Upon arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be met by our Airport Representative and will be introduced to your English Speaking National Guide. Transfer from Airport to your hotel in Kandy. (Approximate travel time 3 hours).
Optional Visit: Enroute visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage - is a home for elephants (out of which there are baby elephants) found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authority. You could also see the elephants having their daily baths at a river close by.On completion transfer from Pinnawala to Kandy and check in at the Hotel. Overnight stay at Kandy
Breakfast at the hotel, check out and proceed to on a city tour of Kandy.
Kandy Heritage City
The city of Kandy was the last Kingdom of Sri Lanka and has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will notice a more comfortable temperature here, compared to the tropical climate prevailing throughout the rest of the island. The Sacred Temple of the Tooth is certainly the most revered and iconic place to visit in this cultural capital but other highlights include the historic Kandy Lake, the Royal Botanical Gardens and the scenic Victoria Golf Club. Whilst you are in Kandy, also look out for the silverware, brassware and gem-studded jewellery, carefully carved and designed by the Kandyan craftsman, who are known to be the most skilled in the country. Kandy can be a bustling place in the day so there is nothing quite like a late evening stroll around the serene lake with a view to the Sacred Temple and the distant sound of drums in the background.
Optional Visit – Kandy Temple of the Tooth Relic Visit.
Built during the 16th Century, the Temple of the Tooth is one the most important temples for Buddhists as it houses the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha. The Relic of the Tooth is kept in a two-story inner sanctum. The ‘Thevava’ or auspicious offering to the Sacred Tooth Relic takes place three times a day at pre-set times and a visit during this time is quite an experience. The resident monks demonstrate this age-old tradition as you become surrounded by the sound of drums and the smells of lotus and jasmine flowers, as well as incense.
Transfer to Nuwara Eliya (Approximate travel time 3 hours) and check in to your hotel. The stunning drive to Nuwara Eliya is a photographer’s paradise. Pause every now and again to admire the gushing waterfalls, the vast tea terraces, the old tea factories and the expansive vegetable fields along the way. Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya
Breakfast at the Hotel.
Upon arrival at Nuwara Eliya, you will notice the sudden drop in temperature. With log fires and blankets in the Victorian-style bungalows and the beautifully kept lawns and flower gardens, it is no wonder this part of the world has become known as ‘Little England’. Visit the Gregory’s Lake or the Seetha Amman Hindu Temple. Wander through the fruit and vegetable markets and strike a bargain at the night ‘bale’ market. Break up the day with a freshly brewed Ceylon tea and homemade strawberry jam on toast, or for those into golf, tee off at the Nuwara Elya Golf Club.
Return to your hotel and spend rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast transfer to Koggala / Weligama (Approx. 6 hours). En route visiting Ravana falls.
Ravana waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft.) in height and cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. During the local wet season, the waterfall turns into what is said to resemble an areca flower with withering petals. But this is not the case in the dry season, where the flow of
water reduces dramatically. The falls form part of the Ravana Ella Wildlife Sanctuary, and is located 6 km (3.7 mi) away from the local railway station at Ella. Thereafter proceed to Koggala / Weligama and check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at Koggala / Weligama
Breakfast at hotel and proceed to visit Galle city.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the city of Galle mixes the exotic with the colonial. The impressive Fortress, originally built by the Portuguese and further fortified by the Dutch, remains standing today with only a few changes, and is a living example of the interaction between European architecture and South Asian traditions during the 16th to 19th Centuries. Explore the Galle Fort on foot at your own pace, perhaps paying a visit to the Maritime Museum, the Old Dutch Reformed Church, the Sun and the Moon bastions, the lighthouse and the souvenir shops along the way. Early evening is the perfect time to climb the ramparts and sip a refreshing cup of Ceylon tea, or perhaps something stronger, as you gaze upon the setting sun.
Optional Visits Turtle Hatchery - turtle hatchery operated by the wild life protection society of Sri Lanka. Several species of turtle, especially the hawksbill, are endangered; most vulnerable of all are their eggs; which are left uncovered on beaches all around the coast. The goodwill of kosgoda area fishermen, who bring these eggs gratis to the hatchery, has led to the hatching and release of 100,000 young turtles in only two years since the hatchery opened.
The Madu River - is a shallow water body in southwest Sri Lanka, which enters the sea at Balapitiya. During the river safari, visit uninhabited islands and a cinnamon plantation where you could get an insight into typical rural life.
Here in Balapitiya lies Madu Ganga, the beautiful river that nestles alongside Water Front Villa. Madu Ganga is considered as Sri Lanka's second largest wetland consisting of 23 islands including two main islands providing shelter to 215 families. The Madu Ganga River is a shallow water body in south-west Sri Lanka, which enters the sea at Balapitiya. This beautiful river that nestles alongside Water Front Villa, is considered as Sri Lanka's second largest wetland consisting of 32 islands including two main islands providing shelter to 215 families. Together with the smaller Randombe Lake, to which it is connected by two narrow channels, it forms the Madu Ganga wetland. Its estuary and the many mangrove islets on it constitute a complex coastal wetland ecosystem. In has high ecological, biological and aesthetic significance, being home to 303 species of plants belonging to 95 families and to 248 species of vertebrate animals. Madu Ganga is possibly one of the last remaining tracts of pristine mangrove forests in Sri Lanka. The inhabitants of its islets produce peeled cinnamon and cinnamon oil.
Return to your hotel and stay leisure. Overnight stay at Koggala / Weligama
Breakfast at hotel and proceed to Colombo (approximate travel time 2 – 3 Hours)
Before check-in to your hotel enjoy a panoramic city tour in Colombo,
The city of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s commercial capital and largest city, is a blend of both historic value and modern vibes. Dating back over 600 years, Colombo was a trading hub for sea merchants and colonial rulers, and one of the first things you will notice on your tour is how diverse the city has become. The wide array of Buddhist and Hindu temples, mosques and churches reflect the various beliefs practiced all over the island and the beautiful facades of the old, colonial buildings contrast with the modern shopping arcades. Your insightful tour takes you past the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, the Pettah bazar area, the Wolfendhal Dutch Church, the Old Parliament complex, The Bandaranaike International Memorial Hall, Nelum Pokuna Theatre, Viharamahadevi Park, the Independence Square and the National Museum. Before heading back to your hotel, perhaps take a stroll along the Galle Face green and enjoy afternoon tea or a sundowner (payable locally) at the iconic Galle Face Hotel, one of the oldest in South Asia, with fantastic views out across the glistening Indian Ocean.
Thereafter Check-in to your hotel and stay leisure. Overnight stay at Colombo
Breakfast at the hotel and Transfer to Bandaranayke International Airport for the departure (Approximate travel time 40 Minutes) END OF TOUR