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Relax in Sri Lanka 18 nights 19 days.

Relaxing Journey through the paradise isle.

Authentic Sri Lanka relaxation in 18 days

1st day. Airport – Hikkaduwa

2nd/3rd/4th day. Hikkaduwa beach

5th day. Hikkaduwa – Galle – Weligama – Tissa

6th day. Tissa: free morning and Yala National Park safari

7th day. Yala – Ella: Excursion

8th day. Ella: activity of your choice

9th day. Ella – Nuwara Eliya (train) – Gregory lake in Nuwara Eliya – Ramboda Waterfalls – Kandy

10th day. Botanical Garden – free – class of local cuisine

11th day. Kandy – Temple of the Tooth – Kandy free

12th day. Kandy – Spice Garden – Dambulla Golden Temple – Sigiriya

13th day. Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa by bike – Sigiriya

14th day. Sigiriya: Sigiriya Rock – Kaudulla Safari – Ayurveda massage session

15th day. Sigiriya – Mihintale – Anuradhapura

16th day. Anuradhapura – Anuradhapura ancient city – Anuradhapura

17th day. Anuradhapura: free and Safari Wilpattu

18th day. Anuradhapura – Negambo – Airpor

1st. day Airport – Hikkaduwa

Reception at the Bandaranaike International Airport by one of our representatives and transfer to Hikkaduwa.

Accommodation in Hikkaduwa

2nd/3rd/4th day. Hikkaduwa beach

Free day on the beach

Accommodation in Hikkaduwa

5th day. Hikkaduwa – Galle – Weligama – Tissa

Galle is the third most important city after Colombo and Kandy.

It was a Portuguese city in the 16th and 18th century, a moment of maximum apogee; even the British lived there in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

All these colonisers left their mark, which is why it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The Galle Fort is the best preserved colonial historical centre in the country, where Buddhists, Muslims, Catholics and Hindus live together in perfect harmony. It is a pleasure to get lost in its shady colonial streets and squares.

Transfer to Tissa. On route we can stop to admire in Weligama the Fishermen famous for their fishing mode nailed on the water.

Accommodation in Tissahamaragama

6th day. Tissa: free morning and Yala National Park safari

Free morning.

In the afternoon we transfer to Yala to participate in a safari.

The Yala National Park is the most visited Nature Reserve in the country and the second in extension.

You can see deer, pelicans, wild boars, crocodiles, magpies, wild buffaloes, kingfishers, elephants, royal peacocks, bears … and with a little luck, even the elusive leopard.

Accommodation in Tissahamaragama

7th day. Yala – Ella: Excursion

Transfer to Ella.

Once in Ella we can go up to the little Adam’s Peak. It is a simple ascent circumventing fields of tea to enjoy the immensity of the mountains in this part of the island.

In the afternoon rest.

Accommodation in Ella

8th day. Ella: activity of your choice

On this day we can elect one or both of the two activities:

Tea factory. This visit will allow us to know the tea process, from its production to our tables and the different types of tea produced in Sri Lanka.

Bridge of the nine arches. It is an easy and pleasant walk on the train rail (barely pass by). It is a very attractive photo of the train along the bridge of nine arches built by the British in 1921.

Rest of the day free

Accommodation in Ella

9th day. Ella – Nuwara Eliya (train) – Gregory lake in Nuwara Eliya – Ramboda Waterfalls – Kandy

Travel by train from Ella to Nanu Oya station in Nuwara Eliya. More than 3 hours of a sinuous journey through mountains of tea plantations and high woods.

Once in Nuwara Eliya we will tour the Gregory lake and the city to learn about the buildings with British influence.

On our way to Kandy we will observe extensive tea plantations; we will stop at the Ramboda Falls.

Accommodation in Kandy

10th day. Botanical Garden – free – class of local cuisine

The Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya also known as the Royal Gardens, their origins go back to the 14th century. This vast expanse of trees and plants is one of the best travel sites in Sri Lanka. We will admire the ancient trees and palms with the strangest shapes, Ayurvedic plants and the famous orchid collection. This vast area of 60 hectares is a place of relaxation and leisure for the Sri Lankans where they come to stroll and spend the day with their loved ones.

Accommodation in Kandy

Free afternoon.

Accommodation in Kandy

11th day. Kandy – Temple of the Tooth – Kandy free

This day will be dedicated to Kandy, the capital of the mountains.

World Heritage Site recognised by UNESCO, Kandy is one of the most sacred places in the Buddhist world.

It was the last capital of the Sri Lankan Kings and the second most important city, after Colombo. Kandy is also considered the capital of the Buddhist world due, in large part, to the Temple of the Tooth or Sri Dalada Maligawa.

We will enter this sacred place where the relic of the Buddha’s tooth is located. In ancient times, this relic played a very important role in the life of Sri Lanka, because it was believed that those who owned it held power. Again we will show how the Sri Lankan Buddhists come to this Temple with flowers and offerings to venerate Buddha.

