LAND LIKE NO OTHER – 08 NIGHTS / 09 DAYS
DAY 01 – [AIRPORT / COLOMBO – APPROX 01 HRS DRIVE]
Arrive Sri Lanka. Your chauffeur/ guide will meet you at the airport, and drive you to Colombo the commercial
capital of Sri Lanka. Check inn at the hotel.
Evening take in the sights and sounds of the capital city from the busy commercial hub to the tree-lined suburbs. Here, colonial architecture vies with glass skyscrapers and the past comes alive in buildings that have withstood great winds of change. There are bargains to find, history to discover and much to explore. Overnight stay in Colombo
DAY 02 – [COLOMBO / NUWARA ELIYA – APPROX 05 HRS DRIVE]
Morning after Breakfast head ‘up country’ and the city of Nuwara Eliya via Kithulgala.
If you feel adventurous, the incredible experience of White Water Rafting awaits you at Kitulgala. The 5km on the picturesque Kelani River run covers 5 major rapids and 4 minor ones. You will be in good hands with safety gear, modern rafts, and a comprehensive safety briefing given by our white water rafting instructors beforehand. Those who prefer to keep their feet dry can take it easy, relax and admire the beautiful views. Nuwara Eliya is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountain Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coldest places on the island, but is really just like an England spring day although the temperature does drop at night Afternoon: The old colonial outpost still referred to as ‘Little England’ Nuwara Eliya certainly lives up to its name. Perched 6200 feet above sea level, the climate too, adds to the illusion of one stepping into an old English town, where neat hedges, quaint cottages and beautiful old buildings stand as serene as they did well over a century ago – the magnificent Grand Hotel presiding over them all. There is, of course, an old golf course as well as horse racing events to complete the picture.
The Victoria Park, in the middle of town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic. Seasons may be absent
elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers, which bloom in the spring (March to May )
and the fall (August and September ). These are the ‘seasons’ when low-country folk flock to Nuwara Eli to
escape the sea level heat and humidity.
Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya
DAY 03 – [NUWARA ELIYA / HORTON PLAINS]
Morning: Leave early for an excursion to Horton Plains National Park (Optional – Van / Jeep must be hired separately to visit Horton Plains). At a level of over 7000 ft. above sea level, Horton Plains is the highest plateau in the country and its unique landscape and wilderness draws visitors from near and far. The vast Patna rises from the marshland on the lower slopes and spreads up to the tree line – trees which are stunted by the winds, covered in ‘Spagnum moss ‘ or old man’s beard. The swirling mist envelops it all. In the lush jungle rare and endemic trees and plants flourish – the ‘Niloo’ flowers bloom once in 12 years. Sambur, leopard and other mammals as well as many species of birds and butterflies are also found here.
After that en route to Nuwara Eliya hotel you can do some site seeing such as visiting Ambewela New Zeland Farm & Strawberry plantation. Visiting Ambewela (New Zealand) Farm (Milk Factory) – A farm of a famous brand in Sri Lanka – Ambewala. Wonderful scenic views of the beautiful hills in Nuwara Eliya – as you walk towards the farm. You’d probably spend an hour or so (with a stop at the cafe), but can easily cover the farm in less time. Details of the Farm
Ambewala is a small town or a hill station in Nuwara Eliya. It’s also a well-known dairy company. The climatic conditions in Ambewala make it a suitable location for dairy farming. This area is also sometimes called the
‘Little New Zealand’. Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.
DAY 04 – [NUWARA ELIYA – KANDY APPROX 03 HRS DRIVE]
Morning after Breakfast proceeds to the hill capital of Kandy visiting the Ramboda waterfalls and a tea factory
along the way.
Afternoon: Enjoy a city tour of Kandy – the last kingdom of the Sinhalese, taking in the sights of Upper Lake Drive and the Market Square on the way to pay homage to one of the most sacred religious sites in Sri Lanka.
The Temple of the Tooth or Dalada Maligawa is believed to house the ‘tooth relic’ of the Lord Buddha.
Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens en route. 147 acres of lushness with over 5000 species of trees and plants many of which are rare or endemic; a spice garden and an Orchid house are yours to explore.
A walk around the town will let you indulge in some souvenir hunting with intricate treasures in wood, copper, silver, brass, ebony, bronze, ceramics, lacquer work, handlooms, batiks, jewelry and reed-ware to choose from.
