Ayubowan-Welcome to Sri Lanka
On arrival at Colombo International Airport you will be met by our local representative and you will be transferred to the hotel in Dambulla. (Duration from Airport to Dambulla-Approx. 4:00 Hours)
En route make a visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is situated northwest of the town of Kegalle, halfway between the present capital Colombo and the ancient royal residence Kandy in the hills of central Sri Lanka. It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka wildlife department in a 25 acre coconut property near the Maha Oya River. The orphanage was originally founded in order to afford care and protection to the many orphaned Elephants found in the jungle.
Upon completion proceed to Dambulla
(Distance from Pinnawala to Dambulla– 88Kms – Approx. 2 Hours)
Dambulla-Located in the north central province this UNESCO World Heritage Site which dates back to the 01st century BC, is an amazing complex of 05 caves, first used as a refuge by an ancient king who on regaining his throne, commissioned magnificent carved images within the living rock, Later kings made further improvements and the caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is a colossal figure spanning 15 meters. Cave inscriptions from the 2nd Century BC are found and on the walls are many paintings most of which belong to the Kandy period (early 19th century). This temple is a perfect location to view evolution of ancient Sri Lankan art and is an important historical site due to the amalgamation of the material from many eras.
Overnight in Dambulla.
Breakfast at the hotel. Day is free to relax and unwind in the hotel or an “Optional” visit to the Rock Cave Temple,
Dambulla cave temple also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country. This site is situated 148 kilometres east of Colombo and 72 kilometres north of Kandy. Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka
Optional: Visit to Sigiriya to climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress,
Sigiriya or Sinhagiri is an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres high.
(Distance from Habarana to Sigiriya– Approx. 20 Minutes)
Overnight in Dambulla.
After breakfast transfer to Matale to visit a spice garden where you will witness many spices and herbs in Sri Lanka,
(Distance from Sigiriya to Matale – Approx. 1 ½ Hours)
Spice Garden-The Island had been famous for its spices since the medieval times and is considered as one of the main reasons for the Europeans to conquer the Island and for the Arabs to trade upon from the 14th century onwards. The most interesting feature would be the opportunity you’ll get to identify the real plants of spices you are so familiar with in your day to day life. A qualified guide will do a conducted tour of the garden and a presentation of its products.
Enjoy a special head and shoulder massage at the spice garden,
Transfer to Kandy, conduct a sightseeing tour of Kandy.
Visit a Batik Factory, a Gem Museum and drive through the local Market.
Kandy-A lovely exotic city, the Hill Capital and last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which retains an aura of grandeur, time has not affected. Encircled by hills, with a tranquil lake in its centre, it is the site of the renowned temple that enshrines the Tooth Relic of the Buddha and the Royal Botanical gardens – home to one of the world’s best collections of Orchids. A cultural sanctuary where many legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive, Kandy and its satellite villages are the centre of the islands handicraft industry (items of wood, brass & silver) exquisite silver or gold jewellery and precious gems of many varieties including the world’s best blue and star sapphires. The highlight of the city’s calendar is the Esala Perahera, when a replica of the casket enclosing the Tooth is taken in procession for ten glittering nights in July/August by exotically costumed dancers, drummers and approximately 100 Elephants.
Late evening witness a cultural dance performed by our famous Kandyan Dancers.
Overnight in Kandy.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today your driver will bring you to Peradeniya and you will see the Royal Botanical Gardens.
Royal botanical gardens-A visit to the historical botanical gardens will be an enchanting experience. Exploration of this magnificent garden will give you an insight into Sri Lankan Flora and other exotic plants, in a tranquil environment. A perfect ambience for a romantic pick-nick for two. It is near the Mahaweli River. It is renowned for its collection of orchid.
After a delightful breakfast at the hotel, proceed to the Little England of Sri Lanka “Nuwara Eliya”.
(Duration from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya – Approx. 2 Hours)
En-route make a visit to a Tea Plantation/Factory where you will be able to examine the process of how the world’s finest tea is being made.
You will also be able to make a stop in Ramboda to witness the astonishing Ramboda Waterfall.
Upon arrival check in at the hotel and spend leisure.
Nuwara Eliya is a city in the tea country hills of central Sri Lanka. The naturally landscaped Hakgala Botanical Gardens displays roses and tree ferns, and shelters monkeys and blue magpies. Nearby Seetha Amman Temple, a colourful Hindu shrine, is decorated with religious figures. Densely forested Galway's Land National Park is a sanctuary for endemic and migratory bird species, including bulbuls and flycatchers.
