Colombo – Pinnawala – Dambulla
The first day of the tour will take you to one of the most endearing locations in Sri Lanka, the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. This shelter is dedicated to nourish and safeguard abandoned elephants from around the country.
Your personal Chauffeur/Guide will meet you at the hotel and drive you to the orphanage where you will have the opportunity to not just witness the majesty of over a hundred Asian elephants, but also to feed and interact with them.
After bidding farewell to the orphanage, you will be guided to the Rock Cave temple of Dambulla which is home to vivid frescoes dating back over 2,000 years. This will be the first, but certainly not the last chance you get to experience the wonders of ancient Sri Lanka.
Habarana – Sigiriya – Habarana
After a hearty breakfast, you will be whisked away to experience a wonder like no other – the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Claimed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress rises some 600 feet from the scrub jungle below. It is one of the best-preserved examples of ancient city planning found anywhere in the world. It’s also adorned with unique frescoes and breathtaking architecture. Following the rock climb, you will get the opportunity to explore the Sigiriya Village on a Bullock Cart and conclude the day with a rejuvenating herbal massage or an Ayurvedic treatment.
Habarana – Kandy
On your third day you will travel to Kandy, a world-renowned city of Sri Lanka with beautiful landscapes, rich history, cool climate, and warm people. The drive from Habarana to Kandy is relatively long, therefore, the rest of the evening will be best spent enjoying a quiet meal or relaxing at your hotel. Towards the latter part of the day you will get to witness a wonderful Kandyan cultural dance show which will give you a glimpse of the unique culture the hills of Sri Lanka has to offer.
Day 4 and 5
These two days will be spent seeking out the wonders of Kandy. The Temple of the Tooth Relic, the primary focus of this destination, is a picturesque religious monument that stands in the city center adjoined by the tranquil Kandy Lake.
Also known as Sri Dalada Maligawa, this golden roofed temple houses the relic of Lord Buddha’s tooth and an array of gifts donated by several presidents and Buddhist leaders from across the world.
Later in the day, you can get yet another glimpse of the beautifully preserved nature of Sri Lanka by visiting the Botanical Gardens in Kandy. This garden is home to a number of endemic flora in the country and is a great place for relaxation and snapping beautiful pictures.
You will then get to end your day’s adventures by journeying to the leafy outskirts of Kandy to the beautiful Degal Dourwa Raja Maha Vihara cave temple which was made in the 18th century. The interior of the cave is embellished floor to ceiling with magnificent murals that are struggling day after day to stand the test of time. These murals depict scenes from the Jataka stories (tales from the previous lives of the Buddha).
Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
Following an early breakfast, you will embark on a journey towards yet another hill country city in Sri Lanka – beautiful Nuwara Eliya. Affectionately called Little England, this hilly region is home to simple yet wonderful architecture, extensive golf fields, ancient churches, colorful flower gardens, and fresh fruits and vegetables. En route, you will witness the wonder of mammoth waterfalls as they stream down between the hills.
Upon arrival in Nuwara Eliya, you will be taken for a stroll around Victoria park, one of the most attractive and best maintained town parks in the country with immaculately manicured lawns. 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, including the Kashmir Flycatcher, Indian pitta, and Grey Tit.
You will also be escorted to experience Lake Gregory, a humble water body situated in the heart of Nuwera Eliya with picturesque little cottages strung along its banks. At the lake, you will get to enjoy a relaxing bike ride, rent out swan-shaped pedal boats, a canoe, or jet-skis. Time permitting, we shall visit Seetha Amman Temple, a colorful Hindu temple said to be built on the location where Sita was held captive by the demon king Rawana. On the rock face across the stream are circular depressions said to be the footprints of Rawana’s elephant.
Nuwara Eliya – Ella
On your route to Ella on the next day, you will make a quick stop at the Pedro Tea Estate. While at the estate, not only will you get the chance to feast your eyes on lush green tea fields, but to also enjoy a fresh cup of tea made with the tender leaves that have been nurtured and plucked locally.
