Kandy Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF SRI LANKA 400

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Day 1: Colombo

Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your romantic honeymoon! Arriving into Colombo airport, our local guide/driver is on hand to meet you and take you to your hotel. Highlights of our sightseeing tour this afternoon of Sri Lanka’s capital include the Fort – once a colonial stronghold, Galle Face Green – a seaside expanse popular for informal cricket games, the Pettah – a noisy oriental bazaar, a visit to Gamgarama temple, Cinnamon Gardens and Independence Square. (OVERNIGHT Lake Lodge Tharu Villa 2* - (Upstairs Room)

Day 2: Colombo - Ratnapura

Making our way out of the city we head south to Ratnapura. Along the way we will make a stop to visit the scenic Bopath Ella Waterfalls. Arriving in Ratnapura home of Sri Lanka’s famous gem trade. There are around 200 gem pits in Ratnapura and many lapidaries where the mined stones are dressed, cut and polished. You’ll tour some pits, a lapidary and the museum. (OVERNIGHT Centauria Hill 2* - (Standard Room)

Day 3: Ratnapura

After a lovely breakfast the Eco Team staff will come to collect you for your canoeing adventure. After the orientation from “Eco Team” Start the canoeing expedition by ‘Saman Devala’ which is 3kms away from the Ratnapura main Bridge. The canoe/raft ride will end up the first day run at a place named Kiriella where you spend the night. (OVERNIGHT CAMP ORGANISED BY ECO TREK)

Day 4: - Bentota and Beruwala

Enjoy the morning canoeing with the Eco Trek team to your end point called Ingiriya. Meet back up with your guide/driver who awaits to transfer you to Bentota. (OVERNIGHT Bentota Beach Hotel 4* - (Standard Room)

Day 5: Bentota and Beruwala

Today and tomorrow is at your leisure to enjoy the beaches in the region or simply relax at your hotel. (OVERNIGHTS Bentota Beach Hotel 4* - (Standard Room) (also included is an open water PADI course (1) and an advanced open water diver course (1))

Day 6: Bentota and Beruwala

Day at leisure.

Day 7: Bentota and Beruwala - Hikkaduwa

Taking to the road once again we drive to your next beach destination, Hikkaduwa. Arriving check in and the afternoon is at your leisure. (OVERNIGHTS Poseidon Diving Hotel 2* - (Standard Room)

Days 8-9: Hikkaduwa

The next days are at your leisure to enjoy the beaches in the region or simply relax at your hotel or book and pay for diving with the staff at the hotel.(OVERNIGHTS Poseidon Diving Hotel 2* - (Standard Room)

Day 10: Hikkaduwa

This morning we drive to Unawatuna, along the way stopping to visit the historic town of Galle. (OVERNIGHT Thrapobane Beach House 3* – (Superior Room)

Day 11: Hikkaduwa - Unawatuna

Enjoy a day at leisure. The vehicle remains at your disposal today if you wanted to get out and about. (OVERNIGHT Thrapobane Beach House 3* – (Superior Room)

Day 12: Unawatuna

This morning we drive to Tissamaharama, your base for exploring Yala National. Along the way we will make a stop to see the fascinating Mulkirigala Temple. This evening, we enjoy a jeep safari. The largest national park in Sri Lanka, Yala is home to elephants, wild boar, buffalo, leopard, crocodile and myriad birdlife. (OVERNIGHT AT Master Campers)

Day 13: Unawatuna - Yala National Park

Early morning we take to a jeep again to spend the whole day in Yala National Park on safari. (OVERNIGHT AT Master Campers)

Day 14: Yala National Park

Today we head to Embilipitiya, our base for exploring Udawalawe National Park.Udawalawe is probably one of the best places to spot the famous Sri Lankan Elephant, the biggest of all the Asian Elephants in the wild. It is thought that there are around 400 elephants here. The park is also home to the elusive leopard, the Sri Lankan Sloth Bear, the cheeky Langur monkey and lots of types of deer. We take an afternoon game drive here before returning to the hotel for the night. (OVERNIGHT AT Master Campers)

Day 15: Yala National Park - Udawalawe N.P. and Embilipitiya

This morning we return to the park to see the wildlife. Returning back to the hotel, the afternoon is at your leisure. (OVERNIGHT AT Master Campers)

