At Bandaranayake International Airport, our chauffeur will meet and greet you in English. then proceed to Sigiriya securely. Visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which is nearby. Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress and climb `Lion Rock,` one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Transfer to a hotel in Sigiriya to spend the night.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
The word `elephant orphanage` may be unfamiliar, yet it is entirely factual and real. The quiet grounds are committed to providing a natural habitat for captive elephant babies ranging in age from weeks to fifty years. The herd can be housed at the only orphanage of its sort on the planet to date.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Sigiriya is an old rock castle and palace erected by King Kashyapa between 473 and 495 that stands 660 feet straight up. This fortified garden city of Sigiriya rock fortress is an exceptional master piece of ancient urban planning, landscape and architecture, construction technology, exceptional hydraulic engineering and management, and ancient fine art with a unique harmony between nature and human imagination, with all these living examples proving that it was a well-planned city and palace in the 5th century AD. Sigiriya Rock Castle is known as one of the best preserved 1st millennium surviving ancient urban sites in Asia, or simply as a living museum.
We should leave after breakfast for Kandy via Habarana. On the way, you may get a village tour experience and also see a natural spice and herbal plantation and Dambulla cave temple. We stopped at a very special restaurant for lunch. Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic (Dalada Malaigawa), a World Heritage Site, and the Kandy cultural dancing performance after that. Don`t forget to tour Kandy City, which served as Sri Lanka`s final capital prior to being occupied by the British.
Village Experience Tour
Village Tour Sri Lanka allows you to experience traditional Sri Lanka in its entirety. Spend time with the residents to learn about village life. Participate in a variety of village activities, such as an ox cart ride, a catamaran ride, and a walk around the fields. Learn how to make traditional Sri Lankan cuisine. You will conclude with a sumptuous buffet lunch provided in traditional Sri Lankan style. This is your authentic Sri Lankan vacation experience.
Dambulla Cave Temple
Dambulla Temple has five caverns (shrine rooms). All of these caverns are filled with statues of Buddha and other figures from Buddhist history. These caverns include 150 Buddha pictures. Cave No. 5 (the final in the series) has little historical significance because it was built in the second decade of the twentieth century. The other caverns all have sculptures and paintings from various epochs of Sinhalese sculpture and painting. Some believe Dambulla`s early paintings date from the 8th century A.C. However, due to overpainting, this cannot be proven. Nonetheless, this location is a treasure trove of decorative motifs, the patterns of which are similar to those of Sigiriya.
Matale Spice and Herbal Garden
Visit a spice garden in Matale to learn about the many spices that Sri Lanka is famous for. The Matale spice gardens, located just 25 kilometers from Kandy`s hill capital, are among the greatest on the island. You`ll be introduced to many spices and shown how some of them are farmed and prepared. Visitors are welcome to meander through the gardens and learn about nutmeg, pepper vines, clove trees, curry, cinnamon, and the rare cardamom, a relative of ginger. It grows in the shade of high jungle trees and can only be harvested by hand. Visitors can purchase spices, traditional cures, and cosmetics; sample a herbal brew; and, in some cases, enjoy the full flavors of Sri Lankan spices over lunch or an Ayurveda massage based on natural garden products.
Kandy Cultural Dancing Show
A Kandyan cultural show will leave you speechless with its amazing dance, acrobatics, costumes, and music. This cultural display, held in Kandy town, depicts several styles of Kandyan dancing, which were previously indigenous to the area but have since spread to other parts of the island. Several dances depicting the graceful movements of birds and animals trace their origins back to the ancient ritual known as the Kohomba Kapkariya, as well as energetic acrobatic performances in which the men perform a series of leaping pirouettes and stunts such as plate-spinning and the dramatic `fire walk` that concludes the show, will be performed during the show.
Tooth of Temple Kandy
The Sri Dalada Maligawa (or Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic) is a Buddhist temple that houses Lord Buddha`s tooth relic. It is located within the royal palace complex of the ancient Kingdom of Kandy. Kandy was the last great capital of Sri Lanka`s ancient monarchs, and the presence of the temple is one of the main reasons why the city was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The relic housed within the temple has played an important part in Sri Lanka`s political history, as it was believed that the keeper of the relic had the authority to rule the country. The protection of the tooth relic became one of the monarch`s duties, and it became a symbol of the right to reign over time. This is why the temples built to protect the relic were so close to the monarch`s royal home.
We should leave at 8:00 a.m. for Nuwara Elliya. You can view the Royal Botanical Garden, a tea factory, and a museum along the way. You can also experience the Sri Lankan No. 01 tea cup from the Tea Factory. Then go on a Nuwaraeliya city tour to see more lovely scenery.
Royal Botanical Garden
The Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya are Sri Lanka`s oldest formal gardens. Every year, roughly 2 million local and foreign visitors visit the Royal Botanic Gardens Peradeniya. The park contains about 4000 plant species, including orchids, spices, medicinal herbs, and palm trees, and is known for its orchid collection and long, palm-framed pathways. The Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya was named one of The Guardian`s `10 great botanical gardens around the world` in 2018. The dazzling climber plants with difficult-to-pronounce names like Beaumontia and Saritaea are entwined with the lovely lilac-blue petraea, which are claimed to have grown more beautifully than at the Kew gardens themselves.
