21 days
Duration

The Sky ferns Grand holiday covers everything with an interesting blend of Sri Lanka’s ancient heritage, rich culture as well as diverse landscapes which makes Sri Lanka a unique island and an ideal location to visit for a holiday. On this 20 days and 19 nights grand holiday tour will take you through Sri Lanka’s most important and main highlights such as exploring ruins of ancient cities like Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura and Mihintale, Climb up to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla’s ancient Buddhist cave temple that highlights the cultural triangle, take part in a Pooja ceremony at Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth, take a train ride through the beautiful hill country, going on an adventurous jeep safari into Minneriya as well as Udawalawa National Park, exploring Galle’s 17 century Dutch Fort as well as glorious beaches including palm fringed tropical golden and white beaches and many more scenic locations with luxury accommodation of your choice.

INCLUDED
Professional tour  instructor ( English speaking ) Transportation by luxury vehicles with fully (air-condition )
Fully Insurance cover Representative at the airport
NOT INCLUDED
Sites Entrance fees
Video and Camera permits at sights
Expenses of personal nature

Note : We can tailor this tour package according to your preferences so feel free to request or ask for any modifications.

Additional information

Physicality10/10
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Day 01

After your arrival in Sri Lanka you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and afterwards will be travelling to a luxury hotel of your choice near the international airport. Here you will have a full relaxing day preparing yourself for the adventure ahead.

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Day 02

On the second day travel to Anuradhapura which is approximately a 3 hour drive from the international airport. You will be travelling along the coastal area which is famous for seafood, therefore, you have the opportunity to taste a Sri Lankan style sea food lunch. On the way we will be stopping by Wilpattu national park. Here you will be able to do a safari in order to explore every single corner of this beautiful park filled with different types of animals including endangered species. After arriving in Anuradhapura checking into a hotel of your choice and will be spending your 2nd night here. Here you also have the option to have dinner out in a place with a beautiful view of a lake.

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Day 03

On the 3rd day after breakfast, head on to Mihintale which is a 14km journey from Anuradhapura. Mihintale is a mountain peak ,which is 300m in height near Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. It is believed by Sri Lankans to be the site of a meeting between the Buddhist monks Mihindu and king Devanampiyatissa and is a historical site. Afterwards, head back to Anuradhapura city and since it is a rural area with a hot weather, we will do a tour around this UNESCO world heritage site in the evening. Here you have the opportunity to explore the site on a foot bicycle for a change. If you really want, you still can do this with the transportation provided ,however, there is a better chance of exploring and enjoying the surrounding nature with a foot bicycle. This is about a 2 hour long journey , but the time will be different according to your preferences.  Also, you have the choice of having dinner in the hotel or somewhere out in the city. Your 3rd night will be spent in this beautiful ancient city of Anuradhapura.

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Day 04

On the 4th day of the tour, you will be checking out of the hotel and travel to Nilaveli which is approximately a 2 hour drive from Anuradhapura. On the way you will be able to explore the beautiful nature of the surrounding environment as we will be travelling through rural villages. For years Nilaveli has been considered one of Sri Lanka’s most perfect beaches. It certainly has that feeling of paradise-island remoteness, with plenty of bending palms swaying over the golden sand. If you’re looking for some serious beach time, including swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving, then Nilaveli would be perfect as the sands are golden and the ocean inviting. In the evening you have the chance to explore this marvellous city including the main highlights, for example hot water springs, the natural harbour, famous Kovils, white coloured beaches etc. Afterwards back to the hotel and the night will be spent here.

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Day 05

On the 5th day rise early in order to see an amazing view of the beautiful sunrise. Today will be a full relaxing day for you. Here you have the chance to experience scuba diving, snorkelling as well as swimming. Here you will also have the opportunity to try and enjoy seafood as Nilaveli is famous for seafood.

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Day 06

On the 6th day after breakfast you will be checking out from the hotel and will be travelling straight to Sigiriya which is about a 2 hour drive from Nilaveli. After arriving at Sigiriya check into a luxury hotel of your choice as you will be spending 2 nights in this beautiful historical city. In the evening, head onto Minneriya to experience a world famous safari. Minneriya national park covers a total area of 8890 hectares. It is famous for bird watching, but mainly for wild elephants as it is known to be a meeting place of Asian elephants in the world. This park offers something of a change of scenery for everyone and is an ideal Eco tourist destination in Sri Lanka that will capture your hearts for sure. Afterwards, back to the hotel and the 6th night will be spent here in this beautiful city of Sigiriya.

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Day 07

On the 7th day rise early and climb the magnificent Sigiriya Rock fortress, one of Sri Lanka’s fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This journey will only take about 2 hours to complete. Afterwards you will be relaxing for the rest of the day. In the evening, you have the opportunity to explore this ancient city by foot, experience an elephant ride, and enjoy a relaxing spa. If want you can also visit the fruit &vegetable market in Dambulla as it is known to be the largest market in Sri Lanka. You will be spending your 7th night in Sigiriya.

