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Culture & Wildlife Tour in Sri Lanka – 13 Nights / 14 Days

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Itinerary

Day 1Arrival / Negombo

On arrival at the Bandaranayke International Airport, you will get your first taste of warm Sri Lankan hospitality. Representative from Seerock Holidays will welcome you at the airport and proceed to Negombo. (Approx.: travel time 30 mnts).

Check-in to the hotel in Negombo and relax.

Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel in Negombo.

Day 2Negombo / Sigiriya

After breakfast proceed to Sigiriya. (Approx: 05 Hrs)

Climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

Sigiriya – the 5th Century Sigiriya Rock Fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A Moat, Rampart, and extensive Gardens including the renowned Water Gardens ring the base of the Rock.

Check-in to the hotel in Sigiriya and relax.

Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel in Sigiriya.

Day 3Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Minneriya / Sigiriya

After breakfast, Visit Polonnaruwa.

Polonnaruwa , the capital from 11th -13th Century A.D. Here the monuments are better preserved. The circular Relic House (Vata-da-ge) Lankathilaka, Thuparama, Royal Palace,Rankoth Vihara and Galvihara with the beautiful rock cut Buddha statues are the most interesting.

In the evening do a half day safari game drive at Minneriya National Park by jeep.

Minneriya National Park is an ideal eco-tourism location in Sri Lanka. The park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to Sri Lanka’s favourites such as sambar deer, leopards and elephants.

Proceed back to the hotel and relax.

Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel in Sigiriya.

Day 4Sigiriya / Dambulla / Knuckles

After breakfast, Visit Dambulla Rock Temple.

Dambulla is a large town, situated in the Matale District, Central Province of Sri Lanka, situated 72 km (45 mi) north of Kandy. Due to its location at a major junction, it’s the centre of vegetable distribution in the country. The temple is composed of five caves , which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Gautama Buddha and his life. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, Dambulla Rock, offering a panoramic view of the surrounding flat lands, which includes the rock fortress Sigiriya.

Thereafter proceed to Knuckles (Approx.: travel time 02 ½ hrs).

The Knuckles range is one of the loveliest nature attractions of Sri Lanka. The changing terrain of grasslands, rugged mountain peaks interspersed with streams and cascading waterfalls make Knuckles mountain range that covers an area of 18512 hectares the trekker’s paradise. With its numerous mountain trails, the Knuckles Mountain Range offers trekkers a great opportunity for a hike across dense forests, gushing rivers, cascading waterfalls, verdant tea plantations and terraced paddy fields.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Bungalow in Knuckles.

Day 5Knuckles

After Breakfast, A walk through the Pitawala Pathana – the island’s largest dry pathana plains.

The trek (Village/Manigala Trek) is approximately about 8 kms one way and its 16 kms in total. At the end of the trail you would be able to swim at a base of a waterfall (Thelgamu Oya). You are expected to encounter with species such as Deer, Barking deer, Deer monkey and various types of Lizards. In this trek you will be climbing from 1200 ft to 1850 ft. On the way back you will be able to do some bird watching.

Dinner & Overnight stay in a mobile tented camp in Manigala Mountain.

Day 06Knuckles / Kandy / Nuwaraeliya

After Breakfast proceed to Nuwaraeliya via Kandy. (Approx.: travel time – Knuckles to Kandy – 02 hrs).

Visit the Dalada Maligawa by Tuk Tuk. The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha, is the major tourist attraction in Kandy and is located spectacularly against a vast serene lake. The Tooth Relic is a symbol of sovereignty and receives state protection.

Thereafter continue journey to Nuwaraeliya. (Approx.: travel time – Knuckles to Kandy – 02 ½ hrs).

Nuwara Eliya – The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coldest places on the Island, but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence. Houses are like Country Cottages or Queen Ann style Mansions.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Tea Plantation Bungalow.

Day 07Nuwaraeliya / Horton Plains / Nuwaraeliya

Early morning, proceed to Horton Plains through the tea estates and then through the forest overlooking some of the best sceneries in the hill country.

Horton Plains National Park in Ohiya is a protected area in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka and is covered by montane grassland and cloud forest. This plateau at an altitude of 2,100–2,300 meters (6,900–7,500 ft) is rich in biodiversity and many species found here are endemic to the region. This region was designated an National Park in 1988. During this trek you will be served a picnic meal.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Tea Plantation Bungalow.

Day 08Nuwaraeliya / Ella

After breakfast, proceed to Ella. (Approx: 02 Hrs)

Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel in Ella.

Day 09Ella

Leisure at the hotel.

Optional activities – Climb Ella rock & Little Adam’s Peak.

Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel in Ella.

Day 10Ella / Yala

After breakfast, continue the journey to Yala (Approx: 03 Hrs)

Check-in to the hotel in Yala and relax.

Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel in Yala.

Day 11 Yala

Early morning proceed to Yala National Park & do a Safari game drive.

Yala National Park is the second largest and most visited in Sri Lanka. Yala is situated in the Southeast region of the Country. The Park covers 979 square kilometres .It originally had been designated as a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1900. The Park is best known for its variety of itsWildAnimals.Yala is one of the 7th important Bird areas in Sri Lanka. Yala harbours 215 Bird species including six endemic species of Sri Lanka. The number of Mammals that has been recorded from the park is 44, and it has one of the highest Leopard densities in the world.

Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel in Yala.

Day 12 Yala / Bundala / Mirissa

Early morning proceed to Bundala National Park by jeep.

This is the first Ramsar site in Sri Lanka and it is the most important wetland for birds in Sri Lanka outside the Northern Province. The lagoons of the park are among the most important wintering areas for migratory shore birds in the country. The Park contains five shallow, brackish lagoons, with saltpans in three interconnecting channels and marshes including the adjacent coast. This unique area of picturesque lagoons and inter tidal mud flats where the wintering birds rest and feed, golden beaches and sand dunes frequented by nesting sea turtles and the thorny scrub jungle where Elephant, spotted deer and wild buffalo are found.

Continue the journey to Mirissa (Approx: 03 Hrs) and check-in to the hotel in Mirissa.

Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel in Mirissa.

Day 13 Mirissa

Early morning do a Whale & Dolphin Watching excursion in Mirissa.

The ever smiling, mischievous dolphins will put on a show while some of the oldest and the largest sea creatures, the humpback and the blue whales, will nonchalantly glide past you, when you embark on a whale/ dolphin watching excursion off the Southern coast of Sri Lanka. The ideal locations for whale watching would be Dondra Point (Mirissa) with an abundance of dolphins.

In the evening leisure on the beach.

Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel in Mirissa.

Day 14 Mirissa / Airport

After the breakfast proceed to the Airport in time to connect with the departure flight. (Travel time – Approx: 04 Hrs)