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14 Days Culture tour itinerary for sri-lanka: Become An Explorer Of Ceylon

Negombo, Pinnawala, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, Yala National Park, Horton Plains National Park, Galle

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Become an Explorer of Ceylon

Anuradhapura city tour

Anuradhapura-Sri Lanka

Grab this tour which is the ultimate Sri Lanka explorer. Your overall experience into Sri Lanka’s culture, its heritage, the marvellous landscapes, magical mountains and the elusive wildlife and beaches.

DAY 01

airport - negombo

  • On arrival, meet & greet at the airport and transfer to hotel in Negombo.

  • Check-in to the hotel and relax to recover from the jet lag.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Negombo.

DAY 02

negombo

  • Start with breakfast at the hotel.

  • Explore the history of the dynamic city of Negombo.

  • Indulge in a diverse experience by visiting the famous fish market in Negombo known as the ‘Lellama’.

  • Walk on the beach and watch fishermen untangle their fishing nets and witness the fish being auctioned and sold to retail and commercial customers alike.

  • Set off on a boat ride in the Negombo Lagoon, which has an expansive mangrove swamp. The Negombo lagoon boat ride would let you spot some of the lush mangroves with vast biodiversity, flora and fauna species in the area as well as water birds such as herons, terns, cormorants and shorebirds.

  • In the afternoon, return to the hotel and relax.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Negombo.

DAY 03

negombo - pinnaweala elephant orphange - dambulla / sigiriya

  • Eat breakfast at the hotel.

  • Leave for Pinnawala.

  • Visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala, initiated in 1975 to foster care for the abandoned and orphaned baby elephants. These giant yet gentle creatures wander around in the sanctuary, being fed and bathed by their foster human parents. Twice a day the herd is led to the river nearby for a two-hour bath. You are welcome to join and interact with them while feasting your eyes on the largest gathering of tame elephants. Baby elephants are bottle-fed special formula milk by their mahout, the caretaker, and if you are curious you can even join in feeding them at the daily feeding times 9.15 am & 1.15 pm.

  • Leave for Dambulla/Sigiriya.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Dambulla / Sigiriya.

DAY 04

sigiriya rock fortress - polonnaruwa ancient sites

  • Savour breakfast at the hotel.

  • Visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most dramatic, inspiring and beautiful historical locations in the world. A mythical past of feuding dynasties suits Sigiriya’s striking setting- it was built in 5th century AD by a king, Kasyapa, as a fortress-palace. The palace complex at the foot of the rock still has the remains of four indoor swimming pools where the king’s 500 concubines bathed. The mirror walls of the Sigiriya rock still retain the world-famous frescoes of the king’s concubines, who originated from all parts of the world. The palace structure was built with complex water arteries in the walls that provided natural air conditioning in the hot climate.

  • On the summit, reached with the help of metal staircases and ladders, you can see the remains of the palace walls, gardens and ponds. 

  • Later continue on to one of the ruins of ancient Ceylon - the UNESCO World Heritage City of Polonnaruwa, which was the capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to 13th century. Polonnaruwa was a well-planned medieval city defended by enclosing walls (around 5 km. which still remain), graced by palaces, shrines, monasteries, pavilions, parks, ponds and irrigation lakes. Polonnaruwa is strewn with ruins in a resplendent state of preservation. The ‘Gal Vihara’ which consists of statues of the recumbent, standing and seated Buddha have been cut from a single granite wall and rank among few of the true masterpieces of Sri Lankan Art.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Dambulla / Sigiriya.

DAY 05

anuradhapura ancient sites

  • Rise up for breakfast at the hotel.

  • Leave for Anuradhapura.

  • Visit Anuradhapura (a World Heritage Site), the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka. Sri Maha Bodhi (sacred Bo-Tree) was brought as a sapling of the tree under which Prince Siddhartha attained to enlightenment. It is over 2,200 years old and is the oldest historically documented tree in the world.

  • At Brazen Palace (2nd Century B.C) with its 1600 stone columns, see the remains of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks. Ruwanweliseya (2nd century B.C) is the most famous of all the Dagobas and the Isurumuniya rock temple (3rd Century B.C) is known for its rock carvings.

  • In the afternoon, return to the hotel and relax.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Dambulla / Sigiriya.

DAY 06

dambulla rock cave temple - matale - kandy

  • Wake up for breakfast at the hotel.

