Nelum (14 Days / 13 Nights Tours)

Heritage Tour & Beach Stay

Programme : Colombo / Kalpitiya / Anuradhapura / Trincomalee / Pollonnaruwa / Dambulla & Seegiriya /Kandy / Nuwara Eliya / Ella / Tissa / Mirissa / Hikkaduwa / Negambo

Duration : 14 Days / 13 Nights

Day 01 : Colombo to Kalpitiya

As you tired by Travelling you can relax by staying nearby beach. Experience the thrill of Sea Safaris to the nearby Bar Reef for the best Sri Lanka has to offer in snorkelling and be entertained by the dolphins and whales on your way. If you wish This area is famous for Wind Surfing as Well.

Accommodation : Overnight stay at Kalpitiya

Kalpitiya -

Placed 150 km north of the capital, Colombo, the Kalpitiya region is one of the most beautiful coastal areas located in the Western Province of Sri Lanka. Leisurely boat rides up the lagoon and canoe trips down the river are a pleasant way of exploring the coastline, whilst 4WD jeep rides along the deserted sand dunes between the ocean and the lagoon offer a unique way of watching the colourful evening sunsets.

Boat Trip & Dolphin Watching -

For keen scuba divers and snorkellers, the largest coral reef in Sri Lanka (‘Bar reef') is only an hour's boat trip from Kalpitiya. This beautiful reef is home to an incredible variety of tropical fish as well as offering sighting of manta rays, reef sharks and the occasional turtle! Kalpitiya is the hottest spot to watch Dolphins in Sri Lanka.

Wind Surfing -

The North Western coastal belts are studded with fine palm fringed sheltered tropical beaches. The flat waters of the Kalpitiya Lagoon and the consistent wind from the sea are the best conditions to wind surf as if the bay beaches wouldn’t do are also enriched with lagoons enhancing the opportunities for the amateurs to enjoy in water sports. The main tourist season of Sri Lanka is during the period of November to April. During this period the lovely beaches of the Kalpitiya Lagoon Peninsula are bustling with activity.

Day 02 : Kalpitiya to Anuradhapura

After the breakfast proceed to visit ancient Anuradhapura. You can visit the Birthplace of Sinhala Civilization “The Sri Mahabodhi Tree” that millions of people coming annually. There also you can visit marvel Stupa Named RuwanvaliSaya, AbayaGiri Dagaba & Ancient Stupas, Buildings, ancient biggest pool called “Kuttam Pokuna” and lot more things.

Accommodation : Overnight stay at Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura -

Then the Anuradhapura Kingdom, named for its capital city, was the first established kingdom (377 Bc) in ancient Sri Lanka. There you can see Cultural Triangle that you will wonder how they build on that period they lived.

Ruwanwelisaya -

The Ruwanwelisaya is a stupa, considered to be a marvel for its architectural value, and is sacred to many Buddhists all over the world. It was built by King Dutugemunu, who was best known for his great victory over the Chola King, Elara. It is one of the world's tallest monuments, standing at 300 feet (91 m) and with a circumference of 950 ft (290 m). The Kaunghmudaw Pagoda in Sagaing, Myanmar, is said to have been modelled after this stupa.

Abhayagiriya -

To the north of the city, encircled by great walls and containing elaborate bathing ponds, carved balustrades and moonstones, stood "Abhayagiri", the largest of five major viharas in Anuradhapura. The term "Abhayagiri Vihara" means not only a complex of monastic buildings, but also a fraternity of Buddhist monks, or Sangha, which maintained its own historical records, traditions and way of life. Founded in the 2nd century BC, it had grown into an international institution by the 1st century AD, attracting scholars from all over the world and encompassing all shades of Buddhist philosophy.

Day 03 : Anuradhapura to Trincomalee

After the breakfast proceed Trincomalee, one of the finest natural deep-water harbours in the world. You can visit the Pigeon Island Nilawali beach and the harbour

Accommodation : Overnight stay at Nillawali

Trincomalee -

There you can find one of the finest natural deep-water harbors in the world is located 257 km north-east of Colombo, capital city of Sri Lanka. Trincomalee is home to fine beaches of Nilaveli, Uppaveli and off-shore Pigeon Island. Recently Trincomalee has become popular as a Whale Watching destination too.

