Treasures of Sri Lanka

Comfort, Negombo to Colombo

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

When it comes to popular travel destinations, Sri Lanka has been off the map for far too long. We think we should change that. This two-week trip that showcases the country’s vibrant cities and beautiful beaches – with a huge helping of culture and history on the side – should convince you. You’ll go from exploring ancient ruins and UNESCO sites to spice gardens and tea plantations, and even take safari wildlife safari drives to see majestic elephants in their natural environment. And with an expert CEO showing you the ins and outs of the country, you’ll get to see Sri Lanka in a way that other travellers don’t.

What’s included

  • Arrival transfer
  • Negombo city and fishing village tour
  • Dutch canal boat ride
  • Dambulla Cave Temple visit
  • Tour Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Yapahuwa fortress, and the ancient capital of Polonnaruwa
  • Nature walk and Village tour with local lunch
  • Visit Nalanda Gedige Temple ruins
  • Visit a spice garden and batik factory
  • Temple of the Tooth guided tour
  • Visit the Kandy Royal Botanical Gardens and the Kandy Museum
  • Cultural dance performance
  • Visit a tea plantation and have High Tea at the Grand Hotel
  • Visit Buduruwagala Temple complex
  • Safari wildlife safari drives in Uda Walawe and Yala National Parks
  • Galle Fort tour and stilt fishing demonstration
  • Colombo city tour

Highlights

  • Explore ruins and archaeological sites with local experts
  • Taste local flavours at a village meal
  • Gain insight into colonial history at a tea plantation and partake in "high tea"
  • Search out elephants on safari in national parks
  • Stare in awe at the stilt fishermen in galle
  • Relax after busy days at comfortable hotels and resorts

Itinerary

Day 1 Negombo Arrive at any time and transfer to the hotel. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 2 Negombo (1B, 1D) Fishing is a main export of Sri Lanka and there is nothing better than to go to the seaside and watch the fishermen going about their daily work. Get a closer look at the lives of people living here; see toddy tapping, cultivations, and coconuts being collected by the locals. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Dutch Canal Boat Ride Fishing Village Walking Tour
Day 3 Negombo/Sigiriya (1B) Travel through the countryside to Sigiriya in Dambulla, the central province of Sri Lanka. Included Activities: Yapahuwa Fortress Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 156km)
Day 4 Sigiriya (1B) Take an excursion to the Sigiriya rock fortress, which dates back more than 5,000 thousand years to the Mesolithic period. Included Activities: Sigiriya Rock Fortress Visit Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 5 Sigiriya (1B) Visit the ruins of Polonnaruwa, the second ancient capital city. Its unbelievable beauty will take your breath away. In the afternoon, go on a walking tour of a Sri Lankan village and enjoy lunch prepared by the families of the community. Included Activities: Polonnaruwa Ancient Capital Visit Sri Lanka Village Tour Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 6 Sigiriya/Kandy (1B) In the morning, visit the 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 for demonstrations. Included Activities: Dambulla Cave Temple Visit Nalanda Gedige Visit Spice Garden Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 139km)
Day 7 Kandy (1B) In the morning, the CEO will take the group for a stroll around Kandy Lake. Also visit the famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kandy Museum, and take in a cultural performance. Included Activities: Temple of the Sacred Tooth Tour Royal Botanical Gardens Visit Kandy National Museum Visit Kandyan Cultural Dance Kandy Orientation Walk
Day 8 Kandy/Nuwara Eliya (1B) Nuwara Eliya is a town founded by Sir Samuel Baker, a British officer who explored 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 such as nature trails, golfing, and horse riding. Included Activities: Tea Plantation Visit High Tea at the Grand Hotel Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 80km)
Day 9 Nuwara Eliya/Yala (1B, 1D) Drive to Buduruwagala and visit this ancient Buddhist temple complex. Continue to Yala National Park and embark on a safari wildlife safari drive. Famed for its elephants, the park is also home to monkeys, deer, leopards, and wild boars. Included Activities: Buduruwagala Temple Visit Yala National Park Safari Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)
Day 10 Yala (1B, 1D) Take a second safari wildlife-drive in Udawalawe National Park to see more elephants as well as jackals and crocodiles. Included Activities: Udawalawe Reserve Safari
Day 11 Yala/Meda Wadduwa (1B) 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 Galle Fort. Following the tour, head to the beach. Included Activities: Stilt Fishing Demonstration Galle Fort Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-8.00 hours)
Day 12 Meda Wadduwa (1B) Pristine beaches offer a perfect setting to relax and unwind. Opt to go windsurfing, snorkelling or get an Ayurvedic spa treatment.
Day 13 Meda Wadduwa/Colombo (1B) Enjoy the morning at leisure then travel to the capital, Colombo where the CEO will provide an orientation walk of the fort area and Pettah Bazaar. Included Activities: Pettah Bazaar Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)
Day 14 Colombo (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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