Discover Cultural and heritage sites, beautiful Wildlife, stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, at your own pace. Everything you expect from a tropical paradise is here. Get ready for a fascinating vacation in Sri Lanka!
This is a private tour package, guests have the freedom of travel on location in a private vehicle.
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After breakfast proceed to Anuradhapura.
Visit the ruins of the first capital of Sri Lanka founded in the 5th century BC. 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 of 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, 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.
Spend the night at the hotel in Anuradhapura.
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After breakfast proceed to Sigiriya.
One of Asia’s major archaeological sites; 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. The Sigiriya Lion Rock Citadel of was 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. Thereafter proceed to Minneriya.
Minneriya National Park affords the opportunity to sight herds of Elephants throughout the year. Wild elephants from the surrounding wilderness, make their way to the shores of the Minneriya Reservoir adjoining the Minneriya National Park in search of food and water. Huge herds of Elephants, sometimes numbering up to 300, converge together within a few square kilometres of the lake. This Elephant Gathering is an amazing spectacle that would be remembered long after by all those who were fortunate enough to witness it.
On completion proceed to Dambulla.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Dambulla / Habarana.
After breakfast visit Dambulla Rock Temple.
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 spices Sri Lanka is famous for. Just 25 km from 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.
Continue to Kandy. Kandy, a world heritage site, is home to numerous Buddhist temples including the 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.
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After breakfast proceed to Pinnawala.
Pinnawala which is about one hour away from the Kandy, 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 Royal botanical garden of Peradeniya, renowned for its variety of plants which are, ornamental, decorative, useful medicinal. More than 4000 species include indigenous and introduced plants. This garden is best known for its collection of orchids which is the largest in Asia.
On completion return to Kandy.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Kandy.
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After breakfast proceed to to Nuwara Eliya, located in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. The city is at an altitude 6,200 ft. above sea level and was made into a health resort by the British in the 19th century.
Such is the character of the Nuwara Eliya district, with its lush home gardens containing plants, flowers and cultivation of vegetables, so much so it is commonly referred to as ‘Little England’. En-route visit a Tea Plantation and witness where the world’s most favored tea is made. Since the introduction of tea to Sri Lanka in mid 19the century,Nuwara Eliya has been the center 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.
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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. Continue to Yala, and do a safari at Yala National Park.
The Elephant, undoubtedly the best known attraction at the park is seen in small large herds. Herds of spotted deer are a common sight in Yala. Monkeys-the pinkish rhesus and the Grey-faced Langur Monkey, live and play on the tree-tops and the ground below.
Wild buffalo and 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 / Tissamaharama.
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After breakfast proceed to Galle, home to a grand Dutch Fort, a world heritage site, and one of best preserved Dutch forts in Asia.
Originally built by the Portuguese and fortified by the Dutch, the fort also used by the British for their administrative purpose of the Galle district.
Thereafter proceed to Hikkaduwa.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Hikkaduwa.
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After breakfast proceed to South West coast of the island blessed with over a thousand miles of beautiful beaches fringed with coconut palms.
You can also stop on the drive down the west coast for interesting side trip like visiting a Batik Factory or a turtle hatchery, paying your respects at the local temple or sampling the local fruit and getting first-hand knowledge on the art of toddy making.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Bentota / Ahungalla / Induruwa.
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Full day at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Bentota – Ahungalla – Induruwa.
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After breakfast proceed to Colombo, Sri Lanka’s business capital, located on the country’s west coast and is by far the country’s biggest city, as well as a window to the world.
The city is a jarring mix of old and new Sri Lanka, with a central cluster of high-rise office blocks and hotels overshadowing red-tiled colonial-era buildings and sprawling street markets which overflow with high piled fruit and vegetables, colourful silks and cottons, and deliciously fragrant spices. Colombo offers many interesting venues that you can visit; The Galle Face Green Promenade, the National Museum, the National Art Gallery, the Independence Square, the Dutch Museum, Gangarama Temple, the old ‘Dutch Hospital’ which has been converted into a mall, and the National Library are some of them. Shopping options are widely available while the Nightlife is indeed enjoyable.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Colombo.