-HE 0129 Sri Lanka-Sigiriya-Malavi

Discover Sri Lanka in 2 weeks

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A two weeks comprehensive tour showcasing the most popular attractions enabling a visitor a closer insight to the nature, culture and lifestyles of Sri Lanka.

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All about the Discover Sri Lanka in 2 weeks.

Discover Sri Lanka in 2 weeks
14 Nights /15 Days

Day Route Places Visited Over Night
1 Airport – Negombo Leisure at the Hotel Negombo
2 Negombo – Pinnawela – Habarana Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage & An Elephant ride at Habarana Habarana
3 Polonnaruwa – Minneriya Polonnaruwa Cultural Site & Minneriya National Park. Habarana
4 Habarana Free to explore the surrounding Habarana
5 Sigiriya – Kandy Sigiriya Rock Fortress Kandy
6 Kandy City tour of Kandy, Temple of the Tooth Relic, Cultural Show Kandy
7 Kandy – Nuwara Eliya Tea Factory Nuwara Eliya
8  Nuwara Eliya  Horton Plains, Hakgala botanical Gardens Nuwara Eliya
9 Nuwara Eliya – Yala Ella Gap, Buduruwagala Rock Temple Yala
10 Yala Yala National Park Yala
11 Yala – Bentota Galle fort & City tour of Galle Bentota
12 Bentota  Leisure at the beach resort Bentota
13 Bentota  Leisure at the beach resort Bentota
14 Bentota  Leisure at the beach resort Bentota
15 Transfer to the Airport

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

Tour includes:

  • Accommodations sharing twin
  • Meals on half board basis (breakfast & dinner)
  • Air-conditioned private transport
  • Entrance fees at Locations
  • English speaking chauffeur-guide
  • Government tax and service charge
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

Tour does not include:

  • Any extra beverages, lunches or snacks,
  • Any personal effects not mentioned here.
  • Any activities which are not mentioned on itinerary.
  1. Day1 Airport - Negombo

    Meet & Greet at Airport on arrival and transfer to hotel in Negombo. (Transfer time – approximately 25 minutes)

    Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Negombo

  2. Day2 Negombo – Pinnawela - Habarana

    Morning depart to Habarana via Pinnawela. (Lunch optional). In the afternoon watch the elphants having their lunch with special emphasis on the baby elephants being bottle fed at the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and theafter the elephants bathing in the river nearby.

    Reach Habarana in the early evening and check-in at the hotel. 

    Dinner and overnight stay at Habarana.

  3. Day3 Polonnaruwa - Minneriya

    Morning proceed to Polonnaruwa and visit the ancient ruins of the mediaeval kingdom.

    POLONNARUWA the Medieval Kingdom from the 11th to the 13th century. Buddhist and Hindu Temples located in the same complex and many other ruins symbolizes this fact.  The Palaces, Huge granite sculptures and the massive tanks and complex irrigation systems built by the Great Kings conveys the extent of development that existed in this middle history period. Among the important ruins we come across in Polonnaruwa are, the Royal Palace, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, the Statue of king Parakramabahu and the famous Gal Viharaya – where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in ’Upright’, ’Sedentary’ and ’Recumbent’ postures are carved out of rock – , and the Parakrama Samudraya. The Gal Vihara marks a very important land mark and a high point in rock carving. These four separate large statues out of which, the upright statue is 7m tall and the recumbent statue is 14m long are all carved out of one large slab of rock.

    On the return back to Habarana, do game safari of the Minneriya National Park. (Duration of safari – approximately 2 ½ hours).  (lunch on the way).

    Enter the Minneriya National Park by jeep : The park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to Sri Lanka ’s favourites such as sambar deer, leopards(if lucky) and elephants.  However the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank (built in 3rdcentury AD by King Mahasena).  During the dry season (June to September), this tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants who come to bathe and graze on the grasses as well as buffalo, jackals, crocodiles, civet cats and the huge flocks of birds (cormorants and painted storks to name but a few) that come to fish in the shallow waters.

