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Tea Factory (Nivalink Trip Dated - 3 February 2011)
Tea Factory (Nivalink Trip Dated - 3 February 2011)
Tea Factory (Nivalink Trip Dated - 3 February 2011)
Ramboda Falls (Nivalink Trip Dated - 3 February 2011)
Inside Perediniya Gardens (Nivalink Trip Dated - 3 February 2011)
Kandy Lake (Nivalink Trip Dated - 3 February 2011)
Kandy Lake views from Tooth of Relic (Nivalink Trip Dated - 3 February 2011)
Tooth of Relic monument (Nivalink Trip Dated - 3 February 2011)
Perediniya Gardens - Photo Courtesy Bernard Gagnon
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (Nivalink Trip Dated - 3 February 2011)

The Serendipity Tour combines all the most popularly visited destinations of Sri Lanka such as Kandy (lakeside experience), Nuwara Eliya (plantation experience) and Yala (the second largest national park in Sri Lanka).

Route

Colombo(1) - Sigiriya(1) - Kandy(1) - Nuwara Eliya(2) - Yala National Park(1) - Bentota(1)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrival at Colombo. Proceed to shopping and city tour.
  • Day-2 Transfer from Colombo to Sigiriya Visiting the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage en route.
  • Day-3 Proceed tp Kandy and enjoy a city tour of Kandy.
  • Day-4 Sightseeing and visits around Nuwara Eliya and Kandy and transfer to Nuwara Eliya.
  • Day-5 Enjoy the day in Nuwara Eliya.
  • Day-6 Transfer from Nuwara Eliya to Yala and proceed on a jeep safari to the Yala national park.
  • Day-7 Transfer from Yala to Bentota and Galle Sightseeing.
  • Day-8 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Bentota - National Marine Museum (55.00 kms)

Colombo - Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (100.00 kms)

Kandy - Kandy Lake (0.50 kms), Tooth of Relic (1.50 kms), Perediniya Botanical Gardens (5.00 kms), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (44.00 kms)

Nuwara Eliya - Tea Factory Visit in Nuwara Eliya (2.00 kms), Seetha Kovil (10.00 kms), Ramboda Waterfalls (25.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Colombo Departure - Bentota
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla can be visited by adding two nights at the beginning. Maldives is another option for 3 nights for guests to fly into for an exclusive island experience. Guests with interest in Wildlife will require to add 2 nights between Nuwara Eliya and Bentota to visit Yala (has highest concentration of Leopards in the world).

Distances
  • Colombo to Sigiriya -185 kms (6 hrs)
  • Sigiriya to Kandy -97 kms (3 hrs)
  • Kandy to Nuwara Eliya -77 kms (2.5 hrs)
  • Nuwara Eliya to Yala National Park -110 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Yala National Park to Bentota
Route

Colombo(1) - Sigiriya(1) - Kandy(1) - Nuwara Eliya(2) - Yala National Park(1) - Bentota(1)

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrival at Colombo. Proceed to shopping and city tour. Meet and assist on arrival transfer to Colombo and enjoy a shopping and city tour. Colombo is the largest city and former administrative capital of Sri Lanka and is a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life and remnants of a bygone colonial era. Due to its large harbour and its strategic position along the East-West sea trade routes, Colombo was known to ancient traders 2,000 years ago. However it was only made the capital of the island when Sri Lanka was ceded to the British Empire in 1815. The main city is home to a majority of the Sri Lanka’s corporate offices, restaurants and entertainment venues. On this tour you will visit many of the historical, religious and commercial sites of Colombo including the historic and bustling Fort and Pettah, the elite residential Cinnamon Gardens, the Galle Face Green, Viharamahadevi Park and much more. Overnight stay at a Hotel in Colombo.

Day-2 Transfer from Colombo to Sigiriya Visiting the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage en route. Breakfast at Hotel. Transfer from Colombo to Sigiriya Visiting the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage en route. The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is one of Sri Lanka’s most popular tourist attractions. The orphanage’s population has now mushroomed to around 65, making it the world’s largest collection of captive elephants. The elephants here range in age from newborns to elderly matriarchs, and include orphaned and abandoned elephants, as well as those injured in the wild. Overnight stay at a Hotel in Sigiriya.

Day-3 Proceed tp Kandy and enjoy a city tour of Kandy. Proceed to Kandy -After an early breakfast climb to Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Climb the 5th century Sigiriya Rock fortress which is a UNESCO world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495). The spectacular citadel of Sigiriya rises sheer and impregnable out of the plains of the dry zone. It is the country’s most memorable single attraction, a remarkable archaeological site made unforgettable by its dramatic setting. The rock was the innermost stronghold of a 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the 'Heavenly Maidens' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. Transfer from Sigiriya or Habarana to Kandy and enjoy a city tour of Kandy. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kandy which is a UNESCO world heritage site. The historic city about 480m above sea level surrounded by mountains was known to Sri Lankan as Kanda Uda Rata, which means the hill country. Kandy was home to Sri Lanka’s last independent Kingdom, which survived two centuries of colonial incursion before finally falling to the British at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Visit the Temple of the tooth, the royal Botanical Gardens, and the Peradeniya University campus. Also enjoy a panoramic view of Kandy from upper lake drive. Early evening, you will visit a Kandyan Dance performance and be treated to a spectacular fire walking finale. Overnight stay at a Hotel in Kandy.

