10 Days Journey to the Serendib Island with Family

10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS

Highlights of the Tour

  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Polonnaruwa ancient site
  • Pidurangala Rock Hike
  • Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Spice gardens in Matale
  • Temple of the tooth relic
  • Royal Botanical gardens in Peradeniya
  • Train journey to Nuwara Eliya
  • Tea factory in Nuwara Eliya
  • Hiking to Ella Rock
  • Ella village trekking
  • Jeep safari in Udawalawe national park

Trip Summary

Day Start

Point

End

Point

Meal

Plan

Itinerary
 1 Airport Negombo BB Transfer from Airport to Negombo.
2 Negombo Sigiriya BB Transfer to Sigiriya. Climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
3 Sigiriya Sigiriya BB Morning Hike to Pidurangala Rock. Then excursion to visit Polonnaruwa site by bicycles.
4 Sigiriya Kandy BB Transfer to Kandy via Dambulla temple & spice gardens in Matale. Explore Kandy.
5 Kandy Kandy BB Visit Temple of tooth Kandy & the Botanical gardens Peradeniya.
6 Kandy Ella BB Proceed to Nuwara Eliya by train. Visit a tea factory and transfer to Ella.
7 Ella BB Hiking in Ella Rock and village trek.
8 Ella Udawalawe BB Transfer to Udawalawe. Jeep safari at Udawalawe national park.
9 Udawalawe Colombo BB Proceed to Negombo via Ratnapura.
10 Colombo Airport Departure transfer to Airport.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01

Airport | Negombo

Arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport. Clients will be welcomed by the Representative of Reliance Tours / Chauffeur guide and transfer to the hotel in Negombo.

Negombo is a famous fishing village North of Colombo. It is one of the famous commercial hubs in the country. Negombo is known for its long sandy beaches and centuries old fishing industry. Negombo has a large bilingual population of Roman Catholics.

The streets on either side of the Hotels are dotted with Souvenir Shops, Restaurants etc.

Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Negombo.

Day 02

Negombo | Sigiriya

Breakfast at the hotel. Then transfer to Sigiriya.

Afternoon climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

Sigiriya – is a world heritage site built in 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the fortress. Within its triple-moated defence the huge rock rises almost to a sheer height of 500ft. On its summit are the foundations of what was once a great and sumptuous palace and gardens complete with swimming pool. On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of Frescoes of life sized damsels in all the freshness and delicacy of their original color.

Water Gardens, Fountain Garden, summerhouse, Boulder Gardens and the Caves with the enclosed are should not be missed.

Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Sigiriya.

Day 03

Sigiriya | Pidurangala | Polonnaruwa | Sigiriya

Morning hike to Pidurangala Rock.

Pidurangala is an ancient Buddhist temple constructed on a massive rock called Pidurangala, which is located a few kilometers north of the historical fort Sigiriya.

The history of Pidurangala goes back beyond to the first and second century BC. From those days Pidurangala was used as a Buddhist monastery and but became a prominent place during the reign of King Kashyapa (473 – 495 AC).

It is a hike of 30 minutes to the top of the rock and you get to the best viewing spot of Sigiriya Rock. Climbing will start with stairs and the later parts of the path will be a little bit off road.

Afternoon excursion to Polonnaruwa and visit the ancient site.

Polonnaruwa is a “UNESCO World Heritage Site” and was the Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th – 13th Centuries, contains some splendid and spectacular statues.

Lankatilake, Tivanka and Thuparama are the most beautiful and largest Image Houses and Tivanka has the best examples of frescoes of the Polonnaruwa period. Rankoth Vehera and Kirivehera are well preserved large stupas, and Gal Vihare – a rock shrine, has four Buddha statues, two seated, one standing and one reclining and Parakrama Bahu statue are examples of Sinhalese stone carver. The Vata-da-ge is a unique creation of the Sri Lankan artists.

The medieval capital, Polonnaruwa was fortified with inner & outer moats and inner & outer walls. The Parakrama Samudra is on the western side of the city. The Royal Palace, Audience Hall and other buildings in the inner city were enclosed by another tall wall.

Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Sigiriya.

