Ultimate Sri Lanka
THE TOUR AT THE GLANCE
Beautiful beaches, green carpets of tea plantations, the heady flavours of Sri Lankan dishes, friendliness of its people and the blend of ancient and colonial history of this small island nation will leave you in awe.
Your boutique journey begins in the seaside town of Negombo, then venture north east into the Cultural Triangle, in the heart of Sri Lanka. Visit the World Heritage-listed gems of the sacred cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigirya ancient rock fortress and Dambulla cave temple. After a special two night stay in Kandy immerse yourself into the tea growing region around Nuwara Eliya and Hatton, including a scenic train ride through the rolling hills and plus enjoy wildlife safaris in Yala . Continue heading south to the World Heritage-listed city of Galle, staying in the heart of the 400-year-old fort. Enjoy relaxing strolls along the beach in Trincomalee & Hikkaduwa before ending your journey with a special stay in Colombo, encapsulating the former colonial essence in your stay in the nation’s capital.
EXPERIENCES AND VISITS IN THIS TOUR JOURNEY
Anuradhapura Ancient Kingdom-UNESCO World Heritage Site
-Mihintale Ancient Buddhist Monastery & meet Monks at Mihintale.
-Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawela
-Polonnaruwe Ancient Kingdom-UNESCO World Heritage Site
-Dambulle cave Temple -UNESCO World Heritage Site
-Sigirye Rock Fortress -UNESCO World Heritage Site
-Kanday Tooth Relic Temple
-Cultural Show in Kandy
-Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya
-Visit of Tea Factory & Tea Gardens
- Scenic Train Journey in Hill country
-Overnight stay at Panoramic Ella
-Wild Safari in Yala National Park
-Galle Dutch Fort- UNESCO World Heritage Site
-Turtle Hatchery at Kosgoda
-Capture the dying tradition of Stilt Fishing
-Trek past the World’s End at the Horton Plains
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Arrive Colombo-the capital of Sri Lanka, after completing immigration and custom formalities,
Meet with the local guide or Representative and transfer to Negombo, & arrive 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, early breakfast at hotel and drive to Anuradhapura
Enroute visit Keleniye Rajamaha Viharaye; one of the most sacred worshipping places of the Buddhists
Arrive and Check in at Hotel
In the afternoon you will visit Anuradhapura , is the first Capital of the glorious ancient Sinhalese civilization of Sri Lanka & the greatest monastic city of the world during 4th Century B.C.. Visit Monuments at Anuradhapura - including the Old stone bridge, Western monasteries, Asokaramaya, Alms Hall at Abayagiriya, the Museum, Royal Palace (old) Temple of the Tooth Relic, Vessagiriya caves, Sacred Bo Tree, Ruwanveliseya, Isurumuniya, Jetawanaramaya, Abhayagiriya and the Thuparama dagabas. Also visit Avukana Buddha Statue - Undoubtedly, the most magnificent undamaged ancient image in the island. This 5th Century statue, ascribed to King Dhatusena, is 46 feet high.
Today, Travel by road to Trincomalee, Enroute visit the Rock temple and Monastery & Meet with Monks (Mihintale there were 2,000 monks living on the mountain)
Day at leisure Or
Visit Trincomalee, is one of the largest and safest Natural Harbors in the World. It has sunny weather throughout the year, with white sandy beaches, calm, placid and warm waters. Trincomalee was a Buddhist Center known as "Gokanna" from very early times and later a Hindu Kovil was constructed at the site. Visit The Kanniya Hot Springs
Optional: Excursion Pigeon Island, Floating in the great blue 1km offshore, Pigeon Island, with its powdery white sands and glittering coral gardens, tantalises with possibilities.
Day at leisure on beach
Optional: Excursion for whale watching, enjoy with a score of whales and dolphins playing frolic in their natural habitat.
Today, travel by road to Polonnaruwa and visit the Cultural sites, another “World Heritage Site” was the Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th - 13th Centuries, contains some splendid and spectacular statues. Visit the Museum, Royal Place, Statue of King, Gal Viharaya Statue, Lankathilaka Temple, Thuparamaya and Shiva Devalaya
Continue, drive to Dambulla, arrive and check in to the hotel
In the afternoon visit Dambulla Cave Temple, a vast isolated rock mass 500 feet high and a mile around the base, here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century B.C. The caves of Dambulla sheltered King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura.
Today, excursion to visit Sigiriya and Minneriya National park.
Morning proceed to visit Minneriya National park by Jeep safari. The national park's faunal species include 24 species of mammals, 160 species of birds, 9 species of amphibians, 25 species of reptiles, 26 species of fish, and 75 species of butterflies. Large numbers of Sri Lankan elephants are attracted to grass fields on the edges of the reservoir during the dry season.
Afternoon Climb the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress (15 Kms from Dambulla)– is 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 with the enclosed are should not be missed.
Today, travel by road to Kandy by surface,en-route visit Organic herb and spice garden in Matale. Spice Garden “You will see many spice like Cinnamon, Cardamom, Pepper Creepers and all other spice trees, plants and creepers are planted for visitors to see them, Lunch in the Spice garden. Arrive Kandy and check in at Hotel.
