Day 1 Welcome to Sri Lanka

Upon arrival, your local guide from U Travels will meet you at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. Your tour will begin with a small city tour that will introduce you to the heart of Sri Lankan street food, including Koththu the king of street food. Following this you will have the opportunity to visit Dutch hospital shopping precinct, an area that has been developed under the influence of foreign culture. There you have the option of having lunch/dinner at Ministry of Crab, a well - known seafood restaurant.  Your overnight stay will be in Colombo.

The 17th century Dutch hospital shopping precinct offers many restaurants of various flavours. Present within the historic charms of this place are jewellery and clothing stores, bars and cafes.
Galle Face Green is a half kilometer promenade in the heart of Colombo. It is a place for families, children and couples to enjoy the sunshine, the beach and may be even fly a kite. There are many food vendors along the beach that offer all sorts of Sri Lanka street food. These street foods include tangy pickles, dhal wade, uludu wade, prawn wade, cassava chips and saravita, shredded coconut that has been colours, spiced and wrapped in betel leaves.

Day 2 Colombo to Tissamaharama

After breakfast you will travel to Tissamaharama in the Southern province of Sri Lanka. On the way you will be able to witness stilt fishing, a traditional fishing method requiring great skill and balance. You will also visit Galle fort, an ancient fortification that has been well preserved over several centuries.  Your overnight stay will be in  Tissamaharama.

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. Galle ramparts is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site displaying the cooperation between European architecture and Asian traditions

Day 3 Explore Tissamaharama

Day 3 of this tour will begin at the crack of dawn when you will join local fisherman at Weerawila Lake to do some fishing in traditional style. The local fisherman will then infuse the fish with herbs and spices and you will have the opportunity to cook your catch. Following this, under the guidance of local experts, you will take part in the process of producing curd, a desert derived from buffalo curd. The day will end with an activity of your choice between pottery and palmyrah weaving. Your overnight stay will be in Tissamaharama.

Derived from buffalo milk that has undergone curdling, curd is enjoyed by Sri Lankans of all ages as a desert when combined with treacle, a type of sugar syrup. Curd processing is the livelihood of generations of buffalo farmers in the Sri Lanka.

In the olden days Sri Lankans cooked their meals in pots made out of clay and presently this method is continued by a majority of people. The clay is molded into the shape of a pot and this is heated in a kiln to form a pot that can be used for cooking.

Palmyrah trees, a species of palm found in Sri Lanka is used by locals to produce pieces like bags and hats through weaving of leaves.

Day 4 Journey to Little England

Today you will leave Tissamaharama and head to Nuwara Eliya, the ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka. On the way you will see 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 travel to Ambewela farm, the heart of dairy farming in Sri Lanka.  Your overnight stay will be in Nuwara Eliya.

This waterfall has been named Ravana, a character of an epic Indian poem 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.
With an annual average temperature of around 17.5 degrees celsius, Ambewela is the ideal region for dairy farming in Sri Lanka. This farm is famous for its immense output of dairy products including milk, yoghurt, ice cream and cheese that reaches all corners of the country. The cattle are allowed to graze freely in the dense grasslands before the milking process takes place and the production of high quality products.

Day 5 Explore Nuwara Eliya

Day 5 of your tour will be a very relaxing day during which you will visit Pedro Tea factory in Nuwara Eliya to gain an insight into the production of tea that is savoured by all Sri Lankans. Following this you will visit Sita Amman temple, a holy place dedicated to Sita, a Hindu Goddess.  Your overnight stay will be in Nuwara Eliya.

Located 3.5 km east of Nuwara Eliya Pedro tea estate provides guided tours for tea lovers interested in the production of tea that is the main beverage of Sri Lankan people. This tour provides a chance for you to pluck tea with the local tea pluckers.

This temple is linked to Ramayana, an epic Indian poem about the tale of divine King Rama saving his wife Sita 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 Sita captive.

Day 6 Nuwara Eliya to Kandy

Today you will leave the hill country and travel to Kandy, one of the last kingdoms of Sri Lanka. On the way you will visit Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple, a Hindu temple found in Ramboda. From there you will travel for approximately 1 hour to reach Kandy where you will explore the Temple of the Tooth relic of Buddha and witness how the teachings of Buddhism have been preserved over many years. You will also visit Kandy Archaeological museum.  Your overnight stay will be in Kandy.

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 Sita from the demon king Ravana.
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.
The former royal palace of Kandy has been converted to the Kandy archaeological museum that houses various types of artefacts. Some of these artefacts include jewelry, weapons and tools from the Kandyan era.

Day 7 Kandy to Sigiriya

Today, you will travel to Dambulla and on the way you will stop at Matale.This town is 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 with a demonstration by an expert on preparing Sri Lankan cuisine.  Your overnight stay will be in Sigiriya.

Herbs and spices have long played a crucial role in Sri Lankan cuisine as well as 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. Completion of the tour includes a cooking demonstration with local experts allowing you to gain experience producing a meal that you can enjoy with loved ones.
Activities:
- 45 min - 1 hr tour around the spice and herbal garden
- Cooking lessons and lunch

Day 8 Explore Dambulla

After breakfast, you will kickstart the day by heading to Sigiriya rock 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. This segment of the day will take approximately  1.5 - 3 hrs. Following this, you have the option of riding on the back of an elephant in the area surrounding Sigiriya rock. Thereafter, you will enjoy a village tour experiencing traditional transportation systems and finally have lunch at a local farm house. This tour will approximately take 2.5 hours.  Your overnight stay will be in Habarana.

 

Having come to life in 4th century AD, Sigiriya 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.
Experience the authentic Sri Lankan lifestyle through a Bullock cart ride through paddy fields. Following this, enjoy a canoe ride to the farmers house where you will get to walk through his farm and observe cultivation methods and finally enjoy a traditional Sri Lankan lunch.

Day 9 Farewell Sri Lanka

Today you will travel from Dambulla 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. (Ministry of crab, Galle ramparts, Cook your catch,curd processing,pottery or palmyrah weaving, Ambewela farm, Tea factory tour, Temple of tooth relic, Kandy archeology museum, Euphoria spice and herbal garden tour and cooking demonstration, Sigiriya lion rock, Habarana village tour)
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3EXCLUSIONS
4PAYMENT TERMS
5OTHER CONDITIONS
6CANCELLATION CHARGES
7IMPORTANT NOTE
8HOTEL RULES AND REGULATIONS
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