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Entire Sri Lanka – 22 Days

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Highlights
  • Ancient City of Anuradhapura
  • Safari at Yala National Park
  • Sigiriya Rock
  • Delft Island
  • Holy Temple of tooth relic
  • Tea factory
  • Scenic train ride across tea plantations
  • Relaxing at the beach or pool
  • selected exceptional accommodations
  • Cooking Class
  • Authentic & organic Sri Lankan food

Activities

  • Cultural
  • Safari
  • Hiking
  • Beach

Tour Start & End

Start: Colombo

End: Colombo

Included

  • 21 nights accommodation according tour itinerary
  • Meals according tour plan (21 x Breakfast, 6 x Lunch, 3 x Dinner)
  • Transportation with private van/car with a/c
  • English speaking driver guide
  • Train tickets
  • Entrance fees for Dambulla Cave temple, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Temple of Tooth Relic, Safari Yala National Park
  • Taxes

Not Included

  • Flight tickets
  • Entrance fees for optional sites: Horton Plains National Park, Whale watching
  • other meals and drinks
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa (approx. 35 US$)
Itinerary

 

B: Breakfast       L: Lunch       D: Dinner

Day 1Arrival in Colombo

Arrival in Sri Lanka International Airport and meet with our representative at the arrival lounge. Transfer to your hotel in Negombo.

Overnight: in Negombo
Meals: D

Day 2Negombo - Anuradhapura

After breakfast, you will do a city tour of Negombo covering St. Maries Church, the Dutch fort and fish market. Enjoy watching the old-world fishing crafts like the outrigger canoes and the catamarans bringing a variety of marine fishes like seers, skipjacks, pomfrets and amber-jacks. In the lagoon lobsters and prawns are caught and served as fascinating delicacies in the restaurant.
After Lunch, we are heading to Anuradhapura, one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilization. From the 4th century BC, it was the capital of Sri Lanka until the beginning of the 11th century AD. During this period, it remained one of the most stable and durable centres of political power and urban life in South Asia.

Overnight: in Anuradhapura
Meals: B,L

Day 3Ancient City

After breakfast, we are heading to the city of ancient ruins that gives you a detailed explanation of the Sri Lankan history dating back to the 13th century. Highlights here are the Yapahuwa ancient city and the Mihintale Buddhist Temple.
In the evening you leisurely explore the villages. Mingle with locals we set you free for this evening to feel the essence of Anuradhapura
Optional: bicycle tour

Overnight: in Anuradhapura
Meals: B

Day 4Transfer to Jaffna

After breakfast, we are heading to Jaffna (Yalpanam), the capital city of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. Most of the residents of Jaffna are Sri Lankan Tamils with a presence of Sri Lankan Moors and Portuguese Burghers. Yarlpanam is believed to have got its name from Yarl and Panam meaning the land of the Yarl or Veenai, a musical instrument; derived from the myth that this land was received by a Yarl player as a Royal grant in appreciation of his musical performance.
In the evening, we do a city tour of Jaffna covering culture, religions and enjoy some food while mingling with locals.

Overnight: in Jaffna
Meals: B

Day 5Jaffna City Tour

After breakfast we proceed to the tour of Jaffna city. You will see the train station that was completely destroyed being rebuilt. Even the new tracks are being laid, and some important land marks of the town which show significant progress in the city after the war. We will visit the temple of Sri Naga Viharaya the temple where the sapling of the original Bodhi tree were once brought and were placed before going to the Kings palace. This specially designed tour will also cover Jaffna Fort, Alfred Duraiaappah Stadium, Jaffna clock Tower, Jafina library, High Court, Ariyakulam Buddhist Temple, Nallur Temple, Jamunari Bottomless well, Manthirimanai (King Sangilians Palace) with so many other spectacular and historical places including Keerimalai springs.

Overnight stay: in Jaffna
Meals: B,L

Day 6Delft Island

Today you’ll visit Delft Island, a very unique attraction in Jaffna Peninsula. You can travel by boat from Kurikadduwan pier at Pungudutivu island. You can explore its attractions like Dutch fort, wild horses, coral fences, pigeon holes and growing rock. An ideal day excursion to see the habitat that has survived for more than 400 years.

