In the 19th Century, during the British occupation of Sri Lanka, the British constructed the railway lines and started the Railway service in Sri Lanka to transport Tea from the Hill country estates to the Colombo Port and also imported goods to the interior of the Island. Sri Lanka’s hill country Railway line goes through Tea Estates, making the train journey a scenic ride. This itinerary is specially designed for Rail fans who would like to explore the Sri Lankan railway.
Our representatives will meet and greet you upon your arrival at the airport. You will then be transferred to your hotel in Mount Lavinia for an overnight stay.
Today you will join a midday city tour of Colombo; which will give you a glimpse of Colombo’s architecture, art and culture. You will be brought back to your hotel at the conclusion of your city tour where you will spend the night.
Today you will visit the ancient city of Anuradhapura, established in 437 BC is the largest of Sri Lanka’s ancient cities of the cultural triangle. En route you will be able to witness the Aukana Buddha statue which was carved out of living rock in the 5th century BC. Followed by a visit to the Kalawewa Tank built in 400 AD. Here you will witness ruins of temples, dagobas and Buddha statutes. You will also visit “The Sri Maha Bodi” a giant Bo tree a sapling from the Bo tree underneath which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment, which is the most frequented Buddhist site of Anuradhapura. The fame of Anuradhapura spread as far as the ancient Roman Hellenistic world and established diplomatic links with China. It was the royal seat to 25 Buddhist and Hindu kings and the preeminent city of the island for 1400 years. If there is sufficient time you will also visit Mihintale which is known to be the cradle of Buddhism. At the conclusion of your tour you will be transferred back to your hotel in Dambulla.
Today you will leave for the ancient city of Pollonnaruwa which is yet another ancient city of the cultural triangle. It was made capital after the fall of Anuradhapura in 993 BC. Here you will witness the famed monumental ruins of the famous garden city created by King Parakramabahu I in the 12th century and also the Brahmanic monuments build during the Chola invasion. The most significant being the Library Monastery, The Citadel and the palace complex and the Vatadage. You will then be transferred back to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.
Today you will visit the cave temple complex of Dambulla which is known to be one of the larges cave temples of south Asia. Here you will witness ancient rock paintings of Lord Buddha. You will then be transferred back to your hotel for an over night stay in Dambulla.
Today you will journey to Trincomalee by train. You will reach Trincomalee by noon, and be transferred to your hotel for an over night stay in Trincomalee, where you will have the rest of the day to be spent at leisure. Situated around picturesque bays and rocky peninsulas, Trincomalee is famed for its spectacular white sand beaches.
Today you will journey to the capital city of Colombo by train. Transfer to your hotel in Colombo and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
You leave for the Pinnawala elephant orphanage a sanctuary for orphaned elephants, located in a vast span of lush greenery. Here you will be given an opportunity to feed the elephants during the feeding times. Concluding your visit to the elephant orphanage you will journey to the misty hill country of Kandy. Indulge in the rich history and culture of Kandy by embarking on a city tour. You will also be taken to visit a bazaar, an arts and craft centre, a gem museum and lapidary where you may indulge in some shopping. Having concluded your city tour you will be transferred to you hotel in Kandy for rest and relaxation. The last event of the day will be to witness a beautiful cultural show. You will then be transferred to your hotel for your overnight stay in Kandy.
Today you will be taken to the most beautiful botanical garden in the island, the Peradenaiya botanical gardens. It is renowned for its collection of a variety of orchids. The garden consists of more than 4000 species of plants, including of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. Having concluded your visit to the botanical garden you will journey to the breathtaking mountainous region of Nuwara-Eliya which is considered to be the most important location for tea production in the island. Here you will visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, after which you will be transferred to your hotel where you can relax and spend the night.
Today you will depart for the cooler highlands of Nuwara-Eliya by train. Nuwara-Eliya which is considered to be the most important location for tea production in the island. You will be transferred to your hotel where you can relax and spend the night.
Today you will visit The Tea and Railway Heritage hotel, a tea plantation and a tea factory. You will then be transferred to the Peradeniya railway station for your departure train to Colombo. Transfer to your hotel in Colombo for an overnight stay.
Today you will depart to the Colombo railway station for your departure train to Avissawella. From the railway station in Avissawella you will be transferred to your hotel in Yala where you will spend the rest of the night.
Today you will leave for Sri Lanka’s most prominent national park of Yala. The park is home to elephants, leopards, bears, monkeys, peacocks, crocodiles, samba deer and wild bore. The area consists of shrub, grassy plains, light forests, and lagoons. Although it isn’t an African safari experience Yala is a must do on this island. After your safari you will be transferred back to your hotel for an over night stay.
Today you will be transferred to the beautiful coastal city of Galle. Once you arrive in Galle you will be taken on a city tour. The area still retains much of its old world charm of the colonial period. The coast is lines with lovely boutique hotels, restaurants, bars and cafes. The Galle fort is the absolute treat of Galle. Take a stroll down its old pebble stoned alleys lines with colonial style buildings and houses most of which have been transformed into boutique hotels, restaurant and souvenir shops. Having concluded your city tour you will be transferred to your hotel in Galle where you will spend the rest of the night.
Today you will have the entire day to spend at leisure by the beach in Galle.
Today you will leave for the Galle railway station for your departure train to Colombo. You will be transferred from the Colombo Railway station to your hotel in Colombo for an overnight stay.
