At the airport you will meet our Ashford Holidays representative who will take you to the hotel, relax and visit tourist attraction of Negombo City.
Negombo is a characteristic fishing town north of Colombo, it is a mere 6 Km from the Bandaranayake International Airport. Negombo is a gourmet's paradise with sea food in plenty.Old world fishing craft like the outrigger canoe and the catamaran bring seer, skipjack, herring and mullet, pomfret amber jack, while lobster prawn are caught in the lagoon.
Overnight stay at Negombo.
Breakfast at the hotel and leave for visit Anuradhapura ancient city. En-route Munneswaram Hindu Temple and the Yapahuwa Rock Fortress at Maho.
Munneswaram temple is an important regional Hindu temple complex in Sri Lanka, a predominantly Buddhist country. It has been in existence at least since 1000 CE, although myths surrounding the temple associate it with the popular Indian epic Ramayana, and its legendary hero-king Rama. The temple is one of five ancient temples (Ishwarams) dedicated to Shiva in the region.
Yapahuwa Fortress, the capital of Sri Lanka for 12 years (1272 – 1284 A.D.). Look out for the fortifications, the remains of the palace and other buildings.
Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilization. The ancient city, considered sacred to the Buddhist world, is today surrounded by monasteries. The Anuradhapura ancient city is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Overnight stay at Anurdhapura.
Breakfast at the hotel and leave for visit Polonnaruwa ancient city. En-route visit Mihinthale Rock Temple.
Mihintale is a mountain peak near Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. It is believed by Sri Lankans to be the site of a meeting between the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa which inaugurated the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. It is now a pilgrimage site, and the site of several religious monuments and abandoned structures.
Today the ancient city of Polonnaruwa remains one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in the country, standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the Kingdom's first rulers. Its beauty was also used as a backdrop to filmed scenes for the Duran Duran music video Save a Prayer in 1982. The green environment, amazing ancient constructions, Parakrama Samudraya (a huge lake built in 1200), and attractive tourist hotels and hospitable people, attract tourists.
The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage Site.
Overnight stay at Polonnaruwa.
Breakfast at the hotel and leave for visit Sigiriya.In the evening have Village safari and elephant back safari.
One of Sri Lanka's most fascinating UNESCO world heritage sites. No matter how often you climb to the summit of this one time hilltop fortress of the maverick Sinhalese king Kassapa, the pleasure barely diminishes because of the abandon spectacular views at the summit. Overnight stay at Sigiriya.
Elephant Back Safari in Sri Lanka brings in multifaceted joys. The majestic beast, the locations in close proximity to the cultural attractions and the terrain rich with bird life all add up to bring in memorable experiences to the tourists holidaying in Sri Lanka.
Overnight stay at Sigiriya.
Breakfast at the hotel and leave for Kandy visit The Temple of Tooth Relic . En-route visit Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, Matale Spice Garden, and the Golden Temple.
Golden Temple is the main access to Royal Rock Temple which was commenced in the 19th century which by now has been developed as one of the attractive temples in Sri Lanka.
Dates back to the 1st Century BC. Its rock ceiling is one large sweep of colorful frescos which depict Buddhist mythology and the tales of the Buddha's previous births. The caves house the larges collection of Buddha statues in one place.
Sri Lanka is world renowned for its valued spices and healing herbs. Our lush spice and herbal gardens feature many important herbs such as Sandalwood, Margosa, Cocoa, Citronella, Almond, Jasmine and Coconut. When visiting us, make the most of the chance to experience first-hand how cloves, pepper, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and saffron are grown in their natural surroundings.
The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex which houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site partly due to the temple.
Overnight stay at Kandy.
Breakfast at the hotel and leave for visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Royal Botanical Garden Peradeniya.in the evening have a cultural dance at Kandy.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, Pinnawalla is notable for having the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. In 2011, there were 88 elephants, including 37 males and 51 females from 3 generations, living in Pinnawala.
The orphanage was originally founded in order to afford care and protection to many of the orphaned unweaned wild elephants found wandering in and near the forests of Sri Lanka. established in 1975.
