Sri Lanka – Sun, Sand & Fun

Detailed Day Wise Itinerary

  • Day : 1 Airport / Colombo

Welcome and assistance at the Airport on arrival and proceed to Colombo.

Overnight stay at Colombo

  • Day : 2 Colombo

After Breakfast full day at leisure or City tour of Colombo. 
Observing the old Parliament,the colonial buildings in the Fort area, the residential areas and the BMICH (Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall). The tour continues with a visit to Captains Garden Hindu Temple, Colombo Museum and the Independence Square

Overnight stay at Colombo

  • Day : 3 Colombo / Mirissa

After Breakfast proceed to Mirissa via Galle Fort.
Galle Fort, in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which even after more than 423 years maintains a polished appearance, due to extensive reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. The fort has a colourful history, and today has a multi- ethnic and multi-religious population.The Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world.The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site under criteria iv, for its unique exposition of “an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries. 
The Galle Fort, also known as the Dutch Fort or the “Ramparts of Galle”, withstood the Boxing Day tsunami which damaged part of coastal area Galle town. It has been since restored.

Overnight stay at Mirissa

  • Day : 4 Mirissa

Leave early in the morning to be at the ticketing office by 6.00am. The boat will leave Mirissa harbor around 6.30am. 
Blue Whales, the largest creatures on Earth – as well as fin whales, Sei whales, sperm whales, orcas (killer whales), dolphins, flying fish, turtles, manta rays and whale sharks can all be seen during your whale watching trip.
Your tour would take 3-5 hours, but should it be hard to locate whales, then you would have to stay bit more, roughly 7 hours.
Please note that the best period for Whale watching starts in end of July and operates until end of April/early May.
Return to hotel by late afternoon & evening at leisure.

Overnight stay at Mirissa

  • Day : 5 Mirissa

After breakfast, full day at leisure by the beach ….

Overnight stay at Mirissa

  • Day : 6 Mirissa / Nuwara-eliya

After breakfast proceed to Nuwara-eliya. 
Nuwara Eliya meaning “city of light”, is a town in the central highlands of Sri Lanka with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. It is located at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) and is considered to be the most important location for Tea production in Sri Lanka. The town is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka. It is the heart of Sri Lankan tea country interspersed with gushing streams and tumbling waterfalls. Such an inspiring journey as Kandy – Nuwara Eliya Road of Sri Lanka Holidays builds up your expectations of Nuwara Eliya, the city with the highest altitude in the beautiful tropical island. And true to the expectations, we find breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains and greenery in salubrious climate. It’s hard to imagine that Nuwara Eliya is only 180 km from hot and humid Colombo. The town’s attractions include the golf course, trout streams, Victoria Park, and boating or fishing on Lake Gregory. Victoria Park is an attractive and well-used oasis. There are many popular water falls around the town. Many could be visited as a part of trekking and/or hiking expeditions. Ramboda Falls, Devon Falls, Lakshapana Falls, Lover’s Leap etc. Nuwara Eliya is popular bird watching country, & there are two excellent areas close to the town. Galway Land Bird Sanctuary covers 60 ha to the north of Lake Gregory, while in Victoria Park, in the centre of town, 38 species have been identified. Victoria Park also has an unusual ornithological distinction: despite its proximity to the town centre, it’s a sort of an ornithological hotspot, being visited by a number of rare Himalayan migrant birds, including the yellow-eared bulbul, Kashmir flycatcher, Indian blue robin & the Pied thrush, Grey tit, Pacific swallow as well as Sri Lankan endemics such as the Sri Lanka white-eye. Along the stream that runs through the park are green sandpipers.

Overnight stay at Nuwara eliya

  • Day : 7 Nuwara-eliya

After breakfast, city tour of Nuwara eliya. Here you could visit the following.

  • The Hakgala Botanical Garden
  • Visit the Gregory Lake and enjoy with a Boat Safari
  • Horse Ride around the race course
  • Visit the Victoria Park
  • Visit a Tea Factory and Tea Plantation
  • Visit the Ramboda Waterfall

Return to hotel by evening.

