Truly Sri Lankan - 9 Days 8 Nights

TRULY SRI LANKAN

8 Nights and 9 Days.

1 st Day – Pickup from Bandaranaike International Airport to Colombo.
On arrival in Sri Lanka you will be met and assisted by our chauffeur who will transfer you into Colombo.
Afternoon you can drive through the commercial and city centre known as the "Fort", built by the
Portuguese in the 16th century where grand colonial era buildings stand alongside modern office
structures. See the vibrant markets and bazaars of Pettah, and the National Museum with its fine
collection of lovely antiques and art of Sri Lanka. You could visit a Buddhist temple and a Hindu Kovil to
experience the diversity of religion, ethnicity and customs of the people. Alternatively you may indulge
in some shopping and sightseeing or take a long walk down the golden stretch of Galle Face, which is
populated with interesting food stalls and intriguing vendors.
Overnight Stay: A Hotel in Colombo.

2 nd Day – Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Kandy.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian
elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km northeast of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of
Sri Lanka.
En route you will visit a spice garden in Mawanella. You will check in at your hotel on arrival and once
you are rested, continue on to your tour of Kandy!
Kandy, the bustling hill country capital is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for the Temple
of the Tooth, which houses the most sacred religious relic, the tooth of the Lord Buddha, the Kandy Lake
built in 1807, which is an attractive centrepiece to the town.
In the evening you will visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic. Thereafter enjoy the Kandyan Cultural
show at the Kandyan Arts & Cultural Centre. The show features the graceful and rhythmic dancers and
drummers culminating in an impressive fire walking display.
Other attractions in Kandy include Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, Tea Museum, Royal Palace Kandy and
many more.
Overnight Stay: A Hotel in Kandy.

3 rd Day – Knuckles Range.
Rise early morning and leave for Knuckles Forest Range with a packed breakfast. This mountain range
offers a wonderful place for Bird watching, Mountain biking, Hiking, Trekking, Wildlife Photography, and
Camping. It also holds great fascination for geologists and naturalists.
The Knuckles range derives its name from the similarity of its ridges to the knuckles of a clenched fist. It
is a cradle for plant and animal life and is an invaluable asset where biodiversity and watershed values
are concerned. After this exhilarating trek in the forest, return to Kandy.
Overnight Stay: A Hotel in Kandy.

4 th Day – Nuwara Eliya.
The beautiful town of Nuwara Eliya where you will come across several water falls on the way. Ramboda
Falls is one visit we have scheduled for you. Along the way you can also visit the Pedro Tea Factory and
the luscious tea plantations of the country. You will also be given a tour of Nuwara Eliya, also known as
“Little England”.
Overnight Stay: A Hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

5 th Day – Horton Plains.
The Horton Plains are the headwaters of three major Sri Lankan rivers, the Mahaweli, Kelani, and
Walawe. In Sinhala the plains are known as Maha Eliya Plains. Stone tools dating back to Balangoda
culture have been found here. The plains' vegetation is grasslands interspersed with montane forest and
includes many endemic woody plants. Large herds of Sri Lankan sambar deer feature as typical
mammals and the park is also an Important Bird Area with many species not only endemic to Sri Lanka
but restricted to the Horton Plains. Forest dieback is one of the major threats to the park and some
studies suggest that it is caused by a natural phenomenon.
Overnight Stay: A Hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

6 th Day – Yala.
Yala National Park is a huge area of forest, grassland and lagoons bordering the Indian Ocean, in
southeast Sri Lanka. It’s home to wildlife such as leopards, elephants and crocodiles, as well as hundreds
of bird species. Inland, Sithulpawwa is an ancient Buddhist monastery. Nearby caves contain centuries-
old rock paintings. Southwest, Magul Maha Viharaya also has ancient Buddhist ruins. Both are
pilgrimage site
Overnight Stay: A Hotel in Tissamaharama.

7 th Day – Bentota.
Bentota is a resort town on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast. Its long Bentota Beach stretches north, where it
becomes a sandy strip known as Paradise Island, parallel to Bentota Lagoon. Coral-rich dive sites include
Canoe Rock. On Bentota River, centuries-old Galapota Temple has a large Buddha statue. Southeast is
Lunuganga, the estate and gardens of architect Geoffrey Bawa. Northeast is his brother Bevis's Brief
Garden.
Overnight Stay: A Hotel in Bentota.

8 th Day – Galle.
Galle is a city on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. It’s known for Galle Fort, the fortified old city founded
by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century. Stone sea walls, expanded by the Dutch, encircle car-free
streets with architecture reflecting Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. Notable buildings include the
18th-century Dutch Reformed Church. Galle Lighthouse stands on the fort’s southeast tip.
Overnight Stay: A Hotel in Galle.

9 th Day – Drop to Bandaranaike International Airport.

Total Figure: 585 USD Onwards.

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