THE BEST OF SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka
  • 12 Days 11 Nights Trip

Sri Lanka was famously described by Marco Polo as one of the finest islands in the world, and it has a history that dates back thousands of years. Although it’s small, there is so much history, nature, and beauty to see in this country. Explore the beaches, jungles, tea plantations, temples, and much more from our list of the most beautiful spots in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) is an island nation south of India in the Indian Ocean. Its diverse landscapes range from rainforest and arid plains to highlands and sandy beaches. It’s famed for its ancient Buddhist ruins .

DAY 01 ARRIVAL TRANSFERS/ NEGOMBO

Meet on arrival at the Bandaranayke International Airport by Smart Lanka Visitors Representative & transfer for Negombo-Check in hotel. The major beach resort on the coast north of Colombo is Negombo, Popularly known as the Fishing Village. The feast of St. Anne is celebrated here in late July in a carnival atmosphere Like many other coastal towns in Sri Lanka, Negombo was an important spice port long before the Portuguese set foot on the island. The Negombo Lagoon is a good place to watch the Karava fisherman at work. These fishermen bring their daily catch of fish, crabs and prawns to the fish market. During the day they are seen mending their nets on the beach. Overnight stay: Camelot Hotel.

DAY 02 KANDY

After breakfast at hotel transfer clients to Kandy. Visit clients the Royal botanical garden, Peradeniya. This was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. Thereafter visit clients to do a Kandy city tour.Kandy is a major city in Sri Lanka located in the Central Province. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. 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.

DAY 03 NUWARA-ELIYA

After breakfast at hotel transfer clients to Nuwara-Eliya. Visit clients to Tea Factory & Tea Plantation. Sri Lanka is one of the world’s largest exporters of tea with a roaring tea industry that dominates the island’s central highlands. Introduced to the country by British tea planter James Taylor in 1867, tea irreversibly changed the topography, and even the demography of the country. In the wake of Sri Lanka’s coffee blight, British planters were quick to discover that tea was a more lucrative industry. As the number of tea estates rose, there was an increased need for human labor. The production of tea involves a tedious procedure of plucking, withering, rolling, oxidizing and drying – a process that requires heavy machines and plenty of manpower. Visit Lake Gregory is a reservoir in heart of the tea country hill city, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka. Lake Gregory was constructed during the period of British Governor Sir William Gregory in 1873. The lake and the surrounding area make up the Gregory Lake Area. Overnight stay: Araliya Green Hills Hotel

DAY 04 NUWARA-ELIYA

After breakfast at hotel clients to Horton Plains National Park.Horton Plains, its surroundings forests and the adjoining peak Wilderness, constitute Sri Lanka’s most important catchment area of almost all major rivers. The plains are also of outstanding scenic beauty and conservation importance, containing most of the habitats and endemic plants and animals representatives of the country’s wet and montane zones. Thereafter visit clients to Little New Zealand. Ambewela is a small town, or a hill station, located in the Nuwara Eliya District of Sri Lanka. The area is also sometimes called "Little New Zealand". The town is situated approximately 17 km (11 mi) south-east of the district capital Nuwara Eliya. Ambewela is also a service center to the New Galway tea planting district. Overnight stay: Araliya Green Hills Hotel.

DAY 05 HAPUTALE

After breakfast hotel transfer clients to Haputale. Visit Diyaluma Falls is 220 m (720 ft) high and the second highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 361st highest waterfall in the world. It is situated 6 km (3.7 mi)away from Koslanda in Badulla District on Colombo-Badulla highway. The Falls are formed by Punagala Oya, a tributary of Kuda Oya which in turn, is a tributary of Kirindi Oya. Thereafter visit clients to Lipton’s Seat. The Lipton’s Seat lookout is one of Sri Lanka's most impressive viewpoints (unless it's misty and cloudy of course, which is why early morning is the best time to visit). The Scottish tea baron Sir Thomas Lipton used to survey his burgeoning empire from here, and today it's said you can see across emerald hills and tea estates to no fewer than seven different provinces. Overnight stay: Olympus Plaza Hotel

