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Explore Sri Lanka

  • Duration: 13 Days
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: FJNESL/208466
  • Starts: Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Finishes: Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Itinerary

01

Day 1

Ayubowan - you have arrived! Welcome to Sri Lanka! Your guide will welcome you at the airport.
Arrival and proceed to Negombo.
Negombo, a perfect choice to spend a few days in the company of the sun and sand. The diverse array of restaurants, pubs and accommodation choices this metropolis offer is a perfect reflection of this beach-town’s exultant vibe.
Check in at the Hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure.
Overnight stay at Paradise Beach Hotel, Negombo

02

Day 2

Commence your journey through this amazing island!
If interested, early morning visit the Fish Market and return to the hotel for breakfast.
In the morning venture out on a tour of Negombo. Negombo is one of Sri Lanka’s busiest fishing centers and is also famous for coconut products, cinnamon, ceramics and brassware. The beauty is found on the beaches and around the lagoons, where colorful fishing boats lie on the blue water against a backdrop of palm trees and blue sky. Dutch Canal which was then a supply route to the Dutch administration, old churches and fishing villagers is still being used and is an attraction for those who want to see the country from a different perspective.
Stop at a Pineapple-Plantation and have your first experience with this delicious tropical fruit. Sri Lanka is well known for its sweet pineapples.
Arrive in the cultural triangle and discover the Dambulla Rock Cave Temple dated from the first century BC.
Dambulla Cave temple, a complex that lies atop a massive hill on the edge of the town is one of the eight UNESCO world heritage sites in the country and is renowned for its unique sculptures and the largest mural paintings.
Overnight at Hotel Sigiriya – Standard Room.
Meals included:
Breakfast

03

Day 3

After breakfast proceed to visit Polonnaruwa.
Polonnaruwa, enthrals its visitors with a timeless reflection of the country’s glorious history. Once the site of Sri Lanka’s second medieval capital, the quaint landscapes studded with sites of archaeological importance are all well-preserved.
OPTIONALADD ONS PAYABLE DIRECTLY: ? It’s time to bring out the moves in you! Meet your dance guru for the day – Miss Sachini a traditional folklore dancing teacher from a village School in Habarana. Folklore dancing is of significance to Sri Lankan “Sinhala” Culture which has a profound connection to Buddhism and Society. The origin of folklore dancing goes way back in time to the indigenous people of Sri Lanka. According to historical records, the tribal people - Yakkas were fond of Music and Dance. It’s a combination of graceful to vigorous body movements swaying in complex rhythms of the thumping drum beat. (Aprx. USD 25/- per person)
? In the evening take a turn in your liking of Adventure and make it double the excitement with a Night Safari! It’s the best time to spot the magnificent animals as they wander about in the night. Make sure to be well geared with your night vision cameras however, don’t forget to be silent in order not to scare the creatures away. If you’re lucky enough you will encounter the endangered species, “The Magnificent Elephant” as the ‘cherry on top of the cake’. To top the night off with more spice, your guide will take you to a nearby boutique to have a meaty snack -“Bonnet Chicken”, a dish named after a “wild” incident that occurred of an elephant attacking the “bonnet” of a jeep that was cruising on safari. This would certainly give you a pump for the next day’s activities! (Aprx. USD 25/- per person – Important note best season is between May – October every year)
Overnight at Hotel Sigiriya – Standard Room.
Meals included:
Breakfast

04

Day 4

After an early breakfast drive to Hiriwaduna - a village that lies sprawled around a reservoir located off the main Habarana road.
On arrival begin an exciting trek - Begin your trek along a shaded, gravel path that leads on to the bund of the reservoir, which is a stunning mixture of contrasts. The ashen trunks of long dead trees rise up starkly against the lush, green vegetation of the wetlands in the background, their skeletal shapes the perfect spots for roosting egrets. Thereafter, cross the overspill and make your way towards the sandy embankment, which is your pick up point for an easy crossing by "Oruwa".
Reach the far shore and then make your way along a narrow, shady path that cuts through a banana plantation until you reach a clearing in which stands a house of wattle and daub, the home of a chena farmer and his family. Enjoy a cool, sweet drink of king coconut before you begin the next phase of your trek, which will lead you through vegetable plots and to a scrub forest, where a waiting bullock cart will transport you through jungle and passed paddy fields to your next destination.
A traditional Rich and Curry lunch on a paddy field will be the theme, similar to how a farmer would enjoy his daily meals.
Return to the hotel and relax.
Climb to the top of the UN World Heritage Site of Sigiriya at 4pm. An ancient rock fortress from the 5th Century. Amazing views of the Cultural Triangle!
Overnight stay at Kassapa Lions rock

