Welcome to Sri Lanka. On this day of your 11 days Sri Lanka tour, you shall start exploring its marvels. Upon your arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport, an agent’s representative will greet you and guide you towards a luxury chauffeur-driven vehicle that will take you around the country.
En-route, you will stop at the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage for some one-on-one interaction with the Elephants of Sri Lanka.
The orphanage was originally founded in order to afford care and protection to the many orphaned elephants found in the jungle. Since the inception of the program over 20 elephants have been bred here. The aim of the orphanage is to simulate a natural habitat to these elephants. However, there are some exceptions: the elephants are taken to the river twice a day for a bath, and all the babies less than three years of age are still bottle fed by the mahouts and volunteers .
On completion, visit a Spice Garden.
Where aromas of cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, pepper and mace romanticises the air, tantalising the senses – a spice garden is what it is. giving every visitor an in depth view of an ancient spice producing industry.When visiting a spice garden, you will discover the different types of herbs and spices of Sri Lanka’s pride, Opportunities for purchase on various products made with the spices are available which can be either natural cosmetics or traditional herbal remedies. Some gardens offer ayurvedic massages with oils made with the herbs and spices for complete rejuvenation and relaxation which could be ideal for the tired visitor.
Thereafter, continue to Kandy and check-in to hotel and relax rest till the evening. Later that evening, go on technical tour related to the arts such as gem crafting, woodcarving and batiks. And watch the Kandyan Cultural Show with its colorful traditional dances and delightful music.
Overnight stay at Kandy.
After breakfast and relax morning, proceed to visit the famous Kandy Temple of the Tooth Relic. Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic. The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a world-renowned place of worship, where the left Canine tooth of Gautama Buddha is enshrined. The temple which is venerated by thousands of local & foreign devotees and tourists daily was named as a world heritage by UNESCO in 1988.
The temple which carries a lot of value to Buddhists all over the world also has immense cultural value. The architecture is of unique Kandyan architectural style with a combination of the unique style used to build “Dalada Mandira” the shrines which housed the Sacred Tooth Relic previously in other kingdoms.
The temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is built in the city of Kandy near the ancient Royal Palace which is situated to the North of the temple and the forest reserve called “Udawaththa Kelaya” to the East. The famous Kandy Lake also known as “Kiri Muhuda” to the South and “Natha & Paththini Devala” on the West. The temple is adorned with intricate carvings using gold, silver, bronze and ivory.
On completion, proceed to the Peradeniya Botanical Garden
Peradeniya Situated in Kandy’s suburb of Peradeniya, the spectacular Peradeniya Botanical Garden The gardens display over 4 000 different species of plants, regarded amongst the most superior in Asia.The highlight is the spectacular Orchid collection and a mighty avenue of palm trees. In addition to a plethora of flowering plants, there is also an extensive collection of medicinal plants and spices which can be spotted on your meander across the gardens. Encompassing over 60 hectares of sublimely designed lawns, pavilions and plant houses, the extraordinary array of Sri Lankan, Asian and international flora is a fragrant, colorful view on the eye. Gorgeous avenues lead on to sections exploding in bursts of tropical color and vast lawns dotted with enormous trees.
On completion, return to hotel and relax. Overnight stay at Kandy
Enjoy a delectable breakfast and gear up for an enchanting city tour. Your first stop for the day is the Horton Plains National Park, in the shadows of Sri Lanka’s second and third highest mountain ranges.
A paradise for nature lovers, hikers and birds watching. The most gorgeous place is the Worlds End, where the southern Horton Plains suddenly ends, and drops off to nearly 1050metres, an awesome sight indeed. It is 9.5Km walking with warm jackets. In the evening you can walk “Single Tree Mountain” At this vantage point one could enjoy the panoramic view of Pidurutalagala Mountain range, Haggala Mountain, Lake Gregory, and the entire town of Nuwara Eliya as well as Northern section of Horton Plains.
