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12 Days Culture tour itinerary for sri-lanka: Get Introduced To The Tropical Island

Kandy, Polonnaruwa, Nuwara Eliya, Pasikudah, Dambulla, Negombo

Driver Tour
Culture Tour
History Tour
Get introduced to the tropical island


Kurunegala-Sri Lanka

See the beautiful tea plantations of Nuwara Elya, sniff and taste the spices local to Sri Lanka, visit several ancient sites recognised by UNESCO, see Pagodas and Buddhist temples, all to end the trip by relaxing on the sands of Passikudah.

DAY 01


  • Depart from your Home country in an overnight flight to Sri Lanka.

  • Arrival at Bandaranaya International Air Port.

  • Garland welcome by Indika Ranasinghe.

  • Transfer to the Hotel reserved for you.

  • In the afternoon, explore the natural beauty of Negombo, joining a cruising in the smooth waters of the coastal lagoon and in the historic Hamilton Canal.

  • Understand the cultural life of our fishing community by visiting the fish market. Share our history as you drift through the colourful wilderness of fishing boats, coconut palms, mangrove forests, birds and marine creatures.

  • Admire the tropical adventure in a pristine beach.

  • Stay Overnight at Negombo.

DAY 02


  • After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya. It’s an inland drive towards the magnificent beautiful country of Sri Lanka through the tea growing hilly mountains.

  • It is approximately a 5-hour journey. Stop en route for lunch.

  • Check into the hotel for relaxation. Stay overnight at Nuwara Eliya.

DAY 03

Nuwara Elya

  • After breakfast, join a sightseeing tour to the historic and beautiful nature garden at Hag gala.

  • Visit the Seetha Amman Kovil where the Hindu Goddess Sitha was captivated by King Ravana the head of the demons.

  • Nuwara Eliya is famous not only for delighted tea but also for strawberry cultivation. Visit one of them nearby later this evening.

  • Alternatively, if you are smart enough join a three-hour challenging terrain as an optional excursion admiring the nature at the Horton Plains embedding everlasting memories with the views over the surrounding countryside, visiting the incredibly renowned World’s End precipice.

  • Quench your thirst at the Grand Hotel, tasting a delighted cup of tea grown in the hills of Nuwara Eliya.

  • Relax at the hotel for the rest of the day. Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya.

DAY 04

Nuwara Eliya / Kandy

  • Head out for Kandy.

  • En route Kandy, visit a local tea plantation and a tea factory to get to know the process the leaves go through from being on the plant to the cup of tea admired by you.

  • Visit Glenloch Tea Factory for lunch, experiencing the aroma of the tea leaves being processed there.

  • Before you reach Kandy City, visit the Royal Botanical Garden at Peradeniya. You’ll be delighted to witness a vast selection of Sri Lanka’s native flora as well as many exotic species and a renowned orchid collection.

  • Check in to the hotel for relaxation. Overnight stay at Kandy.

DAY 05


  • Kandy is one of the most valued cities globally for the spread of Buddhism throughout the World. The Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha is housed in the Temple of Tooth Relic at Kandy. Join a tour to visit the Temple of Tooth Relic after breakfast.

  • Admire the residential beauty of the Kandy Lake, joining a classic Boat Ride.

  • Visit the fruit market to taste the authentic species of Sri Lankan fruits available.

  • The Last dynasty kingdom of Kenyan excelled the teachings of Buddha entertaining and constructing many Buddhist temples. The two most important and impressive Temples are Gadaladeniya and Lankathilaka. Visiting these during the day is a must, as you will in the afternoon after lunch at Kandyan Art Residency.

  • After the arrival at your hotel, join a dynamic Cultural shown in the evening.

  • Stay overnight at Kandy.

DAY 06


  • After breakfast, marvel at the Ambakka Temple to discover the cultural spirit of Sri Lankan natives with their delicate methods of the art of wood carvings, beams and pillars, before departing Kandy. Afterwards, Head for Dambulla.

  • Sri Lankan spices are not second to any products available worldwide, and the central parts of the Matale District are famed for spice gardens. On your way to Dambulla, avail the opportunity of visiting one of these specific cultivations to gain the experience of world-famous spices produced in Sri Lanka for export purposes as well as inherited to Sri Lankans.

