Ayu-bowan! Welcome to Sri Lanka Negombo,
Welcome to Negombo, one of Sri Lanka's most iconic travel destinations and home to an amazing array of sights, activities and events. Even first time visitors to Negombo will quickly be enthralled by how fun and fascinating Negombo really can be. For those looking for a glimpse of the real Sri Lanka, or just a fun night out, Negombo mixes old world charm with a modern and vibrant night life.
The name Negombo is derived from the Sinhalese word Meegamuwa, meaning 'village of honey'. It is said that centuries ago a swarm of bees landed in a boat, and that the point at which the boat was hauled ashore became Negombo. Negombo's early economic history was tied not to honey, however, but to its trade in cinnamon and other spices which grew wild in the jungle nearby.
Those arriving early can get into the spirit of seaside Sri Lanka by observing the local fishing craft and perhaps feasting on fresh seafood. The beautiful surrounding countryside is best explored on a bicycle, which you can rent with help from the hotel reception.
Route: Negombo /Anuradhapura
Time: At approximately 5 hr
Early Departure to Anuradhapura, site seeing in the afternoon
History 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 ancient Sri Lankan civilization. It was the third capital of the Kingdom of Rajarata, following the kingdoms of Tambapanni and Upatissa Nuwara.
The city, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the center of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries. The city lies 205 km north of the current capital Colombo in Sri Lanka's North Central Province, on the banks of the historic Malvathu Oya. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.
It is believed that from the fourth century BC until the beginning of the 11th century AD it was the capital of the Sinhalese. During this period it remained one of the most stable and durable centers of political power and urban life in South Asia. The ancient city, considered sacred to the Buddhist world, is today surrounded by monasteries covering an area of over sixteen square miles (40 km²).
Route: Anuradhpura / Dambulla
Time: At approximately 3/12hours
Highlight: Dambulla Cave
After Having Breakfast at Anuradhpura we depart Early morning to Dambulla, visit the Dambulla Cave temple which is one of the most beautiful site to be visited in srilanka, having 5 caves, more than 150 statues of Buddha and other deities, old paintings of Buddhism and other deities. Climbing will take about 30 mins, but very interesting to see this temple.
History about Dambulla cave Temple
Prehistoric Sri Lankans would have lived in these cave complexes before the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka as there are burial sites with human skeletons about 2700 years old in this area, at Ibbankatuwa near the Dambulla cave complexes. There are five caves dates back to 1st Cen BC to 18th Cen AD. Beautiful paintings and many more Buddha Statues with beautifully painted.
Cultural dance show
The Kandy Dance cultural show is one of the most famous evening events in this city of heritage, and is a major highlight of any trip. Starting in the evening, show captivates your ears and eyes with spectacular displays of local culture and art. Covering various aspects of Sri Lanka’s traditions, expect to see drummers, fire dancers, and more in a cultural spectacle that should not be missed.
Time: At approximately 4hr
Highlight: Temple of the tooth/ Hindu temples, Ramboda/ Nuwaraeliya Site seeing
After the breakfast visit the Temple of the tooth in Kandy and drive to Nuwaraeliya, on the way to Nuwaraeliya visit two Hindu temples, Ramboda and Seetha Eliya, Site seeing Nuwaraeliya town and lake side walk.
History about Temple of the Tooth –Kandy
Home to the Temple of the Tooth, or the last royal capital of Sri Lanka, or a quite peaceful city lying amidst the hills – there can be several perspectives to studying the history of Kandy, considered to be the cultural capital of the island country. The city is full of surprises, so goes a common adage among the travelers to this historic city, and so it proves to be too!
TBack in the late 1400s when Kandy was referred to as the Kingdom of Kandy, it served as the throne to the ruling king Sena Sammatha Wickramabahu and his successors, followed by others in due course of time. Nayaks are considered to be the last royal rulers till the British successfully invaded it in the year 1815. The most attractive feature about this city is the relic, according to which the protector of the tooth of the Buddha is the ruler of the Kingdom, which subsequently explains the proximity of the royal palace from the temple. Known as ‘Maha Nuvara’ in the vernacular language, implying the ‘Great City’, Kandy’s nomenclature can be traced back to the Sinhalese ‘Kanda Uda Rata’, meaning, the land on the mountain. The journey to its present shortened version saw the influence of the Portuguese ‘Candea’. At present Kandy stands as the second largest city of Sri Lanka, apart from being the capital of the country’s Central Province. Every year, during the month of July or August, the Kandy Perahera is organized, which offers a true glimpse into the ancient traditions of the city, with colorful processions, masquerades, elephant parades and much more
Early drive to Horton plains National park or Drive to Haputale, have a walk in the tea planation, then evening Srilankan traditional cooking.
