From garden city to ocean city! The capital city of Sri Lanka - Colombo, which once seated the Dutch, the Portuguese and the French is now a thriving cosmopolitan city which offers varied places of interest to explore. From colonial buildings, museums, historic boulevards to fine dining restaurants, shopping malls and pulsating street markets.
Sri Lanka’s enticing taste of tropics can be best experienced at Kandy, a city that prospers on culture to justify for its vibrancy. The city is located in the mountainous centre of the island and is a UNESCO renowned world heritage place.
Famed as the prime beach resort in Sri Lanka, Bentota is a fascinating hotspot of Sri Lankan culture, a bit of heritage and lots of beach fun. Surrounded by lush green landscapes and palm-fringed beaches, the coastal town is also the gateway to the island’s beautiful hinterlands that comprises rural areas with a dominating landscape.
Day 1: Welcome to Irresistible Sri Lanka
Airport - Colombo
Meet and assist on arrival at Airport by HI Tours Representative. Leave to Colombo from airport. Upon arrival, spend the rest of your day at leisure exploring vibrant local markets or in your hotel.
Day 2: Walk through the Ocean City
Breakfast at hotel and visit the Colombo city at leisure. Start by driving along the clean streets edging the crystal white race course – horse racing hub in 1893 & World War II airstrip – furnished today with lavish boutiques. Head along Bauddhalokha Mawatha towards the Arcade which faces a historic waypost - the Independence Square. Later, head into an exhibition at the Bandranaike Memorial International Conference Hall before swaying your head to an opera or play at Nelum Pokuna to call it a day. Overnight stay in Colombo
Day 3: In the Gentle aura of the Giants
Pinnawala - Kandy
Breakfast at hotel and leave to Kandy via Pinnawala and visit Kandy at leisure.As you enter the 25-acre coconut property, do not be surprised to witness baby elephants being bottle fed or moving around freely at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Watch as they get fed, take a river bath twice a day, for an experience that could never be felt anywhere else on Earth.
At Kandy, visit the temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. Later, walk through the city centre and the bustling markets. Spend your evening enjoying a vibrant cultural show. Overnight stay at a Kandy hotel.
Day 4: Leisure beach fun at paradise
Kandy – Bentota
Breakfast at hotel and leave for Bentota, where you will be spending your day at leisure by the beach.
Day 5: Saving the Endangered
Kosgoda - Balapitiya
Breakfast at hotel and visit the Kosgoda turtle hatchery and the Balapitiya Madhu River. The vibrant tourist destination along the southern coast of Sri Lanka is renowned for its wildlife protection society dedicated primarily towards the conservation of sea-turtles. Later at Balapitiya, observe how ecology and culture combines under the sun and witness rich bio-diversity at play in the form of reptiles, mollusks, birds and fresh water species. Overnight at Bentota Hotel.
Day 6: Journey back home
Bentota – Airport
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to airport for a journey back home.
Hotels - Superior Hotels
Colombo - Ozo Colombo
Kandy - Topaz Hotel
Bentota - The Surf Hotel
Hotels - Deluxe Hotels
Colombo - Galadari Hotel
Kandy - Mahaweli Reach Hotel
Bentota - Eden Resort & Spa
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