Cultural Sri Lanka: A 12 day experience

Day 01 - Welcome to Sri Lanka

  • Upon arrival you will be greeted by our Tayafinch Holidays representative
  • Transfer to Negombo and check-in at the hotel
  • Enjoy some leisure time at the hotel or go for a walk on Negombo's beautiful beaches
  • Overnight stay at the hotel

Negombo
Sometimes known as “Little Rome” due to the profusion of Christian Churches. The wide sandy beaches and safe sea bathing are major attractions, as is the fish market. Traditional large sailed outrigger canoes are a picturesque sight in this village.

Day 02 - Explore the town

  • Morning: (Optional) Boat ride in Muthurajawela Nature Reserve
  • Transfer to Kalpitiya
  • Check-in at the hotel
  • Spend the rest of your evening relaxing at leisure

Kalpitiya
Rich in natural beauty, Kalpitiya's history is no less interesting. Records going far back reveal that the peninsula was associated with maritime trade and smuggling escapades since ancient times. 

Day 03 - Whale Watching Experience

  • Morning: (Optional) Leave early morning for the ultimate whale watching experience 
  • Optional: Take a Jeep Safari at Wilpattu National Park
  • Return to the hotel
  • Spend the rest of your day relaxing at leisure

Whale Watching
Several types of whales regularly visit the waters off the Kalpitiya coastline. The continental shelf comes in close to Alankuda Beach and further afield in deep blue water, toothed whales and oceanic dolphins are likely to be seen.

Day 04 - Dolphin Watching + Travel to Anuradhapura

  • Morning: (Optional) Dolphin watching experience.
  • Optional: Visit Anuradhapura. 
  • On completion of site excursion, you will leave to Dambulla. 
  • Check-in at Hotel.
  • Spend the rest of your evening relaxing at leisure.

Anuradhapura
The central point of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle and the most convenient base for excursions to the Ancient historical cities. It is also the home for some of the most breathtakingly beautiful scenery and fertile habitat for Sri Lanka’s incredible bio-diversity.

Day 05 - Experience the Cultural Architecture

  • Morning: (Optional) Travel to Polonnaruwa.
  • Evening: Return to hotel.
  • Spend the rest of your day relaxing at leisure.

Polannaruwa
The entire landscape of the region is punctuated by huge man-made reservoirs and veritable inland seas. The monuments of this medieval city are relatively well preserved and give clear evidence of the glory of Sri Lanka's past.

Day 06 - Gaze at Sri Lankan Wildlife

  • Breakfast at the hotel. 
  • Morning: (Optional) excursion to the Sigiriya rock fortress. 
  • Afternoon: (Optional) Lunch at a local restaurant. 
  • After lunch: proceed to visit the revered Dambulla rock cave temple.
  • Evening: (Optional) Visit Minneriya national park to witness an exciting jeep safari.

Sigiriya
This spectacular Rock Fortress, is one of Sri Lanka’s major attractions. The most impressive facets of the unique complex are the Water Gardens, the Frescoes, the Mirror Wall, the Lion platform and the Summit of 1.6 hectares.

Minneriya National Park
Minneriya National Park is an ideal place for elephant and leopard watching. The vegetation of this park is mixed evergreen and scrub areas. 

Day 07 - The Exquisite Nilaveli

  • Morning: After breakfast you will leave to Nilaveli.
  • Check-in at the hotel.
  • Enjoy the surroundings the area has to offer and spend the rest of the day relaxing at leisure.

Day 08 - Trincomalee Leisure

  • Morning: After breakfast, transfer Trincomalee.
  • Optional: Boat ride in to the sea.
  • Optional: snorkeling off Pigeon Island.
  • Return to hotel and spend the rest of the day relaxing.

Day 09 - A trip to the Hill Capital

  • Morning: Travel to Kandy.
  • Visit Matale Spice Gardens for lunch + Complimentary head & shoulder massage and shopping. 
  • Late evening: Witness a cultural dance performed by our famous Kandyan Dancers.
  • Return to the hotel and spend rest of the evening at leisure. 

Kandy
A lovely exotic city and last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings. Encircled by hills, with a tranquil lake in its center, it is the site of the renowned temple that enshrines the Tooth Relic of the Buddha and the Royal Botanical gardens.

Day 10 - Royal Botanical Gardens

  • Morning: visit the Royal Botanical gardens.
  • Spend time in Kandy town to sightsee and shop around if you like.
  • Return to hotel.

Day 11 - Back to the beginning

  • Return to Negombo and spend your last night near the airport. 
  • You may take a brief tour of Negombo to see the Dutch Canals and experience the fishing village.
  • Check-in at Hotel.
  • Spend the rest of your day relaxing at leisure.

Day 12 - Until next time

  • Check out from hotel and make way to airport in time to for departure flight.