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Day1
Program:
Arrive at Katunayake International Airport and you will be met by Explore Asia Holidays Representative at the Airport & transfer to Negombo
Route:
Airport > Negombo
Distance:
approx: 10km
Drive Time:
approx: 15 minutes drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Negombo

Negombo

Negombo is a beautiful beach on the western coast of Sri Lanka. The wide sandy beaches and the safe sea are the major tourist attractions of Negombo. The Negombo Lagoon covers an area of 3164 hectares. It is situated some 40 km north of Colombo. Negombo has a small port, and its economy is mainly based on tourism and its centuries-old fishing industry. Negombo is a traditional fishing town in Sri Lanka, and no wonder the town is a gourmet food lover’s paradise with seafood available in plenty. Negombo also produces spices, ceramics and brassware.

Day2
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Transfer to (Dambulla / Sigiriya / Habarana). Visit Dambulla Cave Temple
Route:
Negombo > (Dambulla > Sigiriya) > Habarana
Distance:
approx: 150 Km
Drive Time:
approx: 4 hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Habarana

Habarana

Habarana is a popular tourist destination for safari lovers as it is the starting point for safaris in the nearby Habarana jungle and the Minneriya sanctuary which is heavily populated by elephants. Elephant back riding is also an attraction in this small city. Habarana is situated nearby to the ancient rock fortress and palace ruin of Sigiriya and is situated on the main road from Colombo to Trincomalee and Polonnaruwa.

Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave temple Located at an elevation of 1118 feet from the sea level raises a massive rock from the surrounding plains of Dambulla of 600 feet high and over 2000 feet in length. It is home to the World’s most acclaimed Cave complex of magnificent Buddha Images and Rock Paintings of vivid colors and shapes constructed and painted from around 2nd Century BC (Anuradhapura era ) and continued up to the Kandyan era of the 18th Century.

Day3
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Day Tour to Polonnaruwa Historical City & Visit Minneriya National Park
Route:
Dambulla > (Sigiriya > Habarana) > Polonnaruwa > Minneriya & Back to Hotel
Distance:
approx: 135 Km
Drive Time:
approx: 2 ½ hour drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Polonnaruwa Ancient City

Polonnaruwa Ancient City

Polonnaruwa bears witness to several civilizations, notably that of the conquering Cholas, disciples of Brahminism, and that of the Sinhalese sovereigns during the 12th and 13th centuries. This immense capital created by the megalomaniac sovereign, Parakramabahu 1, in the 12th century, is one of history’s most astonishing urban creations, both because of its unusual dimensions and because of the very special relationship of its buildings with the natural setting. It is also a shrine of Buddhism an of Sinhalese history. The tooth of the Lord Buddha, a remarkable relic placed in the Atadage under Vijayabahu, was considered as the talisman or the Sinhalese monarchy: its removal by Bhuvanaikabahu 2 confirmed the decline of Polonnaruwa. After the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993 by Rajarata, Polonnaruwa, a temporary royal residence during the 8th century, became the capital. The conquering Cholas constructed monuments of their religion (Brahmnism). The recon quest of Ceylon by Vijayabahu 1 did not put an end to the city’s role as capital: it became covered, after 1070, with Buddhist Sanctuaries, of which the Atadage (Temple of the Tooth Relic) is the most renowned.

Minneriya National Park

Minneriya National Park

Minneriya National Park is a national park in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is of historical importance, having been built by King Mahasen in third century AD. The park is a dry season feeding ground for the elephant population dwelling in forests of Matale, Polonnaruwa, and Trincomalee districts. Along with Kaudulla and Girithale, Minneriya forms one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) of Sri Lanka. It is a great place for elephant spotting all year round – though as the dry season makes water scarce between June and September, more and more elephants gather on the shores of Minneriya Tank. Indeed by late August and September, the awe inspiring site of up to 300 elephants can often be seen, in a phenomonen known as ‘The Gathering’. It is the largest concentration and gathering of Asian elephants that can be seen anywhere in the world. Watching baby elephants playing with each other, bull elephants tussling for dominance and the great matriarchs surveying the scene is not a sight you are likely to forget in a hurry.The park is situated 182 kilometers from Colombo.

Day4
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Transfer to Kandy. Visit Temple of the Tooth Relic, Cultural Dance Show at Kandy
Route:
Habarana > (Sigiriya > Dambulla) > Kandy
Distance:
approx: 100 Km
Drive Time:
approx: 3 hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Kandy

Kandy

Kandy is one of the scenic and beautiful cities, located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. It is the second largest city in the country next to Colombo. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city and is also the capital of the Central Province. Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.

