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 personal chauffeur.
Transfer to Colombo
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.
Arrival & check in to the 5* Cinnamon Grand Hotel OR 5* Colombo Courtyard (Boutique Hotel Option)
Normal check in time- 14h00
Evening at leisure
Overnight stay at the 5* Cinnamon Grand hotel OR 5* Colombo Courtyard (Boutique Hotel Option)
Breakfast at the Cinnamon Grand hotel
Proceed to Bentota
Arrival & check in to the Avani Bentota hotel- Normal check in time- 14h00
Evening at leisure at the beach
Overnight stay at the Avani Bentota hotel
Breakfast at the Avani Bentota hotel
Proceed towards Pinnawela
Visit the elephant orphanage
Being Sri Lanka’s most popular tourist attraction, the Pinnawela 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.
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.
Arrival & check in to the Cinnamon Lodge hotel
Overnight stay at the Cinnamon Lodge hotel
Breakfast at the Cinnamon Lodge hotel
Departure towards Kandy
Visit the Dambulla temple
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!
Proceed to Kandy
En-route, you can stop at Matale’s Spice Garden. There are Sri Lankan cookery demonstrations as well as Ayurvedic massages, too.
Visit the 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.
Once you arrive in Kandy you’re blessed with a spectacular fire walking event and you’ll get to see a Kandyan Dance performance.
Arrival in Kandy & check in to the Earl’s Regency hotel
Overnight stay at the Earl’s Regency hotel
Breakfast at the Earl’s Regency hotel
Departure towards Nuwara Eliya
Visit a tea plantation & a tea factory en route
Visit the city of Nuwara Eliya
Located 2,000m above sea level the ‘city of dawn, has the tallest peak called Piduruthalagala at a height of 2,555m and Nuwara Eliya itself is the highest, inhabited city on the island of Sri Lanka. Established in the 19th century by the British, the city is often referred to as Little England and is a very popular place for tourists to venture to thanks to the cooler climate. There are many bungalows and hedgerows that give it a quaint colonial feel, and as Nuwara Eliya is at the heart of the world famous Ceylon Tea plantations, there are factory tours and plantation walks to go on too.
Arrival & Check into Nurwara Eliya Tea Factory Hotel
Overnight stay at the Tea Factory Hotel
Breakfast at the Tea Factory Hotel
Transfer to the airport to connect with the departure flight
Hotels proposed (subjected to availability)
“Discover or re-discover Sri Lanka in a new and exciting way”
Hotels proposed of 5* category
Colombo x 1 Night
Colombo Courtyard (Boutique Hotel Option)
Bentota x 1 Night
Avani Bentota or similar
Habarana x 1 Night
Cinnamon Lodge or similar
Kandy x 1 Night
Earls Regency or similar
Nuwara Eliya x 1 Night
Tea Factory or similar