Your time at the estate will also include a 20-minute guided tour of the factory, originally built in 1885 and still packed with 19th-century engineering. However, due to the type of tea produced here (a very light tea), processing only takes place at night when it’s colder, so you’re unlikely to see much action.
You will also get to indulge in some fresh mouthwatering strawberries as you continue your journey to Ella.
Additionally, the route to Ella is marked with a few other iconic destinations. The Nine Arches Bridge, being one of them, is an iconic bridge in Sri Lanka and is one of the best examples of British railway constructions when Ceylon was yet a colony of the British Empire. You will also cross paths with the widest fall in Sri Lanka- Ravana Waterfall, and get to see Lower Ravana Ella both of which are situated on a scenic route close to Ella.
Your eighth morning in Sri Lanka will be one that you remember for the rest of your life. We advise you to sacrifice a few hours of sleep and to wake up just before dawn to breathe in the golden sunrise that fills up the “Ella Gap”.
The hike up to the rock, which takes about 2 hours each way, is one of the must-sees in Ella offering panoramic views of the Ella Gap and Little Adam’s Peak.
Later in the day, you will be lead to the Ella Spice Garden. This private household set in a highland village amidst world-famous tea gardens is home to a broad cultivation of Sri Lanka’s spices. Roam through aromatic peppers, cloves, turmeric, and chili plants, take a sample, then roll up your sleeves and hit the kitchen.
You can either enrich your culinary skills by learning from the best, or simply enjoy a beautifully prepared Sri Lankan meal to end the day.
Ella – Yala
After enjoying breakfast in Ella you will begin your journey towards Yala, a home of adventure and natural wonder.
If viewing a diverse array of wildlife is at the top of your agenda, then Yala national park is the place to visit. Yala’s main attraction is the leopard and it is said to be one of best places in the world to watch leopards. It has been theorized that Yala may have the highest density of leopards in the world. On a safari with Leopard Trails, we also make it a point to showcase the diversity of other wildlife that Yala has to offer.
On a two-night stay, it is possible to spot and identify over a 100 species of birds.
You will get to experience one of a kind game rides both in the morning and evening in Yala; cruising down the shadowed paths of the National Park exploring wildlife in their natural habitat. You will get to see a number of species while at Yala and tick off quite a few names off your bucket list of animals to watch, if you are a nature enthusiast.
Yala – Galle – Unawatuna
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel in Yala, you will start the drive to the Galle Fortress.
This magnificent piece of Dutch Architecture is surrounded by a charming city with a vibrant personality. The old part of the city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is widely popular for its beautiful streets and homes. A walk on the ramparts of the fort will also give you an excellent view of the ancient harbor and the city surrounding it. You will also get a glimpse of the District Court and the original entrance to the Fort en route to the Dutch Reformed Church built in the 17th century.
This day is going to be nothing but sun, sea and sand.
As one of the most beloved tourist destinations in Sri Lanka, Unawatuna is home to a breathtaking banana-shaped beach of golden sand and turquoise water, surrounded by green palm trees! All you have to do is rest, relax and maybe enjoy some aquatic adventure sports while basking in the warmth of the sun all day.
Unawatuna – Colombo
After having breakfast in Unwatuna, you will make way to Colombo, Sri Lanka’s commercial and financial capital. This vibrant city is perched on the island’s western edge. It is full of energy and a spectrum of exciting things to do. It also holds hidden wonders of ancient architecture, a vast array of museums and galleries and an assortment of bustling markets that offer high quality Sri Lankan goods.
Depending on your interest we are able to organize a shopping expedition, city walk into Fort and Pettah, tuk tuk tour exploring city’s temples and kovils or a visit to the National Museum.
Leave Sri Lanka, your baggage full of souvenirs and your mind full of happy memories.