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Experience Sri Lanka's Best On A 10-Day Roadtrip

Anuradhapura, Colombo, Galle, Kandy, Mirissa, Nuwara Eliya, Pinnawala, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Yala National Park

Nature
Nature Tour
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Religious Tour
History
History Tour

Get to know the culture, heritage and nature of the island nation as you make your way around the most-popular spots on Sri Lanka’s tourist map. Climb up to the cave temples and ancient ruins and relax on the beach or go on a safari.

DAY 01

Arrival – Negombo

  • Meet and greet your guide and driver at the Arrivals Lounge of Bandaranaike International Airport/your hotel/any other preferred location.

  • Drive towards Negombo and check-in at the hotel. (~30 min – 1 hour drive)

  • Depending on the time of your arrival, a short drive around or a half-day sightseeing tour of Negombo can be arranged. Known as “Little Rome”, Negombo is home to most of Sri Lanka’s Christians. There are around 50 churches in the area. You can also visit the fish market, Hamilton Canal, Dutch Fort and the local beach.

  • Overnight at Negombo hotel.

DAY 02

Negombo – Anuradhapura

  • After breakfast at the hotel, check-out by 8 am and begin your road trip to one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka. (~4 Hours’ drive).

  • Reach Anuradhapura by noon, have lunch, and check-in to the hotel.

  • Proceed for a sightseeing tour of UNESCO Heritage city.

  • Drive through the ancient ruins dating back to 1st Century BCE, while the guide tells you all about Sri Lanka’s ancient kingdoms. Stop for photo-ops as per your interest.

  • On the drive, you will see the Abhayagiri Dagoba, Ruvanvelisaya Dagoba, Sri Maha Bodhi, and several other stupas and temples.

  • In the evening, drive to Mihintale – a hilltop where locals believe Buddhism was introduced in Sri Lanka. The guide would help you understand more about the stories surrounding the serene space. Enjoy the sunset here.

  • Drive back to your hotel in Anuradhapura.

  • Overnight in Anuradhapura.

DAY 03

Anuradhapura – Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya

  • Have breakfast, check-out, and start early at 6 am for a full-day of activities.

  • Drive to Polonnaruwa – another ancient capital city with fascinating ruins. (~3 hours’ drive)

  • On arrival, go on a sightseeing tour around Polonnaruwa and see the Royal Palace, King’s swimming pool, Court, Sacred Quadrangle, several Dagobas and Buddha statues.

  • Have lunch at a local restaurant and continue your journey to Sigiriya.

  • Drive to Sigiriya (~1 hours’ drive) and reach by late afternoon.

  • In Sigiriya, head straight to the UNESCO Heritage rock fortress. Start the climb up the “Lion Rock” and reach the ancient citadel in time for the sunset.

  • Climb back down and don’t miss the stunning view on the way.

  • Transfer to a hotel in Sigiriya and check-in for the night.

  • Overnight in Sigiriya.

DAY 04

Sigiriya – Dambulla – Kandy

  • Early morning, check-out from the hotel and depart for Dambulla (~30 minutes drive).

  • On arrival, make your way directly to the famous cave temple – the largest and best-preserved in the country. Magnificent Buddha statues and vibrant frescos adorn the 5 caves that are open to tourists. Watch out for the monkeys on your climb up and once inside, you admire the amazing décor and learn more about its history.

  • After exploring the caves, continue your journey towards Kandy – the last capital of the Sinhalese kings. On the way, we can stop at a Spice & Herb Garden, the Nalanda Gedige, and the vibrant Hindu Temple in Matale. (~3 - 5 hour drive depending on stopovers).

  • Have lunch on the way and reach Kandy by afternoon; check-in to the hotel.

  • Next, you can either relax at the hotel till evening or go on a shopping tour. Kandy is well-known for gemstone shopping; you guide can recommend some shops. Ceylon tea, batik textiles, and local crafts can also make good souvenirs.

  • Later in the evening, take a walk around Kandy Lake – located in the heart of the city, right next to the Temple of the Tooth. Enjoy the views and take some stunning photographs.

  • Proceed to visit the famous Buddhist ‘Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic’.

  • The temple itself is a sight to behold. You will also see beautiful white and gold stupas around. There is also a small museum here that showcases stories and information on Buddhism.

  • Catch a moment of peace in the serene environment, as the evening ceremony begins by 6 pm. You can feel the shift in mood as devotes light lamps, make floral offerings and queue up for a fleeting glimpse of the relic. You can choose to join them and enter the temple or observe from outside.

  • Later, proceed for dinner and enjoy a cultural program showcasing Kandyan drums, traditional dance and music. (Optional - Price not included in the tour cost).

  • Overnight stay at hotel in Kandy.

DAY 05

Kandy – Pinnawala – Nuwara Eliya

  • After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Pinnawala. (~30 minutes - 2 hour’s drive).

  • Spend the morning at Pinnawala Elephant orphanage, watching the daily activities of the gentle giants. At noon, you can also feed them for a unique experience.

