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Pack your bag and join this tour package around Sri Lanka! This tour will cover Negombo, Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, and Thissamaharamaya areas. Besides, in this tour, you have a chance to visit ancient cities, national parks, and beautiful hill country in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Travel Partner will take care everything you need so that you never have to worry about safe transportation, accommodation, and security in Sri Lanka.
You will be staying at the accommodations provided by Sri Lanka Travel Partner in Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, and Tissamaharama.
In the early morning, you will leave for Sigiriya, visiting a roof tile factory, pineapple plantation, as well as Pinawella Elephant Orphanage, one of the popular attractions established as a sanctuary.
There, you are invited to observe and assist the baby elephants as they are fed from giant feeding bottles before they plod down to the river for their daily bath. In the afternoon, you will visit the Sigiriya Rock Fotress, which was a royal palace of King Kassyappa (477 - 495 A.D.). Dinner and overnight stay will be in a hotel in Sigiriya.
After breakfast, you will leave for Anuradhapura following the scenic drive passing small green towns, rural villages, and coconut groves to discover the lush green vegetation in the land. You will also enjoy an en-route stopover along the road to taste a king coconut drink, freshly cut pineapple, mangoes, and a variety of other tropical fruits.
Anuradhapura is the most extensive Sri Lankan ancient cities and a World Heritage Site. It was the national capital for over 1,300 years up to the 10th century A.D. Today, the monuments of Anuradhapura’s heyday survive for you to visit, surrounded by the solemn umbrage of trees and an ancient parkland.
During the tour, you will visit an archeological museum, the sacred Bodhi Tree, Brazen Place, Royal Palace of King Vijayabahu, Samadhi Buddha Statue, Kuttam Pokuna, and more. Dinner and overnight stay will be in a hotel in Sigiriya.
After breakfast, you will leave for Polonnaruwa ancient city, another World Heritage Site. Once the capital of Sri Lanka from 11th - 13th centuries, it still contains some splendid and spectacular statues, walkways, and palaces among the forestry watched by the wildlife. In the afternoon, you will visit Minneriya National Park and proceed back to your hotel in Sigiriya.
After morning elephant ride through the jungle, you will proceed to Kandy, visiting Dambulla cave temple, batik factory, and spice garden in Matale on the way. You will also visit Temple of the Tooth and watch a traditional cultural dancing show in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay will be in a hotel in Kandy.
After breakfast, you will visit Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens and leave for Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara Eliya is supposed to be one of the coolest places on the island, but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. Around Nuwara Eliya, you will see the evidence of the British influence as the houses are like country cottages or Queen Anne style mansions.
You will have an en-route visit to Sri Lankan tea plantation and a working tea factory and also experience a self-tea plucking session. Dinner and overnight stay will be in a hotel in Nuwara Eliya. The next day, you will visit the Horton Plains National Park. In the afternoon, you will walk around Lake Gregory and enjoy a city tour around Nuwara Eliya. Dinner and overnight stay will be in a hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
In the next day, you have a morning city tour to Kandy, visit of Gadaladeniya Vihara, Ambakey Temple, and Lankatilaka Vihara just outside Kandy. Then, you will also visit Bahirawakanda Buddha Statue. in the afternoon, you will have some time to relax in your hotel before dinner.
After breakfast, you will have some options to proceed to Ella by train. It is a picturesque driveway through tea plantations which offers the best view of Sri Lanka countryside. The driver will drop you at Nuwara Eliya train station and pick you up from the train station in Ella. Once you check in to your hotel in Ella, you will climb Little Adam's Peak, visit the Rama's Cave, or just chill by one of the waterfalls Ella has to offer. Dinner and overnight stay will be in a hotel in Ella.
You will proceed to Tissamahama and visit the Buduruwagalla Buddha standing statue on the way, followed by afternoon or morning safari in Yala National Park. Dinner and overnight stay will in a hotel in Tissamaharama.
After breakfast, you will proceed back to Negombo via beautiful southern coastal road, visiting Dondra Head Lighthouse, Hummanaya Blow Hole in Dickwella, Weligama fishing village, and turtle hatchery in Unawatuna. This is the end of the tour.
This safari will take you to tour around Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, and Tissamaharama. Besides, the game viewing will take place in Pinawella Elephant Orphanage, Minneriya National Park, Horton Plains National Park, Yala National Park, and turtle hatchery in Unawatuna.
Minneriya national park is located 182 kilometers away from Colombo, in the North Central Plains of Sri Lanka. The major city closest to Minneriya National Park is Polonnaruwa. The recently renovated, the ancient Minneriya rainwater reservoir irrigates a considerable area of the district of Polonnaruwa and it is the focal point of the Minneriya National Park.
May to October is the best period to visit Minneriya National Park in view of the famous gathering of the wild elephant herds. The gathering is documented as the largest known meeting place of Asian elephants in the world. During the dry season of August to September each year, herds up to 300 elephants can be seen within a few square kilometers of the vast Minneriya reservoir.
This elephant gathering is a thrilling spectacle that would be remembered for rest of the life of all those who were fortunate enough to witness it. 24 species of mammals and over 170 species of birds have been recorded here and out of the 25 species of reptiles recorded in the park, eight are endemic.
Yala Wildlife National Park or Ruhuna National Park is the second largest but most famous national park in Sri Lanka. It is located about 300 kilometers from Colombo and most diehard wildlife enthusiast will tell you that it is the best place to spot Asian elephants and leopards in Sri Lanka. Over 100 species of birds and 32 species of mammals have been recorded here and the park is considered as a large bio-diversity hotspot.
Yala National Park paths run through a spectrum of terrains from dense to scrub jungle, open savannah-type to semi-arid areas, rock pools, ravines, and freshwater lakes strewn with more than one prominent rocky outcrops. It is also run through a snaking coastline where the wildlife behaves in an unconcerned and truly wild way and has ceased to take alarm and flee at the sight of humans but by no means docile. With over one hundred and fifty square miles of territory, traversing in Yala without a wildlife department guide is prohibited.
The Asian elephant, leopard, black-bear, along with crocodiles are the most common sights. While peacocks, hornbills, and the gray languor monkeys’ may keep you company along the route with their ceaseless cries. The buffalo, another unsung denizen of Yala National Park, can be unpredictable, easily riled, and extremely dangerous with their sharp horns, which are quite common in the park.
Yala National Park east or better known as Kumana National Park is bird watchers paradise with rarities like ceylon shamas, paradise flycatchers, red-faced malkoha, great thick-knee, and not so rare peacocks adorning the paths during dawn and dusk.
You will be served breakfasts and dinners. You are allowed to bring into the country duty-free 1.5 liters of spirits, two bottles of wine, a quarter-liter of toilet water. Tap water is not safe to drink and boiling as well as filtering are sometimes done too hastily in some hotels and restaurants, so the best solution is to drink bottled water.
There are now many brands available, mostly using spring water from the highlands of the island. Please make sure that the bottle carries an SLS certification and that the seal is broken only in your presence. It is advisable that you beware of ice unless you are satisfied that it has not been made from tap water.
Please remember the tap water as you may be tempted to use to rinse out your mouth after brushing your teeth because it is unsafe. You may keep a bottle of water in your bathroom for this purpose.
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