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Day 1 Airport / Negombo

“Ayubowan” On arrival at the recently refurbished Modern and State of the art International Airport, you will be blessed to get your first taste of warm Sri Lankan hospitality; Representative from Nawamini Travels will welcome you at the Airport & receive to Negombo.

Negombo, located on the western coast of Sri Lanka, is a town famous among tourists for its beautiful beach. It is the fourth largest city in Sri Lanka, Do fishing and beach activities at evening and morning time.

Dinner and overnight Stay at Negombo

Day 2Negombo / Pinnawala / Dambulla

After breakfast at hotel transfer to Pinnawala.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage App. 55 miles from Colombo, off the Colombo – Kandy road is Pinnawala, where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants The number of elephants has increased to more than 65 now; including Baby Elephants brought from various parts, as well as the 23 babies born, as a result of the captive breeding program. The best time to visit is the feeding time from 0930-1000 hrs and 1330-1400 hrs and the bathing time from 1000-1030 hrs and 1400-1430 hrs when all the elephants are taken to the river close by.

Dinner and overnight stay at Dambulla

Day 3Dambulla / Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa

After scrumptious breakfast with variety, proceed Sigiriya.

The UNESCO world heritage Site Sigiriya is home to the 5th Century ‘Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the fortress. Within it triple-moated defense the huge rock rises almost to a sheer height of 500ft. On its summit are the foundations of what was once a great and sumptuous palace and gardens complete with swimming pool. On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of frescoes of life sized damsels in all the freshness and delicacy of their original color.

Visit Polonnaruwa ancient city.

Polonnaruwa is another “World Heritage Site” was the Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th – 13th Centuries, contains some splendid and spectacular statues. Lankatilake, Tivanka and Thuparama are the most beautiful and largest Image Houses and Tivanka has the best examples of frescoes of the Polonnaruwa period. RankothVehera and Kirivehera are well preserved large stupas, and Gal Vihare – a rock shrine, has four Buddha statues, two seated, one standing and one reclining and Parakrama Bahu statue are examples of Sinhalese stone carver. The Vata-da-ge is a unique creation of the Sri Lankan artists. The medieval capital, Polonnaruwa was fortified with inner & outer moats and inner & outer walls. The Parakrama Samudra is on the western side of the city. The Royal Palace, Audience Hall and other buildings in the inner city were enclosed by another tall wall.

Dinner and overnight stay at Dambulla.

Day 4Dambulla / Matale / Kandy

After breakfast at the hotel visit Dambulla economic centre.

Located in the Dambulla Secretariat Division of Matale District, in the center of Dambulla town to establish a wholesale market for vegetables and fruits.

At evening time visit the Dambulla cave temple. Located at an elevation of 1118 feet from the sea level raises a massive rock from the surrounding plains of Dambulla of 600 feet high and over 2000 feet in length It is home to the World’s most acclaimed Cave complex of magnificent Buddha Images and Rock Paintings of vivid colours and shapes constructed and painted from around 2nd Century BC (Anuradhapura era) and continued up to the Kandyan era of the 18th Century. Sinhalese people call it as ‘Dambulu Gala’ (Dambulla Rock) and the Temple is called as the ‘Rangiri Dambulu Viharaya’ (Golden Rock Dambulla Temple).

Transfer to Kandy
Kandy – the hill capital is another “World Heritage Site”. It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings during the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule and finally ceded to the British in 1815 after an agreement.

To the Buddhists of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the “Dalada Maligawa” – Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. Close by are the remains of the Royal Palace (“MahaWasala”), “PalleWasala”- where the Queens stayed-now used for the National Museum, “MedaWasala” where other close relatives lived, Audience Hall, NathaDevala and Vishnu Devala are situated close by. The Bathing Pavilion (“Ulpenge”) is by the Lake and in the Center of the lake is the Island called “Kirisamudraya” (Milk White Ocean) used by the kings as the summerhouse. Today it is the center of Buddhism, Arts, Crafts, Dancing, Music and Culture. Visitors can see these Dance & Music at the daily Cultural Performances held at several places in the city.

Check In to the hotel.

Dinner and overnight stay at Kandy.

Day 5Kandy / Gadaladeniya / Lankathilaka

After breakfast at the hotel visit to gadaladeniya and Lanakathilaka Gadaladeniya Rajamaha Viharaya with an ancient monastery is found on the flat rock at Diggala in the district of Kandy According to inscription there this temple was built by King Buwanekabahu IV in the year 1344.

