Picturesque Sri Lanka
December 10, 2017
Hill Capital of Sri Lanka
December 10, 2017

Sri Lanka Deluxe – With River Rafting

Customizable Tour: 6 Nights 7 Days

Enjoy a break from your stressful regimens with our substantially planned package, ‘Scintillating Sri Lanka – With River Rafting’ to Sri Lanka, and you will have a week loaded with fun and frolic. Start your holiday with a date with elephants at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, where you can appreciate your time feeding and bathing the gentle giants before you head to Dambulla to explore the magnificent 5th-century Buddhist caves. Next, head to the Kandy and enjoy your visit in the Hill Capital of the country. Stop by the Temple of the Tooth Relic and take a boat ride at the lake, your evening will be made.
Your next stop will be in the country’s ‘Little England’ – Nuwara Eliya, where you can explore the soothing Hakgala Botanical Garden with its variety of orchids and roses and water lilies and lotus. Also visit various sites of mythological importance such as Divurumpola, the sight where Sita gave her Agni Pariksha, here.
The fun continues in the enthralling land of Bentota. Spend some time by the beach and visit the Kande Vihare Temple, to see the tallest statue of Lord Buddha in the countyriverboativer boat cruise ride along the Madu River and release turtle hatchlings back in the sea – your options are unlimited! Lastly, head to the capital city of Colombo and explore its beautiful skyline. Stop by sites like the Galle Face Green and visit the Independence Square and the Old Parliament Building, the city has something for everyone.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day Wise

Day 1 – Exploring Dambulla (Dambulla – Historical Mounuments)

This day marks the beginning of your remarkable seven-day vacation is the alluring Sri Lanka. Upon your arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, a Yatra representative will be available to take care of any immediate needs and ensure your smooth transfer to the hotel.
En route stop by the famous Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and make beautiful memories while you feed the gentle giants. Next, head to the Dambulla Caves and be mesmerized by their sheer magnificence. These caves are dated back to the 5th century and are adorned with interiors depicting Buddha’s life. Watch out for the paintings showcasing the tales of Buddha’s first sermon and the story of the temptation of Buddha by the demon Mara.
Thereafter check into your hotel and proceed for a delicious dinner. Overnight stay at Dambulla.

Day 2 – Kandy Sightseeing (Kandy – Hill Capital)

Awake to a pleasant morning and spoil yourself to a scrumptious breakfast at your hotel. Proceed for your visit to Kandy. On arrival, check out and head to Kitugala where you can enjoy a session of rafting.
Later take a guided city tour and visit the famed Temple of the Tooth Relic that houses the tooth relic of Lord Buddha, thus making it a site of historical and divine importance to the Buddhists. Later explore the Royal Palace Complex of the kingdom of Kandy and enjoy your time taking a boat ride at the lake and be mesmerized by the stunning view of the Perahera.
Note: Guests are more than welcome to join the ‘Open Door Ceremony’ at the temple during the early hours of the morning.
The day comes to an end with a flavorsome dinner at a local restaurant, after which you will retire to your hotel to catch up on some sleep.

Day 3 – Dreamy Nuwara Eliya (Nuwaraeliya – Little England)

Commence the day with a nutritious breakfast at your hotel before you begin your onward journey to Sri Lanka’s ‘Little England’ – Nuwara Eliya. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and freshen up to begin the day’s activities.
Clean and splendid climate, incredible views of the valleys, mountains, and meadows and lots of greenery is what attracts tourist to this destination. Begin sightseeing with a visit to the Hakgala Botanical Garden, which is famed for its abundant plantation of varied roses and orchids. Take a walk around the garden, and you will be captivated by its gracefulness; while you are there, don’t forget to stop by the tiny ponds and admire the water lilies and lotus.
Later in the day, you can plan a short visit to one of the many tea factories in the region and understand the production process before you enjoy a steaming cup of some of the world’s finest Orange Pekoe tea.
End the day with a wholesome dinner at a local restaurant before you retire for the night. Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya.

