This short tour is for people who wish to spend about a week in paradise. This tour will take you through some of the highlights of Sri Lankan attractions such as, Pinnawala Elephant orphanage, Sigiriya, Safari rides at Minneriya and Yala, Spice garden, Hill capital Kandy, Tea plantation in Nuwara Eliya, and ends the tour in Bentota- the most famous beach destination in Sri Lanka!.
This is a private tour package, guests have the freedom of travel on location in a private vehicle.
Meet and assist at Colombo International Airport (BIA) by our company representative and proceed to the hotel in Colombo.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Colombo.
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After breakfast proceed to Dambulla via Pinnawala and visit the Elephant Orphanage. Pinnawala which is about one hours journey from Kandy, is one of the largest elephant orphanages. Here 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.
Continue to Dambulla 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. 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.
On completion return to the hotel in Dambulla – Habarana.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Dambulla / Habarana.
Take breakfast packets from the hotel and leave early morning at around 5 O clock for a safari at Minneriya National Park.
Minneriya National Park provides the opportunity to witness 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.
After a thrilling safari at Minneriya National park 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 in the island. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed.
Continue to Kandy, a world heritage site, and 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.
After breakfast proceed 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 ofthe 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 worlds 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 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 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 / Beruwela / Kalutara.