Bustling city of Colombo, Elephant Orphanage,Dambulla Cave Temple,Historical Remains of Anuradhapura,Historical Remains of PolonnaruwaSigiriya Rock Fortress,Medirigiriya Temple,Sacred Tooth Relic Temple,Royal Botanical Gardens,Tea Factory,Yala or Udawalawa Wildlife ParkPort Town of Galle,Turtle Hatchery visit,Beach.
Route & Locations Covered:
Airport /Colombo /Cultural Triangle /Kandy / Nuwara Eliya /Hambantota /Galle /Bentota /Airport
Day 01 Airport / Colombo
Arrival at Bandaranayke International Airport and welcome by a representative of Karma Sri Lanka Travel Center. Transfer to a hotel in Colombo. Afternoon city tour of Colombo: Colombo is a fascinating city, not only for its comfortable blend of east and west, but also for its cozy mixture of the past and present. It is the commercial capital of the county, Attractions: Buddhist temples, Hindu temples, church the old parliament building, the zoo, museums, and art galleries. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Colombo.
Day 02 Colombo / Pinnawala / Dambulla
After breakfast leave for Dambulla or Giritale. En route visit Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala. Visit Dambulla cave temple: Like Sigiriya, Dambulla is a vast isolated rock mass, which houses a rock temple (formerly caves). Some of its frescoes are over 2,000 years old – and there is a colossal figure of the recumbent Buddha caved out of the rock, some 14 meters long. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Dambulla or Giritale.
Day 03 Dambulla / Anuradhapura / Mihintale / Aukana / Dambulla
After breakfast visit the ancient historical site of Anuradhapura. Sri Lanka's first capital is situated in the dry zone. It is one of Sri Lanka's premier ancient cities.Visit the sacred Bo Tree, temples, Brazen Place, Samadhi Buddha, Kuttam Pokuna, an Mihintale (12 kilometers from Anuradhapura) - a rock dotted with shrines and dwellings - a grand stairway of 1,840 steps made of granite slabs that leads to a summit with a splendid view of the countryside and Aukana Buddha statue. . Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Dambulla or Giritale.
Day 04 Dambulla / Polonnaruwa / Medirigiriya / Dambulla
After breakfast visits the ancient historical site of Polonnaruwa: The Island’s medieval capital rose to fame after Anuradhapura’s decline. The largest of its many reservoirs, the Parakrama Samudra, is larger than the Colombo harbor. Attractions: Remains of the King’s council chamber, the Royal Citadel, the Kumara Pokuna, the Royal Pavilion, the Vat adage Relic House (which is lavished with moonstones, guards’ tones, and a sculptured railing), Kiri Vehera, and Gal Vihare. In the afternoon visit Medirigiriya. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Dambulla or Giritale
Day 05 Dambulla / Sigiriya / Dambulla
After breakfast visit Sigiriya: This rock fortress was a royal citadel for more than 18 years. In a sheltered pocket, approached by a spiral stairway, are the famous frescoes. The summit of the rock, with an area of nearly one hectare, was the site of the old palace – the outer wall of which was built on the very brink of the precipice. The UNESCO-sponsored Central Cultural Fund has restored Sigiriya’ s 5th century Water Gardens to be former glory. Afternoon relax at the hotel or optional excursion to Minneriya National Park. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Dambulla or Giritale.
Day 06 Dambulla / Matale / Kandy
After breakfast leave for Kandy. En route visit Nalanda Gedige , Alu Vihare temple , Spice Garden and a Batik factory in Matale. In the evening watch a cultural performance by traditional Kandyan Dancers and drummers. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Kandy.
Day 07 Kandy / Peradeniya / Kandy
After breakfast visit Kandy city.Sri Lanka’s hill capital is, perhaps, its most beautiful town. It is 488 meters above sea level, and next to Colombo, is Sri Lanka’s most visited place. The focal point of the town is the golden-roofed Dalada Maligawa, where the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha is enshrined. Visit Peradeniya botanical Gardens, with its amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. Kandy is an exciting place for shopping, with souvenirs in wood, copper, silver, brass, ebony, and bronze. Ceramics, lacquer work, handlooms, batiks, Jewellery and rush and reed-ware can also be purchased. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Kandy.
Day 08 Kandy / Nuwara-Eliya
After breakfast leave for Nuwara-Eliya. En route visit a Tea Plantation and a Tea Factory. In the afternoon visit Nuwara-Eliya city : Set in the heart of tea-country, this beautiful town is where the British succeeded in creating an English countryside, with homes in styles from Georgian to Queen Anne. Well-kept lawns with hedges, an Anglican church, and the famous golf course and beautiful parks given the place an air of nostalgia. Situated 1,890 meters above sea level, the air is cool and fresh – a serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of Colombo. Acres and acres of tea with its lush green foliage extend miles across the hills, and no visit to the hill country is complete without a visit to a tea estate, and the chance to purchase some of the world’s finest flavored tea. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Nuwara-Eliya.
Day 09 Nuwara-Eliya / Udawalawe or Yala / Hambantota
After breakfast leave for Hambantota or Katharagama. En route visit Yala national park or Udawalawe national park : Yala is approximately 1,259 sq. km in extent and is located in the southeastern corner of the island. Its northern boundaries border the Lahugala Elephant Sanctuary and it has the added bonus of scenic ocean frontage. The terrain is a varied course of flat plains altering with rocky outcrops. The vegetation ranges from open parklands to dense jungle. Water holes, small lakes, lagoons and streams provide water for the animals and birds. The specialty here is the large numbers of elephants.Uda Walawe: The Uda Walawe National Park is approximately 30,821 hectares in extent. This park lies within the Ratnapura and Monaragala Districts and acts as the catchment’s to the Uda Walawe Reservoir, and is located in the dry zone. It comprises grasslands, thorn scrubs, and many valuable species of trees. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Hambantota or Katharagama
Day 10 Hambantota / Galle / Bentota
After breakfast leave for Bentota. En route visit Weligama fishing Village and Galle fort. Galle : In this coastal town, the Dutch presence is still visible. Galle was an ancient port (said to be the legendary Tarshish of the Bible), and our first international commerce and trade center. Today, Gale is the bustling provincial capital and administrative center of the south. It is famous for its lovely Unawatuna Bay, where the sea is reef protected and therefore safe for swimming. The old Dutch ‘Star’ fort (a World Heritages Site) covering 36 hectares, the well-preserved Groote Kerk (Dutch Church), Dutch Government House, the New Oriental Hotel (1684) old bell tower and a tide-based Sewage-System, also introduced by the Dutch. In Gale they still make the Dutch ‘pillo-lace’ and do fine ebony carving and gem polishing. In the afternoon under take a boat safari on Maduganga. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Bentota.
Day 11-12 Bentota
Relax and have fun at the beach. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Bentota.
Day 13 Bentota / Airport
Breakfast at hotel. Leave for Airport. (Rooms till 12h00 only)