05

Day 5

After breakfast proceed to Kandy.
OPTIONALADD ONS PAYABLE DIRECTLY: In the morning visit the Pindurangala Monastery, located in close proximity to the wondrous Sigiriya rock fortress, Pindurangala was once a royal temple that sheltered some 500 monks, operating under the patronage of medieval King Kashyapa - the ruler of Sigiriya. (Aprx. USD 5/- per person)
Arrive into the last stronghold of Sinhala Kings & UN World Heritage Site – the Hill Country capital of Kandy.
Wander around the lake and the streets of Kandy getting a feel for this wonderful city.
Explore the city’s Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
Early evening enjoy a superb performance of Kandyan dancing and drumming.
Overnight at Topaz Hotel – Standard Room.
Meals included:
Breakfast

06

Day 6

Experience the touch and feel of the “Beraya” (The Drums) and learn to play a beat or two from a senior individual named “Nandasena Aiya” who has a wealth of practice with the historic instrument. Being clad in rather elaborative traditional costume and accessories would certainly mesmerize you with the color splash of the local Culture! Ancient sources reveal that drums were used for special occasions from the time of birth until death. Later used for communication, pleasure and rituals, these traditional drums have become an integral part of Buddhist Temples, Processions and Culture in Sri Lanka and especially in Kandy.
Later meet “Ganga akka”, a villager who will take you through an interactive cooking session of the scrumptious local dish called “Pittu”. This is mixed rice flour and coconut scrape fed in to a metal cylinder, steamed and taken for consumption. The preparation for this is an art itself which would highlight the attention to detail by these villagers to get the correct texture of a dish. Top it up with some hot gravy, boiled coconut milk and “Lunu Miris” and you’re good to gobble up!
OPTIONALADD ONS PAYABLE DIRECTLY: Ride along the streets of Kandy, accompanied by “Race” a former cyclist from the village, who knows all the nooks and crannies of the locality like the back of his palm. Start from a pre-designated location and ride along outskirts of Kandy. Let the gentle breeze embrace you and the lovely landscapes of the mountain terrains entice you as you cycle through the village passing local households. En-route take a stop at a local house and enjoy the village hospitality. Stop by a small street vendor for a king coconut drink, locally known as “thambili”. (USD 50/- per person)
Overnight at Topaz Hotel – Standard Room.
Meals included:
Breakfast

07

Day 7

Rug up today you head to cooler climbs - 6500ft.
See how Ceylon tea is made and gain an insight into becoming a discerning tea taster on a Tea Factory tour. Learn the art of plucking the legendary two leaves and a bud. It is not as easy as it looks yet it is great fun!
OPTIONALADD ONS PAYABLE DIRECTLY: Train journeys in Sri Lanka are simply amazing. Take the most magical train journey through Sri Lanka’s tea country. A fabulous way to see Sri Lanka’s hill villages, tea country and see the daily lives of the local people. Your driver will take your luggage and meet you at the other. It’s hassle free!
(Tickets will have to be purchased and paid for directly at the train station on the date of travel and strictly upon availability) - (Aprx. USD 15/- per person)
Overnight stay at Heaven Seven Hotel, Nuwara Eliya.