After you will visit Sri Bhaktha Hanuman Temple in Nuwara Eliya.Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple is one of the important Hanuman Temples in Sri Lanka located on summit of the very beautiful picturesque mountain in Ramboda 30 KM north to Nuwara Eliya, the gateway to the tea country hill station of Sri Lanka. This Hanuman Temple in Ramboda was constructed by Chinmaya Mission of Sri Lanka. Shri Bhakta Hanuman temple is dedicated to the God Hanuman and this is one of important sites of Ramayana Tour in Sri Lanka. Visitors can witness the 18 feet Hanuman statue which is the tallest Hanuman statue in Sri Lanka established inside the Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple in Ramboda.
Proceed to visit Baker’s fall, Tea Plantations, Strawberry Farm, and Ambewela Milk Farm. Come back to the hotel for a peaceful night’s sleep.
Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya.
Today you will drive towards Ella. A trip to Ella wouldn`t be complete without a visit to the iconic Nine Arches Bridge.Tucked away in the misty Sri Lankan high country, amongst idyllic green hills and gushing waterfalls, lies Ella.one of this tear-shaped island`s most appealing destinations.
From scaling the heady heights of Ella Rock, to laying eyes on the mystical Nine Arch Bridge for the very first time; standing on the edge of the roaring Diyaluma Falls (the second tallest in the country), and winding through the tea plantations and mountains passes on the famous many of our favourite Sri Lankan adventures can be found right here.At its heart, Ella is a charming and laid back village perfect for relaxing, hiking
One of the highlights in the mountain village Ella is the 30-meter high Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. With a small 30-minute walk through the jungle, you will reach a piece of beautiful architecture that is hidden between lush green tea fields. It is allowed to walk on the bridge and it’s one of the things you must do in Sri Lanka.
After you will visit Rawana Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in our country. It belongs to the Ella area. Rawana Falls has got a very high tourist attraction as see. Kirindi Oya is the source of Rawana Falls. Rawana Falls is located at an elevation of 3445 feet above sea level. The waterfall is 82 feet (25 meters) high. This beautiful waterfall, which is covered with oval and concave rocks, is part of the Rawana Falls Wildlife Reserve. The Rawana Ella Purana Raja Maha Viharaya and the Dova Purana Viharaya are located close to this waterfall. Beautiful, but very dangerous. Deep pits filled with water, slippery rocks, are abundant here.
After Lunch You will visit Liptons Seat.It is a beautiful tourist attraction that offers awe-inspiring views of the surrounding tea fields. This place is perfect to witness the best of sunrise and sunset.
Overnight stay at Ella
Yala National Park is the island`s principle national park and offers the greatest diversity of animal and birdlife in the country. The habitats found in the park are wide-ranging, from freshwater lakes to beaches, rocky outcrops to green plains and jungle. This creates an area of immense biodiversity and is one of the world`s most popular destinations to spot the elusive leopard, who love to lounge on the huge granite boulders that dot the parkland. The home of the Sri Lankan leopards, the Yala Park is the only place in the country where these fierce creatures can roam free in their natural habitat. A jungle safari in this park is must for all nature and wildlife lovers, adventure enthusiasts, and wildlife photographers. On a clear rainless day, one can spot a number of animals at this park ranging from leopards, elephants, Sri Lankan sloth bear, turtles, macaques, fishing cats, etc. One can also find a number of dangerous reptiles native to Sri Lanka like monitor lizards, types of crocodiles, Sri Lankan flying snake, Fan-throated lizard, Indian cobra, Russells Viper, and Sri Lankan krait.
En-route, you will stop at the will be a Bundala National Park . The Bundala National Park considered the most important birding destination in Sri Lanka was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1969 and thereafter advanced to a National Park in 1993. The park boasts of nearly 200 species of birds, of which 150 are endemic and the rest migratory . Amongst the migratory birds are the Petite Blue Tailed bee-eaters, flocks of Flamingos, Brown Flycatcher, Sandpipers, Barn Swallow, Water Fowl, Common Redshank, the Lesser Sand Plover and Forest Wagtail. The complex wetland system within the park, now declared as Sri Lanka`s first `Ramsar` site (identified as an important wetland in the network of international wetlands) and declared a biosphere reserve by UNECO in 2005, is a haven to a number of aquatic birds such as the migratory Greater flamingo (large flocks of over 1000 birds), Ibis, Painted storks, Terns, Gulls and Ducks and the resident water birds such as Ppelicans, Herons, Egrets, Cormorants, Stilts and Storks.
