Highlights of Sri Lanka

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13 Nights/14 Days

Day 1

On arrival you will be welcomed by your private chauffeur guide and transferred to the hotel in Negombo for the much needed rest after the long flight.

Day 2

After an early breakfast, drive to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Here you can enjoy feeding a baby elephant and witness the jumbos enjoying their daily bath in the river nearby. Later on drive to Dambulla and visit the Rock Cave Temple, which is the largest and best‐preserved cave temple in Sri Lanka. When done, transfer to the hotel in Habarana for a 3 nights stay.

Day 3

Morning visit the ancient Kingdom of Polonnaruwa, which served as a historical capital of Sri Lanka. The ancient ruins are a UNESCO world heritage site. Evening enjoy a jeep safari at Minneriya National Park. This is the site of the ‘Elephant Gathering’ between July and October, where up to 300 elephants can be seen gathering around the tank in the late afternoon.

Day 4

In the morning, visit Sigiriya rock fortress ‐ another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sigiriya was built in the 5th century during the reign of King Kashapa and is probably the most fantastic wonder of Sri Lanka. It is also known as the Lion’s Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the Palace on the summit of the 600‐foot rock. Spend the evening in leisure by the hotel pool.

Day 5

After breakfast you will drive to the city of Matale, the ‘Spice’ capital of Sri Lanka to visit a spice & herbal garden. You can enjoy an educational tour of Sri Lankan spices & herbs and on Sri Lankan Ayurveda. This will also be your stop to enjoy some Sri Lankan cookery lessons where you can join the expert cooks at Euphoria Spice & Herbal to prepare your lunch. When done, drive to one of the most favourite cities in Sri Lanka, Kandy for a 2 nights stay.

Day 6

Today you will spend the day exploring the city of Kandy. Starting off with a visit to the most popular temple in Sri Lanka, the Temple of the tooth. Afterwards, visit the British Garrison Cemetery which contains 195 graves, was opened in 1822 as the final resting place for British nationals who passed away while in then colonized Ceylon. The cemetery was open until the 1870’s when it was closed due to lack of space. Enjoy the rest of the day shopping in Kandy city famous for traditional jewellery, gems, masks, oils, etc.

Day 7

After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya. Today’s drive is one of the most scenic in the country as you pass through tea country with the mountains carpeted in tea, numerous waterfalls and tea pickers. Stop at a tea factory where the process of tea producing and grading will be explained. You will also be able to taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. On arrival visit the markets famous for its fresh fruits and vegetables. Also, visit the Gregory Lake to enjoy the best of the vistas.

Day 8

An early morning drive will take you to Horton Plains National Park, a world apart from the rest of Sri Lanka, a misty and a rain‐swept landscape that has fostered the growth of a unique ecosystem. Follow a circular walking trail that leads you to World’s End, a sheer drop of 1,000 meters down to the valley below, and to Bakers Waterfalls, straight out of a picture postcard. After this scenic trek return back to the hotel for an evening of relaxation.

Day 9

Start off with a promise of a complete change in scenery as you travel to Tissamaharama in the South East of the country to be based close to Yala National Park. This few hours journey will show you why Sri Lanka is so famous as a tourist destination, with the change in scenery merely taking a few hours ride, going from mist covered hills and rainforests to the dry lands of the Southeast. Spend the evening in leisure at the hotel in Tissamaharama.

Day 10

Today you can enjoy an early morning or evening jeep safari in Yala National Park. This reserve has the world’s highest density of leopards living in the wild, so there is a high chance of a leopard sighting. Elephants, sloth bear, sambhur and buffaloes are amongst the animals also seen in the park. On your afternoon safaris, watch out for crocodiles basking in the evening sun.

Day 11

After breakfast enjoy the drive to Unawatuna for your beach stay. En route visit the Galle Fort and a turtle hatchery.

Day 12-13

Spend the days in leisure by the beach or pool.

Day 14

Drop off at airport for departure.