Destinations: Sri Lanka
Tour Grading Moderate:
Tour Commences In: Colombo
Number of Days: 13 days / 12 nights
Accommodation: Luxury / Deluxe 5 & 4 star & Boutique Hotels
Leaders: Australian Leader & local expert guide
Tour Concludes In: Colombo
Tour Style: Luxury / Deluxe
Meals: Breakfast; 12: Lunch; 5: Dinner; 5:
Transportation: Luxury air-conditioned vehicles
Welcome to Sri Lanka
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- Meet and greet service on arrival and departure
- AC accommodation at mentioned hotels/resorts with daily breakfast
- All transfers and transportations including sightseeing as per the itinerary using AC Vehicles with Driver
- English speaking local guides as per the itinerary
- All toll taxes and parking charges
- Mandatory Govt. Taxes as applicable
- International airfare and extra baggage
- Any lunch, dinner, snacks, mineral water etc. unless mentioned in the itinerary
Day 1 Airport / Colombo
Day 1: Ariive Negombo:
Welcome to Sri Lanka. On arrival you will be meet at Bandaranaike International Airport by your Travel Manager and transferred to your hotel in Negombo. This evening is at your leisure.
Day 2: Negombo - Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Sigirya:
This morning join an optional early morning tour to the fabulous Fish Market, Lellama, 'a place to bargain' with the hotel head chef as our guide. We return to our hotel for our 'welcome breakfast'. (late flightarrival times vary for most guests this evening.)
Following breakfast, checkout before we then depart on a tour of Negambo, a traditional fishing town with a 17th century Dutch fort which is a reminent of of Sri Lankas colonial days and discover the magnificent St Marys church one of the towns most important structures. Following our tour we drive onto Sigiriya where we will will check into our hotel.
Visit Polonnaruwa city. Polonnaruwa was established as the capital city after the fall of Anuradhapura and is known as the mediaeval capital of Sri Lanka. Polonnaruwa contains the ruins of some of the masterpieces of Buddhist sculpture and remarkable feats of engineering that were well ahead of their time. Most outstanding amongst these is the Gal Vihara temple with its famous rock carvings of the Buddha and Parakrama Samudra, a vast man-made reservoir covering an area of over 23 kilometers. Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 3: Sigiriya - Pelwehera - Minneriya - Sigiriya:
This morning we drive to Pelwehera Village for a cart ride and boat ride.
This afternoon we visit Minneriya / Kaudulla or Eco National Park for a Jeep Safari. Minneriya National park is one of the best places in the country to see wild elephants, which are often present in huge numbers, and wading birds. Dominated by the ancient Minneriya Tank, the park has plenty of scrub, forest and wetlands in its 88.9 sq km to also provide shelter for toque macaques, sambar deer, buffalo, crocodiles and leopards. The dry season, from May to September, is 'reckoned' to be the best time to see Elephants, which can number 200 or more, come to feed and bathe during what is known as ‘the Gathering’. However, it's also possible to see large numbers of elephants here at other times of year too. We later return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 4. Sigiriya:
After breakfast proceed to visit to Sigiriya rock fortress. In the center of the cultural triangle lies the Sigiriya rock fortress; another remarkable feat of engineering and a fascinating example of artistic craftsmanship. Hewn out of the living rock, the Sigiriya fortress was the stronghold of King Kashyapa, a formidable royal palace and city. Sigiriya, or the ‘Lion Rock” is most famous for its frescoes; a series of “heavenly maidens” painted on the rock surface itself. From halfway up the rock you can witness the elaborately landscaped water gardens containing the royal baths and fountains; some of which still work today during the rainy seasons. Sigiriya is a still standing monument to Kashyapa, and the vision of a truly egotistical monarch.
Day 5: Sigiriya - Dambulla - Kandy:
After breakfast, proceed to Kandy via Dambulla. we will stop by the local market in Dambulla before we travel to the rock cave temple. The Dambulla cave temple, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla was founded in the 1st century by King Valagamba. Ancient sculptures and paintings of the Buddha and various Hindu deities and are located in five central caves. The original sculptures and paintings have gained additions throughout the centuries and stand monument to evolving artistic styles of the ancient Ceylonese.
We continue our drive to Kandy and check-in to our hotel.
