After breakfast visit Polonnaruwa the second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated the Chola invaders in 1070 CE to reunite the country once more under a local leader. While Vijayabahus victory and shifting of Kingdoms
to the more strategic Polonnaruwa is considered significant, the real Polonnaruwa Hero of the history books is actually his grandson, Parakramabahu I. The city Polonnaruwa was also called as Jananathamangalam during the short Chola reign. However, with the exception of his immediate successor, Nissankamalla I, all other monarchs of Polonnaruwa, were slightly weak-willed and rather prone to picking fights within their own court. They also went on to form more intimate matrimonial alliances with stronger South Indian Kingdoms, until these matrimonial links superseded the local royal lineage and gave rise to the Kalinga invasion by King Magha in 1214 and the eventual passing of power into the hands of a Pandyan King following the Arya Chakrawarthi invasion of Sri Lanka in 1284. The capital was then shifted to Dambadeniya. Today the ancient city of Polonnaruwa remains one of the best planned Archeological relic sites in the country, standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the Kingdoms first rulers. The ancient city of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Then leave to the East coast selected resort area Trincomalee or Passikuda. Visit Trincomalee about 113 miles south of Jaffna. The city is built on a peninsula, which divides the inner and outer harbours. The city is home to the famous ancient Koneswaram temple alluded to in its historic Tamil name Thirukonamalai from which its anglicized name is derived. Among the sights of the place are the seven hot springs of Kanniyayi, on the road to Trincomalee. A high wall assembles all the seven springs in a rectangular enclosure. The water is mildly hot; the temperature varies but slightly in each. A shear rock outcrop called Swami Rock, several meters high above the sea is the tip of the Fort Frederick thus named by the British. Swami Rock is Lovers Leap where a Dutch Officers daughter had leapt after a broken affair. The Trincomalee harbor is the fifth largest natural harbor in the world, it is overlooked by terraced highlands, the great European powers vied for mastery of the harbor. The Portuguese, the Dutch, the French, and the English, each held it in turn, and there have been many sea battles nearby. Evening free relax dinner & overnight at hotel.
Trincomalee , 3 Nights