An extremely interesting and relaxed pace tour of Sri Lanka taking in the best of Sri Lanka allows you to enjoy the combination of main highlights and leisurely travel between destinations while experiencing the ancient cities, rich culture, tea covered hill country, tropical beaches and hotels with a character. It’s probably the most popular tour of Sri Lanka by many travellers.
Day 1: NEGOMBO
Upon arrival you will meet your chauffer guide and transferred to Negombo for your first overnight stay, rest of the afternoon at leisure to relax and venture out to try Negombo’s numerous dining options.
Day 2: NEGOMBO > DAMBULLA
Today your tour begin with an epic journey through the island’s rural villages take you to the ancient capital Cultural Triangle to visit some of the county’s fascinating sites. En-route you will stop at Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, the home to the largest group of orphaned elephants in the world. The sight of herds of elephants splashing and playing in a river has charmed countless visitors.
Check in at the hotel and explore the beautiful and decorative ancient Golden Cave temples at Dambulla which consist more than 150 statues and about 1500 paintings in 5 separate caves in a gigantic boulder.
Day 3: ACTIVITIES IN THE CULTURAL TRIANGLE
After an early breakfast head to the Sigirya and climb this amazing rock fortress, the ancient rock fortress and palace of Sigiriya is one of the seven World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka. The fortress was used as a rock shelter mountain monastery, with caves prepared and donated by devotees to the Buddhist Sangha. On completion of the Sigiriya rock fortress you will be taken to medieval capital of Sri Lanka Polonnaruwa and explore the ruins of this royal capital of Sri Lanka. The 3 huge rock-cut images of Buddha are the highlights and one of the world’s great artistic treasures.
Return back to the hotel for overnight stay, on the way to the hotel if you are lucky you will see wild elephants roaming around the main road.
Day 4: DAMBULLA > KANDY
After breakfast proceed to Kandy, the last kingdom of Sri Lanka. On the way to Kandy stop at a Sri Lankan’s spice & herbal garden for an educational tour of how Sri Lankan’s spicing things up. On reaching Kandy check in at the hotel, in the late evening your driver will take you to the temple where a sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha is enshrined. We strongly recommend you to participate in the evening pooja for a magical experience.
Day 5: ACTIVITIES IN KANDY
Today you will discover Kandy with a city tour including a walk around the lake, bazaars of Kandy and the royal family’s botanical garden and the orchid house. After lunch at a local restaurant you are free to explore Kandy at your own pace or take a dip in the hotels swimming pool or take a boat ride on the Mahaweli River.
Day 6: KANDY > NUWARA ELIYA BY TRAIN
After breakfast your driver will drop you at the Kandy station, head out of Kandy by train through the tea covered hills and mountains into the nations tea-growing highlands of Nuwara Eliya. This train journey considered as one of the lovely trips in the world hence getting a seat is a difficult task but most of tourist enjoy this trip as locals in the 2nd or the 3rd class carriage. Your driver will pick you from the Nuwara Eliya station and take you to your hotel. Nuwara Eliya is the home to Ceylon, and also known as “Little England” a hill country retreat where the British colonialists could immerse in their pastimes such as fox hunting, deer hunting, elephant hunting, polo, golf and cricket.
Day’s 7 to 13: NUWARA ELIYA TO DOWN SOUTH
After a leisurely breakfast drop down to the southern coast passing two of the islands most beautiful waterfalls and Sir David Lean’s film Bridge over The River kwai picturesque location Kithulgala. A beach stay on Sri Lanka’s famous palm fringed coastline or Maldives azure beaches combined in addition to this tour will make for an excellent 2 weeks holiday on the island.
You can add any number of beach nights you want, alternatively we will add 6 nights on the beach after the island wide tour of Sri Lanka to make a 2 weeks holiday in Sri Lanka.
Day 14: DEPARTURE
Today you will be dropped at the airport for your return journey