Day 01: Airport – Colombo (35 km = 1 hr)
Welcome on arrival & drive to Colombo. In the evening do a city tour of Colombo. Dinner & overnight in Colombo.
Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka! Over 2 million people live in this vibrant city. While sometimes busy and hectic, visitors to this city can witness many of Colombo's treasures. The Fort area is the business center of the country is home to the World Trade Center, as well as other modern buildings. A stroll along Galle Face Green allows a fantastic view of the Indian Ocean, and if timed right, a spectacular sunset. Cinnamon Gardens is home to many of the city's most luxurious homes. The Pettah area is a bazaar where one can watch people bargain for just about anything.
There are several interesting museums and beautiful parks to view, as well as numerous noteworthy churches, temples and mosques, independents square, BMICH (Bandaranayaka Memorial International Conference Hall) Tasty Sri Lankan and Asian food can be found throughout the city, and major hotels offering exquisite international cuisine. As in other areas of Sri Lanka, you will find the Sri Lankan people extremely friendly to tourists. Plan on spending at least a few days here to tour the city before or after exploring other areas of Sri Lanka.
Day 2: Colombo – Dambulla (148 km = 4 ½ hrs), Dambulla – Polonnaruwa (68 km = 2 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Dambulla. In the evening proceed to Polonnaruwa, do a city tour of this ancient city & return to Dambulla. Dinner & overnight in Dambulla.
The Island’s medieval capital (11th 13th century A.D.) is situated 216 km. from Colombo and rose to fame after the decline of Anuradhapura. The city in its day was fortified with three concentric walls, beautified with parks and gardens and sanctifies by many shrines. A unique irrigation complex known as the Sea of Parakrama watered the city as well as the surrounding plains. The largest of the man made reservoirs, the huge Parakrama Samudra, is larger in size than Colombo harbour.
Day 3: Dambulla – Sigiriya (24 km = ¾ hrs), Sigiriya – Matale (71 km = 2 hrs) Matale – Kandy (26 km = ¾ hrs)
After breakfast visit Dambulla cave temple & climb the Sigiriya rock.
Dambulla rock temple is a magnificent gallery of Buddha images and wall and ceiling paintings not seen anywhere else on the Island. It is a complex of five cave temples with its origin going back to the first 01st century BC.
Climb the amazing rock of Sigiriya with its impregnable palace fortress built in the fifth century and enjoy the breathtaking views over the once magnificent royal pool, the throne, remains of the majestic palace, walk ways and garden. Sigiriya is a sixth century fortress perched on a 200 meter high rock and the most dramatic of Sri Lanka's historic sites. Drive to Kandy via a spice center in Matale.
On your way Kandy in a suburban township called Matale, you will have the chance to visit spice plantations that grow a variety of spices such as cinnamon, pepper, and nutmeg, for which Sri Lanka was renowned and initially colonized by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. In the evening visit the temple of the tooth & witness a Cultural show in Kandy. Dinner & overnight in Kandy.
Located in Kandy, long a center of the Buddhist faith, the stunning 17th century Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) is believed to house the left upper canine tooth of the Lord Buddha himself. This precious relic attracts white clad pilgrims, bearing lotus blossoms and frangipani, every day.
Day 4: Kandy – Peradeniya - Pinnawala - Negombo (129 km = 3 ½ hrs)
After breakfast visit botanical gardens at Peradeniya & Pinnawala & proceed to Negombo. Do a city tour of Negombo. Dinner & overnight in Negombo.
Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya situated in the outskirts of Kandy. Established in 1816, Pereadeniya Botanical Gardens spans over 147 acres. Flanked by the Mahaweli River, these gardens house all the usual features such as an orchid house, a spice garden etc. But what makes them special is the beautiful and serene layout, and the fine specimens of mature plants and trees which are also home to incredible colonies of flying foxes.)**
This is probably the only one of its' kind and provides shelter to many elephants of all ages, found either abandoned as infants by their herds, or those found wounded in the jungles. The morning and afternoon feeding hours are the best times to visit the orphanage, followed by their two hour long bath in the river across the road from the orphanage.
Day 5: Negombo – Airport (15 km = ¼ hrs)
Departure transfer to the airport.