Destinaiton
Galle

Overview & Itinerary

Start                 : Negombo, Sri Lanka

Finish               : Colombo, Sri Lanka

Destination    : Sri Lanka

Style                : Premium

Theme             : Explorer

 

Is this selected tour right for you?

  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress – or Lion Rock – is spectacular. However, those who are afraid (or even disgusted) of heights may prefer to sit on a picnic. Rock scaling involves climbing rough, narrow stairs and many steep paths.
  • This trip has several long travel days. The tour can take up to five hours, but it’s a great opportunity to get to know the locals, fellow travelers and different sights.
  • Sri Lanka’s tourism industry is booming and as a result there is a huge increase in visitors to the Yala National Park. Tourism and the lack of sustainable management practices are the main focus of Voyager Lanka, so we try to minimize our impact on wildlife and the environment by visiting the lower tourism section of the park known as 5th Block or Veheragala. If we decide that Part 5 is too crowded to visit responsibly, we will change our route to visit Udawalawe National Park and Bundala National Park. Udawalawe is home to wild elephants, wild buffalo, sambar deer and leopards. Bundala is home to crocodiles and birds. This is the path we follow from September to mid-October, when the Yala National Park is closed annually for infrastructure development and revitalization.

 

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.

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Itinerary

 

Day 1: Airport – Negombo

 

Welcome to Sri Lanka! Upon arrival at the Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be met by a Voyager Lanka agent and transferred to your hotel in Negombo. If you arrive early, it may take some time to relax on the golden sandy beach under a canopy of blue skies. After welcoming you, your leader will take you to the home of a Negombo resident for a delicious homemade dinner. Sri Lankan food is known for its rich aroma, spices and flavors, and you’ll find fresh seafood and local favorites such as coconut sambal (delicious coconut bread) and roast bread this evening. Learn the secrets of Sri Lankan cuisine as you embark on a journey of taste buds.

Accommodation

  • Pledge Scape Hotel or similar (1 night)

 Included Activities

  • Negombo – Home-cooked welcome dinner

Meals Included

  • Dinner

 

Day 2: Negombo – Dambulla / Sigiriya

Get up this morning to visit the Negombo Fish Market. The best time to visit the market is in the morning – your leader will help you navigate the organized frenzy of vendors displaying gourmet foods such as crabs, lobsters and squid. Say goodbye to Negombo and head towards Dambulla, where you will spend the next three nights. will share After staying at your hotel, in the evening, visit Sigiriya (Lion’s Rock), one of the highlights of any trip to Sri Lanka. Rising from the surrounding plains, this dramatic rock is perched on top of a ruined palace. It’s a good exercise to go up – as you climb the mountain your leader stories of ancient civilization that once lived on top of a rock, and the view from the top is worth it. In the evening, return to Dambulla for a Sri Lankan Barbecue Dinner. Watch a demonstration of how to make alli chili and coconut sambal into a delicious array of fresh grilled fish, meat and vegetables, then you can recreate the taste of Sri Lanka at home.

Accommodation

  • Amaya Lake Dambulla Hotel or similar (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Sigiriya – Lion Rock
  • Negombo – Fish market
  • Dambulla – Local BBQ dinner

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Special Information

Today the total driving time is approximately 5 hours. It takes a total of 3.5 hours to watch Lion Rock. From Lion’s Foot there is often a 30-minute slope across the stairs to reach the narrow walkways and all the attractions on the site. Those who do not want to climb can stay at the lion’s foot until the rest of the group returns. You have to climb to access sites like water park, rock garden, murals and mirror wall. Today the total driving time is approximately 5 hours. Please note that we will not be able to visit the Negombo Fish Market at this time due to health and safety issues during the epidemic period.

