If you like the itinerary below please quote REF SRI LANKA 544 when enquiring for further details.
Alternatively you may like modify this trip with your own Holiday Wish List
Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your holiday! You will be met at Colombo airport and transferred to your hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight Casa Colombo The 30th May has been booked at Casa Colombo so you can check straight into your hotel room when you arrive early morning of the 31st May.
Today we head inland to Polonnaruwa. On the way we stop by one of Sri Lanka’s most impressive cave temples, the Dambulla Rock Temple. This stunning complex of 5 caves contains over 150 images of Buddha including an impressive 14 metre statue carved out of the cave rock. After exploring this ancient site we continue on to Polonnaruwa. This fascinating 11th century city is home to many interesting ruins and famous monuments including the Royal Palace and the Gal Vihara. Polonnaruwa was once the capital and is also the second most ancient city in Sri Lanka. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This morning head to Sigiriya and the famous ‘Lion Rock’ fortress. Built over 1500 years ago, this beautiful citadel stands 200 meters high in the middle of verdant jungle and was an important stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. It can be viewed from miles around and is definitely one of Sri Lanka’s most iconic and famous sites. Once we’ve fully explored the rock we continue on to a spice garden. Here we learn about some of Sri Lanka’s famous spices, how they are grown and what they are used in. You’ll also have the opportunity to buy some. Continue on further south to Kandy. Later on this evening we visit the world famous Temple of the Tooth Relic, home to one of Buddha’s teeth before attending a traditional cultural show.
This morning we visit an elephant orphanage where we meet some of the 89 abandoned elephants, many of which are babies. On the way back to Kandy we stop by the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens home to an amazing variety of plants, flowers and trees. Once back in Kandy itself we take a city tour, drive around the lake and visit local bazaars and a gem museum.
After breakfast depart for Nuwara Eliya. En route visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. You will be told all about the process of manufacturing tea, see how tea is graded and taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. Continue on to Nuwara Eliya, the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country and home to the country’s highest mountain, Pidurutalagala. Later on we embark on a sightseeing tour of the area including a drive through ‘Little England’.
Today we hear to Udawalawe, this evening enjoy a Jeep Safari to visit the Uda-Walawe National Park. The park is probably one of the best places to spot the famous Sri Lankan Elephant, the biggest of all the Asian Elephants. It is thought that there are around 400 elephants here. The park is also home to the elusive leopard, the Sri Lankan Sloth Bear, toque monkeys and lots of types of deer.
We begin our final journey back to Colombo this morning with a visit to the Gem Mine and Museum at Ratnapura. Sri Lanka is famous for its gem industry and is home to 40 out of the 85 types of gems in the world. Continue on to Colombo and head into the bustling city of Colombo for an informative city tour which includes the Fort area in the north of the city, famous for its government buildings and interesting shops, visit Gangarama Temple and Independence Square. Overnight Casa Colombo
Today enjoy a sightseeing tour of Negombo situated by the shores of the lagoon, it was a trading centre for the Portuguese and Dutch and at one time was a cinnamon producing region. Fishing is key for the locals and they can be seen in their carved out canoes or catamaran. There are delightful canals, interesting creeks and an extensive lagoon. Negombo has a distinctive character. You will be transferred to the airport this evening in time to catch your departure flight. The night of the 7th has been booked so you can have the room until you depart.