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Kadurugoda Temple Ancient Buddhist ruins - Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka North and East Tour

Sri Lanka Private Tours
1 Stars
Bed & Breakfast
9 nights from £1530 per person including flights and sightseeing

Itinerary for the North and East Tour of Sri Lanka

Day 1: ARRIVAL TRANSFER / CHILAW
Flights from the UK to Bandaranayaka International Airport where you will be met by a representative and transferred to Chilaw.
Check in at the 4* Anantaya Resort hotel with the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2: NEGOMBO / WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK / ANURADHAPURA
After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Anuradhapura – En route visit the Wilpattu National Park Wilpattu National Park is home to up to 50 elephants and 50 or more leopards, as well as spotted deer, sloth bears, wild pigs, crocodiles and more. At 1085 sq. km, it is Sri Lanka’s largest national park.
Check in at Rajarata hotel before a late afternoon visit to Anuradhapura. It is the capital city of North Central Province and was the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of the ancient Sri Lanka. It is the home of two World Heritage sites.
At Brazen Palace (2nd century B.C), the 1600 stone columns you see are all that is left of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks. Ruwanweliseya (2nd century B.C) is the most famous of all the Dagobas. It originally depicted the perfect ‘bubble shape" that modern restoration has not been able to accurately reproduce. Samadhi' Buddha statue (4th century AD) is one of the most famous statues, depicting the Buddha in a state of 'Samadhi' or deep meditation. Isurumuniya rock temple (3rd century B.C) is well known for its rock carvings of 'The Lovers'. Kuttam Pokuna – twin ponds (6th century AD) was used by the Buddhist monks as a bathing pool. Thuparama Dagoba (3rd century B.C) is the oldest Dagoba in the island, which enshrines the right collarbone of the Buddha.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 3: ANURADHAPURA / JAFFNA
Check out of the hotel after breakfast and transfer to Anuradhapura railway station for a train journey to Jaffna through the north province of Sri Lanka. On arrival at Jaffna railway station, transfer to the 4* Jetwing Jaffna hotel for overnight stay.

Day 4: JAFFNA
After breakfast proceed on a sightseeing tour of Jaffna -“Jaffna” is one of the oldest human settlements in the peninsular region of Northern Sri Lanka. The city was the epicenter of a decade’s long conflict that has now ended. Visit the Jaffna peninsula and the colourful offshore islands that surround it. Once the 2nd largest Sri Lankan city, it was also an important Portuguese colonial hold. The Dutch Fort that still dominates the Jaffna skyline is spread over an area of 22 hectares within the city limits. The star shaped Jaffna Fort built in 1680 by the Dutch is considered as the best example of Dutch fortifications in Asia.
Visit the Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil - This huge Hindu temple, crowned by a towering god-encrusted, golden-ochre gopuram, is one of the most significant Hindu religious complexes in Sri Lanka. The kovil’s current structure dates from 1734, and its huge compound shelters decorative brass work, larger-than-life murals, pillared halls and a colonnaded, stepped holy pool. Several friendly priests, some of whom speak English, can answer questions about the temple and its traditions. Nagadeepa Purana Viharaya is an ancient Buddhist temple situated in Jaffna district of Northern Province, Sri Lanka. It is among the country's sixteen or seventeen holiest Buddhist shrines.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 5: JAFFNA / TRINCOMALEE
Breakfast at the hotel. Leave for Trincomalee - Trincomalee is a major port city in Eastern Province, Sri Lanka and lies on the east coast of the island, about 113 miles south of Jaffna. It is also the administrative capital of Eastern Province, Sri Lanka. It has a population of 99,135. The city is built on a peninsula, which divides the inner and outer harbours. Overlooking the Kottiyar Bay, Trincomalee is one of the main centers of Tamil speaking culture on the island. The city is home to the famous ancient Koneswaram temple alluded to in its historic Tamil name Thirukonamalai from which its anglicized name is derived, and has been a sea port that has played a major role in the maritime and international trading history of Sri Lanka. 
Check in at the 4* Chaaya Blu.
Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the beach – Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 6: TRINCOMALEE
Breakfast at hotel. Leave for a sightseeing tour of Trincomalee visiting the Thirukonamalai Konesar Temple – a classical-medieval Hindu temple complex also known as The Temple of the Thousand Pillars and Dakshina Kailasam. The temple is a Hindu religious pilgrimage centre in Eastern Province of Sri Lanka which was built during the reign of the early Cholas and the Five Dravidians of the Early Pandyan Kingdom. The monument contains its main shrine to Shiva in the form Kona-Eiswara, shortened to Konesar and is a major place for Hindu pilgrimage, labelled the "Rome of the Gentiles/Pagans of the Orient"– Return to Hotel for overnight stay

Day 7: TRINCOMALEE / PASSIKUDHA
Breakfast at the hotel – Leave for Passikudha via Seruwavila on the east coast.
Check in at 4* The Calm Resort & Spa hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the beach. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 8: PASSIKUDHA
Day at leisure.

Day 9: PASSIKUDHA / NEGOMBO
After breakfast leave for Negombo en route visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Check in to the 4* Jetwing Blue hotel for overnight stay.

Day 10: NEGOMBO / DEPARTURE TRANSFER
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

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