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12-Day Sri Lanka Tour for 1 Adult: Negombo, Kurunegala, Matale, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, Udawalawe, Galle, Hikkaduwa, Rathnapura, and Colombo

260e Ashokarama Mawatha, Katunayake 11558, Sri Lanka

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7 days (approx.) - English

CTKTRAVELS LLC

EXPLORE SRI LANKA -28
Negombo – Kurunegala – Matale -Kandy – Nuwara Eliya – Ella – Udawalawe – Galle – Hikkaduwa – Rathnapura – Colombo (12Days/11Nights)( 1 ADULT)

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EXPLORE SRI LANKA -28

Negombo – Kurunegala – Matale -Kandy – Nuwara Eliya – Ella – Udawalawe – Galle – Hikkaduwa – Rathnapura – Colombo (12Days/11Nights)

1.Day 01 – Arrival at Colombo airport – Negombo

Stop 01

Negombo Fish Market

Stop 02

Boat ride on the Hamilton Canal

Take a day trip from Colombo or Negombo in the Hamilton canal and majestic Maha Oya to experience a tropical countryside boat trip to witness the riverine village life of fishermen, a Bamboo Forest, and birds.

This is approximately 3 hours boat trip and if you wish to stop for lunch, it will be approximately 4 hours boat trip. If the Sea conditions are right, we could make the return trip by Sea.

Stay Night in Negombo

2.Day 02 – Kurunegala – Matale

Stop 01

Dolukanda in Kurunegala

Dolukanda is a well-known mountain range due to the Dolukanda Raja Maha Viharaya (Dolukanda Buddhist Temple) and it is believed that the mountain is directly linked to the great Indian epic, Ramayana Trail in Sri Lanka . In Ramayana story this mountain declared as Dolukada Sanjeewani mountain. This is one of the five Sanjeevani drops in Sri Lanka which located in Kurunegala District. This is one of the popular Ramayana sites of Sri Lanka, where it is believed that the parts of Himalaya Mountain have been felt while it was carried to Sri Lanka by Hanuman. Sanjeewani in Hindu mythology is a magical herb with super natural powers which of them considered be growing at dark and believing to cure any disease.

Moving to Matale

Stop 02

Aluviharaya, Mathale

The Aluvihare Rock Temple (also called Matale Alu Viharaya) is a sacred Buddhist temple located in Aluvihare, Matale District of Sri Lanka. 

Stay Night in Matale

3.Day 03 – Matale

Stop 01

Sri Muthumari Amman Kovil Matale

Muthumariamman Temple or Arulmigu Sri Muthumari Amman Kovil is a Hindu temple in Matale, Sri Lanka.

The prefix “Muthu”, literally means “pearl”. “Mari” means rain and “Amman” means mother in Tamil language. The temple is dedicated to Mariamman, the goddess of rain and fertility.

The land was originally part of a paddy field and was gifted by the owner in 1852. The current temple was built in 1874, funded by the Nattukkottai Chettiar. This temple is used by both Hindus and Buddhists. The temple was originally a small statue under a tree prayed to by the Hindu people but has been developed by the people in Matale.

Stop 02

Sembuwatta Lake

Sambuwatta Lake is a beautiful man-made reservoir located in Elkaduwa, Matale. The lake is bordered by Cambell’s Land Forest reserve and situated at an elevation of 1,140 m. The misty and chilly atmosphere with pine trees and tea-covered slopes surrounding the lake make visitors feel relaxed and tranquil. What puts the lake in the top as a leisure and family travel destination is the plethora of adventure activities available such as zip-lining, swan/motor boat riding, canoeing and hiking. Bathing and swimming in the lake, however, is not allowed since the lake is fairly deep (30 – 40 ft), 

Stop 03

Bambarakiri Ella Falle

The fall is set amidst the mesmerizing greenery of the Knuckles Mountain range. Bambarakiri Ella is a fall of 10m. The fall can be viewed in three parts. Different varieties of butterflies and birds come to the area of the falls mostly in clear mornings making the view even more charming.

Although the climb is not easy and should be done with care, the views of the landscape from the top are breathtaking. In addition, there is a wonderful bonus for those that make the effort of the climb – a cool and crystal-clear natural rock pool perfect for bathing.

