Airport-Negombo – Dambulla- Sigiriya – Polunnawura- Negombo –Colombo- Negombo– Airport
Sri Lanka is located in the Indian Ocean about 31 kms off the southern coast of India and is separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Manner and the Palk Strait. It is well known for its marvelous mountains, lush green forests, exciting wildlife, wonderful beaches, spectacular cities and rich cultural heritage.
This activity programme is a high energy, fast-paced adventure which focuses on the process of discovery, furthering teamwork, enhancing leadership skills, cultural enrichment while having as much fun and adventure that can be fitted in 7 days.
- Enriching intellectually and broadening the horizons through immersing participants in the local culture and heritage.
- Visiting of Negombo- a quiet town with interesting history in the western coastal area of Sri Lanka
- Climbing to the top of Sigiriya Rock Fortress- UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoying the spectacular views from the top.·
- Hiriwadunna Village Trekking, exhilarating catamaran ride, Chena cultivation & life of villagers
- Exploring the ‘Sacred City of Polonnaruwa’ by cycles
- Getting involved in a community project and contributing to the local community
Activity: trekking, cycling, jeep safari, community service, cultural sightseeing, cultural interaction, Duration: 7 days/ 6 nights
Suitable for ages 13 years +
All Rahhalah’s ground handlers and guides are locally employed ensuring more authentic experience for travelers, as well as sensitivity to local customs and cultures.
Our staff is highly experienced and has extensive knowledge and training in first aid; leadership and communication.
We run a low impact operation and we leave no traces behind, contributing to the efforts of protection of the local land, its people and culture.
All our local guides and staff are properly employed and adequately equipped. In addition, we emphasize on making extensive use of local products and enhance maximum economic benefits to the local communities.
As you all know 1% of our revenue go back to a local cause and Rahhalah directly takes care of that. This is our payback promise.
Day 1: 13th July 18 Arrival-Transfer to Negombo (D)
Arrival at the Bandaranayke International Airport and you will be met by the Rahhalah representative at the arrival lobby.
Transfer to the hotel in Negombo
Check-in to hotel Tranquill or similar http://www.tranquil.lk/
Depending on the arrival time Negombo City Tour (Optional)
This expanding town is a historically interesting place strongly influenced by the Catholic Church and is often referred to as “Little Rome’. The lagoon at Negombo is famous for its harvest of lobsters, crabs and prawns. Fish auctions regularly take place on the beach and are definitely worth a look, as are the many canals which meander through the area. Negombo has a chequered and colourful past in that the Dutch, the Portuguese and the British all laid claim to it at different times. The town has several buildings dating back to the Dutch and Portuguese Colonial days.Evidence of their occupation can be seen in the colonial-style architecture of many of the buildings in Negombo. During the Dutch era, Negombo was also one of the most important sources of the much-coveted and highly profitable cinnamon.
Dinner and briefing of day 2 activities.
Day 02: 14th July 18 Negombo - Dambulla / Sigiriya (B, L, D)
0730hrs Early breakfast at the hotel and check-out
0830hrs Leave to Dambulla / Sigiriya Approximate driving time 3.5 hours
1200hrs Check-into the hotel Lakmini Lodge or similar http://www.lakminilodge.com/en-us
1400hrs Leave to Sigiriya Rock Fortress
The ancient city of SIGIRIYA is a premier eco-tourism destination in Sri Lanka, and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. It is also proposed that the site should be named the eighth wonder of the world, indicating it is in the same league as other international wonders such as the Grand Canyon and Ancient Pyramids. The topography of the area is flat except for the massive rock outcrop of the fortress itself (which rises an incredible 600 feet up from the green scrub jungle).The unusual rock is particularly interesting due to its flat top (nearly an acre in size), that was used in its entirety to build King Kasyapa’s fortress complex, still evident by the presence of the extensive ruins. Sigiriya’s irrigation and landscaped gardens stand as a testament to the progress and ingenuity of its architects.
