Sri Lanka Itinerary

Day 1
AIRPORT – NEGOMBO/WATTALA
On arrival, welcome at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Negombo/Wattala.
Stay overnight in Negombo/ Wattala.

Day 2
NEGOMBO CITY TOUR
Breakfast at the hotel and visit one of the country’s busiest fishing centers, where colorful boats litter the blue waters of the lagoon. Followed by a visit to a Buddhist temple.

Enjoy a late afternoon Boat Safari through tangled mangroves in a freshwater canal through picturesque views unfolding before your eyes, returning in time to see the sunset from the beach.
Stay overnight in Negombo/ Wattala.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3
AUKANA – ANURADHAPURA – HABARANA/DAMBULLA
After breakfast you will leave for Aukana to see the tallest Buddha statue of Sri Lanka.

Later visit Anuradhapura (a World Heritage Site), the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of the ancient Sri Lanka. Sri Maha Bodhi (sacred Bo-Tree) was brought as a sapling of the tree under which Prince Siddhartha attained enlightment. It is over 2,200 years old and is the oldest historically documented tree in the world. At Brazen Palace (2nd Century B.C) with its 1600 stone columns, see the remains of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks. Ruwanweliseya (2nd century B.C) is the most famous of all the Dagobas and the Isurumuniya rock temple (3rd Century B.C) is known for its rock carvings.
Overnight stay at hotel in Habarana/Dambulla.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4
HABARANA VILLAGE TOUR & COOKING LESSON
After breakfast drive to Hiriwaduna local Village to gain an insight into various aspects of village life. You will see their lifestyle in close quarters with day-to-day tasks of village life such as wood carving, bakery, farming, coconut tree climbing etc.
Enjoy a tour by trolley with bull (Bullock Cart) and a Catamaran ride.

In the afternoon enjoy an authentic home cooked lunch with cooking demonstration by local women and you will have a chance to assist with the preparation of a curry and rice dish, learning how to use clay pots which are used to infuse the meal with their own taste.

Later meet with the lady of the house in a traditional village and enjoy a tea with Sri Lankan sweets over an exchange of ideas.
Overnight stay at hotel in Habarana/Dambulla.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5
CYCLE AROUND THE ANCIENT RUINS OF POLONNARUWA
Another amazing morning starts with an adventure as we explore the Polonnaruwa by bicycle (guided). Polonnaruwa was the medieval capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th – 13th C.A.D. Great revival was achieved in the country, politically, economically and socially during the period of Kings Vijayabahu 1, Parakramabahu 1 and Nissankamalla of the Polonnaruwa period. Today Polonnaruwa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Overnight stay at hotel in Habarana/Dambulla.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Activity Cost per person
Jeep Safari at Minnariya National Park. Elephants gathering is the highlight of the National Park and are one the largest in the wild anywhere in the world. You may also see spotted deer, sambur, and dozens of species of birds. 60 AUD

Day 6
SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS – DAMBULLA – MATALE – KANDY
After breakfast explore the Sigiriya Rock Fortress which is a World Heritage site of the 5th century AD, built by the King Kashyapa. It is home to water gardens, frescoes, ancient graffiti and commands an amazing view of Sri Lanka’s greenery.

Later in the morning visit the Dambulla rock cave temple built by king Walagambahu, in the 1st Century B.C. it is a World Heritage Site, and the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples.

En route to Kandy visit a spice garden at Matale to learn about spices and their use in Sri Lankan cuisine.
Rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Special Rice and Curry Dinner while sharing ideas with Kandyan women as you experience and learn of the lifestyle, knowledge and habits of the people in Kandy.

Stay overnight in Kandy.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7
PINNAWELA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE – KANDY CITY TOUR
Breakfast at the hotel and visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawela, established in 1975 with seven orphans.

Midday at leisure.
In the afternoon enjoy some sightseeing of Kandy such as the Temple of Tooth Relic, an arts and crafts work shop, oriental market place, a bazaar and a gem lapidary where you can see how rough gems (particularly the famous Blue & Star sapphires) are mined, cut and polished using traditional methods. After an early dinner you will experience one of the world’s best festivals, the Esala Perahera Festival, a Buddhist festival that has been taking place in the city since 300 AD.

The highlight is the spectacular sight of over a hundred elephants, decorated in lavish costumes of colourful silk and fairy lights that transform the streets into a glittering marvel. The streets are awash with dancers, acrobats and drummers and the elephant parade.

