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DAY 01   :  Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport and transfer to Negombo.

                             

Check-in at Jetwing Lagoon Resort in Negombo and in the late afternoon engage in a city tour of Negombo including The Old Dutch Fort visit.

 

 

NEGOMBO CITY TOUR

Negombo is a major tourist destination in Sri Lanka. This city is an ideal and liberal place with luxury, tropical life style, for those who want quick access to and from the country’s main international airport and also to Colombo city center. The 100 km long canal network running through the city is still used, and outrigger canoes and modern water-craft ply this route daily, for trade and tourist purposes. Remnants of colonization include the Dutch fort built in 1672, as well as centuries-old Portuguese and Dutch houses, Administrative buildings, Churches and the ceiling frescoes of St. Mary’s Cathedral. Negombo is known for its huge and old fishing industry with busy fish markets and sandy beaches. There are daily fish auctions, which give tourists a chance to meet the area’s fishermen, buy fish and even organize fishing trips into the lagoon and the ocean beyond.

Evening enjoy a Romantic Candlelit Dinner at Jetwing Lagoon Resort.

Overnight stay at Jetwing Lagoon Resort in Negombo.

Website:www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwinglagoon

 

 

DAY 02   :  After breakfast at Jetwing Lagoon Resort, proceed to Sigiriya.

 

Morning visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

 

 

SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS

Sigiriya also known as Lion Rock, the archeological rock fortress or lion -mountain and palace of the Sigiriya situated in the central province in Sri Lanka. Sigiriya was designated a World Heritage site in 1988. Sigiriya presents a unique concentration of fifth century urban Planning, surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, arts and architecture, engineering and hydraulic technology. The Sigiriya rock is a hardened magma plug from an Extinct and long-eroded volcano. The Complex consists of the central rock, rising 200 meters Above the surrounding plain, and the two rectangular precincts on the east (90 hectares) and The west (40 hectares), surrounded by two moats and three ramparts. Popular tourist destination, Sigiriya is also renowned for its ancient paintings. The Sigiriya was built during the reign of King Kasyapa (AD 477 – 495) in Anuradhapura period.

Check-in at Jetwing Vil Uyana Resort in Sigiriya and rest of the day relax at the hotel.

Overnight stay at Jetwing Vil Uyana Luxury Resort in Sigiriya.

Web site:www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwingviluyana

 

DAY 03   :             After breakfast at Jetwing Vil Uyana Resort, morning enjoy an Elephant back safari in Sigiriya.

 

 

ELEPHANT BACK SAFARI

Elephant back safari in Sri Lanka is not just riding through the jungle terrain and crossing rivers amidst beautiful scenery on the largest land animal, it’s perhaps a once in a lifetime experience where you will get to interact with this majestic fascinating beast. Elephant back safaris are one of the latest adventure related experiences Sri Lanka has to offer, these safaris not only allow one to view wildlife from the back of an elephant, but perhaps most importantly, provides you with the unique opportunity to share a day in the life of the elephant, this relaxed interaction will help you to understand and appreciate this intelligent animal. Whether it is just viewing surroundings sitting high on their back, feeding them, swimming with them or simply just appreciating them by being close to them, you are sure to enjoy this memorable encounter.

Afternoon enjoy a Wildlife jeep safari at Minneriya National Park

 

 

MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK

Minneriya national park is situated in the north-central plains of Sri Lanka, Even though it is one of the smallest national parks in the country, covering just 8,889 hectares, it’s a paradise with many natural wonders. The park encompasses the beautiful Minneriya tank, built by King Mahasena (in 3rd century AD). This tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants that come to bathe and graze on the grass as well as the huge flocks of birds (cormorants, painted storks, open-bills, Pelicans and many other species of waders) that come to fish in the shallow waters.

Relax at the hotel for the rest of the evening.

Overnight stay at Jetwing Vil Uyana Luxury Resort in Sigiriya.

Web site:www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwingviluyana

 

DAY 04   :  After breakfast at Jetwing Vil Uyana Resort, proceed to Kandy.

 

En-route visit a Spice Garden in Matale including a traditional Sri Lankan cookery demonstration.

