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Experience the Wonders of Ceylon

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Duration

15 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

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Overview

Travel along the beaten tracks of Sri Lanka and also explore some off-the-beaten tracks to experience the best of Sri Lanka. Visitors also get the opportunity to trek mountains and plains and and witness the panorama from some of the most scenic spots in the island.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit Sri Lanka's cultural sites of Sigiriya, Dambulla and Polonnaruwa
  • Canoe ride, at Hiriwaduna Lake met with a traditional Sri Lankan meal
  • Scenic TreKking at Riverstone Plateau, Horton Plains and Lipton Seat
  • Visit The most Sacred Tooth Relic Temple and the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kandy
  • Optional Scenic Train ride from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
  • Stay at a Colonial Tea Plantation Bungalow
  • Game Drive at Yala National Park
  • Study tour of the Galle Dutch Fortress
  • Visit to a Turtle Hatchery
  • Relaxing Beach stay at Bentota
  • City tour of Colombo - Sri Lanka's Commercial Capital

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive and transfer to Negombo

On arrival you will be met by out representative at the Bandaranaike International Airport and transferred to Negombo. If time prevails engage in a brief city tour of Negombo (which is popular known in Sri Lanka as Little Rome). Visit a Catholic Cathedral and stop a the local fish market to experience the fisher-folk and their livelihoods.

Check in at Hotel – Evening at Leisure – Dinner and overnight stay at the Hotel

Day 2 : Negombo / Habarana
Day 2 : Negombo / Habarana

Breakfast at Hotel - Proceed to Sigiriya. Located in the north central part of the island, Sigiriya is a part of Sri Lanka’s dry zone. Thanks to the genius of our ancient kings dating as far as the 05th Century AD, the Sri Lankan Dry Zone is anything but dry, with hundreds of lakes and reservoirs which are connected by an elaborate network of canals making up an old but great irrigation system. Aside from the benefit for agriculture and industry, the waterworks of the dry zone provide some of the most breathtakingly beautiful scenery and fertile habitat for the islands incredible bio-diversity perfect for rambling. Check in at Hotel in Habarana.

Afternoon proceed to visit the Sigiriya.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site, a spectacular Rock Fortress, is one of Sri Lanka’s major attractions. The most impressive facets of the unique complex are the Water Gardens, the Frescoes of beautiful maidens, the Mirror Wall with ancient graffiti, the Lion platform and the Summit of 1.6 hectares, which was completely covered by buildings during the period of Sigiriya glory. Built by King Kashyapa (477-495 A.D), the “Lion Rock” is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200m from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town and the base is ringed by a moat, rampart, and extensive gardens. The world-renowned frescoes (originally 500, of which only 19 remain today) which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway are painted in earth pigments on plaster. The old stairway to the top led through the mouth of a crouching lion but today only the huge paws remain giving an indication of the massive proportions of the head. Remains of the handsome royal citadel are on the summit and several caves for meditation, audience platforms and baths complete the unique site.

On completion return to Hotel – Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.


Overnight at Anuradhapura.

Day 3 : Habarana / Polonnaruwa / Habarana
Day 3 : Habarana / Polonnaruwa / Habarana

Breakfast at Hotel - Morning proceed on a sightseeing tour of Polonnaruwa.

This medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, rose to fame as the capital (10th - 12th century AD) after the decline of Anuradhapura. The entire landscape of the region is punctuated by huge man-made reservoirs, the most famous of which is the Parakrama Samudra or the Sea of Parakrama, larger in size than the Colombo harbour. The monuments are relatively well preserved and give clear evidence of the glory of Sri Lanka's past. Highlights are the Royal Palace complex including the Kings Palace and Audience Hall, the Quadrangle with its concentration of ancient heritage and the spectacular Gal Vihare complex of four massive images of the Buddha, cut from a single slab of granite a highlight of ancient Sri Lankan rock carving. Some of the best examples of the Hindu influence the Temples of Shiva, intricate statues of Hindu Gods, fascinating Buddhist temples, the Lankathilake and Watadage, the Galpotha, the Lotus bath, the Kiri Vihare Dagoba and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth are other impressive sights.

