Day 01: AIRPORT – COLOMBO
On arrival the guests will be met at the airport arrival lobby and set off to Colombo.
City tour of Colombo – As the capital and main port of Sri Lanka, Colombo is home to many attractions, which include three sets of foreign rulers—the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the British. Start at the famous Buddhist temple, Gangarama Temple. The city’s oldest Dutch church, Wolvendaal Church, still boasts its original floor tiles from 1813. They were made from tombstones from the Dutch church in the Fort. To the south of the city, at the Galle Face Green, you can see cannons that were used during colonial war times. And to the north of the city is the Fort District, named for the Dutch and Portuguese forts that were built there.
Day 02: COLOMBO – PINNAWELA – SIGIRIYA
After breakfast proceed to Sigiriya via Pinnawela.
En route visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, a remarkable project that protects the island’s abandoned or orphaned wild elephants. Pinnewala enthralls adults and children alike. Roaming free within the Sanctuary, except when occasionally shepherded by their Mahouts (keepers) the elephants’ highlight is their regular bathing sessions.
Day 03: SIGIRIYA – POLONNARUWA – SIGIRIYA
Early morning proceed to Sigiriya – Climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. This is one of the most dramatic, inspiring and beautiful historical locations in the world. A mythical past of feuding dynasties suits Sigiriya’s striking setting- it was built in 5th century AD by king, Kasyapa, as a fortress-palace. Worthy of being called the “8th wonder of the world”, Sigiriya will astonish anyone with its outstandingly beautiful views, staggering engineering and peerless design.
After descending the Sigiriya Rock, proceed to Polonnaruwa and see the monuments including the Royal Palace & Audience Halls of King Parakramabahu I (1153-1186 A. D.) and King Nissankamalla (1187-1196 A.D.). Thuparama, Vata-da-ge, Heta-da-ge, Pabalu Vehera, Siva Devala, Rankot Vehera, Baddhasima-prasada, Lankatilake, Gal Vihara – to see the 4 rock-cut Buddha statues, Tivanka Image House-for beautiful 12th C.A.D. murals on the walls etc. and the old Hospital where surgical instruments were found.
Day 04: SIGIRIYA – DAMBULLA – MATALE – KANDY
After breakfast leave for Kandy via Dambulla. Discover the Dambulla Caves Rock Temple dated from First Century B.C.
En route Visit an exotic Spice Garden in Matale where you can be treated to a garden tour and cooking demonstration to understand the taste and aroma of the world famous spices. It is quite touristy however everyone learns something and most love it. Also take time to see the art of batik -the ancient art of dyeing cloth using a resist. Dutch traders were so impressed by this craft that in 1835, they brought Batik artists back to Holland with them when they returned from trading trips.
Explore the city’s Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Wander around the lake and the streets of Kandy getting a feel for this wonderful city.
- Kandy excursions:
- Gem Museum & Factory tour
- In the evening witness a cultural show.
Day 05: KANDY – NUWARA ELIYA
After breakfast leave for Nuwaraeliya – land of tea-laden hillsides, gurgling waterfalls, stirring mountains and clear hill-country air. Here, in temperatures akin to a beautiful English summer’s day, is wonderful walking country, a chance to experience Sri Lankan scenery at its finest.
For the ultimate holiday souvenir, how about taking home a packet of tea that you picked yourself?
At the Tea Factory we will deck you out in local attire – saree for the ladies, sarong for the gentlemen – and provide you with a basket in which to collect your leaves.
Take a tour of the Tea Factory and where they explain the whole process. Finally, you can taste the different teas, from flowery pekoe to green tea and teabag dust, to appreciate for yourself the differences in colour, flavour and strength.
A packet of your very own tea will be ready for you to take home.
Day 06: NUWARA ELIYA – GALLE
After breakfast proceed to Galle.
Wander on the ramparts and explore the historic town of Galle and the 17th century Dutch Fort, a UNESCO-protected World Heritage site. Walk down Galle Fort’s narrow streets lined with Dutch and British colonial era buildings which are still in use, sturdy ramparts looking out to sea, the lighthouse, and a growing collection of art galleries.
Day 07: GALLE – AMBALANGODA – NEGOMBO
After breakfast proceed to Negombo.
En route visit the Mask Factory and the Moonstone mine.
A moonstone is grey in colour and feels cool and smooth to the touch. When polished it has a glow like of the moon. Moonstone’s are in the semi-precious category and are an important component of the Sri Lankan gem industry.
Afterwards continue to Negombo.
The Negombo town has several buildings dating back to the Dutch and Portuguese colonial days. The sea and catamaran is the backdrop of the Negombo scenery. The lagoon is famous for its harvest of lobsters, crabs and prawns and the fish auctions on the beach are worth a look. Also visit the Dutch Fort and a Catholic Church.
Day 08: NEGOMBO – AIRPORT
Check out of the hotel and proceed to the Airport for departure. Arrive at the airport 3 hours before flight departure.