Essence of Nature – 6 Days

DAY 01 – Colombo

Meet entourage at Colombo Airport and be whisked off to the Galadari Hotel, right in the heart of the urban metropolis. Enjoy an evening tour of the city.

More than just a busy capital, Colombo has plenty of beautiful landmarks and sights to explore. A patchwork of new and old architecture, modern hotel chains and flashy sky scrapers dominate the sky line while the city’s lower reaches bustle with commerce. Museums and sophisticated restaurants dot the more high-end section of the vibrant city, but there are always good bargains to make, great food and surprises to be found in every nook and cranny of the city.

Once you’ve seen it all, dig into a sumptuous dinner and fall asleep to the gentle humming of the city beneath you and a stunning view of an impeccable sky line.

DAY 02 - 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 by the lovely Devon and St. Claire’s waterfalls to admire a picture-perfect view like no other. Then it’s back on the road to Nuwara Eliya, with one more stop for a fantastic bone-chilling white water rafting experience.

By late afternoon, you can say hello to the loveliest of Sri Lanka’s old colonial towns. After checking into the Grand Hotel, it’s time to do some sight-seeing. Past the gossamer curtains of gentle mists, Nuwara Eliya is a delightful little hill top haven with a distinct old England feel to it. 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, you can gently snore the night away in the lullaby of Nuwara Eliya’s soft cool whispering winds.

DAY 03 - Horton Plains

After a warm breakfast on the lovely hilltop hotel, you’ll be visiting the Horton Plains National Park, where mysterious lakes and lush landscapes of greenery stretch as far as the eye can see. Go all the way along the trail for a stunning birds-eye view of the area below at the very end of the path. The park abounds with countless species of birds and animals. Hortan Plains is home to countless shaggy bear monkeys, sambar deer and even the occasionally lurking leopard or wild boar.

The tour draws to an end, we’ll be visiting the Haggla Botanical Gardens. These gardens hold an important place in Sri Lankan legend and folklore. Believed to have been magically transported to the island from the great Himalayan itself, the Haggala houses an invaluable selection of herbs and other exotic plant life.

Once the tour is done, we’ll be back off to Nuwara Eliya for a full dinner and a peaceful night.

DAY 04 - Kandy

Once you’ve downed a full breakfast, it’s time to get going to the picture-perfect mountain city of Kandy. Make a stop by a tea plantation and a tea factory for the freshest cup of tea you’ve ever had. Delectably sweet and perfectly fresh off the green mountains, you’ll be asking for seconds before you know it. Chill here awhile and set out on the remaining leg of the journey to Kandy.

When you’ve checked in at the Amaya Hills Hotel, you’ll be shown around the infamous Kandy Tooth Temple. Glinting gold and pearl with the rays of the setting 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. After the tour, wrap the day up with a bang as you feast your senses on Kandy’s famous cultural show. 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 05 - Sigiriya

Snooze away those extra precious minutes and wake up to a scrumptious breakfast and a day of adventure.

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. There’s always plenty to see in Kandy, the beautiful hilltop city of light and culture. 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. There’s also the Gem Museum to explore and the Botanical Gardens are always worth a visit too.

On the way back, we will make a stop by the super-fragrant spice gardens of Matale. Here you can check out the fabulously famous Sri Lankan spices at their home. With the demand for Sri Lankan spices only increasing over the centuries, these goodies will continue to be a popular export for a long while yet.

Next, we will be stopping by the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage where you can cuddle with baby elephants. 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.

Once the tour reaches its end, we can either escort you to a selected beach hotel, or even take you to the airport for your flight back home.

DAY 06 – Negombo / Airport

Wake up, face the lovely city views and acknowledge that all good things come to an end. After a final sumptuous Sri Lankan breakfast, it’s time to take you to the airport for your flight back home.

If your flight time allows it, we would escort you to a hotel in the little fishing town of Negombo.

Meanwhile Negombo, a small tiny coastal town near Colombo is the right place to see local fishermen bringing in their daily haul and shout out their wares. This is also the town where you’ll taste the best sea food you’ll find anywhere on the island. A few popular sights around town are the Dutch Fort and the Canal.

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