Sri Lanka 17 Day Tour

From just $2,500 per person (not including airfares) or from $3,715 with airfares.

Day 01, Arrive Colombo  – Negombo

Upon your arrival in Colombo airport you will be met and assisted by tour co-ordinator in the arrival lounge followed by an assisted transfer to your hotel in Colombo.

Day 02, Negombo

Day is free at leisure to explore the city. (No transportation or guide services provided_. (B)

Day 03, Negombo – Anuradhapura – Habarana

After breakfast travel to Anuradhapura the ancient capital of Sri Lanka from 05th century BC to the end of the 10th century AD and was the most celebrated of Sri Lanka’s ancient ruined cities. The city’s greatest treasure are its dagobas constructed of bricks and are hemispherical in shape. The most notable of these dagobas are the Ruvanveliseya dating back to the 2nd Century B.C. and is 300 feet in diameter, the Jetawanarama is 370 feet and the Thuparama Dagoba is enshrined with the collarbone of the Buddha.

The city’s most renowned relic is the sacred Bo Tree, “Sri Mahabodhi” which is said to have grown from a branch of the tree under which the Buddha gained Enlightenment. It was planted 2250 years ago and is the oldest historically authenticated tree in the world. After that travel to Habarana for overnight stay. (B)

Day 04, Wildlife & Polonnaruwa

After breakfast enjoy a visit to Polonnaruwa, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka. As of today the city remains as one of the best planned archaeological relic sites it the country, a standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the Kingdom’s first rulers. It is now declared a World Heritage site by the UNESCO.

Afternoon proceed for a wildlife safari at Minneriya National Park. The Park is based largely around a huge tank (reservoir) and serves as an important gathering place for Sri Lanka’s large elephant population. Besides elephants, Minneriya is also home to many species of mammals; like the deer, sambur and sloth bear. Enjoy Habarana lake excursion in the evening with local fish man. (B)

Day 05, Chena Village experience

After breakfast at hotel transfer to a point off the main road where you begin this amazing experience. Hiriwaduna is an archetypal Sri Lankan village which is traversed during the visit which begins with an awesome walk along a bund of a “Wewa” or manmade reservoir. The reservoir, the surrounding scrub jungle, marshland and village are a hive of early morning activity. Amazing birdlife, butterflies and possible sightings of crocodile only add to the charm of seeing the villagers as they go about their early morning tasks of fishing or washing clothes at the periphery of the lake. Experience the pleasures of village life as it awakens to a new day.

You wade through a shallow stream and the sense of adventure heightens when you need to get to a Chena Cultivation (Jungle Farmers plot) via a wider tributary which needs to be crossed on an obliging boatman’s catamaran!! It is then time to experience an ancient mode of transport mounted on a Bullock cart, as you plot your way through the winding country roads. Witness the green rice fields as you approach the village and Chena cultivation. A great opportunity to try authentic local cuisine for Lunch. Hiriwaduna is home to many forest birds and other wildlife including monkeys, bear, and elephant. Later return back to the hotel and in the evening visit Dambulla Cave temples. Overnight In Habarana. (B, L)

Day 06, Habarana – Kandy

After breakfast travel to Kandy stopping en-route at Sigiriya rock fortress. This world heritage site, consists of the remains of a palace on the top of the rock, a mid level terrace that includes the Lion Gate and the mirror wall with its frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’, the lower palace on the slopes below the rock, and the moats, walls and water gardens that extend for some hundreds of metres out from the base.

Thereafter you will be transferred to your hotel in Kandy en route stopping at Matale to a traditional spice garden for a cooking demonstration where you will learn about the unique uses of spices in Sri Lankan cuisine. You can assist in the preparation of some of the local dishes which you will then sample during lunch served out doors using lotus leaves instead of plates. Proceed to Kandy on reaching check-in at the hotel relax until 6:00 pm then get ready to enjoy a drum and dance cultural show before concluding the day. (B, L)

Day 07, Kandy

After breakfast enjoy an excursion to the elephant orphanage at Pinnewala. In the afternoon enjoy the city tour and visit the Market Square, Botanical Gardens and the fascinating temple of the Tooth Relic. Evening is free for you to explore the city. (B)

Day 08, Kandy

Day is free at leisure. (No transportation or guide services provided). Overnight at hotel. (B)

Day 09, Kandy – Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya in the Train (subject to availability and running on the day). Travelling by train in Sri Lanka is a unique experience. The railway track stretches across scenic hill country, magically untouched countryside, and secluded beaches of the Indian Ocean. The train still runs on the legendary route built in the 19th century. From Peradenya the road starts to ascend steadily and in the late morning, shortly before reaching Nuwara Eliya, you will have climbed 1’500 m. You are now in the tea country; where ever you look, you will see tea plantations, the rich full green of thousands and thousands of tea bushes. And out of the green in regular intervals the white coloured tea factories will enchant your eyes. Occasionally you can see a few rice fields and near the villages, vegetable plantations or gardens. The small resort town of Nuwara Eliya, situated at 2’070 m above sea level, lies on a little lake and is surrounded by mountains covered over and over by tea bushes. At the town boundaries there are a lot of vegetable plantations and flower fields, but also along the roads of Nuwara Eliya and in most of its gardens flowers are blooming. On arrival transfer to the hotel and stay two nights in Nuwara Eliya. (B)

Day 10, Trek to World’s End

In the morning leave for Horton Plains National Park – 20 miles (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.

Its flora has high level of endemism. The hills are covered with diverse wet low evergreen forest with even large trees grown flattened to the ground on the higher windswept slopes.

Horton Plains harbours 52 species of resident birds and 11 species of migrant birds. More than 2,000 to 3,000 Sambhur, Bear Monkey, Leopard, Barking Deer, Giant Squirrel, Fishing Cat, Wild Boar and Hares roam in the forests and grasslands but only seldom they could be seen other than the Sambhur in the evening and morning.

Two escarpments- “World’s End” and “Little World’s End” falling from the Horton Plains 1000 feet and 3000 feet respectively, to the land below and the Baker’s fall are places you should visit. This is the only Park where visitors could walk on their own on the designated tracks. Afternoon is free to relax or explore this small town. (B)

Day 11, Nuwara Eliya – Yala / Tissamaharama

Leave Nuwara Eliya this morning after breakfast, traversing the high misty plateaus of Horton Plains to Yala National Park. Tissamaharama is a town in south-eastern Sri Lanka. It used to be the capital of the Sinhalese Kingdom of Ruhuna as early as the 3rd century B.C. Only few buildings from that period can still be seen today. The large artificial Tissa Wewa Lake, which was a part of a sophisticated irrigation system, also dates from that time. Today, the town mainly serves as a starting point for visits to Yala National Park and Kataragama. Evening is free for you to explore. (B)

Day 12, Wildlife Safari

Today enjoy morning wildlife safari in Yala National Park to spot vast verities of wild animals, birds and reptiles including the leopards, elephants, langurs and crocodiles. Afternoon is kept free for you to relax or alternatively enjoy a long walk. (B)

Day 13, Yala – Galle

After breakfast drive to Galle. Galle was the most ancient and important harbour of the country, until the Colombo harbour was established. Galle is indentified as the ‘Tarshis’ of the bible. This was captured by the Portuguese in 1587 A.D, Dutch in 1640 A.D, and British in 1796 A.D. Most of the existing buildings date to the Dutch period. The Bastians are still using Dutch names such as Zwart, Akesloot, Aeloes etc. Explore the Bazaare for local hand-crafted souvenirs. (B)

Day 14, Galle – Bentota/ Beruwala

After breakfast drive to Bentota. Overnight in Bentota beach resort. (B)

Day 15, Bentota/ Beruwala

Day is free at leisure by the beach. (No transportation or guide services required). Overnight at hotel. (B)

Day 16, Bentota/ Beruwala

Day is free at leisure by the beach. (No transportation or g0uide services required). Overnight at hotel. (B)

Day 17, Bentota/ Beruwala – Colombo departure by flight (TBA)

After breakfast relax at the hotel. Check out around 1200hrs and visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery. 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. The hatchery pays fishermen for eggs that they collect at night along the sandy beach. Visitors can see huge tanks filled with new born turtle hatchlings. After being fed, the baby turtles are taken to the sea and released when they are 2-4 days old, usually during the safer hours of darkness. Although October to April is the main laying season, some eggs can be found at Kosgoda throughout the year. Also do a Madu River Boat Safari.

Later in the evening transfer to Colombo International Airport to board onward flight back home. (B)

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