The great Sri Lankan history is not unknown to anyone. Have a chance to explore and walk through places of historical significance in Sri Lanka. Enlighten your minds about the depth of Sri Lankan history, and get mesmerized with the beauty of places in this Sri Lankan Vintage Tour.
Day 01: Dambulla
Your family arrive in katunayaka international airport Colombo, Sri Lanka. Your tour guide will pick you at the airport and directly transfers to Dambulla, en-route visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. You will be given full air conditioned tourist private Car for your entire travel.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
The Elephant Orphanage is a sanctuary for rescued, injured or abused elephants and attracts visitors from all over the world to view these magnificent animals. Around 80 elephants have found homes at Pinnawala, including some small babies who have been born into the herd. See baby elephant wondering around their cramped foster home or bottle fed and bathed by their human foster fathers at Pinnawala, about 90Km from Colombo towards Kandy is the home to some 60 or more elephant orphans. A place you will really enjoy and never forget. Most orphans are accustomed to their curious human visitors are harmless.
Dambulla Cave Temple
Although the surrounding areas have been documented to possess more than 80 different caves, basically five distinct caves constitute the Dambulla Cave Temple whose history dates back to the 1st century BC.Out of these five, the most important includes the Cave of the Great Kings, the Cave of the Divine King and the Great New Monastery. All of these functioned as shrines, housing various statues and sculptures belonging to the Sinhala period. In all, there are 153 statues, the most eminent being those of Buddha, which vary greatly in altitude and size, with the largest one being about 15 meters in length. One of the caves boasts more than 1,500 Buddha paintings and frescos, covering the entire ceiling and walls, reciting the story of Buddha’s life. Some statues are found to depict the Hindu Gods Ganesha and Vishnu as well. The total area covered by these caves is 2,000sqm.
Overnight at Dambulla
Day 02: Sigiriya
After breakfast travel Kingdom of Kandy, en-route visit Spice Garden.
One of Asia’s major archaeological sites, Sigiriya presents a unique concentration of fifth-century urban planning, architecture, gardening, engineering, hydraulic technology and art. Centred on a massive rock rising 200 meters above the surrounding plain, Sigiriya s location is one of considerable natural beauty and historical interest. An area of ancient settlement lying between the historic capitals of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruva, the Sigiriya plain still retains much of its forest cover, and many of its present village settlements and man-made village reservoirs date back to the first millennium B.C. In its present form, Sigiriya itself is essentially a walled-and-moated royal capital of the fifth century A.D., with a palace complex on top of the rock, elaborate pleasure gardens, extensive moats and ramparts, and the well-known paintings on the western face of the rock.
Matale Spice Garden
Kandy Cultural Dance Show
At the evening proceed to Kandy Evening Cultural Dance show Kandy comprises with impressive sri lanken traditional dancing styles and fireworks.
Overnight at Kandy
Day 03: Kandy
After breakfast Visit Nuwara Eliya,en-route visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden, Ramboda Falls & Mackwood Labukelle Tea Factory.
The Temple of Tooth Kandy
The Temple of the Tooth or Sri Dalada Maligawa is a temple in the city of Kandy in Sri Lanka. It was built within the royal palace complex, which houses the only surviving relic of Buddha, which is venerated by Buddhists. The relic, which is situated in the Temple of the Tooth, played an important role in local politics since ancient times; it’s believed that whoever holds the Temple of the Tooth relic holds the governance of the country, which naturally caused the ancient kings to protect the Temple of the Tooth with great effort! Kandy was the capital of the Sinhalese kings.
Peradeniya Botanical Garden
Royal Botanical Garden in Kandy, noted for its rich and varied collections of tropical woody plants. Occupying 59 hectares (146 acres), it has about 4,000 species of plants. The most important specimens of the garden include palms, some of which are planted in impressive avenues. Significant, too, are the collections of orchids, gymnosperms, and flowering trees. It is renowned for the collection the variety of Orchids, and has more than 300 varieties of Orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palms trees attach it is the National Herbarium. The derivation of Peradeniya botanical garden runs as far as the kingdom of King Vickramabahu 111. And the court was built in Peradeniya near the Mahaweli River. The same location was followed by King Kirti Sri Rajasinghe (1747-1780) who made a Royal Garden here and King Rajadhi Rajasinghe (1780-1798) dwelled here who came to power after the King Kirti Sri Rajasinghe.
