LEISURE- SAFARI & BEACH
Sri Lanka is full of wonderful places to visit, but these are some of our favorites.They are in no particular order as it is difficult to say which is better than the others!
Day 1: Airport / Negombo
Meet and assist at olombo international airport by our company representative and proceed to the hotel in Negombo. Overnight stay at the hotel in Negombo.
Day 2: Negombo / Anuradhapura
After breakfast proceed to Anuradhapura, Visit the ruins of the first capital of Sri Lanka founded in the 05th century BC. Here is found the largest number of ancient monuments of the great civilization of Sinhalese. Buddhism found its first real home in Sri Lanka at Anuradhapura, and it thus contains some of Sri Lankan Buddhism’s most sacred sites. The Sri Maha Bodhi tree in Anuradhapura, planted from a cutting from the original ‘bo tree’ under which the Buddha achieved enlightenment, continues to draw thousands of Buddhist pilgrims from around the world. Among the well preserved ruins are pillars of the brazen palace which once had nine stories, the image of the Samadi Buddha, the twin ponds, guard stones & moonstones. There are renovated monuments such as Ruwanveliseya dagoba built in the 2nd century BC with its famous Elephant wall and Thuparama dageba built in the 3rd century B.C. Overnight stay at the hotel in Anuradhapura.
Day 3: Anuradhapura / Dabulla / Sigiriya / Dabulla
After breakfast proceed to Dabulla and check-in to the hotel. In the evening visit Sigiriya.
One of Asia’s major archaeological sites, Sigiriya presents a unique concentration of fifth-century urban planning, architecture, gardening, engineering, hydraulic technology and art. Sigiriya Lion Rock Citadel of Sri Lanka built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century A.D. It was the royal citadel of King Kasyapa for more than 18 years. Sigiriya has been named as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. On completion proceed to Dambulla. Overnight stay at the hotel in Dambulla.
Day 4: Dabulla / Polonaruwa / Minariya / Dabulla
After breakfast proceed to Polonnaruwa. When early in the 11th century AD Anuradhapura suffered one of the worst of its many Indian invasions, polonaruwa became the next seat of rule. The city in its day was fortified with three concentric walls, beautified with parks and gardens and sanctified by many a shrine and sacred place. The city itself as well as the surrounding plain was watered by an irrigational network of man-made lakes and canals. One of the ancient reservoirs is so vast it was named Sea of Parakrama after the King Parakrambahu the great who built it. Today, while the buildings are preserved ruins, ancient reservoirs are renovated and made to re-irrigate the agricultural district of Polonnaruwa and surrounding areas as in the glorious days of Polonnaruwa. On completion proceed to Minneriya.Minnariya National Park affords the opportunity to sight herds of Elephants throughout the year. Wild elephants from the surrounding wilderness, makes their way to the shores of the Minneriya Reservoir adjoining the Minneriya National Park in search of food and water. Huge herd of elephants, sometimes numbering up to 300, converge together within a few square kilometres of the lake. This Elephant Gathering is a thrilling spectacle that would be remembered for rest of the life of all those who were fortunate to witness it.
After a thrilling safari at Minneriya return to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Dambulla.
Day 5: Dabulla / Mathale / Kandy
After breakfast visit Dambulla Rock Temples. Dambulla Rock Temple is a magnificent Gallery of Buddha images and wall and ceiling paintings. It is a complex of five cave temples with its origin going back to the Anuradhapura period (1st century BC). However due to additions and restorations done by various rulers over the past two thousand years what now remains are mostly the works of the Kandyan period (18th century). Thereafter proceed to Kandy via Matale.
Visit a spice garden in Matale to see many different types of spices Sri Lanka is famous for. Just 25 km from the hill capital of Kandy, the Matale spice gardens are among the best on the island. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. Kandy, a world heritage site is home to numerous Buddhist temples including the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic. Set in a valley surrounded by rings of mountains, the city of Kandy is the gateway to the Salubrious hill country of Sri Lanka.In the evening enjoy a cultural show of traditional dances. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kandy.
Day 6: Kandy /Pinnawala / Peradeniya / Kandy
After breakfast proceed to Pinnawala. Pinnawala which is about one hour away from the Kandy town, is one of the largest elephant orphanages where they rear Elephants that were lost to their herds by human-elephant conflict and by falling into pits. Most of them are baby elephants. The elephants are fed at the orphanage and bathed in the nearby river twice a day, which will be an unforgettable experience for you. Thereafter proceed to Peradeniya.
Royal botanical garden of Peradeniya is well known for its large number and variety of plants, ornamental, decorative, useful & medicinal. More than 4000 species include indigenous and introduced plants. This garden is best known for its collection of orchids, the largest in Asia.On completion return to Kandy. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kandy.
Day7: Kandy /Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara Eliya of Central Highlands of Sri Lanka at an altitude 6,200 ft above the sea level was made into a health resort by the British in the 19th century. Such is the character of the district of Nuwara Eliya, with its home gardens of plants and flowers and cultivation of vegetables, even today it is known as Little England. En-route visit to a tea plantation.Sri Lanka is one of the world’s largest exporters of tea. Since the introduction of tea to Sri Lanka in mid 19the century Nuwara Eliya has been the capital of the tea industry. For many miles prior to reaching Nuwara Eliya from either direction you will find acres and acres of tea plantations. There are many factories open for visitors which also have tea sales outlets. Overnight stay at the hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 8: Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast visit Horton Plains National Park, A UNESCO World Heritage site perched on the edge of the Central Highlands midway between Nuwara Eliya and Haputale, another hill country retreat, the highest plateau of Sri Lanka at 2000 feet, is a paradise of birders, nature lovers and hikers. The escarpment that falls sheer for over 1050 meters in the park at the southern edge of the highlands to the lowlands below, called World’s End, is an excursion that wouldn’t be missed at all by the holiday makers at Nuwara Eliya.On completion return to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 9: Nuwara Eliya / Yala
After breakfast proceed to Yala. On the way to Yala, pause at the paradise like village of Elle to admire the magnificent view of Ella gap. Overnight stay at the hotel in Yala.
Day 10: Yala
Full day or half day Safari at Yala National Park. The Elephant, undoubtedly the best known attraction at Yala is seen in small & large herds. Herds of spotted deer are seen all over the park. Monkeys-the pinkish rhesus and the Grey-faced Langur Monkey, live and play on the tree-tops and the ground below. Wild buffalo & wild boar could give you a good surprise & the sight of a leopard sunning itself or drinking water at a water hole could be memorable experience. The peacock is easily the most famous of the birds at Yala. The painted stork, many varieties of heron, the spoonbill, the bee-eater, parakeets, and king-fisher & wood pecker are some of the birds can be seen in the park. Overnight stay at the hotel in Yala.
Day 11: Yala / Galle / Hikkaduwa
After breakfast proceed to Galle.
Galle is home to a Dutch Fort, a world heritage site, and one of best preserved Dutch forts of Asia. Originally built by the Portuguese and fortified by the Dutch, the fort was well used by the British for their administrative purpose of the Galle district.
Thereafter proceed to Hikkaduwa. Overnight stay at the hotel in Hikkaduwa.