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Culinary experience in Ceylon – 12 Days Tour

Go on a serendipitous tour across Sri Lanka. Explore a shipwreck where sea creatures now abide, witness the frolics of elephants in an orphanage and walk amidst the remnants of ancient monasteries, a palatial rock fortress and ancient frescoes on cave walls. Breathe in the spice-scented breeze coming from the gardens of Matale and learn the art of making curry powder and roti from scratch. Dress up as a ‘Tea Plucker’ in Nuwara Eliya and visit a strawberry farm. Visit the picturesque Ella and visit the wild beast in Yala.

Day 01 | Airport > Negombo

Arrive at Colombo International Airport. Thereafter proceed to Negombo and check into the hotel in Negombo.

Day 02 | Negombo > Pinnawala > Dambulla > Sigiriya ( B )

After the breakfast at the hotel check out and proceed to Sigiriya en-route make a pause at Pinnawala and visit the Elephant Orphanage. Thereafter proceed to Dambulla and visit the Cave Temple. On completion proceed to Sigiriya check into the hotel and relax.

Day 03 | Sigiriya > Polonnaruwa > Minneriya > Sigiriya ( B )

After the breakfast at the hotel visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Thereafter proceed to Priyamali Gedara and participate in a Cooking Demonstration. Later on, proceed to Polonnaruwa and visit the Ancient Kingdom. On completion return back to the hotel and relax.

Day 04 | Sigiriya > Matale > Kandy ( B )

After the breakfast in Sigirya proceed to Kandy, en route make a pause at Matale and visit a Spice Garden. Thereafter continue to Kandy and check into the hotel. Towards the evening go on a technical tour and watch the Kandyan Cultural Show in the evening. On completion return to the hotel.

Day 05 | Kandy > Nuwara Eliya ( B )

After the breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to Nuwara Eliya, en-route make a stop at the Ramboda Falls and visit a Tea factory. Thereafter continue to Nuwara Eliya and check into the hotel. Later visit a Strawberry farm and do a guided tour. On completion return to the hotel and relax.

Day 06 | Nuwara Eliya > Hortan Plains > Nuwara Eliya ( B )

With a packed breakfast go on a hike in the plains of Horton. On completion return back to the hotel and relax.

Day 07 | Nuwara Eliya > Ella ( B )

After the breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to Ella. Thereafter visit a Tea factory and check into the hotel in Ella.

Day 08 | Ella > Yala ( B )

After the breakfast at the hotel check out and proceed to Yala, en-route make a stop at Ella and explore the city. Thereafter continue to Yala, and check into the hotel in Yala.

Day 09 | Yala > Kataragama > Yala ( B )

Early in the morning go on a jeep safari in the Yala National Park. Later in the evening visit the Kataragama Temple. On completion return back to the hotel in Yala.

Day 10 | Yala > Ahangama > Galle ( B / L )

After the breakfast at the hotel check out and go on an educational tour to know how to make buffalo curd. Thereafter proceed to Ahangama and have an authentic Sri Lankan Sea Fish Lunch at Garton’s Cape hotel. Later on, proceed to Galle and check into the hotel. Towards the evening go and visit the Colonial City. On completion return to the hotel.

Day 11 | Galle > Balapitiya > Colombo ( B )

After the breakfast at the hotel check out and proceed to Balapitiya and go on a Boat Safari in the Madu River. Thereafter check out from the hotel and proceed to Colombo and check in to the hotel in Colombo. Later in the evening go on a walk in Galle Face Green and taste Sri Lankan Street Food. On completion return to the hotel.

Day 12 | Colombo > Airport ( B )

After the breakfast at the hotel check out and proceed to the airport.

Negombo

Enjoy the sun on the sandy beaches of Negombo on the Western Coast of Sri Lanka. Watch the flourishing fish industry, which is a centuries-old tradition. Ride an adrenaline high with some fun water sports. Enjoy the corals and underwater life while diving. See the 50 year-old ship-wreck just off the coast, where many varieties of fish make their home.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is the home for young Elephants who have been displaced or lost from their natural habitat, located at Pinnawala village in Sabaragamuwa province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is the best place for an up close and personal experience with the world’s largest land mammals! Today with 70 elephants herein, Pinnawela has become the home to the largest captive group of elephants in the world.

