Upon Arrival welcome & assist by our representative and Transfer to Negombo. Check into hotel in Negmobo and refresh at hotel. Relax at Beach in Negombo
Negombo is the nearest town to the airport. Relax at the Beach in Negombo. Enjoy the soothing breeze , and take a stroll along the beach front, explore the olden buildings in the city that dates back to the Dutch & Portuguese Colonial days.
The expansive sandy beaches and a relaxed atmosphere make Negombo the ideal place to relax. It is also a place to find a variety of fish including shrimps, prawns, lobsters, crabs, seer and etc.
After breakfast leave for Kandy en route visit Pinnawala elephant orphanage. The 24- acre- elephant orphanage is also a breeding ground for elephants. The first baby elephant was born there in 1984 and between 1975 and 2012, 67 animals were born. Main attractions are feeding baby elephants by milk bottle and bathing of the elephants.
Reach to Kandy hotel check into hotel and refresh. Afternoon sightseeing in Kandy visit Art and Crafts centre and Gem Bureau, You may view a documentary film on how Sri Lankan Gem mining is traditionally done.
Visit the Holy Temple of the Tooth of the Buddha. In the evening drive to Kandy city to visit the “Holy Temple of the Tooth” of the Buddha. This temple considers as the most important one for the Sri Lankan Buddhists and it was built for the purpose of housing the tooth relic in the 16th century A.D. The Tooth relic is encased in seven caskets; the outermost of which has the shape of a Stupa adorned with a large number of or gold ornaments.
Spice Garden in Matale offers tourists memorable visits to various spice plantations in Sri Lank. In the early centuries, Sri Lanka was world renowned for its quality Spices, an heritage that is still savoured by the locals. Spice garden at Matale is a throwback to those ancient days and a fast forward to the present: spice continues to bring in hefty foreign revenue to Sri Lanka. The spice garden has in offer fragrant clove, cinnamon, pepper, cardamom and nutmeg .
Evening reach to Anuradhapura, the first Sri Lankan ancient capital and center of the island’s Buddhist civilization dates back to the 03rd Century The ancient city lies adjacent to the modern, and ruined buildings, cobbled streets, ancient temples, impressive white ‘ Dagabas ‘ are embellished with handsome stone carvings and sculpture.
After breakfast sightseeing in Anuradhapura, Much of the ancient heritage in this old city was found buried and excavated. Its pleasure gardens, fine stone baths and ponds and a superb irrigation system of reservoirs and canals and Impressive white ‘ Dagabas ‘ are embellished with spectacular stone carvings and sculpture. Anuradhapura is a major destination for pilgrimages and has the oldest documented tree dating back to over 2000 years, revered as the sacred Bodhi Tree or Sri Maha Bodhi under which the Buddha attained enlightenment
Thereafter proceed to Trincomale en route visit Mihintale. Mihintale 12km east of the Anuradhapura is a ancient rock where Arahath Mahinda who as an emissary of the then King of Kalinga ( who then ruled a part of India), Ashoka arrived in the ancient Sri Lanka and met King DevanampiyaTissa who was on a deer hunt . Arahat Mahinda brought with him Buddhism, which later become Sri Lanka’s predominant religion.
The rock 1000 feet in height is one of the peaks of mountainous range in the law land area.In the past, the site was called Missaka Pabbata or Cetiyagiri or Sagiri, however, at present, it is popularly known as Mihintale -the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
Culturally, Mihintale is one of the ‘Solosmasthana (sixteen sacred sites) of Sri Lanka: it is a corner stone of the Sinhalese Buddhist Civilization. Historically and archeologically, Mihintale is a site of great importance; geographically Mihintale is a mountain range consisting three main hills called Ambastala ( Plateau of the Mango), Rajagiri (the mountain of the kings) and Anaikutti (Mountain of the Elephant).
Trincomalee - Situated 250 km from the capital Colombo. It is a natural harbor. The British admiral of the 18th century-Horatio Nelson had described Trincomalee as the finest harbor in the world. Some of the best sea bathing in the country is can feel in Trincomalee.
In the northern stretch of 'Trincomalee', known as Nilaweli, shallow beach goes up to half a mile into the sea. This is the most popular attraction in Trincomalee. Nilaweli is Situated about 10Km from the Trincomalee town.
It is one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world. When the sea is calm you can see the clear blue water and it’s a breathtaking site.
The important places of tourist interest are the hot wells and the Pigeon Islands. There is an old Portuguese/Dutch fort reminiscent of the Colonial era and the Koneshwaram Hindu Temple.
After breakfast drive down to Dambulla en route you may experience elephant ride in Habarana. The ride takes around the bund of an ancient man made rainwater reservoir named Giritala wewa, where you could get your feet wet while seated on the elephant. This also provides an opportunity to observe rural Sri Lankan life style.
In the evening visit Dambulla Cave Temple, The magnificent rock temple in Dambulla consists of 5 caves, built in a hill 340 m high rock. The cave temple has 150 serene statues of Buddha, numerous carvings & murals. The fascinating site was founded by King Valagambahu during the 1st century BC in gratitude for the shelter he found in the caves during an invasion by marauding Dravidians from Southern India.
After breakfast leave for Sigiriya to climb Sigiriya rock fortress ‘The Lion Rock Citadel’ is a world heritage site. Sigiriya was the Royal Citadel of King Kasyapa who ruled in the 5th Century A.D. He built moats, terrace gardens, beautiful ancient frescos of heavenly maidens in a pocket of the rock, water gardens, Miniature water gardens, boulder gardens, and a fountain garden atop this rock. Stone staircases were erected leading up to the rock and you can the see mirror wall around the western side of the rock. On the top of the rock are the ruins of the palace & two intact man-made pools of water.
