Bewitching Sri Lanka ( 10N / 11D )

Upon arrival in to Sri Lanka, after immigration formalities & baggage collection, at the exit of arrival lounge our representative will page you by your name. Thereafter you will be assisted to the car / coach park to begin you journey as per the booked itinerary accompanied by the guide.

Day 01 – City tour in Colombo

Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka which has a blend of variety of trends and cultures that represent the nation. City is blessed with an assortment of colonial and modern buildings surrounded with shopping malls, parks together with virtually every amenity a modern city should have. The touch of urban hustle bustle keeps the city alive at all times amidst many places of interest for a traveller within the city itself. Colombo is an entertainment hub with a vibrant nightlife.   ( Please see Colombo in the map for more photographs )

Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel in Colombo city.

Day 02 – Colombo / Yala

After Breakfast leave for Yala

Visit Yala National Park

Yala National Park is the second largest national park in Sri Lanka and the most visited. Park consists of 05 main blocks. Yala is renowned for large herds of elephants, leopards, spotted deer, Sambhur, Crocodiles, Mongoose, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, and many other animals. More than 130 bird species are recorded which include the resident and winter visitors. There are 7 Bungalows inside the Park with few Camp Sites. ( Please see Yala in the map for more photographs )

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 03 – Yala / Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya

Stop at Ella for enjoy the spectacular views of eastern plains and visit Haggala Botanical Gardens. Enroute visit a tea plantation and a factory to see the processing of fresh tea.

Nuwara Eliya, the “ Little England “ of Sri Lanka is nestled 2000 meters above sea level amidst bewildering backdrops of green misty mountains and sprawling tea gardens that blanket rolling hills, breath-taking valleys, and scenic water falls is the ideal retreat to beat the tropical heat and the hustle and bustle of any city. British influence in the country is witnessed by country cottages or Queen Anne fashion mansions. Main tourist attractions are the golf course, Victoria park, Hakkgala Botanical Gardens, boating on Gregory’s lake. ( Please see Nuwara Eliya in the map for more photographs )

Evening commence city tour in Nuwara Eliya.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 04 – Nuwara Eliya / Horton Place/ Nuwara Eliya

Horton Plains National Park, yet another tourist destination located in the central highlands at an altitude of 2100 – 2300 meters above sea level. Horton Plains is found significantly rich in bio diversity and designated as a national park in 1988. The sheer precipice of World’s End and Baker’s Falls are among the key tourist attractions of the park. Spectacular 20 meter high Baker’s Falls was explored by Sir Samuel Baker. ( Please see Horton Plains in the map for more photographs )

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 05 – Nuwara Eliya / Peradeniya / Kandy

After breakfast visit Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens

Wonderful tourist attraction located very close to the hill capital, Kandy. This comprises of 147 acre extent and attracts at least 2 million tourists a year. This was started way back in 1347 by the Kings in Kandy. It is well renowned for a collection of a large variety of orchids, more than 4000 species of endemic and plants from the tropical world. Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens is the largest botanical garden is Sri Lanka and considered as a national asset. ( Please see Peradeniya in the map for more photographs )

Afterwards proceed to Kandy.

Afternoon city tour of Kandy, including Upper Lake Drive, Market Square, Arts & Crafts Centre, Gem Museum and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

Kandy, termed as the hill capital, nestled amidst green mountainous environment in the central province of Sri Lanka. City is at an elevation of 465 meters above sea level and the last capital of Sri Lankan kings. Kandy is one of the most picturesque cities in the island with authentic Sri Lankan charm, attracts thousands of visitors every day.

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Monument which signifies Kandy the most, located in the Royal Palace complex of Kandian kingdom. Lord Buddha’s tooth relic is housed in this temple and it is the most sacred place of worship and pilgrimage for the Buddhists in the world. Temple of the sacred tooth relic is a UNESCO world heritage site. ( Please see Kandy in the map for more photographs )

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 06 – Kandy / Dambulla / Sigiriya

After Breakfast proceed to Dambulla.

