Outbound: Negombo -Anuradhapura -Trincomalee -Pasikudah -Kandalama -Sigiriya -Kandy -Nuwara Eliya -Colombo

The details

Itinerary - 15 Days / 14 Nights-Option 2

Day 1

  • Meet and assist on Arrival at the Colombo Airport, Katunayake (Pick up by Driver with A/C Car, Flight Details to be advised)
  • Heading to Negombo – Approximately 20minutes.
  • Negombo is a modest beach town located close to Bandaranaike International Airport.
  • It was one of the most important sources of cinnamon during the Dutch era, and there are still reminders of the European days.
  • The major beach resort in the West Coast is Negombo. The wide sandy beaches and the safe sea are the main attractions of Negombo.
  • Sightseeing - Negombo is a traditional fishing town in Sri Lanka, and the town is a gourmet food lover’s paradise with seafood available in plenty. Negombo also produces spices, ceramics and brassware.
  • Attractions in the city include The Old Dutch Fort Gate built in 1672 now a part of the prison, the Dutch Canal which was then a supply route to the Dutch administration, Old churches and fishing villages.
  • The Katuwapitiya Church and The Grand Street Church are the two biggest parishes in Negombo.
  • Check in to the hotel –Heritance Negombo – 5* - http://www.heritancehotels.com/negombo/
  • Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2

  • After enjoying the hot breakfast, transfer to Trincomalee (Approximately 6 hours) via the World’s Heritage City- Anuradhapura .
  • Anuradhapura was declared by the UNESCO as a world heritage city and is 250 km north of Colombo.
  • It is regarded as Sri Lanka’s first known kingdom and the capital of the Island for many centuries. Being well known for it’s cultural and religious value the city attracts many local and foreign visitors who love to explore the ancient history of Sri Lanka.
  • Sightseeing places: - The Sri MahaBodhiya is perhaps the oldest living tree in the world. The scared bodhi tree (Sri Maha Bodhi) is central to Anuradhapura in both a spiritual and physical sense.
  • Brazen Palace: The Brazen palace (Lovamahapaya) , was built in the 3rd century BCE.
  • Ruwanwelisaya is the one of the world tallest stupa, located in sacred city of Anuradhapura. It was built in 140 B.C. It is standing at 103meters (338 feet) with circumference of 290 meters (950 feet).
  • Ruwanwelisaya is one of the 08 places of veneration in the Anuradhapura. The Buddha's relics have been deposited in this sacred stupa.
  • Transfer to Trincomalee from Anuradhapura (Approximately 2 hours)
  • Check in to the hotel – Chaaya Blue Trincomalee [http://www.cinnamonhotels.com/trincoblubycinnamon/]
  • Overnight stay at the hotel.-

Day 3

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Trincomalee is a port city on the east coast of Sri Lanka. The city is located on a peninsula, which divides the inner and outer harbors.
  • The Bay of Trincomalee provides security and is openly accessible to all types of sea crafts in all weathers. The beaches are used for recreational purposes such as surfing, scuba diving, fishing and whale watching. The city is renowned for housing the largest Dutch fort in Sri Lanka. It is home to major Sri Lankan naval bases and a Sri Lankan Air Force base.
  • Harbour - The Trincomalee boasts a record as the fifth largest natural harbor in the world In the map Trincomalee isn't quite populated a lot and is less developed. However it is used as a commercial seaport.
  • The hot springs in Trincomalee is always a major tourist attraction. There are the seven hot springs of Kanniya on the way to Trincomalee. The seven springs are enclosed by a high wall, each of which is again enclosed and bound by smaller walls to make up wells. The use of the springs for bathing however is under strict control.
  • Pigeon Island National Park is one of the two marine national parks of Sri Lanka. The national park is situated 1 km off the coast of Nilaveli, a coastal town in Eastern Province, encompassing a total area of 471.429 hectares. The island's name derives from the rock pigeon which has colonized it.
  • Trincomalee is considered a very sacred place by the Tamil and Sinhalese. Trincomalee and its surroundings have both Hindu and Buddhist sites of historical importance. These sites are sacred to the Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Back to the hotel in the evening and overnight stay at the hotel – Chaaya Blue Trincomalee[http://www.cinnamonhotels.com/trincoblubycinnamon/]

