Ceylon Discovery

Whether you want to take a city break, go on a guided tour of the beautiful Sri lankan Highlands or experience an unforgettable holiday by the beach, then this is it.

  • Itinerary Name:

    Ceylon Discovery

  • Duration:

    15 Days

  • Meeting Point:

    At the Airport

  • Places to Visit:

    Kandalama, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Trincomalee, Kandy, NuwaraEliya, Bandarawella, Yala, Tangalle, Galle.

  • Experiences:

    Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Description

Whether it's enjoying a gentle country stroll or a breezy coastal walk, trekking long distance routes or scrambling amidst the majestic mountains, Sri Lanka’s breathtaking landscape will refresh and enliven your senses.Surprise yourself with a fishing trip in Sri Lanka.

Itinerary Program:

  • Day 1
    Arrive in Sri Lanka

    On disembarkation proceed to the arrival lobby through immigration, baggage collection and customs clearance formalities. Our Airport representative will hold a signboard with the name “???” at the arrival lobby, who will then accompany & introduce to your chauffeur guide.

    You will be driven to the Negombo, rest of the day is at leisure to settle into your room and relax.

    The Journey takes approximately ½ hrs by Car/Micro Van the most.

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  • Day 2
    Kandalama

    Leave for Kandalama (2nights, cultural triangle) Exploring Anuradhapura,Polanaruwa, and Sigiriya.

    On your way to Kandalama visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawela. This orphanage is the home for about 60 elephants, out of which many are baby elephants found, abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authorities.

    The best time to visit is during the feeding times, when one will have the opportunity of seeing the baby elephants being bottle-fed. Also could accompany the elephants to a river close-by and see the elephants having their daily bath.

    The Journey takes approximately 3 hrs by Car/Micro Van.

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  • Day 3
    Exploring Anuradhapura,Polanaruwa, and Sigiriya.

    Sri Lanka’scultural triangle, and start first by visiting King Kassapa Lions Rock. Explore the ancient ruins of the Sigiriya Fortress built in the 5th century by King Kassapa. Dambulla Cave Temple is also a must-see with its rock ceiling covered in one large sweep of colorful frescoes, some of which dates back to over 2,000 years. This cave temple has the largest number of Buddha statues all housed in one place including a colossal figure of the recumbent Buddha carved out of the rock. Five of Sri Lankas seven UNESCO World heritage sites are contained within the ‘Cultural Triangle’. Over the next few days you will explore entire lost cities, ruined temples, sacred caves and centuries-old murals.

    Head to Polonnaruwa the famous medieval capital. Here, the tourists rightly flock. After visiting Polannaruwa museum, the afternoon is given over to an exploration of Polannaruwa itself. The most impressive are the ancient sculptures of Lord Buddha at the Gal Viahara, cut into Granite stone dating back to the middle of the 12th century. The entire sculpture consists of four colossal statues of Buddha - a samadhi image in meditation posture, a seated Buddha image inside a cave, a standing Buddha.

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  • Day 4
    Trincomalee

    Leave for Trincomalee (East Coast).the stay of 3 nights will cover short excursions with ample time discovering the beach and having a swim in the ocean.

    The journey takes approximately 4 hrs by Car/Micro Van.

    The East Coast extends from the Yala East National Park and Arugam Bay in the South all the way to Nilaveli beach in Trincomalee in the North east. Sri Lanka’s equivalent of the Maldives, with never-ending white sandy beaches, coral islands and shimmering blue seas, the east coast is distinctly different from the coastal areas of the rest of the island. Mirissa Water Sports offers exciting water sports activities such as sailing, fishing, coastal cruises, river trips, sea kayaking, snorkelling and boating activities for visitors to the South coast. During the season from December to April, Mirissa Water Sports organises Dolphin and Whale watching excursions. For those interested in snorkelling and scuba diving, the seas off the southern coastal belt are fascinating with several ship wrecks and an array of exotic marine life. Visit the Marine Turtle conservation project at Rekuwa, a small coastal village located 10 km east of Tangalle.

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  • Day 5
    Explore Trincomalee

    Built by the Portuguese, Fort Frederick was rebuilt by the Dutch. Today, British insignias crown the tunnel-like gateway that pierces the fort’s massively stout walls. Parts of the fortress are under military jurisdiction, and anyone entering will have to undergo a stringent security check. Despite this, a stroll up to the big new standing Buddha statue at the Gokana Temple and on up to Swami Rock, a 130m-high cliff nicknamed Lovers’ Leap, and the revered KoneswaramKovilis highly worthwhile.

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  • Day 6
    Explore Trincomalee

    Girihandu Seya Vihara is the oldest Buddha stupa in Sri Lanka. At over 2600 years old perhaps the oldest Buddhist Vihara in the world, and Kokilai Lagoon is a good place to watch birds like, hawks, and other bird.It is also a fishing farm located at end of Eastern province to North province. Muttur Tour by ferry [launch] trip starts from the natural harbor. The 7 hot springs of Kanniya with mythical healing properties and visit VelgamVihara – Ancient Buddhist seat of learning with ruins.The remarkable confirmation of whales residing in the waters of the Eastern Coast was initiated by the 'Nature Trails' team last year. Since then numerous sightings of blue whales, sperm whales and dolphins have taken place. The deep seas off the coast of Trincomalee seem to be a popular playground for these species during the early months of the year.

