Sri Lanka is home to some of South Asia’s most intriguing religious and cultural attractions, featuring elaborate art and architecture, and spectacular festivals, revealing the essence of the island’s fascinating history, and rich cultural heritage.
Historical sites such as Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, ArugamBay and Dambulla, once home to ancient kingdoms, still retain many relics and artefacts of bygone eras. The famous rock fortress of Sigiriya and the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Kandy, are must-see places. A multi-religious country, Sri Lanka has many religious festivals that take place year around, such as Vesak for Buddhists, Nallur Festival for Hindus and Madhu Festival for Catholics.
From pick up at the Bandaranaike International Airport, your two week cultural tour will begin in Colombo – the commercial capital of the island. Galle Face Hotel is where you will be staying on your first night.
After a city tour of Colombo the next day, you will take off to the city of Anuradhapura. En route, you stop at Yapahuwa ancient city (a 300 foot fortified wonder dating back to the 13th century) and explore the area. In Anuradhapura, you will sleep over at Palm Garden Village.
On day three, the ancient city of Anuradhapura will be explored where you will get to observe several historical remains. Later in the day you will visit the Mihintale Buddhist Temple and head back to your hotel for the night.
On your way to Sigiriya the next day, you will stop for a visit to the Aukana Buddha Statue and the Dambulla Cave Temple. Your hotel for the night will be Cinnamon Lodge.
On day five we have a touch of adventure lined up for you where, you will be taken to visit the ancient and historical city of Polonnaruwa. Afterwards, you can have an amazing Rice & Curry . Later that day, you can climb and explore the “Lion’s Rock” in Sigiriya. This activity is quite doable by most people so don’t fret at the task of climbing a rock! Your overnight stay will be at Cinnamon Lodge.
The next morning you will begin your journey to the hill capital of Kandy. En route you will visit the Matale Alu Viharaya Buddhist Temple and the Matale Hindu Temple. In Kandy, you will be taken to enjoy an evening show of the cultural dance of Kandyans. Amaya Hills is where you will sleep over for the night.
On day seven you will visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and obtain blessings from the Buddhist Monks there. Next you will go on to visit the Three Temple Loop known as the Gadaladeniya, Embekke and Lankathilake Temples. These are Hindu-Buddhist Temples from the 14th Century. Towards the evening you will get back to your hotel in Kandy for your night stay.
On the final day in Kandy you get to explore the culture of the Veddas in Dambana Mahiyanganaya and visit the Mahiyanganaya Temple. Once again, Amaya Hills is where you will sleep over for the night.
Day 8 is when you head towards the beautiful town of Nuwara Eliya where you will come across several water falls on the way. Ramboda Falls is one visit we have scheduled for you. Along the way you can also visit the Pedro Tea Factory and the luscious tea plantations of the country. You will also be given a tour of Nuwara Eliya, also known as “Little England”. Your overnight stay will be at Grand Hotel.
From Nanu Oya, you will be taking a beautiful train journey to Ella, where a visit to Rawana Falls is a must. In Ella, you will spend the night at Mountain Heavens.
Day 10 – Arugambay
Welcome to an Arugam Bay surf camp experience! Arugam Bay surf camp is a fun filled surf camp in the heart of Arugam Bay and by joining this surf camp, you will get surf lessons, massage, and all surf equipment required to make your surf camp enjoyable. Also, you will have a chance to taste the best smoothie bowls in town. Come over and enjoy the good vibes and the fun spirit of the surf team!
Early morning the next day you are advised to explore the breathtaking view of the sunrise from the “Arugambay”. You will then depart to the town of Udawalawa where we will take you on a luxurious jeep safari in the Udawalawa National Park. That night you will stay at the Centauria Wild.
On day 12 you head on to the city of Galle, en route you will visit the hot water springs in Embilipitiya as well as the fish market in Weligama. You also get a chance to observe the old and challenging tradition of stilt fishing. In Galle, your night stay will be at Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel.
On day thirteen you will explore the Galle Dutch Fort and learn about its history. A boat ride on the Madu Lake is also on the list before you begin your journey to the capital city of Colombo. Upon reaching Colombo, you will check in to Galle Face Hotel for your overnight stay.
On day fourteen you may take a city tour of Colombo if you have approximately 6-7 hours for your flight departure time.
The amazing cultural tour with Budget Arugambay Tours comes to an end here. This itinerary is dedicated to exploring the cultural aspects of Sri Lanka as well as touching its splendid beauty and we hope you found it attractive.
PRICE ON REQUEST
WhatsApp +94 752292629