Authentic Sri Lanka tour program has been designed to offer the real rural Sri Lankan experience for the holidaymakers. This little island nation boasts of vastly diversified attractions enabling visitors to travel around and experience the best of Sri Lanka in a short holiday. You will visit the ancient cultural cities, lush green tea estates in the hill country and beautiful soft sandy and remote beaches. Explore an evergreen rainforest, or some stunning wildlife parks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, ancient historic cities, Buddhist temples or be enthralled by the colorful local festivals as they take to the streets.
Some accommodations are provided in real Sri Lankan styled lodges to gain the best experience of Sri Lankan lifestyle. These lodges provide comfortable accommodation in rustic environs. The package is filled with lots of activities for you to enjoy while you experience the real Sri Lankan rural culture.
During the tour you will discover some great places to stay in; taste exotic local cuisine both spicy and delicious, learn about the local customs and traditions while enjoying the warm kindness of the locals. You will see the traditional Sri Lankan drummers stirring up a rhythm and decoratively dressed dancers showing their amazing moves. Also, you will see fireworks and fire stunts in a show that truly has something for all.
We land in katunayake airport in the morning. When formalities and pick up luggage are well over, our first impression of the beautiful island starts. We leave and drive to Negombo, where we have a good break. The city is characterized by
many churches and other religious symbols with an overweight of Catholics. We visit the local fishing village. On the beach you can often see fish that is dry and there is the possibility to dip the toes in the water. Please bring swimsuits.
After a long night in the plane it will be nice to relax at our hotel. We will stay at the hotel in Negombo, where there will be time for relaxing the rest of the afternoon. We will have the dinner at the hotel, afterwards it is enough to have a
good night’s sleep.
After breakfast at the hotel checkout and transfer to Chilaw (1 1/2hrs drive). Upon arrival visit at Munneswaram Hindu Temple. Munneswaram Temple complex is a collection of five temples, including a Buddhist temple. The central temple dedicated to Shiva is the most prestigious and biggest, and is popular amongst Hindus. The other temples are dedicated to Ganesha, Ayyanayake and Kali. The Kali temple is popular with Buddhists and Roman Catholics. This important Buddhist temple is an important Hindu temple in Sri Lanka, a mainly Buddhist country. It has been in existence at least since 1000 CE, although the surrounding tales that the temple associate it with Ramayana, and its hero-king Rama. The temple is one of five ancient temples dedicated to Shiva. Post-19th century, most of the devotees of all temples in the complex belong to the majority Sinhala Buddhistethnic group; the temples, excluding the Ayyanayake and the Buddhist temple, are administered by Tamils. The temple is located in Munneswaram, a village with mixed Sinhala and Tamil population situated in the region in the Puttalam District. The temple was destroyed twice by the Portuguese, who handed over the properties to the Jesuits. Although the Jesuits built a Catholic chapel over the temple foundation, local Sinhala and Tamils reconstructed the temple both times. Due to religious and demographic change after the late 18th century, most
surrounding villages and towns are not directly associated with the temple administration and maintenance but the villages of Maradankulama and Udappu are linked with organizing the main temple festival. Thereafter transfer to
Anamaduwa (Aprox. 01hr drive). Check into eco lodge. Lunch will be served atthe ec o lodge. Enjoy with the two activities out of below list. When you are at Eco Lodge Anamaduwa there is no fixed schedule for activities. You can go on your pace and decide the time you want to do the activities by yourself. Bird Watching, Bathing local tanks, Exploration of village life, explorationof local farming, Nature trails, Visiting ancient temples, Excursions to ancient
places and Cycling are the major activities. Full time guide is available for your disposal. Eco Lodge is built using traditional village methods. Living amongst nature and wildlife, the comfort, style and elegant design will please the discerning traveler. You will be met with warm local hospitality, fantastic Sri Lankan food and a sense of time standing still. Nestled in forest beneath the majestic and mysterious Paramakanda Rock Temple in the ancient rural heartlands of Sri Lanka at your pace. Solar power provides power to the rooms while plentiful lanterns are lit in the evening to create an unforgettable atmosphere as you enjoy a candle lit dinner and drinks around the campfire. This is a pure retreat where life moves at your pace.
At 0600hrs be ready for the bird watching trail. Return to hotel and enjoy with breakfast. Continue with the activities which are available at the eco lodge.
