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11-Day Sri Lanka Tour: Anuradhapura, Trincomalee, Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, Yala, Galle, Benthota, and Colombo for 1 Adult

260e Ashokarama Mawatha, Katunayake 11558, Sri Lanka

Activity provided by CTKTRAVELS LLC

7 days (approx.) - English

CTKTRAVELS LLC

EXPLORE SRI LANKA -23
Anuradhapura – Trincomalee – Sigiriya – Kandy – Nuwara Eliya – Ella – Yala – Galle – Benthota – Colombo (11Days/10Nights)( 1 ADULT)

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EXPLORE SRI LANKA -23

Anuradhapura – Trincomalee – Sigiriya – Kandy – Nuwara Eliya – Ella – Yala – Galle – Benthota – Colombo (11Days/10Nights)

1.Day 01 – Arrival at Colombo Airport – Anuradhapura

Stop 01

Anuradhapura Temple

Anuradhapura, one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, is well-known for its ancient ruins. This historic city is now a world heritage site and home to a few of the majestic Buddhist temples whose history dates back to several years. The architectural grandeur, the religious significance of these historic temples in Anuradhapura, will make your visit worth it. These eight places are comprised of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya, Thuparamaya, Lovamahapaya, Ruwanwelisaya Stupa, Mirisaweti Stupa, Abhayagiri Stupa, Jetavanaramaya, and Lankaramaya.One of these was established by Anuradha, a minister of King Vijaya, on the banks of a stream called Kolon and was named Anuradhagama. In 377 BC, King Pandukabhaya, grandson of King Panduvasudeva (437–367 BC) made it his capital and developed the city.

Stay Night in Anuradhapura

2.Day 02 – Trincomalee

Stop 01

Kinniya Hot Spring

There are seven wells in a square shape. Wells are only 3-4 feet deep and you can clearly see the bottom. The temperature is considerably high but vary from one spring to other wells run out of water, when 10-15 buckets of water are taken out.

Stop 02

Kaneswaran Temple

The temple is built on a grate location with an insane drop into the ocean. Make sure the visit the back of the temple area. Kaneswaran Temple is one such temple complex that was built by Ravana in Trincomalee. It is believed Ravana and his mother used to worship Lord Shiva at this temple.

Stop 03

Nilaweli Beach

Is a stretch of beach which is situated approximately 16 kilometers North of Trincomalee, passing a thriving lagoon on either side and lush coconut palm groves and hordes of cattle, note that the people in the area are predominantly Hindu and consider the cows sacred. Arriving at the hamlet of “Errakkandy”, a sharp right turn will take you down a gravel road to Nilaweli beach, almost a kilometer of in length, white sandy beach with gentle surf. Across the beach about two kilometers into the ocean you will see the famous pigeon island, named due to rock pigeons roosting on it by the hundreds and crystal-clear water around it to snorkel on to the clear depths of a reef. Further up North you will see a cluster of reddish rocks which are referred to as the red rock beach.

Swim with turtles and sharks on Pigeon Island a 10 minutes boat ride from Nilaweli beach.

Stop 04

Fort Frederic

Pathirakali Amman Kovil, Stay Night in Trincomalee

Day 03 – Sigiriya – Minneriya

Stop 01

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Sigiriya is famous for its palace ruins on top of a massive 200-meter-high rock surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs and other structures.The climb all the way to the top can take between 1.5 hours and 3 hours – depending on your fitness, how crowded the place is and how many pictures you are shooting. As the view from the top is quite stunning and you might need some time to catch your breath, I’d rather err on the longer side.

Stop 02

Minneriya National Park

This national park is one of the best places in the country to see wild elephants, which are often present in huge numbers. Dominated by the ancient Minneriya Wewa, the park has plenty of scrub, forest and wetlands in its 88.9 sq km to also provide shelter for toque macaques, sambar deer, buffalo, crocodiles and leopards (the latter are very rarely seen, however).

The dry season, from April to October, is reckoned to be the best time to visit (as by then water in the tank has dried up, exposing grasses and shoots to grazing animals). Elephants, which can number 200 or more, come to feed and bathe during what is known as ‘the Gathering’; and flocks of birds, such as little cormorants, painted storks, herons and large pelicans all fish in the shallow waters. However, it’s also possible to see large numbers of elephants here at other times of year, too; we saw over 100 in February when we visited.

