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Wild Life Tours

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Detailed Itinerary

Day One: Colombo Airport –Pinnawela – Dambulla – Sigiriya

Arrive at the airport and you will be met by your Guide and directly transferredof Habarana, en route visit the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala.

 

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

2Pinnawala 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.

Thereafter visit the ancient cave Temple of Dambulla.

 

 

Dambulla Rock Cave Temple

3The temple which consists of five magically lit caves which feature remarkable hand carved Buddha statues and colorful murals representing the life of Buddha. Many of the statues have been gilded in gold leaf, and the murals are painted in rich russet and gold hues. Dating back to the 2nd Century BC and all hand carved the rock temples and are reached by a steep climb and via a white colonnaded walkway.

 

 

Overnight: (Dinner/Breakfast)

 

Day Two: Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa – Sigiriya

After breakfast proceedSigiriya Rock Fortress.

 

Sigiriya Fortress

4Rising 200 meters up from the plains, Sigiriya Rock (or Lion Rock) was one of the most short-lived, yet fascinating citadels of ancient Sri Lanka. Rumored to have been built in a mere 7 years, King Kassapa retained his throne for just six years once the citadel was completed. It is a spectacular feat nonetheless with the palace structures built on the summit and all the materials would have been manually carried and hoisted up sheer rock face. Although little remains of the pleasure palace on the summit, it is still impossible not to marvel at such a feat, as well as admire the incredible views over the surrounding pleasure gardens and the Sri Lankan countryside.

Then arrive at the hotel and relax.Afterlunch proceedto Polonnaruwa.

 

Polonnaruwa

5Polonnaruwa is the famous medieval capital of Ceylon. Drive through Polonnaruwa, which became Sri Lanka’s royal medieval capital from in 1073 and remained Sri Lanka’s capital until the late 13th century. Today, the ancient city’s ruins remain in remarkably good state with its great ruins of palaces, treasuries, meeting halls and temples. The most impressive are the ancient sculptures of Lord Buddha at the Gal Vihara, cut into granite stone dating back to the middle of the 12th century.

 

 

Overnight: (Breakfast/ Dinner)

 

Day Three: Sigiriya/Matale / Kandy

After breakfast proceeds to Kandy, en route visit the spice garden.

 

Spice Garden

6Spices are an essential element of the cuisine of Sri Lanka and the Ayurvedic tradition and a visit to a garden specializes in the cultivation of these substances and an excellent way for purposes of new uses of certain ingredients that perhaps though they knew well. Find cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla, cardamom and black pepper, to name a few. Europeans can buy the products in their natural state or in the form of oils and potions that are used by Ayurvedic medicine, during the Dutch, very famous spices of Sri Lanka and we export to different countries. That has earned the country the name of “Island of the spices”.

Thereafter proceed to Kandyand check in to your hotel. Late evening proceed to witness a cultural show and the Temple of The Tooth.

 

Temple of the Tooth

7This temple houses the sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha and is one of the Holiest Buddhist places of worship in the world where every year the Tooth Relic is paraded the street which known as the Esala Perahera easily the most colorful pageant of Asia, held in July/August each year in honor of the Tooth Relic.

 

  

Overnight: (Dinner / Breakfast)

 

Day Four: Kandy– Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast visit,

 

Royal Botanical Garden

8These 147 acre land originally a pleasure garden of the last Queen of Kandy. Later this garden became the operational headquarters of Lord Mountbatten who was Supreme Commander of the allied Forces during the Second World War.  This garden is one of the best in the world with its Variety of plants. The best known attraction in the Orchid house which houses more than 300 varieties of orchids.

Then proceed to Nuwara Eliya.

 

Nuwara Eliya

9Nuwara Eliya is the heart of Sri Lankan hill country.  It is the home of the famous Ceylon Tea and the rolling mountains are a carpet of velvety green tea plantations, interspersed with gushing streams and tumbling waterfalls. The salubrious climate, misty glens and the decidedly British character make Nuwara Eliya a must in any itinerary. Arrive in Nuwaraeliya and proceed to the hotel for lunch. After lunch proceed on a city tour of Nuwaraeliya.

 

Overnight: (Dinner, Breakfast)

 

Day Five: Nuwara Eliya – Horton Plains – Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast and with a packed snack proceed to Horton Plains National Park.

 

Horton Plains

10The Horton Plains National Park is the only National Park situated in the Hill Country and falls within the Nuwara Eliya district and is 200 km away from Colombo. Panoramic scenic beauty of the Hill Country could be witnessed within the Park. The famous `Worlds End’ is a major attraction within the Park. Endemic slender Loris and endemic purple monkey are among the important animal species that could be seen in addition to Sambhur, a member of the cat family etc. There are some endemic avifaunas which are found within this Park.

 

Overnight: (Dinner, Breakfast).

 

Day 6: Nuwara Eliya – Yala

After breakfast proceed further south to Yala National Park, Situated 309 km. south of Colombo.

 

Yala National Park

11Yala is approximately 1,259 sq.km in extent and is located in the south eastern corner of the island. Its northern boundaries border on the Lahugala Elephant Sanctuary and it has the added bonus of a scenic ocean frontage. The terrain is varied flat plains alternating with rocky outcrops. The vegetation ranges from open parkland to dense jungle. Water holes, small lakes, lagoons and streams provide water for the animals and birds. The specialty here is the elusive Leopard, Sloth Bear and Elephant. Arrive at the hotel and relax late evening proceed on a 4WD jeep safari to Yala National Park.

 

Overnight: (Dinner / Breakfast)

 

Day 7: Yala – Sinharaja Rainforest

After breakfast proceed to,

 

Sinharaja Forest Reserve
12Sinharaja Forest Reserve is considered one of the most important natural habitats in Sri Lanka. This majestic rainforest was deemed an International Man and Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and deservedly designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1989. The forest offers a huge diversity of species both flora and fauna with a large proportion of those being indigenous to the country and some more specifically endemic to Sinharaja itself. Arrive and relax at the hotel. Guided tour of Sinharaja Rain Forest.

 

 

Overnight: (Dinner / Breakfast)

 

Day 8:Colombo- Onwards

After breakfast proceed to Colombo, Arrive and proceed on a city tour of Colombo including shopping stops.

 

Overnight: (Dinner / Breakfast)

 

Day 9:Colombo – Negombo / Waikkal

After breakfast proceed to Negombo or Waikkal and relax.

 

Overnight: (Dinner / Breakfast)

 

Day 10: Onward flight

After breakfast proceed to the airport for departure flight.