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  • Go out on a boat ride in the Negambo Lagoon
  • Visit the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Explore the Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Take a trip to a tea plantation & factory. Learn more about the famous Ceylon Tea
Join us on this 7-day, guided trip and get the chance to explore some of the major highlights of Sri Lanka. Meet our representative upon arrival at the airport and drive to Negambo, a city famous for its fish market and the Dutch Canal. Go out on a sightseeing tour of Negambo before heading for Habarana, where the iconic Sigiriya Rock is located.

Scale to the summit of Sigiriya before travelling to Kandy, the cultural capital of Sri Lanka. Visit the Dambulla Cave Temple en route and get the chance to learn more about the history of Buddhism in this country. Take a trip to an ayurvedic village and a tea plantation while in Kandy and see the sacred Temple of the Tooth. Visitors believe that this temple is home to the tooth relic of Lord Buddha.

The final destination of the trip is Colombo. Enjoy a city tour of Sri Lanka's capital before heading home. For more about this trip, please go through the itinerary below.
customer reviews about H.O.T Tourism
4.8 - Excellent Based on 10 reviews
Lian's review for another H.O.T Tourism tour
5 - Excellent
“It was great visiting Sri Lanka under Susil’s guidance and in your pleasant company. Thank you and we wish you a good life!”
Sven's review for another H.O.T Tourism tour
5 - Excellent
“We had a great time in Sri Lanka, the Guide was extremely nice, the locations well thought out and the organisation took very good care of us.

The Hotels were, with 1-2 exceptions, very nice. We can absolutely recommend this trip and company.”
Anonymous' review for another H.O.T Tourism tour
5 - Excellent
“We did a 14 day tour starting in Colombo where we toured the Colombo Museum, Gangaramaya Temple, Galle face green, and the Red Mosque The second stop was Bentota where we were able to swim at the beach, take the Madhu River boat ride, then visit a Turtle Hatchery. The third stop was a drive to Nuwara Eliya where we stopped at Devan and St. Clair falls. The next morning we took the train to Kandy where were saw Adam's Peak and Mt. Pedro. While in Kandy we visited the Peradeniya Royal Botanical garden and the Temple of the Tooth. From Kandy we drove to Dambulla to visit Dambulla cave temple and enjoyed taking in lunch at Hiriwaduna Village where a local member demonstrated village cooking. I opted to climb Sigiriya in the morning then return back to the hotel to pick up my travel partner to tour the historic site Polonnaruwa. The next day we drove to Trincomalee and spent 3 days enjoying the beach at Nilaveli Beach. The next stop was Anuradhapura to visit Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya. Drove to Alakamandawa and spent one night before departing for Negombo to spend our final day at the beach.

Our private driver was an excellent driver, very helpful and knowledgeable. We would certainly recommend this company for a tour of Sri Lanka.”
3-4 hours 3 Star Hotel at Camelot Hotel or Similar
Meet our representative upon arriving at Bandaranayke International Airport and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome cocktail during a boat ride in the Negombo Lagoon in the evening and learn more about the details of the trip from your tour guide.

The lagoon is a vast expanse of water dotted with a number of islands. Aquatic life is plentiful in lagoon so are mangroves and other marsh plants. You might even get the chance to see a variety of birds including herons, cormorants, and strokes.

Depending upon your arrival time, you will go out on a city tour of Negambo either today or tomorrow.
Meals
  • Dinner
3-4 hours 3 Star Hotel at Saunter Hotel or Similar
Check out of your hotel after breakfast and transfer to Habarana. In case the Negombo city tour was not organized yesterday, it will be carried out today.

The optional activity on today's itinerary is an evening jeep safari trip in either Minneriya or Kaudulla National Park. These national parks, both of which are located in Habarana, are the best places in the country to see huge herds of wild elephants.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Dinner
4-5 hours 3 Star Hotel at Saunter Hotel or Similar
Head for the famous rock fortress of Sigiriya. This ancient rock fortress and palace ruin in central Dambulla is surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs, and other structures.

A popular tourist destination, Sigiriya is also famous for its ancient wall paintings (frescos). Take a catamaran ride in a lake, which is home to a variety of birds. Across the lake is a village where you will visit a local's home to learn more about their life.

