This package is originally designed for 14 nights/15 days. But we are always happy to cater to our valuable clients’ requirements to embark on a wonderful Experience Sri Lanka tour combining activities and sights. It can be customised for different durations as per request.
Pick up from Colombo Airport, you will get your first taste of warm Sri Lankan hospitality; upon arrival at Bandaranaike International airport, you will be met by your NKAR representative.
Then proceed to Dunagaha, a village which make handmade shawls. This is also known as “Cottage Industry”. Clients will get a chance to observe how the villagers prepare the Shawls .After the observation clients will get a chance to taste few SriLankan Sweets such as Milk Rice (Kiribath), Banana’s (Kesel) & Etc with Cup of Tea.
Then you proceed to your hotel – Anantaya Resort & Spa. You will step into a world where infinite pleasures await; where the warm azure waters of the ocean lie beside the cool waters of a mangrove fringed lagoon, wrapping you in a sense of serenity. The hotel environment is totally away from the hustle of the city and has a calm, quiet and a very attractive beach.
Then you can relax in the hotel
Visit the Munneswaram Temple in the late afternoon.
Munneswaram Temple is an important regional Hindu temple complex in Sri Lanka. It has been in existence at least since 1,000 CE, although myths surrounding the temple associate it with the popular Indian epic Ramayana, and its legendary hero-king Rama. The temple is located in Munneswaram, a village with mixed Sinhala and Tamil population situated in the historic Demala Pattuva (“Tamil division”) region in the Puttalam District.
Transfer back to the hotel and then proceed to the beach and clients can take off their shoes and walk barefoot with the tour guide. After the nice beach walk Sundowner Cocktail will be arranged at the beach. Hotel will provide a drink (A Glass of wine or Bottle of Beer or 2 bottles of soft drinks) after the sun downer clients can walk back to the hotel.Chilaw
After early breakfast proceed to Anuradhapura.
Drive towards the Dry Zone – to Anuradhapura through rice paddy fields & an inhabited forestry, natural and manmade reservoirs that support the agricultural industry of the village folk.
You will be able to spot some birds & wild life such as Monitor Lizards, Buffalo, and Monkey etc; around the reservoirs.
Do the city tour of Anuradhapura.
It was the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of the ancient Sri Lanka. It is the home of two World Heritage sites. Many places of historical and archaeological interest could be visited.
Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo-Tree) was brought as a sapling of the tree under which Prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment and it is over 2,200 years old and is the oldest historically documented tree in the world. At Brazen Palace (2nd century B.C), the 1600 stone columns you see are all that is left of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks.
Ruwanweliseya (2nd century B.C) is the most famous of all the Dagobas. It originally depicted the perfect ‘bubble shape” that modern restoration has not been able to accurately reproduce. ‘Samadhi’ Buddha statue (4th century AD) is one of the most famous statues, depicting the Buddha in a state of ‘Samadhi’ or deep meditation.
Isurumuniya rock temple (3rd century B.C) is well known for its rock carvings.
Enjoy the lunch at an outside local restaurant
Towards late in the afternoon, climb Mihintale
Mihintale is regarded as the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. The rock is riddled with shrines and rock dwellings. A grand stairway of 1,840 steps made out of granite slabs 15” wide leads to the summit from where one could get a splendid view of the surrounding countryside.
Proceed to Sigiriya for the overnight stay
After Breakfast at the hotel (Around 08:00 to 08:30H) proceed to Sigiriya & climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Sigiriya, the stupendous 5th century A.D. rock-fortress citadel of a fugitive king, where history merges with melodrama. The Royal Pleasure Gardens are considered to be one of the earliest extended landscaped gardens in Asia.
A gallery of frescoes of shapely be-jeweled maidens still glows with vibrant color and the water. Another distinctive feature of Sigiriya is the Mirror Wall which is located just below the paintings. Sigiriya is being currently excavated and restored by UNESCO under the Cultural Triangle Project and according to sources is most likely to be declared as a wonder of the world.
Do Hirwadunna village safari. The Trek will be through a typical Sri Lankan village. Before the trek begins transferring you to a small temple built in the village, if the chief monk is available meet him and along the chief monk clients can offer flowers to the Lord Buddha. Thereafter start the Hiriwaduna trek. First clients will start the journey in a little tractor. You can see the amazing birdlife and butterflies which add to the charm of the trek. You get to see the villagers as they go about their morning tasks of fishing or washing clothes at the periphery of the lake. Initially one wades through a shallow stream and thereafter cross a wider tributary in a catamaran of an obliging farmer to inspect cultivation.
You can enjoy a tractor ride, catamaran ride and finally a tasty Sri Lankan meal made at home by the villagers as their Lunch.
