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9 Days Wildlife tour itinerary for sri-lanka: Enjoy Magical Stay At The Paradise Island

Colombo, Dambulla, Galle, Kandy, Minneriya National Park, Nuwara Eliya, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Ella, Habarana

Sightseeing
Sightseeing Tour
Whale
Whale Watching Tour
Wildlife
Wildlife Tour

Experience the spellbinding sceneries, cultural sights, exotic wildlife, among numerous other highlights of Sri Lanka.

DAY 01

Airport / Negambo

  • Arrival, welcome & assistance at the airport. Transfer to hotel in Negombo.

  • Overnight stay at Negombo Hotel.

Negombo

DAY 02

Negambo - Minneriya National Park - Sigiriya

  • After breakfast, leave for Habarana.

  • Minneriya National Park is located at the center of the Cultural Triangle. The dry season from June to September is best time to visit the 8890 hectare park when the ancient tank dries out. During this time it is possible to see herds of up to 150 elephants feeding and bathing.

  • Minneriya is closest by car to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, and was upgraded from a Natural Reserve to a National Park because of increasing number of tourists arriving to see its elephants.

  • Overnight stay in Sigiriya or Habarana hotel.

Minneriya National Park


DAY 03

Sigiriya Rock - Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya

  • After breakfast, leave for climbing Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

  • Sigiriya rock fortress was built by King Kashyapa in the 5th century A.D. Today, it is a treasure trove of rare art.

  • A pocket of the giant rock are the famous frescoes of the "heavenly maidens of Sigiriya".

  • Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is of immense archeological significance: it is one of the best preserved and most elaborate surviving urban sites in the South Asia from the first millennium A.D.

Sigiriya


  • Polonnaruwa was the medieval capital of Sri Lanka, and today it is one of the most beautiful centers of its cultural heritage. Polonnaruwa succeeded Anuradhapura as capital of the island now called Sri Lanka at the end of the 10th century. The Indian Chola Dynasty ruled the island, but, after they were driven out, Polonnaruwa remained the capital. The city had its cultural heyday under the leadership of King Parakramabahu 1 in the 12th century. The buildings, parks, and the large tank date from this period.

  • Visit the ancient ruins and the Gal Vihara Complex, where three very large Buddha statues are carved out of a single rock.

  • Overnight stay in Sigiriya or Habarana hotel.


Polonnaruwa

DAY 04

Sigiriya - Dambulla - Kandy

  • After breakfast, leave for Kandy.

  • En-route, visit Dambua Rock Cave Temple and visit at fabulous Hindu temple in Matale. 

  • Dambulla Rock, located at an elevation of 1118 feet from the sea level, raises a massive rock from the surrounding plains of Dambulla of 600 feet high and over 2000 feet in length. It is home to the World’s most acclaimed Cave Complex of magnificent Buddha Images and Rock Paintings of vivid colours and shapes constructed and painted from around 2nd Century BC (Anuradhapura era) and continued up to the Kandyan era of the 18th Century. Sinhalese people call it as ' Dambulu Gala' (Dambulla Rock) and the Temple is called as the ' Rangiri Dambulu Viharaya' (Golden Rock Dambulla Temple).

Dambulla Rock Temple

  • Afternoon proceed to Kandy city.

  • Kandy is located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. Also it is the second largest and major city in the country after Colombo. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka before the British ruling era. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city and is also the capital of the Central Province. Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.

Kandy

  • Afternoon visit the Kandy City, Temple of The Tooth and Late in the evening view the Kandyan cultural performance show.

  • Temple of the Tooth

  • Temple of the tooth is one of most sacred place of world Buddhist people. This historical monument long a center of the Buddhist faith, the stunning 17th-centuryTemple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) is believed to house the left upper canine tooth of the Lord Buddha himself. This precious relic attracts white-clad pilgrims, bearing lotus blossoms and frangipani, every day. The annual procession of Temple of the tooth held in July or August. This Kandy Procession or Esala Perahera is the main identity of Sri Lankan traditional arts and culture.

