Sri Lanka Taste of Nature
07 Nights 08 Days Tour
|Arrival at Bandaranayake International Airport, greet and welcome by Raffles Leisure representatives, transfer to Hotel in Habarana. En-route visit “Golden Cave Temple in Dambulla”. Overnight stay in Sigiriya/Habarana.||
|After breakfast visit Sigiriya, the world famous ancient rock fortress (a world heritage site). Get a lifetime experience of riding an Elephant (optional), then a visit cultural city of “Polonnaruwa”. Evening safari by 4wd jeep to “Kawdulla” or “Minneriya” national park (Optional). Overnight stay at Sigiriya/Habarana.||
|After breakfast proceed to Kandy, en-route visiting a “Spice Garden”. PM visit “Temple of Tooth” in Kandy and witness a traditional cultural dance performances. Overnight stay in Kandy.||
|After breakfast visit “Royal Botanical Garden” in Peradeniya, then a visit to “Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage” . Evening a city tour of Kandy including a visit to Kandy Market place. Overnight stay in Kandy.||
|After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya, en route visit a tea plantation and factory, witness how Ceylon Tea is been processed and taste a cup of real Ceylon tea and Next visit to a water fall. Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.||
|After breakfast proceed to Yala via “Ella” Gap. En-route visit “Buduruwagala”. Evening go for a 4wd Jeep Safar in “Yala National Park”. Overnight stay in Yala/ Tissamaharama.||
Yala / Tissamaharama
|After Breakfast proceed to Colombo, visit ancient “Dutch fort” in Galle and a Turtle Hatchery en-route. Overnight stay in Colombo.||
|After breakfast a brief tour of Colombo (if time permits), then proceed to Airport for Departure.||
7 Nights / 8 Days Tour – Taste of Nature and wild Elephants – SRI LANKA
DAY 01 : : AIRPORT / PINNAWALA / DAMBULLA / HABARANA
Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport, met & greet by “Raffles Leisure” Representatives and proceed to hotel in Habarana.
En route visits,
GOLDEN CAVE TEMPLE DAMBULLA
In the 1st century B C a king of Anuradhapura fled the city due to a South Indian invasion and took refuge in the caves of Dambulla. On recapturing Anuradhapura after 13 years, the king converted the caves in to monastery and gifted it to the Buddhist monks.
Next, proceed to Habarana.
Overnight stay Hotel in Habarana / Sigiriya..
DAY 02 : : HABARANA / SIGIRIYA / POLONNARUWA / HABARANA
Breakfast at Hotel Leave for Sigiriya.
A Prince of the 5th century who committed patricide made the rock of Sigiriya his hideout in order to stay away from his half-brother who sought vengeance. This prince Kasyappa by name, not only fortified his stronghold but also added to it artistic beauty.(declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO)
OPTIONAL – ELEPHANT SAFARI / RIDE
The Elephant that was the limousine, Bulldozer, War Tank, Status Symbol, Wealth Asset and Domestic pet in the past is today an element that adds colour to pageants or the gentle Giant that gives pleasure rides.
The Elephant Safari Habarana (At Village) has become a highlight event to tourist for its excitement and adventure or even for the “Chance of a Life Time” of riding an Elephant.
The Elephant Safari is a ride on an Elephant with safely secured seat that takes around two hours. The ride takes you on a bund of an ancient lake built for irrigation then through the jungle and even crosses a part of the lake where you could get your feet wet whilst seated on Elephant Back. This is fun never to be missed when in Sri Lanka.
And proceed to the Cultural City of Polonnaruwa,
The Cholas (An Indian Race) who overran the city of Anuradhapura destroying it to a great extent settled in the village of Polonnaruwa. A Sinhalese king from the Southern part of Sri Lanka liberated it from the Cholas and made it the second capital of Sri Lanka.
Proceed back to Habarana, en route excursions in evening,
OPTINAL – MINNIERIYA or KAWDULLA SAFARI
This will include a Safari tour by jeep with a jungle tracker, where you can see animals in the Jungle, including elephants, Bears, Wild boar, Dear, Buffalo, Monkeys and many other animals if you are lucky, leopards too. Return to Habarana.
Overnight Stay Hotel in Habarana / Sigiriya..
