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Sri Lankan Explorer

₹24,800

OVERVIEW

Explore the diversity this tiny island has to offer through our 6-day Sri Lanka Explorer trip perfect for your family. Spend your vacation at Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Bentota and Colombo. While Kandy is the cultural capital with temples, cultural shows and things to do, Nuwara Eliya is a beautiful natural landscape with waterfalls, parks, forests and temples. Bentota offers the perfect spot for relaxation. And yes, the last on the list is Colombo, the capital city.

  • On Day 1, you arrive in Sri Lanka and travel to Kandy and on the way make a pit stop at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
  • On Day 2, you will travel to Nuwara Eliya and visit a tea plantation on the way. Later, visit the Seetha Amman Temple and Hakgala Garden.
  • On Day 3, you will move to Down South Beach. Enroute, experience White Water Rafting if you want.
  • On Day 4, you will travel to Bentota visiting the Turtle Hatchery in Kosgoda and going on a Madu River Boat Ride en route.
  • On Day 5, depart for Colombo and visit its historic, religious and commercial sites.
  • On Day 6, your family vacation to Sri Lanka draws to a close.
5
Nights
Kandy (1), Nuwara Eliya (1), Bentota (2), Colombo (1)
Arrival (Colombo), Departure (Colombo)
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ITINERARY

DAY 1

Arrival in Colombo; Colombo to Pinnawala to Kandy

After your flight lands in Colombo, you will meet one of our representatives. You will then be transferred from the airport to Kandy (approx. 4 hours drive) and visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage on the way.

The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is a well-known and famous tourist attraction in Sri Lanka, where both adult and baby elephants thrive and the breeding program has been a success. After the stop, you will head to Kandy, where you will enjoy a tour of Kandy in the evening.

Kandy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so this city tour will be quite exciting. The city is situated 480 meters above sea level and is nestled in the middle of the beautiful mountains. Sri Lankans call the city, “Kanda Uda Rata” meaning hill country.

Visit the upper lake drive, where you will be able to see a panoramic view of the city and the Market Square, before heading to the Temple of the Tooth, which is believed to contain the ‘tooth relic’ of Lord Buddha. Don’t forget that Kandy is a well-known destination for gems, jewellery, handicraft, silk and much more. On the tour, you will stop by a local market and browse these wares to your heart’s content. Upon returning, you will head to a Kandyan Dance performance in the evening with a spectacular fire-walking finale.

Stay overnight in a hotel in Kandy.

DAY 2

Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

Say goodbye to Kandy and head to Nuwara Eliya after breakfast today. Visit the Ramboda waterfalls, Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple and a tea factory along the way.

Nuwara Eliya is the highest town in Sri Lanka with an elevation of 2000 meters above sea level. The tallest peak in Sri Lanka, Piduruthalagala, standing at 2555 meters can be seen from this town. It was known as “Little England” and to this day, remains popular with tourists as a mountain town with its cool climate, colonial era architecture and little bungalows with hedges. The city is in the heart of the tea region in Sri Lanka.

In the evening, proceed on a city tour of Nuwara Eliya. Visit Victoria Park, Gregory Lake, the Seetha Amman Temple and Hakgala Garden. Victoria Park is a public park, which is a haven for birdwatchers who have the chance to spot many rare birds here. Gregory Lake is a peaceful spot offering many recreational activities such as boating. The Seetha Amman Temple is where it is believed that Ravana held Sita captive. There is a collection of statues in this temple, along with images of Goddess Kali. The Hakgala Botanical Gardens is where Ravana imprisoned Sita. The gardens are a relic of the past and some of it still exists in perfect condition.

Stay overnight in a hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

DAY 3

Nuwara Eliya to Down South Beaches

After an early breakfast at your hotel in Nuwara Eliya, you will depart for the beaches in the south. Adventure lovers can try their hand at White Water Rafting en route at Kitulgala, while others can relax and enjoy the picturesque views.

Stay overnight in a hotel in Kalutara / Bentota / Hikkaduwa.

DAY 4

Bentota

After breakfast, continue your trip towards Bentota. Visit the Turtle Hatchery in Kosgoda enroute. This place is well-known for its interesting sea-turtle conservation project.

Then, go on a Madu River Boat Ride with fish therapy. The bio-diversity of the Madu River is thriving with 70 species of fish, 31 types of reptiles, 50 kinds of butterflies, 11 species of agnatic molluscs and 14 land-dwelling molluscs.

Stay overnight in a hotel in Kalutara / Bentota / Hikkaduwa.

DAY 5

Bentota to Colombo

After breakfast in your hotel, depart for Colombo.

Colombo is the largest city in the country and it is a busy, vibrant city that provides the perfect mix of modern life and the previous colonial era.

You will be visiting quite a few historic, religious and commercial sites of Colombo on your city tour, along with the busy Fort and Pettah, the stunning residential Cinnamon Gardens, Galle Face Green, Viharamahadevi Park, and many more locations.

Stay overnight in a hotel in Colombo.

DAY 6

Departure

After breakfast in your hotel, you will check out and head to the airport for your flight back home.

INCLUSIONS

What is included

  • 1 night accommodation in Kandy
  • 1 night accomodation in Nuwara Eliya
  • 2 night accommodation in Bentota
  • 1 night accommodation in Colombo
  • Daily Breakfast
  • All Transfers by with sightseeing as mentioned as per the above itinerary in AC Vehicle with English speaking driver
  • Entrance Fees to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Gregory Lake, Hakgala Gardens, Kitulgala Rafting, Madu river boat ride, Kosgoda turtle hatchery

EXCLUSIONS

What is excluded

  • Airfare, Visa, GST, Tips & surcharges

TOP TIPS

  • Kandy Cultural Show is a must watch show, a form of dancing taken from ‘Salypliya’ that portrays many demons ‘Thelme’, and their myriad expressions that beat to the soothing rhythm of ceremonial drums. It is a cultural heist at this show and is perfect to spend the evening in Sri Lanka with your family.
  • Ratnapura district is known for their gems. You can find a wide-range of precious and semi-precious stones all over this place.
  • Very few know about the fact that Sri Lanka produces one of the finest teas in the world. You can sip on some in the local shops and also pack some of it back home to cherish after your Sri Lankan tour is over.
  • At Matale, you should head to the Noritake’s factory that’s around 45 minutes away from Kandy to and find yourself one of the best and most unique collections of porcelain articles.

WHEN TO GO

The island nation of Sri Lanka sees two different monsoons. The island wears a tropical climate as it is very close to the equator and humidity levels are very high. It’s monsoon time in the West and Southwest coasts and the hilly areas of Sri Lanka between April-May to September (while most of the rains happen between April-June). The other monsoon the island nation sees is the Northeast Maha monsoon that hits the eastern coast. This happens between the months of November to March. Therefore, if you are planning on visiting the West and the Southern coasts and the hilly regions, it is between December-March. April-September is the ideal time to visit the eastern coast of the island.