Sri Lanka’s tropical climate, sandy beaches, and incredible cuisine are just among the many reasons to include this beautiful South Asian country on your travel bucket list. This tiny island nation, otherwise known as the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, has fast become a popular tourist destination for holidaymakers.
- In cultural capital Kandy, visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth of Budhha (UNESCO site) & Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue
- Watch Kandyan Dance Performance in Kandy
- Nuwara Eliya – Popular as Hill station. Visit Horton Plains National Park (UNESCO site), Bluefield Tea Garden & Gregory Lake
- Beaches of Bentota
- Services of English-speaking guide during sightseeing tours
- Assistance at airport and sightseeing tours by private air-conditioned vehicle
- Start and End in Colombo
- Return Economy Class air ticket
- 6 night accommodation in well-appointed rooms as mentioned below hotels or equivalent
- Assistance at the airport
- Services of English-speaking driver cum guide during sightseeing tours
- Sightseeing as per itinerary by private tourist vehicle
- Drivers allowances, toll taxes and Govt. Service Tax
- Items of personal nature like laundry, phone calls, tips to guides / drivers etc.
- Entry Fee at Pinnwala Elephant Orphanage, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriyaa and Dambulla
- Camera / Video camera fees applicable at monument
DAY 01 [ARRIVAL - COLOMBO – APPROX 45 MINTS DRIVE]
Arrival Sri Lanka, You will be welcome by a representative on Arrival and transfer to Colombo.
Evening engages in a city tour of Colombo, the commercial capital city of Sri Lanka, from the busy commercial hub to the tree-lined suburbs. Here, colonial architecture vies with glass skyscrapers and the past comes alive in buildings that have withstood great winds of change. The National Museum, The Dutch museum, Parliament complex, Arcade Independent Square, Bandaranayke Memorial International conference hall, Independence Square, Town Hall, Colombo fort, Pettah, Floating market, Gangaramaya temple, Beira Lake, Colombo national Museum Old Dutch Hospital, Nelum pokuna Mahinda Rajapakshe theatre, Galle Face Green Colombo’s best-loved seafront hangout as some of the most interesting places you could visit.
Also, Colombo presents an array of possibilities with many high-end department stores, malls and elite shopping outlets offering everything from handmade batik silk sarees to the latest smartphones. Shoppers are for choice courtesy modern shopping such as ODEL, Crescat Boulevard, Liberty Arcade, Liberty Plaza and Majestic City, The Arcade Independence Square, Dutch Hospital shopping precinct and Exclusive gift shops such as Paradise Road, Barefoot, Cotton Collection and Galaria providing high-quality products. For traditional gift shopping, Lakphana and Lakmedura and worth peek
Check in to your Hotel and relax
Overnight stay at Colombo
DAY 02 [COLOMBO – PINNAWELLA – KANDY – APPROX 04 HRS DRIVE]
After breakfast transfer to Kandy, En-route visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Providing a caring home for abandoned and wounded elephants, it is a much-loved destination for tourists and locals alike. Here, adults and baby elephants from around Sri Lanka thrive, and a captive breeding program is also proving to be highly successful. The feeding and bathing times are generally the ideal times to visit when you can observe these gentle giants at their best.
Check in to your Hotel and relax
Overnight stay at Kandy
DAY 03 [KANDY]
After Breakfast enjoys a city tour of Kandy – the last kingdom of the Sinhalese, taking in the sights of Upper Lake Drive and the Market Square on the way to pay homage to one of the most sacred religious sites in Sri Lanka. The Temple of the Tooth or Dalada Maligawa is believed to house the ‘tooth relic’ of the Lord Buddha. A walk around the town will let you indulge in some souvenir hunting with intricate treasures in wood, copper, silver, brass, ebony, bronze, ceramics, lacquer work, handlooms, batiks, jewelry and reed-ware to choose from.
Visit Royal Botanical Gardens, 147 acres of lushness with over 5000 species of trees and plants many of which are rare or endemic; a spice garden and an Orchid house are yours to explore.
Also, you will visit a Gem Museum, Sri Lanka Gem Industry has 70 Of the worlds 200 Various colored stones, The Ceylon Sapphire is a brilliant cornflower or cerulean blue and is considered to be of the highest quality, An 18-Carat blue sapphire was the center of Lady Diana’s and later Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement ring.
Evening: Round off your day with a cultural show, where the vibrant costumes and pulsating rhythms of traditional dance forms from centuries-old rituals will enthrall you.
Overnight stay at Kandy
DAY 04 [KANDY – NUWARA ELIYA – APPROX 02 ½ HRS DRIVE]
After breakfast head ‘up country’ and the city of Nuwara Eliya, visiting the Ramboda waterfalls and a tea factory along the way. Afternoon The old colonial outpost still referred to as ‘Little England’ Nuwara Eliya certainly lives up to its name. Perched 6200 feet above sea level, the climate too, adds to the illusion of one stepping into an old English town, where neat hedges, quaint cottages, and beautiful old buildings stand as serene as they did well over a century ago – the magnificent Grand Hotel presiding over them all. There is, of course, an old golf course as well as horse racing events to complete the picture.
Evening city tour with Victoria Park & Gregory Lake
Victoria Park: This is one of the country's most attractive, and best-maintained, town parks. A stroll around its paths, past manicured lawns, is a pleasure. The park comes alive with flowers around March to May, and August and September. It’s also home to quite a number of hill-country bird species, including the Kashmir flycatcher, Indian pitta and grey tit.
Gregory Lake: Lake Gregory is one of the significant tourist attractions in Nuwara Eliya. It was built by Governor William Gregory during 1872 – 1877 periods by utilizing the water from the Nanuoya which runs across the town. It is about 91.2 hectares in extent. It was said to be used for water sports and for re-recreational activities during the British rule.
Check inn Hotel and relax
Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya
DAY 05 [NUWARA ELIYA - KALUTARA – APPROX 05 HRS DRIVE]
After Breakfast transfer to Kalutara via Kithulgala.
En route Optional, if you feel adventurous, the incredible experience of White Water Rafting awaits you at Kitulgala. You will be in good hands with safety gear, modern rafts, and a comprehensive safety briefing given by our white water rafting instructors beforehand. Those who prefer to keep their feet dry can take it easy, relax and admire the beautiful views.
Check in to a hotel
Overnight stay at Kalutara
DAY 06 [KALUTARA – GALLE -KALUTARA ]
After breakfast transfer to Galle Fort.
Galle: For centuries Galle has stood strong against invasions - from colonial powers and nature’s volatile outbursts. The famous Dutch Fort was first built by the Portuguese, fortified by the Dutch and preserved by the British. Battered daily for over 400 years by the ocean it even survived the onslaught of a tsunami and is enjoyed today by residents and visitors alike. The colonial architecture of the walled city too has resisted the advance of modernity and holds tightly to its past glory.
En-route visit Madu River Boat Ride with fish therapy-The biodiversity of the Madu River is of monumental signification when considering the wide ranges of aquatic and avian life as well as wetland dwelling amphibians, reptiles, mammals that inhabit the environs of this natural treasure. A total of 11 species of agnatic mollusks and 14 land dwelling mollusks are found in this system. 70 species of fish, 31 types of reptiles, and 50 kinds of butterflies are just some of the colorful array of wildlife that inhabits this abundantly bustling eco-system. Bird watchers will be pleased to know that 111 species of bird have been identified in the mangrove formed environs of the river, and has been known to host several types of migratory birds.
Overnight stay at Kalutara
DAY 07 – [KALUTARA - DEPARTURE]
(Depending on your flight time) transfer to Airport to connect departure flight
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