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Imperial Holiday in Sri Lanka – 20 Nights | 21 Days

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“Imperial Holiday in Sri Lanka “is 20 Nights holiday tour, with 3*, 4* & 5* hotels accommodations with three meals plan, including fully transportation’s This is one of our specular holiday tours with reasonable rates and amazing destination you may able to explore.

In the 1st day, you will be staying in Negombo where is closes to the airport where you can enjoy the beach and city tour.  

Next day early morning we will begin your journey, In this tour you will be able to enjoyed beautiful beaches, Surfing (Lesson / Professional), Sri Lanka Heritage UNESCO sites, Wildlife (Safari) , different culture in Sri Lanka , Sri Lankan foods , Seafood , World famous blue train ride , Whale & Dolphin watching , Ayurvedic Spa treatment , Cookery classes , Famous 9 Arch Bridge in Ella  , Water sports and staying in Colombo and explorer more about colonial buildings , Mount Lavenia beach and our zoo.

You may able customize this tour according to your plan and hope you will enjoy the trip and please comment below for future improvement of LankaExplorer Holidays – Thank you

Departure & Return Location

Colombo International Airport

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

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    Itinerary

    Day 1Arrival | Negombo

    Welcome assistance at the airport | Transfer to Negombo Hotel

    A little bit of Negombo
    Negombo is a city on the west coast of Sri Lanka, north of the capital, Colombo. Near the waterfront, the remains of the 17th-century Dutch Fort now house a prison. Negombo Lagoon, lined with fishermen huts, feeds into the Dutch-era Hamilton Canal. The canal leads south to Colombo. Neoclassical St. Mary’s Church, completed in the 1920s, features a ceiling decorated with vivid religious paintings.

    Breakfast: On the way (If arrival early)
    Lunch: Onsite Site
    Dinner: At Hotel

    Things to do :
    Enjoy Negombo beach
    Visit Angurukaramulla Buddhist Temple
    Visit Fishing Harbor
    Visit Fish Market
    City tour
    Negombo old Catholic church
    Hindu Temple
    Stay overnight in Negombo
    (Note: As a base on your arrival to Sri Lanka, Above activities can be completed)

    Day 2Kalpitiya

    After breakfast at Negombo, Moving to Kalpitiiya

    A little bit of Kalpitiya
    Kalpitiya is located in Puttalam district, North Western province of Sri Lanka. It is known for its natural environment. It consists of 14 islands. It has a total area of 16.73 km². The people of Kalpitiya are mostly fishermen. It is now developing as a tourist destination.

    Breakfast: At Hotel
    Lunch: On the Site
    Dinner: At Hotel

    Things to do :
    Kalpitiya Beach
    Kalpitiya Beach
    Dolphin or Whale watching at the shores (Dolphin Bay)
    Deep-sea diving
    Snorkeling
    Wind-surfing
    Ayurveda Spa Treatment
    Stay overnight in Kalpitiya

    Day 3Anuradhapura Kingdom

    After breakfast at Kalpitiya, Moving to Anuradhapura

    A little bit of Anuradhapura
    Anuradhapura is a major city in Sri Lanka. It is the capital city of North Central Province, Sri Lanka and the capital of Anuradhapura District. Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization

    Breakfast: At Hotel
    Lunch: On the Site
    Dinner: At Hotel

    Things to do :
    Sacred Bodhi Tree.
    Ratna Prasada Guard Stone.
    Abhayagiri Vihara Monastery.
    Moonstone of Abhayagiri Vihara.
    Isurumuniya Vihara.
    Jetavanaramaya Monastery and Stupa.
    Ruwanwelisaya Stupa.
    Thuparama Dagoba.
    Stay overnight in Anuradhapura

    Day 4Wilpattuwa National Park

    After breakfast at the Anuradhapura Kingdom, Moving to Wilpattu

    A little bit of Wallplate
    Wilpattu National Park is a park located on the island of Sri Lanka. The unique feature of this park is the existence of “Willis” – Natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater. Located in the Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka

    Breakfast: At Hotel
    Lunch: On the Site
    Dinner: At Hotel

    Things to do :
    Jeep Safari
    Village and jungle trails
    River Bathing
    Birding Trails
    Stay overnight in Wilpattu

    Day 5Jaffina | Delft Island

    After breakfast at Wilpattu, Moving to Jaffna

    A little bit of Jaffna
    Jaffna is a city on the northern tip of Sri Lanka. Nallur Kandaswamy is a huge Hindu temple with golden arches and an ornate gopuram tower. By the coast, star-shaped Jaffna Fort was built by the Portuguese in the 17th century and later occupied by the Dutch and British. Jaffna Public Library is a symbol of the city’s post-war regeneration. Jaffna Archaeological Museum has Dutch cannons and pre-colonial artifacts.

