15-Day Sri Lanka Exploration and Whale Watching (Nov. - Apr.)
Tour Style: Tailor-made tour
- Climb to the top of Lion Rock Fortress to get a stunning panoramic view
- Discover the fabled World’s End in the Horton Plains National Park
- Spot leopards and wildlife on a safari in Yala National Park
- Visit the best preserved sea fort of Galle Dutch Fort
- Admire the holy tooth relic of the Lord Buddha at the Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic
- Capture the scene of whales in the Indian Ocean
- Nuwara Eliya by train
- Yala National Park
- Lion Rock
- Trincomalee whale watching tour
- Dutch Fort
- colombo beautiful views of the ocean
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- Day 1
When you arrive in Sri Lanka, your private chauffeur guide will meet you and escort you to the hotel in Negombo, which takes only about 20 minutes to get there, and then you can spend the rest of the day starting your exploration or just relax at the hotel.Overnight: Negombo
- Day 2
Today, you’ll begin your trip with an early rise to the lively fish market, where you can see how the beauty and bounty of the sea coming to the busy market. It’s full of life and a good place to experience local fishing culture.
In the afternoon, you’ll be transferred to Dambulla (about 5 hours’ drive), where you can visit a cluster of historic attractions and immerse yourself in ancient history.
- Day 3
Today, you’ll first go to visit the incredible fortress of “Lion Rock”, which is an ancient citadel constructed by King Kashyapa during the 5th century. From there you can see the relics of the palace’s gardens, moat and ramparts, as well as a fascinating panoramic view of Dambulla from the top that worth the steep climb.
Later, you’ll go on travelling into the local village of Hiriwadunna on a jeep or a tuk-tuk, which takes you on a trip to the authentic countryside life of Sri Lanka, with buffaloes mooing and unique fresh smell coming from the green fields and vegetable plantations. As the sun’s going down, you are to board on a boat that takes you to the other side of a lake for the breathtaking sunset view, enjoying the harmonic picture drawn by the villagers’ daily activities and the vibrant living environment.
- Day 4
Set out for the well-known Dambulla Cave Temple, which houses 157 statues, and spectacular Buddha-filled interior. And then you are going to the old capital of Ceylon, Kandy. On the way, stop to visit a spice garden for knowing about the different varieties of spices, and a 15-minute complementary Ayurveda Massage will be offered at your preference.
After about 3.5 hours’ drive, you’ll arrive in Kandy. You’ll first watch a Rangahala Cultural Dance (Kandyan Dance) that is full of local culture. Followed is the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic within walking distance. As it houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha that makes it of great spiritual importance to the nation.
- Day 5
Today, your trip starts with a visit to Royal Botanical Garden of Peradeniya, which gives you a feast for the eyes with the stunning collection of orchids, imposing avenue of royal palms. In the afternoon, you’re free to explore the city by yourself: hanging around the Kandy Lake or searching for some souvenirs, or you can just relax at the hotel.
- Day 6
Today in the morning, you’ll head for Nuwara Eliya by a train journey (subjected to availability), which you’ll get some intoxicating sceneries along the way, like picturesque mountains, stunning waterfalls and breathtaking scene of tea plantations. After about 4 hours on the road, you’ll arrive at Nanu Oya Railway Station in Nuwara Eliya, and then you will be transferred to the hotel, and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Nuwara Eliya
- Day 7
Get up early in the morning and start your trek exploration in Horton Plains National Park(about 3-4 hours), where you’re able to sees ambar deer, fascinating waterfall, diverse flowers and plants. Don’t miss the marvelous views of the fabled World’s End there.
After trek, your next spot will take you on an educational trip to a tea factory, learning about the production process of the world’s best Ceylon tea, and practice the tea leaves picking steps before enjoying a cup of pure Ceylon tea that emits attractive fragrance.
Overnight: Nuwara Eliya
- Day 8
Set out for Yala by car(about 3 hours), which you will be able to appreciate the fascinating view of Ella. When arriving in Yala, you’ll first be escorted to the hotel and get some rest, and then you’re heading for Yala National Park for a jeep safari to see a wide range of wild animals, including elephants, wild buffaloes, sambar deer, musk deer and different kinds of flying birds, etc. And if lucky enough, you may be able to witness and take pictures of wild leopards for which the park is famous.
Note: Yala National Park is closed in September. We would visit other national parklike Bundala National Parkas alternative.
- Day 9
After breakfast, you will be driven into Yala National Park again for more interesting sights of wildlife. The rest of the day is at leisure. We highly recommend you to grab some bites of the sea food at the local characteristic restaurants.
- Day 10
Today, you’ll go to Mirissa by a 3 hours’ drive. The leisure small town in south Sri Lanka offers you the white beaches and marvelous ocean sceneries to immerse yourself in the cozy sea wind.
- Day 11
Today comes the exciting whales watching tour, which you need to get up early to embark the morning boat (starts at 6:30 am) to sail into the ocean. In the right season you will have a high chance of seeing blue whales and dolphins that will blow your mind.
- Day 12
In the morning, your chauffeur guide will take you on a trip to Galle Dutch Fort (about 1-hour drive), along the way there might be stilt fishermen fish in the sea.
Next, you’ll be transferred to Unawatuna Beach on a 15 minutes’ drive, and relax for the next two nights by the seaside. Under the protection of a coral reef, the beaches in Unawatuna are said to be the best option for swimming in the south, so you can’t miss them.
- Day 13
Today is free for you to enjoy your easy time. You can walk on the soft white sand, listen to the song of the ocean, or take an easy amble in Galle and on the historical rampart walls, breathing the fresh air coming from the sea and enjoy the scenic view. It would be a pleasant experience to have your dinner in one of the many special restaurants.
- Day 14
After breakfast, a train that goes along the scenic coast will take you to the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo City. On the way, your eyes will be filled with the charming landscapes of the coastline, and the 3-4 hours’ train trip would not be boring with the fascinating views and the chance to take photos with the local.
On arrival, your chauffeur guide will take you on a visit to some remains of colonial era, including the Independence Square, Gangarama Temple, mile-long promenade of Galle Face Green and Colombo’s National Museum, etc. And there will be stops at the former British Administrative Center to take good pictures.
- Day 15
Today, you still have some time exploring the city till your chauffeur guide takes you to the airport to board your flight.