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Day 08

On the 8th day travel straight to Kandy. However, on the way we will be stopping by Dambulla to visit the cave temple. The Dambulla Cave temple is also a must see location with its rock ceiling covered in one large sweep of colourful frescoes, some of which dates back to over 2,000 years. This cave temple has the largest number of Buddha statues all housed in one place, including a 14 metre figure of the recumbent Buddha carved out of the rock. Furthermore, you will be visiting the Herbal & Spice garden on the way and it is also where you will be having lunch. After arrival in Kandy you have the option to spend the rest of the day relaxing. If you want you can walk around the city. However, this is an option for you as there will be a full city tour of Kandy the next day. You will be checking into a luxury hotel of your choice and the night will be spent here.

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Day 09

In the morning after breakfast you will be exploring this beautiful ancient cultural site and its heritage, all set in a beautiful scenery. Here you have the opportunity to do shopping, visit the gem museum as Kandy is the home to famous gem centres, boutique and silk as Kandy provides the best quality which you will also be able to buy. In the afternoon you will be visiting the Kandy’s Royal Botanical garden. In the evening at around 5’o clock, you have the chance to experience the Kandy’s cultural dance which will go for about an hour and visit the Temple of Tooth. Also, experiencing a special evening puja including a drumming ceremony in the Buddha’s tooth temple which is right next door and only a walking distance. It is one of the most venerable places for the Buddhist community of Sri Lanka as well as all around the world. Afterwards, back to the hotel where you will be spending your 9th night.

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Day 10

On the 10th day, check out from the hotel and travel straight to Kitulgala which is only a 2 hour drive from Kandy. Kitulgala is a main location for white water rafting. Also the world famous movie “bridge over the river kwai” directed by David Leans was made in this beautiful small village. In the afternoon you will be experiencing an awesome adventure of white water rafting. Here you also have the opportunity to experience bird watching, biking, trekking and many more adventures. Your 10th night will be spen in Kitulgala.

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Day 11

Today you will head up to Nuwara Eliya in the morning while exploring the beautiful uphill environment of Sri Lanka, including natural waterfalls, lush tea estates, vegetable farms and many more scenic locations that will capture your hearts for sure. Nuwara Eliya It is the coldest part of the country as it is 5000 feet above sea level and is located at the heart of the Hill Country. It is also known as “little England” by tourists as the town is well planned and still retains its English style. The cool and calm climate, gorges rolling tea plantation which makes the best “Ceylon tea” and the breathtaking beautiful waterfalls makes Nuwara Eliya one of the most beautiful town in the world.  After your arrival you will have a relaxing afternoon while exploring this marvellous city. There are plenty of things to do and see for example, walk around Kandy on foot, a visit to the famous golf club where you will be able to play a round of golf while enjoying the fascinating environment, Gregory Lake, experiencing horse riding, visiting the Victoria Park as it has become a must see location in Nuwara Eliya and the park is filled with colourful roses and various flowers where you won’t be able to see them in any other city of Sri Lanka. Also fruits & vegetable markets since Nuwara Eliya is a popular Vegetable growing area that has the perfect climate conditions, therefore you can try and buy fresh fruits and vegetables. This is known to be a famous “must do” thing in Nuwara Eliya. You will be checking into a luxury hotel of your choice here as you will be spending 2 nights in this magnificent uphill city.

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Day 12

On the 12th day rise early in order to visit the Horton Plains. Here you will witness the famous “world’s end” as It is a sheer cliff, with a drop of about 4,000 feet and is one of the most visited parts of Horton Plains National Park. This is a key tourist attraction place in Sri Lanka. While you are here, large herds of Sambar deer can be seen. In the afternoon, you can explore this elegant Nuwara Eliya city one last time, including walking through lush green tea plantations, mountainous landscapes and rural villages. Also a Tea Trails experience where you will be able to visit and observe tea plantation. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity of tasting various types and grades of this great brew. Ceylon tea is originally introduced by the British around 1850 and is world famous for its high quality and it is a major contributor to the island’s economy for generations. Currently, Sri Lanka is one of the largest exporters of tea worldwide. Here you have the opportunity to experience this tea making process in tea factories as well as to buy the best grades of tea. We will also be visiting the Ambewela milk factory, strawberry farms and many more scenic locations. Your 12th night will again be spent in this elegant city.

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Day 13

In the morning you will experience a world famous train journey which is from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in order to experience and enjoy the beautiful uphill nature of Sri Lanka. This is about a 3 hour long adventurous train journey and will be perfect for nature lovers. Ella city is also another major tourist attraction and is in between Nuwara Eliya and Yala. You will be picked up from Ella and drive straight to Yala, which is only about a 1 and a half hour drive. We will be stopping on the way to visit the Buduruvagala Buddhist temple that dates back to the 10th century. This is a beautiful, quiet, peaceful environment and will be an ideal location for peace lovers. After arriving in Yala you will be staying in a luxury hotel of your choice where you will be able to experience the adventurous wildlife.

