Welcome to Anuradhapura

Current-day Anuradhapura is a pleasant albeit sprawling city; a small town that feels more like a large village. There's loads of good budget accommodation, easy bike hire and a relaxed pace, making it a good place to spend an extra day.

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$547 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Sri Lanka Cultural Tour: Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and Dambulla including Jeep Safari at Minneriya National Park

Day 01: Colombo - Sigiriya (approx. 4.5 hrs) [D]Morning pickup from your hotel in Colombo or Bandaranaike International Airport by 9am and leave for Sigiriya. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel in Sigiriya and later spend the rest of the day at Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The 5th-century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site - Sigiriya -boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering and urban planning supremacy acclaiming to be one of the finest monuments of art and culture. Surrounded by ramparts and moats, the Lion Rock, resembling the mythological 'City of Gods', is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in the Ajanta caves of India. Walk in the shade of an eminent 'mirror wall' embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti. Dinner and overnight stay at Fresco Water Villa.Day 02: Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Minneriya - Sigiriya [B, D]After breakfast transfer to Polonnaruwa (approximately 1.5 hrs.). Rising with the decline of Anuradhapura, the city of Polonnaruwa, the medieval capital and crown jewel of King Parakramabahu, remains superior proof of ancient culture and heritage blended with religious beliefs. Walk across its scattered walls of the World Heritage Site that is blessed by stupas resting Buddha statues, irrigation canals and fantastically carved Hindu sculptures while observing the relic house Watadage that boasts of beautiful stone carvings. The Nissankamalla Council Chamber is, however, a head-spinning beauty to just sit back and observe with its swaying pillars reminding the aesthetics of a powerful kingdom which rests beside Parakrama Samudraya - sea of Parakramabahu & masterpiece of irrigation.Later transfer from Polonnaruwa to Minneriya and explore Minneriya National Park by a Jeep Safari (approx. 3 hrs). If you're up for a serious rumble in the jungle, Minneriya is your Colosseum! Spreading over 8800 hectares, this is a sanctuary for elephants. Minneriya is home to herds of deer and ample bird-life, but its spotlight remains between swaying trunks & flapping ears. In fact, depending on the season, this is the largest elephant gathering in the world - over 700 at a time - which has garnished the park to become a magnet for wildlife enthusiasts across the globe. Return to the hotel in Sigiriya. Dinner and overnight stay at Fresco Water Villa.Day 03: Sigiriya - Dambulla - Colombo [B]After breakfast proceed to Dambulla and visit the famous Dambulla Cave Temple (approx. 30 mins). As an icon in the face of Sri Lanka, Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the most unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Afterwards return to Colombo and transfer you to your hotel in Colombo or Bandaranaike International Airport.

$953 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Awesome 14-Day-round-the-Island-Tour

1st day - Pick up from airport or 8.30 from hotel, drive from Colombo/Negombo to Habarana, visit Dambulla cave temple, overnight stay in Habarana2nd day – Visit Sigiriya rock (UNESCO-protected site), after breakfast climb Sigiriya lion rock, in the evening climb and see sun set from Pidurangala rock, overnight stay in Habarana3rd day – Drive from Habarana to Polonnaruwa, sightseeing of the ancient city, in the evening visit Minneriya national park and enjoy wild-elephant- safari, overnight stay in Habarana4th day – Drive from Habarana to Anuradhapura, visit the sacred cities of Anuradhapura and Mihintale, overnight stay in Anuradhapura5th day – Drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee, overnight stay in Uppuveli beach front hotel for relaxing and enjoying beach side6th day – Early morning boat tour to Pidgeon Island and diving there, overnight stay in Uppuveli beach front hotel 7th day – Visit Trincomalee with Koneswaram temple, Fort Fredrick, Novel museum, Kanniya hot springs, overnight stay in Uppuveli beach front hotel8th day – Drive from Trincomalee to Kandy, route via Nalanda Gedige temple, visit spice garden in Matale, Aluvihare  rock temple and Matale Hindu temple, overnight stay in Kandy9th day – Visit Kandy, Tooth Relic temple and Royal Botanical garden in Peradeniya, evening walk around Kandy lake, overnight stay in Kandy10th day – Going from Kandy to Ella by train (6-hour-tour), enjoying view of hills and tea plantations, overnight stay in Ella11th day – Visit 9-Arch-Bridge and Ella Water falls, small hiking tour, overnight stay in Ella12th day – Drive from Ella to Yala, early morning leaving from Ella, visit Yala national park, overnight stay in Yala13th day – Drive from Yala to Galle, stop at most southern point Dowundara  with lighthouse, visit Galle Fort (UNESCO-protected site) and Dutch quarter, overnight stay at Unawatuna beach front hotel for relaxing and enjoying beach side 14th day – Drive from Galle/Unawatuna to Colombo airport, if schedule allows (depending on flight departure time) visit gem producer in Galle or Turtle hatchery in Kosgoda

