Discover Sri Lanka
THE TOUR AT THE GLANCE
This captivating itinerary unveils South India’s rich history and culture, from colourful Fort Cochin to the giant ancient temples of Tamil Nadu, from French-influenced Pondicherry to the seaside village of Mahabalipuram. Discover a fascinating corner of India home to colonial history, traditional villages, Hindu tradition and quaint seaside towns. All blended together; this outstanding eclectic mix will ignite your imagination.
This small island offers travellers a plethora of delights – historical, cultural and natural, all without travelling too far. Immerse yourself in Colombo’s street market or Negombo’s fish market, marvel at the World Heritage-listed ruins of Anuradhapura, climb to the top of the Sigiriya Rock fortress and spot elephants or perhaps leopards on an exhilarating game drive in Yala National Park. The cuisine is delicious and unique, a must for lovers of fresh seafood.
EXPERIENCES AND VISITS IN THIS TOUR JOURNEY
- Boat ride on Dutch Canal in Negombo.
- Climb the World Heritage-listed Sigiriya Rock
- Visit the ancient capital of Polonnaruwa &Caves at Dambulla
- The Temple of the Sacred Tooth in Kandy
- Train ride from Nanu Oya to Ella on observation salon seat.
- Tuk-Tuk ride at Nuwara Eliya&Discover Nuwara Eliya's tea plantations& meet tea pluckers
- Hiking to Adam’s Peak
- Stay inside Yala National Park, the safari capital of Sri Lanka
- Turtle Hatchery at Kosgoda&Capture the dying tradition of Stilt Fishing
- Visit historic Galle& open mask Museum
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Arrive Colombo-the capital of Sri Lanka, aftercompleting immigration and custom formalities,
Meetwith the local guide or Representative and transfer to Negombo and check in at hotel.
Later visit (Subject to flight timing) Fishing village, thousands of fisherman who actively take part in fishing on a daily basis, dried & preserved using indigenous technologies. Dutch Canal Boat Ride, It is used to serve as a supply to the Dutch administration along with the Old Churches and fishing villages during the Dutch rule and. Walk to the local market .
Today, travel by surface to Dambulla, en route visit Anuradhapura. The greatest city in Sri Lankan history, packed with monuments from over a thousand years of the island’s past. Visit the ancient capital of the Kingdom in the 4th century: Anuradhapura. Abandoned in the 10th century, this city was rediscovered in 1817. Visit temples, stupas, palaces and The sacred Sri Maha Bodhi
Drive to Dambulla, arrive enroute visit Mihintale is where Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka. Mihintale is regarded as the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. The rock is riddled with shrines and rock dwellings. A grand stairway of 1,840 steps made out of granite slabs 15'' wide leads to the summit from where one could get a splendid view of the surrounding countryside. Upon arrival check in at hotel.
Optional: Lecture by a Buddhist monk on religion and can be arranged here.
Moring: excursion to Polonnaruwa & visit another “World Heritage Site”, the Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th - 13th Centuries. Lankatilake, Tivanka and Thuparama are the most beautiful and largest Image Houses and Tivanka has the best example of frescoes of the Polonnaruwa period. RankothVehera and Kirivehera are well preserved large stupas, and Gal Vihare - a rock shrine, has four Buddha statues. The Parakrama Samudra is on the western side of the city. The Royal Palace, Audience Hall and other buildings in the inner city were enclosed by another tall wall.
Afternoon climb the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress - a “World Heritage Site” and the 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the Palace on the summit of the 600-foot high rock. The Water Gardens, Fountain Garden, summerhouse, Boulder Gardens and the Caves within the enclosed area should not be missed.
Today, travel by surface to Kandy, en route visiting the Dambulla Rock temple situated in a cave and view the painted walls and ceilings comprising of over 150 images of the Buddha.
En route visit Spice and Herbal garden in Matale, to see many different types of spices Sri Lanka is famous for. Matale spice gardens are among the best on the island. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. A processing and training unit has been set up in the area and farmers are grouped in a cooperative to ensure fair prices and you will also be able to purchase spices.
Option:Enjoy the full flavors of Sri Lankan spices over lunch followd by an Ayurveda massage based on natural products from the garden.
