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11 Days Culture tour itinerary for sri-lanka: Immerse Yourself In Traditional Experiences

Colombo, Negombo, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Habarana, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park, Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Yala National Park, Horton Plains National Park, Ella, Galle

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Culture Tour
History
History Tour
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Sightseeing Tour

Find out how Sri Lanka is one of the few countries with rich cultural diversity. Its culture has long been influenced by the heritage of Theravada Buddhism, passed on from India and Colonial invaders. Explore cities and landmarks to witness what this small island has to offer.

DAY 01

AIRPORT – NEGOMBO

  • Ayubowan (May you live long!). Your friendly Sri Lanka driver/guide will welcome you and then, you will be transferred to the fishing village of Negombo, located near the airport so you can relax after a long flight journey. Negombo is certainly not just to relax on the beach, but this coastal city has a rich history to share with you.

Stay at Golden Star Hotels - Negombo

Set on a beautiful stretch of sandy coast with magnificent sea views is Golden Star Beach Hotel. Conveniently located in Negombo

DAY 02

NEGOMBO - HABARANA / DAMBULLA

  • After breakfast, visit one of the country’s busiest fishing centre, where colourful rural boats sailing in the sea. 

  • Make a city tour to see the remaining of the Dutch period architectures, canals, a Buddhist temple, a Catholic church.

  • Then, depart to the cultural triangle at the centre of the island in the morning with your Sri Lanka tour guide. 

  • Visit the Dambulla Cave Temple UNESCO World Heritage site, the most impressive cave temple in Sri Lanka. 

  • Stay overnight in Sigiriya/Habarana.

Hotel Wewa Addara - Sigiriya

Hotel Wewa Addara is situated on the banks of Kayanwala lake Tank which Provides water to the farmers in the entire area. Access road covers with Paddy fields takes you to the hotel through the waters of the tanks.

DAY 03

POLONNARUWA- SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS

  • Visit one of Asia’s most spectacular cultural sites the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the UNESCO World Heritage site. Only the fit and adventurous will be able to climb the summit, but all can enjoy the ancient ruins and wonderful sights around the base and halfway on the hike. It's home to water gardens, frescoes and ancient graffiti. 

  • Afternoon, visit Polonnaruwa, the ancient city is also rich in monasteries and Buddhist remains from this kingdom. The most interesting of all would be the ‘Gal Vihara’, meaning the rock Temple.

  • Stay overnight in Habarana/ Sigiriya.

Optional:

  • Jeep safari at Minneriya National Park

  • Visit a rural village and experience Sri Lanka’s calm rural village life.

Hotel Wewa Addara - Sigiriya

Hotel Wewa Addara is situated on the banks of Kayanwala lake Tank which Provides water to the farmers in the entire area. Access road covers with Paddy fields takes you to the hotel through the waters of the tanks.

DAY 04

DAMBULLA – MATALE – KANDY

  • After breakfast, depart to Kandy via Matale.

  • On the way to Kandy, visit Matale Aluvihare Temple where Buddhist doctrines were first documented on Ola leaves on 1st century after passing through orally from generation to generation and  Spice Garden at Matale.

  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site, The Temple of the Tooth Relic. 

  • See famous Blue & Star sapphires are mined cut and polished using traditional methods.

  • End the day enjoying a culture show in Kandy.

Kandy City Hotel - Kandy

Sri Lanka is the perfect place to explore the country’s breathtaking central region and Kandy City Hotel is an ideal starting point to your excursions in this hill capital. A leading brand in the hospitality industry, the group has also diversified into other.

DAY 05

KANDY CITY TOUR

  • Visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden at Peradeniya in the morning which is well-known for its collection of over 4000 species of plants, including of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees.

  • It’s also worthy to tour around Kandy, beautiful lake, colourful streets, colonial architecture, museums, an arts and crafts workshop, oriental market place and a bazaar.

  • Stay overnight in Kandy.

Kandy City Hotel - Kandy

Sri Lanka is the perfect place to explore the country’s breathtaking central region and Kandy City Hotel is an ideal starting point to your excursions in this hill capital. A leading brand in the hospitality industry, the group has also diversified into other. 

DAY 06

KANDY - NUWARA ELIYA

  • Head over to Nuwara Eliya, the ‘little England’, popular for its Victorian-era structures and the mild weather. It’s chilled-out weather and eccentric scenes of tea plantations, waterfalls and mountain ranges. 

  • Visit Tea Factory to see how the tea you drink is produced. 

  • Proceed to Local Market and Gregory Lake in the evening.

  • Stay overnight in Nuwara Eliya

Grand Camellia - Nuwara Eliya

Grand Camellia, the perfect getaway with scenic beauty, quality and comfort guaranteed, located at one of the most beautiful locations of Nuwara – Eliya, and we offer you the finest accommodation option.

DAY 07

HOTON PLAINS

  • This morning after breakfast, depart to The Horton Plains, which is a stunning, silent and strange world with some fantastic hikes in the shadows of Sri Lanka’s second and third highest mountains. The plains themselves rich in biodiversity and with a high proportion of locally endemic species. The park's altitude is 2,100 – 2,300 metres and is covered by wild grasslands and combinations of thick forest, rocky outcrops, filigree waterfalls and misty lakes. The main attraction is the point called Worlds End, where you can see the ground drop 880 metres. If lucky enough, you will beat the fog and mist to be able to see jaw-dropping views of miniature tea plantation villages in the valley below, all the way out to the south coast.