Tea Factory and Museum
The Ceylon Tea Museum features displays on early Sri Lankan tea traders such as James Taylor, a Scottish tea farmer who introduced tea to Ceylon, and Thomas Lipton, another Scotsman who produced Ceylon tea and exported it to Western markets beginning in 1890. The museum has four storeys, including ancient tea-processing apparatus like 19th-century generators, rollers, dryers, fermentation tables, and sorting machines on the ground and second floors. The first floor houses a library and an auditorium with audio and video presentations, and the third floor houses a tea shop. The top level houses a tearoom with excellent views of the neighboring villages, hills, and groomed tea gardens, and visitors can have a complimentary cup of tea after touring the museum.
Nuwaraeliya City Tour(Gregory lake/victoria park/post office)
The city trip will begin with a journey to Nuwara Eliya. You will first see the historic Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, one of Asia`s oldest golf clubs, from the outside before proceeding to town. When you get into town, you will be taken to one of Sri Lanka`s oldest post offices. A traditional Tudor-style colonial structure with a red brick facade Victoria Park is a lovely park named after Queen Victoria`s memorial. Take the time to go around the park and soak in the atmosphere and amazing sights of its landscapes, which include beautiful trees and grass. Then you`ll proceed to Lake Gregory, a man-made masterpiece from colonial times. It was originally developed for electricity but is currently utilized for amusement and relaxation. This lovely lake is surrounded by amazing views of distant mountains.
We leave the hotel early in the morning and transport you to Horton Plains. Then take a rail journey from Nanu Oya to Ella through the tea plantations, which will take you through breath-taking scenery in the hill country.
The highlight of Horton Plains National Park is World`s End, where the highland plateau abruptly ends and a 1,000-meter plummet opens up before you. Mini World`s End lies nearby, with a drop of only 300 meters. If you get there before 10 a.m., you`ll almost certainly be rewarded with something magnificent. Arrive late, and the mists may have rolled in, leaving you staring into whiteness, especially during the wettest months of May to September. A tiny viewing area is walled off, but deviating from the designated path poses evident danger as you approach the cliff edge. An extension to adjacent Baker`s Falls, one of Sri Lanka`s greatest waterfalls, is also worth a visit for the energetic. This requires some scrambling up steep slopes and is only suggested for individuals with quick feet. The walk to World`s End is 4 kilometers long on level terrain, with a hard loop to Baker`s Falls (2 kilometers) and another 3.5 kilometers back to the entrance. It takes three hours to do the 9.5-kilometer round trip.
The train journey will take you through manmade tunnels. Places to look out for are Nawalapitiya, Hatton, and Haputale, Ella. Grey stone cliffs and rivers will flash past your window with occasional views of enormous waterfalls cascading down the mountainside. While the train climbs steadily through to Hatton, then Nanu Oya, if you are going to Nuwara Eliya, you must stop here.
Ella Nine Arch Bridge
The Nine Arches Bridge is an ancient bridge located in the hill town of Ella in Sri Lanka, 3 kilometers from Ella Railway Station. It is one of Ella`s most well-known landmarks, also known as Ahas Namaye Palama, or the Bridge in the Sky. The Nine Arch Bridge is a wonderful stone bridge built among lush green tea plantations with breathtaking mountains in the background. It`s at Demodara, between the Ella and Demodara train stations. This historic structure is 91 meters long and 24 meters high, and it never fails to captivate travelers with its beauty. The renowned bridge stands out against the lush green backdrop, and the rocky path includes a hiking trail as well as stops at waterfalls, ancient caverns, and tea plantations. The bridge is well-known among tourists and locals alike, who flock to see the iconic blue train slowly making its way across the bridge. It is also an excellent location for photography and filming. There are several eateries on the slopes with views of the bridge.
You must leave the hotel by 8:00 a.m. The most lovely way to spend a morning in Ella is to take the short trek up to the top of Little Adams Peak. Then we`ll go to Tissa. On the route, we pass by the 25-meter-high Ravana Falls. Then go to the Ancient Tissa Temple and Tissa Lake.
Ella Little Adam Peaks
Little Adam`s Peak, named due its likeness to the famed Adam`s Peak/Sri Pada, is Ella`s smaller sibling and a must-see. The trip to the top of Little Adam`s Peak is rather straightforward; at 1141m, it is more of a two-hour leisurely walk. The trail to Little Adam`s Peak is also extremely easy to find because it is plainly marked.
The trip begins on reasonably flat ground and is rather scenic because you`re surrounded by teaplants; however, the higher you go, the steeper the trail becomes, so it`s better to wear walking shoes.
Ravana Falls is a waterfall that should not be missed when visiting Ella. Ravana Falls is firmly at the top of the list of stunning waterfalls in Sri Lanka`s hill country. The falls are pretty magnificent, and you can get a closer look by climbing over some of the rocks. If you adore water and want to spend some time splashing around in the water fall, this is the place to be in Ella. You can swim for a while, but be careful because the rocks are slippery. It is currently one of the country`s widest falls. This waterfall is about 25 meters (82 feet) tall and cascades from an oval-shaped concave granite outcrop. The waterfall is believed to resemble an areca flower with withering petals during the local wet season. This is not the case during the dry season, when the flow of water is drastically reduced.