DAY 03 : : HABARANA / MATALE / KANDY
Breakfast at Hotel. Leave for Kandy, .en-route visit a spice Garden in Matale,
Visit a spice garden at Matale where spices and herbs used for Sri Lankan cuisine and medication are grown Spices of Sri Lanka attracted the early sea faring merchants who made the long voyages to purchase this precious merchandise.
Next proceed to Kandy,
A ruled in Kandy up to 1815 although the rest of the island was under the British regime. Finally it was ceded to them by the Chieftains of Kandy who were disappointed over the king’s cruel deeds. Today Kandy is one of the most important cities owing to the presence of the Temple of the Sacred tooth of the Buddha.
Visit to, Temple of Tooth Relic in Kandy,
p.m. enjoy a typical Sri Lankan Cultural Show of Drumming Dancing music and fire walking.
Overnight Stay Hotel in Kandy.
DAY 04 : : KANDY / PINNAWALA/ KANDY
Breakfast at Hotel. Leave for Botanical Garden and proceed to Pinnawala,
PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, the foster – home of elephants of different age and size feeding, bathing, playing together and even mating. These have been found injured or left abandoned in the wilderness. There are even little baby calves born in captivity.
The Botanical Garden of Peradenya was a pleasure garden of a Kandyan King of the 16th Century and later made in to a Botanical Garden during the British regime. This gardens; one of the best in Asia is a place of beauty and site for bird watchers.
Sightseeing of Kandy including Upper Lake Drive and visit to Arts and Craft Centers.
Overnight Stay at Hotel in Kandy
DAY 05 : : KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA
Breakfast at Hotel. Leave for Nuwara Eliya.
En-route visit a Tea plantation,.
Visit a Tea Plantation and a Tea Factory enroute. Sri Lanka being famous for its “Ceylon Tea” has added cheers to many the world over for more than a century.
The Hill country of Sri Lanka is a sight to behold. After the heat of the low lands of Sri Lanka, the diversity of temperature and scenery of the high lands is incredible.
Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Bandarawela, are three popular hill stations of Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya being the highest, situated over 6000 feet above sea level is also called “Little England”. As this is where the British built themselves a home away from home.
The winding road that leads to the hill country through tea plantations that carpet the hills to extents beyond sight, the water falls that meander cascading down the hills, the misty valleys and scenery are certainly awe inspiring.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
DAY 06 : : NUWARA ELIYA / ELLA / YALA
Breakfast at Hotel. Leave for Yala via Ella Gap
En route stop at Ella Grand Motel to enjoy the view of the famous Ella gap, also view the beauty of the Ravana Falls as you descend to the low lands.
The rock carvings of Buduruwagala are believed to be over a Thousand years old. There are seven figurers carved in high relief on a Rock that rises beyond the stream and the tallest one is of the Buddha, which is 51 feet tall.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Yala.
DAY 07 : : YALA / GALLE /COLOMBO
With picnic breakfast packets visit a jeep Safari in Yala national park,
YALA NATIONAL PARK
visit Ruhunu National Park at Yala. This will include a Safari tour by jeep with a jungle tracker, where you can see animals in the Jungle; including elephants, Bears, Wild boar, Dear, Buffalo, Monkeys and many other animals if you are lucky, leopards too. You also could see different types of birds. It’s a small experience for bird watch lovers.
And proceed to Colombo,
en route, Visit Dutch Fortress.
CITY OF GALLE
Galle is one of the ancient sea ports of Sri Lanka and was an anchor point in the Silk Route. It was later discovered by the Portuguese where they built a fortress and the Dutch that succeeded them fortified it further. This fortress is today a World Heritage Site.
Next visit Turtle Hatchery.
Projects have been launched to conserve the population of turtles that are reaching extinction and such projects are found along the southern coast of Sri Lanka where turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. The turtle digs a hole on the Beach, Lays hers eggs and covers it with sand where it is supposed to, incubate by the heat of the sun. What often happens is, the eggs are dug out by fisherman and sold to people who consume them.
But now the eggs are bought up by the conservation projects and are hatched the Natural way in enclosed areas where the Birds don’t have a chance of picking them up and the babies are let in to the sea after two days at night time which offers them a better chance of survival.
And proceed to Colombo.
Overnight stay in Hotel in Colombo.
DAY 08 : : COLOMBO / AIRPORT
Breakfast at Hotel and go for a City tour in Colombo,