Arrive at the Bandaranaike International Airport and be met by a a representative of Hayleys Tours, who will warmly welcome you and thereafter take you on your tour as per the itinerary.
Proceed direct to Habarana. En route you can visit the famous Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage for a one of a kind viewing and interacting experience with the magnificent elephants within.
Pinnawala is the home for young Elephants who have been displaced or lost from their natural habitat. This is the only such sanctuary in the world; you will watch the beasts being fed their quota of milk from handheld bottles. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, and in 1984, the first baby of Pinnawala was born. The success story of Pinnawala has drawn the attention of scientists from all over the world. Once you arrive in Habarana check-in to the hotel.
Overnight Stay in: Habarana.
After Breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Sigiriya. Proceed to climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress which is known as the 8th wonder of the world. This rock fortress was built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century A.D. and was a royal citadel for more than 18 years. In a sheltered a pocket, approached by a spiral stairway, are the famous frescoes. The summit of the rock, with an area of nearly one hectare was the site of the palace and the outer wall was built on the very brink of the precipice.
On completion return the hotel and relax.
Overnight Stay in: Habarana.
After Breakfast at the hotel, check out and proceed to Kandy en route visiting Matale spice garden. You would also visit a Spice Garden in Matale. For centuries, spices have been one of Sri Lanka’s celebrated exports. Spices are mostly grown in home gardens (as a home industry) and used not only to flavor food but also for medicine and cosmetics
Check in at next hotel. Freshen up to proceed on a city tour in Kandy. Late evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic which is located in the royal palace complex which houses the Relic of the tooth of Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sinhalese kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site partly due to the temple.
PM – Witness a cultural dance show. These classical dance forms are associated with the performance of various rituals and ceremonies which are centuries old and are based on the folk religion and folk beliefs going back to times before the advent and acceptance of Buddhism by the Sinhalese people in the third century B.C. Return back to hotel.
Overnight Stay in: Kandy.
After breakfast at the hotel. Check out and proceed to visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden.
147 acres in extent; Started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the Kings of Gampola and Kandy. There are more than 5,000 species of trees, plants and creepers. Some rare and endemic as well as flora from the tropical world are found in the gardens. Spice Garden and Orchid House are popular with tourists. There are 5 Palm Avenues beautifying the gardens, the earliest and tallest Palm Avenue (Royal Palm Avenue) was planted in 1905 and the Double Coconuts from the Seashells Island, with the largest seed of all plants in the world is one such avenue.
On completion proceed to Nuwara eliya. En route Tea plantation and waterfalls.
Nuwara Eliya, popularly known as the little England is a beautiful city situated in the Central Province at a distance of 180 km from the capital Colombo. It is the city which has the lowest temperature of the whole country during a year being 2000m above the sea level and this climate along with its mountain ranges has given way to large tea plantations, vegetable and fruit plantations to survive quite successfully. It has got the name little England as a result of the houses and other buildings built by the British during their time of reign following English architectural styles and many of these buildings still remain in their original status.
Do a city tour in Nuwara Eliya.
Spectacular sceneries and places of interest are endless around Nuwara Eliya. Seeing the famous Anglican Church, strolling in the Victoria Park, boating at Gregory Lake, pony and horse riding at the Turf Club are a few things available for your enthusiasm inside the town. For those who want more excitement, there are other activities available like visits to tea plantations, golfing and hiking. The hikes would take you around the beautiful landscape which is full of waterfalls and plateaus jeweled with a variety of flowers and plants.
After the tour check IN to a new hotel and relax.
Overnight Stay in: Nuwara Eliya.
After breakfast, Proceed to Colombo. En route visit Kitulgala.
It is one of the most famous places for White Water Rafting adventures. Chief among these are the historic Beli Lena Caves where the pre-historic Balangoda Man supposed to have lived. The caves are reached after a short 10km drive from the main road through the Kitulgala tea estate.
David Lean’s epic war film “Bridge on the River Kwai” was filmed in this area of the Kelani River, which runs through Kitulgala, and the ruins of the bridge still remains.
Transfer to Colombo. Do a city tour in Colombo.
A drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens. Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street – the Goldsmith’s quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area, where is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749. The historic Dawatagaha Mosque and the former Eye Hospital are two buildings in Cinnamon Gardens worth looking at. Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha and the Independence Square.
Overnight Stay in: Colombo.
After breakfast, you will be transported to the airport after spending a memorable time and adventure in the island known as the pearl of the Indian Ocean.