En-route visit a Spice Garden at Matale and see the luscious Cinnamons, Cardamons, Pepper plants etc. You can also purchase your requirements of spices.

Visit Dambulla cave temple

Major significance and the attraction in Dambulla are the largest cave temples in Sri Lanka. These cave temples witness the presence of civilization well before the Indian influence to Sri Lanka. There are five caves which comprises 153 Buddha statues and fabulous paintings done in the ancient era relating to Lord Buddha’s life. In addition there are statues of ancient Kings and Hindu gods. ( Please see Dambulla in the map for more photographs)

Afterwards leave Sigiriya

Climb the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

Sigiriya, most fantastic solitary wonder in Sri Lanka. The rock is surrounded by jungles stands tall endorsing the great civilization during the ancient kings. This gigantic rock with a 700 ft height is ranked as a world heritage site by UNESCO for its significant urban planning, sophisticated architecture, engineering, hydraulic technology, art and landscaping. On the summit one could witness the foundations of a sumptuous palace and gardens with massive swimming pools. Western face of the rock comprises of a bewitching gallery of frescoes of life sized damsels in all the freshness and delicacy of their original colour. Real glory of this engineering marvel is beyond expression in any form and it is a “ must see “ by every traveller. ( Please see Sigiriya in the map for more photographs )

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 07 – Sigiriya / Habarana / Polonnaruwa / Trincomalee

Elephant Safari at Habarana

Proceed to Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa, the second most ancient Sri Lankan kingdom, capital of Sri Lanka from 11th – 13th centuries, is 214km away from Colombo. It is also declared as a world heritage site, blessed with colossal statues which are absolutely fascinating. Ancient Sri Lankan stone carvers’ expertise is well displayed at Gal Viharaya as well as with many large sthupas. At Polonnaruwa, one could witness so many masterpieces of archaeological and architectural value which bears testimony to the skills of the craftsmen and the technology existed. Gigantic water reservoirs built during ancient kings, which are being used even now are identified as living engineering marvels. ( Please see Polonnaruwa in the map for more photographs )

 Proceed to Trincomalee

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 08 – Trincomalee

Trincomalee comprises of several sites of historical importance which are sacred to Hindus and Buddhists as well. A key place of interest is the Fort, which was originally built by Portuguese in 1623, later captured by Dutch. Once again in 1672 this fort was captured by French.

Trincomalee boasts the procession of the fifth largest natural harbour in the world and also blessed with unspoilt scenic beaches famous for recreational purposes such as surfing, scuba diving, fishing and whale watching.

Another interest here is the seven hot water wells. Temperature of each well is significantly different and bathing is under strict control. ( Please see Trincomalee in the map for more photographs )

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 09 – Trincomalee / Anuradhapura

After breakfast leave for Anuradhapura

Start sightseeing tour

Anuradhapura, is an ancient capital of Sri Lanka, famous for ruins of Sri Lankan civilization.

This sacred city was declared a world heritage site in 1982 by the UNESCO. Most renowned and sacred is the “ Sri Maha Bodhi “ tree which was grown from a branch of the tree under which the lord Buddha attained enlightenment. This tree was planted 2250 years ago and said to be the oldest historically authenticated tree in the world. Anuradhapura has many other places of high significance with dagobas enshrined with relics and other sites of historical, archaeological and architectural value. Amongst all these most significant is the “ Ruwanweliseya “ gigantic engineering marvel constructed of bricks and hemispherical in shape by one of the greatest kings Sri Lanka ever had. ( Please see Anuradhapura in the map for more photographs )

 

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 10 – Anuradhapura / Negombo

Negombo, is located in the west coast and the fifth largest city in the island. Negombo is also a major tourist destination in Sri Lanka. It is most popular for it’s pristine beach. Negombo’s most stunning and undisturbed golden beaches offer a relaxing atmosphere for a perfect beach getaway. Only a 15 minute drive from the Bandaranaike International Airport, Negombo allows guests to reach their ultimate beach destination directly from the airport. It is also known as the Sri Lanka’s second-largest fish market. ( Please see Negombo in the map for more photographs)

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 11

Leave to airport for departure