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Day1
Program:
Arrive at Katunayake International Airport and you will be met by Explore Asia Holidays Representative at the Airport & Transfer to Colombo
Route:
Airport > Colombo
Distance:
approx: 35 Km
Drive Time:
approx: 30 minutes drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
Botique Hotels
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Colombo

Colombo

Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Colombo offers you a mixture of modern life with historical and natural sites. The main tourist attractions include National museum, Galle face Green, National Zoological Garden, Floating Market, Arcade Shopping Complex, Independence Hall, Ape Gama, Viharamaha Devi Park and Pettah streets and you can visit them within half day. And then visit the shopping malls for your souvenirs and handicrafts. There are many exclusive shops catering to the tastes of the fastidious shopper. Shops which specialize in pure cotton clothing, handmade shoes and bags, designer-wear shoes and bags, hand loom items such as linen table ware, rugs and wall hangings in vibrant colors and temporary design. Visit Odel, Lakmedura, Barefoot, Noritake, etc.

Day2
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Transfer to ( Dambulla / Sigiriya / Habarana) via Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Route:
Colombo > Pinnawala > (Dambulla > Sigiriya) > Habarana
Distance:
approx: 220 Km
Drive Time:
approx: 5 hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is situated northwest of the town of Kegalle, halfway between the present capital Colombo and the ancient royal residence Kandy in the hills of central Sri Lanka. It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka wildlife department in a 25 acre coconut property near the Maha Oya river. The orphanage was originally founded in order to afford care and protection to the many orphaned Elephants found in the jungle. As of 2003, there were 65 elephants. In 1978 the orphanage was taken over by the National Zoological Gardens from the Department of Wildlife and a captive breeding program was launched in 1982. Since this time over twenty elephants have been born. The aim of the orphanage is to simulate the natural world. However, there are some exceptions: the elephants are taken to the river twice daily for a bath, and all the babies under three years of age are still bottle fed by the mahouts and volunteers. Each animal is also given around 76kg of green matter a day and around 2kg from a food bag containing rice bran and maize. They get access to water twice a day, from the river. The orphanage is very popular and visited daily by many Sri Lankan and foreign tourists. The main attraction is clearly to observe the bathing elephants from the tall river bank as it allows visitors to observe the herd interacting socially, bathing and playing.

Habarana

Habarana

Habarana is a popular tourist destination for safari lovers as it is the starting point for safaris in the nearby Habarana jungle and the Minneriya sanctuary which is heavily populated by elephants. Elephant back riding is also an attraction in this small city. Habarana is situated nearby to the ancient rock fortress and palace ruin of Sigiriya and is situated on the main road from Colombo to Trincomalee and Polonnaruwa.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Sigiriya Rock Fortress of Sri Lanka is situated in Matale district near Dambulla. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres (660 ft) high. This site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colorful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure the Lion Rock. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century. Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site.

Day3
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Day Tour to Anuradhapura Historical City
Route:
Dambulla > (Sigiriya > Habarana) > Anuradhapura & Back to Hotel
Distance:
approx: 145 Km
Drive Time:
approx 3 hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Anuradhapura Ancient City

Anuradhapura Ancient City

Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Lankan civilization. The city, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies 205 km north of the current capital Colombo in Sri Lanka's North Central Province, on the banks of the historic Malvathu Oya. From the 4th century BC, it was the capital of Sri Lanka until the beginning of the 11th century AD. During this period it remained one of the most stable and durable centers of political power and urban life in South Asia. The ancient city, considered sacred to the Buddhist world, is today surrounded by monasteries covering an area of over sixteen square miles

Day4
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Visit Polonnaruwa Historical City & Safari at Minneriya National Park / Eco Park
Route:
Dambulla > (Sigiriya > Habarana) > Polonnaruwa > Minneriya & Back to Hotel
Distance:
approx: 135 Km
Drive Time:
approx: 2 ½ hour drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Polonnaruwa Ancient City

Polonnaruwa Ancient City

Polonnaruwa bears witness to several civilizations, notably that of the conquering Cholas, disciples of Brahminism, and that of the Sinhalese sovereigns during the 12th and 13th centuries. This immense capital created by the megalomaniac sovereign, Parakramabahu 1, in the 12th century, is one of history’s most astonishing urban creations, both because of its unusual dimensions and because of the very special relationship of its buildings with the natural setting. It is also a shrine of Buddhism an of Sinhalese history. The tooth of the Lord Buddha, a remarkable relic placed in the Atadage under Vijayabahu, was considered as the talisman or the Sinhalese monarchy: its removal by Bhuvanaikabahu 2 confirmed the decline of Polonnaruwa. After the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993 by Rajarata, Polonnaruwa, a temporary royal residence during the 8th century, became the capital. The conquering Cholas constructed monuments of their religion (Brahmnism). The recon quest of Ceylon by Vijayabahu 1 did not put an end to the city’s role as capital: it became covered, after 1070, with Buddhist Sanctuaries, of which the Atadage (Temple of the Tooth Relic) is the most renowned.