 

Day 3: Day Excursion to Anuradhapura Ancient City

Today you will travel to Anuradhapura, the northern point of Sri Lanka’s ‘Cultural Triangle’, which includes Polonnaruwa in the east and Kandy in the southwest. The area is full of interesting temples and places of cultural and religious significance. The city of Anuradhapura is one of the most important historical sites in the country and its first ancient capital. As your leader guides you through the giant stupas of Ruwanweliseya and Jethavanaramaya, meditate on the rise and fall of ancient civilizations as you explore the crumbling temples and ruins. Come to the Sri Maha Bodhi Tree Palace, home to the sacred Bo tree planted in 236, it is considered to be the oldest man-planted tree in the world. Stay near the Isurumuniya ancient temple and see its beautiful carvings that tell stories that are thousands of years old. Return to Dambulla in the evening.

Accommodation

  • Amaya Lake Dambulla Hotel or similar (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Anuradhapura – Bodhi Tree Temple
  • Anuradhapura – World Heritage Site of ancient kingdom ruins
  • Anuradhapura – Isurumuniya Temple
  • Anuradhapura – Ruwanweliseya Stupa
  • Anuradhapura – Jetawanaramaya Stupa

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

 

Day 4: Day Excursion to Polonnaruwa archeological site

After breakfast you will travel to Polonnaruwa to continue your exploration of the Cultural Triangle. Following Anuradhapura as the Sinhala and Chola capital of the 10th century, the area is covered with ancient treasures of better quality than the ruins of its predecessor. Find well-preserved temples, tombs and stupas in the Polonnaruwa Square Complex – it is not hard to imagine what this place looks like in its ancient glory. The ruins of the seven storied palace built by King Parakramabahu, the rock temple of the stone temple, the giant stupa of the Rankot temple and the ancient Buddha statue house of Lankathilaka are covered with intricate carvings and also see a tall Buddha statue. Stop by the incredible statue of Parakrama I. Later in the evening, head back to Dambulla for the final evening, where you may want to enjoy a refreshing drink by the lake.

Accommodation

  • Amaya Lake Dambulla Hotel or similar (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Polonnaruwa – Site of ancient ruins
  • Polonnaruwa – Statue of Parakramabahu I
  • Polonnaruwa – Rankot Vihara
  • Polonnaruwa – Quadrangle
  • Polonnaruwa – Lankatilaka
  • Polonnaruwa – Gal Vihara

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

 

Day 5: Dambulla – Kandy

This morning you will take a short walk to the incredible Dambulla Cave Temple. Here you will find cave caves full of about 150 beautiful statues and paintings of 2000 year old Buddha. Explore the Magic Cave Complex as your leader explains why this World Heritage-listed site has been a place of worship for thousands of years. In the evening, start your journey to Kandy where you will have a free evening to explore. Although it is the second largest city in the country, Kandy maintains a backward environment. Maybe take a peaceful walk around the lake, the center of the city, or ask your leader where you can get a delicious Sri Lankan curry.

Accommodation

  • OZO Kandy or similar (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Dambulla – Cave Temples

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Special Information

Today’s total driving time is approximately 2.5 hours.

 

Day 6: Kandy

This morning, meet a local botanist and enjoy their sophisticated insights while on a guided tour of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Your guide will help you identify the Yellow Front Barbet, Laird’s Parrot and Sri Lankan Hanging Parrots and introduce you to an incredible range of orchids. You will visit the Gem Museum and Lapidary to learn about the history of gem mining in Sri Lanka and to see how gems can be turned into beautiful jewelry. Lunch is especially special today as you dine at Hela Bojun, a social enterprise launched by the Government of Sri Lanka to empower, train and employ women from rural communities. In the afternoon you will be welcomed to the home of a local dancer, where you will have the unique opportunity to watch a unique cultural event in the immediate vicinity. Go to the famous Temple of the Tooth this evening. Located in the heart of the city, it is one of the most important shrines in the country and houses the relics of the Buddha taken from his funeral pagoda. Arrive on time, and you will have the opportunity to watch the pooja, a small celebratory event involving drummers and dancers.

