Day 015th April 19
- Arrival – Transfer to Negombo (D)
Upon your arrival at the Bandaranayke International Airport, you will be welcomed by the Rahhalah representative and transferred to the hotel in Negombo (Hotel Tranquil or similar http://www.tranquil.lk/). Optional: Negombo city tour (depending on the arrival time). Negombo town, often referred to as “Little Rome,” is a historically interesting place strongly influenced by its European conquerors and the Catholic Church. The narrow strip of land between the lagoon, the sea and the numerous canals allows for many exciting explorations. The lagoon, especially, is famous for its lobsters, crabs and prawns, and the fish auctions that regularly take place on the beach are worth visiting. Initially claimed by the Portuguese, the city was conquered by the Dutch in 1644 and remained under their sovereignty until 1796 when the Dutch were finally overthrown by the British. Negombo was one of the most important sources of cinnamon during the Dutch era, and the visitors can still discover remnants of the colonial period while exploring the city.
Day 026th April 19
- Negombo - Kitulgala (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kitulgala (100 km, approx. a 3-hour drive), where, upon arrival and after checking-in at the hotel you will have lunch. After lunch, you will enjoy an amazing White-Water Rafting experience (starting time at 2.30 p.m.). This thrilling adventure on the white-water sections of the Kelani River is suitable for amateurs as well as for professionals. You will experience the thrill of rapids of a grade 2 to 3+ and the euphoria of successfully making it through. The river’s clear waters spring from the heart of the wilderness reserve and tumble through a rocky gorge just above Kitulgala. The rafting site had a bout of fame when it was chosen as a prime location in the filming of David Lean's 1957 award-winning film 'Bridge on the River Kwai.' Regardless of your age or prior similar experience, our rafting rides (run by professionally trained and experienced guides) will become one of your memorable experiences in Sri Lanka. A briefing is given prior to the river run with instructions on paddling techniques and “man overboard” procedures. After this rafting adventure, you will return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 037th April 19
- Kitulgala – Kandy (B, L, D)
After an early breakfast at the hotel, you will check out and head towards Kandy (approx. a 3-hour drive). Kandy used to be the last stronghold of the Buddhist political power against the colonial powers. It is Sri Lanka’s second largest city, and home to a Sinhalese cultural tradition of which Sri Lankans are justifiably proud. One of its most important attractions is the Temple of the Tooth relic. Upon arrival, you will check-in at your homestay and have lunch before embarking on a visit to the Peradeniya Botanical Garden and the Local Market, where you will get a better understanding of the way of life in Kandy. The Peradeniya Botanical Garden started in 1374 as a pleasure garden for the kings of Kandy and covers today an area of 147 acres. There, you will find more than 500 species of trees and plants, some rare and endemic, while others are tropical. The Spice Garden on the Orchid House is highly popular among the tourists.
Day 048th April 19
- Kandy - Dambulla / Sigiriya (B, L, D)
After an early breakfast, you will leave heading to Dambulla and Sigiriya (approx. a 3.5-hour drive). You should expect to arrive at your hotel (Hotel Lakmini Lodge or similar http://www.lakminilodge.com/en-us) around noon for a short relaxation before your next adventure. Lunch at local village house. At 2pm, you will go to the Hiriwaduna Village, located in Habarana, where you will enjoy an easy, 3 to 4-hour hike through the jungle and the village paths. The use of a Catamaran (Dugout canoes) is an additional exhilarating experience. There, you will also have the chance to learn more about the Chaina Cultivation: a very primitive agricultural method based on which farmers slash and burn jungle patches for the cultivation of short-term crops. The farmers usually rotate among 2 to 3 land plots, depending mainly on rain, and engaging in little field preparation. Finally, you will visit the HiriwadunnaWewa (Tank) which supplies many villagers with water for the cultivation of their crops. In the evening, you will return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 059th April 19
- Dambulla / Sigiriya - Community project (B, L, D)
After an early breakfast, you will depart for the community service project at a local school. **Project subject to the budget provided. The community project may last half a day or the full day and may include renovating a remote school while interacting with the pupils, or a tree-planting session that will ensure a greener future for the younger generations. Around mid-day, there will be a lunch break, and, upon conclusion of the volunteering project, you will return to the hotel for dinner and relaxation.
Day 0610th April 19
- Sigiriya / Negombo (B, L, D)
After an early breakfast, you will depart for Negombo (approx. a 5-hour drive). Lunch at a restaurant en-route. At 2pm you will check-in at your home-stay, before leaving for a shopping tour in Colombo. In the evening, you will prepare yourselves your last dinner in Sri Lanka under the guidelines and supervision of your host.
Day 0711th April 19
- Departure (B)
After breakfast, you will head to the Colombo International Airport in time for your departure flight. (Check-out at 12 noon).