Sri Lanka's second city is Kandy, a beautiful historical city in the citadel of the country. It is not only known for its great kings who ruled the city for almost 225 years independently until the British took over in 1815, but it is also the place where the Sacred Tooth of Lord Buddha is laid in a magnificent temple. The incomparable Perahera celebration, a procession of more than 100 elephants, is held every August here.
The Kandy Temple, which houses the famous tooth relic of the Buddha is the star attraction of the city. Puja ceremonies (Thevava) are held every morning noon and evening to honor the relic and visitors may view the casket where the sacred tooth relic is held within the chamber during these times. Observing these ritualistic proceedings to the accompaniment of traditional drums is a must for any traveler to the sacred city of Kandy.
Day 6: Kandy - Pinnawala - Kandy:
After breakfast, proceed to Pinnawala. The orphanage was established in 1975 with just four orphaned baby elephants and is now home to the largest captive group of elephants in the world. From newborns to elderly matriarchs, the orphanage is home to both orphaned elephants and those that have been injured in the wild. Visitors should make sure they stay around for meal time and bath time as this is the perfect time to witness the elephants at their playful best. Return to Kandy.
Visit the Peradeniya botanical garden. The Royal Botanical Garden at Peradeniya was established in 1821 and now covers 140 acres, smuggled in a loop in the Mahaweli River, the longest river in Sri Lanka. Its primary purpose was the testing and acclimatizing of plants for commercial use in Sri Lanka. Today the Gardens have one of the largest collections of flora from subtropical climates around the world. Return to the hotel at Kandy. Evening at leisure to explore the local market.
Day 7: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya:
After the breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya.
En route, visit a tea factory. It is generally accepted that the discovery of tea occurred in ancient China. The Chinese say it was their Emperor Shen-Nung in 2737 BC who first tasted tea. The story goes that while he was boiling his drinking water a few leaves from a wild tea bush accidentally fell into the water. The Emperor liked the delicate flavor they imparted to the water and so the art of tea making was born. Ceylon tea acclaimed as the best tea in the world. The influence of climatic conditions imparts to the product a variety of flavors and aromas, synonymous with quality. The cultivation and manufacture of tea is presently a highly skilled, scientific and technical process, with Sri Lanka producing some of the most fragrant teas in the world.
Proceed to the hotel in Nuwara Eliya. Arrive and check in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 8: Nuwara Eliya - Tissamaharama:
After breakfast, proceed to Tissamaharama. Arrive and check in at the hotel.
Evening proceed to Yala National park for a Jeep Safari. The Yala National Park is situated in the southeastern corner of the island. It is mainly thorny scrub forest, reminiscent of the African bush, and provides the visitors best bet for seeing animals. Animals could be seen in herds are elephants, deer species, wild buffalo, wild boar, monkeys. Other varieties of species such as crocodile, peacock and if you are lucky, bear and leopard could be seen as well. Return to the hotel Dinner and overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 9: Tissamaharama - Unawatuna
After breakfast, proceed to Unawatuna. Arrive and check in to the hotel.
Evening proceed visit Galle city. Galle is the south coast’s major city; whose oldest landmark is the massive 17th century Portuguese and Dutch Fort in which the central city is contained. The journey to Galle is along the palm-fringed beaches passing Hikkaduwa with its beautiful “coral gardens” and exotic tropical fish. Visit the Dutch Fort and the city of Galle. As you walk through the streets you can see strong Dutch influences in the architecture, along with some old British residences and various mosques with Arabic touches
Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 10 Unawatuna:
Day of leisure (Driver and the vehicle/ guide is available at extrs cost)
Day 11: Unawatuna - Colombo:
After breakfast checkout and proceed to Colombo. Arrive and check into the hotel.
In the evening proceed to visit city of Colombo.
Formerly the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo remains the commercial hub of the Island. Situated on the West coast of the Island, Colombo has one of the largest artificial harbors in the world and is a principal port of the Indian Ocean. Colombo is a vibrant city with plenty to see and do. If shopping is on your agenda, this is the best place to get it done. For clothing, you can take your pick from one of the larger shopping malls like Crescat Boulevard, Majestic City and Liberty Plaza or departments stores like ODEL and House of Fashion.
Return to the hotel. Enjoy our farewell Dinner at a very special restuarant this evening.
Day 12 Colombo Airport: Colombo / Airport 32km (40min)
After breakfast checkout and proceed to the Airport for the departure.