Dambulla Cave Temple

Enter the historic caves of the Golden Temple of Dambulla, dating back to the 1st century BC. View the ancient murals depicting the life story of Lord Gautama Buddha. Look at the hundreds of figurines of Buddha and other deities scattered throughout the five main caves. Visit the Cave of the Divine King, Cave of the Great King and the Great New Monastery. See the giant golden Buddha Statue just a little distance outside the cave complex.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Climb the 5th century AD rock fortress, Sigiriya, where the King Kasyapa ruled. Walk through the entrance framed by the paws of a lion that is quite appropriate for its name, ‘ the Lion Rock’. View the beautiful unfading murals that brought Sigiriya its fame. Climb the steep staircase to see the terraced gardens and still-working cisterns. Walk through the tunnels leading to the palace as you get a feel for times long past.

Priyamali Gedara Cooking Demonstration

This experience provides an authentic farm lunch and cooking demo done by an actual local farming family. Learn the ins and outs of Sri Lankan cooking as the farmer’s wife and daughters demonstrate their art. Chat with the farmer to learn more about how the fresh ingredients are obtained from the surroundings. Indulge in a healthy farm meal cooked over wood fires and served on lotus leaves over woven trays. Traditional rice, lentils, fresh local vegetables cooked into fragrant curries, fried fish, and poppadum will play a major role in the meals. Those who are interested can also request the farmer’s wife for some delicious kotthu, which they can purchase separately.

Polonnaruwa

Visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, which was the second major capital of Sri Lanka. Walk through the ruins of the city that flourished between the 10th to the 13th century AD. View important monuments such as Gal Vihara, Vatadage, the lotus bath, Lankathilaka Temple and the statue of King Parakramabahu whose reign was considered the golden age of Polonnaruwa. Get to know more about Sri Lanka’s ancient history.

Matale Spice Gardens

Visit a spice garden to learn more about spices and their uses. See how complex batiks are created in a batik factory. Watch master craftsmen create intricate designs from scratch in the woodcarving center. Go to the gem museum to gain more knowledge on jewels and how they are crafted. Make purchases that will be great additions to your home or as a gift to a friend.

Temple of the Tooth Relic

Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic a UNESCO World Heritage Site which was built in the 16th century as the place of veneration and protection for Lord Buddha’s sacred tooth. Walk through the beautifully embellished passageways and elaborately painted halls, done in red, cream and black. Lounge against delicately carved pillars and get amazed by the beautiful golden statues. Get an unforgettable experience of history and art.

Technical Tours

Go on technical tours related to arts such as gem crafting, woodcarving and batiks. Watch the Kandyan Cultural Show with its colorful traditional dances and delightful music.

Cultural Show

The Kandy Cultural Show gives an opportunity to experience some of the traditions of Sri Lanka. Enjoy this hour long extravaganza as some of the most popular art forms of the island take to the stage. Get wowed by fire dancers and sword dancers. Watch the colorful Kandyan dancers take to the air to the thrumming primal beat of the drums.

Ramboda Falls

Visit Ramboda Falls, which is the 11th tallest in the country. Get a guided tour through Mackwoods Tea Estate and learn more about the varieties, processing methods and qualities of tea. Walk through the shaded avenues and colorful mazes of Hakgala Botanical Gardens. Relax and take a walk along the shores of Lake Gregory. A peaceful day filled with lots of beautiful sights.

Tea Plucking Experience

Get the authentic tea plucking experience at the Heritance Tea Factory’s very own tea estate. Get decked to look like a tea plucker; complete with sarees, sarongs and woven tea leaf baskets. Learn the right method to follow when plucking tea, and the best leaves to pluck from professional tea pluckers. Watch their nimble hands at work from close-up. View the process as the green leaves that you plucked are turned into fragrant brown tea leaves. You can even purchase a souvenir box of tea made from leaves that you plucked.

