Start in Negombo and end in Colombo! With the In-depth Cultural tour Depth Touch Of Sri Lanka, you have a 10 days tour package taking you through Negombo, Sri Lanka and 10 other destinations in Sri Lanka. In Depth Sri Lanka Tour includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Bandaranaike International Airport – CMB
AYUBOWAN-! Welcome to Sri Lanka, a land like no other, tour around the island exploring ancient history and culture, the lush green tea estates and waterfalls, the amazing wildlife, authentic foods and the beautiful golden sandy beaches.
Upon arrival at Colombo CMB airport, you will meet your tour leader and you will be transferred to your hotel (we can pick you up from any hotel in Colombo or Negombo as well). The ﬁrst destination will be Sigiriya which is the central point of the Sri Lanka’s cultural trangle.
For day one, we haven’t planned any activity, thus you are free to arrive in Sri Lanka at any time. If your flight arrives early in the day, relax at pool of your cosy hotel while enjoying the surronding nature.
After a delicious breakfast with a hot cup of Sri Lankan tea or coffee, you will enjoy a wonderful journey through the amazing countryside towards Sigiriya.
Upon arrival, you will visit Sigiriya Lion Rock (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE), since it’s the best time to capture the beautiful scenery of sunsetting. King Kasyapa (477 – 495 BC) built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colorful frescoes. Sigiriya refuses to reveal its secrets easily. in fact you have to climb a series of vertiginous staircases to reach the top.
Afterward, you’ll enjoy a wonderful cultural village tour while exploring the beautiful countryside. It will start with a Bullock Cart ride, one of the most ancient and prime transportation systems in Sri Lanka, still used in some villages. While on the tour you will have a canoeing boat ride across the lake and a TukTuk ride, ﬁnally you will reach a farmer’s house where you will experience the typical Sri Lankan countryside hospitality.
Afternoon, you will be heading to Minneriya/Kaudulla National Park for an afternoon 4×4 jeep safari, since it is the best time to spot wild elephants in their natural habitat. If you’re up for a serious rumble in the jungle, then Minneriya/Kaudulla is your ideal destination! Spreading over 8800 hectares, this park is mainly a sanctuary for elephants. It is always a pleasure to watch baby elephants playing at the lake under the evening sunset.
In the morning, proceed towards Kandy, the capital of the last Sinhalese kingdom. It’s set on a plateau surrounded by mountains, which are home to tea plantations and biodiverse rainforests. Kandy is also famous for its sacred Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth Relic.
Visit Royal Cave Temple and Golden Buddha Stature (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE). Dambulla has the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 meters over the surrounding plains and houses 5 cave temples with some of the most unique and signiﬁcant historical drawings.
Afternoon, visit temple of tooth relic (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE) and Kandy view point.
Evening, you’ll explore on your own walking around Kandy’s busy city centre, including a tour of the Central Market, before engaging with a cultural dance show which is inspired by Sri Lankan arts, traditional dance and cultural heritage.
Early morning, you’ll have a wonderful journey towards Sri Lanka’s tea region of Nuwara Eliya. It is often referred to as “Little England” because many of the buildings in this city retain from the British colonial period, such as the Queen’s Cottage, the General’s House, the Grand Hotel, the Hill Club and the Town Post Ofﬁce. Since this amazing town is located in the mountains, it’s characterized by a cool climate all year long.
After breakfast, you will visit a museum. Get to know more about the world-renowned and most prestigious Sri Lankan gems and jewelry in gem museum tour.
Visit the Peradeniya Royal Garden, which is known as one of the best botanical gardens in Asia.
Thereafter, while driving through the cold and misty hills that host lush green tea plantations, stop at a Tea factory to observe the rich tradition of making Ceylon Tea that kept alive up to date. Make sure to end your factory visit in style over a perfectly blended cup of tea.
Afternoon, you will enjoy walking through Nuwara Eliya city center and the fruit and vegetable market.
After breakfast, you will enjoy a spectacular train journey from Nanu-Oya station to Ella village. It is known as one of the most picturesque hill country train journeys in the world (Train tickets included, will be arranged at the station).
Ella is everyone’s favorite hill country village due to the fact that it’s a wonderful nature-friendly location.
Nine Arch Bridge is a major tourist attraction in Ella, a massive bridge built entirely of solid rocks, bricks and cement without using a single piece of steel. The bridge was ﬁnally commissioned in 1921. Ella is a great place for walking and climbing and its most famous trekking route is to “Little Adam’s Peak”.
Evening, you could chill out at the village center where there are lots of restaurants, pubs and also evening entertainments. Ella is one of the most stunning locations that anyone who is visiting Sri Lanka should not miss out.
After breakfast, depart from Ella towards Yala National Park, the largest and most stunning national park in Sri Lanka. Thanks to a river running through it, Yala National Park is divided into two sections. Because the river makes crossing to the other side difficult, Yala is really treated as two separate parks. But that doesn’t change the fantastic offerings! Encompassing a range of diverse ecosystems, the park has an impressive variety of wildlife, including sloth bears, leopards, and lots of colourful birds.
After breakfast, depart from Ella towards Yala National Park, En-route to Yala, stop at Ravana waterfall, another popular sightseeing attraction in Ella.
Afternoon, enjoy a 4×4 jeep ride searching for leopards hanging on trees or whispering through the bushes, crocodiles patrolling the river or baby elephants drinking water and playing around under the evening sunset.
After a fantastic journey through the coconut palms, mountains and waterfalls, you will finally arrive at the world-famous beachside of Sri Lanka. Mirissa/Dickwella is a delightful sandy beach that was a well-kept secret in the past, but now few restaurants and pubs are opening up to visitors. It’s a magnificent place characterized by white sands and coconut palms growing right from the edge of the sea as if in imitation of a postcard of a perfect tropical beach.
You will finally arrive at the world-famous beachside of Sri Lanka. Mirissa/Dickwella is a delightful sandy beach characterized by golden sands and coconut palms growing right from the edge of the sea as if in imitation of a postcard of the perfect tropical beach.
Upon arrival at your hotel, you could grab a towel to relax on the beach while enjoying a cocktail or a chill beer under the shade of a palm tree.
Early in the morning, hit back to the beautiful golden sandy beach and jump into a boat for an amazing ride on the sea to capture the Blue Whales and Dolphins. Mirissa is one of the best places in the world to spot the biggest creature on the planet. Please note that whale watching is a Seasonal activity.
Afterwards, continue your coastal drive towards Galle, a city well known for its Fort (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE). It is the intersection where classic Dutch and British architecture meets a tropical setting, creating a vivid atmosphere in beauty.
Walkthrough the streets listening to the creaks of wooden saloon doors and observe how European architecture mingles with South Asian traditions nowadays ﬂooding cultural enthusiasts on a global scale.
Thereafter, you’ll visit a turtle hatchery center where baby turtles learn to take that first swim and injured adults are rehabilitated back into the wild.
After breakfast, you’ll visit the capital city of Colombo, which has an interesting history running back to the ﬁfth century. Even in ancient times, this was an important port city in the East-West sea trade. Nowadays it has become a bustling modern town with a unique atmosphere. The colourful streets, restaurants and modern shopping malls attract hordes of locals and tourists alike.
At Colombo, you have the opportunity to visit the most highlighted places in the city and also do some last-minute shopping as well. Perhaps, you may intend to pop into a famous and internationally renowned restaurant in Colombo to end your trip over an unforgettable meal.
Thereafter, proceed to the airport in time for the return flight or we drop you back to your hotel in Colombo or Negombo to end this wonderful tour across the island.