Day 1: Airport/Pinnawela/Kandalama
Fly into paradise, where your guide awaits, ready to welcome you to the island. Commence the drive to Kandalama, en-route visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.
Day 2: Kandalama/Anuradhapura/Mihintale (Optional)/Kandalama
Drive to the ancient city of Anuradhapura, the first capital of Sri Lanka founded in the 4th century B.C. and where a sapling of the sacred Bodhi tree was planted. The fascinating ancient ruins include huge bell-shaped stupas, temples, sculptures, palaces, and ancient water reservoirs.
Thereafter, travel to Mihintale, a mountain peak near Anuradhapura, which is believed to be the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Visit the Aukana Buddha, a beautifully carved statue of Buddha that stands 12m tall.
Day 3: Kandalama/Sigirya/Polonnaruwa (Optional)/Kandalama
Proceed to Sigiriya, the capital during the 5th century. Climb the ‘Lion Rock’ Fortress, rising 200m from the scrub jungle and home to the beautiful Sigiriya maidens.
Continue to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, the second capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to 13th centuries A.D. Walk through the ruins and spend time at the Gal Vihara where four images of Buddha are carved into the face of a large granite rock.
Day 4: Kandalama/Dambulla/Matale/Kandy
Depart for the Dambulla Rock Temple, the center of a Buddhist cave-complex established in the 3rd century B.C. The complex includes five major caves, rock shelters, mural paintings, and statues. Thereafter, head to Matale and visit a spice garden, home to the spices that put Sri Lanka on the trade route.
In the afternoon, proceed to Kandy, the capital of the last kingdom of Sri Lanka from the 17th to 19th centuries. In the evening, visit Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts center and the Sri Dalada Maligawa or Temple of the Tooth, which enshrines the tooth relic of Lord Buddha. End the evening by enjoying a cultural show.
Day 5: Kandy/Peradeniya/Nuwara Eliya/Haputale
Take a morning stroll through the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, built as pleasure garden for the king. The 147 acres provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. Afterwards, visit Nuwara Eliya or ‘Little England’ as it is fondly referred to because of its similarity in climate to England.
Unwind your journey in Haputale, surrounded by tea gardens and overlooking stunning vistas.
Day 6: Haputale/Uda Walawe/Kataragama
Head south to Uda Walawe, one of Sri Lanka’s national parks. On the way, stop at Diyaluma Falls, the second tallest waterfall on the island, and then proceed to Buduruwagala, the 8th century rock carvings of Buddha and the Bodhisattvas. Seven figures are sculpted into a 21m tall rock, the central figure of Buddha spanning a height of around 15m.
Continue the journey to Uda Walawe National Park, first visiting the Elephant Transit Camp run by Sri Lanka’s Wildlife Department. At the park, your tracker will take you on an elephant adventure you will never forget. The park boasts of approximately 300 wild elephants, as well as deer, wild boar, crocodiles, and a variety of birds.
Day 7: Kataragama/Unawatuna
Visit Kataragama, a sacred site for Buddhists, Hindus, and Muslims, and attend the morning pooja. Afterwards, head to the beach town of Unawatuna and unwind to the sounds of the waves lapping against the beach.
Thereafter, spend the evening in Galle, once an ancient port town. Walk through the Fort and Ramparts, visit the museums, and see the influence left behind by the Portuguese and Dutch.
Day 8: Unawatuna/Colombo
Spend the day exploring Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. Places of interest include the street bazaars of Pettah and Fort, Buddhist and Hindu temples, churches, museums and shops selling local woven materials and hand-crafted souvenirs.
Day 9: 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.
1. Accommodation at the above mentioned hotels or similar
2. Transport in an A/Ccar with the service of an English-speaking Driver
3. Uda Walwe Safari with Jeep
4. Meals on half-board basis
5. Applicable government taxes
6. Airport pick-up and drop-off
7. Sightseeing in an A/C car with the service of an English-speaking Driver