Once you arrive at the Bandaranaike International airport (CMB), our chauffer will await you at the arrival lounge to welcome you. There will be a comfortable A/C vehicle to pick you up and we would be leaving to Negombo which is one of the closest towns from the Airport where you could chill a bit after the flight. We could arrange a city tour in the evening and Negombo is also famous for its beautiful beach. You will stay the night in Negombo.
After checkout from Negombo, you will be heading to Kandy where you would be spending 2 nights of your tour. Kandy is a place of great religious and cultural significance to Sri Lanka. On the way we would be visiting the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala, which would take 2 -3 hours to reach and you could see a vast number of elephants and how they are bathed and fed.
Then after you will check-In at Kandy where you could chill down for a bit and go for an evening stroll to for the city tour. Also most importantly, we will visit the temple of the tooth relic which is known as “Dalada Maligawa”.
Also, if time permits we would visit the National Museum in Kandy.
You will stay the night in Kandy and have a goodnight sleep.
Next day morning we will start our journey at 06:00am towards Dambulla where we will climb the Sigiriya Rock, also known as the Lion Rock. It would be a beautiful sight to see the atmosphere and the whole Dambulla area going into the sunrise on top of this magnificent rock palace. On the way back to Kandy from Dambulla we would be going to the Spice Garden in Kandy, Gem Factory Visit and a cultural dance show and fire eating and fire walking performance in Kandy Lake Club in the evening. Then we would stay the night in Kandy.
On this day we can wake up early and head to matale, check-in and go on a hike to Knuckles mountain range which is now named as Knuckles National Heritage and Wilderness Area. The range takes its name from a series of recumbent folds and peaks in the west of the massif which resemble the knuckles of clenched fist when viewed from certain locations in the Kandy District. There are places to visit too, therefore, the hike could be scheduled even for early morning of next day if needed. Places of visit are such as Aluvihara (Buddhist Monastery), baba batik (crafts & batik factory) & Sri Muthumariamman Thevasthanam (Hindu Temple). We will stay the night at Matale.
On this day after check-out, we would be heading to Mahiyanganaya. This would take 2-3 hours to reach. Mahiyanganaya is a town situated close to the Mahaweli River in Badulla District, Uva Province of Sri Lanka. It is said that Gautama Buddha visited Mahiyanganaya on the Duruthu full moon poya day in order to settle a dispute arose between Yakkas and Nagas (two tribes then inhabited this area) and this was his first ever visit to Sri Lanka. Then the Buddha preached Dhamma to Sumana Saman, a leader in this area, to whom the Buddha gave a handful of his hair relic so that people could worship. After that Sumana Saman built a golden chethiya in which the sacred hair relic was deposited. Later on about seven chethiyas were built over the original golden chethiya from time to time, the last one being built by the King Dutugemunu. As such, this historic town is a very sacred place for Buddhists. The above stated Chethiya is now known as Mahiyangana Raja Maha Vihaaraya. Also Mahiyanganaya is known for its early inhabitants known as Veddhas and they are still to be seen, going on with their lives in the traditional ways of hunting and gathering.
You can also visit Dabana Vedda Museum & Vedda Village and learn about these veddha tribe’s lifestyles.
On this day we could head towards Arugam Bay. In Arugam Bay we could visit the Elephant Rock, Muhudu Maha Vihaaraya & also if you’re a surf head you can do some surfing which is just ideal in these beaches. We would stay the night in Arugam Bay.
We would then be going to Udawalawe on this day. Udawalawe is a small town located in the southern part of the Ratnapura District in Sri Lanka.
The town is the main entry point into the Udawalawe National Park which is a major National Park in Sri Lanka which is renowned for its high population of wild Asian elephants. The Udawalawe National Park located approximately 160 km (99 mi) away from Colombo, is the closest national park to Colombo.
The town is also notable, because of the Uda Walawa Reservoir, which was created in 1969, following the construction of a 3.9 km (2.4 mi) dam and a 6MW hydro-electric plant on the Walawe River. The reservoir is the 3rd largest reservoir in Sri Lanka.
We would need to check out a bit early and head towards Bentota on this day because you are going to have some pure fun with watersports and other sports.
On the way you can also visit a turtle hatchery showing the life of turtles of Sri Lanka in Mirissa & also on the way, we will go to the Galle Fort in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, which was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument.
On this day we would be heading back to Mirissa, very early in the morning. This would be to have some good whale watching where Sri Lanka is home to the largest blue whales in the world. Also, if interested some diving & snorkeling too. After an action packed day, we would then be heading to Colombo for your last night.
On this day you would be dropped back to the airport for departure according to your departure time period.