Immersion and ascent of Adam’s Peak

“Are you thrill-seekers or do you just love sublime landscapes? Do you long to make the ascent of Adam’s Peak? This tour is made for you: you will discover Sri Lanka, with its modern and ancient cities, tea plantations and national parks through a safari… and you will also climb up Adam’s Peak in order to see the unique “sacred footprint” at the top or admire the strong shadow of the peak falling on the valley below.” Dilhani

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Negombo is a multi-religious city. Since the beginning of European colonization, the township of Negombo has a majority of Roman Catholics along with Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus


The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is situated northwest of the town of Kegalle, halfway between the present commercial capital Colombo and the ancient royal residence Kandy. There are about 84 elephants under protection. The orphanage is open to the public


The second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated Chola invaders in 1070 to reunite the country once more under a local leader


Kandy say in sinhalese: මහ නුවර Maha nuwara, pronounced [mahaˈnuʋərə]; Tamil: கண்டி, pronounced [ˈkaɳɖi]. it is a major city in Sri Lanka, located in the Central Province, Sri Lanka.


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During the British period in Sri Lanka the history of Kandy and its townscape witnessed rapid and drastic change and particularly after the Uva Rebellion. Sir Lowry is noted for recording in his Gazetteer “The story of English rule in the Kandyan country during the rebellion of 1818 cannot be related without shame…


It is well known for the Sri Pada, “sacred footprint”, a rock formation near the summit, which in Buddhist tradition is held to be the footprint of the Buddha, in Hindu tradition that of Shiva and in Islamic and Christian tradition that of Adam, or that of St. Thomas


Nuwara Eliya is considered to be the most important location for tea production in Sri Lanka


The name ‘Ratnapura’ is a direct Sanskrit word meaning City (from the Sanskrit word ‘Pura’) of Gems (from the Sanskrit word ‘Ratna’) over 2000 years ago when the first Buddhist monks arrived here from the north eastern provinces of India namely Bodh-Gaya, Varanasi and Pataliputra




Negombo | A major city in Sri Lanka


  • Arrival at Colombo International Airport
  • Meet a representative of our local agency
  • Transfert to your hotel in Negombo

Free time for lunch

  • The afternoon: taking a canoe trip in Muthurajawela, the lagoon between Negombo and Colombo
  • You can observe thousands of local birds

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





  • After breakfast, you will visit Pinnawala, the elephant orphanage
  • Watch as they get fed
  • Have a bath in the river

These elephants end up at the orphanage after being abandoned by their mother or due to development projects resulting in deforestation



  • Early afternoon you will drive to the cave-temple complex in Dambulla, dating from 1stcentury BC
  • Visit the Golden Temple and its market which is one of the biggest in Sri Lanka
  • The five caves used as sanctuaries have been a World Heritage Site since 1991
  • Their walls are covered with Buddhist murals
  • You will get to the hotel in Sigiriya around 6.30 p.m.

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




SIGIRIYA | The second capital of the Sinhalese kingdom


  • You will visit the site on a mountain bike
  • See beautiful monuments: a temple dedicated to Shiva, tall statues of Buddha and the former Royal Palace


Lunch in a private home



  • Polonnaruwa : discover a small village
  • Go for a walk across the verdant rice paddies
  • Take you along Thabale Lake, covered with lotus flowers
  • Visit a rice factory and its husking mills
  • You will return to the hotel late afternoon

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




SIGIRIYA | Lion Rock

  • Go on an excursion to Lion Rock in Sigiriya
  • Admire the former royal fortress at the summit, dating from 5th century
  • The superb views over the surrounding valley
  • An elephant ride in  Habarana will allow you to see the surrounding landscape while resting your feet!


Free time for lunch



  • On the way to Kandy you will make several stops
  • Including visits to a spice garden and a batik workshop in Matale
  • Discover several historic monuments and a famous relic
  • The Tooth of Buddha
  • The Temple of Dalada Maligawa
  • In the evening you will gain further insight into Sri Lankan culture by attending a traditional music and dance performance

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




  • After breakfast you will enjoy a walk in Peradeniya Royal Botanic Gardens
  • The largest of their kind in Sri Lanka and renowned for their wide variety of exotic trees and flowers


  • In the afternoon you will visit Kandy, last capital of the Sinhalese kingdom
  • You will amble around the streets and market
  • On the lakeshore lies the Temple of the Tooth
  • The most important Buddhist relic on the island

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




  • Departure in the morning for the tea-growing country
  • Several stops are scheduled, including the visit of a tea factory

Free lunch


  • You will then head for Dalhousie, which lies at the base of Adam’s Peak
  • A local guide will brief you about the ascent
  • He will  accompany you to the top the next day

Dinner and night at the 5-star Punsisi Guest House, in the midst of tea plantations (or similar).




  • Departure at night time for the ascent of Adam’s Peak with your local guide
  • Once you reach the summit you will discover a footprint
  • Christians and Muslims think it was made by Adam, whereas Buddhists think it was made by Buddha and Hinduists say it is Shiva’s footprint



  • The next stop on your itinerary is Nuwara Eliya
  • On arrival you will get settled at the hotel
  • Stroll around the town centre and the park

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




  • After breakfast you will get into a local train
  • You will travel through the tea country
  • It will give you the opportunity to see many beautiful waterfalls
  • A climb up Little Adam’s Peak has been organised in Ella
  • You will then be able to go for a swim at Ravana Falls
  • Visit Uda Walawe National Park, one of the most beautiful in Sri Lanka and reminiscent of African wildlife reserves
  • A safari will take place in the afternoon to get a closer look at the local wildlife

Dinner and night at the 4-star Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort (or similar).




  • Go to Ratnapura, located at 90 km from Colombo
  • Ratnapura is known as“the City of Gems”, particularly diamonds
  • You will visit a mine before going to the gem market where extracted diamonds and other precious stones are bought and sold on a daily basis
  • Finally, transfer to the airport for your flight home
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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