Thereafter proceed to Polonnaruwa. The ancient city of Polonnaruwa was the capital of the Buddhist Agrarian civilization after the decline of Anuradhapura (11th – 13th Century) .Its period of greatness lasted from tenth century AD to 12th. The Polonnaruwa era was famous for huge man made reservoirs, most famous of which is the Prakrama Samudra or the Sea of Parakrama, which is larger than the Colombo harbor.
The glory s of this ancient city is relatively well preserved and give evidence of the miracles of Sri Lanka’s past. See the Royal Palace complex , the Quadrangle with its concentration of ancient heritage and the spectacular Gal vihare complex of four massive images of the Buddha, cut from a single slab of granite – one of the tallest of ancient Sri Lankan rock carvings
After breakfast leisure at Passikudha Beach,Kalkudah & Passekudah are two fine beaches in the East Coast which offer safe swimming and snorkelling in the clean beaches.
The beach with shallow waters, white sand, coral reefs and palm trees make it an attraction to the tourists. Passikudah Bay due to its shallow waters is a perfectly safe and popular bathing spot for the families with children. It is also a good opportunity to fish, to snorkel and have some boat rides around.
Kalkudah Bay, located 32 km north of Batticaloa - is well protected from the monsoon by an off shore reef. The two beaches form an ideal stretch for bathing, water skiing and windsurfing. The combined area of Passekudah and Kalkudah was defined as a National Holiday Resort in 1973.
After breakfast leave for Arugam bay en route visit Batticaloa, Situated 314 km from Colombo, Batticaloa is famous for its `Singing Fish' and the attractive lagoon. Singing fish are a mysterious variety of fish in the lagoon that in the night ring the serene beach with a faint and distinct musical sound.
The Dutch Fort located in the proximity of the lagoon is another tourist attraction.
Thereafter proceed to Arugam bay reach to Arugam bay hotel and check into hotel and refresh. Afternoon drive to Kumana bird sanctuary and evening return to Hotel in Arugam bay.
Kumana Bird Sanctuary,Another attraction, the Kumana Bird Sanctuary, a national park, is renowned for its Avifauna , and particularly its large flocks of migratory waterfowl and wading birds; the park is situated 391Km southeast of Colombo on the south-eastern coast.
Early morning check out from hotel with packet breakfast to visit Laugala National park ,Lahugala National park, one of the smallest national parks in Sri Lanka is located also in the near proximity. The park is an important habitat for Sri Lankan Elephants and endemic birds. The National park encompasses reservoirs of Kitulana, Sengamuwa and Lahugala. The park was designated as a wildlife sanctuary on July 01 of 1966.
Thereafter drive to Yala Via Monaragala, Buttala en route you may visit Kataramgala temple
Kataragama Temple - It’s a Hindu & Buddhist Temple complex dedicated to Skanda – Murukan It is one of the few religious sites in Sri Lanka that is venerated by the majority Sinhalese Buddhists as well as Hindu Tamils and also visited by Muslims & Christians too. The history of the shrine dates back to 2 century BC.
Early morning with packet breakfast leave for Jeep Safari at Yala You can stay at a luxury tent camp in Yala. Staying one night at the tent camp in the middle of the Yala national park gives you the complete experience of wild life. Meals will be served at the tent camp. Relax in the tent and in the evening enjoy a Jeep Safari at the Yala National park. Yala is situated 309Kms south of Colombo and approximately 1259 Km2 in extent. It is located in South Eastern corner of the Island and is the largest and most popular national park. It is one of the best places in the world to see leopards in their natural habitat. You can see wild life such as elephants, monkeys such as Red Faced Macaques, muggers, swamp crocodiles, bears, wild bears, Chital deer, Sambar deer, buffalos, Golden Jackal and many other animals and birds.
There after Drive to Dickwella through the coast en route visit Hambantota fishing village and salt plan.
After breakfast leisure at Dickwella beach or early morning with packet breakfast. Mirissa is your perfect destination for Dolphin and whale watching. Whale Watching is becoming increasingly popular and among the tour providers are Sri Lanka navy, which has started whale watching tours to cater to a rising demand. Sri Lankan waters are blessed with high number of whales for its location in the protected zone in Indian ocean and the southern coast of Sri Lanka is close to the migration path of whales.
After breakfast leave for Sinharaja. rain forest Sinharaja is Sri Lanka's largest virgin rainforest. More than 60% of the trees are endemic, and it is a habitat for endemic wildlife and over 50% of species of mammals and butterflies, as well as many kinds of insects, reptiles and rare amphibians endemic to Sri Lanka. The best way to trek Sinharaja Rain forest is with an experienced guide. Sinharaja Rain Forest expands 21 km from east to west, and a maximum of 7 km from north to south. Given the high density of endemic birds, Sinharaja is fondly referred to as a bird watcher's paradise. Take a trek through the quaint paths of Sinharaja where placid undergrowth lie in wait for the appreciation of all who wish to indulge in the tranquil wilderness of Sri Lanka's world renowned rainforest.
After breakfast drive to Colombo Colombo is the commercial capital and there are plenty of places to shop. There are high end places such as Majestic City shopping complex, House of Fashion and the ODEL Unlimited Dress Boutique or you can go on a shopping spree in bustling Pettah market.
After breakfast leave for airport for departure transfer
Excellent hotel, friendly staff would def go there again
The view from our balcony in room # 409, was terrific. It was centrally located to everything on and around the port area. Wonderful service and everything was very clean. The breakfast was below average, although not bad. If back in Zante Town we would stay there again.
It is close to everything but if you go in the lower season the pool won't be ready even though the temperature was quiet high already.