Airport or Beach Hotel / Pinnawala / Kandalama
You will be picked up from either the airport or the Negombo beach hotel by our trustee local driver upon arrival at the Colombo Bandaranayake airport.
Thereafter the first stop of the day would be Pinnawala. Here you will visit the famous Elephant Orphanage.Read More...
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!
Once you have toured the elephant orphanage, you will be transferred to Kandalama, where you will enjoy a delicious dinner of local cuisine before retiring for the night at the Heritance Kandalama Hotel.
Kandalama / Anuradhapura / Mihintale / Kandalama
After breakfast at the Heritance Kandalama hotel, you will then proceed to Anuradhapura.
Here, you will go on a city tour of this ancient city. Anuradhapura is one of the most ancient cities in Sri Lanka, spanning over 1330 years, it is by far the most rich in culture and values.Read More...
It was Sri Lanka’s first capital and has one of the greatest and oldest civilizations in the world. The highlight of this ancient capital of Sri Lanka would definitely be the Sri-Maha Bodhi – standing over 2200 years in its pride, this is the sacred Bo sapling that was extracted from the tree which Lord Buddha was said to attain enlightenment. Walking through this city you will also come across the gigantic dagoba resting beside the Basawakkulama Tank – known as the ‘Ruwanweliseya’. Alongside this you will also find the Samadhi Buddha Statue & the Isurumuniya Rock Temple that empire the culture and heritage of this once most strongest kingdom in Sri Lankan history.
After Anuradhapura, you will then be transferred to Mihintale.
This memorizing city is located just 16km from Anuradhapura. It is said that in this city lays the cradle of Buddhism as its stone carvings and unending stairways proclaim a legacy which hinges the philosophy lead by Lord Buddha. This holy land is said to have held the first Buddhist sermon by Aratha Mahinda to King Devanampiya Thissa, during the full moon time (known as Poson in Sri Lanka) that was used to light the forest that was used by the King himself for hunting. As you keep walking, you will pass the massive cooling fountain and head towards the renowned staircase of the temple. There are many other famous ruins that you could visit in this ancient city such as, the Kantaka Stupa – built in the 1st century B.C or the famous courtyard and the refractory. Some of the other highlights of this city are Maha Seya – the main dagoba – and Aradana Gala, the peak of the rock assuring breathtaking viewpoints of the Kingdom of Lakes in Anuradhapura.
After exploring this ancient city, you will return to Kandalama and relish in a delicious dinner, before heading off to bed at the Heritance Kandalama Hotel.
Kandalama / Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Kandalama
Wake up to a scrumptious breakfast at the Hertiance Kandalama hotel and then we will take you to 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.Read More...
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. 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 Parakkrama Samudraya – which is the man-made water reservoir – built by the famous King Parakramabahu during his reign.
You will return to the Heritance Kandalama hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
Kandalama / Dambulla / Matale / Kandy
After breakfast at the hotel, the first stop for the day is Dambulla.Read More...
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.Read More...
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. You will enjoy a delicious cuisine of local cultural dinner before retiring for the night at the Earl’s Regency hotel in Kandy.
Kandy / Peradeniya / Kandy
After breakfast at the Earl’s Regency hotel in Kandy, you will be taken to Peradeniya.
Here, you will visit the famous botanical gardens in Peradeniya.Read More...
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. Peradeniya is a town located just miles off Kandy. It is a flourishing national asset and could also be considered one of the wonders of Asia. The highlights of these gardens are definitely the Orchid House & the giant javan fig tree.
In the evening, after you are well rested, you will then be taken on a city tour of the Kandy town.Read More...
Kandy is known as 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 center, 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.
Kandy / Nuwara Eliya / Kandapola
Once again, indulge in a healthy breakfast at the Earl’s Regency Hotel in Kandy. Thereafter you will be transferred to Nuwara Eliya.Read More...
The misty climate and lush green bushes 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. Take a hike through these green bushes and red brick walls and find some breathtaking views that are bound to leave you mesmerized. You could even hop onto a steam train and enjoy the countryside by gliding through green valleys of the hill country pierced by beautiful waterfalls and tea pluckers with their bright-coloured saris. Or rent a bike and take a relaxing bike ride along the banks of the famous Gregory Lake.
After your tour of this misty town, you will then be transferred to Kandapola. You will then have dinner and have an overnight stay at the Heritance Tea factory in Kandapola.
Kandapola / Horton Plains / Kandapola
After a healthy breakfast at the Heritance Tea Factory, you will be taken to the famous Horton Plains.Read More...
Horton Plains is a UNESCO World Heritage Site & Eco-tourism hideout in the heart of the island, surrounded with unending stretches of green pastures, marking one of the healthiest wet montages of evergreen forests in Sri Lanka. The plains are a beautiful sight with misty grasslands and ice-cold rivulets. You can proceed to “World’s End” that is considered to have the finest view point in Sri Lanka and is a 400 ft drop towards the southern end. Horton Plains has an altitude of over 7000 ft and the plateau sweeps to a robust 3169 hectares, sheltering various varieties of plants and animals. Witness the beautiful Bakers Falls which is also one of the monumental sights in this area. The forests around this area are home to many types of birds & wildlife such as sambar deer, wild boars, and otters, and if you are lucky you could even catch a glimpse of the ‘spotted ghost that haunts the plains’ – The Sri Lankan Leopard!
After you are done with this great expedition – you will transfer back to the Heritance Tea Factory in Kandapola where you can enjoy a perfect dinner before retiring for the night.
Kandapola / Yala
After breakfast at the Heritance Tea Factory in Kandapola, you will then be transferred to Yala.
Go on a safari by jeep at the Yala National park. 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 very 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 be taken to the Cinnamon Wild hotel in Yala where you will have a delicious dinner and head off to bed.
Yala / Galle / Bentota
Have a good breakfast at Cinnamon Wild in Yala and thereafter be transferred to Galle.Read More...
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; mixing 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.
After you explore this wonderful city, you will then transferred to Bentota, where you will have a delicious dinner at the Centara ceysands Hotel and retire for the night.
Day 10 is the last day of this amazing cultural tour. After breakfast you may have the opportunity to visit the Turtle Hatchery in Kosgoda or go on a boat ride to the Madu River whilst enjoying the beach, sun and delicious sea food in Bentota. You will also be able to enjoy a variety of water sports during your stay in Bentota.
At the end of the day, you will be transferred back to the airport as your cultural tour comes to an end.
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