Holiday in Amazing Sri Lanka 13 Days/ 12 Nights

Summary

Day 1 :
Negombo City tour
Night StayHotel in Negombo
Day 2 :
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Kandy Cultural Show
Night StayHotel in Kandy
Day 3 :
Kandy-Sightseeing, Shopping tour, Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya
Night StayHotel in Kandy
Day 4 :
Leisure at Kandy
Night StayHotel in Kandy
Day 5 :
Kandy, Tea factory, NuwaraEliya city tour
Night StayHotel in NuwaraEliya
Day 6 :
Sightseeing NuwaraEliya, Ambewela farms
Night StayHotel in Nuwaraeliya
Day 7 :
Yala National Wildlife Park
Night StayHotel in Yala
Day 8 :
Yala National Park Jeep Safari, Beach Resort
Night StayHotel in Bentota
Day 9 :
Sightseeing Bentota, Balapitiya River Boat Safari
Night StayHotel in Bentota
Day 10 :
Leisure at the beach resort
Night StayHotel in Bentota
Day 11 :
Bentota-Colombo-Sightseeing & Shopping
Night StayHotel in Colombo
Day 12 :
Independence Square, Colombo city tour, Shopping
Night StayHotel in Colombo

Day 1 :Airport–Arrival-Negombo

Meet and assist on arrival by (TBA)Thereafter transfer clients to Negombo. As per your arrival timings the city tour of Negombo will be arranged.

Sri Lanka is one of the leading romantic destinations in the whole world. The land of serendipity brings spiritual tranquility and a chance to rediscover oneself. The beauty of this tiny island is simply breath-taking. Known for its enchanting ancient ruins, endless soft-sanded beaches, imposing mountains, colorful festivals, tempting water sports, dense wild-life, and diverse ethnical groups and off the top hospitality from the local residents Sri Lanka is bound to make you come back again. Sri Lanka Travel and Tourism brings all this for you right under your fingertips so that you can discover the serene island for yourself. – Your stay in Negombo will give you an idea to prepare yourself to explore this beautiful country

Negombo is a major city located in the Western coast of Sri Lanka. Negombo situated by the shores of a lagoon by the same name once has been a trading port for Portuguese and Dutch and is an ideal place for those who want quick access to and from the airport. Attractions in the city are the old Dutch fort gate built in 1672 now a part of the prison, the Dutch Canal which was then a supply route to the Dutch administration, old churches and fishing villagers. The 100km long canal running through the town is still being used and is an attraction for those who want to see the country from a different perspective. The stretch of road towards Kotchchikade comes to life at dusk (most shops are open at daytime too) with many handicrafts and curio shops, gem shops, restaurants and internet cafes catering for tourists, Negombo is considered as the Ideal place to start and end your tour of Sri Lanka, as of its location close to the International Airport. Negombo is a well-developed city now with many new infrastructure and new hotels being built to cater the large no of Tourists flock into this city every day. Like Hikkaduwa Negombo is also known to be the city where many people in the area depend their living hood in the means of tourism apart from the Fishing. Many shops, hotels, restaurants, guest houses, Villas can be found in either sides of Lewis place in Negombo and variety of Delicious seafood will be served at almost every hotels and restaurants.

Overnight stay at The booked hotel in Negombo

Day 2 :Negombo - Pinnawela - Kandy - Cultural show

After breakfast check out from the hotel in Negombo, and proceed to Kandy via visiting the famous elephant orphanage and the newly opened Zoological gardens at Pinnawela.

The wild life department of Sri Lanka established this orphanage in 1975 13 Kilometers Northwest of the Kegalle town which is a main town on the Colombo Kandy Road. Thousands of Tourists visit this Elephant orphanage every day, as this kind orphanage is one of the rare establishments in the World. Most of the elephants are bought to this orphanage from jungles or from sites where they get injured by falling into pits and wells as well with gunshot injuries created by farming communities, since these elephants go to their cultivation sites and destroy all their cultivation. Some baby elephants lose their parents and such ones are located and directly bought to this orphanage. Today there are about 65 such elephants in this orphanage thousands of tourist both local and foreign visit this orphanage every day and never missed on a tour Itinerary.

