Special Sri Lanka Honeymoon Tour 13 Days/ 12 Nights
Day 1 :Airport–Arrival-Negombo
Meet, greet and assist on arrival at the Bandaranayake International Airport, Thereafter transfer clients to Negombo.
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. Check in to the booked hotel and rest of the day at Leisure.
Overnight stay at - The booked hotel in Negombo.
Day 2 :Negombo-Pinnawela- Kandy-Cultural show
After Breakfast check out from the booked hotel in Negomb, thereafter proceed to Kandy via visiting the famous elephant orphanage at Pinnawela and also a famous spice Garden at Mawanella.
Elephant Orphanage 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 orphanagethousand 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.
SPICE GARDEN 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 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, Proceed to Kandy and late evening witness the famous Cultural show in Kandy.
Overnight stay at - The booked hotel in Kandy.
Day 3 :Kandy-Sightseeing & Shopping tour
After Breakfast proceed for the Sightseeing tours in Kandy which includes the visits to the famous botanical gardens at Peradeniya.
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 Esala Perahera 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.
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 continue with the Sightseeing tours in Kandy/ Optional tour available to visit the popular Honeymoon hotel in Hunnasgiriya.
Knuckles Mountain Range
Knuckles Massif or the Knuckles Mountain Range is part of the Hill Country of Sri Lanka which is also above 3000 Ft or 915 Mts. from sea level and covers an area of about 90 Sq. Miles or 234 Sq. of land extent. This is also called as Knuckles Range or Knuckles Peaks or simply as Knuckles. The reason to call it Knuckles is because, there is a mountain with five peaks in itself that looks like the knuckles of a clenched fist when seen from Kandy area (or the SW direction of that mountain named as Knuckles with a height of 6112 Feet). The Sri Lankan name for this mountainous area is “Dumbara Mitiyawatha” which means “The Misty Valley ". Since this inner mountainous area is off the motoring roads, it remains as aUN spoilt nature reserve even today. After the excursion return back to the booked hotel in Kandy.
Overnight stay at - The booked hotel in Kandy
Day 5 :Kandy-Tea factory visit Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to Nuwara Eliya via visiting some famous tea garden and a tea factory.
Nuwaraeliya is a beautiful city and the most visited city by Tourist who flock to this country. Situated at around 2000 meters 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.
Overnight stay at - The Booked hotel in Nuwara Eliya
Day 6 :Sightseeing tour in NuwaraEliya
After Breakfast proceed on a sightseeing tour in Nuwaraeliya.
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.
The British developed Nuwara Eliya as a hill retreat during the colonial era. The English cooled themselves here and enjoyed games like polo, cricket and fox hunting. Native Sinhalese travelers also frequently visited the site.
The town was founded by Samuel Baker as a hill retreat for the British during the colonial era, where typical English pastimes including fox hunting, polo and cricket were played. Several buildings and parks here retain features from colonial period. Nuwara Eliya, most famous hill resort in Sri Lanka, is located at the altitude of 2000 meters. Land of the renowned Ceylon tea, the waving mountains of Nuwara Eliya is carpeted by green tea plantations, punctuated with bubbling streams and waterfalls. This picturesque town is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the highest mountain in Sri Lanka. It was once favorite hill station of the British in Sri Lanka. Return back to the booked hotel.
Overnight stay at - The Booked hotel in Nuwaraeliya
Day 7 :Nuwaraeliya–Optional own tour to World’s End
After breakfast Continue sightseeing tours in Nuwaraeliya / Optional tour available for the client to visit the famous Horton Plains / World End national Park which is located 18 Kilometers away from the City. The Tour will be done on a 4WD or Minivan as of the depleted road Conditions.
History of Nuwara Eliya
The modern history of Nuwara Eliya begins in 1818 when a British Surgeon, Dr. John Davy (Brother of Humphery Davy, the inventor of the Miners’ Safety Lamp), rediscovered this area. Dr. John Davy mentioned that this place - Nuwara Eliya - has so many 'Ashoka' trees, Elephants, Wild animals and Gem stones. Today, known as 'Oliphant Estate', is the old 'Elephant Plane', the place where so many Elephants lived. Even today there are graves of 02 Elephant killers at the Golf Ground of Nuwara Eliya.
