14 Days Archeology tour itinerary for sri-lanka: Travel From Temple Of Tooth To The End Of World
Bandarawela, Colombo, Dambulla, Galle, Kandy, Negombo, Nuwara Eliya, Udawalawe National Park, Yala National Park
Discover the vibrant colours, diverse cultures, and swaying palm trees of the tropical jewel called Sri Lanka. Explore tea plantations and rock fortresses, relax at the beaches and soak in the stunning views, discover local markets and spiritual destinations, and taste the best cuisines of Sri Lanka.
Arrive and meet tour representatives at the airport.
Evening welcome meeting.
Feel free to explore the city of Negombo.
Stay overnight in Negombo.
Begin the day with a boat ride in the Dutch canal.
Mingle with the locals at the fish market. Learn about the various types of fishes.
Visit the seaside, and watch fishermen haul their catch ashore.
Explore more of this intriguing city.
Check out the beautiful Portuguese and Dutch architecture.
Negombo / Sigiriya
Travel through the countryside to Sigiriya in Dambulla, the central province of Sri Lanka.
Visit the the World Heritage Site of the Golden Cave Temple of Dambulla.
Catch a beautiful sunset over the Kandalama Lake.
Begin the day with a guided tour of the rock fortress of Sigiriya — a World Heritage site.
Meet the locals and share a meal with them.
Enjoy a walking tour of a local village to learn their way of life.
Opt to go for a tour of Polonnaruwa (at an extra cost), the ancient capital of Sri Lanka, where you can cycle through the ruins.
Sigiriya / Kandy
Drive through the Knuckles Mountain Range.
Visit a spice plantation en-route to Kandy. Students of Ayurveda will explain different uses for each herb.
Enjoy a guided visit to the famous Temple of the Tooth Relic.
Optional activities- Visit to Temple of the Tooth Relic, A cultural show, or Visit to the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden.
Enjoy Kandy with a free day to explore.
Optional activities: visit the Botanical Gardens or an Ayurvedic hospital. Take in a cultural performance in the evening. Take a walk in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya exploring the 300 varieties of orchids of Sri Lanka. Visit an Ayurvedic hospital to learn about Ayurvedic oil massage treatments.
Kandy / Nuwara Eliya
Travel to Nuwara Eliya by train. The town, also known as 'Little England', offers a lot of options for visitors.
Explore a traditional tea plantation in the central highlands. Gain insight into the process of growing tea and its effect on the Ceylon region.
Explore the nature trails, go golfing or horseback riding.
Spend a free day hiking in the Horton Plains Nature Reserve or strolling local markets. 9 kms long trek. (optional activity)
Use some free time to explore the area. See the local markets or head further afield.
Wander around Victoria Lake and sink in the views.
Nuwara Eliya / Udawalawe
Drive down from the hill district towards beach country to Udawalawe Reserve. Elephants are in abundance here and come strolling alongside the roads. Make several stops to observe these mighty creatures before arriving for the evening.
Enjoy a delicious and informative cooking demonstration.
Stay overnight in a comfortable tented camp located on the border of the reserve.
Udawalawe / Ahungalla
Enjoy a morning nature trail near the Udawalawe reserve. Walk through the wilderness and see a wide variety of birds and wildlife. Meet some local farmers in the fields, and learn a little more about their rural way of life.
Drive to your beautiful hotel in Ahungalla.
Optional Activities - Yala (Ruhuna) National Park: Yala National Park with an area of 1259 sq km is the biggest National Park in Srilanka. The Park is located 309 km south of Colombo on the southeast of the island. The national park is divided into Yala West (also called Ruhuna) and Yala East. Yala West or Ruhuna National Park is one of the best parks in the world to observe and photograph leopards. There are about 35 leopards in the park, which probably is the highest density anywhere in the world. Other animals that can be seen in the park are elephants, sloth bear, spotted deer, barking deer, mouse deer, toque monkey, mongoose and crocodiles. Yala East contains a large variety of water birds.
45 USD per person (entrance fee, jeep and government taxes).
Ahungalle to Mirissa
Visit the famous Galle Fort in this charming colonial city. A 16th-century fort first built by the Portuguese, and later occupied by the Dutch. The ramparts are still standing even after being battered by Mother Nature, including the 2004 tsunami.
Return to Ahungalla for the night.
Enjoy a free day and opt for a mangrove cruise, or a day trip to Hikkaduwa or Bentota beach.
Relax by the pool in Ahungalla or head for the beaches of Hikkaduwa or Bentota, the choice is yours.
Turtle Farm - was created to protect this endangered species. The eggs are collected and immediately buried in a sandy compound that offers protection from birds, crabs and humans, thanks to some netting. There are 8 varieties of turtle in the world, five of which can be found here: parrot, green, loggerhead, crocodile and leatherback. All turtles lay 105 eggs six times a year and the incubation period lasts 48 days. The turtles are kept for a 3-day period to let their navel close and prevent them from being eaten by fishes and crabs.
