Sri-Lanka-Tour---11-Nights-12-Days-map

Duration / Period of Trip

11 days

Theme

Nature’s Beauty

Key Places

Pinnawela, Sigiriya, Kandy, Knuckles, Haputale, Sinharaja, Kithulgala, Colombo

Key Activities

City and Historical tours, Elephant Safari, Nature Trails, Hiking & Trekking

Accommodation

4, 5 Star Hotels

 

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01

Airport – Dambulla or Sigiriya
Arrival at Bandaranaika International Airport. Our Chauffeur Guide will receive you at the airport and transfer you to Sigiriya

Optional:

  • En route visit Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage where around 70 orphaned elephants are fed and looked after by the wild life authorities. Airport to Pinnawela: 85 km – 2 Hours
  • Visit 2nd century Rock Cave Temple of Dambulla, which is the largest area of cave paintings found in the world. It has 5 caves with over 2,000 square meters of paintings and over 150 Buddha rock carvings.

 

Suggested Hotel

Option 1 – Green Paradise Resort
Option 2 – Aliya Resort & Spa

 


 

Day 2

Sigiriya

Morning :

  • Climb the 5th century Rock Fortress of Sigiriya famed for its beautiful frescoes and water fountains.

Afternoon :

  • Elephant Back Safari. Experience the unique mode of transportation, which was the sole mode of traveling, used by the ancient kings of Ceylon. Take a path that winds through the forest & across a small lake to a little island where you will be served some refreshments & return.

 

Suggested Hotel

Option 1 – Green Paradise Resort
Option 2 – Aliya Resort & Spa

 

Day 3

Sigiriya – Kandy (110 Km – 3.5 Hours)

Morning :

  • Drive to Kandy. En route, visit a Batik factory and experience the intricate art of traditional hand-made Batiks.

Afternoon

  • Tour of the city and surrounding areas of Kandy including visit to an arts & crafts center, a gem museum, a lapidary and the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha.

 

Suggested Hotel

Option 1 – Cinnamon Citadel
Option 2 – Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge

 

 


 

Day 4

Kandy – Knuckles (52 Km – 1.5 Hours)

Morning

  • Travel on to the scenic Knuckles range of mountains. The Knuckles range consists of five mountain peaks with the highest point about 6,000 ft above sea level spanning over an extensive region covering 155 sq.km of the island. A wide variety of rare and endemic flora and fauna makes this wilderness area a storehouse of rich biodiversity. Trek through dense forests, along rivers and waterfalls, past tea plantation and terraced paddy fields. En route, experience the life of rural paddy farmers

Suggested Hotel

Option 1 – Cinnamon Citadel
Option 2 – Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge

 


 

Day 5

Kandy – Haputale (120 Km – 3.5 hours)

Morning :

  • Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens which were first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and later expanded by the British. They are an expansive 147 acres and have an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.

Afternoon :

  • Drive to Haputale Perched at the southern edge of the Hill Country, narrow mountain ridge with the land falling away steeply on both sides. The bowl-shaped Uva valley, surrounded by the Idalgashinna and Ohiya peaks, as well as the Horton Plains plateau, lies to the north and east of the ridge, while the foothills of the lower Uva descend from the other side all the way to the sea. On a clear day you can see all the way to the south coast from this ridge, and at night the Hambantota lighthouse may be visible.

 

Suggested Hotel

Option 1 & 2 – Kelburne Mountain View Cottages

 


Day 6

Haputale

Morning :

  • Visit the Famous Lipton’s seat and St Catherin’s seat embedded in breathtakingly beautiful scenery in Haputale. These were the favourite look out points of “Father of Ceylon Tea Empire” Sir Thomas Lipton.

Afternoon :

  • Visit the “Adhisham” The country residence of Sir Thomas Villiers, a distinguished British resident of the early 20th Century turned into a Benedictine monastery is now famous for its flower gardens, orchards and its unique architectural design. Also visit Bogoda Bridge, the only Kandyan period roofed wooden bridge built during the 16th century, constructed gracefully over the Gallanda Oya is elegantly supported by 11 pairs of elegantly carved pillars and a railing of banisters

 

Suggested Hotel

Option 1 & 2 – Kelburne Mountain View Cottages

 

 


 

Day 7

Haputale – Sinharaja (140 Km – 3.5 Hours)

Morning :

  • Drive to wet zone of Sabaragamuwa Province in the western foothills of the central highlands

Afternoon :

  • At leisure to enjoy surrounding area or visit the town of Ratnapura famous for its blue Sapphires

 

Suggested Hotel

 

Option 1- Rain Forest Edge
Option 2- Boulder Garden

 


 

Day 8

Sinharaja

Morning :

  • Visit the Sinharaja a UNESCO-protected World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve. This is a haven for birdwatchers and nature lover which provides diverse habitats for numerous species of endemic fauna and flora not found anywhere else in the world. The reserve covers an area of about 11,000 hectares of lowland rainforest and is a valuable storehouse of scientific knowledge. Trekking through this magnificent jungle, the last surviving stretch of virgin rainforest on the island is truly a rewarding experience.

 

Suggested Hotel

Option 1- Rain Forest Edge
Option 2- Boulder Garden

 

 


Day 9

Sinharaja – Kithulgala (100 Km – 3.5 Hours)

Morning :

  • Drive along the mountain descent to Kithulgala. Kithulgala is a little town on the banks of the Kelani River and the film location of the famous movie “Bridge on the River Kwai”.

Afternoon :

  • Visit Kithulgala Forest Reserve. The Kithulgala forest is a secondary rain forest situated beside the Kelani River, one of our longest rivers. There is a tributary flowing through the forest to this river. The forest reserve has a high biodiversity. Though it is mostly secondary forest, it’s faunal and floral diversity is very similar to a primary forest. Wild boar, Toque Macaque, Purple faced leaf monkey, and Barking deer are some of the interesting mammal species. Among the interesting bird species Red faced Malkoha, Ceylon Blue Magpie, Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher, Frog Mouth and Layard’s Parakeet are outstanding.

 

Suggested Hotel

Option 1- Rafters Retreat
Option 2- Royal River Resort

 


Day 10

Kithulgala – Colombo (90 Km – 2.5 Hours)

Drive along the mountain descent to the city of Colombo
Afternoon :

  • Tour of the teeming, colourful and fascinating city of Colombo. Visit historic and interesting landmarks of Colombo including the exciting Pettah bazaar area, temples and mosques, town hall, residential area of Cinnamon Gardens, Independence Square, Old Parliament and the seafront at Galle Face Green.

 

Suggested Hotel

Option 1- Lake Lodge
Option 2- Galle Face – The Regency
Option 2- Galle Face – The Regency

 


Day 11

Colombo – Airport(40 Km – 1.0 Hour)

ŸAfter breakfast drive to the Bandaranaika International Airport for your return flight to your home country.

Tour Highlights

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