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7 Days Sri Lanka Sightseeing Tour
  • Tour Category

    Group Tour

  • Tour Types

    Nature, Safari, Sightseeing

  • Duration

    7 Days

  • Activity Level

    Medium

  • Language

    English

Description

Head for this exciting tour to know more about some of the biggest attractions that have built the reputation of Sri Lanka as a top touring destination. Explore ancient heritage in Sigiriya, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, and Kandy. Get the opportunity to go on an elephant safari drive in Minneriya/Kaudulla National park, take a scenic train ride to Ella, and relax on the beaches of Mirissa and Hikkaduwa.

Highlights
  • Visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • Relax at the Mirissa Beach
  • Explore the ancient sites in Sigiriya
  • Go on an Elephant Safari Drive 
  • Day 1: Colombo – Sigiriya expand_more
    • Arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport.

    • Transfer to the hotel.

    • Pick up from your hotel and start the drive to Pinnawala (3 hours).

    • Reach the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in time to see the orphaned baby elephants being bottle-fed. You can also feed and pet them.

    • Have lunch at the restaurant overlooking the river, where the elephants, both young and adults, can be seen bathing and playing.

    • Visit the Pinnawala Millennium Elephant Foundation and you can do many activities with elephants like riding on them, walking with them, bathing them, and feed them etc. You can also visit an elephant museum.

    • Proceed to Dambulla to see the UNESCO World Heritage cave complex.

    • Climb up to the world-renowned cave temples and admire the fascinating interiors with vibrant décor and impressive Buddha statues. Then, visit the Golden Temple.

    Later in the evening, get back on the road to Sigiriya.

    Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Sigiriya.

  • Day 2: Sigiriya - Minneriya/Kawudulla - Sigiriya expand_more
    • Head straight to the Sigiriya Lion Rock early in the morning. This is the ideal time to beat the heat and crowd at this popular tourist attraction and UNESCO World Heritage rock fortress.

    • Make your way up the Lion Rock to the ancient citadel on top and take in the breath-taking scenery around you.

    • Climb down and explore the Royal water gardens at the base and take stunning photos of the rock after walking around the terraced summit and learning all about the ancient capital.

    • Proceed to Polonnaruwa archaeological site and begin by exploring one of the best-kept ruins of ancient Ceylon - the UNESCO World Heritage City of Polonnaruwa. This was the Capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to 13th century, which was a well-planned medieval city defended by enclosing walls, graced by palaces, shrines, monasteries, pavilions, parks, ponds and irrigation lakes. Polonnaruwa is strewn with ruins in a resplendent state of preservation.

    • Visit the 'Gal Vihara', which consists of statues of the recumbent- standing and seated Buddha, which has been cut from a single granite wall and rank among the true masterpieces of Sri Lankan Art.

    • Have lunch and proceed for Wild Elephant Safari at Minneriya or Kawudulla National Park.

    Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Sigiriya.

  • Day 3: Sigiriya – Kandy expand_more
    • Proceed to Kandy. This lovely city was the last Capital of the Kingdoms of Sri Lanka before it became a colony of the British Empire.

    • Visit a Spice and Herb Garden, the Nalanda Gedige and the vibrant Hindu Temple in Matale (3-5 hour drive depending on stopovers).

    • Reach Kandy by afternoon and check-in to the hotel and relax for few hours.

    • Explore the Upper Lake viewpoint, Kandy Lake, and Kandyan Dancer’s Cultural Show in the evening.

    Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Kandy.

  • Day 4: City Tour of Kandy expand_more
    • Visit the world-famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. The temple itself is a sight to behold. You will also see beautiful white and gold stupas around. There is also a small museum here that showcases stories and information on Buddhism. Make sure you are there early for the ceremony and join the devotees to get a glimpse of ‘Buddha’s Tooth Relic’.

    • Proceed to Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden and enjoy the scenic beauty.

    • Stop by for lunch.

    • Traverse a Gem Museum after lunch.

    • Continue for a sightseeing tour of Kandy or go on a shopping spree. Kandy is well-known for gemstone shopping; your guide can recommend some shops. Ceylon tea, batik textiles and local crafts can also make for good souvenirs.

    Relax in the evening and overnight stay at the hotel in Kandy.

