Best Scenic Sri Lanka (25% Off Limited Time %)
May 1st – Oct 31st (except August 16th – August 26th)
8 Days / 7 Nights
USD 435* Per Person
Airport / Pinnawala / Sigiriya
Highlights of the day
- Visit Elephant orphanage in Pinnawala
- Elephant back Safari
- Evening at Leisure
Read More... You will be greeted by our trustee local driver from either the Colombo Airport or the Negambo beach hotel, and thereafter the first stop for the day would be the famous Elephant orphanage in Pinnawala. It is a 25 acre coconut property that is a conservation camp for Sri Lankan elephants. Here you will witness baby elephants being fed by a feeding bottle as soon as you enter. This is a lovely site for tourists. This elephant orphanage also houses the crippled elephants that can’t take care of themselves. Special mahouts are trained to take care of these ‘gentle giants’ who are sometimes orphaned. This orphanage was started in 1975 and has birthed over 20 new-born calves in its premises. Some elephants even have had the opportunity to witness their own grand children being born in the past few decades. Witness as these beautiful creatures are fed at 9.15am, 12.15pm & 5.00pm, or when they are bathed – twice a day at 10.00am and 02.00pm respectively. This is an experience that is sure to leave you mesmerized for a life time! Thereafter you will be transferred to Sigiriya. You will spend the night at a hotel here.
You will be greeted by our trustee local driver from either the Colombo Airport or the Negambo beach hotel, and thereafter the first stop for the day would be the famous Elephant orphanage in Pinnawala.
It is a 25 acre coconut property that is a conservation camp for Sri Lankan elephants. Here you will witness baby elephants being fed by a feeding bottle as soon as you enter. This is a lovely site for tourists. This elephant orphanage also houses the crippled elephants that can’t take care of themselves. Special mahouts are trained to take care of these ‘gentle giants’ who are sometimes orphaned.
This orphanage was started in 1975 and has birthed over 20 new-born calves in its premises. Some elephants even have had the opportunity to witness their own grand children being born in the past few decades.
Witness as these beautiful creatures are fed at 9.15am, 12.15pm & 5.00pm, or when they are bathed – twice a day at 10.00am and 02.00pm respectively. This is an experience that is sure to leave you mesmerized for a life time!
Thereafter you will be transferred to Sigiriya. You will spend the night at a hotel here.
Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Sigiriya
Highlights of the day
- Visit Sigiriya Lion Rock
- Polonnaruwa World Heritage Site
After breakfast at the hotel, you will proceed to climb the famous rock fortress – Sigiriya.
The 5th century rock citadel which was built by Sri Lankan King Kashyapa in 477-495AD, is not only famous for its remarkable engineering and urban planning supremacy, but is also said to be quite famous for its unique art and culture. This beautiful monument is also known as the ‘Lion Rock’ and is a citadel of unusual beauty in Sri Lanka. It stands 200 meters tall and was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. Step through the huge ‘Lion Paws’ to witness the beautiful surroundings that once dominated this rock fortress.
The walls are covered in beautiful frescos paintings that are said to resemble the Gupta style paintings in the Ajanta cave in India. As you walk along – you will come across a mirror wall that faces the western side of Sigiriya. This mirror wall is covered in 100 meters of laminated graffiti and is a sight for art lovers. As you stroll further, you will come across a well fabricated museum downstairs. Here you can learn about the wonders of the irrigation systems back in the day, where water was pumped straight to the summit through an ingenious hydraulic system that remained a mystery for several centuries.
After Sigiriya you will move onto Polonnaruwa.
This city rose up after the decline of Anuradhapura and was the medieval capital of Sri Lanka during the reign of King Parakramabahu I from 1153-86 B.C. This city remains superior proof of ancient culture and heritage blended with religious beliefs. Enjoy a long walk in this city and observe beautiful stupas, resting Buddha statues, irrigation canals, and beautifully carved Hindu sculptures. You could even observe the Relic House that contains beautiful stone carvings here.
If you look closely you will see the resemblance of Hindu architecture and statues found in Polonnaruwa. You could even sit by the side of the ‘Galviharaya’ and observe the beauty of the huge Buddha statues from there. The Nissankamalla Council Chamber is another attraction that you could visit here, these are the famous stone pillars of Polonnaruwa and rests beside the Parakrama Samudraya – which is the manmade water reservoir – built by the famous King Parakramabahu during his reign.
Afterwards, you will return to Sigiriya for an overnight stay.
Sigiriya / Dambulla / Matale / Kandy
Highlights of the day
- Dambulla Rock Temple
- Visit Spice Garden
- Cultural Show
After breakfast at the hotel, the first stop for the day is Dambulla.
Here you will visit the famous Dambulla rock temple. This is a place that has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. The Dambulla rock temple is an icon in Sri Lanka and houses some of the most unique paintings and statues of Lord Buddha. There are 150 statues of Lord Buddha- the tallest being over 14 ft, carved of rock. There is also a gigantic gold Buddha statue that glitters as you descend the caves that overlooks the entire area. This area is said to be an important junction in the country’s economic and cultural uplifting.
Next stop of the day would be Matale.
Matale is in the Central Province of Sri Lanka and is an agricultural zone due to its remarkable contribution of main crops to the Island. From tea & vegetables to rubber and spices, Matale is the main city these crops are cultivated in. Today, Matale has many stories woven around spices. Step into the spice world, where you will be warmly welcomed by staff at the spice garden. Observe the process of how spices are made and also learn about their therapeutic values while enjoying a refreshing cup of herbal tea while you’re at it!