Stay Night in Sigiriya

4.Day 04 – Sigiriya – Dambulla – Kandy

Stop 01

Sigiriya Village Walk

Take a real village walk through the rustic rural community of Sigiriya and Habarana accompanied by an expert guide. It’s not merely a walk only but an authentic encounter with the local village folk; experiencing their lifestyles, their culture and their hospitality. By authentic we mean it’s a true village scenario, not one set up as a tourist attraction. Since both villages are predominantly agriculture based, there is ample opportunity to experience conventional rice fields, vegetable farming, cultivation of native yams and other crops, poultry keeping, bee keeping and much more. It’s a pure interaction with the sons of the soil who laboure with the good earth to earn a living. For those with a knack for adventure, try climbing the makeshift “tree house” from where the villagers keep watch and drive-away the wild animals during the night. You will be warmly welcomed to see and even have some hands-on experience of what it’s like to be one with nature’s bounty. Let the cool breeze brush against your face as you head to one of their humble homes for a refreshing cup of Pure Ceylon Tea served with a piece of jaggery a sweet brown sugar made from solidified palm sap). You will also have a close encounter with fish vendors selling fresh-water fish brought from the nearby lakes, vegetable vendors with baskets of vegetables on hand-pushed carts or bicycles on their rounds through the villages. . At the end of the tour, you would have experienced true Sri Lankan hospitality immersed with warmth and genuine smiles.

Stop 02

Dambulla Golden Cave Temple

A sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries, this cave monastery, with its five sanctuaries, is the largest, best-preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka. The Buddhist mural paintings (covering an area of 2,100 m2 ) are of particular importance, as are the 157 statues. There are 364 steps in the Dambulla cave. Cave Temples. 

Stop 03

Aluviharaya, Mathale

The Aluvihare Rock Temple (also called Matale Alu Viharaya) is a sacred Buddhist temple located in Aluvihare, Matale District of Sri Lanka. Surrounded by hills, the Aluvihara cave temple is situated 30 km north of Kandy on the Matale-Dambulla road. The history of Aluvihare Rock Temple is traced back to the 3rd Century B.C to the reign of King Devanampiyatissa. It is believed that the King built the dagoba, planted the Bo sapling and founded the temple after the introduction of Buddhism to the country during his reign. Aluvihare Rock Temple was the historic location where the P? li Canon was first written down completely in text on ola (Palm) leaves. Many monastery caves, some of which exhibit frescoes are situated near this temple.

Moving to Kandy & Stay Night in there

5.Day 05 – Kandy – Nuwara Eliya

Stop 01

Tooth Relic Temple

Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha (Sri Dalada Maligawa), which houses the most important Relic of the Buddhists in Sri Lanka. A gold canopy was erected some years ago over the roof of the shrine room where it is placed.

After the parinirvana of Gautama Buddha, the tooth relic was preserved in Kalinga and smuggled to the island by Princess Hemamali and her husband, Prince Dantha on the instructions of her father King Guasave.

Stop 02

Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple

Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple is one of the important Hanuman Temples in Sri Lanka located on summit of the very beautiful picturesque mountain in Ramboda 30 KM north to Nuwara Eliya, the gateway to the tea country hill station of Sri Lanka. This Hanuman Temple in Ramboda was constructed by Chinmaya Mission of Sri Lanka. 

Stop 03

Ramboda Water Fall

Ramboda Falls is 109 m (358 ft) high and 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 729th highest waterfall in the world.

Stop 04

Gregory Lake

 The lake and the surrounding area make up the Gregory Lake Area. One of the main attractions in Nuwara Eliya is Gregory Lake, which is located among the beautiful mountains and tea plantations. Coast of lake is the favorite place for not only tourists, but locals. Here, has a picnic, walk the paths, ride horses and bikes, enjoying the beautiful views of nature. But to swim in the lake impossible. However, you can ride on catamarans, water motorcycles, and even take off and land the plane.

Stay Night in Nuwara Eliya

6.Day 06 – Ella

Moving to Ella by train

Stop 01

Nine Arches Bridge

Ravana Falls

Ravana Cave

Stay Night in Ella

7.Day 07 – Ella

Stop 01

Little Adams Peak

The Little Adam`s Peak got it`s named after it`s big brother, the holy mountain Adam`s Peak, because of the similar shape. Adam`s Peak is further west in Sri Lanka, close to Nuwara Eliya, and is 2243 m high and a much more exhausting and more challenging climb!  The beginning of the path goes through beautiful lush green tea plantations full of tea picking ladies. The Little Adam`s Peak, 1141 m high, is fairly easy to climb, with a good path all the way up. The trip took us about 2-3 hours in total (including picture taking). We also met some Norwegians on our way up, which we stopped and talked to for a while. On our way down we stopped at 98 Acres Resort, and had delicious lunch with spectacular views!

Stop 02

Moon Plaines

The main attraction of Moon Plains is the mini–Worlds End at the edge giving a 360 Degree view of the surrounding peaks and towns. It is a Wide-open area with the chances of seeing wild boars, cows, buffaloes, deer and also a total of 105 bird species are recorded in the area of which 16 are endemic to Sri Lanka. Nine mountains of Sri Lanka can be clearly seen from the top of the Moon Plaines

Moving to Yala & Stay Night there

8.Day 08 – Yala

Stop 01

Yala National Park

Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards and aquatic birds. Yala ishome to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. Among its more famous residents are the world’s biggest concentration of leopards, majestic elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks, and crocodiles. For the most reliable wildlife sightings, it’s best to visit Yala in the dry season from February to June. With the water levels lower, it’s easier to spot animals coming out to the lagoons to drink. The park normally closes each year for the month of September for maintenance. This Yala safari tour lasts around 5 hours and they pick up from your accommodation in the Yala area – or you can meet them at Yala National Park entrance.

