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09 Days 08 Nights

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Arrival & assistance
Negombo city tour

Upon arriving in Sri Lanka, you will be greeted by our guide and transfer to your hotel close to the international airport.

Arrived at the hotel you can recover from a long journey.

Under take a city tour of Negombo.

Being one of the major tourist beach resorts of the island, this lively town is mainly inhabited by the fisher-folk. This is also one of the strongholds of the catholic community of Sri Lanka and quietly correctly considered as the “Little Rome”, located along the picturesque Negombo lagoon, along which hundreds of fishing boats and catamarans could be seen most of the time. The Town is dotted with several churches, some dating from the earliest colonial times. Sightseeing in Negombo includes the remains of the Old Dutch Fortress from 1678, the Dutch Canal constructed for the transportation of Cinnamon, St. Mary’s Church and the Old Dutch Cemetery, and naturally, the Negombo Fish Market –more famously known as the “Lellama”.

Dinner & overnight stay at Hotel.


Chilw Fish Market
Visit Yapahuwa Fortress

Kick start your day after your breakfast and you will be heading to Habarana where you are going to stay 3 consecutive nights.

Chilaw the fishing town of Chilaw has a strong Roman Catholic flavour, with elaborate statues of saints and cardinals in the centre.

Visit Chilaw Fish market. Then heading to Yapahuwa and visit Yapahuwa Fortress.

An ancient Fortress and capital built in 1301AD. It is a rock rising to a height of 90metres.Many traces of the ancient battle defenses can still be seen fields. A majestic stairway remains to exhibit the grandeur of this ancient Temple built for housing the Sacred Tooth Relic

In the evening arrive to your hotel.

Dinner & overnight stay at Hotel.


Visit The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa
Visit Ritigala Ancient Buddhist Monastery

Today, after breakfast Polonnaruwa is explored.

The island’s Medieval Capital (11th – 13th Centuries AD) which rose to fame after the decline of Anuradhapura.. The city was fortified with three concentric walls, beautified with parks and gardens and sanctified by many shrines. A unique Irrigation complex watered the city as well as the surrounding plains helping in agriculture which made the island “the Granary of the East” . The largest of the man made reservoirs, the huge Parakrama Samudra (the Sea of Parakrama), is larger in size than the Colombo Harbour. Polonnaruwa is home to two magnificent World Heritage Sites and numerous other sites of archaeological and historical interest , some of which depict the influence that Hinduism had on the Buddhist Civilisation during that period of history.

Afternoon is reserved for the visit of Ritigala Monastery.

Ritigala was probably a place of refuge (as long ago as the 4th century BC) and also has mythological status. It’s claimed to be the spot from which Hanuman (the monkey god) leapt to India to tell Rama that he had discovered where Sita was being held by the king of Lanka.

Monks found Ritigala’s caves ideal for an ascetic existence, and more than 70 have been discovered. Royals proved generous patrons, especially King Sena I, who in the 9th century made an endowment of a monastery to the pamsukulika (rag robes) monks.

Dinner & overnight stay at Hotel.


Climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Safari jeep at Minneriya National Park

Today morning is dedicated to visit the famous rock fortress Sigiriya.

A Royal Citadel for 20 years in the 5th Century AD – stark and forbidding, haunted by an epic story of murder and betrayal is attributed to King Kasyapa who found hiding here after killing his father more fruitful than meeting the wrath of the people who loved King Dhatusena much more before meeting his rival – Prince Mugalan who had fled to India seeking reinforcements for his Army. This unique Rock Fortress or “castle in the sky” – a massive monolith of red stone that rises 600ft above ground , derived the name “Lion Rock” as the entrance to the climb to the summit is reached between the paws of a lion .

Culmination of the day is with a safari at Minneriya National Park.

It is situated around the reservoir of the same name in the south central area of the island. This park comprises of grasslands, thorny scrubs and many valuable species of trees. Large herds of elephants, species of deer, wild boar, water buffalo and jackals are some of the wild animals found, along with a variety of avifauna that abounds the park. Has become synonymous with the annual “Elephant Gathering”

Dinner & overnight stay at Hotel.


Visit Aluviharaya Temple
Matale Spice Garden
Colorful Cultural Show

After a good breakfast, heading to the last ancient city of Sri Lanka, Kandy.

En route visit Matale Aluviharaya Temple.

Aluviharaya cave temple in Sri Lanka is a rock-cave temple close to Matale where Buddhist monks wrote the Tripitakas during King Walagamba’s rule. These Tripitakas originally had come down by mere word of mouth by being committed to memory by Buddhist monks of the time. There’s a charming series of Buddhist caves, religious paintings, and a stupa.

En-Route to Kandy, visit the Matale spice garden. The spice garden is one of the best spots for spices on the island, and here you will be introduced to various spices and be shown how these spices are grown and processed much to your awe.

Arrive to Kandy. Literally known as the “City on the Hills” so named as it was protected by the nature – water , rocks and jungles. The last capital of the Sri Lankan kings before falling to the British in 1815AD which is a World Heritage Site.

In the evening watch a Cultural Performance by traditional Kandyan Dancers and Drummers including devotional “Fire Walking”

Dinner & overnight stay at Hotel.


Temple of the Tooth Relic
Local Market
Peradeniya Botanical Garden

After breakfast you are going to embark on a city tour in Kandy starting from the centre of attraction – the golden roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha.

After visiting the tooth relic temple, you will drive around the affluent Kandy lake admiring the serene and stunning landscape merged with the beauty of nature. Then walk into the local market.

In the afternoon visit Royal Botanical Gardens – one of the best of its kind in Asia with more than 5000 species of different varieties of flora which incidentally was the Headquarters of Lord Louise Mountbatten – the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces during the 2nd World War,

Dinner & overnight stay at Hotel.


Visit a Tea Plantation
Visit a Tea Factory
Visit Ramboda Water Fall
City tour of Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast, you will proceed to the hill country.

Visit a Tea Factory and a Plantation to witness the manufacturing process of world famous “Ceylon Tea” and to taste a pure unblended cup of factory fresh tea before being sent to the Tea Auctions in Colombo leading to Export.

A short walk can be done in the tea plantations.

Visit Ramboda water fall.

In the afternoon under take a city tour of Nuwara Eliya

Check in to the hotel and relax yourself.

Dinner & overnight stay at Hotel.


City tour of the commercial capital

From the cool climate, you will leave to the commercial capital of Sri Lanka.

Colombo is a fascinating city, not only for its comfortable blend of East and West, but also for its vibrant mixture of the past and the present , east and the west .It is the Commercial Capital of the country, and is only 35 km south of the country’s first International Airport. Many attractions , opportunities for shopping , availability of tasting a multitude of cuisine etc makes it an interesting city

Undertake a city tour by tuk tuk.

Dinner & overnight stay at Hotel.


Leave to Airport.

  • Private transport with English speaking chauffeur guide
  • Breakfast and Dinner
  • Government taxes
  • Entrance fees
  • Visits not included in the programme
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Beverages
  • International flights
  • Visa fee
  • Lunch
  • Chauffeur and the vehicle on the free days

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