Sri Lanka Culture and Beach explore
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- Max People : 10
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Travel around the green lands, meet friendly people, learn of the rich and vibrant history dating back over 2500 years, see Buddhist temples, lush tea plantations, have a spectacular wildlife experience on a safari tour, relax on a beautiful beach, do shopping in Kandy and taste fresh fruits, vegetables and delicious curries with rice – these are only some of the highlights of this tour!
I have made a special package with a mix of 3 and 4-star hotels and you start this tour in the traditional fishing town of Sri Lanka - Negombo and end with a relaxing beach holiday in Mirissa.
During this Sri Lanka travel experience with Chandani, you have a 15 day tour package taking you from Negombo to Mirissa through beautiful Sri Lanka visiting very interesting cultural, heritage, wildlife and beach destinations in Sri Lanka.
Join us to explore new horizons on this tropical island - Sri Lanka, the Wonder of Asia, to take an unforgettable journey with us from 30 May to 13 June 2020.
"TRAVEL WITH CHANDANI" Sri Lanka tour is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotels as well as a well-experienced, Engilish speacking chauffer driver, breakfast and dinne, transport and more.
Explore, Negombo, Anuradhapura, Mihintale, Dambulla Rock Temple, visit iconic Sigiriya Rock and take a jeep ride into Minneria or Kaudulla National park to see elephants very close to you. Sip on refreshing Ceylon tea in Nuwara Eliya and before heading to the idylic beaches of Mirissa for some sun, sea, rest and relaxation.
- Anuradhapura: the first capital of the island established in the 4th century BC and it is one of eight World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka
- Sri Lankan traditional lunch at Tissa Wewa Lake
- Mihintale: the sacred mountain peak where the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa inaugurated the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka
- Sigiriya - the Lion Rock Fortress, 5th century fortress ruins and a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most visited historical places in Sri Lanka
- Dambulla - Rangiri Dambulla Cave Temple: a cave monastery and sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries with its five sanctuaries, is the largest, best-preserved cave-temple complex is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka.
- Rambukkana: village visit & cook and eat with a local family.
- Kandy - city tour including Tuk Tuk ride, a local bus ride, visiting the Temple of the Tooth and see a cultural performance
- Scenic train ride through waterfalls and tea plantations from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya and drive though Nuwara Eliya's 'Little England'
- Visiting a Tea Factory
- Mirissa Beach - Palm fringed beaches and golden sand
- Group accommodations in any hotels categories decided in consultation with your RaliniX Travel consultant. Limited number of single rooms available for a surcharge. If requested possible accommodation in youth hostels, guest houses, or students housing. All rooms with private facility.
- Standard package include breakfasts plus one other meal usually dinner, including a welcome drink in most hotels.
- Private, deluxe air-conditioned coach transportation for all scheduled group activities and transfers.
- A local English-speaking Chauffeur escort throughout the tour. German, French, Italian or Japanese tour guides can be provided with an added cost.
- Guided city tours and selected sightseeing
- All hotel, coach, and group meal taxes and service charges.
- International Flights. (We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date).
- Travel Insurance. (Travel insurance is mandatory to buy).
- Site admissions for planned tour.
- Visa fees.
- Extra meals and drinks.
- Tips and all the other personal expenses.
- Video or camera fees, optional excursions, and anything not mentioned under the inclusions of the package are not included.
Day 1 -
Arrival - Transfer to beach hotel in Negombo
Negombo a beautiful sea side area on the western part of the island of Sri Lanka, just 20 minutes drive away from the Colombo - Katunayaka International airport with an amazing coast lined with palms. The natural beauty of the beach is truly breathtaking and it is a gourmet food lover’s paradise with seafood restaurants in plenty.
Negombo is home for a majority of Roman Catholics along with Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims. Negombo is also called “Little Rome” due to the highly elaborate Portuguese-era Roman Catholic churches found within the town.
Negombo is one of the best places near the airport to relax for 1- 2 days after a long haul flight, specially if you arrive early in the morning or late in the evening.
Afternoon information, briefing of the tour with a welcome cocktail. Relax by the beach.
Optional: Make a boat trip in Dutch canal, Lagoon & Sea or visit the famous local fish market.
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting.
Dinner and overnight stay in a Hotel in Negombo.
