Day 01 – Pinnawala / Dambulla
Witness the bottle feeding of baby elephants who are moving around freely causing absolutely no harm to anyone. Watch bottle feeding at 09:15 am, 12:15 pm & 05:00 pm and their river bathing at 10:00 am & 02:00 pm respectively to get an experience one of its kind on Earth.
Thereafter visit Dambulla cave temple: The 7th century caves have Buddhist mural paintings and hundreds of statues of Lord Buddha in different poses. This is one of the most well-preserved temple and cave sites in Sri Lanka.
Dinner and overnight stay at Dambulla or nearby Kandalama
Day 02 -Dambulla / Anuradhapura
Anuradhapura – the first capital of Sri lanka is one of the greatest and oldest civilizations in the world spanning over 1300 years.The Sri Maha Bodhi – the sacred Bo sapling extracted from the tree under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment – standing more than 2200 years in its pride. Stroll through the sacred trails of the venerated city to adore the legacy that interweaves Ruwanweliseya – the gigantic dagoba resting alongside the Basawakkulama Tank – shading the Samadhi Buddha Statue & Isurumuniya Rock Temple that empower the culture, heritage and supremacy of arguably the strongest kingdom in Sri Lankan history. Number of other gigantic Dagobas is there to be seen and number of man made lakes. Transfer to Mihintale.- A massive cooling fountain and head towards the renowned staircase of the temple. Ruins of a hospital, Kantaka Stupa built in 1st century B.C. enriched with magical hands of the Sri Lankan stone carver. Its various shrines connected by a total of some 1,840 steps that ultimately lead to the summit – steep enough to require deep breaths and a meditative pace.
Overnight stay at Anuradhapura
Day 03 – Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa
Visit Sigiriya – some people mention it as the 8 th wonder of the world
Built by King Kasyapa in 5th century, this Rock fortress mesmirizes every visitor, lined with well-laid out gardens, caves, monasteries, and palaces with beautiful wall motifs. This was surely a heaven in yonder years. The rock itself is supposed to be old volcanic magma rock. Rising 370m above sea level with a shear drop on all sides. The climb of more than 1200 steps to the top starts in the water gardens, passing caves with frescoes and boulders, to the ruins of a palace on the flat surface at the top.
Transfer to Polonnaruwa.
Sightseeing of the ancient city of Polonnaruwa (10th-12th century A.D). You will visit the modern museum, the Parakrama Samudra (gigantic reservoir made by king Parakrama the Great), Statue of King Parakrama, the Library Shrine, Palace of King Parakrama, the Kumara Pokuna (pond used by royal family with the water flowing system), the Shiva temple, the Thuparama shrine room with its glittering statues, the Alahana Monastery Complex, the Gal Vihare (a master peace of stone carving), the Lotus Pond and a traditional wood carving factoryOn completion transfer to Kandalama. Dinner and overnight stay at Habarana
Day 04- Kandy
Transfer to Matale.
An agricultural zone in the Central Province, Matale seldom drops off the maps due to its remarkable contribution through flagship crops of the island extending from tea, rubber & vegetables to spices. Spearheading the Rebellion back in 1848, Matale today takes immense pride in its story woven around spices. Stop by the side of a spice garden – into which you will be most welcome – and observe the therapeutic values of spices & processes over a refreshing cup of herbal tea! Or spend sometime idling on the hardened streets if you mean a real town adventure filled with voices and colors. On completion, transfer to Kandy.
Visit the famed Temple of Tooth relic which houses a tooth of Lord Buddha in a well-preserved golden casket.
Fine tube your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the Wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka. Dinner and overnight stay in Kandy.
Day 05 -Kandy / Peradeniya / Kandy
Thereafter transfer to Nuwara Eliya.
Travel to Nuwara Eliya where we explore a traditional tea plantation in the central highlands and gain insight into the process of growing tea and its effect on the Ceylon region. Later step back in history and have High Tea at the Grand Hotel. Nuwara Eliya is a town founded by Sir Samuel Baker, a British Officer who explored of Lake Albert and the Nile. The town produces the finest Orange Pekoe Ceylon tea and is inhabited mainly by tea planters and plantation workers. The town, also known as Little England, offers a lot of options to its visitors. Plenty of nature trails, walks in the plantations, golfing, horse riding, etc. Kandy – Nuwara Eliya Travel distance: 87 Km Estimated travel time: 4 hours
Day 06 -Horton Plains
Transfer to Horton Plains.
Horton Plains, UNESCO World Heritage Site & Eco-tourism hideout in the heart of the isle, painted with unending stretches of green pastures marks one of the healthiest wet montane evergreen forests in Sri Lanka. With an altitude above 7000ft, the plateau sweeps to a robust 3169 hectares sheltering flora and fauna varieties that may be found nowhere else on earth. As the tributary of Belihul Oya – Bakers Falls – thunders down rocks head off the beaten track – across frost-covered grass – to feel the icy-cold wind against your face. You may even gaze down World’s End, a head-spinning 3700ft drop towards the Southern end or drive carefully through herds of sambar deer, shy to human touch & birdlife chirping across the plains. If you’re cautious enough you may be greeted by the sights of a grunting wild boar, a pouncing fishing cat, otters or even the ‘Spotted-Ghost that haunts the plains’, the Sri Lankan Leopard!
Day 07 -Yala
Transfer to Yala.
Spreading into a vast 1259 Km2 Yala – with its glory spinning around vast grasslands, shrubs, tanks and dunes – rightfully is the heartland of wildlife in Sri Lanka. As your jeep rumble through the giant gates of Yala, you are not only stepping into the most visited national park in the country, but also the lands of a civilization which thrived during the reign of Sri Lankan kings. You name it, and Yala has it! Its usual inmates cover herds of elephant, sloth bear, spotted dear, jackal, extensively populated birdlife as well as the highest density of leopards in the world that garnish the park to be one of the finest destinations in the country. Feel the rough track as your jeep thunders over rocks and swish passing narrow bends for an exhilarating experience blended with the cries of wilderness under the tropical sun.
Day 08 -Galle
Thereafter transfer to Galle.
Walk clockwise within the fort to observe the ‘old gate’ carrying the British coat of arms. Flanking the old gate is the Zwart bastion – the oldest of all – and the lighthouse standing 18 feet in its glory next to the Point Utretcht Bastion. This Dutch bliss is painted with streets that spread in a rectangular grid pattern pierced with houses carrying Dutch colonial style verandas. However, its hallmark stands a reality where the Dutch fort remains a working community with its usual buzz of administrative offices, court complex, commercial buildings, churches and Southern folks frequenting its streets bracing the air of the Elysium of architecture, Galle! Transfer to the airport or your preferred hotel