DAY 01 – Airport / Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage / Kandy
Meet entourage at Colombo Airport and be whisked off to busy Dambulla. 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.
After prancing the day away, full Elephantidae style, it’s time to bed down for the night in the quiet cool mountains of Kandy.
DAY 02 – Kandy
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.
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 03 – Kandy / 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 day of exploring around, settle down in the finest of accommodations and doze the night away in uber-comfort.
DAY 04 – Galle / Bentota
Rise with the sun and yawn your way to breakfast. Down a generous breakfast and head off to the pristine golden sands of Bentota.
Make a stop by the Moonstone mines, the Ambalangoda Mask Museum and quaint Madu River
Not far afar from the mask-builders of Ambalangoda lies the tiny village of Meetiyagoda. Remaining off the map on a typical tour of the island, this quiet village is home to a rich deposit of Moonstone. A trip down these mines is well worth a few bucks and your time. The mining process, confined to an area as small as an acre is interesting enough to hold your attention for a long while yet.
Ambalangoda Mask Museum
Masks are a trademark of Sri Lanka’s ancient raw tradition and culture. Where better to see them than the Mask Museum at Ambalangoda, featuring centuries’ worth of masks preserved with the utmost care. Carved and painted at the hands of the islands best, the museum is a great way to learn more about the country’s fascinating history. Here, you can get to know the science behind these creations and their role in Sri Lankan culture and history,
A forest of lush mangroves and a collection of countless tiny islands come together to form the picture-perfect scenery of the Madu river. The tour down the river takes you past an Old Buddhist Monastery. Other highlights of this tour include the sights of the Cinnamon cultivation fields and locals working away at their fishing nets.
The Turtle Hatchery, located quite close to the peaceful shores of Bentota offers an interesting insight into all things turtle.
The Sea Turtle Conservation Project was first begun in 1988. The hatchery goes to great lengths to conserve sea turtle life, even going so far as to pay local fishermen for stray eggs found on the beaches. The retrieved eggs are then buried in the sand and the new hatchlings are then carefully released into the sea.
Spend the evening unwinding on the soft Bentota sands and enjoy a peaceful overnight stay here.
DAY 05 – Bentota / Negombo
Wake up to the song of the waves in your ears and head down to breakfast.
Then it’s time to leave for the small fishing town of Negombo, lying close to the airport. Negombo is the place to see local fishermen bringing in their daily haul and shout out their wares. The Dutch Fort and the Canal are among the more popular sights here.
After a day of exploring around is done, it’s off to the hotel for dinner and a relaxing night’s sleep.
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.