Destinaiton

Overview & Itinerary

Classic Tours Sri Lanka

Start                 : Negombo, Sri Lanka

Finish               : Colombo, Sri Lanka

Style                : Comfort

Theme             : Explorer

 

This is what you’ll get in this visit in Sri Lanka, is it good for you?

  • This is a busy tour and there are a lot of included and alternative activities in the country to get the most out of your short time.
  • Although its equatorial location means fairly stable temperatures throughout the year, the summer months in Sri Lanka are very hot and there are short, sharp monsoons in the southwest of the country. Check the weather before you visit to make sure you are well prepared with sun protection and appropriate clothing.
  • If you have height issues, you may want to sit outside climbing the Lion Rock at Sigiriya as the rough, narrow stairs and steep walkways take you uphill.

Issues and Emergency Contact Information

We always try to provide the best vacation experience possible, but sometimes things can go wrong because of the nature of the trip and the areas we visit. If you encounter any problems during your visit, it is essential to discuss this immediately with your team leader or our local representative so that they can do everything possible to correct the problem and save the rest of you from any possible adverse effects.

We recognize that there are times when your group leader / area partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction – if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager. You may also choose to provide details of your online feedback that we request you to complete within 30 days of the end of your visit. Please note that it is very difficult to give us any practical help after the trip is over, so letting us know while we are still traveling will allow us to resolve the issue in real time.

For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.srilankaforvacation.com/contactus

In the event of a real crisis or emergency, you can contact our regional office at the number below.

Sri Lanka for Vacation Operator: 0094 (77) 222 0652

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1: Airport – Negombo

Ayubowan! Welcome to Sri Lanka the land of paradise in the on the earth. Your adventure begins in Negombo, near the Bandaranaike International Airport. Those arriving early can get into the spirit of Sri Lankan beaches by watching local fishing boats and perhaps eating fresh seafood. It is best to explore the surrounding countryside by bicycle, which you can rent with the help of hotel receptions. Even better, why not dedicate yourself to an urban adventure like Spirit of Negombo – exploring the sights of the city on foot and by boat.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Optional Activities

  • Negombo – Lagoon boat ride, Fish markets, Local vegetable market (Only on Saturdays)

Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

 

Day 2: Negombo – Kandy

Get up at 8am today and get on a private transfer to Kandy, which is bordered by lush, rain-forests. It’s a 3.5 hour journey, so get to know your fellow travelers during the trip. Your day is free, so maybe go out and visit some of the natural and historical attractions in Kandy. Peradeniya Botanic Gardens offers both – the sculpted turf was a private playground for the Kandyan royals. In the evening, watch a traditional dance performance set to drum rhythms.

 Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Kandy – Private cultural dance and drumming performance
  • Downtown walk
  • Kandy view point

Optional Activities

  • Kandy – Botanical Gardens

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

 

Day 3: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya – Kandy

Beautiful highlands await you today, stand up and shine for the journey to Nuwara Eliya. The evergreen mountains and cool climate made the city a primitive retreat of 19th century British colonialism, with many buildings dating back to this period and nicknamed it ‘Little Britain’. Stop at a tea factory and learn about the process of growing fragrant, highly recognized varieties in the region. Nuwara Eliya is an incredibly important tea growing area and the dotted plantations of the hills offer beautiful views. Go back to Kandy and ask your leader where you can get a nice kottu bread (chopped bread with vegetables and plenty of spices). Kandy is one of the major sources of cinnamon in the world, with a variety of spices being grown in the area, leading to a burst of flavor.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Nuwara Eliya – Tea Estate visit

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

 

Day 4: Kandy – Habarana

This morning go to the temple where the Tooth Relic of the Supreme Buddha resides. Appropriately named, the Temple of the Tooth is one of the most sacred places in Sri Lanka, and regardless of your spiritual inclinations, the silence and dignified atmosphere of the temple is incredibly powerful. Farewell to Kandy and move to Habarana, 12 km from Sigiriya, where the majestic Lion Rock dominates the landscape. Tomorrow you will explore the ancient gardens and murals that adorn this behemoth, but today another unique site awaits. Visit the Dambulla Cave Temple – actually a complex of five caves filled with paintings and statues of the Buddha. The caves, which served as the abodes of prehistoric Sri Lankans before the advent of Buddhism, are covered with rough walls and sloping ceilings.

 Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Kandy – Temple of the Tooth with pooja ceremony
  • Dambulla – Cave Temples

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

 

Day 5: Habarana

This morning you will arrive at the ancient carved stone fort that rises 180 meters from the plains around Sigiriya. The Lion Rock, a true spectacle of nature and human endeavor, features ancient paintings, the ruins of great lion sculptures, and the world’s oldest landscape gardens. Climb the winding walkways and explore this incredible example of ancient urban planning. Get in the jeep before sunset and go on a safari in Minneriya National Park. Many native beasts come out to play in the evenings, so keep your eyes peeled for elephants, sambar deer and leopards.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Sigiriya – Lion Rock
  • Minneriya National Park safari

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Special Information

We can take you on a safari from Minneriya National Park to Kaudulla National Park or Hurulu Ecological Park depending on the time of year to give you the best opportunities for wildlife viewing. All three parks are bordered by wildlife, including elephants.

Day 6: Habarana – Anuradhapura

Start the 1.5 hour trek to the lush plains of Sigiriya and Anuradhapura. This ancient capital of Sri Lanka is home to some of the best looking ruins in the country. Take a guided cycling tour of this World Heritage List site, highlighting the splendor of the ruins scattered throughout the city.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Anuradhapura – Bodhi Tree Temple
  • Anuradhapura – World Heritage Site of ancient kingdom ruins
  • Anuradhapura Bike Tour – Bike Guide

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

 

Day 7: Anuradhapura – Colombo

Take the road back and take a long drive to Colombo (approximately 5.5 hours) to see the world. Take a bus ride past Independence Square, Parliament and the National Museum, stop at some of the city’s major sights, and end up with a shopping spree at the Barefoot Fair-trade Store. Here you can find a collection of handicrafts from all over the country and support small home businesses. If you’re lucky enough to come to Colombo on a Saturday, visit Good Market, a local market full of stalls showcasing social enterprises and responsible businesses. Tonight, you have the opportunity to have a group dinner with your tour staff to celebrate your Sri Lankan journey together.

 

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Colombo – Market Visit

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

 

Day 8: Colombo – Airport

With no scheduled activities today, you are free to leave at any time if you adhere to the hotel’s check-in times. Is Colombo not enough? Embark on an urban adventure and explore the streets and scenery from a tuk-tuk. You will not see this side of Colombo alone. Finally to the airport for departure.

Optional Activities

  • Colombo – Colombo by Tuk Tuk

 Meals Included

  • Breakfast

End of The Journey