Sri Lanka
Location
10 days
Duration
8/10
Physicality

The journey begins with your arrival into the capital city of the island, Colombo. Upon your arrival, you would be received by ILH representative and then we proceed towards Negombo,

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Colombo
TOUR DURATION 10 Days
TOUR ROUTE Colombo-Negombo-Sigiriya-Polonnaruwa-Kandy-Peradeniya-Pinnawala-Nuwara Eliya-Bentota-Galle-Colombo
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Day 01: Colombo - Negombo

The journey begins with your arrival into the capital city of the island, Colombo. Upon your arrival, you would be received by ILH representative and then we proceed towards Negombo, a modest beach town located close to Bandaranaike International Airport. Enroute we do a city tour of Negombo which includes the Fish market as well. Check in to the hotel on arrival. Overnight stay at the hotel in Negombo.
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Day 02: Negombo – Sigiriya

Post breakfast, you proceed for Sigiriya. On the way, visit the World heritage Dambulla Cave temple complex. The rock of Dambulla is the centre of a Buddhist cave-temple complex established in the 3rd century B.C. and has been in continuous use for over 22 centuries. Check in to the hotel at Silgiriya.
Overnights stay at the hotel in Sigiriya.
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Day 03: Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa – Sigiriya


After breakfast at the hote, we begin our sightseeing with the first stop at the world Heritage Sigiriya rock fortress. “Sigiriya also referred to as the eighth wonder of the world dates back from over 7,000 years. The garden city and the palace was built in 477 – 495 AD. The next point in the itinerary is the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. The entire landscape of the region is punctuated by huge man-made reservoirs, veritable inland seas the most famous of which is the Prakrama Samudra or the Sea of Parakrama, which is larger in size than the Colombo harbour. The monuments of this medieval city are relatively well preserved and give clear evidence of the glory of Sri Lanka’s past. You get to see the Royal Palace complex, the Quadrangle with its concentration of ancient heritage and the spectacular Gal Vihare complex of four massive images of the Buddha, cut from a single slab of granite – a highlight of ancient Sri Lankan rock carving. Return to the hotel in Sigiriya by evening.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Sigiriya.

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Day 04: Sigiriya – Kandy

After breakfast we begin our journey for Kandy. Enroute visit an organic herb and spice garden in Matale. On arrival at Kandy, you get to enjoy a city tour followed by a cultural dance show. Later in the day, visit the temple of the tooth relic, Sri DaladaMaligawa, a UNESCO world heritage site. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy and since ancient times, it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was also the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Kandy.
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Day 05: Kandy – Peradeniya – Pinnawala – Kandy

Post breakfast we make a move for Pinnawala. Enroute stop at the Royal Botanic Garden in Peradeniya. The garden is home to a collection of about 4000 plant species, including the Giant Bamboo, Double Coconut, over 180 species of gorgeous Orchids and the famous Ehetu tree which spreads its branches and foliage out to staggering 2000 square meters. The Royal Palm Avenue, lined with majestic palm trees, and the old suspension bridge over River Mahaweli at the far end of the Garden are worth your attention as well. The Sri Lanka National Herbarium is also situated in the Royal Botanic Garden of Peradeniya.

After the garden, the next stop is the Elephant orphanage in Pinnawala: The Orphanage was started in order to provide care and protection to the many baby elephants found in the jungle without their mothers who had either died or have been killed. In some instances the baby had fallen into a pit and in others the mother had fallen in and died. Animals are allowed to roam freely during the day and a herd structure allowed to form. At 10.00 each morning and afternoon 14.00 the animals are walked 400 meters to the river for a two-hour bath and visitors can witness how they are guided through the narrow streets.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Kandy.

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Day 06: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast at the hotel in Kandy, we proceed towards Nuwara Eliya also known as the Little England, NuwaraEliya is the heart of Sri Lankan hill country. It is the home of the famous Ceylon Tea and the rolling mountains are a carpet of velvety green tea plantations, interspersed with gushing streams and tumbling waterfalls. The salubrious climate, misty glens and the decidedly Victorian style architecture and British character make Nuwara Eliya a must see on any Sri Lankan travel itinerary.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

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Day 07: Nuwara Eliya – Bentota

After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Bentota. Stop to visit a tea factory and a tea plantation on the way.
On arrival in Bentota check-in to the hotel and rest of the day is free to relax or explore the city on your own.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Bentota.
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Day 08: Bentota – Galle – Bentota

After breakfast at the hote, we go for an excursion to Galle, to see the world heritage Galle Dutch Fort. Thereafter do a Madhu river boat safari in Balapitiya.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Bentota.

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Day 09: Bentota – Colombo

Post breakfast, proceed for Colombo. We do an afternoon city tour of Colombo also known as ‘the garden city of the East’, Walk past its shady boulevards, view the historic restoration of its landmark colonial architecture and take a look at Colombo’s old quarters where some great local food corners are located. Overnight stay at the hotel in Colombo.
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Day 10: Colombo – Air Port

After breakfast we leave for the airport.
Your trip to Sri Lanka comes to an end.
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