Enjoy the village lunch
After lunch proceed to Minneriya and visit Minneriya, Kaudulla or Eco Park Depending on the move of the Elephants.
MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK – This National Park 8889 hectares in extent is famous for its large population of Elephants in herds of 100 to 150 roaming in the jungle and seen in the catchment area of the lake.
Entrance is at Ambagaswewa about 6 km from Habarana on the main Habarana Polonnaruwa road. Office is by the side of the main road. Elephants, about 300 wild Elephants, Wild Buffaloes, Wild Boar, Spotted Deer, Sloth Bear, Sambhur, Leopards, Crocodiles, Jackals, 9 kinds of amphibians, 25 kinds of reptiles, 160 species of birds, 26 varieties of fishes, 78 varieties of butterflies are recorded from the Minneriya National Park.
On the way to the hotel from Minneriya Jeep Safari Tour Guide will split the group in to two, men will be seated in one side & women will be seated in the other side and start the singing competition and continue until you reach the hotel.
Drive back to Sigiriya.Dambulla
After early breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Nelumwewa.
Passing the new town of Polonnaruwa, you will reach Kaduruwela, which is famous for paddy cultivation. Then cross the Mahaweli River over the Manampitiya Bridge and you will reach the Manampitiya Village. In Kaduruwela or Manampitiya you will go marketing with the tour leader. You will experience purchasing the provisions for lunch from village vendors at the village market place, and you could interact with the village vendors and discuss the price as well.
Further, you can buy a Curd and Honey to the village family from the market place which is a Sri Lankan traditional way of wishing prosperity to the house members
Then proceed to a remote village Ginidamana in Nelumwewa (during the war between 1983 to 2009, this used to be a border village) where you will take part in cooking a meal in a village home. You will have the opportunity to blend with a village prominent person’s family and prepare food jointly with the group. Whilst sharing the Sri Lankan cookery secrets, the tour leader will introduce the village family to the group. You can also listen to the scary stories of the villagers during the war. On this excursion you will feel the pulse of the people & village life of Sri Lanka. Thereafter we will get back to the house and have lunch with the family.
Afterwards proceed to Polonnaruwa.
Visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa by bicycles .Even on bicycles this can be considered a less risk journey as there will be no other vehicles on the road except tourist vehicles.
Polonnaruwa, the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka which was flourishing between the 10th & the 12th century AD & is a world heritage site since 1982. The ruins are younger & well preserved & hold evidence of the hydro-engineering civilization. After the Ancient Polonnaruwa City Tour on bicycles they will go to the lake side by the coach where the ladies in traditional clothing will serve tea and short eats (finger food)
Return back to the hotelDambulla
Breakfast at hotel and Proceed to visit the Dambulla rock temple.
Dambulla Rock temple has been built by King Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and it is a world heritage site. Also, it is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world.
It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 metres.
Continue the journey to Kandy – Drive towards the Hill capital of Srilanka.
Lunch at a local restaurant
Reach the Kaya Residence in the Hill capital.
On arrival clients will be welcomed with an Arrack Cocktail
Kandy is surrounded by the mist-veiled Hunnasgiriya Mountains and the lush Udawattaekelle natural reserve.
Kaya residency is a tastefully decorated beautiful luxury home stay with very personalized service. It is an experience to stay in this small resort.
Do a city tour of Kandy which was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. The name “Kandy” conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Thereafter Visit the temple of the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha where you find a daily ceremony of paying homage to this highly respected Relic.
In the evening watch a Traditional & Colorful Cultural show. As a cultural country filled with customs and tradition, Sri Lanka offers locals and visitors a vibrant event to indulge in.
Whether they are religious or customary, each event holds a set of traditions that are required to be carried out. Each and every performance has an in-depth meaning to it.
Traditional Welcome and presentation of ceremonial drums
Traditional Dance of invocation. The performers invoke the blessing of the Devol Maduwa performed in honor of goddess patina
Thelme is a vibrant expression of the pure classical and rhythmical dance from the low country. It is a dance highlight in the Devol Madura performed in honor of goddess Patina.
A popular dance atall rural festivals and pageants, the patheru a dance where decorative brass rings are manipulated with skill and dexterity by the dancers creating a series of rhythmic patterns.
Dance falls within the kandyan vannam tradition and the dance creation depicts the movements of the peacock bird.
Dance depicting several demons who are believed to be capable of causing particular ailments, This is a popular dance in southern Sri Lanka
Balancing with skill a number of flat drums (Raban) on sticks – a traditional dance of the Sabaragamuwa province
Traditional folk dances are usually performed by village damsels
The charactestic traditional attire of the Kandyan dancer, using rhythmic pattern raising to a vigorous and lively climax. This dance is performed to invoke the blessing of Kankaariya and the ves dance could be described as the king of kandyan dances.