Day-4 Sightseeing and visits around Nuwara Eliya and Kandy and transfer to Nuwara Eliya. Breakfast at Hotel and complete the tour of Kandy. Kandy is also famous for its shopping, gems and jewellery, handicrafts, batiks, silks etc. And you will have the opportunity of browsing to your heart’s content. Transfer from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya visiting a Tea Estate and factory en route. Overnight stay at a Hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

Day-5 Enjoy the day in Nuwara Eliya. Breakfast at Hotel and enjoy the day in Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara Eliya meaning "the city of dawn" is the town at the highest elevation (about 2000m above sea level) in Sri Lanka and its tallest peak, Piduruthalagala (2555m) could be seen from here. The city established by the British in the nineteenth century, and known as "Little England" and is a popular holiday resort for Sri Lankans & tourists due to its cool climate and quaint colonial feel with its little bungalows surrounded by hedgerows. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of the tea country and you can visit a plantation and a factory en route here and witness how the famous "Ceylon Tea" is brewed. Overnight stay at a Hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

Day-6 Transfer from Nuwara Eliya to Yala and proceed on a jeep safari to the Yala national park. Breakfast at Hotel. Transfer from Nuwara Eliya to Yala. And proceed on a jeep safari to the Yala national park. Yala National park is Sri Lanka's most visited wildlife reserve. Yala covers an area of 1260 square kilometres. The park's dry-zone landscape is strikingly beautiful. The park's wildlife has its own distinctive charm, with huddles of colourful painted storks perched on the incongruously conjoined sight of elephants. Marching sedately through the bush while rabbits scamper through the undergrowth. If you are lucky you could spot Leopards and Bears too. Overnight stay at a Hotel in Yala.

Day-7 Transfer from Yala to Bentota and Galle Sightseeing. Breakfast at hotel. Transfer from Yala to Bentota, Visit the Galle Dutch fort and also stop off at a Turtle hatchery en route. Overnight stay at a Hotel in Bentota.

Day-8 Departure After breakfast at Hotel in Bentota transfer to Airport for your departure.

Detailed Sightseeing

Bentota :

  • National Marine Museum - The National Maritime Museum or National Maritime Archaeology Museum is located within the Galle fort. There are maps, naval craft, ropes, earthenware, beer mugs, smoking pipes, barrels, vast amount of articles including artillery guns and sailor shoes, some of which are nearly 800 years old

Colombo :

  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage - The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is situated between Colombo and Kandy. There are about 80+ elephants here and is open to the public for an elephant experience.

Kandy :

  • Kandy Lake - Kandy Lake is set in the heart of the hill city of Kandy. Around the lake the towns is set and from different corners of the town one can see the lake. Number of birds are found around the lake. The area around lake is excellent for a walk.

  • Tooth of Relic - Tooth of Relic is the focal point of Kandy town. The monument is Gold roofed and here the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha is enshrined.

  • Perediniya Botanical Gardens - Royal Botanical Garden, Peradeniya is renowned for its collection of a variety of orchids. It includes more than 4000 species of plants, including of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees.

  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage - The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is situated between Colombo and Kandy. There are about 80+ elephants here and is open to the public for an elephant experience.

Nuwara Eliya :

  • Tea Factory Visit in Nuwara Eliya - Tea Plantation visit and visit to the tea factory is a popular tourist activity in Nuwara Eliya. Many estates around the area offer an organised visit to the estate and the tea factory.

  • Seetha Kovil - Seetha Kovil is a temple on the way to Hakgala Botanical Garden and linked to Ramayana era mythology. It is believed that Goddess Seeta, Wife of Lord Rama, hid her in the place where the temple now is.

  • Ramboda Waterfalls - Ramboda Falls is 109 m high waterfalls one the highest waterfalls in Sri Lanka. It is located just off the Kandy - Nuwara eliya route.

Destination Overview

Colombo - Colombo is a commercial capital of Sri Lanka and arrival point for tourists to Sri Lanka. Colombo represents a mix of colonial past, Ocean front, modern hotels, nightlife, temples, churches, zoo, museums and art galleries.

Sigiriya - Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning.

Kandy - Sri Lanka's hill capital is, perhaps, its most beautiful town. It is 488 metres above sea level, and next to Colombo, Kandy is Sri Lanka's most visited place. The focal point of the town is the golden-roofed Dalada Maligawa, where the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha is enshrined.

Nuwara Eliya - Nuwara Eliya (5500 ft asl) in the Central Province, Sri Lanka is renowned for its Tea plantations and Colonial era heritage hotels .

Yala National Park - Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka

Bentota - Bentota is a beach resort 80 kms South of Colombo and is renowned for its beachside resorts and watersports.

Access
Prefered Arrival : No ImageColombo
Prefered Departure : No ImageColombo (80kms)
Distances
  • Colombo to Sigiriya -185 kms (6 hrs)
  • Sigiriya to Kandy -97 kms (3 hrs)
  • Kandy to Nuwara Eliya -77 kms (2.5 hrs)
  • Nuwara Eliya to Yala National Park -110 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Yala National Park to Bentota

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Distances
  • Colombo to Sigiriya -185 kms (6 hrs)
  • Sigiriya to Kandy -97 kms (3 hrs)
  • Kandy to Nuwara Eliya -77 kms (2.5 hrs)
  • Nuwara Eliya to Yala National Park -110 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Yala National Park to Bentota

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