An open-air zoo, the first one in Sri Lanka, is set to open to tourists in March this year. It is located near the well-known Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala. The government was intended to develop the area into a tourist zone with the opening of the open-air zoo.

Construction of the open-air zoo commenced in the year 2000. There is an internal road network, a security dam, a water tank and other facilities. Four acres of the Zoological gardens are allocated for local animals. Sri Lanka is wildlife lovers' paradise. It is home to rich variety of wildlife species including, monkeys, crocodiles, and elephants, sloth bears, spotted deer, samba (very large deer), wild boar, wild dogs and different species of birds. This open-air zoo will showcase the native animals of Sri Lanka. There is a special exhibition area for leopards. Tourist heading to Pinnawala for the Elephant Orphanage can drop by the open-air zoo. Continue the Journey to the hill capital by also stopping at a famous Spice and Herbal garden in Mawanella.

During Past history Sri Lanka known as Taprobane, was world renowned for its Quality Spices. During ancient times the Greeks, Romans and the Arabic maintained their links with Sri Lanka through the spice trade. In the 16th century Ceylon, as it was then known, was discovered by Portuguese who soon began trading in cinnamon and other spices. The Dutch and British followed bringing with them their own history and influences, forming a strong Western presence which created a history of food expressed with spices which can be tasted in the dishes today.

Spices are an essential element of the cuisine of Sri Lanka and the Ayurveda tradition and a visit to a garden specializes in the cultivation of these substances and an excellent way for purposes of new uses of certain ingredients that perhaps though they knew well. Find cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla, cardamom and black pepper, to name a few. Europeans can buy the products in their natural state or in the form of oils and potions that are used by Ayurveda medicine, during the Dutch, very famous spices of Sri Lanka and we export to different countries. That has earned the country the name of "Island of the spices”. Proceed to Kandy; check in to the booked hotel & in the evening witness the famous cultural show in Kandy.

Kandy cultural show – Sri Lanka, a country rich with culture & tradition offers a very vibrant and unique show of Sri Lankan traditional dances, in the form of Kandy cultural show. The beat a dancing from "Salupliya" depicting several demons, "Theme" vibrant expression of low country rhythm, Fire and Harvest dances accompanied by Ceremonial Drums and the Drum Orchestra rising and falling to the lively tempo. As many as 12 different folk and traditional dances are performed by Kandy lake club dance troop within the span of one hour.

The highlight of the show is definitely the fire walking show, where the artists walk through a specially prepared fire pit; roughly 8 feet by 3 feet covered with red-hot charcoal, completely barefoot and emerges unharmed at the other end! Kandy cultural show leaflet describes the fire walking as having its roots in the Valmiki epic of "Ramayana", where the king of Sri Lanka Ravana abducts "Sita" the wife of Indian prince Rama and after regaining her in an epic battle with Ravana, she is made to prove her chastity by walking through fire barefoot, though the current devotees who perform fire walking in Sri Lanka seek the divine blessings of the Lord Karthekeyan & goddess Pathini.

Overnight stay at - The booked hotel in Kandy

Day 3 :Kandy - Sightseeing & Shopping tour

After Breakfast proceedfor Kandy sightseeing and shopping tour.

