Nandana Tours Sri Lanka

7 DAY TRIPS

Anuradhapura / Polonnaruwa / Sigiriya / Dambulla / Kandy / Nuwara Eliya / Ella / Yala

1st day

From Airport pickup we are directly moving to Anuradhapura,

Anuradhapura is a major city in Sri Lanka. It is the capital city of North Central Province, Sri Lanka and the capital of the Anuradhapura District. Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sinhala civilization. It is the second most important royal city on the island. In the 11th century, the capital of Anuradhapura was transferred to Polonnaruwa.

Lastly, we are coming to the hotel in dambulla for the night, 1st day is over.

2nd day

The next day around at 8.30 am we are starting our journey of 2nd day from Dambulla, then we are moving to Polonnaruwa and lastly we are going to Watch Dambulla Temple...

Dambulla Temple is composed of five caves of varying size and magnificence. The caves, built at the base of a 150m high rock during the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa times, are by far the most impressive of the many cave temples found in Sri Lanka. Access is along the gentle slope of the Dambulla Rock, offering a panoramic view of the surrounding flatlands, which includes the rock fortress Sigiriya, 19 km away. Dusk brings hundreds of swooping swallows to the cave entrance. The largest cave measures about 52m from east to west, and 23m from the entrance to the back, this spectacular cave is 7m tall at its highest point. Hindu deities are also represented here, as are the kings Valagamba and Nissankamalla, and Ananda - the Buddha's most devoted disciple.

Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka's splendid medieval capital was established as the first city of the land in the 11th Century, A.D. It replaced Anuradhapura, which was plundered, made desolate and laid hopelessly bare to the invading armies from South India. Three Kings dominate the chronicles of the city and the period. After ruling the country for over 1,400 years, the Kingdom of Anuradhapura fell in 1017 to the Chola King RajaRaja and his son Rajendra, who took King Mahinda V as a captive to India where he died in 1029. The Cholas shifted the capital to Polonnaruwa and ruled Sri Lanka for 53 years. Polonnaruwa was named as Jananathapuram by the Cholas. King Vijayabahu I eventually defeated the Cholas and re-established the Sinhalese lineage. Polonnaruwa had previously been an important settlement in the country, as it commanded the crossings of the Mahaweli Ganga towards Anuradhapura.

Lastly, we are coming to the hotel in dambulla for the night, 2nd day is over.

3rd day

Morning at 7.00 am we are going to visit sigiriya rock.

Sigiriya or Sinhagiri is an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters high.

According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kashyapa for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colorful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock, he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure — Sīnhāgiri, the Lion Rock (an etymology similar to Sinhapura, the Sanskrit name of Singapore, the Lion City).

after sigiriya our next stop is matale hindu temple.

Muthumariamman Temple or Arulmigu Sri Muthumari Amman Kovil is a temple in Matale, Sri Lanka. The prefix “Muthu”, literally means “pearl”. "Mari" means rain and "Amman" means mother. The temple is dedicated to Mariamman, the goddess of rain and fertility. The temple was severely damaged during the anti-Tamil riots in July 1983 but has been subsequently restored. One of the most visually dominant features of this temple is its 32.9 m high Gopuram, a large decorated tower located above the main northern gateway to the temple. 

after hindu temple we are going to visit spice garden.

enjoy sri lanka's world-renowned spices at their source. visit a spice garden, where smells of cinnamons, pepper, cardamom, nutmeg and mace overwhelm the senses and the visitors are provided an insight into an age-old industry of spice production. at spice garden, see why sri lanka became a globally popular country for its herbs and spices. the environment possesses excellent conditions for growing cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, peppercorn, and other flavorful delights. learn about the process of growing these natural products using ecologically friendly methods. at the end of your visit, stop in the shop to purchase some exotic spices from the source. that has high ayurvedic value.

Lastly, we are coming to the hotel in kandy for the night, 3rd day is over.

4th day

Morning 8.00 am to Botanical Garden

The Royal Botanical Gardens, located just outside of Kandy, are Sri Lanka’s largest landscaped gardens, spanning over 60 hectares. The origin of the gardens dates back to the 14th century, but they were not formally established until 1843 when the British took control of the Kandyan Kingdom.  Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya are about 5.5 km to the west of the city of Kandy in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. It attracts 2 million visitors annually. It is renowned for its collection of orchids. The garden includes more than 4000 species of plants, including orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. Attached to it is the National Herbarium of Sri Lanka. The total area of the botanical garden is 147 acres, at 460 meters above sea level, and with a 200-day annual rainfall. It is managed by the Division of National Botanic Gardens of the Department of Agriculture.

After botanical garden we are going to visit elephant orphanage.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage was established by the Sri Lankan Department of Wildlife Conservation in 1975 for feeding and providing care and sanctuary to orphaned baby elephants that were found in the wild.

