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Sri Lanka Family Adventure Fun

16 Days / 14 Nights

Highlights Of The Tour

    • Cultural triangle of Sri lanka ( Sigiriya , Polonnaruwa , Dambulla , Kandy )

    • Udawalawe National park & Elephant Orphanage

    • Horton Plains National park

    • Plenty of opportunities to contact with the locals

    • Paddy … Coconut …Tea… Rubber … Plantations

    • 2 complete nights on a beach resort at Mirissa or Ranna

Day 01 AIRPORT - NEGOMBO

            • On arrival meet our representative & transfer to Negombo . There is no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the nearby sights you may wish on your own. Negombo is a fishing village with a predominantly catholic population as it was once a Portuguese and Dutch trading port, popular attractions here include the Old Dutch fort gate built in 1672, the Dutch Canal, and the old churches and fishing villages which surround the area. It also has a large and rather inviting white sandy beach . Dinner & night at Camelot Beach Hotel or similar

Day 02 NEGOMBO – SIGIRIYA

            • After breakfast you’ll transfer from Negombo to Sigiriya on the way you will visit Dambulla Cave temple

            • The Dambulla rock temple was built by King Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and it is a world heritage site. It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 square metres of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of cave paintings found in the world It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 metres. Afterwards, transfer from Dambulla to Sigiriya .

            • Evening you climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ”Lion Rock” is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ”Heavenly Maidens” of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster . Proceed to Kassapa Lion’s Rock Hotel or similar for dinner & overnight

Day 03 SIGIRIYA – POLONNARUWA – SIGIRIYA

            • After breakfast transfer from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa to visit the medival capital of Sri lanka Polonnaruwa Built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, Polonnaruwa is a listed World Heritage site. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya, and four statues of the Buddha in ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and ‘Recumbent’ postures carved out of rock. Polonnaruwa is laid out over a large distance therefore the best way to explore the area is by bicycle . Return to Sigiriya for dinner & overnight at Kassapa Lion’s Rock Hotel or similar

DAY 04 SIGIRIYA – HIRIWADUNNA – SIGIRIYA

            • After breakfast l transfer to Hiriwadunna , You enjoy a one hour elephant ride through the pretty landscape of Habarana where the forest is interspersed amongst lakes and villages. Afterwards, we begin a small trek through an area known as Hirawaduna – located close to the town of Habarana. On this trek we will witness the day to day life of traditional Sri Lankan villagers as they go about their tasks of fishing or washing clothes around the lake. We should also see amazing birdlife, butterflies and possibly a sighting of crocodiles as we walk our way through dense forest shrubs and across shallow streams. We’ll enjoy a ride on a bullock cart before crossing a wider tributary by local outrigger to watch traditional cultivation methods and to pick some vegetable to cook for our lunch prepared on firewood fueled burners using traditional earthenware pots and served on lotus leaves. The afternoon is at leisure back at our resort where you can relax and enjoy some time at the hotel swimming pool or maybe take an optional bike ride around the area . Dinner & overnight at Kassapa lion’s Rock or similar

DAY 05 SIGIRIYA - MATALE - KNUCKLES MOUNTAINS - KANDY

            • Today we drive to the Matale Spice Garden, where many of Sri Lanka’s world-famous spices are grown. A guide will take us for a stroll around the garden where you will see, smell and learn about nutmeg, pepper, cloves, curry, cinnamon and many other spices found in Sri Lanka. Here, you can also experience a short traditional Ayurveda massage. Then we will drive up to knuckles mountains afterwards we begin a small trek in the terrace paddy fields through an area known as Medagama where you will learn to balance you’re self here you will witness the real ruaral life of Sri lanka then we continue to Kandy for dinner & overnight at Suisse Hotel or similar

            • 2 ½ hrs of walking time

DAY 06 KANDY

            • Kandy is famous as home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), one of the most venerable places for the Buddhist community of Sri Lanka and all around the world. Here is housed the only surviving relic of Buddha, a tooth. The relic has played an important role in the local politics since ancient times. It is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country, which caused the ancient kings to protect it with great effort. Then we will visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens which is renowned for its varied collection of orchids. It includes more than 300 varieties of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees and also houses the National Herbarium . In the evening
              we enjoy a local Kandy cultural dance and fire walking performance (approx 1 hr ) Dinner & overnight at Suisse Hotel or similar

