Sri Lanka Culinary Tour (11 Days)

Day 01 – Airport / Colombo

Met on arrival at the airport arrival hall & transfer to the Colombo hotel via the express way
(Please advice complete arrival flight details)

Evening city tour of Colombo includes the Galle Face Green, Independence Square, Bandaranayake memorial International conference hall, Gangaramaya temple, New Parliament and Old Parliament.

Colombo – the capital of Sri Lanka – is the largest city and main port of Sri Lanka. It is also the commercial and financial center of Sri Lanka. A bustling metropolis, the city is an attractive blend of old and new. It has the lazy charm of the bygone era combined with the verve and vivaciousness of a modern city.

Overnight stay – Colombo – Cinnamon Grand Colombo

Day 02 – Colombo / Pinnawela / Anuradhapura

Proceed early morning (around 06.30am) to Pinnawala elephant orphanage.
After the visit to the elephant orphanage we proceed to Anuradhapura and rest at the hotel.
Afternoon sightseeing includes the 1st Ancient capital and Archaeological monuments in Anuradhapura. After the visit return to the hotel.

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage – This orphanage was started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants. The number of elephants has increased to more than 65; including Baby Elephants brought from various parts of the world. More than 25 baby elephants are born, as a result of the captive breeding programme.

*feeding times are 0915hrs,1315 hrs and 1700hrs
*Bathing times are from 1000-12000 hrs & 14.00hrs – 16.00hrs. This is when all the elephants are taken to the river close by.

Anuradhapura – was the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka. It is the home of two world heritage sites. Many places of historical and archaeological interest could be visited.“Sri Maha Bodhi” (Sacred Bo-Tree) was brought as a sapling of the tree under which Prince Siddhartha attained to enlightenment and is over 2,200 years old and is the oldest historically documented tree in the world. At “Brazen Palace”(2nd Century B.C), the 1600 stone columns you see are all that is left of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks.“Ruwanweliseya” (2nd century B.C) is the most famous of all “Dagobas”. It originally depicted the perfect “bubble Shape”that modern restoration has not been able to accurately reproduce.“Samadhi Buddha statue” (4th century AD) is one of the most famous statues, depicting the Buddha in a state of “Samadhi” or deep meditation.

Overnight stay – Anuradhapura – Palm Garden Village

Day 03 – Anuradhapura / Sigiriya

After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to Sigiriya and rest at the hotel.

In the evening proceed to Sigiriya to climb the rock fortress.
Thereafter return to the hotel and relax /own activities in Sigiriya

Sigiriya – The 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress, is a World Heritage Site built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The “Lion Rock” is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub Jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 Hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart and extensive Gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the “Heavenly Maidens” of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock. These Frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.

Overnight stay – Sigiriya – Aliya Resort & Spa

Day 04 – Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Sigiriya

After breakfast proceed to Polonnaruwa. Your sightseeing includes the 2nd Ancient capital and Archaeological monuments in Polonnaruwa.
After visit do a village tour with traditional meals & cooking methods in Habarana. Thereafter return to the hotel and relax /own activities in Sigiriya.

Polonnaruwa – was the 2nd capital of Sri Lanka; another World Heritage Site built from11th to 13th Centuries, contains some splendid and spectacular ancient monuments. ‘Lankathilake, ‘Tivanka’ and Thuparama” are the most beautiful and largest image Houses. “Tivanka” has the best examples of frescoes of the Polonnaruwa period. ‘Rankoth Vehera” and “Kiri Vehera” are well preserved large stupas. “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 carvings. The “Vata-da-ge” is a unique creation of the Sri Lankan artists. The medieval capital, Polonnaruwa was fortified with inner & outer moats and walls. The “Parakrama Samudra” lake built by King Parakramabahu the great 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.

Village tour – ( Traditional bullock cart ride,Traditional cooking methods, Visit to a paddy field, Traditional canoe ride , Serve Rice on the Nelum leave , etc..)

Overnight stay – Sigiriya – Aliya Resort & Spa

Day 05 – Sigiriya / Matale / Kandy

After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to Kandy.
En route visit the golden rock temple.
After visit continue to Kandy.
On arrival in Kandy check in at hotel.
After lunch visit Kandy Dalada Maligawa
Evening at around 4.00pm -6.00pm cookery demonstration with 3 varieties of curries at the pool pavilion.02 participants will be provided with a cooker & can accommodate 10-12 participants at a time.

Dambulla rock temple – has been built by King Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C; it is a World Heritage Site. Also, it is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with Over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains Over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 meters.
Kandy- The last capital of the Sri Lankan kings against a series of colonial invaders was at Kandy. located 500 meters in the hill country. Kandy still remains a sanctuary for traditional Sinhalese cultures.

Dalada Maligawa – known as the Temple of the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha, the founder of Buddhism brought to Sri Lanka in the 4th century A.D. The sacred relic has ever since been the symbol of sovereignty for its rulers and always enshrined in great splendour. Kandy Dalada Maligawa is a magnificent shrine, with decorative walls and its 16th – 19th century ambiance vividly alive. Three religious services (Pooja) with traditional music, held daily at dawn, midday and in the evening, can be viewed by visitors.

