Children Age between 3 - 6 years sharing
parent's room w/o Extra Bed.
Children Age Between 6-12 years sharing
parent's room with Extra Bed
Children below 2 years - Free of Charge
does not include:
Meet & greet at the Airport.
Accommodation at the above mentioned Hotels or similar
Transportation as per itinerary.
Half-day city shopping tour of Colombo
Return airport transfers
All related government taxes.
Early check in & late check
Entrance fees to Monuments.
Camera & video permits.
Any expenses of a personal nature.
Any other expenses not mentioned above.
Tips & Portages
Any compulsory room supplements during the tour.
Day 1: Airport /
Pinnawala / Dambulla
Arrival and transfer
to Dambulla. Overnight stay at Dambulla.
Day 2: Dambulla
/Anuradhapura / Mihintale / Dambulla
Breakfast at Heritance
Thereafter transfer to Anuradhapura.Do
a city tour of Anuradhapura. It was
the first capital and undoubtedly
the grandest city of the ancient Ceylon.
Two of the World Heritage Sites are
situated here and many places of historical
and archaeological interest could
be visited. Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred
Bo-Tree) was brought as a sapling
of the tree under which Prince Siddhartha
attained to enlightenment. It is over
2200 years old and is the oldest historically
documented tree in the world. The
Brazen Palace (2nd century B.C), the
1600 stone columns you see are all
that is left of a magnificent multi-storied
residence for monks. Ruwanweliseya
(2nd century B.C) is the most famous
of all the Dagobas. It originally
depicted the perfect 'bubble shape"
that modern restoration has not been
able to accurately reproduce. 'Samadhi'
Buddha statue (4th century AD) is
one of the most famous statues, depicting
the Buddha in a state of 'Samadhi'
or deep meditation and Isurumuniya
rock temple (3rd century B.C) which
is well known for its rock carvings.
Transfer to Mihintale. Mihintale is
where Buddhism was first introduced
to Sri Lanka. Mihintale is regarded
as the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
The rock is riddled with shrines and
rock dwellings. A grand stairway of
1,840 steps made out of granite slabs
of 15' wide leads to the summit from
where one could get a splendid view
of the surrounding countryside. Overnight
stay at Kandalama.
Breakfast at Heritance Kandalama.Thereafter
transfer to Polonnaruwa. Do a city
tour of Polonnaruwa which is a world
heritage site and the 2nd capital
city of Sri Lanka built in the 11th
and 12th centuries AD. See the ruins
of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya
where four splendid statues of the
Buddha in 'Upright', 'Sedentary'
and 'Recumbent' postures carved
out of rock, the Audience Hall,
the Lotus Bath, the statue of king
Parakramabahu and the Parakrama
Samudraya - a lake built by King
Parakramabahu the great. There are
also monuments of famous places
of worship such as the Shiva Temple,
the Lankathilake, the Watadage,
the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and
the remains of a former Temple of
the Tooth Relic. Transfer to Medirigiriya.
Visit Medirigiriya temple, famous
for its 7th century Vatadage Temple
which is situated on top of a low
rocky point. There are three concentric
rows of pillars, making a total
of 68, surrounding four large seated
Buddha statues facing the four directions.On
completion, transfer to Kandalama.Overnight
stay at Dambulla .
Day 4: Dambulla
/ Sigiriya / Minneriya / Dambulla
Breakfast at Heritance
Kandalama. Transfer to Sigiriya. Climb
the 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress
which is a world heritage site, built
by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The
'Lion Rock' is a citadel of unusual
beauty rising 200 metres from the
scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost
stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified
town. A moat, rampart, and extensive
gardens including the renowned water
gardens ring the base of the rock.
Visit the world-renowned frescoes
of the 'Heavenly Maidens' of Sigiriya,
which are in a sheltered pocket of
the rock approached by a spiral stairway.
These frescoes are painted on plaster
using earth pigments. Thereafter,
transfer to Minneriya. Do a safari
of the Minneriya National Park by
jeep, the extent of which is about
8,889 hectares. There are wet-lands
in this National Park, which have
international importance, animal and
plant species which are plenty in
dry zone are found in this park. Wild
elephants, various amphibians, local
and immigrant bird species are plenty
in this park. About 160 species of
birds, 09 amphibians, 25 reptile species,
26 fish species and more than 78 butterfly
species have been found in this area.
There are bamboo trees which are rare
in other parks and wild elephants
can be seen moving conveniently. The
significant feature is that these
elephants can be seen going very closer
to you. On completion, transfer to
Kandalama. Overnight stay at Kandy.
Day 5: Dambulla
/Matale / Kandy
Breakfast at Heritance
Kandalama. Free for bird watching
around Kandalama. The 55 acre forest
around the Kandalama tank where the
hotel is situated has a variety of
trees - 100 years or more in age,
with medicinal plants and a rich and
varied bird life. Around 90 varieties
of birds including migrants - babbler,
blue flycatcher, oriole, paradise
flycatcher, warbler, wagtail, barbet,
bee-eater, Brahmin kite, owl, teal,
pelican, make their home here. Then
transfer to Dambulla Visit Dambulla
rock temple which has been built by
king Walagambahu in the 1st century
B.C. It is a World Heritage Site.
