Sri Lanka Highlights- 9 days / 8 Nights
Day 1 - COLOMBO – DAMBULLA
Arrival, meet greet and proceed to Pinnawala.
Pinnawala Elephant orphanage is one of the largest Elephant captive in the world. The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage was started in 1975 by the Department of Wildlife on a twenty five acre coconut property on the Maha Oya River at Rambukkana. The orphanage was primarily designed to afford care and protection to the many baby elephants found in the jungle without their mothers.
Depending on the time, you will be able to see some daily activities such as, bottle feeding to the baby elephants and all herd bathing in the River Maha Oya.
After lunch proceed to Sigiriya
Overnight stay at Hotel in Sigiriya
Day 2- SIGIRIYA – POLONNARUWA
Visit Polonnaruwa Heritage city (By Bike - Optional)
Visit Polonnaruwa which is a world heritage site and the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD. See the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya where four splendid statues of the Buddha in 'Upright', 'Sedentary' and 'Recumbent' postures carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, the statue of king Parakramabahu, and the Parakrama Samudraya - a lake built by King Parakramabahu. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Habarana.
Day 3 - SIGIRIYA – KANDY
Visit Sigiriya (Rock fortress) Sigiriya, The Lion Rock, was a rock fortress and royal palace complex of the 5th century created by king Kasyapa. This is one of the most impressive landscapes of the Sri Lanka which is a massive and steep column of rock nearly 200 meters high surrounded by scrub jungle. Along the pathway you come across massive gardens that once were a part of the castle. This consists of water gardens: an elaborate network of water pavilions, pools with pebbled marble floors, courtyards and water courses. The garden of Sigiriya is among the oldest landscaped gardens in the world.
Visit Dambulla cave temple
The Dambulla Rock Cave Temple is the largest and best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. This is an outstanding example of the religious art and expression of Sri Lanka which is covering area of 2,100 m2 Buddhist mural paintings. The excavated shrine-caves, their painted surfaces and statuary are unique in scale and degree of preservation
Overnight stay at Hotel in Kandy.
Day 4- KANDY – PERADENIYA - KANDY
Peradeniya Garden is situated 6 km away from Kandy city which is bordering to Mahaveli River. This garden cover 60ha (150 acres) area of trees, lawns and flowering shrubs, including a 20-ha (50-acre) arboretum of more than 10,000 trees.
There are extensive well-kept lawns, an Orchid House containing an outstanding collection, an Octagon Conservatory, fernery, banks of giant bamboo from Burma and numerous flower borders with cannas, hibiscus, chrysanthemums, croton and colorful bougainvillea. The tank has water plants including the giant water lily and papyrus reeds. You will also see exotic species, especially palms (Palmyra, talipot, royal, and cabbage), Ficus elastica (latex-bearing fig or 'Indian rubber tree' with buttress roots), an amazing avenue of drunken-looking Cook's Pines and some magnificent old specimen trees.
In the evening visit Temple of Tooth
The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a temple which houses the Sacred Tooth Relic of The Buddha. This is the most sacred Buddhist shrine in the world. It is venerated not only by Buddhists in Sri Lanka but by Buddhists all over the world. It was built within the royal palace complex which houses the one of the two surviving relic of the tooth of Buddha, an object of veneration for Buddhists.
The ‘’Thevawa ceremony’’ which starts around 6:30 pm. At this time crowds gather to offer flowers and prayers to the sacred relic in the inner sanctum and the temple drummers are in full swing – a magical experience
Witans for the cultural Dancing show
Kandyan cultural show is an amazing experience of Sri Lankan cultural music and dancing performance.
Overnight stay at Kandy
Day 5 - KANDY - NUWARAELIYA
City tour at Nuwaraeliya
Nuwara Eliya, "The City of Lights," is the highest town in Sri Lanka and that means a break from the oppressive heat and humidity that surrounds the rest of the country. Situated at around 2000m above sea level and surrounded by lush tea plantations. This city with an elevation of 6200 meters is the highest in Sri Lanka. Once a pleasure retreats of the European planters the town is still very much an English town with many English style bungalows and buildings.
After Lunch Visit Tea Factory.
Sri Lanka is famous for its Ceylon tea and on this Sri Lanka tea tour you'll have the chance to taste this well known brew and learn all about how it is made. Tea is made from the small leaves or tips that grow on bushes in this region of Sri Lanka and, in the hills between Kandy and Nuwara Eliya, there are tea bushes as far as the eye can see. On this tea tour, you'll visit factory road where you can follow the process from fresh leaves to dried tea in all its varying qualities.
Overnight stay in Nuwaraeliya
Day 6 - NUWARAELIYA –HORTON PLAINS - ELLA
This is an amazing hiking experience in one of most beautiful, strange place in Sri Lanka. Horton Plains is an undulating plateaus of about 2200m high, covers by wild grassland with some patches of thick forest, rocky outcrops and waterfalls. The plateau comes to a sudden end with a stunning view that drops straight down about 900m. This place famously know as World's End.
Kandy to Haputhale by Train.
Nanu Oya to Ella by train
The Highland Queen leaves from Nanu Oya Railway Station for a spectacular journey through the Hill Country. There are lovely views of waterfalls and tea estates among the glorious scenery of the Great Western mountain range.
Overnight stay in Ella.
Day 7 - ELLA –YALA - THISSAMAHARAMAYA
Visit Rawana Ella
The Ravana Ella (Ravana Falls) is one of the most visited waterfall in Sri Lanka. Rawana Fall which is about 25m high and cascade from an oval shaped concave rock outcrop. This popular falls has its roots connected to the famous Indian epic, the Ramayana. According to the ancient stories, it is said that after kidnapping Sita, Ravana, the king of Sri Lanka had hidden her at the caves behind this waterfall. The cave came to be known as Ravana Ella cave.
Visit Buduruwagala Temple. 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.
After the Lunch, do a safari of the 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 leopards, you can see number of animals such as elephants, sloth bear, sambar and spotted deer, jackal, mongoose, wild boar, wild buffaloes, Jaguar and macaque monkeys.
Yala is also a wonderful destination to see the wide verity of birds. There are around 130 species of birds that have been spotted here including black necked stork, sandpipers, pelicans, egrets, hoopoes, parakeets and bulbuls.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Thissamaharamaya
Day 8 - THISSAMAHARAMAYA – MIRISSA
Full day at leisure by the beach.
Overnight stay at Mirissa
Day 9 - MIRISSA- COLOMBO - AIRPORT
Colombo city tour (depends on the flight time)
Colombo is the capital and main commercial city of Sri Lanka. This is a busy and vibrant place with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruin. The Fort is the very center of the city where most of the colonial remnants, mainly from the British era are still to be found.
Proceed to Airport for departure
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.