Also visit Batik Factory - where you can see the manufacture of beautiful Batik prints. These shops contain a wide variety of Batik items.Arrive Kandy & check in at hotel.
Afternoon visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Sri DaladaMaligawa) is a highlight in Kandy, Observing the people praying, making small gifts of flowers, lighting a candle for their wishes to become true… The temple itself is very well preserved and offers so many artistic details for curious eyes.
Take your tie and study all the pictures on the walls and the symmetrical details. It is impressive. Helga’s Foll, it is worth a trip if you’re into surrealist modern arts. It is actually a hotel run by a Dutch lady named Helga de Silva, who grew up in Hollywood in the 50s. But you can visit it also as non-guest.
Then visit the authentic market is Kandy's oldest market square and sells a wide range of items ranging from local fruits and vegetables to handicrafts and souvenirs to high quality textiles and leather goods. Visit Arts and Crafts Center, gem museum where you will learn about the gem industry & see a mock-up of a gem pit where you get the hang of traditional gem mining,
Evening witness a Cultural show featuring various dance types of Sri Lanka
Optional:Early morning at 7.00 a.mYoga & Meditation Session.The Yoga is 1 ½ hour per session.
Then go to the Temple of the Tooth (Sri DaladaMaligawa)to attend morning “Pooja” ceremony.
After breakfast, travel by surface to Nuwara Eliya, en route visit Peradeniya Botanical Gardens Royal Botanical Gardens - 147 acres in extent: started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the King’s of Kandy. There are more than 5000 species of tree and plants. Some and endemic as well as flora from the tropical world. Spice garden and Orchid House are popular with Tourists.
Thereafter Leave to Nuwara EliyaEn route visiting Tea Plantation & Tea Factory
Experience an authentic tea plucking experience with the estate workers and enjoy a guided visit to Tea Factory where the best tea in the world is produced. You may also have a chance of tasting pure cup of Ceylon Tea at the Factory.where you will meet some tea pluckers and get to know about their lives and you will learn how to pick out the best tea leaves and pluck tea from the natives who have been doing it for many generations.
On the way visit the breathtaking beautiful waterfalls makes Nuwara Eliya one of the most beautiful town in the world. Nuwara Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia. You can visit the Strawberry Farms & pick some strawberries.Arrive & check in at hotel.
You can take a nice evening walk around the Gregory Lake. Visit the beautiful club house and British colonial style bungalows.
Note, Sunday Tea pluckers on Leave
Today, transfer to NanuOya Railway station to board train to Ella (Train No1126 0930 / 1325 Hrs).
Upon arrival meet and transfer to check in at hotel.
Afternoon: visit the sacred Adams Peak (Sri Pada –where the foot print of Lord Buddha is preserved) regarding the similarity between the two mountains.
Therefore the mountain was called as Little Adams Peak. “Punchi Sri Pada” is another name for this peak. It is 1141 m in height. Little Adam’s Peak attracts many travelers who come to Sri Lanka. Gradually with an easy hike up to the mountain of Little Adams Peak you can consummation a worth panoramic view. You have to walk through lush green tea plantations, waterfalls and paddy fields while enjoying the sceneries. (Approx. 3kms) & (Approx. 2½ hrs. to visit)
• Little Adam’s peak is Ella’s best known tourist attraction
• Resembles Adam's Peak
• Half an hour climbs to the top of the peak (Approx. 1141m)
• Breathtaking views of an endless valley, tea plantations and waterfalls.
Today, transfer by surface to Yala National park.En-route visit famous Ella gap and enjoy the most beautiful sceneries in the Sri Lanka highlands.
Yala National Park offers the greatest diversity of animal and birdlife in the country. The habitats found in the park are wide-ranging, from freshwater lakes to beaches, rocky outcrops to green plains and jungle.
Participate in afternoon jeep safari at Yala National Park- Park is approximately 1,259 sq. kms in extent and is the largest national park in Sri Lanka. It is located in the south eastern corner of the island and it has the added bonus of a scenic ocean frontage. The park is the home for wild elephants, wild boars, wild buffaloes, leopards, bears, deer and crocodiles. Large flocks of migratory and indigenous birds are also found here.
