8 days /7 nights tour package of Sri Lanka.
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DAY 1 – Airport – Negombo
A very warm welcome from your tour guide at the Katunayaka airport. You will be transferred to your hotel where you can relax by the pool.
Just 7kms from the Bandaranaike International Airport, at the tip of the Negombo lagoon lies the busy Negombo beach. Lush coconut palms and mangroves run along the beach, while the age old catamarans, outrigger canoes, and the more modern trawlers gently bounce at sea. Negombo is a famous fishing village that is equally proud of its Dutch fort and other Dutch period architecture.
The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage was established in 1975 to care for abandoned and wounded elephants. The orphanage is open to the public daily, and all admission fees are used to look after the elephants. Sigiriya is perhaps the most awe-inspiring wonder of the island. With its history dating back to prehistoric times, the rock rises 370m above sea level and is visible for miles in all directions. At the summit of the rock is the fortified palace with its ruined buildings, its cisterns and its rock sculptures. According to chronicles, the entire complex was built by King Kasyapa (AD 477 – 495), and it was later used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century.
Visit Polonnaruwa after breakfast.
Home to the ancient monuments built by the Cholas and the ruins of the famous garden-city created by King Parakramabahu I during the 12th century, Polonnaruwa is the second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms. It was also the country’s second capital, following the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993 and was declared on the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1982.
The Dambulla Cave Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is located 72km north of Kandy. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka towering over 160m over the surrounding plains. The caves in the surrounding area have over 150 Buddha statues, 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of Gods and Goddesses, as well as paintings. Located 25km from Kandy, the Spice Garden at Matale is a delightful place to stroll in fragrant greenery and learn about nutmeg, pepper vines, clove trees and curry, cinnamon and the precious cardamom, a relative of ginger. Visitors may also purchase spices, traditional remedies and cosmetics or taste a herbal brew. The batik factory contains a variety of batik items, and visitors may witness the manufacturing process of beautiful batik prints.
Being the hill capital of the country, Kandy was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. It is also the venue of the perahera and temples, shrines and monasteries are found everywhere, keeping Buddhist traditions alive. The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, also known as the Dalada Maligawa, is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy and is located in the royal palace complex which houses the Relic of the tooth of Buddha, which is considered to be Sri Lanka’s most prized possession. You will also enjoy a cultural dance show in the evening.
After breakfast, visit the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya.
The Peradeniya Botanical Gardens cover over 60 hectares and are the largest botanic gardens in Sri Lanka. The history of the gardens date back to as far as 1371 when King Wickramabahu III kept court at Peradeniya, near Mahaweli Ganga. The garden is home to over 300 varieties of orchids, spices, medicinal plans and palm trees.
The history of the gardens dates back to as far as 1371 when King Wickramabahu III kept court at Peradeniya, near Mahaweli Ganga. The garden is home to over 300 varieties of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees.
Thereafter leave for Nuwara Eliya, and visit a tea estate and factory on the way.
Nuwara Eliya offers breathtaking views of misty mountain peaks, verdant green valleys, flowery meadows and cascading waterfalls. It is blessed with pleasant mountain air and has a cool climate despite the country’s tropical weather.
Being only 180 kilometres away from Colombo, Nuwara Eliya is also known as “Little England” since the British had once tried to turn this city into a typical English village. Rest of the day at leisure.
Proceed to Yala after breakfast.
Yala National Park covers over 979 square kilometers and is the most visited national park in Sri Lanka. The most often-spotted
inhabitants of the vast Yala National Park are elephants, but visitors may also be able to spot leopards, sambhur, spotted deer, sloths, crocodiles, monkeys, wild boar, porcupines and a variety of species of birds. Yala is also dotted with a number of archaeological sites, like the Magul Maha Vihara ruins, dating from the 1st century BC.
Transfer to Galle after breakfast for a beach stay. Do a city tour of UNESCO World Heritage listed Galle en route.
Being the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in south and south-east Asia, Galle is the main city in the most southerly part of the island. The city had been a prominent seaport long before western rule in the country, and it is believed to be the main entrepot for cinnamon which was exported from Sri Lanka as early as 1400 BC. It is also believed to be the seaport from which King Solomon drew ivory, peacocks and other valuables. The southern coast is also home to some of the best beaches in the country.
DAY 7 – Unawatuna Beach – Relaxing
Today is the day to relax on the beach or you can enjoy optional blue whale and dolphin watching cruise and/or explore numerous jewellery shops or enjoy a famous Ayuverdic treatment.
DAY 8 –Unawatuna Beach – airport.
Leave for the airport for departure. On the way we will stop at a famous Sri Lankan mask factory and a turtle hatchery where you can release baby turtles on their way to the ocean. You also can enjoy an optional river safari.
Price includes the entrance fees for Elephant ophernage, Polonnaruwa Site,Dambulla Rock Temple, Sigiriya Rock Fortress,Cultural Show at Kandy, Kandy Dalada Maligawa (Tooth temple), Botanical Garden, Yala Safari Entrance, Safari 4WD hire and visit to Turtle Hatchery.