Tour overview

Programme - Colombo Airport > Negombo > Hikkaduwa > Unawatuna > Mirissa > Yala > Ella > Kandy >Habarana / Sigiriya / Dambulla > Polannaruwa > Sigiriya > Trincomalee > Negombo > Negombo or Colombo Airport

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Day 1 : Meet the driver at the Airport and stay in Negombo or Katunayaka.

Day 2

  • Visit Hikkaduwa - Hikkaduwa is known for strong surf and beaches. The shallow waters opposite Hikkaduwa Beach shelter the Hikkaduwa National Park, which is a coral sanctuary and home to marine turtles and exotic fish.

Night stay in Unawatuna

Day 3

  • Visit Unawatuna - Nestled in nearby jungle, the Japanese Peace Pagoda has a stupa with ocean views. The Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery south of town protects endangered species.
  • Visit Galle - Galle is a city on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. It’s known for Galle Fort, the fortified old city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century. Stone sea walls, expanded by the Dutch, encircle car-free streets with architecture reflecting Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. Notable buildings include the 18th-century Dutch Reformed Church. Galle Lighthouse stands on the fort’s southeast tip.

Night stay in Unawatuna

Day 4

  • Mirissa - Mirissa's beach and nightlife make it a popular tourist destination. It is also a fishing port and one of the island's main whale and dolphin watching locations.
  • Drive to Tissamaharama - It used to be the capital of the Sinhalese Kingdom of Ruhuna as early as the 3rd century B.C.There are five main lakes in the vicinity of Tissamaharama: Tissa Wewa; Yoda Wewa; Weerawila Wewa; Pannegamuwa Wewa; and Debarawewa Wewa. The town mainly serves as a starting point for visits to Yala National Park and Kataragama.

Night stay in Tissamaharama

Day 5 : Drive to do the safari in Yala National Park

  • Yala half day / full day safari - Yala National Park is a huge area of forest, grassland and lagoons bordering the Indian Ocean, in southeast Sri Lanka. It’s home to wildlife such as leopards, elephants and crocodiles, as well as hundreds of bird species

Night stay in Tissamaharama

Day 6

  • Drive to Ella . On the route visit Buduruwagala temple - Buduruwagala is an ancient buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. The complex consists of seven statues and belongs to the Mahayana school of thought. The statues date back to the 10th century.
  • Ravana Ella falls - This waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft) in height and cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. The falls have been named after the legendary king Ravana, which is connected to the famous Indian epic, the Ramayana
  • Ravana Ella Cave - The famous Ravana Ella Cave lies 1,370 m (4,490 ft) above sea level on the foundation of a cliff.

Night stay in Ella

Day 7 : Visit Ella

  • Optional Ella rock - Popular hike offering dramatic views from the mountain's peak, a notable place to watch the sunrise.
  • Nine arch bridge - The Nine Arch Bridge also called the Bridge in the Sky.It is one of the best examples of colonial-era railway construction in the country. The construction of the bridge is generally attributed to a local Ceylonese builder, P. K. Appuhami, in consultation with British engineers.
  • Optional Little adam’s peak - Little Adam’s Peak is the perfect trek, especially for an unforgettable sunset.

Night stay in Ella

Day 8

  • Optional Morning Ella to Nanuoya by Train - The train ride is supposed to be one of the most scenic and beautiful journeys in the world.
  • Victoria park in Nuwaraeliya - Originally the park was the research field of Hakgala Botanical Garden. The park was formally named in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.
  • Tea Plantation - Sri Lanka is the world's fourth-largest producer of tea. The humidity, cool temperatures, and rainfall of the country's central highlands provide a climate that favors the production of high-quality tea. The industry was introduced to the country in 1867 by James Taylor a British planter who arrived in 1852.Tea planting under smallholder conditions has become popular in the 1970s.
  • Ramboda falls - It’s 109 m (358 ft) high and 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 729th highest waterfall in the world. Altitude of the falls is 945 m (3,100 ft) above sea level.