Overnight in Nuwara Eliya.
Breakfast at the hotel. Prepare for check and the driver will pick you up and drop you to Yala.
(Duration from Nuwara Eliya to Yala – Approx. 4 ½ Hours)
Yala West National Park is located to the southeast of the island and is well recognised as one of the best parks in the world to observe and photograph leopards. The park covers an area of over 100,000 hectares and its main physical features are sand dunes, lagoons, dry river/stream beds, rocky outdrops and scrub/thorn forest. There is also a substantial elephant population along with spotted deer, sambar, wild buffalo, sloth bear, jackal, mongoose, pangolins and crocodiles. The bird life comprises over 120 species, and ranges from lesser flamingos to paradise flycatchers, crested hawk eagles, and black bitterns.
Overnight in Yala.
Early morning the clients will leave on a 4x4 Jeep Safari to Yala National Park. After the safari ride, you will return back to the hotel for a delightful breakfast.
Once breakfast is done you relax a little and prepare for check out. The driver will pick you up and drop you to Bentota.
(Duration from Yala to Bentota – Approx. 2 ½ Hours)
En route an optional visit to Galle.
Galle-The17th century Dutch Fort that is now declared as a World Heritage Site. In a vast isthmus protected by a massive rock wall built around it, you would come across grand churches, great Dutch buildings, ancient garrisons and cannon positions, maze of court yards, paved assembling positions all well connected by cobblestone streets and then a lovely maritime museum, everything restored to its former glory after the devastating Tsunami in 2004. Actually, most of it was generously funded by the Dutch Government. The British built a classic light-house in 1848 and you could saunter from the light-house to the entrance of the Fort along with a paved path virtually on the towering Fort-wall enjoying the view of the rocky sea beach and its aquamarine waters on one side and the great Fort on the other. There is the famous Amangalle resort; an exclusive up market property built during the Dutch times, famous for its cozy yesteryear ambience. It was formally known as the NOH and you could visit the colonial hotel for a cup of tea or for lunch if you wish to go back to the 18th-century world that would surely likely to unfold in front of you at the charming Amangalla.
On arrival, check-in at the hotel and spend your evening in leisure by the beach.
Overnight in Bentota.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today morning transfer to Balapitiya for a Mangrove Forest boat ride in the Madu River.
The Madu Ganga is a minor watercourse which originates near Uragasmanhandiya in the Galle District of Sri Lanka, before widening into the Madu Ganga Lake at Balapitiya. The river then flows for a further a 4.4 km before draining into the Indian Ocean.
Thereafter visit the Turtle Hatchery in Kosgoda.
Evening on leisure by the beach.
Breakfast at the hotel, prepare for checkout and transfers to Colombo. Travel time from Kandy to Colombo will be around 2:00 hours depending on the traffic.
Upon arriving in Colombo, proceed on a sightseeing tour including free time on shopping.
Colombo, Sri Lanka‘s bustling capital, is located on the country’s west coast and with a population of between 800,000 and one million (estimates vary) is by far the country’s biggest city, as well as its window on the world. Its natural harbour at the mouth of the Kelani River was a magnet for successive traders and conquerors – first Arab merchants, then Portuguese, Dutch and British imperialists. Colombo’s cosmopolitan side supports ever-more stylish eateries, galleries and museums. Surprises abound in its old quarters where you can find great local food and discover a characterful shop or tiny, convivial cafe. The capital is an excellent start – or finish – to your Sri Lankan adventures.
Overnight in Colombo.
After breakfast. The day is free until checkout time. The driver will pick you up and drop you to the airport for your onward flight.
AED 4200/- Per person, Prices are based on twin sharing.
Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights.
Destinations: Dambulla, Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Yala, Bentota & Colombo.
The rates are subject to availability at the time of booking request. In the event if there are rate changes due to increase in Govt taxes, or hotel charges a surcharge, or BAR rates (Best available rates), we reserve the right to amend the rates without notice. The exchange rate is subject to change. Please ensure that you have secured the relevant visa / entry permits & valid passport. The best source of visa information is the embassy of the country itself.
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Economy class airfare from Dubai / Colombo / Dubai .
2 nights accommodation in Dambulla, Kandy & Bentota based on double room occupancy.
1 night accommodation in Nuwara Eliya, Yala & Colombo based on double room occupancy.
Transportation as per the itinerary on private car.
Sightseeing tours in Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Yala, Bentota & Colombo.
Complimentary travel insurance.
All airline and hotel taxes.