On completion return to Hotel – Evening at leisure – Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 4 : Habarana / Hiriwaduna / Dambulla / Habarana
Day 4 : Habarana / Hiriwaduna / Dambulla / Habarana

After an early breakfast proceed to Hiriwaduna for a 02 - 03 hour walk through this archetypal Sri Lankan village. The walk begins along a bund of a Wewa or man-made reservoir. The reservoir itself, the surrounding scrub jungle, marshland and village are a hive of early morning activity. The amazing birdlife, butterflies and possible sightings of crocodile only add to the charm of seeing the villagers as they go about their early morning tasks of fishing, or washing clothes at the periphery of the lake.
A morning bullock cart ride will take visitors through the village of Hiriwadunna, to a banana plantation where ripe bananas can be tasted and savored fresh. Cross a scenic reservoir by you wade through a shallow stream and the sense of adventure heightens when you need to get to a Chena Cultivation via a somewhat wider tributary which needs to be crossed on an obliging farmer’s catamaran!! Oruwa (traditional boat), its long, narrow shape gliding effortlessly on the water, to visit a Chena cultivation, where in the shade of a tree house of mud and thatched Palm leaves, the village of Hiriwaduna can be surveyed. On the return journey guests can drop by the house of a native and enjoy aromatic Ginger Tea and Jaggery. The next stop will be a visit to an authentic local cottage industry to witness the skillful carving of caricatures from old tree roots.




Everyone will get a chance to carve his or her own token. Then, a stop at a local Kamatha (the threshing floor of a rice field) for lunch, to be treated to delicious local cuisine served on lotus leaves by a village family.
The journey of discovery continues through dense shrub forests, home to many forest birds and other wildlife including monkeys, bear, python and even elephant.
Evening proceed to visit the Dambulla Cave Temples.

Climb up to the temple, which was donated by king Walagambahu in the 1st century BC to Buddhist monks. 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 ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. These caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha, of which the largest is the figure of the Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 metres.

On completion return to Hotel – Dinner and overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 5 : Habarana / Riverstone Plateau / Kandy
Day 5 : Habarana / Riverstone Plateau / Kandy

Breakfast at Hotel – Proceed to Knuckles Range for Nature Walk in Riverston Plateau.

Lunch at Sir John’s Bungalow

Late afternoon leave to Kandy – Check in at Hotel in Kandy – Evening at Leisure - Dinner and overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 6 : Kandy / Peradeniya / Kandy
Day 6 : Kandy / Peradeniya / Kandy

After breakfast, proceed to visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.

This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden for a queen and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. City tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings. The name Kandy conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive.

Proceed on a City tour of Kandy - A lovely exotic city, the Hill Capital and last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which still retains an aura of grandeur. Encircled by hills, with a tranquil lake in its centre, it is the site of the renowned temple that enshrines the Tooth Relic of the Buddha and the Royal Botanical gardens home to one of the world’s best collections of Orchids. A cultural sanctuary where many legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive, Kandy and its satellite villages are the centre of the islands handicraft industry (items of wood, brass & silver) exquisite silver or gold jewellery and precious gems of many varieties including the world’s best blue and star sapphires.

Late afternoon, visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing – Return to Hotel for Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 7 : Kandy / Nuwara Eliya

Breakfast at Hotel - Leave for Nuwara Eliya by train passing picturesque tea plantations and lush greenery of Sri Lankas Hill Country. – This will be another great experience for you! It’s an wonderful sightseeing opportunity of cascading waterfalls / huge tea plantations / misty mountains etc .
You will be picked up from the Nanu Oya railway station and transferred by vehicle to Nuwara Eliya (15 minutes drive).

Check in at hotel – Late afternoon, visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. You will be told all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded as well as taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea whilst in the factory.

Return to Hotel for Dinner and overnight stay

Day 8 : Nuwara Eliya / Horton Plains / Nuwara Eliya

Leave for the Horton Plains in the early morning hours (with packed breakfast) and retrun back to Nuwara Eliya just after noon.

