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  • 9 Days Adventure touring
Accommodation
  • 11 nights hotel/safari bungalow/lodge
Meals
  • 8 Dinners
  • 1 Lunch
  • 11 Breakfasts

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Trip Code: SLE

Sri Lanka Experience Trip highlights


  • Immerse yourself in the rich culture and warmth of this fascinating country
  • Enjoy a relaxed afternoon in historic Galle
  • Enjoy a cooking demonstration at an authentic Sri Lankan eatery
  • Spot wildlife in Yala and Uda Walawe National Parks
  • Explore historic Kandy and the surrounding tea plantations
  • Join the locals for an 'al fresco' dinner on the beach front promenade in Colombo
  • Visit one of the country’s most significant cultural and religious centers, Kandy which hosts the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) shrine
  • For those so inclined, climb to the top of Adam's Peak

This incredible Sri Lankan adventure begins in Negombo, taking in the culture and hospitality of this enthralling country. Complete with hands-on cooking demonstrations, delight in opportunities to encounter locals in their villages and enjoy delicious regional cuisine. Visit one of the country's most significant cultural and religious centers, Kandy which hosts the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) shrine and the surrounding tea plantations. Explore the Damballa Caves and the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya, a world heritage site, and decide if you want to climb to the top of Adam's Peak. From here enjoy a scenic train journey to Ella, then to Uda Walawe National Parks and Yala National Park which affords the greatest opportunities to sight the Sri Lanka's broad variety of wildlife. This well planned itinerary visits an Elephant Transit Home and historic Galle before concluding in Colombo.


Upon arrival at the Colombo Airport, you will be met and transferred to the group hotel in Negombo. After a long flight you'll have time to settle in and relax. Overnight: Rani Beach Hotel or similar

Meals:  Nil

After breakfast we venture out to explore the hustle and bustle of the immense activity of the Negombo Fisheries Harbour known as the Lellama where the hundreds of boats come in and sort out their catch, mend their boats, and nets and where the action and activity of the fish auctions take place. We continue on and experience the activity of the fish and farmers market, and will visit an area where dried or salted fish is produced. From here we further explore Negombo through a detailed city tour visiting some unique and utmost special churches of the region, before settling into our hotel for a moment of relaxation. In the late afternoon we will visit the Dutch Canal to experience a spectacular sun set, weather permitting of course. This is a popular place and as such is it a hive of activity with many excellent options for dinner. Overnight at the Rani Beach Hotel in Negombo, or similar

Meals:  B

After breakfast we proceed to Sigiriya, en-route we will stop off in the region of Kurunegala, at a unique little restaurant called Saruketha. Here we will join in and enjoy a traditional cookery demonstration and lunch, in an authentic setting. Next we will stop at a spectacular creation of art, the 4th and 16th century cave temples of Dambulla, undoubtedly one of the best examples of Buddhist art and sculpture in the country. From here we make our way to our overnight accommodation. Overnight at Hotel Clouds Sigiriya Resort and Spa or Danawwa Resort and Spa, or similar.

Meals:  B,D

This morning begins with an early breakfast, after which we make our way to the rock fortress of Sigiriya - one of the most awe-inspiring sights in all of Sri Lanka and often argued by locals to be the eighth wonder of the world. Next we proceed to the village of Hiriwaduna, where we will be met by the village farmers, who with their hand tractors and canoes will take us into the village and across the waters of the tank of Habarana. Here we will be have to opportunity to try a traditional Sri Lankan village lunch preparded by the women of the village and cultivated by local farmers. For those who like to join in the cooking, you can prepare on an open brick stove. You then have the opportunity to spend the afternoon relaxing, in true Sri Lankan style on a simple woven mat or within a tree house sheltered by coconut palm, be sure to have a good book handy. Overnight at the Clouds Sigiriya Resort or Danawwa Resort and Spa, or similar

Meals:  B,D

This morning we depart Sigiriya and commence a journey to the central hills of Kandy. Along the way stopping at a spice garden to learn about the different herbs and spices, along with the theory behind indigenous medicine and Ayurveda. Here we will also undertake a simple cooking demonstration and be involved in cooking a simple picnic snack that we will prepare ourselves for lunch today. Following our visit to the spice garden we will go on a nature walk (approx. 2 hours), walking through a coffee and spice plantation and some simple villages. This walk gradually leads us back towards of Matale, where we meet our vehicle and enjoy our personally prepared snack as we travel to Kandy. Upon reaching Kandy will pay a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, one of the finest in Asia with more than 5000 species of flora and once the headquarters of Lord Mountbatten. This afternoon we will also enjoy a visit to the Kandyan Cultural Centre to experience a cultural performance of traditional Sri Lankan dance. Overnight: Hotel Senani or Gangaddara Hotel or similar

