10 Days Discovering Sri Lanka
On this superb 10 day tour of Sri Lanka you get to discover elephants, experience ancient cities, the tea plantation and take a Jeep safari through a national park.
This must tick many items off your bucket list!
Pick Up points in Negombo or Colombo, If you require pick up from a different resort, then please contact us
Day 1 – Negombo
On the first day of your 10-day tour of Sri Lanka, your driver/guide will meet you at the airport. Then you’ll check into your hotel in Negombo. Get ready for an exciting day ahead!
Muthurajawela Boat Tour is your first stop. The Muthurajawela Marshes, just south of Negombo, are spread across 6,000 hectares, including the Negombo lagoon. The daily high tide brings in seawater from the ocean. This creates a unique brackish ecosystem that supports diverse flora and fauna. Here, you can spot a variety of mangroves, medicinal plants, birds, butterflies, fish, and even crocodiles, monitor lizards, and Sri Lanka’s largest snake, the Python.
Afterwards, head to Negombo Fish Market & City Tour. The second largest and most spectacular fish market in Sri Lanka. Known as Llelama to the locals, it’s held every day except Sundays and is situated near the Old Dutch Fort Gate. Don’t miss this impressive sight, where you’ll see a wide variety of fish caught fresh from the sea.
Finally, a city tour to the most impressive sights of the town, including the picturesque harbour, will complete your day. Afterwards, return to your hotel for a relaxing walk along the beach and a refreshing dinner. Enjoy your overnight stay in Negombo.
Day 2 – Sigiriya, Pidurangala Rock, Minneriya National Park
(overnight stay at Sigiriya)
Day 2 of your 10-day Sri Lanka tour will take you on a journey of exploration and adventure. After a hearty breakfast, you’ll head out to discover the awe-inspiring Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Pidurangala Rock, and the stunning Minneriya National Park.
Located in the district of Matale, Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress that boasts breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Before it became a kingdom, the base of the Sigiriya rock and the nearby Pidurangala were home to Buddhist monks from as early as the 3rd century BC.
As you climb to the top of Sigiriya, you’ll pass through a maze of ancient ruins. Including the famous frescoes of the Sigiriya maidens. Once you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with a bird’s-eye view of the lush greenery below.
Not far from Sigiriya is Pidurangala Rock, a massive rock formation that offers a challenging climb but a breathtaking reward. The climb to the top is not for the faint of heart, but the panoramic views of Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the surrounding landscape are worth the effort.
Afterwards, it’s time to explore Minneriya National Park, a natural wonderland situated in the north-central plains of Sri Lanka. Despite its relatively small size, covering just about 9000 hectares, the park is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including elephants, leopards, and over 160 species of birds.
As you journey through the park, you’ll witness herds of majestic elephants grazing peacefully in their natural habitat. While colourful birds flit through the trees. The park’s natural beauty and serenity will leave you in awe of Sri Lanka’s natural wonders.
After an exhilarating day of adventure, you’ll retreat to your comfortable overnight stay in Sigiriya. Ready for whatever adventures await you on day 3 of your tour of Sri Lanka.
Day 3 – Namal Uyana, Dambulla Rock Temple, Matale Hindu Kovil, Kandy Tooth Temple
(overnight stay at Kandy)
On the third day of the tour, you will explore the natural beauty and rich history of Sri Lanka. Begin your day with a visit to Namal Uyana, the largest rose quartz mountain in South Asia. This national forest reserve in Galkiriyagama spans about 1000 hectares and includes several ayurveda wells that can be reached on foot by those who enjoy hiking.
Next, head to Matale, a small town surrounded by hills that played a significant role in the rebellious uprising against British rulers in 1848. Here, you’ll find the beautiful Sri Muthumariamman Thevasthanam Hindu temple in the center of the lively town. The temple is adorned with countless colourful figures, making it a must-see attraction.
Continue your journey to the Rock Temple of Dambulla, also known as Jumbukola Vihara, situated about forty-seven miles northwest of Kandy. The temple is famous for its stunning Buddhist murals and statues, and it’s a great place to explore Sri Lanka’s rich cultural heritage.
Finally, visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic, also known as DāladaMāligāwa, in Kandy. This temple is the most venerated object of worship for Buddhists in Sri Lanka. It’s even considered the foremost sacred place of worship in the Buddhist world.
