It is not without reason that Sri Lanka is called “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”. Arriving in the capital of Sri Lanka Colombo, you will first discover the ancient sites filled with mystery in Anuradhapura and Sigiriya. Lock up this 370m soaring rock that erupts out of the landscape. Continue to the cultural Kandy, with its home of a series of fascinating ancient temples. Get insights in a large number of nature adventures such as elephant orphanage, hiking, visiting a tea estate, and much more. To Ella, take one of the world’s most beautiful train rides and encounter in Yala national park exotic wildlife.
Make a break and lie on the palm-fringed sandy beaches in South Coast. Finally get inspired by impressions of Colombo historical sites and absorb some of Sri Lanka’s newfound energetic vibe.

Destinations: Colombo- Anuradhapura-Sigiriya-Polonnaruwa-Kandy-Ella-Yala-Galle-Bentota Beach-Colombo

Brief itinerary
Day 1 Arrive in Colombo, transfer to Anuradhapura, exploration
Day 2 Anuradhapura – Sigiriya, exploration
Day 3 Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa, exploration
Day 4 Sigiriya – Kandy, exploration
Day 5 Kandy, Pinnawala Elephant orphanage
Day 6 Kandy – Nuwara Eliya, train ride to Ella, exploration
Day 7 Ella, soft adventure trek
Day 8 Ella – Yala, exploration
Day 9 Yala – Galle – Bentota Beach
Day 10 Bentota Beach
Day 11 Bentota Beach
Day 12 Bentota Beach – Colombo
Day 13 Colombo, half-day city tour
Day 14 Colombo Departure

Duration: 14 days
Activities level: Easy to moderate
Transport: Private air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 13 breakfasts

Hotel Accommodation:
Anuradhapura: Palm Garden Village Hotel
Sigiriya: Aliya Resort & Spa
Kandy: Hotel Tree of Life
Ella: 98 Acres Resort
Yala: Priyankara Hotel
Bentota Beach: Avani Bentota Resort & Spa
Colombo: Galle Face Regency Hotel
Price: CNY 11700 per double occupancy
Size of group: min. 2-4 persons

Tour Details
Day 1 Arrive in Colombo, transfer to Anuradhapura (no meal)
Colombo arrival, meet-welcome and transfer to Anuradhapura 181km around 2.3 hours. Afternoon sightseeing at the First Kingdom of Ceylon. The Anuradhapura Kingdom, named for its capital city, was the first established kingdom in ancient Sri Lanka. Founded by King Pandukabhaya in 377 BC, the kingdom’s authority extended throughout the country, although several independent areas emerged from time to time, which grew more numerous towards the end of the kingdom. Nonetheless, the king of Anuradhapura was seen as the supreme ruler of the country throughout the Anuradhapura period. Buddhism played a strong role in the Anuradhapura period, influencing its culture, laws, and methods of governance.Society and culture were revolutionized when the faith was introduced during the reign of Devanampiya Tissa; this cultural change was further strengthened by the arrival of the Tooth Relic of the Buddha in Sri Lanka and the patronage extended by her rulers. Overnight: Palm Garden Village Hotel, Anuradhapura.

Day 2 Drive Anuradhapura – Sigiriya, exploration (Breakfast)
Visit the Rock Fortress regarded as the eighth wonder of the ancient world. It is a complex of buildings, part-royal palace, and part fortified town, and water gardens on par with the best in the ancient world, constitute a magnificent and unique architectural feat of the ancient Sinhalese. Optional Elephant Ride.
Overnight: Aliya Resort & Spa, Sigiriya.

Day 3 Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa, exploration (Breakfast)
After breakfast explore the guided trip to Polonnaruwa ancient Kingdom. The Island medieval capital rose to fame after the decline of Anuradhapura. The city in its day was fortified with three concentric walls, beatified with parks gardens and sanctified by many shrines. Polonnaruwa shows the interesting blend of the influence of the south Indian Hindu culture on the Buddhist art and architecture in the scattered shrines and monuments still venerated daily by devotees. Optional you can visit in the afternoon a National Park, and enjoy a jungle safari by four-wheel jeep. Overnight: Aliya Resort & Spa, Sigiriya.

