16 Days – 15 Nights Sri Lanka Tour Detailed Itinerary
Day 01: Airport – Negombo
Arrival at Colombo Airport, meet and transfer to Negombo. Rest of the evening at leisure.
Here we can get into the spirit of the seaside of Sri Lanka by observing the local fishing craft and feasting on fresh seafood. Negombo town is a historically interesting and busy commercial centre. Negombo has a fascinating and picturesque beachfront, and also Negombo lagoon is famous for its harvest of lobsters, crabs and prawns and fish auctions on the beach that are worth a look.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Negombo.
Day 02: Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage – Hiriwadunna Lake Adventure
After breakfast, leave for Pinnawela, visiting the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage en-route. If you go there in time you may watch the feeding of the baby elephants and then the rest of the herd bathing in the river.
This afternoon, experience a wonderful elephant back safari through the forests and villages of Habarana amid the plentiful wildlife. And also, if you’re feeling energetic and thirst for adventure a nature trek known as Hiriwadunna can be organized. This trek allows you to understand village life such as their livelihood and mode of transport; the bullock cart. If you are a bird enthusiast and wish to see natures creations close up a bird watching excursion on a catamaran is an option.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Sigiriya.
Day 03: Sigiriya Rock Fortress – Polonnaruwa – Minneriya National Park
After breakfast, visit the staggering Sigiriya rock fortress to climb its 1200 steps and see the well preserved fabulous frescoes. Extensive gardens, water gardens, ramparts and a moat can be seen at the top of the rock.
This afternoon, head out on a jeep safari to Minneriya or Kaudulla National Parks. Every year during the months of August and September, over three hundred wild elephants converge for their annual “congregation” which occurs at the ancient Minneriya reservoir. In the evening you can visit more beautiful palaces, temples and stupas in Polonnaruwa. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with its preserved ruins and restored ancient irrigation reservoirs & the massive stone statues of Buddha represents the zenith of Sinhalese rock carving.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Sigiriya.
Day 04: Dambulla Cave Temple – Cultural Dance Performance
Travel from Sigiriya to Kandy. On the way, visit Dambulla Cave temple which is located high up in a stone cliff face & this temple houses some 150 Buddha images in the five caves. The spiritual energy at Dambulla is palpable and the Buddhist art on display is unparalleled in Sri Lanka. An added bonus is the majestic view from the top of the rock.
On the way to Kandy you stop at one of the spice gardens and herb gardens to see how they’re grown & processed. Witness a Cookery demonstration. Then, you see an evening performance of the famed Kandyan dancers and fire-walkers.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Kandy.
Day 05: Temple of the Tooth Relic – Royal Botanical Gardens – Enjoy Kandy City
Temple of the Tooth Relic
After breakfast visit Temple of the Tooth Relic where you may also experience drumming and chanting rituals of the white-clad pilgrims who come to worship at Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist site. The city has a wonderful atmosphere with a picturesque lake, old shops, a bustling market, arts and crafts workshop and some great restaurants. There is also a national museum, monasteries, scenic walks around town and the botanical gardens are among the best in Asia.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Kandy.
Day 06: Tea Plantation & Factory – Ramboda Waterfall – White Water Rafting & Canoeing – Kitulagala
Finishing breakfast, visit the famous tea center of Nuwara Eliya, Ramboda Waterfall and the central mountains. En-route visit a tea plantation and a tea factory to watch the process of turning the raw green leaf into the familiar dark product. Then leave for Kitulgala.
Kitulagala, Sri Lanka’s most popular site of whitewater-rafting is located on the banks of Kelani River. Tourists are attracted to a stretch of wild waters of River Kelani around the village of Kitulgala, well known also for its Kitul palm also called fish-tail palm, toddy palm syrup production. For the birders and ornithologists, Kitulgala is irresistible too. For the photographic enthusiasts, the evergreen rainforest of every hue and tone of green, serves endless landscapes. Away from the sea, white water rafting, principally on the Kelani River, is an exhilarating experience. Trekking, rock climbing, caving and mountain biking are other adventure activities.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Kitulagala.
