Discover the history of this fascinating country on a tour of its cultural triangle, from the dominating Sigiriya Rock Fortress to Gal Vihara; and finish with a seven night stay at Bentota or Beruwela.View Hotel Details
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On arrival in Colombo you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Negombo where you will have the rest of the day at leisure.
This morning transfer to Sigiriya. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the town, founded around the Sigiriya Rock Fortress (or Lion Rock). (D)
After breakfast, a short journey through lush Sri Lankan countryside takes you to Anuradhapura, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka. The city is considered sacred to the Buddhist world and is surrounded by monasteries. Your city tour takes in the well-preserved ruins of this area and the Sri Maha Bodhi (or Bo Tree), the oldest tree in the world with a recorded planting date. This remarkable tree was a sapling taken from the Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi tree in India, under which Buddha achieved enlightenment. Later, visit the pilgrimage site of Mihintale, the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
Note: A number of stone steps to climb up to reach the summit of Mihintale. (B, L, D)
This morning visit the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a giant magma plug which has served both as a long-standing Buddhist monastery and a fortress. Surrounded by a network of gardens and moats, it is a historical, geological and anthropological landmark. The ancient ruins of the upper palace can also be found on the summit, which at 656 feet above sea level and affords magnificent views of the beautiful Sri Lankan countryside. On the way to the top, keep an eye out for the famous 'Cloud Maidens' frescoes painted on the rock wall. After lunch visit the ruins of Polonnaruwa, where you will see the remains of the Royal Palace, the statue of King Parakramabahu, the Thuparama Image house, and the captivating Buddha statues of the Gal Vihara - a well-preserved and fine example of ancient rock cut sculpture.
Seven full days to enjoy your Sri Lanka beach resort. (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK (B)
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