Visit Kandy Handcrafts, Gems & Jewelries Museum
Mackwood Labukelle Tea Factory
Mackwoods Labookellie Tea Centre, situated approximately 1500 meters above sea level in the heart of Labookellie Estate, one of the finest tea plantations in Sri Lanka, is today a popular stop in international travelers. You can see how they plug little green tea leaf and further process till to packet.
Overnight at Nuwara Eliya
Day 04: Horton Plains
Early morning travel Horton Plains with breakfast packets
Elaboration- wake up 5.00 am and You will visit Horton plains early morning to see the gorgeous view of 4000Tt down at Worlds End, if we late to Horton Plains mist will barrier the beautiful view.
Horton Plains National Park is a national park in the highlands of Sri Lanka. It lies about 20 kilometers south of Nuwara Eliya and 20 kilometers west of Haputale, 2000 meters above sea level among the second and third tallest mountains in Sri Lanka – Kirigalpotta and Totapola. The average temperature in this area is about 16 C. With high winds in the evening it can be quite chilly. The park covers 31.60 km², and is a mixture of highland forest and wet grassland. This is the only National Park in Sri Lanka where visitors are allowed to walk on their own on the designated tracks. Sambar is the most common animal in the plains but wild boars and leopards too can be found in this area, In horton plains you can visit the worlds end which is a 4000 feet straight vertical drop.
Overnight at Nuwara Eliya
Day 05: Yala & Tissamaharamaya
After breakfast Travel Yala / Tissamaharamaya, en-route visiting famous Ella Nature Gap and Little Adams Peak.
Evening Yala National Park Jeep Safari
Yala National Park
Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. It is situated in the southeast region of the country, and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The park covers 979 square kilometers (378 sq mi) and is located about 24km northeast of Tissamaharama and 300 km (190 mi) from Colombo. Yala West or Ruhuna National Park is now well recognized for the best park in the world to observe and photograph leopards. There are about 35 leopards in the park which probably is the highest density than anywhere in the world. The male leopards are fearless and walking along side to jeep. It is possible to take one day jeep-safari trip through the park and see many mammals, reptiles and birds.
Overnight at Yala
Day 06: Galle
After breakfast visit Hikkaduwa, en route visit Galle Dutch Fort.
Galle Ancient Dutch Fort
The Galle Fort is one of the incredible archaeological monuments in the world which showing how grate architectural background that Europeans had. The Fort built in south-east stretch of the southern coast and just behind the city edge of sea, Even though Fort pronounced Galle Dutch Fort it was originally built by Portuguese in 16th century but in 17th century Dutch’s developed an upgraded the performance of the fort and majority characteristics already remaining with Dutch’s. The Effects of these interventions created many changes upon communities around fort still telling from aged mosque, church and ranged old residencies, Identifying all those weight the Galle Fort announced as UNESCO World Heritage Site. In December 2004, Galle city was washed away by the Boxing Day Tsunami, thousands of people loosed their lives but Galle Fort was stranded along as true giant though it was firmly struck by crazy waves.
Kosgoda Turtle Conservation Sanctuary
Galle Marine Museum
Hikkaduwa Glass Deck Boat Coral Expedition
Overnight at Hikkaduwa
Day 07: Hikkaduwa
Full day enjoy your beach stay at famous Hikkaduwa Beach.
Meetiyagoda Moonstone Mines
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling/ Sun Bathing and all other water sports.
Overnight at Hikkaduwa
Day 08: Colombo
After Breakfast travel Colombo to Colombo City Tour & Shopping.
The commercial and financial capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo has a tropical climate and you can visit this place anytime of the year. Be prepared to get dazzled by the beauty and simplicity of this place as soon as you set your foot in the city. The world class museums and galleries in this city will help you get acquainted with the rich culture and heritage of Sri Lanka. The zoo and Galle Face Green Promenade should also be on your list of visiting places in Colombo. If you want to have a memorable souvenir from Sri Lanka, you can buy handmade items with beautifully used colored fabrics. For moving around the city, the best would be to go for a taxi or trishaw, or if you want to have the freedom of going any place on your own, you can even go for self driven car during your stay in Colombo.
Overnight at Colombo
Day 09: Colombo
After breakfast directly travel Colombo City for little City Tour then travel Katunayake Airport to meet return flight