Netball Tour of Sri Lanka

08 Nights 09 Days
DAY 01
Bandaranaike International Airport – Wattala

Upon arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport you’ll be welcomed by a company representative, and pose for a group photo at the airport. Proceed to Pegasus Reef, Wattala from Bandaranaike International Airport.

Overnight stay in Wattala.
DAY 02
Wattala - Netball match #01 - Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple - Wattala

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the respective ground in Colombo for the 01st Netball match. (Lunch will be provided at the match venue). Visit Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple after the match.

Gangaramaya is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Colombo, started by the famous scholar monk Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Nayaka Thera in the late 19th Century. After the Venerable Sri Sumangala, his chief pupil Devundera Sri Jinaratana Nayake Thera took on the administration of the temple. It was he who laid the foundation to convert the little temple to an institute of international reckoning. The next chief incumbent was the Ven. Devundara Keerthi Sri Sumangala Jinaratana Vacissara Thera, the teacher of the Ven. Galboda Gnanissara, who worked to make the Gangaramaya what it is today: much more than a temple in the conventional term, but a place of worship, a seat of learning and a cultural centre.

Return to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the surroundings at the hotel.

Overnight stay in Wattala.
DAY 03
Wattala – Pinnawala elephant orphanage – Habarana

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and proceed to Habarana from Colombo with a stop at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage en-route.

The Elephant Orphanage, located on the banks of the Maha Oya, is mainly to house young elephants who find themselves displaced and lost from their natural habitats for various reasons - environmental changes due to development projects, being abandoned by their parents when they fall into pits & ravines, etc. The most interesting times to visit is at feeding or bathing time.

Transfer and check-in at the hotel in Habarana and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay in Habarana.
DAY 04
Habarana - Minneriya National Park OR Hiriwaduna Village Trek - Sigiriya Rock fortress (Optional) - Habarana

Early morning leave for a jeep safari at Minneriya National Park or on a village trekking excursion in Habarana. Packed breakfast will be provided.

Minneriya: Located between Habarana and Polonnaruwa, the 8,890 hectares of Minneriya National Park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to favorites such as sambar deer, leopards and elephants. However, the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank (built in 3 rd century AD by King Mahasena). During the dry season (June to September), this tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants who come to bathe and graze, as well as the huge flocks of birds (cormorants and painted storks to name but a few) that come to fish in the shallow waters.

Village trek: Here you will have the opportunity to witness a typical lively hood of a Sri Lanka village. Cross a lake in a catamaran and ride a bullock cart which the locals use as a mode of transport.

Optional: In the evening proceed to climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress: which is a world heritage site, built by king Kashyapa (473 “491 A.D). The Lion rock is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70-hectare fortified town. The base of the rock is ringed by a moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens. The world-renowned frescoes of the heavenly maidens of Sigiriya which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway are one of the main attractions. The frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.

Return to the hotel in Habarana and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay in Habarana.
DAY 05
Habarana – Kurunegala - Netball match #02 – Kandy

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the respective ground in Kurunegala for the 02nd Netball match. (Lunch will be provided at the match venue). After the match, the team will be transferred to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure in Kandy.

Overnight stay in Kandy.
DAY 06
Kandy - Netball match #03 – Temple of the Tooth

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the respective ground in Kandy for the 03rd Netball match. (Lunch will be provided at the match venue). Proceed to the Temple of the Tooth or Dalada Maligawa in the evening hours, and witness the captivating cultural Kandyan dance.

The ‘Dalada Maligawa’ or the Temple of the Tooth, which houses the relic of the tooth of Lord Buddha is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy. The relic is believed to gift governance of a country to the person who holds the relic. You can also witness the Kandyan cultural dance within the temple premises, which is a distinct and significant part of many local Buddhist festivals or ‘peraheras’.

Return to the hotel in Kandy and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay in Kandy.
DAY 07
Kandy – Tea factory – Spice garden - Hikkaduwa

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and proceed to Hikkaduwa from Kandy. Visit a tea factory and a Spice Garden en-route to your accommodation in Hikkaduwa. Check-in at the hotel in Hikkaduwa, and spend the rest of the day at leisure by the poolside or the beach.

Overnight stay in Hikkaduwa.
DAY 08
Netball match #04 – Turtle Hatchery

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the respective ground in Hikkaduwa for the 04th Netball match. (Lunch will be provided at the match venue). After lunch visit a turtle hatchery in Hikkaduwa. Afterwards, return to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay in Hikkaduwa.
DAY 09
Hikkaduwa – Bandaranaike International Airport

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, check-out and transfer to the airport on time for your departure flight.

Kandy – Cultural Center of Sri Lanka
Hikkaduwa
Densely populated with non-natives, the region preserves a casual ambience. On the main road, there is a stretch of stores, eateries and budget & high-end hotels.
Colombo – Sri Lankas Commercial Capital