  • Have lunch at Pinnawala with a view of the elephants bathing and frolicking in the river.

  • Continue your journey to Nuwara Eliya - Sri Lanka’s breath-taking tea country. On route, see tea plantations and spectacular views including those of waterfalls. (~4 - 6 hours’ drive).

  • Reach “Little England” in the evening and enjoy the change of scenery as well as the weather, which is a welcome relief from the sweltering cities.

  • Overnight stay at hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

DAY 06

Nuwara Eliya - Ella - Yala National Park

  • In the morning, after breakfast at your hotel, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya.

  • You can choose to go boating on the Gregory lake, take a stroll in Victoria Park, visit the Post Office operating in a colonial Tudor Manor or the Hakgala Botanical Garden, explore the markets, farms and tea plantations.

  • By noon, head to Nanu Oya Railway Station to catch your train to Ella.

  • After dropping you off at the station, your driver will travel to Ella with your luggage, by road and wait for your arrival.

  • Enjoy the one of the most sought-after train journey in the world – though it is only a short distance, the train meanders through tea plantations, hills and simply untouched nature, giving you about 3 hours uninterrupted picturesque views.

  • On arrival in Ella, de-board and meet your driver outside the station.

  • Begin the drive towards Yala and reach by evening. (~3 hours drive).

  • Overnight in Yala.

DAY 07

Yala National Park – Mirissa

  • Early in the morning, go on a game drive in Yala National Park.

  • Later, after having breakfast, get back on the road to Mirissa. (~3 hours)

  • Reach Mirissa by afternoon.

  • Enjoy the untouched beauty of this quaint beach town, for the rest of the day.

  • Overnight in Mirissa.

DAY 08

Mirissa - Galle

  • Early in the morning, you could go on a Whale Watching tour. (Price not included in tour cost – optional).

  • Spend the day on the beaches of Mirissa and enjoy activities like diving and snorkelling.

  • In the evening, drive to Galle (~2 hours drive)

  • Overnight in Galle

DAY 09

Galle - Colombo

  • Wake up in the beach town of Galle, have breakfast and set out for a full-day sightseeing tour. There’s so much to see in this vibrant city – from colonial remnants to hip and happening boutique restaurants and shops.

  • Visit the UNESCO Heritage-listed Galle Fort - a Portuguese-built and Dutch-fortified 16th-century fort. You will also see the lighthouse here.

  • Take a walk through old town Galle and the Dutch Hospital – now home to a myriad of upmarket boutiques and restaurants.

  • Have lunch at the Dutch Hospital – choose one of the lively boutique eateries and enjoy a relaxed time.

  • Head over to Flag Rock, at the southernmost end of the Fort. You might see daredevil locals leaping into the waters below.

  • Visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery on the way to Colombo and see how they are attempting to raise the survival rate of sea turtles. You will see tiny turtles in tanks and learn about their lifecycle. (30 minutes tour) OR catch the sunset at the Flag Rock.

  • After the sunset in Galle or the turtle hatchery tour, hop back into the car for your drive along the coast to Colombo. (~3 hours’ drive)

  • Reach Colombo late in the evening.

  • Overnight in Colombo.

DAY 10

Colombo Sightseeing

  • Have a relaxed breakfast at your hotel.

  • Go on a sightseeing tour of Colombo – Half-day drive around or full-day tour, depending on the time of your departure.

  • In Colombo, you can opt to see the colonial buildings, the National Museum, Independence Memorial, Gangaramaya temple and other attractions. Take a stroll in Viharamahadevi Park or go boating in Beira Lake.

  • You could also go on a shopping tour of Pettah for good bargains or enjoy the local cuisine on the streets or at a good restaurant by the beach.

  • According to your departure timings, the driver will drop you off at the international airport/your hotel for your onward journey.

End of Services.

  • Professional English-speaking guide-driver.

  • Insured air-conditioned private car/van (Car for 1-3 people and Van for 4 or more people, with max 12 people allowed).

  • Fuel, tolls, taxes and parking fees.

  • Airport transfers.

  • Driver-Guide expenses/accommodation/meals etc.

  • International air-tickets.

  • All meals and beverages.

  • Entrance Fees for attractions.

  • Accommodation.

  • Fee for extra activities like water sports.

  • Shopping and personal expenses.

  • Whale watching and other activities in Mirissa (Optional).

  • Dinner and Cultural dance show in Kandy (Optional).

  • Tour of Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery (Optional).

  • Anything not mentioned in ‘What’s Included’.

  • The day-wise itineraries are flexible; guests may choose to remove or alter any sites/activities, provided it is within the time and budget allocated to the tour.

  • The guide could suggest and arrange any extra activity that might interest you. However, this would be at your own expense.

  • The guide could recommend restaurants for lunch and dinner, if required.

  • Accommodation options could also be suggested by the guide, if required.

Anuradhapura, Colombo, Galle, Kandy, Mirissa, Nuwara Eliya, Pinnawala, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Yala National Park

Nature
Nature Tour
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Religious Tour
History
History Tour

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