2015 FAM Trip: Explore Sri Lanka with Khiri Travel

Khiri Travel Sri Lanka organizes a familiarization trip around the country in spring 2015. In this 9-day tour, Khiri takes you on an exploration of a compact and uncrowded country known for timeless temples, tea plantations, friendly people and flavorful food.

We have developed a program of visits to four amazing World Heritage Sites complemented with several Khiri Travel Signature Experiences to share our passion for an intimate and authentic travel adventure around Sri Lanka. You will marvel in historical culture and alluring natural wonders in the spectacular destination called Sri Lanka. At the end of the FAM trip, you’ll be the true Sri Lanka expert for guests of your travel organization.

Program & date

9 Days | Friday 3  – Saturday 9 April 2015

Day 1 | Friday, April 3, 2015 | Negombo Arrival | Meals: None
Explore the coastal city of Negombo, a popular tourist destination with a wide beach and centuries old Dutch and Portuguese houses. It’s most famous as the heartland of Christian Sri Lanka. Numerous, ornate, colonial era Catholic churches earn the town the nickname “Little Rome.” The Dutch made Negombo an important commercial center during the spice trade, particularly for the abundant wild cinnamon that grew in the region.

Day 2 | Saturday, April 4, 2015 | Negombo – Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa| Meals: B 

Today, our FAM trip continues and involves two outstanding and exciting Khiri Signature Experiences: Tastes of Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa Ruins by Fire.

The Sigiriya Rock Fortress, built about 1500 years ago and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, rises dramatically above the coastal plain. This citadel is a remarkable archeological site featuring famous water gardens that circle the base of the fortress and the frescoes of the “Heavenly Maidens of Sigiriya.” While touring this ancient place, your porter will prepare a stylish rest stop in the shade to taste various Sri Lankan delicacies. Have a rest and time to interview the guide and take notes.

After dinner, guides bearing fire torches will escort you to the ruins of Polonnaruwa, another World Heritage Site. Beating drums and the sounding of a conch shell will welcome your arrival. The guided tour will be narrated with the fascinating oral history of these ancient ruins that once hosted kings of the past.

Day 3 | Sunday, April 5, 2015 | Polonnaruwa – Hiriwadunna – Polonnaruwa | Meals: B 

Today’s tour starts early with a trek through jungle and marshland surrounding a reservoir to a hive of early morning activity at Hiriwadunna, a typical Sri Lankan village. The amazing birdlife, butterflies and possibly a crocodile sighting add to the charm of seeing the villagers busily going about their daily tasks.

Later, we will return to the ruins of Polonnaruwa, a former 12th century capital city. Compact and well preserved, a stroll around these ruins offer a fascinating snapshot of medieval Sri Lanka.


Day 4 | Monday, April 6, 2015 | Polonnaruwa – Matale – Kandy | Meals: B 

On a stopover in Matale on the way to Kandy, we visit gardens featuring spices for which the country is famous to learn how they are grown and processed.

The World Heritage hill country city of Kandy at 480m above sea level and surrounded by mountains is the historical home to an independent kingdom before falling to the British in the early 1800s. We tour the Temple of the Tooth, the Royal Botanical Gardens and catch a panoramic view of this picturesque town. In the evening, you will be treated to a special dance performance involving spectacular fire walking and a chance to browse handicrafts, batiks, and beautiful silks.

Day 5 | Tuesday, April 7, 2015 | Kandy – Nuwara Eliya | Meals: B
We proceed our familiarization trip to Nuwara Eliya, the town of highest elevation in Sri Lanka. Established by the colonial British as “Little England”, Nuwara Eliya is a popular holiday resort due to the cool climate and quaint feel of its charming cottages separated by hedgerows. Its 2000m elevation also makes it the heart of the country’s tea cultivation at which the Khiri immersive signature experience called The Serendipity of Ceylon Tea takes place.

Day 6 | Wednesday, April 8, 2015 | Nuwara Eliya – Yala | Meals: B

This is a busy day starting early with another unique activity; Tea at the End of the World. Horton Plains National Park, covering a wild stretch of high altitude moorland at the southern edge of the hill country, has a famous mountain cliff called “World’s End”, an escarpment that drops straight down nearly 1000m to the lowlands below. After trekking to the “end of the world”, your porter will provide for you a sumptuous and luxurious sit down with English tea and breakfast.

The afternoon adventure is a jeep safari in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka’s largest national park and most visited wildlife preserve. The dry landscape is strikingly beautiful and the park’s wildlife includes colorful painted storks, elephants, crocodiles and a large variety of birds.

The boundaries of the park, however, are no barrier to spotting wildlife! Khiri offers an activity called Night Safari in the Yala Buffer Zone. After dark, we’ll venture out and scout along jungle trails outside the park perimeter to spot nocturnal animals such as leopards, bears and other animals of prey.

Day 7 | Thursday, April 9, 2015 | Yala – Galle – Bantota | Meals: B 

Our journey moves on to Galle. A walk on the military ramparts will give you an excellent view of the ancient harbor known as Tar shish in the Bible. The New Town area of Galle to the north of the fort was badly damaged by the 2004 tsunami. The home of the country’s national sport, the international cricket stadium, located in this area has been rebuilt.

Day 8 | Friday, April 10, 2015 | Bentota – Colombo | Meals: B

We spend the day in Colombo, an ancient seaport and the largest city of Sri Lanka. Its mix of modern life and colonial era remnants is the home of a majority of the country’s corporate offices and entertainment venues. To capture the vibrancy of this city, we go for Khiri’s Colombo City Tour. On this tour you will visit many of the city’s historical, religious and commercial sites such as Fort Pettah, Cinnamon Gardens, Viharamahadevi Park and much more!

Day 9 | Saturday, April 11, 2015 | Colombo Departure  | Meals: B

Today your FAM trip comes to an end with a free day in Colombo. Late in the evening we have arranged for your departure for the airport. Potential onward journeys to explore more of Khiri Travel’s destinations around Asia could be Yangon and Bagan in Myanmar or Phuket in Thailand.

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This familiarization trip is valid for bonafide travel agents only.

For bookings, information and complete tour descriptions, please contact our Khiri Travel Sri Lanka office at sales.srilanka@khiri.com.

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