Sri Lanka Island Tour

8 Day Sri Lanka Island Tour

Sri Lanka Island Tour (8d/7n)

DAY 01 AIRPORT l PINNAWALA l SIGIRIYA
Arrival at Bandaranayke International Airport and welcomed by a representative of Sri Holidays Meet and transfer to Sigiriya. En-route visiting the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela, which is a home to about 60 Elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. Also, accompany the Elephants to a river close by to see them having their daily baths.
In the afternoon you have had a chance to climb the UNESCO World Heritage site Sigiriya Rock, your last stop in Sri Lanka’s ‘Cultural Triangle’ where you will have a chance to gaze over the stunning views of Central Sri Lanka. Sigiriya (sometimes called Lion’s Rock) is the ruins of an ancient palace in a 200m high rock fortress, overlooking the beautiful plains of North-Central Sri Lanka. Built for an exiled Indian prince, the breathtaking ruins are one of Sri Lanka’s main tourist attractions and date back to AD 477. Despite its age, Sigiriya still retains much of its former beauty and features some of the finest examples of ancient art in the form of wall paintings, as well as a network of attractive gardens and reservoirs, and Sigiriya’s namesake – a gigantic pair of lion’s paws cut into the rock. With its fascinating history and unerring beauty, Sigiriya is often referred to as the 8th wonder of the world and the UNESCO-sponsored Central Cultural Fund has even restored Sigiriya’s 5th century Water Gardens, so that you can get a glimpse of what Sigiriya might have been like thousands of years ago.
If you are feeling tired after the climb, you may spend you afternoon relaxing at your hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Sigiriya.

DAY 02 SIGIRIYA l MATALE l PERADENIYA l KANDY
After breakfast you will leave for Kandy. En-route you will visit Matale Spice Garden. Spice garden in Matale to see many different types of spices Sri Lanka is famous for. Just 25 km from the hill capital of Kandy, the Matale spice gardens are among the best on the island. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. A processing and training unit has been set up in the area and farmers are grouped in a cooperative to ensure fair prices and you will also be able to purchase spices. Gardens are open to visitors, a delightful place to stroll in fragrant greenery and learn about nutmeg, pepper vines, clove trees and curry, cinnamon and the precious cardamom, a relative of ginger. It grows in the shade of high jungle trees and can only be harvested by hand. Visitors may buy spices, traditional remedies and cosmetics, taste an herbal brew and in some venues, enjoy the full flavors of Sri Lankan spices over lunch.
In the afternoon you will move into Kandy and visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden, near Kandy, Sri Lanka, noted for its rich and varied collections of tropical woody plants. Occupying 59 hectares (146 acres), it has about 4,000 species of plants. The most important specimens of the garden include palms, some of which are planted in impressive avenues. Significant, too, are the collections of orchids, gymnosperms, and flowering trees. The gardens were founded in 1821 primarily to introduce coffee trees and various other tropical plants of economic importance to the region. Even after it took on a more botanical emphasis in the 1840s, the garden remained a centre for horticultural activities. Under the directorship of the botanist George H.K. Thwaites, the garden played a pivotal role in establishing the country’s flourishing tea industry in the late 1870s. Thwaites also brought in and cultivated the Brazilian rubber tree, which became a crop producer vital to Sri Lanka’s economy. The botanical collection has developed into one of the finest in the region.
Relax this evening at your hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Kandy.

DAY 03 KANDY l NUWARA ELIYA
After breakfast today you will leave for Nuwara Eliya. En-route visit tea plantation and tea factory. No visit to the hill country is complete without a visit to a tea estate, where you can view the vibrant green fields of tea which for so many people epitomize the image of Sri Lanka. Surrounded by the breathtaking, idyllic landscape, you will also get a chance to taste and purchase some of the world’s finest tea.
In the afternoon you will arrive in Nuwara Eliya, an intriguing colonial-style town set in the heart of the teacountry, which still bears a distinctly British stamp. Well kept lawns, hedges, an Anglican church, Georgianstyle houses, and a well-celebrated golf course give this charming town an air of nostalgia. Your trip to Nuwara-Eliya will provide you with the perfect retreat after your visit to the historical sites, and because it is situated 1,890 meters above sea level, the air is cool and fresh, making Nuwara Eliya the perfect place to unwind.
You will have dinner and spend the night in a hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

