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Sri Lanka Highlights Tour : 3 nights 4 days

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Day 1: Dambulla - Sigiriya - Minneriya / Kaudulla national park

Stop At: Dambulla Royal Cave Temple, Kandy - Jaffna Highway, Dambulla 21100 Sri Lanka
Dambulla Cave Temple is also quite commonly referred to as the Golden Temple of Dambulla, owing to the large, golden statue of Lord Buddha. Towering 160m in height, ascend the stone steps until you reach the summit, where approximately 153 statues of Buddha are held inside the caves. You’ll also find statues of gods, goddesses and local kings. The cave temple has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress, Main Road, Sigiriya 21120 Sri Lanka
Sigiriya is one of the most popular, historic towns in Sri Lanka. Sigiriya is famed for its dramatic Sigiriya Rock Fortress built by a parricidal king who dreamed of building his palace in the sky and his kingdom around it. The immaculately designed, advanced water gardens, the beautiful frescoes of deities adorning the rock face and the stunning panoramic view from the peak are some of the main attractions at Sigiriya Rock.


Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Minneriya National Park, Habarana-Polonnaruwa Road, Habarana 50150 Sri Lanka
The Minneriya National Park has recently gained popularity after being featured on NatGeo for the largest congregation of wild elephants; dubbed, The Gathering. Visit between the months of July to October; where the season is dry, which draws more than 300 elephants to travel to the nearby Minneriya Tank in search of water. Besides elephants, the park is also home to crocodiles, purple-faced langur, painted stork and a plethora of colorful birds, both endemic and migratory. Embark on an exciting safari to watch Sri Lanka’s gentle giants in their natural habitat.


Duration: 4 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight stay at nice guesthouse in Sigiriya.
Meal plan BB

Day 2: Kandy - Ramboda - Nuwara Eliya

Stop At: Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy 20000 Sri Lanka
The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, also known as Sri Dalada Maligawa is a sacred place of worship for Buddhists as it is believed to hold the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha. The city is believed to have been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, mostly due to the significance of the temple. The temple was built within the complex of the royal palace, as it was believed that whoever holds the sacred tooth relic has to hold the governance of the country.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Royal Palace of Kandy, Sri Dalada Veediya Sri Dalada Maligawa, Kandy 20000 Sri Lanka
Situated right next to the sacred temple of the tooth, the Royal Palace was the official residence of the last king of Kandy. It is believed that the only reason the temple and palace is located within the same complex is because whoever had the right to govern the country should hold hold the relic for safe keeping.
Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Kandy Lake, Centre of Kandy City, Kandy 20000 Sri Lanka
Kandy Lake ushers in cool winds from the surrounding mountains to the busy streets. This man- made lake is built right opposite the temple complex. It was said that the king built this lake with a secret tunnel that passes through the palace. You can walk around the lake or enjoy a scenic boat ride from one end to the other.
Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Embekke Devalaya, Embekka Village Three Kilometers from the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, Handessa 20480 Sri Lanka
Embekke Devalaya is most known for the stunning woodcarvings, pillars and various other structures located within the premises. The temple was built in the year 1370 and was believed to have been built by the Queen and a drummer from the village. Admire the intricate wood carvings in the main halls and the temple as you explore the wondrous aspects of this temple.
Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: National Museum Kandy, National Museum, Kandy, Central Province, Kandy 20000 Sri Lanka
The National Museum of Kandy is located right next to the Sri Dalada Maligawa and forms part of the Royal Palace complex. The museum holds a collection of more than 1500 ornaments, ancient weapons, jewelry, tools, and much more, some of which stem from the colonial and pre-colonial days of Sri Lanka.
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Kandy View Point, Rajapihilla Mawatha, Kandy 20000 Sri Lanka
Treat yourself to this stunning view of the hilly city of Kandy and the beauty that it wraps itself around.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Ramboda Waterfall, Pussellawa Sri Lanka
Ramboda waterfall is an amazing waterfall covered by nature in Sri Lanka. You will enjoy beautiful waterfall and amazing natural atmosphere on your way to Nuwara Eliya from Kandy
Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Gregory Lake, Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka
Nuwara Eliya, also nicknamed Little England by the British during their occupation of the island, is a popular town in Sri Lanka’s hill country. It was known that when the British discovered the town, everything about it reminded them of England, as such they decided to name it Little England. With colonial styled, old English bungalows, the town still holds remnants of its past occupiers. Mountains of tea and hills of vegetable patches provide a variety of different landscapes for the traveller to admire. Visitors to Nuwara Eliya have a plethora of things to do here, from strolling through a botanical garden to exploring secret waterfalls in the area. Because of its mountainous terrain, the weather in Nuwara Eliya is quite different to most parts of the country. Expect cold winds during the day or night, mist, rainfall and generally chilly weather.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Mackwoods Tea Centre, Queen Elizabeth Drive Queen Elizabeth Plaza, Nuwara Eliya 22200 Sri Lanka
En route to Nuwara Eliya, you’ll be graced with a massive hollywood-style Mackwoods lettering on the side of a tea mountain. A visit to the Mackwoods Museum will tell you the story of the tea
plantation, its history and the process. Once you’re done learning the history, head over to the Tea Centre and get your tea boxes !
Duration: 30 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight stay at a nice guesthouse in Nuwara Eliya -Meal plan BB

