Highlights: Negombo - Kandalama - Mahiyanganaya - Kegalle - Sorabora Lake - Haputale - Haputale - Galle - Colombo.
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Hotels or similar
Negombo - Villa Hundira
Kandalama - Heritance Kandalama
Mahiyanganaya - Kevan’s Casa
Kegalle - Rosyth Estate
Haputale - Dream Cliff Mountain Resort
Haputale / Galle - Owl & the Pussy cat Hotel
Galle / Colombo - Galle Face Hotel There are 8 world heritage sites in Sri Lanka. The 3 ancient and magnificent cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, and Sigiriya were inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1982 followed by Galle, Kandy, and the Sinharaja Forest Reserve in 1988. The Golden Temple of Dambulla in 1991 and finally the Central highlands were added in 2010. These places of historical and natural significance are not to be missed for any visitor to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s wildlife is as varied as the island itself, ranging from elephants and leopards to Whales – it is the only place in the world to find all three in such close proximity. Sri Lanka is ranked amongst the world’s best biodiversity hot spots. As a country with a high rate of endemism, it has many groups of animals including birds, mammal, reptiles, and amphibians which can’t be found anywhere in the world. With over 12 percent of the country designated for wildlife protection it is easy to get a taste of Sri Lankan wildlife. Itinerary Day 1: Airport/ Negombo
Welcome to Sri Lanka, as you set foot on this beautiful island, you'll be met by a Chauffeur Guide of Hayleys Tours and transported in an air-conditioned vehicle to your hotel in Negombo. Overnight stay at Villa Hundira in a standard room on a bed & breakfast basis. Day 2: Airport/ Negombo
After breakfast, proceed to Kandalama. Check in to your property Heritance Kandalama, which is a great masterpiece of Geoffrey Bawa. Amidst the lush greenery, covered by the thick & dense forest, the luxurious Heritance Kandalama hotel stands as one of the best Sri Lanka resorts. In the Evening, visit the Kaludiya Pokuna, a forest with archaeological remains in Kandalama. It is a beautiful place that is ideal for a nature trek and to see ancient ruins that lie inside the forest. Overnight stay at Heritance Kandalama in a superior room on a bed & breakfast basis. Day 3: Airport/ Negombo
Early Morning enjoys a Hot Air Balloon ride. Flying over the jungle you may see not only the wondrous sights from the air starting from Kandalama, Dambulla in the Cultural Triangle but also elephants roaming freely, variety of birds, wildlife, water buffaloes standing in the paddy fields and monkeys swinging from the trees. Thereafter, Climb the Pidurangala Rock which gives you the best viewing spot of Sigiriya Rock. Pidurangala is a popular spot for sunrise as you can enjoy 360-degree views of not only the valleys but also Sigiriya Rock. Overnight stay at Heritance Kandalama in a superior room on bed & breakfast basis Day 4: Kandalama/ Mahiyanganaya
After breakfast, proceed to Mahiyanganaya. Thereafter, enjoy a game ride in the Maduru Oya National park in which endemic species both in mammals and plants can be explored. Overnight stay at Kevan’s Casa in a standard room on bed & breakfast basis Day 5: Mahiyanganaya Village Tour
Today, you will be taken on a village tour witnessing the Indigenous community of Sri Lanka, who in other words is called Veddas or People of the Forest exploring more about their fascinating lifestyle of a forest dweller and how they have adapted to the changing times. You may also experience the traditional rituals of Veddas which are Bow and Arrow shooting, Kiri Koraha dance (Traditional dance), Lighting the fire with “Kahanda” Stones and much more. Thereafter, spend the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Kevan’s Casa in a standard room on bed & breakfast basis Day 6: Sorabora Lake
Early Morning, you will be leaving to the Sorabora lake to witness the sunrise over the horizon of the lake. Thereafter, take a relaxing boat ride to the local fish market at the end of the lake and visit a local village nearby to get hands-on experience of milking a cow on completion, cycle your way through the scenic streets of Mahiyangana and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Kevan’s Casa in a standard room on bed & breakfast basis Day 7: Rathna Ella Village
Today, you will enjoy an authentic Sri Lankan lunch at the Rathna Ella village which has been prepared using recipes passed down from generation to generation. Thereafter, you will join the local villagers in learning the secrets of the trade and make your own pottery souvenir, to take home. On completion, embark on a hike from the Rathna Ella village to witness the majestic Kaluwa Wetuna Ella waterfall. Overnight stay at Kevan’s Casa in a standard room on bed & breakfast basis Day 8: Mahiyanganaya/ Kegalle
After breakfast, you will proceed to Kegalle and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Rosyth Estate in a classic room on bed & breakfast basis Day 9: Millennium Elephant Foundation /Haputale
After breakfast, you will be visiting the Millennium Elephant Foundation where you can have an up-close experience with the gentle giants. Thereafter, drive to Nanuoya and board the train to Haputale which is considered to be the most scenic train journey. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Dream Cliff Mountain Resort in a beehive room on bed & breakfast basis Day 10: Horton Plains/ Zip Lining
With packed breakfast, you'll be leaving for the Horton Plains National Park and hike to the World’s End and Bakers Falls - one of the best Nuwara Eliya waterfalls! Thereafter, swing through the mountains via the Mega Zipline! Safe, secure and simultaneously thrilling which is considered to be the longest zip line in Sri Lanka is waiting to take you flying past the mountains and elevated above the grounds! Overnight stay at Dream Cliff Mountain Resort in a beehive room on bed & breakfast basis Day 11: Haputale / Galle
After breakfast, you will proceed to Galle for your long-awaited beach stay and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Owl & the Pussy cat in a penthouse on bed & breakfast basis Day 12: Turtle Hatchery/ Dutch Fort & Lighthouse
After breakfast, you will be visiting the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery along the southern coast of Sri Lanka, the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery is one of 18 turtle hatcheries and the centre functions mainly as a hatchery and makes huge effort to increase the rate of hatching and the survival of baby turtles in their initial stages. Thereafter, visit the famous Galle Dutch Fort and the Lighthouse and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Owl & the Pussy cat in a penthouse on bed & breakfast basis Day 13: Galle/ Colombo
After breakfast, you will proceed to Colombo. Thereafter, you will be taken on a city tour of Colombo where you will spend the afternoon visiting the Arcade – Independence Square, the Gangaramaya Temple, and the National Museum concluding your day with a shopping experience. Overnight stay at Galle Face Hotel in a superior room on bed & breakfast basis Day 14: Colombo / Airport
Today after breakfast you will be transferred to the Colombo Airport via Expressway to catch your flight back home accompanied with all the happy memories of the tropical isle; Sri Lanka is once known as TAPROBANE!! Exclusions:
• Any meals not mentioned in the inclusions list.
• Expenses of personal nature.
• Cost of optional excursions.
• Cost of beverages throughout the tour.
• Tips and Portages.
• Visa fee http://www.eta.gov.lk Subject to Availability