Day 1 - Airport - Colombo
Arrival at the airport. Transfer to your hotel in Colombo for the evening. Free and easy for the first day.
Day 2 - Colombo - Sigiriya
On this day we will drive about 5 hours to Sigiriya, which is the center for exploring the major Buddhist archaeological sites in Sri Lanka. In the late afternoon, we will climb the spectacular rock fortress of Sigiriya, which is one of the major tourist attractions in Sri Lanka. Overnight stay in Sigiriya.
Day 3 - Sigiriya (Polonnaruwa and Minneriya)
We will visit Polonnaruwa, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka from the 10th to 13th century. After lunch, the Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks offer an excellent chance of seeing elephants and other animals. Large numbers of Sri Lankan elephants are attracted to grass fields on the edges of the Minneriya reservoir during the dry season. The Minneriya tank contributes to sustain a large herd. The number of elephants gathering here is around 150-350. Overnight stay in Sigiriya.
Day 4 - Sigiriya - Kandy
Kandy is the next stop on our tour. On the way we will visit Dambulla, the beautiful cave temples perched at more than 100m above the main roads. At 500m above sea level, Kandy is the cultural capital of Sri Lanka. We go to the Temple of the Tooth, which houses the sacred tooth of Buddha. We will also enjoy a tour around Kandy, with its cool climate and bustling town centre. The National Museum and the shrines around Kandy are also places of interests that will be visited. In the evening enjoy a cultural show featuring the various dances of Sri Lanka. Overnight stay in Kandy.
Day 5 - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya
A drive round the Lake of Kandy before we depart for Nuwara Eliya, about 3 hours away. Situated at 1889m, it used to be the summer resort of the British. It is a beautiful town set against the backdrops of English country-style houses, tea plantations and waterfalls. It is cold here, so layer up! Along the way, we will visit a tea plantation. Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 6 - Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains)
The Horton Plains National Park form an undulating plateau more than 2000m high, consisting mainly of grasslands interspersed with patches of forest and some unusual high altitude vegetation. A half day hike will take us to World’s End where the plateau comes to a sudden end and then drops vertically down for about 880m. A picnic lunch here in the afternoon before we head back to town where it will be free and easy for the rest of the late afternoon. Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 7 - Nuwara Eliya - Uduwalawa National Park
Today we wil drive to Uduwalawa National Park. This is the home to scenic landscapes and wildlife that rivals the savannah reserves of Africa. It’s most popular for elephant sightings. Largely comprised of grasslands and bush forest, it’s also one of the best national parks in Sri Lanka for game spotting. Overnight stay near the park.
Day 8 - Uduwalawa National Park - Galle
We arrive at this World Heritage listed historic colonial town. It is Sri Lanka’s 4th biggest town and most historically interesting living town. There is the Galle Fort, several museums, a Dutch Reformed Church and the bustling town centre to take in. Overnight stay in Galle.
Day 9 - Galle (Balapitiya)
Today we take a beautiful boat ride down the lovely Madu river, a wetland estatuary. It’s a wonderful way to take a closer look at the complex ecosystem, one of the last wetlands in Sri Lanka to contain a mangrove forest. In the afternoon we explore the cobbled streets of the 16th-century, UNESCO-protected fort, built by the Portuguese before expansion by the Dutch and British from the 1600s. Overnight stay in Galle.
Day 10 - End of the tour
Drop off at the airport or any place you like to extend your stay in Sri Lanka.