11 Nights & 12 Days
Warmly welcome at the airport and transfer to Sigiriya. Afternoon Safari at Minneriya or Kaudulla National Park.
Kaudulla National Park is around the ancient Kaudulla tank and provides a 6656-hectare elephant
corridor, only 6 km from the main Habarana-Trincomalee road. Herds of Elephants up to 250 could
be seen mainly in the month of October.
Minneriya National Park is located at the center of the Cultural Triangle. The dry season from June to September is best time to visit the 8890-hectare park when the ancient tank dries out. During this time, it is possible to see herds of up to 150 elephants feeding and bathing. Minneriya closest by car to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, was upgraded from a Natural Reserve to a National Park because of the increased number of tourists arriving to see the elephants.
Overnight stay at Sigiriya.
Have breakfast at hotel and leaving for Sigiriya.
Climb the 5th century Sigriya Rock Fortress – which is a UNESCO ''World Heritage Site'', built by 'King Kashyapa (477-495 AD)'. The ''Lion Rock'' is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the green scrub jungle, Its perhaps the most memorable place for visitors to Sri Lanka. The site was known from ancient times as a hermitage for Buddhist monks. A well-planned monastic complex includes caved temples, bathing pools, lovely ponds and Asia's oldest surviving landscaped gardens. Today Sigiriya is famous for its ''Frescos Painted'' in the pocket of the rock. The ''Lion Stairway’’, the ''Mirror Wall'' and the ''Water Gardens'' are the other highlights of Sigiriya.
Overnight stay at Sigiriya.
Have breakfast at hotel and leaving for Kandy. En-route visit Dambulla Cave Temple.
Visit Dambulla rock Cave temple also known as the Golden temple of Dambulla. Dambulla rock temple was built by 'King Walagambahu' in the 1st century B.C and it is UNESCO ''World Heritage Site''. Comprised of 05 caves and a picturesque facade carved into the side of a steep rock face, the Dambulla Cave Temple houses ancient statues and paintings depicting Lord Buddha and his life. This is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka.
Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The name “Kandy” conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Evening visiting the Kandyan culture show.
Witness the Kandyan Dance a pageant of traditional Sri Lankan dance that flourished in the hill country during ancient times. The dancers are attired in frilled costumes with glistening head-dresses and breastplates. They skip and whirl to the beat of the drums executing astonishing acrobatics in mid-air. The highlight of the performance is the fire-walking at the end of the pageant.
Overnight stay at Kandy
Have breakfast at the hotel and morning leaving to visit Kandy city and Peradeniya Botanical Garden.
Royal Botanical Garden, Peradeniya is about 5.5 km to the west from the city of Kandy in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. It attracts 2 million visitors annually.It is near the Mahaweli River (the longest in Sri Lanka).It is renowned for its collection of orchids. The garden includes more than 4000 species of plants, including orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees.Attached to it is the National Herbarium of Sri Lanka. The total area of the botanical garden is 147 acres (0.59 km2), at 460 meters above sea level, and with a 200-day annual rainfall. It is managed by the Division of National Botanic Gardens of the Department of Agriculture.
Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Bazaar area, Arts & Crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary etc, you could visit a Gem Museum & shops in the area which is famous for so many years about the gems & Jewellery industry. Ceylon Gems brings you the highest quality natural gems for provide a wide range of gemstones that include blue, white, sapphires, chrysobery cats eye, tourmaline, garnet, topaz.
Visit the ''Dalada Maligawa'' – where the sacred Tooth Relic is placed and preserved is undoubtedly the greatest attraction of the city. It is one of the most sacred places for Buddhists all over the world. Watch the traditional rituals performed daily by the religious dignitaries of the temple in keeping with the cultural heritage of county. Next you will visit the ''Raja Wasala'' – the Royal Palace complex adjoining the Temple of Tooth where the Council Chamber known as the ''Magul Maduwa'' is seen. This is a unique wooden pillared hall dating back to 1784 and the Devale complexes are housed inside.
Overnight stay at Kandy
Have breakfast at the hotel and morning leaving for Nuwara Eliya. En-route visit Bahirawa Kanda Buddha statue, Tea Planation and Factory.
The Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue is situated on a hill named just 2 km from the Temple of the Tooth Relic. This beautifully sculptured white Buddha statue was built in 1972. Standing at 88 feet, it is considered as one of the biggest Buddha statues in Sri Lanka. There is a Buddhist temple located alongside the Buddha statue in the Bahirawa Kanda hill. The hill provides panoramic views of the Kandy city including the mountain range nearby and the Bogambara prison. Devotees can worship in the temple.
Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of the tea country and you can visit a plantation and a factory en route here and witness how the famous ''Ceylon Tea'' is brewed. A journey through narrow passes, beside deep ravines and over gushing streams to the hill country of Sri Lanka is a very enjoyable one.
Nuwara eliya which means the ''City of Lights'' is also known as the city of eternal spring, where the air is pure, cool and distilled up through 1884 meters. The city established by the British in the 19th century and known as ''LITTLE ENGLAND'' and is a popular holiday resort for Sri Lankans & tourists due to its cool climate and quaint colonial feel with its little bungalows surrounded by hedgerows.
Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya
Have breakfast at the hotel and morning leaving for Ella.
