Day 1: NEGOMBO
Upon arrival at Colombo airport, transfer to your Negombo hotel
Day 2: NEGOMBO
Day at leisure. A vehicle will be at your disposal for the maximum usage of 80km.
Day 3: NEGOMBO TO SIGIRIYA AREA
Today you’ll visit Pinnawala and check out the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
In this wondrous 25 acre coconut property, witness baby elephants being bottle fed or moving around freely and gently amongst each other and visitors. Watch as they feed and bath in their river for a truly unique experience! Your next stop will take you to Dambulla, with a visit to the Dambulla rock temple. In the city of Dambulla lies a hub which has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. Today, an icon in the face of Sri Lanka, Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the most unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. As you enter the retreat, look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold over a land, which today houses an important junction in the country’s economic and cultural uplifting.
Day 4: SIGIRIYA
Today in Sigiriya you’ll experience climbing the rock fortress.
The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site – Sigiriya – doesn’t only boast of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture. Step through the gigantic ‘Lion Paws’ – overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below – to comprehend the absolute splendour that once dominated this rock fortress. In the afternoon, you’ll enjoy a safari at Minneriya national Park. If you’re up for a serious rumble in the jungle, then Minneriya is your Colosseum! Spreading over 8800 hectares, this is a sanctuary for elephants. Minneriya is home to herds of deer and ample birdlife, but its spotlight remains between swaying trunks & flapping ears. Here you can marvel at the elephants feeding in their natural habitat. With over 300 elephants gathered, the park has rightfully earned its reputation as a magnet for wildlife enthusiasts across the globe.
Day 5: MATALE & KANDY
After breakfast, proceed to Kandy. En route visit Matale Spice Garden.
An agricultural zone in the Central Province, Matale seldom drops off the maps due to its remarkable contribution through flagship crops of the island extending from tea, rubber & vegetables to spices. Spearheading the Rebellion back in 1848, Matale today takes immense pride in its story woven around spices. Next, you’ll enjoy a Kandy city tour in the afternoon. Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe – before it was brought under the British rule in 1815, Kandy – A World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings – crafts an array of culture, history and heritage in the minds of visitors across the globe. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. Dance into the evening and step to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the Wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka.
After Breakfast transfer to Colombo airport.