This fascinating tour not only incorporates the 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka, but also highlights the beauty and geographical splendor of this stunning island. The tour will take you on a memorable experience of heritage and culture, spanning the diversity this island has to offer. The hotels en-route have been hand-picked to enhance your experience in keeping with the unforgettable landmarks you’ll be visiting.

Day 1

Arrival into the Bandaranayke Airport in Sri Lanka, where you’ll be met and travel the short distance to the Coastal town of Negombo for your overnight stay and the stunning Jetwing Blue hotel where you can unwind and ready yourselves for the days ahead! Dinner is Included tonight.

Day 2

After a good breakfast, we’ll head up to the North Central Province, home to the first UNESCO site of the tour, The Sacred City of Anuradhapura. We’ll be staying at the serene Palm Garden Village, or its sister property Forest Rock Garden Resort. Relax for the afternoon and enjoy the natural surroundings, at the nearby lake with its tropical birds and perhaps a monkey or two!

Day 3

Today is the big day for Anuradhapura. This awe inspiring Sacred City was the first ancient Kingdom established in Sri Lanka under the rule of King Pandukabhaya in 377 BC

The Kingdom was based largely on agriculture, and large, complex irrigations systems can still be seen with canals and waterways, piecing together the lost civilization.

We’ll embark on a fascinating tour of this ancient, 4th century BC Capital. A tour of the ancient ruins includes the gigantic Stupas Ruwanweli Seya Dagaba, Jetawana Dagaba- second in size to the Pyramids of Egypt. You’ll also see the Sri Maha Bodhi which is said to the oldest documented tree on earth, Twin Ponds, Samadhi Buddha statue, Moons Stone, and the Brazen Palace.

Our overnight stay tonight for dinner will be back at Palm Garden Village.

Day 4

After breakfast this morning, we travel east, to the ancient Kingdom of Polonnaruwa. View this stunning island country enroute, with palm tree lined vistas and hills, fascinating insight into the Sri Lankan people and village life, with myriad tropical birds and wildlife. We’ll have lunch on the way and will be staying at the stunning Deer Park Hotel perfectly situated overlooking the lake and for easy access to visit the Kingdom. During early evening, we have an included excursion of Elephant watching.

Either on the plains of Habarana or the Minneriya National Park. Both parks have large, healthy numbers of elephants which are thrilling to watch! The family hierarchy is fascinating and seeing these mighty mammals living in their natural environment is a memorable occasion.

Dinner at the hotel.

Day 5

After breakfast this morning we’ll head out to the Old Kingdom of Polonnaruwa. Steeped in history there is much to see and learn. We’ll have a guided to of this awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage site. The city remains one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in Sri Lanka. The tour includes visiting the ruins of the King’s Palace, the ancient shrine relics of Hatadage, Vatadage and Atadage, the Vihara – each for which you will come away with a deeper understanding of the fascinating people and ancient cities of this small but big hearted island! Dinner back at the Deer Park Hotel.

Day 6

This morning we’ll proceed along the hills to our third UNESCO World Heritage Site of the tour, SIGIRIYA, the 5th Century ancient Rock Fortress that was the Palace of ancient King Kasyapa. The site is vast with sunken gardens and natural springs. The Rock itself is fascinating as once used as the palace and there are beautifully well preserved frescoes on the sides of the rock face. A steep climb around the side of Sigiriya will bring you to the top where there are stunning views over the surrounding countryside. Dinner at the stunningly beautiful Heritance Kandalama Hotel, built into the rock, the resort is shrouded by the dense forest of green, harmoniously sharing space with Mother Nature.

Day 7

After breakfast this morning we leave for Dambulla and a visit to the UNESCO declared heritage site; Dambulla Caves. These amazing caves provided refuge to the ancient King Vlagamba, where he was protected by the monks from his enemies. In the 1st Century when his exile was over, he had built a huge rock monastery in gratitude to the monks who took care of him. Well preserved statues and painting are still in pristine condition in these cool caves.