Males,damsels, drummers all in unique harmony
Return to the home stay.
During the dinner time Mr.Anuruddha – Residence Manager of Kaya Residence will accompany the clients at the dinner table.Kandy
Early Morning do a brief YOGA session in the Home stay near the pool area and thereafter have the breakfast at the hotel.After breakfast visit the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens.
This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers and the beautiful avenues and Sprawling lawns are breathtaking.
Lunch in the Garden Cafeteria in a beautiful layout under the shady trees.
In the afternoon drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798 and proceed to explore the town, Bazaar area and the market place. For those who are interested in visiting a Gem Museum and Art & craft center is an option. Every client will be given Euro 1 in Sri Lankan Rupees and asked to shop for that amount in the Kandy Bazaar and bring and show it to the group.
In the evening all will assemble at a point (18 hrs) where the coach will pick everyone up & return to the home stay.Refresh & have a change to go out for a dinner in a local restaurant.
After dinner, time for you to enjoy at the local pub – known as “THE PUB” which is located in the Dalada Weediya (on top of DEVON Bake House). Return to the residence for the overnight stay.Kandy
Before the breakfast chef will demonstrate how to prepare some Sri Lanka specialty food and will do a small explanation and thereafter chef will accompany the group during their breakfast.
During the breakfast Sinhala newspapers will be handed over to the clients. Clients will have to bring them to the bus. Then on the way to Nuwara Eliya guide will explain the content.
Then proceed to Nuwareliya, We drive along a windy twisty road through thousands of acres of tea. We would try and spot some tea pluckers in the hills to stop for some photos. This drive probably is the best in the country as far as scenery is concerned.
Lunch at a local restaurant facing a nice waterfall.
Visit a tea factory & the tea plantation & get to know how tea is being processed & the hard work that goes in to produce a nice cup of tea.
Visit Nuwareliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka’s most popular holiday destination. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country producing a significant share of the world best tea. The highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is also located here. Nuwara-Eliya has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia. Also Nuwara- Eliya is described as a misplaced English village because of the old colonial buildings, Race Course and Lake Gregory with Trot. Clients can enjoy a walk around the Lake Gregory with a beautiful scenery and sizzling breeze.
Continue the journey to the hotel the “Tea Factory”. This hotel is called by this name as it is an old Tea Factory converted to a theme Hotel .
Here there is a special program arranged in the hotel premises. It may take about 45 minutes to 01Hr. Guests will walk through the tea garden and pluck tea leaves on their own. After that they can take them to the mini tea factory and put it for processing.
After the tea plucking program the group can plant a Tea Plant at the Hotel Tea Factory Garden.
Check in to the hotel.
TEA FACTORY is based exactly at 2km above the sea level, surrounded by a range of mountains that grows the Sri Lanka’s high quality tea.
At the tea factory you will experience the colonial touch.Nuwara Eliya
Early in the morning, depart to Horton plains in Micro vans. It is much safer to use these small Vehicles on the steep, narrow, windy road up to Horton plains Clients can have their Picnic breakfast near the entrance of Horton Plains..This is the only National Park in Sri Lanka where you can get down & walk in the park.
Horton Plains is located on a high windswept saddle at about 7000-ft elevation. The Plains are an expanse of misty grassland with scraggy trees and ice-cold rivulets. Visit World’’s End considered to be the finest view in all of Sri Lanka. The awesome escarpment drops vertically for about 4000 ft, hence its name “World’s End”. Here you could find endemic Slender Loris and endemic Purple Monkeys and Samber Deer amongst the animal species that can be seen. The walk will not be difficult as there are no major climbs but very slight one’s as it is plane and flat Land. But you will be walking on washed out river beds and it is not an absolutely flat carpeted type of terrain.
Return to Pattipola station in time to catch the Standard Train to Bandarawella. Train will Depart from pattipola approx: 13:30H and reach Bandarawella approx: 16:00H (Given Train Times Are Highly Subjected to Change without Any Prior Notice). Pattipola is the highest train station in the country at an altitude of over 6000 feet & a drop down to 3000 feet within 2 hours. The scenery on this train trip is breathtaking & is easily one of the best train trips we can offer in the country.
Packed Lunch will be arranged and will be delivered to the clients during the train ride from Pattipola to Bandarawella.