Day 16: Udawalawe N.P. and Embilipitiya

This morning we drive to Ella and check into your hotel. This afternoon your guide will take on a hike to Little Adam’s peak. (OVERNIGHT 98 Acres 4* - (Standard Room) -- IN ELLA

Day 17: Udawalawe N.P. and Embilipitiya

By jeep today we depart early for Horton Plains. Located on a high windswept saddle, Horton Plains offers the walker stunning panoramic views. We’ll hike to Bakers Fall passing en route the Gem Pit Pool, the Chimney Pool, and the Leg of Mutton Pool and then return to Ella. (OVERNIGHT 98 Acres 4* - (Standard Room) -- IN ELLA

Day 18:

This morning proceed to Kitulgala, the wet zone rain forest. Kitulgala is a base for white water rafting. later today you can check in at Rafter's Retreat(Camping tent) and this afternoon you have the opportunity to go on a 2 hour white water rafting expedition, which covers 7 kms with 8 rapids of grade 2 & 3. On completion return back to the camp where you have the rest of your day at leisure.

Day 19:

This morning procced on another white water rafting expedition. On completion we drive to Adams Peak, and check into the hotel Slightly Chilled 2*+ - (Standard Room). This evening late, you begin the climb up to the top of Adams Peak.

Day 20: - Kandy

Enjoy sunrise on the peak and then descend down to the hotel where your driver awaits to take you on a drive to Kandy and we will drop you off at the Nilambe Meditation Center where you have your own arrangements booked.

Days 21-24: Kandy

The next days are of your own arrangements directly with the Nilambe Meditation Center.

Day 25: Kandy

This morning we collect you from the meditation centre and head into Kandy town. Spend the day with your guide exploring Kandy, a scenic lakeside town, we visit the world famous Peradeniya Botanical Garden, the lake, bazaars, gem museum and lapidary. 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 evening complete with fire walkers! (OVERNIGHT Samadhi Center – Boutique Concept – (Honeymoon Suite)

Days 26-28: Kandy

The next days are at your leisure in Kandy. (OVERNIGHTS Samadhi Center – Boutique Concept – (Honeymoon Suite)

Day 29: Kandy - Dambulla

This morning we learn about some of Sri Lanka’s famous spices, how they are grown and what they are used in at a spice garden in Matale. We then drive to visit the impressive Dambulla Rock Temple which contain beautiful frescoes of Buddha. (OVERNIGHT Kassapa Lions Rock 3* - (Standard Room)

Day 30: Dambulla

This morning we head off to visit Sigiriya – the elevated and mysterious 5th century fortress ruins of King Kasyapa. The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. When complete we return to the hotel for a bit of downtime. (OVERNIGHT Kassapa Lions Rock 3* - (Standard Room)

Day 31: Dambulla

This morning we explore ancient Polonnaruwa, an 11th century city of compact size. We explore the ruins of the Royal Palace, temples and Gal Vihara which boasts 3 enormous Buddha figures. On our drive back to the hotel, we visit the stunning Aukana Buddha statue. (OVERNIGHT Kassapa Lions Rock 3* - (Standard Room)

Day 32: Dambulla - Anuradhapura

This morning we drive to the city of Anuradhapura. After check in at the hotel we head out to visit Mihintale, where Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka. (OVERNIGHT Heritage Hotel 3* - (Standard Room)

Day 33: Anuradhapura

Today, we visit Anuradhapura, the fascinating ancient city and one of Sri Lanka’s most important archaeological sites. It contains vast artificial lakes, temples, statues including the Samadhi Buddha, dagobas (solid hemispheres topped with spires), royal baths and museums. We also visit the holy Sri Maha Bodhi tree under which Prince Siddharta attained enlightenment. It is also the oldest historically documented tree on earth. (OVERNIGHT Heritage Hotel 3* - (Standard Room)

Day 34: Anuradhapura - Negombo

Today we drive to your last stop on the tear drop isle, the beach resort town of Negombo. (OVERNIGHT Villa Araliya – Boutique Concept – (Deluxe Room)

Days 35-36: Negombo

Today and tomorrow are at your leisure to relax in Negombo. (OVERNIGHTS Villa Araliya – Boutique Concept – (Deluxe Room)

Day 37: Negombo

Sadly your epic journey through Sri Lanka has come to an end, we will transfer you to Colombo Airport in time for your flight home.

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