Itinerary Summary

DAY

PLACE

Day 07

Day 08

Day 09

Day 10

Day 11

Day 01

Day 02

Day 03

Day 04

Day 05

Day 06

KANDAPOLA – HORTON PLAINS – KANDAPOLA

KANDAPOLA – ELLA

ELLA – GALLE

GALLE – NEGOMBO

ELLA – LIPTON SEAT – ELLA

ARRIVE IN COLOMBO

COLOMBO – DAMBULLA

DAMBULLA – MINNERIYA – DAMBULLA

DAMBULLA – ANURADHAPURA – DAMBULLA

DAMBULLA – KANDY

KANDY – NUWARA ELIYA – KANDAPOLA

Day 12

DEPARTURE

PLACE

WELCOME TO SRI LANKA

VISIT THE WORLD HERITAGE SITE OF SIGIRIYA

CYCLING AND MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK

DEPART FOR ANURADHAPURA, THE FIRST CAPITAL OF SRI LANKA, AND VIEW THE OLDEST LIVING TREE IN DOCUMENTED HISTORY

VISIT THE TEMPLE OF THE SACRED TOOTH RELIC IN KANDY

BOARD THE TRAIN TO NUWARA ELIYA, ENJOY THE MAGNIFICENT SCENERY EN-ROUTE, LATER PROCEED TO KANDAPOLA

EXCURSION AND TREK TO SRI LANKA'S HIGHEST PLATEAU

VISIT THE BUDDHIST AND HINDU TEMPLE AND CHURCH

VISITING A TEA PLANTATION AND FACTORY

DRIVE TO GALLE, AFTERNOON WALKING TOUR OF THE GALLE FORT

BEING AMONG BLUE WHALES OFF THE SOUTH COAST AND DRIVE TO NEGOMBO

THE BEST OF SRI LANKA

 

Declared by Marco Polo as “the finest island of its size in the world,” this teardrop shaped southernmost point of mainland Asia became an indispensable port of call to the earliest travelers. Sri Lanka today boasts mist-covered mountains, 3000 years of history, untamed jungles rich with wildlife, and a coastline lined with golden beaches. Come experience the Best of Sri Lanka!

ITINERARY IN DETAIL

Day 1     Arrive in Colombo

The trade capital of Colombo has long been the traditional gateway to the orient. Today, this fascinating city features a blend of east and west, past and present, with a charm all its own. Explore the local bazaar and trading area, beautiful Buddhist and Hindu temples, and the historic Wolfendhal church.

 

Day 2     Colombo – Dambulla

Drive to Dambulla, and along the way visit the World Heritage Site of Sigiriya, a giant rock fortress built in the 5th century as a bastion and palace of King Kasyapa. Explore the geometrically laid water gardens, the frescoes of beautiful maidens, and the mirror wall with ancient graffiti.

 

Day 3     Dambulla – Minneriya – Dambulla

This morning, cycle through local villages, paddy fields, and alongside ancient temples. Visit Minneriya National Park for a once-in-lifetime elephant safari.

 

Day 4     Dambulla – Anuradhapura – Dambulla

Explore Anuradhapura, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the center of the island’s Buddhist civilization, and undoubtedly the grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka.  It contains the oldest historically documented tree on earth (over 2,200 years old) - the Sri Maha Bodhi – which was brought as a sapling from the tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment. View the island's oldest Buddhist shrines - some dating back to the 3rd century BC – along with monuments, gardens, beautifully executed stone baths, and a superb irrigation system of reservoirs and canals. Wander through the ruins of the Brazen Palace, an engineering marvel with 1600 significant stone columns and the remains of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks. Additional highlights include Samadhi Buddha, regarded as the finest rock sculpture on the island, rock temples, carvings, bathing pools, and an ancient dagoba said to be the largest brick built structure in the world.

 

Day 5    Dambulla – Kandy

Depart for Kandy. En route visit a massive cave temple with 2000 year old frescoes and a colossal figure of the recumbent Buddha carved out of rock. Later, visit the Matale spice gardens for an opportunity to learn about the natural remedies the plants offer as well as the significance the spices have to the local cuisine. Arrive in the lovely and exotic city of Kandy, encircled by hills with a tranquil lake at the center. This evening participate in a pooja ceremony at the Temple of the sacred Tooth Relic, the most venerated place of worship for Buddhists throughout the world. Built in the 16th century, this temple houses the sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha brought to Sri Lanka from ancient India in the 4th century.

 

Day 6     Kandy – Nuwara Eliya – Kandapola

Take a train ride to Nuwara Eliya, a mountain station with breathtaking views of valleys, mountains, and meadows. Wander through a tea plantation and witness how tea is plucked and processed.

 

Day 7     Kandapola – Horton Plains – Kandapola

Travel to Horton Plains for a lovely excursion and trek to Sri Lanka's highest plateau. Take in the spectacular view from the 'Worlds End,' where the plateau plunges a thousand feet down in a straight, sheer drop. 

 

Day 8     Kandapola – Ella

Spend the day exploring the small but beautiful town of Ella. Used as a base for trekking expeditions to the surrounding countryside, Ella is blessed with some of the most beautiful views in Sri Lanka.

    

Day 9     Ella – Lipton Seat – Ella

Early morning walk to Lipton’s Seat, a plantation owned by the world-renowned Scottish Tea planter, Sir Thomas J. Lipton. Located 4,695 feet above sea level, Lipton’s Seat provides a 360-degree view of the picturesque mountains, tea plantations, and southern plains.  Along the way you will have an opportunity to visit with the local Tamil tea pickers going off to work for the day. Remainder of the day is at your leisure.

 

Day 10     Ella – Galle

Explore the ancient trading post of Galle. This World Heritage fortified township was an essential port of call for Chinese, Persian, Arab, and Indian traders. Javanese and Sumatrans came later, followed by Marco Polo in 1299 AD. The Portuguese arrived in the 1500’s and built a settlement with a fort of palm trees and mud. This was captured by the Dutch, and finally the British, who built the 400 year old fort with its great ramparts and bastions. Today narrow streets are lined with old houses and pillared verandahs, government offices remain in use, and the community within the fort bustles with daily life. Join the locals for tea, stroll past the Dutch church, visit spice warehouses, and perhaps watch a cricket match

 

Day 11     Galle – Negombo

Board a boat in the seaside province of Mirissa, and together with a marine naturalist search for blue, sperm, and killer whales. Dolphins are also in abundance, and often can be seen just a few miles off the coast. This afternoon visit the local fish market to gain insight into the vast fishing industry in this area. Finally, enjoy the fresh caught seafood during a special farewell dinner.

 

Day 12     Departure

Depart for the international airport for your flight back home.

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