A perfect choice amongst Sri Lanka holiday tours, this enchanting and exotic tour takes you to sites such as the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the scenic Royal Botanic Garden in Peradeniya, and the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage with its gentle giants.
Arrival at the Colombo International Airport where you will be met & welcomed by our representative or tour guide and transfer to the area of choice.
Savour a delectable dinner at your hotel.
Overnight stay in Sigiriya.
After breakfast, proceed to Sigiriya. The fifth century rock citadel of King Kashyapa 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 into the gigantic ‘Lion Paws’ – overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below – to comprehend the absolute splendour that once dominated this rock fortress. Surrounded by ramparts & moats, the Lion Rock – resembling the mythological ‘City of Gods’ – is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India. Walk in the shade of an eminent ‘mirror wall’ embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti.
Wander into the well-fabricated museum downstairs for an epic journey of yesteryears to realize how the citadel floated above citizens with the castle, ponds, and irrigation systems that pumped water right onto its summit with an ingenious hydraulic system describing a colossal masterpiece of the great king which remained a wonder in Asia for centuries.
Savour a delectable dinner in Sigiriya.
Overnight in Sigiriya.
After breakfast leave for Kandy.
En route visit Dambulla Rock Cave Temple. A hub which has been treasured by many kings since the first 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 five cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Observe how exquisitely cave paintings are done along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. 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.
Thereafter visit a spice garden in Matale. Stop by the side of a spice garden – into which you will be most welcome – and observe the therapeutic values of spices & processes over a refreshing cup of herbal tea! Spend time taking in the bustling streets if you mean a real town adventure filled with voices and colours.
Proceed to Kandy and check in at the hotel. In the afternoon go on a city tour to take in its rich culture, history and heritage along with its unique traditions that charm visitors from across the globe. Visit the temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, after which you can take a stroll by the Kandy Lake. Visit the Kandy City Centre, museum, lapidary, where you can have your pick of various craft items. Drive towards Victoria Golf Course, undoubtedly one of the best golf courses in the world for a sweep blended with class and style. Or walk in colour as you glide through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market. Fine tune your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing a quintiessential South Asian experience.
Savour a delectable dinner at the hotel.
Overnight stay in Kandy.
After breakfast, visit The Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya.
First developed as a pleasure garden under royalty and later harmonized by the British, the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya – today bundled with the most welcoming facilities located just four miles off Kandy – is a flourishing national asset in the Wonder of Asia. Walk into this 147-acre bliss of an experience, passing well-tended lawns, pavilions & an octagon conservatory to be greeted by the vast expanse of a magnificently landscaped lush green turf which will encourage you for an exhilarating break. Towards the north of the entrance rests a cafeteria that one might come across before stepping into some of the highlights – the orchid house & giant Javan fig tree – of this place which overflow in grace.
On completion leave for your beach resort. En route, visit the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala.
As you enter the 25-acre coconut property, do not be surprised to witness baby elephants being bottle fed or moving around freely causing absolutely no harm to anyone. It is rightly a sincere sight to observe how these gentle giants – orphaned and sometimes three-legged – are taken care of since 1975 at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Up to date, over 20 calves have been born here, and it is surprising to hear that some of its inmates have even seen their grandchildren during the past few decades! Watch as they feed at 09:15 am, 12:15 pm & 05:00 pm and take a river bath twice a day at 10:00 am & 02:00 pm respectively for an experience that could never be felt anywhere else on earth!
Transfer from Pinnawala to Bentota for the beach stay