Kandy is one of the best tourist cities in Sri Lanka, and located 116 Kilometers from the Capital Colombo. No one will ever want to Miss Kandy in their tour Itinerary purely because of the wonderful location and of the sites and places within the city. Kandy is located on an elevation of 488 Meters above the sea level (1600 Ft) and the focal point in Kandy is the Temple of the Tooth Relic, which symbolizes of the ancient Kandayn Kings. Kandy is also the Venue for the Annual EsalaPerahera which is held during the months of July and August each year where more than 100 colorfully decorated elephants take to the street and Parade along with Drummers, Kandayan dancers, which goes up to about 2-3 Hours. This city has the capacity to meet all the demands of a tourist and well known as a shopping hub too next to Colombo, Most of the show rooms of shopping malls and branches of many local shops and banks are in this important city along with many restaurants catering to the needs of every traveler. Also visit to the famous botanical gardens at Peradeniya

Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, Kandy

Kandy Botanical Gardens which is also known as the Peradeniya botanical gardens was a pleasure garden and covers an acre of 60 Hectares (Approximately 147 Acres) This garden has many variety of plants over 4000 Species. The orchid house, the Palm trees and pine trees are some of those popular trees within the garden. Some of the trees are planted during the visits of foreign ambassadors as a symbolic sign of their visit to this country. It takes nearly 1-2 Hours to walk along within the garden and some nice locations are within the garden for Photography. A local guide can be hired at the entrance of the park to explain more about this Garden, Return back to the booked hotel.

Overnight stay at - The Booked hotel in Kandy.

Day 4 :Full day at Leisure at Kandy

After Breakfast full day at Leisure at Hotel or continue with the sightseeing tour in Kandy.

Overnight stay at - The booked hotel in Kandy.

Day 5 :Kandy-Tea factory visit NuwaraEliya

After breakfast check out from the hotel in Kandy and proceed to NuwaraEliya via visiting tea garden and tea factory.

Day 6 :Sightseeing tour in NuwaraEliya

After breakfast proceed for the sightseeing tour in NuwaraEliya.

Nuwaraeliya is a beautiful city and the most visited city by Tourist who flock to this country. Situated at around 2000m above sea level and known as the “Little England” this city is very famous for Tea Plantations and mountains which include some of the famous water falls in Sri Lanka. When we are in Colombo we feel the Humidity and the hot weather conditions, but in Nuwaraeliya it is completely different weather as it is very much cooler and comfortable. The city is so beautiful and blessed with excellent Nature and during the journey you will be able to stop at one of the popular tea factory to watch the whole process of Sri Lanka tea which has many varieties. You will get an opportunity to sip a cup one of the best teas produced in the World. Many Plantations were established during the British rule and most of the workers whom are from the Tamil community and were bought from Southern India, later these workers were offered Sri Lanka citizenship and today we can see a much better living conditions for them.

From Nuwaraeliya one can visit to many sites such as the Golf Course, Race course, Hakgala Botanical gardens, Gregory’s Lake, where it will be a suitable place to Relax or take a nice walk, there will be also activities like pony rides and boat trips. Since of the climatic conditions Nuwaraeliya is also the place where most of the dairy farms are located along with strawberry gardens. Nuwaraeliya is also is well known for vegetable growing and many vegetables are produced and distributed to all other cities in Sri Lanka. Also visit to the famous Ambewela Farm.

There are two farms at Ambewela and those are called New Zealand farm and Ambewela farms. New Zealand farm is at 1km from Ambewela and Ambewela farm is at before Ambewela. Rabbits, Cattle, Cows, Goats and grass lands, vegetable farm, seed potatoes producing centre and nice reservoir are available on Ambewela farm. No special permission needed to enter Ambewela Farms. In 12:30 PM of every day demonstrates the get cow milk in electronic machine. Cheese factory, Goat yard and thousands of animals can be seen in Ambewela farms. Largest grass lands of Sri Lanka also a part of Ambewela farms, after the city tour of NuwaraEliya, return back to the booked hotel in NuwaraEliya.

Overnight stay at - The Booked hotel in Nuwaraeliya.

Day 7 :Nuwaraeliya – Yala National Wildlife Park

After breakfast check out from the hotel in Nuwaraeliya and proceed to Yala. Since of the long drive, once you reach Yala, check in to the booked hotel and rest of the day at Leisure.

Overnight stay at - The booked hotel in Yala.

Day 8 :Yala Jeep Safari - Transfer to the Beach Resort

Early morning jeep Safari to the famous Yala national park by 4WD.

