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Description
A 10 days (9 nights) tour around South of Sri Lanka, aimed at individuals with reduced mobility. All major sites have accessible ramps making it easy to travel.
We wish you a great trip to Sri Lanka, rich in encounters and discoveries.  

This Package Includes
  • Vehicle which is well-maintained and fully air conditioned
  • English speaking Driver and Guide
  • All accommodation is 4 or 5*, Half Board basis
  • Wheelchairs cannot be taken on the boat and balloon trips
  • Client can be lifted into/out of the balloon basket and boat
  • Seat can be provided on the balloon trip
Itinerary
Day 1 - Airport -> Negombo

Welcome to Sri Lanka!

On arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport you will be taken to your hotel in Negombo where you can rest and recover from the jet lag. Distance: Airport to Negombo 15 minutes, 5.8 miles

Day 2 - Negombo -> Anuradhapura

  • Early morning pick-up from Negombo hotel
  • Visit Munneswaram temple atChilaw
  • Visit ancient ruins at Anuradhapura

    Munneswaram Temple at Chilaw, is a revered Hindu temple. Legend has it that it was on this site that King Ayodyha prayed to Shiva following his war with the demon king Ravana. The temple complex consists of 5 temples, the largest being the one dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are many shrines and beautiful coloured panels paying homage to the gods. It is also worthwhile taking a wander across the street to look at the local shops.

    Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka and is famous for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization. The ruins consist of two classes of buildings: dagobas, monastic buildings, and pokunas. The dagobas are bell-shaped masses of masonry, varying from a few feet to over 1100 ft (340 m) in circumference. The pokunas are bathing-tanks or tanks for the supply of drinking water, which are scattered everywhere through the jungle. The city also contains a sacred Bo-Tree, which is said to date back to the year 245 BC.

    Distance:
  • Negombo to Chilaw 50min, 30 miles approx
  • Chilaw to Anuradhapura 2 hours, 83 miles approx

    Day 3 - Anuradhapura -> Habarana
  • Drive to Polonnaruwa to tour ancient city
  • Visit Dambulla Rock Temple
  • Visit Sigiriya (can’t be climbed by people with mobility difficulties but the area around the rock will be viewed)

    Polonnaruwa became the capital of Sri Lanka in the 10th century AD and remains one of the best planned archaeological relic cities in the country. Its beauty was also used as a backdrop to film scenes for the Duran Duran music video Save a Prayer in 1982. The ancient city of Polonnaruwa has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another draw for tourists is the city's population of toque macaques. The monkeys have been living in the ruins since human occupation and continue to thrive her.

    Sigiriya is a World Heritage Site, built by King Kashyapa (473 -491 AD). The Lion rock is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the jungle. The base of the rock is ringed by a moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens. Dambulla is the largest and best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain statues and paintings related to Lord Buddha and his life.

    Distance:
  • Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa 1 hour 30 mins, 64 miles approx.
  • Polonnaruwa to Dambulla to Sigiriya to Habarana 1 hour 30 mins, 70 miles approx.

    Day 4 - Habarana -> Kandy
  • Early morning pick-up from hotel in Habarana for 1hr Hot Air balloon trip over Sigiriya and jungle (OPTIONAL)
  • Visit Aukuna Buddha Statue
  • Scenic drive to Kandy
  • Evening at Cultural show

    A 1hour Balloon Ride at 6am will let you see all of the area’s great attractions and breath-taking views Float over Sigiriya, see jungle wild life waking up, water buffaloes standing in the paddy fields and monkeys swinging from the trees. The Buddha statue at Aukana is the tallest ancient Buddha statue in Sri Lanka and rises to a height of 11.36 meters.

    The drive from Sigiriya to Kandy is along a steep, meandering road which gives amazing views of lush forests, hills and occasional monkeys. Photographers will love this drive! A cultural show in the evening will feature various traditional dances, costumes and music which depict the history and culture of the island. The highlight of the show is the fire-walk-the Hindu epic, The Ramayana, says the fire-walk was performed by Sita to prove to Rama that she had done no wrong whilst she was held captive by Ravana.

    Distance:
  • Habarana to Kandy 2 hours 30 minutes, 60 miles approx.

    Day 5 - Kandy
  • Visit Sri Dalada Maligwa (Temple of the Tooth)
  • Visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • Visit to a Spice Garden

    Following the Lord Buddha’s death and cremation, a tooth was smuggled into the country and housed at the Sri DaladaMaligwawhich is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy. 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.

    Buddhist monks conduct daily worship in the inner chamber of the temple. Rituals are performed three times daily: at dawn, at noon and in the evenings. On Wednesdays, there is a symbolic bathing of the relic.

    Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is home to young elephants who find themselves displaced and lost from their natural habitats for various reasons environmental changes due to development projects, being abandoned by their parents when they fall into pits, ravines, etc.

