The tropical sun beats relentlessly down on the carved stone edifice soaring into the sky, silence sizzles in the heat and even the birds dare not sing in the arid air of the dry zone. You stand in awe as time steps back thousands of years, knowing that this same sun shone down on the artisans of old who created these impossible works of art with their bare hands, with the barest of tools and wonder how the miracles they honed lasted to this day. Let Back in Time take you to the centuries past, to delve into a culture that has survived 2000 years – even more. Two and a half weeks of exploration that will take you around the island to experience its heritage as never before. From visiting our islands first and rightful inhabitants – the Veddha people, to discover the treasures of the first kingdoms of ancient rulers where lost cities vie with religious relics of old, and witness the changes brought on by centuries of colonial power that also left its own imprints on the land. Then, to experience the pleasures of Ayurveda wellness to revive you back to the present.

Day 01
Transfer to Negombo, the little fishing village close to the airport & visit the Dutch built Fort & in the evening take a boat ride in the Dutch Canal.

Jetwing Blue | Meals: L D

Day 02
Explore the forgotten 1st ancient kingdom of Sri Lanka – the royal palace & the temples. Witness the “Veli Pilla” – the ancient sand table where writing was taught, even before the invention of paper.

Ulagalla Resort | Meals: B L D

Day 03
The majestic kingdom of Anuradhaura (UNESCO World Heritage) at its best will be right in front of you. Discover lost knowledge by witnessing the trio temples – Mirisavetiya, Ruwanveliseya & Jetavana, which align perfectly with the Orion’s Belt star constellation. (Only the great Pyramids of Egypt align the same way in the entire world)

Ulagalla Resort | Meals: B L D

Day 04
The cradle of Buddhism is at Mihintale rock. Also you can visit the other sites in Anuradhapura.

Ulagalla Resort | Meals: B L D

Day 05
Stand in front of the 40 feet high Buddha statues at Avukana & Sesseruwa & be amazed by the ancient craftsmanship. Also visit the ruins at Ritigala rock which is believed to be a part of the mountain of Himalayas in India.

Vil Uyana | Meals: B L D

Day 06
“The Fortress in the Sky” – best known as Sigiriya (UNESCO World Heritage) is considered to be the 8th wonder of the world. Explore Pidurangala & Medirigiriya as well.

Vil Uyana | Meals: B L D

Day 07
Another ancient capital city of Polonnaruwa (UNESCO World Heritage) awaits your exploration. In the evening climb via the treacherous rocky path to the Dimbulagala temple, situated on top of a mountain.

Vil Uyana | Meals: B L D

Day 08
In the morning take a big game drive to relax your eyes with the greenery & by the sight of several hundreds of wild elephants. In the evening visit the cave temples of Dambulla. (UNESCO World Heritage)

Brooke Boutique | Meals: B L D

Day 09
Explore the ruins of Arankelle & climb yet another rock fortress in Yapahuwa to explore the exquisite rock sculptures of the ancient world.

Brooke Boutique | Meals: B L D

Day 10
Visit Nalanda Gedige & try to locate the hidden sculpture on the walls. Aluvharaya is another cultural heritage since this is where “Thripitakaya” – the sacred book of Buddhism written Pali language.

Clingendael | Meals: B L D

Day 11
The Forest Dwellers of Sri Lanka – The Veddas, living proof of our ancient Heritage.

Clingendael | Meals: B L D

Day 12
Pay homage to Lankathilake, Embekke & Gadaladeniya temples while witnessing the wooden carvings, temple structures, etc. Bogoda Bridge is the oldest surviving bridge in the world built in the 16th century.

98 Acres | Meals: B L D

Day 13
Witness the Bamian styled Buddha statues carved in one huge rock in a hidden away village. Maligawila & Dambegoda statues are also located nearby. Proceed to the last unexplored area of the country – Kumana National Park.

Luxury Camping | Meals: B L D

Day 14
Set foot inside “God’s Country” & journey to the yet to be explored caves & be amazed by the 30 feet long reclining Buddha statue in Bambaragasthalawa. Visit Bowathegala where a race of man-animal hybrid (half evolved) race – The Neetewo – had said to have lived. Also this is where one of Indian Jones movies were made.

Luxury Camping | Meals: B L D

Day 15
Early morning after breakfast climb the mountain to arrive at the Kudumbigala Monastery & proceed back to Yala. Late in the evening visit Katharagama Kovil – dedicated to Lord Katharagama.

Chaaya Wild | Meals: B L D

Day 16
Drive towards the south coast of the island visiting Kushtaja statue on the way. Take a relaxing stroll on the walls of the Dutch built Galle Fort (UNESCO World
Heritage) while watching the sun set in the yonder.

23 Palms | Meals: B L D

Day 17
Relax the entire day & indulge yourself in authentic Ayurvedic treatments to soothe your body & mind.

23 Palms | Meals: B L D

Day 18
Departure to the airport to connect with your flight

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