Arrive in Colombo, the busy capital of Sri Lanka. Overland to Sigiriya, one of the World Heritage sites and also known as “Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. Continue to Anuradhapura - The capital of Sri Lanka from the 05th Century B.C. to the end of the 10th Century A.D. was the most celebrated of Sri Lanka’s ancient ruined cities and Pollonnaruwa.
Drive further to Kandy, the hill capita and sightseeing tour of Kandy. Explore the Tea Plantation on your way to Nuwara Eliya, one of the biggest tea exporters in the world and finally enjoy the Nuwara Eliya which is also knows as The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations.
Descend to the jungles of Yala. National Park, before conitinuing Galle, and enjoy A leisurely walk through the cobbled stone pathways
Day 01 Arrive Colombo, transfer to hotel ( 30 minutes)
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by your chauffeur guide who will take you into the capital city of Colombo. Once at the comforts of your hotel, relax and recover from any jet lag.
If you have spare time, your chauffeur guide will introduce you to some of Colombo’s curious sites such the vibrant markets of Pettah.
Day 02 Overland Colombo-Sigiriya (4.5 hours)
Set off from coastal Colombo to experience the inland delights of Sri Lanka.
To begin, drop by the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, which houses the abandoned and the wounded elephants. Here you can watch them been fed and bathed. Afterwards your sightseeing tours in Sri Lanka will continue to the town of Sigiriya, within the country’s rich cultural triangle. In the evening, mount the rock fortress of Sigiriya - a 5th Century "Fortress in the Sky".
Day 03 Tour Polonnaruwa, Jeep Safari to Minneriya National Park
Learn about one of the better kept ruins of ancient Ceylon - the UNESCO World Heritage City of Polonnaruwa, which was the medieval capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th - 13th century A.D. On your return, take an adventurous jeep safari with the company of an expert naturalist guide to the Minneriya National Park, a vast sanctuary home to about 250 wild elephants, wild buffaloes, spotted deer, sloth bear and more.
Day 04 Overland Sigiriya- Kandy ( 3 hours)
Today you will arrive in spiritual Kandy, surrounded by greenery and the great Mahaweli River. Kandy is also well known as the centre of Buddhism. At your convenience, become acquainted with the city of Kandy, pay your respects to the Temple of the Tooth Relic and late evening, witness a cultural dance performance.
Day 05 Overland Kandy - Nuwara Eliya (3 hours approx.)
Welcome to Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka's tea growing centre and en-route visit a tea factory. During the drive relish the endless views of tea carpeted valleys and the bright flash of female "tea pluckers" in their pimento, fuchsia and cerise saris. Enjoy a guided stroll of Nuwara Eliya town, pass the 18-hole golf course, the colonial member’s only Hill Club and English styled country homes.
Overnight Nuwara Eliya.
Day 06 Nuwara Eliya- Yala ( 6 hours)
From the hills of Nuwara Eliya descend to the jungles of Yala. One of the foremost places to visit in Sri Lanka, the Yala National Park is famous for the elusive leopard and has one of the highest densities of leopards in the world. The sloth bear and Asian elephant that are also part of Sri Lanka’s Big Five can be spotted. With some good luck you will witness all these creatures and more over an evening jeep safari accompanied by a naturalist guide.
Day 07 Overland Yala -Galle ( 5 hours)
En route to Galle witness a curious feature - the stilt fishermen of Weligama. Once in Galle, enjoy a leisurely walk through the cobbled stone pathways of the Fort – a massive Dutch fort, which also is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 08 Galle -Airport ( 5 hours) or an extension
After breakfast, you chauffeur guide will comfortably take you back to the international airport. Fly back home or extend your trip to South India.