Sri Lanka, one of the major holiday destinations in the world, has its unbound history and charm in every corner of the country. Discover the great ancient kingdoms, opulent lifestyle of the days gone by while indulging yourself in modern day luxuries and travelling in comfort with our 08 Nights / 09 days ‘Mysterious Sri Lanka’ tour package;
Airport ~ Colombo
Your friendly tour guide keenly awaits your arrival to take you on a journey of a lifetime.
Check in and drop off your luggage at your hotel and explore the cosmopolitan Colombo; known as ‘The Garden City of The East’ is a fascinating place with its colonial architecture, and exuberant flea markets and stylish eateries and galleries.
Visit high-end fashion outlets, ODEL, House of Fashions, Double XL, Rithihi, Romafour and visit the Arcade and the Independence Square.
Hire a tuk tuk or a bike and ride along the broad expanses and seaside promenade of Galle Face Green; take a stroll in the lavishly restored Dutch Hospital and enjoy a cold drink in one of the chic cafes.
Head back to the hotel and have a relaxing evening & a night in the luxury of your hotel
Colombo ~ Dambulla
After an early continental breakfast your driver will meet & start your journey
During the first leg of the tour visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in time to see hundreds of elephants bottle feeding before heading for their river bath at 10:00am/2:00pm
Lunch at a local restaurant and explore Dambulla Royal Rock Temple – stretch your legs and hike up to the temple complex to explore the five caves with over 150 stunning Buddha statues and wall paintings created over 2000 years ago.
Enjoy the superb views of the countryside and have a relaxing evening and the night in your hotel.
Dambulla ~ Polonnaruwa
After an early breakfast set off to Sigiriya Rock Fortress with a wide brimmed hat in hand.
The rocky outcrop of Sigiriya stands majestically in the middle of a sprawling series of gardens with most intricate network of water fountains surrounded by lotus covered moats. Climbing the near vertical walls to the flat topped summit is not for the weak-hearted. While ascending the heavenward stairs that run through the gigantic lion’s paws you will pass remarkable frescoes, poet’s romantic doodling on a mirrored wall and in to the ruins of an ancient civilization where King Kassapa ruled.
To continue the wonders of the ancient royal days, proceed to Polonnaruwa. Polonnaruwa is declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO for the remnants of awe-inspiring archeological and architectural marvels from 800 years ago. Explore the archeological park with remains of 07 storied royal palace, temples, pagodas, tombs and hundreds of ancient structures; check out the finesse and artistry of the great Buddha Statues carved on a granite at Gal Vihara; archeological treasures such as Audience Hall with its massive columns and carvings, the quadrangle (Vatadage) with grand entrances, Shiva Devalaya leaving traces of Indian Chole invasion and ruling, describes an era of opulence and grandeur.
Relax and enjoy a quite night in the luxury of your hotel.
Dambulla ~ Anuradhapura
To continue the discovery of Sri Lankan culture and history at the ancient city of Anuradhapura, after a hearty breakfast.
Considered one of the most evocative sights in South Asia, Anuradhapura is full of archeological and architectural wonders. To name few, the magnificent Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba standing majestically surrounded by smaller stupas and a wall with sculptured elephants; the sacred Bodhi tree, the oldest tree in the world, which is a cutting from the Bodhi tree in Bodhigaya, India where Buddha attained enlightenment; Archeological World Heritage City and archeological museum; ‘Lovamahapaya’ or the Brazen Palace with 1600 stone pillars where the Sanga assembled; breathtaking massive lakes and dagobas built in the middle of sprawling yards of evergreen paddy fields.
During the second half of the day experience the simple village life in Habarana and Hiriwadunna. Stroll down the mellow village enjoying the calmness and the beauty of man-made reservoirs, vegetable gardens and mud-houses covered with woven coconut leaves; ride a bullock cart and taste authentic Sri Lankan food from a farm house; visit the ancient village temple; go canoeing or bird watching.
How about an elephant back ride? Elephants love attention and petting from visitors, let this gentle giants give you a ride of a lifetime and show you around.
End your perfect day at the luxury of your hotel.
Dambulla ~ Kandy
Transfer to Kandy after an early breakfast
En route visit one of the roadside Spice Gardens in Matale – get a feel of the pungent and aromatic spices that create a rich and flavorful culinary culture around the world.