It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka's
cave temples. The complex of five
caves with over 2000 sq. metres of
painted walls and ceilings, is the
largest area of paintings found in
the world. It contains over 150 images
of the Buddha of which the largest
is the colossal figure of the Buddha
carved out of rock and spanning 14
Thereafter transfer to Matale. In
Matale, visit a spice garden to see
different spices for which Sri Lanka
is famous for. You could see different
spices and how some of these spices
are grown and processed. Also, witness
a Cookery demonstration. On completion,
transfer to Kandy. Overnight stay
Day 6: Kandy
Breakfast at Earl's
Regency Hotel. Thereafter, do a city
tour of Kandy. Kandy was the last
capital of the Sri Lankan kings and
is a World Heritage Site. The name
"Kandy" conjures visions
of splendour and magnificence. Many
of the legends, traditions and folklore
are still lovingly kept alive. Drive
around the Kandy lake built by the
last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe
in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and
bazaar, the arts and crafts centre,
a gem museum and a lapidary. Also,
visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic
in Kandy. Thereafter witness a cultural
Overnight stay at Kandy.
Day 7: Kandy / Pinnawala
/ Peradeniya / Kandy
Breakfast at Earl's
Regency Hotel. Thereafter transfer
to Pinnawala. Visit the Elephant Orphanage
at Pinnawala established in 1975 and
commenced with seven orphans. Today,
some of these orphans enjoy the fortune
of seeing their grandchildren born
in the same location. The original
objective of establishing the orphanage
inclined more towards tourism, but
soon it became a conservation and
an educational centre. With the help
of local and foreign elephant experts,
Pinnawala started a scientific captive-breeding
programme for elephants. The free
movement of the herd enhanced the
chances for individuals of both sexes
to get together and mate. The nearby
river played a dominant role in this
regard and in 1984, the first baby
of Pinnawala was born.The success
story of Pinnawala has drawn the attention
of scientists from all over the world.
A considerable number of books and
research articles on Pinnawala have
been published in several languages.
The members of the Pinnawala herd
have been filmed, videoed and photographed
thousands of times by professionals.
Transfer to Peradeniya. Peradeniya
Botanical Garden was first built as
a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king
and has been expanded by the British.
It is 147 acres in extent and provides
an amazing variety of trees, plants
On completion, transfer to Kandy.
Overnight stay at Bandarawela.
Day 8: Kandy / Tea
Plantation / Nuwara Eliya
Breakfast at the hotel.
Thereafter, transfer to a Tea Plantation.
Visit a tea plantation and a tea factory
where the best tea in the world is
produced. Here, you could observe
the process of manufacturing tea.
You can also see how tea is graded.
Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in
the factory. Transfer to Nuwara Eliya.
Do a city tour of Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara
Eliya, because of its invigorating
mountain climate and scenery, is Sri
Lanka's most popular hill resort.
Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of
Sri Lanka's tea country producing
a significant share of the world's
best tea. Sri Lanka's highest mountain
Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located
here. One of the finest 18 hole golf
courses available in South Asia is
also situated in Nuwara Eliya. Transfer
to Kandapola. Overnight stay at Kandapola.
Day 9: Nuwara Eliya
/ Horton Plains / Nuwara Eliya
Breakfast at Tea Factory
Hotel. Thereafter transfer to Horton
Plains. Visit Horton plains, which
is located on a high windswept saddle
at about 2134 meters above the sea
level. The plains are an expanse of
misty grassland with scraggy trees
and ice-cold rivulets. Visit the World's
End considered to be the finest view
in all of Sri Lanka. The awesome escarpment
drops vertically for about 4,000 feet,
hence its name. You can also see the
beautiful Backer's falls. (walk is
about 14 km). The park shelters mammals
such as Sambhur, Leopard and endemic
Bear Monkies. This area is the home
for over 20 endemic bird species including
Sri Lanka's Whistling Thrush, Orange-billed
Babbler and Yellow-eared Bulbul.On
completion transfer to Kandapola.
Overnight stay at Dambulla
Day 10: Nuwara Eliya
/Bandarawela / Buduruwagala / Yala
Breakfast at Tea Factory
Hotel. Thereafter transfer to Bandarawela.
Bandarawela is a charming town at
an elevation of 4000 feet. It is a
popular health resort.
Transfer to Buduruwagala. The great
sculptures of Buduruwagala dates back
to the 9th or 10th century. The central
figure of the Buddha is 51 feet (15.5
metres) from head to toe. The statue
is attended on either side by figures
of two 'Bodhisattvas', each of 40
feet in height. It is approached through
a jungle area until suddenly the face
of the Buddha statue emerges through
a dark arch of forest.Transfer from
Buduruwagala to Yala. Do a safari
of the Yala National Park by jeep.
Yala is the largest National Park
in Sri Lanka which is the home for
wild elephants, wild boars, wild buffaloes,
leopards, bears, deers and crocodiles.
Large flocks of migratory and indigenous
birds are also found here. Overnight
stay at Yala.
Day 11: Yala /Galle
Breakfast at Yala Village.
Thereafter transfer to Galle. Galle
was once the chief port of Ceylon.
It is still well known for hand-made
lace. Visit the Galle Fort (spanning
90 acres) which has been originally
built by the Portuguese and later
extended by the Dutch in 1663. This
is a World Heritage Site. On completion,
transfer to Airport.