10 days from £999 pp Exc Int'l flight
This short trip allows you to enjoy the great sites and sometime relaxing on the beautiful beaches.
Day 01 : AIRPORT / NEGOMBO
AM: Arrival at the Katunayake International Airport. Welcome with flower garlanding on arrival & assistance by a representative of Lumle Holidays. Thereafter proceed to Negombo.
Check into Hotel in Negombo.
PM: Leisure by the beach. OR Sightseeing Tour in Negombo City with a visit to St. Mary’s Old Dutch Church. (15 KMS)
City known for its spirituality of Christianity in the island of Buddha. With Dutch invasions in mid-16th century old Sri Lankan port village has gained a reputation as a business hub judging by the wonderfully sophisticated canal systems connecting most parts of Sri Lanka. Mode for transport spices from inland to port for exportation. Spice is known as black gold’ that always attract strangers to Sri Lanka even to date.
After almost 4 centuries still we can see the existence of architecture and heritage of Dutch Era. Colonial building and strongly built Dutch churches are must visited.
Dinner & Overnight stay in Negombo.
Day 02 : NEGOMBO /ANURADHAPURA / SIGHTSEEING TOUR / ANURADHAPURA
AM: After breakfast leave for sightseeing of Ancient City Anuradhapura with visits to Sri Maha Boo Tree.
Anuradhapura Kingdom lasted one thousand and five hundred years from 380BC. This city is home to many of the earliest grandest monuments of Sri Lanka. A popular destination of Sinhalese Buddhist’s pilgrimages because of its many ancient Buddhist monuments.
Anuradhapura has been made royal capital by the king Pandukabhaya in 380 BC. It remained residence and royal capital for 119 successive Singhalese kings till the year 1000 AD when it was abandoned and the capital moved to Polonnaruwa. You will see some of the most famous as well as the tallest dagoba of Sri Lanka, remains from palaces, temples, monasteries, ceremonial baths and the temple of the holy Bo-tree. This tree was grown from a sampling of the very tree under which more than 2500 years ago the Buddha
Found enlightenment. There are much to see at Anuradhapura, including the sacred Bodhi tree, eight major palaces, monasteries and monuments.
Dinner & Overnight stay in Anuradhapura.
Day 03 : ANURADHAPURA / MIHINTALE /MADU CHURCH/ MANNAR
AM: After breakfast leave for Mannar and check in to hotel in Mannar.
After Breakfast leave for Visit Mihintale.
Mihintale The rocky hill of Mihintale is synonymous with Buddhism in Sri Lanka. For it was on this very rock that “Mahinda Thero” had his first encounter with King Devanampiyatissa, which in turn led him to converting into Buddhism. Mihintale soon become a great monash city comprising 04 rocky hills. Today, Mihintale, which is situated 11km east of Anuradhapura, is visited by thousands of devotees who climb up the 1,840 steps to reach the dagoba located on top of this sacred rock.
PM: Visit Madu.
The Madhu Church
Invasion of the Dutch in 1670 led 20 Catholic families to flee from Mantai, along with the statue of Mary in that church to a safer locale in Madhu. During that time around 700 Catholics from Jaffna peninsula migrated to Wanni forests. These two communities met in Madhu, and built a new Shrine to install the statue. This is how the Madhu shrine came into existence.
Revival of Catholic faith by missionaries such as Blessed Joseph Vaz, Oratorian priests
expanded the small shrine in the late 17th Century. The number of Catholics in 1796 remained small. With such a small community the Shrine at Madhu started to attract pilgrims from all over the country due to many miracles taken place for worshipers. In 1834 the building of the new church was initiated by Bishop C. Bonjean and his successors built a facade, the spacious presbytery, restful chapel of the Blessed Sacrament and the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. Return to Hotel
Dinner & Overnight stay in Mannar.
