RE-AMAZING SRI LANKA-YO

HABARANA/ KANDY /ELLA/ YALA/ BENTOTA

DAY 01 [AIRPORT/ DAMBULLA– APPROX 04 HRS DRIVE]

Arrival to Sri Lanka, Your chauffeur/ guide will meet you at the airport, and drive you to Habarana in the North Central plains of Sri Lanka, paying a visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage en route. Providing a caring home for abandoned and wounded elephants, it is a much loved destination for tourists and locals alike. Here, adults and baby elephants from around Sri Lanka thrive, and a captive breeding program is also proving to be highly successful. The feeding and bathing times are generally the ideal times to visit when you can observe these gentle giants at their best.

Spend the leisure at the hotel

Overnight stay at – Dambulla

DAY – 02 [DAMBULLA]

Morning: After breakfast, set off to discover the 8th wonder of the world – the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Dating back to the 5th Century A.D, this astounding ‘city’ on the summit of a high outcrop was the royal citadel of King Kassapa for over 18 years. A miraculous feat of artistry and engineering, its unique features and exquisite frescoes continue to amaze all who visit it, even today.

Afterward proceed to Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa - the Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th - 13th Century, contains some splendid and spectacular status. Lankatilake, Tivanka and Thuparama are the most beautiful and largest shrine ruins and Tivanka has the best example of frescoes of the Polonnaruwa period. Rankot Vihara and Kiriwehera are well preserved large stupas, and Gal Vihare - a rock shrine, has four Buddha statues, two seated, one standing and one reclining and Parakrama Bahu statue are examples of Sinhalese stone carver. The Vata-da-ge is a unique creation of Sri Lankan artists.

Overnight stay at – Dambulla

DAY 03 [DAMBULLA/ SIGIRIYA / KANDY – APPROX 03 HRS DRIVE]

After the breakfast for the hill capital of Kandy, visiting Dambulla Cave temple & spice garden at Matale en route. Our spices have been sought after for centuries, and continue to be a celebrated export, even today.

Afternoon: Enjoy a city tour of Kandy – the last kingdom of the Sinhalese, taking in the sights of Upper Lake Drive and the Market Square on the way to pay homage to one of the most sacred religious sites in Sri Lanka. The Temple of the Tooth or Dalada Maligawa is believed to house the ‘tooth relic’ of the Lord Buddha. A walk around the town will let you indulge in some souvenir hunting with intricate treasures in wood, copper, silver, brass, ebony, bronze, ceramics, lacquer work, handlooms, batiks, jewelry and reed-ware to choose from.

Evening: Round off your day with a cultural show, where the vibrant costumes and pulsating rhythms of traditional dance forms from centuries old rituals will enthrall you.

Overnight stay at - Kandy

DAY 04 [KANDY/ ELLA – APPROX 03 HRS DRIVE]

After the breakfast head to the Peradeniya Train station for a scenic train ride to Ella & you will meet our driver in Ella station

Spend the leisure at the hotel

Overnight stay at - Ella

DAY 05 [ELLA/ YALA – APPROX 05 HRS DRIVE]

MAfter the transfer to Yala & Evening engage in Yala Safari

The second largest national park in Sri Lanka, Yala is known to hold the highest concentration of leopard in the world. The vast extent of the park is mainly scrub jungle with rocky outcrops and dotted with many salt and fresh water lagoons. Elephant, leopard, sloth bear, crocodile, wild buffalo and sambur thrive here, as well as herds of spotted deer, wild boar, langu and macaque monkeys and many small mammals. Over 130 species of birds can be seen with peacocks being a common sight. The bordering coastline also forms a major nesting ground for marine turtles. After an eventful morning, you will return to the hotel for breakfast.

Overnight stay at – Yala

DAY – 06 [YALA / STILT FISHING / GALLE/HIKKADUWA]

After the breakfast leave Yala to Bentota En route visit the Heritage city of Galle. For centuries Galle has stood strong against invasions - from colonial powers and nature’s volatile outbursts. The famous Dutch Fort was first built by the Portuguese, fortified by the Dutch and preserved by the British. Battered daily for over 400 years by the ocean it even survived the onslaught of a tsunami and is enjoyed today by residents and visitors alike. The colonial architecture of the walled city too has resisted the advance of modernity and holds tightly to its past glory.

Evening engage in Bentota city tour

Bentota - on the South coast of Sri Lanka lays the city of Bentota. The general area of Bentota is interesting for birds. On the shore Sea birds and Wanders are often found. Including the rare Indian Heron and Vegetation along the river harbors many local species as well as winter migrants. Many interesting sightseeing tours are possible from here, such as the Turtle Hatchery, Madu river Boat trips on Bentota River etc.

Overnight stay at – Waskaduwa

DAY – 07 [BENTOTA /AIRPORT – APPROX 01 ½ HRS DRIVE)

After breakfast, leave to the airport for your departure flight; depending on your flight time, you can enjoy a quick tour of Colombo en route. Take in the sights and sounds of the capital city from the busy commercial hub to the tree-lined suburbs. Here, colonial architecture vies with glass skyscrapers and the past comes alive in buildings that have withstood great winds of change. There are bargains to find, history to discover and much to explore.