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Cultural Sri Lanka
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For most travellers, Sri Lanka has been off the map for too long. Well, it's back. Discover the vibrant colours, diverse cultures, and swaying palm trees of this tropical jewel on a 14-day trip designed to please. You'll explore tea plantations and rock fortresses, and be moved at an elephant sanctuary. This trip is about more than just beaches and stunning views; it's about the inspiring people you'll meet along the way.


Duration: 14 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, History Physical rating: 2 - Light
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 133105
Starts: Negombo, Sri Lanka Finishes: Colombo, Sri Lanka
You will visit
  • Negombo
  • Colombo

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Negombo

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Negombo (1B)

Visit the seaside and watch the process the fishermen go through to haul their catch ashore. Board a boat to glide along the Dutch canal and get a closer look at the lives of the locals.

With free time, explore the city and check out the beautiful Portuguese and Dutch architecture.

Included Activities:
Fishing Village Walking Tour
Dutch Canal Boat Ride

03

Day 3: Negombo/Sigiriya (1B)

Travel through the countryside to Sigiriya in Dambulla, the central province of Sri Lanka. Visit the the World Heritage Site of the Golden Cave Temple of Dambulla.

In the evening, try to catch a beautiful sunset over the Kandalamma Lake.

Included Activities:
Dambulla Cave Temple Visit

Transport:
Negombo - Sigiriya
Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 156km)

04

Day 4: Sigiriya (1B, 1L)

Enjoy a walking tour of a local village to learn about residents' way of life while getting a chance to try the local cuisine at a lunch prepared by the families of the community. Later, visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Built in the fifth century, this rock fortress boasts well-laid out gardens, caves, monasteries, and palaces with beautiful wall motifs.

In the afternoon, opt to go for a tour of Polonnaruwa, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka, where you can cycle through the ruins.

Included Activities:
Sri Lanka Village Tour
Sigiriya Rock Fortress Visit

05

Day 5: Sigiriya/Kandy (1B)

En route to Kandy, stop at the herbal centre of spices. Students of Ayurveda will explain different uses for each herb.

Arrive to Kandy in the afternoon. Go for a stroll around Kandy Lake and visit the famed Temple of the Tooth.

Included Activities:
Spice Plantation Tour
Kandy Orientation Walk
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 139km)

06

Day 6: Kandy (1B)

Opt to take a walk in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, exploring the 300 varieties of orchids of Sri Lanka or visit an Ayurvedic hospital to learn about Ayurvedic oil massage treatments.

Explore the well-laid out walkways of the city and don't miss the famed Palm Avenues. In the evening, enjoy a Kandyan cultural dance performance.

Included Activities:
Kandyan Cultural Dance

07

Day 7: Kandy/Nuwara Eliya (1B)

The town, also known as 'Little England', offers a lot of options for visitors. Explore the nature trails, visit the plantations, or go golfing or horseback riding.

Included Activities:
Tea Plantation Visit

Transport:
Train (4.00 hour(s), 87km)

08

Day 8: Nuwara Eliya (1B)

Use some free time to explore the area. Opt to stay close to the city, wandering local markets or head further afield. There's a 9km (6 mi) trek in the Horton Plains Nature Reserve or a chance to experience the beautiful surroundings on horseback. Wander around Victoria Lake and take in the views.

09

Day 9: Nuwara Eliya/Kudaoya (1B)

Drive down from the hill district towards beach country, near the famous Udawalawe Reserve. Elephants are in abundance here and come strolling alongside the roads.

Make several stops to observe these mighty creatures before arriving for the evening. Stay at an eco-lodge in a tented camp in Kuda Oya, on the banks of the river near the reserve. With some luck, witness elephants walking along the river.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 170km)

10

Day 10: Kudaoya/Hikkaduwa (1B)

Enjoy a walking tour through the wilderness and see a wide variety of birds and wildlife. Meet local farmers and learn about their way of life.

Later, drive to Hikkaduwa beach for some serious relaxation. Hikkaduwa is the perfect beach destination for a whale watching tour, surfing, and other water sports.

Included Activities:
Nature Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)

11

Day 11: Hikkaduwa (1B)

Visit the famous Galle Fort in this charming colonial city. Return to Hikkaduwa for the night.

Included Activities:
Galle Fort Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.50-0.75 hours, 19km)
Private Vehicle (0.50-0.75 hours, 19km)

12

Day 12: Hikkaduwa (1B)

Enjoy a free day on this pristine beach. Opt to go windsurfing, fishing, snorkelling or just enjoy relaxing on the coast.

13

Day 13: Hikkaduwa/Colombo (1B)

Drive to Colombo, a trading town with 2,000 years of history. Enjoy an orientation tour of the fort area and Pettah Bazaar in the afternoon.


Included Activities:
Orientation Walk
Pettah Bazaar Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 100km)

14

Day 14: Colombo (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Fishing village walking tour (Negombo)
    • Dutch canal boat ride
    • Dambulla Cave Temple visit (Sigiriya)
    • Sigiriya Rock Fortress tour
    • Village tour with local lunch
    • Spice plantation visit
    • Temple of the Tooth guided tour (Kandy)
    • Cultural dance performance
    • Tea factory visit
    • Wilderness walking tour (Kuda Oya)
    • Galle Fort tour
    • Beach time in Hikkaduwa Beach
    • Colombo orientation walk
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (12 nts), tented camping (1 nights)
    Meals Included
    • 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 0 dinners
    Transport
    • Private van, boat, train
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore Sigriya rock fortress
  • Enjoy local flavours at a village meal
  • Gain insight into the national heritage at a tea plantation
  • Relax on pristine beaches