On your arrival, you will be met and greeted by our representative at the arrival lounge of Colombo International Airport and will be transferred to the hotel in Negombo. The rest of the day you can be relaxed by the pool or by the beach. Overnight stay in Negombo.
On the day two, you can take a memorable Hamilton canal, Negombo fish market, Negombo lagoon and fishing village boat trip. The Hamilton Canal, originally constructed by the Dutch and later fortified by the British in 1802, being named after Gavin Hamilton, the then Government Agent of Revenue and Commerce.The first leg of this enjoyable cruise is on the placid waters of the historical Hamilton canal. Tour past the homes of the fisher families situated at the edge of the canal; get a glimpse of the adults at their various chores while little children playfully wave at the passing boats. Head straight for the Negombo Lagoon where the fresh fish market or “Lellama” is situated literally on the lagoon shores.
You can spot interesting wildlife like monkeys, water monitors and an abundant of birdlife such as Egrets, Herons Kingfishers and Cormorants eagerly waiting for their catch of fish. However the highlight of the tour is the Fishing Village where one observes the fisher folk preparing their nets for the next catch, see how the boats are launched to sea, the excess catch being washed and sun dried to be sold as 'dried fish' before having a brief chit-chat with the friendly fisher folk. If it's an early morning tour watch the catamarans coming in with the ocean's bounty; an awesome experience that promises some beautiful snapshots. After an exhilarating 2 hour tour, it's back to Negombo gliding across the beautiful Hamilton canal. This tour promises an authentic boat ride and a great opportunity to experience the Sri Lankan fishing culture, its people and their lifestyles. Overnight stay in Negombo.
After having breakfast, you will be transferred to Sigiriya. This route will be driven through small towns and countryside to the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya, near Dambulla. You can climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Sigiriya Rock Fortress was once nominated as the 8th wonder of the world, Sigiriya Rock Fortress is one of the most valuable historical sites in Sri Lanka and dominating the area is a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres (660 foot) high. During the second half of the fifth century King Kasyapa made the rock plateau his royal residence and remains of the fortress’s extensive network still exist. The palace is surrounded by vast gardens, ponds, canals, alleys and fountains, with its western wall almost entirely covered in carefully painted frescoes depicting beautiful women, it is believed that the images are a celebration of the female form.Overnight stay in Sigiriya.
On the second day in Sigiriya, you can visit Polonnaruwa ruined city. Over 800 years ago Polonnaruwa was a thriving religious and commercial centre, a vibrant hub from where kings ruled the central plains. Following the destruction of Anuradhapura towards the end of the 10th century the city became Sri Lanka’s royal capital, of both the Chola and Sinhalese kingdoms, and continued its glorious reign until the 13th century.
In the afternoon you can do a safari game drive in Minneriya national park. Minneriya National Park is famed for its “Elephant Gathering”, a spectacular phenomenon during the long dry seasons when hundreds of elephants, sometimes numbering close to 200 (with some sightings claiming close to 700), can be seen feeding on the grasslands bordering the tank, with others cooling off in its refreshing water. This annual event, considered to be the largest wild elephant gathering in South Asia, attracts hundreds of tourist visitors who come to the park to observe and experience this unique wildlife spectacle. Overnight stay in Sigiriya.
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Dambulla Cave Temple, the largest best-preserved cave-temple complex before being transferred to Kandy. In Kandy, visit Lord Buddha's Temple of the Tooth Relic. Kandy is the most venerated and the most important religious place for Sinhala Buddhist community. The tooth, reputed to be one of the Buddha's, is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy.Overnight stay in Kandy.
On this day you can have a unique experience of cooking a traditional meal with a local family. This starts with shopping at a traditional market where the guests participate in purchasing the foodstuffs required for the cooking exercise. Fresh veggies, meats, spices and herbs are purchased before leaving for the wattle and daub cottage in the rural village of Kobbekaduwa in Kandy.
At the cottage guests are warmly welcomed with a refreshing drink of fresh king-coconut water or fresh fruit juice. Thereafter the food preparation begins in the traditional kitchen with the guests helping in the cleaning and chopping of veggies, scraping freshly broken coconut on a traditional scraper, pounding the herbs on a stone mortar and grinding the spices on a flat rock grinder. Learn how to extract the coconut milk by hand, how to finely shred green leaves (without wounding your fingers) and how to kindle a traditional wooden hearth; be enticed by the aroma of the dishes as it cooks in terracotta clay pots over a traditional wood fire. All this happens while the host explains the method of preparation of these true Sri Lankan dishes while taking care to maintain the freshness and nutritive value and at the same time bringing out the subtle flavors and customary taste. Sit down to an inviting meal in the open to nature dining space and enjoy!Overnight stay in Kandy.
Take a journey from Kandy through the rolling tea estates of the Hill Country to Sri Lanka's 'Little England', Nuwara Eliya (City of Lights) with its breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains and greenery, and temperate climate, was a favorable escape for the English and Scottish pioneers of Sri Lanka's tea industry. Once you arrived in Nuwara Eliya you can get an experience of tea plucking with the local women and how the tea manufacturing process is going on in a tea estate and factory. And in the end, you may have a chance to taste a cup of pure tea as well!!Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.
Visit Horton Plains national park which is a biodiversity hot spot in Sri Lanka, a scenic area of vast grassy montane plains surrounded by a cloud forest. The climate differs from the rest of Sri Lanka and comprises a misty and rain swept landscape whose cool, wet climate has created the growth of a unique but fragile ecosystem. After finishing the trekking in Horton Plains, get on board to the scenic train journey to Ella from Ohiya railway station. Overnight Stay in Ella.
Ella is a small town in the Hill country but has a major tourist attraction because of it's rich bio- diversity. Ella is surrounded by hills covered with cloud forests and tea plantations. The town has a cooler climate than surrounding lowlands, due to its elevation. The Ella Gap allows views across the southern plains of Sri Lanka. You can do a leisure walk in the surrounding area on this day. Overnight Stay in Ella.
On the day 10 of this tour you will be transferred from scenic hill city, Ella to one of famous beaches in the southern coastal line, Unawatuna. While you are staying in Unawatuna, you can visit The Dutch fort in Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the best preserved sea fort in South Asia, is a must-see for everyone. And relax by the beach. Overnight Stay in Unawatuna.
After having breakfast, you will be transferred to Colombo international airport for the flight back home!! If you need to do some shopping or some site seeing in Colombo you may communicate with your driver and get this arranged (obviously depending on the departure flight time).