7 Days/6 Nights
DAY 1 COLOMBO AIR PORT - KANDY
Arrival, meet greet and proceed to KANDY via Pinnawala
PINNAWAL ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE
The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is one of Sri Lanka’s most popular attractions.
Situated halfway between Colombo and Kandy, the orphanage hasa population of about 75 elephants, making it the world’s largest collection of captive elephants. The elephants here range from newborn calves to elderly matriarchs and include orphaned and abandoned elephants, as well as those injured in the wild. Amongst them are its famous residents, Sama, the lame elephant injured by a land mine during the ethnic conflict in the North and Raja, the blind elephant. Experience the sheer delight of watching these great pachyderms frolic in the river at bath time or the baby elephants being fed twice a day.
Proceed to Kandy
In the evening, visit the majestic Royal Palace and the Temple of the Tooth, known as the Dalada Maligawa, set at the edge of a beautiful artificial lake, which is home to the island’s most revered relic, the Buddha’s tooth, which arrived here in the sixteenth century.
Kandy is famous for its shopping’ The narrow streets are lined with shops displaying beautiful precious and semi precious gems, skillfully crafted jewelry, handicrafts, colorful batiks, silk and many more.
Kandyan cultural show is an amazing experience of Sri Lanka cultural music and dancing performance (optional) .
Overnight stay at a Hotel in Kandy.
DAY 2 KANDY – MATHALE - DAMBULLA .
A pleasant hour’s drive from Kandy, along roads lined with lush tropical trees, Matale is small town renowned for its Spice Gardens. The world’s best cinnamon comes from here. Visit these gardens and see how these spices are grown and processed. Visitors can watch a cookery demonstration on how these spices are used in Sri Lankan Cuisine and they may take home a selection of garden fresh spices with them.
Golden Temple of Dmbulla
A sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries, this cave monastery, with its five sanctuaries, is the largest, best preserved cav-temple complex in Sri Lanka. The Buddhist mural paintings (covering an area of 2,100 m2 ) are of particular importance, as are the 157 statues. The ensemble of Dambulla is an outstanding example of the religious art and expression of Sri Lanka and South and South-East Asia. The excavated shrine-caves, their painted surfaces and statuary are unique in scale and degree of preservation. The monastery includes significant masterpieces of 18th century art, in the Sri Lankan school of Kandy. It is a world Unesco heritage site.
Overnight stay at a Hotel in Dambulla
DAY 3 – DAMBULLA - SIGIRIYA – PASIKUDA
Thought to be one of the oldest tourist attractions in the world, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982, Sigiriya offers its visitors nothing less than a breathtaking experience. Standing more than 200 m tall over the surrounding plains, the rock is said to be a solidified magma plug, from a long eroded and extinct volcano.
On its summit are the remains of a palace, built ( by King Kasyapa ) in the 5th century AD. Hidden in a cave along the citadel are some of the most magnificent ancient frescoes in South Asia.Seen today are, whats said to be left of the 500 paintings of maidens that once covered a large area of the face of the rock. The Mirror wall that lead up to the Lion staircase, its brick masonry wall built of Lime plaster was said to have been so well polished, that it reflected the paintings of the opposite rock wall. Today , 15 centuries later the shine in this wall can still be seen. A total of nearly 1500 writings on the wall, include verses that date way back as far as the 8th century, most of which have now been deciphered.
Beautiful Pasikuda lies between Kalkudah and Indian Ocean, with thirty five kilometers from Batticaloa town in Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. With shallow and crystal clear water, golden bay, coral reefs, palm trees and white sand and how great this nature creation makes pleasure to spend the leisure time freely, of not having to look both ways to cross the street before feeling the sand between the toes of yours! One of significant thing of this Pasikuda Beach is that it let beach lovers to walk 50m out to sea and parents can let their kid to enjoy at this beach also. And throughout the year, the beach is crowded by local as well as foreign beach lovers due to it’s a nest place to have many water activities such as kite surfing, boogie boarding to surfing, snorkeling and sailing across in a canoe, while it is able to have a safe environment for swimming.
As Pasikuda Beach is with the attraction of surfing the waves, pulling off cool systems, jumping high off the wave and spinning in the air, during the seasons, it is a popular beach of water surfing sportsmen and women as well as it is an ideal destination for the beginners in water surfing.
Overnight stay at a Hotel in Pasikuda
Leisure by beach in Pasikuda
Overnight stay at a Hotel in Pasikuda
PASIKUDA - TISSAMAHARAMA/ YALA
The name Buduruwagala means “ The Rock with the statue of Buddha ” and this is exactly what it is. Seven figured are carved in this rock with a massive 51 foot Buddha statue. The rock itself has shape of a kneeling elephant with its head own.
Afternoon visit Yala National Park ( Leopard safari ) by Jeep
Yala National Park.
Yala National Park is the second largest national park in Sri Lanka and also known as the highest concentration of leopard in the world. Apart from leopard, you can see number of animals such as elephants, mongoose, wild bear, wild buffaloes, jaguar and macaque monkeys.
Yala is also a wonderful destination to see the wild verity of birds. There are around 130 species of birds that have been spotted here including black necked stork, sendipers, pelicans, egrets, hoopoes, parakeets and bulbuls.
Overnight stay at a Hotel in Yalsa/Tissamaharama.
DAY 6 YALA- TISSAMAHARAMA – MIRISSA
After breakfast transfer from Yala to Mirissa
Leisure by beach.
Overnight stay in Mirissa
DAY 7 MIRISSA - GALLE - KATUNAYAKE
Visit Galle city
The Galle Dutch Fort is a rare historical jewel protected by dark, thick stone walls – with the endless ocean on one side. The roads inside the Galle Fort have hardly changed, like the squares on a chess board crisscrossing in regular patches. Straight and narrow lanes branch in and out inviting the visitor to a delightful walk into the 17th century. Ancient monuments within this historical complex included the Lighthouse, the clock tower, the first Dutch Reformed and Anglican churches, the Meera Mosque, the Buddhist Temple, and the Commander’s Residence. Worthy of mention is the Dutch Reformed Church with its baroque facade and the usual double scroll mouldings on its gables which testify to indigenous influence. The military architecture of the Fort is European in design. The unique Galle Fort is still the best preserved fortified city in South Asia.
Proceed to airport for the Departure flight.( Appoxi 4 1/2 hrs. ).
END OF TOUR………………………………………………!
Price Included :
Tour guide - Operated with English-speaking guide
Accommodation - Standard hotels including breakfast/ evening meal - sharing double room
Transport -Air-conditioned transportation, transfers as stated in the program.
Taxes - Package rates include all government taxes
Price not included :
Entrance fees, Lunch, tips, drinks and meals if not stated explicitly in the program.
* Price may vary during the peak time of the year.