Tour 2 - 9 Nights / 10 days
Culture / Tea Plantations / Safari / Beach
Day 1 : Airport – Sigiriya
Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport and met by "Key2Ceylon" representatives. Transfer to Habarana ancient city region.
Evening leave for Sigiriya,a 650 feet high rock fortress in the sky, a masterpiece of construction, artistry & irrigation. A world Heritage Site (5th Century AD). The world famous fresco paintings of Heavenly maidens are housed in a cave.
Option of take a jeep safari through the Kaudulla National Park, looking for elephants, deer, peacocks, boars, and many kinds of birds (depends on the season)
Dinner and overnight at HabaranaRead more
Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning. It is the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka.
Day 2: Polonnaruwa
After breakfast visit Polonnaruwa.
Polonnaruwa was the Islands medieval Capital during the period 11th to 13th century A.D. The city in its day was fortified with three concentric walls, beautiful parks and gardens and sanctified by many shrines. Visit the ruins of the Audience hall, Council Chamber, the Royal Citadel, the Kumara Pokuna (pond), Royal Pavillion, Siva Dewale, the Thuparama, the Vatadage Relic House, Kiriwehera, Hatadage, Gal Vihare, with most impressive sculptures & stone carvings. Also see the man maid reservoirs.
Return to Habarana for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3: Dambulla / Kandy
After breakfast leave for Kandy. En-route visit the Golden Rock Cave of Dambulla. Like Sigiriya, this is a vast isolated rock mass where King Valagambhahu took refuge in the 01st century B.C. He later turned the caves into a rock temple. The temple consists of a series of 5 caves containing many statues and paintings including a 47 ft. long statue of the Buddha. En-route to Kandy visit Matale spice garden.
Evening city tour of Kandy and at leisure
Dinner and overnight stay in Kandy.Read more
Day 4: Kandy
After breakfast visit the most sacred Buddhist establishment in Sri Lanka is where one of Buddha's tooth is being kept. Built in the 16th century but improvements and additions have been done to this structure until the fall of the Kandy kingdom. A golden canopy was added recently. Daily rituals are being carried out at various offering times to the shrine. A dress code applies for entering the temple. The magnificence has been enhanced by the octagonal pavilion.
Visit to the Market Place, and an Arts & Crafts showroom. Then drive along the Upper Lake Road to get a panoramic view of the Kandy Lake and its environs and drive past the picturesque University premises. (Option of visiting the one of Asia’s famous botanical gardens in Peradeniya)
Late afternoon witness a cultural pageant highlighting various up country dance forms, including a fire walking display.
Dinner and overnight stay in Kandy
Day 5: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast, Leave for Nuwara Eliya. Visit a tea factory en-route to see how the world's favourite drink is prepared and tasted freshly prepared tea from the factory itself. You will see some amazing water falls at a distance, tea covered mountains, fresh vegetables and miles and miles of winding road reaching Nuwara Eliya.
City tour of Nuwara Eliya Town, Market place, Golf Course, the Hill Club, and drive around this hill station viewing Lake Gregory.
Dinner & overnight in Nuwara Eliya.Read more
Nuwara Eliya is a city, in the hill country of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The city name meaning is "city on the plain (table land)" or "city of light". The city is the administrative capital of Nuwara Eliya District, with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. It is located at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) and is considered to be the most important location for Tea production in Sri Lanka. The city is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya is also known for the temperate, cool climate, the city is known for being the coolest area in Sri Lanka.
Day 6: Nuwara Eliya
Early morning leave the hotel with packed breakfast for an excursion to Horton Plains by a private jeep. Horton plains is a strict nature reserve, the highest plateau in Sri Lanka. Nature lovers will love this wide, Patna-grass covered plain, the haunt of several wild yet harmless animals and the home for many species of birds. Bride paths through the plains will take you to the precipice, popularly referred to as Worlds End, a sheer drop of 1050 metres. The view when it is clear of mist is magnificent.
Later visit Hakgala Botanical Gardens. Hakgala Botanical Gardens, with exotic trees, shrubs and herbs known to thrive best in hill country. It has an excellent rare collection of roses, orchids, and a carefully ended fernery. Evening sightseeing tour of the city.
Dinner and overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 7: Nuwara Eliya – Galle
After breakfast you travel to Galle via famous Ella gap and enjoy the most beautiful sceneries in the Sri Lanka highlands, later visit Udawalawe national park the third most visited national park, where you’ll be able to see hundreds of wild elephants freely roaming in their natural habitat and many water birds, crocodiles and many smaller mammals.
Later in the afternoon proceed to Galle for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 8: Galle
After breakfast visit Galle fort, which was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century.
Then visit a turtle hatchery in the southern cost. These sea turtle hatcheries are for the survival of sea turtles for the next generation.
In the afternoon, relax at your beach resort. Dinner and overnight stay on the beach resort.Read more
Galle is a major city in Sri Lanka, situated on the southwestern tip, 119 km from Colombo. Galle is the administrative capital of Southern Province, Sri Lanka and is the district capital of Galle District. Galle is the fourth largest city in Sri Lanka after the capital Colombo, Kandy and Jaffna.
Galle was known as Gimhathiththa (although Ibn Batuta in the 14th century refers to it as Qali) before the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century, when it was the main port on the island. Galle reached the height of its development in the 18th century, during the Dutch colonial period. Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by the Portuguese in South and Southeast Asia, showing the interaction between Portuguese architectural styles and native traditions. The city was extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. The Galle fort is a world heritage site and is the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers.
Day 9: Galle
At leisure on half board basis. (Optional tours – surfing / whale & dolphin watching / water sports / boat rides)
Day 10: Galle - Airport
Leave to airport for departure (Depend on the flight time we could arrange lunch & city tour of Colombo)