Ancient Ruins and Golden Sands of Sri Lanka

9 Nights & 10 Days, Summer Itinerary

Season: From April to September (6 months)

1

Upon arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be transferred to a nearby hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.

Anantaya Resort & Spa, Chillaw (Silver Category)

  • Room Deluxe Room
  • Basis Bed & Breakfast

The Horathapola Estate, Kulliyapitiya (Gold Category)

  • Room Deluxe Room
  • Basis Half Board (Breakfast & Dinner only)
2

Checkout after an early breakfast and leave for Anuradhapura, where you will go on a guided tour. Anuradhapura was the country’s first capital comprising of religious places of worship and Buddhist shrines constructed by the past kings of Sri Lanka.

Afterwards, check-in to your hotel near Sigiriya and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Aliya Resort and Spa, Sigiriya (Silver Category)

  • Room Deluxe Room
  • Basis Bed & Breakfast

Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya (Gold Category)

  • Room Paddy Dwelling
  • Basis Bed & Breakfast
3

After breakfast, drive to Sigiriya and climb the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Visit the palace ruins of King Kassapa which was constructed on top of a massive 200 meter high rock surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, frescoes of half-naked women and other structures.

Afterwards, return to your hotel and spend the remainder of the evening at leisure.

Optional:
In the afternoon, visit Minneriya or Kaudulla National Park to view ‘The Gathering of Elephants’ which is a seasonal congregation of elephants that takes place between June through to November. During other times of the year, Elephants can be seen at the Hurullu Forest Reserve.

Aliya Resort and Spa, Sigiriya (Silver Category)

  • Room Deluxe Room
  • Basis Bed & Breakfast

Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya (Gold Category)

  • Room Paddy Dwelling
  • Basis Bed & Breakfast
4

After breakfast, leave for Polonnaruwa and take a guided tour of this capital. Polonnaruwa took its place in history after King Vijayabahu I defeated the invading Cholas and moved the capital from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa. It is renowned for its well-preserved 12th century ruins and impressive stone culture.

Afterwards, return to your hotel and spend the remainder of the evening at leisure.

Aliya Resort & Spa, Sigiriya (Silver Category)

  • Room Deluxe Room
  • Basis Bed & Breakfast
5

After breakfast, leave for Trincomalee on the east coast.

Remainder of the day at leisure. Spend 04 nights in Trincomalee.

Trinco Blu by Cinnamon, Nilaveli (Silver Category)

  • Room Superior Room
  • Basis Bed & Breakfast
6-8

Full day at leisure by the beach.

Suggested excursions which can be included are:

Historic tour of Trincomalee:
This will include visits to the cultural sites within Trincomalee that includes al visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery along with the Dutch Fort, Konneswaram Temple on Swami Rock and the hot springs in Keerimilai.

Whale and Dolphin Watching:
The deep waters around Trincomalee’s natural harbour can often result in the Blue Whales coming very close to shore. The sightings of Blue Whales and pods of Sperm Whales off Trincomalee peak from March through to April. The Blue Whales however are resident around Sri Lankan waters and chance encounters are possible during other months. Large pods of Spinner Dolphins in their hundreds are encountered on most days during this period. Orca, Bryde’s Whale, Risso’s Dolphin and Short-finned Pilot Whale are some of the other cetaceans which maybe encountered during an oceanic safari. The whale and dolphin watching excursions run from March through to September when the north-east monsoon is inactive.

Snorkeling at Pigeon Island:
The Pigeon Island marine sanctuary off Nilaveli remains the most popular option for snorkeling in the area. Deriving its name from the Rock Pigeon which has colonized the island in large numbers, Pigeon Island contains some of the best preserved coral reefs in Sri Lanka.. Close to 100 species of coral, 300 coral reef fish species along with Hawksbill Turtle, Green Turtle and Olive Ridley may be encountered here.

Overnight at Trincomalee.

Trinco Blu by Cinnamon, Nilaveli (Silver Category)

  • Room Superior Room
  • Basis Bed & Breakfast
9

After breakfast, leave for Negombo / Kotugoda, which is a short drive away from the Bandaranaike Internnational Airport. Remainder of the day at leisure.

Upon request, you can travel to Katunayake on a fixed departure run by Cinnamon Air. The flight departs Trincomalee at 11:30hrs and lands at 12:45hrs stopping via Sigiriya. Afterwards, you will be transferred to the hotel.

Spend 01 night in Negombo / Kotugoda.

Jetwing Beach, Negombo (Silver Category)

  • Room Deluxe Room
  • Basis Bed & Breakfast
10

Departure transfer to the Bandaranaike International Airport

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