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Enjoy nature in all it's splendor when travelling to Sri Lanka. Go wild in the island visiting Yala, Udawalawe and Wilpattu National Parks. Get up close to Sri Lanka's iconic native species such as Leopards, elephants, spotted deer or water buffalo. Add to this whale Watching in Mirissa and Nilaveli. You will also discover the cultural heritage of the island. Admire Dutch colonial architecture at Galle, explore the beautiful old city of Kandy and venture into the heart of tea-country. During this trip marvel at the Dambulla Rock Temple, scale the dizzying heights of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, visit Trincomalee and Stroll the ancient laneways of Anuradhapura.
On arrival at Airport, you will be met by a representative of our ground partner Aitken Spence and transferred to your hotel in Negombo.
Enjoy free time for the rest of the day.
Enjoy some breakfast in the morning before heading out to the South coastal city of Galle where you have the chance to explore the old Galle Dutch fort on a guided city tour.
Galle, the epic Southern capital, is the intersection where classic Dutch architecture meets a tropical setting creating a vivid atmosphere in beauty.
Walk the Dutch-haunted streets listening to the creaks of wooden saloon doors and observe how European architecture mingles with South Asian traditions today flooding cultural enthusiasts on a global scale. Its original ramparts and bastions preserved up to date showcase evidences of a heritage preserved for more than 3 1/2 centuries. Walk clockwise within the fort to observe the 'old gate' carrying the British coat of arms. Flanking the old gate is the Zwart bastion - the oldest of all - and the lighthouse standing 18 feet in its glory next to the Point Utretcht Bastion. This Dutch bliss is painted with streets that spread in a rectangular grid pattern pierced with houses carrying Dutch colonial style verandas. Hop into the Dutch Hospital Shopping Complex to be mesmerized by an array of souvenir selections. However, its hallmark stands a reality where the Dutch fort remains a working community with its usual buzz of administrative offices, court complex, commercial buildings, churches and Southern folks frequenting its streets bracing the air of the Elysium of architecture, Galle!
Continue your way to Weligama
Early start today, make the short drive west along the coast to Mirissa. Another jewel in Sri Lanka's crown, Mirissa is well known as the jumping off point to go whale watching (November to April), looking for blue whales among numerous other species that frequent these waters.
Mirissa beach is located close to the southern-most part of the island and consists of beautiful beaches that promise an absolutely tranquil holiday. The beach provides ample opportunities for deep sea diving, snorkelling and river trips. Mirissa also has an abundance of seafood restaurants to die for, ask your guide for recommendations..
Rise early to embark on a safari drive of Yala National Park.
Spreading into a vast 1259 Km2 Yala - with its glory spinning around vast grasslands, shrubs, tanks and dunes - rightfully is the heartland of wildlife in Sri Lanka. As your jeep rumble through the giant gates of Yala, you are not only stepping into the most visited national park in the country, but also the lands of a civilization which thrived during the reign of Sri Lankan kings. You name it, and Yala has it! Its usual inmates cover herds of elephant, sloth bear, spotted dear, jackal, extensively populated birdlife as well as the highest density of leopards in the world that garnish the park to be one of the finest destinations in the country. Feel the rough track as your jeep thunders over rocks and swish passing narrow bends for an exhilarating experience blended with the cries of wilderness under the tropical sun.
This morning travel your way to visit the Udawalawe Elephant Transit home.
Meanwhile, Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home bears a different story. Established in 1995, it caters to all injured elephants found in the area before releasing them into their natural habitat. So, make sure to just watch - rather than touch - these gentle giants as they feed, play and mingle with each other, before heading into the wild with one another.
Once complete head to the Udawalawe National Park for your safari.
Be ready to witness trumpets across the border as you approach elephant country around the corner! Udawalawe truly is a sanctuary for the big footed & tusked. Marked by relatively large herds of elephants, the national park proves to be one of the best places one could observe them in their natural habitat. Hop into a safari jeep and head into the park, you are most likely to drive into your first herd of giants within the maiden hundred meters. Turn on your radar into other species - such as potted deer, sambur, barking deer, water buffalo and jackal - found within the park.
This morning you will continue your way to Nuwara Eliya.
En route visit a Tea plantation. Sri Lanka, Tea and Tourism are words which cannot be separated. Take a tour to the cold & misty hills that take pride of an ultimate tea tour, covering lush green blankets of tea plantations. Or just step into a tea factory processing the prestigious brand of Ceylon Tea, to observe a rich tradition kept alive up to date. As you observe the hissing and swishing of machines, inhaling the heavenly scent arising from these facilities, make sure to end your day in style over a perfectly blended cup of pure Ceylon Tea.
Enjoy some breakfast in the morning before heading out to the hill capital city of Kandy where you will embark on a well guided city tour.
Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe - before it was brought under the British rule in 1815, Kandy - the World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings - crafts an array of culture, history and heritage in the minds of visitors across the globe. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. A stroll across this small lakeside town - cradled among the misty hills - will feature the Kandy City Centre - bundled with latest and world class brands, bazaar, an arts & crafts centre, as well as a gem museum & lapidary. walk in color as you glide through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market. Fine tube your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the Wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka.