Overnight stay at Nuwara eliya

  • Day : 8 Nuwara-eliya / Ella

After breakfast, proceed to Ella. 
Ella is a small town in the Badulla District of Uva Province, Sri Lanka governed by an Urban Council. It is approximately 200 kilometres east of Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 1,041 meters above sea level. 
The views throughElla Gap are stunning, and on a clear night you can even spy the subtle glow of the Great Basses lighthouse onSri Lanka’s south coast. Don’t be too laid-back though; definitely make time for easygoing walks through tea plantations to temples, waterfalls and viewpoints.

Overnight stay at Ella

  • Day : 9 Ella

Early in the morning do a hike to Mini Adams Peak. Mini Adams peak is the closest and easiest hike in Ella. You will get to the entrance in about 15 min walk from Ella town. Otherwise your chauffer guide will take you or you can take a tuk tuk. 
It is 1141 m in height and from the entrance it takes up to 30-45 min for the hike. Views from the summit are incredible. 360 degrees panoramic views with clouds rolling in, is a treat to watch for any traveler. 
Hike itself is a worthy experience as you walk through lush green tea estates, talking to locals who are plucking and collecting tea leaves, working in the estate. Make sure you be safe at the summit when trying out poses for the camera while sitting on rocks. Return to hotel for breakfast. 
After breakfast, visit the Nine Arches Bridge in Demodara. 
The majestic Nine Arch Bridge is one of the many reasons for that. The glorious Nine Arch Bridge between Ella and Demodara station is one of the engineering marvels in the early 20th century. This bridge, which is almost 100 years old, has been built with blocks of stone and cement without any strengthening iron or concrete. The giant arches take the bridge on a curved path to link to mountains. The Bridge was commissioned in 1921 under the British Government. Access to the place is not that hard, but takes some rail walk from Ella town. Ravana Falls is another must visit in Ella. Hill country of Sri Lanka is quite popular for beautiful waterfalls and Ravana Falls is right at the top. The falls are quite impressive, and you can climb over some of the rocks to get a closer look. 
If you love water and wanna have some splash time, enjoying some hours in the water fall, then this is the place in Ella. You can spend sometime swimming, but be safe as the rocks are slippery. The falls have been named after the legendary character Ravana, which is connected to the famous Indian epic, the Ramayana. According to legend, it is said that Ravana (who was the king of Sri Lanka at the time) had kidnapped princess Sita, and had hidden her in the caves behind this waterfall, now simply known as the Ravana Ella Cave. At the time, the cave was surrounded with thick forests in the midst of wilderness. It is also believed that Rama’s queen bathed in a pool that accumulated the water falling from this waterfall. 
If time permits your Chauffer Guide will also take you to the Liptons Seat in Haputale which is a one & a half drive from Ella. What is Lipton’s Seat The name Lipton’s Seat says it all. It is a famous viewpoint 1970m above sea level. This precise spot in the Haputale Mountains overlooking the Dambetenna Tea Estate is where Sir Thomas Lipton used to sit and contemplate his plantation with its stony landscape and green tea bushes. Return to Hotel.

Overnight stay at Ella

  • Day :10 Ella / Kandy (By A/C Train)

Taking the train is the most comfortable way to travel. You can walk around whenever you want, go to the toilet, have some food, meet other travelers and locals, read, listen to music, relax and watch the landscape go by peacefully outside. 
Train travel in Sri Lanka is both a beautiful and affordable way to see the country, and no trip is more scenic than the train from Ella to Kandy or the reverse train from Kandy to Ella. 
Sit back, relax & enjoy the incredible scenery along the way. 
After your 3 Hour (Appox) journey by train, your Chauffer Driver will pick you up at the Peradeniya Railway Station & transfer you to your hotel in Kandy. 
Kandy, located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka is the second largest city in the country after Colombo. It was the last capital of the ancient kings’ era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city and is also the capital of the Central Province. Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988. 
By evening, visit the Temple of the tooth Relic & a Kandyan cultural show.

