Duration: 14 Days

Sri Lanka’s Ancient Cities & East Coast-13 nights 14 day tour with a beach stay in coastal belt of east . dig in to the history of srilanka & Asia with a stay in unspoiled beaches of newly opened east coast of the island to the tourism after the end of civil war.

 

Day 1 » Negombo

Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport to the north of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo and transfer to Jetwing Blue, a deluxe hotel in the coastal town of Negombo where you’ll spend your first night. Check in and spend the rest of the day relaxing, or perhaps step out and explore Negombo’s interesting old town, where you’ll discover a rich colonial history, a picturesque lagoon and several canals, which make an ideal spot for bird watching. In the evening, head out to one of several good restaurants, which run parallel to the town’s wide sandy beach.

Stay: Jetwing Blue/Camelot Beach Hotel

Day 2 » Drive to Anuradhapura

Breakfast at the hotel & leave Negombo behind this morning as you begin your tour of Sri Lanka with a scenic, five-hour drive to the city of Anuradhapura, the capital of the country’s North Central Province. On arrival you’ll check into your hotel and spend an evening at leisure Stay: Hotel Alakamandawa/Heritage Hotel

Day 3 » Anuradhapura

After breakfast spend the day exploring Anuradhapura, one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka. Renowned for its well-preserved ruins, it was the 3rd capital of the Kingdom of Rajarata, after Tambapanni and Upatissa Nuwara. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Anuradhapura lies 205 km north of the current capital Colombo on the banks of the historic Malvathu Oya and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka. Stay: Hotel Alakamandawa/Heritage Hotel

Day 4 » Minneriya

After breakfast this morning you’ll head to the beautiful Minneriya National Park. Located between Habarana and the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, this 8,890-hectare park is one of the

most important eco-tourism destinations in Sri Lanka. The park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub and is home to some of the country’s most iconic wildlife such as sambar deer, elephants, leopards and an abundance of bird life. Stay: Hotel Alakamandawa/Heritage Hotel

Day 5 » Sigiriya

After breakfast check out of your hotel and head to the spectacular rock fortress of Sigiriya, one of Sri Lanka’s most impressive historical sites. Impossibly perched on top of a towering rock formation, and with majestic views across the surrounding jungles, mountains and plains, Sigiriya is without doubt one of the highlights of this, or indeed any visit to Sri Lanka. Your guide will explain the fascinating history and meticulous planning that went into creating the 5th century fortress, and you’ll have time to wander the ruins and soak up one of the best views in the country.

From Sigiriya, your journey continues as you head to Passikudah on Sri Lanka’s east coast. Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Stay: Hotel Uga Bay, Passikudah / Amaya beach resort and Spa

Days 6-8 » Passikudah

Next couple of days you will be spent relaxing and enjoying the delights of Sri Lanka’s beautiful east coast. Here you’ll find some of the country’s best beaches – long wide stretches of sand leading to the clear, shallow waters of the Indian Ocean. For divers and snorkelers there are some superb coral reefs and the chance to enjoy some unforgettable wreck dives, while sun-worshippers and water-sports enthusiast can spend hours on end relaxing and playing in the sun and surf. If you’d prefer to get out and about there are plenty of cultural tours on offer, with excursions to local sites such as ancient Polonnaruwa.

Stay: Hotel Uga Bay, Passikudah / Amaya beach resort and Spa

Days 9-11» Trincomalee

After breakfast leave for Nelaveli beach Trincomalee (approximately 2) hour drive. Later evening drive through the Trincomalee town it is one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world. If you manage to visit when the sea is calm you can see the clear blue water and it’s a breathtaking site. Next day you can visit Kanniya Hot Water Wells, Koneswaram Hindu Kovil

and Pigeon Island national park. Third day in Trico either you can experience amazing Whale watching session or you can relax the whole day by the beach. Stay: Chaaya blu/ Pigeon Island Beach Resort Nilaveli

Days 12-13» Kandy

After breakfast leave for Kandy approximately 3hour and 45minit drive. Evening enjoyed the cultural dancing show and next day morning after breakfast visit the famous Temple of Tooth relic, afternoon explore Kandy city by yourself.

Stay: Cinnamon Citadel/ Hotel Topaz

Days 14» Departure

Transfer to Katunayake in time for your onward flight, an incredible end to a wonderful holiday.

Day 11 » Departure

Transfer by seaplane from Batticaloa to Katunayake in time for your onward flight, an incredible end to a wonderful holiday.

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