Day 1 Welcome to Sri Lanka

Upon arrival, your local guide from U Travels will meet you at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. Today, you will be given the opportunity to rest and relieve jet lag. You have the option of visiting a local fishing village where you can witness the fisherman bringing in their catch, packing and loading of fish for distribution across the island. Your overnight stay will be in Negombo.

Named Lellama by the locals, this fishing village is found across a lagoon near the Old Dutch Gate in Negombo. An unfiltered insight into the local fishing community is provided here with the 2nd largest open air fish market in the country.

Day 2 Munneswaram Temple

The second day of this course will begin with a drive to Chilaw where you will visit Munneswaram temple, 1 of the 5 temples in Sri Lanka that are dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. Following this you will head to Lion rock (Sigiriya) and a local tour guide will join the climb. He will walk you through the ancient tale of King Kasyapa and the remains of his palace. Your overnight stay will be in Sigiriya.

Found in Chilaw, a town along the Western coastline of Sri Lanka, Munneswaram temple is a famous Hindu pilgrimage site. According to legends, this temple is believed to have been in existence since 1000 CE and is often connected to the Indian epic Ramayana.
Having come to life in 4th century AD, Lion Rock is considered to be the 8th wonder of the world and has been classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site. While exploring this ancient rock fortress, which was created by King Kasyapa, you will come across the ruins of the palace and its vast gardens, canals, alleys and fountains. You will hear more about this impressive creation from our local tour guide.

Day 3 Koneswaram Temple

Day 3 will begin early with an approximately 4 hour drive to Trincomalee, a major port city in the north eastern province of Sri Lanka. There you will visit Koneswaram temple, the heart of Hinduism in Trincomalee. You will also catch a glimpse of Trinco harbour, one of the most significant natural harbours in the world. The remainder of the day is yours to relax by the ocean and sink in the rays. Your overnight stay will be in Nilaveli

Dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, Koneswaram Temple sits on a promontory offering breathtaking views of the aqua blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Whilst the construction of the temple cannot be pinned to an exact point in time, this temple was at some point the largest and grandest hindu temple in Sri Lanka.
Known as one of biggest natural harbours, many battles for power have been fought in Trinco harbour by the Dutch, Portuguese, French and English. The harbour consists of 1630 hectares of water and the entrance channel is approximately 500 meters wide.

Day 4 Explore a world of spices

Today, you will travel to Kandy, a city surrounded by mountains, home to lush tea plantations and rainforests boasting biodiversity. On the way you will go to Matale, a town known for its agriculture, where tea, rubber, spice and herbal plantations are in abundance. You will have an opportunity to visit Euphoria spice and herbal garden to get an insight into the fascinating world of spices and herbs. After arriving in Kandy you will explore the Temple of the Tooth relic of Buddha and witness how the teachings of Buddhism have been preserved over many years. Your overnight stay will be in Kandy.

Herbs and spices have long played a crucial role in Sri Lankan cuisine as well as in Ayurvedic medicine. This spice and herbal garden tour provides an insight into the ways in which a variety of herbs and spices such as Nutmeg, Turmeric, Citronella, Cardamom and Sandalwood can be used in day to day life.

Activities:

45 min - 1 hr tour around the spice and herbal garden

Situated in the former royal palace complex of Kandy, this temple is of immense significance to Buddhism as it holds a tooth of Buddha. This precious relic is heavily guarded inside 6 gold stupas of decreasing size. In addition to this temple, there is a series of shrines and museums in the palace complex.

Day 5 Seetha’s fort

Today you will enter the hill country region of Sri Lanka by first driving to Hasalaka to visit Seetha Kotuwa, one of the many places where Seetha was held captive by the devil King Rama. From Hasalaka you will embark on an approximately 3 hour drive to Nuwara Eliya, the ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka that is famous for misty mountains, mesmerising waterfalls and abundant tea plantations. Your overnight stay will be in Nuwara Eliya. 

Queen Mandathorai’s palace in Lankapura, the setting in the Indian epic Ramayana is believed to be where King Rama held Seetha captive. For this reason, this place is presently known as Seetha Kotuwa meaning Seetha’s fort.

