8D7N Sri Lanka - Enchanting Journey | Land Tour

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8D7N Sri Lanka - Enchanting Journey | Land Tour

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Travel Period: Jan - March 2016

 

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Sri Lanka, the hidden gem of South East Asia. The clean roads, friendly locals, 100-year-old colonial buildings, stunning UNESCO World wonders, and the rich savoury cuisine left unforgettable memories. This underrated destination has so much more to offer, where the generous spirit of the people and the beautiful sights charm you into staying longer.

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Colombo

On arrival at the Colombo International Airport you will welcomed and transferred to the hotel in Negombo. 

Overnight stay in Negombo

Day 2: Negombo - Polonnaruwa - Dambulla 

After breakfast, we will leave the hotel about 10am and proceed to Polonnaruwa (approx. 5 hours’ drive)

Visit the historical site of Polonnaruwa, the second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms; Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated the Chola invaders in 1070 CE to reunite the country once more under a local leader. Sri Lanka's medieval capital (11th - 12th Century AD) is a well-preserved city of ancient dagobas, moonstones, beautiful parks, massive buildings and stunningly beautiful statues. The majestic King's Council Chamber, the Lotus Bath, the Lanka Thilaka Viharaya, the Gal Vihara (rock temple) and the statue of one of Polonnaruwa's great kings, Parakramabahu, are a few of this capital's memorable sights.

Afterwards, transfer to Dambulla (approx. 2 hour drive) for overnight.

Day 3: Dambulla– Sigiriya – Village Tour - Kandy

This morning, proceed to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress (approx. 30 mins drive). Embrace yourself as you climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress (a World Heritage and a UNESCO Site) and witness the glamorous architecture, structure, paintings (frescos) and the beauty of the site.  Afterwards, visit the museum that explains more details of the ancient kingdom of Sigiriya. 

After that, leave Sigiriya to experience a Village Safari Tour. The tour begins with a scenic journey on a Bullock cart followed by a boat ride. Spend some time at leisure in the village to experience the rice making process and have a chance to prepare Sri Lankan bread (Kurahan Rotti). 

Continue the journey to Kandy. Enroute, visit the Spice Garden in Matale and a gem museum in Kandy.  Enjoy a cultural dance show in the evening.

Overnight stay in Kandy

Day 4: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Peradeniya Railway station and board the train and Nuwara Eliya. Enjoy the picturesque journey from your observation carriage, the train snaking its way through the mountains through the tea country. Lunch will be served on the train.

Arrive in Nuwara Eliya, also known as Little England. It is here that the British planters made their home, preferring the cooler climate; a vestige of Sri Lanka’s colonial past. Visit the famous Ramboda water fall and embrace the beautiful scenery as you unravel the glamour of the waterfall itself. 

Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.

Day 5: Nuwara Eliya – Haputale – Galle

After an early breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed to Haputale (approx. 2 hours’ drive).  Today, you will visit to the largest tea factory and the most famous view point of Badulla district - Dambethanna Tea Factory and Lipton’s Seat. 

Lipton’s Seat was a favorite look-outpoint for Sir Thomas Lipton. The point has a fabulous view over Uva, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Eastern provinces. 

Continue the tour with a visit to Adisham’s Bungalow. It houses the Adisham monastery of Saint Benedict and it has relic (a chip of a bone) of St. Sylvester at the chapel. The garden of Adisham is a fruit estate and flower estate, several foods are produced at Adisham bungalow and available for buy. Transfer to Galle in the afternoon (approx. 5 hours’ drive).

Overnight in Galle

Day 6: Galle – Ahungalla 

Optional Whale & Dolphin watching tour (Tou3-3 ½ hours)
Wake up in the early morning for a boat ride to the middle of the sea for whales & dolphins watching. Packed breakfast will be served on the boat. 

Visit the Galle fort (a World Heritage and a UNESCO Site); it is the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers. Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in south and Southeast Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and south Asian traditions. 

Transfer to Kosgoda and check in to your hotel in the evening.  Leave the hotel around 8.30pm to watch turtles laying (nesting). 

Overnight in Ahungalla

Day 7: Colombo

After breakfast, check out from hotel. Visit Turtle Hatchery before return to Colombo (approx. 2 hours’ drive). 

Go on a tour in the City of Colombo.  Visit the new Parliament is situated in the Old Capital, the latest Art Theatre in the shape of a Lotus Flower – The NELUM POKUNA, the Colombo Museum which is another main attraction in Colombo and the Arcade Independence Square, which is the third super-complex to pop up in Colombo, after the Dutch Hospital and Racecourse. It's a beautiful, central space with a food court, restaurants, and shopping, cushioned on a beautiful green expanse.

Check into your hotel in Colombo for overnight.

Day 8: Colombo (Departure)

Transfer to airport for your international flight back home.