Scenic Sri Lanka Tour

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Scenic Sri Lanka Tour

Trip Highlights :- Colombo / Habarana / Minneriya / Kandy / Nuwara Eliya / Bentota / Ambalangoda / Colombo |

Tour duration : 07 Nights / 08 Days

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Day 01: Arrive Colombo / Habarana [191 Kms / 04 hrs approx]

"Ayubowan" On arrival meeting assistance at airport, traditional welcome followed with drive to Habarana.

En-route Visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, is a home for about 60 elephants (out of which around 50 are baby elephants) found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authority. The best time for your visit is at 9 in the morning, when you will have the opportunity of seeing these ‘babes’ being bottle-fed. You could also see the elephants having their daily baths at a river close by.

Sigiriya & Climb the Sigiriya rock fortress - Sigiriya Rock Fortress - Which is a world heritage site, built by king Kashyapa (473 – 491 A.D) .The “lion rock” is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. The base of the rock is ringed by a moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens. The world-renowned frescoes of the “heavenly maidens’ of Sigiriya which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway is one of the main attractions. The frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.

Arrive and check in to the Hotel, later during the day, Elephant Back Ride in Habarana.

Overnight stay in Habarana.

Day 02: Habarana / Minneriya / Habarana [Excursion 100 kms / 04 hrs approx]

After breakfast proceed to Minneriya - proceed for a safari in Minneriya national park. The extent of this national park is about 8,889 hect. There are wet lands in this national park which have international importance, animals and plant species which are plenty in dry zone are found in this park. Wild elephants, various amphibians, local and immigrant bird species are plenty in this park. about hundred and sixty species of birds, 09 amphibians, 25 reptile species, 26 fish species and more than 78 butterfly species have been found in this area. There are bamboo trees which are rare in other parks and wild elephants can be seen conveniently.

Habarana Elephant Back Ride - it brings in multifaceted joys. The majestic beast, the locations in close proximity to the cultural attractions and the terrain rich with bird life all add up to bring in memorable experiences to the tourists holidaying in Sri Lanka. Elephant Back Safaris are one of the newest and most thrilling safari experiences in Sri Lanka. This Elephant Back Safari not only makes it possible to view wildlife from the back of an elephant, but perhaps more importantly, provide the unique opportunity to share a day in the life of the elephant.

Return to Habarana for overnight stay.

Day 03: Habarana / Kandy [110 Kms and 03 hrs approx]

After the Breakfast, check-out and drive to Kandy.

En-route Visit Dambulla Cave temple, Dambulla Rock Temple – was built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. Dambulla is a world heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. The caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 meters.

Visit Spice Gardens - to see the different spices that Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed.

Arrive and check-in at hotel.

Kandy - The last capital of the Sri Lankan kings which is a world heritage site. The name Kandy conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy lake built by the last Sinhala king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1806, visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts center and a gem museum and lapidary. The evening is the best time to visit the temple of the tooth relic and thereafter witness a traditional cultural dance show.

Visit Kandy temple of the tooth relic & Cultural dance show in the evening.

Cultural Dance Show - Kandyan Art Association & Cultural Centre features daily shows at 1730 hrs which showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Kandyan Kingdom. These shows essentially comprise various styles of Kandyan dance, and are quite popular with visitors to the Hill Capital. The Centre overlooks the scenic lake as it is located along its shore.

Overnight stay in Kandy.

Day 04: Kandy / Nuwara Eliya [76 Kms / 02½ hrs approx]

After breakfast, check-out. Drive to Nuwara Eliya.

En-route [Optional] visit Gem Museum & Wood Carving. Gem Museum - Sri Lanka has produced some of the most precious gem stones that world has ever known. Most of the world’s celebrated coloured precious gems have been discovered in Sri Lanka. The largest ,the second largest and the third largest blues sapphires in the world, largest Star Ruby, Largest cat's eye, Largest Alexandrite were found in Sri Lanka. A 105 carat cat's eye gem stone of Sri Lankan origin was cherished by 4 British monarchs: Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII and Queen Elizabeth II. The world famous 18 carat blue sapphire worn by Princess Diana later given to Catherine Kate by Prince William was from Sri Lanka.

Visit Oak Ray Traditional Wood Carving centre.

En-route visit Batik & Silk Factory, Batiks incorporate many motifs and colours, some traditional, others highly contemporary and individual. Many display a vigorousness of design related to their origin. The material created by the batik-makers is used to produce distinctive dresses, shirts, sarongs and beachwear well-suited for tropical climes.

Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka's premier hill resort with a fine bracing mountain climate. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country producing 50% of the world’s best tea. Sri Lanka's highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 ft) is located here. Nuwara Eliya is the location for one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in Asia.

Visit Tea Plantation factory where one the best tea’s in the world is produced. You will be told all about the process of manufacturing tea and also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory.

Afterwards proceed to hotel after check in overnight stay.

Day 05: Nuwar Eliya / Bentota [76 kms / 02 hrs approx]

After breakfast, check-out from hotel. Drive to Bentota.

En-route visit [Optional] Horton Plain’s & Trek in to the world’s end. It is a protected area in the central highlands of Sri Lanka and is covered by montane grassland and cloud forest. This plateau at an altitude of 2,100–2,300 mt (6,900–7,500 ft) is rich in biodiversity and many species found here are endemic to the region. This region was designated a national park in 1988. It is also a popular tourist destination and is situated 32 Kms (20 mi) from Nuwara Eliya and 08 Kms (5.0 mi) from Ohiya. The Horton Plains are the headwaters of three major Sri Lankan rivers, the Mahaweli, Kelani, and Walawe. In Sinhala the plains are known as Maha Eliya Plains. Stone tools dating back to Balangoda culture have been found here. The plains' vegetation is grasslands interspersed with montane forest, and includes many endemic woody plants. Large herds of Sri Lankan Sambar Deer feature as typical mammals, and the park is also an Important Bird Area with many species not only endemic to Sri Lanka but restricted to the Horton Plains. Forest dieback is one of the major threats to the park and some studies suggest that it is caused by a natural phenomenon. The sheer precipice of World's End and Baker's Falls are among the tourist attractions of the park.

En-route [Optional] visit New Zealand Farm at Ambewela. One of beautiful places of Sri Lanka and it's situated at Nuwaraeliya district. Ambewela has vast pasture area in Sri Lanka. Milko and Highland full cream milk powder factory is situated at Ambewela. Cheese, Butter and many milk products are manufactured buy it.

En route [Optional] White water rafting in Kitulgala.

Kitulgala - is the place where the famous "Bridge on the River Kwai" film was made. Kitulgala is a small town in the west of Sri Lanka. It is in the wet zone rain forest, which gets two monsoons each year, and is one of the wettest places in the country. Nevertheless, it comes alive in the first three months of the year, especially in February, the driest month. The Academy Award-winning "The Bridge on the River Kwai" was filmed on the Kelani River near Kitulgala, although nothing remains now except the concrete foundations for the bridge (and, supposedly, the submerged train cars that plunged into the river in the climactic scene). Kitulgala is also a base for white-water rafting, which starts a few kilometers upstream.

Arrive and check in to the hotel.
Remaining day at leisure on the beach. Overnight stay in Bentota.

Day 06: Bentota / Ambalangoda / Bentota [50 Kms 01 ½ hrs approx]

After breakfast, check-out from hotel. Drive to Ambalangoda.

Visit the Masks Museum & Workshop in Ambalangoda, The town is famous for masks & puppets. The traditional masks are carved from light Balsa like Kaduru wood (Nux vomica). Kaduru trees grow in the marshy lands bordering paddy fields. The wood is smoke dried for a week in preparation. The hand carved & hand painted masks in traditional dance dramas are vibrant & colorful. The colourful & vibrant naga raksha (Cobra demon) mask of the Raksha Kolama (Demon dance), consist of a ferocious face with bulging, popping & staring eyes, a bloodthirsty carnivorous tongue lolling out of wide mouth armoured & armed to the hilt with set of fanglike teeth, & all topped by a set of cobra hoods.

En-route visit Turtle Hatchery in Kosgoda 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. The beaches of Sri Lanka are the nesting grounds for five species of marine turtles. They are the Green Turtle, the Leatherback, the Hawksbill, the Loggerhead and the Olive Ridley. All 5 species have been recorded to nest along specific areas of Sri Lanka's coast. Studies have indicated that beaches can be categorized in accordance with visitation by different species of turtles. For example Leatherbacks nest at Walawe Modera and Godawaya. Hawksbill nests at Bentota while Green Turtle nests at Rekawa and Kosgoda. Loggerheads nest at Welipatanwala. Olive Ridleys are the only species of turtle that nest everywhere.

Boat ride in Madu River, Shallow water body in south-west Sri Lanka, which enters the sea at Balapitiya. The Buddhist Amarapura Nikaya sect had its first Upasampada on a fleet of boats anchored upon it in 1803.

Afterwards drive to Bentota for overnight stay.

Day 07: Bentota / Colombo [80 Kms / 02 hrs approx]

After breakfast, check-out and drive to Colombo.

Colombo - visit fort and Pettah areas and drive past the 100-year-old clock tower, the old Parliament and several British built, colonial buildings. Other places of interest are Hindu and Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Colombo museum, the Bandaranaike memorial international conference hall (BMICH). Also visit the ceramics corporation showrooms, the ODEL unlimited dress boutique and the majestic city shopping complex.

Check in to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 08: Departure from Colombo [35 kms]

After breakfast proceed to Colombo City for shopping tour, afterwards proceed to airport to board return journey flight. Please note that reporting at the Airport 02 – 03 hours prior to the departure flight.

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