Overnight Stay at Kandy

  • Day : 11 Kandy

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed on a city tour of Kandy. 
Places to be visited: Peradeniya Botanical Garden, Lankathilaka Temple – Pilimathalwa, Gadladeniya Temple & Embekka Devalaya. 
Embekka Devalaya (Embekka Temple) This temple was Built by the King Vikramabahu III of Gampola Era (AD 1357 – 1374) in Sri Lanka. The Devalaya in Embekka is dedicated to the worship of Mahasen, popularly known as Katharagama Deviyo. A local deity called Devatha Bandara is also worshiped at this site. The shrine consists of three sections, the “Sanctum of Garagha”, the “Digge” or “Dancing Hall” and the “Hevisi Mandapaya” or the “Drummers’ Hall”. 
The Drummers’ Hall has drawn the attention of visitors to the site due to the splendid wood carvings of its ornate pillars and its high pitched roof. Gadaladeniya The Gadaladeniya temple is located in a small hilltop, but can easily reach from the main road. If you are coming by a small vehicles like a car or a van, you can just drive up. Once you are in the summit, you can get a good view of the surrounding area from here. Lankathilake The majestic Lankatilaka Raja Maha Viharaya, believed to be one of the most magnificent architectural edifice in the Gampola kingdom, was built at the crest of a large rock named “Panhalgala” overlooking the Hantane mountain range in the Hiripitiya hamlet in Udunuwara. By afternoon visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens & Hanthana Tea Museum.

Overnight Stay at Kandy

  • Day : 12 Kandy/ Matale/ Dambulla/Sigiriya

Sigiriya. En route visit the famous Rock Cave Temples at Dambulla, the most visited monastery. It is the most impressive cave temple in Sri Lanka, with five caves under a vast overhanging rock, carved with a drip line to keep the interiors dry. There are images of the Buddha, and Gods and Goddesses. There are innumerable painted sculptures, including a life size effigy of the last Kandyan king and much older statues of Hindu gods. 
After visiting a Batik Factory and a Spice Garden at Matale. Here you would be shown the different varieties of spices grown and demonstration of their use.

Overnight Stay at Sigiriya

  • Day : 13 Sigiriya Rock/ Village Tour/ Habarana or Minneriya/ sigiriya

After breakfast check-out from the hotel & climb the 5 th century A.D Rock Fortress. See the mural paintings of “Heavenly Maidens” over 1500 years old, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock. 
Historians say originally there were close to 500 paintings but today only 19 exist. Also visit the water and rock gardens and the King’s bath on the 600 feet palace fortress. 
Soon after make a mini excursion through the village in Sigiriya. Your experience begins from the village adjacent to the great Sigiriya Rock. You can ride the bullock cart with gravel paths which will become dusty with red soil & enjoy a boat ride. 
Late Afternoon Minneriya National Park or Habarana elephant safari Minneriya National Parkis anational parkinNorth Central ProvinceofSri Lanka. The area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as awildlife sanctuaryin 1938.The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect thecatchmentof Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is of historical importance, having been built by King Mahasen in third century AD. The park is a dry season feeding ground for theelephantpopulation dwelling in forests of Matale , Polonnaruwa , and Trincomalee districts.

Overnight Stay at Sigiriya

  • Day : 14 Sigiriya/Anuradhapura Sacred City/Polonnaruwa

After Breakfast proceed to Polonnaruwa. En-route visit the Sacred City of Anuradhapura. 
This sacred city was established around a cutting from the ‘tree of enlightenment’, the Buddha’s fig tree, brought there in the 3rd century B.C. by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns. Anuradhapura, a Ceylonese political and religious capital that flourished for 1,300 years, was abandoned after an invasion in 993. Hidden away in dense jungle for many years, the splendid site, with its palaces, monasteries and monuments, is now accessible once again.

Overnight Stay at Polonnaruwa

  • Day : 15 Polonnaruwa/ Polonnaruwa City Tour/ Polonnaruwa

After Breakfast city tour of Polonnaruwa. 
Evening at leisure. 
Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993. It comprises, besides the Brahmanic monuments built by the Cholas, the monumental ruins of the fabulous garden-city created by Parakramabahu I in the 12th century. The city is situated on the left bank of River Mahaweli. Archeological evidence and accounts in chronicles suggests that the city is as old as Anuradhapura. The Vijithagama settlement made by Vijitha in 400 BCE is thought to be situated near the town.

Overnight Stay at Polonnaruwa

  • Day : 16 Polonnaruwa / Pasikuda

After breakfast, bid farewell to Polonnaruwa and travel down the east coast to Pasikudah, stopping en route to see Seruwavila, an ancient Buddhist temple. The coastal resort of Pasikudah is blessed with miles of beautiful, white sandy beach, a shallow coastline and crystal clear waters. 
Check in at hotel, spend the rest of your time at leisure, soaking up the sunshine and enjoying one of Sri Lanka’s finest beaches.

