Sri Lanka (6N/7D)

Itinerary Highlights

Day 1 Arrive Colombo – Dambulla (4.5 hours)

Arrive into Colombo and you will be welcomed and assisted by a representative before you proceed to Dambulla. En-route visit Pinnawala Elephant orphanage which shelters more than 70 orphaned elephants and visit Herbal Garden. Afternoon visit the cave Temple at Dambulla. Dambulla is a vast isolated rock mass and it was here that King Valagam Bahu took refuge in the 1st century B.C. He later turned the caves into a rock temple. Some of the frescoes are over 2,000 years old and there is a colossal figure of the recumbent Buddha carved out of the living rock, some 14 meters long. Overnight in Dambulla.

Day 2 Dambulla - Kandy (2 hours)

After Breakfast visit the Spice Garden in Matale. For centuries, spices have been one of Sri Lanka's most celebrated exports. Spices are mostly grown in home gardens (as a home industry) and used not only to flavor food but also in medicine and cosmetics. While visiting a Spice Garden you could sample such scents and flavors as cinnamon, ginger, pepper, vanilla, cardamom and many more. In the evening visit Dālada Maligai, the Sacred Tooth Relic (Dālada) of Lord Buddha that is the most venerated object of worship for Buddhists. Later witness spectacular dance performances (Cultural show). Overnight in Kandy.

Day 3 Kandy – Nuwara Eliya (2.5 hours)

After breakfast visit the botanical gardens at Peradeniya. This garden is noted for its large number and great variety of plants, indigenous as well as introduced. The gardens contain over 4,000 species and varieties making it one of the best and most valuable collections in the world. One of the main attractions is the Orchid House. Later, proceed to Nuwara Eliya. En-route visits a tea plantation to see the tea pluckers at work and also visit a tea factory to witness the manufacturing process of the finest Ceylon tea. In the afternoon do a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya. Set in the heart of tea-country this beautiful town is where the British succeeded in creating an English countryside with homes in styles from Georgian to Queen Anne. Well-kept lawns with hedges, an Anglican church and the famous golf course and beautiful parks give the place an air of nostalgia. Situated 1890 meters above sea level, the air here is cool and fresh. Overnight in Nuwara Eliya.

Day 4 Nuwara Eliya – Bentota (5.5 hours)

After breakfast, proceed to Bentota. On arrival, check into your hotel. Facing the Indian Ocean, a tropical lagoon and a major river, Bentota offers water sports possibilities nowhere else to be found. Apart from swimming, body-surfing or diving in the sea, you can jet-ski, windsurf, parasail or enjoy a romantic river safari on the river and lagoon. You can also visit the Fish Market & Turtle Hatchery. Overnight in Bentota.

Day 5 Bentota – Galle – Bentota ( Excursion to Galle) – 1hour

After breakfast proceed to Galle , Galle is a beautiful city to witness the sun and sand. Galle Harbor was frequented by Chinese and Arabians sailors before the Portuguese occupied Galle in the 16th century. The Dutch captured Galle in 1640 and handed it over to the British in 1796. History reveals that the Chinese Admiral Zheng He, who commanded seven great voyages through the South China Seas and the Indian Ocean between 1405 and 1433, erected a tablet in 1409 in Galle in commemoration of his second visit to Sri Lanka. The trilingual tablet discovered in 1911 has inscriptions in Chinese, Tamil and Arabic languages, suggesting that the Chinese were dealing with a cosmopolitan trading community at that time. En route Madu River Safari. Sightseeing &City tour: During your city tour you will visit the Galle Dutch Fort which is among the most popular sites in Galle where it attracts those who value archaeological reserves and heritage. It is known as the oldest fort in Asia, named as a world heritage by UNESCO. Inside the fort, travelers can find other attractions such as the Dutch Museum, which contains paintings, pictures and furniture of the Dutch Reformed Church. The fort is built on small peninsula that can be easily accessed from the Galle town. It is the best place to visit during an evening as the picturesque scenery of the sunset can be witnessed at its best. The trilingual inscription is in the National Museum in Colombo and a copy can be found in the Maritime Museum in Galle.

Day 6 Bentota – Colombo (2 hours)

After breakfast, proceed to Colombo; like many capital cities in developing countries this is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the old world charm is retained with several British built colonial buildings, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) - an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the People's Republic of China. In the evening, you have time free for shopping; visit House of Fashion, Odel Dress Boutique, Majestic City, Noritake Ceramic ware showroom and local souvenir shops. Overnight in Colombo.

Day 7 Depart Colombo

After breakfast, you have time free at leisure till it’s time to proceed to the airport for your flight back home.