This exclusive 8-day tour is designed with a fine balance of history and culture, nature and wildlife, city and beach time. You will enjoy the warm Sri Lankan hospitality that comes from the heart at cosy hotels and resorts. Sri Lanka is famous as a comprehensive travel destination since it comprises all the elements that you need as a traveller like beaches, mountains, historical sites, wildlife and the rich culture. Your English speaking tour leader, who has extensive knowledge of all aspects of this incredible country, will show you many fascinating and interesting places and he will share his knowledge about Sri Lankan history and culture. That is why we are sure you will have an amazing, fulfilling holiday and wonderful memories for a lifetime. Sri Lanka is an economy friendly travel destination; it’s a place where you can get world-class experiences without world-class costs. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Four UNESCO World Heritage sites visit, train ride into the mountains, climbing Sigiriya Rock Fortress, seeing wild elephants and blue whales, cooking the local food, setting foot at the Mini Adam's peak, and enjoying beach time at one of Sri Lanka’s remote beautiful beaches.
Welcome to Sri Lanka, the land like no other and 8 days of explorations with a local expert giving you the opportunity to touch the historical and cultural cities, the lush green tea estates & waterfalls in the hill-country, the best wildlife & exciting soft adventures, the beautiful golden sandy and remote beaches. Upon arrival at Colombo CMB airport, you will meet your tour leader and you will be transferred to your hotel. (Can pick-up from any hotel at Colombo or Negombo as well). The ﬁrst destination will be Negombo coastal town, which has long been known as the most popular beach in Sri Lanka, famous for its golden sandy beach, food and fun. For day one, we haven’t planned any activity, thus you are free to arrive in Sri Lanka at any time. If your flight arrives early in the day, we'll arrage you a Negombo city tour. Evening, you may have a walk along the seashore while enjoying the beautiful sunset and the pleasant evening atmosphere of the beachside. Overnight stay in Negombo (few hotel options will be given to choose according to your preferences and budget with the quotation).
After enjoying a delicious breakfast with a hot cup of Sri Lankan tea or a coffee, you will take a wonderful journey across the stunning Sri Lankan countryside towards Dambulla city, which is the central point of the cultural triangle on the island. En-route, En-route to Dambulla, you'll visit the Millennium Elephant Foundation. Take the opportunity to cuddle them, feed them and give them a bath at the nearby river. Upon arrival at Dambulla, you'll enjoy a wonderful cultural village tour while exploring the beautiful countryside. It will start with a Bullock Cart ride, one of the most ancient and prime transportation systems in Sri Lanka, still used in some villages. While on the tour, you will also enjoy a canoeing boat ride across the lake and TukTuk ride before reaching the farmer’s house where you will experience the typical Sri Lankan countryside hospitality. Evening, you will visit Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE), since it’s the best time to capture the beautiful scenery of sun setting. King Kasyapa (477 – 495 AD) built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colorful frescoes. Sigiriya refuses to reveal its secrets easily; in fact you have to climb a series of vertiginous staircases to reach the top. On the way you’ll pass quite remarkable frescoes and a pair of colossal lion paws carved into the bedrock. Overnight stay in Dambulla.
After breakfast, visit the Royal Cave Temple and the Golden Buddha Statue (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE). Dambulla has the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. It has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. The rock towers 160 meters over the surrounding plains and houses 5 cave temples with some of the most unique and signiﬁcant historical drawings. Thereafter, you will visit Matale Spice Garden. Then proceed towards Kandy, the capital of the last Sinhalese kingdom. It's set on a plateau surrounded by mountains, which are home to tea plantations and bio diverse rainforests. Kandy is also famous for its sacred Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth Relic. In the afternoon, you’ll enjoy a walk around Kandy's busy city centre, including a tour of the Central Market, before engaging with a cultural dance show which is inspired by Sri Lankan arts, traditional dance and cultural heritage. Overnight stay in Kandy.
In the morning, In the morning, visit to Tiesh Gem Museum; get to know more about the World renowned and most prestigious Sri Lankan gems and jewellery in a gem museum tour. Thereafter, you will visit the Peradeniya Royal Garden, which is known as one of the best botanical gardens in Asia. You will walk through it by exploring the 300 varieties of orchids, a stately avenue of royal palms, the extraordinary, aptly named cannonball fruit tree and 40m-high Burma bamboo. Another big hit is the giant Javan ﬁg tree on the great lawn, with its colossal central trunk and umbrella-like canopy of branches. Thereafter, you’ll enjoy a wonderful journey through the lush green tea plantations, the scenic view of the mountains and the waterfalls towards the tea region of Nuwara Eliya. It is often referred to as “Little England” because many of the buildings in this city retain from the British colonial period, such as the Queen's Cottage, the General's House, the Grand Hotel, the Hill Club and the Town Post Office. Since this amazing town is located in the mountains, it is characterized by a cool climate all year long. Visit a tea plantation. Sri Lanka, tea and tourism are words which cannot be separated. Explore the cold and misty hills that host lush green blankets of tea plantations. You also have the opportunity to visit a tea factory processing the prestigious brand of Ceylon Tea, to observe a rich tradition kept alive up to date. Make sure to end your factory visit in style over a perfectly blended cup of tea. In the afternoon, you could spend your free time walking through Nuwara Eliya city center and the fruit and vegetable market. Try some snacks around lanes ﬁlled with ‘short eats’, street-food possibilities and bustling local eateries. Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.