Day 4 Drive Sigiriya – Kandy, exploration (Breakfast)
On the way to Kandy, visit Dambulla Cave Temples. Its rock ceiling is one large sweep of colourful paintings which depict Buddhist mythology and tales of the Buddha’s previous birth. Some of them are over 2000 years old. Within the cave temple is the collection of the large numbers of Buddha statues in one place. Visit Nalanda Gedige – en route to Kandy it is the earliest all stone building. Thereafter, explore a Spice Garden – the spice which first drew Europeans to the Island – Cloves, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, and Pepper still grow in grate abundance in Sri Lanka. They lent richness and zest to many dishes, often in proportion that depend on availability and the chef’s personal taste rather than on any fixed recipe. The Spice Gardens are approved by government tourist board and they will offer you quality spices, herbs and oil than which you can find in local market.
Now visit Aluvihara Temple – it is an ancient rock temple of great significance in the history of Buddhism. Kandy is the citadel of the hills. Set like a jewel among green mountains chains, Kandy Lake and girdled by the Mahweli River, Sri Lanka’s longest river, the capital of the Island’s last independent Kingdom has retained a distinctive identity and character.
In the evening you visit with a guide Temple of Tooth. The importance of Kandy is mainly due to being the home of the Dalada Maligawa, which houses the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha. Overnight: Hotel Tree of Life, Kandy.

Day 5 Kandy, Pinnawala Elephant orphanage (Breakfast)
Visit Pinnawala Elephant orphanage – The orphanage was established to feed, nurse and house young elephants found abandoned by their mothers. Often the young ones fall into fits and ravines in their quest for water during drought period. Other inmates at the orphanage are those displaced from their natural environs by development projects or those founds diseased or wounded. The animals that were brought during the initials years are now capable of breeding and have in fact bred. The best time to visit is during the feeding times, when one will have the opportunity of seeing the baby elephants being bottle-fed. Also could accompany the elephants to a river close-by and see the elephants having their daily bath. Optional you can visit in the evening a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lanka Dancing, Mask and Fire. Overnight: Hotel Tree of Life, Kandy.

Day 6 Drive Kandy – Nuwara Eliya, train ride to Ella, exploration (Breakfast)
En route to Nuwara Eliya visit Pedro or Lipton Tea Factories: Visit the tea plantation / factory, where the best tea in the world produced, you will be told about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded and taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory for complementary.
Enjoy a 3 hours Sri Lankan Train journey to Ella. Choose the first class wagon or observation wagon. The driver will drop you in Nanu Oya station for the ride and again then pick you up in Ella station. Overnight: 98 Acres Resort, Ella.

Day 7 Ella, soft adventure trek (Breakfast)
Ella Gap/Rock – The most rewarding, and most taxing, hike around Ella is the ascent of the majestic Ella Rock, which looms over the village. It’s around a four-hour hike in total, with an interesting mix of rail track, tea plantation, and some steep stuff near the summit. Carry food, water and good footwear, and take care in wet weather, when tracks can get slippery – and be aware, too, that mist and rain can descend quickly at the top.
There are several different possible routes; most begin by following the rail line south out of the village, then following one of the various paths which strike off up the rock. Overnight: 98 Acres Resort, Ella.

Day 8 Drive Ella – Yala (Breakfast)
Morning, drive to Yala National Park. Take a jeep safari into Yala National Park; Sri Lanka’s most famous. Elephant are the best-known and easiest to spot of the wildlife on show here, but deer, crocodiles, wild buffaloes and monkeys are also common. Yala has one of the world’s highest concentrations of leopard, though you’d be lucky to spot one of these solitary nocturnal animals. Overnight: Priyankara Hotel, Yala.

Day 9 Drive Yala – Galle – Bentota Beach (Breakfast)
Early morning, a four hours drive to Galle is a major city in Sri Lanka. Visit the fortified city. The fort has a colorful history, and today has a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population. The Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world. The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site under criteria IV, for its unique exposition of “an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries.” Check-in into the hotel and relax the rest of the evening. Overnight: Avani Bentota Resort & Spa, Bentota Beach.

Day 10 Bentota Beach (Breakfast)
Breakfast at hotel. Free time at the beach to relax. Overnight: Avani Bentota Resort & Spa, Bentota Beach.

