Day 01 - AIRPORT- NEGOMBO
Negombo Lagoon - You will get the experience of mangroves and wetland ecosystem in this estuary where there are two main rivers bring in fresh water into this traditional fishing lagoon, among water birds egrets, cormorants, ducks, herons, terns, kingfishers and eagles are very common. Take a boat and explore the lagoon! You also can visit the toddy tapping and taste the coconut nectar a traditional beer in Sri Lanka.
Day 02 - NEGOMBO- YAPAHUWA- ANURADHAPURA
Yapahuwa has a variety of features of archaeological importance. The fortress and the moat, which extend from west end of the Southern part of the rock are connected to the other side of the rock in the shape of a horseshoe.
The fortress is 4m in height and 22m in width. Bastions may have existed on the rampart as suggested by the square shaped structures on it. The well-planned citadel consists of a rampart and a moat. The stone slabs are put in place on both sides of the rampart and had been filled with metal. In the citadel where the water is being collected, two sluices made of stone are built to take away the collected water to the nearby drain.
Day 03 - ANURADHAPURA
You have a great opportunity to visit the oldest recorded tree in the world! Ficus religiosa, in the first ancient capital city of Sri Lanka, which is a world heritage site.
Day 04 - VISIT SIGIRIYA
Do you like to have a walk into a Palace on a rock! Where there is a water garden, frescos, and a mirror wall! Built in the 4 century AD, another world heritage site declared by UNESCO in the year 1982.
MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK
Do you love, enjoying the elephant watching? the largest mammal on earth! Safari jeep will take you into the wilderness of Minneriya national park, during the month of August ‘The Great Gathering of Elephants is a lifetime experience! Best opportunity to observe elephant behavior, in 40 to 100 elephants in different locations of the park.
Day 05 - SIGIRIYA-KANDY
VISIT RURAL VILLAGE
Please go to the link to learn more about the rural village development projects done by the Ceylon Gate Travels! It is a community service for a sustainable tourism concept we value most in our mission.
DAMBULLA CAVE TEMPLE
A cave declared as a temple in the 2 BC, with 153 Buddha statues, three statues of kings and four statues of gods and goddess inside! With 2100 sq meters of murals! On a stone cliff face. It is 200m above from the surroundings that you can walk up in 30 minutes. Another world heritage site declared by UNESCO in the year 1991.
Sri Lanka is famous for its best Cinnamon and other spices, here you will enjoy the tour inside the garden where you can touch and feel the plants that produce it! And you will be amazed to hear about the medicinal properties of ingredients used in cooking and treatments.
Day 07 - KANDY-KITHULGALA
VISIT BOTANICLE GARDEN
A historical pleasure garden started by the ancient kings since 1371, later converted to a Royal Botanical garden in 1843. It has over 4000 species of plants including palm trees, Cactus, Orchids and medicinal plants. Alexandrine parakeet, Indian pitta, Ceylon small barbet, common hawk cuckoo are seen in this garden for the lucky guests like you!
WHITE WATER RAFTING
Wonderful recreational activity that you will admire most, in the tour. It is with different options of duration and rapids, however you are provided with proper out fit with a guarantee of your safety. Unless you are advised not to participate in such activities by physician.
Day 08 - KITHULGALA-ELLA
TRAIN RIDE TO ELLA
One of the most beautiful train rides in the world, 65 km ride with around 2.5 hours. You can witness some picturesque cascades, waterfalls, lush tea plantations and tea pickers on mountain tops in misty cool climate. EVENING LEISURE
Day 09 - ELLA- YALA
VISIT ELLA- RAWANA WATERFALL
A simple hamlet now changes into a major tourist stop, yet the charming natural beauty is still untouched! Little Adams Peak, Rawana water fall and nine arch bridge is famous attractions!
The etymology of the word is “rock of Buddhist sculptures”. This is an ancient Buddhist temple consist of seven statues dates to 10 AD. The tallest Buddha statue of the island. 16 m in height.
Day 10 - YALA
Evening leave for game drive in Yala National Park The second largest national park in Sri Lanka covering 979 square Km of which consist of 5 blocks that contain thorny forests, grasslands, sandy beach, dry and moist monsoon forests and marine wetlands. You are so lucky to have the opportunity to observe 7 endemic birds out of 215 bird species that are found in this park. ashy-headed babbler (Garrulax cinereifrons), Sri Lanka white-headed starling (Sturnus senex), Sri Lanka wood pigeon (Columba torringtoni), green-billed Coucal (Centropus chlororrhynchus) and Sri Lanka broad-billed roller (Eurystomus orientalis irisi). It does play an important role in protecting Sri Lankan Leopard (Panthera pardus), the highest density in the world, endemic purple-faced Langur (Presbytis senex), elephants, sloth bear, wild water buffalo and alligators.
Day 11 - YALA-GALLE
Departure to Galle
Day 12 - GALLE
The capital of southern province, it is situated at the southern tip of Sri Lanka. An ancient port famous for trading with China, Portuguese, Dutch and British with the world heritage site of Dutch Fort and the modern international cricket stadium.
FULL DAY BEACH
Optional Visit to Dutch Fort. Another world heritage site where you find European architecture in Asian culture, built by Portuguese, expanded by Dutch and British between 15 to 19 AD. It is historical, archeological and architectural living heritage today.
Day 13 - GALLE-COLOMBO
You will have the opportunity to visit the capitol of Sri Lanka including a city tour on your way, and to do some shopping together!
Day 14 - COLOMBO – AIRPORT
Return you by way of a scenic drive to the international airport for your departing flight and a safe journey home.