BEST OF SRILANKA TOURS

14 NIGHTS & 15 DAYS

14 NIGHTS / 15 DAYS – BEST OF SRI LANKA TOUR

Sri Lanka a Country Blessed with Pristine, Heritage, Thrills, Wild, Bliss, Scenic, Essence, Festive

“Ayubowan” means (May you live long) this is our traditional welcome

We at International Air Travel & Tourism welcome you to the Island of “Smiles” On arrival, at the Bandaranaiayake International Airport Katunayake you will be met and assisted by our company representative, and then you will be guided and introduced to the Driver/Guide assigned for your tour during your stay in our beautiful country. Thereafter your tour will start as per the booked Itinerary and the driver / guide will be taking very special care of you until the return back to the same Airport on your departure date. If golden beaches, rising waves, misty mountains, mighty elephants, stealthy leopards, giant whales, a majestic past, lovely tea and warm smiles could sum up a country, that would be Sri Lanka.

With many sites and scenes bottled up in to a small island, a traveler could be riding the waves in the dawn and admiring the green carpeted mountains by dusk. Travel destinations in Sri Lanka provide an array of holiday experience from sun kissed beach holidays to a marathon of wildlife watching, adrenaline pumping adventure sports and pilgrimage to some of the oldest cities in the world.

The smiles and hospitality of Sri Lanka id world famous and so are its spicy food, exotic fruits and array of sweetmeats found nowhere in the world. With so many cultures living next to each other life in Sri Lanka continues among a series of festivities throughout the year, an ideal recipe for fun and leisure.

 DAY 01 AIRPORT / PINNAWALA / Habarana (APPROXIMATELY 4 HOURS DRIVE)

PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE

 Approx. 55 miles from Colombo, off the Colombo – Kandy road is Pinnawela. Here an orphanage was started in 1975 to house abandoned and wounded elephants. The number of elephants has increased to more than 65 now; including baby elephants brought from various parts, as well more than 25 babies born as a result of the captive breeding programme. The best time to visit is the feeding time from 0915-0945 hours and 1415-1445 hours and the bathing time from 1000-11.00 hours and 1500-1600 hours when all the elephants are taken to the river close by.

Thereafter, proceed to Sigiriya and check in at the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day leisure.

DAY 02 DAMBULLA / SIGIRIYA (APPROXIMATELY 40 MINUTES DRIVE)

After a scrumptious breakfast, proceed to Sigiriya to climb Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress...

SIGIRIYA

 A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the Palace on the summit of the 600-foot high rock. On its summit are the foundations of the Royal Palace, water tanks to supply water and all other buildings and at the edges, the guardhouses. On one of the stairways, the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of Frescoes of 21 life sized damsels still shining in their original colours.

The Water Gardens, Fountain Garden, Summerhouses, Boulder Gardens and the Caves within the enclosed area should not be missed.

Thereafter, proceed to proceed to Dambulla to visit Dambulla Cave Temple. (Approximately 40 minutes drive)

DAMBULLA

A vast isolated rock mass 500ft high and a mile around the base. Here you find the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century BC. The caves of Dambulla sheltered the King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne he built the most magnificent of Rock Temples to be found on the Island. In the first Cave is a recumbent image of the Buddha 47ft long cut out of the rock. There are images of deities associated with Buddhism all around. The frescoes on the ceiling date back to the 15th – 18th Centuries. In the second cave, the finest and the largest of all, there are 150 life-size statues of Gods from the Buddhist religion along with numerous images of the Buddha himself.

Return to hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

DAY 03 SIGIRIYA / NILLAVELI (APPROXIMATELY 3 HOURS DRIVE)

After scrumptious breakfast proceed to Nillaveli.

Check in at the hotel.

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure on the beach….

DAY 04 CITY TOUR OF TRINCOMALEE (APPROXIMATELY 3 HOURS DRIVE)

After scrumptious breakfast commence city tour of Trincomalee.

TRINCOMALEE

 165 miles from Colombo, is one of the largest and safest Natural Harbours in the World. Trincomalee is connected by Rail and Road. It has sunny weather throughout the year, with white sandy beaches, calm, placid and warm waters ideal for underwater activities and for Whale watching. The Fort, which had only 3 Bastions was taken by the Dutch in 1639, but abandoned, re-fortified in 1675 and named it Fort Fredrick. In 1795 the British captured it after a 4-day bombardment and it became the first possession of the British in Sri Lanka.

Nilaveli – 10 miles away are the finest beach in Trincomalee starting at Uppuveli- 5 miles away extending all the way to Nilaveli. Pigeon Island is a great place for Diving, Snorkeling and sea bathing.

