Trip Highlights

Tuk-tuk ride to the Peliyagoda Fish Market
Visit spice plantations
Interaction with students from a dance school run by Peter Surasena
Visit gem mining centre

Trip overview:

Sri Lanka is a pearl drop suspended in the glistening Indian Ocean. A tapestry of culture and nature, Sri Lanka with its rich heritage of past colonisation and its spiritual roots, is indeed a gem to be reached for. It has vibrant cities, intriguing traditions, beautiful landscapes, perfect beaches.

Explore Sri Lanka’s ancient heart with spectacular city ruins and wander amongst the recumbent Buddhas dating back to the 1st century BC, and visit one of the world’s only elephant orphanages at Udawalawe National Park. Sri Lanka, synonymous with tea and, boasts many picturesque plantations. Once known as the ‘Land of Kings’, the Cultural Triangle is an extraordinary region. North from Kandy the area includes the ancient capitals of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, the cave temples at Dambulla and the mighty rock fortress of Sigiriya. Drive on the highest plateau, with rhododendrons, and tree ferns overlooking some of the island’s highest mountains, and with views down to the sea.

Encounter the best of this beautiful pearl that was prized by the great explorer Marco Polo as “the finest island of its size in all the world.”

Day 1 (Welcome to Sri Lanka)

On Arrival at Kolkata Airport, you will meet an IndeBo representative who will assist you with your transfer to the hotel. After check in, there will be a briefing session about the tour. You will have rest of the day to yourself to relax. Later, enjoy your dinner at the hotel.

Day 2 (A Day in Colombo)

Early morning leave by tuk-tuks for the Peliyagoda Fish Market. After experiencing the lively atmosphere of the market return to the hotel for breakfast. Later, visit the Archaeological, Lionel Wendt Memorial Art Centre, and the Sapumal Foundation. Your dinner will be at the Dutch Burgher Union.

Day 3 (Drive to Anuradhapura)

In the morning, drive to Anuradhapura visiting Yapahuwa en route. On arrival, check in at the hotel and the rest of the day will free to relax.

Day 4 (Exploring the ruins)

Embark on a full day tour of the magnificent ruins of Anuradhapura and know the many stories they have to tell.

Day 5 (Drive to Dambulla)

Pay a visit to the monastery of Mihintale. En route, stop by at the Kalu-Diya Pokuna, which literally means “the black water pool”. On arrival at Dambulla, check in at the hotel.

Day 6 (Day excursion of Polonnaruwa)

A full day visit to Polonnaruwa. The medieval capital, with its beautiful Buddha images, and Chola period shrines would leave you startled. Lunch at the rest house overlooking the Parakrama Samudraya, where Queen Elizabeth once stayed. On the way back to Dambulla, count on your chances of spotting grazing wild elephants.

Day 7 (Drive to Kandy)

Start your day visiting the Sigiriya climbing the rocks followed by a visit to the Dambulla caves. Later, drive to the spice plantations in Kandy, stopping by at the crafts workshop en route. On arrival at Kandy, check in at the hotel.

Day 8 (A Day in Kandy)

A meeting with Prof. Sudharshan Seneviratne (subject to availability). This would follow a visit to the Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya and later, a visit to Suriyagoda temple and the ISLE centre. After the visits, attend the dance performance presented by children from the dance school run by Peter Surasena. You would also get a chance to interact with them.

Day 9 (Drive to Nuwara Eliya)

Enjoy a lazy, laid back morning. After lunch drive to Nuwara Eliya. Stop at a tea factory en route. Rest of the day at leisure

Day 10 (Drive to Kitulgala)

A drive on the highest plateau, with rhododendrons, and tree ferns overlooking some of the island’s highest mountains, and with views down to the sea. Drive through tea estates and past water falls to Kitulgala.

Day 11 (Drive to Embilipitiya)

Enjoy the day’s breakfast in a cave. You will be taken to the Belilena caves by local transport. After the visits drive to Embilipitiya. En route visit Batatomba Lena caves in Kuruwita, gem mining centre in Ratnapura, and Udawalawe National Park.

Day 12 (Drive to Galle)

A day in the wilderness. Visit Udawalawe National Park to see herds of wild elephant and the transit home for orphaned baby elephant. Following the jungle safari, drive to Galle. Visit Martin Wickramasinghe Museum in Koggala en route

Day 13 (Drive to Colombo)

A day tour of Galle. Visit the Dutch fort, Maritime Museum, Churches, and other centuries old building. Later in the afternoon, drive to Colombo.

Day 14 (A Day in Colombo)


Visit the Barefoot/Handicraft Emporium for some shopping and some souvenirs to take back. A farewell dinner will be organised at the hotel.

Day 15 (See You Again Soon)

In time transfer to the airport for your onward flight
Cities Covered
Colombo
Anuradhapura
Dambulla
Polonnaruwa
Kandy
Nuwara Eliya
Kitulgala
Embilipitiya
Galle

Hotel Suggestions

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Anuradhapura

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Nuwara Eliya

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