DAY 01: ARRIVAL COLOMBO – NEGOMBO / KATUNAYAKE (MOB)
Arrive in Sri Lanka. Meet and assist on arrival at Airport by our Representative. Transfer to your hotel in either Negombo / Katunayake.
DAY 02: NEGOMBO / KATUNAYAKE – DAMBULLA / SIGIRIYA (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel.Visit *Dambulla Cave Temple first came to use as a refuge for King Valagambahu in 1st century BC. Concealed by the local monks upon returning from exile to his throne at Anuradhapura he had the magnificent cave temple built for them. The cave temple consists of a complex of Buddhist image houses. Its rock ceiling is one large sweep of colourful frescoes, some of which dates back to over 2,000 years, which depicts Buddhist mythology, and the tales of the Buddha's previous births. This cave temple has the largest number of Buddha statues all housed in one place.
(Optional USD 30 per person) *Sigiriya Rock Fortress is home to the 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the fortress. Within its triple – moated defence the huge rock rises almost to a sheer height of 500ft. On its summit are the foundations of what was once a great and sumptuous palace and gardens complete with swimming pool. On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of Frescoes of life sized damsels.
DAY 03: DAMBULLA / SIGIRIYA – KANDY (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed to Kandy. Visit a *Spice Garden in Matale to see the different spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. Sightseeing in *Kandy, including Upper Lake Drive, Market Crafts Centre, Gem Museum. Visit *Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic – ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha's Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess' hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. By night experience a colourful show where you will be taken to mind blowing Sri Lankan culture extravaganza. Get ready for Heavy drumbeat and acrobatic act.
DAY 04: KANDY – NUWARA ELIYA (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel. Stop at a *Tea experience, which involves a visit a plantation to observe firsthand the process, starting from the plucking field. Originally introduced to the island around 1850 by the British, Ceylon Tea is world famous for its high quality and has remained a major contributor to the island’s economy for generations. Sightseeing in *Nuwara Eliya the ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. The temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence, houses like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions. The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic and is also good for Birding as you get some rare birds in this Park. Visit *Lake Gregory is one of the significant tourist attractions in Nuwara Eliya. You can buy a ticket and visit the Lake Park and enjoy your evening by the lake. Swan Boats are there to hire if you need a ride on your own.
DAY 05: NUWARA ELIYA – YALA (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed to the wilderness of *Yala, situated in the south east corner of the island, is home to the greatest variety of Sri Lanka’s wildlife. Its varying habitats, consisting of scrub plains, jungles, rocky outcrops, fresh water lakes, rivers and beaches, provides home to many species of animals including sloth bear, herds of elephants, buffalo, monkeys, sambar, deer, crocodiles and the endangered leopard subspecies, Panthera Pardus Kotiya, which is only found in Sri Lanka. Later afternoon Jeep Safari at *Yala National Park with a total protected area of 126,768 hectares, Yala consists of scrub plains, lagoons and rocky sections and offers the broadest cross – section of the country’s flora and fauna. In terms of game-viewing this is probably the best place to see all of the ‘big three’: elephant, leopard and water buffalo. It is estimated that Yala is home to about 35 Leopard making it one of the world’s densest leopard populations. Countless other animals including sloth bear, deer, wild boar, crocodiles, monkeys and numerous species of birds can also be seen.
DAY 06: YALA – DOWNSOUTH BEACHES (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed to the beautiful beaches of the south, en-route visit one of the most iconic scenes you’re bound to see in Sri Lanka is stilt fishing. An old tradition around Sri Lanka you can spot them sitting on their uncomfortable stilts, hoping to catch something. Proceed to the beautiful beaches of the south. Visit *Marine Turtle Conservation in Kosgoda. Globally, all seven species of marine turtles are endangered. The Kosgoda Conservation Project is an ideal way to learn and observe this endangered species. Garden Beach Hotel, on the edge of Turtle Beach, offers responsible night-time expeditions to its guests if turtles are lying. Continue to visit *Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, originally built by the Portuguese and then further developed by the Dutch and the British, covers nearly four sq kms, and is protected by 12 bastions and connecting ramparts. During the early 18th century the Old Dutch Gate was the entrance point to the Fort. Subsequently the British built the Main Gate which is still used today. Buildings of interest include the Dutch Reformed Church, All Saints Church, Amangalla Hotel (formerly the New Oriental Hotel), and the lighthouse and bell tower. The Dutch also developed what was then an innovative tide-based sewage-system within the Fort. A maze of narrow roads lined with small houses and shops with Dutch names still remain.
DAY 07: DOWNSOUTH BEACH – COLOMBO – AIRPORT (B/L)
After breakfast, continue to Colombo, city tour of *Colombo a drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens, Visit Fort, the former British administrative centre and military garrison, Sea Street – the Goldsmiths quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area, where is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749. Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha & the Independence Square. Start *Shopping in Colombo, visit ODEL, House of Fashion, Arcade Independence square, Race Course, and Beverly Street, visit bargain market in Colombo Pettah. Later transfer to the Airport for the departure flight back.
Accommodation in hotels specified or similar
Meals as per itinerary
Transportation in Private A/C Vehicle as specified
Service of English Speaking Chauffer Guide
Entrance fees to the all the above mentioned place