09 Nights & 10 Days
Warmly welcome at the airport and transfer to Negombo
Approximately 37 km north of Colombo at the mouth of the Negombo lagoon. The economy of this town is based on tourism and its centuries-old fishing industry. The name Negombo was first used by the Portuguese and was a trading port during the Portuguese and Dutch colonization. Negombo offers some of the best beaches on the West coast of Sri Lanka and draws tourists who stop over on their way to or from the airport.
Overnight stay at Negombo
After the breakfast transfer to Sigiriya. En-route visit Negombo City and fish market.
The Negombo Lagoon has an area of 3164 hectares and is part of a much larger Muthurajawela Marsh
– Negombo Lagoon coastal wetland. The fishermen of the Negombo lagoon live in object poverty in
small, thatch palm villages on the water's edge. For generations the lagoon has provided the
fishermen with a plentiful supply of crabs, shrimp and many of the native species of fish.
The Dutch Canal was the supply route to the Dutch Administration, old Churches and fishing villages. The 100 km long Canal running through the town is still used and is an attraction for those who want to see the country from a different perspective.
Minneriya National Park is located at the center of the Cultural Triangle. The dry season from June to September is best time to visit the 8890 hectare park when the ancient tank dries out. During this time it is possible to see herds of up to 150 elephants feeding and bathing. Minneriya closest by car to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, was upgraded from a Natural Reserve to a National Park because of the increased number of tourists arriving to see the elephants.
Overnight stay at Sigiriya
Have breakfast at Hotel and leave to Riverston. En-route visit Sigirya Rock Fortress.
Climb the 5th century Sigriya Rock Fortress – which is a UNESCO ''World Heritage Site'', built by 'King Kashyapa (477-495 AD)'. The ''Lion Rock'' is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the green scrub jungle, Its perhaps the most memorable place for visitors to Sri Lanka. The site was known from ancient times as a hermitage for Buddhist monks. A well planned monastic complex includes caved temples, bathing pools, lovely ponds and Asia's oldest surviving landscaped gardens. Today Sigiriya is famous for its ''Frescos Painted'' in the pocket of the rock. The ''Lion Stairway’’, the ''Mirror Wall'' and the ''Water Gardens'' are the other highlights of Sigiriya.
Overnight stay at Riverston
After the breakfast leave for tracking to Riverston. After the Riverston transfer to Ramboda. En-route visit Kandy Temple, City, Tea factory, plantation and waterfalls.
The Knuckles Range, with more than 30 peaks over 900m (3000ft) in height (the highest,Gombariya, rises to 1906m/6248ft), is unique ecosystem bounded in the east by the Mahaveli River system and to the west by Matale plains. The area has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Knuckles Range Nature Center at Pitawala, near Ilukkumbura, offers an overview of the region, its wildlife, and the way of life of the people who live in its mountain villages
Overnight stay at Ramboda
(Ramboda is one of the beautiful locations in this area with hills, tea plantations and beautiful valleys. Prefer to stay in Ramboda in this day night).
Have breakfast at the hotel and leaving for Ella via Nuwara eliya.
Nuwara Eliya which means the ''City of Lights'' is also known as the city of eternal spring,
where the air is pure, cool and distilled up through 1884 meters. The city established by the
British in the 19th century, and known as ''LITTLE ENGLAND'' and is a popular holiday resort for
Sri Lankans & tourists due to its cool climate and quaint colonial feel with its little
bungalows surrounded by hedgerows.
Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of the tea country and you can visit a plantation and a factory en route here and witness how the famous ''Ceylon Tea'' is brewed. A journey through narrow passes, beside deep ravines and over gushing streams to the hill country of Sri Lanka is a very enjoyable one.
Ella is a beautiful small village in Sri Lanka's hill country with little more than a handful of shops, hotels and restaurants. Most visitors to Ella only spend a cuple of days there, but if you are willing to travel out of town you can find plenty of things to do to keep you occupied. The other nice thing about Ella is climate. It reminds one of a hot English summer, hot during the day and cool at night. Some of the places you could see in Ella are Ella Gap, Ravana Ella Falls, Little Adams Peak and Bambaragala Peak among the other many varied pleasant walks with stunning sceney.
Overnight stay in Ella
Have a breakfast at hotel and leaving to Hikkaduwa. En- route visit Little Adams Peak, Nine Arches
Bridge Ravana waterfall.
Trek through the jungle, see small villages, tea plantations, and climb ''Little Adam’s Peak''. And after make a trek to see the ''Nine Arches Railway Bridge'' located 3100 feet above sea level. This is believed to be built entirely on solid rocks, bricks and cement.
Overnight stay at Hikkaduwa
Morning leisure at the beach and after transfer to Hikkaduwa for snorkeling
Bentota has always been renowned as the water sport capital of Sri Lanka with the hoteliers in the area actively promoting water sports from adrenaline filled speed boat and jet ski riding, wind surfing, boogie boarding, water skiing, kite surfing, to a leisurely ride on a banana boat for the family & kids.
Overnight stay at Hikkaduwa
Morning should start whales watching from the Mirissa Harbour. Please inform the hotel to arrange
packets of breakfast. And we should leave the hotel early morning.
The BBC documentary titled “Ocean Giants” featuring the mesmeric world of Whales and Dolphins, and the scientist’s effort to shed light on their habits and why they grow so large were filmed around Sri Lanka and according to them 30 Blue Whales were sighted in a single day. There is a 95% chance of spotting Blue Whales and great chances of Sperm Whales spottingas as their migration path from Africa to Australia is just off Dondra Point. We are able to arrange Whale Watching Trips off Mirissa in a fully insured trawler boat which will last for 3 hours. There is a good chance of spotting Spinner Dolphins off Mirissa.
Overnight stay at Hikkaduwa
Have breakfast at the hotel and morning leaving for Colombo. En-route visit Turtle Hatchery and Colombo City.
This Hatchery, run by the Wildlife Protection Society of Sri Lanka, was started in 1981 to
protect local turtles from extinction. The hatchery pays fishermen for eggs that they collect at
night along the sandy beach. Visitors can see large glass tanks full of newborn turtle
hatchlings. After being fed, the baby turtles are taken to the ocean and released, at the age of
2-4 days. Although October-April is the main laying season, eggs can be found at Kosgoda
throughout the year.
The five species of marine turtles found in Sri Lanka are, the Green Turtle, the Leatherback, the Hawksbill, the Loggerhead and the Olive Ridley. Marine turtles have been roaming the seas for about 190 million years now, but among the numerous types of species there once were, only eight of them exist today.
Colombo is the largest city and commercial capital of Sri Lanka. It is located on the west coast of the island and adjacent to Sri Jayawardanapura Kotte. Colombo is a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life, colonial buildings and ruins. Due to its large harbor and strategic position along the East West sea-trade routes. Colombo was known to ancient traders 2000 years ago. In 1978 administrative functions were moved to Sri Jayawardanapura and Colombo was designated as the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. The population of the Colombo District is 2.25 Million and famous landmarks include Gall Face Green, Viharamahadevi Park, Old Parliament, Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, Independence Square, Buddhist and Hindu Temples and the Town Hall.
Overnight stay at Colombo
Transfer to Colombo airport according to the departure flight time.