Day 4 – Sites from the Ramayana (Nuwaraeliya – Little England)

Kick start the day with a filling breakfast at your hotel and get ready for the day’s activities. Start the touring around with a visit to the renowned Divurumpola, the site where Sita offered herself to the fire proving her chastity to Lord Ram. Take a stroll around the temple and be captivated by the pillars and statues, and paintings and wall art, depicting the legend of Lord Ram and Sita.
Next, head to the Ravana Caves that are nothing short of proof of the learned king’s architectural intelligence. The cave tunnels are designed to connect to all of the important cities of the country and were once served as a quick means of transport through the hills.
The long and tiring day comes to an end with a scrumptious dinner at a local restaurant, before you head to the hotel. Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya.

Day 5 – Bentota in all its Magnificence (Bentota – Golden Sandy Beaches)

Refuel your energies with a hearty breakfast at your hotel before you head out for your next destination – Bentota, the land of golden sandy beaches. On your arrival, check into your hotel and get ready for the exciting day ahead.
Begin with a visit to the renowned Kande Vihare Temple that is known to house the largest and tallest statue of Lord Buddha in all of Sri Lanka. Continue the temple visit at Kalyanarama Maha Viharaya, which is extremely popular among tourist for the ancient marble effigy of Buddha that is houses.
Next, head towards the day’s adventure at the Madu River. On your arrival at the location, you will enjoy a mesmerizing River Boat Cruise that takes you along the river, passing through dense mangroves. While on this cruise, you will easily spot monitor lizards and cormorants and kingfishers and egrets only unique to the region here.
The later part of the day is saved for a visit to the Bentota Turtle Hatchery. Walk around the place and learn about turtles and their conservation with the help of well-informed staff and set free baby hatchlings fit to be released – all while you enjoy the sunset at the beach.
End the day with a palatable dinner at a local restaurant and retire to your hotel. Overnight stay at Bentota.

Day 6 – Exploring Colombo (Colombo – vibrant city)

Rise to a wonderful morning in Bentota and indulge in a tasteful breakfast at your hotel before you head out to Colombo – the capital of Sri Lanka. On your arrival, check into the hotel and freshen up for the day’s sightseeing.

Commence your city tour with a stopover at the Galle Face Green, a magnificent urban park, facing the ocean, right in the middle of the city’s financial district. Later, stop by the National Museum and learn about the culture and history of the beautiful country you have been exploring. The tour will also take you around the Old Parliament Building, the Independence Square, and the Twin World Trade Center towers among many other places.

Save the evening for a shopping spree and shop your heart out at Beverly Street and House of Fashion. Stop by the Noritake and Odel and collect gifts and souvenirs for friends and family.
The long day comes to an end with a lavish local dinner, after which you can head to your hotel and spend the night in the comfort of your hotel room. Overnight stay at Colombo.

Day 7 – Tour Ends (Departures)

This day signifies the ending of your outstanding vacation in the land of Sri Lanka. Enjoy a pleasing breakfast at your hotel and head to the airport for your flight back home.

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About Destination

Bentota

Bentota is a rural seaside town in Sri Lanka. It is a drowsy town, well known in Sri Lanka, and around the world as well, for its breathtaking sandy beaches. Bentota is stuffed with lush greenery which needs a special discussion with its coconut groves shading the most part of its land. The city also boasts natural water designs like lagoons and estuaries that make it ideal for recreational water sports. Bentota is home to the majestic marine turtles. The community-run hatcheries in the area are doing their bit to help distribute marine life. This quaint town favorite rite wedding and honeymoon destination for Sri Lankans and foreigners alike. The development of the Bentota National Holiday Resort Complex has boosted the economy of the town with five star and luxury hotels opening their properties at the beachfront. Bentota is a beach holiday destination that offers splendid views of the sea as the mouth of the Bentota Ganges river meets the Indian Ocean in a spectacular scenic display.

