Sri Lanka Ultimate  – Experience of Real Sri Lankan Journey

25 Days – 24 Nights Sri Lanka Tour Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Airport – Negombo

At the arrival, you will be transferred to the coastal town of Negombo. Spend the day relaxing by the pool or explore the town. Don’t exhaust yourself as tomorrow you set out on your trek.

Negombo situated by the shores of a lagoon by the same name once has been a trading port for Portuguese and Dutch and is an ideal place for those who want quick access to and from the airport.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Negombo.

Day 02, 03: Munneswaram Temple – Kalpitiya Beach

Munneswaram Temple

After breakfast leave for Kalpitiya. En-route visit Munneswaram. It is believed that Munneswaram predates the Ramayana and a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was located here.

Kalpitiya is fast becoming one of Sri Lanka’s most sought-after holiday destinations, mostly for its undisturbed natural beauty, luxurious hotels and resorts and promise of seeing dolphins play around in its waters. Rich in biodiversity, owing to the sea and the Puttalam lagoon that border this village, Kalpitiya is a true paradise. A Whale watching & Dolphins watching boat ride into the ocean is a must if one is in Kalpitiya.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Kalpitiya.

Day 04: Wilpattu National Park – Ancient City of Anuradhapura

Wilpattu National Park

Finishing the breakfast leave for Anuradhapura. On the way visit Wilpattu National Park which is famous for its unique lakes called Villus. The major attractions in the park are the endemic sloth bears, leopards, barking deer and elephants. Crocodiles, beautiful birds and a wide range of snakes also make Wilpattu National Park their home.

Then travel to Anuradhapura. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in the North Central part of the Island impressive white ‘dagabas’ (relic chambers) and monuments embellished with handsome stone carvings or sculpture, pleasure gardens, beautifully executed stone baths and ponds and a superb irrigation system of reservoirs and canals are the main attractions of Anuradhapura.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Anuradhapura.

Day 05, 06: Nalur Temple – Jaffna

After an early breakfast at the hotel leave for the town of Jaffna.

Visit the now restored Jaffna library, the iconic Nalur temple & the island of Nagadeepa which houses a temple and kovil. A 15 minute boat ride from the coast is the only possible access to the island & continue onto the Keeri Malai Kovil & freshwater pond. The Dambakolapatuna temple is the site of the first Bo tree sapling planted and is a must see. If time permits, visit the untouched Casuarina beach and peek at India at Point Pedro.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Jaffna.

Day 07, 08, 09: Pigeon Island – Koneswaram Temple – Pasikudah & Trinco Beach

Pigeon Island

During the three days we spend at Trincomalee, you may have the chance to visit many places of attraction.

Thereby, you have the chance to visit Trincomalee harbour; one of the largest natural harbours in the world. You have the opportunity of an excursion to Pigeon Island. Pigeon Island is Sri Lanka’s 17th national wildlife park. Named after the Rock Pigeon that colonized it the island, it has some of the best coral sites in Sri Lanka. Thereafter, visit Trincomalee war cemetery one of the six commonwealth war cemeteries in Sri Lanka. This cemetery is for British soldiers that were killed during World War II. Finish off the day with a visit to the Koneswaram temple & Lover’s Leap.

Head out to the coastal town of Pasikudah. Pasikudah is a popular tourist destination boasting one of the longest stretches of shallow coastline in the world. Walk kilometers into the ocean with it only reaching your knees, a truly amazing experience. Pasikuda is renowned because of its extended shallow coastline, making it a great spot for sunbathing and shallow swimming.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Trincomalee.

Day 10, 11: Arugam Bay Surfing Beach

Start the day off with an early breakfast head out for Arugam Bay.

Arugam Bay, is a very popular surfing and holiday destination. And also it is a fishing village. Identified as the best surfing beach in Sri Lanka and the 4th best beach in South-East Asia and is also among the 10th best surfing beaches in the world. The Bird sanctuary, is also at close proximity to it so bird-watchers & surf fanatics can spend a great time at the beach. Buddhist and Hindu temples are also located close by.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Arugam Bay.

Day 12: Polonnaruwa Cultural Site

Finishing the breakfast leave for Polonnaruwa.

Polonnaruwa is a medieval city & a UNESCO World Heritage site which rose to fame as the capital (10th – 12th century AD). The entire landscape of the region is punctuated by huge man-made reservoirs. Today, the ancient city of Polonnaruwa remains one of the best planned archeological relic sites in the country, standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the kingdom’s first rulers. The Lankathilaka temple and a colossal statue of the Buddha made from stone is located here.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Sigiriya.

Day 13: Hiriwadunna Village – Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave Temple

Following the breakfast, drive on to Hiriwadunna village for a varied trek, first to the reservoir, where the trunks of long dead trees stand stark against lush wetland greenery. Enjoy a crossing by a catamaran and follow a narrow trail through banana plantations to the home of a chena farmer & there you can quench your thirst with a cool drink of king coconut.

Also, stop off at the Dambulla temple and its beautiful caves before arriving in Sigiriya. Located in the North Central province, this UNESCO World Heritage site which dates back to the 1st century BC, is an amazing complex of 05 caves, first used as a refuge by an ancient king who on regaining his throne, commissioned magnificent carved images within the living rock.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Sigiriya.

Day 14: Lion Rock –Minneriya National Park

Lion Rock Sigiriya

Following breakfast depart to the Lion Rock in Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage, adorning a palace on the top of this large rock; is a must visit place in Sri Lanka. You can either return to the hotel and relax in the afternoon or head out on a safari at Minneriya National Park or Kaudulla National Park (depending on the time of the year).

