The resplendent Isle of Sri Lanka is known for its gorgeous beaches, tea plantations and ancient cities. Situated just 20 miles off India, the island formerly known as Ceylon is home to 20 million people and eight World Heritage sites.Take a trip to escape the chill and revel in the warm winter sun in the isle of Sri Lanka this winter. Have a grand time enjoying the many attractions of this one-of-a-kind country and leave all the details to the expert holiday specialists of Flying Squirrel Holidays.
On arrival in Sri Lanka, your chauffeur cum guide will meet you at the airport.
Later, drive to Colombo and check in to your hotel. In the afternoon, go on a Colombo City Tour. A drive through the city will take you to the Fort and Pettah- the commercial area of the city and tree-lined Colombo – 07 Cinnamon Gardens. Colombo 3, 4, 5, 8 is the prime residential area of the City. Visit Fort, and Pettah for Shopping. The Hindu Temple at Sea Street, lined with goldsmith’s shops, the Dutch Church at Wolfendaal, dating back to 1749. The historic Davatagaha Mosque, Independence Hall, B.M.I.C.H, the Zoological Gardens and Museum are some of the attractions in Colombo.
Overnight stay at Colombo
After breakfast, check out from your hotel. Later, you will be transferred to Kandy, en-route to visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage which is a caring home for abandoned and wounded elephants. The feeding and bathing times are generally the ideal times to visit when you can observe these gentle giants at their best.
Afternoon Kandy City tour – The hill capital of Sri Lanka; Kandy, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.
Kandy Lake – Kandy Lake is a great place for people to watch in the shade of the ancient trees. Go for a walk with your travel buddy. One of the unique aspects of Kandy is its laidback streets full of the colourful kaleidoscope of colonial building houses.
Temple of the Tooth relic – Explore the sacred temple of the Tooth relic, a historic location of both cultural and religious significance. The Temple of the Tooth Relic is the jewel in the heart of the old city, captivating and majestic. It is a greatly venerated site as the place that holds the Tooth Relic of the Buddha and thus attracts pilgrims from all over the world and the island.
Cultural Dance show – catch a cultural Kandyan dance show towards the end of the day. Once you have seen Kandy to your fill, climb to the top of Bahirawakanda, whose pearl white statue of Lord Buddha overlooks the entire city and watch the sunset over the plateau.
Overnight stay at your hotel in Kandy.
After breakfast, check out and proceed to Nuwara Eliya, en-route visit a Tea Factory. Tea is one of the main sources of foreign exchange for Sri Lanka and is recognized as Ceylon Tea is renowned for its high quality aroma and taste. Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya Hotel.
After breakfast, go on a Nuwara Eliya city tour.
Boat ride on Gregory Lake – Your trip to Nuwara Eliya is not complete without a walk along the picturesque path of Gregory Lake amidst the cool breeze and the hues of the sunset, Gregory Lake was used for watersports and promenades during colonial times.
Have a Taste of Unique Nuwara – Try some of the freshest strawberries right from the very hub of the delicious and tangy fruit and explore the city for east line the famous potato spiral.
Smell the bloom at Hakgala Gardens – At 5400 ft above sea level, the hakgala botanical garden has a history dating back to 1862. Take a walk amidst the blooms and become captivated.
Explore the city’s Colonial History – Nuwara Eliya is full of colonial buildings such as the famous Post Office which is housed in an 1894 Tudo Manor.
Back to the hotel.
Overnight stay at your hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
After breakfast, drive to Yala.
Evening Safari at Yala National Park: Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public and also adjoining parks. Yala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and was designated a national park in 1938. Ironically, the park was initially used as a hunting ground for the elite under British rule. Yala is home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. Among its more famous residents is the world’s biggest concentration of leopards.
Overnight stay at your hotel in Yala
After breakfast, proceed to Bentota.
En route visit Galle Fort. The Galle Fort is the best preserved among the colonial forts in Sri Lanka.
Check in to your hotel upon arrival.
Overnight stay at Kalutara/Bentota.
After Breakfast explore Bentota
Breif Garden – This garden is crafted in a Japanese-style design and the feel will take you back to the colonial days. Bevis Bawa is a well-known architect and this garden was his home earlier. You can go through most of his beautiful works during your visit.
Turtle Hatchery – You will get to see up to five endangered species of turtles hatching and crisscrossing each other. Especially for nature lovers, this spot is considered the most enchanting place to visit in Bentota.
Madu River Boat Safari – This safari is a nature paradise coupled with rich wildlife experiences. There are over a hundred and eleven bird species to watch and click pictures of. It is also a popular spot for ecologists as well as biologists. On the amazing boat rides along the river and you can explore numerous sights while spending time with the local guides.
Cinnamon Island – This Island is famous for its age-old cinnamon plantation wherein you can learn and explore every small detail about the spice, cinnamon, from how it is processed to how it is used. For generations, this place has been taken care of by a single-family.
Bentota Water Sports – You can enjoy a variety of Water sports here such as water skiing, windsurfing, banana ride, wakeboarding, jet-skiing, and tube rides.
After sightseeing, return to the hotel.
Overnight stay at Kalutara / Bentota.
After breakfast, proceed to the airport for your onward/return journey.
Accommodation with breakfast and dinner. Airport – hotel – airport transfers, Cruise, Green Tax.
Overseas travel insurance (Highly recommended). Any extra meals, extra purchases, or expenditures not mentioned in the itinerary. Any cost due to force majeure. 5% GST + 5% TCS over and above the total package cost.