Mihintale-stupa

Explore Sri Lanka's culture

6 Days | USD 450 * See details

You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy the fabulously rich history and culture of Sri Lanka that dates back thousands of years! Enjoy the unique cultural wonders of this tropical paradise with unforgettable visits to ancient ruins and designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will get to see the fabled Sigiriya rock fortress, an ancient royal stronghold built into solid rock. You’ll take breathtaking tours of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle and discover stunning ancient temples, monasteries in caves, centuries’ old Hindu shrines and ruins of luxurious ancient royal abodes. While enjoying these cultural marvels, you will get to enjoy the tourist perks Sri Lanka is known for, especially the elephants! You will go on extraordinary elephant-back rides and visit an elephant orphanage, where you can enjoy watching rescued elephants bath and play. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to immersing yourself in an amazing adventure.

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Itinerary Plan

Meeting with elephants
Day
1
Meeting with elephants
Bandaranaike Airport To Sigiriya

You will be warmly greeted by your chauffer when you arrive at the airport, who will drive you through beautiful tropical surroundings to your hotel in Habarana, close to the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka. Check in to your hotel and in the afternoon go on an exciting elephant-back ride to the nearby village! Return to hotel for overnight.
Travel duration - 4 hours
Ancient capital Anuradhapura & Mihintale monastery
Day
2
Ancient capital Anuradhapura & Mihintale monastery
Sigiriya

Embark on your first Sri Lankan cultural site tour to Anuradhapura, formerly the flourishing royal capital of an ancient kingdom. You can still witness the glorious past of this venerated city in the well-preserved ruins of ancient palaces, temples, kovils, bathing pools and other structures. Many of the ancient Buddhist temples are still active, and you can visit the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi tree, believed to have grown from an imported branch of the peepal tree that sheltered the Buddha as he meditated towards Enlightenment. Your driver will guide you through the many historic dagobas of the city and tell you fascinating anecdotes of the city’s past prosperity. Enjoy a delicious lunch and go to Mihintale. Climb 1,800 steps to reach this scenic village perched on a hill where Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka by envoys of Emperor Asoka. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery on top. Afterwards, return to your hotel for relaxation and overnight.
Travel duration - 3 hours
Sigiriya Lion Rock & Polonnaruwa discovery
Day
3
Sigiriya Lion Rock & Polonnaruwa discovery
Sigiriya

Early in the morning arrive at the most visited site in Sri Lanka, the Sigiriya rock fortress, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the stunning frescoes, gardens with natural caves and ruins of the ancient royal palace on top of this legendary structure. Enjoy a delicious local lunch and visit Polonnaruwa, a celebrated ancient capital of Sri Lanka from 11th to 13th centuries. Explore the ruins of ancient Hindu temples and royal palaces of this eminent city either on foot or by bike. Don’t miss a chance to visit the incredible Gal Vihara, which houses Buddha statues carved out of granite. You should visit the archeological museum to learn the engrossing details about the kingdom’s subjects who lived almost a thousand years ago. Afterwards, drive back to your hotel for overnight.
Matale temples & Kandy Temple of the Tooth
Day
4
Matale temples & Kandy Temple of the Tooth
Sigiriya To Kandy

Hit the road to Kandy, the last royal capital on the island. One the way, visit an exotic spice garden in Matale and stop by unique Buddhist and Hindu temples in Nalanda Gedige. Arrive in Kandy and discover this historic city on foot. Visit the holy Temple of the Tooth, a popular Buddhist shrine believed to hold a tooth relic of the Buddha. Then take a refreshing stroll around the scenic lake of the Temple and stop by the vibrant vegetable market nearby with diverse collections of healthy veggies. Spend the late afternoon attending a beautiful cultural show with traditional dances. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Travel duration - 4 hours
Elephant orphanage & Peradeniya Botanical Garden
Day
5
Elephant orphanage & Peradeniya Botanical Garden
Kandy

In the morning, you’ll arrive at the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage to watch elephants bathing and playing in the river! (Avoid going to watch baby elephants bottle feed, which is a tourist trap and traumatizing for the little ones who have to be chained so tourists could enjoy the show.) Afterwards, you can visit the Millennium Elephant Foundation, where you can tour their fascinating museum until it’s time for your elephant-back ride. The elephant will ride all the way to the river. In the afternoon, go for a refreshing walk in the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens to marvel at their impressive collections of orchids, roses, royal palm trees and other stunning flora. Return to hotel for overnight.
Travel duration - 2 hours
Scenic train ride & Colombo city sightseeing
Day
6
Scenic train ride & Colombo city sightseeing
Kandy To Bandaranaike Airport

After a delectable breakfast, you will take an exciting train ride to Colombo, the island’s economic capital and the largest metropolis. You’ll arrive at the Fort station where your driver will pick you up and take you on a city tour to discover the fascinating old districts of Fort and Pettah and the Galle Face Green promenade, where you can enjoy a revitalizing stroll. Then you’ll be driven to the international airport in time to catch your flight back home. End of our services.
Travel duration - 4 hours

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