15 Days 14 Nights
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Start in BIA Negombo and end in Colombo international AirPort ! With the in-depth cultural tour Circle Sri Lanka, you have a 15 day tour package taking you from Negombo to Colombo and through Negombo, Sri Lanka and 9 other destinations in Sri Lanka. Circle Sri Lanka is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Ayubowan!. Welcome to Sri Lanka by Look Lanka Tours. Your adventure begins in the town of Negombo, located close to the international airport. You can arrive at any time on Day 1 as there are no activities planned until the important welcome meeting held in 1st hotel. Those arriving early can get into the spirit of seaside Sri Lanka by observing the local fishing craft and perhaps feasting on fresh seafood. The beautiful surrounding countryside is best explored on a bicycle, which you can rent with help from the hotel reception.
Leave Negombo after breakfast today. Your private vehicle takes you to ancient Anuradhapura via the small town of Chilaw (Travel time approximately 5 hours total). Those keen on history and archaeology might like to visit Mihintale, the sacred birthplace of Sri Lankan Buddhism, as a recommended optional activity. The price of this will depend on the number of people sharing the vehicle.
A guided bicycle tour of the city will take place today depending on the weather. Among the ruins you'll see the sacred old Bo Tree, a spiritual reminder of the beginnings of Buddhism in Sri Lanka and the inspiration for Anuradhapura's great buildings. The ruins themselves are spread over quite an area, some in woodland settings and others appearing park-like with columns and ponds dotted about.
Take a Local bus to Polonnaruwa ( Travel time approximately 2.5 hours), the capital of the Indian Chola Dynasty after Anuradhapura was conquered in the late 10th century. These ruins are close together and generally in much better repair than those you have just seen. Cycling amid the remains of 1000 year old Polonnaruwa is once again the best way to get around. Once the heat of the day has eased you'll visit more palaces, temples and stupas. A likely highlight will be the massive stone Buddhas: 14 meter high granite carvings of the iconic reclining Buddha which represent the zenith of Sinhalese rock carving. You'll also visit the well laid out museum, Polonnaruwa is also a UNESCO world heritage city. You will be able to see the ruins of Royal Palace king Parakramabahu, Audience Hall, the statue of king Parakramabahu, Watadage, the Galpotha, Parakrama Samudraya (Sea of Parakrama) which was built by King Parakramabahu which has scale models of many of the buildings to show how they would have existed in their time.
Depart Polonnaruwa this morning and travel to Dambulla (Travel time approximately 2.5 hours). Explore the amazing Dambulla Cave Temples which are located high on a stone cliff face. Some 150 Buddha images adorn the five caves, with fascinating frescoes and paintings on the walls and roofs. In the afternoon, you may like to relax by the hotel pool or take an optional village tour or wildlife jeep safari to Minneriya, Kaudulla or Eco National Park where you might spot some wild elephants with a bit of luck. Which park is available to visit depends on the season, but both Minneriya and Kaudulla are within easy reach of Dambulla.
Early this morning, before the heat is too intense, head to Sigiriya (travel time approximately 30 minutes). This ruined fortress is one of Sri Lanka's premier sights. Those who make it to the top are rewarded with astounding views. Make sure you are wearing sturdy footwear, as this is a very steep climb with some uneven slopes. Those unable to climb to the top can explore the gardens at the base of the rock and still get some fantastic shots of the fortress from below. Return to the hotel to freshen up before heading to Kandy (travel time approximately 3 hours). On the way, there's the option of stopping at one of the region's wonderful spice gardens for lunch. In beautifully located Kandy, visit the Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth knady), Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist site, and mingle with the white-clad pilgrims who come here to worship. Time permitting, you'll have the option of visiting the National Museum or the world-class Botanical Gardens. Another great option is an early evening performance of the famed Kandyan dancers, drummers and and fire walkers.
Today you will visit a nearby tea factory and take a guided tour to learn about the production of Sri Lanka's best known beverage. Of course, you will also sample some of the delicious varieties while you're here. Your hotel in Kandy, located far from the noise and bustle of the city, is a great place to unwind with lovely views over the town.
Take a train journey into the highlands and disembark at Bandarawela (travel time approximately 7 hours). Once in Bandarawela you will visit a local home for a cooking demonstration to learn some secrets of traditional Sri Lankan cuisine. Enjoy the delicious meals afterwards.
Take a private bus to starting point for our walk today (travel approximately 30mins). This hike (travel time approximately 4.5 hours) takes you through picturesque tea plantations and small Tamil villages. Lunch will be arranged at Tamil tea worker’s house. Tonight's accommodation is in a comfortable local lodge.
The morning is yours to do as you so please. (travel time approximately 2 hours) Ella plays host to some of the best Ayurveda massage parlours in Sri Lanka. A thousand year old technique which removes any aches or pains you may have, or simply as an excellent way to relax. We will meet in the afternoon to explore the hidden gems of Ella, such as the 9 Arch Bridge, Rawana falls, Ella Gap and then hike up Little Adams peak for sunset. We recommend bringing a drink or two, you'll see why when we get to the top.
Canoeing Breakfast at Hotel, Transfer to Tissamaharama (travel time approximately 3.5 hours)
After lunch, Canoeing.Canoe is in the scenic lake in Tissamaharama to see beautiful islands, lake fishermen and many sights of the locality around Yala and Tissamaharama. Enjoy a traditional Sri Lankan refreshment tea with local sweet meats. Night stay at Tissamaharama hotel.
Early morning do Safari The vegetation in the park comprises predominantly of semi-arid thorny scrub, interspersed with pockets of fairly dense secondary forest. Small patches of mangrove vegetation also occur along the coastal lagoons.
The park is renowned for the variety of its Wildlife (most notably its many elephants) and its fine coastline (with associated coral reefs). (travel time approximately 2 hours) It also boasts a large number of important cultural ruins, bearing testimony to earlier civilizations and indicating that much of the area used to be populated and well developed.(travel time approximately 3 hours)
Evening transfer to Beach hotel In evening leisure in beach
whales watching mirissa Early morning transfer to Mirissa @ 5.30am . Transfer to Mirissa to Whale and dolphin watching.
Whale and dolphin watching are exciting and unique activities of Mirissa, and are the first and longest whale watching place on the south coast of Sri Lanka. The frequent sighting all year round has put Sri Lanka and the Mirrissa area on the worlds ‘Top Hot Spots’ for sperm and blue whale sightings. The blue whales are frequently seen during the first quarter off the South and West Coast of Sri Lanka, which is part of their migration pattern. The period between January and April is also a good time for dolphins. We often have been accompanied by pods of spinner
dolphins during your trips. High season is from December to March. At this time is water of the coast of Sri Lanka warm and calm.
Evening leisure in beach
ColomboLeaving Galle, we take a classic train ride, catching glimpses of the beautiful coastline before rolling into Colombo (approximately 3 hours). The train tickets from Galle to Colombo cannot be pre booked and therefore are not guaranteed. In the event that tickets are not available you will be transferred to Colombo by private vehicle. After arriving in Colombo, you'll explore the bustling Petta Bazaar on foot, then be taken by private vehicle to Independence Square, Parliament, and past the National Museum, finishing with a shopping opportunity for a good cause at the Barefoot fairtrade store. Here you can find a collection of handicrafts from around the country and support small cottage industries. Tonight there's an optional final group dinner to celebrate your journey.
Your trip comes to an end today, with no activities planned. Checkout time at the hotel is 12 noon.
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