The ideal Sri Lanka mix
Within two weeks you see all the highlights in the island in a relaxing tempo. With this Sri Lanka holiday, you book a balanced mix of culture and nature. In Sri Lanka in no time you can combine these two.Ideal!!
You end your holiday with a few relaxing beach stay days and come back with much impression and a relaxed feeling.
Departure from London or any other selected airport.
Day 2 Airport - Negombo
The second day you arrive in Sri Lanka and after a warm welcome we'll take you to the hotel in Negombo. You have the rest of the day to rest yourself off from the long journey and to explore Negombo or take your first dip in the refreshing pool.
Day 4 Negombo
Negombo is located in the heart of the Sri Lankan fishing industry. Every morning you look out over the sea with fishermen in their catamarans. When you are in Negombo it is advisable to visit the Negombo Lagoon and the fish market. The Dutch fort and the Old Catholic Church are also worth. You also will visit the "Dutch village".
Here's how the Eruopeans have provided shelter to the needy elderly. You get back here to walk the feeling on Dutch soil when you walk among the buildings where the elderly live. Along the way, the road gives you a first impression of the life in the small villages.
Day 4 Negombo - Sigiriya
On the way to your hotel in Sigiriya, you get a good impression of life in the Sri Lankan territory. You'll pass small villages, lively larger towns and paddy fields with water buffalos. In the afternoon you visit the Lion Rock Sigiriya. Halfway through your climb you'll pass beautiful frescoes from the 5th century. The view on top of this rocky outcrop of the landscape is vast and very beautiful.
Day 5 Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya
Today you will visit Polonnaruwa, which is Sri Lanka's second royal city after Anaradhapura. There is much to see here. Several stupas and many relics of a rich ancient culture. The huge statues carved out rocks. Please watch out for your stuff because there are quite a few monkeys walking around here loosely and some are quite brutal. In the image Vatadage house, you have a beautiful moonstone and a huge round with Buddha statues. Full of impressions we will drive you back to the hotel.
Day 6 Sigiriya - Kandy
On the way to a comfortable homestay in Kandy you visit the Dambulla rock temple. Here you can see more than 100 images in the caves, and wall and ceiling paintings in which the oldest are more than 2000 years old. Also look up where the ceiling is richly decorated with wall paintings. The homestay in Kandy does an impression of life as in one of the many other colonial houses that the island has to offer.
Day 7 Kandy
In the morning you go out with the sympathetic owner of the house where you stay to discover how a small Sri Lankan village awakes. You go to the market to do the shopping for the traditional Sri Lankan lunch, which you also help to prepare. In the afternoon we'll show you the city of Kandy and you'll visit the daily ceremony in the Temple of the Tooth. Stay in Kandy.
Day 9 Kandy -Pinnawela - Kandy
The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage was founded in 1975 and then had seven elephants. Now there are sixty. Often there are young elephants and the bathing of the elephants in the nearby river is a spectacle. The animals are washed, while playing with each other and diving in the the jungle on the other side of the river. Time flies here. In the afternoon we arrive back in Kandy and this night also you stay in the cozy home stay.
Day 9 Kandy - Udawalawe
After breakfast, say goodbye to the owners of the home stay and go to Udawalawe. We drive over the mountains and then descend to the hilly landscape of the park. You will be picked up by a ranger and go with him in his jeep on safari in the Udawalawe park. This is one of the game parks where you have the best chance of seeing elephants in the wild.
Day 10 Udawalawe - Tissamaharama
We drive to Tissamaharama where your hotel is. In the afternoon we drive a little further to Kataragama. You visit the special Skanda temple. If you have the opportunity to be here with the bell ceremony you should definitely do it! It is special thing to experience.
Day 11 Tissamaharama - Tangalla
Tangalle is a town on the south coast of Sri Lanka. In nearby Rekawa beach, sea turtles lay their eggs on the beach for centuries. You reach there at night easily with a tuk tuk and go to the beach with a guide. Silently you watch as the turtles put the eggs completely entranced. You get close to it, undisturbingly. Another local place is where the sea water raises high in the air up to a height of 12 meters. Tangalle is a pleasant and relaxing place to stay on the south coast.
Day 12 Tangalla - Mount Lavinia
On the way to Mount Lavinia visit Galle with her beautiful Dutch star fort. On the "rampart" (the wall of the fort) Sri Lankan families and tourists walk through each other. Vendors offer here Dutch currency coins, and after burying a day in the sand they seem already old . Nice to see, but not to buy if you plan to buy a real coin. A visit to the old Dutch Reformed Church in the fort is worth.Through the Tsunami Photo Museum we drive to Mount Lavinia. In the afternoon you arrive at your hotel where you can reminisce lazily the next few days of your holiday.
Day 13 Mount Lavinia
Relax in your hotel in Mount Lavinia.
Day 14 Mount Lavinia
Relax today in Mount Lavinia. Optionally, you can visit the nearby capital Colombo. Colombo you visit its museums. Mount Lavinia itself the vibrancy of the city and the tranquility of the surrounding ocean. The Mt. Lavinia hotel is an old villa of a British governor. It lies on a rock in the sea. The view from the terrace on the skyline of the capital is lovely in the evening. Dinner on the terrace is also customary in Sri Lanka. The hotel has a nice private beach on the other side where it is good to enjoy. There is also a good seafood restaurant on the beach with daily fresh supply!
Day 15 Mount Lavinia - Luchthaven
Your chauffeaur will pick you up from the hotel and brings you on time to the airport for the return flight.