     

    After the sight-seeing tour return to Habarana.

    Dinner and overnight stay at Habarana.  

  4. Day4 Get to Know Habarana / Ride the Elephant

    In the morning visit the Sigiriya Rock fortress and return to Habarana.

    The ancient city of SIGIRIYA was designated a cultural World Heritage Site in 1982.  It is also proposed that the site should be named the eighth wonder of the world, indicating it is in the same league as other international wonders such as the Grand Canyon and Ancient Pyramids.  Translated as ‘Lion Rock’ into English, the name of the monument indicates the entrance through which visitors  begin their final ascent to the top – through the open jaws and throat (‘giriya’) of a lion (‘sinha’).  Unfortunately, the only remains of this lion figure are the gigantic paws, sculpted into the side of the rock. The topography of the area is flat except for the massive rock outcrop of the fortress itself. This amazing rock rises incredibly over 600ft up from the scrub jungle and what is more amazing is that its flat top has an area of over 3-1/2 acres.

    Afternoon at leisure at Habarana exploring the natural environs of the surrounding area and if inclined try out an Elephant- back ride along the bund of a lake and dip into the water atop the elephant.

    Return to hotel

    Dinner and overnight stay at Habarana.  

  5. Day5 Sigiriya - Kandy

    After breakfast, depart to Kandy en route visitng the Dambulla Cave Temples.

    Dambulla is known for its beautiful ancient Cave temples and a huge modern Buddha statue. The history of the 5 caves, containing over 150 images of Buddha, goes back to 1st century BC when king Valagambahu took refuge here. Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over five caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Gautama Buddha and his life. Three statues of Sri Lankan kings and four statues of gods and goddesses. The latter include Vishnu and the Ganesha. The murals cover an area of 2,100 square metres (23,000 sq ft). Depictions on the walls of the caves include the temptation by the demon Mara, and Buddha’s first sermon.

    Proceed to Kandy en route visitng a Spice Garden close to Matale (lunch optional)

    Upon reaching Kandy check in at Hotel.

    Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Kandy.

  6. Day6 Kandy at leisure

    Stay in Kandy at leisure  with a brief city tour of the town and market and visit the Royal Botanical Gardens.

    This botanical garden is 147 acres in extent started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the kings of Kandy There are more than 500 species of trees and plants. Some are rare & endemic as well as flora from the tropical world. Spice Garden on Orchid House is more popular with tourist.

    In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth and witness a cultural dance.

    Kandy was the last kingdom of Sri Lanka where the famous Dalada Maligawa – another world heritage site – is, is a very important place to visit.  The Dalada Maligawa also called the Temple of the Tooth  houses the Tooth Relic of the Lord Buddha.

    Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Kandy.

  7. Day7 Kandy – Nuwara Eliya (by train)

    After early breakfast depart Kandy to Nuwara Eliya by train to Nanu Oya. Your vehicle will be there to pick you up from the Nanu Oya station and transfer you to Nuwara Eliya.

    Nuwara Eliya is the highest town in Sri Lanka and  has a cool sparkling climate with the temperature changing around 13degC. This is an exquisite and healthy city famous for its wide range in flowers. With buildings of English architecture everywhere in the city, it is affectionately called “Little England”. The Victoria Park in the center of Nuwara Eliya, is a beautiful place to visit.

    In the afternoon visit a Tea Factory and be guided through the process of Tea manufacture. Later in the afternoon visit the Victoria Park, the Golf Course and Lake Gregory.

    Dinner and overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya

  8. Day8 Nuwara Eliya at leisure

    After breakfast either stay in Nuwara Eliya at leisure and visit the Hakgala Botanical Gardens or do an early morning excursion for trekking at Horton Plains with a packed breakfast.

