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EXPLORE SRI LANKA IN 16 DAYS

EXPLORE SRI LANKA IN 16 DAYS

 

 Duration:    16 nights 17 Days
 Locations:   Airport – Negombo – Mirissa – Udawalawe – Ella – Haputale – Nuwaraeliya – Kandy – Habarana -Negombo / Colombo - Airport 
 Genre:  Heritage, Safari, leisure, Beach stay         

 

 

 

AIRPORT – NEGOMBO (20 MINUTES)

Day 01 - Arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport. You will be met with and welcomed by CYRIL TOURS upon your arrival.  Transfer to hotel in Negombo. Its only 20 minutes from the airport.

NEGOMBO – MIRISSA / WELIGAMA (3 HOURS)

Day 02 – After breakfast checkout from the hotel to Mirissa / Weligama for beach stay.                                  

Attractions: Whale watching, Snorkeling, water sports (Optional)

Day 03 – 04 Leisure

MIRISSA / WELIGAMA / UDAWALAWE (2.30 HOURS)

Day 05 – After breakfast checkout from the hotel to proceed to Udawalawe. Checking to Grand Udawalawe Safari   Resort.

Attractions: Udawalawe safari (Optional), Elephant transit home (Included)

UDAWALAWE – BUDURUWAGALA – ELLA ( 3 HOURS)

Day 06 – After breakfast checkout from the hotel to proceed to Ella. Enroute you are visiting Buduruwagala an           ancient temple situated in the thick jungle. After the temple continue to Ella. Enroute you are passing Rawana Waterfall.    Checking to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 07 – After breakfast visit famous Little Adams Peak, then we have to be ready to go to 9 Arch rail bridge when train on it. It is one of the main attraction in Ella.

ELLA – HAPUTALE (2 HOURS)

Day 08 - After breakfast checkout from the hotel to proceed to Haputale, one of the great place with full of nature. Checking to hotel for dinner and overnight stay. (Also, you can have a train journey to Haputale., Please inform me if you want it + additional cost)

Day 09 -  After breakfast leave to visit Lipton Seat and Adisham bungalow. End of the day return to hotel for dinner   and overnight stay.

HAPUTALE – NUWARAELIYA (3 HOURS)

Day 10 – Have your breakfast in the hotel, checkout from the hotel to proceed to Nuwaraeliya (Little England). This is the most famous holiday destination among the locals.

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. It is located at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) and is considered to be the most important location for Tea production in Sri Lanka. The town is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka.

The city was founded by Samuel Baker, the discoverer of Lake Albert and the explorer of the Nile in 1846. 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, deer hunting, elephant hunting, polo, golf and cricket.

Although the town was founded in the 19th century by the British, the whole district is today visited by native travelers, especially during the month of April, the season of flowers, pony races, go cart races and auto rally.

Many of the buildings retain features from the colonial period such as the Queen's Cottage, General's House, Grand Hotel, Hill Club, Town Post Office and even new hotels are often built and furnished in the colonial style. Anyone who visits the city can wallow in its nostalgia of bygone days by visiting these landmark buildings. Many private homes still maintain their old English-style lawns and gardens. Visit Gregory’s park. It’s a beautiful place with lack of activities to do for children as well as you. Paddling boats, Pony rides and cycling available for reasonable rates. Superb weather for enjoying. Most of the rich Sri Lankans has a (Villa) holiday home there. This is ideal location for nature lovers.

NUWARAELIYA – KANDY (2.30 HOURS)

Day 11 – After breakfast checkout from the hotel to proceed to Kandy. Enroute you are visiting Tea factory to see the process before tea comes to your table. Also, you are passing few waterfalls too. You can visit Peradeniya botanical garden enroute. After a garden continue to Kandy. Checking to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 12 – After breakfast visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. (Sri Dalada Maligawa)

Ever since it was founded in the 16th century, it has one of the most sacred relics of Buddhism – a tooth of the Buddha collected from his funeral pyre and which is now protected within the gold – roofed temple of the tooth. It was built within the Royal palace complex which houses the only surviving relic of Buddha, a tooth, which is venerated by Buddhists. The relic has played an important role in the local politics since ancient times; it’s believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country, which caused the ancient kings to protect it with great effort. Kandy was the capital of the Sinhalese kings from 1592 to 1815, fortified by the terrain of the mountains and the difficult approach. The city is a world heritage site declared by UNESCO in part due to the temple.

Then to have a guided Kandy city tour in Kandy. There is a local traditional dance performance which you will enjoy in the town in the late afternoon. End of the day return hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

KANDY – HABARANA / DAMBULLA (3 HOURS)

Day 13 – After breakfast check out from the hotel to proceed to Dambulla / Habarana. Enroute you are visiting Matale Hindu temple, Spice and herbal plantation. We can visit Golden Rock Cave Temple in Dambulla. Continue and checking to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

HABARANA – SIGIRIYA (3 HOURS)

Day 14 - Have your breakfast at the hotel and leave to proceed to Sigiriya

The “The Lion Mountain”Sigiriya 170 km from Colombo, located north of Dambulla. Sigiriya present a unique concentration of fifth- century urban planning, gardening, engineering, hydraulic technology and art. In 470 AD.  Part hedonistic pleasure palace, part fortress and part sacred complex. Sigiriya is one of the island’s most awe- inspiring archaeological sites and leading tourist attraction, in fact some consider it to be one of the oldest tourist attractions in the world with early visitors recording their impressions as “Graffiti” on a wall described as the world’s first interactive book……  This area famous for “Ayurveda herbal massage” is done by well experienced therapists. No chemicals, only herbs. Inform me your interest. I will arrange it.

