DAY 01 : Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) & transfer to Dambulla via Pinnawala. En-route visit the :
PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km (8.1 mi) northwest of Kegalletown in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala is notable for having the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. In 2011, there were 88 elephants, including 37 males and 51 females from 3 generations, living in Pinnawala. The orphanage was originally founded in order to afford care and protection to the orphaned wild elephants found wandering in and near the forests of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC). Check-in at Heritance Kandalama Hotel in Kandalama and rest of the day relax at the hotel. Overnight in Kandalama
DAY 02: After breakfast, proceed to Sigiriya. Morning visit OF:
SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS: Sigiriya also known as Lion Rock, the archeological rock fortress or lion -mountain and palace of the Sigiriya is situated in the central province of Sri Lanka. Sigiriya was designated a World Heritage site in 1988. Sigiriya presents a unique concentration of fifth century urban Planning, surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, art and architecture, engineering and hydraulic technology. The Sigiriya rock is a hardened magma plug from an Extinct and long-eroded volcano. The Complex consists of the central rock, rising 200 meters above the surrounding plain, and the two rectangular precincts on the east (90 hectares) and the west (40 hectares), surrounded by two moats and three ramparts. This popular tourist destination, Sigiriya is also renowned for its ancient paintings. The Sigiriya was built during the reign of KingKasyapa (AD 477 – 495) during the Anuradhapura period.Afterwards proceed to Kandy. En-route visit a Spice Garden in Matale including a complimentary 15 min head, shoulders or legs massage.
SPICE GARDEN: Sri Lanka is famous for its spices and spice gardens. These spice gardens offer tourists the opportunity to discover a wide variety of spices available in Sri Lanka. In order to promote and uplift spice growing and spice gardens of Sri Lanka a spice council was established with all key industry private and public sector stakeholders. During early historical times Sri Lanka known as Taprobane, was world renowned for its Quality Spices. During ancient times the Greeks, Romans and the Arabic maintained their links with Sri Lanka through the spice trade. Check-in at Mahaweli Reach Hotel in Kandy and rest of the day relax at the hotel. Overnight in Kandy
DAY 03: After breakfast, morning visit :
PERADENIYA ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS: Peradeniya is situated about 5.5 km to the west from the city of Kandy in the Central Province of Sri Lanka and attracts 2 million visitors annually. It is renowned for its collection of a variety of orchids. It includes more than 4000 species of plants, including of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. Attached to it is the National Herbarium of Sri Lanka. The total area of the botanical garden is 147 acres (0.59 km2), at 460 meters above sea level, and with a 200-day annual rainfall. It is managed by the Division of National Botanic Gardens of the Department of Agriculture. [Robert Heath Lock] was the Assistant Director of the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, in Sri Lanka, around 1910. Afternoon engage in a city tour of Kandy including the:
TEMPLE OF THE SACRED TOOTH RELIC: Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. The temple houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha, and is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings. Evening enjoy a Sri Lankan traditional cultural show in Kandy.
SRI LANKAN TRADITIONAL CULTURAL SHOW: This is one of the most famous attractions in Kandy, Sri Lanka. It starts in the evening and runs for more than an hour. The skills of the traditional musicians of Kandy, their drums and dance are very entertaining. An early evening performance by the famous Kandy Temple Dance Troupe incorporates highly rhythmic movements to the sound of temple drums and flutes. Each of the energetic dances performed tells its own story. Traditional folk dance is a part of Sri Lankan way of life and dates back many years. Overnight in Kandy
DAY 04 : After breakfast, proceed to Nuwara Eliya. Morning visit the Ramboda Falls. Afternoon visit a Tea plantation & a Tea factory at Mackwoods Labookellie Tea Estate. Situated approximately 1500 meters above sea level in the heart of Labookellie Estate, one of the finest tea plantations in Sri Lanka, is today a popular stop in an international travelers itinerary – providing an opportunity to experience Mackwoods Tea at its best in the salubrious hill country clime as well as providing an instructive glimpse of the manufacture of Ceylon Tea. The Labookellie Tea Centre has for long been a popular land mark amongst both locals and tourists to Nuwara-Eliya from Kandy for their requirements of garden fresh high quality Labookellie Tea. The Tea Centre has been expanded and refurbished to give its many visitors and customers better service in a more comfortable setting. Mackwoodsprovides visitors with a free guided tour of Labookellie tea factory, an educational experience in the tea cultivation and manufacturing process. Check-in at Araliya Green Hills Hotel in Nuwara Eliya and in the late afternoon , city tour
NUWARA ELIYA: Nuwara Eliya is often referred to by the Sri Lankan tourist industry as ‘Little England’. While most British visitors struggle to recognize modern England in Nuwara Eliya, the toy-town ambience does have a rose-tinted English country village feel to it, though it comes with a disorienting surrealist edge. Three-wheelers whiz past red telephone boxes. Water buffalo daubed in iridescent dye for the Tamil Thai Pongal festival mingle outside a pink, brick Victorian post office. A well-tended golf course morphs seamlessly into a rolling carpet of tea plantations. The dusty and bustling center of town is a thoroughly Sri Lankan tangle, but scratch the surface a little to reveal colonial bungalows, well-tended hedgerows and pretty rose gardens. Overnight in Nuwara Eliya
DAY 05: After breakfast, proceed to Bentota. En-route sightseeing at Kithulgala. Check-in at Cinnamon Bey Hotel in Bentota and rest of the day relax at the hotel. Overnight in Bentota.
DAY 06: After breakfast, Afternoon proceed to Balapitiya and enjoy a river safari/boat ride atMadhu River – Balapitiya. Afterwards back to Bentota and rest of the day relax at the hotel. Overnight in Bentota.
DAY 07: After breakfast, proceed to Colombo
DAY 08: After breakfast, city/shopping tour of Colombo.
COLOMBO CITY: Although reclaiming its 19th-century moniker ‘the garden city of the East’ is unlikely, Colombo is rapidly emerging as a must-see stop in Sri Lanka. No longer just the sprawling city you have to endure on your way to the southern beaches, it has become a worthy destination in its own right. The legacies of colonial Colombo’s garden roots are still very much intact along its often shady boulevards. Fort is in the midst of widespread historic restoration of its landmark colonial architecture, while Pettah brims with markets and rampant commerce. Even traffic-clogged Galle Road is getting spiffier with glossy new hotel complexes, while the seafront benefits from new roads that are spurring hotel construction. Colombo’s cosmopolitan side supports ever-more stylish eateries, galleries and museums. Surprises abound in its old quarters where you can find great local food and discover a characterful shop or tiny convivial cafe. The capital is an excellent start – or finish – to your Sri Lankan adventures. Evening transfer to Bandaranaike International Airport for the departure flight.