Temple of the Tooth

Temple of the Tooth

Temple of the Tooth is the place that houses the Relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Originally part of the Royal Palace complex of the Kandyan Kingdom, it is one of the holiest places of worship and pilgrimage for Buddhist around the world. It was last of a series of temples built in the places where the relic, the actual palladium of the Sinhalese monarchy, was brought following the various relocations of the capital city. The Palace of the Tooth relic, the palace complex and the holy city of Kandy are associated with the history of the dissemination of Buddhism. The temple is the product of the last peregrination of the relic of the tooth of Buddha and the testimony of a religion which continues to be practiced today.

Day5
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Visit Royal Botanical Garden & Kandy City Tour
Route:
Kandy City Limit
Distance:
Maximum 100 Km
Drive Time:
9.00 am to 4. 00 pm
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Royal Botanical Garden

Royal Botanical Garden

Royal Botanical Garden Paradeniya near Kandy is world famous inclusive of a variety of fauna and flora. The great lawns highlight huge tropical trees. It is also famed for its Orchid House, which has more than 300 varieties of exquisite orchids from the rare indigenous Foxtail and Vesak orchids, to many natural and hybrid species laying claim to the title as one of the best known orchid centers in the world. Additionally the Spice Garden provides knowledge about the varied trees, plants and creepers that produce the special spices of Sri Lanka. The Herbarium grows many of the plants used for the traditional Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia. Royal Botanical Garden Paradeniya near Kandy is world famous inclusive of a variety of fauna and flora. The great lawns highlight huge tropical trees. It is also famed for its Orchid House, which has more than 300 varieties of exquisite orchids from the rare indigenous Foxtail and Vesak orchids, to many natural and hybrid species laying claim to the title as one of the best known orchid centers in the world. Additionally the Spice Garden provides knowledge about the varied trees, plants and creepers that produce the special spices of Sri Lanka. The Herbarium grows many of the plants used for the traditional Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia.

Udawattha Jungle

Udawattha Jungle

Udawatta Jungle or the Royal Forest Park of Kandy is situated on the hillside behind the Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Tooth Relic. This forest extents about 257 acres and is considered to be a vital Bio reserve for the much populated Kandy City. During the Kandyan Kingdom, The pond in the heart of the jungle was the place where queens in the past bathed and used as their pleasure garden. The forest remained impenetrable for over many centuries where wild boar, monkey, hare, squirrel scaly anteater, porcupine, and reptiles, monitor lizard, tortoise and varieties of birds, worms and insects live in perfect harmony with nature. This verdant jungle where among trees, creepers, lichen, mosses, ferns, grasses, fungi, and bacteria are found in abundance

Day6
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Transfer to Nuwara Eliya. Visit Tea Plantation, Tea Factory, Waterfall
Route:
Kandy > Nuwara Eliya
Distance:
approx: 100 km
Drive Time:
approx: 3 hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Nuwaraeliya

Nuwaraeliya

Nuwara Eliya, "The Little England" of Sri Lanka situated about 2000m above sea level is set against beautiful background of mountains, valleys, waterfalls and tea plantation. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places on the Island. Nuwara Eliya is famous for Tea Plantation and the cool and moist climate are factors for the Tea leaves to thrive on; tea grown in this region has a high market and is in good demand worldwide. Ramboda waterfall also situated at Ramboda on your way to Nuwaraeliya from Kandy.

Tea Plantation & Tea Factory

Tea Plantation & Tea Factory

Nuwara Eliya is famous for Tea Plantation and the cool and moist climate are factors for the Tea leaves to thrive on; tea grown in this region has a high market and is in good demand worldwide.

Ramboda Waterfall

Ramboda Waterfall

Ramboda Falls is 109m high and 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 729th highest waterfall in the world. It is situated in Pussellawa area, on the A5 highway at Ramboda Pass. It formed by Panna Oya which is a tributary of Kothmale Oya. Altitude of the falls is 945m above sea level.

Day7
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Nuwara Eliya City Tour & Visit Horton Plains
Route:
Nuwara Eliya City Limit
Distance:
Maximum 100 Km
Drive Time:
9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains National Park is a protected area in the central highlands of Sri Lanka and is covered by montane grassland and cloud forest. This plateau at an altitude of 2,100–2,300 meters (6,900–7,500 ft) is rich in biodiversity and many species found here are endemic to the region. This region was designated a national park in 1988. It is also a popular tourist destination and is situated 32 kilometers (20 mi) from Nuwara Eliya.

