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Scenic Tour in Sri Lanka – 09 Nights / 10 Days

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Itinerary

Day 01Arrival / Kandy

On arrival at the Bandaranayke International Airport, you will get your first taste of warm Sri Lankan hospitality. Representative from Seerock holidays will welcome you at the airport and proceed to Kandy (Approx.: travel time 04 hrs).

Kandy is a large city in central Sri Lanka. It’s set on a plateau surrounded by mountains, which are home to tea plantations and biodiverse rainforest. The city’s heart is scenic Kandy Lake (Bogambara Lake), which is popular for strolling. Kandy is famed for sacred Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) shrine.

In the evening visit the Dalada Maligawa, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha, is the major tourist attraction in Kandy and is located spectacularly against a vast serene lake. The Tooth Relic is a symbol of sovereignty and receives state protection.

Overnight stay at hotel in Kandy.

Day 02Kandy / Pinnawala / Kandy

After breakfast proceed to Pinnawala. (Approx.: travel time 02 hrs).

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, is an Orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian Elephants located at Pinnawala village. Pinnawala is notable for having the largest herd of captive Elephants in the world.

The Orphanage was originally founded in order to afford care and protection to many of the orphaned unweaned wild Elephants found wandering in and near the forests of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife.

In completion proceed to Kandy.

In the afternoon visit Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden.

Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya, was started as a pleasure Garden by a Sinhala King, It is near the Mahaweli River (the longest in Sri Lanka). Sixty Seven hectares of exquisite beauty and botanical treasurers containing more than 4,000 species of plants, including orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees, this is heaven, not only for Scientists but to every nature lover as well.

Overnight stay at hotel in Kandy

Day 03Kandy / Nuwaraeliya

After breakfast proceed to Nuwaraeliya (Approx travel time Kandy to Nuwaraeliya – 02 ½ hrs).

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 coldest places on 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 are like Country Cottages or Queen Ann style Mansions.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Nuwaraeliya.

Day 04Nuwaraeliya / Horton Plains / Ella

Early morning visit Horton Plains National Park, with a picnic breakfast. (Approx.: travel time 01 Hrs).

Horton Plains National Park in Ohiya is a protected area in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka and is covered by montane grassland and cloud forest. This plateau at an altitude of 2,100–2,300 meters (6,900–7,500 ft) is rich in biodiversity and many species found here are endemic to the region. This region was designated an National Park in 1988.

Thereafter proceed to Ella. (Approx.: travel time 01 Hrs).

Optional Activity – Proceed to Ella by Train (Approx: Travel Time by Train -Nuwaraeliya to Ella – 03 Hrs).

The dramatic landscape of the highlands stirs the senses as you wind past lush tea plantations, majestic peaks and rushing waterfalls. The Sri Lanka Railways – the government railway network, which was first started in 1864 during the colonial period, covers a wide network of routes that spreads across the island.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Ella.

Day 05Ella

After Breakfast visit around the Ella gap & clime the Ella Rock.

Ella is a small town in the Badulla District of Uva Province, Sri Lanka governed by an Urban Council. The area has a rich bio-diversity, dense with numerous varieties of flora and fauna. Ella is surrounded by hills covered with cloud forests and tea plantations. The town has a cooler climate than surrounding lowlands, due to its elevation. The Ella Gap allows views across the southern plains of Sri Lanka.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Ella.

Day 06 Ella / Weligama

After Breakfast proceed to Weligama. (Approx.: travel time 04 Hrs).

Weligama is a town on the south coast of Sri Lanka. The name Weligama, literally means “sandy village” which refers to the area’s sandy sweep bay.

On the way witness the stilt fishermen. (On availability basis) The fishing village of Weligama is famous for the fishing technique used by the fishermen of the village. They cast their lines out while balancing themselves quite cleverly on a 20-50 meter pole in the shallow waters, which gives its name, stilt fishing. Even though the origins of this strange way of fishing is yet unknown, this may be a good opportunity to chat up a few fishermen who take pride in this unique technique where the fishing poles are guarded with their life and handed down from one generation to another.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Weligama.

Day 07 Weligama

After breakfast, spend the day at leisure or you could do following activities.

Early morning do a Whale & Dolphin Watching excursion in Weligama.

The ever smiling, mischievous dolphins will put on a show while some of the oldest and the largest sea creatures, the humpback and the blue whales, will nonchalantly glide past you, when you embark on a whale/ dolphin watching excursion off the Southern coast of Sri Lanka. The ideal locations for whale watching would be Dondra Point (Mirissa) and Trincomalee while the sea off Kalpitiya teems with an abundance of dolphins.

Day 08 Weligama / Galle / Weligama

After Breakfast visit Galle Fort. (Approx.: travel time 30 min).

Galle is the administrative capital of Southern Province, Sri Lanka and is the district capital of Galle District. Galle is the fifth largest city in Sri Lanka after the capital Colombo, Kandy, Jaffna and Negombo. The Galle fort is a world heritage site and is the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers.

Many churches can be found along the southern coastline because of former Roman Catholic and Protestant colonial heritage. You could also visit a local market place. Sri Lankan local markets are ideal for bargain shopping.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Weligama.

Day 09 Weligama / Colombo

After Breakfast proceed to Colombo. (Approx.: travel time 03 ½ Hrs) and spend the day at leisure.

Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. That heritage is reflected in its architecture, mixing colonial buildings with high-rises and shopping malls. The imposing Colombo National Museum, dedicated to Sri Lankan history, borders sprawling Viharamahadevi Park and its giant Buddha.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Colombo.

Day 10 Colombo / Departure

Transfer to Colombo International Airport in time to connect with the departure flight.

(Approx: travel time 01 hr).