Day 1 – Colombo
We will have your flight details ahead of time and have a driver-guide to meet you at the Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport. After you picking up your luggage, please look for a signboard of your name. You will then be transferred to a hotel located near the airport for you to have a good rest. Later, go on a sightseeing around Negombo city, one of the major tourist destinations in Sri Lanka located on the west coast of the island.
Day 2 – Negombo/Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage/Dambulla
After early breakfast, depart to you next hotel in Dambulla located in the center of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle. From here you could explore many popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka. Drive from Negombo to Dambulla takes about 4-5 hours as you will visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Dambulla cave temples en-route.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is located en-route in the Kegalla district at a distant of 90km from Colombo. The centre opens at 8:30am, bottle feeding is at 9:15am and at 10:00am the animals are walked 400 meters to the river Maha Oya for bathing.
Dambulla Cave Temples Dambulla, is an extensive network of cave shrines in Sri Lanka. More than 150 sculptures of the Buddha found within the premises of the sacred site, the impressive archaeological feat is also home to countless ancient murals from as early as the 8th century.
Day 3 – Dambulla/Sigiriya /Polonnaruwa/Dambulla
Explore Sri Lanka’s most popular UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, dating back to the 5th century, built by King Kashyapa. Surrounded by water gardens and ancient murals, the palace at the summit offers panoramic views from its towering height.
Then drive to Polonnaruwa and explore countless iconic Buddhist shrines, stone sculptures, the Gal Viharaya, the Royal Palace and Sacred Quadrangle. Spend as much time as you like before heading back to your hotel in Dambulla.
Day 4 – Dambulla/Kandy
Today after a leisurely breakfast check-out form the hotel and depart to Kandy. The last Kingdom of Sri Lanka, offers numerous tourist attractions to visit. During the sightseeing tour of Kandy you could explore Temple of the Tooth Relic, famous wood carvings at Embekka Devalaya, Lankatilake Temple, Peradeniya Gardens, Kandy Garrison Cemetery and the Kandy Lake.
Day 5 – Kandy / Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya located at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) has average temperature 16°C and considered to be the most important location for Tea production in Sri Lanka.
One fabulous way of exploring the Nuwara Eliya is to take the morning railway journey from Kandy. Nuwara Eliya does not have its own train station and the nearest station is Nanu Oya, about 9km along the road towards Hatton. Kandy to Nanu Oya train route is one of the most scenic in the country, but it takes at about 4-5 hours. We will queue for tickets on your behalf and transfer your luggage by car. Alternatively you can reach to Nuwara Eliya by car in 2 hours. Whichever mode of transport you chose, the drive up to Nuwara Eliya is very scenic and offers great views of the tea and forest covered hill country.
Day 6 – Nuwara Eliya / Yala National Park Safari
Yala National Park is situated in south-east of Sri Lanka. Yala National Park is home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. Among its more famous residents are the world’s biggest concentration of leopards, elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks, and crocodiles. It is best that you do an afternoon safari in to the Yala National Park. There are many interesting places to visit around Yala including Kataragama Temple, Kirinda beach and several historic sites.
Day 7 – Yala/Galle/Beach
Leaving Yala travel upto southwestern tip of Sri Lanka to reach Galle before heading to your beach resort.
Day 8 – Beach
Leisurely day on the beach.
Day 9 – Colombo
The city of Colombo is situated in the Western coast of Sri Lanka, with 642,163 people living within the city limits. Colombo city is full of popular tourist attractions and many places to do last minute shopping. The travel up to Tamarind Tree Hotel located just a few miles away from Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport as you will be heading back to the airport for your flight home after having breakfast on Day 10.