DAY 06 ELLA

After breakfast at hotel transfer clients to Ella. Proceed to visit The Ravana Falls. It currently ranks as one of the widest falls in the country. This waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft) in height and cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. During the local wet season, the waterfall turns into what is said to resemble an areca flower with withering petals. But this is not the case in the dry season, where the flow of water reduces dramatically. Thereafter visit clients to Little Adam's Peak. Don’t defiance the beautiful tourism site in Sri Lanka, Little Adams Peak whether considering the word ‘Little’, it is named after the sacred Adams Peak (Sri Pada –where the foot print of Lord Buddha is preserved) regarding the similarity between the two mountains. Therefore the mountain was called as Little Adams Peak. Overnight stay: Oak Ray Ella Gap Hotel.

DAY 07 TISSAMAHARAMA

After breakfast at hotel transfer clients to Tissa. Visit clients to Tissa Lake. The lake, an artificial reservoir, is thought to have been constructed in the 3rd Century BC, either by Mahanaga of Ruhuna or his successor Yatala Tissa of Ruhuna, in order to irrigate paddy lands and supply water to the flourishing city of Thissamaharama. Overnight stay: Tamarind Tree Hotel.

DAY 08TISSAMAHARAMA

After breakfast at hotel do the Yala safari. Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public and also adjoining parks. The blocks have individual names such as, Ruhuna National Park (block 1) and Kumana National Park or 'Yala East' for the adjoining area. It is situated in the southeast region of the country, and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The park covers 979 square kilometres (378 sq. mi) and is located about 300 kilometres (190 mi) from Colombo. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards and aquatic birds. Do the Yala Jeep Safari Overnight stay: Tamarind Tree Hotel

DAY 09 KOGGALA

After breakfast at hotel transfer clients to Koggala. Proceed to Whale watching. Whale watching is the practice of observing whales and dolphins (cetaceans) in their natural habitat. Whale watching is mostly a recreational activity (cf. bird watching), but it can also serve scientific and/or educational purposes. A study prepared for IFAW in 2009 estimated that 13 million people went whale watching globally in 2008. Whale watching generates $2.1 billion per annum in tourism revenue worldwide, employing around 13,000 workers. The size and rapid growth of the industry has led to complex and continuing debates with the whaling industry about the best use of whales as a natural resource. Overnight stay: Long Beach Hotel.

DAY 10 BENTOTA

After breakfast at hotel transfer clients to Bentota. Visit clients to Turtle hatchery. The Turtle Hatchery Project at Bentota Beach is another important attraction. Up to five endangered species of turtles have been frequenting a stretch on this undisturbed beach for a long time now. The turtles are allowed to hatch and thrive in a protected area before being set free. Here we will do turtle hatchery voluntary program, this program according to international standard and end of the program institute will issue participation certificate for your children. Overnight stay: The Palms.

DAY 11 BENTOTA
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After breakfast at hotel transfer clients to do Madu River Safari. In the Southern region of Sri Lanka lies the Galle district. Balpitiya is a little town in the district and would be quite unimportant; except for the location of a river. The Madu River is very rich in biodiversity. It passes through the wet zone of Sri Lanka opening up into the large Madu Lagoon on its way to the Indian Ocean. Thereafter Leisure at Beach. Evening proceed to do (OPTIONAL) • Water sports Overnight stay: The Palms

DAY 12 DEPATURE
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After breakfast at hotel leave for the airport to connect with the departure flight.

COST INCLUDES:-
  • *Services of an English-speaking guide.
  • * Hotels with Meal Plan on HB.
  • * Lunch
  • * Porterage, Service charge & Government tax.
  • * Entrance fees to visit: Royal Botanical Garden, Tea Factory, Tea Plantation, Lake Gregory, Horton Plains, Little New Zealand, Diyaluma Water Falls, Lipton’s Seats, Ravana Falls, Little Adam’s Peak, Thissa Lake, Yala Safari, Whales Watching, Turtle Hatchery & Madu River Safari
COST EXCLUDES:-
  • * Tips, bar, laundry, telephone calls and other personal expenses not specified above.

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