Day 01: Colombo
Arrival at the Katunayake International Airport and Transfer to Colombo. Afternoon, Do the city tour in Colombo . Colombo- Colombo (derived from Sinhalese name Kola-amba-thota which means "mango harbour", altered by the Portuguese to honour Christopher Columbus), is the cultural capital and largest city and commercial center of Sri Lanka. (The new administrative capital of Sri Lanka is Sri Jayawardenepura- Kotte.)A vast majority of Sri Lankan corporations have their head offices located in Colombo. Some of the industries include chemicals, textiles, leather goods, furniture, and jewelry. Colombo was probably known to Roman, Arab, and Chinese traders more than 2,000 years ago. Muslims settled there in the 8th century and controlled much of the trade between Sinhalese kingdoms and the outside world. The Portuguese arrived in the 16th century and built a fort to protect their spice trade. The Dutch captured the city in the 17th century. The British made the city the capital of their crown colony of Ceylon in 1802 Sightseeing highlights include the Colombo National and Dutch period museums, old and new parliament houses, the Dehiwala Zoo, Gangarama Buddhist Temple, Town Hall, and the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall. Overnight stay at Colombo.
Day 02: Colombo - Kandy
Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter proceed to Kandy. En route visit Pinnawela(Optional) Pinnawela ElephantOrphanage: This orphanage was set up by the government to take care of baby elephants lost or abandoned in the wild. Witness the feeding of the elephants. The baby elephants being bottle fed with milk is a heartwarming sight. Thereafter observe them as they take their daily bath in the river nearby, which affords marvelous photo opportunities. Bath time is enjoyed by all elephants, young and old alike and it is a good time to closely observe their tightly knit family structure. The young elephants are protected and cared for, by the older ones in the group and the leader of the group is respected by all. (Open from 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Daily feeding times- 9.15 a.m.,1.15 p.m. 5.00 p.m. Bathing times - 10.00 a.m., 2.00 p.m., 4.00 p.m.). Kandy - Kandy, the bustling hill country capi tal is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for the pink painted Temple of the Tooth which houses the most sacred religious relic, the tooth of the Buddha, the Kandy Lake built in 1807 which is an attractive centerpiece to the town and the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Kandy is also popular because of the annual festival known as the Esala Perahera where the inner casket covering the tooth relic of the Buddha is taken in a grand procession through the streets of the city held annually in the month of July or August Overnight stay at Kandy.
Day 03: Kandy
Breakfast at the hotel. In this morning Visit Kandy Temple(Optional) and Peradeniya Botanical Garden(Optional) . Afternoon do the city tour and shopping in Kandy. Evening watch the cultural show .Overnight stay at Kandy.
Day 04: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya
Breakfast at the hotel and proceed to Nuwara Eliya. En route view waterfalls and do the City tour .(Ramayanaya is one of the oldest stories written by Walmiky and is a well known myth. Still Sri Lankan and Indians are believe that it is a true story and you can find lot of evidence to confirm the same. Nuwara Eliya - This beautiful town of Nuwara Eliya, set in the heart of Tea country and situated 1890 meters above sea level, is where the British succeeded in creating an English countryside with homes in styles from Georgian to Queen Anne with well kept lawns with hedges. Arrive and check in at the hotel. In the afternoon commence a sightseeing tour of the city. Visit the Nuwara Eliya Town, Market place, Golf Course, (one of the finest 18 holes Golf courses in Asia) the Hill club, and drive around this hill station viewing Lake Gregory. Afternoon atleisure. Overnight stay at Nuwaraeliya.
Day 05: Nuwara Eliya - Hikkaduwa
Breakfast at the hotel. Then Proceed to Hikkaduwa. Hikkaduwa is a fishing village located 98 km away from Colombo and is the most popular of the beach centers in the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka. Hikkaduwa is blessed with natural attractions of wide and sun kissed beaches, magnificent coral gardens populated with turtles and exotic fish where best snorkeling and scuba diving facilities offering the best to the water sports lovers. Visitors can also take a safari down the Madhu River in Balapitiya, or witness the moon stone mines and a cinnamon plantation in Meetiyagoda. Hikkaduwa is also a town of historical value, a short trip inland will
bring you to the Gangarama Maha Vihara - a Buddhist temple which consists of many educational paintings. Overnight stay at Hikkaduwa.