DAY 01 - AIRPORT / NEGOMBO
Arrival at the Colombo International Airport on flight. Upon arrival in this beautiful island you will be greeted by your friendly tour Guide Lecturer who will accompany you to your air conditioned vehicle. You will be taken to your selected hotel in Negombo. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Over night accommodation on Bed & Breakfast basis.
DAY 02 – NEGOMBO / SIGIRIYA
After an early Breakfast commence a city tour of Negombo and the fish market. Negombo fish market is held every day of the week except Sunday, this colorful and authentic fish market is a great place to observe the local fishing trade and see the amazing variety of fish and seafood that is offloaded from the boats. The catch is not all from the open sea: Negombo is at the northern end of a lagoon that is renowned for its lobsters, crabs and prawns. On completion drive to Sigiriya and late afternoon you will set off towards Minneriya National Park for your game drive in search of wild elephants and the variety of species of birds and animals that can be found here. The scenery in this national park is wonderful, with its varied flora and fauna, and several water tanks where you hope to find the elephants drinking. Overnight stay at your selected hotel in Sigiriya / Habarana or Dambulla area on Bed & Breakfast basis.
DAY 03 – SIGIRIYA / KANDY
An early morning start today to visit one of Sri Lanka’s most famous land marks, The Rock fortress of Sigiriya looming 200 metres above the surrounding plains. This really is a wonderful excursion and is well worth the climb when you see the magnificent 360 degree views across Sri Lanka. If you decide not to climb up, then you can enjoy a leisurely walk around the old water gardens, of which most have dried up now and see the ruins. Thereafter proceed to Kandy, en- route visit a spice garden and a batik factory. In the evening you will be taken to a traditional performance of Kandyan dancing. This will involve over 6 different types of dancing from various regions in Sri Lanka and concludes with a dramatic display of fire walking and breathing. Complete your day with an evening visit to the Temple of the Tooth, which houses the most sacred relic of the Buddha, where the casket in which the tooth is contained, is brought out. Overnight stay at your selected hotel in Kandy on Bed & Breakfast basis.
DAY 04 – EXCURSION PINNAWELA / CITY TOUR OF KANDY
After a hearty breakfast, drive to Millennium Elephant Foundation located in Pinnawala to enjoy an “Elephant Walk Experience”. (approx: 1 to 2 Hours drive duration)
Millennium Elephant Foundation was founded in 1999 as a charity in Sri Lanka for the elephants. It is an Ideal place for an up close and personal experience with the world’s largest land mammals! The Foundation has always offered people the chance to interact with elephants in a safe and responsible way for both the visitor and the Elephant, whilst learning about the plight of Asian elephants. This is a unique place that enables you to interact closely with an elephant. The animal would have the opportunity to walk at a leisurely pace, being free to explore and forage, while you casually stroll behind the elephants enjoying watching their every move and admiring the sheer size of these beautiful animals, while the elephant takes you around a 15 acre coconut estate accompanied by a mahout. You would learn about the behaviour of an elephant and the work done at the Millennium elephant foundation. In this 2 hour experience you would have the personalized service of a tour guide for your tour. A briefing of the Foundation, its elephants and a tour of the Elephant museum. Followed by an approx. 40 minutes walk with an elephant around the 15 acre coconut estate watching and observing the elephant whilst learning about Sri Lankan elephants. You will bath the same elephant in the river, with your group and have an enjoyable Elephant shower whilst standing next to an elephant.
Thereafter return to Kandy and after lunch, commence a City tour of Kandy visiting the upper lake drive which offers you a bird’s eye view of the man built Kandy Lake and the hustle and bustle of the Kandy market place, a visit to the Gem museum and Arts & Crafts Centre. Kandy was once the proud capital of Sri Lanka and to this day, the spirit of a great kingdom still lingers. It is a bustling yet, scenic city, where the locals proudly hold on to their rich ancestral past and welcome visitors with a warm smile. Hidden in the crooks of the busy streets are forgotten colonial treasures and architectural masterpieces that once stood tall and proud in this ancient kingdom. Kandy is a grid city, made up of about 3 main grids built with interlocking lanes and roads that dissect each other. According to popular belief, Kandy is protected by four gods, each with their own temple in the city. The temples are dedicated to a specific god, besides Buddha: Natha, Vishnu, Kataragama, and Pattini. Conveniently, three of the most ancient and interesting temples in the central highlands are within easy walking distance of one another, southwest of Kandy, Embekke, Lankathilake and Gadaladeniya. Return to your hotel for an overnight stay on Bed & Breakfast basis.