  • Day 5: Kandy – Mirissa expand_more
    • Have breakfast and proceed to Nuwara Eliya. On the way, see tea plantations, tea factory and spectacular views including those of waterfalls (4-6 hours drive).

    • Reach Little England and enjoy the change of scenery as well as the weather, which is a relief from the sweltering cities.

    • Go boating on the Gregory lake and visit the Post Office operating in a colonial Tudor Manor.

    • Head to Nanu Oya Railway Station to catch your train to Ella and experience Sri Lanka’s nice train trip.

    • Enjoy one of the most sought-after train journeys in the world though it is only for a short distance. The train meanders through tea plantations, hills and simply untouched nature, giving you about 3 hours of an uninterrupted picturesque view.

    • Get picked from the station at Ella.

    • Enjoy the lunch at Ella and begin the drive towards Mirissa.

    • Visit Ravana Waterfall en route (5 hours drive).

    Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Mirissa.

  • Day 6: Mirissa - Hikkaduwa expand_more
    • Go on a Whale and Dolphin Watching tour early in the morning.

    • Proceed to Hikkaduwa. 

    • Visit Galle Fort, Stick Fishing, and other spots en route.

    • Enjoy the coral reef and colourful fish by glass-bottomed boat at Hikkaduwa Beach.

    • Spend some time on the beach or enjoy activities like diving and snorkelling.

    • Enjoy the untouched beauty of this quaint beach town for the rest of the day.

    • Have dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel in Hikkaduwa.

  • Day 7: Hikkaduwa – Bentota - Colombo expand_more
    • Spend some time on the beach early in the morning or enjoy activities like diving and snorkelling.

    • Have breakfast and pack up and start your drive along the coast to Colombo.

    • Take a quick tour of the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, where you learn all about how they are attempting to raise the survival rate of sea turtles.

    • Visit Sri Lanka Tsunami Centre and Photo Museum.

    • Opt for a Madu Ganga (river) boat safari – The ride starts from the place where the Madu Ganga falls to the Indian Ocean. Madu lagoon is a very wide and a beautiful lagoon in Sri Lanka. It is in the wet zone of Sri Lanka with a high biodiversity. Madu River has been proclaimed a Ramsa wetland in the world in 2004. This is very famous and popular among the lovers of nature in the world.

    • Reach Colombo by evening and proceed to Colombo Airport for departure.

What's Included
  • Professional English speaking chauffeur

  • Insured air-conditioned private car/van (Car for 1-3 people and Van for 4 or more people with max 6 people allowed)

  • Fuel, Tolls, Road Taxes, Waiting and Parking Fees

  • Airport transfers (Pick-up and Drop off)

  • Chauffeur Accommodation

What's Excluded
  • Air-Tickets

  • All meals and beverages, except breakfast at the hotels

  • Any entrance fees for attractions

  • Accommodation

  • Any Fee for activities

  • Shopping and personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities 

Know before you go
  • The day-wise itineraries are flexible; guests may choose to remove or alter any sites/activities, provided it is within the time and budget allocated to the tour.

  • The guide could suggest and arrange any extra activity that might interest you. However, this would be at your own expense.

  • The guide could recommend restaurants for lunch and dinner if required.

Meeting Point

Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), Canada Friendship Rd, Katunayake, Sri Lanka

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Price Details
The group size and price
1 To 3USD 60 Per Group
4 To 6USD 80 Per Group

This is a group tour

Tour Reviews
  • ENRICO

    We were very happy to have met Nihal in Kandy at december 2017. 

    We did a tour for a week from inside to the sea.

    He is a reliable and friendly guide. 

    We left Kandy towards Sigiriya where we stayed three nights. Then we went to the tea area.

    Then we reached Galles throught Udawalawa Elephant Transits Home.

    Our trip together ended at Ranna beach, where we stayed for several days of relax.

    We suggest Nihal  and we hope to come back to Sri Lanka!

    Enrico and Sabrina from Italy 

  • Kevin

    Nihal was our guide for several days in Sri Lanka. He was the best we could have asked for. A safe driver on busy roads. Polite friendly and always willing to go out of his way to help us. He always knew where to take us and how to avoid the queues at the various archeaological sites. He made a great holiday even better and made us feel at home.

    Kevin Fitzpatrick

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