Welcome & assistance at the airport transfer to Negombo. Visit the fishing village in Negombo which is the centre of the islands fishing community. It is largely Roman Catholic by faith, with huge imposing churches down almost every street. The sea & the catamarans are the backdrop to the Negombo scenery. Negombo is the Old Dutch Fort, which was built in 1672. It is situated near the shore and offers a glimpse into the colonization history of Negombo. However, the Fort is now in a state of disrepair. Relax leisurely at the beach & stay overnight.
Day at leisure.
Morning (Optional boat trip in Negombo Channel) leave to Sigiriya. Optional Elephant Ride in Habarana.
Habarana Elephant Back Jungle Safari (with safari tickets) Habarana for an elephant back safari, Spend some times with elephant’s and joy ride in Habarana Jungle where you will have ample opportunities to take photographs of birds, animals, reptiles etc… Elephant Safari – the tour will take you along the forest trail, across the river, through the village and back to your lodging all on the elephant back ride.
In the afternoon evening climb the rock of Sigiriya located in the north-central part of Sri Lanka, preserves the architectural tradition of the country. The town is famous for its Rock, Gardens and Sanctuary. Sigiriya has spectacular importance in Sri Lanka. An ancient palace complex, erected during the reign of King Kasyapa, has been declared by UNESCO a world heritage site. Many experienced tourists call Sigiriya the most favourable place in Sri Lanka to visit. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Morning visit Polonnaruwa by bicycle. Polonnaruwa is the second ancient capital city for three centuries, is one of the most interesting places in Sri Lanka with many well preserved ruins of palaces and monasteries. It will take your breath away with its unbelievable beauty! Late in the afternoon visit Minneriya National Park. Minneriya is a small town in Sri Lanka, and is famous for two things, for the great Minneriya lake build by King Mahasen and for the Minneriya National Park which is a hot spot for safari lovers because of the abandons of Elephants. The 8890 hectares of MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK is an ideal eco-tourism location in Sri Lanka. The park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to Sri Lanka’s favourites such as deer, leopards and elephants. Stay overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast leave for Kandy en- route visit Dambulla. In Srilankan history Dambulla cave complex dates back to 3rd and 2nd centuries BC. It was known even before the making of the complex as one of the largest monasteries in Sri Lanka and the caves became a major religious centre too. Dambulla is best known for its wonderful cave temple complex dating back to 2nd century BC and it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It’s also known for bird watching. You can visit Nalanda Gedige the Abu Simbel of Sri Lanka. Nalanda Gedige is one of a number of remarkable archaeological sites in Sri Lanka. On your way to Kandy you would visit a spice garden & a batik factory in Matale. In the evening arrive at Kandy, the centre of the traditional arts in Sri Lanka and visit the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Buddha. Stay overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast leave for Pinnawela & visit the elephant Orphanage. The orphanage was established to feed nurse & house young elephants abandoned by their mothers. During the drought period the young ones often fall into pits and ravines in their quest for water. Then proceed to Nuwara Eliya. Stay overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast you can visit city of Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara eliya the centre of hill country and en-route visit a tea plantation and witness the manufacture of the world famous Ceylon tea. Gregory Lake is one of attractive locations in Nuwara eliya & it was built by Governor William Gregory during 1872- 1877 periods and Shanthipura (the city view point). Spend the evening walking in the cool climate. Stay overnight at the hotel.
YALA/GALLE / UNWTUNA (Travel Time Approximately 04 Hours – 150 KM)