About the journey

Escape the dreary weather of winter and embrace a winter in the sunny isle of Sri Lanka. A country of contrasts and variety and there are undoubtedly few places in the world which can boast of so much of different and diverse things to do, see and experience. From North to South, East to West this is an ‘Island of Adventure’ and Adventure Lanka Tours is the best way to experience it.

From Elephant Orphanages to elephant rides; from spice gardens to misty grasslands; from a 5th century fortress to a 17th century fortification; from ancient cities to a modern metropolis, the Winter Tour of Sri Lanka is all about variety being the spice of life. Even as you journey across this pear shaped land with us you can be assured that you will have a comfortable and exciting journey into a place which was visited by Marco Polo and Mark Twain, Yuri Gagarin and even Queen Elizabeth II. Our aim is to introduce you and acquaint you with Sri Lanka while ensuring that you have a wonderful escape with friends or family in a land full of sunshine, sea and sand.

Itinerary

Day01

We meet you at the airport and take you to near-by coastal resort cum fishing town of Negombo.

Day02

Leave Negombo for Dambulla or Sigirya. Stop en-route at the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and have your first encounter with an elephant or many elephants.

Day03

Begin your day with an elephant ride in Habarana and then head off for walking tours of the ancient kingdoms of Anurdhapura/Polonnaruwa. Scale the fortress at Sigiriya or go on a wildlife safari at the Minneriya National Park.

Day04

Before you head off to the hill cities of Gampola or Kandy check out the Dambulla Rock temple with its inspiring cave art, statues and murals.

Day05

Walk the streets of Kandy on a city tour and visit the Dalada Maligawa. The Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and a cultural show at night are also an option.

Day06

Travel by train through the hills, forest and mountains with your final destination being the hill resort town of Nuwara Eliya.

Day07

Explore Nuwara Eliya town or take a half-day hike through the Horton Plains National Park. Likewise visit a tea factory and enjoy a cup of hot Ceylon Tea.

Day08

Leave the colder climate of Nuwara Eliya and head off to the sun, sea and sand of the South Coast where you can choose to stay at Ahungalla, Galle, Koggala or Tangalle.

Day09

Begin your three days of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation on the south coast.

Day10

Embrace the sunshiny days as you enjoy the pool or the sea.

Day11

Make the most of your last day by the beach on the South Coast of Sri Lanka.

Day12

Leave the South for the capital Colombo. Check out the Galle Fort, the traditional mask makers of Ambalangoda or even a boat safari in Balapitiya.

Day13

Tour the metropolis of Colombo by day and indulge in more than your fair share of shopping.

Day14

Depart for the Airport where we will bid you adios and a bon voyage back to your homeland.

Day01

Negombo

As you jet into Sri Lanka, you will be hit by the warm sunshine which will be in stark contrast to the freezing weather conditions you probably left behind. Get ready to revel, as you take in the sun, sand and sea along with all the other exciting things Sri Lanka has to offer. We will meet you at the airport and then take you to the East Coast town of Negombo, which is just 20 minutes away from the airport. From a tiny fishing hamlet to a colonial town and now a beach side resort, the story of Negombo is an evolving one and definitely the best introduction chapter to the rest of the country.

Day02

Dambulla or Sigiriya

Leave Negombo after breakfast and begin your first full day in Sri Lanka and your first day on the road. A four to five hour drive will bring you to the towns of either Dambulla or Sigiriya. However before you get there you have the choice of de-routing for a short while at the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. This unique orphanage, is located on the banks of the Maha Oya, and looks after abandoned or injured elephants from babyhood to maturity.

Day03

Dambulla or Sigiriya

As you enjoy some TLC at your hotel and lap up our quintessential Sri Lankan hospitality we have a number of activities planned out for your day. Many a visitor to Sri Lanka is fascinated by our elephants which is why we have a complimentary elephant ride for you in Habarana which will help you get acquainted with these walking giants. There are also tours of the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. The ruins of these 2 cities stand as a testament to Sri Lanka’s highly advanced civilization with human settlements dating back to 500 BC. Sigiriya which is also called the ‘Lion Rock’ requires a climb as you have to scale a 370m tall granite rock in order to gain entrance into the 5th century fortress of King Kassyappa. We also could take you on an exciting wildlife safari to the Minneriya National Park where leopards, elephants and deer roam at will.