We’ll proceed down to the beautiful town of Kandy, via Matale, and stop at a Spice Garden and for lunch en route. The scenery turns cooler and tea bushes can be seen hugging the undulating hills. This is tea country!

A visit to the stunning Peradeniya Botanical Gardens is included - a beautiful park with a vast array of tropical plants and trees and an exquisitely peaceful environment.

As the sun sets, we’ll visit the famous Temple of Tooth relic which is the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. The temple was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1988.

There will be a Kandyan dance and Cultural show to further enhance your Kandy experience, after which we’ll head back to the hotel for Dinner, which will be the Earls Regency Hotel, set in an elevated position just on the outskirts of town, affording lovely views of the surrounding hills and river.

Day 8

We bid farewell to the cultural capital of Kandy and head up further into tea country and the much cooler climes of Nuwara Eliya. This area is the Central Highlands - classified as a UNESCO protected environment and qualified based on its stunning Biodiversity.

The scenery on the journey up with winding hairpin bends is spectacular, with peeping views of vast peaks and dense vegetation, we’ll ease our way onwards and upwards towards what is known as ‘Little England’. The hill retreat in days gone by during the time of the British occupancy of the island, this little town offered a respite from the heat of the cities, and a reminder of their home country. We’ll be staying at the award-winning Heritance Tea Factory hotel. A renovated factory, with a fascinating history and unique ambience awaits you at this stunning facility with breezy far reaching views and first class service. There will be a chance late afternoon for you to learn how to pick your own tea from the estate’s own tea bushes and see how it’s processed with the on-site mini tea factory!

Day 9

After an early breakfast, we’ll journey over to the Horton Plains National Park, the center of the UNESCO designated area.

Horton Plains National Park is a diverse and often hauntingly beautiful landscape in the mists – covered by grassland and cloud forest. The plateau is home to many species of birds and animals, fauna, stunning waterfalls and the sheer precipice known as ‘Worlds End’. A 9Km round trek will take in the awesome views. Great for nature lovers!

After meeting the sunrise and finishing the trail, we’ll start our journey southwards towards the 7th stunning UNESCO

World Heritage site on our tour – the Sinharaja Rain Forest - man and biosphere reserve. This stunning, pristine environment is home to many tree species, tropical flowers and plants, eagles, monkeys, butterflies and insect-eating bats. Tropical lowland forest and wet evergreen forest, all jostle with each other in this incredibly captivating environment.

Accommodation tonight will be at the stunning Rain Forest Eco Lodge.

The chalet accommodation is set in a pristine reserve area close to the forest, made from recycled materials but having every modern facility required. Optional late afternoon/evening treks are possible depending on your own interests.

Wake up to the symphony of a dawn chorus and chortling toads, the rustle of forest undergrowth, the buzz and pitch of a plethora of insects. Smell the fresh rain as it tumbles down leaves onto the rich earth and marvel at the misty patches that will appear and retreat as if by magic. An amazing experience in a magical place.

Day 10

After an exquisite breakfast, we continue our journey south coast of the island, towards the old colonial town of Galle. This is the last UNESCO Heritage site on our tour, the old town and its fortifications were founded by the Portuguese in the 16th century, where development was at its height during the 18th century before the colonization by the British.

This fascinating fortified city shows the fusion of European architecture and Asian island traditions. In recent the years, old colonial buildings have been renovated back to glory under the UNESCO protection.

A walking tour of the fort will be taken early evening, in time for dinner and the elegant Amanglla hotel which is in the Fort itself. Built in 1684 it’s reminiscent of days gone by, the hotel takes its visitors back in time with serene rooms and gardens. Evening at leisure exploring the lighthouse and old ramparts of the city and marvelling at the renovated colonial buildings.

Day 11

Today we say goodbye to Sri Lanka. Depending on the time of your international flight home, there may be time to stop en-route to the airport for a quick whizz around and maybe lunch in the vibrant and fast growing city of Colombo, before heading out to the airport.

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Traveler Check List for the Tour

1. Hats / Shoes
2. Sun Tan
3. Sun Glasses / Hats / Caps
4. White Long Dress / Shirts / Long Troucers
5. Binoculars

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