DAY 05 - KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA BY TRAIN
Breakfast & drive down to the station to experience one of the most exciting and scenic train journeys on the island, around the Tea covered mountains, through tunnels and over bridges; your destination is Nuwara Eliya, where the British established a hill station and a convalescence centre for their military in the 19th century. Known as ‘little England’ to the British during the colonial period. The city has some interesting buildings of mock Tudor and Georgian architecture. Some of the colonial landmarks include, the old post office, the Grand hotel, St Andrews hotel, the racecourse, Lake Gregory and Victoria Park to name a few. In the afternoon visit a working Tea factory. Overnight stay at your selected hotel in Nuwara Eliya on Bed & Breakfast basis.
DAY 06 – HORTON PLAINS - Nature walking trail
Early or packed breakfast and leave on an adventurous drive to Horton Plains National Park, located at an altitude of over 2000 metres and covering an area of 3160 hectares. Commence the circular trek through the park from the visitor’s centre where you will find some interesting exhibits pertaining to the history, fauna and flora of Horton Plains. The 9 kilometre circular trek will take approximately 3 hours to complete. And will cover an escarpment called mini worlds end and the famous escarpment called worlds end, from which point on a clear day you could see the southern coast of Sri Lanka, and then if you feel up to it make a somewhat slippery and steep descent to ‘Bakers falls’ named after the famous British explorer, Sir Samuel Baker or continue the trek through forests and grasslands back to the visitor’s centre. Return to your hotel for overnight stay on Bed & Breakfast basis.
DAY 07 – NUWARA ELIYA / BEACH RESORT
Leave for the south of the country from Nuwara Eliya along one of Sri Lanka’s most scenic roads passing the St Clare and Devon waterfalls. The route pass Kitulgala overlooking the site used for the filming of Bridge over the River Kwai. Proceed through scenic countryside down to your selected beach resort in the south of Sri Lanka. Journey times vary depending on your chosen hotel and may take up to 5 hours. Overnight stay at your selected hotel in Kalutara/ Beruwala/ Bentota or Deep South on Bed & Breakfast basis.
DAY 08 – AT LEISURE AT YOUR BEACH RESORT
The South coast beaches are scenic beaches that are ranked among the best in the world. Resorts of Beruwela /Bentota (fishing and swimming) / Hikkaduwa (snorkelling & surf), / Unawatuna / Weligama (stilt fishermen) / Mirissa (whale watching) and Tangalle are the popular beach resorts in this area. Between November and April would be the best time for the seas and water sports in this part of the Island. At leisure on the golden beach at your selected beach hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis..
DAY 09 – Beach Resort/ COLOMBO – Driving time depend on beach Resort.
Breakfast and take a leisurely drive to your selected hotel in Colombo. Afternoon will be for shopping or leisure to explore the local area and restaurants. Overnight stay on Bed & Breakfast basis.
DAY 10 – COLOMBO CITY TOUR
City tour of Colombo will begin by drive pass the commercial areas, a colourful Oriental bazaar with a mix of people, ancient vehicles, bargains, mosques and temples. Tour will take you to the Colombo National Museum to see some of the great specimens of arts crafts and archaeology of Colombo. Places of interest visited – The Khan clock tower, Hindu Kovil, Buddhist temple, and a famous Muslim landmark, the Jumi Ul Alfar Jumma mosque. The tour continues with a visit to The Wolvendaal Church, built in 1749 then a drive through ‘Cinnamon Gardens’, Colombo’s residential area and the greener part of Colombo and ‘Independence Square’. The last stop on the city tour will be the ‘Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall. Late afternoon you will return to your hotel.
DAY 11 – DEPARTURE SRI LANKA
You will be driven from your hotel to the international airport for your departure from Sri Lanka or you may choose an optional beach extension on Sri Lanka’s beautiful coast.
We wish you “farewell” as you depart on your flight back home accompanied with all the happy memories of the tropical isle; Sri Lanka once known as TAPROBANE.