After a day filled with adventure and exploration, you’ll spend the night in Kandy, ready for the next day’s adventures.
Day 4 – Kandy & Knuckles
(overnight stay at Kandy)
Proceed to the Knuckles Mountain Range, which is part of the Hill Country of Sri Lanka. The Knuckles Massif covers an area of about 234 sq. km of land and is situated above 3000 ft or 915 mts from sea level. The mountain range is also known as Knuckles Range, Knuckles Peaks, or simply Knuckles.
The mountain range derives its name from a mountain with five peaks. It looks like the knuckles of a clenched fist when seen from the Kandy direction or from the SW direction of a mountain named Knuckles with a height of 6112 Feet. The Sri Lankan name for this mountainous area is “DumbaraMitiyawatha,” which means “The Misty Valley.”
The Knuckles Mountain Range is an unspoiled nature reserve that remains off the motoring roads. It is an ideal destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers who enjoy hiking and trekking. The cool climate in the elevated mountainous world and the European pine trees will add to the natural beauty of the area. You can relax and enjoy the serenity of the place before retiring for the night in Kandy.
Day 5 – From Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
(overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya)
On the 5th day of your 10-day tour, after a hearty breakfast. Get ready to explore Kandy’s local market and visit the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens. Situated at an elevation of 500 metres above sea level, the gardens are tightly surrounded by the river Mahaweli and are the largest botanical garden in Sri Lanka, as well as the finest of its kind in Asia.
As the day unfolds, prepare to immerse yourself in a spiritual journey like no other. Traverse through time and history as you explore three distinct types of temples. Gadaladeniya, Embekke, and Lankathilake. Gadaladeniya Rajamaha Viharaya. Nestled on a flat rock at Diggala in the district of Kandy, was meticulously crafted by the visionary King Buwanekabahu IV in the year 1344 AD. Boasting awe-inspiring architecture inspired by the southern Indian design, this ancient monastery is truly a feast for the senses.
Embekke Temple, located close to Daulagala, is famous for its intricate wood carvings, pillars, and structures. The UNESCO site has recognized its marvelous and elaborate wooden pillars’ carvings to be the finest products of wood carving to be found anywhere in the world.
Lankathila Viharaya, built by King Parakramabahu the Great between 1153-1186 AD, is a large image house of the Gedige type. The temple’s entrance boasts of two pylons, and inside, you will find a giant 42-feet Buddha statue with building walls that are 53-feet high.
During the second half of the day, you will get to visit a tea factory and plantation. Followed by an overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya. Get ready for an exciting day ahead filled with scenic beauty, cultural discoveries, and historical insights.
Day 6 – Nuwaraeliya, Horton Plains, World`s End and Haputale by Train
(overnight stay at Haputhale)
On the sixth day of your Sri Lankan adventure. Prepare to be amazed as we take you on a journey to two breathtaking destinations. In the early morning, we’ll head to the stunning Horton Plains and World’s End. This is where you’ll have the opportunity to explore and hike in the shadows of Kirigalpotta and Totapola. These are Sri Lanka’s second- and third-highest mountains. The grassy plateau, thick forest patches, and rocky outcrops provide a diverse landscape that is home to an array of wildlife.
World’s End, a sheer cliff with a 4,000-foot drop, is located in the Horton Plains National Park of Nuwara Eliya. A must-see destination for any tourist. Despite its popularity, the stunning views are worth braving the crowds.
In the afternoon, get ready for one of the most scenic train journeys in the world as we embark on a trip from Nanuoya to Ella. Choose from a variety of travel options. Including the luxurious observation deck, first-class AC compartment, or reserved seats in the second class. The train ride begins at Colombo Fort Railway Station and takes approximately three hours to reach Kandy/Peradeniya Railway Station, where the scenic trip begins.
Get ready to be swept away by the natural beauty of Sri Lanka and create memories that will last a lifetime. After an exciting day, you can relax and unwind at our comfortable overnight stay in Haputale.
Day 7- Haputale, Lipton`s Seat, Ratnapura
(overnight stay at Rathnapura)
Lipton’s Seat is an exceptional viewpoint located in the Badulla district, and it’s a popular tourist spot near Haputale. From this observation point, visitors can enjoy a breathtaking view of at least seven districts, including Land’s End and Adam’s Peak. On the way to Lipton’s Seat, you’ll come across the Dambethanna Tea Factory, the largest tea factory in the Badulla district.
