Discovery of the mountain region and exploration of the East coast of Sri Lanka
This tour combines two discoveries of Sri Lanka: the landside, with the discovery of the mountainous region and its natural parks, and the seaside with the exploration of the East Cost and its wild beaches. The lush nature, the paradisiacal beaches bordering the Indian Ocean and the local culture will seduce you.Sri Lanka though a renowned leisure destination for its mesmeric hill country, exquisite beaches, and fascinating cultural attraction of ancient cities and shrines is not a destination that readily comes to mind for a golfing holidaydiscover Sri Lanka’s main sites and relax on its beautiful and unspoiled beaches, do not miss the snorkeling on Pigeon Island in Trincomalee, it is the most beautiful spot in the country with its corals and marine fauna, the wild beach of Kalkudah/Passikudha to relax in a peaceful environment, the bohemian atmosphere of Arugambay with its surf spots.
The package has been designed for 16 Days 15 Nights, of a classic beach holiday with the tropical tranquillity of coastal resorts, sunny beaches, and amazing seafood – as it is the ideal recipe for unforgettable Sri Lanka beach holidays. our team is geared to cater to your unique requirements by customizing the package for different durations as per your request. You will find some of the highlights of Explore Sri Lankan tour has to offer for her visitors. They are as follows.
Travel Duration 1.5 hour.
On arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, you will get your first taste of warm Sri Lankan hospitality, Representative from the Travel Agent will Welcome you and transfer to Colombo.
Colombo City Tour
Experience the colorful lights and bright life of Colombo, the capital City of Sri Lanka. Visit historic monuments such as the Old Lighthouse, the Old Parliament, Galle Face Hotel, Galle Face Green, Gangarama Temple, the National Museum and more. Enjoy the malls of Independence Square or the Race Course. Visit boutique shops and designer stores
Overnight stay at a hotel in Colombo
Travel Duration 4 hrs.
After breakfast at the hotel Transfer to Habarana. Before arriving at your overnight destination Habarana, take a stop at Dambulla and visit the Dambulla Cave Rock Temple which lies atop a massive hill on the edge of the town. It is one of the eight UNESCO world heritage sites in the country.
Dambulla Cave Temple
Enter the historic caves of the Golden Temple of Dambulla, dating back to the 1st century BC. View the ancient murals depicting the life story of Lord Gautama Buddha. Look at the hundreds of figurines of Buddha and other deities scattered throughout the five main caves. Visit the Cave of the Divine King, Cave of the Great King and the Great New Monastery. See the giant golden Buddha Statue just a little distance outside the cave complex.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Habarana.
Early in the morning to avoid the crowds, you visit Sigiriya rock fortress whose massive rock overlooks the village with its 200 meters height. Your guide will make you discover the different parts of the site, the cave with the frescoes of Demoiselles, the gardens and ruins of Kasyapa Palace at the top. This site owes its reputation to this megalomaniac king who built his residence in the tenth century. Classified at UNESCO, it is the most visited site in Sri Lanka.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Climb the 5th century AD rock fortress, Sigiriya, where the King Kasyapa ruled. Walk through the entrance framed by the paws of a lion that is quite appropriate for its name, ‘ the Lion Rock’. View the beautiful unfading murals that brought Sigiriya its fame. Climb the steep staircase to see the terraced gardens and still-working cisterns. Walk through the tunnels leading to the palace as you get a feel for times long past.
Local Village Experience in Sigiriya
Get a chance to go on an oxen cart ride, and experience the world from the view of a village farmer. Have a relaxing catamaran safari through a calm lake. Walk through the golden fields ripe with their harvest of paddy. Watch an enjoyable traditional cooking demonstration that teaches you the basics of Sri Lankan cuisine. Delight your taste buds with a home-cooked lunch; made over a wood-fire and served on fragrant lotus leaves placed over woven trays. Enjoy the life of a Sri Lankan villager, just this day.
Evening Jeep Safari of Minneriya National Park
Minneriya National Park is located between Habarana and Polonnaruwa. Covered an area of 8890 hectares park is an ideal place for elephant and leopard watching. The vegetation of this park is mixed evergreen and scrub areas. The important feature of this park is that 3rd century built Minneriya Tank is located in the park. During the dry season Minneriya tank becomes the ideal place to observe its natural wild life. Minneriya National Park is home to 24 species of mammals,160 species of birds , 75 species of butterflies, 9 species of amphibians, 26 species of fish and 25 species of reptiles.