Cultural Show (Kandy Dance)

  • Cultural Show (Kandy Dance)is one of the famous evening events not to be missed when visiting this heritage city. It starts in the evening and runs for more than 1 hr. Listen to the captivating traditional drummers and be mesmerized viewing the many different art forms from the up country and low country of the island. The spectacular fire dancers and other folklore, Demon dancers, Traditional Kandyan dancers are a definite breathtaking experience to the locals and visitors alike.

  • Overnight stay Kandy Hotel.

DAY 05

Kandy - Nuwaraeliya

  • After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya. En-route visit Tea Factory.

  • Tea Factory
    Sri Lanka is one of the world's largest exporters of tea. Since the introduction of tea to Sri Lanka in mid 19th century Nuwara Eliya has been the capital of the tea industry. For many miles prior to reaching Nuwara Eliya from either direction you will find acres and acres of tea plantations, in-fact nothing but tea estates. The slow-growing tea bushes of this highland region produce some of the world's finest Orange Pekoetea, and several tea factories around Nuwara Eliya offer guided tours and the opportunity to sample or purchase their products.

  • Afternoon visit Nuwara Eliya City.

Nuwara Eliya

  • Nuwara Eliya is a city, in the hill country of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The city name meaning is "city on the plain (table land)" or "City of Light". The city is the administrative capital of Nuwara Eliya District, with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. It is located at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128ft) and is considered to be the most important location for tea production in Sri Lanka. The city is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka.

  • The city was founded by Samuel Baker, the discoverer of Lake Albert and the explorer of the Nile in 1846. Nuwara Eliya's climate lent itself to becoming the prime sanctuary of the British civil servants and planters in Ceylon. Nuwara Eliya, called Little England then, was also a hill country retreat where the British colonialists could immerse in their pastimes such as fox hunting, deer hunting, elephant hunting, polo, golf and cricket.

  • Due to its highland location, Nuwara Eliya has a subtropical highland climate with a mean annual temperature of 16°C (61°F).In the winter months, it is quite cold at night, and there can even be frost. However, it rapidly warms up as the tropical sun climbs higher during the day.
    Local tourists flock to this town in their 'season' from March to May when it is the hottest duration for the town, April being the busiest. The town really comes alive in April for the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year, and it is difficult to find accommodation as Sri Lankans holiday in the region during this period. The festive season starts on April 1 annually in a ceremonial manner.

  • Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya Hotel.

DAY 06

Nuwaraeliya - Ella

  • Train Journy from Nuwara Eliya to Ella.

Train Journey

  • En-route visit Ella Gap and village town.

  • Ella is a little village paradise in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. This sleepy mountain village, with a view, is the perfect base for relaxing, whilst also offering lots of fantastic walks through tea plantations to temples and waterfalls. Some of the places you could see in Ella are Ella Gap, Ravana Ella Water Falls, Little Adams Peak and Bambaragala Peak among the other many varied pleasant walks with stunning sceneries and through the clean and cheap restaurants and many of small shops. Ella with its perfect climate soothes your mind and makes your day to day anxieties feel a world away. It reminds one of a hot English summer, hot during the day and cool at night. Most foreign tourists would like to spend a couple of days there.

Ella

  • Overnight stay at Ella Hotel.

DAY 07

Ella - Mirissa

  • After breakfast leave to Mirissa. En-route visit Rawana Ella waterfalls.

Rawana Ella Waterfalls

  • Afternoon beach leisure.

  • Overnight stay at Mirissa or Weligama Hotel.

DAY 08

Mirissa - Galle

  • After breakfast leave for the Whale and Dolphin watching. En-route visit traditional stilt fishermen at Ahangama, Galle Fortress at Galle.

Whale and Dolphin Watching

  • Whale and Dolphin watching in Mirissa is one of the most exciting water activities you can do in Sri Lanka during your holiday. 

  • Mirissa is the best place to start your whale and dolphin watching tour in Sri Lanka. 