Royal Botanical Garden, Peradeniya is situated about 5.5 km to the west from the city of Kandy in the Central Province of Sri Lanka.and attracts 1.2 million visitors annually, It is renowned for its collection of a variety of orchids. It includes more than 300 varieties of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. Attached to it is the National Herbarium. The total area of the botanical garden is 147 acres (0.59 km2), at 460 meters above sea level, and with a 200-day annual rainfall.
Kandyan Dance is a dance form that originated in the area called Kandy of the Central hills region in Sri Lanka. But today it has been widespread to other parts of the country.
Even though Originally only males were allowed train as dancers, there are now several schools which also train women in the Kandyan dance form. However there is no definite Ves costume for women, and many female dancers have adapted the male costume in different ways.
Overnight stay at Kandy.
Breakfast at the hotel and leave for vist Nuwara Eliya tourist attractions. En-route visit, Tea Factory and Ramboda waterfall.
Ramboda Falls is 109m high and 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 729th highest waterfall in the world.
Tea production in Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, is of high importance to the Sri Lankan economy and the world market. The country is the world's fourth largest producer of tea and the industry is one of the country's main sources of foreign exchange and a significant source of income for laborers.
Nuwara Eliya is a city, in the hill country of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The city name meaning is "city on the plain (table land)" or "city of light". The city is the administrative capital of Nuwara Eliya District, with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate.
The town's attractions include the golf course, trout streams, Victoria Park, and boating or fishing on Lake Gregory. Victoria Park is an attractive and well-used oasis. It is popular with birdwatchers at quieter times because of the good opportunities it gives to see various species.
The cold weather has severely affected vegetable cultivation in the area. A large number of local tourists are arriving in Nuwara Eliya to witness the ground frost that has been forming in the early hours of the day, owing to the prevalent cold weather.
Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya.
Breakfast at the hotel and leave for Yala . En- route visit Rawana waterfalls and Ella Little Adam's Peak and Ella Rock.
The Ravana Falls is a popular sightseeing attraction in Sri Lanka. It currently ranks as one of the widest falls in the country. This waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft) in height and cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop.
One of the best ways to spend a morning in Ella is to tackle the beautiful short walk up to the top of Little Adam's Peak, a pyramid-shaped rock which stands opposite the far larger Ella Rock and offers marvelous views out over the hills The walk makes a very pleasant morning's excursion, and is fairly gentle and largely flat, apart from a small amount of climbing near the end.
Overnight stay at yala.
Breakfast at the hotel and leave for vist Yala National Park and travel to Bentota.
The Yala National Park is the most visited park in Sri Lanka. It is the second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park is best known for its variety of its wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan Elephants and aquatic birds.
Overnight stay at Bentota.
Breakfast at the hotel and leave to beach and relax. And also enjoy with water sports.
Bentota is the prime beach resort of the south-western and southern coastal belts of Sri Lanka. However, Bentota Bay Beach, being encompassed in Bentota National Holiday Resort Complex that features a fully-fledged support and serve infrastructure, is the most popular beach resort of Sri Lanka. With an array of luxury hotels, facilities and amenities for the foreign tourists, Bentota provides the perfect location for extended holidays at the beach.
Overnight stay at Benthota
Breakfast at the hotel and travel to Colombo and have a city tour.En route visit The Dehiwala National Zoo.
National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka is a zoological garden in Dehiwala, Sri Lanka, founded in 1936. Its sprawling areas are host to a variety of animals and birds. The zoo exhibits animals but also places an emphasis on animal conservation and welfare, and education.
Colombo is the largest city and the commercial, industrial and cultural capital of Sri Lanka. It is located on the west coast of the island. Colombo is a busy and vibrant place with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins.
The main city is home to a majority of Sri Lanka's corporate offices, restaurants and entertainment venues. Famous landmarks in Colombo include the Galle Face Green, the Viharamahadevi Park, Mount Lavinia beach as well as the National Museum.
Overnight stay at Wattala.
After breakfast leave to the Bandaranayake International AIRPORT on time for the DEPARTURE. End of programme.