Airport – Anuradhapura
Located on the banks of a river, Anuradhapura is now a picturesque ruined city, filled with mystery and steeped in a rich Buddhist culture. Tour groups and pilgrims alike visit this city, and this diverse and versatile city caters to a locals and visitors alike. The ancient city lies adjacent to the modern, and ruined buildings, ancient temples, cobbled streets, and even crumbling fort walls are spread out and interspersed with all signs of modern life in this bustling and thriving city.
Anuradhapura sacred city – Trincomale
Trincomalee is also famous for its multitude of Buddhist and Hindu temple ruins, and is considered to be a sacred place for Sinhalese and Tamils. The Hindu temple Koneswaram built atop Swami Rock is a must visit site. Other places to visit here include Sri Lanka’s largest remaining historic Dutch fortress and the rare hot spring wells at Kanniyai, which attract crowds throughout the year.
Visit Hindu Temples, Dutch fort, Buddhist Temple, Hot spring wells, War cemetery, etc. .
Stay in Trincomale
Trincomale – Polonnaruwa
Polonnaruwa’s ancient splendour cannot fail to inspire. Set amongst gently undulating woodland, the monkeys, giant lizards and birdlife in abundance seem tamer than elsewhere in the island. Even 1980s pop group Duran Duran were obviously impressed, featuring Polonnaruwa in their music video, Save a Prayer.
Minneriya National park
For those wanting wildlife along with cultural heritage, there are the neighbouring game parks of Minneriya
Habarana – Sigiriya rock fortress – Habarana
Part hedonistic pleasure palace, part fortress and part sacred complex, Sigiriya is one of the island’s most awe-inspiring archaeological sites and a leading tourist attraction. In fact some consider it to be one of the oldest tourist attractions in the world with visitors recording their impressions in some of the earliest-known graffiti.
Habarana – Dambulla cave temple
The fascination of these caves is not only the statues but also the many intricate and delicate paintings that cover the ceiling and walls, created with indigenous traditional paints.
Mathale Aluwiharaya temple – Kandy cultural dance – Kandy
Tooth relic temple, The beautiful city, surrounded by hills and valleys, rivers, lakes and cascading waterfalls, boasts of the Royal Botanical gardens at Peradeniya.
Kandy Tooth relic temple and city – Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya, also known as ‘Little’ England’, was the favorite hill station of the British who tried to create the resort into a typical English Village. The old brick Post office, country house like hill club, with its hunting pictures, mounted hunting trophies and fish, and it’s strict formal dinner attire; the 18 hole golf course, race course etc., evoke nostalgia of Colonial British Ceylon.
En- route to Nuwara Eliya can be sighted Ramboda water falls and Tea factory
Nuwara Eliya – Thissamaharama
En- route to Thissamaharama visit Sitha Amman Hindu Temple, Dowa Temple in Bandarawela, Rawana Ella water falls, and Buduruwagala Temple.
Thissamaharama – katharagama sacred city
The sites at Kataragama includes the Kirivehera, a Buddhist Dagoba dating back to the 1st century, as well as several other Hindu and Buddhist shrines are all housed within the large Kataragama complex.
Built in 1663, the fort still retains the atmosphere and charm of Dutch days. Many old Dutch buildings are still intact inside the fort. The best way to see the fort is by walking around at the time of sunset.
Galle – Airport