Sri Lanka Grand Tour ( 14 Days )
Day 01: Colombo
I will meet you at the Airport and will take you to Hotel in Negombo (Beach Area)
Overnight at Negombo in 2star rated Hotel
Day 02: Anuradhapura
Leave Colombo after breakfast and travel north to Anuradhapura. En route visit the Yapahuwa Rock fortress which was built by King Bhuvanekabahu. Arrive in Anuradhapura towards late afternoon Relax and enjoy the facilities of the hotel.
overnight at Anuradapura
Day 03: Anuradhapura
After an early breakfast depart to explore the vast ancient city of Anuradhapura. Anuradhapura was the first capital of Sri Lanka and held this position for approx 1300 years (3BC – 10 AD). The city is also a UNESCO world heritage site. Among its most famous sights is the Sri MahaBodhiya, which a Bo tree sapling is brought from the tree under which the Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. The Jethawana Stupa is the largest brick monument in the world is also part of this ancient city. Other attractions at this ancient city include the Ruwanweliseya, Abayagirya,KutamPokuna (Bathing Pool), and the Isurumuniya. The Isurumuniya in particular houses the sculpture of the Isurumuniya Lovers which is supposed to be Dutugemunu's son and a low caste maiden Asokamala. He is known to have given up his throne for her. After exploring the ancient city depart to Giritale. Spend the night overlooking the Giritale tank.
overnight at Giritale
Day 04: Polonnaruwa / Sigiriya
Explore the ancient city of Polonnaruwa after breakfast. Polonnaruwa was the second capital of the Kingdom of Ceylon from the 11th to the 13th Century AD. The most famous site of Polonnaruwa is the Gal Viharaya which consists of Granite statues of Lord Buddha in the meditation, standing and passing away postures.
After visiting the sites of Polonnaruwa, travel south to Sigiriya. This 200m high flat top rock is a World Heritage site and was home to the king Kasyapa. Witness a beautiful sunset from its summit before descending to spend the night in Dambulla.
Overnight stay at Dambulla
Day 05: Dambulla / Kandy
Depart to Kandy in the morning en route stopping at the Dambulla cave monasteries. The Dambulla cave monasteries were born when the fleeing King Walagamba took refuge in these caves. Upon regaining the throne he built this monastery in memory of his days there. The 5 caves house 167 Buddha Statues and over 2100 square meters of Buddhist murals. We then proceed to Kandy via Matale which is generally considered the spice capital of Sri Lanka. Traveling onwards we stop at a spice garden in Matale where you can sample the many spices and be treated to an Ayurveda Massage.
We arrive in Kandy towards evening.
Over night stay In Kandy.
Day 06: Kandy
Kandy was the last capital of Sri Lanka and was home to the last king of Sri Lanka Sri WickramaRajasingha. The most famous site is the Temple of the Tooth or the DaladaMaligawa. Spend the day exploring Kandy. Visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and then visit the sites in and around the city of Kandy. Return to the hotel and spend some time relaxing.
Overnight at Kandy
Day 07: Nuwara Eliya
The next day we leave Kandy and proceed towards Nuwara Eliya after visiting Pinnawala elephant orphanage that located on Colombo – Kandy Main road. The drive to Nuwara Eliya is spectacular with mist covered mountains, lush tea estates and tea plucker. En route we visit a tea factory and are guided through the process of making tea. Travel onwards to Nuwara Eliya towards afternoon. You may spend the rest of the day at leisure or walk around and explore the town on your own. Situated at an altitude of 2040m this town with its characteristic British architecture and climate is very popular with locals who want to escape the heat of Colombo, so surprise this town is known as “little England” overnight at Nuwara Eliya
Day 08: Uda Walawe
Leave the hill country and travel towards the dry zone. This part of our journey will take us through some of Sri Lanka’s most scenic locations. Its mostly steep decent right throughout the trip but the views compensate for this. We are now entering prime elephant territory and you may see the occasional elephant munching away by the roadside separated only by an electric fence. Rest and relax for the rest of the day. overnight at Uda Walawa
Day 09: Uda Walawe / Yala
The UdaWalawe national park is famed for its elephant population.Herds as large as 200 have been seen in this park. After an early breakfast we proceed to the UdaWalawe National Park. Here we board 4WD jeeps and enter the Park. After an exciting safari we visit the Elephant Transit Camp. Unlike the elephants at the Pinnawela orphanage the baby elephants here are released back to the wild when they are 6 years old. We then proceed to Yala where we spend the rest of the day at leisure.
overnight at Yala
Day 10: Yala
Yala is Sri Lanka’s second largest wildlife park and has the largest population of Leopard in Sri Lanka. Yala is famed for its leopard population of 35 and considered to be one of the best places in the world to observe and photograph Leopard. We proceed to the park after a very early breakfast to enter early. Morning inside the park is the ideal time to see a variety of animals including the elusive leopard. We return to the hotel where we spend the rest of the day at leisure. You may optionally visit the park again in the afternoon.
overnight at Yala
Day 11: Beruwela / Bentota / Ahungalla
We depart to our final destination after breakfast. Traveling along the coastal road you may notice some of the devastation caused by the tsunami. You will also see how towns and villages are rebuilding and moving on with lives. Near Weligama you will see the stilt fisherman (season based). These fishermen stand patiently on stilts and fish for their daily catch. The stilts themselves are passed from father to son. Traveling onwards we arrive in Galle. Here we visit the Fort complex. This world heritage site 16th century Portuguese fort reached the height of its development in the 18th century. After visiting the fort we travel onwards to arrive at the beach resort for the next three nights.
Day 12 /13: Beruwela / Bentota / Ahungalla
The beautiful resort and spa which you will spend the next few days in offers some great facilities. Relax by the pool or sample of the invigorating therapies this star class resort and spa offers. You can also visit the Marina a haven for water sports just a few minutes away.
Day 14: Colombo / Departure
After breakfast tour of Colombo which includes busy bazaar area, Kovils, Temples, Independence square, BMICH ETC, then according to the flight schedule transfer to the airport for the departure