    Breakfast: At Hotel
    Lunch: On the Site
    Dinner: At Hotel

    Things to do :
    Nagavihara Temple
    Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil
    Jaffna Fort
    Dutch Fort
    Keerimalai Spring
    Manalkadu Beach
    Jaffna Public Library
    Tour to Delft Island
    Stay overnights in Jaffna

    Day 6Trincomalee

    After breakfast at Jaffna moving to Trincomalee

    A little bit of Trincomalee
    Trincomalee is a port city on the northeast coast of Sri Lanka. Set on a peninsula, Fort Frederick was built by the Portuguese in the 17th century. Within its grounds, the grand Koneswaram Temple stands on Swami Rock cliff, a popular vantage point for blue-whale watching. The holy complex contains ornate shrines and a massive statue of Shiva. Nearby Gokanna Temple has panoramic views over the city and the coastline.

    Breakfast: At Hotel
    Lunch: On the Site
    Dinner: At Hotel

    Things to do :
    Seruwawila Rajamaha Viharaya
    Kandasamy Kovil
    Fort Frederick
    Kanniya Hot Springs
    Maritime & Naval History Museum
    Swami Rock
    Marble Beach
    Pigeon Island
    Koneswaram temple
    Gokarna Temple
    Fish Market
    Stay overnights in Trincomalee

    Day 7 & 8Polonnaruwa Kingdom | Sigiriya Lion Rock | Pidurangala & Dambulla Cave Temple

    After breakfast at Trincomalee, Moving to Sigiriya

    A little bit of Polonnaruwa Kingdom
    Poḷonnaruwa is the main town of Polonnaruwa District in North Central Province, Sri Lanka. Kaduruwela area is the Polonnaruwa New Town and the other part of Polonnaruwa remains as the royal ancient city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa.
    The second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first established by the Chola dynasty as their capital in the 10th century. The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage Site
    The area is thought to be inhabited from as early as the 7th to 3rd century BC. Statues and paintings in these caves date back to the 1st century BC. But the paintings and statues were repaired and repainted in the 11th, 12th, and 18th century AD. The caves in the city provided refuge to King Valagamba (also called Vattagamini Abhaya) in his 14-year-long exile from the Anuradhapura kingdom. Buddhist monks meditating in the caves of Dambulla at that time provided the exiled king protection from his enemies. When King Valagamba returned to the throne at Anuradapura kingdom in the 1st century BC, he had a magnificent rock temple built at Dambulla in gratitude to

    A little bit of Sigiriya
    Sigiriya or Sinhagiri (Lion Rock, pronounced segriyə) is an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters (660 ft) high.
    According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colorful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock, he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure — Sīnhāgiri, the Lion Rock (an etymology similar to Siṃhapura, the Sanskrit name of Singapore, the Lion City).
    The capital and the royal palace was abandoned after the king’s death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century. Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is one of the best-preserved examples of ancient urban planning.

    A little bit of Dambulla
    Dambulla is a town, situated in the Matale, Central Province of Sri Lanka, situated 148 km north-east of Colombo and 72 km north of Kandy. Due to its location at a major junction, it is the center of vegetable distribution in the country.

    Breakfast: At Hotel
    Lunch: On the Site
    Dinner: At Hotel

    Things to do :
    Sigiriya Lion Rock
    Dambulla Cave Temple
    Pidurangala Rock
    Cookery lesson
    Ayurvedic Massage for two
    Stay over two nights in Sigiriya

    Day 9Matale

    After breakfast at Sigiriya, Moving to Matale

    A little bit of Matale
    Matale is the largest city of Matale District of the Central Province of Sri Lanka. It is 142 kilometers (88 mi) from Colombo and near Kandy. Surrounding the city is the Knuckles Mountain Range, the foothills were called Wiltshire by the British. It is a mainly agricultural area, where tea, rubber, vegetable and spice cultivation dominate. The Aluvihare Temple, on the north side of the city, is the historic location where the Pali Canon was first written down completely in the text on ola (palm) leaves in 29 BCE.
    Matale was a site of a major battle in 1848 when the Matale Rebellion started and the British garrison in the Fort MacDowall in Matale was placed under siege by the rebels led by Weera Puran Appu and Gongalegoda Banda who are considered as national heroes in Sri Lanka.