Train trip from Nanuoya to Ella is the most beautiful and picturesque train trip in Sri Lanka Leave for Nanu Oya Railway Station to board the train to Ella. This is a beautiful scenic train ride through tea plantation, many waterfalls- an experience never to forget. The driver will pick you up from Ella Railway Station and take you to the Hotel.
Ella is a little village paradise in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. This sleepy mountain
village, with a view, is the perfect base for relaxing, whilst also offering lots of fantastic
walks through tea plantations to temples and waterfalls. Some of the places you could see in
Ella are Ella Gap, Ravana Ella Waterfall, Little Adams Peak and Bambaragala Peak among the other
many varied pleasant walks with stunning sceneries and through the clean and cheap restaurants
and many of small shops.
Ella with its perfect climate soothes your mind and makes your day to day anxieties feel a world away. It reminds one of a hot English summer, hot during the day and cool at night. Most foreign tourists would like to spend a couple of days there. When you are travelling out of town you could find plenty of things to keep you occupied
Overnight at Ella
Have breakfast at the hotel and morning leaving for Ella sightseen.
Trek through the jungle, see small villages, tea plantations, and climb "Little Adam’s Peak". And after making a trek to see the "Nine Arches Railway Bridge" located 3100 feet above sea level. This is believed to be built entirely on solid rocks, bricks and cement.
This viaduct was built at Gotuwala between the two railway stations – Ella and Demodara during
the British Colonial period is the largest in Sri Lanka. Located almost 3100 feet above the sea
level, this 99.6ft high bridge is called “Ahas namaye palama” (Nine skies bridge) in Sinhala.
When one stands underneath it and looks up there is a beautiful sight of ‘nine skies’ through
the nine arches, hence the Sinhala name. This bridge is also called ‘The Bridge in the sky’ due
to the sheer height.
This massive bridge is built entirely of solid rocks, bricks and cement without using a single piece of steel. The bridge was finally commissioned in 1921.
Overnight stay at Ella
Have breakfast at the hotel and morning leaving for Yala. En-route visit Rawna Waterfall and afternoon safari at Yala National Park
The Ravana Falls is a popular sightseeing attraction in Sri Lanka. It currently ranks as one of the widest falls in the country.This waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft) in height and cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. During the local wet season, the waterfall turns into what is said to resemble an area flower with withering petals. But this is not the case in the dry season, where the flow of water reduces dramatically. The falls form part of the Ravana Ella Wildlife Sanctuary,and is located 6 km (3.7 mi) away from the local railway station at Ella.
Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public, and also adjoining parks. The blocks have individual names such as, Ruhuna National Park (block 1) and Kumana National Park or 'Yala East' for the adjoining area. It is situated in the southeast region of the country and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The park covers 979 square kilometres (378 sq mi) and is located about 300 kilometres (190 mi) from Colombo. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards and aquatic birds.
Overnight stay at Yala
Have breakfast at the hotel and morning leaving for Galle After the Yala Safari. En-route visit Stilt Fisherman’s Waligama
The fishing village of Weligama is famous for the fishing technique used by the fishermen of the village. They cast their lines out while balancing themselves quite cleverly on a 20-50-meter pole in the shallow waters, which gives its name, stilt fishing. Even though the origins of this strange way of fishing is yet unknown, this may be a good opportunity to chat up a few fishermen who take pride in this unique technique where the fishing poles are guarded with their life and handed down from one generation to another. (20 min visit)
Galle was the center of the Dutch regime in the 17th century and the majestic Galle Fort bears testimony to this fact. The City of Galle is one of the well-preserved colonial-era cities in Southeast Asia and has been declared a '' World Heritage City ''. The Dutch Museum, Groote Kerk (Great Church) and the National Maritime Museum are two famous tourist attractions in Galle. International Cricket Stadium has also contributed to enhance the image of the city as a sports destination.
Overnight stay at Galle
Leisure at the beach
Overnight stay at Galle
Have breakfast at the hotel and morning leaving for Airport. En-route visit Turtle Hatchery and Colombo City.
This Hatchery, run by the Wildlife Protection Society of Sri Lanka, was started in 1981 to
protect local turtles from extinction. The hatchery pays fishermen for eggs that they collect at
night along the sandy beach. Visitors can see large glass tanks full of newborn turtle
hatchlings. After being fed, the baby turtles are taken to the ocean and released, at the age of
2-4 days. Although October-April is the main laying season, eggs can be found at Kosgoda
throughout the year.
The five species of marine turtles found in Sri Lanka are, the Green Turtle, the Leatherback, the Hawksbill, the Loggerhead and the Olive Ridley. Marine turtles have been roaming the seas for about 190 million years now, but among the numerous types of species there once were, only eight of them exist today.
Colombo is the largest city and commercial capital of Sri Lanka. It is located on the west coast of the island and adjacent to Sri Jayawardanapura Kotte. Colombo is a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life, colonial buildings and ruins. Due to its large harbor and strategic position along the East West sea-trade routes. Colombo was known to ancient traders 2000 years ago. In 1978 administrative functions were moved to Sri Jayawardanapura and Colombo was designated as the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. The population of the Colombo District is 2.25 Million and famous landmarks include Gall Face Green, Viharamahadevi Park, Old Parliament, Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, Independence Square, Buddhist and Hindu Temples and the Town Hall.
Transfer to Airport according to departure flight time.