On arrival in Sri Lanka you will be met by our chauffeur guide who will assist with your transfer to your hotel in Negombo. After you have checked in to your hotel you are free to relax. Negombo was an important port during the colonial periods. In the late 17th century the Dutch built a network of canals, over 100km in length. These canals were used to transport cinnamon and other spices from inland plantations to the coast. Overnight Hotel: Goldi Sands (Standard Room)
DAY 02: Negombo/Dambulla/Sigiriya Drive approximately 4.5 hours
After breakfast travel to Dambulla. You will pass Kurunegala’s towering Lord Buddha statue, rice fields, rubber and coconut plantations. Visit Dambulla cave temple. The Dambulla cave temple, is a World Heritage Site and is the largest, preserved temple complex in the country. It is believed that King Valagambahu converted these caves into a temple during the 1st century BC. You will see statues and paintings the life story of the buddha. There are 153 Buddha statues, 3 statues of Sri Lankan Kings and 4 statues of Gods and goddesses at this site. Overnight Hotel: Kassapa Lion Rock (Standard Room)
DAY 03: Sigiriya/Polonnaruwa/Sigiriya Drive approximately 1.5 hour
After breakfast climb the Sigiriya Lion Rock. Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress of historical and archaeological significance. This fortress is nearly 200 metres (660 ft) high. According to the chronicle Culavamsa this site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) to build his capital. You will see remnants of a palace complex on the top of this rock. Colourful frescoes of topless maidens of the king can be seen up the stairway along the mirror wall. After the king's death this palace was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century. Sigiriya is now a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. You might find it an interesting place to visit.
Next, you will visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, another historic site which is world heritage listed.
Polonnaruwa was declared the capital of Sri Lanka by King Vijaybahu the 1st following the decline of Anuradhapura. Anuradhapura was the first capital of the kingdom which was frequently invaded by the Cholas from India. King Vijayabahu defeated the Chola invaders in 1070 and shifted the capital to Polonnaruwa to prevent further invasions. The new city came into prominence under the reign of King Parakramabahu the 1st who oversaw the construction of one of the greatest irrigation systems the country has ever seen, the Parakrama Samudhra which covers an area of 6,000 acres. What you will see today are the ruins of the Royal Palace and various buildings and structures in the area. Other highlights of this city are the Gal Viharaya which has 3 splendid statues of the Buddha in 'Upright', 'Sedentary' and 'Recumbent' postures. the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, the statue of King Parakramabahu. The former Temple of Tooth Relic, Shivan Temple, Lankathilake, Watadage, Galpotha, and Kiri Viharaya are attractions not to be missed.
Overnight Hotel: Kassapa Lion Rock (Standard Room)
Day 04: Sigiriya/Kandy Drive approximately 3.5 hours
After breakfast leave for Kandy. Take a brief stop (Optional) to visit a spice garden in Matale. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. Please note you are not obliged to purchase spices here. Get a bargain if you can. Proceed to the next World Heritage Site which is situated in the hill town of Kandy. The splendid city was the last capital of the Sri Lankan Kings, before the country became a Britisn Colony in 1815. Famous for its rich heritage and splendour, this magnificent city was last ruled by Sri Wickramarajasinghe. On March 2, 1815 the Kingdom was ceded to the British and Sri Vikrama Rajasinha was deposed and taken as a royal prisoner by the British to Vellore Fort in southern India. He lived with his two queens on a small allowance given to him by the British Government. He died of dropsy in January 30, 1832 aged 52 years. The Temple of the Tooth Relic of the buddha is the most significant highlight of the city of Kandy resting beside its serene lake and other attractions. Overnight Hotel: Hotel Thilanka (Standard Room)
Kandy Lake with temple view
Capture of HM Rajasinha in 1815.
King Sri Wickrema Rajasinghe
Day 05: Kandy Stay in Kandy another night
After breakfast visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. The Royal Botanical Garden of Peradeniya covers approximately 147 acres and attracts over 2 million visitors annually. It is home to over 4,000 species of plants including some very beautiful orchids. This magnificent garden dates back to the time of King Wickramabahu the 3rd in 1371. The key highlights of the gardens are the plethora of plants, the famous Avenue of Palms and the Cannonball Tree planted by King George the 5th of the United Kingdom.
