Day 01 :-
Arrival at Colombo International Airport on flight. Here, you will be met by a professional Chauffeur Guide Lecturer of Oceannex Travels. After the formalities at the airport you will be escorted to your air conditioned vehicle. Next, transfer to your hotel in Habarana and check-in to hotel to stay at leisure the rest of the day.
(Approx travel time from Airport to Habarana - 04 to 05 Hrs)
(STANDARD CHECK - IN IS AT 1400HRS. EARLY CHECK - IN IS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY ON THE DAY OF ARRIVAL)
Day 02 :-
After an early breakfast from hotel, leave the hotel by 0700 Hrs for the Sigiriya Rock Fortress where you could climb the 1200 steps and admire the fabulous frescoes on the walls of the ancient rock fortress.. This is not recommended for clients with Vertigo & walking difficulties.
(Approx Travel time from Habarana to Sigiriya - 20 to 30 Mins)
The Sigiriya Rock Fortress is known as the 8th wonder of the world. This rock fortress was built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century A.D. and was a royal citadel for more than 18 years. In a sheltered a pocket, approached by a spiral stairway, are the famous frescoes. The summit of the rock, with an area of nearly one hectare was the site of the palace and the outer wall was built on the very brink of the precipice. The UNESCO sponsored Central Cultural Fund has restored Sigiriya 5th century water gardens to their former glory.
On completion proceed to visit Dambulla Rock Cave Temple
(Approx Travel time from Sigiriya to Dambulla - 20 to 30 Mins)
Dambulla is a massive rock from the surrounding plains of Dambulla of 600 feet high which includes climbing of steps as well as walking on the plain boulder. *Not recommended for clients with Walking difficulties. This was here that king Valagambahu took refuge in the 01st century B.C. when fleeing from his enemies. He later turned the caves into a rock temple. The Golden Temple of Dambulla has been the centre of pilgrimage for Buddhists and Hindus alike for 22 centuries. It is Sri Lanka’s most popular historic site. The Cave monastery, home to Buddhist monks is covered with exquisite 2,000 year-old murals depicting the life and times of the Lord Buddha. The shrines also house a collection of 157 statues of Buddha in various sizes and poses, including a 15 meter long reclining Buddha and vividly coloured frescoes on the walls and ceiling, making this the largest antique painted surface in the world.
Thereafter continue to Kandy. En route visit Matale spice Garden.
(Approx Travel time from Dambulla to Matale - 01½ to 02 Hrs)
Matale is famous for its batik production and spice gardens. Batik has been an ancient art of painting cloth and today Sri Lanka is among the world leaders in the design of batik. Batik galleries and factories offer batik from simple single-colored designs to intricate multi-colored masterpieces. For centuries, spices have been one of Sri Lanka's celebrated exports. Spices are mostly grown in home gardens (as a home industry) and used not only to flavor food but also for medicine and cosmetics.
(Approx Travel time from Matale to Kandy - 45 Mins to 01 Hrs)
On arrival check in to the hotel
Overnight stay at a Hotel in Kandy
Day 03 :-
After breakfast proceed to visit Royal Botanical Gardens.
This was originally the King’s own royal pleasure garden that was later converted in to a botanic garden and opened to the public. At the Royal Botanical Gardens at ‘Peradeniya’ you could treat your eyes to an amazing, wide and rare collection of tropical and temperate, exotic and indigenous flora, and an orchid house with the largest collection in Asia.
On Completion proceed to sight scene tour around sacred city of Kandy.
In the late afternoon, make a visit to The Temple of tooth Relic. It is located in the royal palace complex which houses the Relic of the tooth of Buddha.
After that, witness a Cultural Dance performance in the evening. These classical dance forms are associated with the performance of various rituals and ceremonies which are centuries old and are based on the folk religion and folk beliefs going back to times before the advent and acceptance of Buddhism by the Sinhalese people in the third century B.C.
On Completion, return to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure, enjoying the hotel amenities.
Day 04 :-
After Breakfast, check out of the hotel and proceed to the Railway station to catch your train to Nanu Oya.
Leave to Railway station, and board the train and leave for Nanu Oya. Enjoy the picturesque journey, the train snaking its way through the mountains through the tea country. The vehicle will follow you to Nanu Oya, the last station before Nuwara Eliya.
On arrival at the Nanu Oya railway Station, you will be picked up by your chauffeur guide and proceed to Ella.
(Approx Travel Time from Nanu Oya to Ella - 01 ½ to 02 Hrs)
Ella is a small sleepy village positioned high in the mountains, on the southern edge of Sri Lanka's Hill Country. Most visitors happy to be there many days. But if you are willing to pass through out of town, you can find plenty of things to do to keep you occupied.
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.
On completion proceed to Yala.
(Approx Travel Time from Ella to Yala - 02 to 02 ½ Hrs)
On arrival, check in to the hotel and free for leisure.
Overnight stay at a Hotel in Yala
Day 05 :-
Having prepared packed breakfast from the hotel proceed on a Jeep Safari at Yala national park.
Yala National Park is a widely known Sri Lankan forest reserve which is located in the southeast part of the island. It is prominent among the other national parks due to the fact that it has the highest density of leopards. The park is an internationally recognized wild life preservation, which is about 309 km away from Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. Though the reserve is spread in about 1,259 square km of land, a mere 141 square km block is open for the public.
The elephant is undoubtedly the best known attraction at Yala, seen in small & large herds. Herds of spotted deer are seen all over the park. Monkeys the pinkish rhesus and the grey faced Langur monkey, live and play on the tree tops and the ground below. Wild buffalo & wild boar could give a good surprise & the sight of a leopard sunning itself or drinking water at a water hole could be memorable experience. The peacock is easily the most famous of the birds at Yala. The painted stork, many varieties of heron, the spoonbill, the bee-eater, parakeets, and king-fisher & wood pecker are some of the birds can be seen in the park.
On completion return to your hotel & leave for Colombo. En route visit the colonial coastal town of Galle.
Galle is a coastal town where the Dutch presence is still visible. Galle was an ancient port (said to be the legendary Tarshish of the Bible), and our first international commerce and trade centre. Today, Galle is the bustling provincial capital and administrative centre of the south. It is famous for its lovely Unawatuna Bay, where the sea is reef protected and therefore safe for swimming. The old Dutch “Star Fort” (a World Heritages Site) covering 36 hectares, the well-preserved Groote Kerk (Dutch Church), Dutch Government House, the New Oriental Hotel (built in 1684) old bell tower and a tide-based Sewage-System, also introduced by the Dutch. In Galle they still make the Dutch ‘pillow-lace’ and do fine ebony carving and gem polishing.
There after continue to Colombo.
(Approx Travel time from Galle to Colombo to - 02½ to 03 Hrs)
On arrival Check in to your hotel in Colombo and spend the rest of the day at leisure, enjoying the hotel amenities.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Colombo
Day 06 :-
Today after breakfast, you will be transferred to the Colombo international Airport to catch your flight back home with all the happy memories.
(Approx Travel time from Colombo to Airport - 45 Mins to 01 Hrs)
(STANDARD CHECK - OUT IS AT 1200HRS. LATE CHECK- OUT IS SUBJECT TO AVIALBILITY ON THE DAY OF DEPARTURE)