HIGHLIGHTS OF SRI LANKA
Highlights of Sri Lanka – 16 days Standard From € 1398,- p.p. Luxury From € 1569,- p.p.
Day 1 Colombo Airport – Hotel
We welcome you at the airport and arrange the transfer to your hotel after arrival at the airport in Colombo (CMB). Here we review our program with you and answer all of your questions regarding the tour. The rest of the day is to relax, so you can recover after your flight.
Day 2 Colombo – Pinnawela – Puttalam
After breakfast we drive to the elephant orphanage in Pinnawela. These giants have a daily wash in the nearby river, this is a real amusing sight to see! You will have plenty of time to enjoy it and you can feed them, bath them and take a ride on the back of an elephant. Then we continue towards the fishing town of Puttalam where we see the local saltwinning and stay overnight.
Day 3 Wilpattu National Park – Anuradhapura
By jeep, we explore the largest nature reserve in Sri Lanka. The park is known for its many lakes. A lot of different animals are living here, including leopards, elephants, bears and buffaloes. Near the swamp you will find crocodiles and the Bengal monitor, cobra and python snakes. We stay the night in Anuradhapura.
Day 4 Anuradhapura – Polonnaruwa
Today we visit Anuradhapura with its old town, which currently is only inhabited by monkeys. Anuradhapura is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its beautiful ruins. It is a former capital from the time of the Sri Lankan kings. Polonnaruwa was, after Anuradhapura, the second capital of the former Ceylon, which is now Sri Lanka. Admire the monuments and the royal citadel. The latter contains the remains of the royal palace and its audience hall.
Day 5 Polonnaruwa – Sigiriya
We climb the lion rock, a long-deceased volcano of about 180 meters high. In the 5th century it was a royal complex with the palace on top of the rock. On our way up we pass the various gardens, the mirrorwall and the murals of the virgins. At the top you can see the ruins of the royal palace and you will be spoiled with beautiful panoramic views.
Day 6 Sigiriya – Dambulla
Wear appropriate clothing today: no shorts or sleeveless shirts because we will visit the golden temple! This is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It consists of five caves with images and statues, which represent the life of Buddha. The caves were inhabited as early as 700 BC.
Day 7 Dambulla – Kandy
Admire the remains of the royal palace or take a trip through the nearby bird sanctuary where besides the great variety of winged animals also many monkeys can be seen. You have the opportunity to visit a real batik factory and the gem museum where you can find out everything about the mining and production of these precious stones and you can even buy some from the impressive showroom. Now to the temple of the tooth. This is the main temple of Sri Lanka and certainly one of the most important temples to Buddhism. In this temple the left canine tooth of Buddha is stored. You can enjoy a traditional dancing show here and be part of the temples festival.
Day 8 Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
We drive into the mountains, to Nuwara Eliya. On the way we stop at some beautiful waterfalls and pass through many tea plantations, where we hopefully can see some tea pickers at work. Nuwara Eliya is almost 2 km above sea level, the temperature is cool and fresh. Here we visit a tea factory and a tea plantation, after which we visit the town of Nuwara Eliya, a colonial city, which still has a typical British atmosphere.
Day 9 Nuwara Eliya – Ella
After breakfast we take the train to Ella. This trainride is called as a highlight of their trip by many people. It is the perfect way to make contact with the friendly locals. The train ride takes you through the beautiful mountain area, through the tea plantations, over old wooden bridges and high mountain railway stations. Alternately you can see rugged mountains, tea plantations and waterfalls. The sights are breath taking! In Ella we visit a great waterfall where you can have a swim in the natural pool and feel what it’s like to stand under the falling water of the splashing waterfall.
Day 10 Ella – Kataragama
Kataragama is a sacred place of pilgrimage in southern Sri Lanka. This place has a magnificent temple complex which is sacred to various religions. You can view the entire ritual of the temple visitors or – if you wish – you can get involved in the rituals yourself!
Day 11 Yala national park – Tissamaharama – Kirinda – Tangalle
Very early in the morning we take an adventurous jeep safari at Yala National Park. Yala is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park has a large population of elephants, but you can also find leopards, bears and crocodiles. The leopards in this park are the largest in the world! After the safari we go for a lunch to the lake of Tissamaharama, just like the locals do and then we visit the charming fishing village of Kirinda with his relatively unknown rock temple and beautiful beaches. We have our dinner on the promenade of Tangalle, where we spend the night.
Day 12 Tangalle – Rekawa turtle centre
Today we take you for a wonderful day at the beach in a quiet cove where few tourists come. This place is perfect for swimming with its calm waves and fine sand which gradually slopes into the sea. Optionally, you can visit the Mulkirigale temple or take a kayak trip through the lagoon. At night we take you to the sea turtles foundation Rekawa. This conservation program aims to protect the sea turtles in Sri Lanka. Together with your guide, you go to the protected beach to see how these giants come ashore and lay their eggs.
Day 13 Rekawa – Galle
Galle is an old Dutch fortified town where the influences of the Dutch East India Company period are still visible. It is also one of the UNESCO-listed cities of Sri Lanka. Once you are inside the walls of the fort, it seems as if time has stood still. Optionally there are various museums to visit here and great shopping opportunities.
Day 14 Galle – Sinharaja tropical rainforest
We explore the last pristine rainforest of Sri Lanka, the beautiful Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve. With its impenetrable jungle, hanging lianas and the beautiful singing of the many birds this trip is a true adventure. The forest is home to as many as 830 species of endemic plants and animals, including many rare trees, birds, reptiles and insects. The best way to visit is by making a nice walk through this park. This way you get to know the unbelievable extensive bird world of this forest. Afterwards you can relax in your hotel pool.
Day 15 Sinharaja ‐ Colombo ‐ Mount Lavinia
In Colombo you will be able to visit some cultural heritage such as the ancient Hindu temple and the water temple. It is an amazing experience to stroll down the Pettah market and see the daily life of the people living here. In Colombo you will find a shopping mall as well where you can buy some great souvenirs. At Mount Lavinia you can order some delicious seafood while sitting on the beach and enjoying the most beautiful sunset ever.
Day 16 Mount Lavinia – Colombo
Today is the last day of our tour and we go back to Colombo. Depending on your departure time and your preferences you can do some sightseeing or souvenir shopping on our last day. Here you can catch a flight home or you can chose to extend your holiday at one of the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka or the Maldives.
The end of a beautiful experience and a memorable tour!