DAY 01 – AIRPORT - ARRIVAL / NEGOMBO
Meet entourage at Colombo Airport and be whisked off to the busy little fishing town of Negombo. A small tiny coastal town near Colombo, Negombo 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. Doze the night away in one of Negombo’s many lovely sea side resorts.
DAY 02 – NEGOMBO / ANURADHAPURA
Make a stop by the Munneshwaram temple, where devout Hindus walk holy ground consecrated by countless Hindu deities. The temple has a history entwined with strange myths and draws endless visitors each year. After a tour around the kovil’s archaic structures, it’s time to continue the trip to Anuradhapura. .
Warm air and dusty paths mingling with the hushed aura of an ancient civilization beckons you towards a kingdom lost in the ages. Prepare yourself for a peek into stunning vistas at the Brazen Palace and the perfectly designed stupas at Ruwanwelisaya and Jetawana. The museum, Moonstone and the Sri Maha Bodhi are a few other top tourist hits we’ll be checking out here. With milky white dagabas gleaming in the sun, crumbling parapets and ruins around every corner, Anuradhapura is a patchwork of breath-taking architectural phenomena.
After exploring the day away, we’ll be off to the small town of Habarana where you can snore the night away in peace.
DAY 03 -HABARANA / POLONNARUWA / HABARANA
Open up to a new day of life and opportunity while being driven to ancient Polonnaruwa, right after wolfing down yet another of palatable Sri Lankan breakfasts
A maze of archaeological spectacles from one end to the other, Polonnaruwa speaks of an age of long-lost glory when legendary kings walked the earth. Here, you can admire the ruins of carefully crafted masterpieces, numerous statues and brilliantly built stupas. Amongst a smattering of fascinating cultural sites, the Royal Palace, the Gal Vihara Statue and Lankathilaka Temple are a few of the more popular places you’ll be visiting. Also, don’t forget to drop by the local museum and the famous Shiva Devale for a chance to check out some spectacular stonework. For our last stop in Polonnaruwa, we’ll be exploring around a wood carving factory to take a peek into a spell binding craft perfected over several centuries. Go ahead and grab some souvenirs while you’re here.Then it’s back to Habarana we go to wrap up the day with dinner and a cozy nights stay.
DAY 04 – HABARANA / SIGIRIYA / HABARANA
Yawn your way down to breakfast and gorge yourself on a very large, very full breakfast plate. Then it’s time to go climbing up Sigiriya, the country’s most well-known national heritage site. On the way, treat yourself to a ride on a majestic elephant and absorb the loveliness of the fresh beauty spread before you on a village cart ride.
Sigiriya, sometimes hailed as the worlds eighth wonder has a story going back as far as the 5th century AD. Constructed to be the apex of power and home to the genius King Kasyapa, this massive rock fortress shows off some of the worlds finest architecture and engineering. Climb right up to the top to be rewarded with a magical view of the beautiful surrounding landscapes. Then drop by the Sigiriya Museum, a stunning creation featuring an amazing array of displays and exhibits. After a tour through this innovative masterpiece of a museum, it’s back to the hotel for dinner and a restful night.
DAY 05 – HABARANA / DAMBULLA / MATALE / KANDY
Inhale a gargantuan meal and get going to the picture-perfect mountain city of Kandy. Make a stop by the little cultural town of Dambulla. A moderately busy town, Dambulla is best known for its ancient holy sites of worship. The famous Dambulla Golden Cave Temples stand high up in the southern end of the town with Sigiriya being another attraction close by.
DAY 05 – Dambulla Golden Cave Temples
The trek up to the gigantic golden structure presents little challenge even to amateur climbers. As the ground drops away over 160 m from the bottom, a large Buddha statue comes into view. Ancient markings and lovely paintings dating back to the first century BC can be seen in these caves, along with several Buddha statues.
After digging around the Dambulla caves, it’s time to resume the journey to Kandy with one more 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. When the day is done, it’s time to bed down for the night in the quiet cool mountains of Kandy
DAY 06 – KANDY / PINNAWALA / 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. 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.The tour starts off with a trip to the Gem Mine, handicraft center and a visit to the infamous Silk Gardens; silk market extraordinaire.
Next, we’ll be off to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage to 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.
