Location: Sri Lanka
Duration: 13 Nights/ 14 Days
Paha Tour
Recommended time of year October - March

Description

This tour has been created to give you the best of Sri Lanka. You start your tour with a short stay along the west coast of Sri Lanka and thereafter travel north to visit the Jaffna Peninsula and the Cultural triangle of Sri Lanka. Thereafter you will be taken to the hill country before winding up in the southern coast of Sri Lanka for a wild life safari and more time by the beach.

About This Tour

This Tour has been created to give you the best of Sri Lanka. You start your tour with a short stay along the west coast of Sri Lanka and thereafter travel North to visit the Jaffna Peninsula and the Cultural triangle of Sri Lanka. Thereafter you will be taken to the hill country before winding up in the southern coast of Sri Lanka for a wild life safari and more time by the beach.

This tour has been strategically planned such that you do not spend too much time on the road and have plenty of time to relax and enjoy whilst touring the Island

Location

Detailed Day Wise Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrive at Katunayake International Airport and transfer to Negombo

    Ayubowan!! and Welcome to Sri Lanka

    You will be greeted by our representative at the airport and transferred to Negombo. The drive from the Airport to Negombo will take approximately 30 minutes.

    Depending on your time of arrival you could choose between doing a city tour of the Fishing Village of Negombo, walking along the golden Sandy beaches, or simply staying in by your hotel and recouping after your flight into Sri Lanka.

    Activities for the day

    • > Pick up from airport
    • > Proceed to Negombo
    • > Overnight stay in Negombo.

  • Day 2 Leisure day in Negombo – Rest & Relax by the Poolside or Beach

    After breakfast, rest and relax by the poolside or on the golden sandy beach of Negombo. Indulge in some shopping in the area or with the vendors on the beach who sell a variety of colourful batik casual wear, like wrap-a-rounds, swim wear, shorts, T-shirts etc.

    Visit the Old Dutch city of Negombo including a visit to the Dutch Prison, Fort, Catholic Church and the Canal where trading was once carried out using this waterway by the Dutch and Portuguese during their reign in Sri Lanka.

    Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay in Negombo.

    Activities for the day

    • > Day at leisure by the poolside or sandy beach
    • > Shopping around the area or by the beach
    • > Visit to the Old Dutch city of Negombo
    • > Overnight stay at Negombo

  • Day 3 Visit Munneswaram Temple in Chilaw and Ancient city of Anuradhapura

    After an early breakfast, you will begin travelling towards the Cultural Triangle of the country with sightseeing on the way. Enroute stop at the Munneswaram Hindu temple which is an important regional Hindu temple complex in Sri Lanka. It has been in existence at least since 1000 CE, although myths surrounding the temple associate it with the popular Indian epic Ramayana, and its legendary hero-king Rama. The temple is one of five ancient temples (Ishwarams) dedicated to Shiva in the region.
    The temple complex is a collection of five temples, including a Buddhist temple. The central temple dedicated to Shiva (Siva) is the most prestigious and biggest, and is popular amongst Hindus. The other temples are dedicated to Ganesha, Ayyanayake and Kali. The Kali temple is also popular with Buddhists, who frequent the complex.

    Thereafter proceed to visit the Ancient city of Anuradhapura the 1st Capital of Sri Lanka for nearly 1300 years. The city’s greatest treasures are its Dagobas constructed out of small sun-dried bricks. The most renowned relic in this city is the sacred Bo-Tree which is said to have grown from a branch of the tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment. Located in the North-Central part of the island which was originally founded by a King’s minister named Anuradha in 500 BC.

    Anuradhapura is famous for its many Dagoba’s which were built in honour of the Kings and the High priests at the time. This day will be spent touring the ancient city and marvelling at the strong Buddhist culture which prevailed in ancient times.

    Afterwards, check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay in Anuradhapura.

    Activities for the day

    • > Proceed to Anuradhapura
    • > Visit Munneswaram Hindu Temple in Chilaw
    • > Visit the ancient city of Anuradhapura
    • > Overnight stay at Anuradhapura

  • Day 4 Proceed to the North of the country, Jaffna + visit the famous Nallur Temple

    After breakfast drive to Jaffna (north of the country) which is a 6 hour but comfortable journey from Anuradhapura with sightseeing on the way. This city was under siege by terrorists due to the ethnic war for almost 30 years. The Jaffna district is predominantly Sri Lankan Tamil.

    The population of the district, like the rest of the north and east of Sri Lanka, was heavily affected by the civil war. After the war, the northern region has been developed and the government of Sri Lanka is carrying out major reconstruction works thus increasing various opportunities of employment to the natives of the area.

