Arrival in Sri Lanka
A Simply Sri Lanka representative will be at the Bandaranaike (Colombo) International Airport
awaiting your arrival. From the airport you’ll be whisked off to the hotel by your very own
Transfer to Colombo.
Arrival & check in to the 5* Cinnamon Grand Hotel OR 5* Colombo Courtyard (Boutique Hotel Option)
Normal check in time- 14h00
In the evening you will enjoy a city tour of Colombo : the former administrative capital of Sri
Lanka, and the country’s largest city. It is an eclectic mix of the bygone colonial era as well as
having a stark modern contrast. The main reason Colombo is what it is today is thanks to the
large harbour and situation facing India and being in a stop-off point for East-West trade. The
British Empire in 1815 made Colombo the capital of Sri Lanka and as such it’s home to the main
entertainment, restaurants and corporate offices that you’d expect from a large city. The tour
of Colombo lets you delve into the past and present of the city, looking at the commercial sites,
religious areas and historical monuments. You will get to see Pettah and the bustling Fort as well
as the Galle face Green, Cinnamon Gardens and the sublime Viharamahadevi Park.
Overnight stay at the 5* Cinnamon Grand hotel OR 5* Colombo Courtyard (Boutique Hotel Option)
Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to Habarana.
ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE, PINNAWELA
Being Sri Lanka’s most popular tourist attraction, the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage is home
to more than 65 elephants that have been orphaned, injured in the wild or abandoned. It is
the world’s largest collection of elephants in captivity and has a variety of ages that range from
newborns to the elderly selection of elephants.
Arrival & check in to the hotel : Cinnamon Lodge Hotel
Overnight stay at the Cinnamon Lodge Hotel
Breakfast at the Cinnamon Lodge Hotel,
VISIT– SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS, SIGIRIYA
Built in the 5th century by King Kashyapa, the Sigiriya Rock fortress is a stunning attraction in Sri Lanka to see. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site that rises starkly from the rock face. It is a spectacular citadel that is surrounded by a dramatic setting of more than 70 hectares. The fortified town that it protects are beautifully cared for and as this is the country’s most significant and popular attraction it is a must-see place during your trip. The extensive gardens, rampart and moat simply add the sheer drama that beholds this small town, and there are the frescoes of the Heavenly Maidens in the spiral stairway of the sheltered rock face to see also. Compared to other UNESCO sites this one lets you get up close and personal with the beauty it exudes making your holiday to Sri Lanka unforgettable.
VISIT—HIRIWADUNNA VILLAGE, HABARANA
Slowly pass through the paddy fields on the back of a village bullock cart, in traditional style, to see how life and farming happens in Sri Lanka, and indeed a lot of Asia still. You’ll start at the Hiriwadunna Lake near the village temple and walk on foot for 10 minutes until the boat journey will start. Then, you’ll stop at the Chena or traditional farm, whereby you will be invited to enjoy coconut water from the farm’s coconut plantation. The boat trip will then last around 40 minutes where you will pass through another village but stopping at a traditional house where the local village families will greet you.
From there you’ll be invited to lunch for a typical Sri Lankan curry which comes served on lotus leaves, and have tropical fruit for dessert. It’s a superb way of getting up close and personal with the Sri Lankan way of life.
Overnight stay at Cinnamon Lodge Hotel
Breakfast at the Cinnamon Lodge Hotel
Proceed to Kandy
VISIT DAMBULLA TEMPLE, DAMBULLA
There are many cave temples in Sri Lanka but none are more impressive and spectacular than King Walagambahu (1st century BC)’s Dambulla Rock. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site that spans more than 2,000 square metres, and five caves. There are painted ceilings and walls, which are some of the largest in the world, and there are more than 150 images of Buddha. The larges Buddha figure is carved from granite and is an astonishing 14 metres high!
En-route, you can stop at Matale’s Spice Garden. There are Sri Lankan cookery demonstrations as well as Ayurvedic massages, too. There is also a traditional Sri Lankan lunch that will help you immerse yourself into Sri Lankan culture and traditions.
Arrival at Kandy
Once you arrive in Kandy you’re blessed with a spectacular fire walking event and you’ll get to see a Kandyan Dance performance.
Check in to the hotel : Earl’s Regency
Overnight stay at the Earl’s Regency
Breakfast at the Earl’s Regency hotel
Visit Kandy City Tour
The stunning historic city of Kandy is now known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located some 480m above sea level, circulated by mountains and previously being named as Kanda Uda Rata or hill country, the city is the last independent Kingdom that survived 200 years before finally succumbing to the British Empire. See the panoramic view from the Peradeniya University of the upper town and from Upper Lake Drive, or head to the centre for shopping for silks, batiks, handicrafts, jewellery, gems and more. You will find the intense atmosphere vibrant and bustles with life, which makes it so appealing.
Overnight stay at the hotel : Earl’s Regency
Breakfast at the Earl’s Regency hotel
City Tour of Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya meaning “the city of dawn” is the town at the highest elevation (about 2000m above sea level) in Sri Lanka and its tallest peak, Piduruthalagala (2555m) could be seen from here. The city, established by the British in the nineteenth century, and known as “Little England” and is a popular holiday resort for Sri Lankans & tourists due to its cool climate and quaint colonial feel with its little bungalows surrounded by hedgerows. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of the tea country and you can visit a plantation and a factory en route here and witness how the famous “Ceylon Tea” is brewed.
Arrival & check in to the Tea Factory hotel
Overnight stay at the Tea Factory hotel
Breakfast at the Tea Factory hotel
Proceed to Negombo.
Free Day of leisure
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Overnight stay at the Jetwing Blue
Breakfast at the Jetwing Blue hotel
Transfer to the airport to connect with the departure flight (The room should be cleared by 12h00)