Experience the diverse tapestry of Sri Lanka on this captivating journey.
Begin your adventure in the coastal city of Negombo, a gateway to the island’s beauty. From there, venture to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, a heartwarming haven for abandoned elephants. Continue to Kandy, a cultural gem, where you’ll witness mesmerizing Kandyan dances and explore the revered Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
Traverse to Nuwara Eliya, the enchanting “Little England” nestled amidst mountains and tea plantations. Immerse yourself in the Hakgala Botanical Gardens’ lush beauty before unwinding on Hikkaduwa’s golden beaches. Your journey concludes with a sense of tranquility, leaving you with cherished memories of Sri Lanka’s natural wonders and cultural riches.
Negombo: A coastal haven welcoming you with its laid-back charm, Negombo offers the perfect start to your journey. Explore the city’s vibrant markets, experience its rich history, and relax by the shimmering waters of the Negombo Lagoon.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage: Witness heartwarming scenes at this orphanage, where abandoned elephants find refuge. Marvel at the elephants as they roam freely, bathe in the river, and enjoy the delightful spectacle of baby elephants being fed.
Kandy: Immerse yourself in the cultural heart of Sri Lanka. Admire the intricate Kandyan dances that beautifully narrate tales of the past. The revered Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic holds deep spiritual significance, and the city’s enchanting aura is further enhanced by a breathtaking fire-walking display.
Nuwara Eliya: A visit to Nuwara Eliya, often referred to as “Little England,” transports you to a world of stunning landscapes. Explore tea plantations, feel the freshness of the mountain air, and wander through the picturesque Victoria Park, reminiscent of an English garden.
Hakgala Botanical Gardens: Set in the mesmerizing surroundings of Nuwara Eliya, these gardens are a paradise for nature lovers. Discover a breathtaking array of flora, meticulously curated to showcase the island’s natural beauty.
Hikkaduwa: Embrace the leisurely pace of life on Hikkaduwa’s pristine beaches. Lounge by the azure waters, take a refreshing dip in the pool, and soak up the sun on the private beach. It’s a perfect place to unwind and reflect on the diverse experiences of your journey.
Each destination on this tour offers a unique perspective of Sri Lanka’s culture, history, and natural wonders, providing a well-rounded and enriching travel experience.
Detailed Tour Plan
Destinations Covered: Negombo, Pinnawala, Kandy, Temple Of Tooth, Nuwara Eliya, Hakgala and Hikkaduwa
Day 01 Airport – Negombo
Welcome & assist by Indus Trips, Transfer to Negombo. Negombo is a major city in Sri Lanka, located on the west coast of the island and at the mouth of the Negombo Lagoon, in Western Province, Sri Lanka.
Negombo is the fifth largest city in the country after the capital Colombo, Kandy, Jaffna and Galle, and it is the second largest city in Western province after Colombo. Negombo is also the administrative capital of Negombo Division. Overnight stay at hotel in Negombo.
Day 02 Negombo – Pinnawala – Kandy Travel Time 4 hrs.
After breakfast transfer to Kandy. En-route visit Pinnawala Elephant orphanage. The orphanage was created to protect abandoned and orphaned elephants. It has now grown into a popular elephant attraction in the country and with good reason, for no where else except at Pageants (processions) are you likely to see so many elephants at close quarters.
The elephants are controlled by their mahouts (keepers) who ensure they are fed at the right times and don’t endanger anyone but otherwise the elephants roam freely around the sanctuary area. There are many elephants in residence from babies to young adults. Among the attractions, you will be able to witness elephants being lead to a nearby river for bathing. You could also see the feeding of the baby elephants which is the highlight of the visit.
In the evening visit to see the cultural dance in Kandy. View a colorful cultural
performance of Kandyan Dancers. The finale is a display of fire-walking.
Overnight stay at hotel in Kandy.
Day 03 Kandy
After breakfast transfer to visit Temple Of Tooth Relic in Kandy. Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha (Sri Dalada Maligawa), which houses the most important Relic of the Buddhists in Sri Lanka. A gold canopy was erected some years ago over the roof of the shrine room where it is place.