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Day 14

On the 14th day you will take part in a full day adventurous Yala safari. The Yala national park is the most visited and the second largest national park in Sri Lanka as it is a premier eco-tourism destination. It covers an area of 97,878 hectares over the Southern and Uva provinces and is home to the greatest variety of Sri Lanka’s wildlife most notably elephants and leopards. The 14th night will also be spent in Yala.

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Day 15

Today you will be checking out from Yala in order to travel to Galle. On the way we will be visiting the Tangalle beach. This coastal area is famous for seafood hence you have the opportunity to try a seafood lunch here. We will stop by the Weherahena Buddhist temple to see the 39m high Buddha statue. It is a beautiful, quiet, peaceful environment and will again be an ideal location for peace lovers. Also visiting the famous lighthouse of Dondra which was built in 1987 in the British Colonial era. It is 49m high and is famous as the bricks and everything that was used to build was imported from England. Afterwards you will arrive in the city of Galle and spend the night here.

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Day 16

On the 16th day Whale & Dolphin safari in the morning. This is a safe, adventurous journey where you will be able to spot gigantic blue whales and this will truly be an unforgettable highlight of the tour for sure. Also a quick visit to the turtle farm near Galle and on the way you will have the chance to see still fisherman. In the evening a visit to the Dutch Fort which dates back to the 17th century and is one of the most world famous historical locations of Sri Lanka. Here you will also be able to observe a perfect view of the sunset and your 16th night will be spent in this charming city of Galle.

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Day 17

On the 17th day you will experience a half day village tour in Galle. This is about a 1 hour long boat ride to the village through the river. Here you have the opportunity to explore the village and the natural environment ,including bird watching by a foot bicycle. The time for the tour will depend according to your preferences. While you are here you will have the opportunity to taste and learn to cook a Sri Lankan style lunch. Afterwards,back to the hotel and relax for the rest of the day. If you want we can visit the 1500 years old Yatagala temple in the evening, which is only a 15 minute drive from Galle. The night will be spent here again.

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Day 18

On the 18th day of the tour there will be a complete different experience/adventure for you. We will head down to explore The Kanneliya rain forest complex in southern Sri Lanka which is only an hour and a 15 minute drive from Galle. The forest complex designated as a biosphere reserve in 2004 by UNESCO. This is the last large remaining rainforest in Sri Lanka other than Sinharaja and also forest area has been identified as one of the floristically richest areas in South Asia hence will be an unforgettable adventurous experience of yours. The rainforest includes extremely beautiful and delicate natural waterfalls. While you are here you will be able to taste and enjoy a Sri Lankan style lunch/food. Afterwards, back to the hotel and this will be your last night in this gorgeous city of Galle.

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Day 19

Today you will be checking out from Galle and head up to Bentota which is an ideal location to explore beautiful beaches. Here you will be having a full relaxing day in glorious beaches. You can also try many water sports while you are here such as sailing, water skiing, swimming, etc. Your second last night will be spent in a fine relaxing beach hotel in Bentota.

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Day 20

On the second last day visit to the Lunu Ganga as the Lunuganga Estate was the country home of the renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, who is known as one of the most important and influential Asian architects of the twentieth century. He built famous creations such as public buildings like Parliaments and universities, brief gardens, hotels and villas which you will be able to explore. Also a visit Bawa’s lifelong project – the Lunuganga Gardens. In the afternoon, experience a river boat safari of Madu River. This is approximately a 1 hour long boat journey which includes a fish spa where you will be able to relax even more. If want fishing in Madu River is also possible. Afterwards a full relax evening while enjoying sun kissed beaches as well as seafood in Bentota. Your final night will be spent here.

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Day 21

On your final day you will be travelling straight to Colombo where you will have the opportunity to explore the city. However the city tour will depend on the departure time. Afterwards you will say goodbye to this beautiful country and will proceed to the airport for departure. We hope your stay in Sri Lanka was an unforgettable experience filled with happy as well as fun memories.

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Tour Reviews

5 based on 2 reviews
September 23, 2014

Dear Sky ferns team,
Thank you for giving us this wonderful journey.we’re deeply impressed by your tour knowledge of history and geography as well as driving skills!! Your suggestion dinning and accommodation provide lot of conveniences and comforts to us,specially Galle and other sea side you gave to us amazing ocean view and relaxing environment. we will hope come back again.
thank you,
justine, Helen and family
from- Manchester UK

September 28, 2014

Everything was memorable!
Sri Lanka is truly amazing and we’re so glad we went. We did such a wide variety of things – trips to temples and historical sites, jeep safari (seeing the wild elephants was definitely memorable!), visiting the mountains and tea plantations, beaches and whale watching, our list goes on and on. Our guide Wicky was excellent and really gave added value to the trip. Everything was well organised and went without a hitch,

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