Strawberry Farm

Visit a local strawberry farm to experience how strawberries are grown and harvested. Walk through the expansive greenhouse and with their plants yielding the ruby red fruit. Learn more about the climatic conditions necessary for the growth of strawberries. Feast on fine fat strawberries; in the forms of strawberry milkshakes, strawberries with cream, chocolate topped strawberries, pancakes with strawberries, and much more at the farm’s very own shop. Get a chance to purchase some of the fresh fruit to take back with you too.

Horton Plains

Visit the beautiful Horton Plains National Park in Ohiya, with its montane grasslands and cloud forests. Enjoy the majestic views from the precipice of World’s End and the cooling sprays from Baker’s Falls. Catch glimpses of the many endemic fauna that make their home in the plains. Get to know more about the archeological finds that were discovered in the area.

Ella Rock

This picturesque a three hour hike takes you up to Ella Rock, which is one of the highest viewpoints in the area. Watch the distant Namunukula Range and Little Adam’s Peak along the way. Get to see some stupendous early morning views of the landscape from the top of the rock. Some of the identifiable landmarks that can be seen are the Bandarawala Range, Poonagala Hills, Narangala, the Ella Gap and the Badulla train tracks.

Ella

Explore the city of Ella and it’s most interesting places. Pass through bright green tea fields, and tough stretches of rock, and get to see the magical views of Little Adam’s Peak. Walk over the history seeped Nine Arches Bridge and listen to the story of its construction. End your hike at the Demodara Railway station with its unique loop-over track design. This tour gives you the chance to see the best sights of Sri Lanka

Yala Safari

This amazing three hour Safari offers the opportunity to visit Yala National Park, the second largest in the island based off the Southeastern coast of Sri Lanka. Get a chance to see the famous Sri Lankan leopards, indigenous wild water buffalo, Sri Lankan Sloth Bear and large herds of Sri Lankan Elephants. The park is also home to many other species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.

Kataragama

This is the temple of Lord Karthikeya Subramaniam at Kataragama. Lord Karthikeya was requested to go to the battlefield by Lord Indra on the last day of war. This was done to protect Lord Rama from the wrath of Brahmasthra aimed by King Ravana which otherwise would have weakened Lord Rama. The benefit was one of the most powerful weapon brahma asthra aimed at Lord Rama for the second time was rendered useless by the presence of Lord Karthikeya.3 pooja or offerings take place daily. Make sure you have a tray full of fruits, incense and of course little money, to be offered (You will get half the fruits back, which you may partake)

Making Curd and yoghurt

If you have ever wondered how the local buffalo curd or even normal yoghurt is made; this is the ultimate experience for you. Get a guided tour to the farmhouses in Tissa Village. Watch the buffalos get milked. Let the experts teach you the process of converting milk to curd. Try your hand at curd making with the assistance of your tutors. Finish up by tasting this delicious dessert topped with kithul treacle.

Authentic Sri Lankan Seafood Lunch

You will be treated to a delicious and authentic Sri Lankan Seafood lunch; consisting of Jaffna Crab, Negombo Prawn and the South Coast “Ambul Thiyal” (Sri Lankan style fresh fish curry), along with small crispy fried fish and village grown vegetables cooked to perfection. Whilst you are having your lunch you can watch the live cooking show where the chef will demonstrate the cooking methods of the dishes you are enjoying.

Galle Fort Guided Walking Tour

Discover the city of Galle, where the Portuguese and Dutch made their headquarters, and its secrets. Visit the Galle Fort which is one of the best preserved fortifications in Asia. View the Maritime Museum, Galle National Museum and the lighthouse. Walk through the cobblestoned streets with their Dutch names as you learn more about their histories.

Madu River

Go on a wonderful boat ride down the Madu River with its flourishing ecosystem. Pass through the secretive passages created by the mangroves. See the basking crocodiles and water monitors. Visit one of the small islands with its cinnamon harvesting natives. Enjoy the restorative qualities of the famous fish massage. Observe the water birds in their natural habitats.

