Airport / Negombo
You will be greeted by our trustee local driver on arrival at the Colombo airport. He will thereafter take you to Negombo where you will stay the night at either Jetwing Blue or Jetwing Sea hotel.
Negombo / Sigiriya
Wake up to a scrumptious breakfast at the Jetwing Blue/Jetwing Sea hotel.
Enjoy a wonderful ride on elephant back which is sure to leave you with amazing memories of this trip, Negombo is a city…[expand title=”Read More…” swaptitle=” “] located fairly close to the Bandaranayake International Airport and is the cinnamon hub of the colonization of the Dutch. It is definitely one of the most wonderful drives you will experience with all the scenic beauty around you as we drive you there.
Negombo is blessed with both a lagoon and the sea, and this is why their seafood cuisine such as crabs, lobsters and prawn dishes are always so mouthwatering and delicious. They are so fresh and Negombo is one of the best places you will be able to get your hands on such great seafood in Sri Lanka.
Negombo is also famous for surfing. Enjoy the waves as they crash over you while you surf on the Negombo beaches.[/expand]
Today, Negombo is quite famous for its nightlife as well, featuring many bars, pubs and night clubs.
Thereafter you will be transferred to Sigiriya and check into the hotel there.
Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Sigiriya
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, you will then be escorted to climb the mighty – Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Climb this 5th century rock fortress which is known as a world heritage site and was built by the famous King Kashyapa who ruled Sri Lanka from 477-495 AD.
[expand title=”Read More…” swaptitle=” “] This beautiful masterpiece is also known as the “Lion Rock” and is a citadel of unique and unusual beauty. It stands 200meters tall and is surrounded by a moat, rampart and huge beautiful water gardens at the bottom. On your way up, you can see the beautiful frescos paintings known as the ‘heavenly maidens of Sigiriya’. These frescos are certainly a work of art and seem to have been painted on plaster using pigments of earth.[/expand]
Once you are done with Sigiriya – you will then proceed to Polonnaruwa.
This city was the 2nd capital of Sri Lanka and was built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD.
[expand title=”Read More…” swaptitle=” “] It is also a world heritage site. Visit the famous Gal Viharaya temple here where there are 4 spectacular statues of Lord Buddha in different postures. (The ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and ‘Recumbent’ postures). You can also see the famous lake built by the great King Parakramabahu – known as the Parakrama Samudraya. There other famous places of worship in this city as well, such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha and the Kiri Vehera.[/expand]
Thereafter be transferred back to the hotel, where you will stay on for the night.
Sigiriya / Dambulla / Matale / Kandy
After a delicious breakfast at the Sigiriya hotel, you will be taken to Matale via Dambulla.
In Dambulla you will be able to visit the famous Dambulla Rock Temple.
[expand title=”Read More…” swaptitle=” “] This temple was built by King Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C and is known as a world heritage site. It consists of five caves, over 2000sq feet of this space is said to be full of beautifully painted walls and ceilings and there are over 150 statues of Lord Buddha in these caves. The largest being over 14 meters long and carved out of rock.[/expand]
Thereafter, you will proceed to Matale.
Matale is famous for its spices. Here you will be able to see the beautiful spice gardens of Sri Lanka and also learn about how these spices are grown and processed.
The final stop for the day is – Kandy. You will check in at the beautiful Earl’s Regency Hotel in Kandy and stay on for the night.
Kandy / Pinnawala / Kandy
Wake up to a delicious breakfast at the Earl’s Regency hotel. Afterwards you will be taken to Pinnawala.
Here, you will visit the famous Elephant Orphanage.
[expand title=”Read More…” swaptitle=” “] This elephant orphanage was first established in 1975 and was said to have just seven elephants at the time. Some of these elephants are fortunate enough to witness their grandchildren being brought up in the same environment as they did.
