Tour : 8days/7 nights
Colombo 1 - Sigiriya1 - Anuradhapura1 - Polonnaruwa 1 - Kandy 1 - Uda Walawe NP 1 - Galle 1
Day 1 Arrive Colombo
Arrive in Colombo at any time. Pick-up and transfer to Hotel. Overnight at hotel
Day 2 Colombo - Sigiriya drive
Drive through spectacular scenery and beautiful villages, stopping along the way to visit the elephant orphanage at Pinnawala, and the world's biggest area of wall paintings at nearby Dambulla Rock Temple. In the afternoon arrive in Sigiriya, a small town dwarfed by the magnificent Rock Fortress.
Day 3 Sigiriya - Anuradhapura drive
Sri Lanka's first capital and a potent symbol of Sinhalese power, Anuradhapura is the most extensive and important of Sri Lanka's ancient cities.
Day 4 Anuradhapura - Polonnaruwa drive
Start the morning with a climb up the 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress before exploring the graceful granite Buddhas of Gal Vihara in Polonnaruwa.
Day 5 Polonnaruwa - Kandy drive
Today our journey takes us on to Kandy, the ‘capital’ of the hill country, a relaxing lakeside town surrounded by hills and tea plantations.
Day 6 kandy - Uda Walawe National Park drive
Enjoy a game drive through Uda Walawe National Park where you may catch a glimpse of leopards, elephants, crocodiles, sloth, and mongoose in their natural habitat.
Day 7 Uda Walawe NP - Galle drive
Stop at the once busy colonial port town of Galle, dominated by the Dutch Fort.
Day 8 Depart Colombo
Travel back to Colombo where trip ends upon arrival. On time departure transfer
Trekking Tour : 12days/11 nights
Colombo/Kandy 1 - Kandy 1 - Bandarawela 1 - Haldummulla/Ohiya 1 - Arugam Bay 1 - Lahugalla 1 - Arugam Bay 1 - Ella 1 - Loinorn 2 - Colombo1
Day 1: Colombo - Kandy.
Leave for Kandy visiting the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage en-route. This orphanage for baby elephants was established to feed, nurse & house young elephants found abandoned by their mothers. The feeding and bathing times are the highlight of the day. Proceed to Kandy, the hill capital of Sri Lanka. Kandy is situated in a valley 1600 feet above sea level, and is one of the most beautiful cities in Sri Lanka. The temple of the tooth, one of the most venerated Buddhist temples in the world is located here. Dinner and overnight will be at the Hotel Suisse or Tree of Life. Includes: (D).
Day 2: Kandy - Trekking.
Breakfast will be at the Tree of Life Hotel. The vehicle will drop you off at the point to start your walk which covers the 700 year old Western Shrines of Kandy. Experience the rural social conditions of Sri Lanka when you walk along gravel road, foot paths and along paddy field banks. You will arrive at the Gadaladeniya Rock Temple 1 ½ hours later. You will be given a brief description of the temple's history. Leave for the Lankathilake Blue Temple, which is another half an hours' walk passing evergreen paddy fields.
You will be given a brief tour of the temple, after which you can enjoy your picnic lunch in a spot close to the temple, taking in the beautiful scenery of the surrounding area. Another 1 ½ Km walk through village byroads will bring you to the world famous Embekke Wooden Temple. A superb example of the island's architecture in wood & dedicated to the god Kataragama or Skanda believed to have been built in 1371 AD. The temple boasts over 100 intricately carved wooden pillars. The vehicle will bring you back to the Hotel Tree of Life for dinner & overnight. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Bandarawela.
Leave for the salubrious mountain retreat of Nuwara Eliya. Located almost 6200 feet in elevation, you will be surprised at the change in vegetation and scenery, and find it hard to believe you are in a tropical country. Visit a tea plantation and factory on the way. Proceed to Bandarawela for dinner and overnight at the Silver Springs. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Bandarawela - Ohiya - Haldummulla.
Take the morning train to Ohiya. From the Ohiya station, from take increasingly challenging walk to Haldummulla. The trek of about 6 hrs, winds through tea plantations, mountain slopes and thick jungle, ending at your next overnight’s stay. Dinner and overnight will be at the World’s End Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Ohiya - Arugam Bay.
Today you will be leaving to the famous east coast. Visit Panama wewa en-route. This is the home of a good number of crocodiles. You could see a good number of them lazing on the bank of the tank awaiting their prey. Overnight will be at Arugam Bay. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Arugam Bay - Lahugala.
