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Colombo, Dambulla, Kandy, Mirissa, Nuwara Eliya, Pinnawala, Sigiriya, Yala National Park

Nature Tour
Culture Tour
Wildlife Tour

Get on the road for an exciting trip to know more about some of the biggest attractions in Sri Lanka. Play with elephants in Pinnawala, explore ancient heritage in Sigiriya and Dambulla, take a scenic train ride to Ella, go on a game drive in Yala and relax on the beaches of Mirissa.

DAY 01

Colombo – Pinnewala – Dambulla – Sigiriya

  • In the morning, meet the guide and driver at your Colombo or Negombo hotel. Pick up can be arranged from Bandaranaike International Airport for morning arrivals only.

  • Hop into your private air-conditioned vehicle and start the drive to Pinnewala. (~3 hours).

  • Reach 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.

  • After lunch, proceed to Dambulla - drive for ~3 hours to reach 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. The guide will tell you all about the history and stories about these caves.

  • Later in the evening, get back on the road to Sigiriya – a short 30 minutes to 1 hour drive.

  • Check-in to the hotel in Sigiriya.

  • Dinner and overnight in Sigiriya.

DAY 02

Sigiriya – Kandy

  • Have an early breakfast at the hotel and head straight to the Sigiriya Lion Rock. This is the ideal time to beat the heat and crowds at this popular tourist attraction and UNESCO World Heritage rock fortress.

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

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

  • Proceed for lunch, followed by the drive to Kandy.

  • On route, you can visit a Spice & Herb Garden, the Nalanda Gedige, and the vibrant Hindu Temple in Matale. (~3 - 5 hour drive depending on stopovers).

  • Reach Kandy by evening and check-in to the hotel.

  • Overnight in Kandy.

DAY 03

Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

  • Early in the morning, start your day with a visit to 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’.

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

  • After lunch, get back on the road for the drive to Nuwara Eliya. On route, see tea plantations and spectacular views including those of waterfalls. (~4 - 6 hours’ drive).

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

  • Overnight at hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

DAY 04

Nuwara Eliya – Ella - Yala National Park

  • In the morning, after breakfast at your hotel, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya.

  • You can choose to go boating on the Gregory lake, take a stroll in Victoria Park, visit the Post Office operating in a colonial Tudor Manor or the Hakgala Botanical Garden, explore the markets, farms and tea plantations.

  • By noon, head to Nanu Oya Railway Station to catch your train to Ella.

  • After dropping you off at the station, your driver will travel to Ella with your luggage, by road and wait for your arrival.

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

  • On arrival in Ella, de-board and meet your driver outside the station.

  • Begin the drive towards Yala and reach by evening. (~3 hours drive)

  • Overnight in Yala.

DAY 05

Yala National Park – Mirissa

  • Early in the morning, go on a game drive in Yala National Park.

  • Later, after having breakfast, get back on the road to Mirissa. (~3 hours)

  • Reach Mirissa by afternoon.

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

  • Overnight in Mirissa.

DAY 06

Mirissa – Colombo

  • Early in the morning, you could go on a Whale Watching tour. (Price not included in tour cost – optional).

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

  • After lunch, pack up and start your drive along the coast to Colombo.

  • On the way, we can stop by to see the Galle Fort OR 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.

  • Reach Colombo by evening and get dropped off at a hotel or place of your choice within the city.

  • End of services.

  • Professional English-speaking guide-driver.

  • Insured air-conditioned private car/van (Car for 1-3 people and Van for 4 or more people with max 12 people allowed).

  • Fuel, tolls, road taxes and parking fees.

  • Airport transfers.

  • Driver-Guide expenses/accommodation/meals etc.

  • International air-tickets.

  • All meals and beverages.

  • Entrance Fees for attractions.

  • Accommodation.

  • Fee for activities like train ride, water sports.

  • Shopping and personal expenses.

  • Whale watching and other activities in Mirissa (Optional).

  • Dinner and Cultural dance show in Kandy (Optional).

  • Tour of Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery (Optional).

  • Anything not mentioned in ‘What’s Included’.

  • 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.

Colombo, Dambulla, Kandy, Mirissa, Nuwara Eliya, Pinnawala, Sigiriya, Yala National Park

Nature Tour
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