Welcome to North of Colombo

For the moment, aside from workaday Negombo, which sits close to Bandaranaike International Airport, much of this area remains fairly unexplored by tourists, except for a hardcore band of kitesurfers who flock to Kalpitiya. Change is happening fastest on the sleepy Kalpitiya peninsula, where new resorts are blossoming and an ambitious project is under way to transform the northern tip of the peninsula into the kind of high-end, exclusive beach tourism that dominates the neighbouring Maldives.

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$40 Outdoor Activities

Muthurajawela Bird Watching Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Muthurajawela Marsh, Negombo, Western ProvinceYou will be picked up from your hotel in Negombo for a tour riding a TukTuk to Muthurajawela Wetland, and a bird watching tour by boat. Your TukTuk is a very typical form of public transport, part of the everyday street scene. On the TukTuk, you can sit and stretch out, protected from the sun, and rain, and with a great breeze. You will soon arrive at Muturajawela wetland marine sanctuary, famous for its mangroves, salt water crocodiles and avi fauna. You will take a boat ride through the vast Negombo lagoon. Extending over 6,000 acres and over 29,000, and rumored to provide home to over 40 species of migratory and 85 indigenous bird species. Mangrove forests that line the footpath are great places to observe birds as well as baby crocodiles and fiddler crabs. On completion of this visit, your TukTuk rider will take you back to the hotel.Duration: 3 hours

$90 Outdoor Activities

Lagoon Escapes Negombo Fishing Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Negombo Fish Market, Negombo, Western Province8:00 am - Pick up from your hotel in Negombo9:00 am - Visit Negombo fish market and buy your favorite fresh seafood to cook for your lunch in addition to the seafood we provide during the trip.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Negombo Lagoon, Negombo, Western Province10:00 am - Start boat tour in Negombo lagoon. Here you can engage with traditional and modern ways of fishing in lagoon. . Refreshment will be provided during the boat trip.12:30 pm – Live cooking of your lunch in on an Island in the lagoon which you can participate in. Rice and two grilled seafood items will be served, plus any additional seafood you may have purchases during your visit to the fish market.2:30 pm - Take a Catamaran ride with an experienced driver through the lagoon area while you relax and see the beautiful scenery.4:30 pm – End of the lagoon trip and drop you to the hotelDuration: 6 hours

$4.80 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Departure Transfer: Negombo City to Colombo Bandaranayake International Airport CMB BIA

Once you have completed your holiday in Sri Lanka and are ready to head back home, your friendly driver will meet you at your hotel in Negombo and drive you directly to the Bandaranayake International Airport (CMB) in Colombo. Whether you’re traveling individually, with a partner or in a group, your ground transport needs will be covered by this private transfer service. Avoid the confusion of taxis or public transport and enjoy a hassle-free ride. Airport departure transfers have never been this easy. Travel in style and comfort with unparalleled safety and board your flight in good time and great order. Your English-speaking chauffeur is always at your service.

$51 Day Trips & Excursions

Kithulgala Private White Water Rafting Half-Day Tour

You will be picked up at your hotel at 7:00 am. Once you reach Kithulgala, you will be shown a safe place to keep your belongings as you can’t take them with you into the rapids. You will also be assigned an instructor who will show you the techniques to use as well as the necessary safety equipment and measures for rafting.After the presentation, you will be begin your rafting session. Enjoy the thrill of adventure as you whitewater raft down the rapids of a 5km stretch of the Kelani River. Bounce through the turbulent white waters with the confidence and protection offered by proper safety measures. Let you adrenaline rise as you are whirled through the foamy rapids in an experience you will never forget.Afterwards, you'll have some free time to enjoy an authentic Sri Lankan lunch (at own expense) if you wish, before your tour concludes.

$40 Day Trips & Excursions

Tooth Temple of Kandy Private Day Tour from Negombo

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Temple of the Tooth, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceTemple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya, Kandy District, Central Province The garden includes more than 4000 species of plants, including orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. Attached to it is the National Herbarium of Sri Lanka. The total area of the botanical garden is 147 acresDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Dance Show, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceOffers a very vibrant and unique show of Sri Lankan traditional dancesDuration: 1 hour

$45.50 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Kandy Day Tour with Pinnawala From Negombo

You will be starting your tour at 6:00 am from your hotel in Colombo. If you bring a packed breakfast you will be able to eat along the way. Your first leg to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage by 09:00 am. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (Entrance Direct Payable) is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawalavillage, 13 km (8.1 mi) northeast of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala has the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. In 2011, there were 88 elephants, including 39 males and 49 females from 3 generations, living in Colombo.The orphanage was founded to care and protect the many orphaned unweaned wild elephants found wandering in and near the forests of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife ConservationAround 11.00 am Proceed to Kandy on Arrival First Visit in the city will be the Temple of the Tooth. The Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha has had much importance throughout the history of Sri Lanka. Being able to protect it and enshrine it was not only regarded as a symbol of piousness; but also, a symbol of status that proved the worthiness of the ancient kings of the country. As such the relic was enshrined wherever the capital of the country was during the era of the kings. As the last kings made Kandy their capital, the relic was enshrined in the royal palace; where it remains to this day.  You will be able to view the beautiful architecture of the palace and look at the many golden figurines in the shrine. There are many structures in the palace premises that you can visit.  At 01:00 Pm you will be going on technical tours to see the crafts of some of the traditional artisans of Kandy; such as the gem crafters, wood carvers and batik makers. You will get to see the process of how the they do their work, and will be able to purchase some great souvenirs (if you wish) too.  You will finish these tours by 2:00 pm and break for lunch at a local restaurant. After an enjoyable meal at your own cost you will be able to go on to the next leg of your tour at 3:00pm. You will get to the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya by 3:00pm. 147-acre premises of the gardens hosts over 4000 species of plants; including an exclusive collection of orchids, spices and medicinal plants. Created early in the 19th century, the gardens have a significant amount of history that you will learn more about during your tour. You will also get to see famed plants such as the Cannonball Tree, the Giant Javan Fig tree, and the 40m tall Burma bamboo. You will complete your tour of the botanical gardens by 4:00 pm, and will then be returning to your hotel in Colombo En-route Stop at Tea factory completing your tour.  

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