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Unique Experiences: ● Adventurous days with trekking, mountain biking and white water rafting.
● Beach time at a broad, soft and less crowded East coast beach.
● A soft landing and fine introduction to travelling in Sri Lanka.
● Car with private driver giving you flexibility to explore and make stops at your own pace.
Participants: 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.

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Trip Length: 9 Day(s) 8 Night(s)
Tour Departure Dates: Every day.
Travel Season: Sri Lanka is a year-round destination, however the climate varies from city to city.
Expect rain in Colombo and the Hill country (Kandy, Nuwara Elliya and Ella) April – December.
Type of Transportation: 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.
Physical Rate: 3/5
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Child Policy: Child age: Below 5 years old. Children 5 years and up will be treated as adults.
Child price: 1 child is free of charge when sharing bed with parents.
Please be aware of: The White Water Rafting and the cycle tour is for anyone above the age of 12 years only.
Included in Price: Meals: 8 x Breakfast, 1 x lunch, 3 x dinner at Eco lodges.
Accommodation: 8 nights in hotels on bed and breakfast basis.
Transport: Private car according to itinerary.
Driver: Driver who speaks limited basic English.
Others/activities: River safari at Bentota with fish foot massages. Trekking tour in Knuckles Mountains. White Water Rafting. Mountain biking/Cycling tour.

There is no overall guide on the tour, but a driver who speaks basic English.
There may be English Speaking tour guides on the pre-organized day tours (only) according to itinerary .

Train tickets are made available for sale only thirty days prior to your trip, so we are unable to guarantee availability. If we are unable to procure your ticket, we will make alternate arrangements
Excluded from Price: ● Meals not stated as included in the above
● Entrance fee to the monuments
● Tips and Donations
● Any items of personal nature e.g. cold or soft drink / mineral water
● Any additional cost incurred due to matters beyond our control
● Personal comprehensive travel insurance (compulsory)
● All other expenses not stated as included in the above

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Colombo Airport – Negombo
Welcome to Sri Lanka – a charmingly beautiful country where lush hills, thrilling adventures and local curiosity 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.

Overnight: Negombo.

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 Kandy.

Day 2: Negombo – Kandy
Have your breakfast and sip the 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 as you slowly make your way into the lush hill country of Sri
Lanka. On the way you have the option to stop at the Pinnawala elephant orphanage.

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.

Overnight: Kandy.
Driving time:
Approx. 120 KM / 2-3 hours

Day 3: Kandy – Day trek – Kandy
Leave the urban scape behind with your pre-packed breakfast and a decent amount of energy. The Knuckles Mountain Range is your destination – its mist-laden mountains and lush green scapes, tea plantations and occasional deer your companions for the day.

You will be transferred about 25 km from Kandy on Mahinyangana road and another 18 km inland to start your trek. Before you are home spice gardens, farm-fresh vegetable fields and lush rice fields. There are pigmy forests and plateaus. On the way you will pass by the green tea plantation, the colourfully dressed women working amongst the green leaves. You may encounter wildlife such as spotted deer, barking deer, macaques and various types of Lizards.
At the end of the trail you will be able to swim at the base of a nice waterfall and on the way back you have the chance to do a bit of bird watching. You will be transferred back and reach Kandy in the late evening

The trek is approx. 8 km one-way (16 km in total) and you will be climbing from 1200 ft to 1850 ft. Packed lunch will be provided during the trek.

Overnight: Kandy.
Driving time: Approx. 45 KM / 1-2 hours one-way

Day 04: Kandy – Kitulgala
After yesterday’s activity, appreciate a slow morning with a well-deserved mug of hot Sri Lankan tea
When you are ready, you will transfer to Kitulgala and your hotel for the nights ahead – to a place that has a delicate uniqueness to it and is so much more than simply a place to sleep. A stay here is in eco lodges or tree houses set about six feet above ground level. Each has twin beds, lampshades and hooks made from natural woods from the estate. It is roofed with palm leaves and walled by wooden slats, yet discreetly modernized with electricity and plumbing.
Tempting surroundings and laidback life – this is also why you will be happy that you have the rest of the day free to relax. And the only plan you will have is to make it for dinner at the eco lodge. A fine day in deed.

Overnight: Kitulgala in eco lodge with dinner.
Driving time: Approx. 70 KM / 2 hours.

Day 05: Kitulgala – White Water Rafting
Your stomach twists and turns from excitement as your raft speeds up and the sound of roaring water becomes louder and louder. With both hands on your paddle and water in your face you stay focused on the rapid before you, and as the adrenalin takes over you can do nothing but enjoy the ride.

A White Water Rafting tour on the picturesque Kelani River is for the adventurous, the ones on the look for an adrenalin rush. Covering 5 major rapids and 4 minor rapids you are spoilt not only with action, but also with the enchanted and beautiful landscapes that surrounds you on your journey down the river.

With safety gear and modern rafts, a comprehensive safety briefing will be given by your white water rafting instructors beforehand. Expect the rafting to be around 4 hours.

Your afternoon is free to relax or hang around the river to enjoy the beauty of nature and life along its waters.

Overnight: Kitulgala in eco lodge with dinner.

Day 06: Kitulgala – Mountain biking/Cycling tour from Hatton to Kitulgala
Freedom to move on your own, to flow through the Sri Lankan countryside with two wheels below you, serene country side scapes around you and the occasional bird hovering above you.
On mountain bike/bike you go uphill or downhill. The mountain bike tracks cover green tea leaf and rubber estates neatly tugging the curving mountainsides. You will pass several scenic locations, local towns and sleepy hamlets. You will get close to life in the local villages, the lifestyle and the magnificent sceneries that are ever-present.

Expected distance: Approx. 45 km / 6 hours of biking.
Overnight: Kitulgala in eco lodge with dinner.

Day 7: Kitulgala – Bentota
From action and adventure in the hill country to beach and bliss along the sea.

After an adventurous week you will flow towards Bentota, a sleepy coast town where the Bentota River meets the sea. Known for its broad golden beaches it is the perfect place to kickback and unwind for a couple of days. Laze around in the sun, watch the world pass by and indulge on mouth-watering seafood and the flavours of the local cuisine.

Overnight: Bentota
Driving time: Approx. 140 KM / 3-4 hours.

Day 8: Bentota
Rise and shine with a morning ocean swim or sleep in. After a slow start, go on a half-day river safari tour along the Bentota river’s beautiful surroundings and enjoy a fish foot massage at its natural form.

Overnight: Bentota

Day 9: Bentota (– Colombo)
After breakfast drive to Colombo and get transferred to the airport or anywhere in the city and continue on your own.

Driving time: Approx. 65 KM / 1,5-2 hours.

Map

Locations Visited:
Negombo, Kandy, Knuckles Mountain Range, Kitulgala, Kelani River, Hatton, Bentota
Start City:
Negombo
End City:
Colombo

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