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Classic & Cultural Tour | 12 Days

Duration
12 Days
Tour Type
Classic & Cultural, Discounted tours
Rating

Overview

The fantastic 12-day holiday package offered with this package is possibly the best you could discover in Sri Lanka. The island is renowned for its magnificent tea estates, gorgeous beaches, and lovely colonial memories. The fauna in Sri Lanka is also very impressive. You will become fully immersed in the country over your 12-day holiday plan and come in contact with the exotic animals that make Asia such a wonder. This island nation has a lot to admire, including elephants, whales, ever-green hulls, and blue waves. This journey promises to be one where you may relax and discover in equal measure, far from the metropolitan cities to the south of the island. So grab your hiking boots, snorkels, and binoculars, and let the adventure begin.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • The scenic train ride into the mountains
  • Safari wild elephants and blue whales
  • Local curry cooking demonstrations
  • Foot at the Mini Adam’s peak
  • Relaxing beach time at one of Sri Lanka’s remote beautiful beaches.

Itinerary

We have carefully planned out each day to give you the best possible experience. From exploring historic landmarks to tasting delicious local cuisine, each day is packed with adventure and excitement. Join us as we take you on a journey through some of the most fascinating destinations in the world.

Welcome to Sri Lanka, a land like no other, where this nine days tour of discovery will expose you to the country’s rich history and culture, as well as its wildlife, soft adventures, and secluded beaches with stunning golden sand.

You will be met by your tour guide when you arrive at Colombo CMB Airport, and you will then be taken to your accommodation. The first stop will be the seaside town of Negombo, which has long been regarded as Sri Lanka’s most well-preserved beach and is well-known for its cuisine, entertainment, and traditional fishery village. We haven’t scheduled any activities for day one, so you can unwind at Negombo Beach or by the pool of your cozy hotel. You can walk along the beach in the evening while enjoying the beautiful sunsetting and the relaxing atmosphere of Negombo beach

OVERNIGHT STAY :  COZY SEA FRONT HOTEL AT NEGAMBO

ACTIVITIES:

  • Arrival to Sri Lanka, Colombo (Katunayaka) International Airport
  • Greetings by BH Lanka representative
  • Proceed to Negombo
  • Check into Deluxe sea view Hotel in Negombo
  • Walk around the Negombo city
  • Relax at the beach and pool of your hotel

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS :

  • STANDARD HOTELS (3 STAR)| REGAL RESEAU HOTEL & SPA OR SIMILAR
  • DELUXE HOTELS (4 STAR)      | ARIA LAGOON HOTEL OR SIMILAR
  • SUPERIOR HOTELS (5 STAR)  | HERITANCE NEGAMBO OR SIMILAR

After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you will travel through the breathtaking Sri Lankan countryside towards Dambulla city, which serves as the central point of the Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle. En route, you may stop by the Millennium Elephant Foundation, which was established in order to protect and look after for the wild elephants that were discovered ambling around Sri Lanka’s forested areas.

Then after, you will proceed to Dambulla city, the nation’s cultural triangle’s central point, after a delicious breakfast at the hotel. You will enjoy a wonderful cultural village tour upon arrival in Dambulla while enjoying the stunning countryside.  It will begin with a ride in a bullock cart, one of Sri Lanka’s oldest prime transportation systems that is still in use in some villages. You will canoe across a lake as part of the tour, and when you arrive at a farmer’s home, you will be welcomed with the traditional hospitality of Sri Lanka’s rural areas.

Afternoon, you will visit Sigiriya Lion Rock since it’s the best time the sun sets most beautifully. The historic rock fortress of Sigiriya is situated close to Dambulla. On top of this rock, King Kasyapa (477–495 BC) built his palace, which was covered in vibrant frescoes on both sides. Sigiriya, one of the best preserved archeological sites from ancient civilization is now a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. In fact, in order to access the top of Sigiriya, you must ascend a succession of constricted staircases. You’ll discover several remarkable frescoes along the way, as well as a pair of colossal lion paws carved from the bedrock.