Day 04 : MANNAR / ADAMS BRIDGE / MANNAR
Legendary story Ramayana mentioned that Monkey army of King Rama from India build this bridge thousands of years ago to aid the war between Sri Lankan king RAWANA & RAMA. To date it is considered holy by the Hindu’s. Today NASA has confirmed that the rock formation is not natural and probably man made over thousands of years ago. You will visit the sand dunes and little islands by boat. So be prepared with sun tan and sun hats.
PM: Sightseeing in Mannar.
Dinner & Overnight stay in Mannar.
Day 05 : MANNAR / JAFFNA
AM: After breakfast leave for Jaffna and check in to hotel in Jaffna.
PM: Leave for sightseeing of Jaffna.
With the dawn of peace after the end of 30 years of dreadful war, opens up for Sri Lankans and foreigners alike, the marvelous opportunity of witnessing the unique beauty of the Jaffna Peninsula , where you find place of high religious and geographical. Jaffna is a resource land which was untouched for the past three decades and it is vital to adopt the concept of being green since it is timely to have a sustained tourism in the country.
With the opening of the A-9 road for the public, the number of tourists visiting Jaffna has increased rapidly. Since May 2009 to April 2012 there had been 12 million tourists (mostly locals) have visited the peninsula.
Jaffna District, the northernmost region of the Island of Sri Lanka, is one of the oldest habitation sites in Lower South Asia, populated by Tamil speaking people. Jaffna is situated within ten degrees of latitude to the north of the equator. It is in close proximity to the sub-continent of India and separated from it by the Palk Strait and the Bay of Bengal.
Most of the area is dry and sandy, and the most common tree is the palmyra palm with its elegant fan-like fronds. Locals here tap it for toddy, the sap from its cut flowers; like the sap of the coconut or kittul palms, this liquid can be distilled to make arrack or processed into jiggery, palm sugar. The leaves of the fan palm may be skillfully folded to make a beaker for toddy, but you more often see them serving as decorative fences around almost all the settlements.
The Historic Kandaswamy Temple stands at Nallur 1 ½ KM from Jaffna on the Point Pedro Road. The Temple was built in the 15th Century, by Sanpaha Perumal the adopted son of Bhuwanekabahu, the king of Kotte. Who led an expedition to the North and bought Jaffna under the suzerainty of Kotte.
Dedicated to Lord Murugan, annual festival is a grand event in Hindu calendar. Temple opens from 6:00 am to 5:00pm daily and it is a obligatory for Male devotees to be bare bodied (no clothing for upper body) When entering the temple.
The Jaffna Fort and the buildings that had come up during the occupation of the island by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British shows the architectural features relevant to those periods of construction. These buildings have been destroyed during the 30 year old internal strife that ravaged the country. Jaffna Fort, the second biggest Dutch fort built in Sri Lanka is an archaeological monument that has had a direct onslaught as a result of the recent 30 year of armed conflict. Although a portion of its seaside rampart had been destroyed due to a continuous offensive from the LTTE the fort taken as a whole has not undergone a severe destruction. An outer moat exists outside the ramparts. Outside the moat is the outer rampart which has built in to it five tunnels each in a twin formation. Although the tunnels are in good preservation they are presently void of doors. However they show signs that they have had doorways in the past.
Dinner & Overnight stay in Jaffana.
Day 06 : JAFFNA
After breakfast leave for City Tour in Jaffna with visits to Keeramalei Naguleswaram Kovil, Kadurugoda Temple, Nagadeepa etc,
With the lifting of road and security restrictions on the A 9 road, pilgrims in large numbers have begun to visit Nagadeepa, which has been blessed with Lord Buddha’s second visit to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Navy, which is tasked with providing security to the historic islet located in Northern Sri Lanka, has extended facilitation for the convenience of general public visiting one of the most revered sixteen places of Buddhist worship in the island. The Nagadeepa Purana Rajamaha Viharaya (Ancient Royal Buddhist Temple at Nagadeepa) located in the island draws large crowds from all corners of the country due to its historical and cultural importance. The temple is today fully functional for the benefit of devotees under the patronage of the Sri Lanka Navy which carries out all its maintenance, provides daily arms to residing Buddhist monks and assists in the conduct of daily “poojas” (offerings to Lord Buddha).