Today you will be transferred to the Colombo airport for your departure flight.
US $ 1815
Colombo, Sri Lanka’s commercial capital and sea-port is blend of old and new. This is a city, which has many reminders of its European colonial past. Bustling bazaars, Buddhist and Hindu Temples and Muslim Mosques contrast with, smart modern Shopping Malls and multi-national chain hotels. Sightseeing highlights include the old parliament houses, Buddhist Temple, Town Hall and the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall. Apart from excellent shopping, Colombo offers visits to one of the world’s leading tea auctions, an 18 hole Golf Course, seasonal Buddhist and Hindu pageants, international cricket tournaments, plush casinos, enjoyable evening entertainment and excellent restaurants. State-of-the-Art communications and Cyber services are available in the hotels and other outlets.
The Avukana statue is a standing statue of the Buddha near Kekirawa in North Central Sri Lanka. The statue, which has a height of more than 40 feet (12 m), has been carved out of a large granite rock face during the 5th century. It depicts a variation of the Abhaya mudra, and the closely worn robe is elaborately carved. Constructed during the reign of Dhatusena, it may have been made as a result of a competition between a master and a pupil. Avukana statue is one of the best examples of a standing statue constructed in ancient Sri Lanka. It is now a popular tourist attraction in the country.
The largest and oldest of Sri Lanka’s ancient cities, Anuradhapura is a fitting climax to any tour of the Cultural Triangle. Arguably, it takes a bit more effort to imagine it as it was 2000 years ago, with palaces and huge dagobas standing up to nine floors high, a main processional avenue 24km (16 miles) long and the richly decorated, ostentatious mansions of Sinhalese nobles and wealthy foreign merchants. Founded by King Pandukhabaya in 437 BC, by the mid-3rd century BC Anuradhapura’s fame had spread as far as the Roman-Hellenistic world of the Mediterranean and by the 1st century AD it had established trade and diplomatic links with China. The Jetavana treasures unearthed over the past 20 years (some are now displayed in the partially completed Jetavanarama Museum on site) show evidence of these links to the east and west. Anuradhapura was the royal seat of more than 250 Buddhist and Hindu kings recorded in the royal genealogies, and the preeminent city on the island for some 1400 years.
Located in the North Central province, was the capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to 13th century A.D. Along with Anuradhapura and Kandy, this ancient city forms one of the points of the “cultural triangle” of Sri Lanka, and contains a wealth of remarkable sites and monuments. Once the favorite country retreat of the royalty of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa was a key settlement even before the medieval period, largely due to its strategic location near the river crossings of the Mahaweli river. It was King Vijayabahu I who first established Polonnaruwa as the capital of his kingdom in 1055. The visitor who travels the city from the south to the North will find the following monuments of particular interest: Library Monastery, The Citadel and the palace complex and Vatadage.
This World Heritage Site is one of the foremost centers of Buddhist pilgrimage as well as one of the largest cave temple complexes in South Asia. It is a major attraction for tourists and locals, who flock to see the dazzling and numerous rocks and wall paintings of Lord Buddha. The monastery was discovered in the 3rd century B.C. Of the numerous chambers found in the shelter, only five are in use today, the best known of which is the Maharaja Vihara.
Trincomalee is a port city on the east coast of Sri Lanka. The city is located on a peninsula, which divides the inner and outer harbours.Trincomalee is an anglicized version of the Tamil word Tirukonamalai (which means “lord of the sacred hill”); it is a hill situated in the end of a natural land formation that resembles an arc. It is one of the main where Tamil is spoken at large scale. Historically referred to as Gokanna or Gokarna it has been a sea port that has played a major role in maritime and international trading history of Sri Lanka. The Bay of Trincomalee provides security and is openly accessible to all types of sea crafts in all weathers. The beaches are used for recreational purposes such as surfing, scuba diving, fishing and whale watching. The city is renowned for housing the largest Dutch fort in Sri Lanka. It is home to major Sri Lankan naval bases and a Sri Lankan Air Force base.
The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975, commenced with seven orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location
The last capital of the Sri Lankan kings is a World Heritage Site. The name “Kandy” conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive.
This Botanical Garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.
Nuwara Eliya is a cool green mountain valley, the heart of Sri Lankan hill country boasts rolling hills interspersed with gushing streams and tumbling waterfalls. It is also acclaimed for its golf courses and amazing tea plantations.
Sri Lanka’s best known national park is popular for Elephants, Leopards, Bears, Crocodiles and Wild Boar. Three times larger than Udawalawe at 97,800 hectares, this is the second largest of Sri Lanka’s national parks. Its open, undulating terrain made it famous for elephants for many years, but the park is also now famed for its Leopard population due to publicity by National Geographic and the Discovery TV channels, which focused on a leopard research/conservation and identification project.
Galle the capital of southern Sri Lanka in 1587, the Portuguese annexed Galle from its Singhalese kings and built its first fortress naming it “Santacrusz”. Its old world charm appeals as a tourist destination. To this day it looks back to 500 years of nurture under Singhalese, Portuguese, Dutch and British stewardship. The influence of the Dutch on the people of the city architecture and especially the dress code is evident today. The town is the first international commerce and trade centre of the island, and even today Galle plays an important role in Sri Lanka’s economy. The sandy beach here enhances the natural beauty the city is blessed with.