The original objective of this orphanage was majorly inclined towards tourism, but thereafter it became more of a conservation camp for these elephants and with the help of many local and foreign elephant experts, the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage started a scientific captive breeding for elephants. It’s success lead to the attention of many famous scientists and many books have been written on this orphanage. Some have even filmed and documented it in several languages.[/expand]
You will return to the Mahaveli reach hotel after this. After a small break and once you are refreshed, we will take you on a city tour of the Kandy town.
Kandy, as many may know, was the last capital of the Kings in Sri Lanka.
[expand title=”Read More…” swaptitle=” “] The name ‘Kandy’ itself conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of these legends and traditions are still kept alive in the city today. Witness the beautiful Kandy Lake, which was built by the last Sri Lankan king – Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe.
Also take a moment to visit the Kandy City center which is famous for its arts and crafts shops, gem museum and clothes brands. Finally you will visit the famous Temple of the Tooth, known as ‘Sri Dalada Maligawa’ and enjoy a beautiful cultural show that will be the closing event for the day.[/expand]
Return to the Earl’s Regency Hotel in Kandy and retire for the night.
Kandy / Peradeniya / Tea Plantation / Nuwara Eliya
These gardens were initially built by Sri Lankan Kings as ‘pleasure’ gardens but were thereafter expanded by the British later on. It expands to over 147 acres and contains many beautiful varieties of trees, flowers and plants.
Once you are done with a tour of these beautiful gardens, you will then be taken to Nuwara Eliya via a tea plantation. Visit the tea plantation on the way and observe how tea is manufactured and graded for local and foreign markets. Also get the chance to enjoy a refreshing cup of pure Ceylon tea while you are here.
Finally you will check in to the Hertiance Tea Factory in Nuwara Eliya for the night.
Nuwara Eliya / Yala
Enjoy an amazing breakfast at the Heritance Tea Factory before setting off to the Nuwara Eliya town.
Nuwara Eliya is Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort due to its invigorating mountain climate and splendid sceneries. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of tea country, producing a large portion of the World’s best tea.
From here, you will proceed to Nanu Oya where you will board a train to Haputale, where we will pick you up from. Enjoy the train ride and beautiful scenery on your journey. (Please note that train tickets can only be booked 10 days in advance)
Once we have picked you up from Haputale, we will then proceed to Yala.
Check into the beautiful Cinnamon Wild hotel in Yala and retire for the night.
Day 8 is devoted to Yala.
After breakfast you will be taken on a safari at the Yala National Park. This safari will be done by jeep and is sure to leave you mesmerized. The Yala National Park is most famous for its elephants and Leopards. You can also find other wild animals such as spotted deer, wild boars, bears and even crocodiles. It is also good for bird life as many species of birds including migrants have made this park their home.
After the safari, you will return to Cinnamon Wild hotel for a delicious dinner and head off to bed for the night.
Yala / Galle / Hikkaduwa / Ahungalla
After breakfast at the Cinnamon Wild hotel in Yala, we will then take you to Galle.
Galle was once the chief port in Sri Lanka is still quite famous for its handmade lace. Witness the famous Galle fort which is over 90acres – initially built by the Portuguese but later expanded by the Dutch in 1663. This is a beautiful world heritage site.
You could even go dolphin and whale watching.
[expand title=”Read More…” swaptitle=” “] Sri Lanka is positioned within the International Whale watching zone in the Indian Ocean. It is said that out of the 80 species of cetaceans observed and identified worldwide, 26 are found in the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal.
*Please note that Dolphin and whale watching can be done in Mirissa only during the season of November to April. The cost will be USD 110 per person for this expedition.[/expand]
Thereafter we will take you to Ahungalla, where you will stay at the Heritance Ahungalla resort for the night.
Ahungalla / Kosgoda / Bentota
After a scrumptious breakfast at the Heritance Ahungalla hotel – you will proceed to Bentota via Kosgoda.
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.
Enjoy the entire day at Bentota which is said to be one of the most romantic beaches in Sri Lanka, caved by both 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 Centara ceysands Hotel, you will be transferred back to the airport and this will end your holiday in Sri Lanka.
Accommodation with daily breakfast and dinner 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