Sri Lanka – 8 Days Temples Safari Beach Lifetime Experience

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Bucket List Group Travel > Global Bucket List > Sri Lanka – 8 Days Temples Safari Beach Lifetime Experience
Overview
Start and end in Negombo! With the In-depth Cultural tour Lifetime Experience, you have a 8 days  package taking you through Negombo and 12 other destinations in Sri Lankathat includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Itinerary

Day01AIRPORT OR HOTEL PICK-UP / WELCOME TO SRI LANKA-!

Description:
AYUBOWAN-! Welcome to Sri Lanka, the land like no other, and 8 days of explorations, showing you the best of the ancient history and culture, the lush green tea estates and waterfalls, the amazing wildlife, and the beautiful golden sandy beaches. Upon arrival at Colombo CMB airport, you will meet your tour leader and you will be transferred to your hotel (we can pick you up from any hotel at Colombo or Negombo as well). The first destination will be Negombo coastal town, which has long been known as the most popular beach in Sri Lanka, famous for its golden sandy beach, food, and fun.

DAY PLAN:

For day one, we haven’t planned any activity, thus you are free to arrive in Sri Lanka at any time. If your flight arrives early in the day, relax on the beach and pool of your cozy hotel.
Evening, you may have a walk along the seashore while enjoying the beautiful sunset and the pleasant evening atmosphere of the beachside.
Overnight stay in a modern seafront hotel at Negombo.

Day02ELEPHANTS FEEDING / CULTURAL VILLAGE TOUR / SIGIRIYA FORTRESS

Description:
After enjoying a delicious breakfast with a hot cup of Sri Lankan tea or a coffee, you will take a wonderful journey across the stunning Sri Lankan countryside towards Dambulla city, which is the central point of the cultural triangle on the island.

DAY PLAN:

En-route to Dambulla, you may visit Pinnawala Elephant Rehabilitation Center. This place is mainly established to look after the wounded elephants that have been found in the jungles. Take the opportunity to feed them and give them a bath at a nearby river.
Upon arrival at Dambulla, you’ll enjoy a wonderful cultural village tour while exploring the beautiful countryside. It is a great opertunity to get close to qunique local culture & life style of Sri Lankan people. It will start with a Tuk Tuk ride, one of the most famous transportation systems in Sri Lanka. While on the tour you will also enjoy a canoeing boat ride across the lake and a cart ride before reaching the farmer’s house where you will experience the typical Sri Lankan countryside hospitality.
Afternoon, you may visit Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE), since it’s the best time to witness and capture the beautiful scenery of sunset from the sumit. King Kasyapa (477 – 495 AD) built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colorful frescoes. Known as one of the wonders of the world due to the amazing architecture & technology being used.
Overnight stay in a nature-frendly resort at Dambulla.

Day03GOLDEN CAVE TEMPLE / HISTORIC KANDY / CULTURAL SHOW

Description:
In the morning, proceed towards Kandy, the capital of the last Sinhalese kingdom. It’s set on a plateau surrounded by mountains, which are home to tea plantations and bio-diverse rainforests. Kandy is also famous for its sacred Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth Relic.

DAY PLAN:

Early morning, join with the Pidurangala Rock hike to witness and take pictures of the sunrise (optional activity).
After breakfast, you might visit the Royal Cave Temple and the Golden Buddha Statue (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE). Dambulla has the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 meters over the surrounding plains and houses 5 cave temples with some of the most unique and significant historical drawings.
Thereafter, you’ll be heading to Kandy. Upon arrival, you may visit the temple of tooth relic (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE).
Evening, you’ll enjoy on your own walking around Kandy’s city centre and view point before engaging with a cultural dance show which is inspired by Sri Lankan arts, traditional dance and cultural heritage.
Overnight stay in a cosy mount view hotel at Kandy.

Day04ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDEN / HILL COUNTRY TEA PLANTATIONS

Description:
After breakfast, you’ll enjoy a wonderful journey through the lush green tea plantations and the waterfalls towards Sri Lanka’s tea region of Nuwara Eliya. It is often referred to as “Little England” because many of the buildings in this city retain from the British colonial period, such as the Queen’s Cottage, the General’s House, the Grand Hotel, the Hill Club, and the Town Post Office.

