Tour To Kalpitiya Sri Lanka


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Tour To Kalpitiya Sri Lanka 11 Nights 12 Days

The primary resort town on the western coast of Sri Lanka, Negombo is highly sought after for its long stretches of golden, palm fringed beaches and the buzzing, cosmopolitan lifestyle of the town and of course, its close proximity to the airport at Katunayake. The economy of the town and the region is mainly based on tourism and its centuries-old fishing industry which continues to thrive today making it a paradise for seafood lovers.

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DAY 1 | AIRPORT - NEGOMBO

Arrival in Sri Lanka at Bandaranaike International Airport and transfer to Negombo. You will be greeted by one of our Driver Guides/National Guides at the airport. Then you will be driven to your chosen hotel in Negombo. Proceed on a short sightseeing tour of Negombo only if time permits.

 

NEGOMBO

 

The primary resort town on the western coast of Sri Lanka, Negombo is highly sought after for its long stretches of golden, palm fringed beaches and the buzzing, cosmopolitan lifestyle of the town and of course, its close proximity to the airport at Katunayake. The economy of the town and the region is mainly based on tourism and its centuries-old fishing industry which continues to thrive today – making it a paradise for seafood lovers. Here, myriad cultures mix and exist freely. The town, which is predominantly Roman Catholic, is called “Little Rome” due to the highly ornate Portuguese-era Roman Catholic churches found within it. However, Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims too have significant landmarks of their own – often next to each other. Several buildings also date back to the Dutch and Portuguese colonial era, including an ancient Dutch Fort gate built in 1672 now a part of the prison and the Dutch Canal which was a supply route to the administration. The 100km long canal – still very much in use, runs through and a boat ride will offer a different perspective of the city. The wide beaches and the gentle surf are ideal for water sports and a few well preserved coral reefs and a 50 year old shipwreck attracts divers too.

 

NEGOMBO FISH MARKET

 

Negombo is a popular fishing town in Sri Lanka, located on the west coast of the island near the Negombo Lagoon. The Negombo Fish Market is the second largest fish market in the Island and is a noisy, colourful and even smelly affair! It is situated near the Old Dutch Fort Gate and is definitely worth a visit to experience local culture and enjoy seeing the many variety of fish and seafood being offloaded from the boats. Fish that are captured from other neighboring towns such as as Wennappuwa, Marawila, Chilaw, and Kalpitiya are also transported to the Negombo Fish Market. Varieties of fish on sale would be shark, tuna, sardine and mackerel .Live crabs, shrimp, lobster and prawns are plentiful too for sale at the stalls in the market. The fish is laid in heaps for display and is quite an interesting sight to see. They can be purchased in bulk or in smaller quantities. The price is very economical in comparison to what you would pay at a supermarket or commercialised fish store. So if fresh fish is what you need for a scrumptious lunch or dinner, or just to experience the native fishing industry, a visit to the Negombo fish market is highly recommended. 
The fish market is situated near the Old Dutch Fort Gate and held every day except Sundays and evenings.

 

LAGOON ( WIKIPEDIA DESCRIPTION)

 

The fishermen who are based at the Negombo lagoon live in abject poverty in shanty thatch palm villages along the water's edge. They rely mainly on their traditional knowledge of the seasons for their livelihood, using outrigger canoes carved out of tree trunks and nylon nets to bring in modest catches from September through till April. Their boats are made in two distinct forms, oruvas (a type of sailing canoe) and paruvas (a large, man-powered catamaran fitted with kurlon dividers), and are said to have originated in the islands off the Mozambican coast; they were brought to Sri Lanka by Portuguese traders in the 17th century. For generations the lagoon has provided the fishermen with a plentiful supply of crabs, shrimps, lobsters, cuttlefish and many of the native species of fish.
Enjoy beach stay till late evening. 

Overnight in Negombo. In the evening, relax at the hotel. Overnight in Negombo.


ACCOMMODATION : Golden Star Beach Hotel ( Breakfast)

DAY 2 | NEGOMBO

Breakfast. Proceed journey to Kalpitiya. En route visit,

 

MUNNESHWARAM KOVIL

 

It is believed that Munneswaram predates the Ramayana and a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was located here. Munneswaram means the first temple for Shiva (Munnu + Easwaran). A Shiva Lingam was already here when lord Rama visited the place. Lord Rama after his victorious battle left for Ayodhya with Sita in one of King Ravana's vimanas. He felt he was being followed by Bramhaasthi dosham (a malevolent black shadow) as he had killed King Ravana who was a Brahmin. When the Vimana was passing over Munneswaram, he felt the Vimana vibrating, and Munneswaram realized the "Bramhaasthi Dosham" was not following him at this particular point. He stops the Vimana at this juncture and asks God Shiva for a remedy. God Shiva blessed Lord Rama and advised installing and praying for four lingams at Manavari, Thiru Koneswaram, Thiru Ketheshwaram and Rameshwaram in India, as the only remedy to get rid of the dosham. 
Continue journey to Kalpitiya.

