Sri Lanka 7 Days – 6 Nights
Day 1: Arrive Colombo
Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Upon arrival into Colombo, you will be welcomed and assisted by a representative before you proceed to your hotel. Check in to your hotel and rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight at Colombo.
Day 2: Colombo –Dambulla
Today after breakfast, proceed to Dambulla. En route visit Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage was established to shelter young elephants abandoned by their mothers or displaced from their natural environment by development projects. In the evening, visit the Dambulla Rock Cave Temple. The “Dambulla Cave Temple” also known as the “Golden Temple”, is a world heritage site. King “Valgamba” converted the caves into a temple and still is the best preserved monastery in Sri Lanka.
Overnight stay in Dambulla.
Day 3: Dambulla – Sigiriya – Kandy
After breakfast, depart for Sigiriya. The mighty rock face named “Sigiriya” also known as the “Lion’s Rock” is the 8th wonder of the world. The rock fortress built by King Kassapa in the 5th Century AD is declared as a World Heritage site. Later proceed to Kandy. Visit the Spice Garden in Matale. Spices are mostly grown in home gardens (as a home industry) and used not only to flavor food but also in medicine and cosmetics. Check into your hotel and relax in the afternoon. In the evening visit Dālada Maligai, the Sacred Tooth Relic (Dālada) of Lord Buddha that is the most venerated object of worship for Buddhists. Later, witness the spectacular dance performances (Cultural show).
Day 4: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
Today after breakfast, visit The Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya. The Gardens have one of the largest collections of flora from sub-tropical climates around the world. Visit the Gem Museum in Kandy. Continue towards Nuwara Eliya, watching the scenic and panoramic view throughout the journey. Also, visit Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple in Ramboda. An ancient story says that Ramboda is the area, where the forces of Rama gathered to fight against King Ravana. This temple houses the 16 feel height statue of Hanuman. Later, visit Labukele Tea Factory. Ceylon tea is acclaimed as the best tea in the world. Continue towards Nuwara Eliya, the main hill resort of Sri Lanka. Once a pleasure retreats of the European planters the town is still very much an English town with many English style bungalows and buildings. On arrival, enjoy a tour of Nuwara Eliya. In the evening check in to your hotel.
Day 5: Nuwara Eliya – Yala
After breakfast, proceed for Yala via Ella Wellawaya – the most scenic route. Yala National Park or is the second largest and most visited park in Sri Lanka. Yala is situated in the southeast region of the country. The park is best known for its variety of its wild animals. Visit the park in the evening in a 4 X 4 jeep safari.
Overnight in Yala.
Day 6: Yala – Galle – Bentota
After breakfast, proceed for Bentota along the coastal route to Bentota. Bentota offers water sports possibilities nowhere else to be found. Apart from swimming, body-surfing or diving in the sea, you can jet-ski, windsurf, parasail or enjoy a romantic river safari on the river and lagoon. En route visit the famous Murugan Temple (shrines) Kataragama. Continue your journey to Bentota. Later, visit Galle fort was built first by the Portuguese and then modified by the Dutch during the 17th century. Even today, Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world. Arrive at Bentota and check- in the hotel.
Overnight in Bentota.
Day 7: Bentota – Colombo
After breakfast, start your journey to Balapitiya. Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Madhu River, a relaxing trip with plenty of interesting stops. You will pass dozens of islets forested with mangroves and can appreciate the timeless natural rhythms of rural life. Cruise in a canopied, outboard motor powered boat; pausing to view a 200-year-old temple and watch the locals cultivating cinnamon. You may also see traditional fishing techniques in action and can view demonstrations of coir manufacture and rope making. You may also spot huge water lilies and colorful butterflies. Also, visit the Turtle Hatchery at Kosgoda where you will find lots of information about Sri Lanka’s pioneering sea turtle conservation project. Later, proceed to Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Check in to your hotel and relax. In the evening enjoy a city tour of dazzling Colombo. Visit significant places and sites in and around, Old Parliament, Independence square, famous St Anthony’s church and Sri Ponnambaleshwar Temple. You can shop at ODEL, House of fashion, Noritake ceramic and the souvenir shop “Lak Medura”.
Day 8: Depart Colombo
After breakfast, you have time free at leisure till it’s time to proceed to the airport for your flight back home.