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Around Sri Lanka in 14 Days - ITINERARY
|Day 1 - Negombo||Arriving at Katunayake airport, we transfer you to the hotel where you can enjoy the golden coastal town of Negombo. As our first exercise, we visit the fishing village and explore the fishing industry of Sri Lanka. We overnight stay in Negombo beach.|
|Day 2 - Sigiriya||We leave to Sigiriya after a delicious meal in the morning and we suppose to visit Fineries and tile / brick manufactures in this journey. Also you witness some other important places on the way. First, we visit the Dambulla cave temple on our way to Sigiriya. Then we arrange a sufficient time for you to relax in a swimming pool in a hotel nearby the ancient Sigiriya Rock after enjoying at these memorable exciting places.|
|Day 3 - Trincomalee||Heading back to South, we arrive to Trincomalee across the former No Man’s Land. You can witness the world famous natural deep water harbor at Trincomalee. Trinco had been British Naval Base during World War II. There is also a war cemetery outside the town. For sailors servicemen who perished during hostilities with the Japanese. We visit the historic Koneswaram Hindu temple, perched on rocky outcrop overlooking the ocean when passing through the bustling the ocean when passing through the bustling Trinco town. The original temple dates to 400 BC but it has been restored later as it had been destroyed by the Portuguese colonialists who were intolerant of other religions. Now the Koneswaram temple is an attractive of worship with a lot of stunning views. We suppose to spend the night in Nilaweli at the North of Trinco.|
|Day 4 - Polonnaruwa||We move towards the West once for the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, the 2nd Kingdom of Sri Lanka. Polonnaruwa ruins and dagobas provide a fascinating insight into the post reign of glory. In the 11th century, Polonnaruwa replaced Anuradhapura as Sri Lanka’s ruling city after a devastating invasion by invaders from South India. The King Parakramabahu I, the most famous of king of Polonnaruwa, created the vast Parakroma Samudra (Sea of Parakrama) which remains one of the finest examples of Sri Lanka’s skill at water management. We stay overnight at Polonnaruwa.|
|Day 5 - Mahiyanganaya||We strike out for the east leaving the historic Polonnaruwa driving through lush mountain terrain. We pass the big Victoria Reservoir then climb steadily higher until winding down at the eastern plains on the famous 18 hairpin bend pass. Passing through the town of Mahiyanganaya with its famous Buddhist temple we arrive at Dambana, the ancestral home of Sri Lanka’s indigenous Vedda people. We enjoy the traditional Vedda dancing as the sun sets.|
|Day 6 - Knuckles||Looming before us we will catch sight the recumbent folds and peaks of a section of mountain known as the Knuckles for its resemblance to a clenched fist. Sinhalese locals have traditionally referred to this area as Dumbara Kanduvetiya which means a mist-laden mountain range. The entire area is characterized by its stunning landscapes often robed in thick layers of cloud and mist. We spend the night at Knuckles Mountains.|
|Day 7/8 - Kandy||Kandy is the second-largest city in Sri Lanka after Colombo and it is famous for its Royal Botanical Gardens and the Temple of the Tooth. It is situated in a beautiful highland region of tea plantations. Kandy had been the capital city of the last remaining independent kingdom of Sri Lanka after the coastal regions were conquered by the Portuguese, Dutch and British respectively from 1592 to 1815. At last it was capitulated to the British. The famous Royal Botanical Gardens were the Lord Mountbatten’s headquarters during the Second World War. We Spend the Night at Kandy.|
|Day 9 - Nuwara Eliya||We move towards the mountains higher and higher along the hair-pin road, until we reach Nuwara Eliya city, known as the Little England from the days when the British used to retreat here to escape the scorching heat of the lowlands. Nuwara Eliya is situated at an altitude of 6, 128ft.We visit Ramboda falls hotel which is supposed to be the best spot adjacent to Ramboda falls to taste a buffet while enjoying a fascinating view. Proceeding our journey, we approach to a tea factory. In that factory we would be having an excursion inside to gather some knowledge about tea manufacturing process. Also you have an opportunity to taste & buy variety of tea products. Nuwara-Eliya is our day’s last destination to accommodate in a lovely place.|
|Day 10 - Haputale||After breakfast we saddle up and set off on the back roads for the long climb up to Nuwara Eliya near the top of Sri Lanka's Highlands. We ride along gravel and dirt tracks through tea estates and factories with stunning views of waterfalls and mountains. Having climbed up to the climax of the Nuwara Eliya, we descend to Haputale. This town is one of the unique places in Sri Lanka. Straddling a spine in the mountains with panoramic views to the east, south and west. We spend the night at Haputale.|
|Day 11 - Yala||From Haputale the road snakes down through the mountains onto the great southern plains leading to the Indian Ocean coast. We stop en route to visit Rawana Ella waterfall then head for the historic Buddhist rock carvings at Buduruwagala, deep in the jungle. Following newly-resurfaced roads we ride east from Wellawaya to Buttala then south to historic Kataragama, passing through national parkland teeming with elephants. We spend the night in Tissamaharama.|
|Day 12/13 - Mirissa||We trade in the motorbikes for 4WD jeeps today for a safari-style excursion through Yala National Park. Yala is home to a mind-boggling variety of wildlife species from butterflies to leopards. Get up close to some of these exotic animals and marvel at the astounding beauty of Sri Lanka as you travel through the park in your jeep. Leave the jungles and mountains to follow the majestic coastline of southern Sri Lanka to Mirissa. Having made our way through Sri Lanka’s interior, today it’s time to return to the coast. Shortly after leaving Yala we’ll hit the shoreline and then head west around the southern tip of the country. The ride is an easy one, flat quiet roads which run parallel to the sea, but nevertheless spectacular. In the afternoon we’ll reach Mirissa beach where we spend two nights relaxing in style.|
|Day 14 - Kitulgala||From Mirissa we ride round the edge of the Highlands to Kitulgala, location for Sir David Lean’s famous 1957 film The Bridge on the River Kwai. Traces of the bridge built for the film still remain. Capping off our two-week adventure we spend the day white-water rafting and Canyoning. Under the guidance of expert paddlers, we’ll white-water raft down the Kelani River passing through class 3 rapids and with occasional swimming breaks. Back on dry land, we’ll do a short excursion up a narrow canyon near the Kelani River. With full harnesses and expert guides we’ll descend deep into the canyon jumping into plunge pools along the way.|
|Day 15 - Negombo||Today is your last day. On the last day we would be heading to Negombo / Colombo Airport on your choice. On the way we would be showing you rubber estates and Coco plantations. Then we would take you to the beach hotel / Airport where you can rest / fly with all these exceptional memories.|
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