  • In warm Indian ocean you can see Blue whales, Bryde´s whales, Sperm whales, Fin whales, sometimes Killer whales, and Common dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins, Spinner dolphins, Risso's dolphins and Striped dolphins. Sometimes you can see turtles and various fish species, for example Bluefin tuna and flying fish.

  • Whale watching season starts in November and ends in April. Ocean is warm and calm during these months. 

  • Galle Fortress is a World Heritage Site. The Galle Dutch Fort is a rare historical jewel protected by dark, thick stone walls – with the endless ocean on one side. The roads inside the Galle Fort have hardly changed, like the squares on a chess board criss crossing in regular patches. Straight and narrow lanes branch in and out inviting the visitor to a delightful walk into the 17th century. Galle Fortress was originally built by Portuguese in 15th century A.D and later rebuilt and extended by the Dutch is still fine preservation. Most of the administration of Galle still takes place from the fort. The view from the Ramparts is superb.

Galle Fortress

  • Galle was the center of the Dutch regime in the 17th century and the majestic Galle Fort bears testimony to this fact. The City of Galle is one of the well preserved colonial-era cities in Southeast Asia and has been declared a ''World Heritage City''. The Dutch Museum, Groote Kerk (Great Church) and the National Maritime Museum are two famous tourist attractions in Galle. International Cricket Stadium has also contributed to enhance the image of the city as a sports destination.

  • Overnight stay at Unawatuna or Galle Hotel.

DAY 09

Galle - Colombo - Airport

  • En route experience a Madu River boat safari in Balapitiya. The river is navigable for about 15 km upstream and a boat trip will take you on a leisurely tour of riverside villages and through tropical jungle. Upstream the river forms and inland lagoon, an aquatic maze dotted with small islands and fringed with mangrove swamps.

Madu River

  • Visit a Turtle Hatchery at KOSGODA. The beaches of Sri Lanka are the nesting grounds for five species of marine turtle.

  • The largest city and commercial capital of Sri Lanka is Colombo which is located in the western province adjacent to Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte (the capital city of Sri Lanka) Colombo is a vibrant city with a mixture of modern life, colonial buildings and ruins. Due to its very large harbor and its position along the East-West sea trade routes Colombo was very popular among ancient traders 2000 years ago. Colombo houses a majority of the Sri Lanka's corporate offices, restaurants and entertainment venues.

Colombo Beach

  • The name "Colombo", first introduced by the Portuguese in 1505, is believed to be derived from the classical Sinhalese name Kolon thota, meaning "port on the river Kelani". It has also been suggested that the name may be derived from the Sinhalese name Kola-amba-thota which means "Harbour with leafy mango trees". However, it is also possible that the Portuguese named the city after Christopher Columbus.

  • Famous land marks in Colombo include the National Museum, Fort area commercial center, Pettah Colombo’s bustling bazaar area, Gall Face Green , Independent memorial building, Cinnamon gardens that are full of large residences, Buddhist temples, Hindu temples & mosques, World Trade Center, Vihara Maha Devi Park and the Galle Face Green.

  • After Colombo city, transfer to Colombo airport for departure.

  • 923 USD Per Group (* 2 persons)
  • All the hotels provide Bed and Breakfast (50-60 USD range hotels).

  • All transfers, touring and sightseeing by an air-conditioned Car with fuel and parking.

  • Services of an English Speaking Chauffeur.

  • Include Chauffeur accommodation.

Compliments:

  • During the tour, we are providing mineral water.

  • Free tickets for cultural dance in Kandy.

  • Lunch, Dinner and beverages throughout the tour.

  • All the entrance fees and sightseeing places.

  • Tips and portage.

  • Additional Note: # If you need to Change Hotels and Itinerary we can change because our everything is on custom basis.

  • Other: It’s a good idea to carry the contact details of your driver; take his card or write his phone number and keep it in your purse/wallet – it’s a good back up.

  • Normally Hotels check-in time is 14:00 hours and check-out time is 11:00 hours.

  • You should be at Airport 03 hours before your flight departure time.

Colombo, Dambulla, Galle, Kandy, Minneriya National Park, Nuwara Eliya, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Ella, Habarana

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Whale
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