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Sri Lanka Cultural Tour (14 Days)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 6 people
Destination(s): Sri Lanka  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 560 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1550 US Dollar (USD)

Marco Polo considered Sri Lanka the finest island of its size in the entire world, and you'll likely agree after exploring the country's fabled delights. What takes your fancy? Beaches? The coastal stretch south of Colombo offers palm-lined sandy expanses as far as the eye can see. Culture? Try the Kandyan dances, a procession of elephants or the masked devil dances. Ruins? You'll find enough ancient and inspiring architecture in the cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa to satisfy that inner archaeologist.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Airport - Negombo.

If you are looking for a tour in Sri Lanka with a low budget but would like to visit almost all the best places this will be the ideal tour. Accommodation in comfortable hotels but not luxury and Value for Money.. Welcome and assistance at the airport transfer to Negombo. Visit the fishing village in Negombo which is the center of the island’s fishing community. It is largely Roman Catholic by faith, with huge imposing churches down almost every street. The sea & the catamarans are the backdrop to the Negombo scenery. Another point of interest in Negombo is the Old Dutch Fort, which was built in 1672. It is situated near the shore and offers a glimpse into the colonization history of Negombo. However, the Fort is now in a state of disrepair. Free relax at the beach and overnight.

Day 2: Negombo - Sigiriya.
AM (Optional boat trip in Negombo Channel) leave to Sigiriya. P.M. climb the rock of Sigiriya located in the north-central part of Sri Lanka, preserves the architectural tradition of the country.The town is famous for its Rock, Gardens and Sanctuary. Sigiriya has spectacular importance in Sri Lanka. An ancient palace complex, erected during the reign of King Kasyapa, has been declared by UNESCO a world heritage site. Many experienced tourists call Sigiriya the most favorable place in Sri Lanka to visit.classical realism of Sri Lanka continuation to hotel for overnight.

Day 3: Anuradhapura - Mihintale.
AM excursion to Anuradhapura and visit the ruins of the first capital founded in the 05th century BC here is found the largest number of ancient monuments of a great civilization. "Sri Mahabodhi" the oldest historically documented tree in the world is over 2200 years. There are monuments such as Ruwanveliseya dageba, 2nd century BC with its famous Elephant wall; Thuparama dageba 3rd century BC. PM visit Mihintale. In 247 B.C. Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka on the mountain of Mihintale. Since then, various kings of Sri Lanka have blessed this rock with magnificent masterpieces of architecture. Return to hotel for overnight.

Day 4: Polonnaruwa - Medirigiriya.
AM visit Polonnaruwa by Bicycles Polonnaruwa, the second ancient capital city for three centuries,is one of the most interesting places in Sri Lanka with many well preserved ruins of palace and monasteries which easily can make every tourist to impress.people, will make your breath away with its unbelievable beauty. Late afternoon visit Medirigiriya. Evening free relax overnight at hotel.

Day 5: Dambulla - Nalanda - Matale - Kandy.
AM leave for Kandy. visit Dambulla. In Sri Lanka history Dambulla cave complex dates back to 3rd and 2nd centuries BC. Even before the making of the complex it was well established as one of the largest monasteries in Sri Lanka. the caves became a major religious center. Dambulla is best known for its wonderful cave temple complex dating back to 2nd century BC. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Also known for bird watching. Then visit Nalanda Gedige the Abu Simbel of Sri Lanka. Nalanda Gedige is one of a number of remarkable archaeological sites in Sri Lanka. Also visit a spice garden & batik factory in Matale. En-route to Kandy. Evening arrive at Kandy, the center of the traditional arts in Sri Lanka visit the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Buddha. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 6: Kandy - Pinnawela - Temple Tooth - Museum - Traditional Dance - Kandy.
After breakfast leave for Pinnawela and visit the elephant Orphanage. This orphanage was established to feed nurse and house young elephants found abandoned by their mothers. Often the young ones fall into pits and ravines in their request for water during drought period. P.M. visit the city of Kandy. The most famous landmark of Kandy is its lake, in the center of the city. Visit the Kandy Museum. Late in the evening view the Kandyan cultural performance. Return to hotel for overnight.

Day 7: Kandy - Peradeniya - Nuwara Eliya.
After breakfast visit the royal botanical gardens of Peradeniya which is well known for it’s large number and variety of plants, ornamental, decorative, useful and medicinal. More than 4000 species include indigenous and introduced plants. This garden is best known for it’s collection of orchids the largest in Asia. P.M. leave for Nuwara Eliya the center of hill country, En-route visit a tea plantation and witness the manufacture of the world famous "Ceylon tea". Gregory Lake is one of attractive locations in Nuwara Eliya and it was built by Governor William Gregory during 1872 – 1877 periods. Shanthipura(the city view point). Spend the evening walking in the cool climate. Arrive at hotel for overnight.

