North Culture Hill Country and Beach Tour

16 Nights 17 Days


DAY 01 | AIRPORT / NEGOMBO

 Negambo Beach

Negambo Beach

Upon Arrival welcome & assist by our representative and Transfer to Negombo and check into the hotel in Negombo refresh at hotel and relax at Negombo beach
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Peradeniya Botonical Garden

Old Dutch Fort

Negombo is the nearest town to the airport. Relax at the Beach in Negombo. Enjoy the soothing breeze, and take a stroll along the beach front, explore the olden buildings in the city that dates back to the Dutch & Portuguese Colonial days. The expansive sandy beaches and a relaxed atmosphere make Negombo the ideal place to relax. It is also a place to find a variety of fish including shrimps, prawns, lobsters, crabs, seer and etc.
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DAY 02 | NEGOMBO / JAFFNA

Muneswaram Temple

Muneswaram Temple

After breakfast leave for Jaffana through Puttalam road en route you may visit Muneswaram temple in Chilaw The legend has it that Munneswaram predates the Ramayana, the sage of the demon king of ancient Sri Lanka, who abducted the queen of the Indian king, Rama. Munneswaram (Munnu + Easwaran) in Tamil means the first temple for Shvia.
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The Shiva Lingam inside Munneshwaram temple

The Shiva Lingam inside Munneshwaram Temple

A Shiva Lingam (a male anatomy of Shiva) was believed to have located in the ancient temple premises when lord Rama, a king of ancient India and the nemesis of Ravana visited the place. The temple now receives devotees of all religions.

Prawn Fishing

Prawn Fishing

You can also visit Prawn Farms that have mushroomed in Chilaw and have a first-hand look at the prawn farming.

Jaffna Hotels

Thereafter you may visit Prawn Farms in Chilaw and reach to Jaffna by evening check into hotel in Jaffna and relax at Jaffna Hotel
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DAY 03 | JAFFNA SIGTHSEEING

Jaffna Library

Jaffna Library

After breakfast sightseeing in Jaffna Jaffna is the Northern capital of Sri Lanka. With a population of over 80,000 , it is Sri Lanka’s 12th largest city.
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Dagabas

Nallur Kovil Jaffna

Approximately six miles from Jaffna is Kandarodai which once was a famous emporium in the Jaffna peninsula. Jaffna suburb, Nallur was the capital of the medieval Jaffna Kingdom. Prior to the civil war, Jaffna was Sri Lanka’s second most populated city after the commercial capital Colombo.

Jaffna University

Jaffna University

Sine 1980s, war caused extensive damage, which resulted in depopulation as large swathe of people fled the country and many others moved to Colombo. Since the end of civil war in 2009, refugees and internally displaced people are returning and reconstruction has begun.
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DAY 04 | ANURADHAPURA SIGHTSEEING / TRINCOMALE

Anuradapura Hotels

After breakfast drive to Anuradhapura through Kilinochchi, Vauniya and reach to hotel in Anuradhapura check in and refresh at hotel in Anuradhapura afternoon some sightseeing in Anuradhapura Anuradhapura, the first Sri Lankan ancient capital and center of the island’s Buddhist civilization dates back to the 03rd Century.
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Anuradhapura Dagoba

Anuradhapura Dagoba

Much of the ancient heritage in this old city was found buried and excavated. Its pleasure gardens, fine stone baths and ponds and a superb irrigation system of reservoirs and canals and Impressive white ‘Dagabas ‘are embellished with spectacular stone carvings and sculpture. Anuradhapura is a major destination for pilgrimages and has the oldest documented tree dating back to over 2000 years, revered as the sacred Bodhi Tree or Sri Maha Bodhi under which the Buddha attained enlightenment.
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DAY 05 | ANURADHAPURA / MIHINTALE / HABARANA

Mihintale

Mihintale

After breakfast drive to Mihintale. Mihintale 12km east of the Anuradhapura is an ancient rock where Arahath Mahinda who as an emissary of the then King of Kalinga (who then ruled a part of India), Ashoka arrived in the ancient Sri Lanka and met King Devanampiyatissa who was on a deer hunt. Arahat Mahinda brought with him Buddhism, which later become Sri Lanka’s predominant religion.
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Mihintale Rock

Mihintale Rock

The rock 1000 feet in height is one of the peaks of mountainous range in the law land area.In the past, the site was called Missaka Pabbata or Cetiyagiri or Sagiri, however, at present, it is popularly known as Mihintale -the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

