Negombo is a major city in Sri Lanka, located on the west coast of the island and at the mouth of the Negombo Lagoon, in Western Province, Sri Lanka. The wide sandy beaches and the safe sea are the major tourist attractions of Negombo, use the town for the first or the last night of their stay in Sri Lanka. Negombo is a traditional fishing town of Sri Lanka. Regarded as the traditional fishing town, no wonder Negombo is a gourmet’s delight with seafood available in plenty. Also produces spices, ceramics and brassware.
Fishing village (Travel Time – Approx. 15mints – 30mints)
Visit the fishing village north of Colombo with a Dutch-built canal. The canal itself is a hive of activity with fishermen traveling up and down in their gaily-painted boats. On the shores of the canal you will find many homes and many species of birds including spectacular kingfishers. Catamaran trips in the sea and boat trips in the canal can be organized. From November to April, diving facilities are available in this quaint village. Rest of the evening at leisure.
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Visit the impressive Dambulla Rock Cave Temple en-route which sits 100m to 150m above the road. The hike up to the temples begins along a vast, sloping rock face with steps in some places. The caves’ as a place of worship is thought to date from around the 1st century BC. There are five separate caves of which the interiors are carved into magnificent rock temples containing about 150 images of the Buddha. The interiors are also gilded, earning the place the name “Ran Giri” (Golden Rock).
Overnight stay at hotel in Dambulla/Sigiriya
Elephant Back Safari
The Elephant Safari, a ride on an Elephant with safely secured seat that takes around two hours. The ride takes you on a bund of an ancient lake built for irrigation then through the jungle and even crosses a part of the lake where you could get your feet wet whilst seated on Elephant Back. A fun never to be missed thing to do in Sri Lanka.
p.m. Leave for a village tour.
Bullock Cart (Double Ox Cart) which will transport through the next phase of the adventure. The journey continues through dense shrub forests, Paddy lands and other home to many forest birds and other wildlife including monkeys, bear, wild hare, python, Mongose, and even elephants. Sightseeing of the rural village life possible while on the cart ride. Catamaran Safari (Double paired canoe joined together with seating facility) at the scenic lake & Wade through a shallow stream and the sense of adventure heightens when you need to get a Chena Cultivation via a somewhat wider tributary which needs to be crossed on a Catamaran!! Chance of experiencing bird watching while on the Catamaran such as Peacocks, green pigeons, cormorants, green bitters, King fishers, Eagles and many more birds and also land monitors as well as water monitors.
Visit Chena Cultivation – At the Chena cultivation you will stop to enjoy the farmer’s humble hospitality. Perhaps enjoy a drink of sweet King Coconut/Aromatic ginger tea or some other seasonal fruits.
Overnight stay at a Hotel in Dambulla/Sigiriya.
After an early breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya.
The road from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya climbs nearly 1,400 meters as it winds through jade green Tea Plantations and past crystal-line reservoirs. Kotmale reservoir can be seeing from a little further up the road Ramboda falls, 108 meters in height can also be viewed en-route.
Ramboda Falls is 109m high and 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 729th highest waterfall in the world. This spectacular water fall is found just below the Gampola – Nuwara Eliya road at Ramboda pass. It is formed by Panna Oya, a tributary of Kothmale Oya. Since there are 3 Cascades formed with the same brook, the upper and lower falls are hardly visited by travelers. Altitude of the falls is 945m above sea level.
Nuwara Eliya – The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of mountains, valleys, waterfalls and tea plantations and is 6,200 feet above sea level. In 1826 some British Officers out on shooting, chanced on Nuwara Eliya plains, and Sir Edward Barnes investigated on it. In 1828 a road was constructed over the ridge at Ramboda Pass and a station for convalescent soldiers was established. It was Sir Samuel Baker who fell under the spell of Nuwara Eliya, brought hounds, horses, cattle, sheep etc. and started a typical English farm here. Flowers and vegetable were brought from England and planted. It is supposed to be one of the coldest places on the Island, but is really just like an England spring day although the temperature does drop at night. The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic. Seasons may be absent elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers, which bloom during spring (March to May) and fall between August and September.
Overnight stay at hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
Overnight stay at hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
After breakfast transfer to Kandy.
Then in the evening visit Temple of tooth. p.m. Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha (Sri Dalada Maligawa), which houses the most important Relic of the Buddhists in Sri Lanka. A gold canopy was erected some years ago over the roof of the shrine room where it is placed. In the evening view a colorful cultural performance of Kandyan Dancers. The finale is a display of fire-walking.
Overnight stay at hotel in Kandy.
Train Ride Nanu oya to Peradeniya
Leave for Nanu Oya Rail way station. The train Joureny Nanu Oya to Peradeniya station, it takes 3 hours duration. The ride onwards to Peradeniya, on the way sceneries bringing- hill country, is also wonderful, and probably the best train ride in Sri Lanka. The dramatic landscape of the highlands stirs the senses as you wind past lush tea plantations, majestic peaks and rushing waterfalls.
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Overnight stay at hotel in Beruwala.
The Madu River Lagoon is more commonly known as Madu Ganga, It Covers 915 hectors and collective boasts 15 islands of different sizes. The average depth of the lagoon is roughly 3 meters. The river is a shallow water body in the southwest of Sri Lanka which falls into the sea at Balapitiya. Madu Ganga has high ecological, biological importance, being home to over 300 species of plants. It is arguably one of the last remaining tracts of pristine mangrove forests in Sri Lanka. The surrounding village inhabitants of this islets produce the world renowned peeled Cinnamon of Sri Lanka and Cinnamon oil which is a fascinating process to watch. Visitors can also visit the Ma Duwa village, prawn farms, sand mines, and local blacksmiths on the either side of the Madu Ganga.Optional Excursion 02
The beaches of Bentota offer plenty of water sports activities such as water-skiing and windsurfing.
WATER SPORTS For the more adventurous guests, get your adrenaline pumping as you engage in a range of thrilling water sports activities such as jet skiing, banana boat riding amongst others at Bentota Beach Hotel a mere 20 minute ride from the resort. Transfer to Beruwala.
Overnight stay at hotel in Beruwala.
A drive through the city will take you to Fort and Pettah – the commercial area of the city and tree-lined Colombo 7 – Cinnamon Gardens. Colombo 3, 4, 5 & 8 are the prime residential areas of the City. The Hindu Temple at Sea Street – lined with goldsmith shops, the Dutch Church at Wolfendhal dating back to 1749, the historic Devatagaha Mosque, Independence Square, BMICH, Gangaramaya Temple and Colombo Museum are some of the attractions in Colombo. Colombo largest shopping malls- Majestic city Colombo4, ODEL, Liberty plaza, etc
Overnight stay at hotel in Colombo
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•It is advisable to confirm/make reservations early.
•General hotel check in time is 1400 hrs. And check out time is 12 noon.
•Visa – prior visa required for all nationalities other PP holders of Singapore and the Maldives. Online ETA can be obtained at http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/