SRI LANKA CULTURALBEACH

16 Nights / 17 Days

Overview
Itinerary

Day 1 : (colombo)Day 1 - Colombo – Arrival

Arrival and transfer to hotel in Colombo. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay in Colombo.

Day 2 : (Anuradhapura)Day 2 - Colombo – Anuradhapura

After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Colombo. In the afternoon leave Anuradhapura, the first capital of the island dating from the 4th century BC. Stay overnight in Anuradhapura.

Day 3 : (Anuradhapura)Day 3 - Anuradhapura – Full day exploration

Breakfast at hotel. Leave for visit the sacred Boo Tree, world famous Samadhi Buddha, the remains of the Brazen Palace and rock carvings. Overnight stay in Anuradhapura.

Day 4 : (Dambulla)Day 4 - Anuradhapura – Dambulla/Sigiriya

After breakfast leave for Sigiriya. Visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress which is a World Heritage site of 5th century AD, built by the King Kashyapa. Its home to water gardens, frescoes, ancient graffiti and commands an amazing view of Sri Lanka’s greenery. In the evening visit the Dambulla rock cave temple built by king Walagambahu, in the 1st Century B.C. it is a World Heritage Site, and the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples.  Overnight stay in Dambulla / Sigiriya.

Day 5 : (Dambulla)Day 5 - Dambulla/Sigiriya – Full day exploration

After breakfast visit Polonnaruwa, the medieval capital and a World Heritage Site. This second capital city of Sri Lanka was built in the 11th and 12th centuries. See the ruins of the Royal Palace, Lotus Bath and Polonnaruwa Statue and visit the Gal Vihare which is splendid statues of the Buddha carved out of rock.  Stay overnight in Dambulla / Sigiriya.

Day 6 : (Sigiriya)Day 6 - Dambulla/Sigiriya

Breakfast at hotel. The day at leisure. Overnight stay in Dambulla / Sigiriya.

Day 7 : (Sigiriya)Day 7 - Dambulla/Sigiriya – Kandy

After breakfast leave for Kandy. En route to Kandy visit a specie garden at Matale to learn about species and their use in Sri Lankan cuisines. In the evening enjoy a cultural show. Stay overnight in Kandy.

Day 8 : (Kandy)Day 8 - Kandy – Full day exploration

After breakfast, enjoy some sightseeing such as the Temple of Tooth Relic, an arts and crafts work shop, oriental market place, Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, a bazaar and a gem lapidary where you can see how rough gems (particularly the famous Blue & Star sapphires) are mined cut and polished using traditional methods. Overnight stay in Kandy.

Day 9 : (Nuwara Eliya)Day 9 - Kandy – Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast visit Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela, established in 1975. See the elephants in nature, being fed, working & bathing in the nearby river.

 

In the afternoon drive through scenic mountains to Nuwara eliya, well known as “Little England”. Stop at the mountains covered with tea bushes and at waterfalls. Enjoy the magnificent landscape. Visit a tea factory, follow the tea trails to watch the interesting process and enjoy a freshly brewed cup of Ceylon tea. Stay overnight in Nuwara eliya.

Day 10 : (Kataragama)Day 10 - Nuwara Eliya – Tissa/Kataragama

Enjoy your breakfast in the misty climate of the hill country and leave for Tissa / Yala.  Afternoon enjoy a jeep safari at Yala national park, Yala is the largest in Sri Lanka and is home to wild elephants, wild boars, wild buffaloes, leopards, bears, deer and crocodiles. Large flock of migratory and indigenous birds are also found here. Stay overnight in Tissa/Kataragama.

Day 11 : (Kataragama)Day 11 - Tissa/Kataragama – Beach Resort

Breakfast at hotel. Later leave for the beach resort.  Travel through Tangalle and Matara. En route at Koggala see the stilt fishermen seated on poles mounted. In Galle visit the Dutch fort. Stay overnight in your beach resort in South west coast.

Day 12 : (Kataragama)Day 12 - Beach Resort

Breakfast at hotel. Relax on the beach. Overnight stay in South west coast.

Day 13 : (Kataragama)Day 13 - Beach Resort

Breakfast at hotel. Relax on the beach. Overnight stay in South west coast.

Day 14 : (Kataragama)Day 14 - Beach Resort

Breakfast at hotel. Relax on the beach. Overnight stay in South west coast.

Day 15 : (Kataragama)Day 15 - Beach Resort

Breakfast at hotel. Relax on the beach. Overnight stay in South west coast.

Day 16 : (Kataragama)Day 16 - Colombo

After breakfast leave for Colombo. Free day in Colombo. Overnight stay in Colombo.

Day 17 : (colombo)Day 17 - Colombo/Onward Destination