Day 1 (Negombo 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, and Portuguese Churches, which provides a gentle welcome for arriving visitors.  The cluster of beach resorts is worthy of rest stops. 

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

Day 2 (Anuradhapura Hotel)

Negombo/Anuradhapura

After breakfast, transfer to Anuradhapura, the first capital of Sri Lanka Lunch at Anuradhapura.
After Lunch Visit the ancient city of Anuradhapura

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

Day 3 (Sigiriya Hotel)

Anuradhapura/Mihintale/Aukana/Sigiriya

After breakfast, visit the cradle of Buddhism in Mihintale and Aukana

Lunch at Sigiriya

After lunch, visit Minneriya/Kaudulla/Eco Park to view 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 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 the forest.

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

Day 4 (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 King 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 colors 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 is the 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 food stuffs), ancient constructions, luxury hotels to stay, have made it popular among tourists.  

Lunch at Sigiriya/Polonnaruwa

Optional – Ayurvedic Herbal Massage from an Ayurveda Treatment Hospital.

Evening at Leisure.

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

Day 5 (Kandy Hotel)

Sigiriya/Dambulla/Matale/Kandy

After breakfast, proceed to Dambulla, which is situated at the center 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 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 kind of spices and herbs that even today the local community uses for their day-to-day activities.

Lunch at the Spice Garden in Matale

After lunch, proceed to a hotel in Kandy for dinner and overnight.

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

Day 6 (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 difference species of plants and it hosts the largest orchid exhibit in the world.  You can learn about a variety of plants 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 colorful 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 in Kandy

Day 7 (Nuwara Eliya Hotel)

Kandy/Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast, depart towards Nuwara Eliya to visit a tea plantation and a breathtaking waterfall.

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 in a hotel at Ramboda

After lunch visit a tea factory and a tea plantation.

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

Day 8 (Ella Hotel)

Nuwara Eliya/Horton Plains/Ella

Early morning, leave to visit the Worlds End to view the breathtaking sun rise.

Lunch at Ella.  After lunch visit the 9 Arch Bridge

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

Day 9 (Udawalawe Hotel)

Ella/Udawalawe

After breakfast, visit the little Adam’s Peak and en route the Ravana Waterfall.

Lunch at Udawalawe

After lunch, visit the Udawalawe Elephant Safari.

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

Day 10 (Galle Hotel)

Udawalawe/Galle

After breakfast, proceed to Galle en route visit the Turtle Conservation Center.

Evening at leisure

Dinner and overnight in a Hotel at Galle

Dinner and Lunch at a 3- or 4-star hotel at Galle

Day 11/12/13 (Bentota Hotel)

At leisure in the beach at Bentota

Optional excursions on demand.

Day 15 (Airport)

(Bentota/Airport)

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