Day 4

  • After breakfast at the hotel, head towards Pasikudah (Approximately 3 hours)
  • Pasikuda beach, recognized as one of safest beaches in Sri Lanka is very famous among the travelers who travel around the Sri Lankan tourism areas. It is located in the eastern coast of Sri Lanka. The nearest city is Batticloa. Throughout the year the beach is fully crowded with travelers from all around the world. The sea is visualized with crystal clear water. Foreign travelers never miss this beach as it is known as an ideal destination for a sea bath. Known to have one of the longest stretches of shallow coastline in the world, the coastal community of Passikudah is about 35km Northwest of Batticaloa. The resort, which is on the east side of the island, is about five hours away from Colombo by road.
  • Check in to the hotel- Amaya Beach Pasikudah. Known to have one of the longest stretches of shallow coastline in the world, the coastal community of Passikudah is about 35km Northwest of Batticaloa. The resort, which is on the east side of the island, is about five hours away from Colombo by road. But what draws tourists to this location is Passikudah’s bay which is truly magnificent and is protected by a reef that runs across making it one of the safest and calmest stretches of coastline in the east. The reef is home to lovely coral formations and reef fish with dotted palmyrah trees with sand so soft it almost disappears in your hands.
  • Overnight stay at the hotel. – Amaya Beach Pasikudah[https://www.amayabeach.com/]

Day 5

  • Passikudah is best known for its beach which offers a sun drenched stretch of shore in which to have fun in the sand and surf. As you explore the area you will comes across secluded spots in which to just lie back and soak up the sun, or engage in a spot of swimming. For some fun sightseeing activities, you can try snorkelling and diving which give one a chance to see a colourful world that lies beneath the ocean waves. Being by the sea, Passikudah is also where you will find fishing villages, where you can view traditional fishing methods and interact with the locals.
  • Overnight stay at the hotel - Amaya Beach Pasikudah[https://www.amayabeach.com/]

Day 6

  • Breakfast at the hotel and at leisure.
  • Overnight stay at the hotel - Amaya Beach Pasikudah[https://www.amayabeach.com/]

Day 7

  • After breakfast at the hotel, head towards Kandalama. (Approximately – 3 hours)via Polonnaruwa.
  • The second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated Chola invaders in 1070 to reunite the country once more under a local leader
  • Visiting - Gal Vihara Amazing sculptures of Lord Buddha carved out of a rock. There is another rock in front of this with tress behind it Polonnaruwa Vatadage , King’s Council Chamber
  • Polonnaruwa is the Island's second largest kingdom. Today the ancient city of Polonnaruwa remains one of the best planned Archeological relic sites in the country, standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the Kingdom's first rulers.
  • Check in to the hotel – Heritance Kandalama – 5* - [http://www.heritancehotels.com/kandalama/]
  • Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 8

  • After breakfast visit Sigiriya.
  • Sigiriya – Was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982, a spectacular Rock Fortress, is one of Sri Lanka’s major attractions. Sigiriya is Asia’s best preserved city of the first millennium, showing complex urban planning around the base of the rock, combined with sophisticated engineering and irrigation skills in the palace perched on the summit.
  • The most impressive facets of the unique complex are the Water Gardens, the Frescoes of beautiful maidens, the Mirror Wall with ancient graffiti, the Lion Platform and the Summit of 1.6 hectares, which was completely covered by buildings during the period of Sigiriya glory.
  • Climbing to the top of Sigiriya Rock is an experience you will never forget. The ruins and the view for the top are stunning. The climb is strenuous but not hard. There are about 1200 steps. That's roughly equivalent to climbing 60 flights of stairs in a 60 story building.
  • The renovated vast ancient Minneriya Rainwater Reservoir that irrigates the considerable area of the district of Polonnaruwa is the focal point of the Minneriya National Park.
  • Being part of the elephant corridor which joins up with Kaudulla and Wasgomuwa parks, Minneriya National Park gives the opportunity to see herds of Elephants throughout the year.May to October is the best period to visit Minneriya National Park in view of the famous Gathering of the wild elephants.
  • Overnight stay at the hotel – Heritance Kandalama 5* [http://www.heritancehotels.com/kandalama/]

Day 9

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Relax at the hotel.
  • Overnight stay at the hotel - Heritance Kandalama 5* [http://www.heritancehotels.com/kandalama/]

