Day 1 - Arrival in Colombo
Arrival at Colombo / Negombo Airport in the evening.Drawing up customs formalities and meeting with our local MTA representative for transfer to Hotel. Overnight.
Day 2 -Colombo - Dambulla
Breakfast at the Hotel.In the morning, a short visit to Colombo, a city known to Roman, Chinese and Arab merchants over 2000 years ago. In the sixteenth century, with the Portuguese, the city lived a period of great splendor and richness as the great ramparts loaded with direct spices in Europe traveled from its harbor. The Dutch, in the seventeenth century, made their capital of the provinces of the Dutch Company of the East Indies; Finally, the British changed their architecture substantially to make it the famous "East Garden". The road to Dambulla (170 km: 6 hours).
Along the path stop at the archaeological site of Dambulla the visit of the rock complex.The site, inhabited by hermitages since time immemorial, was expanded by King Valagamba of Anuradhapura, who in the second century AD. B.C. there was 14 years of exile. Connected by a single façade, five crowded caves of countless Buddha statues are opened in the mountains alongside the mountain. The walls and ceilings have a rich and sophisticated decoration due mainly to the 18th and 19th centuries, which reproduces the tapestries of the time. Arrival and Accommodation in Hotel.Overnight.
Day 3 - Dambulla (Excursion to Anuradhapura and Mihintale)
Breakfast at the Hotel.Excursion to Anuradhapura (60 km: about 1 hour) heart of singalese art and culture for more than a millennium. Visit of the ancient Buddhist capital, the first spreading center of Buddha's doctrine since the 3rd century BC The city, founded between the 5th and 4th centuries. BC, was the capital of a great kingdom until the Xth century when it was invaded by Tamil from southern India. Subsequently abandoned, it was submerged by the forest. The archaeological area encloses splendid ruins grouped in monastic complexes marked by Dagoba , immense relic structures, whose brick domes sway on other buildings. Visit the temple of Maha Bodhi and the sacred Bo Tree, tree raised by a branch of Focus of Bodhgaya (India) where the Buddha reached the lighting. Continuing with the visit of the Brazen Palace with the spectacular brass roof and the 160 columns and thuparama stupa, considered the oldest of the whole island near which stands the statue of Samadhi Buddha. In the afternoon visit the archaeological site of Mihintale cradle of Sinhalese Buddhism, located in the forest near the city, where a Buddhist stupa rises from the first century. According to tradition, in the III sec. B.C. On one of these hills appeared Mahindra, son of Indian Emperor Ashoka, who spread the Buddha's message on the island. Mihintale quickly became a large religious center crowded with monasteries and dagobas. back to the hotel.Overnight.
Day 4 - Dambulla (Excursion to Polonnaruwa)
Breakfast at the Hotel.A day dedicated to the visit of Polonnaruwa (65 km - about 1 hour), Sri Lanka's historic capital from the 11th to the 14th centuries, which holds great masterpieces of Sinhala civil and religious architecture.
When, at the beginning of XI, Anuradhapura suffered the invasion of India, the center of power was moved to Polonnaruwa, a vast fortified complex that encloses an imposing royal palace, numerous pavilions, huge monasteries, Buddhist and Hindu temples, parked by parks dotted basement gardens. Water supply was provided by a complex irrigation system powered by a gigantic basin covering an area of more than 15 square kilometers, the Parakrama Samudra, the "Parakrama Sea", the name of the sovereign who had built up. The archeological site develops around the Royal Palace of King Parakramabahuma: the real jewel is represented by the Quadrangle, which includes the palaces, the Buddha relics hall, and some Hindu temples.In the afternoon, return to the archaeological site for a visit to the archaeological museum of Polonnaruwa rich in interesting finds.back to the hotel.Overnight.
