09 Nights & 10 Days
Warmly welcome at the Airport and transfer to Negombo.
Approximately 37 km north of Colombo at the mouth of the Negombo lagoon. The economy of this town is based on tourism and its centuries-old fishing industry. The name Negombo was first used by the Portuguese and was a trading port during the Portuguese and Dutch colonization. Negombo offers some of the best beaches on the West coast of Sri Lanka and draws tourists who stop over on their way to or from the airport.
Overnight stay at Negombo.
Have breakfast at Hotel and leave for 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.
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 Botanical Garden, Tea Planation and Factory.
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.
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.
Overnight at Nuwara Eliya
Have breakfast and walk around the Nuwara Eliya city.
After drive to Nuwara Eliya, do the City Tour – Also known as the “City of Lights” and “Little England”, Nuwara Eliya was the favourite hill station of the British who tried to create Nuwara Eliya into a typical English Village. The old brick Post office, country house like hill club, with its hunting pictures, mounted hunting trophies and fish, and its strict formal dinner attire; the 18-hole golf course, racecourse etc., all remind you of ‘England’. Blessed a with salubrious climate, breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains and greenery; it’s hard to imagine that Nuwara Eliya is only 180 Km from the hot and humid Colombo. The areas around Nuwara Eliya also provide the main output of tea in Sri Lanka. A trip to the highlands of Sri Lanka is never complete without witnessing the age-old traditional tea plucking and sipping a cup of “Ceylon Tea”. Visitors to Nuwara Eliya can also taste the freshly plucked strawberries and purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.
Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya
Have breakfast at Hotel and leave for Benthota. En route visit to Kitulgala
A nearly 2 ½ hour drive from Colombo-Nuwara Eliya road, Kitulgala is a Rain Forest patch which
attracts many resident and foreign tourists for its natural beauty. The Academy Award-winning
movie The Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed on the Kelani River near Kitulgala, although
nothing remains now except the concrete foundations for the bridge Kitulgala is the base for
white-water rafting in Sri Lanka but there are myriad of leisure and adventure activities that
can be done in Kutulgala.
Experience White Water Rafting in the picturesque Kelani River.Covering 5 major rapids and 4 minor rapids. This activity is for anyone above the age of 10 years with safety gear, modern rafts, and a comprehensive safety briefing will be given by the white-water rafting instructors beforehand. The distance covered is around 5 KMs. The river and its surrounding will make you feel enchanted, with a memorable Experience during your White-Water Rafting Tour in Kitulagala
The tropical town of Bentota is idyllically placed between a murky river and the azure Indian ocean offering love birds plenty of opportunity for water-based tours. Whether you’re interested in a romantic, slow, boat cruise along Madu River while you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature and devote your time and attention to your partner or prefer to partake in a range of thrilling water sports that get your adrenaline pumped, Bentota has it all! Water sports will have you and your partner in fits of laughter and excitement as you jet through the tropical waters on jet skis and banana boats.
Overnight stay at Benthota
Have a breakfast at Hotel and Leisure at the Beach Optional: Galle day tour
Overnight stay at Benthota
After breakfast, transfer to Airport for departure