OVERNIGHT STAY :  NATURE-FRIENDLY RESORT AT SIGIRIYA

ACTIVITIES:

  • After breakfast proceed towards Dambulla
  • En-route to Dambulla, visit a Millennium Elephant Foundation
  • Afternoon, Enjoy Cultural Village Tour. (Bullock Cart Ride, Canoeing Boat Ride, Tuk-tuk Ride, Lunch at Farmer’s House)
  • In the evening, join with the Sigiriya rock hike and capture the sunset. (Optional Activity)

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS :

  • STANDARD HOTELS (3 STAR)| SIGIRI ASNA NATURE RESORT OR SIMILAR
  • DELUXE HOTELS (4 STAR)      | HOTEL SIGIRIYA OR SIMILAR
  • SUPERIOR HOTELS (5 STAR)  | AMAYA LAKE DAMBULLA OR SIMILAR

In the morning, you will visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE). In 1070 King Vijayabahu chose this place as his kingdom, one of the most ancient in the history of Sri Lanka. Cycling through Polonnaruwa ancient sites is a wonderful experience (INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE).

Afterwards, your tour leader will take you to Minneriya/Kaudulla National Park for an afternoon 4×4 jeep safari, since it is the best time to spot wild elephants on 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, but it is also home to herds of deer, bulls, wild boars and colorful birdlife. It is always a pleasure to watch baby elephants playing with water by the main lake of the park. This place is well known as the largest elephant gathering place in the world.

OVERNIGHT STAY :  NATURE-FRIENDLY RESORT AT SIGIRIYA

ACTIVITIES:

  • Minneriya Wildlife safari
  • Ayurvedic herbal treatment can be arranged
  • Bicycle tour around the ancient city – Included

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS :

  • STANDARD HOTELS (3 STAR)| SIGIRI ASNA NATURE RESORT OR SIMILAR
  • DELUXE HOTELS (4 STAR)      | HOTEL SIGIRIYA OR SIMILAR
  • SUPERIOR HOTELS (5 STAR)  | AMAYA LAKE DAMBULLA OR SIMILAR

After breakfast visit the Golden Buddha Statue and the Royal Cave Temple. The largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka is located in Dambulla. Beginning with the first century B.C., many kings have treasured it. Five cave temples on the rock, which climb 160 meters above the plains below, contain some of the most exceptional and important historical artwork. You will then head to the Matale Spice Garden. Afterward make your way to Kandy, the last kingdom of the Sinhalese. It is situated on a plateau surrounded by mountains that are home to bio diverse rainforests and tea plantations. Kandy is also famous for its sacred Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth Relic.

In the afternoon, you’ll enjoy a walk around Kandy’s busy city center, including a tour of the Central Market, Kandy Lake. Afternoon strolls through Kandy’s bustling city center, including a visit to the Central Market, are included. Next, you’ll take part in a cultural dance performance that draws inspired by Sri Lankan arts, traditional dance, and cultural heritage.

OVERNIGHT STAY : COZY MOUNT VIEW HOTEL AT KANDY

ACTIVITIES:

  • Early in the morning, the Pidurangala rock hike (Optional activity)
  • After breakfast proceed toward Kandy
  • En route to Kandy, visit a Royal Cave Temple
  • Visit Matale Spice Garden
  • Visit the Temple of Tooth Relic and Kandy viewpoint
  • Enjoy a walk around Kandy City Center
  • Engage traditional Dance and Cultural Heritage

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS :

  • STANDARD HOTELS (3 STAR)| RANDHOLEE RESORT & SPA OR SIMILAR
  • DELUXE HOTELS (4 STAR)      | HOTEL TOPAZ  OR SIMILAR
  • SUPERIOR HOTELS (5 STAR)  | THE GOLDEN CROWN HOTEL OR SIMILAR

The morning Visit a gem museum in the morning for a tour and to learn more about the most important and well-known gems and jewelry from Sri Lanka.