    In the evening, visit the prominent Hindu Temple in Nallur and also enjoy some refreshing ice cream served at the Rio ice cream parlour. The varieties are too many to choose from.

    Check into your hotel for overnight stay in Jaffna.

    Activities for the day

    • > Proceed to Jaffna with convenient pit stops for refreshments
    • > Visit Nallur Temple
    • > Overnight stay at Jaffna

  • Day 5 Exciting day in Jaffna with a visit by boat to Nagadeepa + Portuguese Fort

    After breakfast enjoy a tour of the war torn city including a visit to Nagadeepa by boat. The Nagadeepa Purana Rajamaha Viharaya is one of the sixteen most sacred places of worship by the Buddhists in Sri Lanka. Pilgrims have been coming to the Nagadeepa since about the 1st century AC to worship at its famous Rajayathana stupa.

    Also visit the historic Fort built by the Portuguese. This precinct is undergoing extensive renovations and the authorities are working day and night in restoring whatever is left after the ethnic war which lasted 30 years.

    Return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

    Activities for the day

    • > Visit Nagadeepa by boat
    • > Visit Jaffna Fort & Ruins
    • > Overnight stay at Jaffna

  • Day 6 Transfer to Cultural Triangle via Vavuniya

    After breakfast proceed to Habarana (North-West of Sri Lanka) via Vavuniya with sightseeing on the way. An elephant-back trail in the area is a unique way to explore the wilderness around the area. You will get a chance to connect with these magnificent animals as they carry you through grasslands and forests in the area. In addition, you will also be able to view the surrounding wildlife in a more natural and closer setting than from a vehicle.

    Activities for the day

    • > Proceed to Habarana
    • > Convenient stops on the way for refreshments
    • > Elephant Back Ride near the hotel in Habarana
    • > Overnight stay at Habarana

  • Day 7 Sigiriya Rock Fortress & Ancient City of Polonnaruwa

    Start this morning early and after an early breakfast we will proceed to Sigiriya to climb the famous Citadel of King Kashyapa of Sri Lanka.

    Sigiriya a famous landmark of Sri Lanka, was once the fortress of King Kashyapa in the years 470 – 490 CE. This rock citadel which was his safe haven from the rest of his father’s empire stands today a marvel to all because of the astounding architecture of the rock. The climb will take approximately 2-3 hours and is a definite must see for any tourist visiting Sri Lanka.

    Afterwards we will travel to Polonnaruwa the 2nd Kingdom of the Sri Lankan kings. Here you will be able to see many of the amazing irrigation works, ruins of buildings and statues that were built back in the 4th century BC by the great kings of ancient Sri Lanka.

    Activities for the day

    • > Climb Sigiriya Citadel
    • > Visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa
    • > Return to Habarana
    • > Overnight stay in Habarana

  • Day 8 Transfer to Kandy; Enroute visit the Matale Herbal Gardens

    After breakfast proceed to Kandy, the Hill Capital of the island. Enroute visit Matale Spice Gardens, here you will be taught how Herbs & Spices are used with ancient recipes to cure a number of ailments.

    Afterwards you will proceed to Kandy. Once you check in at your hotel visit the Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the tooth relic).  This is one of the most prominent temples in the country. It is home to the Buddha’s Tooth and annual ceremonies’ such as the Esala Perahera and the Dalada Perahera.

     After visiting the temple in the evening enjoy the Kandyan Cultural Show at the Kandyan Arts & Cultural Centre. The show features the graceful and rhythmic dancers and drummers culminating in an impressive fire walking display.

    Activities for the day

    • > After early Breakfast leave for Kandy
    • > Enroute visit the Ayurvedic Herbal Gardens in Matale
    • > Visit the Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the tooth relic)
    • > Experience the Kandyan Cultural show
    • > Overnight stay in Kandy

  • Day 9 Transfer to Nuwara Eliya, enroute visit the Ramboda Waterfall and a Tea Factory

    After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya passing through lush green tea plantations and sightseeing on the way.

    En-route you will view the majestic Ramboda Waterfall and also visit a Tea factory where you will be taught on how some of the world’s finest tea is produced here in Sri Lanka.

    Nuwara Eliya once referred to as “little England” resembles much of our colonial rulers in the cool climate of the city, the lush greenery of the highlands and the cottage lifestyle of the people. In Nuwara Eliya you may visit the Hakgala botanical gardens, which is home to over 10,000 different species of flora, and one of the many Tea factory’s built by British which still function to this date. Most importantly be sure to stop by the strawberry farms and indulge in some of the freshest strawberries in the Asian region. If time permits you could also visit the Ambewela dairy farm.

    The rest of the day will be at your leisure; if you like you can engage in a short city tour of the green city of Nuwara Eliya including the fruits and vegetables markets.