Day 8: Nuwara Eliya - Ella - Train trip to Badulla - Ella.
After Bfast leave by vehicle to Ella. from Ella station go by train to Badulla or vice versa one way as per the availability of the train. This is one of the most beautiful routes to be done by train a joy train ride & view the misty mountains ,waterfalls, tea plantations & other vegetation. Evening visit near Badulla the Dunhinda waterfalls. return back to Ella for overnight.

Day 9: Ella Region Trekking.
This small town is used as a base for plenty of trekking expeditions to the surrounding countryside. A taste of the breathtaking scenery of Ella could be had, if you just walk into the Garden of the Grand Ella Motel (Formerly Ella Rest House), where you seem to be standing at the edge of the world, and everything around you seems to disappear at your feet. Some of the places you could see in Ella are the Ella Gap, Rawana Ella Falls, Little Adam's Peak and Bambaragala Peak among the other many varied pleasant walks with stunning scenery. Trekking in Ella area overnight stay in Ella.

Day 10: Ella - Buduruwagala - Yala or Bundala Reserve.
Leave to Tissamaharama En route visit Buduruwagala the seven colossal figures carved out of a rock face at Buduruwagala are reached by a side road to the west, five kilometers south of Wellawaya, on the road to Tissa. The rock itself resembles a kneeling elephant with its head bowed and the end of the folded trunk in its mouth.PM Safari in Yala Park by jeep the Elephant is undoubtedly the best-known attraction at Yala, seen in small and large herds. Herds of spotted deer are seen all over the park. Monkeys-the pinkish rhesus and the Grey-faced Langur monkey live and play on the treetops and the ground below. Wild buffalo & wild boar could give you a good surprise & the sight of a leopard sunning itself or drinking water at a water hole could be memorable experience. The peacock is easily the most famous of the birds at Yala. Proceed to Tissamaharama. Overnight stay at hotel (If Yala is closed during September October the Bundala reserve can be visited).

Day 11: Kataragama - Beach.
Morning excursion to Kataragama is a fast developing township in the deep south of Sri Lanka. But in ancient days it was only a small village. Proceed to your beach hotel. Evening relax free dinner and overnight.

Day 12: Beach Day.
Free day, relax at the beach hotel with Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 13: Beach - Weligama - Galle - Colombo.

After breakfast leave to Colombo en-route at Weligama see the Stilt Fisherman & the city of Galle Dutch Fort, museum & Church. Dutch Fort: Built in 1663, the fort still retains the atmosphere and charm of Dutch days. Many old Dutch buildings are still intact inside the fort. The best way to see the fort is by walking around at the time of sunset. Dutch Museum: The Dutch Museum which is housed in a restored Dutch mansion of the time, contains paintings, prints, documents, furniture and ceramics from the Dutch colonial era. Dutch Reformed Church: Built by a Dutch Army officer at the site of a previous Portuguese church in 1754 the church is situated close to the new entrance to the fort. P.M City tour in Colombo Visit the fascinating city of Colombo, which links the past with the present. You will visit the Fort area, the commercial center, and Pettah Colombo’s bustling bazaar area, Cinnamon gardens that are full of large residences. Then free time to be on your own in Colombo. Overnight in Colombo hotel.

Day 14: Colombo - Airport.
After breakfast transfer to the airport to connect flight for departure. Rooms till 12:00 in the afternoon.

Supplemental Tour Information:
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Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- All rates quoted are in US Dollars & net per person inclusive of all applicable taxes.
- Every two persons sharing a double or twin room at mentioned properties or similar.
- Welcomed at the airport by our representative.
- Check-in and Check-out 12h00.
- Two nights on half-board basis (breakfast & dinner) and eleven nights on bed & breakfast basis (breakfast only).
- Air-conditioned private vehicle with an English speaking chauffeur will be provided (Private Tour).
- No vehicle will be provided on any free days if any (as per program).
- Fuel and local assurance for vehicle & passengers while travelling included.
- The chauffeur will look after his meals & accommodation by himself.
- Basic Jeep to visit reserve included for a half day – (Entrance fees for the reserve to be paid directly by clients). If for any reason the mentioned reserve is closed we shall make arrangements to visit another reserve.

Price Ecludes:
- All entrance fees as per program to be paid directly in Sri Lanka Rupees and it will cost around USD 214 per person. Please change foreign currency in to SLRS at the airport after customs, there are many 24hrs bank counters at the airport as all these payments have to be made only in SLRS. Credit card payments are not accepted at these historical sites. (Entrance fees are subject to change, rates are as applicable at the moment – Children under 12 years will be charged a half rate in some places.)
- Personal spending (tips, laundry, mini bar, telephone, fax, beverages etc.)
- The rights to use video cameras at sites – most places they are free when you pay the entrance fees except at Kandy Tooth Temple & Pinnawela Elephant orphanage there are extra charges for Video camera’s only USD 05 per Video Camera per location.
- Medical expenses, travel insurance, international flights.

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