Nuwara Eliya

Our world is loaded with man-made things. But have you ever observed in the world that is man-made? A city far away from England was personally designed in such a manner that it resembled an English village. Welcome to Nuwara Eliya, the ‘ Little England’ in Sri Lanka! Ceylon was ruled by the British until 1948. The army officers discovered a retreat in the hills that resembled their homeland. With its breath-taking beauty and favorable climate that promise relief from the prevalent weather in Colombo, the hot and humid capital city of Ceylon. Where there was earlier an eyesore of a swamp, they created an artificial lake by diverting water from a stream flowing down from Piduruthalgala Mountain. Christened Lake Gregory, it even generates electricity for the town. There are numerous places to visit in Nuwara Eliya, like the Hakgala Botanical Gardens, the Laxapana Falls, the Lover’ s Leap Waterfall, the Devon Falls, the Oliphant Estate, the Ceylon Breweries, the Tea plantation and the amazing factory that wow tourists and the locals alike.

Dambulla

The city of Dambulla in Sri Lanka is just 5 hours from the vibrant Colombo. Situated in the Matale District, Central Province, Dambulla is famous because it homes the Dambulla Cave Temple ‘ the biggest, best-preserved, cave-temple complex in the country. Also known as Golden Rock Temple, this World Heritage Site consists of a cave monastery and five sanctuaries. There are more than 80 documents caves within the 2000 feet of the temple’ s premises, but there are five main complexes that have paintings and sculptures of Lord Buddha such as the beautiful 45-foot sleeping Buddha statue. Though tourists mostly visit the city just to see these caves, there are other beautiful sights around the city like the Rose Quartz Mountain, Iron Wood Forest and the Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium which was built in just 167 days. Most travelers combine a go-to Dambulla with a visit to Sigiriya’ s ancient rock fortress. This 660-foot column of rock is in the middle of a thick green tropical forest and is called the ‘ Eighth Wonder of the World’ . Everything in Dambulla is relatively priced, including the delicious authentic Sri Lankan food that is made with generous amounts of herbs and spices.

Colombo

Perfect golden beaches, magnificent temples and colonial-era architecture adorn the brilliant city of  Colombo. It is one of the most significant cultural locations of Sri Lanka. Being located tactically on the western coast, this port city has been a place of attention for many empires, colonizers, and traders. Every kingdom that ruled this land left their legacy behind, making the city a blend of culture with a rich heritage. Being the former capital of Sri Lanka, the greatest city and economical center as well as a port city with a natural harbor, Colombo has a myriad of functions: management, trade, financial, cultural and tourism. Colombo is a bustling metropolis with a mixed population, each group adding to the vibrancy of the city. It is a mix of the old and the new, with its colonial-era buildings contrasting the modern skyscrapers. Colombo is a great city to visit. The list of things to do in the city is endless. Discover the colonial past with a visit to the museum, explore the many historical era temples and churches, go shopping at the Odel or just stroll around the beach and soak in the sun.

Kandy

Famous for Buddhist religious sites and pristine natural landscapes, the picturesque town of Kandy in central Sri Lanka is set on a plateau surrounded by mountains. The city is best known for the Temple of the Tooth, where the tooth relic of Lord Buddha is said to reside. Being a hill station, the city experiences a cool and pleasant weather throughout the year, ideal for holidaying. There are myriad of things on offer for travelers. Go trekking in the Knuckles Mountain ranges, visit the Udawatta Kele Sanctuary, explore the historical religious sites or just relax at Bogambara Lake; the list of things to do is endless. The city is also rich in arts and culture. Many historical structures and museums adorn the city. The National Museum of Kandy, the National Railway Museum, the Dalada Maligawa Museum, the Royal Palace of Kandy, the Dambulla Cave Temple and the Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue are some of the important landmarks in the city. During the festival of Esala Perahera, one of the inner caskets of the tooth relic of Lord Buddha is taken for a procession around the city on a royal elephant, followed by dancers, drummers, flag and torch bearers, all decked up in their traditional costumes.