Sri Lanka - heading southwest
From INR 27,145 $ per person
With this trip, you will experience Sri Lanka in all its diversity - the Galle Fort, the south coast coconut fringed beaches, hiking in world Heritage Sinharaja rain forest, discovering the secrets of the famous Ceylon Tea and visiting the gems city of Ratnapura.
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The price includes
> Transfers and transport as mentioned in the program with English-speaking driver BR>
> Accommodation: Hotel in double room with breakfast BR>
> The trek in Sinharaja br> br>
The price does not include
> Drinks and personal expenses BR>
> Lunch and dinner BR>
> Tips BR>
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Day 1: Airport - Galle
You head to the south-western tip of the island and will reach Galle. Along the coast, there is plenty of interesting stops: like the Lunuganga in Bentota (one of Geofrey Bawa’s masterpiece), visit the sea turtles hatchery in Kosgoda, visit a traditional masks workshop in Ambalangoda. If you have time, you can stroll in the narrow streets of the fortified city and watch the sunset, perched on the ramparts!
Day 2: Galle and surroundings
This morning you will visit the XVIIth century Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Dutch settlers built it after destroying the small "Santa Cruz" Fort erected by the Portuguese. After crossing the main gate of the fortified city, you will find yourself in a maze of streets with many restored houses, the Groote Kerk church, the hotel Amangalla, all the buildings tell the story of the city at the time of the Dutch colonization. Indulge in the charm of this city; there is a very European feel to it! In the afternoon, you can relax on the nearby Unawatuna beach or go for a bicycle ride through the rice paddies and experience the rural life.
Day 3: Galle – Sinharaja
Set off to Sinharaja, the rainforest of Sri Lanka with plenty of endemic species. Drive along the south coast where you will spot the famous fishermen standing on a stick and see women weaving ropes out of coconut fiber. From Weligama, you will go north and drive through villages, paddy fields and tiny tea estates. Check in to the hotel and enjoy some free time in the surrounding nature or indulge in an Ayurvedic massage.
Day 4: Sinharaja – Ratnapura
Early in the morning, you go for a 3 hours trek through the reserve accompanied by a naturalist guide. Sinharaja means "Lion King" in Sinhalese language. According to the legend, the natural reserve would have been the last abode of the king of the jungle! The forest is home to plenty of endemic species and birds that can be sported only in Sri Lanka. While enjoying this beautiful walk off the beaten track, beware of leeches which could come and tease you if you’re not careful! Return to the hotel. In the evening, you are initiated to the mysteries of Ceylon tea by visiting a factory. Continue to Ratnapura, the gems capital of Sri Lanka where you’ll visit a mine and a gemological museum. Stroll in the shopping district of the city where sellers will probably approach you to offer some deals for their precious stones!
Day 5: Ratnapura – Negombo
After breakfast, you head to the West Coast. Stop in Colombo and visit the economic capital of the country. The Fort area and its majestic colonial buildings are quite interesting. We suggest you take a walk in Pettah, the bustling shopping district. After having experienced the bazaar, you stop by the Gangarama Buddhist temple and proceed to Cinnamon Gardens, the chic area of Colombo where you’ll find the National Museum, the City Hall, the Independence monument, beautiful mansions and magnificent hundred years old trees. A visit to Colombo would not be complete without a walk on the Galle Face Green close by the Indian Ocean, the favorite place of locals at sunset. Head towards Negombo, check in your hotel and free time.
Day 6: Negombo – Airport
If you wake up at dawn, go to the beach to see the fishermen coming back on their dugout canoes with their catch. Continue with the visit of the famous fish market! After visiting the fishing harbor, which is the largest on the west coast of Sri Lanka, go for a stroll in the city and try to count the number of Roman Catholic churches! It is a real challenge as there are so many in this "little Rome" where the majority of Catholics in Sri Lanka lives. We suggest you explore the Dutch canal on which cinnamon used to be transported during colonial times. This boat ride will take you through lush vegetation and you will see how the sap of palm tree is skillfully collected from the top of coconut palms! Transfer to the airport depending on your flight schedule. End of our services.