Today you could visit the Lahugal National Park. You will be visiting Magul Maha Vihara en-route. The ancient vihara was built by king Dhatusena between 516- 526. Later Vihara Maha Devi, the wife of the two Parakramabahu brothers renovated the jungle-covered shrine. The above information was found on a rock inscription dating back to the 14th century AD. Proceed to Lahugala National Park. Lahugala lies smack in the middle of an elephant corridor that connects the Yala region to the Gal Oya region. This, together with the beru, makes this ‘tank’ duo the meeting place of elephants traveling along this passage. Lahugala would undoubtedly be the finest place in the island to observe wild elephants without much ado and in fair comfort. Return to Arugam Bay for overnight. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Arugam Bay.
Today you are free to relax on the beach of Arugam Bay, one of the fines in the island. Rediscover the magic of the east coast with its un-spoilt, unpolluted and clean beaches. The white sandy beaches stretch over vast areas. Fishing along with paddy cultivation is the main occupation in this area. Seafood grill and Barbecue by the beach is a memorable experience indeed. Overnight at Arugam Bay. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Arugam Bay - Ella.
Leave for Ella after breakfast. You are free to indulge in some adventure activities in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight will be at Ella Adventure Park. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Ella - Loinorn.
Head toward the golden valley of Bogawantalawa. Trek from Bogawa to Loinorn. You will end up at the picturesque North Cove, where you will be spending the night. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Loinorn.
Today is a day you could relax or free to walk in the cool mountains. Dinner and overnight will be at the North Cove. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 11: Loinorn - Colombo.
Leave Loinorn for Kitulgala for some flat-water rafting, this morning. The whitewater rafting in flat water, will cover about 3 Km and of about one hour’s duration. Proceed to Colombo where you will arrive at the Havelock for overnight. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 12: Transfer to airport. You will be taken to either a Colombo hotel or the Airport today. Includes: (B).
Tour : 9nights/10days
Colombo/Anuradhapura 1 - Sigiriya 1 - Polonnaruwa 1 - Dambula/Kandy 1 - Pinnawela Kandy 1 - Nuwara Eliya 1 - Horton Planes Ella 1 - Badula Ella 1 - Yala 1 - Colombo1
Day 1: Colombo / Anuradhapura
Arrive at the Bandaranaike International airport, Katunayake. You will be met and assisted on arrival and leave for a hotel close by for refreshment. Procced to Anuradhapura. (206 km, approx. 5 hour drive). On arrival in Anuradhapura, check in at the hotel. After a short break, visit the sacred ancient city founded in the 04th century B.C a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1982. It has the largest number of ancient monuments of the great Sinhala civilization which flourished in this region.
You will see some of the most famous as well as the tallest dagobas of Sri Lanka, Ruwanweliseya Dagoba, 2nd century BC with its famous elephant walls and the 3rd century BC Thuparama Dagoba. Ruins of ancient royal palaces specially the pillars of the Brazen Palace, which once had nine storeys, temples, the image of the Samadhi Buddha one of the finest pieces of Buddhist sculpture, monasteries, the twin ponds, guard stones and the moonstone. The ‘Sri Maha Bodhi’ or the sacred Bo tree is over 2200 years old grown from a branch of the very tree under which “The Buddha” attained enlightenment - the oldest historically documented tree in the world. Overnight stay at The Grand Holiday Resort / Shalani Tourist Inn / Milano Tourist Rest or similar standard in Anuradhapura.
Day 2: Mihintale / Aukana / Sigiriya
After breakfast at hotel leave for Mihintale (12 km - approx. ½ hour drive). Visit the ancient remains of Mihintale, a sacred place which is regarded as the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. The rock is dotted with shrines and rock dwellings. A grand stairway of 1840 steps made of granite slabs, 5 meters wide leads to the summit with its splendid views of the surrounding countryside. Afterwords proceed to Aukana (59 km, approx. 1 ½ hour drive) to see the statue of the Aukana Buddha, undoubtedly the most magnificent undamaged ancient image in the island. The 5th century statue ascribed to King Dhatusena. Aukana means ‘sun eating’ and is best viewed when the sun rises. On completion, leave for Sigiriya, (55km - approx. 1½ hour drive). Overnight stay at The Lion Rock Guest House / The Grand Holiday Resort / Globe Trotter tour Inn or similar standard in Sigiriya.
