Day 1: Airport/Dambulla
Fly into paradise, where your guide awaits, ready to welcome you to the island. Commence the drive to the town of Dambulla, centrally located in the Cultural Triangle. The Cultural Triangle encompasses 5 World Heritage Sites as well as a number of other unique cultural heritage sites.
Check-in to your hotel and relax.
Day 2: Dambulla/Sigiriya/Dambulla
After a leisurely breakfast, drive to the Dambulla Rock Temple, a World Heritage Site. Dambulla is situated on a gigantic granite outcrop which towers more than 160m above the surrounding land. The caves were said to be the refuge of King Walagama when he was in exile for 14 years. When he returned to the throne, it is said he had a magnificent rock temple built at Dambulla. The complex comprises 5 caves with over 2,000 square meters of painted walls and ceilings. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha. A few meters away from the Dambulla temple complex is the Dambulla museum.
After lunch in Dambulla, commence your journey to Sigiriya.
Sigiriya was the home of King Kasyapa during the 5th century. The ‘Lion Rock’ fortress rises 200 meters from the scrub jungle. A moat, ramparts, and extensive water gardens, ring the base of the rock. Be sure to spend time viewing the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of the Sigiriya frescoes which are in a sheltered pocket the upper part of the rock. The new museum also provides replicas of the frescoes as well as artifacts found in and around the site.
Return to your hotel for the night.
Day 3: Trincomalee
Proceed to Trincomalee after breakfast. The town is famed for its natural harbor, the world’s 5th largest, and was described by Admiral Lord Nelson as the finest harbour in the world when he visited aboard HMS Seashore in 1770. During the Second World War the harbour became the base for the combined East Asian Fleet of the Allied Powers. Trincomalee has beautiful beaches with blue waters that should not be missed.
Check-in at your hotel and spend the rest of the day on the beach.
Day 4: Trincomalee
After a sumptuous breakfast, spend your day enjoying the Nilaveli beach.
(Optional) Other activities in the surrounding area are a visit to Red Rock Beach, known for its pinkish color boulders; a boat ride to Pigeon Island, a breeding site for Blue Rock Pigeon and an ideal location for half-day snorkeling excursions; a boat ride to deeper waters for whale and dolphin watching. The activities are plenty, the choice is yours!
(Optional) Another option to choose is to visit Trincomalee town. Visit Fort Frederick, first used by the Portuguese in 1624, followed by the Dutch and later by the British. At the northern tip of Fort Frederick is a cliff known as “Swami Rock” which drops around 110 meters) directly into the sea below. On its top most pinnacles is the Thirukoneswaram Hindu Kovil. Colorful “poojas” or religious services are conducted here at dusk. The view of the natural harbour and the Indian Ocean is breathtaking from this location.
Return to your hotel for another relaxing night.
Day 5: Trincomalee/Habarana
Depart for Habarana, (Optional) en-route take an afternoon safari ride through Minneriya National Park, hopefully catching views of the elephants and other wildlife that inhabit the area. You can visit the museum there if you like and see the wildlife relics, including elephant and lake-crocodile skeletons.
Proceed to Habarana and check-in at your hotel for your overnight stay.
Day 6: Habarana/Kandy
After a leisurely breakfast depart for Kandy, located in the central hills and the capital of the last kingdom of Sri Lanka from the 17th to 19th centuries. On the way visit Matale, home to the spices that put Sri Lanka on the trade route.
Arrive in Kandy for lunch and check-in at your hotel.
In the evening, visit Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts center, and the Sri Dalada Maligawa or Temple of the Tooth, a World Heritage Site, which enshrines the tooth relic of Lord Buddha.
End the evening with a cultural show or relax at your hotel.
Day 7: Kandy/Nuwara Eliya/Haputale
Proceed to Nuwara Eliya or ‘Little England’, as it is fondly referred to because of its similarity in climate to England, for lunch. En-route visit Sita Eliya, a temple dedicated to the Indian princess Sita, wife of Lord Rama, who was kidnapped by Lord Ravana, King of Lanka, and kept in this area.
Spend a night relaxing in the midst of a tea estate in Haputalé, surrounded by tea gardens and overlooking the stunning vista.
Day 8: Haputalé
After breakfast, drive up to Lipton’s Seat and stand at the spot where Thomas Lipton stood to gaze over his tea plantation. On your way back, stop at the Dambetenne Tea Factory and learn about the tea making process.
(Optional) Visit the historic Dowa Cave Temple, once the sanctuary for King Walagamba. Here you can see a 38ft image of Buddha sculpted from rock as well as rock paintings dating from the Kandyan era. Your return route will take you pass the legendary Ravana Falls, linked to the Hindu epic the Ramayana.
Overnight stay in your cottage in the midst of a tea estate.
Day 09: Haputalé/Udawalawe /Mirissa
After a relaxing breakfast, head to Mirissa.
En-route visit Uda Walwe National Park. Visit the Elephant Transit Camp run by Sri Lanka’s Wildlife Department. Here, approximately 24 young elephants, mostly babies who have been orphaned or recovering from injuries, are being rehabilitated before release into the wild. Then, begin your adventure through Uda Walawe National Park. If you are lucky, by late afternoon, you may be able to get a chance to see wild elephants taking a dip in the water tank – cooling off after a hot day in the sun. Be sure to keep an eye out for other wildlife – such as water buffalos, crocodiles, sloth bears, deer, rabbits, and a variety of birds.
Thereafter, proceed to Mirissa for your overnight stay.
Day 10: Mirissa
Depart at 5.30am for whale and dolphin watching. Mirissa is one of the few locations in Sri Lanka to see blue and sperm whales, as well as spinner dolphins. Whale watching season is during the months of November to April, out of which December, January and April are the peak months. During these months, the probability of spotting sperm whales and blue whales are very high; moreover, the chances of spotting spinner dolphins off Dondra Point are also high.
Spend the rest of the day on the beach.
Day 11: Mirissa/Hikkaduwa
After breakfast head to Hikkaduwa.
Among the coastal side tourist attractions in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa beach has a special place for its uniquely beautiful corals. Hikkaduwa has the only marine life sanctuary in Sri Lanka.
En-route visit the city of Galle, a World Heritage Site. The walled city dates to as early as the sixteenth century. It has stood through the Colonial periods of the Portuguese, Dutch, and British. Walk along the ramparts of the fort as the sunsets.
Check-in at your hotel for your overnight stay.
Day 12: Hikkaduwa
Spend your day leisurely relaxing on the beach.
Day 13: Hikkaduwa/Colombo
After breakfast transfer to Colombo.
Spend the day exploring Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. Places of interest includes the street bazaars of Pettah and Fort, Buddhist and Hindu temples, churches, museums and shops selling local woven materials and hand-crafted souvenirs. Spend the final night of your Sri Lankan beach exploration in the city.
Day 14: Colombo/Airport
Continue to explore Colombo with a bit of shopping, from clothes to souvenirs to beautiful pottery and ceramic table ware.
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
The above package includes:
1. Accommodation for 13 nights/14 days on Twin Sharing.
2. Return airport transfers in a/c luxury car with English-speaking chauffeur guide
3. Private transportation throughout your trip in a/c luxury car with English-speaking chauffeur guide
4. Single Entry Visa fees
5. All applicable government taxes