    Activities for the day

    • > Proceed to Nuwara Eliya
    • > Visit Tea Factory & Ramboda waterfall
    • > City Tour of Nuwara Eliya
    • > Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya

  • Day 10 Leisure day in Nuwara Eliya (Visit Horton Plains nature reserve)

    This day is at your leisure in Nuwara Eliya; if you are up for some adventure you could visit the Horton plains national park and climb to the scenic worlds end point.

    The Horton Plains National Park which is situated on one of the highest elevated plateaus on the Island is home to Deer, Samba, Elk & and number of other flora & fauna.
    Afterwards make a climb to the worlds end point to enjoy the spectacular view of the hill country. Thereafter you will return to your hotel in Nuwara Eliya. The rest of the day will be at your leisure.

    Activities for the day

    • > At your leisure leave for Horton Plains
    • > Climb to Worlds end point
    • > Proceed back to your hotel in Nuwara Eliya
    • > Day is at your leisure in Nuwara Eliya
    • > Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya

  • Day 11 Transfer to Yala National Wild Life Park

    After an early breakfast travel towards the south coast of the Island passing through tea and rubber plantations. Enroute stop at the Rama-Sita Hindu Temple in Nuwara Eliya and the majestic Ravana Ella Waterfall which is the widest waterfall in Sri Lanka.

    Yala National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s premier eco tourist destinations and is renowned for its variety of wildlife notably its many elephants. It is also home to the spotted deer, sambar, wild buffalo, sloth bear, jackal, mongoose and crocodiles. The peacock is easily the most famous of the birds in this park. Yala has a high concentration of leopards although seeing these nocturnal carnivores still requires some luck.

    If time permits once you arrive in Yala you may engage in an early evening Jeep safari in the Yala National Park.

    The rest of the evening will be at your leisure.

    Activities for the day

    • > Transfer to Yala via Ella
    • > View the Ravana Ella Waterfall in Ella
    • > Arrive in Yala
    • > Optional Yala Jeep Safari in the evening
    • > Overnight stay in Yala

  • Day 12 Proceed to Galle, Enroute view Stilt Fishermen in Ahangama

    In the morning at your leisure after breakfast, you may proceed to the Southern Coast of Galle. This city once the capital of our Dutch rulers shows the interaction between European architecture and South Asian traditions. The Galle fort declared a UNESCO world heritage site is the largest remaining fortress built by the Europeans remaining in Asia.

    Enroute view Stilt Fishermen in Ahangama and the beautiful Indian Ocean along the way to Galle. Once in the City of Galle you will be taken on an extensive tour of the Galle Fort and its ramparts.

    Afterwards you will proceed to your Hotel in the Galle region.

    Activities for the day

    • > At your leisure leave for Galle
    • > Visit the UNESCO heritage Galle Fort
    • > Overnight stay in Mirissa/Ahangama/Galle/Hikkaduwa

  • Day 13 Day is at your leisure to enjoy a boat ride on the Madu River, Also visit the Moonstone gem mines in Meetiyagoda

    After an early breakfast proceed to enjoy a Boat Safari in the Madu River.  The bio-diversity of the Madu River is of monumental significance when considering the wide ranges of aquatic and avian life as well as wetland dwelling amphibians, reptiles, mammals that inhabit the environs of this natural treasure.

     The wetland of the Madu River holds a mangrove spread of close to 61 hectares. This natural wonder has proven of immense bio-ecological value with 14 out of the 24 varieties of mangroves of Sri Lanka.

     Experience a fish massage inside the Madu River.  The fish spa treatment at Madu River has tanks that float in the river and are stocked with a huge number of fish.  Just sit around the tanks and put your feet into it.  There is a set of guidelines before you jump into the fish therapy which is quite simple and harmless.

     Thereafter proceed to visit the one and only Moonstone Gem Mines at Meetiyagoda.  The miners and staff will show you how the gems are mined, cut, polished and then put on sale.  There is a variety of gems available for sale in the shop on the premises.  You could also purchase some exquisite handmade jewellery at a bargain price.

     The rest of the evening will be at your leisure at the hotel in the Galle region.

    Activities for the day

    • > Boat Safari in Madu River
    • > Visit to the Moonstone Gem Mines
    • > Return to your hotel for rest and relaxation
    • > Overnight stay in Mirissa/Ahangama/Galle/Hikkaduwa

  • Day 14 Final Day – Proceed to the airport for your departure flight

    At your leisure you may check out of you hotel and depending on the scheduled time of your flight, proceed to the airport for your flight back home.

    Activities for the day

    • > Day is at your Leisure
    • > Proceed to Airport

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