Overnight stay: in Jaffna
Meals: B,L

Day 7Mannar Island

After breakfast we proceed to Sun-blasted Mannar Island, a dry peninsula with lots of white sand and palm trees, gulls and terns, wild donkeys and fishing boats. Culturally, it’s an intriguing place: dotted with ancient baobab trees (native to Africa and said to have been planted by Arab merchants many centuries ago) and crumbling colonial edifices built by the Portuguese, Dutch and Brits.
Off the Coast you can see small islands named as first and second islands. Some travelers record their experience of walking across several small islets in the second island is buzzing with activity of fish, crabs and seagulls. And other travelers identify the island to be the playground for rare birds. You can also have a look at a popular tourist attraction near Adam’s Bridge called Dancing Islands. The chain of sprinkled islands here has sand dunes in which the sand keeps ‘shifting’ from one location to another. This creates the beautiful illusion of the sands constantly moving and dancing

Overnight: in Mannar
Meals: B

Day 8Trincomalee

Today we proceed to Trincomalee, a port city on the east coast of Sri Lanka. The city is built on a peninsula, which divides the inner and outer harbours. It is one of the main centers of Tamil speaking culture on the island.
We will visit Koneswaram Temple, Marble Beach, Kanniya Hot Springs with a smooth city tour

Overnight: in Trincomalee
Meals: B

Day 9Muttur

After breakfast we are heading to Muttur. The best way to explore Muttur archipelago is by river and sea sailing. While you hop from island to island you will pass beautiful scenes of village ladies picking mussels, shrimp trappers, crab hunters, anglers and village children take dips that can’t be found in many other places. The weather is always nice but the sea can be a little bit rougher depends on the season. Most sightings of whales and Dolphins occur between February and April as whales continue their migrations around the island from the south coast. Nevertheless, Muttur is a must visit for every off-beat tour enthusiast.

Overnight: in Trincomalee
Meals: B

Day 10Polonnaruwa

After breakfast we are heading to Polonnaruwa, the second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms and UNESCO World Heritage site. Today, this ancient city still remains one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in Sri Lanka, and visitors to this area will be awestruck by ruins that have survived thousands of years.
In the afternoon stepping back into history with the extensive and well-preserved cultural monuments such as the Polonnaruwa Vatagade – believed to house the Temple of the Tooth Relic which is now deposited in Kandy;
The compactness of this great ancient city ensures that all monuments and remains can be explored in a day

Overnight stay: in Polonnaruwa
Meals: B,L

Day 11Dambulla & Sigiriya

After breakfast we are heading to Sigiriya. The ruins of the capital built by the parricidal King Kassapa I (477–95) lie on the steep slopes and at the summit of a granite peak standing some 180m high (the ‘Lion’s Rock’, which dominates the jungle from all sides). A series of galleries and staircases emerging from the mouth of a gigantic lion constructed of bricks and plaster provide access to the site.
Dambulla includes the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex of Sri Lanka. The city also boasts to have the largest rose quartz mountain range in South Asia, and the Iron wood forest, or Namal Uyana.

Overnight stay: in Dambulla
Meals: B,L

Day 12Kandy

A nice lunch at a local village side is recommended enroute Kandy, the capital of the Central Province. It lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy Valley which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. This spectacular and vibrant city is one of the most preferred touristic cities in Sri Lanka. Kandy is of both an administrative and religious city which a custodies the Temple of the tooth relic.
In the evening we visit the temple of the tooth relic before we attend a Sri Lankan cultural dance show with fire walking, mask dancing and the traditional drum beating called “Bera Wadanaya” which should not be missed in Kandy.

Overnight: in Kandy
Meals: B

Day 13Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast we are heading to Nuwara Eliya, the Singhalese meaning for “city on the plain (table land)” or “city of light”. With an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) it is the highest point in the central highlands and is considered as one of the most important locations for tea production in Sri Lanka.
Massive tea plantations, lovely white waterfalls, green mountains and valleys; all make up a fabulous panoramic view for tourists in Sri Lanka.
Enroute, we visit Bakers, Aberdeen, and Devon waterfalls.

Overnight: in Nuwara Eliya
Meals: B

Day 14Horton Plains - Trin trip

Optional:
Early in the morning at around 5 am we are heading to the Horton Plains National Park, a protected area in the central highlands, covered by grassland and cloud forest. The Horton Plains are the headwaters of three major Sri Lankan rivers, the Mahaweli, Kelani, and Walawe. In Sinhala the plains are known as Maha Eliya Plains. The plains’ vegetation is grasslands interspersed with montane forest, and includes many endemic woody plants. Large herds of Sri Lankan Sāmbhar deer feature as typical mammals, and many bird species not only endemic to Sri Lanka but restricted to the Horton Plains.
After Horton Plains Trekking, we board you to the most scenic Nuwara Eliya to Ella train ride where our driver will be waiting to pick you at Ella station upon arrival.

