The Finest of Ceylon

Destinations :

Colombo / Anuradhapura / Mihintale / Aukana / Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Dambulla / Kandy / Pinnawela / Nuwara Eliya / Horton Plains / Yala / Bentota

Duration :
nights 10 days 11
Tour map
DAY 01

Destination : Colombo.                                                         Drive: Approximately 1 Hour (35 km)

On arrival in Sri Lanka you will be met and assisted by our Airport Representative, who will direct you to your very own Chauffeur to transfer you to Colombo - the commercial capital of the country.
Once you check in at your hotel relax and recover from any jet lag. If you have spare time your chauffeur will introduce you to the sights and sounds of Colombo.

Drive through the commercial and city centre known as the “Fort”, built by the Portuguese in the 16th century where grand colonial era buildings stand alongside modern office structures. See the vibrant markets and bazaars of Pettah, and the National Museum with its fine collection of lovely antiques and art of Sri Lanka. You could visit a Buddhist temple and a Hindu Kovil to experience the diversity of religion, ethnicity and customs of the people. Alternatively you may indulge in some shopping.

Overnight Stay: Hotel in Colombo.

DAY 02

Destination : Anuradhapura.                                                    Drive : Approximately 5 Hours (236 km)

After breakfast set off to Anuradhapura, and check in to your hotel on. After a short rest, visit the sacred ancient city of Anuradhapura founded in the 04th century B.C and named as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1982. It has the largest number of ancient monuments of the great Sinhala civilization which flourished in this region.

You will see some of the most famous as well as the tallest Stupas of Sri Lanka and the Ruins of ancient royal palaces. Another amazing site would be the "Sri Maha Bodhi" or the sacred Bo tree which is over 2200 years old, grown from a branch of the very tree under which "The Buddha" attained enlightenment; it is also the oldest historically documented tree in the world.

Overnight Stay : Hotel in Anuradhapura.

DAY 03

Destination : Mihintale.                                                     Drive : Approximately ½ an hour (12 km)

After breakfast leave for Mihintale. Visit the ancient remains of Mihintale, a sacred place which is regarded as the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. The rock is dotted with shrines and rock dwellings. A grand stairway of 1840 steps made of granite slabs, 5 meters wide leads to the summit with its splendid views of the surrounding countryside.

Destination : Aukana.                                                       Drive :  Approximately 1½ hours (61 km)

Proceed to Aukana to see the statue of the Aukana Buddha. This is undoubtedly the most magnificent undamaged ancient image in the island. The 5th century statue ascribed to King Dhatusena is 13 meters high standing beneath a recently constructed brick shelter.

Destination : Habarana.                                               Drive :  Approximately 1 hours (36 km)

After sightseeing, we will be leaving for Habarana - a small green village with excellent hotel accommodation, and spectacular views on greenery. Apart from that Habarana is also a central location for all the ancient city sites. Check in at your hotel on arrival and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight Stay : Hotel in Habarana.

DAY 04

Destination : Sigiriya.                                                        Drive :  Approximately ½ an Hour (25 km)

Day four begins with a hearty breakfast, and a tour to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Built by the young king Kashyapa, this 5th century fortress in the sky was a royal citadel for more than 18 years. Combining baffling architectural feats and sensual artistic values, the lion rock is a UNESCO world heritage site as well as nominated to be the eighth wonder of the world.

Destination : Polonnaruwa.                                               Drive :  Approximately 1 ½ Hours (67 km)

The journey continues on to one of the ruins of ancient Ceylon - the UNESCO World Heritage City of Polonnaruwa, which was the Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th to 13th century. A well-planned medieval city defended by enclosing walls (around 5 km. which still remain), graced by palaces, shrines, monasteries, pavilions, parks, ponds and irrigation lakes. Polonnaruwa is strewn with ruins in a resplendent state of preservation.

The "Gal Vihara" which consists of statues of the recumbent, standing and seated Buddha have been cut from a single granite wall and rank among the true masterpieces of Sri Lankan Art.

Overnight Stay : Hotel in Habarana.

DAY 05

Destination : Dambulla.                                                Drive :  Approximately ½ Hour (25km)

After breakfast head for Dambulla and explore the famous Golden Rock cave temple which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Recognised as a sacred pilgrimage site for approximately 22 centuries, this cave monastery is the largest best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka.

The Buddhist mural paintings (covering an area of 2,100 sq. meters) are of particular importance as are the 157 statues including a 47 foot long statue of the recumbent Buddha.

