TRAVEL WITH OVATION
Round Tour – Classic Sri Lanka
13 Days (12 Nights)
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DAY - 01 : AIRPORT - DAMBULLA

Ayubowan !

Welcome to Sri Lanka. At the airport, you will be warmly greeted by both of our Ovation Travels representative and guide and proceed to Dambulla.

Check-in to the hotel and rest of the day will be at leisure / Village tour.

Hiriwaduna excursion (Village tour)

Immersing yourself with the locals many times means getting out of the flashing city light and exploring smalls town that are not known to receive hordes of tourists. In Sri Lanka that means breaking away from the city and heading northeast to Hiriwadunna Village. Hiriwadunna is a tiny village of roughly 2,500 people.

On completion return to the hotel.

Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Dambulla.

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DAY - 02 : SIGIRIYA & POLONNARUWA

Collect your breakfast packet provided by the hotel and proceed to Sigiriya, which is a world heritage site.

Sigiriya

The Sigiriya Rock, 5th century rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 220 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70-hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock.

Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.

Afterwards, proceed to Polonnaruwa & visit the ancient city of Kings.

Polonnaruwa

Island’s medieval capital (built in 11th and 12th century AD) rose to fame after the decline of Anuradhapura. It is a world heritage site. Many of the ruins are in an excellent condition. Its great artificial lake, the Parakrama Samudra which covers an area of 6,000 acres, feeds a network of irrigation canals and minor tanks. Visit the ruins of Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya which has 4 splendid statues of Buddha in ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and ‘Recumbent’ postures carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath and the statue of King Parakramabahu.

There are also monuments of famous places of worship such a Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.

On completion return to the hotel.

Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Dambulla.

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DAY - 03 : DAMBULLA - MATALE - KANDY

Check out after Breakfast and transfer from Dambulla to Kandy.

En route visit Dambulla Rock Temple & Spice Garden at Matale.

Dambulla Rock Temple

Dambulla rock temple was built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and it is a World Heritage Site. It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 meters.

Spice Garden at Matale

Sri Lanka has always been renowned for its spices. Over 15 different spices call Sri Lanka home and many of them are traded in the international spice market. Cinnamon especially is endemic to Sri Lanka, and highest quality ‘true cinnamon’ can be obtained here.

Visit a spice garden in Matale to see different spices for which Sri Lanka is famous for. Here, clients could see different spices and how some of these spices are grown and processed.

After lunch, check-in to the hotel at Kandy and evening visit the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha.

On completion return to the hotel.

Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Kandy.

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DAY - 04 : KANDY

After breakfast, proceed to visit Kandy City, Peradeniya Botanical Garden and in evening Dance show.

Kandy City

Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe – before it was brought under the British rule in 1815, Kandy – the World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings – crafts in array in culture, history and heritage in the minds of visitors across the globe. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha.

A stroll across this small lakeside town – cradled among the misty hills – will feature the Kandy City Centre – bundled with latest and world class brands, bazaar, an arts & crafts centre, as well as gem museum & lapidary walk-in color as you glide through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market.

Peradeniya Botanical Garden

These stunning gardens were once reserved exclusively for Kandyan royalty. Today, even commoners are allowed in to enjoy the most impressive and largest (60 hectares) botanic gardens in Sri Lanka. Highlights include a fine collection of orchids, a stately avenue of royal palms, the extraordinary, aptly named cannonball fruit tree and 40m-hight Burma bamboo. Another big hit is the giant Javan fig tree on the great lawn, with its colossal central trunk and umbrella-like canopy of branches. Peradeniya is 6km from central Kandy.

Dance Show

Fine tube you’re evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the Wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka.

On completion return to the hotel.

Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Kandy.

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DAY - 05 : KANDY - NUWARA ELIYA

Check out after Breakfast and transfer from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya.

En route to Nuwara Eliya visit a tea plantation and a factory.

Nuwara Eliya

Arrive in Nuwara Eliya you will explore “the city of drawn”. The city established by the British in nineteenth century, known as “Little England” and is a popular holiday resort

Misty steep roads, twisting through lush green blankets of tea bushes in a cool climate, remind visitors that they are within the range of the renowned British colonial retreat, Nuwara Eliya. Augmented by an English countryside atmosphere, the city of light – once governed by English & Scottish planters – is still studded with colonial bungalows, hedgerows & one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in the world.