• Nature walk in HORTON PLAINS NATURE RESERVE, which is approximately 10,000 Hectares in extent, is haunted by Elk, Deer, Giant Squirrel, Wild Boar, Wild Hare , Porcupine, and a variety of Migratory birds, unique to this region. According to a recent count there are 16 Leopards in Horton Plains. If you are very lucky you may get a glimpse of a Leopard during your sojourn in the Horton Plains.
• You will first visit the 2 World’s End cliffs (the mini and the main World's End) and then trek on to visit the Baker’s falls covering approximately 3km. To get to the Baker’s Falls, you have to deviate from the main trail and climb down a flight of steps descending about 500 meters and climb up again to the trail which is in itself steep at some points.
• Take pictures at these locations to take your memories home. Most of the day both small and big “World’s Ends” are covered with mist and clouds. So, one must have patience to wait at these points for clouds to clear up to get a glimpse of a steep drop and a tea estate beneath World’s End. The big World’s End has a sheer drop of 3700 feet. The best time to view the panorama is between 6 and 8 in the mornings.
• Total distance of trekking inside the park would be 11km.[Graded as a soft trail]

Proceed back to Nuwara Eliya in the early afternoon and have lunch (optional). In the evening stroll around the Victoria Park and do a brief drive in tour of the city visiting the environs of the Gregory's Lake. Those who wish to take a boat ride could do so (optionally).

Overnight at Nuwara Eliya Hotel.

Day 9 : Nuwara Eliya / Haputale

After breakfast proceed to Haputale for your stay in the colonial estate bungalow.

Upon reaching Haputale check-in at a typical English Plantation Bungalow which is now converted to a boutique hotel.

After lunch at the bungalow you can have a relaxing and enjoyable stay at the bungalow sipping a cup of tea and taking a small stroll around the tea Estate
Dinnder and overnight at the bungalow.

LIPTON SEAT is a magnificent viewpoint located about 10~12 km far from Haputale. (on Dambethenna road). It is undoubtedly one of the best viewing points of Sri Lanka.

It is said that, this place was a favorite look-out point for Sir Thomas Lipton (the great tea planter) when surveying the surrounding region of his tea plantations. On a clear day, a visitor can see 5 provinces of Sri Lanka. The panoramic view is out of this world and truly pleasing. Even on an average day you can see endless territory towards the South, East and South West of Sri Lanka from this point.


Day 10 : Haputale / Lipton Seat / Yala.

An early morning excursion again to Lipton Seat to view the panorama of the valleys below at sunrise. You will leave with a packed breakfast from the bungalow and return to the bungalow for lunch.

LIPTON SEAT is a magnificent viewpoint located about 10~12 km far from Haputale. (on Dambethenna road). It is undoubtedly one of the best viewing points of Sri Lanka.

It is said that, this place was a favorite look-out point for Sir Thomas Lipton (the great tea planter) when surveying the surrounding region of his tea plantations.
On a clear day, a visitor can see 5 provinces of Sri Lanka. The panoramic view is out of this world and truly pleasing. Even on an average day you can see endless territory towards the South, East and South West of Sri Lanka from this point.
The seat is accessible by vehicle right up to the summit where the Lipton Seat is situated. After witnessing the glorious sunrise and the 360 degree panoarama you could takr a short walk down the hill and be met by the vehicle on your way down or you need not hike and proceed by car.

Return to the bungalow for lunch and leave in the early afternoon for Yala in the deep south. At Yala you will check in at a hotel close to the Yala National Park and spend the evening leisurely.

Dinner and Overnight at Yala.

Day 11 : Yala Jeep Safari

Early morning engage in a jeep safari of the Yala National Park with a packed breakfast. Duration of the safari will last till miday day (possibly).

Your best chance to see a leopard is generally first thing in the morning and then again at dusk. The male leopards in Yala are very confident animals and they are often seen walking the tracks during the day. Young males in particular seem to have no fear of the jeeps (provided its not overcrowded), which can lead to some excellent photographic opportunities. As well as leopards there is a large number of elephants living inside the park and these can be seen bathing in the numerous lakes within the park. You can also see spotted deer, sambar, wild boar, wild buffaloes, sloth bear, jackal and mongoose. The bird life is also fantastic and it is amazing how close you can get to them from the confines of the jeep, you can see Rosy Starlings, Paradise Flycatchers, Crested Hawk Eagles, Blue-Tailed Bee-Eaters and Common Iora's.