Stay Night in Yala Camping

9.Day 09 – Galle

Stop 01

Hummanaya Blow Hole

Known to be the second largest in the world and the largest in Sri Lanka alone, discover the Hummanaya Blow Hole while you explore the southern coast! Located in Kudawella, a little after the bustling town of Matara. The Hummanaya Blow Hole is a natural wonder that sprays a jet of sea water into the air between two giant rocks; sometimes reaching heights of over 80 – 100 feet.

Stop 02

Galle Dutch Fort

Stop 03

Kosgoda sea Turtle Conservation Project

The main aim of the project is to conserve the sea turtles and protect them from predators like birds, dogs, and crabs. It is one of the 18 hatcheries in Sri Lanka devoted to the proper breeding of this endangered species. Visitors can get to see up to five endangered species out of seven species of margin turtles in the world here. The place is especially suitable for kids but provides to be a once in a lifetime experience for all.

Stop 04

Madu Gaga Boat Tour

The Madu River area surrounding the river are all swampy marshlands covered in mangrove forests. The forest covers over 61 hectares, that is over 150 acres. 14 of the 24 species of mangroves are found in this area. Over 300 species, 19 of which are endemic, have been discovered so far. The largest animal in the region is the wild boar. There are other smaller animals such as monkeys, a variety of squirrels, etc. When it comes to birds, cormorants and kingfishers are a common sight. For avid bird watchers, the mangrove forests are a dream coming true. There are over 111 bird species identified to inhabit the region. There are 31 types of reptiles, namely snakes, lizards, and crocodiles. There are also over 50 kinds of butterflies and 25 kinds of mollusks found in the Madu River zone.

Madu Gaga Fish Therapy

Madu ganga boat tours provides you natural foot massage from hundreds of fish. This ride gives you several memorable experiences and this natural fish therapy is one of them. There are several fish spas located in within Balapitiya, Madu Ganga areas. They setup several artificial cage ponds in the natural river the doctor fish are grown there. You can get in to the floating stage from your boat and sit and put your legs in to the pond. Visitors who are going for Maduganga boat ride, should never missed this opportunity of getting tingling massage from fish.

Stay Night in Kosgoda

10.Day 10 – Benthota

Stop 01

Benthota Beach

  • Bentota Beach Sri Lanka is perhaps one of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka. With picturesque landscapes surrounding it and coconut trees swaying with the gentle breeze, it is a picture-perfect place to spend your days when you are not exploring the town. You can laze and relax under the sun or enjoy thrilling Bentota Beach water sports such as sailing, windsurfing, parasailing, jet skiing and loads more.

  • There is nothing like exploring the fishing village of Bentota on a cycle. You can learn about its history and culture and experience the local lifestyle. Since it is a small town, going on a cycling day tour ensures that you do not miss any of the interesting landmarks and attractions that it is known for. If you want a unique way to go sightseeing in Bentota, you should definitely opt for a cycling tour.

  • Bentota Beach nightlife is quite mellow, so if you want a more laid-back vibe when you go out at night, this is perfect for you. However, for those looking for a bit of dancing and excitement, there is a floating nightclub, you can go to. And if you want to enjoy a couple of drinks, you will not be disappointed by the Bentota Beach bars. 

  • You cannot leave the coastal town without attending a Bentota Beach party 2018. You can have fun near the ocean under the stars with people who are visiting from all over Sri Lanka and the world. You can meet new people and get a firsthand experience of the hospitality of the locals. Beach parties on Bentota beaches are never dull and you will have an amazing time enjoying delicious drinks, awesome music and the company of other fun-loving people. 

  • Being a fishing town, Bentota is known for its fresh seafood, and the restaurants here serve some of the most delicious fare with the freshest seafood found in Sri Lanka. From fish to shellfish to more exotic species (some you may never have heard of), restaurants in Bentota Beach offer you a taste of mouth-watering dishes made with the days catch and the freshest local ingredients. 

Stay Sea Night in Benthota

11.Day 11 – Colombo

Stop 01

Gangarama Temple

Stop 02

Colombo National Museum

Stop 03

Jami UL. Alfar Mosque

Stop 04

Galle Face Green

Departure

Transfer to Airport for departure flight.

Tour Includes

• Accommodation on sharing a double/twin/triple room at the hotels specified in hotel collection.

• Include Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

• Transport in a Private Vehicle, inclusive of all Chauffeur accommodation, cost of fuel, parking & highway tolls.

• Private Transport with airport transfers in an Air-Conditioned Vehicle throughout the tour

• Service of an English-Speaking Chauffeur Guide.

Tour Excludes

• Entry Visa Fees, please visit www.eta.gov.lk for more details

• International / Domestic Airfare.

• Any expenses of personal nature.

• Tips & Portages.

Starting Location
260e Ashokarama Mawatha, Katunayake 11558, Sri Lanka.
Itineraries are subject to change.
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