The Highlights tour of Sri Lanka is for the guests who visit Sri Lanka for the first time. This is an Unforgettable exciting program, mixed with beautiful nature, culture, animals, plants together with antique and Classic highlights including all the major attractions in Sri Lanka.
A journey with 1001 impressions!
1 day: Kurunegala
Arrival at the airport and the tour guide will welcome and transfer you to comfortable boutique hotel in Kurunegala (Ermelo Villas -http://ermelovillas.com/index.html ) . In the afternoon you can rest peacefully and have dinner and stay at your boutique hotel in Kurunegala (During the whole trip with half board in hotels where you stay.)
2, Day: Pinnawela
After breakfast we start a highlight of your stay, Very interesting trip to Pinnawela Elephant orphanage where you can experience the daily routine of the tamed elephants, especially the elephants in the river.
In the afternoon we drive back to Kurunegala and stay the night at hotel Ermelo Villas, Hotel connected with Orchids and beautiful surroundings such as paddy fields, mountains, plantations to visit and walk the whole day including the everyday life of the villagers.
3 day: Sigiriya – Giritale
After the breakfast we continue to drive towards Dambulla and visit the ancient fortress, Sigiriya one of the sites named under UNESCO as a world heritage. Climbing Sigiriya is one of the Highlights of the trip. There you can get a tremendous experience with the clouds together with scenic beauty of the whole area.
4 day: Pollonnaruwa – Giritale
After breakfast,we drive through impressive landscapes to reach Polonnaruwa, the second capital of the Sinhala kings of the 9th and 13th century. We visit the Old Royal Palaces and most impressive are the four Buddha statues of the Gal Viehara that have been carved out of a single granite wall.
The cultural heritage of the city, which is now among the most important works Ceylon architecture.We will conclude the day after visiting a wood carvings.
05 day: Habarana – Kandy,
After the breakfast at the Hotel Royal Lotus we proceed to the beautiful Kandy. On our way we visit the Dambulla cave temple which is the highlight of the day. There will be total of 5 cave temples where you will see numerous Buddha statues which are about 13 meters long. The walls will be painted with ancient murals which are almost 2000 years old. The Dambulla cave temple is one of the most ancient temples in Sri Lanka symbolizing the rich culture and heritage.
After the Dambulla Temple we drive to Matale, the spice route as well as the road to Kandy. We visit the spice gardens where you get to experience the spice world and you will learn a lot about how the spices can help your health and well-being.
In the afternoon we will reach the Holy Kandy city and we will visit the sacred Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth Relic).
The holy city has numerous tourist attractions and it is the religious center of the Island. The day will be concluded after visiting the Temple of the Tooth Relic.
06 day; Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
After the breakfast the tour begins by visiting the Botanical Garden where you can see the plant diversity. We will continue to visit the city and you will get to see the Colonial impact on the city. We will conclude the Kandy city tour by visiting gemstone showrooms. There you can get a unique experience with different kinds of gems inherent to Sri Lanka and their values.
We will continue our journey to beautiful Nuwara Eliya. You will be 2000 meters above the sea level. There are fascinating scenaries of beautiful tea plantations and waterfalls. You will get to visit a tea factory and you will be able to experience the lives of tea pluckers and the taste of world famous Ceylon Tea.
In the afternoon we will visit the beautiful Nuwara Eliya town. You will enjoy the fresh air and the mild temperature which is much more relaxing.
7 day: Nuwara Elliya – Bandarawela.
After breakfast we will enjoy a fascinating train journey to Bandarawela starting from Nanu Oya Railway station. The ride in the local train takes about 4 hours. You will experience the magnificent sceneries of beautiful Highlands through the tea plantations, vegetable terraces fields and very beautiful waterfalls and the everyday lives of Sri Lankans.
8 day: Bandawela – Colombo via Ratnapura Road
After breakfast, we drive via Ratnapura (the City of Gems) to the airport or to the hotel you have Booked in the beach.