Destination : Kandy.                                         Drive :  Approximately 2 1/2 Hour (72 km)

Continue on to Kandy. En route you will visit a spice garden in Matale. You will check in at your hotel on arrival and once you are rested, continue on to your tour of Kandy!

Kandy, the bustling hill country capital is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for the Temple of the Tooth, which houses the most sacred religious relic, the tooth of the Lord Buddha.

The day entails a Kandyan Cultural show at the Kandyan Arts and Cultural Centre, which features the graceful and rhythmic dancers and drummers culminating in an impressive fire walking display.

Overnight Stay : Hotel in Kandy.

 

DAY 06

Destination : Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.                                     Drive :  Approximately 1 ½ Hours (50km)

After breakfast leave for Pinnawala to visit the Elephant orphanage. This orphanage was set up by the government to take care of baby elephants lost or abandoned in the wild. Witness the feeding of the elephants. Thereafter observe them as they take their daily bath in the river nearby, which offer marvellous photo opportunities. Bath time is enjoyed by all elephants, young and old alike and it is a good time to closely observe their tightly knit family structure. Daily feeding times - 9.15 am, 1.15 pm, and 5.00 pm. bathing times – 10.00 am, 2.00 pm, and 4.00 pm.

Destination: Nuwara Eliya Drive: Approximately 4 ½ Hours (130km)

On completion leave for Nuwara Eliya En route visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens where a rare collection of tropical exotic and indigenous flora including the famous Orchid House could be viewed.

The beautiful town of Nuwara Eliya, set in the heart of Tea country and situated 1890 meters above sea level, is where the British succeeded in creating an English countryside with homes in styles from Georgian to Queen Anne.

Overnight Stay :  Hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

DAY 07

Destination : Horton Plains / Nuwara Eliya.                                         Drive :  Approximately 1 ½ Hour (30 km)

After an early breakfast at the hotel, leave for Horton plains, the highest plateau in the country. Named as a national park, Horton Plains homes unique vegetation and is well known to be a perfect ground to observe many rare and endemic highland birds. The most awesome physical feature of the Horton Plains is the escarpment that falls 880 meters to the lowlands of the southern region of the island. Aptly known as the "World’s End" the view from the precipice of the countryside below towards the south coast is spectacular.

Return to Nuwara Eliya upon completion. After lunch and at your convenience commence a sightseeing tour of the city. Visit the Nuwara Eliya Town, Market place, Golf Course, (one of the finest 18 holes Golf courses in Asia) the Hill club, and drive around this hill station viewing Lake Gregory.

Overnight Stay : Hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

DAY 08

Destination : Yala National Park.                                                           Drive :  Approximately 6 Hours (197km)

After breakfast, descend from cool hills to the jungles Yala. En route visit Rawana Waterfalls, a sight to behold with a scenic backdrop of mountains and valleys. It is featured in the Rawana mythology, where Sita is said to have bathed from this waterfall while she was in captivity,

On arrival in Yala, check in at the hotel. In the afternoon commence a jeep safari in the Yala National Park by private jeep accompanied by a tracker. Yala National park one of Sri Lanka's premier eco tourist Destinations and is renowned for its variety of wildlife notably its many elephants. It is also home to the spotted deer, sambar, wild buffalo, sloth bear, jackal, mongoose and crocodiles. The peacock is easily the most famous of the birds in this park. Yala has a high concentration of Leopards although seeing these nocturnal carnivores still requires some luck.

Overnight Stay : Hotel in Yala.

DAY 09

Destination : Yala National Park / Bentota.                                          Drive :  Approximately 6 Hours (244 km)


(Optional) Wake just before dawn for your chance to take in a leopard safari upon four-wheel drive jeeps.

After breakfast depart for Bentota, delightfully located along one of the finest beaches on the South West coast. Spend the afternoon at leisure watching the waves as they bounce off the sun-kissed sands.

Overnight Stay : Hotel in Bentota.

DAY 10

Destination : Bentota.                                                                    Drive :  N/A

Blissfully spend your time as you wish whether it be indulging in fine spa treatment or relaxing by the beautiful Indian Ocean.

Overnight Stay :  Hotel in Bentota.

DAY 11

Destination :  Airport.                                                                  Drive :  Approximately 2 ½ Hours (99 km)

Now that you are at the end of your journey with us, after breakfast your chauffeur will comfortably take you to the international airport in time for your departure flight.

We hope your adventure with us was enjoyable and wish you a safe and pleasant flight home!