    Breakfast: At Hotel
    Lunch: On the Site
    Dinner: At Hotel

    Things to do
    Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple
    Ranweli Spice Garden
    Nalanda Gedige
    Sera Ella falls
    Sembuwaththa Lake
    Pitawala Pathana (Optional)
    Knuckles Mountain Range (Optional )
    Stay overnight in Matale

    Day 10 & 11Kandy

    After breakfast at Matale, Moving to Kandy

    A little bit of Kandy
    Kandy is a large city in central Sri Lanka. It’s set on a plateau surrounded by mountains, which are home to tea plantations and biodiverse rainforest. The city’s heart is scenic Kandy Lake (Bogambara Lake), which is popular for strolling. Kandy is famed for sacred Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) shrine, celebrated with the grand Esala Perahera annual procession.

    Breakfast: At Hotel
    Lunch: On the Site
    Dinner: At Hotel

    Things to do :
    Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
    Dambana Wedi Gammanaya
    National Spice Garden
    Kandy Lake & Upper Lake drive
    Temple of The Tooth Relic
    Cultural dance show
    Gem Museum
    Peradeniya Botanical Garden
    Kandy city tour
    Train tide to Nuwara Eliya (Driver will pick you from Nuwara Eliya Train Station )
    Stay over two nights in Kandy

    Day 12Nuwara Eliya

    After breakfast at Kandy, Moving to Nuwara Eliya

    A little bit of Nuwara Eliya
    Nuwara Eliya is a city in the tea country hills of central Sri Lanka. The naturally landscaped Hakgala Botanical Gardens displays roses and tree ferns, and shelters monkeys and blue magpies. Nearby Seetha Amman Temple, a colorful Hindu shrine, is decorated with religious figures. Densely forested Galway’s Land National Park is a sanctuary for endemic and migratory bird species, including bulbuls and flycatchers.

    Breakfast: At Hotel
    Lunch: On the Site
    Dinner: At Hotel

    Things to do :
    Diyaluma Falls
    Horton Plains to World’s End
    Hakgala Botanical Gardens
    Tea estates and see St. Clair’s Falls
    Ambewela Farm
    Strawberries Farm
    Victoria Park
    Boat ride on Gregory Lake
    Sita Amman Hindu Temple
    Stay overnight in Nuwara Eliya

    Day 13Ella

    After breakfast at Nuwara Eliya, Moving to Ella

    A little bit of Ella
    Ella is a small town in the Badulla District of Uva Province, Sri Lanka governed by an Urban Council. It is approximately 200 kilometers east of Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 1,041 meters above sea level. The area has a rich bio-diversity, dense with numerous varieties of flora and fauna.

    Breakfast: At Hotel
    Lunch: Onsite Site
    Dinner: At Hotel

    Things to do :
    Damodara Nine Arch Bridge
    Ravana Waterfall
    Ceylon Tea Factory
    Little Adam’s Peak
    Ella Rock
    Lipton’s Seat
    Stay overnight in Ella

    Day 14 & 15Arugam Bay

    After breakfast at Ella, Moving to Arugam Bay

    A little bit of Arugam Bay
    Arugam Bay is a bay situated on the Indian Ocean in the dry zone of Sri Lanka’s southeast coast, and a historic settlement of the ancient Batticaloa Territory (Mattakallappu Desam). The bay is located 117 kilometers (73 mi) south of Batticaloa, 320 kilometers (200 mi) due east of Colombo, and approximately 4 kilometers (2.5 mi) south of the market town of Pottuvil. The main settlement in the area, known locally as Ullae, is predominantly Muslim, however, there is a significant Sri Lankan Tamil and Sinhala population to the south of the village, as well as a number of international migrants, largely from Europe and Australia. While traditionally fishing has dominated the local economy, tourism has grown rapidly in the area in recent years. Arugam Kudah’s literal Tamil translation is “Bay of Cynodon dactylon”. Tourism in Arugam Bay is dominated by surf tourism, thanks to several quality breaks in the area, however, tourists are also attracted by the local beaches, lagoons, historic temples, and the nearby Kumana National Park.

