Day 1 – Negambo
Meet & greet by the driver cum guide by the airport. Then you will be directed in to an air condition, comfortable car & drive to Negombo town which is about 20 mins drive.
Negombo is a major city located in Western Province, Sri Lanka. The Bandaranayake International Airport is located close to this city. The city is known for its great and olden trawling industry with busy fish markets, sandy beaches, hotels and restaurants. Due to bounty of seafood, the town restaurants are a gourmet’s delight. Fishing and tourism is the main economy of this city.
Morning hours are the best to see the action fish market in Negombo. The traditional Catamarans are still used to do the fishing in this fishing village.
A relax boat tour in the famous Dutch cannel is an experience to witness some nice birds like white throated king fishers, pied king fishes, cormorants and some other animals too. Overnight stay in Negombo.
Day 2 – Dambulla
Today we drive to Habarana, first stop is at Dambulla golden rock temple. The famous world heritage site Dambulla rock temple has been built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and it is a world heritage site. Also, it is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 metres.
After lunch proceed to Pidurangala. Pidurangala temple is an ancient Buddhist temple situated in Pidurangala village of Matale District, Sri Lanka. The temple was constructed on a massive rock called Pidurangala, which is located a few kilometers north of the historical fort Sigiriya.
It is said that the name Pidurangala was derived from the Sinhala words pidu + ran + goda. In English language it means “offered piles of gold”
It is believed that the history of Pidurangala temple goes back beyond to the first and second century BC.From those days Pidurangala was used as a Buddhist monastery and but became a prominent place during the reign of King Kashyapa.
According to ancient chronicles, Prince Kashyapa had killed his father King Dhatusena and fled to Sigiriya to find out a more secure place to prevent retaliation attacks from his half-brother, Mugalan. With the arrival of King Kashyapa, the Bhikkus who were meditate there were requested to move the nearby Pidurangala. In a sort of compensation, King Kashyapa refurbished the temple and made it a prominent place.
Overnight stay at hotel Vaana resort or alternative accommodation in the area
Day 3 – Village Cycling Tour Giritale
Today we drive to Matale, the word drives from “Maha” + “ Talawa”, which means the large flat land. It’s the starting of the central highlands. It’s a multi-cultural and a multi religious city. Visit Muththumari Amman Hindu temple, which is the second largest Hindu temple in Sri Lanka.
Afternoon we visit to Riverston hideout campsite, which is one of the real hideout sites in Sri Lanka. This is the ideal place to have a swim in a natural pool surrounded by tree canopies. Dinner will be a nice B.B.Q and where you sleep in a tent under beautiful stars.
Over night stay at Riverston Hideout campsite or alternative accommodation in the area if the weather permits on a rainy day.
Day 4 – Camping site Matale
Morning we leave Kandy and drive to Nuwaraeliya ,as you observe the hissing and swishing of machines, inhaling the heavenly scent arising from these facilities, make sure to end your day in style over a perfectly blended cup of pure Ceylon Tea,on the way stop at a Tea factory to witness the process of Ceylon tea, engaging with some tea plucking, taste a Cup of finest Sri Lankan tea,
Continue and do a city tour of Nuwera Eliya city by coach. Misty steep roads, twisting through lush green blankets of tea bushes in a cool climate, remind visitors that they are within the range of the renowned British colonial retreat, Nuwara Eliya. Augmented by an English countryside atmosphere, the city of light-once governed by English & Scottish planters – is still studded with colonial bungalows, hedgerows & one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in the world.
Relax walking tour of the Nuwera Eliya Town and market area. Sightseen tour in Nuwaraeliya. Overnight stay in Daffordale hotel in Nuwaraeliya.
Day 5 – Kandy
Today we drive to Kandy.
Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings which is a World Heritage Site. The name “Kandy” conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary. Also if you are interested in Gems & Jewellery you could visit the gem museum shops in the area which is famous for so many years.
In Kandy you can visit Giragama tea factory to experience the upcountry mid grown best tea, it’s a drive for 45 mins from Kandy. You can witness how the “ Ceylon tea” is made in Sri Lanka and you will get a chance to taste a pure cup of “Ceylon tea” as well.
Evening visit the temple of the tooth relic of the Buddha and witness a nice Sri Lanka traditional dance ceremony. Overnight stay in Thilanka hotel in Kandy
Day 6 – Ella
Today we take the most scenic train ride from Kandy to Ella in a local train. You will be passing the highest elevated railway station in Sri Lanka call “ Pattipola” in this journey. Waterfalls and tea plantations are a scenic view and a small chatter with a local inside the train will be a memorable experience too.
Walk to mini Adams peak will give you the chance to take one of the best memorable photos in your tour. Drive to see the famous 9 arch bridge (it’s a walk about half a kilometer, better to wear proper trainers or good sandals)
Overnight stay in Ella
Day 7 – Udawalawe
Today we drive to Udawalawa, visit the “Ath Athuru sewana” elephant orphanage where the baby elephants await you. It’s the one and only orphanage in Sri Lanka for baby elephants and the babies are trained to send back to the wild.
Afternoon take a safari jeep and travel through a nice sugar cane plantation and a village tour in Udawalawa.
Overnight stay at Grand Udawalawa safari hotel or an alternate hotel in the area.
Day 8 – Udawalawa jeep safari, Mirissa
Today morning we do a nice jeep safari at Udawalawa National park by a nice safari jeep. It was established in 1972 with an area of 30,800 hectares.
This park is a home for herds of Elephants. There are approximately between 300-400 Elephants
living in the park. Besides Elephants you could also come across Deer, Samber, Hornbills, Peafowl
and various other mammals and birds
after safari we drive to Mirissa, one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka. Evening leisure by the beach.
Overnight stay in Mirissa.
Day 9 – Folk museum, Mirissa
Today we go to see the Martin Wickramasinghe folk museum and a nice turtle hatchery.
Overnight stay in Mirissa
Day 10 – Galle
After breakfast head towards Galle and visit the historic Dutch Fort.
Resembling a living model of a colonial Dutch town, the Galle Fort – as the locals call it – is simply a masterpiece of architecture, history and tradition. Most of all, the fort resembles a unique way of life, perfectly preserved to date. The roads, with their unique Dutch names, and buildings with traditional European architectural designs simply speak out the historic treasures each thick wall and each paved road exemplify.
Turtle hatchery tour will show you the five different turtles out of the seven specious in the world. Finally take the new Southern express highway to reach Colombo.