Tissa Lake is a historic tank/reservoir established by Sri Lanka`s former monarchs. From the middle of the lake, the splendor of the man-made lake surrounded by lush vegetation is fascinating. Tissa Lake, built about the third century BC, is a vast artificial reservoir that is now part of the regional network of irrigation channels that support the vegetation in Anuradhapura. The serene surroundings of Sri Lanka`s first capital city, which was previously ruled by the mighty monarchs, can be viewed, and the calmness when taking a boat ride is amazing. The native birds and local flora and fauna can be seen while the inhabitants go about their daily lives.
We had to get up at 5.30 a.m. to be ready for work. Yala National Park Wild Safari by Safari Jeep (The Vehicle Prepared to See Around) Yala National Park is Sri Lanka`s most visited and second-largest national park. Elephants, leopards, crocodiles, and other wildlife can be seen in the open jungle. After that, go to Mirissa Golden Sand Beach. It will help you relax your mind.
Yala National Park
Yala, Sri Lanka`s most popular and second-largest national park, has a long history as a conservation hotspot in the country`s east, dating back to the early twentieth century, when it was first established as a wildlife refuge. The area was designated a national park in 1938 because it was home to a varied array of flora and fauna, including numerous endangered species such as elephants and leopards and a diversity of bird species. The park is separated into five zones, each with its own distinct features and animals. The most popular zones are 1 and 5, which are recognized for their abundance of animals, particularly leopards. There are several entrances to the park, but the most popular is the Palatupana entrance. This gate is located near Tissamaharama and is the most easily accessible by public transit. You can enter the park through various gates, but the most popular one is the Palatupana entrance. This gate is located near the town of Tissamaharama and is the easiest to access by public transportation.
Mirissa Beach is a stunning sandy shore located along the huge Indian Ocean in the coastal town of Mirissa, Sri Lanka, which is approximately 30 kilometers from Unawatuna and 35 kilometers from Galle. Mirissa Beach is a sizable expanse with lots of room to spread out and unwind while taking in beach life. The palm-tree-lined beach features crystal-clear seas and fine sand. Parrot Rock, a rock structure with water on three sides, is located at one end of Mirissa Beach. Visitors can scale the cliff to experience a stunning bird`s-eye perspective of Mirissa Beach. There is always a demand for water sports like surfing and snorkeling at the beautiful Mirissa Beach. Additionally, Mirissa is well known for its whale- and dolphin-watching excursions. Visitors can enjoy watching whales swim and play in their natural habitat by whale watching at Mirissa. There are numerous tour operators that offer excursions to see whales and dolphins.
Same as last morning, I have to wake up at 5.30 am. Blue whales can be seen from Mirissa Harbour on well-prepared boats. Turtle Farm can be seen along the road. Following the turtle farm, you will visit the historic Galle city and Dutch fort.
One of the best spots in the world to go whale watching is Mirissa, particularly to see the Blue Whales, the largest and most well-known marine mammal. Actually, the distance from Mirissa harbor to the whale habitat is only six to nine nautical miles. The three types of whales we can witness are killer whales, sperm whales, and bride whales. The many dolphin species include spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and riso dolphins. Additional marine species that occasionally can be spotted include the green back turtle, whale shark, flying fish, and tuna fish.
Stilt fishing is an old and well-established method of fishing that is still actively practiced throughout Sri Lanka`s southern coast, particularly in the towns of Koggala, Weligama, Dikwella, Galle, and Tangalle, to mention a few. The term `Ritipanna` refers to stilt fishing in the indigenous Sinhala language. Stilt fishing has no known ancestors, although many people think that traders who saw them returning from the sea with mesh bags packed with fish promoted it to merchants. As a result, this inherited practice was passed down from father to son.
The hatchery and rescue facility look after five different types of turtles. These species include the Green Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle, Leatherback Turtle, and Olive Ridley Turtle. Modern water tanks are included in the facilities at the sea turtle hatchery and rescue center, which also provides care for adult turtle species that have been pulled from the water after suffering injuries.
Dutch Fort Galle
Within the fort, Fifty Lighthouse Street is the ideal starting point from which to see all that Galle has to offer. Stroll along the ramparts and take in the imposing buildings like the Galle Lighthouse, the Galle Clocktower, and the Groote Kerk, all of which have been preserved in their former splendor. Only a native from within the fort would know the details of a Galle Fort Walking Tour with us. Our walking tour takes you into the backstreets of this famous fort, where you`ll see adorable buildings, museums, historic sites, and more while learning all kinds of fascinating facts about the Galle Dutch Fort
Tour Inclusions & Exclusions
Air-conditioned transport throughout the 7 Days.
Professional English speaking chauffeur.
06 Nights Hotel with half board.
Driver Accommodation & meals.
Sightseeing Entrance Tickets.
Personal expenses.( such as room service, internet charge, laundry, drink, fax, telephone call)
Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.