Upon arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), you will be met by our friendly English-speaking Chauffeur Guide and transferred to a luxury hotel in Colombo.
Colombo is the upbeat commercial capital of Sri Lanka. It is an eclectic metropolis featuring much diversity in its demographic and topographic makeup. Cosmopolitan Colombo is an easy-going, accepting, suave and tourist friendly city you are bound to enjoy as the first stop in your island adventure.
Day 02: Colombo – Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast you will be taken on a short city tour of Colombo.
Thereafter, proceed to Nuwara Eliya, a popular central highland retreat famed for its cool salubrious sub tropical climate, scenic mountains and verdant tea plantations. Whilst the rest of the island is basking in year-round tropical heat, Nuwara Eliya enjoys an eternal Spring, plunging down to an autumnal chill on most nights. Nuwara Eliya was dubbed ‘Little England’ by the early British planters who were overcome with nostalgia, upon discovering this hidden highland gem which closely resembled a picturesque hamlet in England.
En-route visit the breathtaking Devon and St. Clair Falls and a lush tea plantation and factory.
Night stay at a selected hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 03: Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast opt for one of two excursions.
Trekking excursion to the beautiful Bomburu Ella waterfall.
Bomburu Ella borders the districts of Nuwara Eliya and Badulla. It is considered one of the widest waterfalls in Sri Lanka, constituting a cluster of small waterfalls.
Visit the Hakgala Botanical Gardens thereafter.
Hakgala is the second largest Botanical Garden in Sri Lanka and is home to over 10,000 varieties of colourful sub tropical flora, including wide expanses of vibrantly hued Orchids and Roses.
Trekking excursion to the breathtaking Lovers Leap waterfall combing your way through mazes of verdant tea fields.
In the afternoon, visit the Horton Plains National Park, rich in biodiversity. It is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. Visit the popular attractions of World’s End, Mini World’s End and Baker’s Falls, located within the National Park.
Night stay at the hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 04: Nuwara Eliya – Kithulgala
Leave for Kithulgala in the morning.
Trek to the prehistoric site of Beli Lena Cave. Human skeletal remains dating back 32,000 years have been found within the confines of this cave.
Experience an exhilarating session of White-Water Rafting in the afternoon.
Night stay at a Camp Site in Kithulgala. Reconnect with your inner sanctum as you gaze at the star-studded night sky and listen to the strange and intriguing calls of nocturnal wildlife.
Day 05: Kithulgala – Bentota
Leave for Bentota in the morning.
Bentota is a popular tourist destination in the island, endowed with an idyllic beach, a sultry lagoon, a captivating river and a rich mangrove swamp teeming with elusive marine life. These geographic features make Bentota an ideal stop for the adventure seeking traveller, affording many expedition opportunities in these diverse eco systems. Bentota is also the renowned watersport hub of Sri Lanka.
En-route to Bentota visit the atmospheric 12th century Buddhist temple Galapatha Raja Maha Viharaya. This temple houses some striking murals, ancient inscriptions and a 2500-year-old centerpiece shrine.
Thereafter, visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery where you can engage in the heartwarming experience of releasing turtle hatchlings into the seamless turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
Night stay at a luxury resort hotel in Bentota.
Day 06: Bentota
Enjoy a day at the beach engaging in some exhilarating water sport activities. Make your pick from a multitude of sports such as windsurfing, water-skiing, jet-skiing, snorkeling, scuba – diving and canoeing. Alternatively, you may opt for a boat ride on the tangled waterways of the Bentara River.
If lazing is more your cuppa, spend a full day lounging on the beach, soaking in the mesmerising sea view and the lulling melody of waves lapping against the golden shores, as time stands still under the dreamy azure skies of Bentota – the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate.
Night stay at the hotel in Bentota.
Day 07: Bentota – Hikkaduwa
Leave for Hikkaduwa in the morning.
Hikkaduwa is Sri Lanka’s long-standing beach hangout with a variety of hotels and guesthouses, modest beach front restaurants and bars, an alluring beach, a protected reef teeming with colourful marine life, abundant watersport potential, hedonistic beach festivals and an effervescent nightlife.
En-route visit the Hikkaduwa National Marine Park. Enjoy a glass-bottom boat reef safari combined with scuba diving or snorkelling.
The Hikkaduwa Marine National Park is a star attraction in this delightful coastal destination. It is home to 170 species of tropical fish, 60 species of coral and many migrating sea turtles, with sea grass and marine algae providing habitat and character to the seabed.
Day 08: Hikkaduwa
Unleash your adventurous spirit and make a deep water diving trip to the abyss of the ocean where you will be able to witness and explore any one of the ancient ship wrecks around Hikkaduwa – The 19th century Oil Tanker “Conch”, the 1892 four – mast British ship “Earl of Shaftesbury” and the 1889 British Steam Ship “Norsa”; being some of the most popular.
There are close to 200 shipwrecks around the coast of Sri Lanka. These remnants provide many clues and historic facts about ancient seafaring traders, explorers and invaders who travelled in the vicinity of the island’s coasts – their untold tales merely echoes from the past. Shipwreck diving in Sri Lanka is a fascinating experience, quite unlike any other. A must for the adventurous traveller.
Alternatively, you can engage in some thrilling surfing activity, or take part in a canoe safari.
Night stay at the hotel in Hikkaduwa.
Day 09: Hikkaduwa – Negombo
Leave for Negombo in the morning. Check in at a hotel in Negombo.
Negombo is a lively beach town located near the airport, which serves as an ideal last stop, prior to departure. It is a town dotted with many resort hotels and guest houses, catholic churches and shrines and a few remnant reminders of its colonial past such as the Dutch fort and canal.
Join the fishermen for an adventure at sea, in a colourful outrigger canoe. Learn much about the fishing traditions, life and customs of the fishing community as you spend time with these hardworking locals.
Enjoy dinner by the beach or poolside as you reminisce your adventures in the paradise island of Sri Lanka.
Day 10: Negombo – Airport
Departure transfer to the airport.
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