Day 3: Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa
After breakfast at hotel climb the Rock Fortress (a UNESCO World Heritage site) built by King Kassapa in the 05thcentury A.D. which was a Royal Citadel for more than 18 years. The lion rock is a citadel of unusual beauty, rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The base of the rock is ringed by a moat and rampart and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens. The majestic Lion’s Paw picturesquely guards the stairway of the palace on the summit. See the famous frescoes of the “Heavenly maidens” of Sigiriya in a sheltered pocket of the rock and the 10 foot high Mirror Wall.
On completion, leave for Polonnaruwa (67 km, approx.1½ hour drive), (UNESCO World Heritage Site) the Capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to 13th century, a well-planned medieval city defended by enclosing walls (around 5 km. which still remain), graced by palaces, shrines, monasteries, pavilions, parks, ponds and irrigation lakes. Polonnaruwa is strewn with ruins in a resplendent state of preservation. Of these the ‘Vatadage’ and the ‘Thuparama Image house’ are the most spectacular. The ‘Gal Vihara’ which consists of statues of the recumbent, standing and seated Buddha have been cut from a single granite wall and rank among the true masterpieces of Sri Lankan Art. On completion, return to the hotel in Sigiriya or stay in Polonnaruwa. Overnight stay at Hotel Gajaba / The Village or similar standard in Polonnaruwa.
Day 4: Polonnaruwa / Dambulla / Kandy
After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Dambulla and visit the famous Golden Rock cave temple which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. A sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries, this cave monastery, a vast isolated rock mass with its five caverns is the largest best preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka. The Buddhist mural paintings (covering an area of 2,100 sq. meters) are of particular importance as are the 157 statues including a 47 foot long statue of the recumbent Buddha. The ceiling of one cavern is fully illustrated with paintings that follow the natural folds of the rock so closely that it appears to be made of cloth. The complex of caves is one of the most impressive Buddhist Temples in the world.
Thereafter leave for Kandy (72 km - approx. 3 hour drive). The bustling hill country capital is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for the Temple of the Tooth which houses the most sacred religious relic, the tooth of the Buddha, the Kandy Lake built in 1807 which is an attractive centerpiece to the town and the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Kandy is also popular because of the annual festival known as the Esala Perahera where the inner casket covering the tooth relic of the Buddha is taken in a grand procession through the streets of the city held annually in the month of July or August. On arrival in Kandy, check in at the hotel. Evening, enjoy the Kandyan Cultural Show at the Kandyan Arts & Cultural Centre. The show features the graceful and rhythmic dancers and drummers culminating in an impressive fire walking display. Thereafter visit the sacred Temple of Tooth. Overnight stay at Blink Bourne Tourist Inn / Hotel Kandy View / Majestic Tour Inn or similar standard in Kandy.
Day 5: Kandy / Pinnawela / Kandy
After breakfast proceed to Pinnawala and visit the Elephant Orphanage (50 km, 2 hours drive). This orphanage was set up by the government to take care of baby elephants lost or abandoned in the wild. Witness the feeding of the elephants. The baby elephants being bottle fed with milk is a heartwarming sight. Thereafter observe them as they take their daily bath in the river nearby, which affords marvelous photo opportunities. Bath time is enjoyed by all elephants, young and old alike and it is a good time to closely observe their tightly knit family structure. The young elephants are protected and cared for, by the older ones in the group and the leader of the group is respected by all. On completion, returned to Peradeniya and visit the Botanical Gardens where a rare collection of tropical exotic and indigenous flora including the famous Orchid House could be viewed. Evening, enjoy walking around the lake / town and the authentic market in Kandy. Overnight stay in Kandy.
