Tropical 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:

    Tropical Discovery

  • Duration:

    15 Days

  • Meeting Point:

    At the Airport

  • Places to Visit:

    Negambo, Galle, Tangalle, Yala, Bandarawela, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Trincomalee, Kandalama, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Colombo.

  • 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

    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 in to Bentota or Negambo. Rest and get ready for the tour are the main concerns and shop for anything that may be required for the tour.

    Bentota, Sri Lanka is 90 km from Sri Lanka's international airport and 60 km from Colombo. Facing the Indian Ocean, a tropical lagoon and a major river Bentota offers water sports possibilities nowhere else to be found.Apart from swimming, body-surfing or diving in the sea, you can jet-ski, windsurf, parasail or enjoy a romantic river safari on the river and lagoon.

    Being one of the most established beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Bentota is known for its professional touristic infrastructure.Safe swimming conditions combined with fun water sport and exciting excursions are providing for the ideal background for a relaxed holiday in Sri Lanka.A up the river boat trip of bentota is an experience.

    Negombo is a home to the country's second-largest fish market, the Llelama, at the north end of the town's lagoon. There are daily fish auctions, which give tourists a chance to meet the area's colourful fishermen and even organise fishing trips into the lagoon and the ocean beyond.

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  • Day 2

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

    Checkout and leave for Galle. Visit Galle’s 17th century Dutch Fort - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Dutch Reform Church and several houses with the typical manor house style architecture with columns, courtyards, and verandas.

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  • Day 3

    Take a trip to a low country tea estate and see the museum and drive to Unawatuna bay for a swim.

    You can visit this tea plantation and learn a bit about tea production in Sri Lanka, ancient Ceylon. Handungoda is the legendary tea plantation that used to produce the famous “virgin” white tea for the Chinese Emperor Tsong. Handunugoda runs a lovely, detailed tour explaining all of the details and covering a good bit of the estate to see the various activities (complimentary). The tour starts with a visit to the main house where you can enjoy tea and cake on the verandah while the plantation history is briefly explained. Then, you can see the factory, followed by a tea tasting near the factory. Museum Of Koggala Location The memory of Martin Wickramasinghe deserves to be honored at the greatest standards. The Martin Wickramasinghe considered that the best way to do this is by transforming his homeland into a museum. The famous author was born in a rather small, built in a Dutch style architecture house in Koggala.

    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.

  • Day 4

    Leave for Tangalle on the way arrange for a boat ride to see whales and dolphins (Best between Jan to April).enjoy a swim in the ocean.

    The Sea Turtle Hatchery along the coastal road takes only a couple of minutes to visit. The hatchery collects eggs in order to protect them. They hatch these, and when big enough, release them into the sea.The guide gives good information on the different turtles found in Sri Lankan waters, and the process of hatching the eggs.Based MirissaHarbour, 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

    Leave for Yala. 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.

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  • Day 6

    Leave for Bandarawela (hill country).Relax in the cool climate of the mountains of the southern slopes of the hill country.

    Today you begin your journey to the central highlands with its tea-covered hills, gushing waterfalls, and uplifting scenery. Stay two nights at The Tea Factory, which is situated on a tea plantation close to NuwaraEliya. 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 grassy plains, which are interspersed with small patches of forest, are home to leopards, sambur, deer, bear, monkeys and a rich array of birds.

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  • Day 7

    Leave for Kandy via NuwaraEliya, the highest mountain range in sri Lanka and home of the British colonial masters.

    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.

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  • Day 8

    Leave to Anuradhapura (cultural triangle).tour of the ancient ruins and the mahabodhi(oldest Botree) Sri Lanka's famous cultural triangle offers plenty to fire both mind, The ruined capital of Polonnaruwa, the lion rock of Sigiriya and Dambulla’s Buddhist Cave Temples are all UNESCO world heritage sites. Explore these three cultural sites, all set in beautiful scenery, at your own pace, planning your days with the assistance of our expert drivers. You might also consider a safari at Minneriya National Park when you visit Polonnaruwa or an adventurous elephant safari at Habarana where you’ll be taken on elephant back through a jungle trek and across shallow waters.

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  • Day 9

    Proceed to Trincomalee (EastCoast) for relaxing.

    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.

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  • Day 10

    Explore Trincomalee (East Coast)

    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 11

    Explore Trincomalee (East Coast)

    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.

  • Day 12

    Leave to Kandalama(cultural triangle)

    North of Dambulla but to the West lies the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa, once protected by 3½ miles of walls. The many sculptures, friezes ruins, temples etc are contained within a family compact area. A preferable andequally historic destination to Anuradhapura for the traveller with less time.

    Water is and has been of great significance and the ParakramaSamudra- a gigantic water tank covering 6000 acres- irrigated surrounding paddy fields by way of 11 channels. Inhabitants of that time could also enjoy the Baths with crocodile-mouth visitors, wild elephants – and the tiered 8 petalled Lotus flower pond - the national flower of Sri Lanka.

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  • Day 13

    Visit to Polanaruwa and Sigiriya and back to the hotel.

    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.

    Sri Lanka’scultural triangle and check into 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.

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  • Day 14

    Leave for Colombo. , shopping, and see places of interest like museum, town hall, zoo, and try one of the many excellent eating houses.

    Check out and leave for Colombo tour the city. 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 eating special houses.

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  • Day 15

    Leave to airport.

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