Finally, transfer to Kandy – which is the last stop for the day. The family will be retiring for the night at a hotel there.
Kandy / Nuwara Eliya
Highlights of the Day
- Kandy city tour including visit to Temple of Lord Buddha’s tooth relic
- Visit to Gem museums, batik factory
- Visit Kandyan Arts & Crafts
- Visit Tea factory & Tea plantation
- Visit Ramboda Waterfall
- Nuwara Eliya City tour including visit to Gregory Lake
After breakfast, go on a city tour of the Kandy town. Kandy is a world heritage site and it was also the last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings. This city holds an array of culture, history and heritage in the minds of many visitors across the world. While you are here, visit the sacred temple of the tooth – known as “Dalada Maligawa”,this temple holds the famous tooth relic of Lord Buddha. Wonder on a stroll across this small lakeside town and come across the Kandy City Center nestled amongst the misty hills.
This building features many worldwide brands and is an arts & crafts centre, shopping mall, and even has a gem museum and lapidary in it. You could also drive towards the Victoria Golf Course, which is without a doubt one of the best golf courses in the world. Stroll through a world of colour as you see an array of fresh fruits and vegetables being sold in the local Kandy market. The evening will come to an end with a beautiful cultural show organized for you, that showcases the traditional music and drumming of Sri Lanka.
Thereafter, be transferred to Nuwara Eliya. The misty climate and lush green bushes and hills of this city will remind you of a British Colonial retreat. This city is also known as ‘Little England’ and has the atmosphere of an English countryside. It still has the famous English colonial bungalows, hedgerows and one of the best 18 hole golf courses in the world.
You will stay on for the night at a hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
Nuwara Eliya / Ella / Yala
Highlights of the Day
- Visit Ravana waterfall
- Visit Ravana caves
- Yala Safari
After breakfast at the hotel you will be transferred to Yala.
Ella is surrounded with beautiful rocks and mountains, including the towering Ella Rock. So if you are into hiking and mountaineering, you can enjoy some of the most spectacular views of Sri Lanka. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery and cool climate around you.
En route Visit Ravana Waterfall
The Ravana Ella or the Ravana falls is one of the widest falls in Sri Lanka and is one of the most popular attractions. It is connected to the Hindu epic, Ramayana, a historic tale that covers over India and Sri Lanka. The falls is said to have been named after the famous king, King Ravana. The story goes that King Ravana kidnapped Princess Sita from India and hid her in the caves behind the waterfall. It is also said the Sita bathed in a pool of water that was collected with the water that fell from the fall. The caves behind the fall are known as the Ravana Ella Caves.
In the evening you will go on an amazing safari at the Yala National Park. The safari will be by jeep, and is sure to leave the entire family memorized. This national park spreads to a vast area of 1259 kms and is rightfully the heartland of wildlife in Sri Lanka. The jeep will take you on the most exciting journey through the jungles and you will be able to see a variety of wildlife as you go. This park is most famous for its elephants and leopards. Other animals that roam this vast jungle are the sloth bear, spotted deer and jackals. The birdlife is also quite large here.
After the safari, you will return to the hotel and stay on for the night at Yala.
Yala / Galle / Bentota
Highlights of the Day
- Visit Turtle hatchery
- Madu River Safari
- Visit Moonstone mine
- Leisure on Beach
After breakfast at the hotel in Yala, you will then be transferred to Bentota via Galle.
Galle is known as the Southern Capital and is the intersection where classic Dutch architecture meets a tropical setting creating an amazing and distinctive atmosphere in beauty. You can notice the fusion culture that Galle has developed today; combining the European and South Asian traditions together. The original ramparts and bastions that are preserved up to date are evidence of a heritage that has been around for over 3 ½ centuries.
The famous Galle fort has the ‘old gate’ that carries the British Coat of arms, and adjoining the old gate is the Zwart bastion and the famous lighthouse that stands 18 feet tall. The Dutch bliss is surrounded with streets that spread out in a grid-like pattern and adorned with small houses with Dutch colonial style verandas and the Galle city is always buzzing with so much excitement and is filled with commercial buildings & old churches; it will surely leave you mesmerized.
In Kosgoda, you will visit the turtle hatchery which is operated by the Wild Life Protection Society in Sri Lanka. Several turtle species are protected at this hatchery, one of the main and most important ones being the hawksbill turtle. Their eggs are said to be left uncovered, scattered all over the coast, unprotected from harm’s way, and fishermen bring them into the hatchery in order to save and protect them. The hatchery has been able to release over 100 baby turtles into the sea in the last 2 years since they opened.
You also have the option of taking a boat ride in the Madu River or visit the mask factory in Ambalangoda. You can also take a glass bottom boat ride in Hikkaduwa or visit the Moonstone mine in Meetiyagoda. Bentota is also good for many water sports and activities.
Finally, you will enjoy dinner and another overnight stay at a hotel in Bentota.
Highlights of the Day
- Leisure on Beach
- Water Sport
After breakfast at the hotel, the entire day is for you to relax and enjoy the beaches of Bentota.
Bentota has some of the best beaches in Sri Lanka and is known for the romantic settings carved by both the river and sea. This beautiful setting is utter bliss and will leave you with many memories once you return to your homeland from your holiday in Sri Lanka.
Take a quick dip in the ocean or enjoy some amazing water sports such as jet skiing, surfing, diving or even body boarding. Finally witness the beautiful and enchanting sun as it sets and creates the most beautiful view ever.
Bentota / Airport
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred back to the airport and this will be the end of your family holiday in Sri Lanka.
Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
Service of English/ German/ Russian speaking chauffeur guide
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance