Sri Lanka Unveiled 14 Days- Classic

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Trip Info

  • Private Air Conditioned Coach, Bicycles (Cycle Tour), Public Train (Scenic Train Journey)
  • 3 to 4 Star Hotels (Twin Sharing, Half-Board Basis) "13 Nights"
  • 13 Breakfasts, 13 Dinners and 1 lunch (Hands on Sri Lankan Culinary Experience)
  • All entrance fees to attractions included
  • GOVT Accredited National Tour Guide Lecturer
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Overview

Discover the diverse beauty of Sri Lanka with our "14-Day Sri Lanka Unveiled Tour," which offers a rich blend of culture, nature, and wildlife. This comprehensive journey takes you through some of the island's most significant cultural sites while immersing you in its stunning natural environments. Explore sacred landmarks and ancient ruins that narrate tales of a bygone era, including visits to prominent historical sites.

The adventure continues as you connect with nature through guided excursions in some of Sri Lanka’s most treasured natural reserves. Experience the serene beauty of Horton Plains National Park with guided walks through its vast grasslands and cloud forests. Embark on an exciting safari in Yala National Park, renowned for its dense leopard population and diverse ecosystem. Additionally, delve into the lush wilderness of Sinharaja Rain Forest on guided walks that reveal the complexity and richness of this ecological haven.

This tour is designed for those who wish to experience a comprehensive overview of Sri Lanka’s cultural heritage, encounter its wildlife, and explore its natural landscapes. It is an ideal choice for travellers seeking to embrace the full spectrum of this island’s enchanting allure.

Itinerary

Greeted warmly upon arrival and transferred to your accommodation for a restful evening and a tour introduction.

Set off towards the heart of Sri Lanka's North Central Province, taking a moment to admire the scenic beauty of a tranquil lake in Kurunegala along the way. Your destination is the historic city of Dambulla, home to the revered Golden Cave Temple, a cornerstone of Buddhist heritage that has stood since the 3rd century BC. This UNESCO World Heritage site is famed for its five intricately carved caves, which house a collection of spectacular statues and paintings - over 150 Buddha images in various poses, murals that span over 2,100 square meters, and artifacts that encapsulate the rich tapestry of Sri Lankan Buddhist art and history. Each cave tells a different story, from the Cave of the Divine King with its imposing 14-meter Buddha statue to the Cave of the Great Kings, adorned with stunning frescoes depicting the Buddha's life. This visit offers not just a glimpse into the spiritual heart of Sri Lanka but an immersive experience into centuries of devotion and artistic expression, making it a highlight of your cultural journey through the island.

After breakfast, embark on a scenic journey to the banks of the Girithale Reservoir, the starting point of our enriching bicycle tour. This tranquil reservoir, nestled amidst the lush landscapes of Sri Lanka, serves not only as a vital water source but also as a haven for a wide variety of bird species. As you pedal along the water's edge, the serene beauty of the area unfolds, offering glimpses of colorful birdlife and the verdant countryside that defines rural Sri Lanka.
The tour takes a delightful turn as we venture into a local village, where the true essence of Sri Lankan life is revealed. Here, you'll have the unique opportunity to engage directly with the villagers, gaining hands-on experience in the preparation of traditional Sri Lankan cuisine. Discover the art of crafting the perfect rice and curry, a staple dish that captures the heart of the island's culinary heritage. This immersive experience not only allows you to taste the authentic flavors of Sri Lankan food but also to understand the love and care that goes into its preparation.
Should cycling prove challenging, there's always the option to hop into a tuk-tuk, ensuring you can still be part of this cultural journey without missing out on the scenic beauty and local interactions.

On Day 4 of your journey through Sri Lanka, you will explore the majestic Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Also known as the Lion Rock, Sigiriya is a testament to the island's rich history and showcases an exquisite fusion of irrigation techniques, architecture, hydraulic engineering, vibrant frescoes, and ancient urban planning from the 5th century AD. The fortress is famous for its well-preserved wall paintings of graceful ladies, which are considered to be some of the most significant examples of ancient Sri Lankan art.

It sounds like a great plan to spend the afternoon at the hotel and take in the beautiful environment and scenery of the Lion Rock. It's always nice to have some downtime to relax and enjoy the surroundings.

After an early breakfast, we will proceed to Polonnaruwa, the second kingdom established by King Vijayabahu I, who banished invaders in the 10th century AD. At this historical site, you can witness many ancient monuments and remains of architectural marvels. Additionally, you will see the gigantic man-made tank called "Parackrama Samudra," which was constructed in the 12th century AD and still irrigates more than 72 square kilometers of rice fields.

Moving from the dry to the wet zone, we will head towards Kandy. En route, we will visit a Spice Garden in Mathale, where a botanist will spice up your knowledge about herbs. You will also get a free head and shoulder massage with herbal oil.

To many Sri Lankans and visitors alike, Kandy is the sweetest city on the island. The area surrounding the last kingdom offers a mix of historical and natural attractions. The Temple of the Tooth, which enshrines the sacred tooth of the Buddha, symbolic of sovereignty over the island, is located here.

Explore the heart of Sri Lankan Buddhism by visiting the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy. This is a highly significant religious site that holds the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. This visit will allow you to connect with the spiritual essence of the country, but also immerse you in the cultural fabric of Kandy.

The journey continues with a technical visit to a gem museum, showcasing Sri Lanka's rich variety of gemstones, including sapphires, zircons, garnets, rubies, and cat's eyes. Sri Lanka has been historically known as "Rathnadeepa" or "Gem land," and this visit highlights the country's significant mine-to-market gem industry.

In the late afternoon, you can attend a cultural dance event showcasing local traditions' vibrancy and richness through expressive performances. This experience will further enrich your journey.

Nuwara Eliya, the highest town in Sri Lanka, experiences a unique subtropical climate due to its high altitude. Even though temperatures can drop to 10°C at night during colder months, the tropical sun provides warmth during the day. This town showcases a mix of Tudor, Georgian, and Victorian architecture, preserving the essence of British colonialism. `
The train journey from Kandy to Nanuoya, a component of one of the world's most scenic train rides, requires booking and is subject to seat availability during the peak tourist season.

Embark on an early morning adventure to Horton Plains National Park, a captivating plateau rich in biodiversity, nestled more than 2000 meters above sea level. This unique cloud forest, serving as a vital catchment area for several main rivers, is renowned for its trekking paths and exceptional bird watching opportunities. Begin your day with a packed breakfast, ready to explore the natural wonders that lie within this protected area.
Horton Plains is a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts, offering the chance to spot the elusive “Ceylon Whistling Thrush,” the elegant Ceylon Wood Pigeon, the vibrant Yellow-eared Bulbul, the endemic Ceylon White-eye, and the striking Dusky Blue Flycatcher among its avian inhabitants. With keen observation, visitors may also encounter the Purple-faced Leaf Monkey, the Giant Squirrel, Sambar Deer, Barking Deer, and the unique Rhino Horn Lizard, making this park a treasure trove of Sri Lankan wildlife.
This early start guarantees a serene experience as you wander through one of Sri Lanka's most pristine environments, filled with breathtaking vistas and a plethora of endemic species, making Horton Plains an unforgettable highlight of your nature exploration.

Today's journey takes you through the winding roads of the Ella gap, heading southeast with breathtaking views over deep precipices. In the afternoon, enjoy a safari in Yala National Park, known for its diverse landscapes that range from thick jungles to golden sandy beaches. Yala offers excellent opportunities for wildlife spotting, including a high chance of seeing leopards, making it one of the best places in the world for leopard sightings. The park is also home to a wide variety of beautiful bird species.

Embark on a captivating journey from Yala to Sinharaja, transitioning from the arid landscapes of Sri Lanka's southeast to the lush, verdant rainforests of one of its most prized natural world heritage sites. Sinharaja Forest Reserve, nestled within the elevation range of 270-1060m, is a biodiversity hotspot acclaimed for its high degree of endemism. The forest's dense canopy, a vibrant tapestry of green, conceals an astonishing array of flora and fauna, offering a sanctuary where the artistry of nature is on full display.
The afternoon offers leisure time, with the option for a short walk to the nearby village to further immerse yourself in the local natural beauty.

