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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: 10 km
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 Kalpitiya & Leisure
Route:
Negombo > Kalpitiya
Distance:
approx: 135 km
Drive Time:
approx: 3 hours
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
Botique Hotels
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Kalpitiya

Kalpitiya

In the oceans around Kalpitiya sperm whales, Blue Whales, pigmy sperm whales and pilot whales gather in large pods of fifty to hundred members, some in water as shallow as 30 meters, with large concentration gathering around Dutch reef. The whales are accompanied by large pods of Spinner Dolphins who could be found within a just one hour boat ride from Kalpitiya harbor. Other than the most common, the spinner dolphins, other species including Risso’s Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin and Striped Dolphin too makes appearance although not as frequently or in such large numbers.

Day3
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Visit Wilpattu National Park & Leisure at Beach
Route:
Kalpitiya > Wilpattu & Back to Hotel
Distance:
approx: 230 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:
Wilpattu National Park

Wilpattu National Park

Wilpattu National Park (Willu-pattu; Land of Lakes) is a park located on the island of Sri Lanka. The unique feature of this park is the existence of “Willus” (Natural lakes) - Natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater. Located in the Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka. The park is located 30km west Anuradhapura and located 26 km north of Puttalam (approximately 180 km north of Colombo). The park is 131, 693 hectares and ranges from 0 to 152 meters above sea level. Nearly sixty lakes (Willu) and tanks are found spread throughout Wilpattu. Wilpattu is one of the largest and oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka. Wilpattu is among the top national parks world renowned for its Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) population. The Leopard population in Wilpattu is still not yet known.

Day4
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Transfer to (Dambulla / Sigiriya / Habarana). Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Route:
Kalpitiya > (Dambulla > Sigiriya) > Habarana
Distance:
approx: 74 km
Drive Time:
approx: 3 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.

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.

Day5
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Visit Dambulla Cave Temple & Elephant Safari at Habarana
Route:
Dambulla > Habarana
Distance:
Maximum 100 Km
Drive Time:
9.00 am to 4. 00 pm
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
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.

Day6
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Transfer to Knuckles Mountains via Matale
Route:
Habarana > (Sigiriya > Dambulla) >Matale > Knuckels
Distance:
approx: 120 km
Drive Time:
approx: 3 hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Knuckles Mountain

Knuckles Mountain

Knuckles Massif or the Knuckles Mountain Range is part of the Hill Country of Sri Lanka which is also above 3000 Ft or 915 Mts. from sea level and covers an area of about 90 Sq.Miles or 234 Sq.Km of land extent. This is also called as Knuckles Range or Knuckles Peaks or simply as Knuckles. The reason to call it Knuckles is because,there is a mountain with five peaks in itself, that looks like the knuckles of a clenched fist when seen from Kandy area ( or the SW direction of that mountain named as Knuckles with a height of 6112 Feet ). The Sri Lankan name for this mountainous area is " DumbaraMitiyawatha " which means " The Misty Vally ". Since this inner mountainous area is off the motoring roads, it remains as an unspoilt nature reserve even today.

Day7
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Leisure activities at Knuckles
Distance:
Maximum 100 Km
Drive Time:
9.00am to 4.00pm
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Day8
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Transfer to Nuwara Eliya. Visit Tea Plantation, Tea Factory, Waterfall
Route:
Knuckles > Nuwara Eliya
Distance:
approx: 142 km
Drive Time:
approx: 5 hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Nuwaraeliya

Nuwaraeliya

Nuwara Eliya, "The Little England" of Sri Lanka situated about 2000m above sea level is set against beautiful background of mountains, valleys, waterfalls and tea plantation. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places on the Island. 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. Ramboda waterfall also situated at Ramboda on your way to Nuwaraeliya from Kandy.

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.