Accommodation

  • OZO Kandy or similar (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Kandy – Botanical Gardens
  • Kandy – Temple of the Tooth with pooja ceremony
  • Kandy – Private cultural dance performance
  • Kandy – Lunch at Hela Bojun
  • Kandy – Gem museum & lapidary workshop visit

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

 

Day 7: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya

The journey from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya is located at an altitude of 1800 m which makes it one of the coolest regions in Sri Lanka. Fascinated by the Scottish and English colonial era, the ruins of the past can now be seen in the sculptural gardens and manor houses that adorn the city. Visit a famous tea garden. This fascinating factory still houses some of the original machinery. After learning about the production process and discovering how the best tea leaves are transformed into Ceylon Black Tea, you will get new value for your humble morning brew. If visiting the factory quenches your thirst, you will have the opportunity to sample some of the final product yourself. Upon arrival in Nuwara Eliya, visit the AMMA Textile Workshop. The workshop employs mothers from surrounding communities, teaching them transferable skills while providing them with a source of income. Chat with local women as they learn how to weave and dye their beautiful pieces. After your visit, enjoy some time to explore the attractive city before heading to your accommodation. Trapped between tea plantations and scenic hills, Jetwing St. Andrew’s Hotel, a refurbished Georgian-style mansion, is your place to stay for the next two nights. In keeping with the colonial history of the region, the rooms are classically elegant with all modern amenities. At its core is the hotel’s sustainable use, which focuses on conserving the land on which it is located and returning it to the surrounding communities. This evening take the time to explore the hotel’s palace gardens above the lush greenery or enjoy a first-class dining experience at a great local restaurant.

Accommodation

  • Jetwing St. Andrew’s Hotel (feature stay) or similar (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Nuwara Eliya – AMMA textile workshop
  • Nuwara Eliya – Tea Estate visit

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Special Information

Please note that our Featured Room in Nuwara Eliya does not have air conditioning as it is not essential for the hilly areas of Nuwara Eliya where the temperature is lower than other areas. The AMMA workshop tour may not be available due to the epidemic until further notice. The AMMA workshop is closed and you will visit Suriya Weaving Malls in Galle, a similar social enterprise that benefits local women from distant communities.

 

Day 8: Nuwara Eliya

Explore the Nuwara Eliya Colonial Post Office, Fruit Market and head to the Sky Tree Temple for a spectacular 40 minute short walk through the surrounding hills and tea estates. After your ascent, sit down for lunch at the prestigious Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, one of the oldest golf clubs in Asia. This afternoon, continue your journey back to the colonial past of Nuwara Eliya and head to the Grand Hotel for a great tea experience. Translated from the old home of a British governor, the hotel now combines attractive teas, delicious finger food and sweets.

Accommodation

  • Jetwing St. Andrew’s Hotel (feature stay) or similar (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Nuwara Eliya – High Tea
  • Nuwara Eliya – Single Tree Hill hiking
  • Nuwara Eliya – Lunch at Nuwara Eliya Golf Club

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

 

Day 9: Nuwara Eliya – Ella

This day early morning will start the journey to Horton Plains National Park by enjoying a beautiful sunrise en route to the national park. After purchasing the tickets will continue to the car park & will start the trekking after breakfast we brought in packed. Trekking there for 9 km with enjoying a fabulous view from Greater World’s End and Mini world’s end and flora and fauna in there. After finishing the trekking will continue drive to Ohiya railway station to take the most famous tea trail train through Tea Mountains to Ella. Get off in ella and walk down to the one of a smallest and famous city in Sri Lanka to enjoy some delicious foods. Chill Cafe which is the world famous restaurant is the best place for enjoy Local foods and many more choices on their menus.

Accommodation

Ella’s EDGE or similar (1 night)

Include Activities

  • Hroton Plains National park
  • Tea train journey

Meals included

  • Breakfast

 

Day 10: Ella – Yala National Park

This morning it is a short walk to see the world famous bridge called the Nine Arches Bridge. After that go to Kataragama Sacred City. In the evening, visit Yala National Park, Sri Lanka’s premier wildlife reserve. Here you will climb 4×4 in size and go on a safari through open meadows, lush forests and quiet lagoons. Your guide will listen carefully to the cries of hidden creatures that go unnoticed by strangers. There is a good chance to see crocodiles, elephants, monkeys and buffaloes, and if you are lucky, you can even see a leopard – this park is considered one of the best places in the world to see this never-before-seen beauty. After an exciting day at the Wildlife Sanctuary, retire to your resort for dinner.

