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DAY 01 - Airport to Dambulla

A handloom factory in Sri Lanka is a traditional textile manufacturing facility that produces high-quality fabrics using manual weaving techniques. Skilled artisans operate handlooms to create a wide range of textiles, including saris, clothing, and home furnishings. These factories play a significant role in preserving Sri Lanka’s rich cultural heritage and provide employment opportunities for local craftsmen, contributing to the nation’s economy while producing unique, artisanal products.Independence Square

A historic landmark honoring Sri Lanka’s 1948 independence from British colonial control is situated in Colombo. The square is surrounded by lush gardens and strolling routes, and it boasts a stunning monument that combines aspects of indigenous and colonial architecture. It is a well-liked public area for both residents and visitors, providing a calm setting for relaxation and contemplation in the middle of the city.

One of the first and most thriving industries in ancient Sri Lanka was pottery. There existed a caste specifically for potters in Sri Lanka’s caste system of government. There were potters with skill and imagination everywhere in the nation. You won’t miss the pottery that was made in several of the settlements. You will go to a traditional pottery village and discover the various trade secrets associated with this art form. The most incredible will be creating your own pot with clay and conventional machinery. Remember to put your name on the pot you’re taking home

Unforgettable architecture, steeped in history and culture. Built over a thousand years ago by a king hiding from the reckoning of his patricide, Sigiriya (or the “Lion’s Rock”) is a historical site that was once both an ancient castle and impenetrable fortress, with symmetrical water gardens.

Your trek up the rock will take you past timeworn paintings of the king’s concubines, and past a gateway guarded by the remains of a giant lion statue that gave the rock its name. You’ll have to climb up around 1,200 steps to reach the top. Sigiriya is one of Sri Lanka’s most iconic attractions, and is definitely not to be missed.

 

DAY 01 - Airport to Bentota

The world’s finest white sand beaches are found in Sri Lanka. It has long been a well-known beach location for beach enthusiasts. Savor a mouthwatering feast of sea delicacies while catching a sight of the warm Indian Ocean. In the West Coast, the beach hotels are dispersed from Tangalle to Chillaw. As soon as you step into the stunning blue water, you will fall in love with this idyllic place.

DAY 02 - Explorer Benthota

Drive along the Negombo-Marawila beach road for a unique glimpse into the daily lives of fisherfolk. At every turn, local fishermen offer their fresh catches for sale, from tiny shrimp to enormous sharks. This route passes through traditional fishing villages in the west coast’s Catholic Belt, evident in the numerous churches and statues of saints dotting the landscape, reflecting the region’s distinctive demographics.

 

DAY 03 - Bentota to Galle

The Maadu Ganga Safari in Sri Lanka offers a captivating eco-adventure along the scenic Maadu Ganga river. Visitors embark on a tranquil boat ride through lush mangroves, encountering diverse wildlife and bird species while witnessing traditional fishing techniques. This unique experience provides a glimpse into the rich biodiversity and cultural heritage of the region, making it a must-visit attraction for nature enthusiasts and travelers seeking a serene escape in Sri Lanka.

The production of masks is a long-standing enterprise that dates back to the reign of the Kings. Masks are handmade and painted by hand using very light trees. Ambalangoda is the well-known location for masks, and there is a factory and a museum there. You are free to choose the greatest piece if you would like to own one that will protect you from bad luck.

 

Hawksbill, Olive Ridley, Loggerhead, Green, and Turtle are the five species of sea turtles that can be found in Sri Lanka. The Galle District contains all of the important nesting areas. You’re going to a hatchery, where the locals gather eggs to hatch and feed the young turtles.

Here you will find lots of information about Sri Lanka’s pioneering sea turtle conservation project – why Sri Lanka is a prime turtle nesting site, why the conservation project is needed and how the project is operated by local people with the help of international volunteers.

Since the 14th century, Galle has been Sri Lanka’s principal port. The Portuguese constructed Galle’s first fort. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the ocean as you stroll along the fort’s walls, and don’t forget to watch the sun set for an even more breathtaking vista from the Galle walls.