Day 10

  • On the way to Kandy after breakfast, visit the Dambulla which is part of the Cultural Triangle. It houses the gigantic Dambulla Cave Temple declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Originally it was the refuge of King Walagamba, and the caves were later converted into a rock temple. It houses beautiful frescoes and an imposing 15-metre long reclining Buddha and Hindu deities.
  • The Dambulla Rock Temple is considered to be the finest storehouse of Sinhala art and sculpture.
  • Later in the afternoon, proceed to Kandy.
  • On the way visit the Herbal and Spice garden.
  • Enter the city of Kandy, which lies in the center of Sri Lanka at an elevation of about 485 meters above sea level. Kandy was the last capital of last generation of Sri Lanka Kings which finally fell under British rule in 1815.
  • Visit the Temple of Tooth Relic- is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha.
  • The Ulpange or the Queen’s Bathing Pavilion - Situated partly in the waters of the Kandy Lake and the other part on land near the Temple of the Tooth Relic.
  • Kandy Lake - This artificial lake was built by the last king of Kandy (and of Sri Lanka), to beautify the Temple of the Tooth Relic by excavating paddy fields in 1807.
  • Visit the Kandy Museum and the Market Place - Wonderful cultural souvenirs can be found including carved, decorative masks, elephants, and other trinkets.
  • In the evening, attend the Cultural Program
  • Overnight stay at the hotel – Earl’s Regency Kandy http://www.aitkenspencehotels.com/earlsregency/

Day 11

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visiting -Parks and gardens - The Royal Botanical Garden, Peradeniya is situated about 5 km to the west of the City center at Peradeniya and is visited by 2 million people per year. It is the largest botanical garden on the island extending to 147 acres and containing over 4000 species of plants.
  • Enjoy shopping in the evening - There are wide varieties of shopping complexes within the Kandy city all of them are with all the facilities.
  • Overnight stay at the hotel – Earls Regency Kandy. http://www.aitkenspencehotels.com/earlsregency/

Day 12

  • After enjoying the breakfast, proceed to Nuwara Eliya– Approximately 2.5 hours.
  • Nuwara Eliya which is located in the heart of Sri Lankan hill country. Nuwara Eliya, also known as ‘Little’ England’, was the favorite hill station of the British who tried to create the resort into a typical English Village. Home of the famous Ceylon tea and the rolling mountains are carpets of velvety green tea plantations, interspersed with gushing streams and tumbling waterfalls.
  • Witness the Ramboda Water Fall & en-route you can stop and take a sightseeing tour including a visit to a Tea Factory where you will witness how the world famous Ceylon Tea is produced and enjoy a cup of Ceylon Tea while enjoying the spectacular scenery.
  • Visit the Hakkgala Botanical Gardens which is the second largest botanic garden in Sri Lanka and is located in a scenic part of Nuwara Eliya
  • Check in at the hotel- Heritance Tea Factory 5* - http://www.heritancehotels.com/teafactory/

Day 13

  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel , Later visit the Strawberry Farm, strawberries are grown in open fields and poly tunnels in the Nuwara Eliya District.
  • Afternoon, visit the Gregory’s Lake.
  • Overnight stay at the hotel – Heritance Tea Factory 5* http://www.heritancehotels.com/teafactory/

Day 14

  • Transfer to Colombo – Approximately 5hours
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka‘s bustling commercial hub, is located on the country’s west coast and with a population of between 800,000 and one million (estimates vary) is by far the country’s biggest city, as well as the most developed. Its natural harbour at the mouth of the Kelani River was a magnet for successive traders and conquerors – initially the Arab merchants, then Portuguese, Dutch and British imperialists.
  • The city is a jarring mix of old and new, with a central cluster of high-rise office blocks and hotels overshadowing red-tiled colonial-era buildings and sprawling street markets which overflow with high-piled fruit and vegetables, colorful silks and cottons, and deliciously fragrant spices.
  • Colombo city is full of popular tourist attractions such as National Museum - The National Museum of Colombo was established in 1877 by the British Governor Sir William Gregory which is the largest Museum in Sri Lanka. It has a good collection of historical work.
  • Galle Face Green - South of Colombo along with the lined palm trees of Galle road is the Galle face Green. Along with the a greenish seafront you can enjoy the evening breeze and view the sun set.
  • Check in at the hotel - Cinnamon Grand hotel 5*/ Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel – 5* http://www.cinnamonhotels.com/cinnamongrandcolombo/ http://www.cinnamonhotels.com/cinnamonlakesidecolombo/
  • Visit Beira Lake - Beira Lake is located in the middle of Colombo. The island in the middle of the lake and the surrounding tree line make it a beautiful place. This lake was built by Portuguese.
  • City tour of the - Dutch Hospital, Colombo Fort, Pettah bazaar, Railway museum.
  • Enjoy shopping in the evening - There are wide varieties of shopping complexes within the Colombo city all of them are with all the facilities. If you move along the Galle road you can find shopping malls like Majestic City, Liberty Plaza and Crescat Boulevard which are very popular among locals as well.
  • Overnight stay Cinnamon Grand hotel 5*/ Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel – 5* http://www.cinnamonhotels.com/cinnamongrandcolombo/ http://www.cinnamonhotels.com/cinnamonlakesidecolombo/

Day 14

  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and depart to the Airport for the departure flight
  • ……………End of tour……………

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