DAY 01 – Airport / Wilpattu National Park / Anuradapura
Greeted by our representative at Colombo Airport and depart to Wilpattu National Park for a Half Day Game Safari upon completion set forth to Anuradapura.
Wilpattu National Park
The 1085 square kilometer Sri Lankas largest National Park was facing security enforced closures during the late three decades but now in full flow and gaining its reputation. It is assumed that there are around 50 elephants, 50 leopards along with spotted deer, sloth bear, wild hog, crocodiles and different kind of birds living in this national park and swiftly catching up in numbers.
Anuradapura Historical Site
Once was the ruling capital of Sri Lanka for 1000 years it is still functioning as some places are still in use for religious purposes where thousands of locals crowded in each day. The rambling Buddhist Site comprise with ginormous dagobas, lofty pillars, antediluvian rock pools, dilapidated temples and museums which depicts the pride of ancient kingdom. The site is opened to visitors around 7.00 – 18.00 hrs usually and it would consume around 2.30 hrs to complete the whole site.
Overnight stay at Anuradapura.
DAY 02 – Anuradapura / Polonnaruwa / Dambulla
After breakfast proceed to Polonnaruwa upon completion of site visit return back to Dambulla.
The World Heritage Site comprise with Buddha Statues in different postures, Ancient Complexes, Hindu Sculptures and Irrigation canals where the main source is Parakrama Samudra(Lake). Due to Indian invasions the relics of the site is imposed by hindu influence where you could witness temples which are dedicated to Lord Shiva. The site is on a flat plain and could be completed within 2.30 hours.
Overnight stay at Dambulla.
DAY 03 – Dambulla / Minneriya Or Kaudulla National Park / Sigiriya
Early morning Half Day Game Safari at Minneriya National Park.
Minneriya National Park
A notable location for the elephant enthusiast where hundreds of elephants could be seen in herds. Apart from elephants it is very common to witness sambar deer, crocodiles, different species of birds and macaques. The most appropriate time to visit the sanctuary is the dry season where it is from May to September.
A rock which stands up as a lone sentinel from the surrounding plane and on its summit is a royal palace. It is 200m in height and there are 1200 steps which would consume 3 hours to complete the whole site. On its rock walls fifth century paintings and the mirror wall is scribbled with ancient poetry.
Overnight stay at Dambulla.
DAY 04 – Dambulla / Kandy
After breakfast depart to Kandy the last kindom.
Kandy Tooth Temple
The complex is enshrined with the left canine tooth of the Buddha which is held in highest esteem. The difficulty of completing this Site is easy and it would take approximately 2 hours to complete.
The Folk Show depicts the rich culture which Sri Lanka resembles within 1 hour and during this time you could witness 12 different Folk dances and a fire walking ceremony.
Overnight stay at Kandy.
DAY 05 – Kandy / Pinnawala
Breakfast at the hotel in Kandy. Depart to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
The Ticket Counter opens at 08.30 a.m. And You see little baby elephants roaming within the 25 acre land as you enter the premises. Each day 76kg of green matter & a mixture of Rice & Maize around 2kg is been given to each of these giants. The Orphanage provides care to the Baby Elephants who had lost their parents in Jungles due to killing by farmers to protect their crops or by falling into pits.
This was established in 1975 and approximately comprise with 90 elephants which are 39 males and 51 females.
- 08.30 – Opening/ 09.15, 13.15 & 17.00 – Bottle Feeding
- 10.00 & 14.00 – Herd goes to the river for 02 hour bath
- 17.30 – Ticket Counter Closes
- 18.00 – Orphanage Closes
Overnight stay at Kandy.
DAY 06 – Kandy / Nuwara Eliya
Breakfast at the Hotel & depart to Nuwara Eliya. En route view beautiful landscapings & water falls and visit a functioning Tea Factory with its vast Tea Estate.
City Tour in Nuwara Eliya
Visit Golf Course, Race Course, Gregories Lake & Victoria Park as per guests interest.
Seetha Amman Temple
This is the only Seetha Temple in the world and is situated in the exact point where Seetha was held captive by Rawana.
