Arrival & transfer to Colombo for 01 night. Evening do a half day city tour of Colombo,
Colombo - The latest metropolitan of South Asia, Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Colombo host more tourist attractions than any other city in the country. Few of the attractions are National Museum, Galle Face Green, Viharamahadevi park, Dutch period museum, Dutch Hospital, Federation of Self Employees market in Pettah, Old City hall, House of Geffory Bawa, Seema malakaya Meditation centre, Jaami-Ul-Alfar Mosque, Pelican Perches, Wolvendaal Church, St Anthony/’s church, University of Colombo and newly opened Lotus Tower. Colombo is most famous for its colourful night life, restaurants, clubs and entertainment. A walk along the Galle face costal line during the night is a good suggestion to get a beautiful view of the city. Don/’t forget to go shopaholic among the latest shops.
Overnight stay at Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel, Colombo
After breakfast transfer to Yala, visit the Turtle Hatchery Kosgoda en-route,
Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery - The waters around Sri Lanka is filled with marine life. Sri Lanka is a marine enthusiast/’s dream come true. Five out of the seven types of sea turtles call nests on our beaches. All of them are among the endangered list. You get to see Leatherbacks, Green Turtles, Loggerheads, Hawksbills and Olive Ridley Turtles in Sri Lanka. The turtle care centre in Kosgoda is one of the 18 turtle hatcheries along the southern cost of Sri Lanka. So why we are recommending you to visit Kosgoda, because you get to see all of the above five species there. The centre functions mainly as a hatchery and make huge efforts to increase the rate of hatching and survival of baby turtles in their very initial stage.
Upon completion visit Galle,
Galle City - Galle, the capital of Southern province. Before the Portuguese ruling of the country it was also considered a major port because of the natural harbour. The city is a fusion of the Portuguese & native architecture and maybe that is why it has become a must visit tourist attraction. The Galle fort which is the biggest feature of the city is considered as a world heritage and the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by a European occupier. While in Galle you can visit National Maritime Museum, St. Mary/’s Cathedral and Galle International Stadium. Tourists prefer the famous Tuk Tuk tour in the city which will gain you first-hand experience about the city and the locals.
Check in to Cinnamon Wild, Yala. Evening visit the Yala National Park,
Yala National Park - Being the second largest national park in Sri Lanka this is the most visited by both local and foreigners. Yala is a wildlife sanctuary and also one of the first national parks in Sri Lanka famous for the variety of wild animals. The park is important for the conservation of Sri Lanka elephants, Sri Lankan Leopards and aquatic birds. Of all the national parks in Sri Lanka, Yala gives the best opportunity to witness Sri Lanka/’s broad variety of wildlife. Yala is not only famous for its Flora and Fauna, it is also famous for its past civilisation, King Ravana, the mythical Hindu anti- hero is believed to have established his kingdom in Yala.
After breakfast transfer to Ella for 01 night, Do a city tour of Ella,
Ella - Ella is a beautiful small sleepy town on the southern edge of Sri Lanka’s Hill Country. It’s situated in the middle of beautiful countryside, with small vegetable plots in the valleys, tea plantations on the hill slopes and forests on the tops. The climate throughout most of the year is typical of the high Hill Country, with a hot sun by midday, but a moderate air temperature. It will often rain in the afternoon, but only for an hour or so. A sweatshirt, or light jacket is needed at night. In December it can rain a lot! There’s not much to do in Ella itself, with a handful of small shops and only a few barsrestaurants. It’s basically a nicely relaxing base for exploring the surrounding country. Rawana Ella Falls are about 5km away on the road south through Ella Gap. They’re quite spectacular. Take your swimming costume for a refreshing dip, but beware of the touts selling tourist junk. You can catch frequent buses for about R10-, or better still walk (but catch a bus back up the hill).
Take a train ride from Ella to Nuwara Eliya, enjoy the scenic beauty.
Nuwara Eliya - The hill station of Nuwara Eliya (City of Light) is celebrated for its fresh climate, the wonderful scenery all around, and its Englishness. Wonderful mountain panoramas surround the wide valley, into which fall many lovely but icy waterfalls. There are still a few patches of virgin jungle left, with stunted, gnarled trees, primitive tree ferns and strange looking lichen. It is the hub of the tea country, lying 77 km from Kandy and 180 km from Colombo. At an elevation of 1800m, the temperature varies from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius, falling to near zero on winter nights an d producing occasional frost. The roads zigzag through the most spectacular mountain scenery to reach this picturesque district.
Proceed to Kandy, visit the Temple of Tooth Relic in Kandy,
Kandy & Hill Country Lying 115 km from Colombo, Kandy is Sri Lanka’s second biggest city and the Capital of the central province. The busy town is situated in a valley at an elevation of 600m, inside a wide loop of the Mahaweli River and is surrounded by hills Covered with tropical vegetation. Home to the Sri Dalada Maligawa - the beautiful Temple that houses the tooth relic of Lord Buddha. The Cool climate of the hills is a relief after the cloying heat of the lowlands, and the lovely Kandy Lake and the drives around it are set amidst great scenic beauty.
After breakfast visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orpahange,
The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is situated northwest of the town of Kegalle, halfway between the present capital Colombo and the ancient royal residence Kandy. It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Wildlife Department in a 25 acre coconut property adjoining the Maha Oya River. The orphanage was originally founded in order to afford care and protection to the many orphaned Elephants found in the jungles of Sri Lanka. In 1978 the orphanage was taken over by the National Zoological Gardens from the Department of Wildlife. A captive breeding program was launched in 1982. Since the inception of the program over 20 elephants have been bred here. The aim of the orphanage is to simulate a natural habitat to these elephants. However, there are some exceptions: the elephants are taken to the river twice a day for a bath.
Evening do a city tour of Kandy and return to Amaya Hills Hotel for the overnight stay.
After breakfast transfer to Negombo for the final night, evening visit the Negombo Fishing Village.
Negombo Fishing Village - The Negombo Fishing Village also known as the Lellama by the locals is located across the lagoon bridge, near the Old Dutch Gate. The large open air fish market is the second largest in the country. It gives you an unpretentious insight into the local fisher community. The market is loud, vibrant and smells like fish! You will be able to witness the fishermen in hundreds of boats bringing in their days catch. See how the wholesalers and restaurateurs trade and watch the packing and loading of fish for distribution across the country as well as for export /– worldwide. The retail area is a bustling hive of activity /– with customers negotiating prices with mom and pop fish vendors
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