Day 07: Horton Plains – Hakgala Botanical Garden – Nuwara Eliya
After earlier breakfast Travel to visit the Horton plains.
Horton Plains; Sri Lanka’s highest plateau is at 3250 meters above sea level & very scenic region with an outstanding variety of scenery from mountains to grasslands. Spectacular views are seen from World’s End where the plateau plunges into 700 meters in a sheer drop. It is an excellent hiking country with cool, bracing climate, distinctive flora and many rare highland birds. A three-hour walk to World’s End’s beautiful Bakers falls.
Hakgala Botanical Garden was founded in 1860 by the eminent British botanist Dr GHK Thwaites, who was superintendent of the most famous gardens at Peradeniya. In the rose garden, you can experience the sights and scents of these glorious blooms in their infinite variety. From here it is a short stroll to the exotic sophistication of the orchid house. A special attraction here is the variety of mountain orchids, many of them endemic to Sri Lanka.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 08: Sigiriya Rock Fortress – Hiriwadunna Lake
Finishing the morning meal, travel to Sinharaja Forest Reserve. It is a unique tropical lowland rainforest and eco-tourism destination situated in South West Sri Lanka.
Sinharaja Tropical Rain Forest has something for everyone with diverse activities & interests: to the nature lover, to the photographer, to the artist, to the ecologist & to the scientists. Sinharaja was declared as a World Heritage site in 1989. The unique features it inherits are 66% of the endemic trees, 95% of endemic birds and almost 50% of the mammals and butterflies live in the forest reserve. It is preferable to explore Sinharaja on foot, which makes for a truly authentic jungle experience.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Sinharaja.
Day 09: Udawalawe National Park
Udawalawe National Park is located approximately 200 km South-East of Colombo city. It is most famous for the many elephants that live there (about 400 in total). During a visit, it is not unusual to see whole herds – adults and young, feeding and bathing or playing in the water. It is the best the place in the whole world to see large number of Asian elephant herds in any month of the year. In addition to this main attraction, the park is home to many water buffaloes, water monitor lizards, sambar, deer, monkeys and the occasional leopard, as well as being an exciting location for bird enthusiasts.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Udawalawe.
Day 10, 11: Yala National Park
Yala National Park is believed to have the world’s highest concentration of leopards. It is renowned for the variety of its wildlife and its fine coastline. It also boasts a large number of important cultural ruins, bearing testimony to earlier civilizations. Your best chance to see a leopard is generally first thing in the morning and then again at dusk.
You may have excellent photographic opportunities while traveling in the jeep covering leopards, elephants, spotted deer, sambar, wild boar, wild buffaloes, sloth bear, jackal and mongoose. The bird life is also fantastic and it is amazing how close you can get to them from the confines of the jeep. There are many interesting places to visit around Yala including Kataragama temple, Kirinda beach and several historic sites.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Yala.
Day 12, 13, 14, 15: Galle Dutch Fort – Turtle Hatchery – Dolphin & Whale Watching – Leisure at the Bentota Beach
Leisure at the Bentota Beach
After leisurely breakfast, go for a city tour of Galle visiting all important places such as Portuguese and Dutch Fort, sea museum, ancient temples and shopping in Galle city. Beach stay with many choices; lazing on a sun deck reading a book, sipping a cool fresh tropical fruit drink of pineapple, mango, banana.
Leisurely strolling on the golden beaches enthralled in the magical atmosphere. Water Skiing, Wind Surfing, Snorkeling or cutting through the choppy on a jet water scooter, Diving, Glass Bottom Boat Trip and much more. You may encounter exotic reef fish and some of Sri Lanka’s 138 species of corals and also, you have the chance to dive on some of the island’s submerged shipwrecks. If you prefer sea-life, then there is the chance to go whale and dolphin watching in Mirissa.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Bentota.
Day 16: Colombo – Airport
After the breakfast leaving Galle, you roll into Colombo.Before leave, set off for a walk via the bustling Petta bazaar, independence square, parliament & national museum.
Then you will reach Colombo or the airport good time for your flight.
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