Clients who are not interested in doing the trek they can stay in the hotel and enjoy the morning in this unique property. And then later they can join with the group for the train journey.Bandarawela
After the Breakfast go on a trek to the Mini Adam’s Peak
This beautiful short walk up to the top of Little Adam’s Peak, would take about 45 minutes from the main road. The road is flat and wide and when you climb half way through the walk you would come across some concrete steps about 200-250 and these steps would take you to the top of the mountain where you can get a panoramic view of the southern coastal belt and on a clear day you may be able to see the ocean. The average day time temperature is between 23°- 27°.
On the way back walk from the Mini Adam’s peak to the Hotel you will visit a tea pluckers village where you will get to interact with the tea pluckers and their families. You can have a little chat and get to know about their day to day life style. Further you can have a chat to understand their opinion on the political view. Thereafter you will be heading to visit a very small Hindu Temple (a Shrine) and get the blessings of the chieftain from where these tea pluckers’ get their blessings to make their day to day life a success.
The Tour Guide will take the clients for a Lunch at a best available restaurant nearby. Clients can pay directly for the meals on their own.
Return to the hotel in the evening.
Late in the evening relax at the hotel/ pool or sight walk to the town.Bandarawela
Breakfast at the hotel
Depart to Kataragama – Drive towards Dry Zone.
En-route stop at the Ravana Water Falls to take photographs.
The Ravana Falls (popularly known as Ravana Ella in Sinhala) is a popular site for a photo stop. It currently ranks as one of the widest falls in the country. This waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft) in height and cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop.
During the local wet season, the waterfall turns into what is said to resemble an area flower with withering petals. But this is not the case in the dry season, where the flow of water reduces dramatically.
Continue the journey to Kataragama.
Part of the journey will be through the jungle & you will be able to spot some wild life such as spotted deer, Eagles, Peacocks & if you are lucky may be a wild Elephant.
Kataragama is considered to be a multi religious city because it is visited by Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and even Christians seeking divine intervention. Maha devale (Hindu shrine), Shiva kovil and ul-Khizr mosque are located within the sacred city of Kataragama. Kataragama God is indigenous to Sri Lanka and was named after the town in which his shrine was situated. It is believed that the Lord Buddha had met with king Mahasena in Kataragama during Lord Buddha’s final visit to Sri Lanka.
Therefore many Sri Lankans believe that Kataragama was sanctified by Buddha himself. Maha devale (Hindu shrine) is dedicated to God Skanda, known as the God with four faces and twelve arms, it is at this shrine that his followers ask for divine assistance to obtain worldly gains.
During the visit clients can participate in the “ Pooja Ceremony” held at the Maha Devalaya and get blessings.
Check in to your hotel, Refresh & have lunch.
Thereafter proceed to Yala national park in Jeeps (you will take the Katagamuwa entrance to go to the park) to avoid the busy movements of tourists.
Yala is the second largest National Park in Sri Lanka & has the highest chance of being able to see a Leopard in Sri Lanka . Yala is also home for wild elephants, wild boars, wild buffaloes, bears, deer and crocodiles. Large flocks of migratory and indigenous birds are also found here.
After the safari return to the hotel (Situated in the deep South of Sri Lanka on the foot hills of ‘Wedahiti Kanda’), Mandara Rosen Hotel is in close proximity to Kataragama Sylvan Shrine associated with God Skanda which is widely patronized by Hindus and Buddhist equally through-out the year )Mandara Rosen
Breakfast at hotel and proceed to visit the world Heritage Site – Sinharaja Rain forest Edge.
Drive towards – Wet Zone En route visit the Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe.
The Udawalawe Elephant Transfer Home is a facility within Udawalawe National Park in Sri Lanka that was established in 1995 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation. Its primary objective is to rehabilitate orphaned elephant calves for ultimate release back into the wild.
Therefore transfer clients to the Lodge. If the Main tour coach cannot reach to the Hotel Rainforest Eco Lodge, clients will be transfer to the hotel by a shuttle service.
On arrival a special traditional rice and curry lunch in a folded banana leaf in packet form will be arranged prior or in between 13:30H – 14:00H. This banana leaf is held to the fire and warmed up before packing the lunch and that gives a special aroma to the rice. This is considered scrumptious packed rice and curry and it will be different to any other served lunches.
Evening at leisure at this nice Eco friendly lodge Rain Forest Edge which is the perfect place to enjoy the hospitality of the village folk in a natural setting ideal for nature lovers.Rain Forest Eco Lodge (Boutique type Luxury Eco Lodge)
Breakfast at the lodge
Morning Start the trek in Sinharaja rain forest
Sinharaja is a beautiful unique Rainforest – one of its kinds in the world and a world heritage site. To describe the walk in the Sinharaja Rain Forest it is a walk on washed roads and at times stepping over small boulders and roots of huge trees. When entering the rain forest it is so beautiful walking through tea plantations in the mornings as the place is full of mist and when walking through the misty hills entering the Sinharaja Reserve Camp you would come across a river and get your feet in and experience the crystal clear fresh water coming from the mountains. Walking through the massive tall rain forest trees you would experience and see 100s of different species of trees and birds.
