Glimpse of Sri Lanka

(10 day tour)

DAY 01

Airport- Negombo

Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide at the International Airport with a warm Ayubowan and taken to your beach hotel in Negombo. Check into your hotel and relax with a welcome drink from your long journey.
At a city visit, you will get a first impression of Sri Lanka. Negombo is also called “Little Rome” because the city is strongly influenced by the colonial period. You will visit St. Stephen’s Church, the Buddhist Angurukaramulla Temple and the “Dutch Fort”. Then drive to the Fish Market to Negombo. Watch as the hard-working traders sell and dismantle large tuna fish and sharks. Time to shoot a reminder photo.
After this the day is free for you. Take a walk along the beach, get acclimatized by the pool or take a refreshing dip in the Indian Ocean

DAY 02

Negombo – Sigiriya

Today you continue to Dambulla (driving time: approx. 4 hours). In Dambulla, you will explore the cave temple belonging to the world cultural heritage, which consists of five juxtaposed caves, dating back to the third century. The caves are decorated with Buddhist murals and contain more than 150 Buddhist statues. The temple is high up on a rock, enjoying the view of the green surroundings. Afterwards you will be transferred to your hotel in Sigiriya, where you will also be staying overnight.

DAY 03

Sigiriya-Polonnaruwa -Dambulla

Early in the morning visit the famous Sigiriya rock fortress, an ancient royal palace high up at a height of 200 m. You can see stunning ancient frescoes, gardens with natural caves and the ancient palace ruins. Sigiriya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also the most popular attraction in Sri Lanka.
Then visit Polonnaruwa, the royal capital from the 11th and 12th centuries. Discover splendid ruins of palaces, temples and swimming pools. The main attraction is Gal Vihara, a group of four Buddhist temples. Watch the mischievous monkey that live in the ancient ruins and visit the archaeological museum! You will stay in Dambulla.

DAY 04

Dambulla – Kandy

In the morning, continue your journey to Kandy, the second largest city in the country and the last kingdom of Sri Lanka. On the way you visit an Ayurvedic spice garden. Let the individual herbs and their modes of action explain. And see, feel and taste the fascinating spices of Sri Lanka.
Upon arrival in Kandy you can explore the city center on foot. They begin with the visit of the world-famous dental stamp, which contains a dental dislocation of Buddha. Afterwards you can stroll around the lake, stroll through the city center and visit the lively market.
In the afternoon, go for a nature walk through the Udaewattakele Nature Reserve. Famous for its wildlife, the reserve offers a breathtaking natural experience right at the gates of Kandy. With a bit of luck, you can see all three monkeys, deer, porcupines, lizards and birds that live in Sri Lanka. Please think of some solid footwear as you walk through the rainforest.

DAY 05

Kandy – Ella

After breakfast, take the train from Kandy to Nanu Oya. The tracks run through the spectacular mountain landscape with tea plantations, gorges and waterfalls. You will be on the second class train, so you have the opportunity to get in touch with the locals and taste the delicacies offered by the traders. On arrival in Nanu Oya you will be driven by your driver’s guide to Nuwara Eliya. In Nuwara Eliya, because of its English-style houses called “Little England”, you will visit the city center, then drive to Ella and end the day in peace.

DAY 06

Ella – Horton Plains-Ella

Early morning drive to the “Horton Plains”, a breathtaking plateau with a steppe-like vegetation that is 2,134 meters above sea level. Take an easy hike (about 4 km) to the “World’s End”. There is a steep slope, which extends over 1,000 m down to the depths. Enjoy the most spectacular panorama view over the island and in clear weather up to the sea!
Then visit a Lipton tea factory and learn about the processing of the tea. They also meet the teepflickers and learn everything about their life day. Afterwards, enjoy a cup of freshly brewed tea. Afterwards you will visit the “Lipton Seat”, the viewpoint where once the legendary tea baron Sir Lipton supervised his tea plantations.

DAY 07


Enjoy your breakfast in the cool climate of the highlands and leave for Udawalawe. There you will take a safari trip through the national park. Udawalawe is the best place to observe wild elephants – there are more than 500 wild pachyderms living in this park. There are also domestic herdsmen, wild buffaloes, mongoos, nostrils, foxes, crocodiles, bandits, lupins and leopards.

DAY 08


After breakfast, visit the elephant swarm house of Udawalawe and see how the elephant babies are fed with the bottle and prepared for a life of freedom. The elephant babies are kept early in small herds and when it is finally fed, there is a large töröö …
In the afternoon, go on an unforgettable tour of the famous Galle Fort, exploring the narrow streets with the many jewelery, designer and souvenir shops and chic restaurants. Then you will be taken to your beach hotel in Kalutara.

DAY 09


Relax the day at the beach of Kalutara. Relax by the pool or take a long beach walk. Or how about a visit to the Kalutara Dagoba or a boat trip on the Kalu River?

DAY 10


After an extensive breakfast, drive to Colombo and discover the colonial buildings once built by British, Dutch and Portuguese. Take a city tour and explore the Fort and Pettah neighborhoods and walk along the Galle Face Green Promenade. You will also visit the impressive Parliament buildings and the Independence Square. After your city tour, you will be taken to the airport for Colombo.

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