With your guide and a seasoned forest tracker by your side, you'll get to dive deep into the rainforest, and it's not just about spotting birds. You're in for a real treat, connecting with all sorts of wildlife and learning loads about the biodiversity around you. This isn't just a walk in the woods—it's a chance to really get to know the natural world and appreciate all it has to offer. You'll come away from this adventure knowing more and feeling more connected to nature.

After breakfast, embark on a scenic journey to Sri Lanka's enchanting south coast, culminating in an afternoon visit to the historic town of Galle. Renowned for its well-preserved Dutch Fortress, Galle is a testament to the rich colonial heritage and architectural grandeur of Sri Lanka. This UNESCO World Heritage site, with its robust walls and timeless streets, offers a captivating glimpse into the past, where European and South Asian architectural styles blend seamlessly. As you explore Galle, immerse yourself in its vibrant history, visit the iconic lighthouse, stroll through the quaint streets lined with boutique shops and cafes, and marvel at the ancient ramparts that have withstood the test of time. This visit to Galle is not just a tour; it's a journey back in time, promising an unforgettable exploration of Sri Lanka's colonial legacy and the unique charm of its southern coast.

Day 13 :
Galle

While you're chilling on the beach, you've got a couple of cool optional excursions to consider. Fancy a peaceful boat ride? You can cruise around Koggala Lake and drop by a traditional cinnamon tappers island. Or, if you're interested, there's a turtle hatchery visit on the cards too. Just chat with your local guide to set things up.

As we wrap up our 14-day Sri Lanka Unveiled tour, we're truly thankful you joined us on this incredible journey through Sri Lanka's diverse Culture, wildlife and landscapes. You're headed to the airport now; with memories of the stunning natural beauty you've witnessed. We're saying goodbye but hope you'll come back to explore more of this enchanting island. Thanks for diving into the wonders of Sri Lanka with us, and we can't wait to see you again. Safe travels home!

Inclusions

Inclusions

  • Airport pickup and drop-off.
  • Twin-sharing accommodation on Half Board basis throughout the tour on hotels specified in your itinerary, or similar properties.
  • Transfers by an air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced English-speaking chauffeur OR National Guide Lecturer throughout the tour (depending on pax count).
  • Entrance fees and activities include.
  • • Dambulla Cave Temple,
  • • Bike Ride in Giritale,
  • • Polonnaruwa Ancient City,
  • • Kandy Temple of the Tooth Relic,
  • • Gem Museum Visit,
  • • Cultural Show – Kandy,
  • • Scenic Train Ride from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya or Nanu Oya to Ella (Reserved seats. 1st, 2nd, or 3rd class depending on availability),
  • • Horton Plains National Park,
  • • Yala Jeep Safari,
  • • 2 guided treks bordering the Sinharaja Rainforest and 1 guided trek inside the rainforest,
  • • Visit the historic Dutch Fortress Galle.
  • All applicable government taxes.

Exclusions

  • Lunch and other beverages throughout the tour unless specified in your itinerary.
  • Peak period and/or festive supplements indicated specifically in your itinerary.
  • Expenses of a personal nature.
  • Tips & Gratuities.
  • Video Camera and Still Camera permits.
  • Any other services not specified in your itinerary.

Hotels Offered

Day 1: Arie Lagoon or Similar Day 2: Hotel Girithale Similar Day 3: Hotel Girithale Similar Day 4: Hotel Sigiriya or Similar Day 5: Hotel Thilanka or Similar Day 6: Hotel Thilanka or Similar Day 7: Hill Club or Similar Day 8: Hill Club or Similar Day 9: Grand Tamarind Lake - Kataragama  or Similar Day 10: Rainforest Eco Lodge   or Similar Day 11: Rainforest Eco Lodge   or Similar Day 12: Insight Resort - Ahangama or Similar Day 13: Insight Resort - Ahangama or Similar Day 14: Departure

Map - Sri Lanka Unveiled 14 Days- Classic

FAQs

What is included in the 14-day Sri Lanka Unveiled tour package?