Evening: Round off your day with a cultural show, where the vibrant costumes and pulsating rhythms of traditional dance forms from centuries old rituals will enthrall you. Overnight stay in Kandy
DAY 05 – [KANDY / DAMBULLA / TRINCOMALEE APPROX 04 ½ HRS DRIVE]
Morning after Breakfast proceed to Trincomalee to Enjoy the East coast beach, On the way visit the historic Dambulla Cave Temple en route. Famed for their exquisite painted ceilings and statues – over 130 of them, the temple complex comprises five caves, some dating back to the 1st century B.C Overnight stay at Trincomalee
DAY – 06 – (TRINCOMALEE / NILAVELI]
After breakfast you can do some site seeing around Trincomalee.
Hot Springs of Kanniya On the way to Trincomalee is the small town of Kanniya where lie seven hot springs. All these springs are within a rectangular enclosure of high walls. The springs are separated from one another by dwarf walls.
The ruins of Fort Frederick or the Dutch Fort can be seen on the way leading to Koneswaram. The fort was actually built by the Portuguese. The Dutch took over it in 1639. Till Sri Lanka acquired independence in 1948, the Dutch Fort changed hands between four European power: Portuguese, Dutch, French and British. Late the fort was made a naval base. A naval museum named Hoods Naval Museum is also located in the navy base. Harbour Harbour of Trincomalee is the third largest natural harbour in world. Naval strategic importance of Trincomalee had a great role in shaping its history. Many powers tried to capture this important fort, and in the process, fought several sea battles. Currently Sri Lankan is trying to develop Trincomalee as a commercial harbour. Nilaveli Beach Marble Beach is a stunning location that very few foreign tourists (or even locals) know about. It lies on the actual Trincomalee Bay, to the south of the Navy Base. Here the jungles actually touch the shore and a heavenly beach with very shallow water is to be found with views of tiny islands in the distance – completely idyllic!
After visiting above sites return to the hotel and relax.
Overnight stay in Trincomalee
DAY – 07 – [TRINCOMALEE / SIGIRIYA – APPROX 02 HRS DRIVE]
Morning after Breakfast transfer to Sigiriya.
Afternoon set off to discover the 8th wonder of the world – the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Dating back to the 5th Century A.D, this astounding ‘city’ on the summit of a high outcrop was the royal citadel
of King Kassapa for over 18 years. A miraculous feat of artistry and engineering, its unique features and
exquisite frescoes continue to amaze all who visit it, even today.
Evening safari at Minneriya National Park – Minneriya is the 8890 hectares of Minneriya National Park which is an ideal eco-tourism location in Sri Lanka.
The park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to Sri Lanka’s favorites such as Sambar
deer, leopards and elephants. Overnight stay in Sigiriya / Habaranna
DAY – 08 – [SIGIRIYA / NEGOMBO – APPROX 04 ½ HRS DRIVE]
After breakfast transfer to Negombo. En route visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage – It is the place where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house abandoned
and wounded elephants.
The number of elephants has increased to more than 65 now, including baby elephants brought from various
parts, as well as the 14 babies born, as a result of the captive breeding programme.
Enjoy seeing the largest herd of domestic elephants in Sri Lanka with animals of all ages including babies who
are still being fed by bottles and bathing them in the river.
Visiting Hours Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (09.15 AM-11.00 AM & 01.00)
Check in at your hotel and relax.
Optional – In the evening you can do Negombo city tour.
Negambo is an ideal place to start and end your Holiday in Sri Lanka. Sun worshippers, prepare to stretch out,
curl your toes in the fine yellow sand, and get a glorious tan on sundrenched palm caressed beaches in
Negambo 15 Minutes’ drive of the Bandanaraike Airport.
Negombo City A characteristic fishing town north of Colombo, it is a mere 6 km. from the International Airport.
Set amid lush groves of coconut palms, it breathes the spirit of the sea. Negombo is a gourmet paradise with sea
food in plenty. Old world fishing craft like the outrigger canoe and the catamaran bring seer, skipjack, herring
and mullet, promfret and amber-jack while lobster and prawns caught in the lagoon. Apart from beaches and
sea-food Negombo has unique charms of its own with narrow streets, small boutiques and Catholic Churches
dotting the landscape.
The Dutch captured the town from the Portuguese in 1640, lost it again the same year, and then captured it
again in 1644. The British then took it from them in 1796 without a struggle. During the Dutch era Negombo was
one of the most important sources of cinnamon, and there are still reminders of the European days.
Overnight stay in Negombo
DAY – 09- [NEGOMBO / AIRPORT – APPROX 15 MINTS DRIVE]
After breakfast, bid goodbye to Sri Lanka as you leave to the airport for your departure flight.