Galle Fort is the most beautiful coastal town in Sri Lanka. Here, h a unique fusion of European and Asian influences, as seen in the whitewashed Dutch-style buildings that line the cobbled streets. Head to the most southwestern corner of the country and enjoy all the beautiful things to do in Galle Fort, Sri Lanka.  The story of the Galle Dutch Fort; a UNESCO World Heritage Site reverberates through every traveller’s photos and captions. Initially built by the Portuguese in the 16th century during their conquests, the fort was later fortified and conquered by the Dutch in the 17th century, until it later fell to the might of the British. The old town of Galle was once used as a trading port for spices and other goods for over 200 years. However, today, the fort has been transformed into a place of history, romance and beauty where travellers are warmly welcomed to dive head first into the exotic stories and be a part of this heritage site

 

DAY04 - Galle to Mirissa

Whale watching in Sri Lanka offers an unforgettable marine adventure. The island’s southern coast, particularly Mirissa and Trincomalee, provides prime opportunities to spot majestic creatures like blue whales and spinner dolphins. Tourists flock to these locations, lured by the chance to witness these magnificent marine giants in their natural habitat, making it a must-do experience for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers.

The stilt fishermen of Koggala are a unique and iconic sight along the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Perched atop slender poles jutting out into the Indian Ocean, they cast their lines into the shallow waters, silhouetted against the vibrant orange and pink hues of the sunrise or sunset. While the practice of stilt fishing has been around for centuries, its exact origins remain unknown. Some believe it was introduced by foreign traders, while others claim it was developed locally as a way to fish in shallow waters where boats couldn’t go.Today, stilt fishing is more of a cultural attraction than a primary source of income for the fishermen. However, it still offers a glimpse into a traditional way of life and provides a memorable photo opportunity for visitors.

The best time to see them is in the early morning or late afternoon, when the light is best for photography.

 

Weligama is a beautiful coastal town in Sri Lanka known for its excellent surfing opportunities. While it’s difficult to provide a detailed 60-word description, here’s a concise overview: Weligama, a serene coastal paradise in Sri Lanka, offers some of the best surfing experiences in the world. Its gentle, rolling waves make it an ideal spot for beginners to learn to ride the waves. The crescent-shaped bay is dotted with surf schools, welcoming surfers of all levels. With its laid-back charm, lush palm-fringed beaches, and vibrant culture, Weligama is a must-visit for surf enthusiasts and travelers seeking a relaxed beach destination.

 

DAY 05 - Visit Sinharaja Rain Forest

Birdwatching in Sinharaja Forest is an incredible experience for any nature enthusiast. This lush rainforest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to an astounding variety of birds, including over 147 species, making it a true birder’s paradise. Sinharaja is the only place in the world where you can see 21 of Sri Lanka’s 26 endemic bird species. These include the Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, the Red-faced Malkoha, the Sri Lanka Thrush, and the Green-billed Coucal.

One of the most fascinating sights in Sinharaja is the sight of mixed flocks of birds, which can consist of dozens of individuals from different species. These flocks move through the forest together, feeding and calling, and are a real spectacle to behold. The rainforest is alive with the sounds of birds, from the loud calls of hornbills to the sweet melodies of flowerpeckers. Listening to these sounds is a great way to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the forest.

 

DAY 06 - Mirissa to Yala

According to historians, during his third trip to Sri Lanka, the Lord Buddha used this location to resolve a dispute between another 500 Arahath. The historical records state that King Kawan Tissa built the Stupa. This enormous stupa held the Buddha’s forehead bone relic.

 

regarded as a sacred city by Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists.There is no doubt that Kataragama is a pilgrimage site. The site had a significant role in King Dutugemunu’s life, as he brought Sri Lanka together during a period of unrest brought on by Indian invasions. It is well-known for the God Skandha-dedicated Kataragama Devalaya, and you can also see the Kiri Vehera Stupa, which is a monumental structure that is a symbol of our great country.

