Sri Lanka – East Coast Journey

15 Days FROM US$1,550 per person

ITINERARY

TOUR OVERVIEW
This chauffeur guided tour gives you the experience of enjoying the unique beauty of Sri Lanka’s beaches on East Coast while taking a cross country tour encompassing wild life, history and culture. You will visit the world famous Yala National Park. Taste a pure cup of Ceylon Tea and learn how to pick two leaves and a bud. May play a round of golf on a picturesque over 100 year old golf course before descending to the east coast where the sun is bright, sea turquoise and the beach endless. Visit Kandy, nestled amidst verdant hills. Climb the 5th century Lion Rock – Sigiriya. Visit Minneriya National Park during July – August and witness the ‘elephant gathering’ where more than 100-150 elephants converge near the Minneriya tank (lake) during the dry season.
Day 1 - COLOMBO
Ayubowan-may you be blessed with long life! With this beautiful traditional greeting we are welcomed to the jewel like island of Sri Lanka.

We are met and greeted by TLJ chauffeur guide and taken to our hotel. Sightseeing around the cosmopolitan Colombo city and look forward to be treated to a welcome dinner at Nuga Gama – a restaurant in a typical village setting amidst the hustle and bustle of the metropolis.
Stay : Mirage hotel or similar
Day 2 - COLOMBO | UNA | GALLE
Early morning we leave for Unawatuna via Galle, 17th century Dutch fortified city with a natural harbor exuding old-world charm – a UNESCO heritage site.

En route we stop for a river cruise on placid Madhu Ganga (river) and take in the ambience of river side living… The journey continues via Ambalangoda, famous for masks and masked dancing used in exorcism ceremonies and in low country dancing. We observe mask carving and learn rituals and ceremonies connected to each mask.

After we proceed to Unawatuna Beach.
Stay : Calamander Resort or similar
Day 3 - UNAWATUNA BEACH
Early morning we are greeted by a placid deep blue sea, and a fine reef for snorkeling – very touristic and very inviting amid lush green vegetation. Look forward to enjoying sea food and a barbeque dinner on the beach under the stars, beside a log fire.
Stay : Calamander Resort or similar
Day 4 - YALA
An exciting day dawns. We leave for the Yala National Park en-route visiting a turtle hatchery at Kosgoda where turtle eggs are collected, hatched, baby turtles nurtured, numbered and released to the sea. Evening Safari in Yala – boasting of a growing leopard population, herds of elephants and spotted deer, bear among others.

Optional stay – Luxury Tent accommodation.
Stay : Kithala Resorts or similar
Day 5 - YALA | NUWARA ELIYA
Early morning safari with packed breakfast. Later we leave for Nuwara Eliya – high country, traversing the green plains to the hills. We stop at the mesmerizing Ella Gap to observe the panoramic view of the surrounding area and Ravana Falls connected with the Indian epic Ramayana.
Stay : Heaven Seven hotel or similar
Day 6 - NUWARA ELIYA
The nostalgia of the British empire builders is reflected in Nuwara Eliya – buildings, gardens, landscaping, names etc., First introduced by them, terraced Tea gardens with mist hovering above and colorfully clad tea pluckers meandering on the slopes, plucking two leaves and a bud is a delightful sight. We may even pluck our own leaves for the ‘cuppa’. We explore Nuwara Eliya, the lake and visit a tea factory to observe tea processing. We observe an inviting 18-hole Golf Course for our pleasure.
Stay : Heaven Seven hotel or similar
Day 7 - PASEKUDHA
Morning we proceed from the hills to the east coast and Pasekudah for a relaxing beach stay.

A fine bay with clear waters which opens to the north. An off shore reef shelters a sandy beach, miles long, and keeps the water calm and clear. A windsurfers and water skiers delight and a sun worshipper’s paradise.

A joyous stay on the beach
Stay : Amethyst Resort or similar
Day 8 - PASEKUDHA
Relax on the beach
Stay : Amethyst Resort or similar
Day 9 - PASEKUDHA
Relax on the beach
Stay : Amethyst Resort or similar
Day 10 - PASEKUDAH | SIGIRIYA | DAMBULLA
Early morning we leave for Sigiriya. En route sightseeing at Polonnaruwa, medieval capital (11th- 12th Century) a World Heritage Site. Gal Vihara, the colossal statues of the Buddha cut in a row from a horizontal escarpment of streaked granite are the glory of Polonnaruwa. The peace, serenity and strength carved out of solid rock is simply breathtaking! Many scattered shrines and monuments which shows an interesting blend of South Indian and Sinhala Buddhist architecture.
Stay : Kassapa Lions Rock or similar hotel
Day 11 - DAMBULLA | SIGIRIYA
Morning we visit Sigiriya. An impressive rock fortress, a royal citadel of a king for 18 years. A part from the great rock, the surroundings, just gets you… so green, so serene, so peaceful amidst hundreds of visitors every day. We climb to the summit, an area of nearly one hc., to the site of the palace which commands a magnificent view of the royal water gardens, on par with the best of the ancient world. On the way up we encounter the famous 5th century Sigiriya frescoes, heavenly maidens painted on a rock pocket.

Later we enjoy a typical village experience. Ox cart rides and canoeing across a lake to a typical chena cultivation. We prepare a meal, using traditional appliances and share it with the inmates of a typical Sri Lankan village home.

Afternoon – Jeep safari to Minneriya to witness the elephant gathering. An owe inspiring sight!
Stay : Kassapa Lions Rock or similar hotel
Day 12 - KANDY
After early breakfast we leave for Kandy, Sri Lanka’s most beautiful and most visited historic, cultural city visiting Dambulla cave temples (1st c. B.C.). We see a collection of the largest number of Buddha statues in one place and a large sweep of colorful murals on the rock wall. We travel to Kandy via Matale on the aromatic spice route visiting a spice garden en route.
Stay : Citadel Kandy or similar hotel
Day 13 - KANDY
Early morning a visit to the Dalada Maligawa (temple of the sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha). We observe the traditional Kandyan art and architecture and witness the morning ‘Pooja’ (offering) accompanied by Kandyan drumming. The sanctity enfolds us… After a short tour of beautiful Kandy we visit the Kandy market to pick up some fresh vegetables and dry spices as today we will learn to make a typical Sinhala curry Or we may opt for a visit to a crafts village to see craftsmen at work producing exquisite Kandyan artifacts. Evening we enjoy a traditional cultural show with resounding drum beats.
Stay : Citadel Kandy or similar hotel
Day 14 - COLOMBO
Morning we leave for Colombo rather in a melancholy mood as we are soon to end our tour… en-route visiting Royal Botanic Gardens at Peradeniya and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage which lifts our mood temporarily.

Last minute shopping and dinner at one of the many restaurants, serving, sea food, local and contemporary menus.
Stay : Mirage hotel or similar