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$420 Cultural & Theme Tours

4-Day Essence of Sri Lanka Tour

ItineraryDay 1: Colombo - SigiriyaStop At: Dambulla Cave Temple, Habarana, North Central ProvinceYou will be picked up from your hotel in Colombo, Negombo or Mount Lavinia and driven to Dambulla. Visit the Cave temple of Dambulla (UNESCO World Heritage). Spend overnight in Sigiriya.Duration: 2 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Accommodation is in a 3 star hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis.Day 2: Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - SigiriyaStop At: Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, Polonnaruwa, North Central ProvinceIn the morning, take a morning cycling tour at one of the best maintained ruins of ancient Ceylon - the UNESCO World Heritage City of Polonnaruwa where was the medieval capital of Sri Lanka.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Ancient City of Sigiriya, Sigiriya, Central ProvinceIn the afternoon, drive from your hotel to Sigiriya by TukTuk and Climb the Sigiriya rock fortress where you will visit rocky abode and water gardens (UNESCO World Heritage site & one of the Wonders of the World).Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Accommodation is in a 3 star hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis.Day 3: Sigiriya - Kandy Stop At: Hiriwadunna LakeIn the morning, trek through the archetypal Sri Lankan Typical village. The trek begins with an awesome walk along a Wewa or man-made reservoir. The reservoir, the surrounding scrub jungle, marshland and village are a hive of early morning or an evening activity. You will continue your tour with a bullock cart ride up to a village house where you can experience a Sri Lankan Lunch.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Royal Spice GardenAfter Lunch, we will drive to Kandy. En route visit a Spice garden in Matale. For centuries, spices have been one of Sri Lanka’s most celebrated exports and are used for not only food but also medicines and cosmetics.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Temple of the Tooth, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceIn the afternoon, you will take a city tour of Kandy including a visit to the temple of the sacred tooth relic, upper lake drive, market square, gem lapidary and more. Spend overnight in Kandy. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation is in a 3 star hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis.Day 4: Kandy - ColomboPass By: Colombo Fort, Colombo, Western ProvinceToday after breakfast, you will be taken back to your hotel in Colombo, Negombo or Mount Lavinia or Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo.Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$1400 Day Trips & Excursions

