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Great Discovery tour of Sri lanka 13 nights / 14 days
DAY 01AIRPORT / COLOMBO
Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to the hotel in Colombo Check in to the hotel and freely do the city tour in Colombo. Colombo Do a city tour of Colombo, like many capital cities in developing countries is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the old world charm is retained. For example, there is a 100-year-old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings. Other places of interest are the Pettah bazaar - where one can shop for bargain, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Colombo museum, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH)- an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the People's Republic of China, the new Parliament and the Dutch Museum. Dinner and overnight stay in Colombo.
DAY 02 COLOMBO / PINNAWELA / GIRITALE Breakfast at hotel and leave to Giritale. En route visit the Elephant orphanage in Pinnwela. Elephant Orphange The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975, commenced with seven orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but is soon became a conservation and educational centre.
With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawela started a scientific captive-breeding programme for elephants. The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for respective individuals of both sexes to get together and mate. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, and in 1984, the first baby of Pinnawela was born. Dinner and overnight stay in Giritale or Dambulla.
DAY 03 GIRITALE OR DAMBULLA / POLONNARUWA /GIRITALE OR DAMBULLA
Polonnaruwa Visit Polonnaruwa, which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and which is a world heritage site. Here 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 could be seen, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, the statue of king Parakramabahu, and the Parakrama Samudraya - a lake built by King Parakramabahu the great.
There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic. Dinner and overnight stay in Giritale or Dambulla.
DAY 04 GIRITALE OR DAMBULLA / SIGIRIYA / DAMBULLA / MATALE / KANDY Breakfast at hotel and leave to Sigiriya Visit the world's 08th wonder. Sigiriya Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The 'Lion Rock' is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock.
Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the 'Heavenly Maidens' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster. After the visit leave to Kandy and en route visit the Dambulla temple. Dambulla Dambulla rock temple has been built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and it is a world heritage site. Also, it is the most impressive of Sri Lanka's cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world.
It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 metres. After the visit continue your journey to Kandy. And on your way to Kandy visit a spice garden in Matale. Spice garden Visit a spice garden in Matale to see different spices for which Sri Lanka is famous for. Here, clients could see different spices and how some of these spices are grown and processed. Witness a Cookery demonstration. Kandy Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings which is a World Heritage Site.
The name "Kandy" conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary. Also visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy. Thereafter witness a Cultural show. Dinner and overnight stay in Kandy.
DAY 05 KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA Breakfast at hotel and leave to Nuwara Eliya. En route visit the Royal botanical garden in Peradeniya. Royal Botanical Garden This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. After the visit leave to Nuwara Eliya. Tea Factory Visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced.
Here you could observe all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. Nuwaraeliya Visit Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka s most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka s tea country producing a significant share of the world best tea.
Sri Lanka s highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. Nuwara-Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia. Dinner and overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya
DAY 06 NUWARA ELIYA / HORTON PLAINS / NUWARA ELIYA
Breakfast at hotel and leave to Horton Plains. World's End Horton Plains is located on a high windswept saddle at about 7000-ft elevation. The Plains are an expanse of misty grassland with scraggy trees and ice-cold rivulets.Visit World's End considered to be the finest view in all of Sri Lanka. The awesome escarpment drops vertically for about 4000 ft, hence it's named as Horton Plains. Here you could find endemic Slender Loris and endemic Purple Monkeys amongst the animal species that can be seen. Dinner and overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya
DAY 07 NUWARA ELIYA / KITULGALA / NUWARA ELIYA
Breakfast at hotel and leave to Kitulgala. For white water rafting. White water rafting (Optional visit) This thrilling adventure on the white water section of the Kelani River is suitable for amateurs as well as professionals alike. During the run, you will experience the thrill of shooting rapids and euphoria of making it through. The river''s clear water is born in the heart of the peak wilderness reserve and tumbles through rocky george just above Kithulgala.
As the river widens, you will pass the scenic location used to film - "Bridge over the river Kwai" which was filmed in 1956, a good place to jump in for a refreshing swim. On a clear day, you may even dive to see the remains of the actual bridge and the carriages used for the film (only for experienced divers with proper equipment). Dinner and overnight stay at Plantation Hotel.
DAY 08 KITULGALA / SINHARAJA / KITULGALA
Breakfast at Plantation Hotel and leave to Sinharaja rain forest. Sinharaja This is Sri Lanka's only remaining primeval rain forest. A single foot path cuts through the heart of its 50 sq. miles. The vegetation is many layered as in the Amazon or Congo. Rare orchids blossom and cicadas chirp. The only other sound is that of rain : 200 inches fall annually here, spread through the year.
Dinner and overnight stay at Plantation Hotel.
DAY 09 KITULGALA / UDAWALAWE / KUDA OYA
Breakfast at Plantation Hotel and leave to Kuda oya. En route do a Safari at Udawlalwe national park. Udawalawe Do a safari of The Udawalawe National Park by jeep. The area of this park is 30,821 hectares and is a dry zone park which was declared as a national park in 1972. This park falls within the Sabaragamuwa and Uva provinces and between Udawalawe reservoir and the Walawe River and is surrounded by the scenic beauty of the mountain range that keep on winding endlessly on the Balangoda, Kalthota and Haputale escarpments.
It has an annual rainfall of 1,524 mm. and an average year-round temperature of 29.4 C. This park is world famous for its elephants seen in all their playfulness, whole herds of them, adults and babies bathing and playing in the water or feeding. In addition to the elephants, deer species such as spotted deer, sambhur, barking deer and langur, water buffalo and jackal are some of the prominent wild animals found in this park.
Dinner and overnight stay at Trans Asia Safari Kamp
DAY 10 KUDA OYA / BUNDALA / KUDA OYA
Breakfast at Trans Asia Safari Kamp and leave visit the Bundala national park. Bundala Bundala National Park is the latest addition to Sri Lanka''s National parks which is situated 250 kms. away from Colombo. All species of Water birds resident in the country and migrant birds inhabit this park. Dinner and overnight stay at Kuda Oya.
DAY 11 KUDA OYA / KATARAGAMA / HAMBANTOTA
Breakfast at Trans Asia Safari Kamp and leave to Kataragama. Kataragama Visit Kataragama. Kataragama is perhaps the most visited holy places in the country. Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims flock to the shrines located there. The deity most often associated with Kataragama is Skanda. Buddhists travel to Kataragama ostensibly to visit the Kirivehera, a dagoba where the Buddha is said to have meditated in his 3rd and final visit to Sri Lanka. Dinner and overnight stay at Hambantota.
DAY 12 - 13 HAMBANTOTA / BERUWALA
Breakfast at Oasis hotel and leave to Beruawala for the beach stay. Dinner and overnight stay in Beruwala.
DAY 14 BERUWALA / AIRPORT
As per the flight details leave to the airport for departure.