  • Visit Dambulla Rock Cave Temple. Dambulla Cave Temple, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla. The largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka, the rock from which the caves were carved towers 160meters (520ft) over the surrounding plains. A total of 153 Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lankan kings and four statues of gods and goddesses also stand in the site.

  • Continue your journey to the hill capital of Kandy. Eminent as the centre of Buddhism and the capital of the last Sinhalese kingdom.

  • En-route, visit a spice garden in Matale to see many different types of spices Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. Gardens are open to visitors, a delightful place to stroll in fragrant greenery and learn about nutmeg, pepper vines, clove trees and curry, cinnamon and the precious cardamom, a relative of ginger. It grows in the shade of high jungle trees and can only be harvested by hand.

  • Enjoy a traditional cultural dance performance which is a vibrant and unique fire and Harvest dances accompanied by Ceremonial Drums and the Drum Orchestra rising and falling to the lively tempo. The highlight of the show is definitely the fire walking show, where the artists walk through a specially prepared fire pit, roughly 8 feet by 3 feet covered with red-hot charcoal, completely barefoot.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Kandy.

DAY 07

kandy

  • Eat breakfast at the hotel.

  • Visit the Temple of tooth relic, for the morning ceremony; the stunning 17th century Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) is believed to house the left upper canine tooth of the Lord Buddha himself.This precious relic attracts white-clad pilgrims, bearing lotus blossoms and frangipani, every day.

  • Make a sightseeing tour of Kandy.Visit the upper lake, oriental market place, a bazaar.

  • Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, at Peradeniya, the largest of Sri Lanka’s botanical gardens displaying over 4 000 different species of plants and is regarded amongst the most superior in Asia.The focal points include the superb Orchid collection and a mighty avenue of Royal Palm [sensitive content]addition to a plethora of flowering plants, there is also an extensive collection of medicinal plants and spices which can be spotted on your meander across the gardens.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Kandy.

DAY 08

kandy - train trip - nuwara eliya

  • Proceed for breakfast at the hotel.

  • Transfer to Kandy Railway station.

  • Make scenic train trip to Nuwara Eliya, also known as Sri Lanka’s “Little England”, is the prime hill resorts of the country. At a height of approximately 2000 m above sea level, the city has an abundance of lush tea plantations and jaw-dropping scenery. Its nickname comes from the many English style bungalows and buildings still in existence today. The train journey weaving through the scenic hill country is one of the most beautiful explorations in Sri Lanka.

  • From the edge of soaring mountains, you will oversee the branching valleys from the mist capped mountains, sloping lush green tea plantations, villages dotted with houses, thick forests and whooshing waterfalls.

  • Pick up from Nanu Oya Train station.

  • In the evening, walk in the British city and visit a local market.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

DAY 09

nuwara eliya - horton plains

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.

  • Leave for a visit the Horton Plains. The Horton Plains National Park is the highest plateau in Sri Lanka and hosts a unique eco-system and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park views are dominated by panoramic rolling grass plains, with occasional peaks topped by patches of montane forests. Most of its flora and fauna are endemic to Sri Lanka. Among much unique wildlife, Dusky striped squirrel, giant squirrel, brown mongoose, rhino-horned lizard, pygmy lizard and the black cheeked lizard are a few. The park has a healthy population of sambar deers frequently spotted grazing. The most popular and the easiest foot trail is called the World’s End & Baker’s Falls Round Trail.

  • Visit the tea plantation and a tea factory, on the island where the best tea in the world is produced. Watch the tea pluckers pick two leaves and a bud with deft hands.

  • Then to the factory where the all-important conversion to “made” black tea happens. The machinery used is of very traditional British design, some as old as 100 years. The process is a very artisanal one, unchanged for a century. Observe the process of manufacturing tea, tea grading and taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

DAY 10

nuwara eliya - ella - tissa / yala

  • Start with breakfast at the hotel.

  • Leave for Tissa/Yala. 

  • Witness spectacular Ella gap in the southern mountain wall where the land falls away in a dizzy drop of 3000 ft (915m), to the southern plains and the sea, which is visible in the far distance on a clear day.

  • Visit Rawana Ella Water Fall.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Tissa / Yala.

DAY 11

kataragama temple - yala naional park jeep safari

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Visit the Kataragama pilgrimage site. Kataragama a popular pilgrimage destination frequented by adherents by Buddhists & Hindus, in Sri Lanka. The main shrine devoted to Skanda popularly described in eulogies as God having six faces and twelve arms whose assistance is sought for worldly gain. The history of the shrine dates back to 2 century BC.

  • Witness an offering (pooja) ceremony.

