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Day1
Program:
Arrive at Katunayake International Airport and you will be met by Explore Asia Holidays Representative at the Airport & transfer to Negombo
Route:
Airport > Negombo
Distance:
approx: 10km
Drive Time:
approx: 15 minutes drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Negombo

Negombo

Negombo is a beautiful beach on the western coast of Sri Lanka. The wide sandy beaches and the safe sea are the major tourist attractions of Negombo. The Negombo Lagoon covers an area of 3164 hectares. It is situated some 40 km north of Colombo. Negombo has a small port, and its economy is mainly based on tourism and its centuries-old fishing industry. Negombo is a traditional fishing town in Sri Lanka, and no wonder the town is a gourmet food lover’s paradise with seafood available in plenty. Negombo also produces spices, ceramics and brassware.

Day2
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Transfer to (Dambulla / Sigiriya / Habarana). Visit Dambulla Cave Temple & Evening Village Walk
Route:
Negombo > (Dambulla > Sigiriya > Habarana)
Distance:
approx: 160 Km
Drive Time:
approx: 4 hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Habarana

Habarana

Habarana is a popular tourist destination for safari lovers as it is the starting point for safaris in the nearby Habarana jungle and the Minneriya sanctuary which is heavily populated by elephants. Elephant back riding is also an attraction in this small city. Habarana is situated nearby to the ancient rock fortress and palace ruin of Sigiriya and is situated on the main road from Colombo to Trincomalee and Polonnaruwa.

Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave temple Located at an elevation of 1118 feet from the sea level raises a massive rock from the surrounding plains of Dambulla of 600 feet high and over 2000 feet in length. It is home to the World’s most acclaimed Cave complex of magnificent Buddha Images and Rock Paintings of vivid colors and shapes constructed and painted from around 2nd Century BC (Anuradhapura era ) and continued up to the Kandyan era of the 18th Century.

Day3
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress & Safari to Minnariya National Park
Route:
Sigiriya > Minneriya
Distance:
Maximum 100 Km
Drive Time:
9.00am to 4.00pm
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Sigiriya Rock Fortress of Sri Lanka is situated in Matale district near Dambulla. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres (660 ft) high. This site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colorful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure the Lion Rock. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century. Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site.

Minneriya National Park

Minneriya National Park

Minneriya National Park is a national park in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is of historical importance, having been built by King Mahasen in third century AD. The park is a dry season feeding ground for the elephant population dwelling in forests of Matale, Polonnaruwa, and Trincomalee districts. Along with Kaudulla and Girithale, Minneriya forms one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) of Sri Lanka. It is a great place for elephant spotting all year round – though as the dry season makes water scarce between June and September, more and more elephants gather on the shores of Minneriya Tank. Indeed by late August and September, the awe inspiring site of up to 300 elephants can often be seen, in a phenomonen known as ‘The Gathering’. It is the largest concentration and gathering of Asian elephants that can be seen anywhere in the world. Watching baby elephants playing with each other, bull elephants tussling for dominance and the great matriarchs surveying the scene is not a sight you are likely to forget in a hurry.The park is situated 182 kilometers from Colombo.

Day4
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Transfer to Pasikuda via Polonnaruwa Historical City
Route:
Dambulla > (Sigiriya > Habarana) > Polonnaruwa > Pasikuda
Distance:
approx: 142 km
Drive Time:
approx: 3 hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
Botique Hotels
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Polonnaruwa Ancient City

Polonnaruwa Ancient City

Polonnaruwa bears witness to several civilizations, notably that of the conquering Cholas, disciples of Brahminism, and that of the Sinhalese sovereigns during the 12th and 13th centuries. This immense capital created by the megalomaniac sovereign, Parakramabahu 1, in the 12th century, is one of history’s most astonishing urban creations, both because of its unusual dimensions and because of the very special relationship of its buildings with the natural setting. It is also a shrine of Buddhism an of Sinhalese history. The tooth of the Lord Buddha, a remarkable relic placed in the Atadage under Vijayabahu, was considered as the talisman or the Sinhalese monarchy: its removal by Bhuvanaikabahu 2 confirmed the decline of Polonnaruwa. After the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993 by Rajarata, Polonnaruwa, a temporary royal residence during the 8th century, became the capital. The conquering Cholas constructed monuments of their religion (Brahmnism). The recon quest of Ceylon by Vijayabahu 1 did not put an end to the city’s role as capital: it became covered, after 1070, with Buddhist Sanctuaries, of which the Atadage (Temple of the Tooth Relic) is the most renowned.