$1570 Cultural & Theme Tours

Amazing Nature & Landscape

Day 01 - Arrive in Sri Lanka. You will be met by a representative of Amazing Escapes Tours            and transferred to the hotel at Negombo for the day.            Overnight stay at Camelot Beach Hotel or Similar.Day 02 & 03 - Proceed to Anuradhapura            En route visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.Anuradhapura City Tour (8 sacred Places)            Overnights stay at Anuradhapura (Heritage Hotel or Similar)Day 04,05 & 06 - HabaranaVisit Dambulla Cave TempleSigiriya RockAyurvedic SpaVillage TourElephant Ride            Overnights stay at Dambulla (Pelwehera Village Hotel or Similar)Day 07 & 08 – Kandy            En-Route visit Matale Spice GardenVisiting Temple of the toothPeradeniya Botanical GardenCultural Dancing showGem Museum & Gem ShopKandy View Point            Spend both nights at Kandy. (Heaven Seven Hotel or Similar)Day 09 & 10 - Nuwara EliyaTea FactorySeetha Ammaan TempleRamboda FallsHorton PlainsAmbewela FarmMoon PlainsStrawberry Farm            Spend both nights at Nuwara Eliya. (Heaven Seven, Nuwara Eliya or Similar) Day 11 & 12 - EllaNanu Oya to Ella Train RideElla RockNine Arch BridgeMini World's End            Spend both nights at Ella. (Oak Ray Ella Gap Hotel or Similar) Day 13 - YalaYala Safari            Spend the night at Yala (The Adventire Yala Hotel or Similar)Day 14 & 15 - MirissaDolphin & Whale Watching            Overnights stay at Mirissa. (Palace Mirissa Hotel or Similar) Day 16 & 17 - BentotaMadu River (International Wet Land) Tour by boatWater Sports at the Bentota BeachGalle City Tour (the Dutch City)            Both nights stay at Bentota (Heaven Seven Hikkaduwa Hotel or Similar) Day 18 - Departure DayColombo City Tour, Visit Gangarama Temple, BMICH, Galle Face Beach (Depends on the flight time) - End of Tour -

$430 Cultural & Theme Tours

Round tour 08 Days with certified chauffeur and car

Itinerary in detailDay 1 Colombo > AnuradhapuraMorning start from your hotel or airport on arrival   Proceed to Elephant park [2 & 1/2 hours] (104 Km) Enjoy elephant safari, bath & feed Proceed to Anuradhapura [205 Km] (4 & 1/2 hours) Evening explore first ancient capital, man made city Anuradhapura Day 2 Anuradhapura > Mihintale > SigiriyaMorning proceed to Sigiriya [02 hours] (90 Km) En route visit Mihintale buddhist monastery Enjoy Traditional village tour, Catamaran ride, bullock cart ride, Coocking program in Habarana Evening Trekking to Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress UNESCO heritage site Day 3 Sigiriya > Polonnaruwa > SigiriyaMorning proceed to Polonnaruwa [1 & 1/2 hours] (60 Km) Explore UNESCO heritage site, second ancient capital, man made city Polonnaruwa, Afternoon proceed to Minneriya national park for safari (01 hours) [38 Km] Enjoy Jeep safari, Wild life visit in Minneriya National park, Proceed to Sigiriya, Cycling tour in Village Day 4 Sigiriya > Dambulla > Matale > Kandy > Nuwara eliyaMorning leave from Sigiriya to Kandy, [85 Km] (3 hours) En route visit Rock Cave Temple & Golden Temple in Dambulla En route visit Herbal & Spice garden in Matale (Optional) Reach to Kandy Enjoy City tour & sightseeing in Kandy Visit Upper lake view point, Cultural dancing show, Temple of tooth relic, Kandy lake, Visit Art & craft, Gem & Jewelry, Silk & Batik shops (Optional) There after proceed to Nuwaraeliya [ 78 km ] ( 2 1/2 hours ) Day 5 Nuwara eliya > Horton plain > [Train tour] > EllaEarly morning proceed to Horton plain national park & trekking with sightseeing Afternoon return to Nuwara eliya & sightseeing in Nuwara eliya, Train tour from Nanuoya to Ella by Train in Evening, Meet tour guide & car in Ella railway station and proceed to Hotel Day 6 Ella > Udawalawe > Mirissa Early morning enjoy trekking to Ella Rock, Visit Rawana waterfall, Ella Gap, Proceed to Udawalawe national park [03 hours] (98 Km) Enjoy Jeep safari, Elephant visit, Bird watching in Udawalawe national park, Evening proceed to Mirissa, [3 & 1/2 hours] (125 Km) Day 7 Mirissa > Unawatuna > Galle > MirissaMorning (As per weather conditional suggest for Whale & dolphin watching in Mirissa) Leisure in hotel & beach Evening visit to Unawatuna beach & visit to Dutch fort, Light house, UNESCO heritage site Galle Day 8 Mirissa > Airport Leave from Mirissa to Airport [3 hours] (180 Km)