Nilawali -

Nilaveli is located north-west of the Island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka renowned for its soft white sand and breath-taking bays.

Pigeon Island -

Located 1Km off the cost of Nilaveli a coastal town in Trincomalee, Pigeon Island, is one of the few marine national parks in the world and surely the most attractive marine national park. Pigeon Island is also a well known birds' sanctuary. The island is colonized by a large number of rock pigeons and hence it is called as the "Pigeon island". A small boat ride will let you to this awesome piece of nature's creations. The sun, sea, beach, corals, singing birds and the sea breeze will give you an experience of a life time.

Day 04 : Trincomalee to Pollonnaruwa

From the morning straight to Pollonnaruwa. Then you can visit The ruins of the ancient city stand on the east shore of a large artificial lake, the Topa Wewa Lake, Parakrama Samudra, Quadrangle, Gal Viharaya, Southern Ruins, Archaeological Museum and lot more..

Accommodation : Overnight stay at Polonnaruwa

Pollonnaruwa Ruin City -

Polonnaruwa is a town. It's the main town of Polonnaruwa District in the North Central Province, Sri Lanka. Kaduruwela area is the Polonnaruwa New Town and the other part of Polonnaruwa, remains as the royal ancient city of polonnaru kingdom.

Parakrama Samudraya -

Parakrama Samudra is a shallow reservoir, consisting of three separate reservoirs connected by narrow channels in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka. The northernmost reservoir is the oldest and referred to as Topa wewa built around 386.

Day 05 : Polonnaruwa to Dambulla

After breakfast proceed to Dambulla, You can climb Rock Fortress of Sigiriya (ancient Lion Rock) then visit to Dambulla Rock Temple. You can have the fun of Elephant Riding when you were there. .(you can visit to the Kandala Hotel to spent the evening with the Breeze of Kandalama Lake will be a nicest experience)

Accommodation : Overnight stay at Dambulla

Dambulla -

Dambulla is famous among tourists for its wonderful cave temple complex of 2nd century BC. Dambulla is situated in the Central Province of Sri Lanka, about 148 km north-east of Colombo and 72 km north of Kandy. Located on the main road from Sigiriya to Kandy about 19Km from Sigiriya, Dambulla is a part of the Sri Lanka tourism Cultural Triangle declared by UNESCO.

Major tourist attractions of the Dambulla include the largest and best preserved cave temple complex of Sri Lanka, and the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, famous for being built in just 167 days.

Seegiriya -

One of the major tourist attractions of Sigiriya is the ancient castle built by King Kasyapa in 5th century AD. The Sigiriya site has remains of upper palace located at the flat top of the rock, a mid-level terrace that includes a Lion gate and the mirror wall with its frescoes.

Archaeologically, the best feature of the Sigiriya rock is the Lion staircase, a gigantic figure towering majestically against the granite figure, leading to the palace garden on the summit. The Sigiriya site is both a palace and fortress that despite now being in ruins give an amazing picture to travellers of the creativity of its builders in Sri Lanka.

Elephant Riding -

Elephant Back Safari in Sri Lanka brings in multifaceted joys. The majestic beast, the locations in close proximity to the cultural attractions and the terrain rich with bird life all add up to bring in memorable experiences to the tourists holidaying in Sri Lanka. Elephant Back Safaris are one of the newest and most thrilling safari experiences in Sri Lanka. These Elephant Back Safari not only make it possible to view wildlife from the back of an elephant, but perhaps more importantly, provide the unique opportunity to share a day in the life of the elephant.

Elephant Back Safaris not only make it possible to view wildlife while riding an elephant, but also to view the wildlife enthusiasts chances to be familiar with the nature and behaviour of tamed Elephants. The holiday makers may opt to share a day with the majestic beast by picnicking in the bush in the shadow of the elephant or by swimming, grooming, feeding the elephant too. The most popular locations of Elephant Back Safaris are Habarana, Sigiriya and Kaudulla.

