Discover the Culture & Heritage

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • 1 Night in Negombo
  • 2 Nights in Yala
  • 2 Nights in Nuwara Eliya
  • 1 Nights in Kandy
  • 2 Nights in Sigiriya
  • 5 Nights in East Coast Beach – Trincomalee
  • 1 Night in Colombo

                             


TOUR  ITINERARY

 

DAY 1: WE SHALL WELCOME THE GUESTS FROM BANDARANAYKE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. WILL BE GOING TO NEGOMBO FOR RELAXATION AFTER THE ARRIVAL.

Negombo- A picturesque West Coast, Negombo has grown up around fishing village of distinctive charm and character. One of the leading sights here is the ‘Catamaran’ fishing fleet coming home, as well as age old techniques of long net and lagoon fishing; one of Sri Lanka’s few predominately Roman Catholic areas, Negombo is an enduring relic of Portuguese colonialism of the 16th & 17th centuries.

The Negombo Fort originally built by the Portuguese was later occupied by the Dutch who claimed it as their stronghold. This historical monument was thereafter used by the British as a jail, which it still is, to date.

Other things you can to do in Negombo, go to the Mangrove Park near Negombo Lagoon, explore Angurukaramulla Temple and Anawilundawa Bird sanctuary, whilst take a boat ride in the Hamilton Canal (Dutch Canal).

 

OVERNIGHT STAY AT NEGOMBO.


DAY 2:  AFTER BREAKFAST WILL BE GOING YALA, TO EXPERIENCE THE WILD LIFE.

Yala- Yala combines a strict nature reserve with a national park and is the second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Divided into 5 blocks, the Yala Nature Park has a protected area of nearly 130,000 hectares of land consisting of light forests, scrubs, grasslands, tanks and lagoons. Two blocks are currently opened to the public.

Situated in Sri Lanka’s south-east hugging the panoramic Indian Ocean, Yala was designated a wildlife sanctuary for animals in 1900 and was designated a national park in 1938.

Ironically, the park was initially used as a hunting ground for the elite under British rule. Yala is home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. Among its more famous residents are the world’s biggest concentration of leopards, majestic elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks, and crocodiles.

OVERNIGHT AT YALA.


DAY 3:  RELAXING IN THE HOTEL.

OVERNIGHT AT YALA.


DAY 4:  AFTER BREAKFAST WILL BE GOING NUWARA ELIYA. 

Nuwara Eliya- The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coldest places on the island, but is really just like an England spring day although the temperature does drop at night.

All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence. Houses are like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions. To know more about Ceylon Tea, you must visit a Sri Lanka Tea Factory or Tea Processing Center. There are hundreds of Tea factories in the Central Highlands, the Uva region and in the Southern parts of Sri Lanka. Some of these factories are situated in breathtakingly beautiful landscape, surrounded by indeed serene green gardens of tea.

A casual tourist to this island cannot call his visit complete, if he does not pay a visit to this place. Visitors to any of these Centers are normally treated with typical Sri Lankan courtesy and normal given an educative, guided tour on the various stages of tea manufacturing process.

 

OVERNIGHT AT NUWARA ELIYA.


DAY 5:  AFTER BREAKFAST WILL BE DOING A CITY TOUR IN NUWARA ELIYA.

Activity

  • Village Walking
  • Highland Farm
  • Seetha Amman Temple

 

OVERNIGHT AT NUWARA ELIYA.


DAY 6:  AFTER BREAKFAST WILL BE GOING TO KANDY TO EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY.

Kandy- The impressive city of Kandy is located in the central mountains of Sri Lanka and has about 110,000 inhabitants. In Kandy visit a gemstone, a typical hand-held operation.

The landmark of the city is the famous Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa), which supposedly is the upper left canine tooth of the Buddha. . The last highlight of the day is the cultural dance show of Kandyan dancers.

Activity:

• Temple Tooth
• Cultural Dance
• City Tour
• Village Walking
• Gem Lapidary
• Spice Garden
• City Tour
• Tea Estates

 

OVERNIGHT AT KANDY.


DAY 7: AFTER BREAKFAST WILL BE GOING TO SIGIRIYA VIA PINNAWALA.

Pinnawala- Pinnawala elephant orphanage is situated northwest of the town Kegalla, halfway between the present capital Colombo and the ancient royal residence Kandy in the hills of central Sri Lanka. It was established 1975 by the Sri Lanka Wildlife department.

This 24 acres large elephant orphanage is also a breeding place for elephants, twenty elephants were born since 1984, and it has the greatest herd of elephants in captivity in the world.

Elephant numbers:
•1975: 5 baby elephants
•1978: 12 elephants, of those 5 babies.
•1997: 56 elephants, and in
•1998: 63 elephants
•2000 70 elephants,
•2003 65 elephants,

Pinnawala Activities: 
• Elephant Bathing
• Fruits Feeding
• Milk Feeding.

Sigiriya- Environment around the Sigiriya may have been inhabited since prehistoric times. There is clear evidence that the many rock shelters and caves in the vicinity were occupied by Buddhist monks and ascetics from as early as the 3rd century BCE.

In 477 CE, Kashyapa, the king’s son by a non-royal consort, seized the throne from King Dhatusena, following a coup assisted by Migara, the king’s nephew and army commander. The rightful heir, Moggallana, fearing for his life fled to South India. Fearing an attack from Moggallana, Kashyapa moved the capital and his residence from the traditional capital of Anuradhapura to the more secure Sigiriya.