Making of Cinnamon

Visit small secretive islands that dot the river to find the cinnamon makers. Learn how cinnamon bark is obtained and processed. Learn how the quills are divided according to their qualities. Purchase the freshest top quality cinnamon to take back home, or gift to your loved ones.

Street food walk in Galle Face Green

This experience gives you the chance to try the various varieties of Sri Lankan street food all in one go. Walk along the sandy beaches of Galle Face and stop by the most delicious and stomach friendly food kiosks in this guided foray into the street food world of Sri Lanka. Shock your taste buds with the mouthwatering flavors of egg hoppers, normal hoppers, tempered kadala, prawn vadé, parippu vadé, and kotthu (vegan, chicken, etc.). Enjoy the splendid sunsets of the tropics as you relax with food in hand.

Tour Include:

  • Accommodation on Twin / Double Sharing Basis. Many accommodation options are available. Please speak to our travel experts in order to select the best fitting hotel for you.
  • Meals as stated in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner). Meals can be added as required.
  • Airport Arrival and Departure Transfers will always be included. (Note your tour chauffeur and airport transfers chauffeur may be different)
  • Tours with local English-speaking driver guides in air-conditioned vehicles. (1 to 2 Persons / 2 Adults and 1 child  in a Sedan / SUV | 3 to 5 Persons in a Mini Van | 6 to 8 Persons in a Large Van.)
  • Entrances fees and/or boat, & jeep fees as stated in the program.
  • Drinking water available in the vehicles.

Tour Excludes

  • International Airfare.
  • Entry Visa Fees, please visit www.eta.gov.lk for more details / submit your individual visa application.
  • Cost of Beverages during meals.
  • Expenses of a personal nature including telephone calls, laundry, beverages etc.
  • Tips & Portages

Notes

  • Price may be subject to change at time of booking.

Does this tour include International Flights?

No, the tour cost does not include International Flights.

Can this tour be booked for someone else?

Yes. You can book this tour as a gift for a friend or family. We can personalize it by giving a lovely little Sri Lankan gift on arrival.

Can I get VISA from Lakpura?

No. VISA can be obtained online via https://www.eta.gov.lk where the fees are nominal and quite easy to process.

Is this a group tour or a private tour?

This is a private guided tour.

Does this tour include International Flights?

No, we do not provide International Flights.

Where does the driver / chauffeur stay? Is their accommodation included?

Yes, drivers’ accommodation is included within this tour.

Can we buy Travel Insurance from Lakpura?

No. We recommend purchasing travel insurance prior to booking your holiday.

Can we see some pictures of the vehicle?

Yes, we can send you pictures of a vehicle make and the model. However keep in mind that the vehicle could change last minute due to unavoidable circumstances. We will however, ensure that the vehicle offered is of good quality and condition. All our vehicles are manufactured 2010 or newer.

Does the cost include sight admission fees

Yes.

What if I have special medical requirements?

Special medical requirements can be accommodated. In fact, we require you to mention this to us at the time of booking. Please note that some requirements may not be options available in Sri Lanka. It is best to research before traveling. Speak to our experts for help.

What are our payment methods?

We recommend 2 payment methods. Credit Card (Online & Offline) and Bank to Bank Transfers. If both these options are not possible, speak to our travel experts for help.

What is the Cancellation Policy?

During the tour, can we add more experiences?

Yes, more experiences can be added. Such requests are subject to availability and confirmation. You might be required to pay the necessary charges and / or administrative fee.

Can we extend our stay?

Yes, but subject to availability and confirmation. You will be required to pay the necessary changes and / or administrative fees.

If you are still in the stage of finalizing your tour, we recommend selecting the bespoke option and obtaining the help of our experts to create the perfect experience to fit your requirement.

Can I buy International Flight Tickets from you?

No.

This itinerary can be booked for any period of the year. However, experience may vary. We request you to check with us about your experience. When booking with us, we request you to provide us the following details.

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