Day 06 : Dambulla to Kandy

After breakfast proceed to Kandy. On the way you can visit Herbal Gardens with more than 400 plants located. Feel relax with Herbal head Massage. Then visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic, Botanical Garden & see around the king’s capital of Kandy. When you are at Kandy city visit a Gem lapidary. Then at the late evening you can see the Cultural Kandy Dance.

Accommodation : Overnight stay at Kandy

Kandy -

Kandy is one of the most beautiful cities of Sri Lanka that is known for its scenic beauty and rich cultural value. Spread over an area of around 1940 square kilometers, it is counted amongst the world heritage sites of UNESCO. The city promises a number of tourist attractions that include the Old Royal Palace and the famous Temple of Tooth. The latter consists of the sacred relic of Buddha’s tooth because of which Kandy is regarded as one of the most sacred places by Buddhists. Other holy spots include the Gadaladeniya Temple and the Lankathilake Temple.

Kandy offers an exciting shopping experience with souvenirs ranging from precious stones and handmade laces to stone and wooden carvings. If you visit the city in the month of August, you can get a taste of Kandy Esala Perehera, an annual ritual of the Sacred Tooth Temple. Thus, your vacation can be an enriching and cultural uplifting one if you choose this sacred and beautiful city.

Temple of Tooth -

Sri Dalada Maligawa, or Temple of the Tooth Relic, is the holiest Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. It is located in the city of Kandy, the ancient capital of the Kandyan kingdom. During my visit to Kandy with a small group of AsiaExplorers members, I had the privilege not only to visit the temple, but also to enter the holy sanctuary. Our tour guide was able to arrange with the temple escort for us to be ushered to the inner sanctuary, a place where normal pilgrims would not have a chance to visit. Directly before us is the doorway to the holy of holies. However, as I am not a Buddhist, the visit is merely of cultural rather than religious value to me.

Botanical Garden -

After the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, Hakgala, 10km (6 miles) south of Nuwara Eliya, is the second most important garden in Sri Lanka. Though on a smaller scale than those at Peradeniya, Hakgala's plantations of roses, shrubs, ferns and montage woodland are delightfully located, with scenic views. Above the gardens, a forest trail leads into virgin woodland - the home of a troop of purple-faced leaf monkeys, a species endemic to Sri Lanka, and to endemic bird species including the Sri Lanka white-eye, Sri Lanka wood pigeon, and Sri Lanka whistling thrush. Open daily from 07:30 to 17:00.

Day 07 : Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

We should Start at 8.00 am to proceed to Nuwara Elliya. On the way you can see Tea Factory, Tea Plantation and Waterfalls & also you can feel Sri Lankan No.01 Tea cup from the Hiland Tea Factory. For the Lunch we stop very Special place the name of the place Ramboda Falls Hotel, can see five water falls in one place. After you reach to Nuwara Elliya you can proceed to Hortan Plains Their you can find World’s End. Then back to the hotel.

Accommodation : Overnight stay at Nuwara Ellya

Nuwara Elliya -

Nuwara Eliya is a mountain station at 1,868 m (6,128 ft) of altitude, in a splendid landscape. The city pretends to be particularly well-kept and neat, and the always green grass gives to the locality an aspect of “colonial British style".

Nuwara Eliya was built entirely during the 19th century and its architecture mimics that of an English country town, with red-brick walls, country house like hill club and mock-Tudor half-timbering. Blessed with salubrious climate, breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains and greenery; it's hard to imagine that Nuwara Eliya is only 180 Km from the hot and humid Colombo. Temperatures are 14C-21C (Jan- April) 16C-18C (May-Aug) 15C- 18C (Sept-Dec).

Hakgala Gardens -

Hakgala Botanical Garden is situated on the Nuwara Eliya-Badulla main road, 16 km from Nuwara Eliya. It was established in 1861 for the purpose of experimentation and promotion of Cinchona cultivation in Sri Lanka. Once after the Tea replace the Cinchona, it was turned into an experimental Tea cultivation. In 1884 it transformed to a garden since then many sub tropical and some temperate plants were planted in the gardens. Now the garden is famous for number of species of Orchids and Roses.

