This is a private tour package, guests have the freedom of travel on location in a private vehicle.
Meet and assist at Colombo International Airport (BIA) by our company representative and proceed to the hotel in Colombo. Overnight stay at the hotel in Colombo.
Pick-up you from the hotel in Colombo and proceed to Sinharaja and check-in to the hotel which is located near Sinharaja Rainforest.
If time permits proceed to Sinharaja rainforest and then to do a trek. Sinharaja Rain Forest (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the last viable remnant of Sri Lanka’s tropical lowland rainforest spanning an area of 18900 acres is located within Sabaragamuwa and Southern provinces of the south-west lowland wet zone of Sri Lanka. Sinharaja Forest reserve is also home to over 50% of Sri Lanka’s endemic species of mammals and butterflies, as well as many kinds of insects, reptiles and rare amphibians. 19 of Sri Lanka’s 20 species of endemic bird species in Sri Lanka are found in the Sinharaja Reserve. Among the endangered birds are Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon, Sri Lankan white-headed starling, Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Caucal, Sri Lanka Spur fowl Sri Lankan Blue Magpie, and Ashy-headed Babbler, all of which are endemic. Out of 12 endemic mammal species of the country 8 are found here. Giant squirrel, dusky-stripped jungle squirrel, badger mongoose and endemic purple-faced leaf monkey and torque macaque are frequently seen.
On completion proceed to the hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel in Sinharaja.
Morning by 5.30am do the safari at Udawalawa national park. Either you can do a 4.00hr or 6.00hr safari depending on your requirement.
This national park is undoubtedly the best place in Sri Lanka to see wild Asian Elephants throughout the year. There are about 500 elephants in the park and they often roam in herds of up to 100. Uda Walawa National Park is unique in terms of consistency in its number of elephants. It has no a seasonal variation in terms of Elephant gathering. The best hours to visit the park are in the mornings and evenings. Late evening also affords the photographic opportunities in the backdrop of loveliest sunsets.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Udawalawa.
After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya via famous Ella gap, Nuwara Eliya, located in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. The city is at an altitude 6,200 ft. above sea level and was made into a health resort by the British in the 19th century. Such is the character of the Nuwara Eliya district, with its lush home gardens Containing plants, flowers and cultivation of vegetables, so much so it is commonly referred to as ‘Little England’. Overnight stay at the hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
After the breakfast proceed to Kandy. En- route visit tea plantation, processing and enjoy a good cup of famous “Ceylon tea”. There are many factories open for visitors which also have tea sales outlets where you can buy fresh tea for your loved once at home.
On completion proceed to Kandy, a world heritage site, is home to numerous Buddhist temples including the Temple of the Tooth Relic. Set in a valley surrounded by rings of mountains, the city of Kandy is the gateway to the Salubrious hill country of Sri Lanka. In the evening you could enjoy a cultural show of Traditional Dances.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Kandy.
After breakfast proceed to Peradeniya. Royal Botanical Garden of Peradeniya is well known for its large number and variety of plants, ornamental, decorative, useful & medicinal. More than 4000 species include indigenous and introduced plants. This garden is best known for its collection of orchids, the largest in Asia.
Thereafter proceed to Pinnawala. Pinnawala is one of the largest Elephant Orphanages where they rear Elephants that were lost to their herds by human-elephant conflict and by falling into pits. Most of them are baby elephants. The elephants are fed at the orphanage and bathed in the nearby river twice a day, which will be an unforgettable experience for you.
On completion return to Kandy. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kandy.
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After breakfast proceed to Dambulla via Matale. Dambulla Rock Temple is a magnificent Gallery of Buddha images and wall and ceiling paintings. It is a complex of five cave temples with its origin going back to the Anuradhapura period (1st century BC). However due to additions and restorations done by various rulers over the past two thousand years what now remains are mostly the works of the Kandyan period (18th century).
Thereafter proceed to Sigiriya.
One of Asia’s major archaeological sites, Sigiriya presents a unique concentration of fifth-century urban planning, architecture, gardening, engineering, hydraulic technology and art. Sigiriya Lion Rock Citadel of Sri Lanka built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century A.D. It was the royal citadel of King Kasyapa for more than 18 years. Sigiriya has been named as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.On completion proceed to Habarana.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Habarana.
After breakfast proceed to Polonnaruwa. When early in the 11th century AD Anuradhapura suffered one of the worst of its many Indian invasions, Polonnaruwa became the next seat of rule. The city in its day was fortified with three concentric walls, beautified with parks and gardens and sanctified by many a shrine and sacred place. The city itself as well as the surrounding plain was watered by an irrigational network of man-made lakes and canals. One of the ancient reservoir is so vast and it was named Sea of Parakrama (Parakrama Samudra) after the King Parakrambahu the great who built it.
Today, while the buildings are preserved ruins, ancient reservoirs are renovated and made to re-irrigate the agricultural district of Polonnaruwa and surrounding areas as in the glorious days of Polonnaruwa. On completion proceed to Minneriya.
Minneriya National Park affords the opportunity to sight herds of Elephants throughout the year. Wild elephants from the surrounding wilderness, makes their way to the shores of the Minneriya Reservoir adjoining the Minneriya National Park in search of food and water. Huge herd of elephants, sometimes numbering up to 300, converge together within a few square kilometers of the lake. This Elephant Gathering is a thrilling spectacle that would be remembered for rest of the life of all those who were fortunate to witness it. After a thrilling safari at Minneriya return to the hotel.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Habarana.
After breakfast proceed to Mihintale via Ritigala. Ritigala is an ancient Buddhist monastery and mountain in Sri Lanka. The ruins and rock inscriptions of the monastery date back to 1st century BC. It is located 43 km away from the ancient monastic city of Anuradhapura.
Then visit Mihintale Mountain a historical place, with the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka began to serve as a residential area for the venerable monks headed by Arahath Mahinda Mahathera. But soon, with the royal patronage, the sanctuary housed a multitude of with monastic buildings-stupas, uposathgharas, bodhigharas to serve the monks. Sixty eight cave dwellings provided the monks shade and shelter. Mihintale, the sanctuary for many thousands of laymen as well as holy men, had all the facilities and amenities for basic living
After visiting Mihintale proceed to Anuradhapura, Visit the ruins of the first capital of Sri Lanka founded in the 05th century BC. Buddhism found its first real home in Sri Lanka at Anuradhapura, and it thus contains some of Sri Lankan Buddhism’s most sacred sites. The Sri Maha Bodhi Tree in Anuradhapura, planted from a cutting of original ‘Bo tree’ under which the Buddha achieved enlightenment, continues to draw thousands of Buddhist pilgrims from around the world. Among the well preserved ruins are pillars of the brazen palace which once had nine stories, the image of the Samadi Buddha, guard stones & moonstones. There are renovated monuments such as Ruwanveliseya dageba built in the 2nd century BC with its famous Elephant wall and Thuparama dageba built in the 3rd century B.C.
Spend the night at the hotel in Anuradhapura.
After breakfast proceed to Wilpattu to do a wild life safari.
Wilpattu National Park, the largest wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka span an area of no less than 131,693 hectares which is situated in the dry zone, and is unlike any other wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka. A unique complex of over 50 wetlands called “Villu” is the most prominent topographical feature of the national park. Wilpattu National Park is located 25km north of Puttalam or 30km west of Anuradhapura. The park that lies on the northwest coast spans the border between North Central Province and North Western Province of Sri Lanka. Then proceed to Negombo.
Spend the night at the hotel in Negombo.