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Home > Discovery Tour Programs > Island Tours > Highlights of Sri Lanka

Highlights of Sri Lanka

Tour Code : IT/HOSL/1001

Duration : 10 Days / 9 Nights Tour

Tour Highlights

  • Elephant Orphanage at Pinnewele
  • Polonnaruwe Ancient Kingdom - UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Dambulle cave Temple - UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Sigirye Rock Fortress -UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Kanday Tooth Relic Temple
  • Cultural Show
  • Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniye
  • Visit of Tea Factory & Tea Gardens
  • Train Drive in Hill country
  • Overnight stay at Panoramic Elle
  • Buduruwagele Buddha Statue
  • Wild Safari in Yala National Park
  • Galle Dutch Fort- UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Turtle Hatchery

Tour Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival : Air Port to Negambo

NegomboArrival at Bandaranayeke International Air Port and transfer to Hotel in Negambo.

Dinner & Overnight stay at a Hotel in Negambo

Day 02 : Negambo / Pinnewele / Dambulle

KelaniyaAfter breakfast leave for Dambulle and en route visit the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnewele. Pinnewele Elephant Orphanage where abandoned and disabled elephants get lot of love, care and protection, can enjoy the bathing, feeding & playing of dignified elderly matriarchs to the cutest of babies.

Dinner & overnight stay at a Hotel in Dambulle

Day 03 : Dambulle / Polonnaruwe / Dambulle

KelaniyaAfter breakfast visit Polonnaruwa ruined city- UNISCO World Heritage site, the second kingdom of Ancient Sinhalese , became Sri Lanka's royal medieval capital in 10th c AD and remained the capital until the late 13th century. Today, the ancient city's ruins remain in remarkably good nick; huge Palaces, Monastic complexes, Giant Stupas, Hospitals, Image Houses etc. The most impressive are the ancient sculptures of the Buddha at the Gal Viahara cut into Granite stone dating back to the middle of the 12th century.

Afterward visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Sigiriye; the lion rock, a rock fortress-cum royal palace complex of 5thc AD, was created by king Kashyape who committed patricide made the rock his hideout in order to stay away from his half-brother who sought vengeance. This king not only fortified his stronghold but also added to it artistic beauty with water gardens, pavilions, courtyards, summer houses etc. About two hours can happily be spent walking through its water gardens, and then up the steep steps - either hewn out of the rock or on circular iron staircases - past the frescoes. You will be in no rush to abandon the spectacular views at the summit.

Dinner & Overnight stay at the same hotel in Dambulle

Day 04 : Dambulle to Kanday

KelaniyaAfter breakfast leave for Kandy for two nights. En route visit Cave Temple at Dambulla-UNESCO World Heritage site where large number of Buddha statues housed in 5 caves, including a 14 meter long, colossal figure of the recumbent Buddha carved out of the rock, The caves' rock ceiling covered in one large sweep of colorful frescoes. It is the best place to see the classical Buddhist paintings & murals of the island. Next visit an Ayurvedic herbal & Spice garden at Matale, where spices & herbs used for Sri Lankan cuisine and medication are grown.

Evening see the Cultural Show in Kandy. Kandy - UNESCO World Heritage Site, the capital of hill country, was the last seat of Sinhalese kings who ceded power to the British in1815 after many battle with the western colonial forces, still remains much of its old world charm and traditions of the Sri Lankan life style, At the Cultural Show, can enjoy the Dancers & Drums of Traditional Artist with their magical Fire walking.

Dinner & over night stay at a hotel in Kandy

Day 05 : Kandy

KelaniyaAfter breakfast leave for sightseeing in Kandy city-UNESCO World Heritage site; including Upper Lake Drive, picturesque premises of the University of Peradeniya, and Observe the glorious Architecture of that period. Visiting Art & Craft Centers, Gem Lapidary to see the rich skills of Kandian Traditional Craftsmen & Artists. And afterward visit Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniye; the Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya used to be the pleasure garden of a Kandyan King of the 16th Century and later made in to a Botanical Garden during the British regime. This gardens; one of the best in Asia is a place of beauty and site for bird watchers.

Dinner & Overnight stayat the same hotel in Kandy

Day 06 : Kandy to Nuwer Eliye

KelaniyaIn the morning visit the sacred tooth relic temple of the Buddha. The temple, the most venerated place of Buddhist of Sri Lanaka, was built in the 14th Century A.D. solely for the purpose of housing the tooth relic which was brought to the island in 4th c AD. The temple has decorative walls, a golden roof and fine woodwork. Religious services (pooja) with traditional music and drumming are held daily at dawn, mid-day and in the evening where guests can participate.

Afterward leave for Nuwere Eliye and en route visit to a Tea Factory with rolling tea gardens .The journey goes via crashing waterfalls & stunning landscape and reach Nuwere Eliye in the evening: Nuwara Eliya also known as Little England is where the homesick British (The Tea Planters) built themselves a home away from home.

Dinner & over night stay at a hotel in Nuwere Eliye

Day 07 : Nuwere Eliye to Elle

KelaniyaAfter breakfast leave for Elle by train passing densely covered tea plantations, remote villages and spectacular waterfalls, the train journey from Nuwere eliye to Elle often stands out as one of Sri Lanka's most unforgettable journeys.

Ella is a beautiful small village in Sri Lanka's hill country with little more than a handful of shops, hotels and guesthouses, but it has an almost perfect climate and occupies a very scenic vantage point, with views on a fine day stretching right across the South Coast of Sri Lanka.

Dinner & over night stay at a hotel in Elle

Day 08 : Elle to Yala

KelaniyaAfter breakfast leave for Tissamaharama and en route visit Buduruwagele Buddha statues.
The ancient rock sculptures at Buduruwagala are fascinating and are carved into a 70ft granite cliff. The sculptures are said to date back to the 8th century and consists of seven gigantic Buddhist figures from the Mahayana Buddhist doctrine. A short walk amidst the rock sculptures takes you to awe inspiring, tranquil wilderness and a peaceful lake setting filled with birds.

Afternoon game drive in Yale National Park in search of Leopard, Sloth Bear and Asian Elephant.. Yale ;Sri Lanka's one of the best National Parks to see a wide variety of Sri Lanka's wildlife because of its scrub plains, lagoons and rocky sections.

Dinner & over night stay at a hotel in Tissemaharama or Yala

Day 09 : Yala to Galle

KelaniyaAfter breakfast leave for Galle and evening visit Galle Dutch Fort-UNESCO World Heritage site, The Galle Dutch Fort, originally built by the Portuguese and then further developed by the Dutch and the British, covers nearly four sq kms, This small walled city with about 300 homes and an old-world feel, still remain with its well preserved bastions, public buildings, churches, and lighthouse. Hours can be spent exploring the maze of narrow streets lined with quaint houses, Dutch and British period buildings still in use, the growing collection of art galleries, antique shops and restaurants.

Evening relax on the beaches at Koggale or Unewatne, situated further south to the famous town of Galle.

Day 10 : Depature-Galle to Air Port

KelaniyaAfter breakfast, transfer to International Airport- Katunayake.

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What Tour Includes / Excludes

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation on HB basis (breakfast & dinner) 
  • Transportation in an A/C Car (Up to 02 Pax) / A/C Micro van (03 - 06 Pax)/A/C Mini coach (06-12Pax)
  • Airport Transfers.
  • Entrance tickets for all activities mentioned above
  • Jeeps for safaris where mentioned
  • Government Taxes.

Tour Excludes

  • Tips and porterage.
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Lunch & Beverages
  • Flights & Visas
  • Early check-in & Early checkout charges
  • Optional Activities
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