DAY PLAN:

Morning, visit the Museum; get to know more about the World-renowned and most prestigious Sri Lankan gem mining process during the museum tour.
Thereafter, you might visit the Peradeniya Royal Garden, which is known as one of the best botanical gardens in Asia.
En route to Nuwara Eliya, while driving through the cold misty hills, stop at a tea plantation. Here you will observe the rich tradition of processing the prestigious brand of Ceylon tea kept alive up to date. Make sure to end your factory visit in style over a perfectly blended cup of tea.
Afternoon, explore on your own while walking through Nuwara Eliya city center (British colonial architecture; iconic post office/grand hotel/Victoria park) and the fruit and vegetable market.
Overnight stay in a mount view hotel at Nuwara Eliya.

Day05TRAIN JOURNEY INTO THE MOUNTAINS / ELLA VILLAGE

Description:
DAY PLAN:

In the morning, you will enjoy a spectacular train journey from Nanu-Oya station to Ella village (Train tickets will be arranged at the station / Class category is subject to availability). It is known as one of the most picturesque hill country train journeys in the world.
Upon arrival, walk through the Ella village. Ella is everyone’s favorite hill country village due to the fact that it’s a wonderful nature-friendly location. Ravana waterfall and Nine Arch Bridge are the most popular sightseeing attractions in Ella.
Afterwards, continue your journey towards Yala National Park, the largest and most stunning national park in Sri Lanka.
Overnight stay in a cosy safari resort at Yala.

Day06YALA NATIONAL PARK WILDLIFE GAME DRIVE / BEACH RELAX

Description:
After a fantastic journey through the coconut and tea states, mountains and waterfalls, you will finally arrive at the world-famous southern beachside of Sri Lanka. Mirissa/Dikwella is a delightful sandy beach that was a well-kept secret in the past, but now few restaurants and pubs are opening up to visitors. It is also characterized by white sands and coconut palms growing right from the edge of the sea as if in imitation of a postcard of the perfect tropical beach.

DAY PLAN:

Early in the morning when it’s still cool and misty out there, you may drive down to the Yala National Park. Upon arrival could jump into a 4×4 jeep ride and go for wildlife game drive searching for leopards hanging on trees or whispering through the bushes, crocodiles patrolling the river or wild elephants drinking water at the river under the morning sunrise.
Thereafter proceed to Dickwella Beach, En-route, stop at Hummanaya Natural blowhole.
Upon arrival at your hotel, you may grab a towel to relax on the beach while enjoying a cocktail or a chill beer under the shade of a palm tree.
Optional activities, Jet Ski, Banana & Tube Boating, Diving, Snorkeling, Surfing, Fishing & Deep sea fishing are few among the popular list.
Overnight say in a modern beach resort at Weligama.

Day07WHALE WATCHING / GALLE FORT / TURTLE HATCHERY

Description:
After breakfast, you will be heading towards Galle, a city well known for its Fort (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE). It is the intersection where classic Dutch and British architecture meets a tropical setting, creating a vivid atmosphere in beauty.

DAY PLAN:

Early in the morning you may hit back to the beautiful golden sandy beach and jump into a boat for an amazing ride on the sea to capture the blue whales and dolphins. Please note that whale watching is a SEASONAL activity.
Thereafter proceed to Galle, En-route stop at Matara to witness and take pictures of the most famous Sri Lankan stilt Fishermen.
Upon arrival to Galle city, walk through Galle fort listening to the creaks of wooden saloon doors and observe how European architecture mingles with South Asian traditions nowadays flooding cultural enthusiasts on a global scale. Historical Galle Lighthouse stands proudly on the southeast tip of the fort.
Afternoon, you’ll visit a turtle hatchery center where baby turtles learn to take their first swim and injured adults are rehabilitated back into the ocean.
Next experience you may enjoy is the amazing boat ride in “Madu” river through the mangroves (red water trees). Along the madu river on the boat you will arrive to Fish farm and if interested get to try Sri Lankan fish therapy.
Overnight stay in a semi-luxury beach resort at Bentota.

