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Island Experience – 11 Days Tour

Visit the rock fortress of Sigiriya and discover its marvels. Explore the Golden Temple of Dambulla long with its five main caves dedicated to Buddha and Buddhism. See the many pagodas, monasteries and palatial buildings of Polonnaruwa. Visit the highlands of Kandy, the place of the last majestic Kingdom of Sri Lanka. Walk through the streets of Nuwara Eliya with its picturesque colonial architecture and plenty of holiday activities to do. Long relaxing beach stay in Hikkaduwa where the golden sand, bright blue sea and swaying palms bask in the sunlight.

Day 01 | Airport > Negombo

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

Day 02 | Negombo > Panduwasnuwara > Anuradhapura ( B )

After the breakfast at the hotel check out and proceed to Chilaw and visit the Munneswaram Kovil. Thereafter proceed to Anuradhapura and check into the hotel. Later on, explore the Anuradhapura Sacred city. On completion return back to the hotel and relax.

Day 03 | Anuradhapura > Polonnaruwa > Minneriya > Dambulla ( B )

After the breakfast check out of the hotel and proceed to the Ancient Kingdom of Polonnaruwa. Thereafter proceed to Dambulla and check into the hotel. Towards the evening go on a safari in the Minneriya National Park. On completion return to the hotel and relax.

Day 04 | Dambulla > Sigiriya > Matale > Kandy ( B )

After the breakfast in Dambulla check out and proceed to Kandy, en route make a pause at Sigiriya and Matale to visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and 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 and relax.

Day 05 | Kandy > Nuwara Eliya ( B )

After the breakfast in Kandy visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Thereafter check out from the hotel and proceed to Nuwara Eliya, en-route make a stop at Ramboda Falls and visit a tea factory and a plantation. Thereafter proceed to Nuwara Eliya and check into the hotel. Towards the evening explore the city of Nuwara Eliya and return back to the hotel.

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

With a packed breakfast at the hotel go on trekking in the Horton Plains. On completion return to the hotel and relax.

Day 07 | Nuwara Eliya > 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.  On completion proceed to Yala and check into the hotel.

Day 08 | Yala >  Galle > Hikkaduwa  ( B )

After the early breakfast go on a jeep safari in the Yala National Park. Thereafter check out from the hotel and proceed to Galle and visit the Old Colonial City and the Galle Fort. On completion proceed to Hikkaduwa and check into the hotel and relax.

Day 09 | Hikkaduwa > Balapitiya > Kosgoda > Lunuganga Estate > Hikkaduwa ( B )

After the breakfast proceed to Balapitiya for lovely boat safari in the Madu River. Later on, visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery and the Lunuganga Estate at Bentota. On completion return back to the hotel in Galle.

Day 10 | Hikkaduwa > Colombo ( B )

After the breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to Colombo. Thereafter check into the hotel and relax. Towards the evening go on a City Tour in Colombo. On completion return to the hotel and relax.

Day 11 | Colombo > Airport  ( B )

After the breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed to the airport.

Munneswaram temple

Munneswaram temple is an important regional Hindu temple complex in Sri Lanka. It has been in existence at least since 1000 CE, although myths surrounding the temple associate it with the popular Indian epic Ramayana, and its legendary hero-king Rama. The temple is one of five ancient temples dedicated to Shiva in the region

Anuradhapura

Walk through the ancient ruined city of Anuradhapura, which was the capital for over a millennium until the 10th century AD. View the pagodas, monastic buildings and ponds that are scatter all over the vast area. Visit important landmarks such as Jetavanarama, which was one of the tallest buildings of the ancient world, the Sri Maha Bodhi and the ruins of the huge Abhayagiri Monastery. Gain more knowledge about Sri Lanka’s history as you walk in the footsteps of Kings.

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.

Minneriya Safari

This safari takes you on a ride through the Minneriya National Park. Enjoy the sight of over 150 elephants congregating in one place during the famous Great Elephant Gathering, which happens in the dry season between May to October. In addition to elephants, get a chance to also see many mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians in the scrublands, forests and other areas.

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.

Matale Spice Gardens

Euphoria Spice and Herbal is located 12 km away from Matale (The spice capital of Sri Lanka). Enriched with herbs, spice groves and plants with fragrant greenery shading from the tropical trees that enlightens the unique aroma of each spice and herb. We give the opportunity for our visitors to explore and gain knowledge on Sri Lankan spices, herbs and the benefits of Ayurveda. The tropical climate in which our plants and herbs are grown helps them preserve its ancient originality. The educational tour around the garden, which we call “The Spice Tour”, let the visitors feel the sensation of the Sri Lankan spices and herbs which is demonstrated in different foreign languages to suit our customer need.

Technical Tours

Go on technical tours related to arts such as gem crafting, woodcarving and batiks and 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.

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.

Ramboda Falls

Ramboda Falls is the 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and located by the Pussellawa. Ramboda falls consists of three sections. You will get a good view of the middle section from the A5 highway, just above the bridge. This is very small in size with compared to other parts. You can get a far view of the top part from the main road, but not the complete view of the fall. You need to climb up to see the top part of the Ramboda falls and there is a pathway just before the bridge. You may find the climbing bit difficult, but you will be compensated with the great view of the top fall and the surrounding.

Tea Factory

Visit a Tea Factory and a plantation where you would see how the world’s famous “Ceylon Tea” is manufactured. In 1824 a tea plant was brought to Ceylon by the British from China and was planted in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya for non-commercial purposes. James Taylor was a British citizen who introduced commercial tea plantation in Sri Lanka (Ceylon). He arrived to Sri Lanka in 1852 and settled down in Loolecondera estate in Kandy. Today even people who have never heard of Sri Lanka are familiar with Ceylon tea, which is known for its quality.

Nuwara Eliya

Visit the highland city that was the premium holiday resort town of the British in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Enjoy walking through the streets with their pretty little cottages, quaint villas and beautiful mansions. Make a memory in the old red-bricked postoffice as you purchase an inexpensive and colorful postcard to take home or send to your friends. Relax at Queen Victoria Park or on the shores of Lake Gregory.

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

Explore Ella’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 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.

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 waterbirds in their natural habitats.

Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery

Visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery on the Southwestern coast of Sri Lanka. Learn more about the five endangered sea turtle species that come to the shores of Sri Lanka to nest. Learn how the Kosgoda Turtle Care Program helps protect the nests until they hatch and increases the chances of survival for the babies. Get a chance to see, touch and feed baby turtles; or even injured adult turtles that the Turtle Hatchery cares for.

Lunuganaga Estate

Visit the country home of the famous Sri Lankan architect Sir Geoffrey Bawa. Do a tour of its uniquely designed gardens and the sections of the home that are open to the public? See his signature design style that made Bawa possibly the best architect in the history of modern Sri Lanka.

Colombo

Experience the colorful lights and bright life of Colombo, the capital City of Sri Lanka. Visit historic monuments such as the Old Lighthouse, the Old Parliament, Galle Face Hotel, Galle Face Green, Gangarama Temple, the National Museum and more. Enjoy the malls of Independence Square or the Race Course. Visit boutique shops and designer stores.

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.

All our holidays can be tailored to your precise needs. If you would like to make any alterations, or even start from scratch, take a look at “Bespoke Tours“.