After Breakfast at the hotel you will check out from the hotel and continue your way to Sigiriya.
En route visit the famous Dambulla Rock Temple. In the city of Dambulla lies a hub, which has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. Today, an icon in the face of Sri Lanka, Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the most unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Observe how exquisitely cave paintings are done along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. As you enter the retreat, look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold over a land, which today houses an important junction in the country's economic and cultural uplifting.
This morning, depart for a guided tour of the Sigiriya rock fortress.
The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site - Sigiriya - doesn't only boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture. Step through the gigantic 'Lion Paws' - overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below - to comprehend the absolute splendor that once dominated this rock fortress. Surrounded by ramparts & moats the Lion Rock - resembling the mythological 'City of Gods' - is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India. Walk in the shade of an eminent 'mirror wall' embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti. Wander into the well-fabricated museum downstairs for an epic journey of yesteryears to realize how the citadel floated above citizens with the castle, ponds and irrigation systems that pumped water right onto its summit with an ingenious hydraulic system describing a colossal masterpiece of the great king which remained a wonder in Asia for centuries.
This evening visit Minneriya National Park and experience a jeep safari.
If you're up for a serious rumble in the jungle, then Minneriya is your Colosseum! Spreading over 8800 hectares, this is a sanctuary for elephants. Minneriya is home to herds of deer and ample birdlife, but its spotlight remains between swaying trunks & flapping ears. Park your jeep on the bank of the reservoir and switch off its engine. Watch carefully as herds of elephants roll on to the grass-covered banks to feed on tender shoots. In fact, this is the largest elephant gathering in the world - over 300 at a time - which has garnished the park to become a magnet for wildlife enthusiasts across the globe.
This morning continue your way to Trincomalee. On arrival spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Trincomalee, the city which houses one of the best natural deep-water ports in the world, has a legacy that has painted history since royalty throughout colonization, heading towards modern Sri Lanka revamping a fancy development effort.
This morning get up early and embark on a Whale Watching cruise. Nilaveli is well known as the jumping off point to go whale watching (November to April), looking for blue whales among numerous other species that frequent these waters.
Enjoy free time for the rest of the day in Trincomalee.
Enjoy some breakfast in the morning before heading out to the ancient city of Anuradhapura where you have the chance to stroll the ancient laneways on a guided city tour.
Commanding a rich Sri Lankan heritage, Anuradhapura - one of the greatest and oldest civilizations in the world starring 113 kings & spanning over 1300 years in its peak - avows of being the greatest city of ancient Sri Lanka following its reign as the first capital. The sapphire of its crown is certainly the Sri Maha Bodhi - the sacred Bo sapling extracted from the tree under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment - standing more than 2200 years in its pride. Stroll through the sacred trails of the venerated city to adore the legacy that interweaves Ruwanweliseya - the gigantic dagoba resting alongside the Basawakkulama Tank - shading the Samadhi Buddha Statue & Isurumuniya Rock Temple that empower the culture, heritage and supremacy of arguably the strongest kingdom in Sri Lankan history.
After Breakfast at the hotel check out and travel to visit the Wilpattu national park for a safari.
This is the land haunted by big cats of the island paradise. Recording a vast number of Sri Lankan Leopards - smarter looking than its Indian cousin - Wilpattu National Park has been named due to 'Willus' (Natural Lakes) studded throughout the park. Apart from big cats & precious flora, the park is well known for a healthy population of elephant, sloth bear, spotted deer, mongoose and water buffalo. Do not be surprised if the squeal of a helpless wild boar pierce through your ears, just observe closer and you might be presented with a fantastic hunt because it is all action that speaks at Wilpattu.
Continue your way to Negombo and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
With its lively fish market on the beach, many canals and scattering of colonial architecture, the bustling town of Negombo offers an interesting introduction to the Sri Lankan coastal way of life. The town's century-old fishing industry is still thriving, and several local restaurants offer excellent seafood dishes sourced with ingredients fresh from the Negombo Lagoon. You'll also find a number of lively bars along the northern end of the strip.
Transfer to Airport for your departure flight.
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Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. Upgrades are available for this itinerary.
• Accommodation in standard rooms on BB basis for 12 nights start with Breakfast on day 02 ending with Breakfast on day 15 at hotels specified or of similar standard.
• HB basis saty for 2 Nights
• Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle asper the above itinerary.
• Entrance fees to Galle, Yala National Park, Udawalawa National Park, Elephant Transit Home (Ath Athuru Sevana), Visit To A Tea Plantation (Nuwara Eliya), Kandy Temple, Cultural Show, Dambulla, Sigiriya Entrance, Minneriya National Park, Anuradhapura, Sri Maha Bodhiya, Isurumuniya Temple, Wilpattu National Park.
• Cost of a safari jeep each at the Yala, Udawalawe & Wilpattu National Parks.
• Cost of Whale Watching.
• Cost of English Speaking Chauffeur Guide