Day 08 : Nuwara Eliya to Ella

From the hotel we start at 7.30 am. You can have a Boat Ride at Nuwara Eliya Lake. Then You should never missed the train ride through the Tea Plantation from Nanuoya to Ella, that bring you pleasant breath talking sceneries in the hill country Sri Lankas highest mountain Piduruthalagala (8282 ft)is located. Finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia. When you are at Ella you can have International Professional Herbal Massage, that will makes your relax as you tired. Back to the Hotel

Accommodation : Overnight stay at Ella

Hortain Plains -

Hortain Plains National Park Sri Lanka is undoubtedly one of the world's best nature reserves and Eco Tourism Venues. It is characterised by a beautiful landscape of rolling hills, covered in upper Montane forest and wet Patana grassland.

The Plains also feature many interesting attractions such as 'Bakers Falls', 'Chimmini Pool' and the famous 'World's End' (a 3700 ft sheer drop that offers fabulous views of the tea estates below and all the way out to the distant southern coastline).

Train Ride -

The Train trip will take you through manmade tunnels, places to look out for are Nawalapitiya – Hatton, and Haputale – Ella, grey stone cliffs and rivers will flash past your window with occasional views of enormous waterfalls cascading down the mountainside, while the Train keeps climbing steadily through to Hatton then Nanu Oya, if you are going to Nuwara Eliya you need to break journey here

Day 09 : Ella to Tissa

From the hotel start to at 8.00 am. There the best ways to spend a morning in Ella is to tackle the beautiful short walk up to the top of Little Adam's Peak. Then we proceed to Tissa. On the way we meet 25m-high Ravana Falls and also the Buduruwagala Temple.Then you can visit to the Ancient Tissa Temple & Tissa Lake (You can go by boat to the small Island at the Middle of the lake).

Accommodation : Overnight stay at Tissa

Little Adam’s Peak -

One of the best ways to spend a morning in Ella is to tackle the beautiful short walk up to the top of Little Adam's Peak, a pyramid-shaped rock which stands opposite the far larger Ella Rock and offers marvelous views out over the hills

Rawana Falls -

The 25m-high Ravana Falls cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. In the dry season, the flow of water is markedly reduced, whereas rain turns the fall into what is said to resemble an area flower with withering petals.

Forming part of the Ravana Ella Wildlife Sanctuary, the source of the fall is the Bandarawela Hill Oya Reservoir, and it flows to the Kirindi Oya Reservoir. It is situated in the Badulla District, Ella Divisional Secretariat and is visible from Ella railway station, 2km away

Buduruwagala Temple -

Buduruwagala is located about 5 km from the Wellawaya on the Thanamalwila road. The name Buduruwagala means “the rock with the statue of Buddha” And this is exactly what it is. Seven figured are carved in this rock with a massive 51 foot Buddha statue in the Abhaya Mudra gesture at the centre. The rock itself has shape of a kneeling elephant with its head own. Although there is no documented information about this site in the ancient scriptures, it is now believed this carvings were done during the last days of the Anuradhapura period. (between 8 - 10 Century).

Day 10 : Tissa to Mirissa

Early in the morning we have to wake up at 5.30 am. by Safari Jeep (The Vehicle Prepared for See around) Wild Safari at Yala National Park. Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest National Park in Sri Lanka. You can see Elephants, Leopard, Crocodiles and many more animals at open Jungle. After the Lunch from best place called “Refresh Restaurant” we can proceed to Mirissa.

On the way through Tangalle beach we can visit Largest Buddha Statute known as Wavurukannala Temple and Hummanaya is the only known blowhole in Sri Lanka. Then on the way you can see the Weherahena Temple Known as the colossal Buddha statue is a wonderful master piece. The height of the statue is 88 cubits (39m) The highly significant of this temple is the tunnel shrine. When you are at Mirissa you can feel the special Sea Food Dinner

Accommodation : Overnight stay at Mirissa

Yala National Park -

Distance : 350km from Colombo Famous for its Elephants. Several species of other wild animals and birds can also be seen in the Yala National Park. Spotted Deer, Sambhur Deer, Barking Deer, Monkey, Wild Baffalo, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, different varieties of birds endemic and migratory are seen in Yala. Peacock is the most famous bird in Yala. The Peacock dance is a treat to watch in the morning at Yala.