In the afternoon you will visit Kandy a city that is 500m above sea level and a center of Buddhism religion. Visit the Gem Museum and Silk Garden and Handicraft .Walk to town to enjoy the beautiful colonial monuments and visit the Buddha – Tooth Relic Temple and enjoy a typical cultural show.
OIptional: Cooking demonstration followed by Lunch + Shoulder & Head Massage.
Today, travel by road to Kandy, enroute visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants. The number of elephants has increased to more than 40 now, including baby elephants brought from various parts, as well as the babies born, as a result of the captive breeding programme.
In the afternoon you will visit Peradeniya botanical garden - 147 acres in extent; Started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the Kings of Gampola and Kandy. There are more than 5,000 species of trees, plants and creepers. Some rare and endemic as well as flora from the tropical world are found in the gardens. Spice Garden and Orchid House are popular with tourists.
Today, travel by road to Nuwara Eliya, En 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
Early morning (picnic breakfast), a trekking tour in Horton Plains
Horton Plains National Park – 32 km from Nuwara Eliya via Ambewela and Pattipola, is the Horton Plains only 3160 hectares in extent. Known to Sri Lankans as Mahaeliya, it became Horton Plains after Sir Robert Horton, British Governor from 1831- 1837.Horton Plains became a Nature Reserve in 1969 and upgraded as a National Park in 1988 due to its unique watershed and bio-diversity values of the “Cloud Forest Reserve”.
Transfer to Railway station to board and enjoy a scenic train journey from Nanu oya to Ella.. Upon arrival meet & visit Ella Gap - 06 miles from Bandarawela on the Bandarawela - Wellawaya road is the Ella gap with a view of the Kataragama range of mountains at the distance. The Patna grasslands, Ravana Ella waterfalls (1080 ft. high) and Randeniwela monument could be seen on this route.
Today, transfer to Yala National park, Enroute visit the Buduruwagala temple is a complex of 7 statues carved in the rock and dates back to the 10th century. Arrive Yala and check in at Hotel
In the afternoon you will visit Yala National Park by 4 x 4 jeep Safari, Yala (Ruhuna) National Park - the Ruhunu National Park covers 126,786 hectares including the Strict Natural Reserve (Block II). The most familiar is Block I (14,101 hectares) and this block was established in 1938. Yala is famous for its big herds and large number of Elephants, Leopards, Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Crocodiles, Mongoose, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, and many other animals. More than 130 bird species are recorded which includes the resident and winter visitors.
Today, travel by road to Hikkaduwa, enroute visit Tissamarama: visit the ancient town is, since it is at the crossroads of being that unique rustic charm and a major cultural hotspot in the country, since it is home to monuments in the form of stupas or ‘dagobas’ that tell an intriguing story of the beginnings of Buddhism in the country, namely the Sandagiri Dagoba, Yatala Dagoba and the Tissamaharama Raja Maha Viharaya.
Enroute visit Afterwards visit and dusk photoshoot Stilt Fishermen-is one of the most interesting traditional fishing methods of Sri Lanka. This mode of fishing was more widely used all along the coast. The beautiful sight of fishermen perched branched poles as they fish skillfully during dawn, noon and dusk; can now be commonly along the southern coast in towns such as Koggala, Kaththaluwa and Ahangama. Occasional stilt fishermen can also be seen amongst the waters of Madu River, etc. Arrive Hikkaduwa and check in at Hotel.
Day excursión to visit Galle (20 Kms)- Sri Lanka’s most historically interesting town is Galle. It was a major port until about 100 years, Walk around the lighthouse and harbor or visit the old town where you can see the traditional lace makers and wood carvers and purchase some the finest souvenirs. The Dutch Fort - The South Coast’s major city is Galle, whose oldest landmark is the massive Portuguese and Dutch Fort, which is a “World Heritage Site” in which the central city is contained.
Day excursión to visit Balapitiya : Experience an enjoyable boat ride in the Madu River, Discover the art of carving a wooden mask at the Ambalangoda Mask Museum, Snorkel your way to the coral sanctuary and spot the marine life. You may visit Buddhist forest monastery Dodanduwa Polgasduwa Temple.
Afternoon relax on beach
Today, travel by road to Colombo, En-route visit the Turtle Hatchery at Kosgoda- Where you can see five species of turtles-Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas), Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricate), Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta), Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) and Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) The eggs collected by the Villagers and Fishermen are purchased by the Kosgoda Hatchery and kept in sandy pens until they are hatched. This Hatchery alone has released more than 1,750,000 young turtles to the sea. Arrive Colombo & check in.
Proceed for Colombo city tour visiting the Gangarama Temple, Old Parliament, Viharamahadevi Park, National Museum and Galle Face Green, 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. The historic Dawatagaha Mosque and the former Eye Hospital are two buildings in Cinnamon Gardens worth looking at. Free time for shopping activities / Tuk tuk ride in Colombo.
Transfer to airport to board international for onward flight
WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE IN YOUR TOUR COST
- Accommodation for total 14 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.
- Jeep safari to visit Minneriya National Park
- Witness Kandyan Cultural Dance in Kandy.
- Enjoy the Ayurveda massage at Spice Garden in Matale.
- Trek to the Horton Plains National Park
- Scenic Railway journey from Nanu Oya to Ella on Observation Seat.
- Visit & Yala National Park by 4 x 4 jeep Safari.
- Boat ride on madu River at Balapitiya
- 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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