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.
Day 2 & 3:
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
Knuckles Mountain Range: lies in central Sri Lanka, in the Districts of Matale and Kandy. The range takes its name from a series of recumbent folds and peaks in the west of the massif which resembles the knuckles of clenched fist when viewed from certain locations in the Kandy District.
The entire area is characterised by its striking landscapes often robed in thick layers of cloud but in addition to its aesthetic value the range is of great scientific interest. It is a climatic microcosm of the rest of Sri Lanka. The conditions of all the climatic zones in the country are exhibited in the massif. It is home to a significantly higher proportion of the country's biodiversity.
Day 2: 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)
And 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.
Day 3: Knuckles Mountain Range: Morning visit to this most scenic landmarks (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 4: 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 5: 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.
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 6: Yala: Afternoon wildlife safari into Yala National Park. (B, L & D) – Over Night Stay at Jetwing Yala Hotel or Similar.
Day 7 & 8
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 7 & 8: 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)