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  • Day 7
    Kandy

    Be driven to Kandy, The last kingdom of Sri Lanka, before British colonial rule, rest of the day is at leisure to settle into your room and relax.

    The journey takes approximately 5 hrs by Car/Micro Van the most.

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  • Day 8
    Explore Kandy

    In the morning then a city tour explore the city of Kandy,steeped in history and culture. Walk around the tranquil Kandy Lake and visit the Temple of the Tooth which has a sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha enshrined here since 4th Century A.D. Religious services (pooja) are held daily at dawn, mid-day, and in the evening where guests can participate. The services are accompanied with traditional music and drumming. During the month of August ,Kandy dazzles for ten days with the sounds andlights of the Kandy Perehara – a magnificent procession where the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha from the Temple of the Tooth is majestically paraded on elephant back along the streets of Kandy.

  • Day 9
    NuwaraEliya (Hill Country)

    In central Sri Lanka, lies the Golden Valley of Tea. This is home to old Ceylon. Here, four classic colonial bungalows, built for British tea estate managers in the days of the Raj, have been caringly restored by Dilmah Tea with the cooperation of Bogawantalawa Tea Estates and is named the Ceylon Tea Trails. Haputale is the tea-growing Southern Highlands – a land of lush tea plantations, majestic peaks and rushing waterfalls. Haputale is one of the favourite haunts of the tea millionaire Sir Thomas Lipton. Check into Kelburne Mountain View Cottages and spend your time here savouring the magnificent views. Stroll through the Kelburne Tea plantation and visit the tea factory where you will gain insight into the manufacturing process as well as an opportunity to taste and purchase the different grades of hill country tea. Adisham - a Benedictine Monastery with a century old stone buildings, several waterfalls including Dunhinda, Diyaluma, and Ravana Ella are all located nearby in the towns of Haputale and Ella.

    The journey takes approximately 2 hrs by Car/Micro Van.

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  • Day 10
    Bandarawella (Hill Country)

    On your journey to the central highlands with its tea-covered hills, gushing waterfalls, and uplifting scenery. Take a walk along the leafy byroads lined with tall pine trees and Victorian-style houses complete with gabled roofs, and large gardens with neatly-clipped lawns and colourful flower beds. Play golf at the century-old NuwaraEliya Golf Club with its tight fairways and testing greens. Horton Plains, an undulating 2000m high plateau 28km south of NuwaraEliya, is also a popular day's excursion.

    The journey takes approximately 2½ hrs by Car/Micro Van.

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  • Day 11
    Yala

    Leave to Yala National Park - take a jeep safari in the evening to see wildlife in the Yala wildlife sanctuary. Yala’s scrub plains, lagoons and rocky mounds make it one of the best places to see a wide variety of Sri Lankan wildlife. The park boasts the world's densest leopard population. Be grateful if you do see one, though, as they are shy animals. Other frequently sighted animals include Elephants, Sloth bears, Sambar, Deer, Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Crocodiles, Monkeys and Buffalos.

    The journey takes approximately 3 hrs by Car/Micro Van.

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  • Day 12
    Tangalle

    Drive to Tangalle from Yala. Rest of the day is at leisure to settle into your room and relax. Enjoy a swim in the ocean.

    The journey takes approximately 2 hrs by Car/Micro Van.

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  • Day 13
    Explore Galle

    Leave for Galle & stay for 2 nights. See the Galle fort and enjoy sun down from the ramparts of the Dutch Fort.

    Visit Galle’s 17th century Dutch Fort - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The Galle Fort itself is still a living monument with a bustling community within the great ramparts, massive bastions, pepper pot towers, while narrow streets display its Dutch heritage with beckoning pillared verandas and fretwork facades.Dutch Reform Church and several houses with the typical manor house style architecture with columns, courtyards, and verandas.

    The journey takes approximately 1½ hrs by Car/Micro Van.

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  • Day 14
    Explore Galle

    Unawatuna, near Galle is a beautiful wide curving golden beach. The beach has been acclaimed amongst 12 best beaches in the world. There is a reef protecting the beach, which makes it safe for bathing. Rumasssala, a rocky outcrop projecting into the sea at Unawatuna is connected to the legend of Ramayana. The serene surroundings and the Dutch architecture add to the charm of the place.

    Based in Mirissa harbor is Mirissa Water Sports offers exciting water sports activities such as sailing, fishing, coastal cruises, river trips, sea kayaking, snorkelling and boating activities for visitors of the South coast. During the season from December to April, Mirissa Water Sports organises Dolphin and Whale watching excursions. For those interested in snorkelling and scuba diving, the seas off the southern coastal belt are fascinating with several ship wrecks and an array of exotic marine life. Visit the Marine Turtle conservation project at Rekuwa, a small coastal village located 10 km east of Tangalle.

  • Day 15
    Proceed to Airport

    The drive to the Airport, If late evening flight then a tour of the city of Colombo is suggested in the latter day. Proceed to the airport.

    Colombo’s main attractions include the National Museum, various temples and kovils, the Fort and Pettah Bazaar. Many people also enjoy shopping in Colombo, which has a reputation for excellent value when it comes to gems, clothes, home ware, porcelain and fabrics. Shops worth visiting include Paradise Road, Barefoot and Odels. Experience Colombo’s colonial architecture with a visit to the Fort - a three mile long rampart originally built in the sixteenth century by the Portuguese and then further developed by the Dutch and the British., zoo, and dine in any one the many special eating houses.

    The journey takes approximately 3½ hrs by Car/Micro Van.

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