Cultural Tour

For an in-depth analysis of the history, culture and tradition of ancient and modern day Sri Lanka, this cultural tour of Sri Lanka is just what you need. Beginning with Anuradhapura – the oldest kingdom of Sri Lanka, and wrapping up with Colombo – the trading hub and busiest city on the island, this tour covers all cultural attractions, not forgetting a touch of the hill country natural beauty.

At a glance

Trip length

14 days

Price

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When to go

Any time of the year

Transfers

Airport – Hotel – Tour attractions – Airport

Picture your self

Standing amidst high rise stupas in the ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura.

Attending one of the prayer sessions at the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Enjoying a luxurious jeep safari at the Udawalawe National Park.

Day 1 Colombo

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.

Ancient City in Anuradhapura 1
Day 2 & 3 Anuradhapura

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.

Sigiriya in Sri Lanka
Day 4 & 5 Sigiriya

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 Signature by Amaya.

On day five we have a touch of adventure lined up for you where 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! Later in the day you will be taken to visit the ancient and historical city of Polonnaruwa and will return back to Sigiriya Village for the night.

Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy
Day 6,7 & 8 Kandy

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 9 Nuwara Eliya

Day nine 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.

Nine Arch Bridge Ella in Sri Lanka
Day 10 Ella

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.

Feature Udawalawe
Day 11 Uduwalawa

Early morning the next day you are advised to explore the breathtaking view of the sunrise from the “Ella Gap”. 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 Grand Udawalawa Safari Resort.

Stilt Fishing in Galle
Day 12 Galle

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.

Day 13 & 14 Colombo

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 provided you have approximately 6-7 hours for your flight departure time.

The amazing cultural tour with Blue Lanka 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.

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How they experienced it

Fantastic! History+Outdoors+Animals

I came to Sri Lanka on a solo trip (going to Maldives after on way home) from San Francisco. I booked a 13n/14d tour going through the Cultural Triangle -History, couple of days in Knuckles range – Outdoors, then down through Hill Country and then to South Coast – Animals. It pays to research the different areas of the country to match your desires. I traded off some of the archaeology parts for outdoor adventure because I enjoy it more and have learned I have a ‘museum tolerance’ level that is mid-range at best.
Lasantha was my driver/guide and his knowledge was outstanding regardless of what area we were visiting. Besides Sri Lanka info I enjoyed bantering with him just about life stuff in general. I am glad I booked a tour with a local company instead of a company that just rebooks through other companies. A few hiccups came up during my trip (as can be expected) and Lasantha was able to work with the main office to quickly work things out. Also, Lasantha seemed to have good rapport with local folks wherever we went – the type of positive interactions that speaks to one’s character.

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