Day 1: Arrival to Colombo
On arrival you will be blessed to get your first taste of warm Sri Lankan hospitality. Our airport representative will welcome you at the airport and will guide you to the transportation to your first destination Colombo. Check into hotel & relax from jetlag.
Afternoon commence sightseeing. Colombo City Tour, Drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree lined residential, cinnamon gardens, visit fort, the former british administrative centre and military garrison, sea street – the goldsmiths quarters in the heart of pettah, the bazaar area, where is also a hindu temple with elaborate stone carvings, and the dutch church of wolfe dhal dating back to 1749.
COLOMBO SHOPPING TOUR: Take a fascinating journey in the capital of the isle paradise. This commercial and administrative hub of the country proves to be a blend of cultural texture, religions, and socioeconomic classes. Visit bargain markets, Independence Square, Odel Shopping Mall, Colombo City Center, One Galle Face, Shopping at Laksala state owned Handicraft’s emporium, Dutch Hospital and Premadasa Gems & gallery.
Dinner & Overnight Stay in Colombo
Day 2: Colombo - Dambulla
After a scrumptious breakfast, checkout from hotel & proceed to Dambulla. En route visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawala is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild asian elephants located at pinnawala village. pinnawala has the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. in 2011, there were 96 elephants, including 43 males and 68 females from 3 generations, living in pinnawala. the orphanage was founded to care and protect the many orphaned wild elephants found wandering in and near the forests of sri lanka. it was established in 1975 by the sri lanka department of wildlife conservation (dwc).
DAMBULLA CAVE TEMPLE. Its rock ceiling is one large sweep of colorful frescoes, some of which dates to over 2,000 years, which depicts Buddhist mythology, and the tales of the Buddha's previous births. This cave temple has the largest number of Buddha statues all housed in one place, including a 14-meter-long, colossal figure of the recumbent Buddha carved out of the rock.
Check-in to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure Overnight Stay in Dambulla
Day 3: Sigirya
After a scrumptious breakfast proceed to Sigiriya.
SIGIRIYA is a “UNESCO World Heritage Site” and the 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the Palace on the summit of the 600-foot-high rock. On its summit are the foundations of the Royal Palace, Water Tanks to supply water and all other buildings and at the edges the guardhouses. On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of Frescoes of 21 life sized damsels still shining in their original colors. The Water Gardens, Fountain Garden, Summerhouses, Boulder Gardens, and the Caves within the enclosed area should not be missed.
Thereafter proceed to Habarana
HIRIWADUNNA VILLAGE TRECK This is a typical countryside experience with a jeep ride to the rural village of Hiriwadunna. The trek begins with a beautiful walk along to a man-made reservoir. You will also experience a boat ride, bullock cart ride, rural vegetable cultivation, paddy fields and enjoy an authentic Sri Lankan lunch at a Village house.
In the afternoon safari in Minneriya National Park
MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK is a national park in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is of historical importance, having been built by King Mahasen in third century AD. The park is a dry season feeding ground for the elephant population dwelling in forests of Matale.
Large numbers of Sri Lankan elephants are attracted to grass fields on the edges of the reservoir during the dry season. The Minneriya tank contributes to sustain a large herd. Elephants gathered here is numbering around 150-200. Some reports account number of elephants to as high as 700. They migrate here from Wasgamuwa National Park and benefit from food and shelter of the park’s forest. Tourists visit Minneriya largely because of elephants, especially in dry season. Dinner & Overnight Stay in Dambulla
Day 4: Dambulla - Kandy
After breakfast proceed to Kandy, the historical hill capital kingdom of Sri Lanka
En route visit spice garden in Matale with a free head & shoulder massage and refreshments
SPICE GARDEN IN MATALE to see the different spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed.
Thereafter proceed to Kandy.
KANDY, including Upper Lake Drive, Market Square, Arts & Crafts Centre, Gem Museum & Temple of Tooth Relic. Kandy the hill capital, venue of the annual Perahera The last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings was finally ceded to the British in 1815. Kandy is an example of the Buddhism’s influence in Sri Lanka today. Temple’s shrines and monasteries keeping alive Buddhist traditions are everywhere.