    Breakfast: At Hotel
    Lunch: On the Site
    Dinner: At Hotel

    Things to do :
    Muhudu Maha Vihara
    Arugam Bay Surfing
    Kudumbigala Sanctuary
    Sri Lankan food Restaurant
    Chill-Out in Arugam Bay Beach
    Visit Whisky Point
    Enjoy Yoga Classes
    Catch the sunset in Elephant Rock
    Kumana National Park
    Visit Buddhangala Temple, Ampara
    Stay over two night in Arugam Bay
    (Sightseeing are optional, Base on your chose and time schedule )

    Day 16 & 17Mirissa

    After breakfast at Arugam Bay, Moving to Mirrissa

    A little bit of Mirrissa
    Mirissa is a crave of many tourists, among all the big beaches in Sri Lanka. It is an area to sit and be in priority, but if you need a shot of adrenaline, then the Mirissa blue whale is the best base for Waterborne Safari in search of the largest living organisms on the planet. This is an area for sitting and being in preference to doing, but if you need a shot of adrenaline then, its a fine base for a waterborne safari on the lookout the biggest creature.
    Mirissa is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka, located in the Matara District of the Southern Province. It is approximately 150 kilometers south of Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 4 meters above sea level. Mirissa’s beach and nightlife make it a popular tourist destination.
    Mirissa is the largest fishing port on the south coast and is known for its tuna, mullet, snapper, and butterfish. In 1980 the first tourist accommodation was built however it wasn’t until the mid-1990s that tourism to the town started to dramatically increase

    Breakfast: At Hotel
    Lunch: On the Site
    Dinner: At Hotel

    Things to do :
    Secret Beach, Mirissa
    Coconut tree spot
    Whale watching
    Surfing
    Koggala Beach – Stilt Fishing
    Stay over two nights in Mirissa

    Day 18Hikkaduwa | Galle

    After breakfast at Mirissa, Moving to Hikkaduwa

    A Little bit of Hikkaduwa
    Hikkaduwa is a seaside resort town in southwestern Sri Lanka. It’s known for its strong surf and beaches, including palm-dotted Hikkaduwa Beach, lined with restaurants and bars. The shallow waters opposite Hikkaduwa Beach shelter the Hikkaduwa National Park, which is a coral sanctuary and home to marine turtles and exotic fish. Inland, Gangarama Maha Vihara is a Buddhist temple decorated with hand-painted murals.

    Breakfast: At Hotel
    Lunch: On the Site
    Dinner: At Hotel

    Things to do :
    Chill at Hikkaduwa beach
    Sightseeing at Galle Dutch Fort
    Enjoy Surfing
    Visit turtle farms
    Stay overnight in Hikkaduwa

    Day 19 & 20Colombo

    After Breakfast at Hikkaduwa, Moving to Colombo

    A little bit of Colombo
    Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. That heritage is reflected in its architecture, mixing colonial buildings with high-rises and shopping malls. The imposing Colombo National Museum, dedicated to Sri Lankan history, borders sprawling Viharamahadevi Park and its giant Buddha.

    Breakfast: at Hotel
    Lunch: On the site
    Dinner: At Hotel

    Things to do :
    Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple
    Galle Face Green
    Viharamahadevi Park
    National Museum
    Red Mosque
    Old Parliament
    Independence Square
    Sightseeing at Colombo Zoo
    Chill-out at Mount Lavinia Beach
    Sightseeing at Kalaniya Raja Maha Vihariya ( Ancient Buddist Temple)
    Tuk Tuk Tour
    Stay over two nights in Colombo

    Day 21Departure

    Breakfast: At Hotel
    Lunch: At City
    Transfer to Colombo airport (3hrs before departure )

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    Jon Bardin with team

    Group Traveller

    Hello LankaExplorer Holidays Team ,
    Sampath Thushara , Thank you for well coordination , It was fantastic tour and we enjoyed surfing , your food , Nature and culture . We never understand till we enter to Sri Lanka in this small Island was so beautiful . As we joined as a small group appreciate you have organized on board guide and both are very helpful . Everything was well gone and we are happy Sampath . See you sometimes and will keep in touch. We will recommended LankaExplorer Holidays to our friends and other tourist .
    Jon Bardin

    March 8, 2018

    Eva Bardi & Danilo Carboni

    Couple Traveller

    Hello Sampath ,
    Greetings from Spain , Just want to share our feelings about the tour with you and Chaminda . Thank you very much for best tour , it was amazing every moment we spend in Sri Lanka.Our best part was cooking your food and watching Elephants. Also the beach. Your service was excellent , Your team is very helpful , Please extend our love with all . See you soon LankaExplorer Holidays !!!
    With Love xxx
    Eva & Danilo

    November 16, 2017