Srilanka Tours (7 Days & 6 Nights)
NEGOMBO – KANDY – NUWARA ELIYA – KALUTARA – GALLE – COLOMBO
Day 1: Airport / Negombo (15km – 20 minutes)
The chauffeur guide will meet & greet you at the airport on arrival. Proceed in a very comfortable vehicle to Negombo.
Proceed to Paradise Beach Hotel or similar hotel in Negombo.
Dinner & Overnight at the hotel in Negombo on HB basis.
Day 2: Negombo / Kandy (115km – 03 hours 20 minutes)
Have early breakfast at the hotel and leave for Kandy. En route visits the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.
The Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela was established in 1975, commenced with 07 orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but it soon became a conservational and education center. With the help of Local & Foreign Elephant experts, Pinnawela started a scientific captive breeding program for Elephants.
The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for respective individuals of both sexes to get together and mate. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, and in 1984 the first baby of Pinnawela was born. The success story of Pinnawela has drawn the attention of scientists from the world over. An array of books and research articles on Pinnawela has been published in several languages. The members of the Pinnawela herd have been filmed, videoed, and photographed thousands of times by professionals.
Proceed to Oak Ray Regency Hotel or similar hotel in Kandy.
Late afternoon embark on a Kandy city tour.
In 1592 Kandy became the capital city of the last remaining independent kingdom in Sri Lanka after the coastal regions had been conquered by the Portuguese. Invasions by the Portuguese and the Dutch (16th, 17th and 18th century) and also by the British (most notably in 1803) were repelled. The last ruling dynasty of Kandy was the Nayaks of Kandy. Kandy preserved its independence until it finally fell to the British in 1815. The British deposed the King, Sri Vikrama Rajasinha, and all claimants to the throne, thus ending the last traditional monarchy of Sri Lanka, and replaced it with their monarchy.
As the capital, Kandy had become home to the relic of the tooth of the Buddha which symbolizes a 4th-century tradition that used to be linked to royalty since the protector of the relic was seen fit to rule the land. Thus, the Royal Palace and the Temple of the Tooth were associated with the administrative and religious functions of the capital city. Even after its conquest by the British, Kandy has preserved its function as the religious capital of the Sinhalese and a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists, namely those belonging to the Theravada school. Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, The arts & crafts center, a Gem museum and a lapidary.
Don’t miss the cultural dance show that begins at 5.00am.
Kandy cultural show (Kandy Dance) program. Is one of the famous evening events not to be missed when visiting this heritage city. It starts in the evening and runs for more than 1 hr. Listen to the captivating traditional drummers and be mesmerized viewing the many different art forms from the up country and low country of the island. The spectacular fire dancers and other folklore, Demon dancers, Traditional Kandyan dancers are a definite breathtaking experience to the locals and visitors alike.
Dinner & Overnight at the hotel in Kandy on HB basis.
Day 3: Kandy / Nuwara Eliya (80km – 02 hours 40 minutes)
Have breakfast at the hotel and leave for Nuwara Eliya. En route visit a Tea Plantation.
Proceed to Nuwara Eliya for a city tour.
Nuwara Eliya, blessed with a salubrious climate, breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains, and greenery; it’s hard to imagine that Nuwara Eliya is only 180 Km from the hot and humid Colombo. Nuwara Eliya (City of Lights), also known as ‘Little’ England’, was the favorite hill station of the British who tried to create Nuwara Eliya into a typical English Village. The old brick Post office, country house like hill club, with its hunting pictures, mounted hunting trophies and fish, and its strict formal dinner attire; the 18-hole golf course, race course etc., all remind you of ‘England’.
Dinner & Overnight at the hotel in Nuwara Eliya on HB basis.
Day 4: Nuwara Eliya / Kalutara (190km – 05 hours 30 minutes)
After breakfast at the hotel leave for Kalutara.
Proceed to Coco Royal Beach Hotel or similar hotel in Kalutara. Rest & Leisure at the hotel.
Dinner & Overnight at the hotel in Kalutara on HB basis.
Day 5: Kalutara / Galle / Kalutara (170km – 02 hours 45 minutes)
Have breakfast at the hotel and commence excursion to Galle. Embark on a Galle city tour.
Galle Fort was built first by the Portuguese, then modified by the Dutch during the 17th century. Even today, after 400 years of existence, it looks new and polished with reconstruction work done by the Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. Today Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world.
Return to hotel in Kalutara. En route consider visiting the Following.
Enjoy a boat trip in Balapitiya exploring the surrounding where you could witness the beauty and calmness of the varied flora, fauna, bird life and the scenic little freshwater islands within the system of inland waters of the Madhu Ganga.
Visit the Turtle Hatchery in Kosgoda.
Kosgoda is famous for its turtle hatchery – operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1981 to protect Sri Lanka’s turtles from extinction. The hatchery pays fishermen for eggs that they collect at night along the sandy beach. Visitors can see huge tanks filled with new born turtle hatchlings. After being fed, the baby turtles are taken to the sea and released when they are 2-4 days old, usually during the safer hours of darkness. Although October to April is the main laying season, some eggs can be found at Kosgoda throughout the year.
Return to the Hotel in Kalutara.
Dinner & Overnight at the hotel in Kalutara on HB basis.
Day 6: Kalutara / Colombo (45km – 01 hours 30 minutes)
After breakfast at the hotel leave for Colombo. En route embarks on a Colombo city tour.
Colombo is a modern city which blends the beauty of the old-world charm and modern-day development. The busy Bazaar, Fort & Pettah area, Old Dutch church, Kovil, Temple in Gangaramaya, Town Hall, Independence square and other areas in Colombo could be explored whilst on tour apart from the bargain shopping at popular stores.
What was once a swamp adjoining the famous Beira Lake, a landmark in the capital city, is today a vibrant complex comprising the Gangaramaya temple, the ‘seema malaka’ – an assembly hall for monks – in the picturesque Beira Lake and a vocational training institute. The temple has been in existence for over 120 years having been established by one of the most famous scholar monks, Venerable Hikkaduwe Sri Sumanagala Nayaka Thera, founder of the Vidyodaya Pirivena, originally an institute of oriental learning for monks, now a State University – Sri Jayewardenapura University.
Consider going shopping in Colombo.
When shopping in Colombo, your options are anything but limiting. From modern, air-conditioned malls to the famously buzzing street markets, there’s something for everyone. Knowing where to go is the key to getting the best out of Sri Lanka’s shopping haven.
Colombo itself has a fair share of shopping malls and department stores. With everything from the latest pair of shoes & designer jewelry to mobile phones and electronic items, Colombo has an exhaustive variety of things to buy.
Proceed to Anarva Hotel or similar hotel in Colombo.
Dinner & Overnight at the hotel in Colombo on an HB basis.
Day Seven: Colombo / Airport (35km – 45 minutes)
Have breakfast and leave for the airport in time for flight out of Sri Lanka.
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