Tour overview

Programme - Colombo Airport > Negombo > Pinnawala > Polannaruwa > Kandy > Horton plains > Ella > Yala > Mirissa > Hikkaduwa > Negombo or Colombo Airport

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Day 1 : Meet the driver at the Airport

  • Drive to Negombo - Negombo is the fifth-most-populous city in Sri Lanka. Near the waterfront, the remains of the 17th-century Dutch Fort now house a prison. Negombo Lagoon, lined with fishermen’s huts, feeds into the Dutch-era Hamilton Canal. The canal leads south to Colombo.

Night stay in Negombo

Day 2

  • Negombo to Pinnawala Elephant orphanage – It’s an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village. Pinnawala has the largest herd of captive elephants in the world.
  • Visit Sigiriya rock Forest - Sigiriya or Sinhagiri is an ancient rock fortress.The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters high.

Night stay in Sigiriya or Habarana

Day 3

  • Visit Polannaruwa city - Poḷonnaruwa is the main town of Polonnaruwa District in North Central Province, Sri Lanka. Polonnaruwa remains as the royal ancient city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa.
  • Visit Minneriya National Park - Minneriya area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938.The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is of historical importance, having been built by King Mahasen in third century AD. The park is a dry season feeding ground for the elephant population dwelling in forests of Matale, Polonnaruwa, and Trincomalee districts.

Night stay in Sigiriya or Habarana

Day 4 : Drive to Kandy

  • On the way to Knady visit Dambulla cave - Dambulla cave temple or Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka. Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka
  • Nalanda gidige – Nalanda Gedige is an ancient complete stone. The building was constructed in between 8th and 10th centuries with dravidian architecture inand is believed to have been used by Buddhists
  • Matale spice garden - Visit a spice garden in Matale to see many different types of spices Sri Lanka is famous for.
  • Matale Hindu Temple - The prefix “Muthu”, literally means “pearl”. "Mari" means rain and "Amman" means mother. The temple is dedicated to Mariamman, the goddess of rain and fertility.

Night stay in Kandy

Day 5 : Do the city tour in Kandy

  • Temple of the Tooth - Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple, located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha.
  • Kandy lake - Kandy Lake, also known as Kiri Muhuda or the Sea of Milk, is an artificial lake built in 1807 by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe next to the Temple of the Tooth. Over the years, it was reduced in size. It is a protected lake, with fishing banned
  • Kandy view point - it is an absolutely breathtaking spot which gives a high angle view of the magnificent city.
  • National Museum of Kandy - It’s located next to the Temple of the Tooth in part of the former Royal Palace of Kandy. The primary exhibits are housed in the Palle Vahala building, which was the former home of the King's harem. A secondary exhibition is located in the main palace building
  • Visit the Kandy Batik Factory - Visiting a Kandy batik factory is a great opportunity to discover this intricate technique.
  • Optional Udawatta kele sentury - Udawatta Kele, is a historic forest reserve on a hill-ridge. It is 104 hectares large. During the days of the Kandyan kingdom, Udawattakele was known as "Uda Wasala Watta" in Sinhalese meaning "the garden above the royal palace"
  • Attend to the cultural Show in Kandy - The Kandy Lake Club Cultural Dance Show is a stimulating Sri Lankan Arts, Dance & Cultural Heritage Show that is a must see for any visitor who visits the historic city of Kandy. The Kandy Lake Club Dance started in 1982 with the view of having a cultural dance performance bringing together all Srilankan dance types to one platform.

Night stay in Kandy

Day 6

  • Ramboda falls - It’s 109 m (358 ft) high and 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 729th highest waterfall in the world. Altitude of the falls is 945 m (3,100 ft) above sea level.
  • Tea Plantation - Sri Lanka is the world's fourth-largest producer of tea. The humidity, cool temperatures, and rainfall of the country's central highlands provide a climate that favors the production of high-quality tea. The industry was introduced to the country in 1867 by James Taylor, a British planter who arrived in 1852.Tea planting under smallholder conditions has become popular in the 1970s.
  • Seeta amman temple - This place is believed to be the site where Sita was held captive by (Vikram) king Ravana, and where she prayed daily for Rama to come and rescue her in the Hindu epic,Ramayana.On the rock face across the stream are circular depressions said to be the footprints of Lord Hanuman.
  • Victoria park in Nuwaraeliya - Originally the park was the research field of Hakgala Botanical Garden. The park was formally named in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.
  • Gregory Lake - Lake Gregory was constructed during the period of British Governor Sir William Gregory in 1873. The lake and the surrounding area make up the Gregory Lake Area.

Night stay in Nuwaraeliya

Day 7

  • Drive to Horton plains - The Park is covered by grassland and cloud forest. This plateau at an altitude of 2,100–2,300 metres is rich in biodiversity and many species found here are endemic to the region. The sheer precipice of World's End and Baker's Falls are among the tourist attractions of the park.
  • Ohiya to Ella by Train - The train ride is supposed to be one of the most scenic and beautiful journeys in the world.
  • Nine arch bridge - The Nine Arch Bridge also called the Bridge in the Sky.It is one of the best examples of colonial-era railway construction in the country. The construction of the bridge is generally attributed to a local Ceylonese builder, P. K. Appuhami, in consultation with British engineers.
  • Optional Little adam’s peak - Little Adam’s Peak is the perfect trek, especially for an unforgettable sunset.

Night stay in Ella

Day 8 : Visit Ella

  • Optional Ella rock - Popular hike offering dramatic views from the mountain's peak, a notable place to watch the sunrise.
  • Ravana Ella falls - This waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft) in height and cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. The falls have been named after the legendary king Ravana, which is connected to the famous Indian epic, the Ramayana
  • Ravana Ella Cave - The famous Ravana Ella Cave lies 1,370 m (4,490 ft) above sea level on the foundation of a cliff.

Night stay in Ella

Day 9 : Drive to do the safari in Yala National Park

  • On the route visit Buduruwagala temple - Buduruwagala is an ancient buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. The complex consists of seven statues and belongs to the Mahayana school of thought. The statues date back to the 10th century.
  • If possible do the Yala half day safari - Yala National Park is a huge area of forest, grassland and lagoons bordering the Indian Ocean, in southeast Sri Lanka. It’s home to wildlife such as leopards, elephants and crocodiles, as well as hundreds of bird species

Night stay in Tissamaharama

Day 10 : Safari in the morning at Yala National Park if you doesn’t visit it on Day 08.

  • Drive to Goyambokka beach - Good beach to relax, beautiful cenary, the sea had small waves.

Night stay in Mirissa

Day 11

  • Mirissa - Mirissa's beach and nightlife make it a popular tourist destination. It is also a fishing port and one of the island's main whale and dolphin watching locations.
  • Visit hikkaduwa - Hikkaduwa is a seaside resort town in southwestern Sri Lanka. It’s known for its strong surf and beaches, including palm-dotted Hikkaduwa Beach, lined with restaurants and bars. The shallow waters opposite Hikkaduwa Beach shelter the Hikkaduwa National Park, which is a coral sanctuary and home to marine turtles and exotic fish.
  • Hikkaduwa - Snorkeling

Night stay in Hikkaduwa

Day 12 : Hikkaduwa to Negombo for the night stay.

  • Hikkaduwa - Snorkeling

Night stay in Negombo

Day 13 : Departure from Srilanka

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