10 Days 9 Nights
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Sri Lanka

Highlights of Sri Lanka

Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights Tour 980 US$ per person

Tour Highlights 

  •  Elephant Orphanage at Pinnewele
  • Polonnaruwa Ancient Kingdom – UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Dambulla cave Temple – UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress -UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Kandy Tooth Relic Temple
  • Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya
  • Visit Tea Factory & Tea Gardens
  • Train Drive in Hill Country
  • Overnight stay at Panoramic Elle
  • Buduruwagele Buddha Statue
  • Wild Safari in Yala National Park
  • Galle Dutch Fort- UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Turtle Hatchery

Day 01: Arrival: Air Port to Negambo 

Arrival at Bandaranaike International Air Port and transfer to Hotel in  Negambo. 

Dinner & Overnight stay at a Hotel in Negambo

Day 02 : Negambo / Pinnewele / Dambulle 

After breakfast leave for Dambulla and en route visit the Elephant  

Orphanage at Pinnewele. Pinnewele Elephant Orphanage was abandoned and disabled elephants get a lot of love, care, and protection, and can  enjoy the bathing, feeding & playing of dignified elderly matriarchs to the  cutest of babies. 

Dinner & overnight stay at a Hotel in Dambulla

Day 03 : Dambulle / Polonnaruwe / Dambulle 

After breakfast visit, Polonnaruwa ruined city- UNESCO World  Heritage site, the second kingdom of Ancient Sinhalese, became Sri  Lanka’s royal medieval capital in 10th c AD and remained the capital until  the late 13th century. Today, the ancient city’s ruins remain in remarkably  good nick; huge Palaces, Monastic complexes, Giant Stupas,  Hospitals, Image Houses, etc. The most impressive is the ancient  sculptures of the Buddha at the Gal Vihara cut into Granite stone dating  back to the middle of the 12th century. 

Afterward, visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Sigiriya; the lion rock, a rock fortress-cum royal palace  complex of 5thc AD, was created by king Kashyape who committed patricide and made the rock his hideout in  order to stay away from his half-brother who sought vengeance. This king not only fortified his stronghold  but also added to it artistic beauty with water gardens, pavilions, courtyards, summer houses, etc. About two hours can happily be spent walking through its water gardens, and then up the steep steps – either hewn out of the rock or on circular iron staircases – past the frescoes. You will be in no rush to abandon the spectacular views at the summit. 

Dinner & Overnight stay at the same hotel in Dambulla

Day 04 : Dambulle to Kanday 

After breakfast leave for Kandy for two nights. En route visit Cave  Temple at Dambulla-UNESCO World Heritage site where a large  number of Buddha statues are housed in 5 caves, including a 14-meter-long, colossal figure of the recumbent Buddha carved out of the rock, The caves’  rock ceiling is covered in one large sweep of colorful frescoes. It is the best  place to see the classical Buddhist paintings & murals of the island. Next  visit an Ayurvedic herbal & Spices garden at Matale, where spices &  herbs used for Sri Lankan cuisine and medication are grown.

The evening sees the Cultural Show in Kandy. Kandy – UNESCO World Heritage Site, the capital of the hill  country, was the last seat of Sinhalese kings who ceded power to the British in1815 after many battles with  the western colonial forces, still remains much of its old world charm and traditions of the Sri Lankan lifestyle, At the Cultural Show, can enjoy the Dancers & Drums of Traditional Artist with their magical Firewalking

Dinner & overnight stay at a hotel in Kandy

Day 05: Kandy 

After breakfast leave for sightseeing in Kandy city-UNESCO World  Heritage site; including Upper Lake Drive, picturesque premises of  the University of Peradeniya, and Observe the glorious Architecture of  that period. Visiting Art & Craft Centers, Gem Lapidary to see the rich  skills of Kandian Traditional Craftsmen & Artists. And afterward, visit Royal  Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya; the Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya  used to be the pleasure garden of a Kandyan King of the 16th Century and was later made into a Botanical Garden during the British regime. This garden;  one of the best in Asia is a place of beauty and a site for bird watchers. 

Dinner & Overnight stay at the same hotel in Kandy

Day 06 : Kandy to Nuwer Eliye 

In the morning visit the sacred tooth relic temple of the Buddha. The  temple, the most venerated place of Buddhists of Sri Lanka, was built in the  14th Century A.D. solely for the purpose of housing the tooth relic which  was brought to the island in 4th c AD. The temple has decorative walls, a  golden roof, and fine woodwork. Religious services (pooja) with traditional  music and drumming are held daily at dawn, mid-day, and in the evening  where guests can participate. 

Afterward, leave for Nuwara Eliya and en route visit to a Tea Factory with rolling tea gardens. The  journey goes via crashing waterfalls & stunning landscapes and reaches Nuwere Eliye in the evening: Nuwara  Eliya also known as Little England is where the homesick British (The Tea Planters) built themselves a  home away from home. 

Dinner & overnight stay at a hotel in Nuwara Eliya

Day 07 : Nuwere Eliye to Elle

After breakfast leave for Elle by train passing densely covered tea  plantations, remote villages, and spectacular waterfalls, the train  journey from Nuwara Eliya to Elle often stands out as one of Sri Lanka’s  most unforgettable journeys. Ella is a beautiful small village in Sri Lanka’s hill country with little more  than a handful of shops, hotels, and guesthouses, but it has an  almost perfect climate and occupies a very scenic vantage point, with  views on a fine day stretching right across the South Coast of Sri Lanka. 

Dinner & overnight stay at a hotel in Elle

Day 08 : Elle to Yala 

After breakfast leave for Tissamaharama and en route visit Buduruwagele Buddha statues. The ancient rock sculptures at Buduruwagala are fascinating and are carved  into a 70ft granite cliff. The sculptures are said to date back to the 8th  century and consist of seven gigantic Buddhist figures from the Mahayana  Buddhist doctrine. A short walk amidst the rock sculptures takes you to an awe-inspiring, tranquil wilderness and a peaceful lake setting filled with birds. 

Afternoon game drive in Yale National Park in search of Leopard, Sloth Bear, and Asian Elephant. Yale; Sri Lanka’s one of the best National Parks to see a wide variety of Sri Lanka’s wildlife because of  its scrub plains, lagoons, and rocky sections. 

Dinner & overnight stay at a hotel in Tissemaharama or Yala

Day 09 : Yala to Galle 

After breakfast leave for Galle and evening visit Galle Dutch Fort UNESCO World Heritage site, The Galle Dutch Fort, originally built by  the Portuguese and then further developed by the Dutch and the British,  covers nearly four sq km, This small walled city with about 300 homes and  an old-world feel, still remains with its well-preserved bastions, public  buildings, churches, and lighthouse. Hours can be spent exploring the maze of narrow streets lined with quaint houses, Dutch and British period buildings still in use, and the growing collection of art galleries, antique shops, and restaurants. 

Evening relaxes on the beaches at Koggale or Unewatne, situated further south of the famous town of Galle.

Day 10: Departure-Galle to Air Port 

After breakfast, transfer to International Airport- Katunayake. 


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