DAY 01 – Airport / Pinnawala / Kandy
Meet entourage at Colombo Airport and be whisked off to busy Kandy. Make a stop by the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and cuddle with baby elephants.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
If you love the idea of little baby elephants frolicking freely, then this is your kind of place. Pinnawala is among the worlds largest elephant sanctuaries and home to deserted or orphaned elephants. With around 90 elephants of all ages roaming about, take your time to observe these majestic creatures and bottle-feed one of the little cuties. One of the most spectacular sights here is the daily elephant bath, where the elephants are all herded off into the nearby river to splash around to their hearts content.
Then it’s time to move on to the silver misty landscapes of Kandy, have a herbal and spicy garden tour on the way.
After checking in at the hotel, it’s off to explore the city’s depths. Take in the colorful views, breathe in the fresh air and set your feet on the cobble-stoned paths of the final capital to ever be ruled by the Sri Lankan Kings.
Starting off with the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, the Kandy Lake and the mystical monasteries are just a handful of the attractions that make the city so popular among holiday makers.
Kandy Tooth Temple
Glinting gold and pearl with the rays of the rising sun, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic houses the single most important relic of Sri Lanka’s religious history, a tooth of the Buddha himself. The chambers containing the well-guarded relic are open to Buddhist advocates and tourists alike.
The Kandy Folk Show displays some truly amazing historical dances brought to you from generations past. The show reaches its climax with an impressive fire walking ceremony that will take your breath away.
After the fiery showdown, float away to sleep on the softest of Kandyan beds and dream of elephants and dances.
DAY 02 – Kandy / Nuwara Eliya
Roll over, yawn and catch a few more Zzzs before toeing down to a warm herculean breakfast. Then it’s time to head off to Nuwara Eliya, the picturesque mountain town of flowers and horses.
Make a stop at the Peradaniya Royal Botanical Gardens to bask in an endless assortment of fragrant flowers in every direction. Feel free to walk around this cosmic floral paradise, filled with rare and endemic flower species from one end to the other. Once you’re done seeing the best of Peradaniya, including the exotic garden of spices and the orchid house here, it’s time to get back on the road, visit the famous waterfalls and tea factory on the way.
Say hello to the loveliest of Sri Lanka’s old colonial towns. Past the gossamer curtains of gentle mists, Nuwara Eliya is a delightful little hill top haven with a distinct old England feel to it. A little exploring later, snore the night gently away in the lullaby of Nuwara Eliya’s cool whispering winds.
DAY 03 – Nuwara Eliya
Yawn your way down and gorge yourself on a very large, very full breakfast plate. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the way you want it. Indulge yourself in the lovely views, the quaint little touristy boutiques and romantic parks. Buildings from colonial times, beautiful rose gardens and neat hedges all add to the charm of being in this vibrant neighborhood. At the right season, Nuwara Eliya is also the perfect place for a hearty game of golf and some action-packed horse racing.
Once you’ve seen, haggled and photographed the town from one end to the other, it’s back to the hotel for a last cozy night in Nuwara Eliya’s cool embrace.
DAY 04 – Kitulgala / Bentota
Pull the sheets over your head and snooze a few precious minutes away. Scoot down to greet a perfectly scrumptious upcountry breakfast.
Leave for Bentota, home to beautiful beaches and landscapes. Feeling feisty? Make a stop by Kitulgala, where the thrill-seekers can try the infamous White Water Rafting. Just buckle up and enjoy 5 km of pure adrenaline spiked pleasure as you pass through nine unbelievable rapids. Don’t forget your safety gear! Help is always available at hand and the highly trained instructors will stick around to steer you right. If a hackle-raising joy ride is not your idea of fun, you can always sit back and enjoy the stunning vistas and wildlife.
Next stop; Belilena. Tiptoe around this large prehistoric cave, home to a 12,000 year old skeleton and feel free to soak up the local history while you’re at it. A few nuggets of history later, we’ll be at the filming venue of the famous World War 2 movie, ‘’Bridge on the River Kwai’’.
After you’ve outdone yourself, it’s high time to treat yourself to some love. The soft sandy beaches of Kalutara awaits your travel-worn spirit.
Welcome to the kind of beach you’ve only ever seen in pictures; beautiful Bentota, where turquoise waters lap against a golden ribbon of pristine sand. Let the waves lull you to sleep as the gentle ocean breeze wafts you into dreamland.
DAY 05 – Bentota
Catch a few extra winks and shuffle down for a sublime serving of Sri Lankan breakfast. After breakfast, you have free reign over the town. Consider spending the day on Bentota’s uber-perfect beaches, or feel free to check out the town.
With bath-tub warm turquoise waters and soft golden sands, the Bentota beach is enough to distract you for a long while yet. There are also diving and snorkeling activities available to keep you busy. The waters are abundant in shoals of colorful fish and beautiful reefs fanning across the shallow sea floors. After you’re done tanning, exploring and enjoying the best of the town, it’s time to fall asleep once more to the oceanic music of Bentota.
DAY 06 – Galle
Roll over, hit the snooze and catch a few more winks before breakfast.
Set off to the lovely coastal town of Galle after a hearty breakfast, where the wind sings a timeless melody among olden Dutch-colonial buildings. From the picturesque Galle Fort to the Old Gate and collection of charming Dutch Churches, Galle is a map of irresistible attractions from one end to the other.
Ravishing in its splendor, this ancient Portuguese structure was renovated by later Dutch settlers and serves today as a major attraction in the area. This construction remains among the best preserved buildings in Asia and is a definite tourist mecca for all who enter the colonial city. Aside from the colonial villas spread out across the town, other attractions worth your time here are the Dutch Reformed Church, Museum and the Clock Tower.
After a sweep through the heart of Sri Lanka’s southern vistas, it’s time to float away on yet another magical ride. A gentle cruise down the serene waters of Madu await your pleasure. Thick mangrove forests crowd the riverbanks on either side while clouds of colorful butterflies buzz overhead. With an ecosystem teeming with abundant life, keep your camera ready for monitor lizards, monkeys and bird species of every kind. Spend the rest of the evening as you please. Shop for souvenirs or simply kick back and enjoy a last fabulous tropical sunset in Sri Lanka.
DAY 07 – Airport
Wake up, face the lovely ocean views and acknowledge that all good things come to an end. After a final sumptuous Sri Lankan breakfast and several warm good-byes, it’s time to take you to the airport for your flight back home.