11 days tours

DAY 01

Arrive at Colombo International Airport, Katunayake. Meet, assist, welcome with garlands and transfer to Colombo.

Afternoon commence on a city tour.
Drive through the commercial and city centre area known as the Fort, built by the Portuguese in the 16th century. See the busy markets and bazaars of Pettah, visit a Buddhist and a Hindu temple, an old Dutch church and continue to the Cinnamon Gardens residential area. Drive past the Town Hall, Independence Square and the B.M.I.C.H (International Convention Centre)

DAY 02

Breakfast at hotel.

After breakfast leave for Anuradhapura for sight seeing.

This ancient city which was founded in the 04th century B.C. has the largest number of Ancient monuments of the great Sinhala civilization which flourished in this region. Visit the Royal Palaces, Shrines, Dagobas and Sri Maha Bodhi. Taking pride of place is the Sri Maha Bodhi, the Bo tree grown from a branch of the very tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment the oldest historically documented tree in the world, over 2200 year old.

Sri Maha Bodhi
DAY 03

Breakfast at hotel.

Morning leave for Polonnaruwa for sightseeing.

Polonnaruwa was the Islands medieval Capital during the period 11th to 13th century A.D. The city in its day was fortified with three concentric walls, beautified with parks and gardens and sanctified by many shrines. Visit the ruins of the Audience hall, Council Chamber, the Royal Citadel, the Kumara Pokuna (pond), Royal Pavillion, Siva Dewale, the Thuparama, the Vatadage Relic House, Kiriwehera, Hatadage, Gal Vihare, with most impressive sculptures & stone carvings. Also see the reservoirs.

Thereafter continue drive to Sigiriya and climb Sigiriya rock fortress, built by King Kassapa in the 05th century A.D. The lion rock is a citadel of unusual beauty, rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The base of the rock is ringed by a moat and rampart and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens. See the world famous frescoes of the Heavenly maidens of Sigiriya in a sheltered pocket of the rock. Also see the mirror wall and the lion stairway which leads to the summit.

Return to hotel.

DAY 04

Breakfast at hotel.

After breakfast leave for Kandy.

Enroute visiting Dambulla Rock Cave Temple.

Like Sigiriya, this is a vast isolated rock mass where King Valagambhahu took refuge in the 01st century B.C. He later turned the caves into a rock temple. The temple consists of a series of 5 caves containing many statues and paintings including a 47 ft. long statue of the Buddha.

Thereafter continue drive to Kandy.

Enroute visit spice garden in Matale.

Late afternoon witness a cultural pageant highlighting various up country dance forms, including a fire walking display.

Thereafter visit the Temple of Tooth Relic of the Buddha.

DAY 05

Breakfast at hotel.

After breakfast leave for Pinnawela to visit the Elephant Orphanage, where you can view the feeding of elephants, which takes place daily. The highlight of this event is to observe feeding of baby elephants using Milk bottles. (All these events can be photographed.) After feeding of the elephants they will be taken by foot to nearby river for their daily bath.

Afternoon : sightseeing tour of Kandy – the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings.

Visit the Peradeniya Botanical Garden , where a rare collection of tropical exotic and
indigenous flora can be viewed and also the famous Orchid House.

Visit to the Market Place, and an Arts & Crafts show room. Then drive along the Upper lake road to get a panoramic view of the Kandy lake and its environs and drive past the picturesque University premises.

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DAY 06

Breakfast at hotel.

After breakfast leave for Nuwara-Eliya.

Enroute visit a tea plantation and a tea factory. At the tea factory witness the process of manufacture of tea from plucking of the green leaves to packeting of the processed tea which is mainly meant for export markets.

Evening sightseeing tour of the city.

Visit the Nuwara-Eliya Town, Market place, Golf Course, the Hill Club, and drive around this hill station viewing Lake Gregory.

DAY 07

Early morning leave the hotel with packetted breakfast for an excursion to Horton Plains by a private jeep.

Horton plains is a strict nature reserve, the highest plateau in Sri Lanka. Nature lovers will love this wide, Patna-grass covered plain, the haunt of several wild yet harmless animals and the home for many species of birds. “Bride” paths through the plains will take you to the precipice, popularly referred to as Worlds End, a sheer drop of 1050 metres. The view when it is clear of mist is magnificent.

Afternoon at leisure.

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DAY 08

Breakfast at hotel.

Morning leave for Tissamaharama.

Evening visit the Yala National Park for a safari by private jeep.

Yala is approximately 1259 Kms in extent and is located in the south eastern corner of the Island. The terrain is varied, flat plains alternating with rocky outcrops. The vegetation ranges from open parkland to dense jungle a must for any wildlife enthusiast with the specialty being the large number of Elephants, Deer, Wild Boar and Sambhur.

DAY 09

Breakfast at hotel.

After breakfast leave for Ratnapura.

Afternoon commence on a city tour. Visit a Gem Pit, Gem Museum and a Gem Lapidary.

Gem Museum
DAY 10

Early morning leave the hotel with packetted breakfast for an excursion to Sinharaja Rain Forest by a private jeep.

A primeval forest for scientific exploration, relaxation and meditation. Sinharaja was declared a world heritage site in 1989. it covers 11,187 ha. Of the Sri Lanka lowland rainforest. The most striking characteristics of the forest are the loftiness of the dominant trees, the straightness of their bole, the abundance of regeneration and the diversity of species. Out of 25 plant genera endemic to Sri Lanka, 13 are represented in Sinharaja and of 340 woody species recorded in Sinharaja, 192 are endemic to Sri Lanka. There is a high degree of endemism among the butterflies, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. 95% of the endemic birds of Sri Lanka have been recorded in Sinharaja.
Afternoon return to Colombo.

DAY 11

Breakfast at hotel.

After breakfast transfer to Colombo International Airport, Katunayake for your departure flight.