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Anuradhapura – Pollonaruwa – Minneriya National Park(wildlife safari) – Trincomalee – Sigiriya Rock – Dambulla Caves.

Negombo - Anuradhapura - Polonnaruwa - Trincomalee - Sigiriya - Dambulla Tour

Itineraries

Day 1

Negombo / Chilaw / Puttalam / Anuradhapura / Giritale

Early morning 6:00, we leave for Anuradhapura via Chilaw and Puttalam. the first stop is in Chilaw, There is a saying that "Chilaw is famous for Crabs, Coconuts, and Coreas," a testament to the influence of the Corea Family who hail from this town. Chilaw is famous for the nearby Munneswaram temple, which is visited by both Hindus as well as Buddhists. We proceed to Puttalam, Puttalam is a small but very populous town. Famous for salt and fishing, Puttalam is the home to one of Sri Lanka’s largest lagoons, also called Puttalam lagoon. We visit the salt factory. After we visit Puttalam we proceed to Anuradhapura. Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Lankan civilization. From the 4th century BC, it was the capital of Sri Lanka until the beginning of the 11th century AD. During this period it remained one of the most stable and durable centers of political power and urban life in South Asia. The ancient city, considered sacred to the Buddhist world, is today surrounded by monasteries covering an area of over sixteen square miles (40 km²). We wil visit the Sri Maha Bodhi An offshoot of the historical Bodhi tree under which Buddha became enlightened was planted in Anuradhapura in 288 BC, Abhayagiri Dagaba, This is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage towns and extensive ruins in the world. Ruwanwelisaya Stupa is considered a marvel for its architectural qualities.Thuparamaya Collarbone of Buddha is enshrined in the chetiya of Thuparamaya. It is the first dagaba built in Sri Lanka. Lovamahapaya Also known as Brazen Palace Lovamahapaya is a complex which was once a structure of its own class. Jetavanaramaya This is the largest stupa in Sri Lanka. It was the third largest structure in the ancient world. Mirisaveti Stupa It was built by King Dutugamunu after defeating King Elara. A legend associates it with the relics of Lord Buddha. Lankarama This is a stupa constructed by King Valagamba in an ancient place. after we visit Anuradhapura we proceed to Giritale and stay the night in the Giritale Hotel.

Day 2

Giritale / Pollonaruwa / Minneriya / Giritale

After breakfast we drive to Pollonaruwa, The second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated the Chola invaders in 1070 CE to reunite the country once more under a local leader. Sri Lanka's medieval capital (11th - 12th Century AD) is a well-preserved city of ancient dagobas, moonstones, beautiful parks, massive buildings and stunningly beautiful statues. The majestic King's Council Chamber, the Lotus Bath, the Lanka Thilaka Viharaya, the Gal Viharaya (rock temple) and the statue of one of Polonnaruwa's great kings, Parakramabahu, are a few of this capital's memorable sights. After we visit Polonnaruwa we proceed to Minneriya. In Minneriya we start the Wildlife Safari in the Minneriya National Park. After the wild life safari we proceed to Giritale where we stay in the Giritale Hotel.

Day 3

Giritale / Trincomalee

After breakfast we go to Trincomalee and visit the city, visit Fort Fredrick, Fort Fredrick is a fort built by Portuguese at Trincomalee, Sri Lanka in 1624. It was built from the debris of an ancient Hindu temple that was destroyed by the Portuguese. This was captured by a Dutch fleet under Admiral Westerwold in 1639. Not until 1665 was a new fort built here by the Dutch defend against the advancements of the British and the French. Visit the Hindu Temple on the big rock, we wil visit the Hot Springs, A high wall assembles all the seven springs in a rectangular enclosure. Each enclosed in a dwarf wall forms a well of its own. The water is mildly hot the temperature varies but slightly in each. In effect, a public bathing resort. We will visit the Harbour, after we visit the Harbour we proceed to the Sea Lotus Park Hotel.

Day 4

Trincomalee / Sigiriya

After breakfast we leaving for Sigiriya, Sigiriya (Lion's rock) is an ancient rock fortress and palace ruin, We start climbing the rock. After we are back from the top of the rock and you like it you can take a ride on a Elephant through the Jungle. We stay the night in the Giritale Hotel.

Day 5

Sigiriya / Dambulla

After Breakfast we proceed to Dambulla, see the Sri Lanka’s biggest vegetables market in Dambulla, site seeing through the City, and proceed to the Dambulla Caves. Dating back to the 1st century BC, this is the most impressive cave temple in Asia. It has five caves under a vast overhanging rock, carved with a drip line to keep the interiors dry. In 1938 the architecture was embellished with arched colonnades and gabled entrances. Inside the caves, the ceilings are painted with intricate patterns of religious images following the contours of the rock. There are images of the Lord Buddha and bodhisattvas, as well as various gods and goddesses. After we visit Dambulla we proceed to the Hotel.

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