 

KALPITIYA

 

A key destination for nature lovers, Kalpitiya is a coastal area on the Western shoreline of Sri Lanka. It sits on a peninsula - 48 km long and 6-8 km wide between the Puttalam lagoon and the Indian Ocean. 14 islands make up 1673 hectares of land which known as Kalpitiya and the area is designated as a marine sanctuary with a diversity of habitats ranging from bar reefs, flat coastal plains, saltpans, mangrove swamps, marshes and vast sand dunes. The ocean at Kalpitiya is renowned for observing large pods of dolphins and whales, and with hundreds of spinner dolphins frolicking on the waters Kalpitiya is fast becoming a celebrated location for spotting them. Whales too, are regularly seen off the Kalpitiya shores with Sperm Whales and the occasional Blue Whale gracing the waves. The Bar Reef at Kalpitiya is the largest coral reef (307 square km) in Sri Lanka. Just an hour’s boat ride it is paradise for scuba divers and snorkelers. Rich in bio-diversity, the reef is home to an incredible variety of tropical fish as well as manta rays, reef sharks and sea turtles.
Relax at the lagoon in the evening. 



Overnight in Kalpitiya. ACCOMMODATION : Ruwala Resort or similar(Breakfast) 

DAY 3 | KALPITIYA

At dawn, proceed journey to Anuradhapura with breakfast packs.

 

ANURADHAPURA

 

The ancient capital of Anuradhapura reigned supreme for over a millennium as one of the greatest monastic cities of the ancient world famed for Buddhist culture and architectural achievements across Asia and Europe. Ruled by 113 successive kings and four queens, Anuradharpura was a majestic sprawl of magnificent palaces, ornate pleasure gardens, exquisite sculptures and vast Buddhist temples. The three main ‘dagabas’ are amongst the biggest architectural creations of the ancient world smaller in size only to the pyramids at Giza. The ancient rulers also created impressive feats of engineering, building great reservoirs to preserve the monsoon rains and irrigation systems to produce great harvests of paddy. Anuradhapura was founded in 377 BC by the third king of the Vijaya dynasty, Pandukabhaya, and was much fought over. Abandoned in 1073 when the capital was transferred to Polonnaruwa, it was ‘reclaimed’ by the jungle and rediscovered by British explorers in the 19th Century. Today, the surviving ruins are still spectacular even after thousands of years, and the ‘sacred city’ of Anuradhapura remains on the ‘must visit’ list of locals and tourists alike. 
Visit Anuradhapura, the famous ancient Capital of Sri Lanka.

 

SRI MAHA BODHI TREE

 

The Sri Maha Bodhi is the oldest historically authenticated tree in the world. However, for Sri Lankans’ the Sri Maha Bodhi has a far more significant meaning, both rich in historical and religious value. A sapling from the historical Bodhi tree from Bodhgaya in India under which the Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment, the Sri Maha Bodhi has grown into a luscious tree having been nurtured by Sri Lankan Kings and Buddhists pilgrims from ancient times. It was brought to Sri Lanka by Sangamitta Thera, the daughter of Emperor Asoka, who was later the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns in Sri Lanka. The Sri Maha Bodhi was planted by King Devanampiya Tissa in 288BC on a high terrace about 6.5 m above the ground in the Mahamevna Uyara or Park in Anuradhapura. The Sri Maha Bodhi has been a revered place of worship for over 2000 years and thousands of pilgrims gather to offer prayer and worship. Poya days (Full moon days) which are public holidays in Sri Lanka are particularly busy and probably best avoided as crowds of Buddhist worshippers converge from all over the island to offer their prayers. Thereafter visit,

 

RUWANWELI SEYA

 

Arguably one of Sri Lanka’s most famous historical sites, the Ruwanweliseya Dagoba is sacred to Buddhist pilgrims the world over. Commissioned to be built by King Dutugemunu, who is the first Sinhalese king to rule the entire island, legend has it that he did not live to see the completion of this glorious structure. As he was ailing, his brother arranged for it to be draped in white cloth so that he could see what the completed masterpiece would look like from his deathbed. 
Ruwanweliseya is said to be King Dutugemunu’s finest construction. Today it is visited by thousands of pilgrims and travellers from the world over. It is also a sacred place of worship for many Sinhalese Buddhists.