08

Day 8

After breakfast proceed to Hikkaduwa.
Stop in Kitulgala, the breathtaking scenery here was used for the filming of the Oscar-winning classic “The Bridge over the River Kwai” by David Lean.
The sleepy riverside village of Kitulgala owes its popularity to the Kelani River which offers exciting Grade 3 and 4 rapids for rafting (optional USD 15/- per person payable directly for rafting activities)
Relax and enjoy a nice lunch after this excitement before you continue your journey.
Arrive at Hikkaduwa. Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka’s most popular beach front located 98 km from Colombo. Its close proximity to the capital, range of affordable accommodation choices and the exciting night-life has contributed to its growing popularity.
Overnight at Coral Sands Hotel – Standard Room.
Meals included:
Breakfast

09

Day 9-12

It’s time to relax and chill after all it’s your holiday.
Grab a sun bed, a good book and feel the warm tropical breeze of the Indian ocean
Overnight stay at Coral Sands Hotel, Hikkaduwa.
Meals included:
Breakfast

10

Day 13

It’s time to leave the isle of Serendipity!
Up, up and away!

Inclusions:
    • Accommodation at hotels mentioned or similar in category
    • Meals on Bed and Breakfast basis for total of 12 nights
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • The service of an experienced English speaking chauffeur guide
    • Entrance fees to Dambulla Cave Temples, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Temple of Tooth and - Royal Botanical Gardens
    • Government Tax and Service Charge
    • 24 hours Customer Service
    Accommodation

      - Paradise Beach Hotel
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      Paradise Beach Hotel invites you to a memorable holiday. Located directly on the beach, with 66 air conditioned rooms along with a Swimming Pool, Restaurant and a Bar, guaranteeing the best in vacation and relaxation experience.
      - Kassapa Lions rock
      An ideally located hotel situated facing the magnificent Sigiriya rock in the midst of a small village named Digampathaha. It is located just 20 minutes from the beautiful and ever famous town of Dambulla.
      “Kassapa Lions Rock” is an ideal base from which you can explore the many picturesque sites famous for its historic and cultural importance, such as Anurahapura, PoIonnaruwa, SigIriya, Dambulla and Ritigala.
      - Topaz Hotel
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      Hotel Topaz was built in 1976 and fashioned after a much loved gem stone found in Sri Lanka. Considering its situation in the hill capital of Kandy, the last royal stronghold in the country, Hotel Topaz is considered the jewel in the crown of Kandy.
      The short distance away from the city centre itself, lends the hotel and its guests maximum accessibility no matter what the choice of activity is. However Hotel Topaz offers guests a tranquil setting and the option of exploring the city’s rich heritage in style and comfort.
      - Heaven Seven Hotel
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      Standing on the balcony of the Heaven Seven hotel, firstly you will be greeted and calmed by the gentle breeze in Nuwara Eliya. Secondly the alluring fragrance of the multi hued blossoms will take control of your lungs. Thirdly the grand stand view of the Race Course and the breathtaking view of the City of Nuwara Eliya will definitely mesmerise you.
      - Coral Sands Hikkaduwa
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      Located on the pristine beaches of Hikkaduwa, Coral Sands Hotel offers you an unmatched stretch of beach, with snorkeling, scuba diving, and a plethora of varieties of tropical fish at your fingertips. Watch the sunset from your balcony as the sound of the paradise comes alive as the sound of the tide crashes against the sand. Experience the wonder of the reef, along with the turtles that frequent the shore every morning.
      Relax on one of the four private decks or on the lawn that stretches from one end of the hotel to another, or enjoy the themed entertainment and variety of cocktails at the bar. Coral Sands offers you the best of all worlds, with a vibrant, yet relaxing holiday in paradise. We`ll see you soon.
      All hotels have a supplement over the Christmas and New Year period

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Tour Highlights:
    • Discover Negombo, the Dambulla Caves Rock Temple and explore Polonnaruwa a UN World Heritage Site and was the Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th - 13th Centuries. Drive to Hiriwaduna for an exciting trek!
    • Climb to the top of the UN World Heritage Site of Sigiriya, withn Amazing views of the Cultural Triangle!
    • Visit an exotic Spice Garden in Matale where you can be treated to a garden tour to understand the taste and aroma of the world famous spices.
    • Wander around the lake and the streets of Kandy getting a feel for this wonderful city.
    • See how Ceylon tea is made. Stop in Kitulgala, the breathtaking scenery here was used for the filming of the Oscar-winning classic “The Bridge over the River Kwai” by David Lean.
    • It’s time to relax and chill after all it’s your holiday. Grab a sun bed, a good book and feel the warm tropical breeze of the Indian ocean.