10 Days | 9 Nights
This action-packed itinerary is ideal for families with kids to have some great time in the tropics. Begin your adventure in Wilpattu and go on an exhilarating jeep safari through the wilderness. Soak in the delightful sights of the former British naval bastion of Trincomalee and bask in the sun. Venture off into the deep seas in search of mighty whales and playful dolphins. Then venture down to the cultural triangle, a treasure trove of history and heritage. Wrap up your journey in the island’s pulsating capital of Colombo. Criss-cross the streets of bustling Pettah and indulge in a spot of retail therapy at the chic shopping malls in Colombo
Relax at a hotel close by to BIA (Depending on the time of your flights, you may need an extra initial night near the airport.)
Wilpattu National Park is home to over 30 species of mammals including the Asian Elephant, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Wild Buffalo, Spotted Deer, and Barking Deer. You can also spot various birds, reptiles as well as butterflies during your game drive. The specialty of the park is that it is consisted of a collection of lakes or villussurrounded by grassy plains. The park covers a massive area of 131,000 hectares.
Indulge in some beach time
Take a dip or just lounge by the tranquil beaches of Trincomalee
Hop on a boat and head to the seas for an exhilarating experience of a waterborne safari. The variety of marine environments off the coast of Trincomalee sustains a vast diversity of marine life including about eleven species of whales. Keep your eyes peeled as whales emerge from the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and pods of dolphins perform deep sea ballet steps.Please note that whale-watching remains a seasonal activity due to changing weather and sea conditions.
The first kingdom of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura boasts ancient Buddhist temples, ruins of massive palaces and sprawling gardens. It is home to the most revered tree which is also the oldest historic tree in the world-the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi planted in 288BC. The sapling was taken off the Bodhi tree under which Buddha was enlightened. Ruwanweliseya stupa, the eight feet structure of Buddha-Samadhi statue, Aukana Buddha statute and Isurumuniya are some of the attractions in Anuradhapura.
Another ancient capital of Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa is a maze of age-old artefacts including stupas, ruins of ancient structures and tombs. The intricate statute of King Parakramabahu is one of the key attractions in Polonnaruwa. Said to be the first stupa built in Sri Lanka, Thuparamaya stands amidst the calm environs of the ancient city. Another important site is the Nissankalatha Mandapaya or King Nissankamalla’s Council Chamber, which is an ornate structure of traditional Sri Lankan architecture.
Marvel at the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya, a king’s palace built atop a massive rock, high in the sky. Considered as the Eighth Wonder of the World, Sigiriya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka. The rebellious King Kashyapa (477-495AD) reigned from this mighty rock fortress. You will climb up to the summit of the rock and witness ancient moats, ponds, walkways and ruins what once used to be regal gardens and courtyards. Also, you will walk through the corridors that lead to the famed frescoes wall adorned with intricate arts of the concubines of the palace.
Visit the Dambulla Rock Cave temple
Visit the ancient cave temple in Dambulla. Steeped in history, the cave temple is an awe inspiring sight. The life-like sculptures and stunning arts are a mirror image of the skill and dexterity of the craftsman. There are about 150 Buddha statues housed within five caves of the temple. Don’t forget to admire the scenic walkways around the temple.
Put your feet up and relax before the next lap of your tour.
Pettah is a maze of streets buzzing with activity. Dotted with tiny boutiques, wholesale bazaars and remnants of the colonial era, the vibe of Pettah is exuberant. Walk through its narrow streets sandwiched between stores and rows and rows of bikes and tuk-tuks parked on either side of the road. From spices, to vegetables, to cooking utensils, to sarees and jewellery, you can find anything and everything in Pettah. The Red Mosque, old market, old town hall and old Kayman's Gate Bell Tower are the colonial giants that stand in silence.
A shopping spree in Colombo
For a more commercial take on Sri Lankan culture, try shopping in bustling Colombo. From shopping malls, to luxury boutiques, to chic restaurants and cineplexes, there is a lot on offer.
You will leave for the Airport (Bandaranaike International Airport), Depending on the Departure Time or continue with one of our Tour Packages, or continue with your own itinerary for rest of your stay in Sri Lanka
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