Wawurukannala Temple -

A famous temple two kilometers from Dikwella town on the Matara Beliatta Road in the Dikwella Divisional Secretarial area in Matara District in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka.This temple is built on a beautiful hill with a large building complex in an extent of Eight acres land, This sacred place which is in a beautiful environment is a historical temple that contributes social, Religious and educational service.

Blow Hole -

At Kudawela, 6 kilometres to the east of Dikwella, secreted in a beautiful beach of golden surf and turquoise sea is found the only blow hole in the country; one of the handful found in the world. This is locally known as the "Hoo-maniya" - named thus because of the sound the blow hole makes before the water spurts upward.

Wheherahena Temple -

The reason why this temple was historically kept as a hidden temple was the fact that Buddhists wanted to save it from outside interference and other many problems in this regard. This upgraded and present temple was built in the year 1990 for the worshippers. There is a magnificent red clothed Buddha statue that is sitting outside the temple and presents a spectacular look and religious appeal to the onlookers. The Buddha is in fact shown as sitting in the Samadhi or the squatting position and it is a statue of 39 meters in height. There are overall not relics or artefacts of the historic importance or significance of this temple.

Day 11 : Mirissa Staying

Same as last morning have to wake up at 5.00 am. to see Blue Whales by well Prepared Boats from Mirissa Harbour. The Guest who visiting Mirissa are never missed this nice experience at Deep Sea. At the evening you can have a Sea Food dinner after watching nice sunset Sitting ahead the Sea.

Accommodation : Overnight stay at Mirissa

Whales & Dolphin Watching -

Whale and Dolphin watching is an easy sport that you can take up during the months of December to April. All you need to take is a boat, few kilometers from the shore, which we can help you arrange. Experienced local guides can show you a good time in watching whales and dolphins off the coast of Mirissa.

Mirissa -

4km southeast of Weligama on the Matara road, has a headland dividing its small fishing harbour from a beautiful curve of sandy beach with calm, clear waters. It’s a low-key, peaceful spot that was once the preserve of backpackers but is now becoming more popular as travellers seek out quieter alternatives to Unawatuna and Hikkaduwa.

Day 12 : Mirissa (stay same Location or best beach at Unawatuna)

Early morning we proceed to see Galle Dutch fort, in the Bay of Galle was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese. Also we can visit Turtle Hatchery, Koggala Lagoon & Stilt Fishing. There you can have a Herbal massage for relax if you are tired.

Accommodation : Over Night stay at Mirissa or Unawatuna

Turtle Hatchery -

On the fringes of Koggala town is a small turtle hatchery that first opened in 1996. In an effort to promote responsible tourism and conservation, the hatchery buys turtle eggs off fishermen, in an attempt to discourage them from poaching & selling the eggs for food. Visitors are educated on the importance of protecting turtle life, via the hatchery’s facilities that care for newborn turtles until they are ready to be released back into the ocean, an experience that some lucky visitors may even have the opportunity to do themselves first-hand. The wide sandy beaches that exist round the island of Sri Lanka are utilized by several of the marine turtles for laying their eggs. The commonest of these are the Loggerheads and the Leathery turtle while the green turtle is less common.

Stilt Fishing -

A stick standing up with another piece of wood tied to it to create a seat where fisherman climb on to during the low tide to fish in the rising waters of the high tide, though is a lovely sight is a hard and uncomfortable task of few hours for a small catch of fish enough to feed few mouths.

Koggla Lake/Lagoon -

The largest lake in the island, Koggala lake is an unspoilt ecological haven a few hundred meters away from the resort. The small islands scattered in the lake ideal for bird watching at sunset. This beautiful turquoise lagoon is just a couple of kilometers away from the town; dotted with rocky islands & fringed with mangroves. The lagoon teems with birdlife & supply prawns in abundance. Motor boat trips & catamaran rides take you to the smaller islands around the lagoon, each showcasing a unique experience in itself.

