam Bay

Day 09

After Breakfast go for Surfing and beach activities.

The Arugam Bay area is home to a number of quality surf breaks, the most popular of which being 'Main Point' located towards the south of the bay. This is a right hand point break, with a rock/reef bottom, and has a number of sections with occasional barrels. Other breaks in the area include Whiskey Point and Pottuvil Point to the north, and Elephant Rock, Peanut Farm and Okanda to the south. These breaks have attracted a steady stream of international tourists for several decades. Arugam Bay has a good local surf scene and is home to some of Sri Lanka's most talented surfers and in recent years surfers from Arugam Bay have dominated national competitions. In mid-2010 the Association of Surfing Professionals hosted its first international surf contest in the Bay. The winner of such was Australian Julian Wilson. ASP repeated their contest tour in 2011 added a women's competition to the men's long board championship at Arugam Bay.

Leave to Yala.

Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public and also adjoining parks. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards and aquatic birds.

The number of mammals that has been recorded from the park is 44, and it has one of the highest leopard densities in the world.

The area around Yala has hosted several ancient civilizations. Two important pilgrim sites, Sithulpahuwa and Magul Vihara, are situated within the park. The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami caused severe damage on the Yala National Park and 250 people died in its vicinity. The number of visitors has been on the rise since 2009 after the security situation in the park improved.

Stay Overnight at Yala.

Two young ladies surfers running into sea with surf boards

Yala

Day 10

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.

Back to Hotel ( We could arrange over night stay at Safari Camp - optional )

Leave to Mirissa.

Stay Overnight at Mirissa.

You can have your dinner at Fresh Seafood Market.

Lankesian Leopard (Panthera Pardus Kotiya), Yala, Sri Lanka

Mirissa

Day 11

After Breakfast go for Whale and Dolphin watching, Surfing 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 to Bentota.

Stay Overnight at Bentota Beach.

Big Blue whale Sri Lanka

Bentota

Day 12

Beach activities and River Safari at Beach.

Bentota is a coastal town in Sri Lanka, located in the Galle District of the Southern Province. It is approximately 65 kilometres south of Colombo and 56 kilometres north of Galle. Bentota is situated on the southern bank of the Bentota River mouth, at an elevation of 3 meters (9.8 ft) above the sea level. The name of the town is derived from a mythical story which claims a demon named 'Bem' ruled the tota or river bank.

Visit Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery - located 11 kilometres south of Bentota, is a community based turtle hatchery and turtle watching project set up by the Turtle Conservation Project (TCP) in association with the Wildlife Department of Sri Lanka.

Leave to Colombo.

En route you can have Ayurvedic Spa treatment.

Stay Overnight at Colombo.

Colombo City tour

Day 13

Colombo City tour ( Independence Square, Light house, Old Parliament, Gangarama Temple, Laksala, Odel )

Leave for Airport for Departure transfer.