There are 7 Hot Springs at Kanniyai just 5 miles away on the Anuradhapura road.

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure on the pristine beach.

DAY 05 TRINCOMALEE / KANDY (APPROXIMATELY 5 ½ HOURS DRIVE)

After scrumptious breakfast proceed to Kandy, En route visit Spice Garden and Batik Factory at Matale and see the luscious Cinnamons, Cardamoms, Pepper plants etc. You can also purchase your requirements of spices.

 SPICE GARDEN

 You will see many spice gardens at Matale and in Mawanella on the Colombo-Kandy road where Cinnamon, Cardamom, Pepper Creepers and all other spice trees, plants and creepers are planted for visitors to see them. Spice products are also available for those who would like to buy them. At all Spice Gardens visitors are taken round explaining each tree and plant and at the end explaining the use of them in food preparations.

Afterwards visit a Batik Factory where you can see the manufacture of beautiful Batik prints. These shops contain a wide variety of Batik items.

Check in at the hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

KANDY

 The hill capital is another “World Heritage Site”. It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings during the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule and finally ceded to the British in 1815 after an agreement.

To the Buddhists of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the “Dalada Maligawa” – Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha.

Close by are the remains of the Royal Palace (“Maha Wasala”), “Palle Wasala”- where the Queens stayed – now used for the National Museum and “Meda Wasala” where other close relatives lived. Audience Hall, Natha Devala and Vishnu Devala are also situated close by. The Bathing Pavilion (“Ulpenge”) is by the Lake and in the Center of the lake is the Island called “Kiri samudraya” (milk white ocean) used by the kings as the summerhouse.

DAY 06 KANDY CITY TOUR (APPROXIMATELY 4 HOURS DRIVE)

After delectable breakfast commence city tour of Kandy including the Upper Lake Drive, Market Square, Gem Shops, Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH RELIC

When King Wimaladharmasuriya I (1592-1604 A.D.) became King in Kandy, he searched for the Tooth Relic and the bowl Relic of the Buddha and found that it was kept at the Delgomuwa Buddhist Temple at Kuruwita, for more than 44 years, hidden in a grinding stone.
The King had gone there personally and brought the Sacred Tooth Relic to Kandy in a procession accompanied by the King.
The first Temple of the Tooth Relic was constructed by Wimaladharmasooriya I to house it next to the Royal Palace.
ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS, PERDENIYA

This majestic botanical garden is 147 acres in extent and was started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the Kings of Gampola and Kandy. There are more than 5,000 species of trees, plants and creepers. Some which are rare and endemic, as well as flora from the tropical world are found in the gardens. The Spice Garden and Orchid House are popular with tourists.
There are 5 Palm Avenues beautifying the gardens, the earliest and tallest, Royal Palm Avenue, was planted in 1905 and the Double Coconuts from the Seashells Island, with the largest seed of all plants in the world, is one such avenue.
In the evening, witness a cultural show featuring various types of traditional dances.
CULTURAL SHOW

Today Kandy is the center of Buddhism, Arts, Crafts, Dancing, Music and Culture. Visitors can see these dance & music performances at the daily cultural performance which starts in the evening and runs for more than 1 hour. With more than 7 different dance performances, captivating drumming and the skills of the traditional musicians on display, this show will give you a great insight to traditional Sri Lankan culture.
Return to hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

DAY 07 KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA (APPROXIMATELY 2 ½ HOURS DRIVE)
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Nuwara Eliya, en route visit a Tea Plantation, Tea Factory and Ramboda Falls….

RAMBODA FALLS
Gigantic water fall having three parts and very close to the 53km post along the above A-5 trunk road. The first part is above the road in the jungle (100m), second part is close to the road (3m) and the third part (100m) is below the road. Travelers should descend to the “Ramboda basin”, where the famous “Ramboda Inn” is situated from where they can see the whole fall.
TEA PLANTAION

Tea was first planted in Sri Lanka in 1824 at the Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, when a few plants were brought from China. More were introduced from Assam in 1839. In 1867, a Scottish Planter named James Taylor planted tea seedlings in 8 hectares of forestland, in the Loolkondura Estate. In 1873, the tea export industry of Sri Lanka began with a modest 23 lbs. being shipped to London.
Tea will grow only on rolling terrain and is classified by elevation into low grown, medium grown and high grown into 3 main groups.
Today more than 200,000 hectares in highlands and other areas are under Tea and around 300 million Kilograms, with a 25% of world tea exports are done by Sri Lanka as the World’s largest Tea exporter.
Check in at the hotel.
Return to hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

DAY 08 NUWARA ELIYA CITY TOUR (APPROXIMATELY 2 HOUR DRIVE)
After a scrumptious breakfast, commence a city tour of Nuwara Eliya.