$1430 Cultural & Theme Tours

8 Day Cultutral and Wildlife tour around Sri Lanka

08 days tour Day 1  Picking you from the Colombo airport by our guide.1st night at Negambdo hotel.Leaving next day to Wilpattu.Day 2Tour to -Willpattu.Safari in the Willpattu park in the evening (to see the leopards)Night at hotel in Wilpattu.Day 3 Tour to Anuradhapura with site seeing.(Tempals,Ancient Bhodi tree,Ancient Castles,Ruines)Cycling - around Anuradhapura ancient sites.Night at hotel in Anuradhapura.Day 4 & Day 5Tour to TrincomaleeVisiting Trincomalee Nilaweli beach.Site tours to Hindhu Temples, pigeon island and Marble beach.(2 days tour and 2 nights)Day 6 Visiting Sigiriya and Dambulla.Climbing Sigiriya rock, Pidurangala Temple.Watching spice gardensNight at Hotel in Dambulla.Day 7 & Day 8Visiting Kandy.Temple of The Tooth Relic , Waterfalls & city tour around Kandy city.Pinnawala Elephant orphange.Night at Kandy.Visiting Nuwaraeliya.2nd Night at Kandy again. Follwing next day Return to Colombo.

$195 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3 Days Ancient Capital Cities Tour from Colombo

DAY 01 : COLOMBO – POLONNARUWAPolonnaruwa is one of the must most important archaeological sites in Sri Lanka and many tourists visit the city during their holidays. Most monuments in Polonnaruwa are closely related to two religions, Buddhism and Hinduism. The Royal Palace, Lankatilaka Gedige (Temple), Gal Vihara (Temple), Demala Maha Seya (Temple) & ThuparamaOnce you completed your 1st Day of your tour you will be Overnight stay in Polonnaruwa Hotel.DAY 02 : POLONNARUWA – ANURADHAPURA - SIGIRIYAAnuradhapura the capital of Sri Lanka from the 05th Century B.C. to the end of the 10th Century A.D. was the most celebrated of Sri Lanka’s ancient ruined cities.The city’s most renowned relic is the sacred Bo Tree, which is said to have grown from a branch of the tree under which the Buddha gained Enlightenment. It was planted 2250 years ago and is the oldest historically authenticated tree in the world. (Mihintale, Jaya sri maha Bodhi, Isurumuniya, Ruwanwelisaya)Once you completed your tour in Anuradhapura after check in at your hotel In Sigiriya (2Hrs Drive) for Overnight stay.DAY 03 : SIGIRIYA – PIDURANGALA - DAMBULLA – COLOMBOMorningEarly morning your 1st destination will be the SIGIRIYA ROCK- The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters (660 ft) high. After that will be going on technical tours to see the crafts of some of the traditional artisans of Sigiriya such as the wood carvers and batik makers. You will get to see the process of how the they do their work, and will be able to purchase some great souvenirs (if you wish) too. Your 2nd destination will be a Pidurangala Rock a massive rock formation almost directly opposite Sigiriya. Pidurangala has an equally majestic view as the former of rolling lake-and-land vistas. Short of viewing it through drone footage, the summit of Pidurangala is also the best possible place to get an eyeful the rock fortress itself.AfternoonAfter Lunch proceed to Sri Lanka's Largest Rock Dambulla Cave Temple built on a 600 feet high Rock Located at an elevation of 1118 feet from the sea level rises a massive rock from the surrounding plains of Dambulla of 600 feet high and over 2000 feet in length. It is home to the Worlds most acclaimed Cave complex of magnificent Buddha Images and Rock Paintings of vivid colors and shapes constructed and painted from around 2nd Century BC (Anuradhapura era ) and continued up to the Kandyan era of the 18th Century.Once you completed your Ancient Capital 3 Days tour you will be safely return back to your Hotel in Colombo.