Day04

Gampola or Kandy

Enjoy a mouth-watering breakfast and get back on the road for your journey to Gampola or Kandy. However before you leave Dambulla for good you can climb up to the Dambulla Cave Temple, which consist of 5 Caves hewn out of the rock. Be over-awed by the statues (there are 153 Buddha statues alone), paintings and murals, some of which date back to the 3rd and 2nd century BC and enjoy the company of many a monkey as you make the trek up and down the hill. If you would like to indulge your senses with more information about all those delicious spices that are found in your meals then a complimentary visit to a spice garden would be right up your street.

Day05

Gampola or Kandy

Wake up in the central hills of either Gampola or Kandy, which like nearly every other major city in the island, is etched with history and legend. We offer a complimentary city tour of the hill capital of Kandy, once home to the last kings of Kandy. Situated on the peaceful Kandy lake, the city is most famous for the Dalada Maligawa or Temple of the Buddha’s tooth relic which originally was brought to Sri Lanka in the 4th century A.D and is now permanently housed in Kandy. A visit there would have you immersed in the religious culture and heritage of Sri Lanka. If flora and fauna is what you love then a visit to the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens cannot be ignored and you can top off this exciting day with a cultural show at night – although we cannot promise to teach you Kandyan dancing in a fortnight.

Day06

Nuwara Eliya

Spend a chilled out day at the hotel and then leave by 11.30 AM for the Peradeniya or Gampola Railway Station to board the train to Nanu Oya. With the best seats on-board in your luxury carriage you can enjoy your delicious lunch, copious amounts of tea or coffee and free WiFi. However what will really have you hooked is the spectacular view from your train window. As the train winds through the mountainous terrain, tea plantations and forests the view is both ethereal and inspiring. Upon arrival at the Nanu Oya station you chauffer/guide will pick you up and take you to your hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

Day07

Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya was built along the lines of “a little English village’ by Sir Samuel Baker, a British explorer most famous for the discoveries he made along the Nile. To this day it has the natural charm and appearance of a small English county town with its Tudor and Victorian style homes. Expect a cooler climate as you explore the town or even visit a working tea factory where you can get better acquainted with what most Sri Lankans consider to be the cornerstone of the Sri Lankan economy. We also offer you the option of a half a day hike in the beautiful and misty grasslands of the Horton Plains National Park and with our very own naturalist and guide.

Day08

Ahungalla, Galle, Tangalle, Koggala

Leave the hills behind and speed on towards the South Coast of Sri Lanka. Home to famous beach resorts, rubber plantations, coconut trees and stretches of golden sand and surf ensure that it is a must stop on any tour around the island. Galle is the south coast’s major city, Koggala and Tangalle, are further south of Galle. Whichever destination you choose to stop at you can be assured of sunny skies and masses of time to just relax and work on your tan.

Day09

Ahungalla, Galle, Tangalle, Koggala

Begin you days by the beach in style and comfort as you recuperate from all the travelling and remember the excitement of the last few days.

Day10

Ahungalla, Galle, Tangalle, Koggala

Even as you enjoy your holiday by the beach this might be a good time to twist your tongue around some of the local lingo. Don’t forget to say ‘Isthuthi’ (Thank You) while you’re at it.

Day11

Ahungalla, Galle, Tangalle, Koggala

Make the most of your last day in the South. Drink some ‘thambili’ (king coconut), go snorkeling and feast on some really spicy seafood.

Day12

Colombo

Before you leave the south behind and head towards the very cosmopolitan capital of Colombo pay a visit to the famous 17th century Galle Fort. Built by the Dutch and the Portuguese, this magnificent colonial monument is the core attraction of the South. Ambalangoda, famous for its “devil dancers” and mask carvers is also fascinating place to visit. We can introduce you to the traditional mask makers of Ambalangoda or even organize a visit to a turtle hatchery. There is also the option of a boar safari on the Madu River in another coastal town of Balapitiya.

Day13

Colombo

Shop till you drop in Colombo and come away with some amazing goodies at even more amazing prices. Along with a shopping tour we also have a city tour of Colombo, the modern commercial center and pulse of the entire island. Take in the high rise buildings, colonial edifices and street bazaars to the sound of tooting horns and come away with yet another glimpse into the kaleidoscope that is Sri Lanka.

Day14

Airport

Your departure for the airport takes place from Colombo on your last and final day on this island in the sun. We hope you will remember us fondly and with great happiness and we certainly look forward to your return.

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