11-Night Romantic Honeymoon Package

ItineraryDay 1: Arrive - NegomboStop At: Negombo Beach, Negombo, Western ProvinceUpon arrival at the Bandaranaike International airport, you will be met by your driver and transferred to Negombo (Approximately 30 minutes drive).Duration: 30 minutesMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Stay overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 2: Negombo - SigiriyaStop At: Dambulla Cave Temple, Habarana, North Central ProvinceIn the morning you will have breakfast and drive to Sigiriya. (Approximately 4-hour drive). On the way, you will stop at Dambulla cave temple. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 3: Sigiriya - SigiriyaStop At: Ancient City of Sigiriya, Sigiriya, Central ProvinceIn the morning you will be driven to Hiriwadunna for village trekking. You will explore in canoes, take a bullock cart ride and have a traditional Sri Lankan LunchDuration: 3 hoursStop At: Ancient City of Sigiriya, Sigiriya, Central ProvinceIn the afternoon, you will be able to visit Sigiriya rock fortress.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 4: Sigiriya - KandyStop At: Royal Spice GardenIn the morning you will have breakfast and then drive to Kandy (Approx. 2 ½ hrs drive). Along the way you will visit the spice garden. Experience a cooking demonstration and a free head and shoulder massage.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Kandy City Center, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceIn the afternoon, you will enjoy a TukTuk ride in Kandy followed by a city shopping tour. Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: You'll stay overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 5: Kandy - KandyStop At: Kandy Lake, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceSpend the day at leisure in the hotel or do some shopping in Kandy.Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Stay overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 6: Kandy - Nuwara EliyaStop At: Nanu Oya Railway Station, Nanu Oya, Central ProvinceSpend a few hours at leisure in the hotel and then proceed to Peradeniya Railway Station for a scenic train journey to Nanuoya. The train leaves Peradeniya at 12:30 pm and reaches Nanu Oya at 3:55 pm. Lunch will be provided on board.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: You will stay overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 7: Nuwara Eliya - Nuwara EliyaStop At: Horton Plains National Park, Nuwara Eliya, Central ProvinceIn the morning after breakfast, you will be driven to Horton Plains (approx 1 hour drive) to a viewpoint known as World’s End. Duration: 6 hoursStop At: Pedro Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya, Central ProvinceIn the afternoon you will visit a tea plantation and a tea factory where the best tea in the world is produced.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: You will stay overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 8: Nuwara Eliya - BentotaStop At: St Clair's Falls, Nuwara Eliya, Central ProvinceAfter breakfast, you will be driven to Bentota (approx. 5 hrs drive). Along the way, visit St. Claire and Devon waterfalls.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Devon Falls, Nuwara Eliya, Central ProvinceAfter breakfast, you will be driven to Bentota (approx. 5 hrs drive). Along the way, visit St. Claire and Devon waterfalls.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 9: Bentota - BentotaStop At: Bentota Beach, Bentota, Galle District, Southern ProvinceYou are free to spend these days at your leisure to explore or relax on your own.Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: You will stay overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 10: Bentota - BentotaStop At: Bentota Beach, Bentota, Galle District, Southern ProvinceYou are free to spend these days at your leisure to explore or relax on your own.Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: You will stay overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 11: Bentota - ColomboStop At: Colombo City CentreAfter breakfast, drive to Colombo. In the afternoon, you will have a city tour of Colombo and be able to explore and go shopping.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: You will stay overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 12: Colombo - NegomboStop At: Bandaranaike International AirportThere is no itinerary planned for the day. After breakfast you will be taken to Bandaranaike International Airport according to your departure flight schedule (approx. 1 hr drive).Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$129.42 Cultural & Theme Tours

DAY MINNERIYA & DAMBULLA

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Dambulla Cave Temple, Habarana, North Central ProvinceWe will pick up the guests from their hotels in any areas of the following: Negombo / Waikkal / Marawila / Chilaw, and proceed to Minneriya. On the way, we will first be visiting the Dambulla Cave Temple. Dambulla is famous for the five cave Temples on a rock. The first 03 caves are better, older and larger than the other two. Some caves date back to the 1st C.B.C. All the 5 cave walls and ceilings are covered with Buddhist murals and there are more than 130 Buddha statues, statues of Gods and Kings are also found here. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Minneriya National Park, Minneriya, North Central ProvinceAfter visiting the Dambulla Cave Temple, we will proceed for a safari at the Minneriya National Park. Minneriya National Park is a national park in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is of historical importance, having been built by King Mahasen in third century AD. The park is a dry season feeding ground for the elephant population dwelling in forests of Matale, Polonnaruwa, and Trincomalee districts. The park earned revenue of Rs. 10.7 million in the six months ending in August 2009. Along with Kaudulla and Girithale, Minneriya forms one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) of Sri Lanka. The park is situated 182 kilometres (113 mi) from Colombo.After the safari, you will be dropped off at the picked up hotel or any location nearby the pickup area if the guests want, confirming the end of this tour.Duration: 6 hours