Day 04

Sigiriya | Dambulla | Kandy

After breakfast proceed to Kandy via Dambulla cave temple and the spice gardens in Matale.

Dambulla – is a vast isolated rock mass 500 feet high and a mile around the base.

Here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century B.C. The caves of Dambulla sheltered King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne he built the most magnificent of Rock Temples to be found in the Island. In the first Cave is a recumbent image of the Buddha 47ft long cut out of the Rock. There are images of deities associated with Buddhism all around. The frescoes on the walls and the ceiling are the oldest here but they are over painted in the Kandy period.

In the Second Cave, the finest and the largest of all, there are 150 life-size statues of the Buddha in various postures with few statues of Gods and Kings. The ceiling is also covered with frescoes, which depict great events in the life of the Buddha and landmarks in the history of the Sinhalese people.

Spice Gardens at Matale – You will see Cinnamon, Cardamom, Pepper Creepers and all other spice trees, plants and creepers are planted for visitors to see them. Spice products are also available for those who would like to buy them. At all Spice Gardens visitors are taken round explaining each tree and plant and at the end explaining the use of them food preparations.

Afternoon you will witness the city of Kandy including upper lake drive, market square, arts & crafts center & the gem Museum.

Kandy is another “World Heritage Site”. It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings during the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule and finally the British in 1815.

To the Buddhist of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the “Dalada Maligawa” – Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha.

Today Kandy is the center of Buddhism, Arts, Crafts, Dancing, Music and Culture. Visitors can see these Dance & Music at the daily Cultural Performances held at several places in the city.

Day 05

Kandy | Peradeniya | Kandy

Breakfast at the hotel then visit the Temple of the tooth relic.

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess’ hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession.

It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country.

Afternoon visit Royal botanical gardens in Peradeniya.

Royal Botanical Gardens – 147 acres in extent: started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the King’s of Kandy. There are more than 5000 species of tree and plants. Some and endemic as well as flora from the tropical world, Spice garden and Orchid House are popular with Tourists.

There are 5 Palm Avenues beautifying the gardens, the earliest and tallest Palm Avenue (Royal Palm Avenue) was planted in 1905 and the Double Coconuts from the Seashells Island, with the largest seed of all plants in the world is one such avenue.

Then proceed to the hotel.

Day 06

Kandy | Nuwara Eliya | Ella

Breakfast at the hotel. Then transfer to Nuwara Eliya by train.

This is one of the most beautiful train journey both among the tourists and locals. You will see beautiful green hills covered with tea plantations, mountains, lovely old bridges, waterfalls & spectacular views of small villages in between.

Nuwara Eliya – The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places in the Island, but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence, houses like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions.

The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic and is also good for Birding as you get some rare birds in this Park.

Seasons may be absent elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers, which bloom in the spring (March to May) and the fall (August and September). These are the “seasons” when low-country folk flock to Nuwara Eliya to escape the sea level heat and humidity.

Then visit a tea plantation and a tea factory.

Tea Plantations – Tea was first planted in Sri Lanka in 1824 at the Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, when a few plants were brought from China. More were introduced from Assam in 1839.

In 1867, a Scottish Planter named James Taylor planted tea seedlings in an 8 hectares of forestland, in the Loolkondura Estate.

In 1873, the tea export industry of Sri Lanka began with a modest 23 lbs. being shipped to London.

Tea will grow only on rolling terrain and is classified by elevation into low grown, medium grown and high grown into 3 main groups. Today more than 200,000 hectares in highlands and other areas are under Tea and around 300 million Kilograms, with a 15% of world tea exports are done by Sri Lanka as one of the World’s largest Tea exporter.

Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Ella.

Day 07

Ella

Breakfast at the hotel. Trekking and hiking tour to Ella Rock.

Ella rock located in Ella town is a great attraction to the travellers who are enthusiast for small adventures. This tour is covered with hiking, nature, panoramic views, train tracks, tea plantations as well as waterfalls. You can explore a large area during the excursion. Spectacular views surrounding country side of Ella and the splendid view of the mountain range and the valley are worth the effort.

It is not just a trekking experience and it is an epic lifetime experience. You will hear folktales about Great King Ravana and Epic Love story. Ella Rock situated over 1000 meters above the sea level.