The chief architect of this temple has been a south indian called Ganesvarachari. Therefore this temple is essentially a South Indian design.

Located at Udunuwara Hiyarapitiya village of Kandy is the famous temple of Lankatilaka. The huge rock where the temple was built is called as Panhangala Rock. Being one of the three famous ancient temples near Peradeniya, one can reach the Lankatilaka Viharaya along Kandy -Colombo Main road and turning to left from Pilimatalawa [near 104 km post] along the Daulagala road leading to Hiyarapitiya village. It is about four kilometers from this turn off.

Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Kandy.

Day 6Kandy / Peradeniya / Nuwaraeliya

After breakfast at the hotel depart to visit Kandy City.

Visit to Peradeniya botanical garden. 147 acres in extent; Started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the Kings of Gampola and Kandy. There are more than 5,000 species of trees, plants and creepers. Some rare and endemic as well as flora from the tropical world are found in the gardens. Spice Garden and Orchid House are popular with tourists.
There are 5 Palm Avenues beautifying the gardens, the earliest and tallest Palm Avenue (Royal Palm Avenue) was planted in 1905 and the Double Coconuts from the Seashells Island, with the largest seed of all plants in the world are one such avenue.

Transfer to Nuwaraeliya.
Nuwara Eliya is nicknamed “Little England” because It was established by the British in the 1840s as a as a base for the colonialists and still retains some of the British quirks, like the famous red post box. Evening visit around Gregory Lake Gregory Lake was build under the period of British Governor Sir William Gregory in 1873. This is the most prominent attraction in Nuwara Eliya and all the visitors used to come here and spent some time by the lake and relax. This was used as a place for water sports and for re-recreational activities during the British time.

Dinner and overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya.

Day 7 Nuwaraeliya / Horton Plains / Worlds End

Perched on the very edge of the hill country midway between Nuwara Eliya and Haputale, Horton Plains National Park covers a wild stretch of bleak, high-altitude grassland bounded at its southern edge by the dramatically plunging cliffs that mark the edge of the hill country, including the famous World’s End, where the escarpment falls sheer for the best part of a kilometer to the lowlands below. Set at an elevation of over two thousand meters, Horton Plains are a world apart from the rest of Sri Lanka, a misty and rains wept landscape whose cool, wet climate has fostered the growth of a unique but fragile ecosystem. Large parts of the Plains are still covered in beautiful and pristine stands of cloud forest, with their distinctive umbrella-shaped keena trees, covered in a fine cobweb of old man’s beard, whose leaves turn from green to red to orange as the seasons progress. The Plains are also one of the island’s most important watersheds and the source of the Mahaweli, Kelani and Walawe rivers, three of the island’s largest.

Evening visit city tour of Nuwaraeliya.

Dinner and overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya.

Day 8Nuwaraeliya / Ella

Breakfast at the hotel.

The lovely Victoria Park at the centre of town is one of the nicest, and best maintained, town parks in South Asia, and a stroll around its manicured lawns is a pleasure indeed. The park comes alive with flowers around March to May, and August and September. It’s also home to quite a number of hill-country bird species, At the far end of the park is a small children’s playground and miniature train.

After that start Train Ride from Nanu oya to Ella.

The railway network in Sri Lanka was initially introduced by the British Colonial government in 1864, mainly to transport the tea (and coffee) from the hill country in places like Nuwara Eliya to the capital, Colombo. The train journey from Nuwara Eliya to Ella was one of our favorite ever train rides on our travels, rivaling our experience with the train powers up through Sri Lanka’s southern hill country, through the tea plantations, into the clouds and then weaves in and out of the many mountain tunnels as it descends to reach Ella.

Dinner and overnight Stay at Ella.

Day 9Ella / Yala

Breakfast at the Hotel
Little Adam’s Peak: This is Ella’s best known tourist attraction, aptly named since it has a similar shape to Adam’s Peak, which is Sri Lanka’s holy mountain. Little Adam’s Peak is a much shorter and easier climb though – it takes half an hour to climb to the top of the 1141 meter peak. The walk is enjoyable and clearly marked as you meander through tea plantations and take in breathtaking views of Ella Rock, Ravana Falls and the endless valley below. On a clear sunny day you can see the south coast of Sri Lanka from here.