Stay Night in Mathale

4.Day 04 – Riverton – Kandy

Stop 01

Riverston View Point

Riverston is another peak in the Knuckles Mountain range situated in Matale, Central Province of Sri Lanka. The Riverston peak has an elevation of 1,424 meters, and Riverston is a famous mountain for hiking, although not much known among foreigners. This mountain has many best views, and the mountain is located close to Pitawala pathana Mini World’s End. Compared to other mountain peaks in the Knuckles Mountain Range, the weather conditions of Riverston are well manageable as the climate is usually not very cool as this mountain is much closer to the dry zone of Knuckles. But in the rainy season & cold months, the wind speed and mist will cover the whole area and suddenly turn into a very cold place. Especially in the Riverstone gap, in particular, is an area with lots of gusty winds, and you feel like you being carried away. The hike to the summit would be about 2 km long. The trail path leading to the summit is usually windy. To get the whole experience, you need to climb the Riverstone SLT Tower Mountain. 

Tips

  • There is a car park at the bottom where you start the hike, and you can park your vehicle there.

  • Avoid Public holidays because the area is fully packed with locals and you can’t enjoy the view.

  • There are 2,3 small shops to buy sweaters and snacks on weekends and long holidays.

  • Kids Friendly Hike

Stop 02

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 03

Kandy Mount View

Kandy Lake

Culture Show

Stay Night in Kandy

5.Day 05 – Nuwara Eliya

Stop 01

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

Stop 02

Victoria Park

The Queen Victoria Park is situated in middle of the Nuwara Eliya City and It’s one of the must visit destination.  It contains a lot of colorful flowers, and very nice places to enjoy and relax. It also contains a playing area for kids, and a train tour for adults too. This place is famous for bird watching and there are large verities of plants and trees available. Victoria Park come alive with the flowers specially around March to May, and August to September. You can see several types of birds in there.

Stop 03

Gregory Lake

Lake Gregory sometimes also called Gregory Lake or Gregory Reservoir, is a reservoir in heart of the tea country hill city, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka.  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

Stop 01

Rawana Falle

Rawana Cave

Nine Arches Bridge

Stop 02

Adisham Bungalow

The Adisham Bungalow was once the country house of Sir Thomas Lester Villiers, but today it houses the Adisham Monastery of the St. Benedict. Found just 3km away from Haputale town, the Adisham Bungalow is one of the most picturesque corners in the region. Constructed in 1931, the house was designed in the Tudor style and fashioned after the Leeds Castle in Kent- Sir Thomas Villiers even named it after the village he was born in and has all the trappings of what you would imagine an English mansion would have. The Bungalow has an impressive library which is filled from floor to ceiling with old dusty volumes that the planter held dear. Access to the whole house is limited and visitors are only allowed to see the library and living room, but there is an adjoining guest house where people are more than welcomed to stay. Sir Thomas Villiers spared no expense when it came to his home, but what’s even more splendid than the actual house is its surroundings. Adisham Bungalow is perched on the edge of a cliff which is flanked by a larger outcrop fringed with tall pine trees, which somehow dwarf the house. The country home also has a wonderful view of the Uva valley, as well as a beautiful garden and orchard that you can stroll through. Forming part of the main building, pop into the little kiosk selling a variety of fresh items from homemade jams to pickles and coffee liqueurs. Whether you’re taking an edible souvenir back home or need a refreshing juice, the kiosk makes organic, local products that taste great!

Stay Night in Ella

7.Day 07 – Badulla

Stop 01

Pahanthudawa waterfall

Pahanthuda Waterfall is situated about 1.5 km away from Belihuloya in the Ratnapura district. It is 5 meters high. The fall gets its name due to its base pool in the shape of a “pahana”, a clay lamp and the fall resembling the wick of the lamp. Hike to pahanthudawa waterfall is an interesting adventure for ardent hikers.

Stop 02

Bakers Bend

British governor Samuel Bakers used to traverse from Ihala-Galagama area to Horton plains and had to pass the area where the current bend is. The horse he rode suddenly slipped and fell off the cliff but the governor survived.

There is another version of this story as well. Mr. Baker and his wife were riding on a horse cart and it had gone out of control and off the cliff at the bend. Both Mr. Baker and wife had managed to get off before it was too late.

Whatever version is correct, the horse had died. Grieved by the loss, he built this bend in the shape of a horseshoe to commemorate his travel companion.

Moving to Udawalawe & Stay Night in there

8.Day 08 – Udawalawe

Stop 01

Udawalawe National Park

In general, the best time to travel to Uda Walawe is from January to March, when rainfall is at its lowest and daytime temperatures average a comfortable 26°C (79°F).