  • In the afternoon, love a  jeep safari at Yala National Park. Yala National Park is the second-largest and most visited national safari park in Sri Lanka with numerous type of wildlife and also known for its variety of ecosystems and rich biodiversity. It is situated in a dry semi-arid climatic region which hosts various ecosystems from moist monsoon forests to freshwater and marine wetlands. Yala is home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species with seven are endemic bird species to the country. Among its more famous residents are the world’s biggest concentration of leopards, majestic elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks, crocodiles and wild buffalos.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Tissa / Yala.

DAY 12

yala - tangalle - matara - galle - beach

  • Savour breakfast at the hotel.

  • Leave for Beach Hotel.

  • Travel through Tangalle and Matara.

  • See the stilt fishermen’s on poles in Koggala, which is a traditional method for fishing practised by most fishermen along the southern coast of Sri Lanka.

  • Visit the Galle Fort. Galle Fort is the finest and most intact fortified city built by the former European colonial powers in Asia. The narrow streets of Galle Fort are lined with Dutch merchant villas, pillared verandas, carved doors and windows. British and Dutch period offices are still in use. This is a living world heritage city with residents walking the 300-year-old ramparts at sunset.

  • Strolling along the high rampart walls you will see the Old Dutch and English churches, the Governor's house, the massive VOC warehouses, the Square of Courts, the elegant pillared facade of the Old Dutch hospital, the Portuguese Black Fort, the lighthouse, the Clock Tower and much more.

  • Stop by a turtle hatchery.

Dinner and overnight stay at Beach hotel.

DAY 13

bentota / beruwala beach

  • Wake up for breakfast at the hotel.

  • Day at leisure.

Dinner and overnight stay at Beach hotel.

DAY 14

bentota / beruwala - airport

  • Eat breakfast at the hotel.

  • Transfer to airport for onward flight.

  • 967 USD Per Adult , 377 USD Per Child
  • Meeting at the airport upon arrival and assistance during the stay

  • Bottle of mineral water per person per day

  • Accommodation on half board basis in DBL Sharing for 13 Nights from dinner on Day 01 to Breakfast on Day 14 at Hotels specified or at Hotels of Similar Standard.

  • Transportation by Air-Conditioned Vehicle with an English-speaking chauffeur-guide.

  • Government tax and service charge

  • Early check-in & late checkout

  • Lunch and beverages cost throughout the Tour,

  • Entrance fees to sites (approx. Adult: USD 240 / Child (5 - 12 years): USD 120)

  • Extras of personal nature.

  • Tips and gratuities.

  • Extra services other than those specified.

  • Extensions of stays or amendments to the itinerary

  • Sri Lanka Explorer Tour: This tour is the ultimate Sri Lanka explorer. Your overall experience into Sri Lanka’s culture, its heritage, the marvellous landscapes, magical mountains and the elusive wildlife and beaches.

Accommodation basis:

  • All hotel classifications are as per Pledge Holidays classifications.

  • Confirmation of hotels will be subject to availability at the time of final confirmation.

  • Meal plan will be on a booked basis.

  • Half Board will be from arrival day dinner to departure day breakfast.

  • Full Board will be from arrival day lunch to departure day breakfast.

  • Tours could be re-routed with/ or without adequate notice, in the best interest of the customer.

  • Certain places of interest could be closed during lunch hours, public holidays etc., and the DMC will not be responsible for those.

Other Conditions:

  • Optional excursions and additional services could be provided for which we will charge additionally.

  • Visits to wildlife parks, adventure activities, etc., will be at client's own risk.

  • Payment by credit cards will be subject to 3% bank charges.

Cancellation charges (Sri Lanka):

  • Within 07 - 00 days - 100% cancellation charge.

  • Within 14 - 08 days - 75% cancellation charge.

  • Within 21-15 days - 50% cancellation charge.

Hotel Rules & Regulations:

  • The official check-in time at all hotels will be 14.00 hrs.

  • The official check-out time at all hotels will be 11.00 hrs.

  • Early check-in / late check-out will be subject to availability at the discretion of the hotel’s management. However, a request to hotels will be made where necessary.

  • Cancellation policy will be applicable for any reduction of allocated/blocked rooms, after the release period.

Visas:

  • A tourist visa needs to be obtained for nationals other than Singapore & Maldives and could be obtained online. For further details, visit the Sri Lanka government website.

Negombo, Pinnawala, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, Yala National Park, Horton Plains National Park, Galle

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The tour is available from 02 Apr to 31 Oct on the following days of the week.

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