  • Check in to your hotel for relaxation and overnight stay at Dambulla

DAY 07


  • After breakfast, visit the Golden Temple of Dambulla which is a UNESCO preserved cultural Buddhist sight.

  • Explore the caves built by King Walagambahu, depicting the life of the Bodhisathwa before the enlightment.

  • Proceed to Habarana afterwards. Check into the hotel. After lunch, join a safari heading out on a game drive into Ninneriya National Park to see wild elephants.

  • Return to hotel for relaxation and for over night stay.

DAY 08


  • After breakfast, check out early in the morning to visit the UNESCO cultural site at Stgiriya. It is an adventure to climb approximately 1200 steps of the iconic Sigirya rock and to reach the summit of this granite peak.

  • You will be astonished to witness the views of the jungle and the ruins of the ancient city below and conclude a judgment by yourself about the cultural importance and the value of the fantastic decision to erect a natural fortress by King Kassapa to defend himself and to protect his harem.

  • Descending Sigiriya rock, head for Polonnaruwa to explore another cultural site recognised by UNESCO.

  • Check into your selected hotel.

  • After lunch, visit the ruins of the second capital city, shifted to Polonnaruwa by King Vijayabahu, after the fall of Anuradhapura succeeded by the King Parakkaramabahu the Great. The striking UNESCO-listed ruins of the second Sri Lankan capital still retains many of its ancient buildings including of the Royal Palace which was built in the 12th Century. The well-preserved Audience Hall with beautifully-carved elephant reliefs and the Sacred Quadrangle exists majestically centred on the circular Vatadage.

  • Many magnificent Buddhist stone carvings are still remaining at a ruined Buddhist temple site and stupors (Pagodas) also remains astonishing the spiritual feelings characterizing the hearts of the Buddhists.

  • Check in to the hotel to rest overnight at Polonnaruwa.

DAY 09


  • After breakfast, proceed to Passikudah which is situated on the island’s tranquil east coast.

  • Relax at the beach until evening.

  • Check into the hotel to rest overnight in Passikudah.

DAY 10

Passikudah For 02 Days

  • Your time in Passikudah is free for relaxation, following your cultural tour of Sri Lanka’s Hill Country and Cultural Triangle.

  • Set right at the centre of the sweeping bay, there is little more to do at your resort but relax on the sands, by the pool or in the spa.

  • There are also a host of water sports available as well as romantic sunset cruises and snorkelling tours.

DAY 11


  • Another day to relax by the beach.

DAY 12


  • Transfer to the airport for your return home.

  • End of Tour.

  • 545 USD Per Group (* 02 Persons)
  • 12 Days all transfers by Private Japanese A/C, Nissan NV 200 Van.

  • Departure/transfer to Colombo Airport/ Hotels/ Colombo/ Negombo/ Unawatuna/ Mirissa/ Galle/ Bentota/ Katunayake

  • 12 Days English speaking Sri Lanka Tour Guide services.

  • Fuel, Taxes, GST, Service charges, Vehicle insurance.

  • Sightseeing & activities as per the itinerary.

  • Hotel reservations & meals.

  • Personal Expenses.

  • Flight Tickets/Visa.

  • Entrance & Activity ticket fees.

  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking.

  • Please wear long dresses for religious places (Dambulla, Kandy; cover shoulders and legs all the way to the ankles).

  • Please book your hotels online as per interest. Our assistance can be availed for hotel selection, if required.

  • The guiding accommodates only 02 Adults with 02 Children (less than 18 yrs).

  • Please confirm your pick up point and drop off location before the tour starts.

  • For pick up from the Airport Arrivals, please share your confirmed flight details & name.

  • This is a private tour/activity with your participants only.

  • Nuwara Eliya is the renowned district for Tea plantation in Sri Lanka. The heart of Sri Lanka is the hilly mountain range spread over the District of Nuwara Eliya comprised at the highest elevation. Tea plantations excel the natural beauty of the highlands. The mystics atmosphere enhance the beauty of the uprising tea factory surrounded by the tea plantation tresses where the skilled employees are seeing plucking the tea leaves in the mornings. 

Kandy, Polonnaruwa, Nuwara Eliya, Pasikudah, Dambulla, Negombo

Driver Tour
Culture Tour
History Tour

Contributed By

Inpura International

starting from
USD 545
Type of Tour

Private Tour


The tour is available from 30 Mar to 30 Aug on the following days of the week.

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday