Day 1 (Negambo Hotel)

Airport/Negombo

Welcomed by a Tropical SL Holidays Representative at the Airport and transferred to Negombo.

Negombo was Sri Lanka’s first coastal resort and is known for its long sandy beaches and centuries old fishing industry.  Negombo has a large bilingual (Sinhala/Tamil) population with a clear Roman Catholic majority.  It’s a modest town of Buddhist Temples, Portuguese Churches, which provides a gentle welcome for arriving visitors.  The cluster of beach resorts are worthy rest stops. 

Dinner and overnight in a 3 or 4-star Hotel at Negombo.

Day 2  (Sigiriya Hotel)

Negombo/Sigiriya

After breakfast, travel to Sigiriya

Lunch at Sigiriya

After lunch, visit Minneriya/Kaudulla/Eco Park to visit beautiful Wild Elephants in their own habitation.

Minneriya National Park is home to the world’s largest gathering of Asian Elephants.  Large numbers of Sri Lankan Elephants are attracted to grass fields on the edges of the Minneriya Tank during the dry season.  The Minneriya Tank contributes to sustaining a large herd.  Elephants gathered at this Park numbering around 150 – 350.

Kaudulla National Park is one of the most eminent parks, spread over a massive 6656 hectares and is home to a countless number of wild animals, aquatic animals and exotic birds.  In addition to the elephants, Sri Lankan axis deer, chevrotain, wild boar, Asian spoonbill, grey-headed fish eagle, painted stork and openbill stork are common visuals at the Park.  Aside from these, one could rarely capture a glimpse of leopard and sloth bear in thee forest.

In the evening, have a relaxing Ayurvedic treatment from a reputed Ayurveda treatment centre

Dinner and overnight in a 3- or 4-star hotel at Sigiriya

Day 3 (Sigiriya Hotel)

Sigiriya/Polnnaruwa/Sigiriya

After breakfast, visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

Sigiriya was one of the loveliest royal cities that ever graced the earth. One of the most striking features of Sigiriya is its Mirror Wall.  In the old days, it was polished so thoroughly that the Kind could see his reflection.  It perhaps is the single most remarkable memory for visitors to Sri Lanka. At the midway, you could see beautiful Sigiriya maidens painted in tempera in brilliant natural colours on the rock wall cave.

Thereafter, proceed to Polonnaruwa.

Polonnaruwa was the glorious medieval capital (11th to 13th century). It is known as one of the cleanest cities in the country.  Some of the attractions of the city such as Parakrama Samudra (the largest irrigation tank of King Parakramabahu 1), which is a huge lake built in the year 1200 (it was the life-blood of the ancient city in the same way that is the blood life of the religion today, providing water for the growth of thirsty rice crops and other foodstuffs), ancient constructions, luxury hotels to stay, have made it popular among tourists.  

Lunch at Sigiriya/Polonnaruwa

Optional – Ayurvedic Herbal Massage from an Ayurveda Treatment Centre.

Evening at Leisure.

Dinner and overnight in a 3- or 4-star hotel at Sigiriya

Day 4 (Kandy Hotel)

Sigiriya/Dambulla/Matale/Kandy

After breakfast, proceed to Dambulla, which is situated at the centre of the cultural triangle.

Dambulla Golden Rock Cave Temple is a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO in 1991. The history of Dambulla Cave Temple goes back to the 02nd Century BC.  King Walagambahu, after he became the King for the second time (89-77), converted the region into a Temple or Shrine.  This Cave monastery, with its five sanctuaries, is the largest best-preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka.  The Buddhist mural painting are of particular importance, as are the 157 statues.  There is a dress code, so you should wear respectful clothing when visiting the Temple.  Bring a sarong sarong or borrow one at the Temple to cover your shoulders or knees.  You should wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Thereafter, proceed to visit a spice garden in which you could find different kinds of spices and herbs that even today the local community uses for their day-to-day activities. Lunch in the Spice Garden at Matale

After lunch, proceed to Kandy for dinner and overnight.

Dinner and overnight at a 3- or 4-star hotel in Kandy

Day 5 (Kandy Hotel)

Kandy/Peradeniya/Kandy

After breakfast, proceed to visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens which is also called the “Royal Botanical Gardens”, was founded in 1821.  As Sri Lanka’s largest garden, plenty of time is needed to stroll Peradeniya’s imposing avenue of Royal Palms.  There are some 4,000 different species of plants and it hosts the largest orchid exhibit in the world.  You can learn about a variety of plans you might not see otherwise and it has three picturesque lakes, In the evening, visit the Kandyan Dance and Fire Show, followed by a visit to the Temple of the Tooth Relic. 

Traditional Kandyan Dances include the Cobra Dance, Mask Dance and the Ginisila (showing power over fire).  This colourful spectacle climaxes with an amazing fire-walking act.

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a world-renowned place of worship, where the left Canine Tooth of Gautama Buddha is enshrined and preserved in this haven of refuge.

Dinner and overnight in a 3 or 4-star hotel at Kandy

Day 6 (Kandy Hotel)

Kandy/Ramboda/kandy

Ramboda Falls is so named due to its proximity the breathtaking waterfall in Nuwara Eliya.  Here, you can enjoy beautiful views of nature’s own wonderful creations.

Optional – Could take a train, if required, to view the panoramic beauty of the upcountry trail from Kandy to Nawalapitiya and from Nawalapitiya to Ramboda by vehicle

Lunch at the Ramboda Hotel

After lunch visit a tea plantation.

Dinner and overnight stay in a 3- or 4-star hotel at Kandy

Day 7 (Bentota Hotel)

Kandy/Bentota

After breakfast, travel to Bentota

Dinner and Lunch in a 3- or 4-star hotel at Bentota

Day 8/9

Bentota

At leaisure in the beach

Day 10

Bentota/Airport

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