HABARANA – POLONNARUWA – SAFARI - HABARANA

Day 15 -   After breakfast leave to visit Polonnaruwa.

Polonnaruwa located 45 km from Habarana was the islands second ancient capital. In 11th 13th AD, the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa was one of the great urban centres in South Asia.  Today the well-preserved ruins give you the chance to experience the grandeur of this period and marvel at the artistry of the island’s early craftsmen. The great ruler King Parakramabahu 1st (1153-1186) reign was the highest peak of the agricultural development of the island with the subtitle of “Granary of the East” with the development of a vast and complex irrigation systems connected to “Sea of Parakramabahu”, the largest reservoir build in the history of Sri Lanka. At the heart of the ancient city are the remains of the Royal palace and Council chamber. Nearby is the Vatadage or “relic house”, a beautifully decorated circular structure with an uncanny resemblance to Stonehenge. Among the other sites are the Gal potha (stone book) – a 9m – long granite slab inscribed with the feats of a king – the Lankathilaka shrine and the supremely graceful Buddha statues at Gal Vihara, the pinnacle of Sri Lankan rock carving……

We will continue to Minneriya or Kaudulla National Park to see the nature and the wild animals. End of the day return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

HABARANA – COLOMBO / NEGOMBO (4 HOURS)

Day 16 –  After breakfast checkout from the hotel to proceed to Colombo or Negombo as your last stop  in Sri Lanka. Rest and enjoy yourself.

Day 17 – Last two weeks you and me stayed as a one family. But today you have to leave this beautiful island with lot of memories. Hope you are happy and received good product that you can recommend me to others. Transfer to airport on given time to catch the plane back home.


Feedback from valuable clients + See all

    "Thank you Cyril for caring us and giving a very enjoyable tour to all of our family while we are on holiday in Sri Lanka. Definitely we will recommend you to our friends and relatives. Hitendra Molleti and family" Hitendra Molleti

    "We are an older couple celebrating a lot of years of marriage (and hiking) in Sri Lanka in February this year, for two weeks, and three days in the Maldives. Although we love to drive, we chose to go with a driver-guide, after planning the trip completely independently. (It turned out he might help us in the planning and selection of hotels, we own). The main advantage is reaching the sites, some of which are tired, refreshed after someone else used to bad roads, with bad signage - If you are i..." Sam

    "                  Our Tour in Sri Lanka Traveling through the beautiful Sri Lanka has been great. Cyril warmly welcomed us at the airport and drove us with his always clean car in every part of the country. He provided daily information about the history and the different sites of Sri Lanka. Also, he taught us a lot about Sri Lankan culture, starting from food, traditions, animals and nature, and suggested authentic and less known places we c..." FILIPPO MASI FROM ITALY

    "Dear Cyril, We want to thank you so much for making our trip so unforgetable and delightful. We received your name from our friends lives in Geneva who travelled with you in January 2009 and they gave you such a high recommendation that we decided to conbtact you for our two weeks trip this year. Although we have been to Sri Lanka a few times already. We have never found such an excellent driver and guide. It has been a great pleasure to visit Colombo with you and then to Koggala for two day tr..." Mr.Gabor Kato & Mrs.Ann Kato

    "Thank you Cyril for making our Christmas holiday fun so smoothly and easy. We loved Sri Lanka and look forward to retuning again. Cyril, your knowledge and service was outstanding and it was so refreshing to have such a very highlevel of service. We will be sure to recomond your service and travel agency to our friends. Please feel free to use us as a reference, you can use my email or phone number to clients." Bruce Larson & family from USA

    "Dear Cyril, Thank you very much for wonderful holiday. Your attention to detail and care of your clients is extraordinary. We certainly hope to cross paths again and we will recommonding you to all of our friends and to family too. Many thanks again.     Paul nad Machelle Brisbane, Australia. Visited during 10/10/2012 - 26/10/2012" Mr. Paul and Mrs. Machelle from Australia

    "Cyril was our driver and guide for the last nine days. We had the comfortable white Toyota van shown in the pic - it was just as clean and shiny, and not a scratch on it. He is clearly a very skilled driver. He is particularly knowledgeable about the history of the many places we visited. We were pleased we had Cyril as our driver. He had been recommended to us by an acquaintance. Andrew Speirs Melbourne, Australia Travel period 04 Jan - 12 Jan 2018" Mr. Andrew an Mrs. Suzy Speirs from Australia

    "We had a great time on last 10 days in on our honeymoon in beautiful Sri Lanka. Thank you very much for the stories, the explanations, driving, tips, care and always with a smile. Big thanks for you Cyril. We had an amazing honeymoon in this beautiful island! and you are the best guide and friend that we could have here!!! We will sure tell our friends and family about the trip and you!!! We will stay in touch and may be one day meet you again. Oded & Carol Israel 10 Oct 2014" Naim & Coral Fisher from Israel

    "We had an excellent and memorable trip and all credits to Cyril. In-depth knowledge about the places, roads and history and culture. From the airport assistance - Food, accommodation provided and the vehicle was excellent. Very matured and patient, We being on safe hands.  Thanks for making it a memorable experience for all of us.  " Aubry De Souza and group from Dubai

    "Cyril was an excellent guide and gave us a very good insight into the history and cultures of Sri Lanka. He was always polite, helpful and prompt. His driving was always calm and controlled - unlike some of the other vehicles we saw!!! We would recommend him to others traveling to Sri Lanka. WH - UK - January 2011" Wilson Harland

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