To get the best view, it’s recommended to arrive at Lipton’s Seat before 10:00 am, so the tour starts early in the morning. Additionally, Ratnapura, the gem-mining center, is a major crossroad between the southern plains and the hill country to the east. It’s a bustling market city that services most of the surrounding small towns. Many of the renowned gem dealers in Sri Lanka operate from Ratnapura, known as the City of Gems throughout the island’s history.
The mining operation in Ratnapura is still mainly conducted using primitive methods, and you’ll see pits dug in low lying areas such as valley floors, riverbeds, and paddy fields. Interestingly, various gemstones are found together at one site, making it unique. The mining process is labor-intensive, and the equipment and daily expenses for food are usually shared. Visitors can experience mining for some time to get a glimpse of the harsh reality of a miner’s life.
You’ll have an overnight stay in Ratnapura.
Day 8 – Ratnapura, Sinharaja Forest
(overnight stay at Kalawana)
Day 8 of the tour takes you to the world-famous Sinharaja Forest Reserve. This is the largest and most popular rainforest in Sri Lanka. This biodiverse forest has been declared a World Heritage Site due to its impressive range of unique flora and fauna. Some of which can only be found in the Sinharaja forest itself. It is a Biosphere Forest Reserve that’s worth a visit for anyone interested in the natural resources of the country.
The forest reserve is situated in the south-west lowland wet zone of Sri Lanka and falls into the Sabaragamuwa and Southern provinces. It is surrounded by Napola Dola, Koskulana Ganga (north), Maha Dola, Gin Ganga (south-west), the Kalukandawa Ela, Kudawa Ganga (west), Beverley Tea Estate, and Denuwa Kanda (east).
The Sinharaja rainforest provides habitats for various animals, and its rich and complex diversity of vegetation is home to a variety of plants. Some of the animals and plants in this forest are endemic to the region, making it a unique and interesting place to explore.
Don’t miss the chance to witness the fascinating pollination and seed dispersal functions vital to the growth of some plants. Spend the night surrounded by the natural beauty of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.
Day 9 – Sinharaja, Kataragama, Yala
(overnight stay at Thissamaharama)
The 9th day of the tour will take you to Kataragama, a sacred city located in the south-eastern corner of Sri Lanka. It is a multi-religious pilgrimage site for Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims. What makes Kataragama unique is that people from different religious backgrounds come together to worship.
According to Buddhist beliefs, Kataragama is one of the 16 places that Buddha visited during his three trips to Sri Lanka. It is considered a significant site for Buddhists in Sri Lanka. People from all over the country come to offer prayers and seek blessings.
The tour also includes a visit to the Yala National Park. The second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Located in the dry, semi-arid region of the southeastern part of the island, Yala borders the Indian Ocean. The park is home to an impressive array of wildlife. 44 mammal species recorded, including the majestic Sri Lankan elephant and the elusive leopard. Yala boasts of having one of the highest leopard densities in the world. Therefore making it a popular destination for wildlife enthusiasts.
After a thrilling wildlife experience, the day concludes with a relaxing stroll along the beach of Tissamaharama. Known for its beautiful scenery and serene ambiance.
Overall, the 9th day of the tour of Sri Lanka is a perfect blend of spirituality, adventure, and relaxation, offering a unique experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.
Day 10 – Tissamaharama, Negombo or Colombo
On the last day of your Sri Lanka tour, you will travel back to Negombo via the scenic southern coastal road. Along the way, you will visit several interesting places. Including the historic Dondra Lighthouse, the impressive blowhole in Dickwella, the picturesque fishing village of Weligama, and the fascinating turtle hatchery in Unawatuna.
Make the most of your final day by adding a few extra days at a beach hotel in the south or in Negombo to relax and soak up the sun. If your flight is late at night, take advantage of the opportunity to explore Colombo’s bustling Pettah quarter.This offers a colourful and lively bazaar atmosphere. Seek advice from your driver/guide on how to organize your final day before your return flight. Alternatively, if you are flying back directly after the tour, you can proceed to Colombo airport for your departure.
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Even if you prefer the freedom of doing everything yourself then why not rent a tuktuk or scooter from us. You can have the peace of mind knowing that everything has been taken care off. So all you need to do is to put the petrol in and off you go and explore!