Yala National park or called as Ruhunu National Park is located in the Southeast of the country and the second largest and most visited National Park in Sri Lanka next to Wilpattu National park. Preserved under the Wild life department, The Park consists of large herd of elephants 05 blocks in which 02 are now open for the public. The Park covers a total of 979 Square Kilometres (378 Sq Miles) and is located 300 Kilometers away from Colombo. There are Six national parks and three wild life sanctuaries in the vicinity of the Yala park and was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 along with Wilpattu national park. The Area around the Yala Park consists of important ancient civilization and two important pilgrim sites are namely Sithulpahuwa and Magulvihara are situated within the park. There are many routes to get to this park and Ratnapura and Tissamaharama routes are the most convenient and easiest. Yala Park is one of the best parks in Sri Lanka for Bird watching as it is believed that 215 Species of birds are found here and six are endemic to Sri Lanka. There are also 44 species of mammal’s resident of the Yala Park and leopards in Yala are known to have the highest densities in the World, 25 individual leopards are known to roam in Block 1 and the elephant heard in Yala are known to be from 300-350. The reptile fauna recorded in the Park is 46 and five of them are endemic. The visitors are allowed to see the wild animals from 05:30 Hrs. until 18:00 Hrs. and due the droughts the park used to be closed from 1 September until the 15th of October each year and from 2009 to date the closure was skipped as the lakes was filled with water bowsers in allowing the animals to stay on in the park during the drought seasons as well. The Jeep safari which starts from the Hotels in the vicinity and covers about 3-4 Hours’ drive with the Breakfast being provided in Packets from the hotels/ Return back to the booked hotel and after refreshing check out and proceed to the beach resort in Bentota.

Overnight stay at - Booked hotel in Bentota

Day 9 :Sightseeing from the Beach resort

After breakfast proceed for sightseeing in and around Bentota.

One of the popular is the Maduganga river safari which goes along the Maduganga River in Balapitiya “Ma Duwa” to Balapitiya and it is wide enough to travel in a 3 wheeler. But it is a great creation and it is the longest bridge I have seen in Sri Lanka. Madu Ganga 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. It might be one of the last remaining tracts of pristine mangrove forests in Sri Lanka. We also visited the Kothduwa temple, or KothDuwa Raja MahaViharaya located on Kothduwa Island on the Maduganga River. It is a unique experience and monks use boats for transportation. As we heard The Buddhist AmarapuraNikaya sect had its first Uasampada (Higher ordination ceremony) on a fleet of boats anchored upon it in 1803.The beaches of Bentota are unspoiled and it is possible to wander for miles along pristine stretches of sand with only the roar of the surf to disturb you, but beware of the tropical sun which can be deceivingly strong even on a cloudy day, also visit to the famous turtle farm in Kosgoda. Kosgoda is famous for its turtle hatchery- operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1981 to protect Sri Lanka's turtles from extinction. The hatchery pays fishermen for eggs that they collect at night along the sandy beach. Visitors can see huge tanks filled with new born turtle hatchlings. After being fed, the baby turtles are taken to the sea and released when they are 2-4 days old, usually during the safer hours of darkness. Although October to April is the main laying season, some eggs can be found at Kosgoda throughout the year. Bentota is also known for the famous Moonstone mines as moonstones were used as jewelry for many centuries including the ancient civilizations starting from Romans to Greek and then French.

Balapitiya river boat safari.

There are two places you can take a river safari in the general area of South West Sri Lanka. We chose Balapitiya and the Madu Ganga (with Ganga Meaning River in the local language) over Bentota and the river that ends up there. Despite tours from Balapitya being more expensive and nature being about the same as only a few kilometers separate the two, apparently the Madu Ganga river boat safaris are better to Benota's as the islands you get to visit are more interesting and the trips longer.