Minneriya National Park

Minneriya National Park

Minneriya National Park is a national park in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is of historical importance, having been built by King Mahasen in third century AD. The park is a dry season feeding ground for the elephant population dwelling in forests of Matale, Polonnaruwa, and Trincomalee districts. Along with Kaudulla and Girithale, Minneriya forms one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) of Sri Lanka. It is a great place for elephant spotting all year round – though as the dry season makes water scarce between June and September, more and more elephants gather on the shores of Minneriya Tank. Indeed by late August and September, the awe inspiring site of up to 300 elephants can often be seen, in a phenomonen known as ‘The Gathering’. It is the largest concentration and gathering of Asian elephants that can be seen anywhere in the world. Watching baby elephants playing with each other, bull elephants tussling for dominance and the great matriarchs surveying the scene is not a sight you are likely to forget in a hurry.The park is situated 182 kilometers from Colombo.

Day5
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Visit Dambulla Cave Temple & Transfer to Kandy, Kandy City Tour, Visit Temple of the Tooth Relic, Evening Cultural Dance Show at Kandy
Route:
Habarana > (Dambulla > Sigiriya) > Kandy
Distance:
approx: 100 Km
Drive Time:
approx: 3 hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave temple Located at an elevation of 1118 feet from the sea level raises a massive rock from the surrounding plains of Dambulla of 600 feet high and over 2000 feet in length. It is home to the World’s most acclaimed Cave complex of magnificent Buddha Images and Rock Paintings of vivid colors and shapes constructed and painted from around 2nd Century BC (Anuradhapura era ) and continued up to the Kandyan era of the 18th Century.

Kandy

Kandy

Kandy is one of the scenic and beautiful cities, located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. It is the second largest city in the country next to Colombo. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city and is also the capital of the Central Province. Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.

Temple of the Tooth

Temple of the Tooth

Temple of the Tooth is the place that houses the Relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Originally part of the Royal Palace complex of the Kandyan Kingdom, it is one of the holiest places of worship and pilgrimage for Buddhist around the world. It was last of a series of temples built in the places where the relic, the actual palladium of the Sinhalese monarchy, was brought following the various relocations of the capital city. The Palace of the Tooth relic, the palace complex and the holy city of Kandy are associated with the history of the dissemination of Buddhism. The temple is the product of the last peregrination of the relic of the tooth of Buddha and the testimony of a religion which continues to be practiced today.

Day6
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Visit Royal Botanical Garden & Transfer to Nuwara Eliya, Visit Tea Plantation, Tea Factory, Waterfall. Nuwara Eliya City Tour
Route:
Kandy > Nuwara Eliya
Distance:
approx: 100 Km
Drive Time:
approx: 3 hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Royal Botanical Garden

Royal Botanical Garden

Royal Botanical Garden Paradeniya near Kandy is world famous inclusive of a variety of fauna and flora. The great lawns highlight huge tropical trees. It is also famed for its Orchid House, which has more than 300 varieties of exquisite orchids from the rare indigenous Foxtail and Vesak orchids, to many natural and hybrid species laying claim to the title as one of the best known orchid centers in the world. Additionally the Spice Garden provides knowledge about the varied trees, plants and creepers that produce the special spices of Sri Lanka. The Herbarium grows many of the plants used for the traditional Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia. Royal Botanical Garden Paradeniya near Kandy is world famous inclusive of a variety of fauna and flora. The great lawns highlight huge tropical trees. It is also famed for its Orchid House, which has more than 300 varieties of exquisite orchids from the rare indigenous Foxtail and Vesak orchids, to many natural and hybrid species laying claim to the title as one of the best known orchid centers in the world. Additionally the Spice Garden provides knowledge about the varied trees, plants and creepers that produce the special spices of Sri Lanka. The Herbarium grows many of the plants used for the traditional Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia.

Nuwaraeliya

Nuwaraeliya

Nuwara Eliya, "The Little England" of Sri Lanka situated about 2000m above sea level is set against beautiful background of mountains, valleys, waterfalls and tea plantation. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places on the Island. Nuwara Eliya is famous for Tea Plantation and the cool and moist climate are factors for the Tea leaves to thrive on; tea grown in this region has a high market and is in good demand worldwide. Ramboda waterfall also situated at Ramboda on your way to Nuwaraeliya from Kandy.

Tea Plantation & Tea Factory

Tea Plantation & Tea Factory

Nuwara Eliya is famous for Tea Plantation and the cool and moist climate are factors for the Tea leaves to thrive on; tea grown in this region has a high market and is in good demand worldwide.