The entire walk takes about 2-2 ½ hours. In the Rain Forest you would see a wide range of bird life including very colorful jungle fowls and many other. You would also pass about 4 streams and 4 waterfalls.
Also this forest has been designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The hilly virgin rainforest, part of the Sri Lanka lowland rain forests eco region, was saved from the worst of commercial logging by its inaccessibility, and was designated a World Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and a World Heritage Site in 1988. The reserve’s name translation to English is Kingdom of the Lion.
After the trek proceed on the journey to the lovely beach of Ahangama where you will be able to spot some stilt fishermen.
Check in to the hotel and relax.
After the dinner you can enjoy the star gazer near the pool area. Pool beds will be put on the ground and you can observe the stars on the sky.
For Wednesday and Monday departures only: Fare well dinner with Bonfire will be arranged at the Amaloh by Jetwing with a GuitaristBeach
Around 11.30 am clients will be transferred to explore the Galle city.
Galle was once the chief port of Sri Lanka. It is still well known for hand-made lace. You can also visit the Galle Fort (spanning 90 acres) which was originally built by the Portuguese and later extended by the Dutch in 1663. This is also a World Heritage Site.
It is interesting to take a walk around inside of the fortress area where you would enjoy a lot of ancient architecture glazing through the ramparts to reach the Light House and is a very educational and an enjoyable one
Lunch will be at a nice restaurant in the Galle city
In the afternoon Clients will be able to Visit the Weligama/Galle Fish Market, held every day of the week except Sunday, this colorful and authentic Fishing Harbour is a great place to observe the local fishing trade and see the amazing variety of fish and seafood that is offloaded from the boats. The catch includes lobster, crab, prawns from the lagoon and even sharks.
Clients can have a Small chat with the Sellers with the aid of Tour Guide in order to get an idea about how the Business workouts within the Market.
This is a real local experience & you will feel that you are close to the Sri Lankan walk of life.
OPTIONAL: We can offer a whale and dolphin watching tour in Mirissa which has to be as early as leaving the hotel around 6:30 am as the boats leave at 7:00 am. Approximately it will take 3 -3 ½ hrs for the whale watching program. Then clients will be returned back to the hotel around 11.00am. (This will vary according to the weather conditions/ time taken to witness the whales by the clients ect.) This can be done only on day 14 early in the morning. If so you will have to do the Galle Excursion late in the morning.Ahangama
Relax at the hotel and have a late breakfast and transfer to Colombo.
On the way do a Madu river Boat safari and visit the turtle hatchery in Kosgoda.
Do boat ride on Madu Ganga (River)
A perfect creation of nature surrounded by greenery and undisturbed natural habitat, 80km south from the city of Colombo in Balapitiya is the Madu River. The Madu Ganga as it is locally known is a lagoon with 64 small islands which holds ancient monasteries and ruins surrounded by pristine mangrove. A boat ride is a must in Madu River to experience the beauty of nature and to see the wild animals and birds in their natural habitat. The boat ride will take you through mangrove tunnels to explore the wetland and help you experience the magic of nature.
Visit Turtle Hatchery
The Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery was established in 1981 by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka to protect its turtles from extinction. It is located in close proximity to tourist areas in Galle and surroundings. The Hatchery collects eggs and hatches them safely away from sea and land predators. Some people collect turtle eggs for consumption in this part of the beach and establishment of the Hatchery has put an end to this. Thousands of turtles are released to the sea every year with the hope of increasing these endangered species.
Open Lunch – at the hotel or restaurant (clients can pay for lunch on their own)
Check in to the hotel.
Additional activity – Sundown cocktail will be arranged at the Galle Face Hotel – Price Euro 45 per person (In the Galle Face hotel in Colombo, which is very old colonial hotel they practice a nice thing in the evening where two dressed up men like British’s flag down in the evening. So the guests can witness this special activity while enjoying a nice cocktail with some canapes.OZO Colombo
Have breakfast and relax at the hotel.
Then check out from the hotel
Do the city tour in Colombo
Colombo, where like many capital cities in developing countries is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the old world charm is retained. For example, there is a 100-year-old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings. Other places of interest are the National Museum, Pettah bazaar – where one can shop for bargain, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) – an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the People’s Republic of China.
Proceed to airport for the departure Flight.