Arrival to Sri Lanka, Your Jonathan representative will meet you at the airport, and drive you to Habarana in the North Central plains of Sri Lanka, paying a visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage en route (Depends on your Arrival flight time). Providing a caring home for abandoned and wounded elephants, it is a much loved destination for tourists and locals alike. Here, adults and baby elephants from around Sri Lanka thrive, and a captive breeding program is also proving to be highly successful. The feeding and bathing times are generally the ideal times to visit when you can observe these gentle giants at their best. Lunch at a Local restaurant
Enjoy an exciting safari at Minneriya National Park where you can watch elephants in their rightful home – in the wilds. One of the most spectacular wildlife events in Sri Lanka is ‘The Gathering’, where hundreds of Elephants arrive by the herd from the surrounding areas to the Minneriya Reservoir. As the water level recedes at the height of the dry season, they gather to feast on the lush grass, and quench their thirst for water and play.
Overnight Stay at Habarana/Dambulla
After breakfast, set off to discover the 8th wonder of the world
The Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Dating back to the 5th Century A.D, this astounding ‘city’ on the summit of a high outcrop was the royal citadel of King Kassapa for over 18 years. A miraculous feat of artistry and engineering, its unique features and exquisite frescoes continue to amaze all who visit it, even today. Sigiriya may have been inhabited through prehistoric times. It was used as a rock shelter mountain monastery from about the 5th century with caves prepared and donated by devotees to the Buddhist sanga . The garden and place was built by king Kasyapa between 477-495 AD following King Kasyapa’s death it was again a monastery complex upto the 14th century after which it was abandoned. The ruins were discovered in 1907 by British Explorer John Still.
Today Sigiriya is famous for its Mirror wall which consists of poems and paragraphs carved by visitors to the rock many years ago and for its magnificent frescoes of Shapely bejeweled maidens vibrant colours and the water garden similar to the Ajantha frescoes in India. Sigiriya is in fact the best preserved city centre in Asia from the first millennium and has been named as an UNESCO word heritage site and 8th wonder of the world.
Thereafter drive to Hiriwaduna
This is a typical countryside experience to the rural village of Hiriwadunna The trek begins with a beautiful walk beside a man-made reservoir. You will also experience a boat rides, bullock cart rides, rural vegetable cultivation, paddy fields and enjoy an authentic Sri Lankan rotti (a traditional food ) at a Village house.
Overnight Stay in Sigiriya
After breakfast proceed to Polonnaruwa
Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993. It comprises, besides the Brahmanic monuments built by the Cholas, the monumental ruins of the fabulous garden-city created by Parakramabahu I in the 12th century.
Lunch at a Local restaurant
Leisure and overnight stay in Polonnaruwa
Dambulla Cave Temple Tour,
After breakfast procced to Dambulla
Dambulla is a world heritage site in Sri Lanka located north of Kandy in Matale district. The town of Dambulla is built around a large granite outcrop concealing an impressive Buddhist cave temple complex, Raja Maha Vihara dating from the 1st century BC. is the largest and best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The murals covering an area of 2,100 sq. ft. including depictions of Buddha’s temptation by Mara and Buddha’s first sermon.
Dambulla Cave Temple is the best preserved cave temple complex in the country with beautiful statues and paintings.
Lunch at a Local restaurant
While proceeding to Kandy, visit a spice garden in Matale to see different spices are grown and processed
Arriving in Kandy the last kingdom of the Sinhalese kings, taking in the site of the Upper Lake Drive and the Market Square on the way to pay homage to one of the most sacred religious sites in Sri Lanka. The Temple of the Tooth ( Dalada Maligawa) is where the ‘Tooth Relic’ of Lord Buddha is preserved for prosperity . A walk around the town will let you indulge in some souvenir hunting for intricate treasures in wood, copper, silver, brass, ebony, bronze, ceramics, lacquer work, handlooms, batiks, jewelry and reed-ware to choose from.
Round off your day with a cultural show, where the vibrant costumes and pulsating rhythms of traditional dance forms of centuries old rituals will enthrall you
Over night stay in Kandy
After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya while visiting Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens en route. 147 acres of lushness with over 5000 species of trees and plants many of which are rare or endemic; a spice garden and an Orchid house are yours to explore.
Lunch at a local restaurant
Visiting the Ramboda waterfalls and a tea factory Tea plantation where the best tea in the world is produced. Here you could observe all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory.
The old colonial outpost still referred to as ‘Little England’ Nuwara Eliya certainly lives up to its name. Perched 6200 feet above sea level, the climate too, adds to an illusion of one stepping into an old English town, where neat hedges, quaint cottages and beautiful old buildings stand as serene as they did well over a century ago – the magnificent Grand Hotel presides over them all. There is, of course, an old golf course as well as horse racing events to complete the picture.
Overnight Stay at Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast leave to Negombo
Visit the fish market
The Negombo Fish Market is interesting because it takes place right on the beach, fresh from fishing boats. Crowds of fishermen are seen gathering their fishing nets, playing with their kids, and stretching out miles of fish to dry in the sun on Negombo’s shore. The city of Negombo is blessed with a fantastic fabulous beach and sea front with a high safe bathing level and exquisite beach hotels, resorts and cabanas. A gentle rippling lagoon will take you on an enjoyable boat ride. Negombo is a city of freedom.
Lunch at a local restaurant
Leisure in beach
Overnight Stay in Negombo
After breakfast do a city tour in Colombo and proceed to airport for departure