  • Stay overnight in Nuwara Eliya

Grand Camellia - Nuwara Eliya

Grand Camellia, the perfect getaway with scenic beauty, quality and comfort guaranteed, located at one of the most beautiful locations of Nuwara – Eliya, and we offer you the finest accommodation option.

DAY 08

ELLA - KATARAGAMA – YALA

  • Transfer to Yala after breakfast.

  • On the way, visit Ella Gap & Rawana Falls.

  • Reach the hotel in Yala and prepare yourself for a jeep safari at the most visited and popular park in the country, The Yala National Park. It has a remarkable characteristic of the tropical forest bordering the sea.

  • Visit the Kataragama Hindu Kovil, an ancient pilgrimage site where all main religions are worshipped. Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and Christians visit this ancient holy site. It is believed that King Dutugemunu the warrior king and Sinhala popular hero built a monument here for the worship of the Kataragama God in the 2nd century BC.

  • Stay overnight in Tissa / Yala.

HIBISCUS GARDEN HOTEL

The Hibiscus Garden Hotel welcomes international guests who appreciate a unique garden with its diverse flora and fauna and want to explore the south-east area from Sri Lanka. Guests are offered not only a great atmosphere but also clean and well-kept rooms, a beautiful restaurant and of course courteous service!

DAY 09

YALA NATIONAL PARK

  • Early morning, prepare yourself for a jeep safari at the most visited and popular park in the country, The Yala National Park. It has a remarkable characteristic of the tropical forest bordering the sea. Your opportunity to catch the sight of the Sri Lankan Leopard, Asian Elephant, and many other mammals and birds in their natural habitat going on a Safari and in the wild.

  • Stay overnight in Tissa / Yala.

HIBISCUS GARDEN HOTEL

The Hibiscus Garden Hotel welcomes international guests who appreciate a unique garden with its diverse flora and fauna and want to explore the south-east area from Sri Lanka. Guests are offered not only a great atmosphere but also clean and well-kept rooms, a beautiful restaurant and of course courteous service!

DAY 10

SOUTH / WEST COAST

  • After breakfast, proceed to see the famous stilt fishermen, Salt Refinery and Fishing harbour in Hambantota on your way to Galle.

  • Make a city tour in Galle city, UNESCO World Heritage Site where tiny back streets in the Dutch Fort. 

  • Visit the Galle Lighthouse, and enjoy a nice round tour to the Dutch fort. You might like to buy some products from the quirky shops, stopping in a local cafe for lunch. 

  • Do not forget to visit Galle National Museum.

  • Stay overnight in South Coast Beach.

JOE’S RESORT - Bentota

The JOES RESORTBENTOTA is a luxury semi boutique Hotel with Newly renovated and upgraded 18 rooms. It is with all modern facilities & amenities. The Resort is set on the south-west coast of Sri Lanka in the enchanting Turtle Village of Induruwa, Bentota.

DAY 11

COLOMBO – DEPARTURE

  • After breakfast at the hotel, depart to Colombo.

  • En-route visit Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery. It is home to Sri Lanka’s pioneering sea turtle conservation project, operated with the help of international volunteers.

  • Later, make a city tour in Colombo. It also recommended going for a City Walk which is complementary on your package. Colombo has got Ayurvedic centres, Dutch Architecture of Pettah, Colonial-era remaining, Fort, Galle Face Green, and Independence Square, Old Parliament House and Beira Lake surroundings.

  • Do not forget to do some last-minute shopping in shopping malls like House Fashion and Odel or an extended stay can be arranged.

  • 1050 USD Per Adult
  • Both airport transfers and transportation in an air-conditioned car/van/bus.

  • English speaking Sri Lankan driver from arrival to departure.

  • Sri Lankan guide fees - where necessary.

  • Accommodation in economic, 2 and 3-star hotels, air-conditioned share rooms with attached toilets.

  • All breakfast. (Option to upgrade to dinners at the rate of $8 a night.)

  • Tickets for a train journey in luxury compartment. (Subject to availability of the tickets on confirmation of the tour by the client.)

  • All vehicle expenses including petrol, tolls, road tall taxes, parking fees and driver’s accommodation and meals.

  • Flight tickets

  • Entrance fees

  • Please make an inquiry for the groups of more than 4 people. Get a complimentary cultural dance show for a discounted rate of 10%. For small groups, the above tour can be customized as per individual requirements & budget (applicable November onwards).

  • From 20th Dec to Jan, there will be a supplement of $15 added per room per day, due to Christmas peak seasons.

  • The child has to share the bed with their parents.

  • Sri Lanka is one of the few countries with rich cultural diversity. Its culture has long been influenced by the heritage of Theravada Buddhism passed on from India and Colonial invades. This tour takes you to places and landmarks to witness what this small island has.

Colombo, Negombo, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Habarana, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park, Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Yala National Park, Horton Plains National Park, Ella, Galle

Culture
Culture Tour
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History Tour
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Sightseeing Tour
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