Overnight stay at Bundala
Next you will come across, Mirijjawila. Located in the Hambanthota district, on the Colombo-Kataragama main road, Mirijjawila Botanical Garden has the Mattala International Airport on its left side and the Hambantota Harbor on its right side. prior to which the land was covered with thorny shrubs and abandoned chena lands. It covers a total of 300 acres and is still in the process of being developed into tis full area.It is situated in the dry zone of the island and is the first Sri Lankan botanical garden developed by local experts for the conservation of dwindling species of trees and shrubs, medicinal herbs and popularizing plants of the dry zone by providing an attractive destination for foreign and local tourists.
The Mirijjawila Botanical Gardens is one of the five dedicated botanical gardens in the island and was only opened in 2013. The botanical gardens` purpose was to maintain the biodiversity of the area, while also providing a kaleidoscopic natural backdrop in an otherwise fast developing city. Although new, the gardens are known to possess a myriad species of plants, ranging from flowers, shrubs, and trees. Many of these species are considered to be rare, and endemic to the island. Thus, making it an important biodiversity hotspot.
In addition to its unique floral species, there are quite a few faunae that take refuge in the greenery such as birds and many other little creatures. The gardens sprawled over 300 acres of lush green lands is an idyllic place to witness some different sceneries of the port town of Hambantota. One such interesting scenery is the sunset, as the sun`s rays, along with the chirping of the birds and the blossom of the flowers make the area all the more special. While you are exploring the gardens, make sure you learn about Ayurveda medicinal plants, as it is possible to witness how these plants are cultivated and eventually prepared as medicine.
Overnight stay at hotel in Mirijjawila
After Breakfast you will visit Mirissa. Mirissa is one of the most popular beach destinations in southern Sri Lanka, and for a good reason! The area has it all, beautiful Sri Lankan beaches, great waves for surfing, and waters teeming with marine life, from turtles to big blue whales. Spend your days enjoying fresh coconuts in your hammock, eating delicious food from beachside restaurants, and zooming around by motorbike. Four days is the perfect amount of time to absorb the laidback culture of this sunny beach town, enjoying all the top things to do in Mirissa.
Another one of the amazing places to visit in Mirissa is to climb up the Parrot Rock. This small and easily accessible rock will give you a stunning view of the Mirissa area. This is a place which will take your mind away from work and stress.It is a very quiet place where you can relax watching surfers in the high tides of water. You can also chill out in the nearby restaurants of this place.
Overnight stay at Mirissa.
Today you will drive towards Galle.First you will visit Galle fort. The Galle Dutch Fort happens to be one of the treasured historical monuments of Srilanka located on the southern coast of the country. The fort was constructed by the Portuguese in the course of their reign in Srilanka and was later renovated by the Dutch. The fort is one of the most The fort displays an amazing amalgamation of age-old architecture and antiquity in the middle of astounding natural beauty.You will come across a number of lively shops, cafes, exhibition halls, lifestyle stores, and villas, which adds to the beauty of the place. It would be just amazing to move by the walls witnessing the intricate artworks and sheer craftsmanship.
Then next you will visit the Japanese Peace Pagoda. Located a few kilometres from the city of Galle, the Japanese Peace Pagoda is a unique shrine that guarantees peace and solitude to anyone who visits. Built by the Japanese Nipponzan-Myōhōji order in 2005, it was made as a symbol to promote peace in the island. A short hike to the summit of the Rumassala Hill and you’ll find yourself in awe of the pristine pagoda. Enjoy the unhindered and stunning views of the coast and the bustling town of Galle when you reach the top.Perched on Rumassala Hill, visit the peace pagoda before enjoying a refreshing swim in Jungle Beach on your way down.