Meals:  B,L,D

The name Kandy conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. The Kandy Lake built by the last King Sri Wickramarajasinghe in 1806 adds colour to the city. It is a city for arts and crafts as well as culture and history. After breakfast we visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, where we explore this historic location of significant Buddhist influence. We will explore a little more of Kandy before commencing our journey towards Kithulgala, for white water rafting on the Kalani river. After white water rafting we'll take a snack break before our travels to the regions of Nallathanniya, to the foot step of Adams Peak. We enjoy a relaxed evening at our hotel and dinner and a rest, ready for an early start for those wishing to climb Adam's Peak. Adam's Peak Climb (5,600 steps), total travel time approx. 3.5 hours. Overnight at Wthsala Inn, or similar

Meals:  B,D

Around 1:30am, where we begin our climb and make our way to the summit of Adams Peak. Our target is to reach the summit no later than 5:30am, in time to witness an amazing sun rise (weather permitting)! The actual climb takes between 3 hours and 11 hours on very busy days (weekends and full moon), depending on the number of pilgrims climbing Adams Peak for sunrise. It is reasonably demanding and the majority of the well worn track is stairs with the final stages one long staircase. On the way up there are tea stalls (some open through the night), pagoda’s and tiny lights to illuminate the way. Adam’s Peak (2224m), has attracted pilgrims for more than 1000 years, due to the legend that it was here that Adam first stepped onto the earth after being expelled from Heaven. Whilst pilgrims climb to the top to view the enormous ‘footprint’, claimed by various groups to be that of Adam’s, Buddhas and even Lord Shiva, the view at the top at dawn is spectacular, making it well worth the effort. As the weather can be quite cold before the sunrise, it is advisable to bring warm, windproof clothing. After descending Adams Peak we freshen up and enjoy a relaxed breakfast. We commence our journey toward Nuwara Eliya, driving through the beautiful lush green tea plantations. Enjoy the many waterfalls upon reaching Nuwara Eliya, where we will visit the Pedro Tea Plantation to experience the production of Ceylon tea. We further explore Nuwara Eliya with a city tour before settling into the comfort of our hotel. Overnight Daffodil Hotel or Glen Fall Hotel, or similar

Meals:  B,D

This morning we have a relaxed breakfast and make our way to Nanu Oya station to meet our train at 9:00am (3rd class unreserved) to Ella. Ella is a town set at 1100ms and the landscape falls dramatically to the plains 1000ms below, offering spectacular views. We will be traveling through one of the most scenic train journeys within the country. At around 1:30pm we will meet our vehicle and have lunch before an optional nature walk (approx. 90 mins) to explore the fantastic view point of Little Adam's Peak. This is a relatively easy walk, after which we continue to Yala to check into our hotel. Overnight: Yala Safari Hotel or similar

Meals:  B,D

Today we have an early start and will wake before sunrise in order to board our jeep and venture out to explore the Yala National Park in search of leopard, sloth bear, elephant, crocodiles, deer, jackal, birds and many of the other species of animal that inhabit the park. The temperature can rise very quickly in this part of the world so the early start is necessary to make to most of the time of day that the animals are most active. Following our game drive we make our way from Yala National Park and return to our hotel for a nice hot breakfast, freshen up and checkout. From here we journey toward Udawalawe where we are welcomed by the villagers of the potters village of Mankada, for a traditional Sri Lankan lunch. They will also have a potter's wheel or two ready for us with clay, should we like to try our pottery skills. Next we board our jeeps and venture out to explore the Udawalawe National Park in search of large herds of elephant, crocodile, birds and more. This park is approximately 30,821 hectares in extent and lies within the Ratnapura and Monaragala Districts. It acts as the catchment to the Udawalawe Reservoir and is located in the dry zone. The park comprises of grasslands and thorn scrubs along with many valuable species of trees. Overnight: Elephant Trails Hotel or Athgira Riverside Camp, or similar

Meals:  B,D

After breakfast we travel to the Elephant Transit Home in time to witness the many baby elephants, who have been fortunate to receive a second chance in life, being bottle fed. From here we continue on to Galle, but en route we witness the famous stilt fishermen of Waligama. We enjoy lunch within the ramparts and the fort walls of Galle, and explore this historic region with a tour on foot. We hope to witness a wonderful sunset (weather permitting) before making our way to our hotel. Overnight: Cozy Lady Hill Hotel or similar

Meals:  B,D

After a relaxed breakfast we begin our journey to the regions of the commercial hub of Colombo to explore this region of immense activity and ancient and modern history. Colombo is transforming into an unbelievably modern city and we will learn of its story when we explore this area with a detailed city tour. Overnight: Fairview Hotel, or similar

Meals:  B

We conclude our adventure with a transfer to the airport for departure.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • 11 breakfasts, 8 dinners
  • Transfers on Day 1 & Day 12
  • All internal transport by private vehicle
  • Local English-speaking driver/guide
  • Comfortable accommodation on twin share basis
  • Jeep hire and tracker services at the national parks
  • Sightseeing and site entry fees as listed

  • International flights
  • Aerated & alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Airport & departure taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa

Departure dates


Notes

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Trip coincides with the Kandy Perahara Festival

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