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 / Pinnawala / Sigiriya
After breakfast leave for Pinnawala
Visit the elephant orphanage
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, approximately 55 miles from Colombo, was established in 1975 to offer care and protection to abandoned and wounded elephants. This orphanage also serves as a captive breeding ground for wild elephants. It has the largest heard of captive elephants in the world. Records reveal that there are 88 male and female elephants are being housed and taken care of. Best time to visit is the feeding time and the bathing time where most of the elephants are taken to the river close by. ( Please see Pinnawala in the map for more photographs)
Afterwards leave for Sigiriya
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 03 – Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Sigiriya
After Breakfast 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 )
Day 04 – Sigiriya / Dambulla / Kandy
After breakfast leave for Dambulla
Visit 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 proceed to Kandy.
En-route visit a Spice Garden at Matale and see the luscious Cinnamons, Cardamons, Pepper plants etc.
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 hotel
Day 05 – Kandy / Peradeniya / Colombo
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 )
Thereafter proceed to Colombo
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Leave Colombo for departure