After having the breakfast from the Hotel proceed to Pinnawala.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is the home for young Elephants who have been displaced or lost from their natural habitat, located at Pinnawala village in Sabaragamuwa province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is the best place for an up close and personal experience with the world’s largest land mammals! Today with 70 elephants herein, Pinnawela has become the home to the largest captive group of elephants in the world.
Feeding time at 9:15 am.
Later that evening visit the Dambulla Rock Cave Temple.Dambulla.
Dambulla Cave Temple is a vast isolated rock mass and it was here that king Valagambahu took refuge in the 01st century B.C. He later turned the caves into a rock temple. Dambulla is a world heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceiling found here are over 2000 years old and is the largest area of painting found in the world. The caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 meters. After visiting the Dambulla cave Temple, after visiting the cave temple go to the hotel and check in and relax
Day 3 : Habarana / Polonnaruwa / Minneriya / Habarana
After breakfast proceed to Polonnaruwa
Polonnaruwa, Kings ruled the central plains of Sri Lanka from Polonnaruwa 800 years ago, when it was a thriving commercial and religious centre. From here, free-marketeers haggled for rare goods and the pious prayed at any one of its numerous temples. The glories of that age can be found in archaeological treasures which give a pretty good idea of how the city looked in its heyday. You'll find the archaeological park a delight to explore, with hundreds of ancient structures – tombs and temples, statues and stupas – in a compact core. The Quadrangle alone is worth the trip.
Later that evening go on a lovely jeep safari at Minneriya National Park
Minneriya National Park - This national park is one of the best places in the country to see wild elephants, which are often present in huge numbers, and wading birds. Dominated by the ancient Minneriya Tank, the park has plenty of scrub, forest and wetlands in its 88.9 sq km to also provide shelter for toque macaques, sambar deer, buffalo, crocodiles and leopards (the latter are very rarely seen however). The dry season, from May to September, is reckoned to be the best time to visit (as by then water in the tank has dried up, exposing grasses and shoots to grazing animals). Elephants, which can number 200 or more, come to feed and bathe during what is known as ‘the Gathering’; and flocks of birds, such as little cormorants, painted storks, herons and large pelicans all fish in the shallow waters.on completion return to the hotel at Habrana.
After having the breakfast from the Hotel proceed to Anuradhapura and Visit the ruins of the first capital of Sri Lanka.
Although people may have lived in this area since as early as the 10th century BC, Anuradhapura became a great city after the arrival of a cutting from the Bodhi Tree ('tree of enlightenment'), the Buddha's fig tree, in the 3rd century BC. The sacred branch was brought to Sri Lanka by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns. Anuradhapura went on to become a Ceylonese political and religious capital (4th century BC) that flourished for 1,300 years. In its prime, Anuradhapura ranked alongside Nineveh and Babylon in its colossal proportions—its four walls, each 16 miles (26 km) long, enclosing an area of 256 square miles (663 km²)—in the number of its inhabitants, and the splendor of its shrines and public buildings. The city also had some of the most complex irrigation systems of the ancient world. Most of the great reservoir tanks still survive today, and some may be the oldest surviving reservoirs in the world.
The ruins of Anuradhapura are one of South Asia’s most evocative sights. The sprawling complex contains a rich collection of archaeological and architectural wonders: enormous dagobas, soaring brick towers, ancient pools and crumbling temples, built during Anuradhapura’s thousand years of rule over Sri Lanka. Today several of the sites remain in use as holy places and temples; frequent ceremonies give Anuradhapura a vibrancy that’s a sharp contrast to the ambience at Polonnaruwa. Current-day Anuradhapura is a rather pleasant albeit sprawling city. Mature trees shade the main guesthouse areas, and the main street is orderly compared to the ugly concrete agglomerations elsewhere.
After having the breakfast from the Hotel proceed to Jaffna, En-route to Jaffna visit Kilinochchi and Elephant Pass.
Kilinochchiis the main town of Kilinochchi District, Northern Province of Sri Lanka. Kilinochchi is situated at the A9 road some 100 km (62 mi) south-east of Jaffna. It was the administrative center of the LTTE (Tamil Tigers) until 2 January 2009, when troops of the Sri Lankan Army recaptured the city.