Hakgala Botanical Gardens
The famous botanical gardens was established in 1861 and it was once a experimentation & promotion center for Cinchona cultivation. In 1884 this center was transformed to a garden and different species of Orchids & Roses are visible.
Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya.
DAY 07 – Nuwara Eliya / Udawalawe National Park
Early morning visit Horton Plains National Park.
Get into a jeep around 5.00 a.m. from Nuwaraeliya to reach the Park entrance and thereafter the 3 hour trek begins. During the 9.5km trek one could witness The Small Worlds End, Big Worlds End, Bakers Falls & Chimney Pool.
Depart to Udawalawe en route take a break at Ella Town if interested.
Overnight stay at Udawalawe.
DAY 08 – Udawalawe National Park / Yala National Park
Early morning Half Day Game Safari at Udawalawe National Park.
Udawalawe National Park
Nourished and sustained on Udawalawe Reservoir the park is home to elephants, wild baffalo, sambar deer, crocodiles, sloth bear, jackals and leopards. The park distinguish itself with other parks in Sri Lanka due to less vegetation as this enables travelers to witness wild life without obstructions.
Depart to Yala.
Overnight stay at Yala.
DAY 09 – Yala / Mirissa
Breakfast at the hotel in Yala depart to Mirissa.
Early morning Full Day Game Safari at Yala National Park. One of the foremost National Parks in Sri Lanka where you could witness Leopards, Elephants, Sri Lankan Sloth Bear, Wild Water Buffalo & Crocodiles etc. You would be able to roam around the park leisurely for 10 to 12 hours while having the lunch and refreshments inside the park it self.
Upon completion depart to Mirissa.
Overnight stay at Mirissa.
DAY 10 – Mirissa / Galle
Early morning Whale watching Safari at Mirissa.
Though now the activity is doable through out the year the main season is from November to April. Indian Ocean is renowned for Blue whales, Bryde´s whales, Sperm whales, Fin whales, sometimes Killer whales, and Common dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins, Spinner dolphins, Risso’s dolphins and Striped dolphins. The boat leaves the coast around 7.00 a.m. And the tour would consume around 4 Hours.
Constructed in 17th century the Galle Dutch Fort is among one of the best preserved forts in South Asia. The site is in abundance with Colonial Villas and the main tourist attractions are the Dutch Reformed Church, Museum & the Clock Tower.
Overnight stay at Galle.
DAY 11 – Galle / Negombo
Breakfast at the hotel in Galle depart to Negombo.
Meetiyagoda a village near Ambalangoda town you could pay a visit to these mines where you could observe the mining process of this precious stone by going down into the deep into the narrow shafts. The moonstones are only concentrated into an area of one acre of land in Meetiyagoda.
Ambalangoda Mask Museum
Masks are of Sri Lankan tradition running deep into centuries they are hand carved with intricate ex cogitation and painted in vivacious manner which resemble the culture which was passed down to generations. The museum explicate the travelers the tedious process which is behind the scenes to produce such masks and their significance.
Island Hopping Madu River
Madu River is a lagoon which comprise with hundreds of islets which is located in southwest coast Balapitiya. During this compact tour you could witness an Old Buddhist Monastery, how local inhabitants carry out their occupations by Cinnamon cultivation and prawn fishing. The tour would consume approximately 2 hours.
The Sea Turtle Conservation Project was initiated in 1988 and here the hatchery pays fishermen for turtle eggs and buries them in the sand and upon completion of 50 days Baby Turtles would hatched and released to sea at night. However only one out of thousand would survive to maturity.
Overnight stay at Negombo.
DAY 12 – Negombo / Airport
After breakfast if time permits City Tour In Negombo.
Negombo a small town by the west coast within close proximity to the Airport is a Fishing Village. Local made Catamarans could be witnessed sailing in the far distance which would be a unforgettable rare view.
Dutch Fort and the Canal are significant as they are the key aspects to testify the presence of the Dutch during late 16th Century.
Depart to Colombo Airport with delightful memories.