Night stay in Kandy

Day 9 : Do the city tour in Kandy

  • Temple of the Tooth - Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple, located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha.
  • Kandy lake - Kandy Lake, also known as Kiri Muhuda or the Sea of Milk, is an artificial lake built in 1807 by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe next to the Temple of the Tooth. Over the years, it was reduced in size. It is a protected lake, with fishing banned
  • Kandy view point - it is an absolutely breathtaking spot which gives a high angle view of the magnificent city.
  • National Museum of Kandy - It’s located next to the Temple of the Tooth in part of the former Royal Palace of Kandy. The primary exhibits are housed in the Palle Vahala building, which was the former home of the King's harem. A secondary exhibition is located in the main palace building
  • Visit the Kandy Batik Factory - Visiting a Kandy batik factory is a great opportunity to discover this intricate technique.
  • Optional Udawatta kele sentury - Udawatta Kele, is a historic forest reserve on a hill-ridge. It is 104 hectares large. During the days of the Kandyan kingdom, Udawattakele was known as "Uda Wasala Watta" in Sinhalese meaning "the garden above the royal palace"
  • Attend to the cultural Show in Kandy - The Kandy Lake Club Cultural Dance Show is a stimulating Sri Lankan Arts, Dance & Cultural Heritage Show that is a must see for any visitor who visits the historic city of Kandy. The Kandy Lake Club Dance started in 1982 with the view of having a cultural dance performance bringing together all Srilankan dance types to one platform.

Night stay in Kandy

Day 10 : Drive to Habarana / Sigiriya / Dambulla

  • On the way to Habarana visit Dambulla cave - Dambulla cave temple or Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka. Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka
  • Nalanda gidige – Nalanda Gedige is an ancient complete stone. The building was constructed in between 8th and 10th centuries with dravidian architecture inand is believed to have been used by Buddhists
  • Matale spice garden - Visit a spice garden in Matale to see many different types of spices Sri Lanka is famous for.
  • Matale Hindu Temple - The prefix “Muthu”, literally means “pearl”. "Mari" means rain and "Amman" means mother. The temple is dedicated to Mariamman, the goddess of rain and fertility.

Night stay in Habarana / Sigiriya / Dambulla

Day 11

  • Visit Polannaruwa city - Poḷonnaruwa is the main town of Polonnaruwa District in North Central Province, Sri Lanka. Polonnaruwa remains as the royal ancient city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa.
  • Visit Minneriya National Park - Minneriya area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938.The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is of historical importance, having been built by King Mahasen in third century AD. The park is a dry season feeding ground for the elephant population dwelling in forests of Matale, Polonnaruwa, and Trincomalee districts.

Night stay in Habarana / Sigiriya / Dambulla

Day 12

  • Visit Sigiriya rock Forest - Sigiriya or Sinhagiri is an ancient rock fortress.The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters high.According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion.

Night stay in Trincomalee

Day 13

  • Visit Koneswaram temple - Thirukonamalai Konesar Temple – The Temple of the Thousand Pillars and Dakshina-Then Kailasam is a classical-medieval Hindu temple complex in Trincomalee.It was built significantly during the reign of the early Cholas and the Five Dravidians of the Early Pandyan Kingdom atop Konesar Malai.

  • Fort Frederick - Also known as Trincomalee Fort or Fort of Triquillimale, is a fort built by the Portuguese at Trincomalee, Eastern Province, Sri Lanka, completed in 1624 CE, built on Swami Rock-Konamamalai from the debris of the world famous ancient Hindu Koneswaram temple.

Night stay in Trincomalee

Day 14

  • Optional Trincomalee Pigeon Island - The national park is situated 1 km off the coast of Nilaveli, a coastal town in Eastern Province, encompassing a total area of 471.429 hectares. The island's name derives from the rock pigeon which has colonized it. The national park contains some of the best remaining coral reefs of Sri Lanka.[1]Pigeon Island was designated as a sanctuary in 1963. In 2003 it was redesignated as a national park. This national park is the 17th in Sri Lanka. The island was used as a shooting range during the colonial era

  • Or take the rest in Beach side

Night stay in Trincomalee

Day 15 : Trincomalee to Negombo

  • Drive to Negombo - Negombo is the fifth-most-populous city in Sri Lanka. Near the waterfront, the remains of the 17th-century Dutch Fort now house a prison. Negombo Lagoon, lined with fishermen’s huts, feeds into the Dutch-era Hamilton Canal. The canal leads south to Colombo.

Night stay in Negombo

Day 16 : Relax at the Negombo beach

  • Shopping / Colombo city tour is Optional – Places to Visited: Galle Face, Petah Bazaar, Town Hall, BMICH, Colombo Museum Independence square, Jami Ul Alfar Jumma Mosque , Hindu Temple, Buddhist Temple , Wolfendhal Dutch Church, Hulfts dorp Law Courts ,

Departure from Srilanka
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