Your next stop is the Peradeniya Royal botanical garden which is known for being one of all Asia’s high biological gardens. Its spirited and wealthy diversity of flora and fauna may be a heaven of the many natural wonders. Explore the land of the garden that has over 240 species of plants, three hundred totally different species of orchids, an imposing avenue of royal palms, and Sri Lanka’s longest river the Mahaweli that flows beside the garden. It’s an exquisite chance for nature lovers.

Thereafter, you’ll experience a great journey through the tea region of Nuwara Eliya as you take in the beautiful scenery of the mountains, waterfalls, and lush green tea estates. It is frequently referred to as “Little England”, because so many of the city’s structures date back to the British colonial era, such as the Queen’s Cottage, the General’s House, the Grand Hotel, the Hill Club, and the Town Post Office. This wonderful city includes a cool climate all year round thanks to its mountainous location. Visit a tea plantation and explore the chilly and foggy hills that host lush inexperienced blankets of tea plantations. Make sure to cap off your factory tour in style with a cup of tea that has been expertly prepared.

You might use your free time in the afternoon to you could spend your free time walking through Nuwara Eliya city center and the vegetable and fruit market. Try some snacks around lanes filled with ‘cultural eats’, street-food possibilities, and bustling local eateries.

OVERNIGHT STAY :  COZY MOUNT VIEW HOTEL AT NUWARA ELIYA

ACTIVITIES:

  • After breakfast proceed toward Nuwara Eliya
  • En route to Nuwara Eliya, visit a gem museum
  • Visit Royal Botanical Garden
  • Visit Tea Factory
  • Evening, Walk around the Nuwara Eliya City Tour (Vegetable & Fruit Market)

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS :

  • STANDARD HOTELS (3 STAR)| HEAVEN SEVEN HOTEL OR SIMILAR
  • DELUXE HOTELS (4 STAR)      | THE LYNDEN GROVE  OR SIMILAR
  • SUPERIOR HOTELS (5 STAR)  | GALWAY HEIGHTS HOTEL OR SIMILAR

In the morning, you will enjoy a spectacular train journey from Nanu-Oya station to Ella village. This journey is known as one of the most scenic hill country train journeys in the world. Your journey starts from Nanu Oya and would reach Ella passing lush greenish tea estates, many tunnels, farming fields, villages, various types of forests, etc.

Ella is in a fantastic, eco-friendly location and is hence everyone’s favourite hill country village. The Nine Arch Bridge, a popular tourist attraction in Ella, was constructed entirely out of solid rocks, bricks, and cement, without the use of any steel at all. Ella is a fantastic location for hiking and trekking, and its most well-known journey is up “Little Adam’s Peak.” You may chill in the village centre at night, where there are lots of restaurants, pubs, and entertainment. Ella is a breathtaking location that anyone who is visiting Sri Lanka should not miss out on.

OVERNIGHT STAY :  COZY MOUNT VIEW HOTEL IN ELLA

ACTIVITIES:

  • After breakfast, enjoy the train journey from Nanu-Oya to Ella.
  • Walk around Ella village.
  • Visit the world-famous Nine Arch Bridge
  • Transfer to Yala National Park
  • En route to Yala, visit the Ravana waterfall.

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS :

  • STANDARD HOTELS (3 STAR)| O2 ELLA OR SIMILAR
  • DELUXE HOTELS (4 STAR)      | FLOWER GARDEN ELLA  OR SIMILAR
  • SUPERIOR HOTELS (5 STAR)  | EKHO ELLA OR SIMILAR

After breakfast, depart from Ella towards Yala National Park. En-route, you will visit Ravana waterfall, one of the most popular sightseeing attractions in Ella. It currently ranks as one of the widest falls in the country; in fact, this waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft). Later on, visit 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 colorful birds. Enjoy a 4×4 jeep ride searching for leopards hanging on trees or whispering through the bushes, crocodiles patrolling the river or wild elephants drinking water and playing around under the evening sunset.

