7 Days Safari tour itinerary for Colombo, Pinnawala & Sigiriya: Drive Around The Beautiful Cities!
Colombo, Pinnawala, Sigiriya
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Arrival Transfer to Colombo or Negombo Hotel [01 Night stay]
Arrival Bandaranayke International Airport.
After arrival, you will be transferred to the arrival terminal. Please clear immigration & visa formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to arrival lounge through the green channel if you do not have goods to be declared to customs.
Welcome at the airport and proceed to Colombo or Negombo hotel.
Colombo evening city tour and nightlife. Sri Jayawardhanapura is the capital of Sri Lanka, Nevertheless Colombo is the biggest commercial city of the Island.
Proceed to Dambulla via Pinnawala [01 night stay]
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage was started in 1975 by the Department of Wildlife on a twenty-five-acre coconut property on the Ma Oya river at Rambukkana. The orphanage was primarily designed to afford care and protection to the many baby elephants found in the jungle without their mothers. In most of these cases, the mother had either died or been killed. In some instances, the baby had fallen into a pit and in others, the mother had fallen in and died. Initially, this orphanage was at the Wilpattu National Park, then shifted to the tourist complex at Bentota and then to the Dehiwala Zoo.
Dambulla Cave Temple
Dambulla cave complex harks back to 3rd and 2nd centuries BC. Even before the making of the complex, it was well established as one of the largest monasteries in Sri Lanka. The credit of converting the caves into a temple in the 1st century BC goes to King Valagambahu. Forced to flee from Capital Anuradhapura by South Indian invaders, he sought refuge. After capturing his capital again, he built a temple in the site of his refuge as his gratitude. The site was added to by several kings later. In the course of several centuries, the caves became a major religious center.
Proceed to Kandy [01 Night Stay]
sigiriya lion’s rock
sigiriya is located in the north, central province of sri lanka.the word sigiriya literally means 'lion rock'.the town is one of the most recognizable landmarks in sri lanka and is declared as a world heritage site.sigiriya contains the ruins of an ancient palace complex, built during the reign of king kashyapa in the 5th century ad.the palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens, pools, and fountains.sigiriya displays the best preserved architectural tradition of sri lanka.the city has the perfect combination of gardens, pathways, monuments, water gardens, and structures.the city was planned on a precise square module.sigiriya displays the complexity and grandeur of urban- planning of the 5th century sri lanka.
the sigiriya rock is the hardened magma plug that has emerged out of an extinct and long-eroded volcano.the rock stands high above the surrounding plain that can be viewed from all directions and for miles.the rock rests on a steep mound and is 370m high.
the history of sigiriya goes to the prehistoric times.earlier, sigiriya was used as a rock shelter mountain monastery from 3rd century bc.king kashyapa used the site for his palace and after his death, the site was again used as a monastery complex up to about the one4th century.the site was deserted after that and the ruins of the site were discovered in nineteen07 by british explorer namely john still.
kandy cultural dance
"ves" dance, the most popular, originated from an ancient purification ritual, the kohomba yakima or kohomba kankariya.the dance was propitiatory, never secular, and performed only by males.the elaborate “ves” costume, particularly the headgear, is considered sacred and is believed to belong to the deity kohomba.
only toward the end of the nineteenth century were ves dancers first invited to perform outside the precincts of the kankariya temple at the annual kandy perahera [sensitive content]day the elaborately costumed ves dancer epitomizes kandyan dance.
temple of tooth relic
dalada maligawa" as called by sri lankans, is the most venerated buddhist shrine of the whole island.the temple was originally built by king vimaladharmasuriya i ( [sensitive content] 3) in two stories.nothing remains of the original building built around one600.during the reign of king kirthi sri rajasinghe ( [sensitive content] one) the temple was modified and rebuilt.also will get a chance to see the cultural dance and royal botanical garden of peradeniya.temple of tooth relic, bogambara lake, gem lapidary, panoramic view of kandy city and also a city tour.
Proceed to Nuwara Eliya [01 Night Stay]
Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya
Sixty-Seven hectares of exquisite beauty and botanical treasurers containing more than 4000 species, this is the haven not only for Scientists but to every nature lover as well.
Ramboda (Twin Waterfall)
Twin waterfalls and natural pools, Rooms are 50 to 60 meters away from waterfall & balcony facing to waterfall.
Pay obeisance at the Hanuman Temple.
The mountains of Sri Lanka abound with waterfalls of exquisite beauty. Sri Lanka has recorded more waterfalls than any other country. Sri Lanka’s numerous rivers are fed by two half-yearly monsoons, with the topography of high and steeply scarped pen plains, and river beds of Hard erosion - resistant metamorphic rock, all provide the ideal ingredient for the formation of waterfalls. We are going to visit quite some of the numerous waterfalls on our journey.
Visit Tea Plantation/Tea Factory Tour.
Formerly Ceylon, Sri Lanka is of high importance to its economy and the world market. The country is the world's fourth largest producer of tea and the industry is one of the country's main sources of foreign exchange and a significant income for laborers. Tea production accounts for 15% of the GBP, generating roughly $700 million annually. In 1995 Sri Lanka was the world's leading exporter of tea. The humidity, cool temperatures, and rainfall in the country's central highlands provide a climate that favors the production of high-quality tea. The industry was introduced to the country in 1867 by James Taylor, the British planter who arrived here in 1852.
