Tour Itinary

  • Arrival-Negombo

    On arrival at the Bandaranaika International Airport, you will get your first taste of warm Sri Lankan hospitality; representative from Island Hopper Tours will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to Negombo.

    In the evening, visit a Fishing Village in Negombo.

    Over night stay at Camelot Beach Hotel
  • Negombo-Pinnawala-Sigiriya

    After breakfast at the hotel, Proceed to Sigiriya. En-route visit Pinnawela elephant orphanage.

    The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Was established In 1975, with seven orphans. Today, some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but is soon became a conservation and educational centre. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawela started a scientific captive-breeding programme for elephants. The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for respective individuals of both sexes to get together and mate. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, And in 1984, the first baby of Pinnawela was born. The success story of Pinnawela has drawn the attention of scientists from all over the world. A considerable number of books and research articles on Pinnawela have been published in several languages. The members of the Pinnawela herd have been filmed, videoed and photographed thousands of times by professionals during the last four decades.

    Transfer from Pinnawala to Sigiriya.

    Evening visit Sigiriya rock fortress.

  • Evening visit Sigiriya rock fortress

    Sigiriya is an ancient palace located in the central Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres (660 ft) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure Sīhāgiri, the Lion Rock. The capital and the royal palace was abandoned after the king's death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century.

    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.

    Over night stay at Hotel Sigiriya
  • Sigiriya-Hiriwadunna-Habarana-Sigiriya

    After breakfast at the hotel, Visit Hiriwadunna village.

    Hiriwadunna Village Trek Hiriwaduna is for approximately 03 hour trek through this archetypal Sri Lankan village. The trek begins with a scenic walk along a bund of a Wewa (man-made reservoir). The amazing birdlife, butterflies and possible sightings of crocodile only add to the charm of the trek. Sight the villagers as they go about their early morning tasks of fishing or washing clothes at the periphery of the lake. Initially one wades through a shallow stream and thereafter crosses a wider tributary in a catamaran of an obliging farmer to inspect Chena cultivation (slash and burn agriculture).

    Enjoy the farmer's humble hospitality. With the guidance of the farmer, pick some fresh vegetables from the plot and join in the preparation of a simple meal prepared in the traditional method using earthenware pots and firewood as fuel. This is great opportunity to sample authentic local cuisine. The journey continues through dense shrub forests, home to many forest birds and other wildlife including monkeys, bear, python and even elephant.

    In the evening, go on an Elephant back safari.

    Elephant Back Safari, A jungle trek on elephant back is an adventurous experience. Accompanied by the mahout - the elephant handler, you set off for a ride of a lifetime along jungle paths and across shallow rivers

    Drive back to Sigiriya

    Over night stay at Hotel Sigiriya
  • Sigiriya-Dambulla-Matale-Kandy

    After breakfast at the hotel, visit Dambulla cave temple.

    Dambulla cave temple is a World Heritage Site (1991) in Sri Lanka, situated in the Central part of the country. This site is situated 148 kilometres east of Colombo and 72 kilometres north of Kandy. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over five caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Gautama Buddha and his life. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lankan kings and four statues of gods and goddesses. The latter include Vishnu and the Ganesha. The murals cover an area of 2,100 square meters (23,000 sq ft). Depictions on the walls of the caves include the temptation by the demon Mara, and Buddha's first sermon.

    En-route to Kandy, visit Spice garden in Matale to see different spices for which Sri Lanka is famous for. Here, clients could see different spices and how some of these spices are grown and processed. You can witness a cookery demonstration as well.

    Proceed to Kandy.

  • Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings which is a world heritage site. The name "Kandy" conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit bazaar area, arts & crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary etc. In the evening visit Temple of the Tooth Relic. Late evening witness a Cultural Dance show.

    Over night stay at Thilanka Hotel
  • Kandy-Kithulgala-Nuwara Eliya

    After breakfast at the hotel drive to Kithulgala to participate in white water rafting & then visit Belilena cave on bikes.