Overnight Stay at Pasikuda

  • Day : 17 Pasikuda

After breakfast spend the entire day by the beach.

Overnight Stay at Pasikuda

  • Day : 18 Pasikuda / Trincomalee

After breakfast, travel north to Trincomalee on the northeastern the main centres of the Tamil speaking culture. Upon arrival check in to your hotel and spend the rest of day at leisure by the beach.

Overnight Stay at Tricomalee

  • Day :29 Trincomalee

After breakfast embark on a sightseeing tour that takes in Thirukonamalai Konesar Temple & Hot Water Wells, the Temple of the Thousand Pillars and Dakshina-Then Kailasam – a classical medieval Hindu temple complex. The rest of the afternoon is free for some R&R on the beach.

Overnight Stay at Tricomalee

  • Day : 20 Trincomalee / Negombo via Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

After breakfast proceed to Katunayake. En-route, visit the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala. 
Pinnawala is the most popular and accessible place to see large numbers of these lovable animals in a natural habitat. It is the most popular elephant ‘attraction’ with tourists because nowhere else, except at the splendid ‘pereheras’ will you see so many elephants at such close quarters. The government opened it in 1975 since many more baby elephants than usual had become separated from their herds that year. The persistent drought had dried up many village wells into which the young elephants had fallen, while attempting to get a drink. 
In Pinnawala you can see the bottle feeding of baby Elephants. See them at play. Accompany them to a river close by to see them having their daily bath. By late evening reach Negombo.

Overnight Stay at Negombo

  • Day : 21 Negombo / Departure

Buffet breakfast at Hotel. 
Have the rest of the day at leisure or have a stroll around the City. 
Check-out from hotel by 12.00 noon and proceed to airport for departure.

Tour Ends ……..

Day excursions:

  • Galle Fort.
  • Madu River Safari.
  • Whale Watching.
  • Turtle Hatchary
  • Turtle Hatchary

Water Sports in Sri Lanka

The island of Sri Lanka has an abundance of beaches where water sports are carried out. Let us talk about which ones are most thrilling and what is the best place in Sri Lanka to enjoy each sport.

Surfing

If you are looking to surf sand-bottomed point breaks all day long in 30 degrees bright and shiny weather, Sri Lanka is the place to be. Surfing is more of a hobby or a pleasure activity that is loved by many. To enjoy surfing the most, you need to be on a beach that has beautiful crashing waves that you can surf against. Of course, in the sport of surfing, patience is of utmost importance as you have to wait for the wave. Also, you should be willing to take chances at massive waves and keep calm if in case things get hectic. Arugam Bay, in the east coast, is the ideal place for a surfing holiday in Sri Lanka. Hordes of surfers, particularly from wave-starved European countries love the ripples on the coastline. In this area, you will find surfers mostly in the intermediate range but if you are a beginner, surfing lessons are available to help you out. June to October is the best time to visit places like Passikuda and Arugam Bay for surfing on the east coast. Places like Unawatuna in the south-west coast are also popular for surfing during the months of November to May.

Jet skiing

Jet skiing is very much like a motor bike ride, but on water! The thrill of riding a motor bike on water can only be experienced through a Jet Ski ride in Sri Lanka. Jet skiing is possible in several parts of the island, including east, west and south coast beaches as well as man-made lakes lagoons around the country. A water sport lover is sure to enjoy drenching themselves on a jet ski while negotiating with the water movements and performing air-water jumps. You can explore deep into the ocean if you are confident enough on a jet ski while also making speedy movements around big waves. Bentota in the south-west coast has a water sports center that offers jet skiing. In addition to that, Unawatuna beach, Negombo beach, Negombo lagoon, Kalpitiya beach, Passikudah beach and Gregory Lake in Nuwara Eliya are a few places in Sri Lanka where jet skiing is popular.

Sailing & many more

The ocean is Sri Lanka’s primary resource. Explore Sri Lankan coasts in style with a sailing cruise. You could choose either the east, west south or north coast to explore depending on which time of the year that you are visiting. With a sailing holiday you have access to stunning landscapes and pristine beaches. Sailing as an activity is also available in Sri Lanka in places like Bolgoda Lake, North-East coast and Southern coast.

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