A bridge spans the mouth of the river and we noticed signs for a few operators offering boat rides. Our driver choice for our safari was GangabadaAsiriya. The place was a little cheesy with a fake "Pizza Hut" sign and a swimming pool. A bearded captain in a khaki uniform and naval hat greeted us and as two large groups, one Sri Lankan and a family were already waiting their turn to board, we sat under the shade of trees until the dock cleared. Ten minutes and 6000 Rupees later we boarded our boat and headed upstream on the placid waters of Madu Ganga.

The start of our journey was rather uninspiring with noxious fumes from the many outboard engines filling the air and garbage flowing about us. Our boatman, a likeable young man of about 20 years old, seemed confident in commanding the boat and we noticed with satisfaction that life jackets were on board. Within a few minutes the beauty of the area is revealed before our eyes and the first. Not so inspiring, impression is quickly forgotten. On the river shores a million shades of green are only interrupted by the presence of birds. Colorful king fisher’s pose patiently before our cameras and eagles soar high above us. We take a detour through a patch of mangrove trees that form a cave, barely big enough to fit our boat. We might not be able to see many wild animals but the water monitors we spot are the size of small alligators and you can easily make a mistake in identifying them, especially when they glide through the water. What's more the unusual sight of sweet water jelly fish with their eerily transparent body makes us wonder what else might live in these waters. Return back to the hotel.

Overnight stay at - The booked hotel in Bentota

Day 10 :Full day at Leisure in Bentota

After breakfast full day at Leisure at the beach resort, you can take part in hotels animation activities.

Overnight stay at - The booked hotel in Bentota.

Day 11 :Bentota-Colombo-Sightseeing & Shopping

After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to Colombo and continue with sightseeing and shopping tour in Colombo.

It’s the dawn of a new era of transformation, as the capital city of Colombo develops to become the wonder city of Asia. Today, as Arcade - Independence Square is unveiled; an iconic landmark is added to Sri Lanka’s spectacular landscape. We proudly welcome this phenomenon as a new beginning. A beacon of hope for new Sri Lanka.

The inspiration for these iconic creations stemmed from the desire to create “Expressions of Freedom”, which would present a tangible real-life experience to the multitude of people residing and visiting the capital city of Colombo. Spreading out from the capital, this philosophy of modern city planning and development will embrace the entirety of Sri Lanka, transforming a once ‘island nation’ into one of the most pulsating and dynamic countries in Asia.

As a tropical country blessed with comfortable weather and inviting lush green surroundings, Sri Lanka inherently offers wonderful spaces for good living. The city development plan envisioned under the astute leadership of His Excellency the President, who has articulated the same in the Mahinda Chinthanaya, and ably implemented under the stewardship of the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development attempts to weave in the main different “green spaces” within cities, in order to uplift the standard of city dwelling.

The beautification and development of the city of Colombo and its surroundings commenced immediately after the end of the war. The Sri Lanka Armed Forces contributed in their numbers and tremendous skill under the direction of the professionals of the Urban Development Authority, and rallied together to systematically refurbish the city’s dilapidated structures.

Overnight stay at - The Booked hotel in Colombo.

Day 12 :Colombo-Full day at Leisure

After breakfast continue with sightseeing or you can spend the day at Leisure for own activities.

It’s the dawn of a new era of transformation, as the capital city of Colombo develops to become the wonder city of Asia. Today, as Arcade - Independence Square is unveiled; an iconic landmark is added to Sri Lanka’s spectacular landscape. We proudly welcome this phenomenon as a new beginning. A beacon of hope for new Sri Lanka and Colombo city is currently on a total facelift with new hotels which are chain hotels group and the newly constructed shopping malls and parks gives every traveller a different experience of this city.

Overnight stay at -Booked Hotel in Colombo

Day 13 :Colombo - Airport departure

After breakfast check out as per your departure timings and transferred to the Airport for the departure flight.

END OF THE TOUR

This is all the Beauty of the “Land Like no other”.

On your flight back you will watch this tiny island disappear but we hope that you carry lasting memories of OUR friendly people and a beautiful country. We look forward to welcoming you back another day not as tourists, but as old friends.