Day 01 | 02
Explore Negombo city and fishing village which is the centre of the island’s fishing community. Negombo first flourished as the center for cinnamon export, which is native to Sri Lanka. Portugese and Dutch settlement in the area led to the construction of beautiful churches and several architecturally stunning buildings. There are plenty of fish markets in town and several canals that link estuaries and lagoons around the region together. Fishing is the main export of Sri Lanka and nothing better than to go to the seaside and watch the fishermen bring in their boats, clean the nets, dry the fish and trade with the buyers. We then take a serene boat ride through the Dutch canal lining the marshy lands of Negombo. Getting a closer look at the lives of people living here; toddy tapping, cultivations, coconuts being collected by the locals. The area is great for bird watching as many species like to frequent the canal waters.
Day 03 | 05
Yapahuwa -Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa
Visit the rock fortress of Sigiriya-a World Heritage site, Yapahuwa fortress, and the ancient capital of Polonnaruwa. Also take a nature walk in the countryside and visit a local village to learn about daily rural life and try the local cuisine at a lunch prepared by the families of the community. After breakfast on Day 3 head to the Sigiriya region where interesting ruins are scattered in every direction. The most important local ruin of all is the splendid though Short-lived rock fortress of Yapahuwa which some consider excels Sigiriya. The climb to the top of the rock is easy and the view excellent. Yapahuwa was the seat of govt. in the 13th century.
On Day 4 take an excursion to Sigiriya rock fortress which dates back to over 5000 thousand years, to the Mesolithic period. The climb of more than 1200 steps to the top starts in the water gardens, passing caves with frescoes and boulders, to the ruins of a palace on the flat surface at the top. On Day 5 visit Polonnaruwa the second ancient capital city for three centuries with many well preserved ruins of palaces and monasteries. Will make your breath away with its unbelievable beauty.
This afternoon we will go on a walking tour of a Sri Lankan village to learn about the local way of life while getting a chance to try the local cuisine at a lunch prepared by the families of the community
Day 06 | 07
This morning visit Dambulla cave complex - a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as the archaeological site of Nalanda Gedige. Also visit a batik factory and a herbal centre where students of Ayurveda learn the medicinal uses of various spices for massages and treatments. On Day 7 the CEO will take you for a stroll around Kandy Lake and visit the famed Temple of Tooth relic which houses a tooth of Lord Buddha in a well-preserved golden casket. Also visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kandy Museum and take in a cultural performance. Sigiriya - Kandy Travel distance: 139 Km Estimated travel time: 3-4 hours (plus stops and sight seeing)
Travel to Nuwara Eliya where we explore a traditional tea plantation in the central highlands and gain insight into the process of growing tea and its effect on the Ceylon region. Later step back in history and have High Tea at the Grand Hotel. Nuwara Eliya is a town founded by Sir Samuel Baker, a British Officer who explored of Lake Albert and the Nile. The town produces the finest Orange Pekoe Ceylon tea and is inhabited mainly by tea planters and plantation workers. The town, also known as Little England, offers a lot of options to its visitors. Plenty of nature trails, walks in the plantations, golfing, horse riding, etc. Kandy - Nuwara Eliya Travel distance: 87 Km Estimated travel time: 4 hour
Day 09 | 10
Drive to Buduruwagala and visit this ancient Buddhist temple complex, before embarking on a safari in Yala National Park. Famed for it's elephants, we also search out monkeys, buffalo, leopard and wild boar. On Day 10 take a second safari game-drive in Udawalawe National Park, for more elephants as well as jackals and crocodiles. Estimated travel time: 5-6 hours
Day 11 | 12
South Beaches/Bentota / Wadduwa area
Visit Weligama and learn about stilt fishing—a tradition founded and practiced in this area. Experience the cultural history of Sri Lanka's south coast at the colonial Dutch fort of Galle. Following the city tour, head to the beach hotel. Estimated travel time: 6-8 hours (including stops)
Pristine beaches offer a perfect setting to relax and unwind. Opt to go windsurfing, snorkeling or take a Ayuruvedic spa treatment.
Enjoy the morning at leisure then travel to the capital, Colombo. Enjoy a city tour including the fort area, commercial district and bazaar, BMICH , Gangarama temple, National Museum, etc.according to the remaining time.
Colombo is a trading town with 2000 years of history. Colombo was at the mouth of River Kelani crating a natural harbour known to Chinese, Arabs, Greeks, Persian and European seafarers.
Night time tour in Colombo and witness the night life Overnight stay in Colombo