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Culture and coast – 12 Days Tour

Experience a once in a lifetime adventure as a true islander of a tropical Country. Explore the World Famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the Temple of the Tooth. Breath the refreshing scent of Spices in Matale and walk in the Sandy Beaches of the South. Get a chance to explore the Commercial City of Sri Lanka, Colombo and taste the local street food while enjoying a walk in the Galle Face Green while the sun sets. Wander among the local crowd in the city and get the true sensation of what it feels to live in a country such diversity.

Day 01 | Airport > Sigiriya

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

Day 02 | Sigiriya > Polonnaruwa > Dambulla > Sigiriya ( B )

After the breakfast proceed to Polonnruwa and explore the Ancient Kingdom. Thereafter return to Sigiriya and visit a local Village. Later in the evening proceed to Dambulla and visit the Cave Temples. On completion return to the hotel.

Day 03 | Sigiriya > Matale > Kandy ( B )

After breakfast at the hotel check out and visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Thereafter check out from the hotel and proceed to Kandy, en-route make a pause at Matale, visit a Spice Garden. Thereafter continue to Kandy and check into the hotel and relax. Later go on a technical tour and watch the Kandyan Cultural Show. On completion return to the hotel in Kandy.

Day 04 | Kandy > Hatton ( B )

After the breakfast at the hotel, check out and proceed to Pinnawala and visit the Elephant Orphanage. Thereafter visit the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens and visit the Temple of the Tooth. On completion proceed to Hatton, check into the hotel in Hatton.

Day 05 | Hatton > Ella ( B )

Early in the morning around 01.00 am start climbing the Adam’s Peak. On completion return back to the hotel, have breakfast at the hotel and relax. Later check out from the hotel and proceed to Ella and check in to the hotel.

Day 06 | Ella > Yala ( B )

Early in the morning explore the scenic Ella. Thereafter return back to the hotel, check out and proceed to Yala and check into the hotel in Yala. Later proceed to the Yala National Park and go on a Jeep Safari. On completion return to the hotel and relax.

Day 07 | Yala > Ahangama ( B )

After the breakfast at the hotel, check out and proceed to Ahangama. On arrival to Ahanghama, visit the Handungoda Tea Factory. Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Ahangama and check in. Later that evening visit the Stilt Fisherman. On completion return back to the hotel.

Day 08 | Ahangama > Mirissa > Ahangama ( B )

Early in the morning proceed to Mirissa harbor and go on a Whale Watching Safari in the Seas of Mirissa.

Day 09 & Day 10 | Ahangama > Ahangama ( B )

Spend the days leisurely at Ahangama Beach.

Day 11 | Ahangama > Balapitiya > Kosgoda > 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 visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery. On completion proceed to Colombo and check in to the hotel in Colombo.

Day 12 | Colombo > Airport ( B )

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

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.

Hiriwadunna Village Tour

Get a chance to go on an oxen cart ride, and experience the world from the view of a village farmer. Have a relaxing catamaran safari through a calm lake. Walk through the golden fields ripe with their harvest of paddy. Watch an enjoyable traditional cooking demonstration that teaches you the basics of Sri Lankan cuisine. Delight your tastebuds with a home cooked lunch; made over a wood-fire and served on fragrant lotus leaves placed over woven trays. Enjoy the life of a Sri Lankan villager, just this day.

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.

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 greene ry 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.

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.

Royal Botanical Gardens

Visit the famous Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, which were formed in the early 19th century. Walk through the vast area containing over 4000 species of plants. Enjoy the learning more about the orchids, spices and medicinal plants. Wander down avenues shaded by large and rare trees, or bordered by flowering plants. Enjoy seeing the cannonball tree, walking over the wobbly suspension bridge and through the short hedge mazes or even climbing the twisty trees that make wonderful jungle gyms.

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.

Adams Peak

Adams Peak, there is probably no mountain anywhere more famous than Sri Pada – Adam’s Peak (7362ft/2250m) for non-mountain reasons than this. It is sacred to three religions; to Buddhists the human-foot-shaped hollow on the pinnacle boulder marks one of the personal appearances of the Buddha; the Muslims believe that the depression marks Adam’s expiation of his disobedience by standing there for an age on one foot; to the Hindus, by whom the Peak has been venerated for millennia, its name is Sivan Adi Padham, for it is the Creative Dance of the god Siva that the ‘print’ calls to remembrance. Whichever legend you may believe; this beautiful place has been a pilgrimage centre for over a thousand years.

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.

Handunugoda Tea Factory

Handunugoda Tea Factory which is also known as the Virgin White Tea Factory. Learn the history of the tea that this factory produces. Get to know how the famous Virgin White Tea is plucked and processed completely untouched by human hands. Engage in a tasting session with a delicious cup of tea and scrumptious chocolate cake. Get a chance to purchase some tea leaves as a souvenir.

Koggala Stilt Fishermen

Watch the captivating sight of fishermen perched on stilts in the waters along the coast of Koggala. Hear the stories of how stilt fishing came to Sri Lanka, from the mouths of the fishermen who have practiced the craft for generations. Learn how the stilt fishing is done in detail and marvel at the level of skill that goes into it. Get some amazing photographs of the fishermen silhouetted against the shoreline at sunset.

Mirissa Whale Watching Safari

This tour gives you an opportunity to see the biggest mammals on earth, the whales, in their natural habitat. Get a chance to see blue whales, sperm whales and fin whales as they swim in the waters to the south of Sri Lanka. Gain more knowledge about the whales as a species from a qualified naturalist and learn to identify them. This tour gives you a responsible whale watching experience with a minimal imprint on nature.

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.

Bentota

Walk down one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka; embraced by the warmth of the sun, the softness of the sand and the cool sea breeze. Feel the romance of the beautiful ocean at sunset. Relax in one of the luxury hotels that cluster on the beach. Watch the turtles come to nest from the sea. Enjoy the adrenaline rush of water sports such as jet-skiing, windsurfing and more

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.

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.

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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“.