Sigiriya is also called the “Lion’s Rock” and halfway up the Sigiriya rock climb, an open-air spiral stairway leads to a long, sheltered gallery in the sheer rock face. The paintings of the maidens are either believed to be apsaras (celestial nymphs) or King Kasyapa’s concubines, the frescoes remain in remarkably good condition in the present.

Sigiriya are considered one of the most important urban planning sites of the first millennium, and the site plan is considered very elaborate and imaginative. The Sigiriya’s plan combined concepts of symmetry and asymmetry to intentionally interlock the man-made geometrical and natural forms of the surroundings.

 

OVERNIGHT AT SIGIRIYA.


DAY 8: AFTER BREAKFAST WILL BE DOING A CITY TOUR IN CULTURAL TRIANGLE AREA.

Dambulla- The area is thought to be inhabited from as early as the 7th to 3rd century BC. Statues and paintings in these caves date back to the 1st century BC. But the paintings and statues were repaired and repainted in the 11th, 12th, and 18th century AD.

The caves in the city provided refuge to King Valagamba (also called Vattagamini Abhaya) in his 14 yearlong exile from the Anuradhapura kingdom. Buddhist monks meditating in the caves of Dambulla at that time provided the exiled king protection from his enemies.

When King Valagamba returned to the throne at Anuradhapura kingdom in the 1st century BC, he had a magnificent rock temple built at Dambulla in gratitude to the monks in Dambulla.

 

Polonnaruwa- In the afternoon we will visit some historical places in Polonnaruwa, show you the UNESCO World Heritage list, the capital, from the 11th to the 13th century, the country’s capital and seat of the king. Drive past numerous rice fields in the northern central province to Polonnaruwa.

The kingdom of Polonnaruwa was a city from the 11th to the 13th century, capital of the island and is the second oldest kingdom of Sri Lanka. Featured here is the statue of the city founder Parakrama Bahu I, Tivanka with many impressive frescoes, the “holy square” with the dome Thuparama and the reliquary Vatadage, the Statue Home Lankathilake, the White Dagoba Kiri Vehara and the rock temples Gal Vihare.

Admire the statues of Buddha carved out of rock – two seated in a meditating posture, a standing figure with arms crossed and a 14-meter long reclining Buddha at the entrance to nirvana. A true masterpiece of the former stonemasons.

 

 

OVERNIGHT AT SIGIRIYA


DAY 9: AFTER BREAKFAST WILL BE GOING TO THE EAST PART OF SRI LANKA.

Galle- Galle is a major city and one of the major points of interest in Sri Lanka, situated on the southwestern tip of Sri Lanka, 119 km from Colombo. Galle is the administrative capital of Southern Province, Sri Lanka and is the district capital of Galle District. Galle is the fourth largest city in Sri Lanka after the capital Colombo, Kandy and Jaffna.

Galle was known as Gimhathiththa (although Ibn Batuta in the 14th century refers to it as Qali before the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century, when it was the main port on the island. Galle reached the height of its development in the 18th century, during the Dutch colonial period. Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by the Portuguese in South and Southeast Asia, showing the interaction between Portuguese architectural styles and native traditions.

Important natural geographical features in Galle include Rumassala in Unawatuna, a large mound-like hill, which forms the eastern protective barrier to the Galle harbor. Local tradition associates this hill with some events of Ramayana, one of the great Hindu epics.

Onshore of Galle you will find the Galle Lighthouse, also known as the, “Pointe de Galle Light” which is fortified within the walls of Galle Fort. It is also Sri Lanka’s oldest light station dating back to 1848.

 

Bentota- Bentota is located 64km south of Colombo in the South-western coastal belt of Sri Lanka. CMB Colombo Bandaranayke Airport at Katuanyake, Negombo being 37km north of the heart of city of Colombo, Bentota is 101km south of the airport.

Bentota can be reached by Colombo-Galle main road (A2) as well as by Colombo-Galle-Matara Southern Railway line. While the railway line from Negombo to Colombo mostly runs through the inland the continuation of the track from Colombo to Matera passing Bentota, in most of the stretch, hugs the southern coast studded with pristine, palm fringed, tropical beaches and with the assembly of luxury hotels, facilities and amenities for foreign tourism, Bentota is the perfect location for Water sport enthusiasts.

 

CLIENTS WILL HAVE 5 NIGHTS STAY IN SOUTH COAST! (FROM THE DAY 9 – DAY 13)


DAY 14:  AFTER BREAKFAST DRIVER PICK YOU’LL FROM SOUTH TO COLOMBO TO ENJOY THE CITY LIFE.

Colombo- Colombo is the largest city of Sri Lanka, with a population of 5.6 million, in the city limits. It is located on the west coast of the island and adjacent to Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte (which is the official capital of Sri Lanka) suburb or the parliament capital of Sri Lanka.

Colombo is also the administrative capital of Western Province, Sri Lanka and the district capital of Colombo District. Colombo is often referred to as the capital since Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte is a satellite city of Colombo. Colombo is a busy and vibrant place with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins it was the political capital of Sri Lanka, before Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte.

Colombo is one of Sri Lanka’s points of interest, like the other developing cities in Asia, it is changing at a fast pace. There is many exciting things to do here in Colombo, visit shopping complexes such as Odel, Barefoot, Crescat Boulevard, House of Fashion.

OVERNIGHT AT COLOMBO.


DAY 15:  AFTER BREAKFAST DRIVER PICK YOU’LL FROM HOTEL TO AIRPORT.

(DEPARTURE)

 

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