Sri Lanka
Location
11 days
Duration
9/10
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 taken to the hotel in Chilaw.

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Colombo
TOUR DURATION 11 Days
TOUR ROUTE Colombo-Chilaw-Kurunegala-Sigiriya-Dambulla-Kandy-Dambulla/ Habarana-Pasikuda-Nuwara Eliya-Yala-Hikkaduwa-Colombo
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Day 01: Colombo, Airport – Chilaw

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 taken to the hotel in Chilaw. Check in and relax for the day.
Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel in Chilaw.
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Day 02: Chilaw – Kurunegala - Sigiriya

After breakfast, you proceed for Dambulla via Kurunegala. Enroute, stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Dambulla Cave Temple. The rock of Dambulla is the centre of a Buddhist cave-temple complex and consists of the cave-temple, 157 statues of various sizes and caves with rock paintings. It was established in the 3rd century B.C. and has been in continuous use for over 22 centuries.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Dambulla.
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Day 03: Dambulla – Sigiriya – Kandy

Post breakfast, you proceed for Sigiriya to see the UNESCO world Heritage Sigiriya Rock Fortress. “Sigiriya also referred to as the eighth wonder of the world dates and dates back from over 7,000 years. The most impressive facets of this unique complex are the Water Gardens, the Frescoes of beautiful maidens, the Mirror Wall with ancient graffiti, the Lion platform and the Summit of 1.6 hectares. Later we proceed to Kandy.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Kandy.
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Day 04: Dambulla/ Habarana - Pasikuda

After breakfast, we proceed for Minneriya National Park. The highlight of the park is the unique opportunities to watch herds of elephants enjoy themselves at the water reservoir inside the park. 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. You arrive at Pasikuda by late afternoon, rest of the day is free to relax.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Pasikuda.
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Day 05: Pasikuda

After breakfast, you get to enjoy a full day at the beach. You can either choose to laze around or opt for any of the several options of water sport available there like diving and snorkeling.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Pasikuda.
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Day 06: Pasikuda - Kandy

After breakfast we begin our journey for Kandy. Enroute visit an organic herb and spice garden in Matale which is famous for pepper, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, vanilla and turmeric and other spices. Enjoy a cultural dance show in the evening. Later in the day, visit the temple of the tooth relic, Sri Dalada Maligawa, 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.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Kandy.
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Day 07: 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.

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. Today it is known for its impressive collection of orchids and an arboretum planted by visiting celebrities the temple of the tooth.

Enjoy a lazy lunch at the Ramboda Tea Bush restaurant overlooking the Ramboda water fall. On the way back stop to visit a tea factory and tea planation.
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

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Day 08: Nuwara Eliya - Yala

Post breakfast, you begin your return journey to Yala located on the South Eastern part of the island. On the way stop at the Hindu temple Seetha Amman and can also witness thee Ravana falls which is 25 meter in height and named after the legendary king of the Ramayana, Ravana.

On arrival, enjoy a jeep safari at Yala National Park: the second largest of Sri Lanka’s national parks. It has recently received a lot of media attention through National Geographic and the Discovery TV channels, which highlighted the leopard research/conservation and identification project.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Yala.

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Day 09: Yala – Hikkaduwa / Bentota

After breakfast we leave for Hikkaduwa/ Bentota. You can witness “still fishing” at Koggala. Later visit the World Heritage Galle Dutch fort.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Hikkaduwa/ Bentota.
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Day 10: Hikkaduwa / Bentota

It’s a day out on the beach at Hikkaduwa/ Bentota. Enjoy the sun, sand and the sea. Go surfing or just laze around the beach, the choice is yours.
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Day 11: Hikkaduwa – Colombo – Colombo airport

Post breakfast, we proceed for a Colombo City tour. 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.
Later in the day, you are dropped off at the airport for your journey back home.
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