Touch down in the paradise isle and head to the party centre on the coast! Journey to the outskirts passing paddy and coconut cultivations and explore hidden ancient ruins rarely visited. Meanwhile, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriyaare guaranteed to be top tier cultural attractions in your bucket-list. Don’t miss out to meet with locals and experience their way of life. Take a moment to enjoy the heartfelt smiles of the village folk and join them for an authentic village meal. Witness the gathering of herds of elephants before heading off to Kandy, the hill capital. Blessed by the virtues at the Kandy Temple of the Tooth, feel free to spread your arms to the cool climes of Nuwara Eliya and enjoy a unique local train experience away from the masses. Hop off your train ride and explore off-the-beaten-path where you will be fortunate to witness a Buddha once submerged by flood water of the Kotmale Dam, which has receded in recent years. Enriched by your experiences of a vibrant modern culture amongst the artifacts of an ancient past, spend your final night in Colombo sampling street food and exploring this diverse international port.
On arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, you will get your first taste of warm Sri Lankan hospitality. A representative from Footloose Travel local office will welcome you transfer you on to Negombo. Check in at your hotel and relax from your long flight.
Later towards the evening, meet with your guide at the hotel lobby where you will be briefed on the tour you are about to embark upon. Rest of your day at leisure. Overnight stay in Negombo
Negombo is a major city in Sri Lanka, located in Western Province, Sri Lanka. The Bandaranaike International Airport is located close to this city. The city is known for its historic fishing port and with busy fish markets, sandy beaches, hotels and restaurants. Due to bounty of seafood, the town restaurants are a gourmet’s delight. There are also local handicrafts, batiks and jewelry boutiques on the beaches and shops in the city. Fishing and tourism is the main economy of this city. (No meals.)
After a leisurely breakfast, visit a local fish market to witness the landing of the days catch. Thereafter, drive to a local village and spend time with a local family where you have the opportunity to witness traditional hand loom shawl making. Enjoy light local refreshments accompanied by a warm cup of authentic Sri Lankan tea. Continue your journey to the the Dry Zone –Anuradhapura. En-route explore the ancient kingdom of Paduwasnuwara. Check in at your hotel and spend the rest of your day at leisure.
Panduwasnuwarais an ancient city established as temporary capital, during the 12th century, byKing Parakramabahu. As your journey deepens into the northern part of the island you will be able to witness exotic birds, Monitor Lizard, Grey Buffalo and overly friendly Monkeys. (Breakfast.)
After an early morning breakfast, enjoy a visit to the mountain peak of Mihintale, the site of a meeting between the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa which inaugurated the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. It is now a pilgrimage site that includes several religious monuments, monastic caves and the ruins of the great 40 foot stupa which date back to the 1st century B.C.
. Return to your hotel and spend the rest of your morning at leisure. In the afternoon, join your tour guide and tour the sacred city of Anuradhapura known to be the first capital and undoubtedly is the grandest city of the ancient Sri Lanka. It is the home of two World Heritage sites and many fascinating attractions.
Return to your hotel. Rest of your day at leisure. You may optionally, consider ending your day’s tour with a meditation session at sunset, under the guidance of a Buddhist priest. Overnight stay in Anuradhapura. (Breakfast.)
Today you will proceed to Sigiriya. Drive approx. 40km stopping at the rarely visited Haththikuchchi monastery and Aukana to see Sri Lanka’s tallest standing Buddha Statue.
On arrival, check in at your hotel before an afternoon assent of the dramatic Sigiriya Rock. The tremendous rock monolith, or Lion Rock, which dominates the site, presides over the remains of the ancient ancient capital and palace gardens, a masterpiece of engineering & urban planning. The Rock itself, was home to the King’s palace – resembling the mythological ‘City of Gods’ commanding the terrain below it is magnificently decorated with frescoes, poetry and carvings.
Head back to your hotel and spend the rest of your day at leisure. Overnight in Sigiriya. (Breakfast.)
After breakfast, head off to Polonnaruwa, the medieval capital, which rose with the decline of Anuradhapura. Witness the magnificent irrigation system, carvings and Hindu inspired architecture. Next enjoy your drive to a local village for an authentic culinary experience and village lunch with the option to get deeper into rural life with a cycle through a series of small villages.
After lunch, hop on to a jeep for a shared game drive to Minneriya National Park. Home to Elephant, Sri Lankan Leopard and Sloth Bear among other endangered species. On your return journey to your hotel, enjoy a chilled beer after your thrilling safari experience.
Overnight in Sigiriya. (Breakfast, Lunch and Chilled Beer.)
After breakfast, transfer to Kandy. En route explore the wall paintings at the Dambulla Cave Temple. Make an optional stop to take a guided hike on Rose Quartz Mountain. Upon reaching Kandy, check in at your hotel and relax.
Kandy the popular charming hill capital of Sri Lanka is surrounded by hills, valleys, rivers, lakes and waterfalls. It is the cultural center of the island and a UNESCO heritage city.Kandy is a great place for souvenir shopping and to learn about its rich culture and history.
Towards the evening, enjoy a leisurely walk around the Kandy Lake, visit the Kandy Bazaar, arts and crafts centre. Thereafter, witness a cultural dance show with traditional drumming before returning to your hotel.
Overnight in Kandy (Breakfast.)
After breakfast, visit the golden-roofed Temple of the Tooth, shrine to Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic – a tooth of the Buddha. The sacred tooth is housed within a set of six gold, Russian doll like, dagoba caskets of diminishing size.
Next enjoy a leisurely stroll at the Royal Botanical Garden, famous for its collection of Orchids. It is home to various species of plants, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. The highlight is an artificial lake with water plants including giant water lily and papyrus at the centre of the garden. End your visit with lunch at the Garden Café.
Return to the hotel. Rest of your day at leisure. Overnight in Kandy. (Breakfast and lunch.)
Today you will proceed to Nuwara Eliya, via Kotmale under steam power on the historic railway. You will meet with your tour guide at Ulapane Train Station and thereafter continue by car.
Enjoy a scenic drive to Kadadora Viharaya, a once submerged Buddhist Temple, now visible again on the dry bed of the Kotmale reservoir which retreats during the dry season. As your journey continues, enjoy scenic stops along the Kotmale reservoir and Devon Falls. End the day in the hill country, city of Nuwara Eliya.
An important tea cultivation centre, Nuwara Eliya has many colonial charms including English Gardens, motor and horse Racing events.
Check in at hotel and spend the rest of your day at leisure. (Breakfast.)
After breakfast, tour the city of Nuwara Eliya including a visit to a tea plantation and factory where you will meet with the tea pluckers at work on the hills of the estate. Visit the factory and learn the art of preparing a Ceylon tea, followed by tea tasting.
Rest of your day will be at leisure, enjoying the beautiful landscapes surrounding your hotel.
Overnight in Nuwara Eliya. (Breakfast.)
After an early breakfast, you will proceed to Colombo. Enjoy lunch at a Colonial Hotel and thereafter tour the city of Colombo including a visit to the busy Pettah market.
Proceed to your hotel and spend the rest of your day at leisure exploring Colombo, the the busiest city in Sri Lanka and its commercial capital. A beautiful city, on the Indian Ocean, with modern high-rise buildings amidst old colonial streets there are many surprises and much to discover.
Overnight in Colombo. (Breakfast and lunch.)
Today you will proceed to the airport for your departure flight. (Breakfast)