Adisham Bungalow

Adisham Bungalow

Adisham Hall, or Adisham Bungalow is a country house near Haputale, in the Badulla District, Sri Lanka. At present it houses the Adisham Monastery a congregation of St. Sylvester.The house was built in 1931 by an English aristocrat and planter Sir Thomas Villiers, former Chairman of George Steuart Co, a trading and estate agency based in Colombo. Sir Thomas was a grandson of Lord John Russell and descendant of the Dukes of Bedford. Named after Adisham, it was designed by R. Booth and F. Webster in Tudor andJacobean style, on 10 acres (40,000 m2) of land. Adisham Hall played host to many prominent personalities of the colony until the retirement of Sir Thomas, after which it was sold to Sedawatte Mills in 1949. In 1961 it was purchased by the Roman Catholic Church and was subsequently converted to a monastery. The house is well preserved along with its period fittings and furniture, and is open to visitors.

Lipton's Seat

Lipton's Seat

Lipton’s seat is one of the attractive observation points of Sri Lankan Tourism. It is located on the top of the Poonagala hill near the Dambetenna tea factory in Poonagala, Sri lanka. The place gets this name after the famous tea planter Sir Thomas Lipton used this place to survey the surrounding region of his tea plantations.

Day8
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Transfer to Southern Beach (Kalutara / Beruwala / Bentota / Ahungalla)
Route:
Nuwara Eliya > (Kalutara > Beruwala > Bentota) > Ahungalla
Distance:
approx: 225 Km
Drive Time:
approx: 6 Hours drive
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Kalutara

Kalutara

An important spice-trading centre controlled at various times by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. Today it has a reputation for fine basket ware (visit basket hall) and also for the best mangosteens on the island. Immediately south of the Kalu Ganga Bridge on the main road is the Gangatil Vihara, which has a hollow dagoba (Buddhist shrine) with an interesting painted terior. By the roadside there’s a small shrine and bodhi tree where drivers often stop to make offerings to ensure a safe journey to Wadduwa is 8km north of Kalutara.

Beruwala

Beruwala

South of Colombo, Beruwela marks the beginning of a 130 km-stretch of beaches, where resort development has made immense strides in recent years. Good bathing in the bay all year round

Bentota

Bentota

The place located in south of the country, 62 km from Colombo has romantic scenery hotels and popular for wind surfing and water skiing.

Ahungalla

Ahungalla

Ahungalla is a small coastal town, located in Galle District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. It is approximately 76.6 kilometres (47.6 mi) south of Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 12 metres (39 ft) above the sea level.

Day9
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & leisure at Beach
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Day10
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Leisure at Beach
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Day11
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Leisure at Beach
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Day12
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel, Day Tour to Galle. Visit Galle Fort, Hikkaduwa Coral Garden, Turtle Hatchery at Kosgoda
Route:
Kalutara > (Beruwala > Bentota > Ahungalla) > Kosgoda > Hikkaduwa > Galle & Back to Hotel
Distance:
approx: 135 Km
Drive Time:
approx: 3 hours drive
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Galle

Galle

Galle is a living time capsule. It has a vibrant commercial district that’s also shambolic and often charmless, but passes through one of the Fort gates and you are transported back to the Dutch colonial era. Built by the Dutch beginning in 1663, the 36-hectare Fort occupies most of the promontory that forms the older part of Galle. Described by the notoriously hard-to-please Paul Theroux as being ‘garlanded with red hibiscus and smelling of the palm-scented ocean, The Fort is an amazing collection of structures and culture dating back through the centuries. Just wandering the streets at random yields one architectural surprise after another. And be sure to take in the dramatic views of town and ocean from the encircling walls. UNESCO has recognized Fort as a World Heritage Site

Turtle Farm

Turtle Farm

The Kosgoda beach is a popular destination for marine life enthusiasts, as it is home to many marine turtles and turtle hatcheries. The marine turtles come ashore at night and lay their eggs in tiny holes. Then they cover up their eggs and return to the sea before dawn. Many turtle hatcheries have been set up along the coast to protect the eggs and turtles from predators. The hatcheries care for the turtle hatchlings till they are about 2-4 days old and then released back to the sea. October to April is the main laying season, but some eggs can be found at Kosgoda throughout the year.

Hikkaduwa Coral Garden

Hikkaduwa Coral Garden

The Coral sanctuary has approximately seventy varieties of multi coloured corals. Visitors can either swim or hire a guide with a glass bottomed boats to view the corals. The coral reefs are the best place to see and admire corals and water is never more than three or four meters deep. Some of the coral reefs are real close to the beach and can hire snorkels, masks and fins and ventured into the calm crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean to be amazed with the wonderful & colourful corals and tropical fish with various colours and sizes, few inches below the surface.

Day13
Program:
Breakfast at the Hotel & Departure, transfer to Katunayake International Airport
Route:
Ahungalla > (Bentota > Beruwala > Kalutara) > Airport
Distance:
approx: 125 Km
Drive Time:
approx: 2 ½ hours drive
Accommodation Use for Tour:
Hotels & Resorts
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