DAY 07 KANDY - PINNAWELA - KANDY

            • This morning we will transfer to Pinnawela & visit the famous Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Wildlife Department, this elephant orphanage is also a breeding centre for elephants (the first baby elephant being born here in 1984) and it has the greatest herd of elephants in captivity in the world. Upon entering we will watch the baby elephants being fed on milk then visit the area where the elephants are allowed to range freely over 12 acres of grassland. Afterwards we take up our position on the banks of the Maha Oya River where the elephants are led along a narrow path from the orphanage to the river for bathing. It is a moving experience and visiting this place enables us to support a worthy project . Proceed to Kandy . Evening at leisure . Dinner & overnight at Suisse Hotel or similar

DAY 08 KANDY - NUWARA ELIYA

            • We will drive to Nuwara Eliya the town was nicknamed ‘Little England’ , stopping en route to visit one of the many tea plantations that have made this area famous. Here we learn more about the production process in making one of Sri Lanka’s main exports and sample a cup of the famous brew. Nuwara Eliya is a town located at an altitude of 1,868 m in the Sri Lankan central highlands with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. The city was founded by Samual Baker – the discoverer of Lake Albert and the explorer of the Nile in 1846 .Nuwara Eliya’s cool climate lent itself to becoming a sanctuary from the lowland heat for the British civil servants and tea planters of Ceylon. Evening you are free to walk in the city on your own . Dinner & overnight at or similar

DAY 09 NUWARA ELIYA - HORTON PLAINS - OHIYA - BANDARAWELA ( BY TRAIN )

            • After early breakfast we will drive up to Horton Plains visit to the Horton Plains nature reserve , which is protected area in the central highlands of Sri Lanka and is covered by montane grassland and cloud forest. This plateau at an altitude of 2,100–2,300 metres is rich in biodiversity and many species found here are endemic to the region. This region was designated a national park in 1988. After the visit transfer to Ohiya railway station to catch a local train to Bandarawela (approx. 1 ½ hours) passing . On this journey we travel through spectacular mountainous landscapes, interspersed with tea and jungle plantations, through tunnels and along abysses. At the end of the afternoon we reach Bandarawela on the east side of the island. Dinner & over night at Bandarawela Hotel or similar category
              3 hrs of walking time

DAY 10 BANDARAWELA - UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK

            • This morning we descend to the warmer coastal plains , on the way you’ll see the famous Ella Gap (Gap of Ella), where you have a short stop to enjoy the view. You’ll also stop at the waterfalls of Ravana Ella. and drive to the Udawalawe National Park one of the largest and most visited national park in Sri Lanka
              This park is approximately 30,821 hectares in extent and lies within the Ratnapura and Monaragala Districts. It acts as the catchment to the Uda Walawe Reservoir and is located in the Dry Zone. This Park comprises grasslands and thorn scrubs and many valuable species of trees are found within it. Large herds of Elephants and Deer species such as spotted Deer, Sambhur, Barking deer and Langur, Wild Boar, Water Buffalo, Jackal are some of the prominent wild animals found in this Park and a variety of avifauna is seen. Today we will also visit the Elephant Transit Home. Dinner & overnight at Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort or similar category

DAY 11 UDAWALAWE - MIRISSA OR RANNA

            • Today we will drive up to Mirissa along the coast this morning we pass small seaside villages and sweeping bays . Afternoon at leisure . Dinner & overnight at Paradise Beach Club or similar category

DAY 12 & 13 MIRISSA OR RANNA

            • Full day leisure in the beach . Dinner & overnight at Paradise Beach Club or similar category
              ( Optional : You may enjoy a whale watching ride if interested. A not to miss attraction in
              Mirissa . The playful spinner Dolphins will be fun to watch. Sperm Whales and an
              occasional ue whale is a world class attraction of Marine life you may be
              privileged in Mirissa )

DAY 14 MIRISSA - GALLE - KOSGODA - COLOMBO

            • After breakfast leave for Galle Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and South East Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and south Asian traditions. This morning we walk around the Galle Fort – a world heritage listed site and the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers. Other prominent landmarks in Galle that we will see include the natural harbor, the National Maritime Museum, St. Mary’s Cathedral . After the visit we will drive up to Negombo on the way we stop to visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, where we can see several species of turtles. Several species, specially the hawksbill turtle, are endangered. Most vulnerable of all are their eggs, which are left uncovered on beaches all around the coast proceed to Colombo is a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins. We’ll stop here briefly to visit the Fort area. During the European colonial era the Fort was indeed a fort, surrounded by the sea on two sides and a moat on the landward sides. Dinner & over night at Grand Oriental Hotel or similar category

DAY 15 COLOMBO

            • The last day of your tour. You can use your hotel room in Colombo until check out time (most times at 1200 hrs ) We wish you a comfortable journey home and are sure you will take with you some wonderful memories of Sri Lanka. Thereafter transfer to the airport for departure flight to Oslo