Best of Sri Lanka
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Experience the "Best of Sri Lanka" on this captivating journey through the island nation's cultural and natural wonders. Begin in the bustling city of Colombo, where you'll explore historic landmarks and vibrant markets. Discover the ancient city of Anuradhapura and witness the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi tree. Marvel at the Aukana Buddha statue and ascend the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Polonnaruwa and delve into the cultural charm of Kandy. Visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, learn about tea production in Nuwara Eliya, and embark on thrilling wildlife safaris in Yala National Park. Conclude your journey by unwinding on the picturesque beaches of Bentota, taking with you cherished memories of this diverse and enchanting land.
Day 1: Colombo - Arrival and City Tour
Upon your arrival at Colombo airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our representative who will assist you with the transfer to your hotel. After check-in and some rest, embark on a city tour of Colombo. Explore the bustling streets, visit historic landmarks like the Independence Square, Gangaramaya Temple, and the Old Parliament Building. Discover the vibrant markets and indulge in some shopping for local handicrafts and souvenirs. Immerse yourself in the diverse culture and vibrant atmosphere of this cosmopolitan city. Overnight stay in Colombo.
Day 2: Colombo - Anuradhapura (206kms / 5hrs approx)
After breakfast, depart for Anuradhapura, an ancient city of great historical and cultural significance. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and take some time to relax. In the afternoon, set off to explore the sacred ancient city of Anuradhapura, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marvel at the ancient stupas, towering dagobas, and intricately carved stone sculptures that reflect the rich Buddhist heritage of Sri Lanka. Visit the revered Sri Maha Bodhi tree, believed to be the oldest recorded tree in the world. Overnight stay in Anuradhapura.
Day 3: Anuradhapura - Mihintale - Aukana - Habarana
After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Habarana, with fascinating stops along the way. Visit Mihintale, a mountain peak considered the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Explore the ancient ruins and experience breathtaking panoramic views from the summit. Continue to Aukana to witness the magnificent Aukana Buddha statue, a towering masterpiece of ancient artistry. Arrive in Habarana and check-in at the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, enjoying the tranquil surroundings. Overnight stay in Habarana.
Day 4: Habarana - Sigiriya (21kms) & Polonnaruwa (65kms)
After breakfast, head to Sigiriya, where you will ascend the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Marvel at the impressive frescoes, intricate water gardens, and the breathtaking views from the summit. After descending from Sigiriya, proceed to Polonnaruwa, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka. Explore the well-preserved archaeological sites, including the Royal Palace, Gal Vihara, and the ancient temples. Immerse yourself in the rich history and architectural wonders of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Return to Habarana for overnight stay.
Day 5: Habarana - Dambulla - Kandy
After breakfast, depart for Dambulla to visit the famous Dambulla Cave Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the stunning cave paintings and statues that depict the life of Lord Buddha. Continue your journey to Kandy, stopping en route at a Spice Garden in Matale. In Kandy, embark on a city tour that includes a visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, which houses the sacred tooth of Lord Buddha. In the evening, witness a captivating cultural show that showcases traditional music, dance, and drumming. Overnight stay in Kandy.
Day 6: Kandy - Pinnawala - Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast, proceed to Pinnawala to visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Get up close and personal with these gentle giants and observe their bathing and feeding rituals. Afterward, continue your journey to Nuwara Eliya, also known as "Little England." En route, visit a tea plantation and factory to learn about the process of tea production. Arrive in Nuwara Eliya and explore the picturesque town, including the golf course, Lake Gregory, and the scenic surroundings. Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 7: Nuwara Eliya - Yala National Park (197kms / 4hrs approx)
Leave Nuwara Eliya after breakfast and head towards Yala National Park. En route, visit the majestic Rawana Waterfalls, known for their natural beauty. Upon arrival at Yala, check in at the hotel and enjoy some leisure time. In the afternoon, embark on an exciting jeep safari in Yala National Park, known for its diverse wildlife, including the elusive leopards, elephants, and numerous bird species. Experience the thrill of spotting wildlife in their natural habitat. Overnight stay in Yala.
Day 8: Yala - Bentota (241kms / 5hrs approx)
After breakfast, depart for Bentota, a popular beach resort destination in the south of Sri Lanka. Enjoy the scenic drive along the coastal route, passing through picturesque landscapes and charming coastal towns. Upon arrival in Bentota, check in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure, relaxing on the beautiful sandy beaches or engaging in water sports activities. Immerse yourself in the tranquil beachside ambiance and soak up the sun. Overnight stay in Bentota.
Day 9: Bentota - Colombo Airport (96kms / 2hrs approx)
After breakfast, bid farewell to the enchanting beaches of Bentota and proceed towards Colombo Airport for your departure. Reflect upon the wonderful memories and experiences gathered during your Best of Sri Lanka tour as you embark on your onward journey.
- Meet and assist arrival and departure at the airport.
- 8 nights' accommodation in hotels mentioned or similar.
- Daily breakfast and meal as per day plan.
- Transport by air-conditioned car with an English speaking driver/guide.Entrance fees as per itinerary.
- Elephant back safari in Habarana.
- Luxury train ride from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya (1st class).
- Service charges and government taxes.
- Any air fare
- Monument entrances
- Main Meals, Lunch or dinner unless mentioned
- Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
- Or anything not mentioned above.