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The 11 days
Highlights of Sri Lanka Tour

Discover the following destinations:

Colombo - Anuradhapura - Mihindale - Aukana -Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Dambulla - Kandy - Millennium Elephant Foundation - NuwaraEliya - Hortan plains - Yala - Bentota

Duration: 10 nights / 11 days

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Day 01

Colombo

35km drive - On arrival in Sri Lanka you will be met and assisted by our Airport Representative, who will direct you to your very own chauffeur who will transfer you to Colombo, the commercial capital of the country.

Once you check in at your hotel, you can relax and recover from any jet lag. If you have spare time your chauffer will introduce you to the sights and sounds of Colombo.

Drive through the commercial and city center 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

Anuradapura

236km drive - After breakfast set off to Anuradhapura, and check in to your hotel on arrival. After a short rest, visit the sacred ancient city of Anuradhapura founded in the 4th century BC 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  tree which is over 2200 years old grown from a branch of the very tree under which “The Buddha” attained enlightenment – the oldest historically documented tree in the world.
Overnight stay: hotel in Anuradhapura



Day 03

Mihintale

12km drive - 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.

Aukana

5km drive - 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.

Habarana

36km drive - After sightseeing leave for Habarana, a small village with excellent hotel accommodation, 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

Sigiriya

25km drive - After breakfast visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

Sigiriya - this UNESCO World Heritage Site, a spectacular rock fortress, is one of Sri Lanka’s major attractions. The most imptressive facets of the unique complex are the water gardens, the frescoes of beautiful maidens, the mirror wall with ancient graffiti, the lion platform and the summit of 1.6 hectares, which was completely covered by buildings during the period of Sigiriya’s glory. Built by king Kashyapa (477-495 AD), the “Lion Rock” is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200m from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town and the base is ringed by a moat, rampart, and extensive gardens. The world-renowned frescoes (originally 500, of which only 19 remain today) which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway are painted in earth pigments on plaster. The old stairway to the top led through the mouth of a crouching lion but today only the huge paws remain giving an indication of the massive proportions of the head. Remains of the handsome royal citadel are on the summit and several caves for meditation, audience platforms and baths complete the unique site.

Polonnaruwa

67km drive - Then continue to one of the ruins of ancient Ceylon - the UNESCO World Heritage City of Polonnaruwa, which was the capital of Sri Lanka from the 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. You can even explore the ruins on bicycle if you are interested (optional).

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

Dambulla

25km drive - After breakfast head for Dambulla and explore the famous golden rock cave temple which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries, this cave monastery, a vast isolated rock mass with its five caverns 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.

Kandy

72km drive - 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 pink painted Temple of the Tooth which houses the most sacred religious relic, the tooth of the Buddha, the Kandy lake built in 1807 which is an attractive centerpiece to the town.

In the evening you will visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic. Thereafter enjoy the Kandyan cultural show at the Kandyan Arts & Cultural Centre. The show features the graceful and rhythmic dancers and drummers culminating in an impressive fire walking display.
Overnight stay: hotel in Kandy

Day 06

Millennium Elephant Foundation

50km drive - Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF) is situated on a beautiful 15 acre estate known as  ‘Samaragiri’, which has been home to the Samarasinghe family for many generations. The family has owned elephants since the 1960’s. In 1979 Mr Sam Samarasinghe (1939 – 1991) an animal lover opened the estate to the public as Club Concept Elephant Bath. Millennium Elephant Foundation (NGO) charity was founded in Sam’s memory in August 1999 with the assistance of a world renowned animal charity. MEF has been working continually to improve thecare, protection and treatment of elephants in Sri Lanka by providing a place of care, medical services and facilities. Millennium Elephant Foundation is the  only certified non-profit organisation working with captive elephants in Sri Lanka.

Nuwera Eliya

130km drive - 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

Horton Plains

30km drive - After an early breakfast at the hotel, leave for Horton plains, the highest plateau in the country. It is one of the very important national parks in Sri Lanka especially for its topographical variations. It has unique vegetation and is famous for 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

Yala National Park

197km drive - 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 is one of Sri Lanka’s premier eco tourist destinations and renowned for ist 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 9

Bentota

244km drive - (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

Bentota

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

Airport Colombo

99km drive - Now that you are at the end of your journey, after breakfast your chauffeur will comfortably take you to the international airport in time for your departure flight.