Galle Fort -

The Capital city of the Southern Province, Galle Fort was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century and is designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The old part of town is compact so you can explore by foot. A tour of the fort's fortified walls is the highlight of a visit to Galle.

Day 13 : Mirissa to Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa is most famous for watch Corrals by boat prepared with Glass Bottom. That would be a nicest experience that ever you can have. There you can have a nice See food lunch. When you are staying there you can visit for Souvenirs to the Natural Silk Factory, Battick Factory and experience the excitement of in Meetiyagoda.

Accommodation : Over Night stay at Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa Corals -

Hikkaduwa is located About 100 km from Colombo and it one of most popular beach resort of Sri Lanka. Hikkaduwa is treated as the diving center of Sri Lanka, with many diving schools. If you are a experienced Scuba Diver you can rent equipment from these diving schools, if you are a beginner try PADI courses from professionally qualified diving instructors. Hikkaduwa was once popular for its astonishing Coral Sanctuary and glass bottomed boat rides on this beautiful Sanctuary. But unfortunately this magnificent coral garden is no more there, only patches of surviving corals are there with variety of tropical fish. The beautiful coral garden is killed mainly because of the “Elnino “effect and the human activities.

Moonstone Mine -

Have you ever wondered where that pretty little moonstone on your finger actually comes from? Head inland 7km to Mitiyagoda and you can descend (not literally) into the mucky world of mining – 18th-century style! Moonstone has been mined in these sweltering forests forever and the moonstone mines, little more than muddy rabbit holes, 6m or 7m long, are fascinating – as is the process of filtering out the precious stones, cutting them up and polishing them up ready for sale. Entrance is free, but expects a hardcore sales pitch in the on-site shop afterwards. To get there head towards Kahawa and turn inland to Mitiyagoda after which it’s clearly signed.

Battik Factory -

Board Sri Lanka’s very own tie-n-dye industry. Popularly known as ‘Batik’, Ambalangoda is well-known for this creative activity on fabric, décor and accessories. Meetiyagoda and Gintota are the two most known villages for Batiks. Paints and cloth of a number of vibrant shades and patterns can be seen around the area. Ask your guide or your hotel for tips and suggestions for times to visit the villages and witness the amazing process of tie-n-dye that you have only heard about. You may even pick out your own pattern and fabric! It is a trip you shouldn’t miss out on.

Day 14 : Hikkaduwa to Negambo

Morning Proceed to Negambo. On the way you can visit Mask Factory at Ambalangoda. You can have nice feeling by Boat Safari at Madu River through Kadolana Trees, that ends up with a temple at middle of river. Then Proceed through express way to Negambo.

If you have enough time to departure you can stay at a hotel at Negambo Beach or you walk around the city & buy some souverniors. That can relax you as you need to patient for sitting at plane few more hours.

Mask Factory -

Close to Hikkaduwa, in Ambalangoda is a popular masks factory. They specialise in making traditional Sri Lankan masks carved from wood. Masks from this factory are used for many parades, plays, and other traditional activities. The skill of the mask makers here are unmatched by any other mask maker in the country.

Madu River -

The estuary of the Madu Ganga river is a complex coastal ecosystem of mangroves and islands. It may be one of the last remaining tracts of pristine mangrove forests in Sri Lanka.

A boat trip is a wonderful way of seeing some of the hundreds of species of plants and animals – monkeys eat fruit in the trees, a water monitor lizard glides slowly through the water, and cormorants, egrets and kingfishers wait patiently on the banks, eyeing the water for prey.

You can visit an island with a Buddhist monastery, where the friendly young monks will show you a 150-year-old book made of palm leaves and how they cook on cinnamon wood on an open fire.

Negambo -

Negombo is about 7 km from the Bandaranaike International Airport and Negombo has a moderate fish port (used during the periods of Portuguese and Dutch colonization) The economy of Negombo is mainly based on tourism and its centuries-old fishing industry, though it also produces cinnamon,[1] ceramics, and brass ware. The Colombo Stock Exchange-Negombo branch and many major financial corporations have their key branches in Negombo. There are also Departmental stores, Large super markets, and various of branded shops and Boutiques in the bustling streets of Negombo downtown.

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