Return to hotel in around noon and have lunch. Afternoon you could relax by the pool.

Dinner and overnight stay at Yala

Day 12 : Yala / Galle / Bentota

After breakfast checkout and depart for your beach stay visiting the Galle Ramparts at Galle.

Considered as the southern capital, Sri Lanka's fourth biggest town, Galle is the most historically interesting living city. Its modern towns were gradually built separately from the ancient one. It was the seaport of Sri Lanka before the Colombo Port was developed in the late 19th century and it still handles shipping and cruising yachts today. Its main attraction is the Fort called ' Santa Cruz' that has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Fort was built by the Portuguese in 1619 and subsequently expanded and developed by the Dutch and the British the one time colonial masters of the island. What now remains is mostly the work of the Dutch and the British.

After having your lunch at a restaurant inside the Fort, you will leave for your beach holday at Bentota. However, on the way from Galle to Bentota you could visit a Mask factory at Ambalangoda and a Turtle Hatchery at Kosgoda.

Kosgoda have some of the biggest and longest turtle hatcheries in Sri Lanka. This was originally established as an independent venture, though the project has now been taken over by the Department of Wildlife Conservation. Turtle eggs are bought from local fishermen and reburied in safe locations, once hatched, the babies are kept here for a few days before being released into the sea – the short time they spend growing stronger in captivity gives them significantly higher chances of surviving when returned to the ocean. There are plenty of baby turtles swimming around in holding tanks – all five species of turtle which visit Sri Lanka lay eggs, and depending on when you visit, you might see newly hatched examples of them all.

You will either proceed on for your beach stay for a further 2 nights or transfer to your hotel in Colombo as per itinerary below.

Day 13 & 14: Beach stay at Bentota

Enjoy your beach stay on Half Board basis at the popoular coastal resort of Bentota.

BENTOTA is a coastal city famous for its golden sun-kissed beaches. The town is a popular tourist attraction and also a favourite destination for watersports. It is especially famous among the foreign tourists. The name comes from a mythical story which dates back to kings time saying a demon called Bem ruled this river ( tota = river bank. Bentota hosts a handful of world proclaimed hotels. Bentota also delivers an ancient art of healing called Ayurveda. Bentota is also famous for its production in Toddy. An alcoholic beverage made out of cocunut nectar.

Breakfast, Dinner & Overnight stay at Bentota.

Day 15 : Transfer to Airport via Colombo

After breakfast depart to Colombo. Taking into consideration your flight departure time you could commence a sight-seeing tour of the Colombo City.

COLOMBO the Sri Lanka’s commercial capital is an important port in the Indian Ocean since ancient time. The traders from the middle-east used Sri Lanka as an exchange center. The Arab traders came to gather the ivory, the precious stones and spices such as cinnamons, cardamom, cloves and pepper, which were highly priced in Europe.

There are many locations relating to the Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial times. The Colombo Museum, Vihara Maha Devi Park, Old Parliament, World Trade Center, Zoo, Dutch Museum, Kelani Viharaya, National Art Gallery. Folk Art Center- Kotte, Natural History Museum, BMICH, Municipal Museum, Fort Railway Station dates back to 1904, Wolfandhal Church and Vaneshwara Kovil and main tourist attractions in Colombo.

Colombo even a commercial city, the needs of the leisure travellers can be fulfilled with the range of activities available in the city. Great shopping arcades, luxury hotels restaurants, Karaoke Bars, Casinos, nightclubs and other entertainment facilities available within the city limits.

Transfer to the Bandaranaike International Airport 3 hours prior to your departure time.

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Included/Excluded

  • Accommodation on Half board basis (unless otherwise specified in itinerary)
  • Private air-conditioned Transport with English Speaking Guide
  • Entrance fees (to sites and attractions mentioned in the itinerary only)
  • 4WD jeep hires for the wildlife safaris.
  • Additional Services
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Lunches as mentioned as optional

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