Situated in the Indian Ocean and located just off the Southern Coast of India, Sri Lanka has been often considered the pearl of the Indian Ocean. As a result of its location in the path of major sea routes, Sri Lanka is a strategic naval link between West Asia and South East Asia. It was also an important stop on the ancient Silk Road.
Sri Lanka has also been a center of the Buddhist philosophy and culture from ancient times, being the nation where the Buddhist teachings were first written down as well as the oldest continually Buddhist country.
Sri Lanka boasts a diverse range of cultures, languages and religions. The Sinhalese people from the majority of the population, Tamil people who are concentrated in the north and east of the island, form the largest ethnic minority. Other communities include Moors, Burghers, Malays, and the aboriginal Vedda people.
The country is famous for the production and export of tea, coffee, gemstones, coconuts, rubber and cinnamon the last of which is native to the country. The island contains tropical forests and diverse landscapes with high biodiversity. The country lays claim to a long and varying history of over three thousand years, having one of the longest documented histories in the world.
With a location just above the equator the country enjoys a lovely tropical climate that provides relatively constant weather throughout the year. Despite this, it also features two main monsoon seasons that bring about heavy periods of rain. Namely South-West Monsoon (May to July) and North- East Monsoon (December to January).
Sri Lanka has no marked seasons. This tiny island which is not more than 65,610 km2 in area is home to 08 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. As result of being so small the hot and humid lowlands and the salubrious hill country are separated only by a few hours motoring
It is important that you visit the link in order to get an idea of what to do and what not to do while in the country – www.srilanka.travel/travel_tips
Sri Lanka Honeymoon Tour
Meet and assist at Colombo international airport by our company representative and proceed to Pinnawela. Overnight
stay at Dambulla.
Pinnawela which is about one hour away from the Kandy town, is one of the largest elephant orphanages where they rear Elephants that were lost to their herds by human-elephant conflict and by falling into pts. Most of them are baby elephants. The elephants are fed at the orphanage and bathed in the nearby river twice a day, which will be an unforgettable experience for you.
Dambulla Rock Temple is a magnificent Gallery of Buddha images and wall and ceiling paintings. It is a complex of five cave temples with its origin going back to the Anuradhapura period (1st century BC). However due to additions and restorations done by various rulers over the past two thousand years what now remains are mostly the works of the Kandyan period (18th century).
Overnight stay at Dambulla.
After breakfast proceed to Sigiriya.
One of Asia’s major archaeological sites, Sigiriya presents a unique concentration of fifth-century urban planning, architecture, gardening, engineering, hydraulic technology and art. Sigiriya Lion Rock Citadel of Sri Lanka built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century A.D. It was the royal citadel of King Kasyapa for more than 18 years. Sigiriya has been named as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.
Proceed to Dambulla Overnight stay at Dambulla.
After breakfast proceed to Kandy via Matale.
Spice Garden – Matale
Visit a spice garden in Matale to see many different types of spices Sri Lanka is famous for. Just 25 km from the hill capital of Kandy, the Matale spice gardens are among the best on the island. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed.
Continue to Kandy
Cultural Dance show in the evening
The Sri Lankan Cultural Dance Show is a showcase of Sri Lankan arts; culture and heritage .The show includes a variety of traditional dances and exciting drum rhythms that will be a memorable experience.
Overnight Stay at Kandy.
After breakfast proceed to Tooth relic Temple.
Kandy, a world heritage site, is home to numerous Buddhist temples including the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic. Set in a valley surrounded by rings of mountains, the city of Kandy is the gateway to the Salubrious hill country of Sri Lanka.
Tooth Relic Temple
The pink painted famous Temple of the Tooth which houses the most sacred religious relic, the tooth of the Buddha, is one of the most venerated temples in Whole world
Royal Botanical Garden – Peradeniya
Proceed to Nuwara Eliya Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast proceed to City Tour in Nuwara Eliya.
Nuwara Eliya of Central Highlands of Sri Lanka at an altitude 6,200 ft above the sea level was made into a health resort by the British in the 19th century. Such is the character of the district of Nuwara Eliya, with its home gardens of plants and flowers and cultivation of vegetables, even today it is known as Little England.
En-route visit to a tea plantation
Tea Plantation – Nuwara Eliya
Sri Lanka is one of the world’s largest exporters of tea. Since the introduction of tea to Sri Lanka in mid 19the century Nuwara Eliya has been the capital of the tea industry. For many miles prior to reaching Nuwara Eliya from either direction you will find acres and acres of tea plantations. There are many factories open for visitors which also have tea sales outlets.
In the evening visit to Lake Around
Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast proceed to Yala.
Yala National Park.
The Elephant, undoubtedly the best known attraction at Yala is seen in small & large herds. Herds of spotted deer are seen all over the park. Monkeys-the pinkish rhesus and the Grey-faced Languor Monkey, live and play on the tree-tops and the ground below. Wild buffalo & wild boar could give you 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.
Overnight Stay at Yala
After breakfast proceed to Bentota.
Habaradwa Turtle Hatchery
Turtles another red lined species which is verge on a extinction, only 8 species exist in the whole world, In Sri Lanka you could spot 5 out of 8.
Overnight stay at Bentota
After breakfast proceed to City Tour in Bentota.
Boat ride in Madu River
Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Madu River, a relaxing trip with plenty of interesting stops. You pass dozens of islets forested with mangroves and can appreciate the timeless natural rhythms of rural life. You cruise in a canopied, outboard motor powered boat; pausing to view a 200-year-old temple & to watch the locals cultivating cinnamon.
Overnight stay at Bentota.
After breakfast proceed to Colombo.
Colombo (City Tour)
Colombo, Sri Lanka’s bustling capital, is located on the country’s west coast and is by far the country’s biggest city, as well as its window on the world. The city is a jarring mix of old and new, with a central cluster of high-rise office blocks and hotels overshadowing red-tiled colonial-era buildings and sprawling street markets which overflow with high piled fruit and vegetables, colorful silks and cottons, and deliciously fragrant spices. Colombo offers many interesting venues that you can visit. The Galle Face Green Promenade, the National Museum, the National Art Gallery, the Independence Square. Shopping options are widely available while the night life is indeed enjoyable.
Overnight stay at Colombo.
Departure transfer to the airport