Day 3: Nanu Oya to Ella scenic train ride - Ella excursions

Stop At: Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, Gotuwala, Ella 90090 Sri Lanka
The famous Nine Arches Bridge has made it to almost every Instagram feed of explorers to the island. The bridge is located between Ella and Demodara railway stations and is most famous because of its curved structure. Known to be the best example of a colonial-era railway, the bridge has attracted tourists from around the world. The bridge is approximately 30m high.


Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Little Adam's Peak, Passara Road, Ella 90090 Sri Lanka
Start the hike for Little Adam’s peak. You will have refreshments on top of mountain while enjoying endless green views across south coast and sunset. Deriving its name from its big brother, the sacred mountain Adam’s Peak, Little Adam’s Peak is 2243m above sea level. The trail to the mountain is fairly average and would require you to have a medium level of fitness. With marked paths, you’ll have to clamber through some narrow rocky areas to reach the summit. The view from the peak is definitely worth the arduous climb. There are a number of hotels located in the area to cater to the large number of tourists that visit the mountain. The ideal time to start your hike is either in the morning or late evening,


Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Ella Rock, Ella Main Street NECS-Nature Exploration and Conservation Society Sri Lanka, Ella 90090 Sri Lanka
The iconic Ella Rock is a mesmerizing view point that gives you an unhindered view of the mountain silhouettes and the villages below. Loved by hikers and nature enthusiasts, conquering Ella rock during your stay here is an absolute must!


Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Rawana Waterfall, Wellawaya-Ella-Kumbalwela Hwy, Ella, Sri Lanka
Ravana Ella Falls is an impressive waterfall with a fascinating story behind it. Known to be one of the widest falls in the country, Ravana falls towers around 25m in height. According to legend, it was said that King Ravana, from the Ramayana, kidnapped Princess Sita and hid her in the caves behind the waterfall.
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight stay at a nice guesthouse in Ella
-Meal plan BB

Day 4: Haputale - Colombo - Departure

Pass By: Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, Haputale Mountain, Haputale Sri Lanka
Haputale is a small town surrounded by amazing nature and mountains in Hill country. You will enjoy amazing atmosphere and green views on your way to Colombo via Haputale.

Stop At: Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, 61 Sri Jinaratana Road, Colombo Sri Lanka
The Gangaramaya Temple is located in proximity to the Beira Lake and the complex consists of the Seema Malaka, which is perched on stilts on the lake, the main temple and a museum. Known to be over 120 years old, the temple lit up during the annual Nawan Perehera and should not be missed !
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Laksala, 60 York St, Colombo 00100, Sri Lanka
Whether you’re looking for souvenirs to take back home of the tropical island or buy a heap of Ceylon tea before your flight back home, there are a number of boutiques, shops and malls for you to browse through for your needs!
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Independence Square, Independence Avenue, Colombo 7 Sri Lanka
Colloquially referred to as Independence Square, this national monument in Sri Lanka marked the day, time and place when Sri Lanka signed their declaration of independence from the British rule on 4th February 1948. A statue of the first prime minister stands guarding the front entrance of the monument. Though unknown to many, be sure to visit the hidden museum located under the memorial hall.
Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Galle Face Green, Galle Road, Colombo Sri Lanka
An expansive stretch of bare land with the bustling city on one side and the endless sea of blue on the other, Galle Face Green is the perfect place to admire a stunning sunset or the rapidly developing Colombo Port City. Enjoy the salty sea breeze as you stroll along the boardwalk, while trying out the local street food, especially a fried delicacy known as isso wade. Towering skyscrapers and hotels on the other side add the perfect light to the city’s skyline.
Duration: 45 minutes

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.
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