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Airport / Munneswaram / Trincomaliee
Arrival at Colombo International Airport in the morning. Here, you will be met by a professional chauffeur guide from Hayleys Tours.
On completion proceed to Chilaw, visit Muneshwaram temple and Manawari temple at Chilaw
(Negombo to Chilaw: Travel duration approximately 02 – 02½ hour)
Munneswaram temple is an important regional Hindu temple complex in Sri Lanka, a predominantly Buddhist country. It has been in existence at least since 1000 CE, although myths surrounding the temple associate it with the popular Indian epic Ramayana, and its legendary hero-king Rama. The temple is one of five ancient temples (Ishwarams) dedicated to Shiva in the region. The temple complex is a collection of five temples, including a Buddhist temple. The central temple dedicated to Shiva. The other temples are dedicated to Ganesha, Ayyanayake and Kali. The Kali temple is also popular with Buddhists and Roman Catholics who frequent the complex.
Thereafter, visit Manavari Temple. Legend Manavari is the first lingam installed and prayed by Lord Rama and till date, this lingam is called as Ramalinga Sivan. Rameshwaram is the only other lingam in the world named after Lord Rama.
On completion, continue to Trincomalee.
(Approximate travel time from Chilaw to Trincomalee is 04½ - 05 hour)
Overnight Stay at Trinco Blu by Cinnamon (04*).
Trincomalee City Tour / Dambulla City tour
Breakfast at the hotel. Do a city tour including Koneswaram temple. Trincomalee - located on the east coast of the island. The city is built on a peninsula, which divides the inner and outer harbours. In the close vicinity of Trincomalee are some of the finest beaches of Sri Lanka, visit Thirukoneswaram shrine. The construction time of Koneswaram temple has been estimated by comparison between carved reliefs on the temple's ruins, the literature on the shrine and the inscriptions commonly used in royal charters from the 5th to 18th centuries. Koneswaram was likely founded before 400 BCE, another significant factor of the shrine is the Shakthipeetam (Sankari Amman Statue). Visit hot wells at the end.
On completion, continue to Dambulla.
(Approximate travel time from Trincomalee to Dambulla 02 - 02½ hour)
Visit the Golden Cave Temples at Dambulla, which was built by King Walagamba in the 1st century B.C. and it is a World Heritage Site. It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka's cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 meters.
Afterwards, proceed to the hotel and check-in; the rest of the evening is at leisure.
Overnight stay at Habarana Village (04*)/Cinnamon Lodge (05*).
Dambulla / Matale / Kandy City Tour
Breakfast at the hotel, continue to Kandy via Matale and visit Sri Muthumariamman Temple.
(Approximate travel time from Dambulla to Matale is 01½ – 02 hour)
On completion proceed to Kandy.
Kandy city – the hill capital is another “World Heritage Site”. It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings during the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule and finally ceded to the British in 1815 after an agreement. To the Buddhists of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the “Dalada Maligawa” - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha.
Sri Dalada Maligawa or 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.
On completion return to the hotel and the rest of the evening is at leisure.
Overnight stay at Serene Kandy (04*)/The Grand Kandyan (05*).
Kandy / Nuwara Eliya City Tour
Breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Nuwara Eliya. Visit Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple. It is believed that Lord Hanuman was searching for Sita Devi from these hills of Ramboda.
Note: Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka has built a temple with Lord Hanuman as the presiding deity on this hill. On every full moon day, special pujas are conducted and witnessed by thousands of devotees. The status of Lord Hanuman here is carved out of granite and is 16 feet in height.
Continue to Nuwara Eliya.
(Approximate travel time from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya is 01½ – 02 hour)
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. It is located at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) and is considered to be the most important location for Tea production in Sri Lanka. The city is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka.
Check-in at the hotel, rest at leisure and then proceed to visit Seetha Amman Temple and Hakgala Botanical garden also known as Ashok Vatika.
First, visit Seetha Amman temple.
Seetha Amman Temple: The stream that runs from the hill, catered to the needs of Sita Devi during her stay at Ashok Vatika. She is said to have bathed in this stream. Now there is a temple erected for Lord Rama, Sita Devi, Lakshmana and Hanuman by the side of this stream. It is interesting to note that footprints akin to Lord Hanuman are found by this river.
Thereafter, visit Hakgala Botanical garden also known as Ashok Vatika.
Hakgala Botanical Garden is one of the four botanical gardens in Sri Lanka. It is the second largest garden in Sri Lanka. The garden is contiguous to Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve. Hakgala Botanical Garden is situated on the Nuwara Eliya-Badulla main road, 16 km from Nuwara Eliya.
Return to the hotel and check-in, the rest of the evening is at leisure.
Overnight stay at Unique Cottages (04*)/Araliya Green Hills (05*).
Full Day at Leisure
Breakfast at the hotel, full day at leisure on Bed and Breakfast basis.
Overnight stay at Unique Cottages (04*)/Araliya Green Hills (05*)
Nuwara Eliya / Colombo
Breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Colombo, check-in at the hotel and the rest of the evening is at leisure.
(Approximate travel time from Nuwara Eliya to Colombo is 04½ – 05 hour)
Overnight stay at Fairway Colombo (04*)/Hotel Galadari (05*).
Colombo City Tour
Breakfast at the hotel, do a city tour of Colombo. The name "Colombo" is believed to be derived from the classical Sinhalese name Kolonthota, meaning "port on the river Kelani". Due to its large harbour and its strategic position along the East-West sea trade routes, Colombo was known to ancient traders 2,000 years ago.
First, visit Anjaneyar temple.
* A temple dedicated to Anjaneyar in Sri Lanka
* This is the only temple in the world to have a chariot of Anjaneyar
Legend: This is the first Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka and also the only Panchamuga (five faced) Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka. It’s the only temple in the world to have a chariot for Ajanyear. The chariot festival is held annually at the end of January/ beginning of January.
Overnight stay at Fairway Colombo (04*)/Hotel Galadari (05*).
Colombo / Airport
Packed breakfast, continue to Colombo Airport to catch your flight back home accompanied with all the happy memories of the tropical isle; Sri Lanka, once known as TAPROBANE.