Then we’ll be dropping by the Elephant Poo Paper Park to take a look at the countless paper products and gift assortments produced using elephant poo. Get your customized paper cards, diaries and colorful notebooks here along with a few other chic souvenirs.
Then it’s time to return to Kandy for a tour around the Temple of the Tooth Relic. 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.Next, we’ll be spending some time on the serene shores of the Kandy Lake. Indulge yourself in the stunning sights of the Upper Lake Drive and even the Market square. Dig around the towns little boutiques to find some fine trinkets, treasures and souvenirs definitely worth a few of your bucks.
Wrap up the day with an epic cultural finale. 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 07 – KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA
Dig into a generous serving of healthy food from the mountains. 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. Go on with the journey to Nuwara Eliya with a stop by the stunning Ramboda falls. Make another stop by a tea plantation and 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 Nuwara Eliya.
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. 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. Gently snore the night away in the lullaby of Nuwara Eliya’s soft cool whispering winds
DAY 08 – NUWARA ELIYA / HORTON PLAINS / ELLA
Pull the sheets over your head and snooze a few precious minutes away. Scoot down to greet a perfectly scrumptious upcountry breakfast. Then 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.
Next, a new adventure of sightseeing awaits at the Shire-like heavenly landscapes of Ella. With its sprawling forests, waterfalls and field upon field of flowery magic, Ella is just one of those places straight out of a fairy tale. Make a stop by Nanu Oya and take a train ride the rest of the way to Ella.
A few moments ride away, the pretty little village of Ella lies nestled high among the mountain tops. After checking in at the hotel here, we’ll be off to explore the famous Ella Gap. Then it’s time to settle down for the night in the romantic Ella hillsides.
DAY 09 -ELLA / YALA
Rise and shine for a new day of adventuring. Finish a final breakfast at Ella and set your heart towards the breath-taking undisturbed wildlife at Yala. Stop by the Ravana waterfall; a destination wrapped in legend and magic alike. A touristy spot in its own right, this majestic waterfall is said to be one of the widest in Sri Lanka. Then we’ll be making one more stop by the Buduruwagala Temple to admire unique rock creations dating back to the tenth century. Flawless, intricate and carved by subtle clever hands, these rocky wonders are every sculptor’s sweetest dream.
Then we’ll be continuing the road trip down to the lovely evergreen forests of Yala. Open fields of endless grassy plains and lush thickets of greenery here play home to countless species of truly exotic wildlife. Yala is the place to watch the peacocks dance under silver moonlight, to witness the elephants roam freely and even to see elusive leopards in action. Prance the day with the deer and observe monkeys in their tree-top habitats. When the day is done, dream the night away in the best of Yala’s accommodations.
DAY 10 – MIRISSA
Prepare to be swept off to the deliciously inviting shores of Mirissa. After a hearty breakfast there, we’ll be off voyaging through sparkling clear waters to get up close and personal with whales and dolphins. If a trip to see the great friendly beasts of the ocean inspires you, then Mirissa won’t disappoint. After a day with these beautiful ocean mammals, unwind on the tempting sands and give in to a sweet coconut while you’re at it. After the hard expedition, it’s time to hit the sack. Let the waves lull you to sleep as the gentle ocean breeze wafts you into dreamland.
DAY 11 & DAY 12 –HIKKADUWA BEACH
Catch a few extra winks and shuffle down for a sublime serving of Sri Lankan breakfast. After breakfast, you have free reign over the day’s activities. Consider spending the day on Hikkaduwa’s uber-perfect beaches, or feel free to check out the town.
With bath-tub warm turquoise waters and soft golden sands, this beach is enough to distract you for a long while yet. There are also diving and snorkeling activities available to keep you busy. The Hikkaduwa 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 for one last time in the musical oceanic embrace of Hikkaduwa.
DAY 13 - COLOMBO
Wake up and set off to the metropolis with a full stomach and a full heart. 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.
Colombo has any number of international hotel chains and opulent lodgings for you to spend the night in uber-comfort. Fall asleep to the gentle humming of the city beneath you and a stunning view of an impeccable sky line.
DAY 14 - AIRPORT
After a final sumptuous Sri Lankan breakfast, it’s time to head to the airport for your flight back home.