9-Day Essential Sri Lanka
Tour Style: Tailor-made tour
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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 chauffuer, like walking around Kandy Lake in city centre or go some shopping in the downtown markets.
- Day 6
Ceylon tea is known for one of the best tea 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 Galle (approx. 6 hours). Upon arrival in Galle, a colonial port fortified by Portuguese first then Dutch, check into the hotel and the rest of day is at your leisure.
- Day 7
Today, your guide will show you around the Dutch Fort, the colonial heart of Galle. It is regarded as one of the Sri Lanka's best-preserved fortress, where you will see a few small museums and imposing Dutch churches.
Later, you could wander the rampart walls and enjoys the views. In the evening, it is suggested that you try one of the local restaurants for dinner in the fort, which is lit up at night and many of the small boutiques stay open into the evening.
- Day 8
Today, you will board a train at Galle Railway station northwards to Colombo City, the capital of Sri Lanka. The train journey from Galle to Colombo follows the coastal route and is scenic and enjoyable. The 3-4 hours' journey offers chances of photos with locals, as well as beautiful views of the ocean and some spectacular places the train passes by.
Upon your arrival, be picked up by your chauffeur guide at Colombo railway station. Be transferred to your hotel and rest of the day is at your leisure.
- Day 9
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 to take pictures when driving 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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