 

DAY 07 - Visit Yala National Park

Explore Yala National Park on a jeep safari. One of Sri Lanka’s most popular tourist destinations is this national park. Jeep Safaris are a big draw for both domestic and international visitors to the park. Elephants, spotted deer, barking deer, sloth bears, wild buffalo, and wild boar can all be found in the park. There are almost 120 different bird species in the park. The true prize, though, is expected to be seeing a Sri Lankan leopard, which is thought to be the tallest and densest animal on the planet

DAY 08 - Yala to Ella

In Sri Lanka’s Uva Province, there is a well-known archeological site called Buduruwagala. It is well-known for its enormous rock carvings, which are up to 51 feet tall and feature three standing Buddhas. These exquisitely carved statues, which are said to have originated in the ninth or tenth century, are a draw for tourists looking for insights into the local Buddhist culture.

Ravana Falls, located near Ella in Sri Lanka, is a magnificent waterfall cascading from a rocky cliff. Standing at 82 feet (25 meters) tall, it is surrounded by lush greenery and is a popular tourist attraction. According to local folklore, Ravana Falls is associated with the epic tale of the Ramayana, making it a culturally significant site.

The Nine Arch Bridge in Ella, located in Sri Lanka’s Uva Province, is a stunning architectural marvel nestled amidst lush green hills. This iconic bridge, built during the British colonial era, features nine picturesque stone arches that span a picturesque valley, creating a popular attraction for tourists seeking breathtaking views and historical charm.

Before you go check on the train schedule and start the trekking 30 minutes earlier. However, be sure to carry your trusty cam with you so that you might capture every moment that unravels before you.

Little Adam’s Peak is a picturesque hill located in Ella, Sri Lanka. Standing at 1,141 meters above sea level, it offers breathtaking panoramic views of lush green tea plantations, dramatic landscapes, and the iconic Ella Rock. A popular hiking destination, it’s a relatively easy trek, making it perfect for nature lovers and photographers seeking stunning vistas.

It is not a challenging hike and it`s quite short, but gives you a good impression of the landscape around Ella and the view is fantastic! So absolutely worth the climb! If you don`t have that much time in Ella, we highly recommend taking the hike up to Little Adam`s Peak.

DAY 09 - Hike Ela Rock

Ella Rock, located in the charming town of Ella in Sri Lanka, is a prominent rock formation offering breathtaking panoramic views. A popular hiking destination, it rewards trekkers with lush green landscapes, tea plantations, and a stunning vista from its summit, making it a must-visit for nature enthusiasts and adventurers.

The round trip to Ella’s rock will take approximately 4 hours, depending on how quick you walk and how much time you spend at the top. Make sure that you pack plenty of water and snacks, a hat and suncream and you’ll need mosquito spray!

DAY 10 - Ella to Kandy

The Ella to Kandy train ride is considered one of the most scenic train journeys in the world, and for good reason! As the train winds its way through the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of lush green tea plantations, misty mountains, cascading waterfalls, and charming villages. It’s a truly unforgettable experience that should be on the top of any Sri Lanka Trip.

The train journey from Kandy to Ella takes about 6-7 hours, although it can sometimes be longer due to delays. There are several different classes of travel available, from the basic 3rd class to the more comfortable 1st class observation carriage. The train ride is a great way to experience Sri Lankan life. You’ll meet friendly locals, be entertained by street vendors, and get a glimpse of the country’s beautiful countryside.

The Kandy Dalada Maligawa, also known as the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, is a renowned Buddhist temple in Kandy, Sri Lanka. It houses a relic believed to be a tooth of Lord Buddha. The temple is an important pilgrimage site and a UNESCO World Heritage site, known for its cultural and religious significance.

Unforgettable architecture, steeped in history and culture. Built over a thousand years ago by a king hiding from the reckoning of his patricide, Sigiriya (or the “Lion’s Rock”) is a historical site that was once both an ancient castle and impenetrable fortress, with symmetrical water gardens.

Your trek up the rock will take you past timeworn paintings of the king’s concubines, and past a gateway guarded by the remains of a giant lion statue that gave the rock its name. You’ll have to climb up around 1,200 steps to reach the top. Sigiriya is one of Sri Lanka’s most iconic attractions, and is definitely not to be missed.

