DAY 01: Arrival at Bandaranayake International Airport. Welcome by ground handling representatives and transfer to Colombo. Check in at your hotel. In the afternoon do a city tour of Colombo, like many capital cities in developing countries is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the old world charm is retained. For example, there is a 100-year-old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings. Other places of interest are the Pettah bazaar – where one can shop for bargain, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Colombo museum and the Dutch Museum. Overnight stay in Colombo.
DAY 02: After breakfast, check out and transfer to Negombo. Enjoy a small city tour. Negombo is in the heart of Sri Lanka’s fishing industry. The sea and catamarans are the backdrop of the Negombo scenery. Visit the Negombo lagoon and a fish auction. Also visit the Dutch Fort and a Catholic Church. Continue to Giritale / Dambula. En- route visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975, commenced with seven orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but is soon became a conservation and educational center. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawela started a scientific captive-breeding program for elephants. The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for respective individuals of both sexes to get together and mate. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, and in 1984, the first baby of Pinnawela was born. The success story of Pinnawela has drawn the attention of scientists from all over the world. A considerable number of books and research articles on Pinnawela have been published in several languages. The members of the Pinnawela herd have been filmed, videoed and photographed thousands of times by professionals. Reach to Giritale / Dambulla. Check in at your hotel.Overnight stay at Giritale / Dambulla.
DAY 03: After a late breakfast, visit Polonnaruwa, which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and which is a world heritage site. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and ‘Recumbent’ postures carved out of rock could be seen, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, the statue of king Parakramabahu, and the Parakrama Samudraya – a lake built by King Parakramabahu the great. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic. Overnight stay at Giritale / Dambulla.
DAY 04: After breakfast, check out and transfer to Kandy. En-route climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway.
These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster. Continue to Kandy. Visit Dambulla Cave Temple. Dambulla rock temple has been built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and it is a world heritage site. Also, it is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 meters. Check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at Kandy.
DAY 05: After breakfast enjoy a city tour in Kandy. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings which is a World Heritage Site. The name “Kandy” conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts center, a gem museum and a lapidary. Visit Royal Botanical Garden. The Peradeniya Botanical Garden is easily one of the best of its kind in the World. The many beautiful avenues will lead one to sections, which provide a burst of tropical color. We recommend you to stay at least 02 hours and then only you will find about Sri Lankan species of flora and fauna. In the late afternoon visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy. Thereafter witness a Cultural show. Overnight stay at Kandy.
DAY 06: After breakfast, check out and proceed to Nuwara-Eliya. Check in at your hotel. In the afternoon visit Nuwara-Eliya. Nuwara-Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka s most popular hill resort. Nuwara-Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka s tea country producing a significant share of the world best tea.
DAY 07: With a picnic breakfast, proceed to Horton Plains. Horton Plains is located on a high windswept saddle at about 7000-ft elevation. The Plains are an expanse of misty grassland with scraggy trees and ice-cold rivulets. Visit World’s End considered to be the finest view in all of Sri Lanka. The awesome escarpment drops vertically for about 4000 ft, hence its named as Horton Plains. Here you could find endemic Slender Loris and endemic Purple Monkeys amongst the animal species that can be seen. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Nuwara-Eliya.
DAY 08: After breakfast, check out and transfer to Kataragama. Check in at your hotel. In the late afternoon enjoy a jeep safari at Yala. This is the most famous park in Sri Lanka. Wild elephants, spot deer, wild boar and crocodiles are common here. If you are lucky you will catch leopards or bear as well. Not only them. Birding is including lot of Jungle fowls and peacock; Yala is the only place to see Black neck stork. Raptors like White bellied sea eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle and Hawk Eagle also can be seen here. Overnight stay at Kataragama / Tissamaharama.
DAY 09: With a picnic breakfast, proceed to Bundala National Park for a another Safari. Bundala is famous for water birds. Because it’s lagoon lot of Great Thick-knee, Greater Flamingos and lot more migrant birds can be seen here. In the late afternoon enjoy an excursion to Kataragama sacred city foe Buddism, Hindu and Islam. Overnight stay at Kataragama.
DAY 10: After breakfast, check out and proceed to Ratnapura. In the afternoon proceed to Sinharaja, Sri Lankan Rain Forest which is consider as a world heritage site. This untouched rain forest is a home for 40 species of mammals, 10 species of fish, 65 kinds of Butterflies, 14 species of amphibians and 29 reptile species. Sinharaja can consider as a world largest mixed bird flock. There are 42 individuals can be seen here. Also there are lot varieties of flora and fauna can be find here. Overnight stay at Ratnapura.
DAY 11: After breakfast, check out and proceed to Galle. Check in at Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure on the beach. Overnight stay at Galle.
DAY 12: Full day at leisure on the beach. Breakfast and overnight stay at beach Hotel.
DAY 13: Full day at leisure on the beach. Breakfast and overnight stay at beach Hotel.
DAY 14: After breakfast, check out and transfer to airport for the departure.
Hotels used (subject to Availability) Tour 01
Day 01 Grand Oriental Hotel, Colombo – 03 star
Day 02 Giritale Hotel, Giritale – 03 star
Day 03 Giritale Hotel, Giritale – 03 star
Day 04 The Swiss Residence, Kandy – 03 star
Day 05 The Swiss Residence, Kandy – 03 star
Day 06 Windsor Hotel, Nuwara-Eliya – 03 star
Day 07 Windsor Hotel, Nuwara-Eliya – 03 star
Day 08 Tissa Resort, Tissamaharama (Kataragama) – 03 star
Day 09 Tissa Resort, Tissamaharama (Kataragama) – 03 star
Day 10 Ratnaloka Tour Inn, Ratnapura – 03 star
Day 11 Hotel Club Lanka, Ahangama – 03 star
Day 12 Hotel Club Lanka, Ahangama – 03 star
Day 13 Hotel Club Lanka, Ahangama – 03 star
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