 

 

SPICE GARDEN

Sri Lanka is famous for its spices and spices gardens. These spice gardens offer tourists the opportunity to discover a wide variety of spices available in Sri Lanka. In order to promote and uplift spice growing and spice gardens of Sri Lanka a spice council was established with all key industry private and public sector stakeholders. During early historical times Sri Lanka known as Taprobane, was world renowned for its Quality Spices. During ancient times the Greeks, Romans and the Arabs maintained their links with Sri Lanka through the spice trade.

Check-in at Kandy House Hotel in Kandy and relax for the rest of the day at the hotel.

Overnight stay at The Kandy House Hotel in Kandy.

Web site: www.thekandyhouse.com

 

 

DAY 05   :  After breakfast at Kandy House, proceed to Peradeniya.

 

Morning visit the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya.

 

 

PERADENIYA ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS

Royal Botanical Garden, Peradeniya is situated about 5.5 km to the west from the city of Kandy in the Central Province of Sri Lanka and attracts 2 million visitors annually. It is renowned for its collection of  orchids. The total area of the botanical garden is 147 acres (0.59 km2), at 460 meters above sea level, and with a 200-day annual rainfall. It is managed by the Division of National Botanic Gardens of the Department of Agriculture.

Afternoon engage in a city tour of Kandy including the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

 

 

TEMPLE OF THE SACRED TOOTH RELIC

Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. The temple houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha, and is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings.

Evening return to Kandy House Hotel in Kandy and relax.

Overnight stay at The Kandy House Hotel in Kandy.

Web site: www.thekandyhouse.com

 

DAY 06   :  After breakfast at Kandy House, morning visit the Tea Museum in Kandy.

 

 

CEYLON TEA MUSEUM KANDY

The alchemy of land, sun and rain in the Paradise Island of Ceylon, as it was known 40 years ago, presents the ideal climatic conditions for cultivation of tea. Ceylon now known as Sri Lanka brings a new dimension to tea by producing variations in taste, quality, character and appearance, largely based on the terrain of the region. Ceylon tea with its distinct taste and character has now become the consumer’s favorite cuppa. An essential stop on any Sri Lankan tea tour, this museum occupies the 1925-vintage Hantane Tea Factory, 4km south of Kandy on the Hantane road. Abandoned for more than a decade, it was refurbished by the Sri Lanka Tea Board and the Planters’ Association of Sri Lanka.

Afterwards proceed to Nuwara Eliya. En-route visit a Tea factory at Mackwoods Labookellie Tea Estate.

 

 

MACKWOODS LABOOKELLIE TEA CENTRE

Situated approximately 1500 meters above sea level in the heart of Labookellie Estate, one of the finest tea plantations in Sri Lanka, is today a popular stop in an international travelers itinerary – providing an opportunity to experience Mackwoods Tea at its best in the salubrious hill country clime as well as providing an instructive glimpse of the manufacture of Ceylon Tea. The Labookellie Tea Centre has for long been a popular land mark amongst both locals and tourists to Nuwara-Eliya from Kandy for their requirements of garden fresh high quality Labookellie Tea. The Tea Centre has been expanded and refurbished to give its many visitors and customers better service in a more comfortable setting. Mackwoods provides visitors with a free guided tour of Labookellie tea factory, an educational experience in the tea cultivation and manufacturing process.

Check-in at Heritance Tea Factory Hotel in Nuwara Eliya and rest of the day relax at the hotel

Overnight stay at Heritance Tea Factory Hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

Web site: www.heritancehotels.com/teafactory

 

DAY 07   :   After breakfast at Heritance Tea Factory Hotel, relax at the hotel.

 

Afternoon engage in a city tour of Nuwara Eliya.

 

 

NUWARA ELIYA

Nuwara Eliya is often referred to by the Sri Lankan tourist industry as ‘Little England’. While most British visitors struggle to recognize modern England in Nuwara Eliya, the toy-town ambience does have a rose-tinted English country village feel to it, though it comes with a disorienting surrealist edge. Three-wheelers whiz past red telephone boxes.

