Though short and may not totally be able to see all of Sri Lanka, Yet “Lot in a little” is an exclusive suggestion of travel itineraries of three different types where one enjoys relaxation and sees most of Sri Lanka.
On disembarkation proceed to the arrival lobby through immigration, baggage collection and customs clearance formalities. Our Airport representative will hold a signboard with the name “???” at the arrival lobby, who will then accompany & introduce to your chauffeur guide.
You will be driven in Kandy for 2 nights if arrival in the morning then a city tour explore the city of Kandy, steeped in history and culture. Walk around the tranquil Kandy Lake and visit the Temple of the Tooth which has a sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha enshrined here since 4th Century A.D. Religious services (pooja) are held daily at dawn, mid-day, and in the evening where guests can participate.
Bentota, Sri Lanka is 90 km from Sri Lanka's international airport and 60 km from Colombo. Facing the Indian Ocean, a tropical lagoon and a major river Bentota offers water sports possibilities nowhere else to be found.Apart from swimming, body-surfing or diving in the sea, you can jet-ski, windsurf, parasail or enjoy a romantic river safari on the river and lagoon.
The services are accompanied with traditional music and drumming. During the month of August, Kandy dazzles for ten days with the sounds and lights of the Kandy Perehara – a magnificent procession where the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha from the Temple of the Tooth is majestically paraded on elephant back along the streets of Kandy.
Leave for Kandalama for 2 nights. Leave after breakfast with a tour of Sigirya/Polonaruwa ancient city, lunch and come back to the hotel rest.
Sri Lanka's famous cultural triangle offers plenty to see and learn. The ruined capital of Polonnaruwa, the lion rock of Sigiriya and Dambulla’s Buddhist Cave Temples are all UNESCO world heritage sites. Explore these three cultural sites, all set in beautiful scenery, at your own pace, planning your days with the assistance of our expert drivers. You might also consider a safari at Minneriya National Park when you visit Polonnaruwa or an adventurous elephant safari at Habarana where you’ll be taken on elephant back through a jungle trek and across shallow waters.
Head to Polonnaruwa the famous medieval capital. Here, the tourists rightly flock. After visiting Polannaruwa museum, the afternoon is given over to an exploration of Polannaruwa itself. The most impressive are the ancient sculptures of Lord Buddha at the Gal Viahara, cut into Granite stone dating back to the middle of the 12th century. The entire sculpture consists of four colossal statues of Buddha - a samadhi image in meditation posture, a seated Buddha image inside a cave, and a standing Buddha.
Leave for Anuradhapura ( Cultral triangle) and tour the ancient ruins coupled with a tour to Wilpattu, the wild life sanctuary and return back to the hotel. Wilpattu is fairly thick dry zone jungle interspersed with number of flood plain lakes blanked with dedicate white sands It boasts an impressive varied wildlife including deer, Elephant, wild boar, sloth bears and leopards.The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Anuradhapura consists of a large number of sacred Buddhist sites including dagobas, monasteries, palaces and the ancient Bo Tree, grown from the original tree in Budda Gaya under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment.
Leave for NuwaraEliya or Bandarawela (hill country) stay at any bungalow or hotel. Experience tea tasting, watch waterfalls and tea estates.
Today you begin your journey to the central highlands with its tea-covered hills, gushing waterfalls, and uplifting scenery. Stay two nights at The Tea Factory, which is situated on a tea plantation close to NuwaraEliya.
Take a walk along the leafy byroads lined with tall pine trees and Victorian-style houses complete with gabled roofs, and large gardens with neatly-clipped lawns and colourful flower beds. Play golf at the century-old NuwaraEliya Golf Club with its tight fairways and testing greens. Horton Plains, an undulating 2000m high plateau 28km south of NuwaraEliya, is also a popular day's excursion. The grassy plains, which are interspersed with small patches of forest, are home to leopards, sambur, deer, bear, monkeys and a rich array of birds.
In central Sri Lanka, lies the Golden Valley of Tea. This is home to old Ceylon. Here, four classic colonial bungalows, built for British tea estate managers in the days of the Raj, have been caringly restored by Dilmah Tea with the cooperation of Bogawantalawa Tea Estates and is named the Ceylon Tea Trails.Haputale Is the tea-growing Southern Highlands – a land of lush tea plantations, majestic peaks and rushing waterfalls. Haputale is one of the favourite haunts of the tea millionaire Sir Thomas Lipton. Check into Kelburne Mountain View Cottages and spend your time here savouring the magnificent views. Stroll through the Kelburne Tea plantation and visit the tea factory where you will gain insight into the manufacturing process as well as an opportunity to taste and purchase the different grades of hill country tea. Adisham - a Benedictine Monastery with a century old stone buildings, several waterfalls including Dunhinda, Diyaluma, and Ravana Ella are all located nearby in the towns of Haputale and Ella.
Day 5 6
Leave for Tangalle in the deep south of Sri Lanka for 2 nights .Relax on the beach. An opportunity to swim in the ocean ( ideal between November to April)Along the way you have the option of calling in at Bundala. This bird sanctuary consists of five lagoons, which not only accommodate every species of water bird resident in the country but also lend the park a charming tranquility.
In addition to an extraordinary variety of resident and seasonal avifauna, the park houses a number of other noteworthy animals such as the sea turtle, elephant, water buffalo and spotted deer. If you’re a keen twitcher, Bundala is well worth a visit.
Based MirissaHarbour, Mirissa Water Sports offers exciting water sports activities such as sailing, fishing, coastal cruises, river trips, sea kayaking, snorkelling and boating activities for visitors to the South coast. During the season from December to April, Mirissa Water Sports organises Dolphin and Whale watching excursions. For those interested in snorkelling and scuba diving, the seas off the southern coastal belt are fascinating with several ship wrecks and an array of exotic marine life. Visit the Marine Turtle conservation project at Rekuwa, a small coastal village located 10 km east of Tangalle
Leave from Tangalle and come to be with the last night stay in Galle. Stay at any villa or comfortable boutique hotel. Tour of the Dutch Fort is a must.
Checkout and leave for Galle. Visit Galle’s 17th century Dutch Fort - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Dutch Reform Church and several houses with the typical manor house style architecture with columns, courtyards, and verandas.
Rise early to head for the Sinharaja rain forest, a large reserve of virgin rainforest that contains a vast wealth of biodiversity and is home to endemic birds and flora. Trekking through this magnificent tropical jungle – the last surviving stretch of virgin rainforest on the island – you should be ready to pour with sweat as they make their way through a bewildering land of exotic colours and wonderful sounds. From top to bottom the forest is teeming with life whether it be gushing waterfalls, gurgling streams, ants marching, leaves rustling, leeches waiting (you’ve been warned!), crickets creaking or butterflies fluttering by.
Leave for airport.If late evening flight then a tour of the city of Colombo is suggested.Proceed to the airport.
Colombo’s main attractions include the National Museum, various temples and kovils, the Fort and Pettah Bazaar. Many people also enjoy shopping in Colombo, which has a reputation for excellent value when it comes to gems, clothes, home ware, porcelain and fabrics. Shops worth visiting include Paradise Road, Barefoot and Odels. Experience Colombo’s colonial architecture with a visit to the Fort - a three mile long rampart originally built in the sixteenth century by the Portuguese and then further developed by the Dutch and the British., zoo, and dine in any one the many special eating houses.