Ramboda Waterfall

Ramboda Waterfall

Ramboda Falls is 109m high and 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 729th highest waterfall in the world. It is situated in Pussellawa area, on the A5 highway at Ramboda Pass. It formed by Panna Oya which is a tributary of Kothmale Oya. Altitude of the falls is 945m above sea level.

Day9
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Visit Adam’s Peak & City Tour
Route:
Nuwara Eliya City Tour
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:
Adam’s Peak

Adam’s Peak

From all corners of this enchanted isle they come, clouds of small yellow butterflies, drawn as if by magnet to the hill country of southwestern Sri Lanka. Drifting above thousands of pilgrims as they toil up the mountain, the butterflies eventually reach the summit where a sacred footprint is embedded in a rock. Here, the butterflies die. Or, as Buddhists believe, have been reincarnated into another form. Their final flight of pilgrimage is to awe-inspiring Adam’s Peak, a shared icon of four great faiths. Known in English as Adam’s Peak, this 2,234-metre (7,329-feet) mountain has the remarkable distinction of being sacred to all of the major faiths in Sri Lanka. “Sri Pada is the only mountain in the world receiving veneration of devotes belonging to different faiths". To the Buddhists, this is Sri Pada, where Lord Buddha left his footprint on the summit during his third and final visit to the island.

Day10
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Transfer to Kitulgala & Leisure
Route:
Nuwara Eliya > Kitulgala
Distance:
approx: 74 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:
Kithulgala

Kithulgala

Kitulgala is a small town in the west of Sri Lanka. It is in the wet zone rain forest, which gets two monsoons each year, and is one of the wettest places in the country. Nevertheless, it comes alive in the first three months of the year, especially in February, the driest month. The Academy Award-winning The Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed on the Kelani River near Kitulgala, although nothing remains now except the concrete foundations for the bridge (and, supposedly, the submerged train cars that plunged into the river in the climactic scene). Kitulgala is also a base for white-water rafting, which starts a few kilometres upstream.

Day11
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Full Day Leisure at Kitulgala
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Day12
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Transfer to Mirissa, Leisure at Mirissa
Route:
Nuwara Eliya > Mirissa
Distance:
approx: 238 km
Drive Time:
approx: 5 hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
Villas & Bungalows
Botique Hotels
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Mirissa

Mirissa

The delightful sandy beach of Mirissa was once a well-kept secret, but not surprisingly, more guesthouses, inns and bungalows are now opening up to visitors. Mirissa boasts a safe, gently sloping beach where the sea is free from rocks, with coconut palms growing right to the edge of the sand as if in imitation of a postcard of the perfect tropical beach. Off the coast of Mirissa, the gentle giants of the sea Blue Whales frolic with bottlenose Dolphins, Sperm Whales and Humpbacks

Day13
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Leisure at Mirissa Beach
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
Villas & Bungalows
Botique Hotels
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Day14
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Day Tour to Galle. Visit Galle Fort
Route:
Mirissa > Galle & Back to Hotel
Distance:
approx: 43km
Drive Time:
approx: 45 minutes drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
Villas & Bungalows
Botique Hotels
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Galle

Galle

Galle is a living time capsule. It has a vibrant commercial district that’s also shambolic and often charmless, but passes through one of the Fort gates and you are transported back to the Dutch colonial era. Built by the Dutch beginning in 1663, the 36-hectare Fort occupies most of the promontory that forms the older part of Galle. Described by the notoriously hard-to-please Paul Theroux as being ‘garlanded with red hibiscus and smelling of the palm-scented ocean, The Fort is an amazing collection of structures and culture dating back through the centuries. Just wandering the streets at random yields one architectural surprise after another. And be sure to take in the dramatic views of town and ocean from the encircling walls. UNESCO has recognized Fort as a World Heritage Site

Day15
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Departure, transfer to Katunayake International Airport
Route:
Mirissa > Airport
Distance:
approx: 180 km
Drive Time:
approx: 3 hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
END OF THE TOUR
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