7-Day Taste of Sri Lanka
Tour Style: Tailor-made tour
- Negombo Fish Market: Observe local fishermen's life and work
- Lion Rock: Discover the ancient relics in the fortress surrounded by jungles
- Temple of Tooth Relic: A World Heritage Site houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha
- Geragama Tea Estate: Wander through the tea plantation and learn the process from tea leaves made into tea
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- Day 1
Welcome to Sri Lanka, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean! On arrival at Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport, you're met by your private chauffeur-guide and driven to your hotel in Negombo, a seaside town which is only 20 minutes away from the airport. Rest of the day is at your leisure.
- Day 2
In the morning, start your exploration of Negombo, this historical commercial centre surrounded by a fascinating network of canals teeming with rural life. Wake early and catch the action at the Negombo fish market. In the afternoon, head inland to Dambulla (about 5 hours drive), home to vibrantly decorated cave temples and a great base to explore the wide array of natural wonders and historic sites in this fascinating area.
- Day 3
In the morning, start your Sigiriya trip with a visit to the 5th-century legendary sky citadel of “Lion Rock”, - the Landmark of this country; although a steep climb is requested, the story behind the monument, and the panoramic view of Dambulla seen on the top are definitely worth the effort.
In the afternoon, continue your exploration in the rural village of Hiriwadunna. Travel into the lush Sri Lankan countryside by a jeep or a tuk tuk. Hop into a bullock cart alongside paddy fields and rural vegetable plantations. At dusk, take a boat ride and sail to the other side of a lake, enjoying the fantastic sunset view, and looking out for birds, butterflies, as well as the villagers fishing or washing clothes at the periphery of the lake.
- Day 4
Today, get started with the famous Dambulla Cave Temple, home to many magnificent Buddha images and rock painting dating back to 2nd century BC. Then head for Ceylon's old capital of Kandy, en route stop for an interesting visit to learn a wide range of spices at one of spice garden, whose 15-minute complimentary Ayurveda Massage is recommended.
After arriving in Kandy (approx. 3.5 hrs by road), appreciate a vivid and traditional Cultural Dance (Kandyan Dance) before walking to the nearby Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic - Sri Lanka's most sacred Buddhist shrine, the Puja Ritual held in the temple with all the fanfare, drums, trumpets and brightly colored Monks definitely shows you how special and spiritually important the temple means to Sri Lanka.
- Day 5
In the morning, take an interesting visit to Royal Botanical Garden of Peradeniya which boasts 300+ varieties of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees at. This afternoon is at your leisure. You could either rest at your lovely hotel or explore the city with your chauffeur, like walking around Kandy Lake in city centre or do some shopping in the downtown markets.
- Day 6
Ceylon tea is known as one of the best teas in the world and is crucial to the Sri Lankan economy. Today you will take a morning half day excursion to Geragama Tea Estate, 20 minutes away from Kandy city, where you could visit see the tea plantation, visit a tea factory and are treated to a lesson in the intricate steps required to process tea leaves into tea. After enjoying a cup of estate grown and processed tea, you will be driven to Colombo city by private vehicle (approx. 3.5 hours). Check in to your hotel upon arrival and rest of the day is at your leisure.
- Day 7
Morning after breakfast, take a guided city tour to explore Colombo's colonial legacies including the Independence Square, Gangarama Temple of Colombo, mile-long promenade of Galle Face Green and Colombo's National Museum etc. Stop for taking pictures when drive by the former British Administrative Center etc.
In the late afternoon, you will be escorted to CMB airport (1-hour drive from Colombo city) for your onward flight.
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