Your tour starts at 9:00 am. While on your city tour you will be taken to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage where you will be spending 2:00 Hrs. Situated in the town of Kegalle halfway between the present capital Colombo and the ancient royal residence Kandy, it was established in 1975. A 25 acre coconut property is taken care by Sri Lanka Wildlife Department and provides protection and care to many orphaned elephants found in the jungles.
Experience the wildlife closely and watch baby jumbos indulged in their day-to-day activities, wandering around their cramped foster home or taking bathe and bottle fed by their human foster fathers at Pinnawala. A sight you will really enjoy and never forget.
Follows next is a trip to zoological gardens where you will be spending 2:00 Hrs. Zoological garden in Sri Lanka is situated in 11 km from the fort –Colombo and is a home to many endangered animals, reptiles, birds and fish from all over the world. The aquarium inside is one of its kind in Asia that displays over 500 varieties of aquatic life.
After enjoying the daily elephant performance you can head back to hotel and to enjoy your overnight stay at Hilton Colombo Residence.
You will begin your journey from Seema Malakaya Temple where you will be spending 2:00 Hrs. Standing tall amidst the chaotic city of Colombo, the island temple of Seema Malakaya offers a serene respite from the urban mess.
Designed by the country`s most famous architect Geoffrey Bawa, the present day temple was rebuilt after the original temple disintegrated and began to sink underwater. It is the assembly hall for monks at the Gangaramaya Vihara Buddhist Temple and famous for its modern architecture, cultural significance and religious importance.
Follows next is a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara where you will be spending 3:00 Hrs. Built on the banks of the Kelaniya River, it is one of the most sacred sites of Sri Lanka. According to the ancient chronicle ‘Mahavamsa’ , Lord Buddha visited the place along with 500 monks on the eight year following enlightenment on the invitation of King Maniakkhikha to preach the dhamma.
A hemispherical structure also called stupa was built on the place where Buddha preached his sermons enshrining the supposed gem-studded throne on which he sat. Although it is unclear as to who originally had built the stupa, but it was known to have been renovated by the King Uttiya in 3rd Century BC.
Visit the place on weekdays, as the weekends have this place packed with large crowd. Enjoy overnight stay at Hilton Colombo Residence.
After breakfast at hotel depart from Colombo to Bentota. You will be taken to Dutch Fort where you will be spending an hour. Commonly known as Galle Dutch Fort, the fort is now been announced a ‘World Heritage’ site. You will witness the amazing fortifications that covered eighty-seven acres of land. Admire the Old Dutch buildings, the first maritime museum of Sri Lanka, the lighthouse, and a Dutch church built in 1752.
Next proceed towards Bentota Beach. A planned tourist destination, it is located at 62kms south of Colombo. Some of the most luxurious resorts and hotels are situated at this beach. An ultimate destination for watersports, you can also get indulged in the ancient art of healing through Ayurveda.
Experience the cool alcoholic beverage Toddy, which is made out of coconut nectar. You can also chill by the seaside, sitting on the sandy beach overlooking the beautiful ocean. Watch closely, as the sun slips down the horizon smoothly, painting the whole sky with vibrant colors.
Have a meal at one of the popular restaurants and proceed towards your hotel for your overnight stay at Saman Villas.
Your tour starts at 9:00 am. You will be taken to Sinharaja Forest Reserve which is located in south-west Sri Lanka and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is bounded by rives from the three sides. On the north, Sinharaja is bounded by Koskulana Ganga and Napola Dola. On the south and south-west are the rivers Gin Ganga and Maha Dola. On the west are the river Kalukandawa Ela and river Kudawa Ganga.
Stretched in 18,900 acres or 7,648 hectares, it is a home to over 50% of Sri Lanka`s endangered species of butterflies and mammals, one can also find endemic species of reptiles, insects and rare amphibians.
Next destination will be Sea Turtle Protection Association where you will be spending 1:00 Hrs. An organization which is maintained for the survival of sea turtles for the next generation. There are five varieties of Sea Turtles found in Sri Lanka, namely Olive Ridley Turtle, Green Turtle, Loggerhead Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle and Leatherhead Turtle. The all major nesting habitats are located in the Galle District (Bentota, Induruwa, Kosgoda, Thibbattawa, Ahungalle, Balapitiya and Unawatuna) and Hambantota District (Rekawa, Wellodaya, Kahanda modara, Walawemodara and Yala).
