Ancient Cities, Highlands & Big Game Safaris
If you’re looking for a holiday that helps you to relax your senses and stretch out in comfort, then Sri Lanka is an island that has many highlights to fulfill your dream.
Arrival in Sri Lanka and transfer to the elegant Galle Face Hotel, Colombo for one night. If time of arrival permits, city tour of Colombo.
After breakfast leave for Palm Garden Village, Anuradhapura for one night. Cultural excursion to Anuradhapura, the first capital in Sri Lanka founded in the 4 century BC. Some of the historical sites you may visit are Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo-tree), Abayagiri Dagaba and Monastery & The tallest stupa in the world. At over 360 feet in height (originally 400 feet in height) Jetavana is the tallest stupa in the world.
After breakfast leave for Sorowwa, Habarana for two nights. Afternoon, visit Polonnaruwa (A UNESCO World Heritage Site), the medieval capital of Sri Lanka. Visit the world famous rock-cut Buddha statues of Gal Vihara and the Parakrama Samudra (‘Sea of Parakrama’) a 2500-hectare man made reservoir built by King Parakramabahu I (1153 –1186 AD) with a capacity of 134 million cubic metres.
Morning, visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, which was the pleasure capital of a single king called Kashyapa in the 5th century A.D. Afternoon, safari at Minneriya National Park to witness “The Gathering” of elephants. During August and November, over 300 elephants gather on the receding shores of the Minneriya Tank. ‘The Gathering’ of Elephants at Minneriya is one of those awesome spectacles, which should rank alongside better-known wildlife spectacles such as the migration of wildebeest in Africa.
After breakfast leave for Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy for two nights. En route visit, Dambulla Cave Temple, which is famous for its rock paintings and rock temples and is one of the most important sites for Buddhist pilgrimage. Afternoon, visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy, which is an object of veneration to Buddhists and the most important sacred relic in the country. Late evening, walk in the Kandy town.
Morning, visit Gadaladeniya Buddhist Temple, see the beautiful carved figures of Siva as Nataraja in the dancing attitude and Krishna the Eternal Musician playing a Flute and the carvings of the Dancers, Drummers and the others playing musical instruments. Also visit, Embekke. Afternoon, visit Royal Botanical Gardens.
After breakfast leave for Jetwing St. Andrew’s, Nuwara Eliya for two nights. En route, visit Mackwoods Tea Factory.
Morning, visit Horton Plains National Park to see Cloud Forests and rare montane fauna, which include the endemic Rhino-horned Lizard, which was featured in Charles Darwin’s monumental work on evolution, Bear Monkey, Giant Squirrel and Sambhur. Walk though the grasslands and Cloud Forests to a popular viewpoint know as World’s End, which is an escapement with a 870 m drop. We also look for endemic birds Yellow-eared Bulbul and Sri Lanka Hill White-eye and Dull blue Flycatcher. Afternoon, visit Hakgala Botanical Gardens. Here we look for the highland races of Purple-faced Leaf Monkey and Toque Macaque. The Toques brim with self-confidence and may approach visitors!
After breakfast leave for Kirinda Beach Resort, Kirinda for two nights. Afternoon, visit Sithulpahuwa Temple.
Morning and afternoon safari at Yala National Park. Research on leopards in Yala Block 1 has shown it has one of the highest densities of leopards in the world. Yala is the best place in Asia to see leopards. Other large animals you may see include Elephant, Sloth Bear, Mugger Crocodile, Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, Jackal, Grey Langur and Mongoose.
After breakfast leave for Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle for two nights. En route, we stop to watch the still fishermen at Weligama. Afternoon, relaxation by the beach.
Morning, city tour of the colonial Galle city, we will visit the Galle Dutch Fort which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afternoon, visit Hikkaduwa Beach for a glass boat safari.
After breakfast leave for Jetwing Sea, Negombo for one night. En route, visit Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery.
Transfer to International Airport for departure