Elephant Ride

Elephant Ride

Thereafter drive to Habarana hotel reach to hotel and check in and refresh at hotel afternoon you may enjoy an elephant ride in Habarana. The ride takes around a bund of an ancient manmade rainwater reservoir named Giritalawewa. You may cross the lake on an elephant and get your feet wet whilst still seated on the jumbo. There is also an opportunity to enjoy rural Sri Lankan life style.
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DAY 06 | HABARANA / POLONNAURWA / MINNERIYA / HABARANA

Watadageya

Watadageya

After breakfast day excursion to Polonnaruwa The ancient city of Polonnaruwa was the capital of the Buddhist Agrarian civilization after the decline of Anuradhapura (11th – 13th Century).
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Parakrama Samudraya

Parakrama Samudraya

Its period of greatness lasted from tenth century AD to 12th. The Polonnaruwa era was famous for huge man made reservoirs, most famous of which is the Prakrama Samudra or the Sea of Parakrama, which is larger than the Colombo harbor.

Gal Viharaya

Gal Viharaya

The glory s of this ancient city is relatively well preserved and give evidence of the miracles of Sri Lanka’s past. See the Royal Palace complex, the Quadrangle with its concentration of ancient heritage and the spectacular Gal vihare complex of four massive images of the Buddha, cut from a single slab of granite – one of the tallest of ancient Sri Lankan rock carvings.

Minneriya National Park

Minneriya National Park

Afternoon visit after proceed to Minneriya National park and you may enjoy Jeep Safari. MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK is an eco-tourism park in Sri Lanka. The park is a shelter to most of Srilankan animals such as leopards, elephants, macaques, sambar deer, crocodiles and also a shelter for birds many kind of birds. Evening return to Hotel in Habarana
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DAY 07 | HABARANA / KANDY

Sigiriya

Sigiriya

After breakfast leave for Kandy en route climb Sigiriya rock fortress ‘The Lion Rock Citadel’ is a world heritage site. Sigiriya was the Royal Citadel of King Kasyapa who ruled in the 5th Century A.D. He built moats, terrace gardens, beautiful ancient frescos of heavenly maidens in a pocket of the rock, water gardens, Miniature water gardens, boulder gardens, and a fountain garden atop this rock. Stone staircases were erected leading up to the rock and you can the see mirror wall around the western side of the rock. On the top of the rock are the ruins of the palace & two intact man-made pools of water
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Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave Temple

Thereafter proceed to Dambulla and visit the magnificent rock temple in Dambulla consists of 5 caves, built in a hill 340 m high rock. The cave temple has 150 serene statues of Buddha, numerous carvings & murals. The fascinating site was founded by King Valagambahu during the 1st century BC in gratitude for the shelter he found in the caves during an invasion by marauding Dravidians from Southern India.

Gal Viharaya

Spices in Sri Lanka

Also en route visit Spice Garden in Matale offers tourists memorable visits to various spice plantations in Sri Lank. In the early centuries, Sri Lanka was world renowned for its quality Spices, a heritage that is still savoured by the locals. Spice garden at Matale is a throwback to those ancient days and a fast forward to the present: spice continues to bring in hefty foreign revenue to Sri Lanka. The spice garden has in offer fragrant clove, cinnamon, pepper, cardamom and nutmeg.

Kandy Hotels

Kandy Hotels

Evening return to Hotel in Kandy and refresh and relax at Kandy hotel
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DAY 08 | KANDY SIGHTSEEING

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

After breakfast day excursion to Pinnawala Elephant orphanage. It has one of the largest herd of elephants in captivity. It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka wildlife department. The 24- acre- elephant orphanage is also a breeding ground for elephants. The first baby elephant was born there in 1984 and between 1975 and 2012, 67 animals were born. Main attractions are feeding baby elephants by milk bottle and bathing of the elephants.
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Temple Of Tooth

Temple Of Tooth

Return to Kandy sightseeing in Kandy city visit Upper Lake drive, take a stroll in the bazaar and markets ; visit Anglican Cathedral and Hindu Temples. And finally, visit the sacred Tooth relic Temple which is the custodian of the Buddha’s Tooth relic. The Tooth relic is encased in seven caskets; the outermost of which has the shape of a Stupa adorned with a large number of or gold ornaments.
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DAY 09 | KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA

Peradeniya Botanical Garden

Peradeniya Botanical Garden

After breakfast proceed to Peradeniya botanical Garden was originally founded in 1371 as the queen’s pleasure garden, later becoming the residence of a Kandyan king. The 60 hector park was later converted into a botanical garden with extensive well-kept lawns, pavilions, and an orchid house with an outstanding collection, numerous flower beds with cannas, croton and colorful bougainvilleas. Giant water lily and papyrus reeds complement unusually exotic specimen trees.
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Peradeniya Botanical Garden

Nuwara Eliya

Thereafter proceed to NuwaraEliya, located 6128 Feet above from Sea level is a splendid landscape. The city is particularly well kept and neat. The eternal green grass gives to the locality an aspect of ‘’ colonial British Style.” The city was built entirely during the 19th Century and its architecture mimics that of an English Country town, with red brick walls, country houses like hill club and mock – Tudor half timbering. There are plenty of restaurants in the locality and plenty of guest houses as well. Take a city tour in the colonial city : Drive through the town of NuwaraEliya, have a look at the well maintained buildings of colonial Architecture, the busy market place, Lake Gregory, golf course, race course, vegetable cultivation and ever encompassing tea plantations.

Tea Estate

En route lunch at Ramboda fall hotels you could enjoy the magnificent view of Ramboda falls while having lunch, also you may visit Tea Factory and estate
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DAY 10 | HORTON PLAN / NUWARA ELIYA

Tea Factory

Early morning packet breakfast from Hotel leave for Horton plan
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Bakers Falles

Bakers Falles

Horton Plains is most certainly one of the world's best nature reserves. The vast expand suddenly comes to an end with a massive precipice, the world renowned “World's End". There is famous "Bakers Falls". Horton plains is the largest wet grassland in the country and expands in an area of the size of 10,000 hectares, it is habitat for Elk, Deer, Giant Squirrel, Wild Boar, Wild Hair, Porcupines, and a variety of Migratory birds, some of which are endemic in the region.

Horton Plains

Horton Plains

The morning is the ideal time for the trekking in the plains. You would follow the beaten track taken by many a hiker. The final destination is the World’s End, aptly called so because, at the sheer depth of 3700 feet, the precipice is a natural wonder; some misty days you would not see the bottom of the hills . On others, it offers a panoramic view.

Horton Plains

Horton Plains

Down below, one is greeted, by the beautiful view of the sprawling tea estate laced with gravel roads and lie rooms, and if one looks beyond, by breath-taking view of the southern part of the island down to the coast.

lake

Lake Gregory

Reach to Nuwara Eliya town at lunch time lunch at local restaurant or hotel after lunch leisure walk around the town
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DAY 11 | NUWARA ELIYA / YALA

Rawana Waterfalls

Rawana Waterfalls

After breakfast at hotel drive for Ruhunu National park en route stop at Ella to Driving to the Ella in Sri Lanka’s central hills, you will ascend from the lowlands to the Central Highland through enchanting scenery and waterfalls en route. Some of the much see destinations on your way are the Rawana waterfalls and Buduruwagala rock, one of the oldest stone statues carved in the ancient Sinhalaese kingdom.
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Yala National park

Yala National park

Reach to Hotel in Yala and check into hotel and refresh and afternoon Jeep Safari to Yala. Yala is situated 309Kms south of Colombo and approximately 1259 Km2 in extent. It is located in South Eastern corner of the Island and is the largest and most popular national park. It is one of the best places in the world to see leopards in their natural habitat. You can see wild life such as elephants, monkeys such as Red Faced Macaques, muggers, swamp crocodiles, bears, wild bears, Chital deer, Sambar deer, buffalos, Golden Jackal and many other animals and birds
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DAY 12 | DICKWELLA / MIRISSA / DICKWELLA

Hambantota Port

Hambantota Port

After breakfast along the coast drive to Tangalle en route visit Hambantota fishing village and salt plan
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Salt Pans

Salt Pans

Salt plan - The coastal line of Hambantota is dominated by shimmering expansive saltpans that stretch along the main road for about 15km. Salt is produced by means of allowing the sea water into the pans called ‘Lewayas’ that makes the seawater evaporates leaving only salt to be scraped up and collected. The salt pans attract a large number of waders and shore birds, including greater flamingo, spot-billed pelican, several species of plover and tern, gulls, ducks, egrets, sandpipers and many others.
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DAY 13 | TANGALLE LEISURE

Tangalle Beach

After breakfast leisure at Tangalle Beach, Tangalle
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Salt Pans

Tangalle is located in the southern coast of Sri Lanka, in the Hambantota district. It has a mild climate in comparison to the rest of the district, and sandy beaches.