At 0600hrs be ready and proceed to visit at a village temple for an alms-giving for monks. On completion return to eco lodge and enjoy with the breakfast at the site. At 1200hrs checkout. Transfer to Wilpattu via Sinharagama Aprox. (02hrs
drive). Enjoy with the evening safari at Wilpattu National Park. (1500hrs1800hrs). Wilpattu sanctuary was decalred as a National Park in 1938, Wilpattu National Park is located on the west coast close to the historical city of
Anuradhapura .The dry zone jungle is thickly grown. Wilpattu Natonal Park is home for many villus, or natural lakes which dot the landscape in the Wilpattu National Park. Except for two, these lakes contain rainwater, thus
are important for resident and migratory water-birds. The history of the park is also of interest with ancient ruins having been discovered in Wilpattu National Park. Queen named “Kuweni” (considered to be the
mother of the Sinhala race) is said to have lived in the place known as Kalli Villu. Historical evidence also shows the fact that Prince Saliya, son of King Dutugemunu lived in Wilpattu over 2,000 years ago. On completion return to Sinharagama. Check into hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast at the hotel checkout and transfer to Anuradhapura (Aprox. 02hrs drive). Upon arrival conduct a city tour in Anuradhapura. The ruins of Anuradhapura are one of South Asia’s most evocative sights. The sprawling
complex contains a rich collection of archaeological and architectural wonders: enormous dagobas (brick stupas), ancient pools and crumbling temples, built during Anuradhapura’s thousand years of rule over Sri Lanka. Today, several of the sites remain in use as holy places and temples; frequent ceremonies give Anuradhapura a vibrancy that’s a sharp contrast to the museum-like ambience at Polonnaruwa. On completion transfer to Mihinatle and climb rock temple. Mihintale is revered as the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, but, regardless of your beliefs, it is unforgettable: a sequence of beautiful shrines, stupas and caves strung out across wooded hills, usually busy with crowds of devout, white-robed pilgrims.
On completion descend and proceed for a lunch at a local restaurant. Thereafter transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast at the hotel checkout from the hotel and transfer to Polonnaruwa via Ritigala. (Aprox. 2 1/2hrs drive). En route visit at Ritigala Forest Monastrey. This mountain range consists of four peaks of which the main and the highest
peak at the south of the range is named Ritigala Kanda. Ritigala mountain range, a 3776-acre (1582 ha) Strict Nature Reserve, one of the well inventoried bio diversity hot spots in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka is managed by Department of
Wildlife of Sri Lanka together with Forest Department of Sri Lanka. On completion transfer to Polonnaruwa. Check into hotel dinner and overnight stay.
At 0600hrs be ready at the hotel lobby and transfer to the site. Enjoy the monkey trail. Medieval Polonnaruwa is home to thriving populations of torque macaques, grey langurs and if you cast your gaze upwards, higher-dwelling purple-faced leaf eaters. Their numbers have not always been so prolific and like many other countries, reduction of habitat meant monkey numbers were in decline. Luckily, in stepped the Smithsonian Research Center, whose field researchers will guide you around the set of Disney’s Monkey Kingdom. Observe social interactions and behaviours of local troops as you stroll around a small part of this area, learning of the challenges of monkey conservation Continue to explore the ruins of polonnaruwa before it gets too hot! Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993. It comprises, besides the Brahmanic monuments built by the Cholas, the monumental ruins of the fabulous garden-city created by Parakramabahu I in the 12th century. On completion transfer to Sigiriya. (Approx. 02hrs drive). Check into hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress (30 minutes’ drive) which is the most exquisite example of ancient Sri Lankan art, architecture and landscaping. Built over 1,600 years ago, the now sinister-looking 600 ft high black rock once appeared like a huge dazzling white cloud floating above the surrounding forests. Its sides were painted with beautiful frescoes of semi-nakedladies. This is one of the most important urban sites of the first millennium. Thecity and palace planning is very imaginative and extremely elaborate.” The site compares with other Asian wonders of the era like Ankor in Cambodia, Taxila in Pakistan and the forbidden city of Beijing. Sigiriya is one of the best-preserved sites where the layout of the buildings and gardens is still clearly evident. Descend and transfer to Dambulla (Aprox. 30 minuted drive). Upon arrival visit Dambulla Cave Temple which is located at an elevation of 1118
feet from the sea level rises a massive rock from the surrounding plains of Dambulla of 600 feet high and over 2000 feet in length. It is home to the Worlds most acclaimed Cave complex of magnificent Buddha Images and Rock Paintings
of vivid colours and shapes constructed and painted from around 2nd Century BC (Anuradhapura era ) and continued up to the Kandyan era of the 18th Century. Sinhalese people call it as ‘ Dambulu Gala’ (Dambulla Rock) and the Temple is called as the ‘ Rangiri Dambulu Viharaya’ (Golden Rock Dambulla Temple). On completion transfer to Kandy (Aprox. 03hrs drive). En route visit at spice garden where you can experience the different types of spices Sri Lanka is famous
for. Later visit at Nalanda Gedige an ancient and mysterious edifice near Matale that has confounded researchers with its strange mix of Hindu and Buddhist architecture. Believed to be at least a thousand years old the structure; the
structure was rediscovered in 1893 by the Archaeological Commissioner of Sri Lanka at the time, H. C. P. Bell.
Transfer directly to Kandy (Aprox. 03hrs drive) and witness the Kandy Cultural Dance Show (@ 1700- 1800hrs). On completion transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast, proceed for a city tour in Kandy which is considered as the last kingdom of Sri Lanka. Visit at Temple of Tooth Relic. The temple enshrines relics of what is believed tobe the actual teeth of the Buddha. Aft er Buddha was cremated, his four canine teeth were taken from the ashes. These teeth are regarded as the holiest relics of Buddhism. The worship of Buddha’s remains has been going on throughout the centuries. It was recorded in the Mahaparinibbana-sutta (the Record of the Demise of the Buddha), and was sanctioned by the Buddha himself as he was about to die.