Day 11 Bentota Beach (Breakfast)
Breakfast at hotel. Free time at the beach to relax. Overnight: Avani Bentota Resort & Spa, Bentota Beach.

Day 12 Bentota Beach – Colombo (Breakfast)
Drive to Colombo. The rest of the day is free to explore the place on your own. Overnight: Galle Face Hotel, Colombo.

Day 13 Colombo, half-day city tour (Breakfast)
After breakfast get ready for the Colombo half-day city tour. The rest of the day is free to explore the place on your own. Overnight: Galle Face Hotel, Colombo.

Day 14 Colombo Departure (Breakfast)
Free until transfer to International airport in time to board the outbound flight.

 

Price: CNY 11700 per double occupancy
Size of group: min. 2-4 persons

Including:
– 13 nights hotel accommodation
– 13 breakfasts
– Airport transfers as per the itinerary using private vehicle
– Transportation in an air conditioned vehicle with an English speaking driver-guide
– Guidance and assistance throughout the tour from driver/guide and local tour operator – Different Discovery
– Sightseeing tour entrance fees incl. Anuradhapura Kingdom, Rock Fortress, Polonnaruwa ancient Kingdom, Dambulla Cave Temples, Temple of Tooth, Pinnawala Elephant orphanage, Yala Safari Deluxe Jeep
– Train ticket with First Class Wagon or Observation Wagon


Hotels & Resorts
Hotel Name: Palm Garden Village Hotel, Anuradhapura
Information: 10 spacious suites with colonial type beds, and with a sitting area. 40 Air Condition rooms with combatable beds, tastefully furnished and provided with every comfort to put you immediately at your ease: armchairs, a shelf for your luggage, an ample wardrobe, a writing desk, table and chairs. Bathroom with shower. Mini bar and TV with Satellite channels.
Location: Conveniently located in Anuradhapura Palm Garden Village Hotel is a great base for exploring the city.

Hotel Name: Aliya Resort & Spa, Sigiriya
Information: The resort features 88 beautifully appointed guest rooms and offers many unique recreational opportunities. Discover an engaging blend of professional service and a wide array of features at Aliya Resort & Spa. One of the focal points of the resort is the beautiful infinity pool which overlooks the vast greenery.
Location: Located in the lovely area of Sigiriya City from here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer.

Hotel Name: Tree of Life, Kandy
Information: The hotel has a unique architectural design and offers guests a range of accommodation units. All of these units are inclusive of modern in-room amenities to make your stay more restful.
Location: Located in Kandy which is historically renowned for the rich cultural traditions, the Hotel is nestled in a rich area with vegetation and greenery.

Hotel Name: 98 Acres Resort & Spa, Ella
Information: A passion and deep concern for the environment is reflected in the design and construction of the resort. The rooms are bright and able ambiance for the guests and are completed with laminated wooden balconies to the total experience. Amidst other facilities is the elegantly designed pool overlook- deck made of cut stones.
Location: Located in a picturesque ninety eight acre Uva Greenland Tea Estate creating a small haven that has an almost perfect climate.

Hotel Name: Priyankara, Yala
Information: The hotel is a charming white villa with a combination of virtuous moments and joyful explorations. The rooms are perfect illustrations of a bond between the nature and modernity.
Location: Situated amidst a luxurious landscape, the surrounding scenery is enriched with evergreen paddy fields with resemble a cool green sea.

Hotel Name: Avani Bentota Resort & Spa, Southern Beach
Information: The 75-room Resort was designed by world-famous local architect, in the style of an 18th Century Dutch Village. The resort is offering the ultimate in elegance and the inimitable charm of a beach escape.
Location: Bentota is located along the island’s golden mile of beaches on the west coast, which boasts pristine beaches and azure blue seas and is situated 66 km from Colombo.

Hotel Name: Galle Face Hotel, Colombo
Information: The hotel reflects the grandeur of a bygone era yet offering modern comfort for today’s traveler. Hotel offers Spa and Swimming pool facilities in a calm and comfortable environment for our guests to relax after a busy day.
Location: Sri Lanka’s iconic historic hotel, Galle Face Hotel, situated in the heart of Colombo, along the seafront facing the famous Galle Face Green.

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