Day 6 Hindu temples in Little England

Day 6 will begin with a visit to Shri Bhakta Hanuman temple in Ramboda, a small town located approximately 27 km from Nuwara Eliya. Then you will travel back to Nuwara Eliya and visit Seetha Amman temple, a holy place dedicated to Sita, a Hindu Goddess. You can then enjoy a complimentary lunch in a floating restaurant on Gregory Lake. After lunch, you can visit Hakgala Botanical garden where you can relax amongst the 10,000 species of flora present. Your overnight stay will be in Nuwara Eliya. 

Shri Bhakta Hanuman temple was built by Chinmaya Mission, a Hindu spiritual organization, in honour of Hanuman, a character of an epic Indian Poem about the tale of divine King Rama saving his wife Seetha from the demon king Ravana.

This temple is linked to Ramayana, an epic Indian poem about the tale of divine King Rama saving his wife Seetha from the demon king Ravana. This temple located approximately 5 km from Nuwara Eliya is believed to be one of the places where Ravana held Seetha captive.

Founded in 1861, Hakgala garden was initially used for the cultivation of the medicinal crop Cinchona and following this the garden was used as a tea plantation. Finally in 1884 it was transformed by planting many subtropical and tropical plants and currently 10,000 species of flora are found at Hakgala botanical garden. This garden is well known for its species of roses and orchids.

Day 7 Temple complex

Today you will leave behind the hill country and move to Tissamaharama in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. On the way, you will stop at Ravana Falls, one of the many majestic waterfalls found in Sri Lanka. It measures at an approximate height of 25 m and dominates as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Sri Lanka. From there you will visit Kataragama a major pilgrimage town for Buddhists and Hindus and finally travel to Tissamaharama. Your overnight stay will be in Tissamaharama. 

This waterfall has been named Ravana, a character of an epic Indian Legend and was the king of Sri Lanka at that time who is said to have hidden a princess in the caves behind the waterfall. After climbing over some rocks you can get a closer look at this natural beauty and water lovers can jump in and be refreshed by the cool water.

Kataragama temple is a temple complex that is predominantly devoted to the Buddhist guardian Kataragama deviyo (God) and Hindu God Murugan. A few of the famous shrines found in the complex include Kiri Vehera, Hindu shrines dedicated to Kataragama Deviyo and Shiva.

Day 8 The final stretch

The second last day of this tour will involve a fairly long drive to Colombo, the capital. After leaving Tissamaharama you will drive for about 1.5 hours to reach Ussangoda beach, a sacred area. From this location, you will travel for another 2.5 hours to reach Galle fort, an ancient fortification. The final stretch will be another 2.5 hour drive from Galle to Colombo. Your overnight stay will be in Colombo. 

Ussangoda beach, found along the southern coastline of Sri Lanka has been classified by the locals as sacred area. Beliefs regarding this stretch of land range from it being the ground of the local demi - god Mangara to it being the landing strip of Ravana’s pushpaka vimana, flying palaces or chariots depicted in Hindu texts.

Galle fort located in the Southwestern coast was constructed by the Portuguese who invaded Sri Lanka in the 16th century and further modifications were completed by the Dutch in the 17th century. It has been well preserved over several centuries and is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site displaying the cooperation between European architecture and Asian traditions.

Day 9 Farewell Sri Lanka

Today you will travel from Colombo to Bandaranaike International Airport to board your flight and say your farewell till next time.

Inclusion & exclusion

1INCLUSIONS
  • Accommodation ( 8 NIGHTS ONLY INCLUDING DAILY BREAKFAST) in the hotels mentioned or similar comfort (Standard rooms) including breakfast – Best Rated by Tripadvisor and our past clients. Double sharing basis (BB/DBL). 
  • On ground transportation - air conditioned vehicle with an English speaking chauffeur guide throughout the tour (Includes fuel) with comprehensive insurance. All safari jeeps are without comprehensive insurance and non air conditioned.
  • Airport transfers - all tours from & to the airport unless any special request made by the client with different pick up or drop off points, which could be arranged.
  • Entry fee into attractions. (Sigiriya hike, Euphoria spice & herbal garden, Temple of tooth relic, Hakgala botanical garden, galle ramparts)
  • 24/7 customer service
2COMPLEMENTARY
3EXCLUSIONS
4PAYMENT TERMS
5OTHER CONDITIONS
6CANCELLATION CHARGES
7IMPORTANT NOTE
8HOTEL RULES AND REGULATIONS
9GENERAL REMINDER
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