Naval Personnel of the Nagadeepa Naval Deployment, which functions attached to SLNS Elara in Karainaga under the Northern Naval Command, are assisting the visitors to make their pilgrim a truly memorable one. They help the visitors for safe embarkation and disembarkation from ferries that bring them from Kurikadduwan in a 15-minute ferry ride. Guidance and security to the visitors are also provided by them so that people proceed on their pilgrimage with minimum hassle. Naval medical personnel are on stand-by to provide emergency medical assistance when needed.
Keeramalai Naguleswaran Kovil
Naguleswaram temple also Keerimalai Kovil is a Hindu temple which is north of the main town of Jaffna, Sri Lanka. It is close to the port city of Kankesanthurai. It is dedicated to main deity in Shaivism namely Lord Siva. The temple is situated close a mineral water spring called Keerimalai Springs reputed for its curative properties. There is also a cave complex nearby believed to have been used for meditation by a mythical sage called Nagula Muni. Further a local myth states that an Indian Pandyan princess named Maruthapura Veeravalli built the nearby Mavidapuram Murukan temple after she was cured by the Keerimalai springs.
Kadurugoda Temple is located in Chunnakam (Hunugama) in Jaffna district. The main religious attraction in this place is 60 stupa (dageba) and there are some other Buddhist ruins also. These stupas are built in various sizes. It is believed that those stupas were constructed from the “Dathu”(remaining) of 60 arahath monks who lived in “Punkuduthiv” area. It is believed that Load Buddha visited to this site and stayed some time during his second visit to Sri Lanka.
Dinner & Overnight stay in Jaffana.
Day 07 : JAFFNA / TRINCOMALEE
AM: After breakfast leave for Trincomalee via Vauniya & Horowpatana to reach one of world natural wonders, the natural harbors at Trincomalee can berth any modern day largest ships.
PM: Check in to hotel & leisure by the golden beach in Trincomalee.
Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Trincomalee.
Day 08 : TRINCOMALEE / POLONNARUWA/ SIGIRIYA
AM: After breakfast leave for Polonnaruwa & sightseeing in Polonnaruwa.
Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka‘s medieval capital was established as the city of the land in 11th century A.D.
Polonnaruwa replaced Anuradhapura as the capital city of Sri Lanka, Because of the invasion of south India. It was the capital of Sri Lanka from 11 AD to 13 AD. The important kings of, Polonnaruwa period are, King Wijayabahu the first, King Maha Parakramabahu the first and
When the South Indian Kings ruling the country, the Prince called Keerthi of the Sri Lanka formed an army and came to attack. The South Indian King who occupied Anuradhapura. He defeated the South Indian King and become the King of Sri Lanka as Wijebahu the First.
Clients will be provided with option of visiting the site on paddling bicycles or by vehicle free of charge.
Also visit to a local wood carving factory to identify different types of trees/wood that use for carving. And be able to witness the wonderful skills of local craftsmen crafting just a piece of wood to a beautiful piece of art with no pre plan or sketch.
PM: Continue the Journey to Sigiriya & check into Hotel.
Afternoon visit to Sigiriya Rock fortress. Protected by UNESCO and many call it is a 8th wonder of the world for it is pleasure garden and water circulation system from ground to the summit of the fortress. Approximately 1500 steps to be climbed and clients are advised to wear comfortable clothing and sports foot wear. To avoid dehydration carry a bottle of water with you as well.
Dinner & Overnight stayin Sigiriya.
Day 09 : SIGIRIYA / NEGOMBO
After breakfast leave for Negombo.
PM: At Leisure by the beach in Negombo.
Dinner & Overnight stay in Negombo.
Day 10 : NEGOMBO / AIRPORT (OR OPTIONAL BEACH STAY)
After breakfast leave for Airport and connect with the departure Flight.
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