Cool Hills to Beach
Day 01: AIRPORT - NEGOMBO
Arrive in Sri Lanka and you will be welcomed by the representatives of Asian Escapes and transfer to Negombo.
Check in at Goldi Sands Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at Goldi Sands Hotel.
Day 02: - Negombo – Pinnawala - Kandy
Early morning leave for visit the Negombo fish market.
The Negombo Fish Market is the second largest fish market in the Island. The local people call it “Lellama”. The fish market is situated near the Old Dutch Fort Gate and held every day except Sundays. The fishermen wearing varied colored cloths (Sarong) shouting to sell their heaps of fish is the most attracting to the tourists. The large fishermen hats are worn by the fishermen and the fish are unloaded from the boats and cutting off the fish into the quantity required by the customers are some of the other attractions at the Negombo fish market.
Back to the hotel for breakfast and leave for Kandy.
En route visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage - App. 55 miles from Colombo, off the Colombo - Kandy road is Pinnawala, where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants. The number of elephants has increased to more than 85 now; including Baby Elephants brought from various parts, as well as the 23 babies born, as a result of the captive breeding programme. The best time to visit is the feeding time from 0930-1000 hrs and 1330-1400 hrs and the bathing time from 1000-1030 hrs and 1400-1430 hrs when all the elephants are taken to the river close by.
Check in at Hotel Suisse. Leave for a City Tour in Kandy.
Kandy - the hill capital. The venue of the annual Perahera. The last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings was finally ceded to the British in 1815. Kandy is an example of the Buddhism’s influence in Sri Lanka today. Temple’s shrines and monasteries keeping alive Buddhist traditions are everywhere.
To Buddhist of Sri Lanka and the world, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the ‘Dalada Maligawa” - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha.
Overnight stay at a Hotel Suisse in Kandy
Day 03: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast at the hotel leave for Nuwara Eliya and Photograph the Best Views of Mountains, valleys, Waterfalls & Tea Plantations.
LAlso visit a Tea Factory to see the process of making the world’s best Ceylon Tea
Tea Plantation - Tea was first planted in Sri Lanka in 1824 at the Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, when a few plants were brought from China. More were introduced from Assam in 1839. In 1867 a Scottish Planter named James Taylor planted tea seedlings on 8 hectares of forest land, in the Loolcondura Estate. In 1873, the tea export industry of Sri Lanka began with a modest 23lbs being shipped to London. Tea will grow well only on rolling terrain and is classified be elevation into low grown, medium grown, high grown, into 3 main groups.
Check in at Avian Breeze. Evening enjoy the scenic beauty of Nuwara Eliya; the Little England.
Nuwara Eliya - is 6200ft. above sea level. In 1826 some British Officers out on shooting chanced on Nuwara Eliya plains, and Sir Edward Barnes investigated on it. In 1828 a road constructed over the ridge at Ramboda Pass and a station for convalescent Soldiers was established.
It was Sir Samuel Baker who fell under the spell of Nuwara Eliya, brought hounds, horses, cattle, sheep etc; and started a typical English farm here. Flowers and vegetable were brought from England and planted.
Dinner and overnight stay at Avian Breeze in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 04: Nuwara Eliya - Rathnapura
After breakfast leave for Rathnapura via Kitulgala.
Optional: En route experience White Water Rafting
"White Water Rafting" - This high adrenaline adventure on the white water section of the Kelani river, is suitable for first time 'go for it' rafters and experts alike. During the run you will experience the thrill of shooting rapids and the euphoria of making it through. The rivers clear water is born in the heart of the peak wilderness reserve and tumbles through a rocky gorge just above Kitulgala (about 2 hrs drive from Colombo). As the river widens we pass the scenic location used for the film 'Bridge over the River Kwai' which is also a good place to jump in for a refreshing swim. Our journey ends close to Kitulgala town where food and snacks are available. For those who would like to enjoy the river and its wonderful scenery without the thrills and spills of large rapids, we raft through the flatter section of the lower gorge. Suitable for children over six and family groups!
Proceed to Rathnapura and check in at Wijaya Holiday Resort.
Beauty beckons you for a joyful respite among misty mountains, luscious trees and a natural gushing waterfall and swimming pool. Warm and inviting Wijaya Holiday Resort located 60 km away from Colombo, easily accessible from any part of the island, rests atop a hill, nestled between lush green trees and thriving tea bushes.
The abundance of natural resources provides cool air tinged with the fragrance of blooming flowers, chirping melodies of a large species of birds and the mystic beat of the Thalagahahena falls.
Evening at leisure. If the time permits you will be able to visit the gem pit and the lapidary located in the vicinity of the premises.
Dinner and overnight stay at Wijaya Holiday Resort.
Day 05: Rathnapura – Galle - Mirissa
After breakfast at Wijaya Holiday Resort, leave for Mirissa via Galle.
Galle - Sri Lanka’s most historically interesting town in Galle. Built on a premonitory rock in the south of the Island. It was a major port until about 100 years, but today still handles shipping and sailing boars in the natural harbor. Stroll around the Light House and harbor or visit the old town where you can see the traditional lace makers and carvers and purchase some the finest shell-craft souvenirs in the World.
Visit Galle Fort, one of the World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka before you proceed to Mirissa.
At Weligama visit the still sea fishing, one of unique methods of fishing
Check in at Mandara Resort in Mirissa for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 06: Mirissa-Colombo
Leave for Colombo after breakfast. Do a City Tour in Colombo.
Optional: Whale Watching Boat Ride off Mirissa.
The boat ride will start at sharp 7.00am from the Mirissa Fisheries Harbour and leave for Dondra Point where you can spot Whales on their natural habitat. The south coast of Sri Lanka is one of the very best places to see Blue Whales in the entire world. Indeed it is almost the best to see both Blue Whales and Sperm Whales together.
Proceed to Colombo via Southern Highway. Check in at Galadari Hotel and start a city tour.
Proceed to Colombo.
Colombo – is the business and commercial center and the new capital is Sri Jayawardhanapura Kotte, which is only a few miles away. Colombo was only a small seaport, which came into prominence in the 16th Century with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505 and the development of it as a major Harbour during the British period and became the capital in 1815 after Kandy was ceded to the British.
The remains of the buildings during the period and the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule are found in every area of the city. None of the Portuguese & Dutch fortifications are found today but some of their buildings and churches could be seen in the Fort & Pettah areas.
Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street - the Goldsmith’s quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area where there is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, the Kaymans Gate with the Belfry at the original gate to enter the Fort, the Dutch Church of Wolfendhaal dating back to 1749, Davatagaha Mosque, Colombo Museum and the Natural History Museum are some of the sites to be visited. Also visit the BMICH (Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall), see the replica of Avukana Buddha and the Independence Square.
Back to Galadari Hotel after the city tour and overnight stay.
Day 07: COLOMBO-AIRPORT
Leave for Airport after breakfast at Galadari Hotel.