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Sri Lanka Culture Tour – 10 Days

7 Day Island Tour

Highlights:

  • Understand the spirituality of Sri Lanka during a visit to the sacred Temple of the Tooth
  • Be captivated with Sri Lanka’s wildlife at Yala National Park
  • Climb the magnificent Sigiriya rock fortress – a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Understand the country’s indigenous agrarian lifestyle during a visit to Panama village
  • Walk through the majestic ruined city of Polonnaruwa
  • Camp under the canopy of a mangrove forest
  • Enjoy the lush foliage and landscape of the Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Observe orphaned baby elephants as they feed at the Elephant Transit Home
  • Worship at the Kataragama temple, and join in a mesmerising religious pooja

Culture Tour Map

Arrival Day

Arrive at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and transfer directly to a star-class hotel in Negombo, a coastal town a few minutes drive away. It’s the perfect location to relax after your long flight, and to begin to enjoy the sights and sounds of the island.


Day 1

sigiriya tour rock
Journey from the coast to Sri Lanka's hill capital - the small lakeside city of Kandy. On the way, visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, a sanctuary for the island’s abandoned or orphaned wild elephants. Here, the elephants roam free and you can enjoy the sight of smaller elephants being hand-fed with giant milk bottles or watch them at play in the water of a nearby river as they take their twice-daily bath.

Your introduction to the amazing historical sites of the country will happen with a visit to the Sigiriya rock fortress, one of of Sri Lanka's UNESCO world heritage sites. This was the rock citadel of an ancient King, Kassapa, and is considered one of the wonders of the world. Walk through its water gardens, and then up the steep steps - either hewn out of the rock or on circular iron staircases - past the famous mirror wall with its frescoes – and then to the spectacular views at the summit.


Day 2

dambulla temple tour
Start the day with a visit to the Dambulla Cave Temple, another amazing historical site with its rock ceiling covered in a large swath of colourful frescoes, most of which dates back to over 2,000 years. This cave temple has the largest number of Buddha statues all housed in one place including a 14 metre long, recumbent Buddha carved out of the rock.

Then journey on to the World Heritage city of Polonnaruwa, the capital of ancient Sri Lanka from around 1070. The sprawling network of buildings, shrines and stupas, lakes and irrigation canals which formed the nucleus of this royal city beckons all visitors to explore.


Day 3

elephant ride tour
Located in the centre of the cultural triangle, the Minneriya National Park is an ideal place to see some of Sri Lanka’s famous wild elephants, birds and many other wildlife. During the dry season (June-Sept) visitors can see herds of up to 150 elephants feeding and washing, as well as toque macaques, sambar deer and leopards. The birds include cormorants and painted storks.

Wrap up your experience of Sri Lanka’s pristine natural beauty and wildlife by experiencing a safari on a majestic elephant in the area near the Kaudulla National Park. This Elephant ride at Habarana is sure to be one of the highlights of your visit to Sri Lanka, as you enjoy the view from atop the country’s largest mammal.


Day 4

Kandy Buddhist temple
Continue your travels by journeying to the beautiful city of Kandy, at the centre of which is the Temple of the Tooth where a sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha has been enshrined since the 4th Century A.D. Buddhist poojas and events are held daily at dawn, midday, and in the evening where guests can participate. The services are accompanied with traditional music and drumming. The temple is one of Sri Lanka’s holiest Buddhist sites, and is filled with beautiful stone and wood carvings, wall murals and intricately detailed statues.

The Royal Botanical Gardens is located just outside the city of Kandy, in Peradeniya. Originally a garden built for the Queen and Court ladies of the Kandyan royalty, the gardens were developed during the British period into one of Asia’s foremost botanical gardens. At the end of your experience at this beautiful garden, you will travel to the mountainous region of Ella, via the scenic English-village style town of Nuwara Eliya. You will pass scenic waterfalls, tea-covered hills and enjoy the cool breeze of pine covered mountains.


Day 5

Ella waterfall SriLanka
Enjoy some adventure and outdoor activity as you explore the picturesque area of Ella. The high mountains, rocky cliffs, gushing waterfalls, thick tropical foliage and abundance of birds and wildlife will make these walking adventure excursions exciting and memorable. You will be able to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Ella Gap, which is a scenic view amongst mountains, stretching as far as the Indian ocean on the southern coast on a clear day. Some of the places you could see in Ella are the Ravana Falls and Little Adam's Peak, offering varied pleasant walks with stunning scenery.


Day 6

Arugam Bay tour
Travel from the mountains to what is considered the finest surfing destination in all of Asia, Arugam Bay, located on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka.


Day 7

srilanka village travels
Spend your morning enjoying all that Arugam Bay has to offer – the beautiful white sand beaches, the mighty waves ideal for surfing or other water sports.

In the afternoon, travel to Panama village, where you can see and experience the life of an agrarian, indigenous people. This area still preserves traces of the rich agrarian tradition that is many thousands of years old and is also home to an extraordinary genetic diversity, particularly renewable forest products from perennial species and from plants of known medicinal value.


Day 8

kataragama cultural tour
Your travels will now take you to Sri Lanka’s best known Wildlife park, the Yala National Park located on the south east corner of the island. It has the highest variety of wildlife recorded in any National park in the country and is home to many species of animals including sloth bear, herds of elephants, sambar, deer, crocodiles and the endangered leopard subspecies - Panthera Pardus Kotiya, which is only found in Sri Lanka.

From Wildlife to culture, continue your journey into understanding Sri Lanka by visiting the Kataragama temple, an ancient pilgrimage site where all religions are worshipped. It is believed that King Dutugemunu, an ancient King of Sri Lanka, built a shrine here for the worship of the Kataragama God in the 2nd century BC. Each day, at specific times, Kataragama’s Hindu shrines come alive when poojas (devotions) are presented to the Gods – baskets filled with fruit and flowers, burning incense and oil lamps, dashing of coconuts, clanging of bells, and the continuous chanting – a mesmerizing experience for any visitor.


Day 9

srilanka culture tour
Travel along the southern coast until you arrive at the coastal town of Ambalangoda. Here you will visit the Nagenahiru Center for Environment at Madampa Lake Wildlife Sanctuary, a local organisation which works in raising awareness on environment conservation with local schools and communities.

Enjoy a bird watching excursion on the Lake by boat, and exploring the expanse of mangrove forest. You can experience outdoor camping under the canopy of the Mangrove Forest, with a special performance of local music, dancing and puppetry. Do some night fishing and enjoy your catch at a special Campfire BBQ, as a wrap up to a memorable eco-cultural visit.


Day 10

Bentota beach holiday
Spend a day relaxing at the beach in Bentota, soaking up the sun, the warm waves of the Indian Ocean and the beauty of Sri Lanka’s coastline. A wonderfully relaxing and rejuvenating way to end your holiday!