On the way stop near the Ravana Falls the Ravana Falls is a popular sightseeing attraction in Sri Lanka. It currently ranks as one of the widest falls in the country. This waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft) in high and cascade from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. During the local wet season, the waterfall turns into what is said to resemble an area flower with withering petals. But this is not the case in the dry season, where the flow of water reduces dramatically. The falls have been named after the legendary hindu character Ravana, which is connected to the famous Indian epic, the Ramayana. According to legend, it is said that Ravana (who was the king of Sri Lanka at the time) had kidnapped princess Sita, and had hidden her in the caves behind this waterfall, now simply known as the Ravana Ella Cave. At the time, the cave was surrounded with thick forests in the midst of wilderness. It is also believed that Rama’s queen bathed in a pool that accumulated the water falling from this waterfall.

Check in to Hotel.

Dinner and overnight Stay at Yala.

Day 10Yala / Mirissa

Breakfast at the hotel.

Do the Jeep Safari at the Yala National Park.

Also known as Ruhuna is an important national park on the south east coast of Sri Lanka. The reserve covers 979 km², although only the original 141 km² are open to the public. Much of the reserve is parkland, but it also contains jungle, beaches, freshwater lakes and rivers and scrubland. The latter zone is punctuated with enormous rocky outcrops. The range of habitats gives rise to a good range of wildlife.

Yala has the world’s highest concentration of Leopards, although seeing this largely nocturnal carnivore still requires some luck. There are good numbers of Asian Elephants, crocodile, Wild Boar, Water Buffalo and Grey langurs amongst other large animals. The open parkland attracts birds of prey such as White-bellied Sea Eagle and the wetlands have waders, Painted Storks, and the rare Black-necked Stork.

Transfer to Mirissa.

Mirissa and its breathtaking sandy beach pretty much transform your dreams and visions of a tropical paradise into an everyday reality.
Located close to the Southern tip of the Island of Sri Lanka and only about 200 km from the Equator, this secluded crescent shaped beach is the perfect place to sit back, relax and forget about all the hussle and bussle of your other life that’s a million miles away.

Dinner and overnight Stay at Mirissa.

Day 11Mirissa / Galle / Bentota

Breakfast at hotel.

Visit early morning for whale watching.

Mirissa is the closest point to where blue whales are inhabited because it has appropriate environmental conditions to live these giants. Normally With in Season time our clients witnessed five types of whales (blue whale, bryde’s whale, sperm whale, killer whale & pilot whale & four kinds of dolphins (spinner dolphin, bottle nose dolphin, stripped dolphin, Risso’s dolphin) in Mirissa.

Visit Galle fort.
Dutch Fort at Galle, close to the island’s southernmost point, 173km from Colombo, has the distinction of being the best-preserved sea fort in South Asia. A living heritage site, this 90 hectare (222 acre) attraction is a superb blend of architecture, with fortifications that resemble those in the coastal areas of Portugal. The fall of Galle to the Dutch in 1640 saw its fortifications consolidated further along the lines of the fortified cities of Europe. The Dutch and the English colonial styles are evident in the deep verandahs of houses supported by timber or masonry pillars. Originally established by the Portuguese in the 16th Century, it reached its zenith under Dutch rule in the 18th Century, providing spacious housing, wide roads and all necessary facilities within its walls including an intricate sewage system that was ahead of its time.

Dinner and overnight stay at Bentota.

Day 12Bentota

Breakfast at the hotel.

Feel Bentota river boat safari at morning.

This incredible safari took us on a tour through the Bentota lagoon: a mix of scattered small islands and maze-like mangrove swamps. The boatmen meander through the islets and beneath huge roots where they guide you through a myriad of wildlife that includes aquatic bird-herons, cormorants, kingfishers, water monitors and crocodiles. As seen above, our guide brought us to a garden of water lilies and turned a few into lays for us to take home. It is an amazing experience for life.
Evening session free at the beach.

Optional: Water sport in Bentota Beach.

Dinner and overnight stay at Bentota.

Day 13Bentota / Colombo / Airport

After the breakfast leave from Bentota to city tour at Colombo.

Colombo was only a small sea Port. Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street – the Goldsmith’s quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area where there is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, the Kaymans Gate with the Belfry at the original gate to enter the Fort, the Dutch Church of Wolfendhaal dating back to 1749, Kelaniya Buddhist Temple and Davatagaha Mosque are some of the sites to be visited. Also visit the BMICH (Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall.

You can have shopping at Colombo. If so we’ll head you to the Gem Museum at Colombo, where you can visit Gem laboratories, Gem Lapidary, Jewellary Manufacturing and also you can have shopping at ODEL in Colombo.

Later, get transferred to the Colombo International Airport from where you can board the flight for your onward destination

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