Sri Lanka
Location
10 days
Duration
9/10
Physicality

You journey begins with your arrival in Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka. Upon your arrival, you would be received by ILH representative and then we proceed towards Habarana.

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Colombo
TOUR DURATION 11 Days
TOUR ROUTE Colombo-Dambulla–Sigiriya-Kandy-Nuwara Eliya-Yala-Bentota-Sinharaja-Colombo
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Day 01: Colombo

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: Dambulla – Sigiriya

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 back from over 7,000 years. The garden city and the palace were built in 477 – 495 AD. The next point in the itinerary is the ancient city of Polonnaruwa which remains one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in the country and the second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms. Polonnaruwa too has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel in Habarana/ Dambulla/ Sigiriya.
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Day 03: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: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya

Post breakfast we make a move for Peradeniya to see 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.
Later at 12:30 Hrs, you are dropped off at the Peradeniya railway station to board the train to 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.
Dinner & over night at the hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
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Day 05: Nuwara Eliya - Yala

After breakfast, we proceed for Yala National Park. En route, we stop at a water fall, some tea estates and a tea factory. Check into the hotel on arrival. In the afternoon do a jeep safari to the Yala National Park. Yala is home to one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Sri Lanka, 300 – 350 Sri Lankan Elephants and more than 44 species of mammals. Besides, Yala National Park is also well known as having the highest leopard density in the world.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Yala.

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Day 06: Pasikuda - Kandy

After breakfast, we depart for Galle. We stop at the Galle Dutch Fort. Check into the hotel on arrival at Bentota, rest of the day is free to relax or explore the city on your own.
Dinner & over night at the hotel in Bentota.
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Day 07: Bentota - Sinharaja

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: Sinharaja- Yala

Post breakfast; proceed for trekking at the UNESCO World Heritage Sinharaja Rain Forest. Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a national park and a biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Forest reserve by UNESCO. The reserve is only 21 km from east to west, and a maximum of 7 km (4.3 mi) from north to south, but it is a treasure trove of endemic species, including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Because of the dense vegetation, wildlife is not as easily seen as at dry-zone national parks such as Yala. The most common larger mammal is the endemic Purple-faced Langur. An interesting phenomenon is that birds tend to move in mixed feeding flocks, invariably led by the fearless Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and the noisy Orange-billed Babbler. Of Sri Lanka’s 26 endemic birds, the 20 rainforest species all occur here, including the elusive Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Coucal and Sri Lanka Blue Magpie.Reptiles include the endemic Green pit viper and Hump-nosed vipers, and there are a large variety of amphibians, especially tree frogs. Invertebrates include the endemic Common Birdwing butterfly.
Dinner & overnight stay at the Lodge in Sinharaja.
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Day 09: Sinharaja - Colombo

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: Colombo

After breakfast, you leave for the airport to catch the flight back home.
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