Nature and discovery tour in Sri Lanka

“Immerse yourself in the lush wilderness of Sri Lanka and discover a country with varied and magnificent landscapes. From the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya to the abundant vegetation of Maussawa and boasting two safaris, this tour was designed to enthrall nature lovers! You will also get an insight into Sri Lanka’s history with our must-see visits of Sigiriya, Dambulla and Kandy. Travelling on a train and spending a night in a private home will enable you to get to know the Sri Lankans, and their friendly smiles will put a smile on your face!Dilhani

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ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT – NEGOMBO

Negombo is a quiet town in the western coastal area of Sri Lanka

PINNAWELA
Did you know that the Elephant orphenage in Pinnawela has adopted these elephants following deforestation caused by development or abandonment of their parents ?

POLONARWA

Did you know that the site of Polonaruwa was the capital and the place where the kings lived between 1017 and 1236 ?

KANDY

Good to know : in sinhalese, the Temple of the Tooth is said ” Sri Dalada Maligawa “

PERADENIYA

Did you know that the botanical garden exist since 1371 and was a Royal garden ?

MAUSSAWA

Enjoy the mountains !

BANDARAWELA

Did you know that Bandarawela is a big tea producer since British colonialization ?

BAMBARAKANDA

Did you know that the highest waterfall of Sri Lanka is there ?

KUDA OYA

Below the big Buddha of Buduruwagala, you will find a hole smelling oil mustard. 

KATARAGAMA

Did you know that Kataragama, before being a sacred city in Sri Lanka it is a God in the Hindu religion ?

GALLE

Stroll in the city of Galle !

BENTOTA

The beach… Yes !

DAY 1

Fishermen Village in Negombo in Sri Lanka

ARRIVAL IN SRI LANKA AND TRANSFER TO NEGOMBO

Négombo | Sinhala

 

  • Flight Paris – Negombo
  • You will spend the afternoon relaxing on Negombo beach after your flight.

Dinner and night at the 3-star Catamaran Beach Hotel (or similar).

DAY 2

Pinnawela elephants in Sri Lanka

PINNAWALA AND DAMBULLA

  • After breakfast it’s time to meet the elephants at Pinnawala’s orphanage.
  • You will then carry on to Dambulla, to visit a cave temple: the Golden Temple.
  • You will then go to your hotel at the end of the afternoon.

Dinner and night at the Namala Eco Lodge (or similar).

DAY 3

Polonaruwa, Sri Lanka

POLONNARUWA THEN SAFARI IN MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK

  • After breakfast, you will drive to the archaeological site of Polonnaruwa.
  • After this historical visit, you will go on a jeep safari in Minneriya National Park late afternoon to see wild elephants.

Dinner and night in a private home.

DAY 4

The Lion Rock Sigiriya in Sri Lanka

SIGIRIYA AND KANDY

  • The Lion Rock : enjoy the amazing panoramic view from the top and discover the remnants of the fortress that once stood there.
  • Back on the ground you will visit a batik workshop before driving on to Kandy.
  • You will stop to visit a spice garden where you can learn all about the origin, cultivation and uses of a variety of spices.
  • Arrival in Kandy, where you can go for a walk near the lake and the Royal Palace before visiting the Temple of the Tooth.
  • Early evening you will see a traditional dance performance featuring a fire walking demonstration, and attend the impressive evening ceremony at the Temple of the Tooth.

Dinner and night at the 3-star Serene Garden Hotel (or similar).

DAY 5

Peradeniya Garden in Sri Lanka

PERADENIYA ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS AND FREE AFTERNOON IN KANDY

 

  • After breakfast you will go on a short drive to visit the Peradeniya Royal Botanic Gardens
  • In the afternoon you will have time to visit Kandy independently, go shopping and maybe try a wonderful Ayurvedic massage

Dinner and night at the 3-star Serene Garden Hotel (or similar).

DAY 6

Maussawa Mountains in Sri Lanka

MAUSSAWA

  • In the morning you will head for Nuwara Eliya
  • You will then continue to Maussawa, where your hotel, the Eco Lanka Villa, is situated.
  • Here you can discover Sri Lanka’s natural charm and feel completely in harmony with nature.

Dinner and night at the Eco Lanka Villa (or similar).

DAY 7

Tea plantations, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

FROM NUWARA ELIYA TO BANDARAWELA

  • In the morning you will visit the town of Nuwara Eliya, located at an altitude of 1,900 meters at the heart of the hill country.
  • After visiting Nuwara Eliya you will take a tuk-tuk to the Nanu Oya train station to catch the 1 p.m. local train (subject to timetable changes).
  • Arrival at Bandarawela Station at 3 p.m., where a driver will be expecting you. He will take you around Bandarawela, a very pretty town surrounded by tea plantations
  • You will then drive on to Balangoda where you can get settled at the hotel, a charming guest house situated in a small village.

Dinner and night at the Mount Field Cottage (or similar).

DAY 8

Bambarakkanda Sri Lanka

BAMBARAKKANDA AND BELIHUL OYA

 

  • In the morning you will go on a three or four-hour hike to the renowned Bambarakanda Falls
  • After the hike you will have lunch in a private home, an authentic way to find out more about Sri Lankan culture.
  • A demonstration of Sri Lankan cookery will also be offered at your hotel in the evening.

Dinner and night at the charming 2-star Water Garden Hotel (or similar).

DAY 9

Landscape Sri lanka

BELIHULOYA – KUDA OYA

 

  • You will have breakfast around 6.30 a.m. and go for a two to three-hour hike in the area to admire nature at dawn
  • Then you will drive to Buduruwagala to see the statue of Buddha
  • In the afternoon you will drive to Kuda Oya where you can get settled at the campground. You will spend the night close to nature.

Dinner and night in a bungalow (no A/C) at the Kuda Oya Cottage Site.

DAY 10

National Park of Yala in Sri Lanka

KATARAGAMA AND SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK

 

  • In the morning you will visit Kataragama Temple. This is actually a three-temple complex that displays true religious diversity (Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam).
  • You will then stop in front of the sacred “Bo-Tree”, protected by gold railings and more than 2000 years old.
  • In the afternoon you will head for Yala, where you will go on a jeep safari in Yala National Park.

Dinner and night at Hotel Okrin (or similar).

DAY 11

Galle Sri Lanka

KAN ELIYA – GALLE – BENTOTA

 

  • After a good night sleep you will drive to Galle
  • On the way you’ll stop at Kanneliya Forest Reserve
  • Galle, your destination, is a city steeped in history : visit the town

Dinner and night at the Marina Hotel (or similar).

DAY 12

Bentota beach, Sri Lanka

BENTOTA – AIRPORT

 

  • After breakfast you will drive to Bentota and enjoy a free day
  • Evening : airport transfer
  • Flight Colombo – Paris
The price includes
  • Airport transfers on arrival/departure and 24/7 assistance
  • Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle for airport transfers, for the tour itself and the visit of sites with an English-speaking driver guide. This is a private tour so you will be on your own (as a couple, a family or a group of friends, etc.) and your driver guide will escort you for the duration of your stay
  • Hotel accommodation as stated in the itinerary (half board basis, except the last day)
  • Entrance fees for the sites mentioned in the tour notes
  • Photography permits except at the Temple of the Tooth of Buddha
The price doesn’t include
  • Flights
  • Excursions and visits not mentioned in the tour notes
  • Personal spending money  and incidental expenditure
  • Insurance

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