Stay overnight in Kandy
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8
DAY 8: KANDY – NANU OYA – NUWARA ELIYA
After breakfast you will begin a Scenic Train Journey from Kandy to Nanu-Oya (110km/approximate journey time 5 hours). Seats will be booked in the observation car and disembark in Nanu Oya and travel by road to Nuwara eliya, well known as “Little England”. Stop at the mountains covered with tea bushes and at waterfalls. Enjoy the magnificent landscape. Visit a tea factory, follow the tea trails to watch the interesting process and enjoy a freshly brewed cup of Ceylon tea.

Later afternoon enjoy a walk in the British period city and visit a local market.
Stay overnight in Nuwara eliya.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9
PICNIC LUNCH AT HORTON PLAINS
After breakfast in the hotel you will start an excursion to Horton Plains National Park which is more than 7,000 feet above sea level. A 9km trek (about 3 hours) will have you looking for the endemic yellow-eared bulbul, Ceylon white eye, Ceylon warbler, spot-winged thrush, whistling thrush and blue magpie. Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of scenic location in Horton Plains and continue the walk to ‘World’s End’ and ‘Little World’s End’ which offers one of the finest views in Sri Lanka. Also take a look at Baker’s Fall before you return to the hotel for a well-deserved rest.

Stay overnight in Numara eliya
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10
NUWARA ELIYA – ELLA GAP – YALA NP – TISSA
Enjoy your breakfast in the hill country’s chill climate, leave for Yala via Ella Gap where you can enjoy views over the countryside.

Later visit the Kataragama Hindu temple where people of all religions come as pilgrims from all over the country.
This evening enjoy a BBQ dinner.

Stay overnight in Tissa / Yala
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11
TISSA/KATARAGAMA – TANGALLE – KOGGALA – BEACH
In the morning enjoy a jeep safari at Yala national park, which is the largest in Sri Lanka and is home to wild elephants, wild boars, wild buffaloes, leopards, bears, deer and crocodiles. Large flocks of migratory and indigenous birds are also found here.

Later leave for the beach resort. Travel through Tangalle and Matara with its long stretch of palm-fringed white sand, lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. At Koggala see the stilt fishermen seated on poles mounted.
The afternoon is at leisure by the beach.
Overnight stay at hotel in South Coast.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12
DAY 12: DAY AT LEISURE
After breakfast visit the city of Galle where you can enjoy a short walk along the walls and narrow streets of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Dutch Fort. The afternoon is at leisure by the beach and in the evening enjoy the fresh Sea Food Barbie on the Beach

Optional Activity Cost per person
1hr Ayurvedic /Spa treatments 80 AUD

Overnight stay at your beach resort.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13
BEACH – TURTLE HACTURY – BENTOTA – COLOMBO
After Breakfast, travel to Colombo stopping at Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery en route. It is home to Sri Lanka’s pioneering sea turtle conservation project, operated with the help of international volunteers.

In the afternoon you will enjoy a sightseeing tour which unveils the city’s many charms, including a guided walk through the colour, history and atmosphere of Pettah, Colonial era remaining, Fort, Galle Face Green, and Independence Square, Old parliament House and visit picturesque Barie Lake Surroundings Hotel.
Overnight stay in Colombo.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14
COLOMBO
Breakfast at the hotel and you will have some free time to explore more of the city at your leisure. Explore shopping malls ODEL, House of Fashion etc. Farewell Sri Lankan authentic Dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15
DEPARTURE DAY
Breakfast at the hotel. Day of leisure to further explore Colombo City by yourself.

Transfer to the airport.
Meals: Breakfast

INCLUSIONS

INCLUDED WITH THIS TRIP

  • Local, experienced tour guide
  • Accommodation in twin share rooms (3* and 4* Hotels)
  • Private air-conditioned transport
  • airport transfers
  • Meals as detailed in the itinerary
  • All Entrance fees and tickets as per the itinerary are included

NOT INCLUDED WITH THIS TRIP

  • International Airfare
  • Airfares are not included
  • Airport taxes
  • Visa fees – each member of the group must carry a valid passport (valid for at least 6 months beyond the duration of your trip) and have obtained the appropriate visas
  • Tips, personal telephone charges…
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory) – You will need to give the policy number prior to departure
  • Items of a personal nature; postage, drinks and souvenirs
  • Other meals not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Additional optional activities and Entrance fees during free time
  • Medical Advice – Please refer to your GP or local travel clinic for up to date travel health advice for the area(s) you are visiting.