OVERNIGHT STAY : COZY SAFARI TRANSIT RESORT THISSAMAHARAMA

ACTIVITIES:

  • Rawana Waterfall
  • Wildlife safari at Yala National Park

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS :

  • STANDARD HOTELS (3 STAR)| HOTEL TAMARIND TREE OR SIMILAR
  • DELUXE HOTELS (4 STAR)      | CHAARYA RESORT & SPA   OR SIMILAR
  • SUPERIOR HOTELS (5 STAR)  | ROCK WILD YALA OR SIMILAR

You have finally arrived at Sri Lanka’s magnificent seaside after an incredible journey through mountains and waterfalls. You will head to Mirissa in the morning while you take in the magnificent view of the Indian Ocean. Previously a well-kept secret, is a lovely sandy beach, but more restaurants and bars are now welcoming tourists. White sand beaches and coconut palms that grow right up from the water’s edge give the appearance of a postcard-perfect tropical beach. Once you arrive at your hotel, you could grab a towel and head to the beach to relax while enjoying a cool beer or cocktail under a beach umbrella.

OVERNIGHT STAY :  BEACH RESORT AT DIKWELLA

ACTIVITIES:

  • En route to Mirissa, visit the Hummanaya Natural Blowhole
  • Check-in Hotel and Relaxing on the Beach
  • Enjoy the Water Sports activities (Optional activities) (Jet Skiing, Snorkeling, Diving, Surfing, Fishing & Deep-Sea Fishing)

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS :

  • STANDARD HOTELS (3 STAR)| TWENTY-TWO WELIGAMBAY OR SIMILAR
  • DELUXE HOTELS (4 STAR)      | DICKWELLA RESORT AND SPA  OR SIMILAR
  • SUPERIOR HOTELS (5 STAR)  | ERA BEACH THALPE OR SIMILAR

Early in the morning, your tour guide will drive you to Galle, a city well-known for its Fort, along the southwest coast. It is the point where classical British and Dutch architecture interacts with a tropical environment, creating a great atmosphere of beauty. Historical Galle Lighthouse stands proudly on the southeast point of the fort. You’ll spend the afternoon at a turtle hatchery center where young turtles are trained to swim for the first time and injured adults are rehabilitated and released back into the wild. Sea turtles are an endangered species, so local and international volunteers are battling to protect the sea turtle.

OVERNIGHT STAY :  BEACH RESORT AT BENTOTA

ACTIVITIES:

  • After breakfast proceed toward Galle
  • En route to Galle, Capture the Stilt fishermen
  • Visit a World-famous Galle Fort & nearby popular places
  • Visit a Turtle Hatchery Center
  • Evening, enjoy a Boat Ride in Madu River & Fish Foot therapy.

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS :

  • STANDARD HOTELS (3 STAR)| THE PALMS HOTEL BERUWALA OR SIMILAR
  • DELUXE HOTELS (4 STAR)      | CINNAMON BEY BERUWALA OR SIMILAR
  • SUPERIOR HOTELS (5 STAR)  | THE EDEN BERUWALA OR SIMILAR

After breakfast, you’ll travel to Colombo, the country’s capital city, which has a fascinating past dating back to the fifth century. The Colombo main hub of the port city had a significant role in the East-West maritime trade even in ancient. Today, it has developed into a busy, modern town with a unique vibe. Locals and visitors are pulled to busy streets, restaurants, and modern shopping malls.

You have the chance to explore Colombo’s most famous locations, including the Red Mosque, the Gangarama Temple, Independent Square, and others. You might have plans to stop by a most famous restaurant in Colombo with a stellar reputation to end your journey with an unforgettable meal.

We’ll then drop you off at the airport in time for your return flight, or you may choose to extend your holiday and relax in a cozy beach resort in Bentota or Negombo.

ACTIVITIES:

  • After breakfast proceed toward Colombo
  • Visit all the highlighted places in the city. Included in the Package
  • Enjoy a walk around Colombo City Center
  • Shopping tour in colombo.
  • Time to say Good Bye!

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