Explore Sri Lanka

Southern Province, Kandy

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Explore Sri Lanka (14 Day Tour)

Day 1 : Airport-Negombo.

Arrive at airport in Sri Lanka and meet your guide, transfer to the Beach Hotel in Negombo (15 minute drive to the airport), in the evening either visit a fishing village or spend time at your leisure on the beach, overnight stay in Negombo.

Day 2 : Negombo-Habarana.

After breakfast travel to Habarana, visiting Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage on the way, an institution that has been looking after orphaned or injured elephants for many years.If you leave the Hotel early enough you can watch babies elephants that are milk fed and elephants that are bathing in the river. After that drive to Dabulla Golden Rock cave temple dating back to the 1st century BC caves including 157 Buddha statues and fascination ceiling paint depicting life time of Buddha. Overnight stay in Habarana.

Day 3 : Habarana-Polonnaruwa.

After breakfast proceed to polonnaruwa medieval capital Sri Lanka very well preserved rock cut Buddha statues in galviharaya, citadel monuments, image houses, huge dagabas, Hindu temples beautiful paints and ancient monasteries, overnight stay in polonnaruwa.

Day 4 : Polonnaruwa-Sigiriya.

After an early breakfast drive to Sigiriya Lion Rock which was built by King Kashapa in the 5th century,which is a complex of building parts of the Royal Palace fortified town and most attractive fresco paintings. In the evening elephant riding. Overnight stay in Sigiriya.

Day 5 : Sigiriya-Trincomali-Nilaweli

Leave Sigiriya, drive to Trincomali, visit the Fort Fredrick was built by the Portuguese in 1623. Later captured by Dutch and after that captured by British in 1795. The famous Koneswaram Temple is located inside this fort. This Hindu temple earlier known as the Temple of a Thousand Pillars. Overnight stay in Nilaweli.

Day 6 : Nilaweli.

Spend the day either snorkeling, scuba diving or sunbathing on the soft sandy beach in Nilaweli.

Day 7 : Nilaweli-Kandy.

After breakfast drive to Kandy via Matale visiting Matale Hindu temple and Matale Aluwiharaya Temple which is the historic location where the Pali Canon was first written down completely in text on Ola (palm) leaves. Aluwiharaya has numerous monastery caves, some of which exhibit fine frescoes .Over night stay in Kandy.

Day 8 : Kandy.

After breakfast explore the Kandy city, which has been the center of the Buddhist faith for a long time, the stunning 17th-century Temple of the Tooth, Peradeniya Botanical Garden, which is well known for its large number and variety of plants. Also ornamental and decorativetrees ,useful for medicine. In total there is more than 4000 species, including indigenous and introduced plants. Overnight stay in Kandy.

Day 9 : Kandy-Nuwara Eliya.

After breakfast travel to the Hill Country in the heart of Sri Lanka where the finest tea is grown, visit Rush Waterfall flowing through the green tea estate. Tea plantations, tea factories and buildings are all are an aspect of the “Colonial British style”. Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.

Day 10 : Nuwara Eliya- Ella

Early morning around 5.30 drive to Horten Plains National Park, which is the only national park situated in the hill country. Unusual high altitude vegetation and an excellent excursion and a paradise for the nature lovers, hikers and bird watchers. Back to the hotel checking out drive to Ella visiting Sitha Devi Hindu temple and Huggala Botanical Garden is the only Cinchona Plantation and adapted to an experimental garden for the acclimatisation of plants from temperate zones in the tropics. Overnight stay in Ella.

Day 11 : Ella-Tissamaharama.

After breakfast drive to Tissamaharama to visit the waterfall coming through green hills and Buduruwagala (stone images of the Buddha) one of the most remarkable spiritual sites located within rocky clearing of a magical dry zone forest that is inhabited by colorful birds and butterflies. In the evening we take a wild safari trip in Yala National Park, the most popular wildlife park where you can see most of the animals which are found in Sri Lanka. Overnight stay in Tissamaharama.

Day 12 : Tissamaharama- Mirissa.

After breakfast proceed to Mirissa. The evening can be spent on the breathtaking sandy beach. Overnight stay in Mirissa.

Day 13 : Mirissa-Galle.

After breakfast travel to Galle on the way visit the Weligama stick fishing attraction and in the evening a visit to Galle Fort, a well preserved fortified city built by originally by the Dutch. Overnight stay in Galle.

Day 14 : Galle-Negombo.

After breakfast drive to Negombo via Colombo on the way visit the turtle hatchery, the traditional mask centre, a city tour in Colombo, and finally overnight stay in Negombo.