Day08COLOMBO CITY TOUR / AIRPORT OR HOTEL DROP-OFF

Description:
After breakfast, you’ll visit Sri Lanka’s capital city of Colombo, which has an interesting history running back to the fifth century. Even in ancient times, this was an important port city in the East-West sea trade. Nowadays it has become a bustling modern town with a unique atmosphere. The colorful streets, restaurants and modern shopping malls attract hordes of locals and tourists alike.

DAY PLAN:

Upon arrival at Colombo, you have the opportunity to visit all the highlighted places in the city such as Red Mosque, Gangarama temple, Independent square and so on..
Afterwards, Perhaps, you may pop into a famous and internationally renowned restaurant in Colombo to end your trip over an unforgettable meal.
Thereafter, proceed to the airport in time for your return flight or we drop you back to your hotel in Colombo or Negombo.

Inclusions

Price Includes

  • 7 nights hotel accommodations

  • A professional multilingual speaking tour leader 
  • Daily breakfast and 6 dinners are included in the hotels. 
  • Free airport pick-up and drop-off on the first and last day 
  • A complimentary bottle of water per person each day
  • Cultural village tour with authentic local lunch in a farmer’s house
  • Catamaran boat ride in the lake to catch the amazing views of Sigiriya
  • Local curry cooking demonstration during the village tour 
  • A spectacular train journey into the mountains
  • A tour through Nuwara Eliya local markets
  • Kandy city tour and viewpoint 
  • Tour of Galle city and Fort
  • Colombo city and shopping tour 
  • Nine Arch Bridge & Ravana Waterfall 
  • A cultural dance show 
  • Turtle hatchery center 
  • A visit to a tea factory
  • Organic Spice Garden
  • Government tax / No hidden charges 
  • 24 hours emergency contact
  • Private transportation in a modern, fully air-conditioned vehicle for the entire trip.
  • A spectacular train journey into the mountains.

Price Excludes

  • Flights

  • Meals

  • Personal Expenses

  • Optional activities

  • Travel insurance / Visa

  • Tips

  • Entrance/excursions fees not stated as included
Tour Information
Tour Start Tour End Country
Negombo
Negombo
Sri Lanka
Flights
  • Arrival: Day01 before 2pm 
Fly IN Airport: Bandaranaike Intl. airport (Sri Lanka)
  • Return: Day08 after 4pm 
Fly OUT Airport: Bandaranaike Intl. airport (Sri Lanka)

 

Meeting Point
  • The group meets at the arrival airport or at the hotel on Day01.
  • More details will be provided via group chat on WhatsApp
* Minimum number of members requires for all group tour. Please confirm with the organizer before any flight booking!
Route
FAQ

I'm a solo traveler, can I still join the tour?

Yes of course, As all our tours are for solo travelers. You will travel with like-minded and fun-loving people who like to explore new destinations and activities like yourself.

I want to join with my partner or friends; is it possible?

No condition for fun! You can always join the group tours with anyone by your side either your partner or a group of crazy friends. We make sure to arrange accommodation and all other activities accordingly. Do you want to know the lined-up list of tours; please check our tour finder section for more details.

I am travelling solo, do I have to pay single supplement?

No. All trip prices are based on double occupancy rooms. You will be paired with another solo traveler of the same gender to share the accommodation. If you enrolled with another person, you’ll room with that person. Although single supplement option is available if you prefer a room for yourself. If you are interested in a single room please select the single supplement package while booking.

What are the accommodation options?

We offer luxurious hotels, budgeted motels, spontaneous camps, handy lodges and every other possibility at your destination.

What is cancellation policy?

If you cancel your booking cancellation fees could apply. A cancellation will only be effective when we receive written confirmation of the cancellation. If you cancel a trip:

More than 60 days prior to departure you will receive a full refund less deposit amount
Between 45 to 60 days prior to departure we will retain the deposit or 50% of the amount paid (whichever is greater)
Less than 45 days prior to departure we receive the right to not refund any of the costs paid

Do I need a Travel Medical insurance?

Yes, Travel insurance is required for all international trips. Insurance covers (and reimburses you) for things like trip cancellation, trip interruption, and trip delay, lost or delayed baggage, medical coverage, medical evacuation, etc.

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