Sri Lanka, a tour for culture buffs

“Sri Lanka: the flora, the fauna, the beaches… and the cultural heritage of course! Ceylon was colonised at various times, as testified by the old buildings in Galle or “Little England” in Nuwara Eliya… Discovering these historical reminders is truly fascinating. Yet the numerousancient capital cities (Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa…) show that Sri Lanka’s history stretches back a lot further. The island is also home to different religions that offer impressive places of worship. Whether famous or less known, this tour will allow you to discover these magical places… ” 

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AIRPORT NEGOMBO

Negombo is the second biggest city of Sri Lanka in terms of population.

CHILAW

Do not miss the fish market in Chilaw, it’s worth seeing it as the Negombo one. Wake up early and go !

ANURADHAPURA

Yes… There was a time when Anuradhapura was the capital of Sri Lanka ! A city considered as the sacred buddhist city of the country.

KANDY

The city of kandy is known for being an important site of buddhism.

POLONNARUWA

The city of Polonnaruwa, ancient capital of Sri Lanka is part of the cultural triangle.”

PINNAWALA
 
The elephant orphanage of Pinnawala has adopted these elephants due to deforestation caused by the development of the country.

NUWARA ELIYA

Nuwara Eliya is known for being the region of the “green gold” thanks to its amazing tea plantations.

BANDARAWELA

An advice ? If you take the train, do not forget your camera !

YALA

Let’s go for a safari in the Sri lankan savannah !

KATARAGAMA

Did you know that Kataragama was a god in the hinduism religion before being a sacred city in Sri Lanka ?

BENTOTA

The ayurveda techniques are originary from Bentota.

COLOMBO – PARIS

Time to go back home… 

DAY 1

Colombo : Capitale Sri Lanka

ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT – COLOMBO

Colombo | Economic Capital of Sri Lanka

 

  • Flight Paris – Colombo
  • Customised welcome at the airport by a representative of our local agency
  • Hotel transfer
  • Lunch time
  • Afternoon : visit of the former fishing village

Dinner and night at the 4-star St Lachlan Hotel (or similar).

DAY 2

Excursion au Sri Lanka dans un monastère

CHILAW – YAPAHUWA – HATHTHIKUCHCHA – ANURADHAPURA

 

CHILAW

Breakfast at the hotel

  • On the way to Chilaw : on the coastal road to Cilaw, you will pass several small fishing villages
  • Visit the city of Chilaw once arrived

YAPAHUWA

  • On the way to Yapahuwa
  • Once in Yapahuwa : visit of the hinduist temple of Munneswaram, then visit of the buddhist temple of Panduwasnuwara and finally you will go Haththikuchcha

HATHTHIKUCHCHA

  • Visit an ancient Buddhist monastery as well as ruins and in the afternoon you will reach Anuradhapura and go to the hotel.

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

DAY 3

Sri Lanka : Rocher du Lion Sigiriya

ANURADHAPURA – SIGIRIYA

 

ANURADHAPURA

  • Visit the city of Anuradhapura, former capital of the Sinhalese kingdom. You will see the oldest tree in the world and discover the archaeological park – a World heritage Site – then you will head to Sigiriya.

SIGIRIYA

  • Archaeological site | Former royal capital of Sri Lanka
  • A stop planned in order to admire the statue of Buddha in Aukana.
  • The Lion Rock of Sigiriya : impressive site, classified as a World Heritage site by the UNESCO
  • Visit of a batik workshop

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

DAY 4

Rocher du Lion, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

POLONNARUWA – MINNERIYA

 

Breakfast at the hotel

  • Morning : you will head to Polonnaruwa
  • Visit of the archaeological site as  well as the lesser-known site of Medirigiriya
  • Discover the statue of King Parakramabahu, the former Royal Palace, the audience hall, the royal baths, the relic room and the temple dedicated to Shiva
  • Afternoon : safari on a jeep in Minneriya National Park to watch wild elephants

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

DAY 5

Temple d'or au Sri Lanka

DAMBULLA – KANDY

 

  • On the way to Kandy, several stops are planned to meet the locals
  • Dambulla : visit the Buddhist temple and the garden of spices
  • Arrival in Kandy : you will have time to get settled at your hotel
  • Later afternoon : you will attend the evening ceremony at the renowned Temple of the Tooth

Dinner and night at the 3.5-star Thilanka Hotel in a Deluxe room (or similar).

DAY 6

Orphelinat éléphant Pinnawela Sri Lanka

PINNAWALA – KANDY

 

  • In the morning : you will visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala
  • Visit of the Peradeniya Royal Botanical garden located near, you will discover numerous  exotic flowers
  • Afternoon : Explore the streets of Kandy
  • Evening : Attend the traditional dance performances and the impressive fire walking demonstration.

Dinner and night at the 3.5-star Thilanka Hotel (or similar).

DAY 7

plantation de thé nuwara eliya au Sri Lanka

NUWARA ELIYA

 

  • You will head to Nuwara Eliya and pass incredible tea plantations
  • Several stops are planned in order to meet the locals and observe the tea pickers as they work in the fields
  • Visit of a tea factory and taste the tea at the end
  • Afternoon: Stroll around Nuwara Eliya and the park, if wanted do some shopping…

Dinner and night at the 3-star Stamford Star Hotel (or similar).

DAY 8

chute d'eau Srilanka

NUWARA ELIYA – BANDARAWELA

 

  • In the morning : leave for Bandarawela
  • Stop at the botanical garden of Nuwara Eliya
  • Stop at Duhinda falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in Sri Lanka
  • Afternoon : discover the town of Bandarawwela

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

DAY 9

Parc National de Yala au Sri Lanka : Safari

KATARAGAMA – YALA

 

  • On the way to Kataragama
  • Stop to admire the tallest statue of Buddha in Buduruwagala
  • Visit the ruins of Yudaganawa
  • Safari time in Yala National park

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

DAY 10

Galle, Sri Lanka

KATARAGAMA – GALLE

 

  • In the morning : visit the pilgrimage town of Kataragama and its famous monuments.
  • You will head to Galle
  • Afternoon : amble around the streets of Galle and explore its fascinating heritage

Dinner and night at the 3-star Old Dutch House (or similar).

DAY 11 – 12

Plage de Bentota

BENTOTA

 

  • On the way to Bentota
  • Afternoon : free time to enjoy the beach
  • The next day will also be a free day and many optional excursions will be offered

Dinners and nights at the 4-star The Palms (or similar).

DAY 13

En matinée, après le petit-déjeuner, départ pour l'aéroport international de Colombo.

BENTOTA – AIRPORT

 

  • Departure from the hotel and transfer to Colombo International Airport.
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)
  • 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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