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 in Negombo, Check in and refresh at hotel. Evening welcome dinner (D) - Over Night Stay at Jetwing Beach Hotel or Similar.
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 2-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 3 & 4:
Trincomalee: One of the oldest cities in Asia and it has the one of world's finest harbour. The recorded history of Trincomalee spans more than two and a half thousand years beginning with civilian settlement associated with the Koneswaram temple in the pre-modern era. The city also has the largest Dutch fort on the island
Koneswaram Hindu Temple: with a recorded history from the 3rd century BCE and legends attesting to classical antiquity attracted pilgrims from all parts of India. The shrine itself was demolished in 1622 by the Portuguese (who called it the Temple of a Thousand Columns), and who fortified the heights with the materials derived from its destruction. Some of the artefacts from the demolished temple were kept in the Lisbon Museum including the stone inscription by Kulakottan (Kunakottan). Hindu temple was also documented in several medieval texts such as the Konesar Kalvettu and the Dakshina Kailasa Puranam
Nilaveli Beach: It has been considered the one of the perfect beach with bending palm trees swaying over golden sands. It looks and feels like paradise island in remote part of the world. You can hire a board (15 min from Nilaveli) to take you out to Pigeon Island which has excellent beach for your enjoyment
Day 3: Drive to Trincomalee and visit Dutch fort and famous Hindu Temple of Koneswaram and swami rock (B, L & D) - Over Night Stay at Blue by Chaya or Similar.
Day 4: Visit the beautiful beach of Nilaveli and take a boat ride to Pigeon Island (B, L & D) - Over Night Stay at Blue by Chaya 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 5: Polonnaruwa: Visit Polonnaruwa the 11th-century capital of Sri Lanka (B, L & D) - Over Night Stay at Sudu Araliya 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 or Similar.
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 or Similar.
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 Andrew’s Hotel or Similar.
Day 9 & 10
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 9 & 10: 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)