Mulkirigala Temple Paintings

Mulkirigala Temple Paintings

Tangalle is a regionally important fishing port and a center of tourism. In the city center, there is an Old Dutch fort which is used as a prison today. The town also serves as a starting point for visits to the rock temple of Mulkirigala.
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DAY 14 | TANGALLE / BENTOTA

Galle Town

After breakfast leave for Bentota along the coast en route sightseeing in Galle.
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Galle Fort

Galle Fort

Galle - an ancient city is now a modern and buzzing town though the Dutch an ancient city is now a modern and buzzing town, though the Dutch fortress remains as it was during the Dutch period. Galle was the most important sea port at the crossroads of Far East & Middle East since the days of the Romans. The Dutch Fortress is one of the best preserved in the Island. The oldest Protestant church in the country called the ‘’ Groote Kirk ’’ built by the Dutch among many other buildings, villas, bungalows, mosques are inside the fort, fortified by massive ramparts.

Boat ride in Madu Ganga

Boat ride in Madu Ganga

Thereafter proceed to boat Safari on the River Madu (01hr boat ride) - (Madu Ganga Wetlands), the River Madu and Wetlands is one of the great combination of nature’s wonders: Birdlife, mangroves, islands in the river, traditional fishing & prawn trapping. A boat ride in the river would expose you to the whole new experience with the nature.
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DAY 15 | BENTOTA - LEISURE

Bentota Beach

After Breakfast leisure at Bentota Beach, while you at beach you may visit following sights near by
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Bentota Shopping Teaser

Bentota - A magnificent beach, lagoon, river, shopping in shopping arcades & shops on the main street are some of the major attractions.

Snorkeling Bentota

Snorkeling Bentota

Enjoy Skiing, Wind surfing, Board surfing, snorkeling, and Scuba Diving. Delicious Sea Food is served steaming, crisp or sizzling. Excellent sea food; western, eastern & traditional Sinhalese food and delicious local fresh fruits including pineapple & cocktails
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DAY 16 | BENTOTA / COLOMBO

Majestic City Shopping Complex

Majestic City Shopping Complex

After breakfast proceed to Colombo, check into Colombo Hotel and refresh thereafter sightseeing in this fascinating capital. Colombo is the commercial capital and there are plenty of places to shop. There are high end places such as Majestic City shopping complex, Galle face Green, House of Fashion and the ODEL Unlimited Dress Boutique or you can go on a shopping spree in bustling Pettah market.
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Colombo Foods

You may enjoy dinner at one of main restaurants in Colombo, as there are plenty of restaurants in Colombo offer many delicious foods
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DAY 17 | COLOMBO / AIRPORT

Departure

Departure

After breakfast leave for Airport for departure Transfer.

Places To Visit

  • Negambo Beach
  • Old Dutch Fort
  • Muneswaram Temple
  • Prawn Farms in Chilaw
  • Jaffna
  • Kandarodai
  • Nallur
  • Anuradhapura
  • Sri Maha Bodhiya
  • Ruwanweliseya Dageba
  • Habarana
  • Elephant Ride Giritale wewa
  • Polonnaruwa
  • Sea of Parakrama
  • Gal vihare
  • Minneriya National Park
  • Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Spice Garden in Matale
  • Pinnawala Elephant orphanages
  • Kandy
  • The Temple Of Tooth
  • Peradeniya Botanical Garden
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Lake Gregory
  • Horton plan
  • Rawana waterfalls
  • Yala National park
  • Hambantota Salt Pans
  • Tangalle Beach
  • Mulkirigala Temple
  • Galle Fort
  • Boat Ride in Madu River
  • Bentota Beach
  • Kosgoda Turtle Sanctuary
  • Brief Garden of Geoffery Bawa
  • Lunuganga Estate
  • Majestic City shopping complex
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Ratings based on 5 Verified Reviews

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4.5
by Sena
from London, UK

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for Everyone
Great experience
Posted Jun 02, 2013

Excellent hotel, friendly staff would def go there again

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by Sena
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Posted Jun 02, 2013

The view from our balcony in room # 409, was terrific. It was centrally located to everything on and around the port area. Wonderful service and everything was very clean. The breakfast was below average, although not bad. If back in Zante Town we would stay there again.

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4.5
by Sena
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Recommended
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Great experience
Posted Jun 02, 2013

It is close to everything but if you go in the lower season the pool won't be ready even though the temperature was quiet high already.

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