Overnight stay in Habarana
Travel Duration 02 hrs
After Breakfast at the hotel Go from the middle of the country up the coast towards Trincomalee, city located on the North-East coast of the country. Before settling down at your hotel, visit the Hindu Kovil Koneswaram temple, located inside Fort Frederik and on the rocky point “Swami Rock” overlooking the ocean.
Visit this ancient temple praised by famous Indian poet-saints and mentioned by several famous personas around the world. See the beautiful murals describing the history of the temple. Worship at the little cave shrine that is has its start in 1580 BC, as compared to the actual temple which was developed in 400 BC. Marvel at the giant statue of King Ravana who, according to legend, worshipped this shrine.
Visit the Fort of Trincomalee originally built by the Portuguese in 1624 CE. See the stones that once formed the Koneswaram temple before the Portuguese destroyed it. Listen to the history of Fort Frederick, which was dismantled and rebuilt by the Dutch.
Check in to the hotel and relax by the swimming pool of your hotel sipping a chilled glass of your favorite drink.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Trincomalee.
Early in the morning, we recommend a whale and Dolphin watching excursion off the coast (season from May to October). Then enjoy the rest of the day exploring the seabed in the Pigeon Island Nature Reserve. This beautiful island is bordered by white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. You will see beautiful fish, maybe some turtles and with a little luck you could see a shark! Go back to the shore to bask on the beautiful beach of Nilaveli.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Trincomalee
Travel Duration 02 hrs.
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Passikuda.
Check-in to the hotel and relax
Overnight stay at a hotel in Passikuda.
A multitude of activities and excursions are available to you in the vicinity of Passikudah. You have the opportunity to explore the beautiful coast and its wild beaches, go Water sport activites such as jet skiing, snorkeling, or Deep sea diving, or possibly go on an outing (sailboat).
Overnight stay at a hotel in Passikuda.
Dinner at leisure.
Travel duration 03 hrs
After breakfast at the hotel transfer to Arugambay, which is now the unanimity of surfers, to be one of the best spots in the world. Even without being a surfer, the bohemian atmosphere in Arugambay is pleasant. You can take surf lessons if you are a beginner or rent a board and go on different spots of the coast.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Arugambay
Day at leisure by the beach
A multitude of activities are available to you in the surroundings of Arugambay. You can take a surf lesson, rent a scooter to explore the coast and its wild beaches, take a safari with Kumana National Park or a walk on the lagoon. You can also just laze at the pool of your hotel or on the beach.
Visit Muhudu Maha Vihara
Muhudu Maha Vihara is a Buddhist temple situated at Pottuvil in Ampara District, Eastern province of Sri Lanka. This temple which is situated near a wide beach, has been built over 2000 years ago by King Kavan Tissa of Ruhuna. Currently the ruins and remains of ancient stupas, Seema Malaka, Avasa Geya and statues can be seen at the site. Important ruins at the temple premises include stone statues of lord Buddha and two statues of old kings or gods.
Visit Potuvil Lagoon Safari
Early in the morning, life in the lagoon slowly wakes up as the fishermen and wildlife emerges for the day. A lot of birds are cruising the sky and perching on the mangroves to look for food. The lagoon is the home for a lot of animals. You will have the opportunity to see big crocodiles bathing in the morning sun, elephants foraging with their young calves and also the rare Monitor Lizard, which are one of the biggest in the world.
Jeep safari in Kumana National Park (optional)
Kumana National Park spreads over an area of 35,664 hectares. In the west, the park is bordered by River Kumubukkan Oya; to the south is south-eastern coast that runs to Panama. A 200 hectares’ mangrove swamp called “Kumana Villu” within the Park is subject to occasional inundation with sea water. It is at this swamp that many water birds nest, during the months of May and June. Scattered in the Kumana National Park are several water pools that are favorite spots of the wildlife: Kudawila wewa, Thummulla wewa and Kotalinda wewa.
Overnight stay at a hotel.
Travel duration 03 hrs
After Breakfast proceed to Tissamaharama and evening enjoy the Yala jeep safari.
Yala National Park.
This amazing three-hour Safari offers the opportunity to visit Yala National Park, the second largest in the island based off the Southeastern coast of Sri Lanka. Get a chance to see the famous Sri Lankan leopards, indigenous wild water buffalo, Sri Lankan Sloth Bear and large herds of Sri Lankan Elephants. This park is famous for its elephants seen in all their playfulness, whole herds of them bathing and playing in the water while feeding their babies. The park is also home to many other species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.