The sheer size of the Ruwanweliseya Dagoba is breathtaking, and you really get a feeling of history when you gaze at this magnificent structure through the walls guarded by a freeze of hundreds of elephants. There is a statue within the premises which is popularly believed to be a statue of King Dutugemunu. 
As at any place of Buddhist worship, visitors must remove footwear and dress appropriately as a sign of respect. Therefore plan ahead and visit Ruwanweliseya at a time when the sun is not too hot, especially if you plan on walking the circumference of the Dagoba in your bare feet.

 

THUPARAMAYA

 

The Thuparama Dagoba is the oldest dagoba in Sri Lanka and has great historical significance. It was built by King Devanampiya Tissa in the 3rd Century BC shortly after the teachings of Lord Buddha were brought to the island by Mahinda Thera, an envoy sent by King Ashoka of India. The Thuparama Dagoba is a sacred place of worship to Buddhists the world over as it is said to contain the right collarbone of Lord Buddha - a gift from India and a testament to cordial relations between the two countries at the time. The Dagoba was destroyed on many occasions during the islands illustrious history and was restored in 1862AD to the more conventional bell shaped stupa which is seen today.

 

LOVAMAHAPAYA

 

Lovamahapaya or the Brazen Palace is said to have had a bronze roof, which is how it got its name. It is located close to the Sri Maha Bodhiya and Ruvanaveliseya and was built by one of Sri Lanka’s greatest leaders, King Dutugemunu, almost 2000 years ago. This amazing structure was said to have been 9 stories high with the ability to house a 1000 monks and attendants. Unfortunately, the building was completely destroyed during the reign of King Saddhatissa, who was King Dutugemunu’s younger sibling, and was renovated on several occasions during the illustrious Anuradhapura period. The Great King Parakramabahu I of the Polonnaruwa period restored it last in the 12th century and all that remains to be seen today is 40 rows each with 40 stone pillars for a total of 1600 pillars, which is still a pretty spectacular sight. Check-in to hotel and relax.

Overnight in Anuradhapura.
ACCOMMODATION : Alakamanda Hotel (Breakfast)

DAY 4 | ANURADHAPURA

Proceed for a jeep safari at Wilpatthu National park with picnic breakfast.

 


WILPATTHU NATIONAL PARK

 

Declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1905, Wilpattu is one of Sri Lanka’s oldest national parks. It covers an area of over 131,000 hectares Declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1905, Wilpattu is one of Sri Lanka’s oldest national parks. It covers an area of over 131,000 hectares stretching from the north western coast to the north central province, and comprises a complex of lakes called ‘Villus’ surrounded by grassy plains, set within scrub jungle. Although the biggest attraction at Wilpattu is the elusive Leopard, all of the `big game’ in Sri Lanka including elephant, sloth bear, water buffalo, and spotted dear are found in abundance here. Being less accessible than the other national parks, Wilpattu remains unspoilt and un crowded – a haven frequented by true nature lovers. The extensive park consists of varying habitats: coastal belt, natural lakes (villus), cliff tops, scrublands, open grasslands and dense forest. While this diversity houses many mammal and reptile species, Wilpattu is also famed for its birdlife – primarily endemics. The coastal belt and natural lakes attract many waders and migrant species too. Apart from its wildlife, Wilpattu and its surroundings have great historical significance too – it is believed that in 543 BC Prince Vijaya arrived here from East India. 

Back to hotel in Kalpitiya. Relax at the Beach. Overnight in Kalpitiya.
ACCOMMODATION : Ruwala Resort or similar(Breakfast) 

DAY 5 | KITE SURFING IN KALPITIYA

Breakfast. Kite surfing excursion.


Kite surfing an up and coming water activity and there is no better place to do it than on Kalpitiya’s blue waters. The ideal time to kite surf is between the months of May to September. Wind levels range from 20 to 25 knots and sometimes even exceed up to 30 knots and as a result one is guaranteed a good kite surfing experience.

 
Kalpitiya has a range of areas for kite surfing making it suitable for people of all ages to try it out. There are flat water lagoons for beginners, wave riding spots for more experienced people and even sand banks and islands for excursions.


There are 2 main spots for kite surfing; Kalpitiya Lagoon and Kappaladi Lagoon which are suitable for people that require it for free style, flat water, free ride and those who need instruction lessons. Kite surfing is an amazing experience and there is no other place to do it at than at Kalpitiya.

Overnight in Kalpitiya.
ACCOMMODATION : Ruwala Resort or similar(Breakfast)

DAY 6 | KITE SURFING IN KALPITIYA

Breakfast. Kite surfing excursion.


Kite surfing an up and coming water activity and there is no better place to do it than on Kalpitiya’s blue waters. The ideal time to kite surf is between the months of May to September. Wind levels range from 20 to 25 knots and sometimes even exceed up to 30 knots and as a result one is guaranteed a good kite surfing experience. 


