Meet on arrival. Transfer to hotel in Negombo for dinner & overnight stay.
A characteristic fishing town, North of Colombo, 06 kms from the International airport. Negombo is a gourmet's paradise with plenty of seafood, like seer, skipjack, herring, mullet & amber jack & lobster & prawns from the lagoon. All kind of water sports is readily available at Negombo. The beach is known the most photogenic in the island. predominantly Roman Catholic with it's many churches, Negombo is known as little Rome.
After breakfast leave for Kandy, en-route visit Pinnawala elephant orphanage. On arrival in Kandy, visit Royal Botanical gardens. Check in @ hotel for refreshments. Late evening visit the temple of the tooth relic, witness a cultural dance show & back to hotel for dinner & overnight stay.
The last seat of the Sinhala kings ceded power to the British in 1815 & is the most visited place in the island. Situated 488 meters above sea level, Kandy is the most popular destination for foreigners as well as for locals. It's main attraction is the Dalada Maligawa, which houses the sacred tooth relic of lord Buddha. The high light of the year is the annual perahera, held in July/august every year, when a replica of the relic casket is taken in procession for ten glittering nights accompanied by exotically costumed dancers, drummers & over 100 elephants. There are numerous shrines & temples in and around Kandy with rare paintings, frescoes & stone carvings. Visit the royal botanical gardens at peradeniya, which houses over 4000 species of plants. Kandy is an exciting place for shopping, with souvenirs in ebony, silver, brass, bronze, lacquer works, handlooms, gemstones & batiks.
After breakfast, leave early for Nuwara Eliya, en-route visit a tea factory, lunch(optional) at a restaurant overlooking Ramboda Falls. On arrival at N'Eliya, city tour & proceed to Colombo, en-route visit St. Clair's & Devon Water Falls. Stop @ Kitulgala for refreshments/lunch. Kitulgala is popular for white water rafting, & was made famous when David Lean chose Kitulgala for his film ' Bridge on River Kwai' On arrival in Colombo, check in at hotel for dinner & overnight stay.
Nuwara Eliya – Hill Resort
Nuwara Eliya was discovered by a British hunting party in 1819, 1890 meters above sea level, the British succeeded in creating an English countryside, with homes in style from Georgian to queen Anne, well kept lawns with hedges, beautiful parks, a golf course, a hunting club, a race track & a lake. Close to Nuwara Eliya is Horton plains, Sri Lanka's highest and most isolated plateau is a nature lover's paradise. Hakgala botanical gardens was founded in 1860, by the eminent British Botanist, Dr.G.H.K. Thwaites, it became the nursery for the growing of Chinchona, whose bark yields quinine, which was widely used to treat malaria. Hakgala has plantations of roses, shrubs, orchids, ferns, eucalyptus & montane woodland.
After breakfast at leisure. Transfer to airport to connect departure flight. (Airport check in: prior to 03 hrs prior to departure)
Colombo Hilton/Cinnamon Grand/Cinnamon Lakeside/Ceylon Continental/ Galadari Hotel/ Galle Face Hotel/Mount Lavinia Hotel(04-05 *) Hotel Ramada/ Grand Oriental Hotel/Hotel Clarion (02 – 03 *)
The Beach (05 *) Brown's Beach/ Hotel Blue Oceanic/ Paradise Beach Resort/Hotel Goldi Sands (02 – 03 *)
Earl's Regency/ Mahaweli Reach Hotel (05*) Hotel Suisse/Hotel Thilanka/Amaya Hills/Citadel/Topaz/Tourmaline/Tree of Life (02 – 03 *)
Tea Factory (05 *) Grand Hotel/ Hill Club/ St.Andrews' Hotel/Galway Forest Lodge (02 – 03*)