Highlights of the visits:
Summary of the trip features:
Welcome to Sri Lanka! Electronic visas must be prepared before your departure and will be picked up directly at the airport. More information on: http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/
Upon arrival, warm welcome at the airport by your guide and your driver.
Drive to the local market of Negombo located nearby the airport. This market is the 2nd most important one of the island. You will find there all kinds of fishs and sea shells displayed directly on the floor. This visit is an ideal occasion to immerse yourself sofly in the local ambiance.
You will cross a part of the island of Ceylon with its rich landscapes and lush vegetation. Do not be surprised if elephants cross the road in front of your vehicle!
North of Sri Lanka offers one of the best highlights of the island with its former capitals Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant during the journey.
In mid-afternoon, you will reach the great rock of Sigiriya. It is an enormous red stone overlooking by 150 meters a lush forest. Photo stop to admire this spectacular landscape. Diner and night at the hotel in Habarana.
In the morning, drive north bound to explore the great archeological site of Polonnaruwa. This site was at the 11th century the capital of the kingdom of Ceylon. We will have a tour of 2 to 3 hours to explore the major sites of this area and visit a wood art factory located nearby the site.
Lunch in a local restaurant with a fantastic view on the lake and ffter lunch, drive back to your hotel.
Enjoy some time to relax in the afternoon and dinner and night at the hotel in Habarana.
In mid-morning, departure to the country side of Sri Lanka for a moment among nature. In a traditional house of the region, be welcomed by a local family for an unforgettable encounter and learn about the local gastronomy and give a hand in the kitchen to help preparing the traditional meal: “Rice and Curry”!
Lunch in the host’s house and then back to the hotel for some free time. At the end of the afternoon, head to a massage parlor for 1h30 of Ayurveda massage. Select the treatment of your choice. Dinner and night at the hotel.
Today, drive to the city of Kandy, the spiritual capital of the island and on your way, in Matale, visit spices gardens with pepper, cardamom, chilly etc. Lunch at the spice gardens.
Continue your journey to Kandy. Located at 350 meters of altitude and surrounded by hills, Kandy is the cultural center of the country. Arrival at your hotel in Kandy and check-in into your rooms.
At the end of the afternoon, head to the central lake of the city to enjoy a traditional dance show: dance of the fire, dance of the harvest, dance of the offerings etc are performed in colorful traditional costumes along with musicians. Continue to the Temple of the Tooth. Not to be missed in Kandy, this temple which was achieved in 1782. It hosts one of the most precious relic of Buddhism: the tooth of the “illuminated”, the tooth of Buddha. This tooth would have been saved from the flames in 543 BC, then after epic stories, it would have traveled to Ceylon. It has become the most precious treasure of the island. Dinner and night at the hotel in Kandy.
This morning, departure for the Elephants sanctuary! The place belongs to a local family taking care of retired elephants and you can learn how paper is made out of elephant ….poo! and help out with bathing the elephants too. Lunch by the river, in the park of the foundation.
On your way back to Kandy in the afternoon, stop for a nice promenade in the great gardens of Peradeniya : the largest botanical garden of the island, covering 60 hectares nested by the banks of the river Mahaweli. Moment of leisure at your hotel and departure for dinner in a restaurant offering a fantastic panoramic view on the city. Night in Kandy.
This morning, departure to a hilly region of Sri Lanka: the region of Nuwara Eliya. You will explore today the country of Tea! Visit of a tea plantation and tasting of one of the best tea in the world ! Lunch in Nuwara Eliya. The afternoon will be dedicated to a visit of the small town of Nuwara Eliya, an enchanting place located in the mountains, which is very different from the rest of the country. Your are transported to the ancient colonial atmosphere of Sri Lanka, surrounded by English cottages, golf courses and colonial buildings.
Arrival in mid-afternoon at your hotel. Dinner and night at the hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
Departure to Yala, at the extreme south of the island. You will take the most scenic road of the country before going back down the southern meadows.
Arrival in Yala National Park. Check-in in your hotel located in the heart of the National Park. You will probably witness elephants crossing the yard of your hotel. Lunch in your lodge in Yala National Park.
In mid-afternoon you will get onboard a Jeep for an adventurous tour in the National Park. Created in 1899, this reserve is 1200km2. It is a great spot to watch wildlife. Dinner and night at the hotel in Yala.
Beginning of the morning to enjoy the park before driving on the beautiful road along the coast of the island. Lunch with a great view on the ocean and arrival at your hotel for 2 nights. Dinner and night at the hotel in Hikkaduwa.
In the morning, departure for a tour to the city of Galle. Galle is an ancient Dutch counter and is one of the most charming place of the island. Inside the fort, you will enjoy wandering in the small streets.
This quiet city of 76.000 people used to be the main Dutch counter for the trade of spices. You will see colonial buildings as well as the « Groote Kerk », a church built in 1754. Time at leisure for souvenir shopping.
Back to the hotel in the afternoon. Dinner and night at the hotel in Hikkaduwa and ready for departure! See you again soon!
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What is included:
Private transportation with driver and A/C
Hotels are guaranteed adapted/accessible.
Meals (full board).
A local expert guide during the full journey
Entrance fees for monuments mentioned in the program
What is not included:
Drinks during meals