13 NIGHTS / 14 DAYS
Max 2 to 10 Persons

 

Day 1DAY 1 – COLOMBO - NEGOMBO
Arrival at the Colombo Airport.  Meet and transfer to Negombo. Rest of the evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

 


Day 2DAY 2 - HABARANA

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
Following breakfast, the tour begins in earnest with an early morning departure for Polannaruwa. On route, we visit the elephant orphanage at Pinnawela in time to watch the feeding of the baby elephants and the rest of the herd bathing in the river. The herd normally numbers no less than 50 elephants ranging from the small babies to hefty adults.

 


Day 3DAY 3 - SIGIRIYA, POLONNARUWA

Polonnarwa
Polonnaruwa
After breakfast at the hotel, we will do some sightseeing by bicycles in Polonnaruwa, which was the second capital city of Sri Lanka.  This ancient city was built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD and is presently a World Heritage Site. You can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya - where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in "upright", "sedentary" and "recumbent" postures carved out of rock.  Visit the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, king Parakramabahu's statue, and the Parakrama Samudraya Lake built by King Parakramabahu the great. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.

After lunch, visit the 5th century rock fortress of Sigiriya. A World Heritage Site, it is now one of Sri Lanka's major attractions rising two hundred meters from the jungle floor. At the rocks base are extensive gardens, ramparts and a moat. During our visit to this unique complex, we will see water gardens, ancient frescoes, the stone mirror wall and the lion platform.  For the fittest, a climb up to the summit would be an achievement!

Day 4

Dambulla cave temple
Dambulla Cave Temple
DAY 4 - KANDY
After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to Kandy visiting Dambulla.

Dambulla is a part of the Cultural Triangle declared by UNESCO and is on the main road from Sigiriya to Kandy about 19km from Sigiriya. There are over 80 caves in the surrounding area and some of them have been used by the monks as meditation locations. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves which contain the statues and the paintings. Since its founding in the first century BC by King Valagamba, many improvements and additions have been carried out to the sculptures and paintings over the years. Hindu statues are believed to be of the 12th century AD and the latest paintings are of the late 18th century. The temple is a perfect location to view evolution of the ancient Sri Lankan arts. Dambulla is a unique and important historical site because of the amalgamation of the material from many eras.

After lunch in Kandy, visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic and followed by a Kandyan dance programme.

Day 5DAY 5 - KANDY
Kandy city tour, upper lake drive, Udawaththa Kale nature reserve, arts and crafts workshop, market place and bazaar.

 

 

Day 6

Horton Plains
Horton Plains
DAY 6 - HAPUTALE
Drive to the mountains after visiting the Royal Botanical Gardens in the morning.  En route,  visit the tea factory where you will learn how the green tea leaves are treated to become high quality “Ceylon Tea”.  We then drive to Haputale and the overnight stay in a guest house in Haputale.

 

 

Day 7DAY 7 - OHIYA
With a packed breakfast, we leave to Horton Plains, Sri Lanka's highest plateau at 3250 meters above sea level. A very scenic region with an astounding variety of scenery from mountains to grasslands.  Spectacular views from World's End where the plateau plunges a 700 meters in a sheer drop. Cool, bracing climate and excellent hiking country, distinctive flora and many rare highland birds. A three-hour walk to World's End's beautiful Bakers Falls. After  lunch, walk to the Bungalow in the tea plantation.

 

Ella Gap and Ella Rock
Ella Gap and Ella Rock

Day 8DAY 8 - ELLA
An early morning start as we head through the Thangamalay Forest Reserve walking through various types of forests not experienced by everyday tourists. Eucalyptus forest, pine forest and natural forest. Walk through the tea plantations of this beautiful hill country and see Sri Lanka at its best. One of the most beautiful views of north and south can be seen in this walk. The walk is about 5 to 6 hours.  Overnight stay will be in guest house in Ella.

 

Day 9

Adam's Peak
Adam's Peak
DAY 9 - HATTON OR NEARBY
By train, we cross the mountain passes for Hatton, a short journey of three-hours. At midnight, climb Adam's Peak, the cone shaped mountain that is perhaps the most venerated in the world. Walking through the night, we reach the peak at dawn in good time to witness the rising sun. As the sun climbs above the island, experience the magic of serendipity. The sunrise as seen from the summit of Adams Peak is considered to be one of the most spectacular phenomenons in the world.  Late breakfast before leaving for Sinharaja rainforest.

 

Day 10DAY 10 - DANIYAYA OR EMBILIBITIYA
An early morning start as we visit the Sinharaja rainforest or Udawalawa National Park.

Sinharaja Rainforest
Sinharaja Rainforest
The Sinharaja forest reserve is one of the least disturbed and biologically unique lowland rainforest in Sri lanka. This forest covers an extent of about 11187 hectares from east to west .The length of the forest is about 21km and the width from North to South is about 3.7km.  It was declared a Man and Biosphere Reserve (MAB) in 1978, as representative of tropical humid evergreen forest eco system in Sri Lanka and has been recognized by UNESCO as part of its International Network of Biosphere reserves. It was declared a National Wilderness Area in 1988 and lately a World Heritage Site since 1989.  Sinharaja is situated in the southwest lowland wet zone of Sri Lanka.

Afternoon drive to Mirissa on the south coast of Sri Lanka.

Day 11DAY 11-12 - MIRISSA ON THE BEACH
Relax and enjoy the Mirissa sea and beach.

 

Enjoy the Mirissa Beach!
Enjoy the Mirissa Beach!

 

Day 13DAY 13 - NEGOMBO
Rest in the hotel and enjoy the Negombo beach.

 

 

Day 14DAY 14 – TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT
Transfer to the airport

 

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