9D8N Sri Lankan Splendours Tour Tour highlight:  Colombo/ Kandy / Knuckles Range / Nuwara Eliya / Horton Plains / Yala / Bentota Day 1: Sri Lanka Tour Programme Destination: Colombo. On arrival in Sri Lanka, you will be met and assisted by our Airport Representative, who will direct you to your very own chauffeur who will transfer you into Colombo. Afternoon you can drive through the commercial and city centre known as the “Fort,” built by the Portuguese in the 16th century where grand colonial era buildings stand alongside modern office structures. See the vibrant markets and bazaars of Pettah, and the National Museum with its beautiful collection of lovely antiques and art of Sri Lanka. You could visit a Buddhist temple and a Hindu Kovil to experience the diversity of religion, ethnicity and customs of the people. Alternatively, you may indulge in some shopping and sightseeing or take a long walk down the golden stretch of Galle Face, which is populated with interesting food stalls and intriguing vendors. Overnight Stay Hotel in Colombo. Day 2: Sri Lanka Tour Programme Destination: Kandy.  Drive: Approximately 2 1/2   Hour (112 km) En route Visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage – This orphanage was set up by the government to take care of baby Elephants, lost or abandoned in the wild. Witness the feeding of the elephants. After that observe them as they take their daily bath in the river nearby, which affords marvellous photo opportunities. Bath time is enjoyed by all elephants, young and old alike and it is a good time to carefully observe their tightly knit family structure. Daily feeding times – 9.15 am, 1.15 pm, and 5.00 pm. bathing times – 10.00 am, 2.00 pm, and 4.00 pm. En route you will visit a spice garden in Mawanella. You will check in at your hotel on arrival and once you are rested, continue on to your tour of Kandy. Kandy, the bustling hill country capital, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for the Temple of the Tooth, which houses the most sacred religious relic, the tooth of the Lord Buddha, the Kandy Lake built in 1807, which is an attractive centrepiece to the town. In the evening, you will visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic. After that enjoy the Kandyan Cultural show at the Kandyan Arts & Cultural Centre. The show features the graceful and rhythmic dancers and drummers culminating in an efficient fire walking display.Other attractions in Kandy include Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, Tea Museum, Royal Palace Kandy and much more.  Overnight Stay Hotel in Kandy. Day 3: Sri Lanka Tour Programme Destination: Knuckles Range. Drive: Approximately 1 ½ Hour (45km). Rise early morning and leave for Knuckles Forest Range with a packed breakfast. This mountain range offers a beautiful place for Bird watching, Mountain Biking, Hiking,Trekking, Wildlife Photography, and Camping. It also holds great fascination for geologists and naturalists. The Knuckles range derives its name from the similarity of its ridges to the knuckles of a clenched fist. It is a cradle of plant and animal life and is an invaluable asset where biodiversity and watershed values are concerned. After this exhilarating trek in the forest, return to Kandy. Overnight Stay Hotel in Kandy. Day 4: Sri Lanka Tour Programme Destination: Nuwara Eliya.Drive: Approximately 3 Hours (km) After breakfast, leave for Nuwara Eliya En route visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens where a rare collection of tropical exotic and indigenous flora including the famous Orchid House could be viewed. The total amount of species of plants is approx. 4000 this includes medicinal plants, and palm trees as well. The beautiful town of Nuwara Eliya, set in the heart of Tea country and situated 1890 meters above sea level, is where the British succeeded in creating an English countryside with homes in styles from Georgian to Queen Anne. Overnight Stay Hotel in Nuwara Eliya. Day 5: Sri Lanka Tour Programme Destination: Horton Plains / Nuwara Eliya. Drive: Approximately 1 Hour (30 km) After an early breakfast, leave for Horton Plains, the highest plateau in the country. It is one of the vital National parks in Sri Lanka, especially for its topographical variations. It has unique vegetation and is famous for many rare and endemic highland birds. The most impressive physical feature of the Horton Plains is the escarpment that falls 880 meters to the lowlands of the southern region of the island. Aptly known as the ‘World’s End,’ the view from the precipice of the countryside below towards the south coast is spectacular. The climate is freezing in this area. Return to Nuwara Eliya upon completion. After lunch and at your convenience commence a sightseeing tour of the city. Visit the Nuwara Eliya Town, Marketplace, Golf Course, (one of the finest 18 holes Golf courses in Asia) the Hill club, and drive around this hill station viewing Lake Gregory. Afternoon descends from cool hills to the jungles of Yala. En route visit Rwanda Waterfalls, a sight to behold with a scenic backdrop of mountains and valleys. It is featured in the Rawana mythology, where Sita is said to have bathed from this waterfall while she was in captivity, Overnight Stay Hotel in Yala. Day 6: Sri Lanka Tour Programme Destination: Yala National Park Drive: Approximately 4 ½ Hours (197km) After breakfast commence a jeep safari in the Yala National Park by private jeep accompanied by a tracker. Yala National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s premier eco-tourist destinations and is renowned for its variety of wildlife notably its many elephants. It is also home to the spotted deer, sambar, wild buffalo, sloth bear, jackal, mongoose, and crocodiles. The peacock is easily the most famous of the birds in this park. Yala has a high concentration of leopards although seeing these nocturnal carnivores still requires some luck. The Park also houses some species of butterflies such as Crimson Rose, Common Lime Butterfly, Common Jezebel and much more. Overnight Stay: Hotel in Yala Day 7: Sri Lanka Tour Programme Destination: Bentota. Drive: Approximately 6 Hours (241km) After breakfast depart for Bentota, delightfully located along one of the finest beaches on the South West coast. Spend the afternoon at leisure watching the waves as they bounce off the sun-kissed sands. Overnight Stay Hotel in Bentota. Day 8: Sri Lanka Tour Programme Destination: Bentota. Drive: N/A Blissfully spend your time as you wish whether it be indulging in a little spa treatment or relaxing by the beautiful Indian Ocean. Other Attractions Bentota Beach, Turtle Hatchery, Brief Garden Overnight Stay Hotel in Bentota. Day 9: Sri Lanka Tour Programme Destination: Airport.  Drive: Approximately 2 ½ Hours (99km) Now that you are at the end of your journey with us, after breakfast, your chauffeur will comfortably take you to the international airport in time for your departure flight. We hope your adventure with us was enjoyable and wish you a safe and pleasant trip home!


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