NUWARA ELIYA

The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places in the Island, but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence, houses like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions.
The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic and is also good for Birding as you get some rare birds in this Park. Seasons may be absent elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers, which bloom in the spring (March to May) and the fall (August and September). These are the “seasons” when low-country folk flock to Nuwara Eliya to escape the sea level heat and humidity.
Optional excursion to Horton Plains

HORTON PLAINS NATIONAL PARK

20 miles (32 km) from Nuwara Eliya via Ambewela and Pattipola, is the Horton Plains, which is 3160 hectares in extent. Known to Sri Lankans as ‘Mahaeliya’, it became Horton Plains after Sir Robert Horton, British Governor from 1831- 1837. Horton Plains became a Nature Reserve in 1969 and upgraded as a National Park in 1988 due to its unique watershed and bio-diversity values. Its flora has a high level of endemism. The hills are covered with diverse wet low evergreen forest with even large trees grown flattened to the ground on the higher windswept slopes. Horton Plains harbours 52 species of resident birds and 11 species of migrant birds.
More than 2,000 Sambhur, Bear Monkey, Barking Deer, Giant Squirrel, Fishing Cat, Wild Boar and Hares roam in the forests and grasslands but only seldom they could be seen other than the Sambhur in the evening and morning. This is the only National Park where visitors could walk on their own in the designated tracks.

WORLD’S END

Is at Horton Plains. Horton Plains is the Sri Lanka’s highest plateau at an elevation of 7,200 ft. the central mountains and is known as the “Cloud Forest”.
This incredible view at the site aptly named “World’s End” is considered to be the finest in all Sri Lanka. The terrific escarpment drops vertically for about 1,000ft and falls away almost as steeply for another 4,000ft. In the morning a crescent of silver of the Indian Ocean rims the horizon some 50 miles to the south.
Return to hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

DAY 09 NUWARA ELIYA / YALA (APPROXIMATELY 5 HOURS DRIVE)
After scrumptious breakfast, proceed to Yala.
Check in at the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

DAY 10 SAFARI AT YALA
After scrumptious breakfast commence Jeep Safari at Yala National Park, Yala.

YALA (RUHUNA) NATIONAL PARK

The Ruhunu National Park covers 126,786 hectares including the Strict Natural Reserve (Block II). The most familiar is Block I (14,101 hectares) and this were established in 1938.
Yala is famous for its big herds and large number of Elephants, Leopards, Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Crocodiles, Mongoose, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, and many other animals.
More than 130 bird species are recorded which includes the resident and winter visitors.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

DAY 11 YALA / COLOMBO (APPROXIMATELY 8 HOURS DRIVE)
COLOMBO

Is the business and commercial center and the new capital is Sri Jayawardhanapura Kotte, only a few miles away.
Colombo was only a small seaport, which came into prominence in the 16th Century with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505 and the development of it as a major Harbour took place during the British period. Colombo became the capital of Sri Lanka in 1815 after Kandyan Kingdom was ceded to the British.
The remains of the buildings during the period of the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule are found in every area of the city.
None of the Portuguese & Dutch fortifications are found today but some of their buildings and churches could be seen in the Fort & Pettah areas.
Check in at the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

DAY 12 COLOMBO CITY TOUR
After breakfast at the hotel, commence a city tour of Colombo and indulge in some shopping.

COLOMBO

A drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens. Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street – the Goldsmith’s quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area, where there is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal which dates back to 1749. The historic Dawatagaha Mosque and the former Eye Hospital are two buildings in Cinnamon Gardens worth looking at. Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha and the Independence Square.
Visit the Mlesna exquisite tea boutique, cashew nut shop, readymade garments and all sorts at Majestic City. Visit the Lanka Ceramics Centre; a place where you can buy “Noritake Set” or other ceramic items. Also, take a visit to “Odel” at Lipton place as well as a “House of Fashions”.
Check in at the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure

DAY 13 COLOMBO / NEGOMBO (APPROXIMATELY 1 ½ HOURS DRIVE)…

DAY 14 NEGOMBO AT LEISURE
Enjoy full day at leisure.

DAY 15 NEGOMBO / AIRPORT (APPROXIMATELY 20 MINUTES DRIVE)

After breakfast, your chauffer guide will take you comfortably to the International Airport in time for your departure flight.

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