Sri Lanka Off the Beaten Track

“Sri Lanka isn’t very touristy but at some sites you may find there are too many sightseers. Our local agency designed this particular tour so that you could meet Sri Lankan people and see Sri Lanka off the beaten track. For example you can visit Kandy and Dambulla, which are not to be missed, and also sleep in a temple, have dinner in a private home, go hiking, go scuba diving in Passikudah or visit a Hindu temple in Batticaloa!” Dilhani

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COLOMBO – NEGOMBO

Did you know that Negombo is well known to be a fishing village?

KANDY

Good to know; in Sinhalese you can say “Dalada Maligawa” to designate the Temple of the Tooth

MATALE

Did you know that cinnamon oil is effective against toothache or ears? We learn that in the spices gardens!

POLONNARUWA

Did you know that the city of Polonnaruwa was the capital and kings residence between 1017 and 1236?

EAST COAST

Hello you !

PASSIKUDAH

 Don’t hesitate to get a swim!

ARUGAM BAY

Ideal spot for surfing! Are you ready?

YALA

Did you know that the Yala Park was formerly a hunting place?

ELLA

Hello you !

BANBARAKANDA

Did you know that the largest pier water of Sri Lanka is located in Banbarakanda? Do not miss it!

SINHARAJA

Sinharaja is the last viable area of primary tropical rainforest in the whole country.

RATNAPURA

Ratnapura is also nicknamed the “city of precious stones”

BALAPITIYA

Hello you !

COLOMBO

Hope to see you soon…

DAY 1

Village pêcheurs, Negombo, Sri Lanka

COLOMBO AIRPORT – COLOMBO

 

  • Flight from your country to Colombo
  •  Personalised welcome at the airport by your local agent
  • Transfert to your hotel in Negombo
  • Short break at your hotel
  • Afternoon; two-hour trip boat excursion on the river between Colombo and Negombo

Night at the 3-star Catamaran Beach Hotel (or similar)

DAY 2

Jardin botanique Perradeniya au Sri Lanka

PERADENIYA – KANDY

 

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Morning; drive to Kandy
  • On the way; stop in Peradeniya to visit the magnificent Royal Botanic Gardens
KANDY
  • Visit of the city
  • Visit of the local market
  • Discovering of the famous Temple of the Tooth

Dinner and night in a private home

DAY 3

Temple d'or, Dambulla, Sri Lanka

MATALE – DAMBULLA

 

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Morning; drive to Dambulla
  • On the way; stop at the Matale spice garden
  • Late afternoon; visit of the Golden Temple in Dambulla with its five magnificent caves adorned with murals representing Buddha.

Night at the 3-star Pelwehera Village Resort (or similar)

DAY 4

Le rocher du lion, Sri Lanka

SIGIRIYA – POLONNARUWA

 

SIGIRIYA

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Morning; drive to Sigiriya
  • Visit of the Lion Rock

 

POLONNARUWA

  • Afternoon; drive to Polonnaruwa
  • Lunch in a private home
  • Visit of a school

Discovering of the Polonnaruwa archaelogical site;

  • The former Royal Palace
  • Shiva temple
  • Statues of Buddha

Night at the 3-star Hotel Sudu Araliya (or similar)

DAY 5

Passikudah plage Sri Lanka

DEPARTURE FOR THE EASTERN COAST

 

After breakfast you will head for the eastern coast of the island, which features wonderful beaches

Night at the Nandawanam Guest House (or similar)

DAY 6

Passikudah plage Sri Lanka

PASSIKUDAH

 

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Today is all about relaxation
  • Opportunity to go scuba diving

Night at the Nandawanam Guest House (or similar)

DAY 7

Passikudah plage Sri Lanka

ARUGAM BAY

 

  • Breakfast on the beach
  • Morning; drive to the renowned beach resort and national surfing spot of Arugam Bay
  • On the way you will make a short stop in Batticaloa to visit a Hindu temple
  • You will get to your hotel in the afternoon

Night at the 3-star Arugam Bay Surfing Resort (or similar)

DAY 8

parc national de Yala au Sri Lanka

ARUGAM BAY AND DEPARTURE FOR YALA

 

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Morning activitiy; surfing
  • Early afternoon; go to the famous nature reserve in Yala

Nuit a l’hotel Kirinda Beach 3* (ou similaire)

DAY 9

parc national de Yala au Sri Lanka

YALA – ELLA

 

  • A very early start for Yala National Park, where you will go on safari to discover impressive wildlife
  • Lunch; short stop at a farm to enjoy a local lunch
  • After lunch; drive to Ella, a village in a beautiful mountainous region
  • You will climb up Little Adam’s Peak surrounded by tea plantation

Night at the 4-star 98 Acres Resort (or similar)

DAY 10

Femme Sri Lankaise

ELLA – BAMBARAKANDA – BALANGODA

 

  • Morning; local train to reach the start of a long hike

During the journey you will see the highest waterfalls on the island, set in unforgettable landscapes. The hike itself lasts between four and five hours. You will walk across forests and rice paddies where you can meet the local people.

  • Lunch in a private home
  • Afternoon; check into a charming guest house where you can spend time relaxing and playing traditional games
  • Ccookery class at 6 p.m.

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

DAY 11

chute d'eau Srilanka

BALANGODA – OPANAYAKE – SINHARAJA

 

  • Morning; walk close to the village to meet the local people
  • Visit of the Sinharaja Forest Reserve
  • On the way; visit a gemstone mining operation and get a brief overview of the mining process

Dinner and night at the 4-star Rain Forest Lodge (or similar)

DAY 12

Marché de Ratnapura au Sri Lanka

RATNAPURA – ANGURUWATOTA

 

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Morning; go to the city of Ratnapura where you can visit an important local market
  • Canoe trip; You will go down one of the island’s longest rivers, the Kalu Ganga river, for two to three hours. Several stops are scheduled on the way.

Dinner and night at the Anguruwatota campground. Dinner will consist of typical local dishes prepared by a Sri Lankan family; you will spend the evening by the campfire

DAY 13

Tortue Mirissa sur la Plage au Sri Lanka

ANGURUWATOTA – BALPITIYA

  • Morning; walk in the village
  • You will have the opportunity to cycle to Bentota, a town situated nearby
  • Visit a turtle and reptile farm.
  • Night either in an orphanage or a monastery to gain further insight into Sri Lanka

Dinner and night at Balapitiya monastery or orphanage (in single-sex dormitories)

DAY 14

Colombo : Capitale Sri Lanka

COLOMBO – COLOMBO AIRPORT

 

After breakfast you will enjoy a guided visit of Colombo, the economic capital;

  • Gangaramaya Temple
  • The National Museum

Then you will be taken to Colombo International Airport for your return flight

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
  • 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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