Kalpitiya has a range of areas for kite surfing making it suitable for people of all ages to try it out. There are flat water lagoons for beginners, wave riding spots for more experienced people and even sand banks and islands for excursions.


There are 2 main spots for kite surfing; Kalpitiya Lagoon and Kappaladi Lagoon which are suitable for people that require it for free style, flat water, free ride and those who need instruction lessons. Kite surfing is an amazing experience and there is no other place to do it at than at Kalpitiya.

Overnight in Kalpitiya.
ACCOMMODATION : Ruwala Resort or similar(Breakfast)

DAY 7 | HORSE RIDING IN KALPITIYA

Breakfast. At leisure in the morning. Sunset Riding for 3 hours. Overnight in Kalpitiya.

ACCOMMODATION : Ruwala Resort or similar(Breakfast)

DAY 8 | SIGHTSEEING IN KALPITIYA

Breakfast. Visit the historical Dutch Fort.

 

DUTCH FORT (WIKIPEDIA DESCRIPTION)

 

The King of Portugal bestowing the territory to the Jesuits, who built a chapel here, establishing a small garrison to defend it. In an effort to free the port from the Portuguese the King of Kandy, King Rasjasinha II, sought assistance from the Dutch, who in 1659 conquered the area but did not return it to the King, instead they commenced construction of a fort in 1667, which was completed in 1676. Kalpitiya was strategically important for the Dutch East India Company (VOC), as it enabled them to control the external trade of the Kingdom of Kandy, by controlling the large Muslim trading community in the area. 


The fort is nearly square in shape, with walls about 4 m (13 ft) high, constructed out of coral and limestone from the surrounding area. The fort has a single entrance, which fronts the lagoon, which has a pediment, with a belfry above it and looks like the entrance to a church. The yellow bricks that comprise the entrance arch were reportedly brought especially from Holland. The story is that the King of Kandy had granted permission only to build a church here and that the Dutch had built the arch to mislead the King into believing that this was simply a fortified church. The fort has four bastions on each corner of the fort, each with its own guard post, with two smaller bastions facing the lagoon. Inside the fort are the buildings are located around the periphery creating an empty space in the middle of the fort. The walls of a chapel, barracks, dining hall, commander's residence and prison are all still evident, though the roofs have been replaced. There were two tunnels leading away from the fort, one led to the sea and the other to the Dutch Reformed Church located approximately 400 m (1,300 ft) outside the fort. These tunnels are currently blocked and are inaccessible.
In 1795 the fort was surrendered to the British. The British continued with their military occupation of the Kalpitiya Fort till 1859. The fort was neglected for many years until it was turned into a Sri Lankan Navy base for training and operational activity during the escalation of the Sri Lankan Civil War. The ramparts are in good condition today.


Proceed journey to the bay by 4 wheel jeep in the evening.
Return to Ruwala Resort. At leisure in the evening. Overnight in Kalpitiya.


ACCOMMODATION : Ruwala Resort or similar(Breakfast)

DAY 9 | BEACH STAY IN KALPITIYA

Breakfast. Take the Nature Trail through the lush Mangroves and find-the thatched summer hut in the middle of the Mangroves to rest and relax. Explore the fishing village of Thihaliya, with its thatched roof huts, mosques, churches, and wayside boutiques. Watch out for the herds of donkeys that are common to Kalpitiya area.


Overnight in Kalpitiya. 

ACCOMMODATION : Ruwala Resort or similar(Breakfast)

DAY 10 | BEACH STAY IN KALPITIYA

Breakfast. Boat trip to the boarders of Wilpattu National Park in the morning. 
Back to hotel. Enjoy beach stay in the evening.
Overnight in Kalpitiya. 


ACCOMMODATION : Ruwala Resort or similar(Breakfast) 

DAY 11 | NIGHT IN A YATCH IN KALPITIYA

Breakfast. At leisure.
The large yacht can be yours for the day to cruise up the Kalpitiya Peninsula and explore the Dutch Bay islands in the evening. You can simply relax on board and enjoy your surroundings. 
Overnight in a Yatch. 


ACCOMMODATION : Ruwala Resort or similar(Breakfast) 

DAY 12 | KALPITIYA - AIRPORT

Breakfast. At the end of a memorable but a sweet holiday spent in Sri Lanka, we drive you safely to the Bandaranayeke International Airport, where you bid adieu to Sri Lanka, with a contented feeling.
Transferring to the airport to catch the flight to onward destination.

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For Reservations: Email : reservations@gotravelclub.com.au

For more tour extentions, Please contact your travel adviser: 03 8788 5152 or mail : info@gotravelclub.com.au

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