 

DAY 11 - Explorer Kandy

The Kandy Botanical Garden, located in Kandy, Sri Lanka, is a lush and serene haven for nature enthusiasts. Spanning approximately 60 hectares, it showcases a diverse collection of exotic plants, vibrant flowers, and towering trees, creating a picturesque landscape that’s perfect for leisurely strolls and tranquil moments. Established in the 14th century, this historic garden offers a glimpse into the country’s rich horticultural heritage, making it a must-visit destination for both locals and tourists.

Visiting a gem museum and experiencing a gem cutting demonstration are both fantastic ways to delve into the fascinating world of Sri Lankan gems. Sri Lanka, also known as the “Island of Gems”, boasts a long and rich history in the gem trade. Gems like sapphires, rubies, and moonstones have been mined and exported from the island for centuries, and the country is still a major source of these precious stones today.

During a gem cutting demonstration, you’ll see how rough gemstones are transformed into the sparkling beauties we see in jewelry stores. Most gem museums in Sri Lanka showcase a wide variety of rough and cut gemstones, from the common to the incredibly rare. Museums have interactive displays where you can learn more about gems and even try your hand at identifying them.

 

The final capital of the Sinhala kings was Kandy. Magnificent hills around the Kandy valley, making it the final bastion. Kandy now offers a great array of ancient buildings and artwork to its visitors. It has a variety of historic temple structures, handicraft and souvenir shops, and gem museums. The most significant of them is the Temple of Tooth Relic, which is home to the most revered Buddhist relic worldwide. Make a nighttime visit to the Temple. A visit to the viewpoint will allow you to get a bird’s-eye perspective of this fabled city.

An engaging and exotic hour of plays, drumming, and folk dancing. Sri Lanka boasts a rich past in terms of cultural pursuits. You could catch a peek of what was formerly used for blessings, healing, and amusement. The fire walk is the last but certainly not the least—it might be the most unforgettable of all. If the intense drumming inspires you to walk to the stage and join the artists, that’s not surprising.

 

DAY 12- Transfer to Airport

Visiting a tea factory in Sri Lanka is a must-do for any tea lover or anyone who wants to experience the country’s rich history and culture. Sri Lanka is the world’s fourth-largest tea producer, and its lush hill country is home to some of the most beautiful tea plantations in the world.

No matter which tea factory you choose to visit, you’re sure to have a memorable experience. Here are a few things you can expect to see and do on a typical tea factory tour: / Watch the leaves being withered, rolled, fermented, and dried. / Learn about the different grades of tea. / Enjoy a tasting of different Ceylon teas

Visiting a gem museum and experiencing a gem cutting demonstration are both fantastic ways to delve into the fascinating world of Sri Lankan gems. Sri Lanka, also known as the “Island of Gems”, boasts a long and rich history in the gem trade. Gems like sapphires, rubies, and moonstones have been mined and exported from the island for centuries, and the country is still a major source of these precious stones today.

During a gem cutting demonstration, you’ll see how rough gemstones are transformed into the sparkling beauties we see in jewelry stores. Most gem museums in Sri Lanka showcase a wide variety of rough and cut gemstones, from the common to the incredibly rare. Museums have interactive displays where you can learn more about gems and even try your hand at identifying them.

 

Visit a Mawanella spice garden to observe the many spices that Sri Lanka is renowned for. Muslim traders controlled the Indian Ocean’s spice trade routes during the Middle Ages. Spices were more than just food flavorings, therefore they were highly prized. They were also utilized as food preservatives and medications. In ancient times, ceylon cinnamon was well worth its weight in gold. Visitors will be able to witness the cultivation and processing of various spices. Watch demonstrations of cooking as well.

 

The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is a sanctuary for orphaned and abandoned wild elephants in Sri Lanka. The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is a great place to visit and see these gentle giants up close. The orphanage was founded in 1975 and is now home to over 90 elephants, including many baby elephants. The orphanage provides care and protection for the elephants, as well as a breeding program to help increase the elephant population in Sri Lanka. Visitors to the orphanage can see the elephants being fed, bathed, and playing in the river.

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