Island Of Paradise Tour 12 Days/ 11 Nights
Day 1 :Airport – Arrival - Dambulla
Meet, greet and assisted on arrival at the BIA, Thereafter transfer clients direct to Dambulla. As of the long journey you will check in to the booked hotel and rest of the day at Leisure.
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 Dambulla will give you an idea to prepare yourself to explore this beautiful country.
Overnight stay at - Dambulla/ Sigiriya
Day 2 :Dambulla - Habarana - Minneriya Safari Sightseeing
After Breakfast proceed for Sightseeing tours in Dambulla / Habarana or Sigiriya and also the famous jeep safari to the Minneriya National Park.
Habarana is famous among tourists and locals alike because of the safari rides to the nearby Habarana national park which has a huge population of Elephants. Another reason it is very popular among tourists is because of the luxurious nature friendly hotels in Habarana. Habarana is full of Elephants and this is one of the best places to go on Elephant back rides as well. Another important thing about Habarana is its unique location, it is very near to two world heritages sites (Sigiriya and Dambulla rock temple), two other world heritages sites (Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa) are only one hour’s drive and there are quite a few National parks near as well. So it’s a great location for history lovers and nature lovers. The Elephant population in the nearby national parks is not that used to humans and there are frequent
Minneriya National park is a National Park in North central province of Sri Lanka. After being originally declared as a wild life sanctuary in 1938 this National park and the area was designated as a National park in 1997. The Minneriya Tank which is an historical site was built by King Mahesan in 3 Century AD. This park is known to be situated in the dry zone of Sri Lanka and very well known for Wild Elephants which takes the centre point in this park. The National Park’s faunal species include 24 Species of Mammals, 160 Species of Birds, 9 Species of Amphibians, 25 Species of reptiles, 26 species of Fish and 75 Species of butterflies. The Individual elephant gatherings in this are huge at times and it is known as high as 700 Elephants gather at one time as the Minneriya tank contributes to sustain a large herd of elephants. Many tourists like to visit Minneriya during the dry season largely because of the elephants. Unlike in the other National Parks of Sri Lanka, Elephants in Minneriya Park are more aggressive and time to time it’s been heard about the Human elephant encounters and the villages in the vicinity do face many threats. The area is also part of Minneriya-Giritale Nature Reserve which declared in four stages from 1988 to 1997. Conservative measures including habitat restoration and removing livestock from the area, have been proposed.
Overnight stay at - Booked hotel in Dambulla/ Sigiriya
Day 3 :Dambulla -Spice Garden - Kandy Cultural Show
After Breakfast check out from the hotel in Dambulla / Habarana proceed to Kandy via visiting a famous Spice garden at Matale.
SPICE GARDEN MATALE: 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 Ayurvedic 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 Ayurvedic 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. Once reached Kandy check in to the booked hotel and late 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 Paththini.
Overnight stay at - The Booked hotel in Kandy
Day 4 :Kandy - Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage - Kandy Sightseeing tours
After Breakfast proceed to the half day excursion to the famous elephant orphanage at Pinnawela 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.
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 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.
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, check in to the booked hotel and late afternoon visit to the city of NuwaraEliya.
Overnight stay at - The Booked hotel in NuwaraEliya.
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, Hakkala 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, Cattles, Cows, Goats and grass lands, vegetable farm, seed potatoes producing center 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 – Optional own tour to World's End
After breakfast option own tour can be arranged to one of the most beautiful sites in the vicinity of NuwaraEliya. It’s known as the Horton plains and “World’s End”.
One of the beautiful sites situated 28 Kilometers south of Nuwara-Eliya. Once it was used as a tea plantation and later it was turned into one of the National parks of Sri Lanka. Horton plains are also well known for hiking and from the entrance the walk will start for 4 Kilometers to reach World’s end which is a sudden drop of approximately 1050 meters and it is indeed an amazing site. The green grasslands and many species of plants and trees make Horton plains more unique and the feature being that 3 Major rivers in Sri Lanka starts from here. Further inside the park you will find the bakers falls which is one of the beautiful water falls in Sri Lanka which is 22 meters in height. There are two different entrances to Horton plains, one is via pattipola entrance from Nuwaraeliya and the other is from Ohiya via welimada or Bandarawela. Horton Plains is also surrounded by important mountains and one of them is the Kirigalpotha Mountain and the other is Totupola Mountain. Return back to the booked hotel.
Overnight stay at - The Booked hotel in NuwaraEliya.
Day 8 :Nuwaraeliya to the Beach resort
After breakfast check out from the hotel in NuwaraEliya and proceed to the beach resort. This would be the longest Journey in your tour Itinerary and stops at sites will not make you feel of this long drive.
Reach the destination; check in to the booked hotel and rest of the day at leisure by the beach / pool.
Overnight stay at - The Booked hotel in Bentota.
Day 9 :Sightseeing from the Beach resort
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing in and around Bentota.
One of the popular excursion during your beach stay 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 booked
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 MahindaChinthanaya, 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-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.