Day 1 – Arrive in Sri Lanka
We will have your flight information ahead of time and have a driver-guide to meet you at the Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport. After you pick up your luggage, please look for a signboard of your name. Thereafter, you will be transferred to the hotel located near the airport where your room is booked from 02:00pm. Check-in to the hotel room and have a good rest. In the evening go on a sightseeing tour around Negombo, one of the major tourist destinations in Sri Lanka located on the west coast of the island.
Day 2 – Sigiriya
Early morning depart to Sigiriya located in the dry zone of Sri Lanka from where you could explore some of Sri Lanka’s popular tourist attractions. The drive journey takes some 4-5 hours as you will be visiting the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Dambulla.
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.
The Rock Temple of Dambulla is a vast isolated rock outcrop which towers about 600ft. above the plain. It stands bare and black exposed to the scorching sun, very little of it sheltered by woodland in this rock is a complex of caves which house the historic rock temple of Dambulla. This is one of the oldest Buddhist shrines in Sri Lanka. It is referred to as Jambukola Vihara in the Mahavamsa, which is the principle chronicle of Sri Lankan history.
Day 3 – Sigiriya /Polonnaruwa
Begin the morning by climbing the famous Sigiriya- a rock fortress nearly 200 meters (660 ft) high and an ancient palace built by King Kasyapa (477-495 CE). Ideal time to start 7:00 am and takes about 60-90 minutes to reach the top. Complete the site in 3-4 hours at a leisurely pace with photographing.
Then continue up to Polonnaruwa for sightseeing. Polonnaruwa is a town in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka and the part of the town remains as the royal ancient city of Polonnaruwa kingdom. Spend as much time as you like before heading back to your hotel.
Day 4 – Kandy
The city of Kandy is located at a distance of 115 Km from Colombo in the centre of the island. Kandy is the last Kingdom of Sri Lanka and set amidst historic monuments, enchanting forests, great rivers and breath-taking vistas of picturesque mountains and valleys. The average temperature in Kandy is 20°C.
Before heading to your hotel in Kandy, pay a visit to the Temple of Tooth Relic and The Royal Palace. Spend as much time as you like and then check-in to your hotel.
Day 5 – 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 – Yala
Yala is a national park situated in south-east of Sri Lanka. Yala 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- Bentota
Leaving Yala travel upto southwestern tip of Sri Lanka to reach Galle before heading to Benota. The villages of rural Sri Lanka have changed little with time and most of the communities lead a simple and traditional life. Galle has been a significant trading port for Chinese, Persian, Arab and Indian traders for more than 100 years ago. After 2-3 hours nondrying around Galle Fort you will be transferred to the hotel in Bentota.
Day 8 – Bentota
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.