Arrive in Kandy – The cultural capital of Sri Lanka and a UNESCO World Heritage City.
Have a leisurely stroll in the evening clad in white and pay homage at the Temple of the Scared Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha; walk barefoot on the rugged but cool stone floor; inhale the floral scents of the lit incense sticks; be captivated by the dancing flames of the clay lamps swaying in the gentle breeze; be enthralled by the sublime interior and listen to the drum beating from a distance.
Pay a visit to the century old St. Paul’s Church and walk down to the City Centre for a cup of freshly brewed coffee and pickup few collectibles from antique shops or visit a Gem Museum and explore local fascinating artistry – Wood Carvings, Drum Making, Batik & Silk shops flanked along the roadside.
Experience a Kandyan Cultural Dance performance in the evening before retire to your hotel for the night
Kandy ~ Nuwara Eliya
Start the day early and proceed to the famous tri-temples Gadaladeniya, Embekke with more Hindu influenced architecture and intricate carvings while Lankathilaka with traditional Sinhalese temple architecture and carvings.
Stope by the souvenir shops flanked by the road to pick-up few mementos.
Get ready for an upward whirl to ‘Little England’ – the picturesque Nuwara Eliya; relish the drive up to verdant tea plantations while the mist swirling through the mountains; enjoy a steaming cup of delightfully fragrant tea sitting at the edge of panoramic surrounding countryside.
Pass by and listen to the roar of Ramboda waterfall and let the icy cold water sprinkle on you.
After a warm and hearty meal, take a walk in Gregory Park or make it adventurous by adding a boat ride in the beautiful lake hidden behind a veil of mist.
Play a round of golf and enjoy the beautiful English countryside weather or a round of billiards at the convivial wood-lined club bar and unwind with a drink.
Treat yourself to a night in one of the colonial hotels to end the perfect day.
Nuwara Eliya - Galle
Get ready for a spectacular trip to lowlands and to the down south beachline through mountain ranges and cascading waterfalls.
St. Clair Falls is on your way and that striking beauty placed in the middle of 180° panoramic view across a misty mountain range will take your breath away.
Bounce through the turbulent white-waters and let your adrenaline rise as you whirl through the foamy rapids on a raft and slide down the thrilling slopes in an unforgettable experience at Kitulgala forest adventure park.
And continue to the South shoreline city of Sri Lanka and UNESCO World Heritage Site – Galle.
Catch the phenomenon of dusk in its brilliance standing on the Galle Fort walls while the lapping waves below hypnotizes you; Explore the exotic old trading city on foot and be seduced by Galle’s ambience; walk down the byways passing imposing Dutch-colonial buildings, modish cafes, ancient churches, grand mansions, quirky boutiques and restored hotels.
Head back to the hotel and spend a relaxing evening and retire for the night
Spend your morning at Kosgoda turtle hatchery, a volunteer-run operation located on a pristine beach off Galle Road. Along the south coasts of Sri Lanka five species of sea turtles lay eggs; green turtles, olive ridley turtles, leatherback turtles, loggerhead turtles and hawksbill turtles. Female turtles lay eggs in the same beach where they themselves were born. Few weeks later hundreds of baby turtles make a perilous trip back to sea and at Kosgoda hatchery you can make sure the baby turtles reach the water safely by releasing three day old hatchlings into the ocean; say hello to wrinkly & smiley turtles come ashore to greet the visitors.
Go on a boat ride down Madu River; pass through the secretive passages created by the mangroves; see the basking crocodiles, water snakes and water monitors; visit the small islands with cinnamon harvesting locals; enjoy a fish massage; observe water birds in their natural habitats.
En route visit Ambalangoda to dig under the surface of the Sri Lankan souvenir trade and discover the magical meanings behind the omnipresent colourful ‘devil’ masks. Witness a devil dance unique to the area believed to drive out spirits causing illness.
Time permits set sail on a glass bottom boat and explore Hikkaduwa marine sanctuary; the underwater world of colourful corals and beautiful shoals of tropical fish; view exotic marine life like never before as you ride over beautiful corals, intricate underwater plants and creatures in their natural habitat.
Head back to the hotel and spend a relaxing evening prior to retire for the night
Galle ~ Katunayake
All good things must come to an end – after the breakfast the driver will be standby to drop you off at the airport completing your hideaway days in paradise.