    Sri Lanka is famous for its many spices, including cinnamon, chili, nutmeg and cardamom. A visit to a spice garden will show you the cultivation process and allow you to sample some of the spices.

    Day 6 - Kandy -> Nuwara Eliya
  • Visit Perediniya Botanical Gardens
  • See Ramboda Falls
  • Visit to a tea factory

    The Botanical Gardens at Perediniyawere first planted and laid out for king KirthiSri Rajasingha(1747-1780) and cover some 60ha (150acres) of trees lawns and flowering shrubs. Under British rule, the royal park became a botanical garden in 1821. Here, exotic crops such as coffee, tea, nutmeg, rubber and cinchona (quinine) -all of which later became important to Sri Lanka’s economy –were tested. The gardens also have stands of towering bamboos from Burma, Japan China and the East Indies, and a fine collection of orchids from Sri Lanka and further afield.

    The British started cultivating coffee in Sri Lanka in the mid-1800s but after a bacteria wiped out coffee plants in the 1860s, the British turned to growing tea. In 1867 James Taylor built the first tea factory and over the years, many more factories followed. In many factories, much of the heavy machinery still dates back to the British period. Visiting a Sri Lanka tea factory enables you to see, smell, taste and touch the tea at every stage of the production process, and get an understanding of why certain teas taste as they do.

    Distance:
  • Kandy to Nuwara Eliya 1 hour 30 mins, 45 miles approx.

    Day 7 - Nuwara Eliya -> Yala
  • Visit Seetha Amman Temple
  • Visit Divurumpola Temple
  • Visit Ravana Falls
  • Overnight stay at Yala

    Seetha Hamman Temple is believed to be the site where Sita was held captive by king Ravana, and where she prayed daily for Rama to come and rescue her (in the Hindu epic, Ramayana). On the rock face across the stream are circular depressions said to be the footprints of Lord Hanuman. Divurumpola Temple-According to the Ramayana, this is where Sita was tested by Ravana. It is a popular place of worship amongst locals and Divurumpolameans ‘Place of Oath’ in Sinhala. Under Sinhalese law, all agreements sworn at this temple are legally binding.

    The RavanaWaterfall, and the caves behind it, are said to be where Ravanahid Princess Sita after kidnapping her. At the time the cave was surrounded by thick forests. It is also believed that Rama’s queen bathed in a pool at the foot of this waterfall.

    Distance:
  • Nuwara Eliya to Yala 2 hours 30 mins, 118 miles approx.

    Day 8 - Yala -> Galle
  • Early morning pick-up from hotel and visit to Yala Wildlife Park

    Situated in Sri Lanka’s south-east hugging the panoramic Indian Ocean, Yalahas a protected area of nearly 130,000 hectares of land consisting of light forests, scrubs, grasslands, tanks and lagoons. The park is home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. Amongst its more famous residents are the world’s biggest concentration of leopards, majestic elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks, and crocodiles.

    The best time to visit Yalais between February and July when the water levels of the park are quite low, bringing animals into the open.

    Distance:
  • Yala to Galle 2 hours 30 mins, 118 miles approx.

    Day 9 - Galle -> Bentota
  • Explore Galle Fort
  • Drive to Bentota, visiting Turtle Conservation on the way

    Due to its location on the southern tip of Sri Lanka, Galle was an important trading hub for Persians, Indian, Greek and even Roman traders. Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by the Portuguese in South and Southeast Asia, showing the interaction between Portuguese architectural styles and native traditions. The city was extensively fortified by the Dutch from 1649 onwards and Galle fort is a world heritage site. It is the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers.

    Other prominent landmarks in Galle include the city's natural harbour, the National Maritime Museum, St. Mary's Cathedral founded by Jesuit priests and one of the main Shiva temples on the island. On 26 December 2004, the city was devastated by the massive tsunami caused. A visit to a turtle hatchery on the way to Bentota will show you the conservation work involved in protecting new-born turtles.

    Distance:
  • Galle to Bentota 1 hour, 34 miles approx.

    Day 10 - Bentota -> Colombo/Airport
  • MaduGanga River Boat safari
  • Visit mask making factory and museum at Ambalangoda

    A 2 hour river safari on the Maduganga River will allow you to explore the mangroves and inlets along this river. As well as the many species of birds, mammals, amphibians and fish, you will see the fascinating flora which grow in the wetlands.

    The Ambalangodaarea on the South Western coast of Sri Lanka is renowned for making masks which have been used in traditional dances and plays for centuries. A visit to a mask-carving workshop and museum will show how the wood for a mask is chosen, prepared, carved and finally painted.

    Distance:
  • Bentotato to Colombo 1 hour 30 mins, 51 miles approx.

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