Overnight stay at hotel in Kandy.
Day 04 Kandy – Nuwara Eliya Travel Time – Approx. 2-3 hrs.
After breakfast transfer to Nuwara Eliya. En-route visit tea factory and tea plantation in Nuwara Eliya.
The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of mountains, valleys, waterfalls and tea plantations and is 6,200 feet above sea level. In 1826 some British Officers out on shooting, chanced on Nuwara Eliya plains, and Sir Edward Barnes investigated on it. In 1828 a road was constructed over the ridge at Ramboda Pass and a station for convalescent soldiers was established.
It was Sir Samuel Baker who fell under the spell of Nuwara Eliya, brought hounds, horses, cattle, sheep etc. and started a typical English farm here. Flowers and vegetable were brought from England and planted. It is supposed to be one of the coldest places on the Island, but is really just like an England spring day although the temperature does drop at night. The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic.
Overnight stay at hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 05 Nuwara Eliya – Hakgala – Travel Time – Approx 6.5 hrs.
After breakfast transfer to visit Hakgala gardens. Hakgala Botanical Gardens were founded in 1860 by the eminent British botanist Dr GHK Thwaites, who was superintendent of the more famous gardens at Peradeniya, near Kandy.
Overnight stay at hotel in Hikkaduwa.
Day 06 Hikkaduwa
Beach leisure at Hikkaduwa. Enjoy a dip in the pool or catch the sun on the little patch of private beach within easy access of the Resort.
Overnight stay at hotel in Hikkaduwa.
Day 07 Hikkaduwa – Airport – Travel Time 3 hrs.
After breakfast transfer to the airport for departure.
End of Tour
FAQs about the Tour
Q: What is the starting point of the tour?
A: The tour begins with your arrival at the Negombo airport, where you will be welcomed and assisted by Indus Trips.
Q: What is the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage?
A: The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is a sanctuary for abandoned and orphaned elephants. It offers a heartwarming opportunity to witness these majestic creatures up close as they go about their daily routines.
Q: What is the significance of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy?
A: The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, also known as Sri Dalada Maligawa, houses an important relic of the Buddha. It holds immense spiritual value for Buddhists and is a significant cultural landmark in Sri Lanka.
Q: What can I expect at the Kandyan dance performance in Kandy?
A: The Kandyan dance performance is a vibrant display of traditional dance forms that portray historical and cultural stories. It’s a captivating spectacle enhanced by colorful costumes and rhythmic movements.
Q: How does Nuwara Eliya earn its nickname “Little England”?
A: Nuwara Eliya is reminiscent of an English countryside due to its lush green landscapes, cool climate, and tea plantations. Its picturesque setting has earned it the nickname “Little England.”
Q: What can I explore at the Hakgala Botanical Gardens?
A: The Hakgala Botanical Gardens offer a serene haven filled with a diverse collection of plants and flowers. It’s a perfect place for nature enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the island’s rich botanical diversity.
Q: Is there leisure time included in the tour?
A: Yes, the tour provides leisure time in Hikkaduwa, where you can relax on the beach, enjoy the pool, and bask in the serene coastal ambiance.
Q: How far is Hikkaduwa from the airport?
A: Hikkaduwa is approximately a 3-hour drive from the airport, making it a convenient destination for relaxation before your departure.
Q: What kind of cultural experiences are included in the tour?
A: The tour offers cultural highlights such as the Kandyan dance performance, a visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and the opportunity to explore local markets and historical sites.
Q: What is the best time to embark on this tour?
A: The best time to embark on this tour is during Sri Lanka’s dry seasons, typically from December to March and from June to September, when the weather is more favorable for outdoor activities and exploration.
- 06 nights’ accommodation on Bed and Breakfast double sharing basis.
- Transport in an Air conditioned comfortable Vehicle.
- English speaking Chauffer Guide.
- Tea factory / Tea plantation visit in Nuwara Eliya
- Complimentary ticket for cultural dance Kandy.
- Special Helanka Vacations gift pack.
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