Overnight Hotel: Hotel Thilanka (Standard Room)
Day 06: Kandy/Nuwara Eliya Approximately 2.5 hours drive
After breakfast leave for the picturesque town of Nuwara Eliya, visiting a tea plantation and a tea factory on the way. The best tea in the world is produced in this hill town.
Check out how the tea that is plucked and graded as you walk through the manufacturing process. The highlight of your visit will be enjoying the taste of a cup of pure Ceylon tea and enjoying the views of the surroundings. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight Hotel: Galway Forest Lodge (Standard Room)
Day 07: Nuwara Eliya/Kitulgala/Bentota Approximately 6 hours dirve
After breakfast proceed to Bentota. Enroute visit Kitulgala. A small town situated in the wet zone-rain forest area. The Academy Award-winning film "The Bridge on the River Kwai", was filmed on the Kelani River near Kitulgala. The area is now famous for white water rafting and trekking. Bicycle rides are possible here. You can take part in water rafting (Optional)..Payment direct for rafting.
Continue to Bentota for a refreshing beach stay. Overnight Hotel: The Surf Hotel (Standard Room)
Day 08: Bentota/Airport Approximately 5 hours dirve
After breakfast leave for Colombo. Do a city tour, some shopping for souvenirs and walks around the City. Your chauffeur will drop you at the airport in time for your departure. We wish you a memorable holiday in Sri Lanka. Thank you for choosing Leisure World Tours for your holiday.
Have a pleasant journey back home. Ayubowan!...and Bon Voyage..
Accommodation in standard rooms with breakfast at hotels specified or of similar standard.
Cost of English Speaking Chauffeur Guide
Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle through-out the tour.
Entrance fees to Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Polonnaruwa City Tour, Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, Kandy Temple and Botanical Garden.
Not Included in this quote
Lunch and dinner throughout the tour.
Compulsory Christmas & New year Eve Supplement.
Compulsory Kandy Perahara supplement during the Perahera period.
Cost of beverage throughout the tour.
Entrance fees to site not mentioned above
Expenses of a personal nature.
Any other services not specified above
Optional excursions and additional services could be provided for which we will charge extra.
Visits to wild life parks will be at client's own risk.
Safari vehicles (none air-conditioned) available are very basic with basic insurance cover (not comprehensive as in the case of vehicles used for tours).
21 days or less - 100% cancellation charge
Between 22 days and 28 days - 50% cancellation charges or the equivalent of the first two days charges depending on the programme and period of stay.
Above 29 days - No cancellation charges provided no commitment or advances are made to 3rd parties.
Special room requests
Where Special requests Eg : Room locations, Interconnecting /Adjacent rooms, Double/Twin beds, Smoking rooms & non smoking rooms etc are an important factor in the choice of holiday, please advice us when the booking is made. We will pass on your request to the hotel but cannot guarantee that it will be accommodated. IMPORTANT NOTE: Unforeseen escalation in fuel prices, new taxes/levies on hotels and transportation services or any hikes in entrance fees. Any large tax hikes and new levies shall be payable extra and shall be billed accordingly with reasonable prior notice
The programme is based on the availability of the hotel rooms at the time of forwarding the quotation. As such rooms are subject to availability at the time of booking
Due to high occupancy/demand, the hotels accept only the confirmed bookings
Once our proposal is accepted, the final confirmation will be forwarded along with the relevant overnight stays and itinerary. We will do our best to book the mentioned hotels or alternate similar category hotels.
In case of any price fluctuations due to change of hotels, we will send a revised quotation
Hotel Rules & Regulations
The official check-in time at all hotels will be 1200hrs - 1400 hrs ( depend on the hotel)
The official check-out time at all hotels will be 1100hrs
Hotel Check in/Check out times are fixed and there are no guarantee for early/late check in/out unless paid for.