Sri Lanka Land & Sea

Classic, Negombo to Mirissa

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

We can’t blame you if you want to experience everything Sri Lanka has to offer – the history, the beaches, the flavours, are all equally tempting. On this 14-day tour, search for wildlife on a safari, visit the historic city of Galle, and taste for yourself the exotic flavours at a spice plantation. Then, head over to the southern coast (with whales and dolphins as your travel buddies) for some well-earned time with snorkelling, surfing, and a beach barbecue.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: Lunch at Sthree Craft Shop and Café, Kandy G Adventures for Good: AMBA Estate, Ella
  • Spice plantation visit
  • Kandyan cultural dance performance
  • Temple of the Tooth visit
  • Tea plantation visit and tasting (AMBA)
  • Cooking demonstration
  • BBQ and camp at Udawalawe NP
  • Elephant Transit Home visit
  • Nature walk
  • Galle City and Fort tour
  • Sailing Sri Lanka's south coast
  • Visits to Weligama Bay and Galle
  • Watching for whales and dolphins from the boat
  • Beach BBQ
  • Snorkelling, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding equipment
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Visit a spice plantation to interact with ayurveda students
  • Tour a tea plantation and chat with a local expert
  • Spot sri lankan elephants on a reserve safari
  • Explore galle and the historic fort
  • Sail along the southern coast
  • Enjoy time on beautiful beaches

Itinerary

Day 1 Negombo There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Negombo/Kandy (1B, 1L) Drive to Kandy, visiting a spice plantation en route. Enjoy lunch at G Adventures-supported Sthree Craft Shop and Café. Later, explore Temple of the Tooth. Included Activities: Spice Plantation Tour Lunch at Sthree Craft Shop and Café Temple of the Sacred Tooth Tour Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 3 Kandy (1B) Explore Kandy with a free day.
Day 4 Kandy/Ella (1L, 1D) Livelihood opportunities in the valley of Bandarawela, Sri Lanka are limited for low income community members. Many rely on agricultural work, especially in the tea plantations, which can be arduous with little financial gain. Amba Estate came to the area with the purpose of promoting economic growth through their organic tea plantation, paying fair wages, sharing their profits with their workers, and creating opportunities for growth. Having established its place in the travel market, Amba is now ready to support community cooperatives as a means of better spreading the income of tourism throughout the valley. Planeterra is working alongside Amba Estate by supporting the initial investment for the first community-led microenterprise that will work in partnership with Amba. Planeterra’s catalyst grant covers the equipment, training and setup costs for a group of six women to formally become a chutney co-operative. The chutney will be sold back to Amba Estate for travellers to consume, as well as sold to guests and in markets throughout Sri Lanka. G Adventures travellers began visiting Amba in July 2018. They now have the opportunity to eat the delicious chutneys, meet the women and see how it’s made! Included Activities: AMBA Estate Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 80km) Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Day 5 Ella (1B, 1D) In the morning, enjoy a tour through the tea plantation and learn about one of the nation's most popular exports followed by a tea tasting. After enjoy free time to soak in the stunning scenery, opt to hike to Ella Rock, or visit Ella town by tuk tuk. This evening, enjoy a cooking demonstration of classic homestyle Sri Lankan dishes, a delicious mixture of savoury and sweet. Included Activities: Tea Plantation Tour AMBA Estate
Day 6 Ella/Udawalawe National Park (1B, 1D) Depart Amba Estate in the morning after enjoying a delicious home cooked breakfast. Begin the journey to Udawalawe National Park and visit the Elephant Transit home before enjoying an afternoon wildife safari through Udawalawe National Park. Afterwards, head to a tented camp by the lake on the boundary of National Park and relax with a BBQ dinner around the campfire. Included Activities: Udawalawe Reserve Safari Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Udawalawe National Park/Unawatuna (1B) After breakfast transfer from Udawalawe to Galle for a tour of the fort and city. Later, head to Unawatuna for some beach time and a final night with the group. Included Activities: Galle Fort and City Tour Transport: Local bus Local bus (0.50-0.75 hours)
Day 8 Unawatuna/Mirissa (1B, 1D) Spend a relaxing morning in Unawatuna, before transferring across to Mirissa, where you will meet your captain and crew. Included Activities: Sailing Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours, 30km) 16m (53 ft) Sri Lanka Sailing Catamaran
Day 9 Weligama Bay/Galle (1B, 1L, 1D) Watch for whales and dolphins on the way to Galle, then spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach or exploring the city and Dutch Fort. Transport: 16m (53 ft) Sri Lanka Sailing Catamaran (2.50-3.00 hours)
Day 10 Galle/Kudawella (1B, 1L, 1D) Cruise along the southern coast to Kudawella, enjoying the scenery and visiting isolated beaches to swim, stand up paddle board (SUP), or kayak. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and whales along the way. Transport: 16m (53 ft) Sri Lanka Sailing Catamaran (6.00-7.00 hours)
Day 11 Kudawella/Kalametiya (1B, 1L, 1D) Spend the morning at Mawella Beach, before continuing up the coast to Kalametiya. In the afternoon, opt to visit the Kalametiya village and sanctuary, or soak up the sun on the beach. Transport: 16m (53 ft) Sri Lanka Sailing Catamaran
Day 12 Kalametiya/Talalla Beach (1B, 1L, 1D) Visit the small surf beach of Hirikatiya for a surf or swim, then continue on Sri Lanka's southern coast to Talalla Beach. Keep a lookout for marine life along the way. Additional Notes: Tonight we will stay in either Talalla or Dondra, depending on the conditions. Transport: 16m (53 ft) Sri Lanka Sailing Catamaran
Day 13 Talalla/Mirissa (1B, 1L, 1D) Return to Weligama Bay, and enjoy a barbecue on the beach with your group. Transport: 16m (53 ft) Sri Lanka Sailing Catamaran
Day 14 Mirissa (1B) Sail back to the Mirissa Harbour and disembark. Tour ends on arrival. Opt for a transfer to Colombo Airport. Included Activities: Departure Day
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