SRI LANKA is a magical island off the southern tip of India. Miles of
uncluttered sandy beaches caressed gently by ocean breeze that gleam
pearl-like in the brilliant sunshine. Inland, frothing waterfalls tumble from
mist-shrouded peaks. Nature blooms, lush and verdant, covering all with
her mantle of green. Amidst this bounty flourishes a rich ancient culture
embellished by the more recent influences of Western colonisers, and
Eastern traders, a mercurial mix of races and religions that results in a
dynamic, vibrant people.
This itinerary introduces you to the country via the bustling metropolis of
Colombo, the capital city that is also the main port of entry. Almost
immediately the amazing diversity of the land revels itself. Chrome and
glass citadels of the modern day rub shoulders with antiquities of a
priceless heritage over 2,500 years old. Travel on to Kandy, the last refuge
of Sri Lankan Kings, home of the “Dalada Maligawa” - Temple of the
Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, today a major pilgrimage center, as
well as a prominent centre for Buddhist arts, crafts and culture. Nuwara
Eliya, in the salubrious up-country, is set amidst picturesque tea gardens
and dazzling waterfalls.
It is not just tourist sites to be visited, there is a wealth of wayside
markets, handicraft shops and batik factories to be explored. If you would
like to you can watch craftsmen at work, gems being mined, tea leaves
being plucked; venture out to watch elephants frolic and play as they are
bathed in rivers or fishermen on stilts haul in the day’s catch - we give you
every opportunity to look into the heart of the country, feel the music of the
culture and be touched by the warmth of her people.
DAY 01 ARRIVAL Reception and welcome at Colombo
airport followed by transfer to your hotel. Tour the city in the
DAY 02 COLOMBO The day is dedicated to unvealing Colombo’s
wealth of sights.
DAY 03 COLOMBO ~ ANURADHAPURA Driving out to
Anuradhapura visit the ruins of the 13th century capital
Dambadeniya, the walled citadel, Padeniya at Panduvas
Nuwara, Arankele, and the rock fortress, Yapahuwa.
DAY 04 ANURADHAPURA Visit Mihintale from where
Budhism spread to Sri Lanka in 247 BC. In the afternoon
see the oldest living tree, Sri Mahabodhi.
DAY 05 ANURADHAPURA ~ POLONARUWA En route to
Polonaruwa stop to see the Buddha statue at Aukana.
DAY 06 POLONARUWA ~ SIGIRIA ~ KANDY Drive to Sigiriya,
the ‘Fortress in the Sky’ then continue on to Kandy,
stopping to see the cave temples Dambula.
DAY 07 KANDY Visit the ruined temples of Embekke and
Gadaladeniya before driving to the elephant orphanage at
DAY 08 KANDY - NUWARAILYA Drive to Nuwara Eliya known
as the ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka
DAY 09 NUWARAILYA A day at leisure or you could visit the
Horton Plains and hike to Bakers Fall. The scenery is breathtaking
in these plains.
DAY 10 NUWARAILYA ~ YALA Visit Buduruvagala rock
sculptures en route to Yala National Park.
DAY 11 YALA ~ GALLE After breakfast leave for Galle,
visiting Hambantota and nearby Bundala bird sanctuary on
DAY 12 GALLE ~ BENTOTA Explore this ancient harbour
before driving to Bentota in the afternoon.
DAY 13 BENTOTA A whole day at leisure to do as you will.
DAY 14 BENTOTA ~ COLOMBO After a leisurely morning,
drive back to Colombo in the afternoon via Ratnapura.
DAY 15 DEPARTURE Transfer to the airport in time for your