Pasikuda and Kalkuda

Pasikuda and Kalkuda

Pasikuda and Kalkuda are unspoilt beaches in the East coast of Sri Lanka, close to the town of Batticaloa. The white sands, clear blue water, and the stillness of the sea are both captivating and unparalleled by far. Pasikuda is known to have one of the longest stretches of shallow coastline in the world. These beaches have regained its popularity among the locals and tourists alike

Day5
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Leisure at Pasikuda Beach
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
Botique Hotels
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Day6
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Leisure at Pasikuda Beach
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
Botique Hotels
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Day7
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Transfer to South East Coast to Arugam Bay, via Batticaloa
Route:
Pasikudah > Batticaloa > Arugam Bay
Distance:
approx: 150 km
Drive Time:
approx: 3 hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Arugambay

Arugambay

Arugambay is a fishing village 3km south of the small town of Pottuvil at the remote southern end of the east coast. It probably has the best surf in Sri Lanka. There’s a wide, sweeping beach in front of the village itself which is good for swimming; and south of the surf promontory a long, deserted beach leads down to ‘Crocodile Rock’, from where wild elephants can quite often be seen. The best period for surfing is between April and September.

Day8
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Leisure at Beach
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Day9
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Day Tour to Kudumbigala Forest Hermitage
Route:
Arugam Bay > Ampara (Kudimbigala Forest Hermitage) & Back to Hotel
Distance:
approx: 67 km
Drive Time:
approx: 2 hour drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Kudumbigala Forest Hermitage

Kudumbigala Forest Hermitage

Situated within the Northern parts of the Ruhuna National Wildlife Park and a short distance from the Eastern beach of panama, Kudumbigala is a monastery of more than 200 cave accommodations; a 600 acre large hermitage built on the second century BC by the first Buddhist king of Sri Lanka King Devanampiyatissa. Initially designed to house the meditating arhants of Anuradhapura from the hustle and bustle of the urban life, Kudumbigala reached its glorious peak during the time of King Dutugamunu in the first century BC. The monastery’s landscaped garden had been adorned with ponds carved in to the rock mountain, of which only the ponds, a water fall and ruined stone stairways and pillars remain.

Day10
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Visit Kumana Bird Sanctuary & Lahugala Sanctuary
Route:
Arugambay > Kumana > Lahugala & Back to Hotel
Distance:
approx: 86 km
Drive Time:
approx: 2 ½ hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Kumana National Park

Kumana National Park

National Park in Sri Lanka is renowned for its avifauna, particularly its large flocks of migratory waterfowl and wading birds. The park is 391 kilometres (243 mi) southeast of Colombo on Sri Lanka's southeastern coast. Kumana is contiguous with Yala National Park. Kumana was formerly known as Yala East National Park, but changed to its present name in 5 September 2006.

Lahugala Sanctuary

Lahugala Sanctuary

The Lahugala Park was initially declared a sanctuary on 1 st July 1966 and then upgraded to a national park on 1 st October 1980. Although this is one of the smallest national parks in the country, this is a popular location for elephant enthusiasts and bird watchers. There are 3 tanks within the park. They are Lahugala (243ha), Kitulana and Sengamuwa. The water from these tanks flow in to the Heda Oya. These tanks are largely silted up and support an abundance of Beru grass, which is a delicacy for elephants. These lakes also support a large variety of birds, local as well as migratory.

