Highlights : Colombo - Dambulla - Sigiriya - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Ahangama - Galle
Colombo - Fairway Colombo
Dambulla - Sigiriana Resort by Thilanka
Kandy - Royal Kandyan
Ahangama - Insight Ahangama
Itinerary : Day 01 - Airport
Welcome to Sri Lanka!
Arrival at Colombo International Airport and transfer to hotel in Colombo. (Approximately 45 minutes’ drive) Arrive and check in at the hotel and relax at the hotel.
Overnight Stay in Colombo. Day 02 Colombo
After breakfast leave for Dambulla. Before leaving Colombo, you will do a sightseeing tour in Colombo city. (Approximately 4 ½ hours’ drive)
Colombo-Sri Lanka’s commercial capital and major port – Colombo, is a fine amalgamation of all the hues and cultures within this paradise isle. This chic metropolitan that accommodates skyscrapers, sandy beaches and a collage of markets and gardens, brings together the many facets of this island nation. If you are on a tight schedule, you would definitely appreciate the many opportunities Colombo offers for fine-dining and shopping, not to mention the overarching beauty of the city’s rapidly developing landscape; a perfect combination of well-preserved colonial architecture and urbanity. Meanwhile, if you are free to spend a few days in the city you will be amazed by the many
cultural and historical wonders located within locales such as Fort and Cinnamon Gardens.The bustling market streets of Pettah also make up for an interesting place of visit.
Thereafter, proceed to Dambulla. Arrive and check into the hotel in Dambulla. In the evening at your convenience you may do a Jeep safari in Minneriya National park. Minneriya National park- located in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka, was designated as a national park on 12
August 1997. Located in the centre of the cultural triangle, Minneriya is a good alternative to the busier parks in the south and it's easy to weave in a day here between visiting the ancient cities. The dry season, preferably from June to September, is the best time to visit the park when the ancient tank, the lake that dominates the area, dries out and the grasses and shoots push through. During this time, it is possible to see herds of up to 150 elephants feeding and washing,
as well as toque macaques, sambar deer and leopards.
Thereafter, return to hotel and relax.
Overnight Stay in Dambulla. Day 03 - Sigiriya After Breakfast, transfer to Sigiriya for a climb up the Rock Fortress. (Approximately 25 minutes’ drive) Sigiriya -The marvellous rock fortress of Sigiriya is a rare jewel among the many treasures in Sri Lanka. The site was the domain of King Kashyapa whose aim was to build an impregnable fortress and within it, a heavenly abode. Rising over the dry plains of the Dambulla district, the tough climb up this flat-topped monadnock ends with the most scenic bird’s- eye view of the emerald plains and leafy villages below. The skeletal layout of the ancient city within the fortress marvels its observers with the grandeur and complexity of 5th century urban-planning of Sri Lanka. On the way to the top one can observe the famous Sigiriya frescoes of the buxom, wasp-waisted maidens bearing flowers, amidst the wilderness and ancient ruins. The smoothly glazed ‘Mirror Wall’ located a few steps away has sealed the expressions of ancient visitors, inspired by the vibrant frescoes.On completion, visit and do a village tour along with bullock cart ride and also enjoy authentic Sri Lankan lunch at a “mud house” in the village. Village safari-This visit of one of the villages in Sigiriya area exposes the participants to an authentic village experience starting with a bullock cart ride and ending with a canoe ride and a traditional lunch served at a mud house. The village tour is bound to give you a chance to explore the village and the lifestyles of the people who live here.
Return to hotel and relax at the hotel.
Overnight Stay in Dambulla. Day 04 - Dambulla
After breakfast transfer to Kandy Via Spice Garden. (Approximately 2 ½ hours’ drive)
Spice garden-Since time immemorial, this emerald isle has remained popular for its exotic spices, world over. To those who bear an interest in these rich elements that stirred the interests of many nations, the spice gardens located in Kandy, Matale and Mawanella offer wonderful opportunities to view these spices up-close. The gardens are not only delightful spots for a stroll midst the fragrant greenery but also offer interesting perspectives into the local spices, as the visitors are educated on the diverse variety of spices available in the country as well as on how they are grown and processed.
Thereafter, proceed to Kandy. Kandy-Often referred to as the hill capital of Sri Lanka, Kandy offers a diverse variety of experiences to its visitors ranging from history, culture and simple scenic beauty coupled with a touch of urbanity. It was the last Sinhalese Kingdom that fell under British rule in 1815. The journey to this mellow weathered city can be quite enjoyable, particularly by train owing to the scenic delights that lie alongside. The city’s colonial architecture has been preservedwell even in the backdrop of rapid urbanization. Close to the city’s centre is the prime landmark - Sri Dalada Maligawa that houses the sacred tooth relic of Buddha. Apart from the ancient monuments of the Kandyan era, the delightful jumble of antique shops and the bustling market in the city also make up for interesting places of visit. Arrive and check in at the hotel. Witness a cultural dance show and also visit temple of the tooth relic in the evening. Temple of the tooth relic-Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. 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 and
is a World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple. Thereafter, return to hotel and relax.
Overnight Stay in Kandy Day 05 - Kandy
Kandy After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya for a day excursion. En-route you will visit Tea Plantation and factory to see how Ceylon tea made. (Approximately 2½ hours’ drive) Tea Plantation- Renowned worldwide, Ceylon tea is one of Sri Lanka’s primary exports. It all started when British-born James Taylor first began developing Ceylon tea at the country’s first tea estate, Loolecondera, in 1867. Located in Kandy’s hill-country, the estate’s tea plantations soon spawned a tea factory and Sri Lanka’s tea industry has been growing ever since. As many as 28 different grades of Ceylon tea are produced at plantations across the island.Thereafter proceed to Nuwara Eliya City. On your arrival to Nuwara Eliya city you will do a city tour to see sightseeing in Nuwara eliya. Nuwara Eliya- Dubbed the ‘Little England of Sri Lanka’, Nuwara eliya is located in the thick, misty hills of this paradise isle, 180 km away from Colombo. The summer resort of Sri Lanka, it is one of the few areas where the colonial atmosphere is preserved, still resembling a British countryside complete with rose gardens, hedges and red-roofed bungalows. Although the town-center has receded from its old-world charm, the lush tea-plantations, the racecourse, the English country house–styled Hill Club and the beautifully kept golf course instantaneously rushes its visitors back to the colonial times.
Thereafter, return to hotel and relax.
Overnight Stay in Kandy Day 06 - Kandy
Breakfast at the hotel and leave for Ahangama and check in at the hotel. (Approximately 5 hours’ drive)
Evening spend relax at the hotel.
Overnight Stay in Ahangama. Day 07 Ahangama
After breakfast excursion to Galle. (Approximately 35 minutes’ drive)
Galle Fort- Located in the Southern province, the city of Galle is a living time capsule. Home to the largest occupied Fort in Asia, its quaint beauty extends beyond its golden beaches and cerulean waters. The main attraction of Galle no doubt is its ancient Fort, which instantaneously takes the visitors back to the Dutch Colonial era. One can bask in the picturesque views and the rich history while walking through the narrow, cobbled streets, relish a meal from one of the interesting restaurants within the Fort or enjoy the cool sea-breeze beneath the landmark lighthouse.
Thereafter, return to hotel and relax.
Overnight Stay in Ahangama. Day 08 - Ahangama
Airport Breakfast in hotel.According to your flight time check out from the hotel and leave to the airport (Approximately 3 hours’ drive)