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Sigiriya.

Day 15: Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage – Temple of the Tooth

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

After breakfast, drive to the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage in time to witness the bathing and bottle feeding of baby elephants. In the afternoon, take a tour of Kandy city and visit the Temple of the Tooth.

Proceed to the hill capital Kandy stopping en- route at a spice garden for a short trek to see spices growing in their natural habitat. Arrive in Kandy and commence on a city tour including the much revered Temple of the Tooth Relic which houses a tooth that belonged to Lord Buddha. Also, you can visit a gem shop in Kandy.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Kandy.

Day 16: Enjoy Kandy City – Cultural Dance Performance

In the morning, after the breakfast, relax or take a walk through the bustling Kandy city via a perfect way to take in the Kandyan citadel and to experience the crimson sunset by the lake as the sun dips below the mountains which surround the town. Simply stroll by the lake and soak up the atmosphere. Engage in more sightseeing of Kandy including a visit to the bazaar area, arts and craft workshops and a Batik manufacturer to see skilled villagers.

Then, three optional excursions are available for you: a boat ride down the Mahaveli River, visit the Royal Botanical Garden or a tour of the three temple loops (Gadaladeniya, Embekke, Lankathilaka). Later in the evening witness a cultural dance performance.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Kandy.

Day 17: Tea Plantation & Factory – Ramboda Waterfall – White Water Rafting & Canoeing – Kitulagala

Ramboda Waterfall

After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya, through the scenic country side. In the afternoon, head out a tour of the colonial town of Nuwara Eliya. Have a brief insight into how the world famous Ceylon tea is produced at a tea factory and you may visit tea plantations by the roadside. Then, you will be transferred to Kitulgala.

Embark on an adrenaline fuelled adventure down the rapids of the Kelani River. This short but exhilarating excursion is level four rafting. Trek through the Kelani Valley Forest Reserve crossing a suspension bridge and enter the forest. Proceed through the dense forest cover emerging for short spells to walk along the bank of the Kelani River. Appreciate the rainforest like foliage and amazing birdlife and butterflies

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

Day 18: World’s End – Nuwara Eliya

Finishing the breakfast, enjoy the cool weather by staying in the resort or take an optional early morning excursion to Horton Plains; the highest plateau in the country. Enjoy a morning hike through one of the country’s most scenic hiking trails. Visit the Baker’s fall and check out the infamous World’s End. If you have spare time, commence a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

Day 19, 20: Train Ride – Ella Gap – Ravana Waterfall – Yala National Park

Train Ride Sri Lanka

After breakfast proceed to Ella. You may enjoy a train ride from Nanu Oya to Ella. You will walk past a small village and gradually venture into the Ella agricultural area where paddy is grown on mountain terraces and irrigated by small streams. En – route, visit Ravana waterfall, a sight to behold with a scenic backdrop of mountains and valleys.

On completion, proceed to Yala National Park located at the South-Eastern tip of Sri Lanka; one of the Sri Lanka’s premier wildlife destinations; distinguish for leopard experience & home to many elephants, leopards, sloth bears, crocodiles and more. It is one of the largest national parks in the island. It was at first established in the early 1890s as a game sanctuary. The parkland makes up most of the reserve but also includes lakes, beaches, jungle, rivers and scrubland. This variety in habitats provides an excellent range in wildlife.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Yala.

Day 21: Gem City – Sinharaja Rain Forest

Sinharaja Rain Forest

After breakfast, commence a sightseeing tour of the city of Ratnapura which is the world’s richest treasure house of gems. Rare sparkling precious and semi-precious stones are found in the rich soil that covers the entire district. It is a city set amidst a mix of paddy fields, rubber and tea plantations which give a scenic backdrop to this legendary city of a thousand gems. It is a well-known seaport in ancient times when merchant ships anchored here to trade for the Island’s famous gems, exotic spices and other commodities.

On completion, head out towards Sinharaja World Heritage wilderness area. It is the Sri Lanka’s last remaining rainforest and home to most of the island’s faunal resource including endemic herbs, mammals & endemic birdlife. In the morning and afternoon, walk through the Sinharaja Rainforest experiencing its natural scenic beauty.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Sinharaja.

Day 22,23,24: Galle Dutch Fort – Turtle Hatchery – Whales & Dolphins Watching – Bentota Beach

Galle Dutch Fort

Finishing the morning meal, travel to Bentota. Bentota beach vacation of four days consists of various heart touching events.

The famous Fort in Galle was originally built by the Portuguese in 1589 and named Santa Cruz. After the Dutch occupation it was destroyed and rebuilt on a larger scale to cover an area over 36 hectares. This World Heritage site is a very interesting place to visit as the old and modern city blend together in perfect harmony.

Then, reach the harbour in Mirissa. Mirissa is a fishing village & the fisherman will hopefully have first had information on where and which whales were spotted. Continue out to sea and hopefully we encounter the mighty giants of the sea, the blue whales; between 20 – 40 nautical miles from the coast. Sightings of other species of whales and dolphins are not uncommon and will be a special treat. Kosgoda beach is a very secluded beach on the Southern coast of Sri Lanka. The beach is often visited by Sea Turtles to lay eggs and thus, the turtle conservation looks after this beach to ensure the survival of this majestic marine creature.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Bentota.

Day 25: Colombo – Airport

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