Cities of Ceylon 8 Days
Ayebowan! Greetings from Sri lanka, the land that has it all in store for you. Flow from the colonial coast town of Negombo inland to the ancient cultural triangle, climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and dip into the cultural life in lively, yet laidback Kandy. Board the train as it climbs through the pine forests and lush green tea plantations into the hill country. Proceed to the World’s End then to Ella, high above the valley where you will get your hands on the local cuisine. Head southwards, close to the elephants in the Uda-walwe National park.
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• A fine balance of ancient culture, nature and wildlife
Small Group Exploration – normally no more than 2 - 5 travellers. Being few brings you closer to local life and flexibility to go to places less travelled; to go beyond the ordinary. You can be min. 1 and max. 8 travellers on this tour. You can book 1 person, but we cannot guarantee more participants.
|Trip Length:||8 Day(s) 7 Night(s)|
|Tour Departure Dates:||Daily|
Sri Lanka has now become a round the year destination, however the climate varies from city to city. Expect rain in Colombo and the Hill country (Kandy, Nuwara Elliya and Ella) from April to December.
|Type of Transportation:||Car/Van|
|Type of Accommodation:||Guest House in standard room with private bathroom – 1 star hotel, or similar|
|Included in Price:||
Meals: 7 x Breakfast, 1 x Lunch
|Excluded from Price:||
• Entrance fees
- Locations Visited:
- Negambo, Sigriya,Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ella
- Start City:
- Colombo / Negombo
- End City:
Day 1: Negombo
On arrival, welcome by a Go Beyond representative and transfer to Hotel in Negombo (airport - Negombo takes approximately 20 mins.).
Enjoy a welcome drink at your hotel and check-in to your room. You will have a few hours to rest, then you will be going on a city tour of Negombo. Visit the remains of the Dutch period, Buddhist temple, Catholic Church, Fishing village, Fish market in morning and the bazaar.
Accommodation: Overnight in a hotel/hostel at Negambo
Day 2: Negombo to Sigiriya
After breakfast and check-out from the hotel in Negombo, you will be transferred to Sigiriya (180 km/4 hours). Once arriving at your hotel in Sigiriya, you will be checking-in and have a few hours of rest.
After relaxing, you will be going to visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Climbing the 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress, which is a world heritage site built by King Kashyapa (473-495 AD). The Lion Rock is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectares fortified town. A moat, rampart and extensive gardens including the renowned ponds form the base of the rock.
You will also be visiting the world-renowned frescoes of the Heavenly Maidens of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.
You will have the whole evening to relax at your hotel.
Accommodation: Overnight in a hotel/hostel at Sigriya
Day 3: Sigiriya - Dambulla - Minneriya - Sigiriya
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Dambulla (approximately an hour drive from Sigiriya). Here, you will find the World Heritage Site of Dambulla Rock Temple – the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples built by King Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. The complex of five caves holds over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceilings, this makes it the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of Buddha, which the largest is spanning 14 meters and is a colossal figure of Buddha carved out of rock.
We will stop for lunch in town and later in the afternoon you will visit Minneriya National Park. Covering 8890 hectares, the park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to Sri Lanka’s favorites such as sambar deer, leopards and elephants.
However, the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank (built in 3rd century AD by King Mahasena). During the dry season (June to September), this tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants that come to bathe and graze on the grasses as well as the huge flocks of birds (cormorants and painted storks to name but a few) that come to fish in the shallow waters.
Accommodation: Overnight in a hotel/hostel at Sigiriya
Day 4: Sigiriya to Kandy
Enjoy your breakfast, check-out from your hotel in Sigiriya and get yourself ready to continue your journey to Kandy (100 km or about 2 hours travelling). On the way to Kandy, you will be visiting a spice garden in Matale.
Upon arrival in the afternoon, you will be going on a Kandy city tour. Kandy is the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, which is the World Heritage Site. The name "Kandy" conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake, built by the last Sinhala king - Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798.
In the evening, visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
Accommodation: Overnight in a hotel/hostel at Kandy
Day 5: Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast, your driver will drive you through green mountains. You will see the tea plantations clad in light green with dots of color from the workers picking leaves to Ramboda waterfall. You can have lunch on the way.
To get the story of tea making, you will go visit the Tea estate at Labookale, famous for a fine variety of mountain.
Expected arriving time to your hotel in Nuwara Elliya is around 15:00 pm. After you checked-in to your hotel, you can take a rest or go visit the Victoria Park or do some short treks.
Accommodation: Overnight in a hotel/hostel at Nuwara Eliya
Day 6: Nuwara Eliya to Ella
It will be an early start today, even before sunrise and at this time the weather is normally cold. You should bring your breakfast pack along with your sweater. First, we will drive out to the Horton plains, a wild moorland where you go for a trek. Suddenly, you will feel like the whole Sri Lanka lies for your feet once arriving at the World's end.
After visiting Horton plains and World's end, we will be driving back to your hotel. And later you will continue your journey on the road with your driver through stunning mountain escapes to Ella, the slow mountain village most people come to love.
Upon arrival at Ella, you will be checking-in to a hotel that has the view overlooking the mountains. If you are still feeling fresh and curious, you can go visit the waterfall and the bridge nearby for a fine sunset. But if you stay back at the hotel, the view from here is just as rewarding.
Accommodation: Overnight at a hotel/hostel in Ella
Day 7: Ella
After breakfast and a slow relaxing morning, get ready for a simple, though inspiring cooking class. Try your hands in preparing some delicious Sri Lankan delicacies, and the spicy fresh treat will be served to you for lunch.
Later in the day, you may just relax for a lazy afternoon or go to the beautiful Ravana falls and enjoy the scenery along the road with colorful food stall, large rainforest trees, slow market towns and a flow of tuk tuks.
There are also other old temples and a cave nearby for a perfect evening, if you are up for more exploration.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight at a hotel/hostel in Ella
Day 8: Ella to Tangalle - Mirissa or Galle
At 5:30 am with your breakfast pack, you will be leaving the hotel for Udawalawe National park.
Enjoy a jeep ride through the National Park’s grassland, which is the home for hundreds of Elephants and is the best place in Asia to see elephants up close. Most likely you will also spot wild buffalos, crocodiles, deer and a variety of bird species. Peacocks are easily sighted inside the park.
After you finished visiting the National Park, continue to Mirissa or Colombo or on your own plan and rest at your leisure.
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