$200 Cultural & Theme Tours

DAY MINNERIYA & SIGIRIYA

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: SigiriyaWe will pick up the guests from any hotel or location in the following areas: Negombo / Waikkal / Marawila / Chilaw, and proceed to Minneriya.On the way, we will be visiting the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The remains of Sigiriya constructed by King Kasapa I (477-495 AD) whom the Mahavansa introduces as a patricide lies five miles off Inamaluwa on the Dambulla-Habarana Road. On the west of the rock are ponds, the remains of summer palaces and other structures, and the first part of the ancient road, which led to the summit Ramparts. In the past, the entire western face of the rock had been covered with plaster and painted upon, but only those paintings in two sheltered pockets now survive. The last lap of the ancient path to the summit had been through the mouth of a lion, but at present only parts of the lion’s legs and some of the limestone steps from inside the lion’s mouth survives. Duration: 5 hoursStop At: Minneriya National Park, Minneriya, North Central ProvinceAfter visiting the Sigiriya Rock Fortress you will go on a Jeep safari in the Minneriya National Park. Minneriya National Park is a national park in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is of historical importance, having been built by King Mahasen in third century AD. The park is a dry season feeding ground for the elephant population dwelling in forests of Matale, Polonnaruwa, and Trincomalee districts. The park earned revenue of Rs. 10.7 million in the six months ending in August 2009. Along with Kaudulla and Girithale, Minneriya forms one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) of Sri Lanka. The park is situated 182 kilometres (113 mi) from Colombo.After the Jeep safari, the guests will be dropped off at the hotel they were picked up or any location nearby in the areas of: Negombo / Waikkal / Marawila / Chilaw, confirming the end of the tour.Duration: 5 hours

$94.12 Kid Friendly

DAY MINNERIYA

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Minneriya National Park, Minneriya, North Central ProvinceWe will pick up the guests from any hotel or location in the following areas: Negombo / Waikkal / Marawila / Chilaw, and proceed to Minneriya. Once you reach Minneriya, you will go on a jeep safari on the Minneriya National Park. Minneriya National Park is a national park in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is of historical importance, having been built by King Mahasen in third century AD. The park is a dry season feeding ground for the elephant population dwelling in forests of Matale, Polonnaruwa, and Trincomalee districts. The park earned revenue of Rs. 10.7 millions in the six months ending in August 2009. Along with Kaudulla and Girithale, Minneriya forms one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) of Sri Lanka. The park is situated 182 kilometres (113 mi) from Colombo.Once the safari is done, the guests will be dropped off at the hotel they were picked up or any area nearby, confirming the end oft he tour.Duration: 7 hours

$953 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Awesome 14-Day-round-the-Island-Tour

1st day - Pick up from airport or 8.30 from hotel, drive from Colombo/Negombo to Habarana, visit Dambulla cave temple, overnight stay in Habarana2nd day – Visit Sigiriya rock (UNESCO-protected site), after breakfast climb Sigiriya lion rock, in the evening climb and see sun set from Pidurangala rock, overnight stay in Habarana3rd day – Drive from Habarana to Polonnaruwa, sightseeing of the ancient city, in the evening visit Minneriya national park and enjoy wild-elephant- safari, overnight stay in Habarana4th day – Drive from Habarana to Anuradhapura, visit the sacred cities of Anuradhapura and Mihintale, overnight stay in Anuradhapura5th day – Drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee, overnight stay in Uppuveli beach front hotel for relaxing and enjoying beach side6th day – Early morning boat tour to Pidgeon Island and diving there, overnight stay in Uppuveli beach front hotel 7th day – Visit Trincomalee with Koneswaram temple, Fort Fredrick, Novel museum, Kanniya hot springs, overnight stay in Uppuveli beach front hotel8th day – Drive from Trincomalee to Kandy, route via Nalanda Gedige temple, visit spice garden in Matale, Aluvihare  rock temple and Matale Hindu temple, overnight stay in Kandy9th day – Visit Kandy, Tooth Relic temple and Royal Botanical garden in Peradeniya, evening walk around Kandy lake, overnight stay in Kandy10th day – Going from Kandy to Ella by train (6-hour-tour), enjoying view of hills and tea plantations, overnight stay in Ella11th day – Visit 9-Arch-Bridge and Ella Water falls, small hiking tour, overnight stay in Ella12th day – Drive from Ella to Yala, early morning leaving from Ella, visit Yala national park, overnight stay in Yala13th day – Drive from Yala to Galle, stop at most southern point Dowundara  with lighthouse, visit Galle Fort (UNESCO-protected site) and Dutch quarter, overnight stay at Unawatuna beach front hotel for relaxing and enjoying beach side 14th day – Drive from Galle/Unawatuna to Colombo airport, if schedule allows (depending on flight departure time) visit gem producer in Galle or Turtle hatchery in Kosgoda