Enjoy your dinner and comfortable room at Saman Villas.
After breakfast at hotel depart from Bentota to Nuwara Eliya. Popularly known as the little England, this city have a rose-tinted, vaguely British-country-village vibe to it. With its colonial-era-bungalows, pretty gardens, well-tended hedger grows you can enjoy its highly scenic journey.
Your next stop will be Seetha Amman Temple, a colorful Hindu temple which is located 7km southeast of Nuwara Eliya. According to religious book ‘Ramayana’, this place marks the spot where the Demon king Ravana held Sita captive and where she regularly prayed for Lord Rama to come and rescue her.
Pedro Tea Factory Tour is your next stoppage, where you can see from where your hot cup of tea originates. Pedro Tea Estate is situated in the east of Nuwara Eliya, about 3.5kms away. You can take a 20-minute guided tour of the factory to get a hang of the whole process of tea plantation.
For the third trip of the day you will be taken for Lovers Leap which is at the walking distance of 5kms (round trip). An impressive waterfall is 30m high and originates from Sri Lanka’s highest mountain, the Piduruthalagala (2524m). Feel the serenity of the nature and return to your hotel for a comfortable stay at Langdale by Amaya.
After breakfast at hotel depart from Nuwara Eliya to Sigiriya. Referred to as the ‘Eighth wonder of the world’ this ancient palace and fortress complex is one of the most dramatic sites rising from the enigmatic rock which is 180m high
You will be taken to Mirror Wall where you will be spending 3:00 Hrs. Now stained in the orange hue, the Mirror Wall at the Sigiriya Rock Fortress in Sri Lanka was once a highly polished white masonry parapet wall that inched its way perilously along the near-perpendicular surface of Sigiriya Rock. You can find musings inscribed on the white wall by an intrepid traveler.
Follows next is Cobra Hood Cave where you will be spending 2:00 Hrs. Also known as ‘Parumaka Naguliya Lena’, it resembles the shape of a fully opened Cobra`s hood, the plastered interior of the cave was once adorned with animal paintings and floral motifs. You will find a couple of faint traces as well.
After visiting the Cobra Hood Cave, you can return back to your hotel to rest. An overnight stay at Fresco Water Villa can instill you with energy for the next morning.
After breakfast at hotel depart from Sigiriya to Kandy. The second largest city of Sri Lanka, Kandy was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988. Located in the mountainous center of the island it is also known as the cultural capital of Sri Lanka.
You will be taken to/for Lankatilaka Temple where you will be spending 2:00 Hrs. The Lankatilaka Raja Maha Vihara also known as the Blue Temple, is located in Hirapitiya in the Udunuwara area of Kandy, the hill capital of Sri Lanka. This architecture stands on 80ft high and uneven rock. It was constructed as a four storey building overlooking the Hantane mountain range.
Follows next is a trip to/for Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of the prime Buddhist attractions, ‘the temple of tooth’ is considered to be one of the most important Buddhist temples. Located to the north of the city, a sacred tooth of Lord Buddha is enshrined in the temple in a golden stupa-like structure. The room encompassing the tooth is open to devotees to offer prayers.
Call it a day and return for your overnight stay at Elephant Stables!
After breakfast at hotel depart from Kandy to Dambulla. You will be taken to Royal Rock Temple. Also known as Dambulla Cave Temple, it is the largest rock cave temple, which is located at a height of 1118 feet from the sea level and built on a 600 feet high massive rock.
The five separate caves are home to about 150 stunning paintings and statues of Lord Buddha. The paintings and statues include some of the best evocative and vital religious art believed to be created over 2000 years ago.
Follows next is a trip to Dambulla Produce Market where you will be spending 2:00 Hrs. Visit the local vegetable markets and see the natives carrying on with their day to day activities. Have friendly conversations and make new friends over there. Cherish this amazing experience beyond the usual tourist trails.
Check into Arika Villa for an overnight stay.
After Breakfast at the hotel, you can check out and proceed to Dambulla Railway station or Airport for your onward journey.