If you are up to it, take a train journey from Nanu-oya station to Ella village. It is known as one of the most picturesque hill country train journeys in the world. Ella is everyone’s favorite hill country village due to the fact that it’s a wonderful nature-friendly location. Ravana waterfall and Nine Arch Bridge are the most popular sightseeing attractions in Ella. Afterwards, continue your journey towards Yala National Park, the largest and most stunning national park in Sri Lanka. Thanks to a river running through it, Yala National Park is divided into two sections. Because the river makes crossing to the other side difﬁcult, Yala is really treated as two separate parks. But that doesn’t change the fantastic offerings! Encompassing a range of diverse ecosystems, the park has an impressive variety of wildlife, including sloth bears, leopards and lots of colorful birds. Enjoy a 4x4 jeep ride searching for leopards hanging on trees or whispering through the bushes, crocodiles patrolling the river or wild baby elephants drinking water and playing around. Overnight stay in Yala.
After an amazing journey through the mountains and waterfalls, you have ﬁnally arrived at the world-famous beachside of Sri Lanka. In the morning, you will head towards Mirissa while enjoying the magniﬁcent view of the Indian Ocean. Mirissa/Dickwella is a delightful sandy beach that was a well-kept secret in the past, but now more restaurants and pubs are opening up to visitors. Mirissa/Dickwella is also characterized by white sands and coconut palms growing right from the edge of the sea as if in imitation of a postcard of the perfect tropical beach. Upon arrival at your hotel, you could grab a towel to relax on the beach while enjoying a cocktail or a chill beer under the shade of a beach umbrella. In the evening, perhaps you could walk down along the seashore and you could ﬁnd a seafront restaurant to try some authentic Sri Lankan seafood - a wonderful crab curry is likely to be on the menu. Overnight stay in Mirissa/Dickwella.
Early in the morning, hit back to the beautiful golden sandy beach and jump into a boat for an amazing ride on the sea to capture the blue whales and dolphins. Mirissa is one of the best places in the world to spot the biggest creature on the planet. Please note that whale watching is a SEASONAL activity. Thereafter, your tour leader will drive you along the southwest coast towards Galle, a city well known for its Fort (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE). It is the intersection where classic Dutch and British architecture meets a tropical setting, creating a vivid atmosphere in beauty. Walk through the streets listening to the creaks of wooden saloon doors and observe how European architecture mingles with South Asian traditions nowadays ﬂooding cultural enthusiasts on a global scale. Historical Galle Lighthouse stands proudly on the southeast tip of the fort. Afternoon, you’ll visit a turtle hatchery center where baby turtles learn to take the first swim and injured adults are rehabilitated back into the wild. Both locals and international volunteers are battling for the protection of sea turtles since they are endangered creatures. Overnight stay in Bentota.
After breakfast, you’ll visit the capital city of Colombo, which has an interesting history running back to the ﬁfth century. Even in ancient times, this was an important port city in the East-West sea trade. Nowadays it has become a bustling modern town with a unique atmosphere. The colourful streets, restaurants and modern shopping malls attract hordes of locals and tourists alike. In Colombo, you have the opportunity to visit the most highlighted places in the city such as Red Mosque, Gangarama temple, Independent square and so on. Perhaps, you may intend to pop into a famous and internationally renowned restaurant in Colombo to end your trip over an unforgettable meal. Thereafter, we’ll drop you to the airport in time for your return ﬂight or you can extend your holiday and enjoy some relaxing time in a cosy beach resort in Bentota or Negombo.
BH Lanka Tours has exclusive partnerships with all the best and well-reputed hotels and resorts in the country. We are offering a variety of accommodation options that you can choose according to your wishes (please click “price inquiry” button to see accommodation options).
A professional tour leader tasked with ensuring the smooth operations of the tour, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the entire trip. His role primarily includes assisting with accommodation and transportation between locations while sharing the knowledge about social and cultural splendor of Sri Lanka. Our customer support team will be there to provide 24/7 support during & after your trip, as well as help with all of your onward travel.
Daily breakfasts, all dinners and 1 lunch are included in the tour. For all other meals, the tour leader will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. This tour offers Jain, Vegetarian, Vegan and Halal food options on request. Simply let our customer support team know the food option that you prefer.
Private transportation in an air-conditioned modern vehicle.
International transfer flights are not included. Thus, you can organize the flights separately with your preferred airline at any point. We'll arrange free airport pick-up and drop-off on the first and the last day of the tour.
Our easy payment plan! Just confirm the tour with USD 100 deposit and then settle the balance payment only 15 days prior to the arrival date (payment method negotiable).
Sri Lanka is a year-around holiday destination with two monsoon seasons, so there is a lot of confusion about when it is the best time to visit. The weather doesn’t run like clockwork here! The temperature is constantly around 27°C on the coast, while on the hill side it always stays below 20°C.
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