Day 2 -
Visit to Mihintale, the birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka
Anuradhapura is the capital city of North Central Province.
Anuradhapura was the first capital of the island established in the 4th century BC and it is one of eight World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka. Also considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.
It was the royal capital for 119 successive Singhalese Kings which lasted for about thousand five hundred years.
Many historic monuments and buildings still remain in the acres of this sacred city.
Lunch in a restaurant or you can have just a snack, if you are not so hungry.
Checking in to the Hotel.
In the afternoon a visit to Mihintale.
Mihintale is the birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
Regardless of religios beliefs it is an unforgettable place to visit.
Beautiful shrines, stupas and caves, monastery ruins are visited by many locals and foreigners.
Even though white-robed pilgrims climb this temple complex through out the day we recommend a visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the midday heat.
The climb takes about 25 - 30 minutes. The view from the top absolutely stunning.
Dinner and overnight stay in Anuradhapura.
Day 3 -
Visit Eight sacred places in Anuradhapura and enjoy a traditional Sri Lankan Lunch at Tissa Wewa bank
Lunch at Tissa Wewa Lake. You will enjoy a special Sri Lankan local lunch at Tissa Wewa Lake today.
After lunch we will have a walk on the Tissa Wewa Lake and pay a visit to Isurumuniya Buddhist temple situated near to the Tissa Wewa.
Return to the Hotel and relax during the rest of the day.
Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel in Anuradhapura.
Day 4 -
Today´s highlight Sigiriya, one of the most valuable historical monuments of Sri Lanka and called as the Eighth Wonder of World
After a good breakfast we will leave to Sigiriya.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress: one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka, which has been declared by UNESCO as the 8th Wonder of the World. Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress, once a Kingdom of great pride of magnificent hight and rich irrigitation and water architecture. Following the king’s death, Sigiriya was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century. You can see the palace ruined surrounded by remaining gardens and reservoirs and Sigiriya is world famous for its 5th century pre-Christian frescoes.
Lunch in a restaurant or just take a snack and drink a fresh fruit drink if you are not so hungry.
In the late afternoon we will explore the magnificent Rangiri Dambulla Cave Temple which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sitting on top of a 160-metre high Rock, there are five cave temples, each with different Buddha statues and interior designs.
The monastery dates back to the first century (BC) and the caves you visit today were restored and re-painted as they stand now by the Kingdom of Kandy in the 18th century.
Check in to the Hotel and relax during the rest of the day.
Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel in Dambulla.
Day 5 -
Elephant Safari Adventure
In the afternoon we will leave for a great elephant safari adventure in Kaudulla or Minneriya national park.
Large numbers of Sri Lankan elephants are attracted to grass fields on the edges of the Kaudulla or Minneriya reservoirs depending on the season.
Both Kaudulla and Minneriya tank contribute to sustain a large herd.
Elephants gathered here can be around 150-350 and you can see dozens of beautiful elephants in a natural setting very close to you.
Enjoy an awsome jeep safari and enjoy the view of the native elephants at their natural environment at the banks of the minneriya or Kaudulla tank.
Dinner and overnight stay in Dambulla.
Day 6 -
Heading towards the Hill Country
The Name Kandy comes from the words „Kanda Uda Rata“ (The country over the mountains). In Sinhala it is called "Maha Nuwara. It was once known as Senkadagala. It was the capital of the last Sinhalese Kingdom ruled by King Sri wickreama Rajasinghe (the last King of Sri Lanka).
Kandy is situated in a in a plateau surrounded by three mountain ranges, namely Udawattakale(Udawatta Mountain forest), Hantane range (Hantane Mountain) and Bahirawakanda range (Bahirawakanda Mountain) which are home to tea plantations and bio diverse rainforests.
En-route visit to a Hindu Temple (Amman Kowil-Matale) (Optional).
You can enjoy an afternoon walk around Kandy Lake, and if time permits why not do some shopping in Kandy City Center?
Visit to Kandy Viewpoint, Oak Ray Wood Carvings and Gem museum can be optionally done.