Then proceed to Elephant Pass which is located in the gateway of Jaffna Peninsula. There are about 340km north from capital to here. It has an important military base and formerly was the island's largest salt field. It has thus regularly been the site of battles during the civil war. The war memories, memorials, has become more historic in the recent times, over the 30 year war in Sri Lanka.
Finally proceed to Jaffna and stay overnight at Green Grass Jaffna
Jaffna - the hub of Hindu culture in Sri Lanka, is an exciting place to visit. Remote island shrines, ancient archeological sites, healing water springs and unspoiled beaches are just a few of the must visit attractions of the area.
With an identity that has been shaped by a wide cross section of influences, the Jaffna town is a unique mix of colourful temples, huge cathedrals and narrow roadways lined with Dutch and British colonial residences. Jaffna’s premier place of Hindu worship, the famous Nallur Kandasamy Kovil, attracts hundreds of pilgrims and devotees. A walk through the bustling Jaffna market which is full of locally produced goods, is an insight into the Jaffna way of life. On the southern edge of the peninsula is the second largest fort in the island, the Jaffna Fort which extends over an area of 4 acres. In the North towards Kankesanturai are the Keeramalai hot springs and the ruins of the Kanthrodai Buddhist temple. A day trip to the islands will allow you to explore the island of Delft, which has the ruins of a Portuguese Fort, and the Nainativu Island which is home to the ancient Nagadeepa Buddhist temple.
On arrival visit Jaffna Nallur Kovil* - a sacred destination of Hindu's, The Nallur kovil is about 1KM from the Jaffna town. There are some beautiful paintings and statues inside the kovil and outside the temple on top of the entrance you can see some beautifully carved statues. The carvings outside the kovil are not as colorful as the ones you normally see in Hindu kovils, which is a bit disappointing. Don't forget to try out ice creams from the famous ice cream shop nearby when you visit there.
Thereafter visit the Jaffna Library* - The Jaffna library was one of the best in Asia before it was burnt down. Now most of it is restored and part of it is open for public viewing. It is one of the monumental buildings in Jaffna and very close to the town.
Nagadeepa - In the morning after breakfast leave for *Nagadeepa Island* - Nagadeepa island is one of the three places in Sri Lanka where Lord Buddha has visited. So Nagadeepa viharaya is an important destination for Buddhist pilgrims. There is also a popular Hindu kovil there, so although it is tricky to get there you can see huge crowds in the island. There are boat services available or if it is possible to ride in one of the navy speed boats which is an enjoyable way to visit the island. The Nagadeepa Island is a bit far from Jaffna and it will take around 2-3 hours to get there, depending on the availability of the boats etc.
Thereafter leave to Casuarina beach* - One of the best beaches in the Jaffna peninsula, the shallow waters and the very gentle waves making it an ideal for safe sea bathing. You can go a long way toward the sea in the clear blue water and a great place to visit to have a break during your travels.
Keerimalai* - Keerimalai is renowned for its natural water spring where illnesses and sicknesses are cured miraculously after bathing in it. Only a stone wall separate the pool from the sea but the water is fresh water coming from a spring. There is a Hindu kovil as well, very popular among Hindu's.
After completion return to the hotel in Jaffna.
Finally proceed to Jaffna and stay overnight at Green Grass Jaffna
After having the breakfast check out from the hotel. Proceed to Negombo via Mannar.
Manna district consists of Mannar Island which is connected by a causeway. Mannar is most famous for the church shrine of the lady Madhu and also Biobab tree and the fort built by the Portuguese. Other attractions are the Dorric at Arippu, Thanthirimalee, and Yoda wewa.
Negombo is a modest beach town located close to Bandaranaike International Airport. With a stash of decent hotels and restaurants to suit all pockets, a friendly local community, an interesting old quarter and a reasonable (though polluted) beach, Negombo is a much easier place to get your Sri Lankan feet than Colombo. The Dutch captured the town from the Portuguese in 1640, lost it, and then captured it again in 1644. The British then took it from them in 1796 without a struggle. Negombo was one of the most important sources of cinnamon during the Dutch era, and there are still reminders of the European days. The busy centre of Negombo town lies to the west of the bus and train stations. Most places to stay, however, line the main road that heads north from the town centre, running almost parallel to the beach.
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