Later proceed to visit at gem lapidary and museum, art & craft gallery etc. On completion transfer to Dambana (Aprox. 03hrs drive). Visit “Dambana VediGammanaya” (Vedda’s Village). DAMBANA is a remote jungle village of indigenous people renowned for its ecotourism prospects, situated about 300km from Colombo, Sri Lanka. The population
of these indigenous ‘Veddha’ people now consists of only about 350 families, anumber significan tly reduced from a once thriving community. The ‘Veddha’ are so influenced by the imposing dominant culture that they risk losing their
traditions and what has been their livelihood for centuries. However they remain determined that their way of life will continue into future generations. The Chief himself told us on a recent visit to the village that his main worry is that he may not be able prevent the ‘Veddha’ from dying out beyond his own lifetime. Visitors to this fascinating village have the opportunity to meet and chat with the people who live there, learn about their traditions, and gain a unique insight into their way of life. On completion transfer to hotel in Dambana for dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast, checkout from the hotel and transfer to Haputale via Badulla. (Approx. 2 1/2hrs drive). Upon arrival transfer to visit at Lipton Seat. Lipton’s Seat is considered the number 1 attraction in Haputale is a viewpoint on
the Poonagala Mountain on Dambethanne Tea Estate. The view from here is considered only rival to Worlds End view at Horton Plains. This view point is located at a perilous location at the top of Poonagala Mountain at a height of over
1950 meters with a sheer drop over one side and a 360 degree view. Sir Thomas Lipton, the man who introduced the Lipton Brans Ceylon Tea entered into purchasing tea estates in then Ceylon in 1890’s when the country was under
the British rule. In 1890 Dambetenne which was 925 acres in size was purchasedby hi m and he setup the largest tea processing factories in the Uva region. It is said that this point was one of his favourite viewpoints where he surveyed his vast estate and that is one of the favourite places entertaion his guests. While the estate changed hands in 1930’s name of this view- point survived as a remembrance to Sir Lipton. It is said that on clear day that you can see as far as Trincomalee, Baticaloa, Matara, Badulla, Ratnapura and Monaragala. Even the light houses at Kirundi, Batticaloa and Matara Devinuwara can be seen in clear weather. But unfortunately Lipton’s seat is surrounded in mist, most of the day and the best time to visit the site is early morning where chances getting clear a view is much better. Once completed proceed to visit at clay pottery making village. Thereafter transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast, at the hotel transfer to railway station. Enjoy the most scenic train journey from Haputale to Ella. Our driver will be pick up you from Ella. Transfer to climb Little Adam’s Peak. Don’t defiance the beautiful tourism site in
Sri Lanka, Little Adams Peak whether considering the word ‘Little’,it is named after the sacred Adams Peak (Sri Pada –where the foot print of Lord Buddha is preserved) regarding the similarity between the two mountains. Therefore the
mountain was called as Little Adams Peak. “Punchi Sri Pada” is another name for this peak. It is 1141 m in height. Little
Adam’s Peak attracts many travelers who come to Sri Lanka. Gradually with an easy hike up to the mountain of Little Adams Peak you can consummation a worth panoramic view. You have to walk through lush green tea plantations, waterfalls nd paddy fields while enjoying the sceneries. On completion transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast at the hotel checkout and transfer to Udawalawa (Approx. 2hrs drive). In Udawalawe we visit an elephant orphanage. Here you take care of small elephant pups that have been left in the jungle. The Elephant Orphanage is part of the National Protection Program, which aims to help abandoned and orphaned
elephant babies in order to enable them to cope with themselves in nature when they have grown a bit bigger. It is a great experience to visit the place. The “little” kids are fed with bottles and learn to manage themselves before returning to the jungle.
On completion transfer for an evening safari in Uadawalawa National Park by a separate jeep. Sri Lanka possesses an extremely high degree of biodiversity and is considered one of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world. Love elephants
and wondering where to see elephants in Sri Lanka? Go on a wildlife safari in Udawalawe National Park where hundreds of elephants roam free.After the safari, transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast checkout from the hotel. From Udawalawe we drive towards the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka to the old colony bay of Galle (Aprox. 03hrs drive), which was the main export port and regular point of view on the routes to East Asia under Portuguese and Dutch rule. During the British, Galles’s importance became dimmed when Colombo was expanded to the main port city. Today, however, Galle has exported plantation products such as rubber and tea. The city also has a number of fine monasteries and of course buildings from the three colonial rulers, such as the Old Dutch fortress from 1663, the old post office, a church over 350 years and many other charming colonial buildings.
We go for a walk in the old streets and suck the impressions of our European ancestor’s pompous and assertive lifestyle to us. We have lunch in Galle before we drive to Induruwa. Visit at turtle hatchery and stilt fisherman. On completion transfer directly to Induruwa (Aprox. 01hr drive). Check into hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Rest and relax day on the beach.
Breakfast at the hotel. Rest and relax till 12hrs. Checkout from the hotel. Transfer to the airport (1 1/2hrs drive) for departure flight. Have a safe flight….!!!
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