You’ll spend over a week on this fabulous tour, promising excitement and adventure featuring an enthralling elephant ride in Habarana, asafari to the Minneriya National Park, a hike to the Sigiriya Fortress, a stopover at the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala, breakfast overlooking the misty hills in Nuwara Eliya, and white water rafting in Kithulgala.
This tailor-made package awaits honeymoon couples who are seeking not only a romantic getaway but an adventurous holiday as well, creating a lifetime of beautiful memories.
Checkin to the hotel and relax.
The Negambo town boasts several buildings dating back to the days of Dutch and Portuguese presence in the country. The beautiful sea shores and ocean are dotted with catamarans. The Negombo lagoon is famous for its harvest of lobsters, crabs, and prawns. Seafood auctions on the beach are a must-see. Other highlights of the city are the Dutch Fort and the historic Catholic Church.
Dinner & overnight stay at a hotel in Negambo.
Check in to the hotel and in the evening,enjoy an elephant ride.
The one-hour Elephant Safari Habarana (in the village) has become a highlighttourist event for excitement and adventure.
Dinner & overnight stay at Hotel in Habarana.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Climb the 5th-century Sigiriya Rock Fortress,a World Heritage Site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. A spiral stairway takes you to the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya resting in a sheltered pocket of the rock. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.
In the afternoon, go on a Safari of the Minneriya National Park by jeep. The extent of the Minneriya National Park is about 8,889 hectares. Wetlands in this National Park have international importance, nurturing plenty of animal and plant species. Wild elephants, various amphibians, local and immigrant bird species are in this arid zone park. You and your partner will find about 160 species of birds, 9 amphibians, 25 reptile species, 26 fish species, and more than 78 butterfly species in this area. There are bamboo trees, which are rare in other parks, and elephants roam freely. The jeep offers a closer look, which is a significant feature of this tour.
Dinner & overnight stay at Hotel in Habarana.
Enroute, visit Dambulla Rock Temple.
A World Heritage Site,Dambulla Rock Temple was built by King Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C.. It is also the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The five-cave complex has over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 metres.
Proceed to Kandy. On the way to Kandy visit a spice garden in Matale.
Arrive in Kandy and do city tour.
Another World Heritage Site, Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, its name conjuring visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions, and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built in 1798 by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe. Visit the bazaar, arts & crafts centre, a gem museum,with an active lapidary at work.
In the evening, visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and afterwards witness the Cultural Show.
Dinner & overnight stay at Hotel in Kandy.
The free movement of the herd enhances mating. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, and in 1984, the first baby of Pinnawala was born.
The success story of Pinnawala has drawn global scientific attention. A considerable number of books and research articles on Pinnawala have been published in several languages. Ongoing professional documentation takes place year round.
In the afternoon visit the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens
This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. The landscape sits at nearly 60 hectares and offers an amazing variety of trees, plants, and flowers.
Lunch at Garden Restaurant and return to hotel.
Dinner &overnight stay at a hotel in Kandy.
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Nuwara Eliya.
Because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, Nuwara Eliya is Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort. It is also the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country, producing a significant share of the world’s best tea. At 2.5-km high, see Sri Lanka’s highest mountain, Pidurutalagala. Nuwara Eliya also has one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in South Asia.
Dinner & overnight stay at Hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
Breakfast at the hotel and day spent at your leisure or on a visit to Horton Plains.
Visit Horton Plains (Trekking).
The Horton Plain Plateau is a secluded wilderness sanctuary 2130 m high and offers one of Sri Lanka’s most unforgettable views. Here the land plunges down into a gorge to the southern foothills, and, on clear days, a glimpse of the sea more than 80 km away is even possible. The Horton Plains are the habitat of giant rhododendron (an evergreen shrub with large clusters of trumpet shaped flowers), tree fern primrose,daffodil orchids, and birds such as the Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush and Arrenga, the Shaggy Bear Monkey and the Blue Mormon Butterfly,plus many other native and endangered montane species.
Dinner & overnight stay at a hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
Enroute visit Kithulgala.
The Kelani River (the broadest river in Sri Lanka) flows through Kithulgala and is the location where the Oscar-winning movie “The Bridge on the River Kwai” was filmed. On the hill above this town, a prehistoric cave was recently discovered containing large heaps of shells from some unknown civilization.
(Optional) Enjoy a white water rafting session in Kithulgala.
Proceed to Colombo and checkin to the hotel.
Evening city tour in Colombo.
Like many commercial capitals in developing countries, this city is rapidly changing. The swift development of skyscrapers arose from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the Old World charm is retained. For example, there is a 100-year-old clock tower and several British colonial buildings. Other places of interest are the Pettah Bazaar where one can enjoy bargain shopping; a Hindu and a Buddhist temple; residential areas where you find stately homes, and the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the People’s Republic of China.
Dinner & overnight stay at a hotel in Colombo.
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport for the departure flight home.