Water buffalo daubed in iridescent dye for the Tamil Thai Pongal festival mingle outside a pink, brick Victorian post office. A well-tended golf course morphs seamlessly into a rolling carpet of tea plantations. The dusty and bustling center of town is a thoroughly Sri Lankan tangle, but scratch the surface a little to reveal colonial bungalows, well-tended hedgerows and pretty rose gardens.
Evening return to Heritance Tea Factory Hotel and relax.

Overnight stay at Heritance Tea Factory Hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

Web site: www.heritancehotels.com/teafactory

 

DAY 08   :  After breakfast at Heritance Tea Factory Hotel, proceed to Bentota.

 

En-route experience the White Water Rafting in Kithulgala.

 

 

WHITE WATER RAFTING IN KITULGALA

Kitulgala is a small town in the west of Sri Lanka. A rain forestry area which gets two monsoons each year, and is one of the wettest places in Sri Lanka. Nevertheless, it comes alive in the first three months of the year, especially in February the driest month. The Academy award winning movie “The Bridge on the river Kwai” was filmed on the Kelani River near Kitulgala, although nothing remains now except the concrete foundations for the bridge. Kitulgala is the base for White water rafting in Sri Lanka.

Check-in at Saman Villas Luxury Boutique Hotel in Bentota and rest of the day relax at the hotel.

Overnight stay at Saman Villas Luxury Boutique Hotel in Bentota.

Web site: www.samanvilla.com

 

DAY 09   :             After breakfast at Saman Villas Luxury Boutique Hotel relax at the hotel.

 

Afternoon enjoy a River safari/boat ride at Madhu River- Balapitiya.

 

 

MADHUGANGA WETLAND BOAT RIDE

Madhu River is located in Balapitiya, 80 km away from Colombo, close to Sri Lanka southern costal belt. This wetland spreds over 900 heactares of area and most of it is covered with water. There are totally 64 islands in Madhu Ganga. This tour will take around 2.5 to 3 hours and it’s advisable to bring drinking water, Sunglasses and hats. Some boats have adjustable roofing covers. During your boat ride, you can see huge mangrove forest by the river banks. Boats will ride under short mangrove tunnels. You can see many birds and animals that are living in this aquatic environment. The main occupancy of the villagers is fishing. Some are involved in tradition industries such as cinnamon processing. Koth Doowa Rajamaha Viharaya Buddhist temple is located in a small island and there are no other constructions other than the temple.

Afterwards back to Saman Villas Luxury Boutique Hotel and in the evening enjoy a Romantic Candlelit Dinner.

Overnight stay at Saman Villas Luxury Boutique Hotel in Bentota.

Web site: www.samanvilla.com

 

DAY 10:                After breakfast at Saman Villas Luxury Boutique Hotel, proceed to Colombo.

 

Check-in at Casa Colombo Hotel in Colombo and in the late afternoon engage in a city tour of Colombo.

 

 

COLOMBO CITY

Although reclaiming its 19th-century moniker ‘the garden city of the East’ is unlikely, Colombo is rapidly emerging as a must-see stop in Sri Lanka. No longer just the sprawling city you have to endure on your way to the southern beaches, it has become a worthy destination in its own right.

The legacies of colonial Colombo’s garden roots are still very much intact along its often shady boulevards. Fort is in the midst of widespread historic restoration of its landmark colonial architecture, while Pettah brims with markets and rampant commerce. Even traffic-clogged Galle Road is getting spiffier with glossy new hotel complexes, while the seafront benefits from new roads that are spurring hotel construction. Colombo’s cosmopolitan side supports ever-more stylish eateries, galleries and museums. Surprises abound in its old quarters where you can find great local food and discover a characterful shop or tiny, convivial cafe. The capital is an excellent start – or finish – to your Sri Lankan adventures.
Evening relax at the hotel.
Overnight stay at Casa Colombo Hotel in Colombo.

Web site: www.casacolombo.com

 

DAY 11   :             After breakfast at Casa Colombo Hotel, transfer to Bandaranaike International Airport for the departure flight.

 

Tour End

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