Day 5 -Dambulla - Sigiriya - Kandy
Breakfast at the Hotel.Morning dedicated to an excursion to Sigiriya fortress (about 30 minutes), spectacular fortress carved in red granite called "the lion's fortress", which rises 200 meters with walls overhanging the underlying vegetation and named after the door the access of the citadel narrow between the legs of the animal. Hollow in red granite in V century. A.D. from King Kasyapa is preceded by a series of gardens, pavilions, and caves that lead at the foot of the great rock spur.
In the middle of the ascent, the "lion's platform" boasts beautiful frescoes of goddesses and girls decorated with jewels: a series of beautiful female pictures painted on the walls reveals the refined mastery of the painters of the time. Climbing on a long and steep iron staircase, you reach the summit marked by ruins and basins, from which you enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding landscape.Departure south for Kandy (90 km: about 3 hours).
Along the trail stop at Matale and visit a spice garden in the heart of the tropical forest. Arrival in Kandy and accommodation in Hotel.Overnight.
Breakfast at the Hotel.In the morning, departure for a visit to the orphanage of the Pinnawela elephants, where abandoned elephants are housed and housed. I return to Kandy. Along the visit path of the Peradeniya botanical garden that holds a rich collection of orchids and tropical plants.
Kandy, located in a hilltop position 500 meters above sea level, former British summer residence, allows you to experience the relaxing atmosphere of tropical nature and the charm of ancient Sinhalese history. Visit the vast complex of Dalada Maligawa Temple, dating back to the 17th century, a sacred place venerated by Buddhists all over the world, as traditionally hosts a precious tabernacle a Buddha's tooth.back to the hotel. Overnight.
Day 7 -Kandy - Nuwara Eliya
Breakfast at the Hotel.Departure by local train to the hilly region of Nuwara Eliya (70 km: 3 hours), crossing villages, spice gardens and tea plantations, in a scenic and authentic setting.Arrival at Nuwara Eliya, an important mountain resort located at 1900 meters altitude and nestled amongst plantations of tea, vegetable gardens, and spice gardens. The trail winds up on a mountain road where you can visit villages, stay at tea collectors, dive into the plantations and visit a factory to observe the various stages of processing the precious tealeaf.Hotel accommodation . Overnight.
Day 8-Nuwara Eliya - Yala
Breakfast at the Hotel.Departure for the Yala National Park (180 km: 6 hours) along with a picturesque mountain road that crosses high-altitude tea plantations, villages, and gardens. Arrival and Accommodation in Hotel.Afternoon dedicated to relaxing and/or individual activities to be set on site.back to the hotel. Overnight.
Day 9-Yala - Galle
Breakfast at the Hotel.Morning dedicated to a Jeep excursion in Yala National Park, founded in 1938, covering an area of 980 km². The park is known for its variety of wildlife including elephants, leopards, and water birds.Transfer to Galle along the southern coast of Ceylon Island.
Galle, a colonial city that dives into the Indian Ocean, known to great navigators since the 5th century AD. as one of the largest ports of the Levant, was described by the great traveler of the ancient world Ibn Batuta in 1344. The Portuguese arrived in 1505 and in 1588 laid the foundations of the marvelous fortress, whose walls and bastions are still visible today.
Between the 16th and 19th centuries, with the Dutch, Galle became an important outpost in Asia for all merchant trades in the region and its fort was embellished with bastions, palaces, gardens, houses and monumental roads, following a large-scale architectural project between the eastern and western styles. Even today the city is one of the best examples of a fortified city in the world.
Among the ramparts, the old town houses a number of notable buildings, including the Historical Mansion, the Court Court Square, the Naval Museum, the Dutch Reformed Church of 1755 and the historic Hotel Amangalla, as well as colonial houses from the bright colors, antique shops, coffee shops with terraces and gardens.Accommodation in hotels in private rooms.Overnight.
Day 10 -Galle - Negombo
Breakfast at the Hotel.Morning is available for relaxation and/or individual activities.In the afternoon transfer to Negombo (130 km: 2:30 hours) and accommodation in Hotel.
Day 11 -Negombo DEPARTURE
Transfer to Colombo / Negombo airport in good time (at least 3 hours before) for departure with the return flight.