Backpacker Ancient Cities & Hills of Sri Lanka (5 Days)
A short and sweet introduction to Sri Lanka, to its ancient inland and the sacred city of Kandy.
Setting foot in Colombo airport you will appreciate your soft landing and your stay in the laidback beach town of Negombo. Explore its colonial past and lively present. Then head towards Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Climb your way to the summit of Sigiriya Rock Fortress and you will have the world at your feet. Flow to Dambulla to lay eyes on the ancient Rock Temple and finally give in to the cultural capital of Kandy.
Then you are ready to continue on your own – into the lush green hill country or South to the sweet beach life. To Go Beyond the ordinary.
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• A soft landing and fine introduction to travelling in Sri Lanka.
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.
|Trip Length:||5 Day(s) 4 Night(s)|
|Tour Departure Dates:||Every day.|
Sri Lanka is a year-round destination, however the climate varies from city to city.
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Private vehicle/car for transfers, walking during local activities/sight seeing.
|Type of Accommodation:||
Stay in hotel rooms with aircon on bed & breakfast basis. Please note there will be no aircon at your hotel in Sigiriya and Kandy due to chilly weather.
Child age: Below 5 years old. Children 5 years and up will be treated as adults.
|Included in Price:||
Meals: 4 x Breakfast.
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• Meals not stated as included in the above
- Locations Visited:
- Negombo, Sigiriya, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla, Dambulla Cave Temple, Polonnaruwa, Kandy
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Day 1: Arrival in Colombo Airport – Negombo
Welcome to Sri Lanka – a charmingly beautiful country where 5 days ancient cultural immersion and beautiful scapes awaits you.
Upon arrival in the airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to Negombo. Negombo is approx. 20 minutes drive from the airport embracing slow life and beachfront location. For newly arrived travellers it is often a welcomed alternative to the hectic and happening Colombo.
Check in to your hotel and rest for a few hours before capturing the streets of Negombo on a city tour. You will visit the colonial remains of the Dutch period, a Buddhist temple and a catholic church. You will get close to slow life in the local fishing village; walk the lively fish market, and the bustling bazaar.
Optional: Do a Boat trip through the Dutch canal, lagoon and sea.
Please note: If you arrive late in the night on your day 1 the city tour will take place on your day 2 before you depart for Sigiriya.
Day 2: Negombo – Sigiriya
Having acclimatized to a new country and new customs, you are ready to venture inlands to the ancient scapes of Sri Lanka.
Start with a slow breakfast and enjoy a cup of hot Sri Lankan tea. Then transfer to Sigiriya where you will check in to your hotel.
Late in the afternoon/early evening when the sun cools down a bit, start your excursion to Sigiriya. Climb the 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress – an UNESCO world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The 'Lion Rock' is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock.
Visit 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.
Driving time: Approx. 200 km / 4-5 hours.
Day 3: Sigiriya – Dambulla – Sigiriya
From a rock fortress to a rock temple – another day of cultural explorations in striking landscapes awaits you.
Have your breakfast and transfer to Dambulla, which is about an hour’s 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. metres of painted walls and ceilings. This makes it the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of Buddha of which the largest is spanning 14 metres and is a colossal figure of Buddha carved out of rock.
Stop for lunch in town and later in the afternoon you have the option to visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa – An UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in the country. The relics stand as testimonials of the greatness of the Kingdom’s first rulers and are spread across a huge area. Expect therefore a decent amount of walking, but we guarantee it’ll be worth it.
If you would rather go back to Sigiriya you have the option to do so. Here you can hire bi-cycles and explore the city at your own pace. The choice is yours.
Driving time: Approx. 1 hour per way.
Day 04: Sigiriya – Kandy
Leave the ancient inland behind and head for lush hill country with Kandy as your destination.
Have your breakfast and steaming hot Sri Lankan coffee before you check out from your hotel. Your onwards transport will be an exploration in its own right with magnificent views beyond your windows, just as you may visit the Spice Garden in Matale on your journey to Kandy.
Upon arrival check in and relax so you are ready for your afternoon city tour. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and now an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The name "Kandy" conjures visions of splendour 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 – a tranquil place in the heart of the city.
In the evening visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic – a golden roofed Buddhist temple that houses Sri Lanka’s most sacred Buddhist relic – a tooth of the Buddha. And though it is not possible to see the actual tooth as it is kept in a gold casket shaped like a stupa, you will feel the sacred ambience and take in the colours, the gilded gifts and the shrines that comprise the temple complex.
Late in the evening you will experience a Cultural Show. Some find this funny, while others find it spectacular. You will see the traditional Sri Lankan drummers stirring up a rhythm and decoratively dressed dancers showing their amazing moves. You will see fireworks and fire stunts in a show that truly has something for all.
Driving time: Approx. 100 KM / 2-3 hours.
Day 05 – Kandy (– Colombo)
While having your breakfast and before you checkout, you have time to contemplate your next destination.
Either continue on your own and explore the lush green and misty hill country in the heart of Sri Lanka. Or head East or South to capture the beaches and a bit of sun, sea and sand. Onwards transport is at your own arrangement or you can ask us to help you.
You also have the option to go with the car and driver back to Colombo (included – 120 KM / 3-4 hours).
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