Itineraries

Trekking and monuments 13 nights 14 days.

14 days of trekking and discovering emblematic monuments in Sri Lanka.

Unique excursion into the heart of Sri Lanka

  1st day. Airport – Kurunegala – Habarana (Transfer 4 hours)

  2nd day. Habarana – Polonnaruwa – Habarana (Transfer 1 hour)

  3rd day. Sigiriya – Minneriya National Park (Transfer 30 min.)

  4th day. Habarana: Trekking

  5th day. Habarana – Dambulla Temple of Hours – Matale Trekking – Spice Garden – Kandy

  6th day. Kandy – Temple of the Tooth – Visit to the city – Culinary demonstration

  7th day. Kandy: Hantana Trekking

  8th day. Kandy – Peradeniya Botanical Garden – Trekking Ramboda Waterfalls – Tea Factory – Nuwara Eliya

  9th day. Nuwara Eliya – Trekking: Horton Plains National Park – Nuwara Eliya

10th day. Nuwara Eliya – Tea mountain train – Ella: Trekking

11th day. Haputale mountain trekking: 1st Day – refuge

12th day. Haputale mountain trekking: 2nd day – Tissa

13th day. Safari Yala National Park

14th day. Yala – Galle – Airport

1st day. Airport – Kurunegala – Habarana (Transfer 4 hours)

Reception at the Bandaranaike international airport by our representative and transfer to Habarana.

Stop in Kurunegala for a walk around the lake and enjoy a refreshing drink.

Free afternoon.

Accommodation in Habarana

2nd day. Habarana – Polonnaruwa – Habarana (Transfer 1 hour)

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa.

Visit to Polonnaruwa walk (about 4 hours).

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.

Transfer to Habarana.

Accommodation in Habarana 

 3rd day. Sigiriya – Minneriya National Park (Transfer 30 min.)

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning a visit to Sigiriya rock.

Sigiriya’s fortress is a rock with a substantially rectangular shape at 360 meters above sea level. 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. Visit the gem museum. Sri Lanka has a long tradition of producing gems. Rubies, sapphires, amethysts and garnets are mined in this country. In the afternoon we will take a safari in the Minneriya National Park, famous for the large herds of elephants that inhabit it. Sometimes you can see up to 300 elephants together.

Accommodation in Habarana

4th day. Habarana: Trekking

After breakfast we leave for a Trek in Habarana (about 4 hours). We will cross villages surrounded by nature, lakes, rice fields and local crops …

Accommodation in Habarana  

5th day. Habarana – Dambulla Temple of Hours – Matale Trekking – Spice Garden – Kandy

After breakfast in the morning we will visit the Golden Temple of Dambulla(I s. AD).

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 is still active, we will have the opportunity to observe the Sri Lankan Buddhists offering flowers, incense and oil lamps.

Then we will do a Trek in Matale through a village surrounded by fields of pepper and rice.

Then we will make our way through a road that is surrounded by unspoiled nature and cultivations of cashew, pepper, cocoa, coffee and natural rubber. Finally we will arrive at a river with the possibility of taking a swim.

After lunch we will visit a spice garden with all its secrets. In this visit we will have the opportunity to see the plants and trees from which the different spices are gathered and learn their uses in cooking and in Ayurvedic medicine.

Accommodation in Kandy

6th day. Kandy – Temple of the Tooth – Visit to the city – Culinary demonstration

Breakfast at the hotel followed by a visit to the Sri Dalada Maligawa or Buddha Tooth Temple.

In this sacred place we find the relic of the Buddha’s tooth. Since ancient times, this heirloom played an important role in Sri Lanka’s life, as it was believed that those who possessed it had power. Again we will check how the Sri Lankan Buddhists gather in this temple with flowers and offerings to worship Buddha. The rest of the morning we will pass, by walking through the city, to the lake and we will visit a typical Sri Lanka market. In the afternoon we will attend a culinary demonstration with dinner included.

Accommodation in Kandy

7th day. Kandy: Hantana Trekking

Breakfast at the hotel.

Trekking in Hantana (about 5 hours): we will take a walk through the mountains that surround the south of the city of Kandy. In Sinhalese Hantana means seven peaks and we will ascend to one of them.

Accommodation in Kandy

8th day. Kandy – Peradeniya Botanical Gardens – Trekking Ramboda Waterfalls – Tea Factory – Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast we will visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.

The Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya also known as the Royal Gardens, have their origins go back to the fourteenth 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.

On the way to the mountain station of Nuwara Eliya (1,868 m), we will observe the vast tea plantations. Then we will leave for a short trek, reaching the Ramboda waterfalls (about 1 hour, slope 100 mt.). A continuation visit to the tea factory, to observe how the best tea in the world is processed.

Transfer to Nuwara Eliya. Free afternoon.

Accommodation in Nuwara Eliya

9th day. Nuwara Eliya – Trekking: Horton Plains National Park – Nuwara Eliya

Leave the hotel at 5am. Breakfast with pic-nic at the “end of the world” precipice.

The whole day is dedicated to trekking in the Horton Plains National Park.

This natural park is formed by a large plain covered with meadows and rainforest. It is a very rich area of biodiversity, where with a little luck we can come across the Sambar deer, the jungle cock and the white-eyed bird , the last two are endemic to Sri Lanka. The visit to the park is a walk of about 9 km (about 3.5 / 4 hours), where you can admire the famous precipice of the “end of the world” and Baker waterfalls.

Accommodation in Nuwara Eliya

10th day. Nuwara Eliya – Tea mountain train – Ella: Trekking

Breakfast at the hotel.

Travel by train from Nanu Oya station in Nuwara Eliya to Ella. Over 3 hours of winding road through the mountains and the forest, a time to relax and take in the breathtaking scenery.

The railway network in Sri Lanka started operating in 1968 and still runs perfectly preserving the old trains of the time.

After lunch in the village of Ella, we will do a little trek to the Little Adams Peak and contemplate the incredible view (about 1 hour).

Accommodation in Bandarawela

11th day. Haputale mountain trekking: 1st Day – refuge

After breakfast we will move to Haputale to start a 2 day trek.

Our first day begins at 7 am, walking through the tea mountains, pine and tropical forests, arriving at the mountain shelter in the afternoon. Total distance 14 km.

difference in height 600 mt.

dinner in the shelter.

Accommodation in the mountain refuge

12th day. Haputale mountain trekking: 2nd day – Tissa

Breakfast in the shelter.

Beginning at 7:30 am, on the way we will visit the tallest waterfalls of Sri Lanka (263 mt.).

Possibility of getting wet. Total distance 14 km. difference in height 600 mt.

Dinner comprising of rice and curry at a local house next to the waterfall.

Accommodation in Tissa

13th day. Safari Yala National Park

Breakfast at the hotel, free morning.

In the afternoon we leave for the safari. The Yala National Park is the most visited nature reserve in the country and the second largest. You can see deer, pelicans, wild boars, crocodiles, magpies, wild buffaloes, kingfishers, elephants, royal peacocks and bears, with a little luck even the elusive leopard.

Accommodation in Yala

14th day. Yala – Galle – Airport

Breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Galle Fort. 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 the airport

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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