Overnight I Breakfast I Lunch I Dinner
Day 08: Yala – Kataragama –Mirissa or Weligama by surface [150 Kms. ± 5Hrs]
Today, transfer by surface to Mirissa (or Weligama), En roue visit Kataragama is been treated as a sacred village devoted for religiousactivities and visitKataragama Temple & The entire temple complexwasdeclared a holy place.
Continue drive to Mirissa, arrive & check in at Hotel
Afternoon at leisure on the beach.
Day at leisure on the beach.
Optional: Go Whale Watching Or Go Surfing.
(Whale watcing -One of the best whale watching tours in Mirissa, the Whale Watching Club is quite popular for their hospitality and being very knowledgeable of the marine life living in the Indian Ocean. It additionally offers a range of water activities that you can enjoy during your time in Mirissa. Surfing - Mirissa has great waves perfect for surfing. It has a point reef break which is ideal for intermediate surfing. The specialty about Mirissa is that its waves are hardly affected by onshore wind due to the point being located in between rocks and a hill)
Today, travel by road to Galle, En route visit Ahangama Village - A unique attraction in Sri Lanka is the sight of the stilt fishermen. Arrive Galle & check in at hotel.
Afternoon visit : Old Galle a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Galle Fort itselfisstill a living monument with a bustlingcommunitywithin the greatramparts, massive bastions, pepper pot towers, whilenarrowstreets display its Dutch heritagewithbeckoningpillaredverandas and fretworkfacades.
Walking aroundis best soyou can peepthroughfrangipanifilledcourtyards at houses, galleries or shops selling antiques, spices, pictures, nouveau-boule and hand-woven sarongs. Boutique hotels in Galle incongruouslycheek by jowlwith postage-stamp size cafes, soyou are never far from a perfectsun-downer.Ariyapalamask workshop and museum in Ambalangoda – Mask makers on the island.
Today, transfer by surface to Colombo,En-route visit Turtle Hatchery at Kosgoda “Kosgoda is famous for its turtle hatchery- operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1981 to protect Sri Lanka's turtles from extinction.
Arrival Colombo& take a drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens. Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street - the Goldsmith’s quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area, where is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749. Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha and Independence Square.
Shopping- visit Mlesna exquisite tea boutique, cashew nut shop, ready made garments and all sorts at Majestic City. Visit the Lanka Ceramics Centre, a place where you can buy “NORITAKE SET” or other ceramic items, visit the ‘ODEL SHOP’ at Lipton Place. Visit ’BAREFOOT’, ’HOUSE OF FASHION’ and 'BEVERLY STREET' – 24 hours shopping arcade (garments only) at Kollupitya.
Thereafter transfer to Airport to connect the departure flight.
WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE IN YOUR TOUR COST
- Accommodation for total 10 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
- All meals at Yala National park
- Transfers, sightseeing and excursions as per the program by air-conditioned Vehicle.
- English speaking Chauffeur guide as per program.
- All entrance fees to the monuments as mentioned in the program.
- Fishing Village Walking tour in Negombo.
- Boat ride on Dutch Canal in Negombo.
- Enjoy the Ayurveda massage at Spice Garden in Matale.
- Witness Kandyan Cultural Dance in Kandy.
- Scenic Railway journey from Nanu Oya to Ella on Observation Seat.
- Visit Yala National Park by 4 x 4 jeep Safari.
- Company representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
- All presently applicable taxes including the GST charges levied recently by the Government.
- Mineral water during sightseeing and excursion
TOUR COST WILL NOT INCLUDE FOLLOWING EXPENSES
- International Airfare / Departure taxes
- Visa fees
- Any new admission fees / taxes / fuel surcharges
- Meals not mentioned
- All personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, trip cancellation and personal insurance
- Early check-in/late check-out (except as noted)
- Camera/video fees at monuments
- Excess baggage fees
- Communication costs
- Any additional expenses due to unforeseen problems like natural disaster, war or strikes, cancellation or
- misconnection of flights or last-minute change of timings etc.
- Any other items not specified
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