Our comprehensive 14-day Sri Lanka Unveiled tour package is meticulously crafted to offer an immersive experience of Sri Lanka’s rich heritage and stunning natural landscapes. Here's what's included in your journey:

 

Airport Transfers: We provide convenient airport pick-up and drop-off to ensure a seamless travel experience right from your arrival.

 

Guided Tours of UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Delve into Sri Lanka's deep historical roots by exploring several major cultural landmarks:

 

The Golden Cave Temple in Dambulla: Marvel at this stunning UNESCO World Heritage site, known for its remarkable cave paintings and statues.

The iconic Lion Rock in Sigiriya: Visit this breathtaking fortress, another UNESCO World Heritage site, that rises dramatically from the central plains.

The ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa: Wander through this historical city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, showcasing the advanced urban planning of ancient civilizations.

The Sacred Temple of the Tooth in Kandy: Experience the spiritual heart of Sri Lanka at this sacred site, also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The ancient Dutch Fortress in Galle: Explore the fortified old city of Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage site that exemplifies the intersection of European architecture and South Asian traditions.

Natural and Wildlife Excursions: Engage with nature through diverse activities:

 

  • A village cycle tour in Girithale.
  • A guided safari through the Horton Plains National Park, part of the Central Highlands UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • A world-famous scenic train ride from Kandy to Nanu Oya, traveling through the picturesque Central Highlands.
  • A wildlife safari in Yala National Park.
  • A guided walk in the Sinharaja Rain Forest, a vital UNESCO World Heritage site for biodiversity.

Additional Activities:

  • Enjoy a serene boat ride on the Madu River.

This package ensures you experience Sri Lanka’s culture, history, and natural beauty, with all logistical details meticulously handled for your comfort and convenience.

Which historical sites will we visit during the tour?

Sites include,

  • The Dambulla Cave Temple,
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress,
  • The ancient city of Polonnaruwa,
  • The Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy,
  • and the Dutch fortress Galle.

Is transportation provided throughout the tour?

Yes, travel comfortably in an air-conditioned vehicle, accompanied by the expertise of an experienced English-speaking chauffeur or National Guide Lecturer, depending on the group size.

What type of accommodation can I expect?

Relax in comfortable twin-sharing accommodations in 3–5-star hotels, on a half board basis throughout the tour at hotels specified in the itinerary or similar, based on availability.

Are meals included in the package?

Breakfast and dinner at the hotel are included. Lunch and beverages are not included.

Will there be a guide, and what languages do they speak?

An experienced English-speaking chauffeur or national guide will accompany you.

What is the group size for the tour?

The typical group size can vary from 5-18, and you should contact Heavenly Lanka for specific details.

Are there any additional costs I should be aware of?

Not included are,

  • Lunch & Other beverages throughout the tour unless specified in the itinerary
  • Peak period and/or festive supplements indicated in the itinerary
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Video Camera and Still Camera permits
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Any other services not specified above
  • Optional excursions offered above (if any)

How do I book the tour and what is the cancellation policy?

  1. Booking details and cancellation policy can be found on the Heavenly Lanka website.

How can I pay for the tour?

To secure your booking for the 14-day Sri Lanka Unveiled tour, a payment of 10% is required upon booking. The remainder of the payment should be completed 8 weeks before your arrival date. This structured payment plan ensures that your reservation is confirmed, and all necessary arrangements can be made in advance to provide you with a seamless travel experience.

Who is the tour suitable for?

The 14-day Sri Lanka Unveiled tour is suitable for individuals aged 15 and above who can engage in moderate physical activities. Ideal participants should be comfortable with climbing stairs, hiking, traveling for 2-3 hours straight, and going on safari vehicle rides.

Can we do additional activities during the tour?

Yes, you can participate in additional activities during the 14-day Sri Lanka Unveiled tour, depending on time availability. There may be opportunities for optional activities that enhance your travel experience. Please speak to your guide during the tour, and they will advise you on available options and help arrange these activities based on your interests and the tour schedule.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

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