Sri Lankan Rice & curry
Sri Lankan cooking has evolved around rice. The national meal is not referred to as “curry” but as “rice and curry”: a mountainous plate of rice generally accompanied by assorted meat and/or vegetable curries, various pickles, sambols, and a handful of tiny pappadums.
More than 15 varieties of rice are grown on the island, from tiny white translucent varieties to long-grained basmati and the nutty red kakuluhaal. Locals will take balls of cooked rice and rub the highly spiced accompaniments into them, massaging the mixture gently between the fingers to blend the flavors.
Lipton’s seats seats
Sir Thomas J. Lipton came end of 19 th Century to Ceylon. Visiting real estate auctions he bought some estates and built 1890 Ceylon largest tea factory. Right in time cause railroads reached Haputale in 1892 and enabled fastest goods transport to the harbor. The successful start of the world famous Lipton tea. Most of people come here to visit the Lipton Seat (1905 m), the Dambetenna tea factory,
You should arrive as early as possible before clouds come up to disturb your view. In one moment you can watch more than hundred kilometer and next moment few meters only. Blue sky with warm winds can change within minutes to heavy rainfalls with cold breezes. A good reason to keep all-weather dresses with you. Some wise people sad that this special climate makes this tea to become the best quality all over Sri Lanka.
Dambetenna Tea Factory
In Sri Lanka, tea is the national drink. Well it has to be! Every day almost every nationality in the world will sip a liquid that was made from leaves grown here in the mysterious hills of Sri Lanka. Dambatenne Tea Factory, opened by Thomas Lipton over 100 years ago. It is currently a source of tea for Scottish based company Lipton Tea amongst other worldwide tea companies and distributors. All the tea is grown locally here in the gorgeous mountains and valleys of Sri Lanka’s inland region.
Route: Haputale / Udawalawa/ Weligama or Miriisa
Time: At approximately 6hr
Highlight: Udawalawa National park jeep safari
After the breakfast drive to Udawalawa National park jeep safari, have lunch and then drive to Weligama Beach or Marissa beach.
Elephant Transit Home
Sri Lankan Elephant is considered as an endangered species, and their survival in the natural habitat is threatened due to expansion of various human activities. Therefore Human-Elephant Conflict is increasing and as a result, elephants in the forests are constantly being killed and many baby elephants become orphaned or abandoned.
Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) has established the Elephant Transit Home (ETH) within Udawalawa National Park in 1995, in order to provide shelter to the orphaned and abandoned baby elephants. At present 31 destitute baby elephants are being looked after by the DWC. They will be released to the jungle, when they are strong to survive in their natural habitat. Up to date 65 baby elephants have been released to the jungle. - See more at:
The Udawalawe Elephant Transfer Home is a facility within Udawalawe National Park in Sri Lanka that was established in 1995 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation. Its primary objective is to rehabilitate orphaned elephant calves for ultimate release back into the wild.
Overnight: Weligama or Miriisa
Route: Miriisa /Galle /Airport
Highlight: Turtle Hatchery projects/ Stilt fishermen/ Galle fort visit/ Airport
Visit Turtle Hatchery projects, Stilt fishermen, Galle fort visit and then drive to Airport from Galle. still if you’re interested to do some whale watching which also possible to do it at Mirissa just 10 mins drive. While you’re at the beach still possible to do, stilt fishing, and Galle fort visit
An age old method of catching fish, very primitive and poor in results terming with today's commercial fishing perspective, but ads on beauty and uniqueness to the countries deep south coast line, as a icon of the fishing folk in Sri Lanka. A major attraction at the south cost, stilt fishing till date is continued by the locals owing to the good will gifts by the locals and the foreign visitor that adds on apart to the catch from the sea.
A stick standing up with another piece of wood tied to it to create a seat where fisherman climb on to during the low tide to fish in the rising waters of the high tide, though is a lovely sight is a hard and uncomfortable task of few hours for a small catch of fish enough to feed few mouths.
History about Galle Fort
Galle Fort, in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, and then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which even after more than 423 years maintains a polished appearance, due to extensive reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka.  Founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese, Galle reached the height of its development in the 18th century, before the arrival of the British. It is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and South-East Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and South Asian traditions.
Departure: If you would like to have more time at the beach, then from the coast you can drive to airport.