Airport Or Beach Hotel / Pinnawala / Kandy
Upon arrival, you will be picked up at the airport by our trustee local driver. You will then be transferred to the ever so famous Pinnawala 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 Kandy, where you will enjoy a delicious dinner of local cuisine before retiring for the night at the Earl’s Regency – Kandy.
Wake up to a scrumptious breakfast at the Earl’s Regency hotel – Kandy. After breakfast, we will take you on a Kandy city tour.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 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.
Return to the Earl’s Regency Hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
Kandy / Matale / Dambulla / Kandalama
Enjoy a delicious breakfast on your last day at Kandy – at the Earl’s Regency Hotel Kandy.Read More...
Thereafter, be transferred to 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!
After this you will be taken to a city called 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.
Once you have explored these caves, you will be transferred to Kandalama where you will enjoy a delicious meal before spending the night at the Heritance Kandalama hotel.
Kandalama / Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Kandalama
Wake up to a tasty breakfast at the Hertiance Kandalama hotel and then we will take you to Sigiriya.Read More...
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.Read More...
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 man-made water reservoir – built by the famous King Parakramabahu during his reign.
Once you are done exploring this wonderful city, you will once again be transferred to Kandalama where you will retire for the night after having a delicious meal at the Heritance Kandalama hotel.
Kandalama / Nuwara Eliya
Enjoy a healthy breakfast on your last day at Kandalama and then 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.
Once done, you will be transferred to Kandapola where you will enjoy a delicious dinner and retire for the night at the Hertitance Tea Factory – Kandapola.
Enjoy a tasty breakfast at Heritance Tea Factory Kandapola. Thereafter the whole day is free for your own enjoyment. Stay on at the Hertitance Tea Factory.
Kandapola / Horton Plains / Kandapola
Day 7 is dedicated to visiting the UNESCO world heritage known as the Horton Plains. Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Heritance Tea Factory in Kandapola before heading off to Horton Plains.Read More...
Horton Plains is located on a high windswept saddle at about 2134 meters above sea level. 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, otters and if you are lucky you could even catch a glimpse of the ‘spotted ghost that haunts the plains’ – The Sri Lankan Leopard!
Once you are done with this expedition – you will return to the Hertitance Tea Factory in Kandapola where you can enjoy a perfect dinner before retiring for the night.
Kandapola / Yala
After a healthy breakfast at the Heritance Tea Factory in Kandapola, you will be transferred to Yala.Read More...
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
Enjoy an amazing breakfast at the Cinnamon Wild Yala hotel before being 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 Galle, you will be transferred to Bentota, where you will have a delicious dinner at the Centara ceysands Hotel and retire for the night.
After breakfast at the hotel, the entire day is for you to relax and enjoy the beaches of Bentota.Read More...
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. You also have the option of taking a boat ride to 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.
Dinner and overnight stay at the Centara ceysands Hotel in Bentota.
Colombo / Airport
After breakfast at the Centara ceysands Hotel, you will be transferred back to the airport and this will end your holiday to 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