(5 USD per person)
Madu River – The Maduganga river is a shallow water body in south west Sri Lanka, which enters the sea at Balapitiya, the Buddhist Kothduwa temple is situated on an isolated island in the lake together with the smaller Randomber Lake. It is connected by two narrow channels and forms the Madu Ganga wetland. It has high ecological, biological and aesthetic significance being home to 303 species of plants belongs to 95 families and to 248 species of vertebrate animals. It might be one of the last remaining tracts of pristine mangrove forests in Sri Lanka. (25 USD per person)
Ahungalla / Colombo
Travel to the capital, Colombo.
Enjoy an orientation walk around the fort area.
Visit the Pettah Bazaar. The area is home to Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque, one of the oldest and most visited mosques in Colombo. It also hosts Kayman's Gate, Colombo Town Hall, and the Khan Clock Tower.
Have breakfast and depart for the airport.
Fishing village walking tour (Negombo).
Dambulla Cave Temple visit (Sigiriya).
Dutch Canal boat ride.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress tour.
Village tour with local lunch.
Spice plantation visit.
Temple of the Tooth guided tour (Kandy).
Cultural dance performance.
Tea factory visit.
Cooking demonstration (Udawalawe).
Wilderness walking tour.
Galle Fort tour.
Colombo orientation walk.
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Hotels (12 nights), tented camping (1 night).
Meals-13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner
Chief Experience Local Guide (CELG) throughout.
Meals other than mentioned in included.
Snacks and beverages.
When arranging your transportation, please take into consideration the below time restrictions for joining, and departing from your group.
Your flight must arrive by or before: 11:59 p.m. on Day 1
Your flight must depart no earlier than: 12:00 a.m. on Day 12
Get yourself to a destination that's long been a culture-loving backpacker's dream, on this affordable 12-day whirlwind tour of the southern half of Sri Lanka. Discover beautiful ruins, hike through tea plantations, tour a spice garden, and then chill out on Hikkaduwa Beach. Explore Sri Lanka with a group of new friends and you'll never want to travel solo again.
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.
Group Leader Description:
NIO Adventure group trips are accompanied by one of our Chief Experience Local Guides (CELG). The aim of the CELG is to take hassle out of your travel, and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting - we think it's the best of both worlds.
Group Size- 14 (Maximum), 6 (Average).
11 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Transport: Private vehicle, train, tuk tuk, walking.
We believe youth travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
The airport in Colombo (Katunayake) is around 32 kms north of Colombo center. Taking a cab is the most convenient way to get to your hotel in Negombo. Taxi drivers are famous for overcharging, so we recommend to use the prepaid taxi service offered at the airport - you can make the arrangements at designated counters outside the baggage-claim area.
You can change money into the local currency (Sri Lanka Rupee) at exchange counters open 24 hours at the airport. The Airport taxi service, supervised by the Airport & Aviation Services, operates a counter in the arrival lobby and accept Sri Lanka Rupees. Please hire the vehicle from this counter & make full payment. They will provide you an official receipt. Unfortunately scammers have set up similar services, so make sure the counter is operated by The Airport & Aviation Services. Your destination, the time of your arrival and the amount of luggage determine the rate, which you pay in advance at the counter, but should be between LKR 2000 to 3000 to Negombo. A person will escort you to the designated taxi. If the driver demands more rupees, politely refuse, if they have driven safely you may like to tip him around LKR 250.
If you have paid in advance for an arrival transfer, a NIO Adventure representative will be at the airport to meet you. If for any reason you are not met at the airport, please call our local support line. If you are unable to make contact for whatever reason, please make your way to the joining point hotel via taxi.
Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned for that day other then your welcome meeting in the evening, so you can arrive at any time. Similarly the last day is a departure day during which no activities have been planned.
A representative will organize a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip. A welcome note will be left for you in the hotel so you have all the necessary information regarding the meeting time. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning.
We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier and contact us as soon as possible. If you have a pre-booked transfer, and you have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the starting point of the tour.
Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call our Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.
If you have purchased an arrival through us please note that:
Your arrival transfer has been arranged based on flight information provided to us. If you are advised of a flight schedule change within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, we will do our best to rearrange your arrival transfer however we cannot guarantee this. If your arrival transfer does not arrive within 30 minutes after you have exited the arrivals area please take a taxi to your start point hotel.
Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders)
Shawl or scarf (for temple visits)
Documents to be prepared
Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
Passport (required) (With photocopies)
Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)
Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
Cash, credit and debit cards
Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
Locks for bags
Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
Reusable water bottle
Small travel towel
Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
Watch and alarm clock
Waterproof backpack cover
Windproof rain jacket
During the months of May-Jul is the rainy season, so please make sure to pack waterproof clothes.
Emergency Fund-Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!
Tipping- It is customary in Asia to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is expected - though not compulsory - and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. You may do this individually, or your CELG will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from USD 1-2 per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CELG for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your CELG did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline USD 30-40 per person, per week can be used.
Health- Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our CELG are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. In Asia, pharmacies tend to stock the same western drugs as you get at home but they are usually produced locally so please bring the full drug name with you when trying to purchase a prescription drug. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. We reserve the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our group CELG they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.
Bandarawela, Colombo, Dambulla, Galle, Kandy, Negombo, Nuwara Eliya, Udawalawe National Park, Yala National Park
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