Nature & Environment 12 Days 11 Nights

11 Nights, 12 Days

Destination Tour Program Schedule

Day 01:

We are at your service on arrival at Colombo International Airport. We will meet & assist you at the airport. And Transfer to a Negombo Beach Resort.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Negombo.See hotels*

Day 02:

After Breakfast proceed to Dambulla .En-route visit Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage,* established in 1975, commenced with seven orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but is soon became a conservation and educational centre. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawela started a scientific captive breeding program for elephants. The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for respective individuals of both sexes to get together and mate. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, and in 1984, the first baby of Pinnawela was born. The success story of Pinnawela has drawn the attention of scientists from all over the world. A considerable number of books and research articles on Pinnawela have been published in several languages. The members of the Pinnawela herd have been filmed, videoed and photographed thousands of times by professionals. En-route visit Dambulla Cave Temple.*

* Dambulla Cave Temple, is a part of the Cultural Triangle declared by UNESCO is on the main road from Sigiriya to Kandy about 19Km from Sigiriya. There are over 80 caves in the surrounding and some of them have been used by the monks as meditation locations. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain the statues and the paintings. Since its founding in the 1 century BC by King Valagamba, many improvements and additions have been carried out to the sculptures and paintings over the years. Hindu statues are believed to be of the 12 century AD and the latest paintings are of the late 18-century. The temple is a perfect location to view evolution of the ancient Sri Lankan arts. Dambulla is a unique and important historical site because of the amalgamation of the material from many eras.

Dinner &Overnight Stay hotel in Dambulla. See hotels*

Day3:

After Breakfast proceed to Polonnaruwa*.Sightseeing tour in Polonnaruwa. Polonnaruwa, which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and which is a world heritage site. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and ‘Recumbent’ postures carved out of rock could be seen, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, the statue of king Parakramabahu, and the Parakrama Samudraya – a lake built by King Parakramabahu the great. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.
Visit Mineriya National Park.*Embark on a Jeep Safari.

Dinner & Overnight Stay in hotel at Dambulla.

Day 04:

After breakfast proceed to Sigiriya. Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress*. Sigiriya Rock Fortress, which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster. Evening Elephant Back Safari in Habarana.

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Day 05:

After breakfast proceed to Kandy.On route visit Spice Garden & Batik Factory. Spice garden at Matale which grows spices and herbs used for Sri Lankan cuisine and medication. Spices of Sri Lanka attracted the early sea-faring merchants who made the long voyages to purchase this precious merchandise.

In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy.See* Temple of Tooth, the main attraction of the city and also the most sacred Buddhist establishment in Sri Lanka is where one of Buddha’s tooth is being kept. Built in the 16th century but improvements and additions have been done to this structure until the fall of the Kandy kingdom. A golden canopy was added recently. Daily rituals are being carried out at various offering times to the shrine. A dress code applies for entering the temple. The magnificence has been enhanced by the octagonal pavilion. Thereafter witness a cultural show.
Dinner & Overnight Stay hotel in Kandy.See hotels*

Day 06:

After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya.En route Visit Botanical Garden. Royal Botanical Gardens* at Peradeniya, one of the finest in Asia. Located in a loop of River Mahaweli, it is a place of beauty and site for bird watchers. En route visit a Tea Plantation. Tea plantation and a tea factorySee*, where the best tea in the world is produced. Here you could observe all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory.There after proceed to Nuwara Eliya.

City Tour of Nuwara Eliya.: Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lankas most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lankas tea country producing a significant share of the world’s best tea. Sri Lanka s highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. Nuwara Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia.

Dinner & Overnight Stay in Nuwara Eliya See hotels*
Day 07: After breakfast proceed to Worlds End. 20 miles (32 km) from Nuwara Eliya via Ambewela and Pattipola, is the Horton Plains* only 3160 hectares in extent. Known to Sri Lankans as Mahaeliya, it became Horton Plains after Sir Robert Horton, British Governor from 1831- 1837. Horton Plains became a Nature Reserve in 1969 and upgraded as a National Park in 1988 due to its unique watershed and bio-diversity values of the “Cloud Reserve”.
Its flora has high level of endemism. The hills are covered with diverse wet low evergreen with even large trees grown flattened to the ground on the higher windswept slopes.

Horton Plains harbours 52 species of resident birds and 11 species of migrant birds. More than 2,000 to 3,000 Sambhur, Bear Monkey, Leopard, Barking Deer, Giant Squirrel, Fishing Cat, Wild Boar and Hares roam in the s and grasslands but only seldom they could be seen other than the Sambhur in the evening and morning.

Dinner&Overnight Stay in Nuwara Eliya

Day 08:

After breakfast proceed to Bandarawela.Tour Bandarawela city and Proceed up to Haputale View Point.Return to Ella. Relax in the cool hills.

Dinner & Overnight stay in Bandarawela/Ella.See Hotels *

Day 09:

After breakfast proceed to Tissamaharama.En-route visit Yala Wild Life Park*. This will include a Safari tour by jeep with a jungle tracker, where we can enjoy wildlife including Elephants, Bears, Wild boar, Dear, Buffalo, Monkeys and many other animals if you are lucky, leopards too. You also could see different types of birds. Evening relax in Hotel.

Dinner & Overnight stay in Tissamaharama.See hotels*

Day 10: After breakfast proceed to a Selected Beach Destination.

Day 11: On Beach Resort Relax in beach

Day 12:

Proceed to Airport, according to your departure time schedule, you can stop at Colombo* and do some shopping. Drop at Airport.