Try your hands at preparing some delicious Sri Lankan dishes and enjoy them afterwards.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Dinner
4-5 hours 3 Star Hotel at Serene Grand or Similar
Check out of your hotel and drive to Kandy after breakfast. En route is the Dambulla Cave Temple, which comprises 5 caves and a picturesque facade carved into the side of a steep rock face. This cave temple houses ancient paintings depicting the life of the Buddha and his life.

Your next destination on today's itinerary is an ayurvedic village, where you will get the chance to learn more about the herbs and spices produced in the country.

Reach Kandy, a city nestled amidst verdant hills from where flows the Mahaweli River. The beautiful Kandy Lake acts as a centrepiece of this city.

See some of the major sights of the city before joining your tour guide for a visit to a batik and a wood-carving center. Learn more about the local arts and crafts scene. Be it pottery, intricately carved spoons, lacquer and silverwares, or finely cut gems, you are likely to find them in Kandy.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Dinner
6-7 hours 3 Star Hotel at Serene Grand or Similar
Travel to Nuwara Eliya, a city in the tea country located in the central hills of Sri Lanka, after breakfast. Visit a tea plantation and get the chance to learn more about the famous Ceylon Tea.

Dress in a traditional Sri Lankan attire next, sarees for women and sarongs for men, and head for the plantation with experienced tea pluckers who will teach you the art of picking tea leaves.

Return to the tea factory, where the chief tea taster will take a look at your efforts and explain the process of preparing the final product from the green leaves. Enjoy a city tour of Nuwara Eliya before travelling to Kandy.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Dinner
3-5 hours 3 Star Hotel at Fairway Hotel or Similar
Check out of your hotel in Kandy and travel to the sacred Temple of the Tooth that is said to be home to the tooth relic of Lord Buddha on the way. Transfer to Colombo after that.

Colombo, the trade and commercial capital of Sri Lanka as well as its largest city, is located on the country's west coast and draws together people from a variety of cultures, religions and background, all of whom have left their imprint on the city.

A less known truth about Colombo is that the city is a foodie's delight, since it has a large number of restaurants serving delicious food, as well as home to some amazing shopping destinations, like the Ceylon Ceramics Corporation, famous for its Noritake brand of ceramic goods.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Dinner
3 hours 3 Star Hotel at Fairway Hotel or Similar
Time to head home. Travel to Bandaranayake International Airport for your onward journey.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • 6 nights’ accommodation on a half-board basis. The last night on a bed & breakfast basis
  • Arrival and departure transfer. All transportation during the tour in an air-conditioned coach
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Services of an English-speaking tour guide
  • Hotel service charges and VAT
  • Meals as per the itinerary. Two bottles of water per person per day throughout the duration of the trip
what's excluded
  • Airline tickets
  • Any services not mentioned in the itinerary or the 'What's Included' section
  • Photo & video-shooting permits (wherever applicable)
  • Meals except those mentioned in the 'What's Included' section
  • Excursions and activities mentioned optional on the itinerary
  • Expenses that are personal in nature
  • Early check-in & late check-out
  • Supplements ( Kandy Perahera, Christmas & New Year)
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
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A deposit of 20% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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Other Practical InformationSinhala & Tamil New Year The celebration of the Sinhala & Tamil New Year takes place every year on the 13th and 14th of April. You might experience larger crowds in places of your interest. Also, during your visit to the tea factory, it is possible that no product presentation takes place and no tea picker is present This tour does not have a minimum number of participants. This means that it may happen that you are the only participant, but it is also possible that you travel with several other people. Your group can consist of a maximum of 6 participants From day 1 to day 6 of the tour, you will be accompanied by a local, English-speaking tour guide. Tipping is not compulsory, but it is customary in the tourism industry. If you are satisfied with your guide or driver, for example, then you can certainly tip at the end of your trip or your excursion Our tipping suggestions are as follows: Chambermaids: about €1 per room per night Suitcases: about €1 per suitcase Chauffeurs and helpers: about €2 per person per day Guide: about €3 per person per day
Cancellation20% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure, but the 20% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.
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