Tastes of Sri Lanka

(08 day tour)

DAY 01

Airport- Negombo

Ayubowan! Upon arrival at Colombo International Airport you will be greeted by our representative. You will meet your driver for the coming days and start your culinary discovery tour through Sri Lanka. You drive from the airport to the bustling metropolis of Colombo and check in at your hotel. In the afternoon, the colonial-style Galle Face Hotel is a relaxing afternoon tea. Enjoy a cup of Ceylon tea from the buffet, which is packed with all sorts of treats, and enjoy the view of the Indian Ocean. The rest of the evening is at leisure. You will stay in Colombo.

DAY 02

Colombo-Koggala

After breakfast, you will depart for a city tour through Colombo. For over 2000 years, Colombo has been known to Chinese and Arab sailors and merchants from the Roman Empire as a trading place. Today, Colombo is a lively metropolis and a melting pot of different cultures. The picturesque Gangaramaya Temple near the “Beira Lakes” is the main temple of the capital. Also worth a visit is the Seema Malaka, which is situated in the “Beira Lake”, which is designed by the Dutch. The impressive Hindu temple Sri Kailasnathasr near the Central Station “Colombo Fort” is also worth a visit. Other religious highlights include the Dewatagaha Mosque, St. Lucia’s Cathedral overlooking the Wolvendal Dutch Reformed Church and the Anglican St. Michaels Church.
The port is one of the largest and most important ports in Asia. Colombo is the country’s most important trading center and all banks, insurance companies and global investment and financial services providers have settled here. The fort, built by the Portuguese in the 16th century to protect the port, gave the district its name. There is now nothing left of the former fort – it was demolished by the British in 1872. Visit the House of the President and the historic residences of the British governors. Also worth seeing is the 19th century clock tower. This led the seafarers of the time as a lighthouse the way into the harbor. Even today, Colombo has many historic buildings, richly decorated with arcades and paintings from the colonial era. They once served the colonial privateers, bankers and businessmen who made their money with the trade as residences.
Then you will be taken to Koggala in the south of Sri Lanka. Once there, you will walk on the trail of cinnamon planters. The “Cinnamon Experience” is not only informative; But also a practical experience that encourages the participants to make their hands a little dirty and take some cinnamon sticks out for themselves. Experience the chain of events from cultivating and cultivating the trees, through harvesting and finally processing the cinnamon into an aromatic spice. Immerse yourself in the history behind this precious spice. Afterwards, you have the opportunity to strengthen yourself with a 4-course menu and experience culinary delights, how versatile cinnamon can be used in the kitchen. Then check in at your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Dinner and overnight at Strand hotel in Koggala.

DAY 03

Koggala-Tissamaharama

After breakfast, head east to Tissamaharama. In the morning you will reach a typical Sri Lankan village near Tissamaharama. The name Tissamaharama owes the place of the imposing Dagoba from the 3rd century before Christ, about 40 km from Hambantota.
Here you can find out more about the production of the buffalo quay, which is popular in Sri Lanka. Afterwards, take a fishing trip on the man-made Tissamahrama Lake.
Once you arrive at your hotel, you can relax at the hotel pool. You’ll stay in Tissamaharama.

DAY 04

Tissamaharama-Udawalawe

After breakfast, you will leave for Udawalawe. Once arrived, check into your present domicile. After a short refreshment, your jeep will be waiting for you at the hotel and you will be treated to a wild-animal safari in the Udawalawe National Park.
The over 300 km² park is mainly known for its large population of elephants, but also hosts many other animal species such as water buffaloes, wild boars, deer and jackals. The area around the Udawalawe reservoir was declared a national park in 1972 to protect the animals living there. The vegetation mostly consists of open grasslands and forests. You’ll stay overnight near Udawalawe.