Rest of the day to walk around the city, to the lake surrounding the Temple of the Tooth, the market …

Accommodation in Kandy

12th day. Kandy – Spice Garden – Dambulla Golden Temple – Sigiriya

Transfer to Matale to learn all the secrets of the Spice Garden. have the opportunity to see the plants and trees in which the different spices are grown and learn of their uses in cooking and in Ayurvedic medicine.

In particular we will know the vanilla, cocoa, cardamom, pepper, ginger, lemongrass, nutmeg.

Then we will move to Dambulla to visit the Golden Temple.

The Golden Temple of Dambulla consists of a large cave with different converted environments into temples. In its interior you can admire 153 statues of Buddha, some statues of the Sri Lanka Kings and some Hindu gods, and the murals that cover the walls and ceilings of the cave.

The story of Dambulla comes back to the year I AD in the twelfth century it lived its greatest moments. Even today the temple still active, we will have the opportunity to observe the Sri Lankan Buddhists offering flowers, incense and oil lamps.

Transfer to the hotel

Free afternoon

Accommodation in Sigiriya

13th day. Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa by bike – Sigiriya

Transfer to Polonnaruwa.

Visit by bicycle to one of the country’s ancient capitals, Polonnaruwa (XI-XIII).

Founded in the X century AD, Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka and remained active until the 13th century. UNESCO World Heritage Site, this city retains the remains of buildings and temples of the era. They are highlighted for their beauty and grandeur, the statues of Buddha and that of the King Parakrama carved in the rock. Followed by an interesting visit to the University of Alahana Pirivena.

In the “Polonnaruwa era” agriculture prospered, along with commerce, teaching and healthcare. Consequently, this era is considered the greatest in the history of this country.

Followed by a demonstration of traditional cuisine, meal included.

Accommodation in Sigiriya

14th day. Sigiriya: Sigiriya Rock – Kaudulla Safari – Ayurveda massage session

Transfer to Sigiriya, to visit Sigiriya Rock in the morning.

Sigiriya’s fortress is a practically rectangular 360-degree rock that at its peak are the ruins of an ancient complex of palaces, it is considered one of the 8 wonders of the ancient world.

This work of King Kassapa dates back to the fifth century AD. and hides a story of betrayal and revenge. UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sigiriya is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Sri Lanka.

In the afternoon, Ayurveda massage, a typical Srilankan practice dating back 4,000 years.

Rest of the day free.

Accommodation in Sigiriya

15th day. Sigiriya – Mihintale – Anuradhapura

Transfer to Mihintale.

According to ancient chronicles, Buddhism entered Sri Lanka through Mihintale in the year 237 before Christ.

In the sacred wood we will see the ruins of what remains of a great monastery that housed up to 3,000 monks. Still the remains of the life of that time are visible.

Transfer to Anuradhapura. Rest of the day free.

Accommodation in Anuradhapura

16th day. Anuradhapura – Anuradhapura ancient city – Anuradhapura

Transfer to Anuradhapura ancient city.

This day is dedicated to one of the ancient capitals of the country: Anuradhapura.

Founded in the 4th century BC, it was the first capital of Sri Lanka and remained active until the 10th century AC.

Anuradhapura is one of the largest archaeological sites in the world and is considered World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Besides ancient times and stupas, we will see, above all, how the Sri Lankans visit and venerate this sacred enclosure. It is very common to see smiling locals dressed in white with flowers and other offerings.

Accommodation in Anuradhapura

17th day. Anuradhapura: free and Safari Wilpattu

Free morning.

The afternoon will be dedicate to the Safari in Wilpattu National Park.

It is the largest National Park in Sri Lanka. The particularity of this national park are the existence of the “ Willus “ in the local language this means natural lakes, of which there are  about 60. In this park you will also have the opportunity to see the elusive leopard, elephants, wild buffaloes, bears, deer, various types of herons, ducks and birds endemic as roosters of the jungle. Among the reptiles we can meet crocodiles, water dragons and various types of turtles.

Accommodation in Anuradhapura

18th day. Anuradhapura – Negambo – Airport

Transfer to Negambo. Time depending before the transfer to the airport we will take a short visit to the town of Negambo (near the airport), visiting the fishing port and the market, famous for the curious boats that can be seen throughout the bay.

Transfer to the airport at the agreed time. You must be at Bandaranaike International Airport

3 hours before your flight departs.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation and breakfast at the indicated hotels.
  • Private transport with  english spoken chaufeur/escort.
  • Reception and escort service at the airport upon arrival and departure
  • The entrance tickets to the monuments, National parks and the temples of the itinerary.

Exclusions

  • Optional activities.
  • The visits not contemplated in the route.
  • Tips.
  • International flight
  • Visa entry fees to Sri Lanka ($ 35)

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