Overnight Stay at hotel in Tissamaharama.
Travel Duration 02 hrs
After brakfast Transfer to Ella .During your time in Ella, you can engage in the following activities.
Ella – Paradise with beauty
Ella is a small village in the highlands of Sri Lanka which is filled with tea estates, mountains, waterfalls and of course with some good air to breath.
Lots of people make Ella as one of their must visit destination just to witness the breathtaking views it creates. It is a dream place for many trekkers with some of the best hikes the Island provides. This hidden village got vastly popular among the tourists lately.
Views of mist and clouds covering the summits of the mountain range and the morning sun rise in Ella are spectacular scenes to witness and captured.
Full day at leisure or on your own taking local walks such as 9 Arch bridge, Little Adam’s peak walk,Visit Rawana Falls, or visiting Ella town to see markets and enjoy some great local food.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Ella.
Travel Duration 2 hrs
After breakfast leave Nuwaraeliya and embark on a train journey that takes you on a scenic ride through some of the most beautiful highland countryside areas in Sri Lanka. Upon arrival at the Nanu Oya railway Station, your driver will be there to pick you up and make a stop in Nuwara Eliya,
meaning “city on the plain (table land)” or “city of light”, is a town in the central highlands of Sri Lanka with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. Nuwara Eliya’s climate lent itself to becoming the prime sanctuary of the British civil servants and planters in Ceylon. Nuwara Eliya, called Little England then, was also a hill country retreat where the British colonialists could immerse in their pastimes such as fox hunting.
Tea Factory Visit
Tea Factory to learn how tea is manufactured in Sri Lanka. You can observe the tea pickers, locally known as ‘tea pluckers’ as they move between the lush green rows along the mountains with their large baskets.Thereafter you will be given a guided tour explaining fermentation, rolling, drying, cutting, sieving and the grading of tea. Finish with a tea tasting process and learn of the history, and why Ceylon Tea is considered among the best in the world.
Explore the Beautiful City
The highland city that was the premium holiday resort town of the British in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Enjoy walking through the streets with their pretty little cottages, quaint villas, and beautiful mansions. Make a memory in the old red-bricked post office as you purchase an inexpensive and colorful postcard to take home or send to your friends. Relax at Queen Victoria Park or on the shores of Lake Gregory
Travel Duration 03 Hrs.
After breakfast leave Kandy and embark on Car journey that takes you on a scenic ride through some of the most beautiful highland countryside areas in Sri Lanka.
Activities during your stay
Visit Kandy temple of the tooth relic
Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic a UNESCO World Heritage Site which was built in the 16th century as the place of veneration and protection for Lord Buddha’s sacred tooth. Walk through the beautifully embellished passageways and elaborately painted halls, done in red, cream and black. Lounge against delicately carved pillars and get amazed by the beautiful golden statues. Get an unforgettable experience of history and art.
Visit Kandy Jem Museum
Visit Wood Carving Factory
Visit Batik and Silk factory
Overnight Stay at a hotel in Kandy
After the breakfast visit the vegetable,fruit market, town center, an arts and crafts center and the vibrant bazaar not far from the lake, which is worth seeing for the diversity of products and its atmosphere. Afterward visit to Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, located just 5 kilometers from the Kandy City.
In the afternoon, we suggest a hike in the vicinity of Kandy, to discover 3 temples. You visit Ambakke temple, a Buddhist temple with Hindu influences dating from the 13th century, decorated with wooden sculptures. Then, at Lankathilake Temple, a 14th century Buddhist temple, famous for its frescoes, rock carvings and beautiful Buddha statues. Then at the temple of Gadaladeniya. At the end of the day, you will be taken to enjoy a show of traditional dances conducted by the youth of Kandy.
Overnight Stay at a hotel in Kandy
Travel Duration 03 hrs.
After the Breakfast at the hotel Transfer to Negombo,Which is located north of the commercial capital of Colombo in Sri Lanka. It is located at the mouth of the Negombo lagoon. The major beach resort in the West Coast is Negombo. The wide sandy beaches and the safe sea are the main attractions of Negombo.
Activities in Negombo:
Visit Negombo Fish Market
Boat Ride on Dutch Canal
Muthurajawela Boat Ride
Overnight stay at a hotel in Negombo.
Travel Duration 30 min
Breakfast at the hotel and proceed to airport for the departure flight.