Upon arrival assist and welcome by our representative and transfer you to Negombo hotel, check into Negombo hotel and refresh at the hotel and leisure at the Negombo Beach after long journey.
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 Habarana en route visit to Pinnawala Elephant orphanage Pinnawala elephant orphanage has one of the largest herd of elephants in captivity. It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka wildlife department. 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.
Thereafter proceed to Dambulla 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.
Thereafter proceed to hotel in Habarana.There are quaint hotels overlooking the Habarana lake, where you can find abode. There are well maintain greenish garden plots, endemic birds and plenty of wildlife. You may enjoy an elephant ride in Habarana. The ride takes around a bund of an ancient manmade rainwater reservoir named Giritalawewa. You may cross the lake on an elephant and get your feet wet whilst still seated on the jumbo. There is also an opportunity to enjoy rural Sri Lankan life style.
After Breakfast proceed to Habarana and you may enjoy Elephant ride in Habarana. Thereafter proceed to Polonnaruwa sightseeing in 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 Prakrama Samudra or the Sea of Parakrama is also buit there.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
Afternoon proceed to Sigiriya 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 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.
After breakfast proceed to Kandy stop at 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, a heritage that is still savored 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.
Then proceed to Kandy sightseeing in Kandy visit Upper Lake drive, take a stroll in the bazaar and markets, visit Anglican Cathedral and Hindu Temples, Art and Crafts Centre, Gem Bureau
Evening visit the sacred Tooth relic Temple which is the custodian of the Buddha’s Tooth relic. 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.
Another tourist attraction, Peradeniya botanical Garden was originally founded in 1371 as the queen’s pleasure garden, later becoming the residence of a Kandyan king. The 60 hector park was later converted into a botanical garden with extensive well-kept lawns, pavilions, and an orchid house with an outstanding collection, numerous flower beds with cannas, croton and colorful bougainvillea. Giant water lily and papyrus reeds complement unusually exotic specimen trees.
After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya, Kandy - Nuwara Eliya Road is one of the most impressive roads in Sri Lanka. Driving along the city of particularly well kept and neat. The eternal green grass gives to the locality an aspect of ‘’ colonial British Style.”
Visit Tea Plantation and a Tea Factory en route. Drive through Ramboda mountain pass & view Ramboda waterfalls. Arrive in Nuwara Eliya, located 6128 Feet above from Sea level is a splendid landscape. The city was built entirely during the 19th Century and its architecture mimics that of an English Country town, with red brick walls, country houses like hill club and mock – Tudor half timbering. There are plenty of restaurants in the locality and plenty of guest houses as well. Take a city tour in the colonial city : Drive through the town of NuwaraEliya, have a look at the well maintained buildings of colonial Architecture, the busy market place, Lake Gregory, golf course, race course, vegetable cultivation and ever encompassing tea plantations.
After breakfast leave for Bentota via Ginigathena passing through mix plantation Tea, rubber, coconut and the beautiful mountains, plain with full of greenish, lakes and view two of the most beautiful waters falls in Sri Lanka (Devon, St.Clair water falls) stop at Kitulgala famous place for white water rafting you may enjoy white water rafting in Kitulgala
After breakfast leisure at Bentota Beach, Bentota - Magnificent beach, lagoon, river, Shopping in shopping arcades & shops on the main street.
A magnificent beach, lagoon, river, shopping in shopping arcades & shops on the main street are some of the major attractions. Enjoy Skiing, Wind surfing, Board surfing, snorkeling, and Scuba Diving. Delicious Sea Food is served steaming, crisp or sizzling. Excellent sea food; western, eastern & traditional Sinhalese food and delicious local fresh fruits including pineapple & cocktails.
After breakfast leisure at Bentota Beach or day excursion to Galle en route visit Kosgoda turtle sanctuary thereafter proceed to Galle and sightseeing in Galle.
Galle, An ancient city is now a modern and buzzing town, though the Dutch fortress remains as it was during the Dutch period. Galle was the most important sea port at the crossroads of Far East & Middle East since the days of the Romans. The Dutch Fortress is one of the best preserved in the Island. The oldest Protestant church in the country called the ‘’ Groote Kirk ’’ built by the Dutch among many other buildings, villas, bungalows, mosques are inside the fort, fortified by massive ramparts.
Thereafter proceed to boat Safari on the River Madu (Maduganga), the River Madu and Wetlands is one of the great combination of nature’s wonders: Birdlife, mangroves, and islands in the river, traditional fishing & prawn trapping. A boat ride in the river would expose you to the whole new experience with the nature. Evening return to Hotel in Bentota
After breakfast leave for Colombo reach hotel in Colombo check in and refresh at hotel then shopping and sightseeing in 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, Gall face Green, 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.