Day11
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Transfer to Ella via Monaragala. Visit Tea Plantation, Tea Factory & Waterfall
Route:
Arugam Bay > Monaragala > Ella
Distance:
approx: 138 km
Drive Time:
approx: 3 hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
Botique Hotels
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Ella Gap

Ella Gap

Ella is a small town in the Badulla District of Uva Province, It is approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi) east of Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 1,041 metres (3,415 ft) above the sea level. The area has a rich bio-diversity dense with numerous varieties of flora and fauna. Ella is surrounded by hills covered with cloud forests and tea plantations. The town has a cooler climate than its surroundings, due to its elevation. The Ella Gap allows views across the Southern plains of Sri Lanka.

Tea Plantation & Tea Factory

Tea Plantation & Tea Factory

Nuwara Eliya is famous for Tea Plantation and the cool and moist climate are factors for the Tea leaves to thrive on; tea grown in this region has a high market and is in good demand worldwide.

Ravana Waterfall

Ravana Waterfall

49 meters in heigh Visible from the Ella- Wellaways road, near Udunuwara village.A popular stopover for travelers about 10km.s of Ella.. Ella Wellawaya road

Day12
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Day excursion Haputhale & Bandarawela. Visit Adisham Bungalow, Lipton’s Seat, & Leisure
Route:
Haputale > Bandarawela
Distance:
Maximum 100 Km
Drive Time:
9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
Botique Hotels
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Haputale

Haputale

Haputale is Located in the Badulla District, and is 4695 ft high above the sea level. It is one of the places with a very rich biodiversity and allows a very beautiful view of the Southern Plains. It is approximately 193 km away from Colombo. The town is no doubt one of the spectacular places in Sri Lanka. Haputale is makes hiking and trekking a great exhilarating exercise. The major attraction of Haputale is the Liptons seat, Adisham Bungalow and the famous Dambatenna tea factory.

Adisham Bungalow

Adisham Bungalow

Adisham Hall, or Adisham Bungalow is a country house near Haputale, in the Badulla District, Sri Lanka. At present it houses the Adisham Monastery a congregation of St. Sylvester.The house was built in 1931 by an English aristocrat and planter Sir Thomas Villiers, former Chairman of George Steuart Co, a trading and estate agency based in Colombo. Sir Thomas was a grandson of Lord John Russell and descendant of the Dukes of Bedford. Named after Adisham, it was designed by R. Booth and F. Webster in Tudor andJacobean style, on 10 acres (40,000 m2) of land. Adisham Hall played host to many prominent personalities of the colony until the retirement of Sir Thomas, after which it was sold to Sedawatte Mills in 1949. In 1961 it was purchased by the Roman Catholic Church and was subsequently converted to a monastery. The house is well preserved along with its period fittings and furniture, and is open to visitors.

Lipton's Seat

Lipton's Seat

Lipton’s seat is one of the attractive observation points of Sri Lankan Tourism. It is located on the top of the Poonagala hill near the Dambetenna tea factory in Poonagala, Sri lanka. The place gets this name after the famous tea planter Sir Thomas Lipton used this place to survey the surrounding region of his tea plantations.

Day13
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Transfer to Colombo
Route:
Ella > Colombo
Distance:
approx: 220 km
Drive Time:
approx 5 hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
Botique Hotels
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Colombo

Colombo

Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Colombo offers you a mixture of modern life with historical and natural sites. The main tourist attractions include National museum, Galle face Green, National Zoological Garden, Floating Market, Arcade Shopping Complex, Independence Hall, Ape Gama, Viharamaha Devi Park and Pettah streets and you can visit them within half day. And then visit the shopping malls for your souvenirs and handicrafts. There are many exclusive shops catering to the tastes of the fastidious shopper. Shops which specialize in pure cotton clothing, handmade shoes and bags, designer-wear shoes and bags, hand loom items such as linen table ware, rugs and wall hangings in vibrant colors and temporary design. Visit Odel, Lakmedura, Barefoot, Noritake, etc.

Day14
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Colombo City Tour & Departure transfer to Katunayake International Airport
Route:
Colombo > Airprt
Distance:
approx: 35 km
Drive Time:
approx: 30 minutes drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
END OF THE TOUR
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