Then visit to an authentic village in Ella.

Ella village tour will give a unique experience to the tourists for its tradition agriculture. Chena cultivation is the main experience of the tour and you can enjoy the life of wild Chena. Hence, the village has surrounded by a preserve, wild animals live around the village. The elephant, peacock, Sri Lankan monkey are some of them. There is a gorgeous lake in the village with lot of reptiles and birds. You will have a boat journey around the lake. The tour will fulfill with Sri Lankan village hospitality.

Evening transfer to hotel.

Day 08

Ella | Udawalawe

Breakfast at the hotel. Then proceed to Udawalawe. Afternoon jeep safari at Udawalawe national park.

Udawalawe National Park covers an area of 230,821 hectares and was declared in 1972.

This Park is rich in Elephant population as the Park has about 500 Elephants. Wild Buffalo, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Sambhur, Hare, Mongoose, Crocodile and 30 species of Snakes are recorded. 50 species of Butterflies and many species of Birds are found in the Park.

Udawalawe is the best national park spotting wild elephants in Sri Lanka

Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Udawalawe.

Day 09

Udawalawe | Ratnapura | Colombo

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Colombo via Ratnapura.

Ratnapura literally means ‘city of gems’ and is set like a gem itself in a panorama of glorious scenery. You will see the world famous Ceylon Sapphires being mined.

Most of the Miners still rely on ‘Lady Luck’ to guide them through their digging, sifting washing and sorting of the stones. In the Private Gem Museums collection from all over the world can be seen alongside collections of all Gem stones found in Sri Lanka and some pre-historic relics collected from the gem pits of the Ratnapura district.

Colombo was only a small seaport, which came into prominence in the 16th Century with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505 and the development of it as a major Harbor took place during the British period. Colombo became the capital of Sri Lanka in 1815 after Kandyan Kingdom was ceded to the British. The remains of the buildings during the period of the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule are found in every area of the city. Colombo is a shopping paradise for shoppers who always enjoy a good bargain on quality clothes and fashion accessory items. Genuine Gem Stones have been used in designing the jewelry, blending the lush fresheners of nature with the warm sensuality of design.

Discover yourself for the famous shopping items like clothes, handloom fabric, Sarongs, Sarees, art, photography, books and souvenirs while enjoying the Colombo’s authentic street food tour.

Start with a glass of local arrack which will make your tummy ready for the food items coming up during the tour. Visits to popular local eatery shops which are famous amongst the locals. All of them are different from the other’s representing various kind of traditions from all over the country.

We are not really confident 100% on the standards of the food, but this will be the perfect opportunity to learn about the culinary of the country especially in the city of Colombo.

Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Colombo.

Day 10

Colombo | Airport

After breakfast transfer to the airport for departure.

Cost & Terms

Cost: – Staring from USD 650 per person

Sharing double room on BB basis including the excursions and entrance fees (Conditions apply)

Above price Includes

  • Welcome service at the airport on arrival by private chauffeur / driver.
  • Accommodation with breakfast at hotels based on standard room category.
  • Transportation from arrival to departure in an Air conditioned vehicle.
  • Service of an English speaking chauffeur / driver guide.
  • Breakfast at the hotels from day 02 to day 10.
  • Excursions / sightseeing to the places included in the program
  • Entrance fees / tickets to the places mentioned in the program

Value added services from Reliance Tours on FOC

  • Mobile phone with emergency contact details
  • Portable Wi-Fi device with a pack of data
  • 02 bottles of mineral water per client per day (500ml)
  • Binocular, umbrella and other travel related equipment’s
  • Printed photo gallery of the travelers and a gift of gratitude before departure

Above price Excludes

  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Early check-inn or late check-out at hotels
  • Optional supplements, sightseeing & excursions
  • Tips & Portage
  • Camera / video permits if any
  • Air Tickets, train tickets and Visa fees
  • Sudden festive or Cricket event supplements
  • Government tax imposition change

Additional services offered by Reliance Tours (Surcharges apply)

  • Cool box in vehicle
  • Baby seat
  • Camera / Lenses
  • Other equipment’s related to travel

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