COLOURFUL SRI LANKA
Don’t be fooled by Sri Lanka’s small size because the country boasts beaches, wildlife, ancient
temples and water sports unlike any other! Discover the water sports capital of the world, where
you can walk into lush national parks and even trek up Sigiriya Rock to satisfy your adventure
Get some exquisite Sri Lankan tea in
Climb up the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya
Go White Water Rafting in Kelani River
Visit the sacred cities of Kandy and
Bathe Elephants at the Pinnawala
Travel in Sri Lanka’s Colonial Trains
Best Time To Visit
April –September for East Coast
ARRIVE IN COLOMBO
Upon arrival in Colombo Airport, you will be transferred to Pinnawala. Ride an elephant at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, where you can feed, pet and ride elephants. The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is one of Sri Lanka's most popular tourist attractions. Later you will be transferred to Kandy.
Pub Royale: A local pub with an old English atmosphere. A quiet place good for talks with friends over a nice beer. It is one of the best bars in Kandy with relaxing ambience and great views of the city from the balcony. The bar is well stocked and you won’t find it lacking in providing you with your favourite drink.
Post breakfast, proceed for your City Tour. Visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden. This beautiful garden is located 4 miles off Kandy. The best attraction is the Orchid House. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kandy which is a UNESCO world heritage site. The historic city about 480m above sea level surrounded by mountains was known to Sri Lankan as Kanda Uda Rata, which means the hill country. Visit the Temple of the Tooth, The Royal Botanical Gardens, the Peradeniya University Campus and catch a panoramic view of the picturesque town from Upper Lake Drive.
Early evening, you will visit a Kandyan Dance performance and be treated to a spectacular fire walking finale. Kandy is also famous for its shopping, gems and jewellery, handicrafts, batiks, silks and more. You will have the opportunity of browsing to your heart’s content.
Take a walk around Kandy Lake, it is the most iconic place in the entire city. It’s located in the heart of Kandy, next to the Temple of the Tooth.
Post breakfast, visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. Here you could observe all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory.
Optional Transfer from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya via Train: The rail route to Nuwara Eliya rises slowly from the subtropical spice and banana trees to pine and eucalyptus forest. From Hatton, the scenery is the most spectacular, passing St Clair and Devon waterfalls on the left-hand side and many tea plantations. After about four and a half hours, you will arrive at Nanu Oya station and from here there is a 15 minute drive to Nuwara Eliya.
Lakeview Pub: This spot is popular amongst the locals and tourists alike due to the lovely Lakeview terrace, while enjoying a game or two of billiards and darts. Head out to this Pub for a relaxed evening, or a late night drink.
Nuwara Eliya is the town at the highest elevation (about 2000m above sea level) in Sri Lanka and its tallest peak, Piduruthalagala (2555 m) can be seen from here. The city established by the British in the nineteenth century, known as "Little England", is a popular holiday resort for Sri Lankans & tourists due to its cool climate and quaint colonial feel with its little bungalows surrounded by hedgerows.
Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of the tea country and you can visit a plantation and a factory en route here and witness how the famous "Ceylon Tea" is brewed. About 1.5 km away is Seetha Amman Temple, said to be built at the spot where Ravana held Sita captive, as related in the Ramayana. The small temple has a collection of statues, including a couple of Kali images.
Sunshine, surrounding pine-forested mountains, warm days, fun water slides and water play structures, lifeguards, lots of on-water pedal and paddle boats, cool and clean lake water, delicious snacks and a sandy beach … Lake Gregory has them all. Enjoy the paved walkways, paddling a swan-shaped paddle boat (or a giant helicopter boat) or trotting around on a pony are all good reasons to devote an hour or so to Gregory Lake.
Proceed to Bentota City Tour Bentota lies at the finishing end of the “Golden Mile” which is an hour’s drive from Colombo. Famous for its prime beaches, Bentota is today one of Sri Lanka’s most sought after tourist destinations. The town of Bentota actually, sits on an estuary, where the river and the sea meet. This makes the area quite famous for water sports like windsurfing, scuba diving & snorkelling.
Visit the Turtle hatchery in Kosgoda which is being operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka. Several species of turtles, especially the endangered hawksbill are protected here. Most vulnerable of all are their eggs, which are left uncovered on beaches all around the coast. Proceed to Madu River Mangrove Boat Ride.
Ceysands in Bentota: An important attraction for nightlife lovers is Ceysands, the floating discotheque which drifts above the waters of the Bentota River. The nightclub is accessible by means of a ferry, and is one of the most happening spots for those interested in clubbing nights.
Enjoy a city tour of Colombo which is the largest city and former administrative capital of Sri Lanka and is a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life and remnants of a bygone colonial era. Due to its large harbour and its strategic position along the East-West sea trade routes, Colombo was known to ancient traders 2,000 years ago. However, it was only made the Capital of the island when Sri Lanka was ceded to the British Empire in 1815. The
main city is home to a majority of the Sri Lanka’s corporate offices, restaurants and entertainment venues. On this tour you will visit many of the historical, religious and commercial sites of Colombo including the historic and bustling Fort and Pettah, the elite residential Cinnamon Gardens, the Galle face Green, Viharamahadevi Park and much more.
Enjoy a candle light dinner.
DEPART FOR HOME
After breakfast, proceed to the airport for your flight back home.