    White water rafting in Kithulgala - experience White water rafting in the picturesque Kelani River covering 5 major rapids and 4 minor rapids. This activity is for anyone above 10 years, and with safety gear, modern rafts, and a comprehensive safety briefing which will be given by the White water rafting instructors prior to getting into the water. The distance covers about 5 kilometres and the river and its surroundings will make you feel enchanted with a memorable experience during the tour.

    Bike ride to Belilena Cave - Belilena is a very large cave, where pre- historistic Balangoda man was believed to be lived & 12,000 year old skeletal remains of the prehistoric ‘Balangoda man’ (Homesepiens Balangodensis) have been found. This is situated 8 km from Kithulgala. Located 2000 feet above sea level, the Belilena Cave lies amidst picturesque environs close to Kitulagala. Recent archaeological excavations conducted at the Cave have unearthed several fossils believed to be more than 32,000 years old. Caves of shells a huge carven once inhabited by pre- historic stone age people. Its floor strewn with shells of river snails which seems to have a major part of their diet.

    Tour to the Belilena by a mountain bike will give you a unique experience and memories. It will give you not only sense of adventure but also the knowledge about the pre- historistic era. An eight kilometre bike ride takes you to the Belilena Cave. Ride to the Belilena lies on a path to Rubber estate which will make your tour an enjoyable one. Furthermore, passing through Tea plantations, terraces, peoples’ home gardens feel you are in a natural paradise. After 45 minutes ride, you have to park the bicycle at a School and then walk about 10minutes to reach the Caves. Coming back will only have slopes which will make it more relaxing journey.

    Drive to Nuwara Eliya.

  • Nuwara Eliya

    Nuwara Eliya is Sri Lanka’s premier hill resort renowned for its cool invigorating climate and is picturesquely located on the shores of Lake Gregory in a prime tea growing district. Set up and developed as an English village and health resort by the 19th century British colonial settlers, its older buildings such as the post office, Holy Trinity church, the Grand hotel, vintage hotels and houses and the golf club have old English architecture, pretty flower gardens and great nostalgic charm. The sightseeing highlights are the Victoria park, the Nuwara Eliya golf course and the Hakgala botanical gardens, which has a good collection of sub tropical and mountain flora. The high season in Nuwara Eliya is considered from February To April, when several enjoyable events are organized such as flower and agriculture shows, tennis and golf tournaments, motor racing, Horse races, fun fairs, fiestas and more.

    Over night stay at Hill Club Hotel
  • Nuwara Eliya-Horton Plains-Ella

    After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Nuwara Eliya for a City tour including a Tea estate & a Tea factory.

    Drive to Horton plains.

    Horton Plains National Park is a protected area in the central highlands of Sri Lanka and is covered by montane grassland and cloud forest. Which is rich in biodiversity and many species found here are endemic to the region. This region was designated a national park in 1988. It is also a popular tourist destination and is situated 8 kilometres from Ohiya, 6 kilometres from the world famous Ohiya Gap/Dondra Watch and 32 kilometres from Nuwara Eliya.

    The Horton Plains Park are the headwaters of three major Sri Lankan rivers, the Mahaweli, Kelani, and Walawe. In Sinhala the plains are known as Maha Eliya Plains. Stone tools dating back to Balangoda culture have been found here. The plains' vegetation is grasslands interspersed with montane forest, and includes many endemic woody plants. Large herds of Sri Lankan Sambar Deer feature as typical mammals, and the park is also a bird area with many species not only endemic to Sri Lanka but restricted to the Horton Plains. Forest dieback is one of the major threats to the park and some studies suggest that it is caused by a natural phenomenon.

    The sheer precipice of World's End and Baker's Falls are among the tourist attractions of the park.

    Drive to Ella.

    Over night stay at Hotel country Comfort
  • ELLA- Tissamaharama

    After breakfast at the hotel, visit Little Adam’s peak & Ella Adventure Park to participate in one of the Rope Courses.

    Little Adams Peak- named after the sacred Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada- where the foot print of Lord Buddha is preserved) due to the similarity between the two mountains is 1141 metres in height. Gradually with an easy hike up to the mountain though lush green Tea plantations, waterfalls & paddy fields you can consummate a worth panoramic scenic view.