Accommodation

  • Grand Tamarind Lake or similar (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Yala National Park – Wildlife safari
  • Ella – Ella Gap view point

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Special Information

Today the total driving time is approximately 4 hours. From September to mid-October, the Department of Wildlife Conservation in Sri Lanka closes the Yala National Park for infrastructure development as well as plant and wildlife revitalization. During this time we go on a jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park. Udawalawe is home to wild elephants, wild buffalo, sambar deer and leopards.

 

Day 11: Yala National Park

Today you will enjoy another safari in Yala National Park. As the second largest national park in Sri Lanka, there is much to discover here. Maybe take a chance to watch the birds; Yala is home to about 215 species of birds, including the Sri Lankan wood pigeon, the painted stork, and the crimson front barbet. Stay tuned for the proud peacocks passing through the national park. If Yala is closed today, the group will visit the wonderful Bundala National Park instead. Enjoy a dinner at your resort tonight.

Accommodation

  • Grand Tamarind Lake or similar (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Yala National Park – Wildlife safari

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Special Information

From September to mid-October, the Department of Wildlife Conservation in Sri Lanka closes the Yala National Park for infrastructure development as well as plant and wildlife revitalization. Today our jeep safari is at Bundala National Park. Bundala National Park is home to elephants, crocodiles, monkeys and wild boar.

 

Day 12: Kataragama – Galle

Alternatively visit the Kataragama Temple in the morning to visit the Devalaya dedicated to the God Kataragama (Resident God). You will then move to Galle, a beautiful seaside town near the southern tip of Sri Lanka. Stay at your hotel and then follow your leader for a walk that is considered to be the best preserved colonial city in Sri Lanka. Built by the Dutch around the ocean on three sides of its core, its streets hold a treasure trove of ancient mosques and mosques, museums, shops and much more. Reveal the glory of Galle as your leader shares stories from its past to the present.

Accommodation

  • The Heritage Hotel Galle Fort or similar (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Galle – Galle Fort Walking tour

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

 

Day 13: Galle

This morning you will be teaming up with a local host, who will take you to the farmers market to learn about all the fresh ingredients that make up the fourth and most delicious recipes in Sri Lanka. After checking out the colorful stalls, head back to your host Dutch style home and attend a Sri Lankan cooking class. When you are presented with a sour fish curry, dhal lentils, eggplant curry and some desserts for dessert, look behind the scenes at Sri Lankan food. It is up to you to spend the day. Here are some great ways to spend time. Maybe visit a cinnamon plantation outside Galle to learn about the spice making process. Birds may like to explore the Hiere Rainforest Reservoir outside the city. As always, talk to your knowledgeable leader about how to book these alternative activities.

Accommodation

  • The Heritage Hotel Galle Fort or similar (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Galle – Farmer’s market and home cooking class

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Special Information

Please note that due to health and safety issues during the epidemic, we will not be able to come to the farmer’s market before cooking class. Your host will still explain the use of different ingredients in their cooking.

 

Day 14: Galle – Colombo

Say goodbye to Galle and head to Colombo, the busy capital of Sri Lanka. Upon arrival, head to Jaffna’s family-friendly courtyard restaurant for a hearty lunch of North Sri Lankan cuisine. In the evening, follow your leader through the noisy streets of Colombo Fort for a walking tour. Stay at the Pettah Fruit and Vegetable Market, where you will be immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of Colombo as you watch the vendors and shoppers doing their business. Check out the striking candy cane red church and its towering minarets that can be seen throughout the city. Further exploration will reveal Dutch and British-influenced architecture, the hangover of the city’s colonial past. You may want to join your leader and other travelers for a final group dinner tonight to see your Sri Lankan adventure.

Accommodation

  • Jetwing Colombo Seven or similar (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Colombo – City walking tour

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

 

Day 15: Colombo – Airport

Your trip ends after breakfast this morning. If you wish to stay in Colombo, we can assist you with additional accommodation upon request.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

End of The Journey