On this tour you will visit the Temple of the Tooth, a Kandyan Cultural Dance Show as well as a day trip to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and much more. The perfect setting for a luxury holiday or romantic honeymoon.
The Highlights of Sri Lanka Private Tour showcases some of the most interesting cultural and historic sites in the world. After seeing the spectacular sights across Sri Lanka you will then head to Hikkaduwa for a relaxing beach break - providing the perfect ending to what will be a memorable break.
- English speaking chauffer guide for the entire round tour
- Enjoy the game drive through Minneriya National Park which is a home to sambar deer, leopards and elephants and features the ancient Minneriya Tank
- The Highlights of Sri Lanka Private Tour showcases some of the most interesting cultural and historic sites in the world
- Departs: london
- Arrives: colombo, Sri Lanka
- Departs: colombo, Sri Lanka
- Arrives: london
Highlights of Sri Lanka and Beach
- As Per Itinerary
- As Per Itinerary
- Visit the ancient city of Sigiriya
- Game drive at Minneriya National Park
- Explore the jewels of Kandy
The Highlights of Sri Lanka Private Tour and Beach showcases some of the most cultural and historic sites in the world, including:
• Lion Rock, an ancient fortress
• The town of Sigiriya
• Ancient city of Polonnaruqa
• Jeep Safari Minneriya National Park
• Rangiriya Dambulla Cave Temple
• Matale Spice Gardens
• Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
• Temple of the Tooth
• Kandyan Cultural Dance Show
• City tour of Kandy
• 5-Star Beach Stay
Day 1 - Arrival at Negombo
On arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport you will be met by our Travel Representative from The Holiday Place and transferred to your hotel in Negombo.
(Airport to Negombo: approximately 20 Minutes / 25 km)
Day 2 - Negombo to Kandalama
This morning you will be transferred to Kandalama.
(Negombo to Kandalama : approximately 04 hours / 110 km) Spend the day at leisure.
Day 3 - Kandalama & Sigiriya
Today you will visit the Lion Rock, one of the seven World Heritage sites in the island.
(Kandalama to Sigiriya: approximately 04 Hour / 36 Km)
This is an ancient rock fortress and ruins of a castle, which was once the home to King Kasyapa. The entrance to the original fortress was through the mouth of a lion, however the ravages of time has resulted with only a part of the massive paws remaining today. A testament to ancient artistry and architectural ingenuity – Sigiriya has many attractions to its visitors – its gardens (boulder, water & terraced), its artistry (the world renowned frescos), the mirror wall and the dramatic history linked to the construction of the Lion Rock. An original Lost City, Sigiriya is a must see in any visit to the Cultural Triangle.
Return to Kandalama
Spend your afternoon at leisure.
Day 4 - Kandalama & Polonnaruwa
This morning set off to explore the medieval capital of Sri Lanka – Polonnaruwa.
(Kandalama to Polonnaruwa: approximately 02 Hours / 70 Km)
The second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated the Chola invaders in 1070 CE to reunite the country once more under a local leader. This city is known to have been the pinnacle of the Golden Age of Sri Lanka, during the reign of Parakramabahu I, a ruler whose goal that no drop of water falling from the heavens be wasted led to the development of irrigation systems which are still utilised to this day. The greatest of these
systems – the Parakrama Samudra (Sea of Parakrama) is a tank so vast that it is often mistaken for an ocean. It circles the main city like a ribbon, acting both as a defensive border against intruders and the lifeline of the people in times of peace.
In the afternoon enjoy a game drive at the Minneriya National Park.
Located between Habarana and Polonnaruwa, the 8,890 hectares of Minneriya National Park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to favourites such as sambar deer, leopards and elephants. However the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank (built in 3rd century AD by King Mahasena). During the dry season (June to September), this tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants who come to bathe and graze, as well as the huge
flocks of birds (cormorants and painted storks to name but a few) that come to fish in the shallow waters.
Day 5 - Kandalama to Kandy
This morning you will leave Kandalama and drive to Kandy.
(Kandalama to Kandy: approximately 3 Hours / 92 Km)
En route you will visit the Rangiriya Dambulla Cave Temple – which is located in the North Central Province. This UNESCO World Heritage Site which dates back to the 1st century BC is an amazing complex of 5 caves, first used as a refuge by an ancient king who on regaining his throne, commissioned magnificent carved images within the living rock. Later kings made further improvements and the caves contain
over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is a colossal figure spanning 15 meters. Cave inscriptions from the 2nd Century BC are found and on the walls are many paintings most of which belong to the Kandy period (early 19th century). This temple is a perfect location to view evolution of ancient Sri Lankan art and is an important historical site due to the amalgamation of the material from many eras.
Next you will stop for a break at the Matale Spice Gardens. Here you will indulge your senses and have the opportunity to sample some of the homeopathic remedies of the East.
Continue to Kandy and check into your hotel.
Day 6 - Kandy & Pinnawala
This morning you will proceed to visit the world famous Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.
(Kandy to Pinnawala: approximately 01 Hour / 40 Km)
A venture initiated by the Sri Lankan Government to safe guard one of its National Treasures, the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage has been operating for over 30 years, nurturing orphaned calves, treating the feeble and rehabilitating the injured. Today, the orphanage has around 60 elephants, with hundreds watching their antics during their bathing times! It is a definite treat watching them frolic in the water and observe the unique characteristics of each and every one of Sri Lanka’s gentle giants! The ideal time to watch them is 10:00hrs-12:00hrs and 14:00hrs-16:00hrs.
Return to Kandy.
In the afternoon enjoy a city tour of Kandy including a visit to the famous Temple of the Tooth which is commonly known as "Sri Dalada Maligawa" and is situated in the city of hills, Kandy. It is an important shrine for Buddhists as it holds the tooth relic of Lord Buddha. It is famous for its carvings and the beautiful art that is unique to Sri Lanka. The most important part of the Dalada Maligawa is the octagon (Pathirppuwa). The Sri Dalada Maligawa is the most sacred temple in the whole of Sri Lanka. Thousands of people line up each day to get a glimpse of its majesty.
Later you will enjoy a Kandyan Cultural Dance Show.
Day 7 - Kandy to Hikkaduwa
After breakfast this morning leave to Hikkaduwa for your beach stay.
(Kandy to Hikkaduwa: approximately 05 Hours / 189 Km)
On arrival, check in at hotel.
Day 8 - Day 10 - Hikkaduwa
Spend two days at leisure
Day 11 - Hikkaduwa to Airport
After breakfast this morning leave to the airport to board your departure flight.
(Hikkaduwa to Airport: approximately 03 Hours / 119 Km)
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NOTE: The Kandy hoteliers have informed us that the hotel bars will not be operating or serving alcoholic beverages in public areas from 29th July to 08th August, due to the Esala Perahera taking place in Kandy during this period. The Mini bars in the guest rooms will however be available consumption during this period
An enjoyable, varied holiday!
Windsor Rackham reviewing Highlights of Sri Lanka and Beach (05-Mar-2018)
£1479 per person
Your holidays include:
- Representation Services