8 Days / 7 Nights – Tour
Day 1: NEGOMBO – SIGIRIYA
At the airport you will be greeted by your driver who will take you to the hub of the cultural triangle, the town of Habarana. On the way you will have the opportunity to taste the famous King Coconut, visit a fruit plantation and finally the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, which houses the abandoned and the wounded elephants. Here you can watch them been fed and bathed. After lunch, continue to the town of Sigiriya, within Sri Lanka’s rich cultural triangle.
In the afternoon we visit the rock fortress of Sigiriya – a 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky”, a UNESCO world heritage. Adorning a palace on top of this large rock it is a must see in Sri Lanka. Dinner and overnight in a hotel in Sigiriya.
Day 2: SIGIRIYA – ANURADHAPURA – SIGIRIYA
Today we will visit Sri Lanka’s biggest ancient city, Anuradhapura. Today a World Heritage site, it was the national capital for over 1300 years up to the 10th Century AD. You will visit an archeological museum, the sacred Bo tree, Brazen Place, Royal Palace, Samadhi Buddha and more. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Sigiriya.
Day 3: SIGIRIYA – POLONARUWA – SIGIRIYA
Today we go to one of the better kept ruins of ancient Ceylon – the UNESCO World Heritage City of Polonnaruwa, which was the medieval capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th – 13th century A.D. In the afternoon you will go to Mineriya National Park where we will do a jeep safari. This is usually a good place to spot wild elefants. After that we proceed back to your hotel in Sigiriya.
Day 4: SIGIRIYA – KANDY
In the morning we leave for Kandy. On the way, we will make a stop at one of the more unusual temples buried in a maze – the UNESCO Golden Cave Temple in Dambulla. Further you will see a batic factory and a spice garden and colourful Hindu temple in Matale. Shortly afterwards you will arrive in spiritual Kandy, surrounded by greenery and the great Mahaweli River. Kandy is also well known as the centre of Buddhism. There we will see the Temple of the Tooth Relic and in the evening a cultural dance performance. Dinner and overnight in a hotel in Kandy.
Day 5: KANDY – NUWARA ELIYA
After breakfast visit Peradeniya Botanical garden and leave then for Nuwara Eliya.
Welcome to Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka’s tea growing centre. During the drive relish the endless views of tea carpeted valleys and the bright flash of female “tea pluckers” in their pimento, fuchsia and cerise saris. En-route to Nuwara Eliya visit the famous Ramboda waterfall, a tea plantation and a working tea factory. Enjoy a guided stroll of Nuwara Eliya town, pass the 18-hole golf course, the colonial member’s only Hill Club and English styled country homes. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 6: NUWARA ELIYA – ELLA
Today, you can go to Ella by train. This offers you the best view of Sri Lanka’s country side. Our driver will drop you at Nuwara Eliya train station and pick you up from the train station in Ella. In Ella we will see Little Adam’s Peak, visit the Rama’s Cave or you can relax and enjoy the nice views and the nature. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Ella.
Day 7: ELLA – YALA – TISSAMAHARAMA
Today you will set foot in the Yala National Park, famous for the elusive leopard and has one of the highest densities of leopards in the world. The sloth bear and Asian elephant that are also part of Sri Lanka’s Big Five can be spotted. With some good luck you will witness all these creatures when you are doing the Jeep Safari at Yala national park. Overnight at Tissamaharama (extra: or have a night camping near the jungle).
Day 8: TISSAMAHARAMA – NEGOMBO OR WEST COAST BEACH
After breakfast back to Negombo or beach drop (any of Hambantota, Tangalle, Mirissa, Ahangama, Unawatuna, Galle Fort, Hikkaduwa or Bentota). If you have time, we could also visit places such as Dondra lighthouse, blow hole in Dickwella, Weligama fishing village or turtle breeding farm on the way back. End of tour.