ARRIVAL AT BANDARANAIKE INTL AIRPORT
Upon clearing Customs and Immigration, you are met by our representative who will present you with a welcome pack including all necessary documentation and arrange for your transfer to your hotel in Negombo (Approx 30mins from airport) for check-in.
Negombo – has a chequered and colourful past in that the Dutch, the Portuguese and the British all laid claim to it at different times. Evidence of their occupation can be seen in the colonial-style architecture of many of the buildings in Negombo. During the Dutch era, Negombo was also one of the most important sources of the much-coveted and highly profitable cinnamon. Rest of the day would be at leisure to take a stroll along the beach or just to relax and recover from jetlag.
For the day at leisure on the beach or visit a fishing village (this will depend on the arrival time). Dinner and overnight stay
After breakfast proceed to Wilpathu
Check into camp site
Do late evening safari in Wilpattu national park
Dinner & overnight stay at Big game camp site
WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK
The oldest and largest National Wildlife Park in Sri Lanka opens its doors to avid wildlife safari-goers, offering ample opportunities to spot Sri Lankan Leopards. The Wilpattu national park still holds virgin territory appeal due to the fact that it had remained closed to visitors for a long time, and is a must see for those wishing to explore unchartered wildlife parks in Sri Lanka.
The Wilpattu national park is the largest national park in Sri Lanka and comprises diverse forest types. Thus, there is more area to explore and visitors to the Park are widely spread unlike in the Yala national park. Being one of the first Parks to open in Sri Lanka, Wilpattu is one that has a rich heritage and it is also in close proximity to Anuradhapura and Kalpitiya which makes it an ideal destination for those on a historical tour or those planning to go whale and dolphin watching.
The Wilpattu national park has a steady upward trend of visitors on wildlife safaris. There is no doubt that Wilpattu retains its status as a much frequented game reserve and a popular ecotourism destination – a status which is upheld by the strong prevalence of leopards. Though the present number of Sri Lankan Leopards in the park is unknown, it is one of the favoured wildlife safari destinations to observe these big cats. Another highlight is the highly dense population of Sri Lankan Sloth Bears that can also be found here.
After an early breakfast transfer to Kandy ( Approx. 5 hours travel time)
Enroute visit to spice garden and explore the local spices
Check into Hotel
Commence city tour and experience a local bus ride
KANDY was the last stronghold of the Buddhist political power against colonial powers. It is also the home of the Temple of the Tooth relic. It’s architectural monuments date mainly from the 19th century, when Vikrama Rajashinha went on a building spree, the cost of which hastened the downfall and eventual surrender to the British forces
After breakfast relax at the hotel
Visit to barthik factory and experience the local art
Evening visit Temple of the Tooth in Kandy and enjoy the cultural dance
Dinner and Overnight stay
DALADA MALIGAWA – The Temple of the Tooth or Dalada Malgawa dates from the 16th century, though most of the present buildings were built in the 19th century. Entering the shrine over a moonstone step, you pass a stone depicting the Indian goddess Lakshmi and a wall with frescoes illustrating the Buddhist conception of hell. The upper stories house the relic of the tooth, caged behind the gilded iron bars. Behind the tooth relic sanctuary is a hall with a number of golden Buddha statues and modern paintings, showing Buddha’s life and the arrival of Buddhism in the land. We end our tour just before the evening drumming begins, which precedes the ceremonious opening of the window for the public viewing of the casket with the tooth
After breakfast proceed to Nuwera eliya by train
Pick up at Nanu oya station and proceed to for a Nuwera eliya city tour
Evening visit to tea Plantation
Dinner & overnight stay
Wake up leisurely and be transferred to the Hill Station with misty mountains and a sea of Tea Plantations.
NuwaraEliya The jewel in the crown of NE is the 117-year-old course in the heart of the town. Nuwara-Eliya is surrounded by mountain chains covered by dense, moss-covered cloud forests and tea plantations; its perpetual English spring weather, seasonal mists and dry winds provide ideal weather conditions for the production of one of the choicest grades of high grown tea, to which it gives its name. The city’s southern end is adorned by Lake Gregory; high waterfalls add to its scenic beauty. The cool sparkling climate with the temperature changing around 13 oC this is an exquisite and healthy city famous for its wide range in flowers. With buildings of English architecture everywhere in the city, it is affectionately called little England.
The Victoria Park in the centre of NuwaraEliya, the highest Town in Sri Lanka is famous for Yellow-eared Bulbul, Blackbird, in winter Pied Thrush and Kashmir Flycatcher
1.After breakfast proceed to Yala
2.Check into camp site
3.Evening safari at the national park
4.Dinner and overnight stay in big game campsite
YALA NATIONAL PARK – lies on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, and spans a vast 97,878 hectares over the Southern and Uva Provinces. The vegetation in the Park comprises predominantly of semi-arid thorny scrub, interspersed with pockets of fairly dense secondary forest. Small patches of mangrove vegetation also occur along the coastal lagoons. The Park is world renowned for the wide variety of its wildlife, most notably its large population of Asian elephants and its fine and healthy coastline, home to many pristine reefs. Yala national park has the highest density of wild leopards in the world, with the Block 1 area of the Park having one leopard per square kilometre. It also boasts a large number of important cultural ruins, bearing testimony to earlier civilizations and indicating that much of the area used to be populated and well-developed.
PERIYAR – MIRISSA
After breakfast proceed to Mirissa
Check in to Mandara Resort or in a similar resort in Mirissa
Rest of the day at leisure on the beach or explore around the area
Dinner and Overnight stay
ALLEPEY – MIRISSA
In the early morning, leave for Whale Watching (You should be at Mirissa harbour at 6.15a.m . Season is from November to March )
Return to the hotel
Evening enjoy the beach
After breakfast proceed to the city of Galle for an overnight stay.
GALLE FORT – is one of the best preserved examples of seventeenth century colonial fortifications in the world. The quaint narrow streets of this fascinating living museum still thrum with life even though the pace has slowed considerably since Galle’s heyday as the island’s premier port and trading centre just two centuries ago. The fortifications of Galle was begun by the Portuguese in 1587 when they built the Black Fort as a lookout post, however it was not until the Dutch arrived in 1640 that the fort was considerably expanded and improved as imposing bastions were built and connected by thick rampart walls. In 1796 the British took control of this city and their rule marked the final chapter of almost four centuries of European domination which has resulted in the fascinating hybrid – architecturally, culturally and ethnically – that Galle is today
After breakfast proceed to Beruwela
Check in to hotel for overnight stay
After breakfast, leave to the airport to connect to the departure flight