    Nature walk in HORTON PLAINS NATURE RESERVE, which is approximately 10,000 Hectares in extent, is haunted by Elk, Deer, Giant Squirrel, Wild Boar, Wild Hare , Porcupine, and a variety of Migratory birds, unique to this region. According to a recent count there are 16 Leopards in Horton Plains. If you are very lucky you may get a glimpse of a Leopard during your sojourn in the Horton Plains.  You will first visit the Baker’s falls and then arrive at the World’s End cliff covering approximately 3km. To get to the Baker’s Falls, you have to deviate from the main trail and go approximately 500m on a very difficult downward path.  (Most of the day both small and big “World’s Ends” are covered with mist and clouds. So, one must have patience to wait at these points for clouds to clear up to get a glimpse of a steep drop and a tea estate beneath World’s End. The big World’s End has a sheer drop of 3700 feet.)

     

    By mid-day proceed back to Nuwara Eliya en route visiting the Hakgala Botanical Gardens

    HAKGALA BOTANICAL GARDENS – is one of the three Botanical Gardens in Sri Lanka and is the second largest garden in Sri Lanka. It lies under the Hakgala Peak, between 5000-6000 feet in elevation – the highest set Botanical Gardens in the world. It boasts 100 year old Monetary Cypress trees from California, Japanese Cedars, Himalayan Pines and English Oak.

    Dinner and overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya

  9. Day9 Nuwara Eliya - Yala

    Morning leave Nuwara Eliya for Yala en route witnessing the stunning views of the Ella Gap and the Ravana Water Falls.

    Also visit the Buduruwagala Rock Temple which literally means the “Rock of Buddhist Culture” The complex consists of seven statues and belongs to the Mahayana school of thought. The statues date back to the 10th century. The gigantic Buddha statue still bears traces of its original stuccoed robe and a long streak of orange suggests it was once brightly painted. The central of the three figures to the Buddha’s right is thought to be the Buddhist mythological figure-the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. To the left of this white painted figure is a female figure in the thrice-bent posture, which is thought to be his consort-Tara.

    By late afternoon reach Yala for dinner and overnight.

  10. Day10 Yala Game Drive

    Early morning set off to the Yala National Park (with a packed breakfast) to do a game safari of Park.

    Yala (Ruhuna) National Park is now well recognised as one of the best parks in the world to observe and photograph leopards. The park covers an area of over 100,000 hectares and is divided into five blocks. Block one is easily the most visited part of the sanctuary as it contains the highest density of leopards in the park. However other areas of Yala such as Yala East are only now just re-opening and it will take some time to research leopard numbers in these less visited areas. Yala West consists of scrub jungle, brackish lagoons and stunning rock monoliths scattered throughout the park.

     

    Late afternoon return to hotel in Yala for dinner and overnight.  

  11. Day11 Yala - Bentota

    Morning after breakfast checkout from hotel and depart to the south coast en route visiting the Galle Ramparts.

    Considered as the southern capital (116 km from Colombo), Sri Lanka’s fourth biggest town, Galle is the most historically interesting living city. Its modern towns were gradually built separately from the ancient one.  Its main attraction is the Fort called ’ Santa Cruz’ that has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Fort was built by the Portuguese in 1619 and subsequently expanded and developed by the Dutch and the British the one time colonial masters of the island. What now remains is mostly the work of the Dutch and the British.

     

    Reach you beach destination for your relaxing beach stay.

     

  12. Days 12, 13 & 14 Leisure at the beach resort

    Enjoy your beach stay on Half Board basis at a popoular coastal resort down south.

     

    Sri Lanka’s southwest consist of most of the tourist resorts and has the most popular beach resorts which have traditionally offered the visitors the sun, sand and surf to enjoy the typical beach holidays that they aspire.

  13. Day15 Transfer to the Airport

    Checkout from hotel to proceed to airport for your departure flight (you need to arrive at least 2 ½ hours prior to flight departure time).

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
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