These tours are a combination of manageable activities, along with ample time provided for you to explore in more detail, some of the locations, allowing sufficient time to relax and unwind. The options selected include safaris, treks, whitewater rafting in Kitulgala and the current trending rage – bicycle tours to off-the-beaten-track nooks and crannies. Most activities are scheduled quite early on in the day or later in the evening, when it is less hot and crowded.
Ayubowan & Welcome to our Island Nation!!!
On arrival at the Colombo Airport you will be warmly greeted by your chauffeur-guide and transferred to your hotel in Colombo (Approx. 30 minutes drive).
Check-in to your hotel and spend a relaxed evening
Early this morning, you will head out to Sigiriya (Approx.4 Hrs drive one way) an interesting drive through rural Sri Lanka.
The shortest lived but the most extraordinary of all Sri Lanka’s medieval capitals, declared a world heritage site, this ancient ruin was once the Capital of Kind Kasapa1. A lover of beauty, he ruled Sigiriya for 18 years, transforming the surroundings of his historical palace into a thing of beauty. Only 19 of the original 500 immortal frescoes, representing celestial maidens remain today. Its extensive network of beautifully laid out gardens; reservoirs and other structures including its unique plumbing system stand witness to the grandeur of its architecture, during its day.
It can be a hard 200m climb to the top, but once there, the view is magnificent.
Spend a relaxing evening in this calm and tranquil environment.
Overnight in Sigiriya
After breakfast you will drive to Kandy, which will take you through the spice region of Matale (Approx. 3.5 Hrs drive). Trek through the historic Udawatte Kele forest reserve, located within the city limits of Kandy and explore the city’s highlights.
is the Hill Capital of Sri Lanka, locally referred to as “Nuwara” meaning The Great City, the most scenic ancient city in the country and the only city that borders a natural reserve – the Udawatte Kele famous for its avifauna.
Sri Dalada Maligawa as its known locally or The Temple of the Tooth is one of the most sacred & famous Buddhist sites, not just in Sri Lanka but also in the religion worldwide. The spectacular 17th century temple took nearly a hundred years to construct from 1687 to 1782 and houses the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. Rituals are performed daily at 04:30, 10:30 and 6:30 p.m. The sacred square and old city canter within the temple complex contain the four shrines of the Gods Vishnu, Natha, Kataragama and the Goddess Pattini and many historical buildings and museums.
The temple is host to one of Asia’s most celebrated festivals, The "Esala" procession, held during the month of July/August around the Full Moon. The casket of the tooth relic is paraded through the streets on the back of a tusked elephant in a grand procession followed by several traditional dancers, drummers and torch bearers accompanied by over a hundred beautifully costumed elephants.
Nestled in the highlands, not only does its rich historical significance make “Nuwara” a popular tourist destination, but also the many shops displaying precious and semi-precious stones, skillfully crafted jewelry, handicrafts, colorful batiks and silks, and local food add unforgettable flavor to this beautiful city.
Check-in at the overnight hotel in Kandy for a relaxing evening
Today, your adventure will take you to Adam’s Peak. The tour is planned as a late-night expedition to the summit. Ensure sufficient time is provided for the uphill trek. (Approx. 5 Hrs. drive)
Check-in at the hotel and spend a relaxing evening in preparation for your climb.
Referred to as Sri Pada, the “Sacred Foot”, a famous landmark shaped like a cone, it stands head and shoulders above the surrounding hills. At 2243m, it is the island’s 5th highest peak. A revered site and celebrated place of pilgrimage, to all the major religions represented in Sri Lanka, who believe it holds the footprint of Lord Buddha by the Buddhists, Lord Shiva by the Hindus and Adam by the Christians and Muslims.
During the season, December to May, the steps up the mountainside are illuminated, and the weather is at its best, so the ascent is made by night in order to reach the top, in time to catch the stunning sunrise and spectacular views. Look out for a chance glimpsing of the peak’s enigmatic shadow.
The climb from Dalhousie is a challenging 7KMS up a mainly stepped footpath, of around 5500 steps. Allow, around 4 hours to get up the mountain with tea stops. A 2 a.m. start should get you to the top on time.
The upper slopes of the mountain is clothed in dense and largely undisturbed stands of cloud forest which are home to various species of colourful montane forest birdlife.
Beware it can be bitterly cold at the summit! The accommodation at Adam’s Peak is basic.
Recommend adequate rest the previous night of the climb and a day to relax after your descent.
After witnessing the sunrise, you will descend from Adam’s peak.
Return to relax at the hotel prior to being transferred to Negombo.
Not far from the International Airport 5 kms away along the coast, lies Negombo, a seemingly laid back town crisscrossed by canals. Aptly nicknamed 'Little Rome’ for the several ornate Portuguese-era Roman Catholic churches to be seen here. The town has a frequent festive feel to it with the many churches celebrating their respective Feasts. A major beach resort, Negombo is home to a small port based on its centuries-old fishing industry. It still retains its quaint, tranquil air despite the stir of a busy town. Soak up the atmosphere with a stroll down Beach Road and imbibe the atmosphere created by its trendy cafes and bars.
Overnight in Negombo
Depending on your time of departure you will be transferred to the airport for your departure.