Proceed to visit Galle lighthouse, Mahamodara sea turtle hatchery centre, Still Fishing,etc
Next you will visit Hikkaduwa.Famous for its long sandy beach, west-coast Hikkaduwa also boasts good waves for surfers, reefs for snorkelers and divers, plus sand-side hotels, restaurants, and bars. Add an island temple, tsunami museum, and turtle sanctuary, and you have one of Sri Lanka’s best beach-holiday haunts.
You can see here sea turtles. Right from the shore in town, you can easily spot many sea turtles just hanging out in the water. They aren’t scared of people and often swim right up to you.There is one particular spot that always seems to have turtles in Hikkaduwa.
Also you can see Coral Reef .Plunge into nature`s spellbinding creativity at the Hikkaduwa Coral Reef Sanctuary; Sri Lanka`s first Marine National Park. Snorkel amidst vibrant corals, swim with turtles, luminescent fish, and reef sharks or simply observe the beauty through glass-bottomed boats.
Overnight stay at Hikkaduwa
Early next morning, you will depart to Benthota. The Bentota Turtle Hatchery Project is a popular attraction in Bentota for all travellers. The pristine golden shores that draws you to our island, also provides an enticing nesting ground for several endangered turtle species from the Olive Ridley to the Leatherback turtle. The project aims at conserving and protecting the eggs from predators and other dangers. Visit the turtle hatchery in Bentota to learn about these endangered graceful creatures of the sea.
Aftre you willa visit the Bentota sea and Beach and City Tour. There you can see Seek blessings at Buddhist temple, famous for preserved & sacred preserved Buddha’s tooth,Cruise along the rivers of Madu surrounded by mangrove trees & discover more than one hundred eleven species of birds in their natural habitat,Explore the city of Bentota, a destination squeezed into verdant rainforests, misty hills amid fertile tea plantations and dazzling beaches,Enjoy the tropical goodness of nature by walking among the massive collection of colorful orchids in Botanical Gardens,Cherish the spiritual tour of Lunuganga Estate, an epitome of architectural brilliance reflecting and fusion of Indian, Chinese, and Thai, designs.
Overnight stay at Bentota
After Breakfast proceed to Colombo.On your way to Colombo you will visit Independence Square.The Independence Square is one of the most vital and historical monuments in the city of Colombo. It was built to commemorate the country`s independence in 1948. Bordered by a sprawling recreational park with manicured lawns, it is a popular attraction among families, friends and the keen joggers who spend their time at leisure.
Next you will visit National Museum Colombo. The National Museum Colombo first opened in 1877 with only 800 exhibits showcasing some aspects of the history and culture of Sri Lanka. Today, it has over 100,000 exhibits and the most important library on the island. Located near the Nelum Pokuna Theatre in swanky Colombo 7, the National Museum is the largest museum on the island.Visitors are greeted at the Museum`s lobby by a serene Buddha statue in meditation pose carved out of stone dating as far back as 4th to 5th century. This is one of the best-preserved ancient statues found on the island and is hailed by historians as a sculpting masterpiece.
Aftre that you will go Galle Face and Shopping Mall in Colombo.A premier retail, entertainment and dining paradise to unite local and global shoppers. Providing the globe`s best known and best loved names with optimal display and foot traffic opportunities and ensuring that visitors are engaged and satisfied with an experience unlike anything else in Colombo.At the rooftop, find a plethora of alfresco dining options with cuisines to suit every taste, all with spectacular views of the ocean makes this a must visit attraction for having a drink with friends, colleagues or the family. For everyday dining, the high-quality themed food court will offer familiar international brands alongside the best of local flavours with something for every palate and pocket, ensuring an endless stream of activity passing through the mall.
Then Proceed to Airport,Your guide will comfortably take you back to the international airport to end your pleasant journey