Culture Tour



1st Day - Negombo 



packagesAfter arrival Srilanka Budget Tours representative will welcome you at the Airport and proceed to Negombo. Relax the day after check in to the hotel.


Negombo

Evening visit Negombo city while seeing different historical places such as Agurukaramulla Temple, Dutch Channel and some Old Churches such as Anglican and St. Marys’ church. You are almost welcome to go for a boat ride in Dutch channel and if you are interested visit Fish Market to get the experiences of traditional fishing community in Sri Lanka.

Overnight stay at a Beach hotel in Negombo.


2nd Day - Anuradhapura


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After breakfast at the hotel proceed to Anuradhapura.

Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura is one of main ancient kingdoms in Sri Lanka which goes back to 5th Century B.C. Visit all the ruins of the kingdom including Sri Mahabodiya and Isurumuniya temples. This sacred city was established around a cutting from the ‘tree of enlightenment’, the Buddha’s fig tree, brought there in the 3rd century B.C. by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns. Anuradhapura, a Ceylonese political and religious capital that flourished for 1,300 years, was abandoned after an invasion in 1993. Hidden away in dense jungle for many years, the splendid site, with its palaces, monasteries and monuments, is now accessible once again.

Overnight stay at a hotel Anuradhapura.


3rd Day - Habarana / Sigiriya / Dambulla

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After breakfast proceed to Mihintale.

Mihintale

Mihintale is where Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka. Mihintale is regarded as the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Throck is riddled with shrines and rock dwellings. A grand stairway of 1,840 steps made out of granite slabs 15'' wide leads to the summit from where one could get a splendid view of the surrounding countryside.

On the way to Habarana visit Dambulla Cave temple.


Dambulla

Dambulla is a vast isolated rock mass 500ft high and a mile around the base. Here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century BC. The caves of Dambulla sheltered the King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne he built the most magnificent of Rock Temples to be found on the Island.
Proceed to Habarana/sigiriya/Dambulla.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Habarana/Sigiriya/Dambulla.


4th Day - Kandy 


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Proceed to Sigiriya Rock fortress after breakfast.


Sigiriya

The stupendous 5th century A.D. rock-fortress citadel of a fugitive king, where history merges with melodrama. A gallery of frescoes of shapely be-jewelled maidens still glows with vibrant colour and the water. It is believed these paintings depict the “apsaras” or goddess and some say it represents the lightning and clouds. Another distinctive feature of Sigiriya is the Mirror Wall which is located just below the paintings. The surface of this wall is well polished and covered with writings known as “Sigiri Graffiti” which are a form of poems. The Lion Staircase leads to the summit and the special feature of this is the massive Lion Paw which carved out of rock. The brick wall is still preserved in original form. Sigiriya is being currently excavated and restored by UNESCO under the Cultural Triangle Project and according to sources is most likely to be declared as a wonder of the world.
Then visit Kandy via Matale where you can find spice garden.


Matale

Visit a spice garden in Matale to see many different types of spices Sri Lanka is famous for. Just 25 km from the hill capital of Kandy, the Matale spice gardens are among the best on the island. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed.

Kandy


Visit Temple of Tooth Relic at the evening. Kandy ‘s main attraction is the Dalada Maligawa, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha brought to Sri Lanka in the 4 th century AD. This sacred relic has ever since been the symbol of sovereignty for its rulers and is always enshrined in great splendor. If you are visiting Kandy during July-August, a definite must see is the Esala Perahera, known to be one of the most admired Sri Lankan events. Termed as Asia’s grandest pageant, this spectacular annual event is held to honor the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha and to obtain blessings of the guardian deities of Sri Lanka.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Kandy.


5th Day - Kandy 

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After breakfast visit Gadaladeniya, Ambekke and Lankathilake temples.

At the evening do a city tour in Kandy and visit Royal Botanical Garden.


Royal Botanical Garden

Six kilometers from Kandy, at Peradeniya, the magnificent 57 hectare Royal Botanical Gardens, laid out in 1832, are among the finest in the world. Its treasures of tropical flora include fine collections of orchids, aromatic spices, medicinal herbs, palms and rare, endangered plant species.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Kandy.


6th Day -  Colombo

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After breakfast in Kandy proceed to Colombo. On the way to Colombo visitPinnawala Elephant Orphanage.


Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975, commenced with seven orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grand children born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but is soon became a conservation and educational centre. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawala started a scientific captive-breeding program for elephants.

Colombo.

Evening visit Kelaniya Temple and Gangarama Temple with Colombo city tour.

Colombo

Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka – it is the traditional gateway to the Orient. Colombo which has a population of over a million distributed over fifteen zones, has three main zones, each of which has a distinctive character. The Fort, the centre of metropolitan activity, the Pettah the bustling bazaar area and the old Cinnamon Gardens, now fashionably known as Colombo 7 with its spacious mansions and better residential areas.


7th Day - Departure


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After breakfast proceed to Airport for the departure.





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