Haggala Botanical Garden

Haggala Botanical Garden

Haggala Botanic Gardens, about 28 hectares in extent, lie under the shadow of the Hakgala Rock. The Botanic Gardens are locally reputed for their collection, the rose garden, Magnificent trees, indoor plants, flowers. The climate of the Gardens is subtropical, cool and fresh.There are over 10,000 species of flora planted here and during the spring season in Nuwara Eliya thousands of visitors come to see the blooms here. Number of annual visitors is around 500,000. The garden is famous for number of species of Orchids and Roses are planted there.

Gregory Lake

Gregory Lake

Gregory Lake was build under the period of British Governor Sir William Gregory in 1873. This is the most prominent attraction in Nuwara Eliya and all the visitors used to come here and spent some time by the lake and relax. This was used as a place for water sports and for re-recreational activities during the British time. Gregory lake gets crowded during the April tourist season.

Day7
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Transfer to Colombo, Colombo City Tour
Route:
Nuwara Eliya > Colombo
Distance:
approx: 170 Km
Drive Time:
approx: 5 hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
Botique Hotels
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Colombo

Colombo

Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Colombo offers you a mixture of modern life with historical and natural sites. The main tourist attractions include National museum, Galle face Green, National Zoological Garden, Floating Market, Arcade Shopping Complex, Independence Hall, Ape Gama, Viharamaha Devi Park and Pettah streets and you can visit them within half day. And then visit the shopping malls for your souvenirs and handicrafts. There are many exclusive shops catering to the tastes of the fastidious shopper. Shops which specialize in pure cotton clothing, handmade shoes and bags, designer-wear shoes and bags, hand loom items such as linen table ware, rugs and wall hangings in vibrant colors and temporary design. Visit Odel, Lakmedura, Barefoot, Noritake, etc.

Arcade Independence Square

Arcade Independence Square

Arcade Independence Square is located in Colombo 7 and is part of the process of beautifying Colombo. There have been a number of such refurbishments, thus introducing Sri Lanka, especially Colombo, to a culture that is still new to the country. The buildings that were once the Auditor General’s Office have now been transformed into one the best places to relax, shop and dine in Colombo. The shopping complex which comprises of food courts, restaurants, dress boutiques and a state-of-the art cinema hall covers an area of over 90,000 square feet.

Ape Gama (Our Village)

Ape Gama (Our Village)

The lush greenery and the assiduously swept golden lawns of this cultural village refreshingly contrast the gray sidewalks and the infuriating congestion of the city. Visitors are warmly greeted upon arrival by the “MahaGamaya,” the village headsman, who then proceeds to guide the guests around the “village” with lovely anecdotes of rural life. MahaGamaya will make special stops at important households of the village, such as the “Veda Gedara,” the house of the village doctor who prescribes traditional Ayurveda medicine for patients. Sri Lanka has its own Ayurveda tradition, distinct from India’s, believed to date back about 3,000 years. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to witness the “vedamahattya” prepare aromatic herbal concoctions derived from ancient prescriptions. Around the village are many mud huts with straw-thatched roofs occupied by painted figurines of farmers and gardeners tending to patches of cinnamon, areca nut, gourd, or cloves. On village grounds visitors can marvel at figurines of vegetable sellers, bullock carts, snake charmers and replicas of village essentials such as the “veebissa,” paddy storage. Other huts are occupied by real artisans, who elegantly produce Sri Lankan jewelry, batik cloth, woodcrafts, pottery, brassware and cane work from scratch, on site. Many of these handicrafts can be purchased at the Laksala, the state souvenir boutique store located on the premises. Other living occupants demonstrate how local delicacies are prepared. Garden fresh produce are processed using tools like the “Kurahan gala,” traditional grinder, well spiced and cooked into mouthwatering treats such as “kavum,” fried treacle cake, and “kokis,” crispy cookies. There are many food outlets on the premises selling scrumptious Sri Lankan food along with blends of Asian and Western cuisine.

National Museum

National Museum

National Museum of Colombo, also known as the Sri Lanka National Museum is one of two museums in Colombo. It is the largest museum in Sri Lanka. It is maintained by the Department of National Museum of the central government. The museum holds contains a collections of much importance to Sri Lanka such as the regalia of the country, including the throne and crown of the Kandyan monarchs as well as many other exhibits telling the story of ancient Sri Lanka.

Galle Face Green

Galle Face Green

The Galle Face is a five hectare ocean side urban park, which stretches for a half kilometer along the coast, in the heart of the financial and business district of Colombo, Sri Lanka. The promenade was initially laid out in 1859 by Governor Sir Henry George Ward, although the original Galle Face Green extended over a much larger area than is seen today. The Galle Face Green was initially used for horse racing and as a golf course, but was also used for cricket, polo, football, tennis and rugby.

Day8
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Departure transfer to Katunayake International Airport
Route:
Colombo > Airport
Distance:
approx: 35 Km
Drive Time:
approx: 30 minutes drive
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