12 Nights, 13 days
Duration

Experience an island that two monsoons mark time creating a curious, wonderful place that is utterly unique and captivating. It’s a land of lakes and misty highlands, full of creatures isolated by place and time.

 

PICKUP/DROP OFF LOCATION Airport, Hotel or Private Residence
DURATION 12 Nights / 13 Days
INCLUDED
Transport in air-conditioned vehicle Professional driver/guide
Accommodation in 4-Star/5-Star hotels Bed & Breakfast
NOT INCLUDED
Airfare Visa to Sri Lanka
Entrance Fees Guide Gratuity
Day 1

AIRPORT/COLOMBO


Arrival, welcome by a representative of TC Holidays and transfer to Hotel

In the afternoon undertake a City Tour of Colombo including the Gangaramaya Temple, Dutch Wolvendhal Church, a Hindu Temple , Town Hall, BMICH(Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall) , Cinnamon Gardens – Prime residential area etc.

Dinner & overnight at Colombo

Day 2

COLOMBO/PINNAWALA/POLONNARUWA


After breakfast leave for Polonnaruwa – the Medieval Capital of Sri Lanka- 11th Century AD

En route visit the Elephant Orphanage to see the world’s largest herd of domestic Elephants including babies who are still being fed by bottle thrice a day and other places of interest.

Elephant Orphanage… established in 1975 as an effort towards education and conservation by way of scientific captive breeding. Located on the banks of the Maha Oya, the Elephant Orphanage provides shelter to house young elephants who find themselves displaced and lost from their natural habitats for various reasons such as environmental changes due to development projects, being abandoned by their parents when they fall into pits and ravines, etc.

Dinner & overnight at Polonnaruwa

Day 3

POLONNARUWA


After breakfast leave for the Sacred City Polonnaruwa

In Polonnaruwa, visit the many sites of archaeological and historical interest in the Sacred City including the Grate Statue, Quadrangle, Royal Palace, Vatadage, Hatadage, Siva Devalaya, Gal Viharaya, Alahana Pirivena Complex, Kumara and Lotus Ponds, Thuparamaya , Rankoth Vehera, Pabalu Vehera , Thiwanka Image House , The Museum etc some of which depict the influence that Hinduism had on the Buddhist Civilization during that period of history.

Hop in to a Wood Carving Factory to see the skills of Sri Lankan Craftsmen

In the afternoon undertake a Jeep Safari of the Minneriya National Park famous for its many large herds of wild elephants
Minneriya…It is situated around the reservoir of the same name in the south central area of the island. This park comprises of grasslands, thorny scrubs and many valuable species of trees. Large herds of elephants, species of deer, wild boar, water buffalo and jackals are some of the wild animals found, along with a variety of avifauna that abounds the park. Has become synonymous with the annual “Elephant Gathering

Dinner & overnight at Giritale

Day 4

POLONNARUWA/HABARANA/POLONNARUWA


After breakfast leave for Habarana

Undertake an Elephant Back Safari in to the dry zone jungles in the process crossing a water way to add excitement.

In the evening explore possibilities of seeing Wild Elephants by the road side / Giritale Tank

Dinner & overnight at Girtale

Day 5

POLONNARUWA/SIGIRIYA/DAMBULLA/MATALE


After breakfast leave for Sigiriya

Climb the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya, a Royal Citadel for 20 years in the 5th Century AD built by King Kasyapa ,contemporary with the paintings of Ajantha and Ellora Caves in India , highlights being the Frescoes , Mirror Wall and the Lion’s Paw, considered as the 8th Wonder of the modern world , thought to be equivalent to the “Alakamanda” – Celestial Palace of God Kuvera.

En route visit the Dambulla Cave Temple considered to be the largest painted caves in the world with more than 22,000 sq ft of painted surfaces with many paintings, sculptures, statues of Lord Buddha, his disciples, Kings, Gods etc.

Continue to Riverstone

Dinner & overnight at Wasgamuwa

Day 6

MATALE/WASGOMUWA/MATALE


After breakfast leave for Matale.
Relax and enjoy nature

In the afternoon undertake a Jeep Safari of the Wasgamuwa National Park.

Dinner & overnight at Wasgamuwa

Day 7

MATALE/KANDY


After breakfast leave for Kandy – the Hill Capital.

Undertake a City Tour including the Udawattekelle Nature Reserve, Upper Lake Drive – a place where one could have a bird’s eye view of the city below, the Royal Botanical Gardens – one of the best of its kind in Asia with more than 5000 species of different varieties of flora which incidentally was the Headquarters of Lord Louise Mountbatten – the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces during the 2nd World War, a Gem Museum – to see how the valuable gems that you see on a shop shelf are turned out from a raw stone with the back ground history.

In the evening watch a Cultural Performance by traditional Kandyan Dancers and Drummers including devotional “Fire Walking” and walk across in the star lit night to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha – by far the most important place of worship for Buddhists world over.

Dinner & overnight at Kandy

Day 8

KANDY/NUWARA ELIYA


After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya – “Little England” through the Ramboda Pass surrounded by “Green Carpets”- hills covered with Tea and cascading Water Falls amidst breathtakingly beautiful landscapes

En route visit a Tea Factory and a Plantation to witness the manufacturing process of world famous “Ceylon Tea” and to taste a pure unblended cup of factory fresh tea before being sent to the Tea Auctions in Colombo leading to Export.

Evening is free for walks /tour around the city – the important places being the Victoria Park , Gregory Lake , Golf Course, Market etc.

Nature Lovers could make a visit to see the Lover’s Leap Water Fall just outside the city which will involve a little bit of hiking for about 1 hour both ways.

Dinner & overnight at Nuwara Eliya

Day 9

NUWARA ELIYA/HORTON PLAINS/NUWARA ELIYA


After breakfast leave for the Horton Plains – a part of newly declared World Heritage Site of Central Highlands of Sri Lanka , which is the island’s most isolated plateau situated 1860 meters above sea level

Start hiking to visit the World’s End – a sheer precipice of more than 1050 metres , lucky if you can have a clear vision and proceed to visit the Baker’s Falls Water Falls , named after the person who discovered it.

Dinner & overnight at Nuwara Eliya

Day 10

NUWARA ELIYA/UDAWALAWE/EMBILIPITIYA


After breakfast leave for Embilipitiya

Undertake a Jeep Safari of the Uda Walawe National Park mainly to see wild elephants.

Also visit the Elephant Transit Home.

Dinner & overnight at Embilipitiya

Day 11

EMBILIPITIYA/YALA/TISSAMAHARAMA


After breakfast leave for Yala

In the afternoon undertake a Jeep Safari of the Yala (Ruhunu) National Park famous for its leopard population

Dinner & overnight at Tissamaharama

Day 12

TISSAMAHARAMA/BUNDALA/TISSAMAHARAMA


After breakfast leave for Bundala

Dinner & overnight at Tissamaharama

Day 13

TISSAMAHARAMA/GALLE/AIRPORT


After breakfast leave for the Airport.

En route visit the Galle Dutch Fortress – a World Heritage Site , a Mask Museum , a Turtle Hatchery etc

Transfer to the Airport for departure

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