Overnight stay – Kandy – Cinnamon Citadel

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Day 06 – Kandy / Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to Nuwara Eliya
En route do a city tour of Kandy which includes the gem museum, batik factory, Kandyan art and craft center, silk show room and upper lake view of the Kandy Temple & visit Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
After visit proceed to Nuwara Eliya via Ramboda Pass waterfalls.En route visit a Tea Factory
Afternoon cookery demonstration with Tea plantation foods including 3 types of Wade, Rotti & Pol Sambol & Green chutney

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens – was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhalese King and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in Extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and Flowers.

Tea Plantation – visits a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best Tea in the world is produced. Here you could observe all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the Factory.

Nuwara Eliya – due to refreshing climate, mountain and scenery it is Sri Lanka s most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the Heart of Sri Lanka s tea country producing a significant Share of the world best tea. Sri Lanka s highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is Located here. Nuwara-Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia.

Overnight stay – Nuwara Eliya – Heritance Tea Factory

Day 07 – Nuwara Eliya / Yala

After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to Yala via Ella gap & Rawana water falls and rest at the hotel.
Evening @ 3.30pm do a half-day Jeep safari at Yala national park.
Thereafter return to the hotel and relax /own activities in Yala

Yala – the largest National Park in Sri Lanka; covers 126,786 hectares including the Strict Natural Reserve (Block II). The most familiar is Block I (14,101 hectares) and these were established in 1938. Yala is famous for its herds and number of Elephants, Leopards, Spotted Deer, Sambur, Crocodiles, Mongoose, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, and many other animals. More than 130 bird species are recorded which includes the resident and winter visitors.

Overnight stay – Yala – Jetwing Yala

Day 08 – Yala

After breakfast do a morning jeep safari at Yala national park
Thereafter return to the hotel and rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay – Yala – Jetwing Yala

Day 09 – Yala / Hikkaduwa

After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to Hikkaduwa via Galle
En route do a city tour of Galle which includes Dutch Fort, Museum, Martin Wickremesinghe Folk Museum & Koggala Lake.
Thereafter return to the hotel and rest of the day at leisure.

Galle – was once the chief port of Sri Lanka. It is still well known for hand-made lace.You can also visit the Galle Fort (spanning 90 acres), which was originally built by the Portuguese and later Extended by the Dutch in 1663. This is also a World Heritage Site.

Koggala Lake – The largest lake in the island, Koggala lake is an un-spoilt ecological haven. The small islands scattered in the lake ideal for bird watching at sunset. This beautiful turquoise lagoon is just a couple of kilometers away from the town; dotted with rocky islands & fringed with mangroves. The lagoon is teemed with bird life & supply prawns in abundance. Motor boat trips & catamaran rides take you to the smaller islands around the lagoon, each showcasing a unique experience in itself.

Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum – A stunning location and one of Koggala’s must-visits, this Folk Museum is inspired by and built upon the ideologies of Martin Wickramasinghe, one of Sri Lanka’s most renowned Sinhalese writers of the twentieth century. The museum showcases the country’s traditional cultures and was restored together with the ecosystem that surrounds it with the aim of transforming Koggala, the place that is described in most of Wickramasinghe’s work, to a more tangible reality for those who have read his writings and those who are looking for a firsthand experience in the heart of the writer’s stories. The legend of the house is a rather interesting one given the fact that this piece of architecture was able to survive two world wars. The establishment sits magnificently in a lush seven acre garden surrounded by several species of trees. Along with exhibits of the highly respected writer’s personal collection, photographs & memorabilia & some history about the area, the museum also houses fascinating exhibits from traditional Sri Lankan life: everything from catching a fish to chasing off malevolent spirits. The exhibits are interesting & well displayed, with information in English & Sinhalese.

Overnight stay – Hikkaduwa – Chaaya Tranz

Day 10 – Hikkaduwa

Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning hours cookery demonstration at the hotel.
Relax /own activities in Hikkaduwa.

Overnight stay – Hikkaduwa – Chaaya Tranz

Day 11 – Hikkaduwa / Colombo / Airport

After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to airport via the express way for the departure flight.
(Please advice complete departure flight details)

Package Includes

Accommodation for 10 nights / 11 days in above hotels or alternative
Meals basis – Breakfast & Dinner (Half board – HB)
Transport by air conditioned coaches for transfers, tours, sightseeing with a driver & a English speaking guide for 11 days
All Mileage as per the tour itinerary, any extra mileages outside the tour itinerary will be charged separately
One airport pickup & one airport drop for the entire group only.(by a air conditioned coach)Any individual transfers will be charged separately
1 Bottle of mineral water per person per day
English speaking guide fees
Cookery demonstration charges at Kandy, Nuwara Eliya & Hikkaduwa

Package Excludes

Photographic / Video permits
Expenses of personal nature / All extras at hotel (beverages, phone calls, laundry etc.)
Tips & portages
Optional visits
Kandy Perahera peak supplement (between 1st August – 11th August)
Habarana Village tour cost to be paid direct – Approx USD 30 per person
Entrance fees & Jeep charges to be paid direct by guests in Sri Lankan rupees

Note:
Accommodation strictly subject to availability
Hotel check in 14.00hrs /Check out time 12.00hrs
Total payment in advance has to be paid when confirming the tour
In the event given hotels are fully booked similar hotels or higher category hotels will be provided where difference of rates may arrive

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