    The Ella adventure Park offers exciting opportunities to adventure lovers. You could walk down the main road and trek through thick forest until you reach a vertical rock face where you will be guided to the bottom using a rope.

    Aerial rope -from a high elevation of typically 150ft. a wire rope extends to ground level about 300m away. Wearing a safety harness and hanging with hands, one rusher down a pulley traveling over the wire. This is a thrilling high speed activity.

    Monkey rope - traverse across on a rope fixed high up. The easiest way to do it is as nature teaches us; like a monkey using all 04 limbs.

    Slithering rope - an individual has to walk backward by holding a big rope. Trust of the equipment is required in this activity. The length of the rope is approximately about 40 feet. You need to have certain amount of balancing skills to get yourself a maximum fun of this activities. You have to keep you belayer informed about whether to give you more slake on the rope.

    Proceed to Tissamaharama

    Over night stay at Kithala Resort
  • Tissamaharama-Yala-Galle

    After breakfast at the hotel, visit Yala national park.

    Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public, and also adjoining parks. It is situated in the South east region of the country, and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The park covers 979 square kilometres and is located about 300 kilometres from Colombo. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals, and it plays an important role in the conservation of Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards and aquatic birds.

    Proceed to Galle.

    In the evening visit Galle City.

  • Galle

    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.

    Other prominent landmarks in Galle include the city's natural harbor, the National Maritime Museum, St. Mary's Cathedral founded by Jesuit priests, one of the main Shiva temples on the island, and Amangalla the historic luxury hotel

    Over night stay at Lady Hill Hotel
  • Galle-Sinharaja-Bentota

    After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Sinharaja rain forest.

    Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a national park and a biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka. The hilly virgin rainforest, part of the Sri Lanka lowland rain forests ecoregion, was saved from the worst of commercial logging by its inaccessibility, and was designated a World Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and a World Heritage Site in 1988 by UNESCO The reserve's name translates as Lion Kingdom.

    The reserve is only 21 km from east to west, and a maximum of 7 km (4.3 mi) from north to south, but it is a treasure trove of endemic species, including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

    Drive to Bentota.

    Overnight stay at Pandanus Beach Resort
  • Bentota-Colombo-Departure

    After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to the airport for the departure flight.

    En-route to the airport, if time permits depending on the departure time, Colombo City/shopping tour

    Colombo- Sri Lanka‘s bustling commercial hub, is located on the country’s west coast and with a population of between 800,000 and one million (estimates vary) is by far the country’s biggest city, as well as the most developed. Its natural harbour at the mouth of the Kelani River was a magnet for successive traders and conquerors – initially the Arab merchants, then Portuguese, Dutch and British imperialists.

    The city is a jarring mix of old and new, with a central cluster of high-rise office blocks and hotels overshadowing red-tiled colonial-era buildings and sprawling street markets which overflow with high-piled fruit and vegetables, colourful silks and cottons, and deliciously fragrant spices. On its crowded streets stand places of worship, symbolic of Sri Lanka‘s multiethnic heritage: graceful Buddhist viharas (temples), for instance, stand close to extravagant temples encrusted with Hindu statuary, along with Muslim mosques with minarets scattered along Colombo’s streets. Its population is swollen by some 400,000 plus commuting workers during the day and is virtually empty after nightfall. There is a lively nightlife at a number of International standard hotels, clubs, pubs and dining venues while it is limited mainly to the high end customer. During the day, Colombo’s colourful street markets, colonial-era buildings, museums and galleries, temples churches and mosques, and the lovely Viharamahadevi Park with it beautiful trees, makes it a great place to explore on foot.

    Shopping- When shopping in Colombo, your options are anything but limiting. From modern, air conditioned malls to the famously buzzing street markets, there's something for everyone. Colombo itself has a fair share of shopping malls and department stores. With everything from the latest pair of shoes & designer jewellery to mobile phones and electronic items, Colombo has an exhaustive variety of things to buy. Popular purchases include clothes, handicrafts, tea and souvenirs.

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