Colombo: It is the capital of Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka's biggest city. It is the country's political, economic and culture centre. It was the capital of a Sinhalese kingdom in the pre-colonial era called Kotte and was also the administrative capital of British. There is 1980s purpose built parliament which had been relocated to Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte. It is good place for shopping for antiques, handlooms and clothes and eating out in growing number of restaurants and cafes
Negombo: a fishing town about 5-6 km from the International airport. It has a fascinating and picturesque beachfront. The Negombo lagoon is one of the most scenic landmarks of Negombo. The town has several buildings dating back to the Dutch & Portuguese Colonial days.
Day 1: Colombo/Negombo: Upon Arrival welcome and assistance provided by our representative. Transfer to Hotel (Jetwing Beach or Similar) in Negombo, Check in and refresh at hotel. Evening welcome dinner (D)
Day 2 & 3:
Anuradhapura: the ancient city Anuradhapura founded in 4th century BC and it was the first ancient city of capital for 1400 years or more. In 3rd Century BC when great Buddhists emperor Asoka of India sent his son Mahinda to spread Buddhism and converted the King of Anuradhapura and his followers to Buddhism. His sister Sangamitta planted samplings of Bo tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment and it is still be seen flourishing in Anuradhapura today
Mihintale: It was where Buddhism originated in Sri Lanka where King Devanampiya Tissa of Anuradhapura met Mahinda, son of Emperor Asoka, was converted to Buddhism
Day 2: Anuradhapura: Drive to Anuradhapura which holds fabulous Buddhist shrines and relics (B, L & D)
Over Night Stay at Palm Garden Village Hotel or Similar.
Day 3: Mihintale: Visit to Mihintale, the birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Mihintale is regarded as the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Exploring Mihintale involves quite climb of 1840 steps 5 m wide. This rock dotted with ancient shrines and rock dwellings (B, L & D)
Over Night Stay at Palm Garden Village Hotel or Similar
Polonnaruwa: A capital for Singhalese Kings for two centuries. King Parakramabahu I (1153-1186 AD) built his capital here and constructed many new lakes around the country and irrigation channels. It holds far more completely preserved ruins from 11th century. There are Buddhist temples, noticeably Gal Vihara complex where you could marvel the sight of three beautiful and gigantic Buddha's statues caved out of a single rock in ancient times
Day 4: Polonnaruwa: Visit Polonnaruwa the 11th-century capital of Sri Lanka (B, L & D) - Over Night Stay at Sudu Araliya Hotel.
Dambulla: There is a great cave temple of Dambulla about 100m above the road. It's history date back to 1st Century BC when King Valagam Bahu driven out of Anuradhapura took refuge here. On regaining his throne, he converted the caves into magnificent temples
Sigiriya: : It was built by King Kasyapa who came to throne by overthrowing his father. It was impregnable fortress built on a high rock 200m high. It later became a monastic refugee but eventually fell into despair. It later rediscovered by British
Day 5-Sigiriya/Dambulla: Morning visit the rock temples Dambulla en route to visit the rock fortress town of Sigiriya and then drive to Hotel in Sigiriya for night stay (B, L & D) - Over Night Stay at Jetwing Lake Hotel or Similar.
Day 6 & 7:
Kandy: it was capital of last Sinhalese Kingdom fell to British in 1815. Kandy is set on the shores of a beautiful man-made lake and 500m above sea level and climate is mild and pleasant
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage: an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village. Pinnawala is notable for having the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. In 2011, there were 88 elephants, including 37 males and 51 females from 3 generations, living in Pinnawala.
The orphanage was originally founded in order to afford care and protection of many of the orphaned un-weaned wild elephants found wandering in and near the forests of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation
Day 6: Kandy: Morning visit to Pinnawala elephant orphanage and watch their daily activities at leisure, and set on sightseeing of Kandy - Anglican Cathedral, Hindu Temple and sacred Tooth relic Temple where Buddha's Tooth relic is enshrined. In the evening, you could enjoy Kandyan dance performed at the hotel (B, L & D) - Over Night Stay at Grand Kandyan Hotel.
Day 7: Morning visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens and afternoon at leisure. If interested, you would visit Spice gardens, Batik garment shops, tea shops and cafes to sample local cuisine (B, L & D) - Over Night Stay at Grand Kandyan Hotel.
Nuwara Eliya: it means “city of light” and located at 1890m above sea level. It is charming town with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. It is considered to be most important locations for tea productions in Sri Lanka. There are beautiful waterfalls around the city and find many farms and tea estates and factories
Ella: Ella has one of the best sceneries of rolling hills. Through the gap (Ella Gap) in the hills in front of you, you could look down to the costal plain nearly 1100 m below.
Day 8: Ella: Drive through Nuwara Eliya town, enjoy beautiful sceneries and visit some farms and then Drive to Ella and visit the Rawana Ella Falls before continuing to Ella. (B, L & D) - Over Night Stay at St Andrews Hotel or Similar.
Horton Plains: it is the national park and central highlands of Sri Lanka covered with by grasslands and cloud forest and are above 2100m-2300m above sea level.
Day 9: Horton Plains: Early morning visit to Horton Plains situated on Sri Lanka's highest plateau (this excursion involves a two-and-a half- hour trek). Horton Plains is home to large populations of monkeys and Sambar Deer. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B, L & D) - Over Night Stay at St Andrews Hotel or Similar.
Note: Due to high altitude and uneven terrain, the Horton Plains trek requires a good level of fitness.
Day 10 & 11
Ella: Ella has one of the best sceneries of rolling hills. Through the gap (Ella Gap) in the hills in front of you, you could look down to the costal plain nearly 1100 m below
Yala: Yala combines a nature reserve and national park covering 1300 sq.km. Yala West is a mixture of scrub, plains, brackish lagoons and rocky outcrops. Inhabitants include elephants, Sambar deer, spotted deer, wild buffaloes, leopards, marsh crocodiles and variety of birdlife
Day 10: Yala: Drive to Ella and visit the Rawana Ella Falls before continuing to Yala. (B, L & D) – Over Night Stay at Jetwing Yala or Similar.
Day 11: Yala: Morning wildlife safari into Yala National Park. (B, L & D) - Over Night Stay at Jetwing Yala or Similar.
Day 12 & 13:
Mirissa: it is small costal town. Mirissa's beach and night life make it a popular tourist destination. It is also a fishing port and one of the island's main whale and dolphin watching locations.
Unawatuna: it is mythical city associated epic story of Ramayana and it is described as beach paradise. Unawatuna is a major tourist attraction in Sri Lanka and famous for its beautiful beach and corals.
Bentota: is a beach resort with beautiful palm trees, bending over appropriately over gold sands, lapped by blue waves. There are several diving outfits in Bentota
Day 12 & 13: Bentota: Visit Mirissa, watch whale and dolphins, then proceed to Unawatuna and Bentota. Enjoy your days at leisure. Evening farewell dinner (B, L & D) - Over Night Stay at Light House Hotel or Similar.
Departure from Sri Lanka: Visit to Colombo City en route to the Airport for the departure (B)