Climate Data for Nuwara Eliya
Due to the high altitude, Nuwara Eliya has a much cooler climate than the lowlands of Sri Lanka, with a mean annual temperature of 16 °C. But the temperature changes and sometimes it can be as low as 3°C. In the winter months the climate can be quite cold at night, and there can even be frost. However, the climate rapidly warms up as the tropical sun climbs higher during the day.
Horton Plains Nuwaraeliya
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.
Day 8 :Nuwaraeliya to the Beach resort
After Breakfast check out from the hotel in Nuwaraeliya and proceed to the beach resort. The journey considered to be the longest on the Itinerary and by stopping at some beautiful sites it will make your travel much more relaxed and comfortable. There are many routes to reach the resort and the most scenic and interesting will be the route via Kitulgala.
Bentota is a charming city and considered to be one of the relaxing tourist spots in Sri Lanka and also known to be a popular city for water sports activities. Many tourists choose bentota to be their beach stay destination, check in to the booked hotel and rest of the day at Leisure by the pool / Beach.
Overnight stay at - Booked hotel in Bentota
Day 9 :Sightseeing from the Beach resort
After Breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour to the famous turtle farm in Kosgoda and on your return visit there is also optional River Cruise that can be done at the Maduganga in Balapitiya.
Hikkaduwa is a small city located 17 Kilometers from Galle and the city well known for the Coral reefs in Sri Lanka. This city is always filled with Tourist and many can be seen taking a long walk on the Galle Road looking for something special as there are many shops filled with souvenir’s / garments / handmade crafts / restaurant’s , guest houses
Bentota is a charming city and considered to be one of the relaxing tourist spots in Sri Lanka and also known to be a popular city for water sports activities. Many tourists choose bentota to be their beach stay destination, as of the activities surrounding the city. 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.madhu 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 Koth Duwa Raja Maha Viharaya located on Kothduwa Island on the Maduganga River. It is a unique experience and monks use boats for transportation. As we heard The Buddhist Amarapura Nikaya 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.
Overnight stay at - The booked hotel in Bentota
Day 10 :Full day at Leisure in Bentota
Breakfast at hotel, thereafter spend the day at Leisure by the pool / Beach.
Overnight stay at - The booked hotel in Bentota
Day 11 :Bentota-Colombo-Sightseeing & Shopping
After Breakfast proceed with the sightseeing and shopping tour in Colombo
Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital, biggest city and major port, draws together all the colors and cultures that make up this island nation, condenses them into a patchwork of markets, gardens and buildings both humble and grand, and knocks them against a narrow slab of beachfront.
Many visitors will appreciate Colombo’s colonial heritage, its fine dining and shopping opportunities, and the dash of urban buzz in an overwhelmingly rural country. Others will tire quickly of the diesel fumes and the modern buildings on Galle Rd, the city’s main artery. If you’re only on a short trip to Sri Lanka, you may wish to pass by Colombo, but if you have the time – say at least two days – there are plenty of cultural and historical attractions in areas such as Fort, Cinnamon Gardens and Pettah.
Colombo is the political, economic and cultural Centre of Sri Lanka, so if you need to extend your visa or buy a plane ticket, you’ll find yourself here. The city was the scene of quite a few bombings during the war years, but security has been relaxed since a cease-fire was declared and peace talks began. It will be the best place to do all your last minute shopping as at some famous shopping arcades and showrooms. Odel unlimited, Liberty plaza complex, Majestic city complex, The house of Fashions, Beverly street, Gem Museum, Laksala hand craft shop, Barefoot, cotton collection, crescent boulevard, are some of the very famous shopping places in Colombo.
Overnight stay at - The Booked hotel in Colombo.
Day 12 :Full day at Leisure at Colombo
After Breakfast spend the day at Leisure for own activities.
Overnight stay at - Booked Hotel in Colombo
Day 13 :Colombo-Airport departure
As per the departure timings of the flight check out from the booked hotel in Colombo & proceed 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.