DAY 04 NUWARA ELIYA l VICTORIA PARK l GREGORY LAKE l NUWARA ELIYA
After breakfast you will leave for visit Victoria Park & Gregory Lake. Victoria Park was established in 1897 as for the jubilee of Queen Victoria in completion of sixty years on here thorn. The park is within the city limits and it has become a must see location anyone who visit Nuwara Eliya. During the summer the park is filled with colorful roses and various flowers where you won’t be able to see them in any other city of Sri Lanka.
Afternoon you will visit Gregory Lake. Gregory Lake is located about one kilometer away from Nuwara Eliya town and built during the year 1874 by the governor Gregory. By stopping the “Thalagala” stream which starts from the “Piduruthalagala” mountain. It is believed that the main intention of building this Lake is to generate Electricity to the town. The water was taken away up to a place called “black pool” using a tunnel and has generated Electricity there.
In the evening you will relax in a hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

DAY 05 NUWARA ELIYA l KITHULGALA l BENTOTA
After breakfast you will leave for Bentota via Kitulgala. If you are feeling more adventurous you have the option of go white water rafting. Spend adrenalin – filled morning racing along the Kelani River on its grade 3 rapids to take in the beautiful surroundings of the hill – country at high – speed.
Afternoon you will move into Bentota. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Bentota.

DAY 06 BENTOTA l GALLE l HIKKADUWA l BENTOTA
After breakfast it is time to head to the coast for some seaside action. Galle is a bustling provincial capital and administrative centre for the South. Once a port, Galle was Sri Lanka’s first international commerce and trade centre, and these days the streets are still awash with a cosmopolitan range of goods available to buy in exotic markets and quirky art galleries. The Dutch presence is still visible in Galle, and should you want to retrace the footsteps of the Dutch rule, let our guide give you the tour of the Old Dutch fort (a UNESCO World Heritage site), the Dutch Government House, the New Oriental Hotel (built in 1684), the old bell tower, and the Dutch tide-based sewage system.

In the afternoon you will visit Hikkaduwa, a small beach-side town with an excellent stretch of sand and a biodiversity underwater world. Here you will take to the seas on a glass-bottomed boat to see the best of the marine life here from the comfort of your seat. After this it is time to get up-close and personal with some of Sri Lanka’s most adorable sea creatures at a turtle farm.
In the evening you will return to Bentota, where you will have dinner and stay overnight in a hotel in Bentota.

DAY 07 BENTOTA l COLOMBO
After breakfast you will leave for Colombo. Do a city tour of Colombo, observing the old Parliament, the residential areas and the BMICH (Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall) and visit Fort. Also, visit the Majestic City shopping complex and the ODEL Unlimited Dress Boutique; also visit the Ceramic cooperation show room (Noritake).
In the evening you will relax in your hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Colombo.

DAY 08 COLOMBO l AIRPORT
After breakfast you will leave for airport.

Starting at only US$ 372 / per person*- sharing a double room

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary with out entrance fees
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation with buffet breakfast and dinner ( half board )
  • Private transport in an A/C luxury vehicle with the service of an English-speaking Chauffeur guide.
  • 24h Hotline
PACKAGE EXCLUSIONS
  • Visa fees and international / domestic flights
  • Medical Insurance
  • Meals other than specified
  • Entrance fees
  • Items of personal nature
  • Tipping and porterage
  • Anything not specified in the package inclusions

Get your Personal Quote today!

 

General Information

 

Travel Details

 

Additional Information

Here you can enter any special requirements/requests as well as your desired meal plan (vegetarian, non-vegetarian,...)

Please make sure to read and agree to our 
booking terms & conditions 

Best Price Guarantee

We are no automated booking engine! All enquiries and reservations are handled by a real person; a dedicated Sri Lanka specialist who will offer unbiased advice, guide you through the reservation process and assists you during your holiday (whenever needed) as well. We are physically based in Sri Lanka and our 24/7 customer hotline is always available to you. The straight forward Online reservation system, a dedicated & multilingual staff and no hidden costs are only some of the benefits you experience when booking your vacation with go-lanka.in.

Reservation Office

Sri Holidays
203, K. C. De. Silva Pura 
Negombo - Sri Lanka

Office: +94 (0) 773 866 315
Hotline: +94 (0) 77 98 100 98
Skype < sriholidays >