This elephant orphanage conducts captive breeding of some elephants in its care. The natural environment and health care and feeding at Pinnawala made the elephant breeding program a success. The first birth at Pinnawala was in 1984, Sukumalee, a female was born to Vijaya and Kumar who were aged 21 and 20 years respectively at the time. The males Vijaya and Neela and females Kumari, Anusha, Mathalie, and Komali have since then parented several baby elephants. More than twenty-three elephants were born from 1984 to 1991. In 1998 there were fourteen births at Pinnawala, eight males and six females, with one second-generation birth in early 1998. Since then till the 2nd of July 2015, 70 more were born at Pinnawala.

In between the way to hotel customers can do shopping as well. Then we are coming to the hotel for a break,

In the evening 4.30 we are going to watch the traditional dance and after that Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, which is also known as Sri Dalada Maligawa or is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha.

Lastly, we are coming to the hotel in kandy for the night, 4th day also over.

5th day

morning at 8.00 am we are starting our journey. Visiting Nuwaraeliya, Tea factory & Tea Plantation, and watching waterfalls in between the way to Nuwara Eliya.

Sri Lanka is one of the world’s largest exporters of tea with a roaring tea industry that dominates the island’s central highlands. Introduced to the country by British tea planter James Taylor in 1867, tea irreversibly changed the topography and even the demography of the country. In the wake of Sri Lanka’s coffee blight, British planters were quick to discover that tea was a more lucrative industry. As the number of tea estates rose, there was an increased need for human labor. The production of tea involves a tedious procedure of plucking, withering, rolling, oxidizing and drying – a process that requires heavy machines and plenty of manpower. Workers were shipped over from Tamil Nadu in India to maintain the plantations, and these people, and often overlooked ethnic minority in Sri Lanka, are still the main employees in the tea industry today. A visit to a tea factory has become a staple of every Sri Lanka travel itinerary, and for good reason! If you look past the crowds of tourists and the sometimes amusingly gimmicky tea tours on offer, you’ll find a fascinating subject matter – the epic story of the tea industry, a central theme to the story of not only Sri Lanka, but also the post-industrialized world.

Lastly, we are coming to the hotel in nuwaraeliya for the night, 5th day also over.

6th day

morning at 8.00 am we start our train trip from nanuoya to Ella.

Train travel in Sri Lanka is a beautiful and affordable way to see the country. No trip is more scenic than the train from Kandy to Nanuoya or the reverse train from Kandy to Nanuoya. The scenery is fantastic ! You will see beautiful green hills covered with tea plantations, mountains, lovely old bridges, waterfalls, small villages, and you are greeted by lots of local kids running along the train tracks. The train trip from Kandy to Nanuoya in Sri Lanka, or the other way around, is considered to be one of the most beautiful train trips in the world. This train ride is 5 hours long and takes you through stunning landscapes of green and lush tea plantations and mountain views. The train trip between Kandy and nanuoya is one of the highlights of Sri Lanka in our opinion, and we can watch mountains, waterfalls, and all beautiful things…

After train trip  we are going to visit big and beautiful waterfall in Ella.

Ravana Falls is a popular sightseeing attraction in Sri Lanka. It currently ranks ... The falls form part of the Ravana Ella Wildlife Sanctuary, and is located 6 km (3.7 mi) away from the local railway station at Ella. This waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft) in high and cascade from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. During the local wet season, the waterfall turns into what is said to resemble an areca flower with withering petals.

Lastly, we are coming to the hotel in thissamaharamaya for the night, 6th day also over.

7th day

Around morning 5.30 am we are going to visit Yala National Park.

Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka, it is situated in the southeast region of the country and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The park covers 979 square kilometers (378 sq. mi) Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards, Sambar deer, deer, bears, rabbits, crocodiles and aquatic birds.

After Yala visit We are going to Hotel then customers can have a change there and we are going to visit Galle fort.

Galle Fort, in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which even after more than 423 years maintains a polished appearance, due to extensive reconstruction work done by the Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka.

The fort has a colorful history, and today has a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population. The Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world. The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site under criteria iv, for its unique exposition of "an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries.

After galle fort we are going to visit moonstone mine.

Meetiyagoda is an illustrious name in the world of Moonstone mining. It’s Sri Lanka ‘s largest moonstone mine and Sri Lankan moonstones are renowned for their blue shine that makes a difference to Indian moonstones. The finest and rarest moonstones have an almost transparent colorless body with a strong blue shine. Actually, Sri Lankan moonstones are those of highest value due to their dark blue reflections, although Mogok in Myanmar (Birma) has been the world ‘s best primary source of highly esteemed blue-shining moonstones. Finds of valuable moonstones have become rarer in recent decades. On average, 50 to 100 rough moonstones of diverse qualities are mined per day in Meetiyagoda, they are from deposits in a depth of about 10 to 40 meters. Some decades ago, they could be found close to surface.

From that 7th day also over. We are picking customers to the hotel.

If the customers wants we can arrange an elephant ride and bull cart safari between the tour.(this is extra)

Note: if the customer wants to move to another place to stay according to their choices / more services we are ready to arrange all the facilities for them.