Sri Lanka’s East Coast 11 Days

Sri Lanka Travel Agency – Travel Agency Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka Tour – This relaxing 11 day itinerary is perfect if you are looking to visit Sri Lanka during the months of May to September when it is the green season on the west and south coast, but when the weather is sunny on the east coast of the Island. It combines the important Buddhist sites in the Cultural Triangle region with 5 nights relaxing in the east coast beach resorts of Passekudah and Kuchchaveli, near Trincomalee. There is also a private safari in the Minneriya National Park, an excellent place to see wild elephants and the holiday finishes with a night in Colombo before flying home. This tour is perfect for families, groups of friends or couples.

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Day 1: Colombo – Habarana

On arrival in Colombo you will be welcomed to Sri Lanka by your private driver and transferred to Habarana in the Cultural Triangle. This is a journey of approximately 4 hours.

Day 2: Habarana – Dambulla – Habarana

This morning is at leisure to relax at your hotel after and recover from your long journey.

This afternoon you will be taken on a tour to the famous Golden Rock Cave Temple complex in Dambulla. The caves are located at the top of a hill and the only access is on a pathway and stairs carved into the hillside, it is possible to drive up to a point about half way up for those who don’t fancy walking all the way from the bottom.

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At the top you are rewarded with 5 magical and dimly lit caves crammed with Buddhist statues and murals. Dating back over 2000 years the caves are of huge significance to Sri Lanka’s Buddhists. After exploring the caves and taking in the impressive views from the top (on a clear day you will get a very good view of Sigiriya Rock), descend the hill, back to the comfort of your air-conditioned car and return to your hotel.

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Day  3: Habarana – Anuradhapura – Mihintale – Habarana

After Breakfast, drive about an hour north to visit the sacred ancient city of Anuradhapura. Founded in the 4th century B.C., Anuradhapura has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1982.

It has the largest number of ancient monuments of the great Sinhala civilization which has flourished in Sri Lanka. You will see some of the most famous as well as the tallest Dagobas of Sri Lanka, Ruwanweliseya Dagoba, built in the 2nd century BC and famous for its elephant walls and the Thuparama Dagoba, built in the 3rd century.

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The ‘Sri Maha Bodhi’ or the sacred Bo tree at the heart of Anuradhapura is over 2200 years old and reputed to have grown from a branch of the very tree under which “The Buddha” attained enlightenment – making it the oldest historically documented tree in the world.

In the afternoon, visit the ancient remains of Mihintale, a sacred place which is regarded as the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. The rock is dotted with shrines and rock dwellings. A grand stairway of 1840 steps made of granite slabs, 5 meters wide leads to the summit with its splendid views of the surrounding countryside.

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After exploring Mihintale, return to your hotel in Habarana for the evening at leisure.

Day 4: Habarana – Sigiriya – Minneriya National Park – Habarana

Early this morning you will be driven to the bottom of the Sigiriya rock, one of Sri Lanka’s most famous and striking attractions. The rock is best climbed early in the morning and depending on your time of departure, you may wish to arrange for a packed breakfast to be taken with you, this can be arranged at your hotel the night before.

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On arrival at the rock you will commence the climb with an expert local guide who will explain the ancient history of this unique rock fortress. Walk through the extensive gardens, ringed by an intimidating moat and up the steep steps, passing through the famous Lion’s Paw to the summit where you will enjoy the jaw-dropping views out over the Sri Lankan countryside. After some time to rest, descend the rock and meet up with your driver who will take you for lunch at a local restaurant (payable locally).

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In the afternoon you will be driven about 30 minutes north-east from Sigiriya for a private jeep safari. Depending on the season and conditions on the ground, the safari will either be in the Minneriya National Park or the Hurulu Eco-Park, both famed for their elephant populations.

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This area is known locally as the ‘elephant corridor’ due to the large number of elephants that pass through at certain times of year when the water dries up in different parts of the country. As well as elephants you are also likely to see deer, monkeys and many rare species of bird. Return to your hotel after your safari and spend the evening at leisure.

Day 5: Habarana – Polonnaruwa – Passekudah

After breakfast this morning, check out of your hotel and you will be taken on a tour of the ruined ancient city of Polonnaruwa. A well-planned city defended by enclosing walls (around 5 km of which still remain), graced by palaces, shrines, monasteries, pavilions, parks, ponds and irrigation lakes. Polonnaruwa is strewn with ruins in a resplendent state of preservation.

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After your tour, continue to the east coast resort of Passekudah, about an hour and a half drive away and check-in to your hotel on the beach.

Day 6: Passekudah

Today is at leisure to relax on the beach.

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Day 7: Passekudah – Trincomalee – Kuchchaveli

After breakfast, drive north along the east coast for a couple of hours to Trincomalee, where you will take a brief tour of the town, seeing the famous natural harbour, the fish market and the interesting old fort and colourful Hindu temples inside it. After your tour, continue north for another hour to your resort in Kuchchaveli.

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Day 8 & Day 9: Kuchchaveli

These days are at leisure to explore independently or relax on the beach. A range of water sports and excursions can be arranged through your resort.

Day 10: Kuchchaveli – Trincomalee – Colombo

After a morning at leisure you will be transferred to the airport in Trincomalee by the hotel staff for your short Heli-flights flight to Ratmalana, in the south of Colombo.

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On arrival at Ratmalana you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the nearby Mt Lavinia district in the south of Colombo.

Day 11: Sri Lanka Departure.

After breakfast you will be met by your driver and transferred to the airport for your flight home. Sri Lanka Travel Agency – Travel Agency Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka Tour

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