Overnight: in Ella
Meals: B

Day 15Ella - Leisure Day

This small town is used as a base for plenty of trekking expeditions to the surrounding countryside. Places to see: Ella Gap, Ravana Ella Falls, Little Adam’s Peak and Bambaragala Peak, 9’arch bridge.

Overnight: in Ella
Meals: B

Day 16Diyaluma Falls

Today we’ll do a trip to the Diyaluma falls, the second highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. Trekking to the top of upper Diyaluma falls a wonderful experience through diverse nature, beautiful mini waterfalls and natural pools. The 40 minutes one-way walk-through rubbles will give you a once in a lifetime experience.
Option:
• visit Lipton’s Seat
• Kobabakma village tour

Overnight stay: in Ella
Meals: B,L

Day 17Tissamaharama

After a relaxed breakfast, we’re heading to Tissamaharama, where you will have time to explore the town on your own.

Overnight: in Tissamaharama
Meals: B

Day 18Safari at Yala National Park

In the early morning at around 4:30 we’ll do a safari at the Yala National Park, which covers 979 km², although only the original 141 km² are open to the public. Much of the reserve is parkland, but it also contains jungle, beaches, freshwater lakes and rivers and scrubland. The range of habitats gives rise to a good range of wildlife. Yala is the ideal place to spot the “big four” of Sri Lankan wildlife, the elephants, the sloth bear, the illusive leopard and the wild buffalo and many more animals. In the afternoon, we are heading to Galle.

Overnight: in Galle
Meals:

Day 19Galle

Galle or “Gaul”, is a town situated on the southwestern tip of Sri Lanka, 119 km from Colombo. Galle was known as Gimhathiththa before the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century, when it was the main port on the island. Galle reached the height of its development in the 18th century, during the Dutch colonial period. The major river is Gin River Gin Ganga which starts from Gongala Kanda and flowing through many beautiful villages in the area.
• Natural silk factory

Overnight: in Galle
Meals: B

Day 20Cooking Class / Whale watching

Dinner will be organized over a local cookery class at Galle Organic Kitchen. You will be able to visit local organic market to pick the most preferred local veggie and prepare a local cuisine with the guides family for an authentic local dinner.

Optional:
Whale watching in the morning. The best time to Whale watch is between November and April each year.

Overnight: in Galle
Meals: B,D

Day 21Colombo

After breakfast, we are heading to Colombo through Ahungalla Turtle hatchery and we do a river safari at Madu River. With most of the area being soggy wetlands, the solid landmass of the region mainly consists of islands.

Overnight: in Colombo
Meals: B,D

Day 22Departure

Depending on your departure time, you’ll be driven to the airport.
Possibility to extend your stay.

Meals: B

Accommodation

All accommodations on our tours are in, primarily, family run home stays, farm stays, eco friendly small hotels. The food in the accommodation is primarily sourced locally or organically grown in the own garden and the large number of dishes on the menus are home made. We encourage and educate local guides in the villages and hire them in places where their expertise and local knowledge will enhance your experience and understanding of historical context and on the environmental impact of your visit. If one accommodation is already fully booked on the time of booking, you will stay in a similar accommodation of the same category.

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FAQ

How can I book a tour and how is the booking process?

Just contact us via email or you can simply use the inquiry form on the tour page.
For the booking process we need:
– Amount of travellers
– Name
– Birthday
– Passport number
– Address
– Phone number

After your booking we will send you:
– Booking confirmation
– Payment details

How can I pay a tour?

You can pay via direct bank transfer on our Sri Lankan bank account. Further payment methods are currently not available. Thus, you don’t need to pay high credit card fees. After your deposit and remaining payment you will get an invoice. Please note, that the tour price on your booking confirmation has to be paid into our bank account, eventual transfer costs has to be paid by the traveller.
You can easily compare your bank transaction fees with other money transfer companies like e.g. Transferwise or Azimo.

I want to travel on a date which is not available

Your wished date is not available? No problem. Just contact us with your wished date and we will try our best to schedule a tour on your wished date.

Where does the tours start and end?

Usually we pick you up from the international airport in Colombo and bring you back at your departure time. If your arrival- or departure time is earlier or later than the tour start or end, we can arrange you the pick-up and bring service to the airport.

If you arrive earlier or depart later than the tour dates, we will arrange an accommodation for you.

Deposit Payment

The deposit payment is 20% of the tour price, if the tour start date is longer than 28 days ahead. The rest payment is due 28 days prior tour start.

If the tour start is less than 28 days ahead at the time of booking, then the full tour price is due immediately.

Cancellation Fee

until 60. day: 20 %
59. – 29. days: 35 %
28. – 10. days: 60 %
9. – 4. days: 80 %
3. – no show: 100%