Stop 02

Udawalawe Transit Home

The primary objective of the facility is to rehabilitate orphaned elephant calves to ready them for life in the wild. The elephants are made familiar with the surrounding habitat of the facility to familiarize them with their natural habit but are given access to food and medical care. Although human visitors are welcome at the facility specially to view their feeding, stringent efforts are made to minimize human contact to prevent the orphaned elephant calves from being acclimated to humans.

Stop 03

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.

Stay Night in Thangalla

9.Day 09 – Mirissa

Stop 01

Mirissa Beach

Some of the major attractions in Mirissa are whale watching. The fantastic place of Mirissa is also known for its tune, mullet, butterfish, snapper, and being the largest fishing port on the South Coast. Great beach! Tides don’t affect the water level too much; the waves are not too strong – you can still swim and body board. There are bars on the beach and nice cafes with fresh seafood at 6pm every evening. If you walk to the left over the giant rocks you can get to a scenic hill covered with mangrove trees and palms.

Stop 02

Koggala Still fisherman

Stilt Fishing is one of the most interesting traditional fishing methods of Sri Lanka. Though stilt fishermen make the activity seem easy and comfortable; stilt fishing requires much skill and balance. The practice started during World War II when food shortages and overcrowded fishing spots prompted some clever men to try fishing on the water. At first, they used the wreckage of capsized ships and downed aircraft, then began erecting their stilts in coral reefs.

Stop 03

Natural Pool Thalpe

Thalpe Beach is an interesting and fantasying place in Sri Lanka which can be impression of our Hearts on freedom. Thalpe Beach is a situated in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka that is closed to the city of Galle. It is a popular destination among both locals and foreigners. There are vibrant shops, restaurants and various water sports related accomplishments to do in the nearby area of Thalpe. Thalpe is quiet town nestled away from the hustle and bustle of the major towns situated in the southern coastal belt. Thalpe town is occupied with history, adventure, culture and cuisine along with the Thalpe Beach which is a rather clean and calm beach. Stilt fishermen are commonly seen in this coastline town and it is a great way to learn more about the way of life in this attractive coastal town. According to the villagers the rock pools were cut out of the corals around 50 years ago and it was used to soak coconut husks in order to separate the coconut coir. 

Stay Night in Thalpe

10. Day 10 – Hikkaduwa

Stop 01

Hikkaduwa Beach

Hikkaduwa is one of the best surfing spots in Sri Lanka, offering a clear hot water base. The waves vary in size from 4 to 11 feet. Surfing in the Hikkaduwa area is fairly well known and gets the best surfing during its dry season, which is from November to March. There are 4 hotspots in Hikkaduwa. Scuba diving and diving in clear waters are a major past time along this stretch and is the most ecological way to see the colorful fish that dart around. 

Stop 02

Aurwedic Treatment

Stay Night in Hikkaduwa Sea Night

11.Day 11 – Rathnapura

Stop 01

National Museum Rathnapura

The National Museum of Rathnapura is one of the national exhibition halls of Sri Lanka. It is situated in Rathnapura, Sri Lanka and it was opened on 13 May 1988. The gallery building is called “Ehelepola Walauwa”, as it once had a place with Ehelepola Nilame, a squire of the Kingdom of Kandy, who was the first Adigar (1811 – 1814) under the rule King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha, the last lord of Sri Lanka, for whom he filled in as the Disawe (neighborhood Governor) of Rathnapura.

Stop 02

Bopath Ella Waterfall

Bopath Falls is located in the village of Agalwatta in the Rathnapura District of Sri Lanka. The name ‘Bopath Ella’ is derived from the fact that the stream collapses in the form of a Bo leaf when there is good water. The first body of water, which falls through a narrow opening, then expands, reminiscent of the shape of a palm leaf. Bopath Ella is a beautiful place that attracts the attention of local tourists today.

Stop 03

Gem Mines

Gemstone mining in Sri Lanka is mostly from secondary deposits. The gravels yield sapphire, ruby, cat’s-eye and other chrysoberyl’s, spinel, garnet, beryl, tourmaline, topaz, quartz, and many other gemstones. Sri Lanka’s gem-bearing gravels, called illam, are some of the richest in the world.

Stay Night in Rathnapura

12. Day 12 – Colombo

Colombo City Tour

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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