By the evening experience a COLORFUL CULTURAL DANCE Show where you will be taken to mind blowing Sri Lankan culture extravaganza… Get ready for Heavy drumbeat and acrobatic act.
Dinner & Overnight Stay in Kandy
Day 5: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya
After a scrumptious breakfast checkout from the hotel and then proceed to Nuwara Eliya. En route visit Royal Botanical Garden, Tea Factory & Ramboda Waterfalls
ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS, PERADENIYA This majestic botanical garden is 147 acres in extent and was started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the Kings of Gampola and Kandy. There are more than 5,000 species of trees, plants, and creepers. Some which are rare and endemic, as well as flora from the tropical world are found in the gardens. The Spice Garden and Orchid House are popular with tourists. There are 5 Palm Avenues beautifying the gardens, the earliest and tallest, Royal Palm Avenue, was planted in 1905 and the Double Coconuts from the Seashells Island, with the largest seed of all plants in the world, is one such avenue.
Enjoy “Tea experience”, which involves a visit a plantation to observe firsthand the process, starting from the plucking field where it all begins with the picking of “two leaves and a bud” to the factory where the processing begins. Originally introduced to the island around 1850 by the British, Ceylon Tea is world famous for its high quality and has remained a major contributor to the island’s economy for generations. Currently, Sri Lanka is one of largest exporter of tea worldwide. The high altitudes produce the best flavors, so Sri Lanka’s hill-country is the ideal environment to grow the most flavorsome tea. A guided tour around a Tea Factory is an enlightening experience.
En route visit RAMBODA WATERFALLS is 109 m (358 ft) high and 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 729th highest waterfall in the world. It is situated in Pussellawa area, on the A5 highway at Ramboda Pass. It formed by Panna Oya which is a tributary of Kothmale Oya. Altitude of the falls is 945 m (3,100 ft) above sea level. Undoubtedly one of Sri Lanka’s most picturesque. It is most definitely worth a stop off during your tour of the area given the stunning surroundings and countless photo opportunities that arise. Check into hotel.
Afternoon explore Nuwara Eliya
NUWARA ELIYA the ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls, and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places in the Island, but it is just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence, houses like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions. The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic and is also good for Birding as you get some rare birds in this park. Dinner & Overnight Stay in Nuwara Eliya
Day 6: Nuwara Eliya - Bentota
After scrumptious breakfast at hotel checkout & proceed to Bentota.
St. Clair's Falls is one of the widest waterfalls in Sri Lanka and is commonly known as the "Little Niagara of Sri Lanka". It is one of six waterfalls affected by the Upper Kotmale Hydropower Project.
Devon Falls is a waterfall in Sri Lanka, situated 6 km west of Talawakele, Nuwara Eliya District. The falls is named after a pioneer English coffee planter called Devon, whose plantation is situated nearby the falls. The Waterfall is 97 metres high and ranked 19th highest in the Island.
KITHULGALA – is one of the most famous places for White Water Rafting adventures. However, there are many more reasons why this spot, just 100 kms from the capital Colombo, is well worth visiting. Chief among these is the historic Beli Lena Caves where the pre-historic Balangoda Man supposed to have lived. Check-in to the hotel Dinner & overnight stay in Bentota
Day 7: Bentota Sightseeing
After a scrumptious at hotel, proceed for Bentota sightseeing.
Optional MADU RIVER BOAT RIDE in the 915-hectare Madu Ganga Estuary is connected by two narrow channels to the Randombe Lake, forming a complex wetland system encompassing 64 mangrove islets. In the year 2000, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) undertook a detailed biodiversity survey of the region & revealed the existence of no less than 10 major wetland vegetation types supporting over 300 plant species & 248 species of vertebrates. This remarkable diversity has led to its being classified under RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands in 2003
MARINE TURTLE CONSERVATION KOSGODA Globally, all seven species of marine turtles are endangered. Of these seven, five come ashore to nest in Sri Lanka. The process of marine turtles nesting, hatchlings being born, and swimming back to sea is fascinating to observe. The Kosgoda Conservation Project is an ideal way to learn and observe this endangered species. Dinner & Overnight Stay in Bentota
Day 8: Departure from Bentota
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Pack your luggage & check out from the hotel