10 Day tour of Sri Lanka
Day 1. Colombo
After breakfast proceed to Colombo and check in at Taj Samudra/Intercontinental Hotel.
In the evening do a city tour.
Colombo like many capital cities in developing countries is fast changing its face. Yet in some parts, the Old World charm is retained. For example,
there is a 100-year-old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings. Other
places of interest are, parliament in Fort, residential areas, where you find the stately
homes of the affluent, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall – BMICH,
an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the People’s republic of China, also visit the majestic City
Shopping complex and the House of Fashion dress boutique. Dinner and overnight stay at Taj
Samudra or the Intercontinental Hotel Colombo.
Day 2. Beach
Full day at leisure on the beach. Dinner and overnight stay at Taj Exotica or theGolden Sun Hotel.
Day 3. Bentota
After breakfast proceed to Bentota via Kitulgala. Kitulgala is the place where famous
"Bridge on the River Kwai film was made. Also en-route observe the water falls St. Clare’s
and Devon. Dinner and overnight stay at Taj Exotica or theGolden Sun Hotel Kalutara.
Day 4. Tea Factory
Full day at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Tea factory or the Galway Forest Lodge.
Day 5. Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya, en-route visiting the Peradeniya Botanical gardens.
This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king. And was expanded
by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.
Also visit a Tea Factory and a Tea Plantation. Evening at leisure at Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara Eliya
also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel
Tea Factory or the Galway Forest Lodge.
Day 6. Kandy
After breakfast proceed to Kandy. En-route visit a spice garden in Matale to see the different
spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown
how some of these spices are grown and processed. In the afternoon do a city tour. Kandy was
the last capital of Sri Lankan kings, which is a world heritage site. The name Kandy conjures
visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still
lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala King, Sri Wickrama
Rajasinghe in 1806. Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts and crafts centre and a gem
museum and a lapidary. In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness
a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing. Dinner and overnight stay at Mahaweli
Reach Hotel or the Hilltop Hotel.
Day 7. Rock Fortress
After breakfast proceed to climb the 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress, which is a world
heritage site, built by King Kasiappa (473-491 A.D.). The "Lion Rock" is a citadel of unusual
beauty, rising 200 meters 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. In the evening visit
Dambulla Rock Temple. Climb up to the temple, which was built by King Walagambahu
in the 1st century B.C. Dambulla is a world Heritage site and is the most impressive of
Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted
walls and the ceilings are the largest areas of paintings found in the world. These caves
contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the
Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 meters. Dinner and overnight stay at Kandalama or
The Sigiriya Village Hotel.
Day 8. Sigiriya
After breakfast proceed to Sigiriya en-route visiting the Elephant Orphanage Pinnawela.
This orphanage is a home for about 60 elephants, out of which some are baby elephants,
found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared for, fed and trained by the
wild life authorities. The best time for your visit is at 09:00am, when you will have the
opportunity of seeing the baby elephants being bottle-fed. You could also accompany the
elephants to a river close by and see them having their daily baths. Dinner and overnight
stay at Kandalama or the Sigiria Village Hotel.
Day 9. Colombo
Arrive at Colombo and transfer to Negombo. Dinner and overnight at Brown’s Beach Hotel.
Pricing is subject to seasonality and availability.
Tour can be modified to the individual needs and time available.
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