A hike through the green grass and red-brick walls should present breathtaking views of a buzzing countryside hamlet. Drive through green valleys of the hill country pierced by endless waterfalls & dotted by tea pluckers draped in bright-colored saris. Rent a bike for a gentle ride along the banks splashed by the waters of Lake Gregory.

Tea Plantation

Tour a tea factory to learn how tea grown and produced and make a custom blend to take home. Ceylon tea, perhaps the most well-known and famous tea in the world. As the most important export of Sri Lanka, we’ll take you behind the scenes of this world-renowned product. You’ll meet the people who pick it, learn about their lives, walk thought the tea plantations. With your guide as a translator feel free to ask them questions about their lives and what it’s like to work in a tea plantation.

After lunch Check-in to the hotel in Nuwara Eliya and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

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DAY - 06 : NUWARA ELIYA - ELLA

Check out after Breakfast and transfer from Nuwara Eliya to Ella.

Enjoy the whole day Leisurely at Ella.

Ella

Ella is a small village in the highlands of Sri Lanka which is filled with tea estates, mountains, waterfalls and of course with some good air to breath.

Lots of people make Ella as one of their must visit destination just to witness the breathtaking views it creates. It is a dream place for many trekkers with some of the best hikes the Island provides. This hidden village got vastly popular among the tourists lately.

Views of mist and clouds covering the summits of the mountain range and the morning sun rise in Ella are spectacular scenes to witness and captured. After a fresh hike in the morning, hit a waterfall, grab some tasty Sri Lankan foods from somewhere with a beer, rest for a while and go for a rail walk to famous Nine Arch Bridge in the evening, you would sure love the all experiences.

Ella got its own historic values with the link to the Legendary Ravana stories too. You can explore all of them while you are here.

On completion return to the hotel.

Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Ella.

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DAY - 07 : ELLA -TISSAMAHARAMA

Check out after Breakfast and enjoy the rest of the day at Ella leisurely and transfer from Ella to Tissamaharama.

Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Tissamaharama.

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DAY - 08 : TISSAMAHARAMA

After breakfast, enjoy until the lunch leisurely at the hotel and proceed for an evening safari at the Yala National Park.

On completion return to the hotel.

Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Tissamaharama.

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DAY - 09 : TISSAMAHARAMA- MIRISSA

Check out after Breakfast and transfer from Tissamaharama to Mirissa.

Check-in to the hotel at Mirissa and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Mirissa

Mirissa beach is located close to the southern-most part of the island and consists of beautiful beaches that promise an absolutely tranquil holiday. Today, Mirissa is renowned as a prime location for whale and dolphin watching. The beach also provides ample opportunities for Surfing, deep sea diving, snorkeling and river trips.

Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Mirissa.

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DAY - 10 : MIRISSA

Collect your breakfast packet provided by the hotel and proceed to the harbor and enjoy an early morning whale watching tour.

On completion return to the hotel & leisurely spend the day at Mirissa beach.

Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Mirissa.

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DAY - 11 : MIRISSA

Enjoy the whole day Leisurely at Mirissa beach.

Dinner & overnight stay at hotel Mirissa.

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DAY - 12 : MIRISSA - NEGOMBO

Check out after Breakfast and transfer from Mirissa to Negombo.

Check-in to the hotel at Negombo and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Negombo

Located within a fairly close range to Bandaranaike International Airport, Negombo – the cinnamon hub of the Colonization of Dutch – offers some of the most exciting diving stretches in the country. With quite a pleasant beach and lagoon watch how Negombo dishes out some of the best lobsters, prawns and crabs found in the country, right on to your table or simple grab your kiteboards of an enthralling fly over crashing waves.

Today Negombo also represents an ultimate nightlife featuring bars, disco bars and clubs. So, jazz up to the rhythm of the West, and be ready for a night of ‘fest’, because at Negombo everything is ‘best’.

Dinner & overnight stay at hotel Negombo.

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DAY - 13 : NEGOMBO – AIRPORT

The guide will take you back to the international airport for departure.

We hope and wish that you will visit this beautiful country again.

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