Culture Tour

DAY - 01

At the airport you will meet our Ashford Holidays representative who will take you to the hotel, relax and overnight stay at Negombo.

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DAY - 02

Breakfast at the hotel and leave Anuradhapura. En-route visit tourist attraction of Negombo City. And in the evening walk to the Yapahuwa Rock Fortress at Maho.

Negombo is a characteristic fishing town north of Colombo, it is a mere 6 Km from the Bandaranayake International Airport. Negombo is a gourmet's paradise with sea food in plenty.Old world fishing craft like the outrigger canoe and the catamaran bring seer, skipjack, herring and mullet, pomfret amber jack, while lobster prawn are caught in the lagoon.

Yapahuwa Fortress, the capital of Sri Lanka for 12 years (1272 – 1284 A.D.). Look out for the fortifications, the remains of the palace and other buildings.

Overnight stay in the hotel at Anuradhapura.

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DAY - 03

After Breakfast at the hotel visit Anurdhapua ancient city and Mihinthale Rock Temple. And leave for Polonnaruwa.

Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilization. The ancient city, considered sacred to the Buddhist world, is today surrounded by monasteries. The Anuradhapura ancient city is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mihintale is a mountain peak near Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. It is believed by Sri Lankans to be the site of a meeting between the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa which inaugurated the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. It is now a pilgrimage site, and the site of several religious monuments and abandoned structures.

Overnight stay at Polonnaruwa.

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DAY - 04

Breakfast at the hotel and leave for visit Polonnaruwa ancient city. And travel to climb Sigiriya. En – route You will have a elephant back safari.

Today the ancient city of Polonnaruwa remains one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in the country, standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the Kingdom's first rulers. Its beauty was also used as a backdrop to filmed scenes for the Duran Duran music video Save a Prayer in 1982. The green environment, amazing ancient constructions, Parakrama Samudraya (a huge lake built in 1200), and attractive tourist hotels and hospitable people, attract tourists.

The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage Site.

Elephant Back Safari in Sri Lanka brings in multifaceted joys. The majestic beast, the locations in close proximity to the cultural attractions and the terrain rich with bird life all add up to bring in memorable experiences to the tourists holidaying in Sri Lanka.

One of Sri Lanka's most fascinating UNESCO world heritage sites. No matter how often you climb to the summit of this one time hilltop fortress of the maverick Sinhalese king Kassapa, the pleasure barely diminishes because of the abandon spectacular views at the summit.

Overnight stay at Sigiriya.

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DAY - 05

Breakfast at the hotel and leave for Kandy vist The Temple of Tooth Relic and have a cultural dance in the evening. En-route visit Dambulla Rock cave Temple, Dambulla Golden Temple and Matale Spice Garden.

Golden Temple is the main access to Royal Rock Temple which was commenced in the 19th century which by now has been developed as one of the attractive temples in Sri Lanka.

Dates back to the 1st Century BC. Its rock ceiling is one large sweep of colorful frescos which depict Buddhist mythology and the tales of the Buddha's previous births. The caves house the larges collection of Buddha statues in one place.

Sri Lanka is world renowned for its valued spices and healing herbs. Our lush spice and herbal gardens feature many important herbs such as Sandalwood, Margosa, Cocoa, Citronella, Almond, Jasmine and Coconut. When visiting us, make the most of the chance to experience first-hand how cloves, pepper, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and saffron are grown in their natural surroundings.

The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex which houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site partly due to the temple.

Kandyan Dance is a dance form that originated in the area called Kandy of the Central hills region in Sri Lanka. But today it has been widespread to other parts of the country.

Even though originally only males were allowed train as dancers, there are now several schools which also train women in the Kandyan dance form. However there is no definite Ves costume for women, and many female dancers have adapted the male costume in different ways.

Overnight stay at Kandy.

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DAY - 06

Breakfast at the hotel and leave for Nuwara Eliya. En-route visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden, Tea Factory and Ramboda waterfall.

Royal Botanical Garden, Peradeniya is situated about 5.5 km to the west from the city of Kandy in the Central Province of Sri Lanka.and attracts 1.2 million visitors annually, It is renowned for its collection of a variety of orchids. It includes more than 300 varieties of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. Attached to it is the National Herbarium. The total area of the botanical garden is 147 acres (0.59 km2), at 460 meters above sea level, and with a 200-day annual rainfall.

Ramboda Falls is 109m high and 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 729th highest waterfall in the world.

Tea production in Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, is of high importance to the Sri Lankan economy and the world market. The country is the world's fourth largest producer of tea and the industry is one of the country's main sources of foreign exchange and a significant source of income for laborers.

Nuwara Eliya is a city, in the hill country of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The city name meaning is "city on the plain (table land)" or "city of light". The city is the administrative capital of Nuwara Eliya District, with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate.

The town's attractions include the golf course, trout streams, Victoria Park, and boating or fishing on Lake Gregory. Victoria Park is an attractive and well-used oasis. It is popular with birdwatchers at quieter times because of the good opportunities it gives to see various species.

The cold weather has severely affected vegetable cultivation in the area. A large number of local tourists are arriving in Nuwara Eliya to witness the ground frost that has been forming in the early hours of the day, owing to the prevalent cold weather.

Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya.

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DAY - 07

Breakfast at the hotel and leave for Colombo. Have a city tour in Colombo.En- route visit The Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala.

Colombo is the largest city and the commercial, industrial and cultural capital of Sri Lanka. It is located on the west coast of the island. Colombo is a busy and vibrant place with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins.

The main city is home to a majority of Sri Lanka's corporate offices, restaurants and entertainment venues.[4] Famous landmarks in Colombo include the Galle Face Green, the Viharamahadevi Park, Mount Lavinia beach as well as the National Museum.

Overnight stay at Colombo.

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DAY - 08

Breakfast at the hotel and later check out on time and leave to the AIRPORT on time for the DEPARTURE.

En-route visit the Sri Lanka National Museum.

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