Day 6: Kandy / Nuwara Eliya
After worm break fast at the hotel proceed to Nwara Eliya. En route visiting a Tea Factory and Tea plantation. This beautiful town of Nuwara Eliya, set in the heart of Tea country and situated 1890 meters above sea level, is where the British succeeded in creating an English countryside with homes in styles from Georgian to Queen Anne with well kept lawns with hedges. Afternoon commence a sightseeing tour of the city. Visit the Nuwara Eliya Town, Market place, Golf Course, (one of the finest 18 holes Golf courses in Asia) the Hill Club, and drive around this hill station viewing Lake Gregory. Over night stay at Hotel Grosvenar / Sampath Rest or similar standard in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 7: Nuwara Eliya / Horton planes / Ella
After an early breakfast at hotel, leave for Horton Plains (40 km, approx. 1 ½ hour drive), the highest plateau in the country. It is one of the very important National parks in Sri Lanka especially for its topographical variations. It has unique vegetation and is famous for many rare and endemic highland birds. The most awesome physical feature of the Horton Plains is the escarpment that falls 880 meters to the lowlands of the southern region of the island. Aptly known as the ‘World’s End’ the view from the precipice of the countryside below towards the south coast is spectacular. Dawn or early morning is the best time for observing it. On completion returned to Nuwara Eliya and proceed to Nanu Oya Railway station to catch the train and a charming train ride to Ella. Ella excellent base for keen trekkers to explore & discover the surrounding be reached through a tea estate. Overnight stay at Ella Gap Tour Inn / Rawana Holiday Resort / Tea Garden or similar standard in Ella.
Day 8: Ella / Badulla / Ella
After a worm break fast at the hotel and start trekking in Ella rock the magnificent view through Ella Gap. Enchanting and spectacular sceneries among the tea plantations, temples, pine forests and waterfalls. On completion proceed to Badulla (30Km one hour drive) and visit Dunhinda Falls, Dunhinda is considered to be one of the most enchanting falls in Sri lanka The water resembles a thin cloud as it cascades 63m downwards into a large pool. The backdrop to the fall is known as 'Dunhinda Adaviya'. 'Dunhinda' translates to 'spraying/vapour waterfall' - the word 'dun' means 'gave/was given', while 'hinda' means 'evaporate' After visiting the Falls returned to Ella and evening climb the Little Adam’s peak. Over night stay in Ella.
Day 9: Ella / Yala
After breakfast proceed to Yala (107 km, approx. 2 hour drive). En route visit Rawana Waterfalls, a sight to behold with a scenic backdrop of mountains and valleys. It is featured in the Rawana mythology, where Sita is said to have bathed from this waterfall while she was in captivity There after visit the Buduruwagala Literally it means images of Buddha. The complex consists of seven statues and belongs to the Mahayana school of thought. The statues date back to 10 century AD. On arrival in Yala, check in at the hotel. Afternoon commence a jeep safari in the Yala National Park by private jeep accompanied by a tracker. Yala National Park one of Sri Lanka’s premier eco tourist destinations is renowned for its variety of wildlife notably its many elephants. It is also home to the spotted deer, sambar, wild buffalo, sloth bear, jackal, mongoose and crocodiles. The peacock is easily the most famous of the birds in this park. Yala has a high concentration of leopards although seeing these nocturnal carnivores still requires some luck. Overnight stay at Lake Side Tour Inn / Tissa inn or similar standard in Yala.
Day 10: Yala / South beach. After breakfast leave for south beach and drop you at any resort or to Colombo.
Sri Lanka Bicycle Tour : 13/14 Days
Colombo/Negambo 1 - Dambulla 1 - Sigiriya 1 - Polonnaruwa 1 - Wasgomuwa NP 1 - Kandy 5 - Galle 2 - Colombo 1
Day 1: Arrive in Colombo and meet at hotel at Negombo beach.
Day 2: Ride along coast before heading inland to visit Dambulla, a 2nd century Buddhist cave temple.
Day 3: Loop ride to the ancient 5th century rock fortress Sigiriya and climb 300 m to top to view ruins.
Day 4: Ride along irrigation canals to ancient city of Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Day 5: Cycle along the eastern fringe of Wasgomuwa National Park. Afternoon jeep safari into park to view wildlife.
Day 6: Climb up to the Laggala pass at 1000 m, then descend on the so-called spice road to Matale. Overnight at Kandy.
Day 7: Rest Day to explore Kandy's town center, bustling market or the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sacred Kandy.
Day 8: Bicycle through tea plantations, stopping to see the tea making process and tasting the result.
Day 9: Cycle along gravel roads and tea estate tracks, through the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea growing region.
Day 10: Descend out of tea country to the jungle covered slopes of the Sinharaja rainforest.
Day 11: Ride along the Nilwala river as it flows out of the hills towards the coast and the fortress town of Galle.
Day 12: Rest Day to wander through the fortified old city of Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on your own.
Day 13: Cycle along some quiet inland roads heading north towards Colombo.
Day 14: Free time until transfer to airport for onward travel.