1730hrs On conclusion return to the hotel and relax
1930hrs Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel
Day 03: 15th July 18 Dambulla / Sigiriya- Community project and 4WD safari to Minneriya National Park. ( B, L, D)
0730hrs Breakfast at the hotel
0830hrs Leave for community service project at a school **Project subject to the budget provided
A community project can be vary from half day to full day, involving schools, ordinarily families ,etc. It could be a volunteer session of renovating a remote school with an interaction with the students of the village or a tree planting session to ensure a greener future for the present day younger generations.
1400hrs Leave for Hiriwadunna Village Trekking and experience the Chena cultivation by your self.
The Hiriwaduna Village located in Habarana is a simple 3 to 4 hour experience with jungle and village walks. The use of a Catamaran (Dugout canoes) is an exhilarating experience.
Chaina Cultivation. You can have a chance to get chaina cultivation experience. This is a very primitive agricultural method where farmers slash and burn jungle patches for cultivation of short term crops. They mainly depend on rain water and there will not be any major field preparations. Farmers usually rotate between 2 to 3 land plots.
It provides a life line of water to many villagers in the area to cultivate their crops. Paddy / Onions and other varieties of vegetables are grown providing water from this tank.
1900hrs Return to the hotel
1930hrs Dinner at the hotel and overnight stay
Day4 : 16th July 18 Polonnaruwa – cycling (B, L, D)
0830HRS Breakfast at the hotel and check-out
0930hrs Depart to Polonnaruwa
1130hrs Check-into the hotel and lunch www.suduara or similar
1400hrs Explore the ‘Sacred City of Polonnaruwa’ by cycles.
POLONNARUWA At nearly 1000 years old, Polonnaruwa is one of Sri Lanka ‘s ancient capital cities (and part of the famous ‘Cultural Triangle’). Although King Vijayabahu 1 was the first to claim the city as his capital, it was King Parakramabahu who made it what it is today, with its massive buildings, ornate parks and the ‘pièce de resistance’ – a 2500 hectare tank called ‘ParakramaSamudra’ (‘ Sea of Parakrama ‘). The city itself is divided into new and old town with the impressively preserved ruins split into five main areas, including ‘The Quadrangle’ (a.k.a. ‘Terrace of the Tooth Relic’), the Northern City group and the Rest House group (with the royal palace ruins of ‘NissankaMalla’). Due to its reasonably compact layout, the ruins can be easily explored on foot, and with the surrounding area’s flat well maintained roads, you can leave the car behind and jump on a bicycle to get around.
1800hrsReturn to the hotel and overnight stay
Day 5: 17th July Polonnaruwa- Negombo ( B, L,D)
0730hrs Breakfast at the hotel and check-out
0900hrs Leave to Negombo **Approximate driving time 5 hours
Lunch at a restaurant en-route
1400hrs Check-in to a ‘ home stay’
1800hrs Cook your own food with the help of your ‘host’
Overnight stay at the ‘home stay’
Day 6:18th July Colombo city tour/ Visit of Children home ( B, L, D)
Breakfast at the ‘home stay’
Full Day City Tour of Colombo
Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. That heritage is reflected in its architecture, mixing colonial buildings with high-rises and shopping malls. The imposing Colombo National Museum, dedicated to Sri Lankan history, borders sprawling Viharamahadevi Park and its giant Buddha.
You will also visit a children home and spend time with them.
Dinner at a restaurant in Negombo.
Back to the ‘home stay’ and overnight stay.
Day 7 : 19th July Departure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel
Depending on your departure flight rest of the day at leisure.(check out is 12 pm).
1,145 USD / 345 KWD
per person in a group of min 4 pax. Double occupancy
13th July 2018
- This cost is based on Double/Triple Occupancy. Single Supplement cost applies
- All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation.
- All accommodation subject to change to similar one depending on availability.
- Accommodation in the mentioned hotels sharing DBL/TRIPLE / SINGLE rooms basis accommodation subject to change due to availability at the time of confirmation
- Meal plan as described B, L, D
- Transportation as per the programme in an A/C coach
- Activities as described
- Entrance fees as per the itinerary
- Local Government Taxation
THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE
Visa and visa fees
Beverages ( soft drinks,etc ) or additional food
Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, etc
International departure tax
Gratuities and tips
5 % UAE VAT
Important: The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions. In any case the guide has the RIGHT to change the program for the safety and convenience of the travelers.