DAY 05

Udawalawe-Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast, you will start your tour today of serpentine roads through the beautiful nature of the singhales highland. Enjoy the fresh air, gentle teas and picturesque waterfalls.
On the way, you will always meet teepfickers at work. In a tea factory, you will learn more about the cultivation and processing of the aromatic leaves.
In the afternoon you will reach your destination – Nuwara Eliya. In the highest city of Sri Lanka you can enjoy the flair of the former summer domicile of the British colonial lords during a walk through the city. Nuwara Eliya rightly bears the nickname “Little England”, because here much reminiscent of the time of the fallen empire. Horse track, golf course and the Victoria Park, are only a few relics of the past. Also the weather in Nuwara Eliya occasionally appears from its British side and brings cool nights. With a cup of Ceylon tea by the fireplace, however, the cool temperatures are quickly forgotten.
In the highlands of Sri Lanka, the British found a more pleasant and cooler climate in Nuwara Eliya. In the 19th century, Samuel Baker founded Nuwara Eliya as a recreation area for British colonials. Even today, the small town looks like a cloned English village where many of the old buildings have been preserved – the old post office with the red roof or the exclusive Hill Club. The latter is a luxury hotel, which now also has access to women. Also sporting is in Nuwara Eliya with 18-hole golf course and horse tram “very British” too.

DAY 06

Nuwara Eliya-Kandy

After breakfast, you will leave the highlands by rail. Your driver will take you from the hotel to Peradeniya, a suburb of Kandy, about 10 km away. During the approximately 3-hour train ride you will pass the beautiful landscape. Perhaps there is also a conversation with the Sri Lankan fellow travelers. At the station of Peradeniya your driver will be waiting for your arrival. On the way to your today’s destination Kandy you have the possibility to learn more about the cultivation of fruit and vegetables in a farm and to take a lunch break. Arrive in your hotel in Kandy, you have the opportunity to relax at the hotel pool or explore the city on a walk.
Kandy, the former royal city, is located in the central mountains of Sri Lanka at an altitude of about 500 m and is still very traditional today. Kandy is also the venue of the annual “Esala Perahera” festival. The main visibility is unquestionably the dental temple, in which a canine Buddha is kept in a golden shrine. The temple was built in several sections between 1687 and 1782 for the protection and preservation of the holy relic.
The city is still today the center of a flourishing arts and crafts centered on music, dance and folk art. Kandy was conquered by the British in 1815 and still today the town center is characterized by the colonial style.
In the late afternoon, the famous dental temple awaits you to be visited by you. According to tradition, the Buddha’s left canine is located in a shrine. In complete contrast to this spiritual experience and at the same time the crowning conclusion of the day is a visit of a folklore show of the Kandy dancers, with their colorful costumes, an absolute eye-candy.

DAY 07

Kandy-Negombo

After breakfast, explore the bustling market halls in Kandy. Afterwards, the route will take you back to Negombo. Once you arrive at your hotel, you can relax at the hotel pool or explore the fishing village on a walk.
The former fishing village Negombo has developed over the years to a lively city, in which many different cultures unite.
Located on the lagoon of the same name, Migamu offers a wide range of leisure activities, as the place is called in Sinhala. Kilometers of beaches invite to walks and the fish market offers culinary treasures from Neptune’s kingdom, which you can enjoy in the evening in one of the countless restaurants. Also worth seeing are the churches, mosques, temples and shrines.
Negombo also has something to offer for those interested in history: the old Dutch fort offers an insight into the history of Negombos. Also a boat trip on the old Zimtkanal is a delightful change.
In the evening, the table is already waiting for you. Let your holiday end with a rich and romantic dinner at the beach. Enjoy fresh seafood and a good drop of wine with your feet in the sand.

DAY 08

Negombo-Colombo

With a suitcase full of fascinating stories and many different impressions of the Sri Lankan cuisine, your transfer to the airport in Colombo takes place after breakfast or depending on the flight plan of your booked flight. We wish you a pleasant journey home. Ayubowan!

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