Proceed to Yala National Park [01 Night Stay]
Nuwara Eliya City Tour
Due to the high altitude, Nuwara Eliya has a much cooler climate than the lowlands of Sri Lanka, with mean annual temperature of 16 °C.But the temperature changes and sometimes it can be as low as 3°C.In the winter months, it is quite cold at night, and there can even be frost, although it rapidly warms up as the tropical sun shines brighter during the [sensitive content]lax at Cool mountain climate in “Little England”
Sitha Amman Temple Hakgala and Hakgala Botanical garden.
Ella is a beautiful small sleepy town on the southern edge of Sri Lanka's Hill Country located 1000 M above sea level.You can see the beauty of Ella Gap up to southern coastal area covering Giant tanks build by ancient kings.It is situated in the middle of beautiful countryside, with small vegetable plots in the valleys, tea plantations on the hill slopes and forests on the tops.The climate throughout most of the year is typical of the high Hill Country, with a hot sun by midday, but a moderate air temperature.It will often rain in the afternoon, but only for an hour or so.A sweatshirt or light jacket is needed at night.In December it can rain a lot! Track bashers (rail enthusiasts) should particularly enjoy the line to Badulla, where at the village of Demodara it does a 360-degree loop before crossing over itself.Mini Adam’s peak, Namunukula mountains, Mini world’s end and Bogoda wooden bridge is available to visit from Ella.
Proceed to Galle or Benthota [01 Night stay]
Yala National Park
Yala West (Ruhuna) National Park is well recognized as one of the best parks in the world to observe and photograph leopards. The park covers an area of over 100,000 hectares and is divided into five blocks. Block one is the most visited area since it contains the highest density of leopards. Yala West consists of scrub jungle, brackish lagoons and stunning rock monoliths scattered throughout the park, its eastern edge is bounded by the South East coast.
Dolphin watching in Mirissa Sea (optional)
Turtle Hatcheries, world-famous Hikkaduwa corals, Galle Dutch fort and a relaxation at Benthota Sunny beach along with water sports in Benthota river is what this tour would be offering. The beach is a superb stretch of golden sand. Although there are a string of resort hotels here, the beach was clean & tidy; the buildings are mainly hidden by palm trees too. We can visit the beach early in the morning and at sunset.
Dolphin and whale watching are the extra activities you will find in this area. Also, you will find one of the best beaches and Unawatuna reef there for a safe bath and nocking.
Galle Dutch Fort
Galle Fort, Galle is one of the primary tourist attractions of the city. The fort has a rich history and many a fascinating story is attached to it. The design of the fort calls for acclaim, as, even after so many years the fort looks new and polished. The fort is listed among the top tourist attractions in Galle. If you are on a tour of the colorful city, make it a point to check out the Galle Fort in Galle. The Galle Fort in Galle was first constructed by the Portuguese and then modified by the Dutch.
Proceed to Colombo / Negombo [01 Night stay]
Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery
Kosgoda is famous for its turtle hatchery- operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1981 to protect Sri Lanka's turtles from extinction. The hatchery pays fishermen for eggs that they collect at night along the sandy beach. Visitors can see huge tanks filled with new-born turtle hatchlings. After being fed, the baby turtles are taken to the sea and released when they are 2- 4 days old, usually during the safer hours of darkness. Although October to April is the main laying season, some eggs can be found at Kosgoda throughout the year.
Tallest sitting Buddha statue in the world (48m / 160ft), the building of the Kande Viharaya was initiated way back in 1734 by the Ven. Dedduwa Dhammananda Thero, an understudy of the most Ven. Weliwita Sri Saranankara Nayaka Thero. Thousands of devotees flock the holy grounds of the Kande Viharaya daily, seeking mental & spiritual relief from all the troubles & worries of day to day life. The tranquility and serenity that the Kande Viharaya brings into your heart, mind, body & soul cannot be expressed or described with words. It has got to be experienced. The "Kshethrarama Pirivena" founded by the Ven.
Under the patronage of the Chief Incumbent the Ven. Batuwanhene Sri Buddharakkitha Thero, the Kande Viharaya continues to be a vital link in the socio-cultural & religious activities in the country. Among the latest additions to the temple is a computer educational facility to be used by the student Bhikkus of the Kande Viharaya.
Colombo city tour and shopping.
Proceed to Colombo city tour covering Galle face green, Viharamahadevi Park, Bere lake, Gangarama Temple, Presidents house, Old parliament building, as site seining activities Colombo nightlife, Shopping at Silk road, Paradise road, Odel, Majestic City, bare foot and House of Fashions.
Proceed to Bandaranayke International Airport Katunayake (BIAK) for Departure.
Full-time Sedan Car or 7 seaters Duel A/C passenger van with adjustable seats and experience English speaking Chauffeur-guide.
Driver's salary, His foods, and accommodation.
Airport chargers & Public parking chargers.
All government taxes and vat.
Pre-paid Dialog Mobile IDD SIM card for you to use during your stay in Sri Lanka.
Expenses of your accommodation cost.
Cost of refreshments for the tour.
Entrance fee for special sites.
Cost of Camera and Video permits @ special sites.
Tips & portage chargers.