- Shark, squid, barracuda and hundreds of things with fins that nobody knows the name of – visit the sensational Negombo fish market.
- Practice sticking out your little finger and delicately holding a teacup with your thumb and forefinger. Why? To prep for a delicious cuppa in the tea-heartland of Kandy.
- Leave the imprint of you face on the train window as you stare out wide-eyed from Kandy to Ella – it’s basically a 6-hour movie of amazing scenery.
- Go on safari in search of leopards and elephants in Yala National Park.
- Three days (and nights) on Unawatuna's golden beach can cure almost all of life’s problems.
- 10 meals
- Entry fees
- Included activities
- 10 nights (hotel)
Day 1 : Negombo
Welcome to Negombo, Sri Lanka. There are are no activities planned today so you're free to arrive at any time. Your adventure kicks off with a welcome meeting at 6 pm where you’ll meet your tour leader and fellow travellers. Although Colombo is the commercial capital and by far the largest city in Sri Lanka, it's still relatively small. You won't be staying in the capital itself, but in a place by the beach. There are plenty of beach bars, pubs and restaurants available close by. Accommodation Hotel (1 night) Special Information If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive in time for today's welcome meeting, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand.
Day 2 : Kandy
Head to the fish market in Negombo this morning. This can be quite an intense affair, but the variety of fish being presented by the locals is a great experience. From here, begin your journey by private vehicle to Kandy and visit a spice garden on the way, which should take around three hours in total (120 kilometres). On arrival to Kandy, there's an optional visit to the Temple of the Tooth (Dalada Maligawa), the most important shrine in the country. It's also worth attending a cultural show while in town - the Kandyan dance performances are awesome. The Royal Botanical Garden is just ten minutes away from your accommodation and there is access to the swimming pool of Kandyan Residencies (next door). Your evening is free to do as you wish. Accommodation Hotel (1 night) Included Activities Negombo - Fish market Matale - Spice Garden visit Optional Activities Kandy - Temple of the Tooth - LKR2000 Kandy - Cultural performance - LKR1000 Kandy - Botanical Gardens - LKR1200
Day 3 : Kandy
Today is free to explore Kandy. If you didn't visit the Royal Botanical Garden yesterday, then take a stroll around it today. Perhaps organise a day trip to the famous palace of Sigiriya and Dambulla Caves Temple - discovering this magnificent cave complex. The World Heritage listed cave monastery has been a pilgrimage site for 22 centuries and for good reason. If you're feeling a little worse for wear in the afternoon, why not try an Ayurvedic massage to relax those weary muscles? Accommodation Hotel (1 night) Optional Activities Kandy - Botanical Gardens - LKR1200 Dambulla - Cave Temples - LKR1500 Sigiriya - Lion Rock - LKR4650
Day 4 : Ella
This morning, say goodbye to Kandy as you hop on a train for around six hours to Ella. It’s a kinda long trip, but you can buy all sorts of yum treats from the onboard sellers. On arrival to Ella, check in to your accommodation which is within walking distance of the station. Once you've dropped off your luggage, perhaps head out for a visit to a local tea factory. If this doesn't take your fancy, go for dinner in one of the many local restaurants and bars. Accommodation Hotel (1 night) Included Activities Kandy - Scenic train ride to Ella
Day 5 : Ella
Venture out on an included half day trek to Ella Gap this morning. We'll stop in a small mountain village for a spicy curry lunch and a pot of Ceylon tea. This is an awesome way of getting to know the area and a great opportunity to rub shoulders with the locals. The rest of the day is then free to do what you want. Accommodation Hotel (1 night) Included Activities Ella - Trek to Ella Gap & Nine Arch Bridge
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 : Tissamaharama
Head out of Ella in a private vehicle for around three hours to your resort on the edge of Tissa Lake. Once settled, you'll head out on a jeep safari where you'll come across the area's native wildlife such as elephants, leopards and aquatic birds. This is an amazing experience that you'll never forget. After your day in nature soak in the view from the lovely hotel pool overlooking lake Tissa. Accommodation Hotel (1 night) Included Activities Yala/Udawalawe National Park - Wildlife safari Special Information Each September the Wildlife Conservation Department of Sri Lanka close Yala National Park for the development of infrastructure as well as for plant and wildlife rejuvenation. We instead visit the Elephant Transit Home at Udawalawe, followed by a jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park. Udawalawe is home to wild elephants, wild buffalo, sambar deer and leopards.
Day 7 : Unawatuna
Journey west in a private vehicle for around three and a half hours to Unawatuna. This fantastic stretch of beach has plenty of local restaurants and bars to relax in. There are no included activities today, so you'll have plenty of free time to explore Unawatuna and its surrounds. Accommodation Hotel (1 night)
Day 8 : Unawatuna
Life’s a beach, so spend the day on one. With a book and a cocktail and a bottle of sunscreen. Possibly head out early on an optional whale watching tour or take a day trip to visit the Galle Royal Dutch Fort. Walk around the fort for free or 'bikesplore' the lesser known areas of the city on an Urban Adventure. You'll be staying at a guest house on the beach tonight, so make use of the hundreds of beach restaurants and bars that surround you. Accommodation Hotel (1 night) Optional Activities Galle - Dutch Fort - Free Galle - Walking tour - Free Galle - Bikesplore Galle Urban Adventure - USD49
Day 9 : Unawatuna
You have another free day beside the beach today. Take a towel and relax on the beach, sleep in, work on your tan or grab a cocktail under the shade of a restaurant. This is the perfect way to chill out and enjoy the Sri Lankan coast. Otherwise maybe today is the day to hop in a tuk-tuk and discover some of the other amazing beaches on Sri Lanka's southern coast. Accommodation Hotel (1 night)
Day 10 : Colombo
Leave Unawatuna behind and make the short journey to Galle, where you'll jump on a train to Colombo (approximately four hours). On arrival to Sir Lanka's capital, why not head out on an optional city walk with your leader? If you'd rather pick up some last-minute shopping, then pay a visit to the mass amounts of shops that are available. Tonight is free but your leader will suggest a spot for an optional final group dinner. Accommodation Hotel (1 night) Included Activities Galle - Scenic train ride to Colombo Colombo - Walking tour Colombo - Guided Market Visit
Day 11 : Colombo
Have string hoppers and a super-black coffee for breakfast, then pull your saddest face as our trip comes to an end. Optional Activities Urban Adventure - Colombo by Tuk Tuk Urban Adventure - USD55 - USD55 Colombo - Eat, Eat, Repeat Urban Adventure - USD55 Meals Included There are no meals included on this day.
Selected Sundays: 17March 2019 - 29Deccember 2019
Waves By Tranquil (Lakwin Hotel) - Welcome Meeting on Day 1 of the itinerary at 6pm
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