Dinner and overnight stay in Kandy
Day 7 -
Explore The Kingdom of Kandy
Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic – a tooth of the Buddha is kept since very anciant times. During the puja times (offerings or prayers), the heavily protected shrine, housing the tooth is open to local devotees and other visitors. The Sacred Tooth is kept in the smallest of seven nested stupa shaped gold caskets and you don´t actually see the tooth.
Both Kandy and the temple (as it is in it) are now listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Temple of the Tooth Relic consists of three main buildings. They are the Vedahiti Maligaya, Pattirippuwa and Aluth Maligawa. The ancient sculpture inside the temple, the beautiful architecture and the wooden structural constructions where the inner chamber is placed are some of the attractions to any visitor.
The latest institution added to the Dalada Shrine the “Sri Dalada Museum”, displays various historical records, photography from the time when the Tooth Relic was brought to Sri Lanka and lists of the Chief Prelates of the two monastic establishments of Malwatte and Asgiriya to the time of the British rule.
Next we will visit The Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, which was once reserved only for Kandyan royal familie. Today everyone can enjoy the most impressive and largest botanic gardens in Sri Lanka. 60 hectares
In the evening you can enjoy a Cultural Dance Show, a stimulating Sri Lankan Arts, Dance & Cultural Heritage Show, which is performced by The Kandy Lake Club established in 1982. Their intention was bringing together all Sri Lankan dance types to one platform. It is the first Cultural Dance Show of its kind to be established in Sri Lanka. It is the first Cultural Dance Show of its kind to be established in Sri Lanka. Their performances mostly end with a „fire walking“ (stepping on burning coals), which is done with the everlasting faith towards the God.
Kandy Cultural Dance Show has become a tourist attraction for many people visiting the country who are keen to have a look at its rich cultural heritage.
Dinner and overnight stay in Kandy.
Day 8 -
An amazing and reare village life experiance. Cook and eat like a local in a village house.
The foundation has been working continually to improve the care, protection and treatment of captive elephants in Sri Lanka by providing a place of sanctuary and medical services and facilities.
Then we will visit a local family in Hiriwadunna. We will cook together local food with them and learn how to cook traditional Sri Lankan food.
You will enjoy an exceptionally delicious buffet lunch, served in classic Sri Lankan style.
Dinner and overnight stay in Kandy.
Day 9 -
Enjoy the world`s most beautiful and scenic train ride
The scenery is fantastic through out this journey and this is the most exciting part of today´s programme.
You will pass beautiful green hills, lush tea plantations, endless mountains, old bridges, waterfalls, rice fields and
Nuwara Eliya is called “Little England” because many of the buildings in this city keep hold of the British colonial period, some of them are Queen's Cottage (also known as the President's House or The Lodge) which is a country house, the General's House (another country house), the Grand Hotel, the Hill Club and Nuwara Eliya Post Office. Nuwara Eliya is characterised by a cool climate all year long, average temperature can range from 15 °C to 17 °C.
Lunch on the way or in Nuwara Eliya.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a walk around the Gregory lake. If you like to, you can take take a 20-minute speedboat ride on the lake. (Optional)
You can enjoy a walk through The Bale Bazaar in Nuwara Eliya: It is nicknamed the Winter Market because they sell winter clothes for the cold Nuwara Eliya weather.
Dinner and overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 10 -
Experiance The famous End of the World and a beginning of a magnificent sight...
Since 1988 the forest reserve has been declared it a National Park and since 2010 has been announced as a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
Afternoon/Evening relax in the hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 11 -
Beach, Sun, Sand, Relax...
En route we will walk around the tea estates and see St. Clair’s Falls. Hill country is tea country in Sri Lanka from where the famous Ceylon tea comes.
There are hundreds of acres of tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya and plenty of tea factories to visit in the area.
Visit to a tea factory and see how the green leaves become that steaming cup of tea is the highlight of today´s program.
Visiting a Sri Lanka tea factory enables you to see, smell, taste and touch the tea at every stage of the production process, and get an understanding of why certain teas taste as they do.
There is normally a time at the end of the tour for a tea tasting, either of one specific type of tea or occasionally of the various specialties of that particular factory.
Walk through a tea plantation, talk to the tea pluckers and observe closely how the two leaves and bud are carefully hand harvested are the highlights. Why not try plucking some by ourself?
Check in to the Hotel in Mirissa and relax.
Dinner and overnight stay in Hotel in Mirissa.