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From Kandy: Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Trip

1. From Kandy: Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Trip

Get picked up directly from your accommodation and travel to the city of Sigiriya, an ancient rock fortress. Marvel at the 200-meter-tall Sigiriya Rock, which, according to an ancient Sri Lankan chronicle, was selected by King Kasyapa as the site of his new capital.  Next, admire paintings of historic queens, princesses, and maids inside the rock fortress before stopping for lunch. Then, see some of the traditional crafts of the region such as wood carving and batik textiles, a dyeing technique developed in ancient times. You can take a piece of traditional craft home with you as a souvenir.  Then, journey to Dambulla and explore the largest and most well-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. Discover the magnificent Buddha images and vividly colored rock paintings, painted between the 2nd-century BC and the 18th-century Kandyan era.  Finish your day by getting dropped back at your accommodation at Kandy.

Kitulgala: Whitewater Rafting on Kelani River with Lunch

2. Kitulgala: Whitewater Rafting on Kelani River with Lunch

Try out whitewater rafting on a guided tour in Kitugala. Experience Sri Lanka's nature with your local guide as you race downstream, no matter what your skill level is. Choose the lunch option if you want to enjoy a freshly prepared meal afterward. Arrive in Kitulgala and meet your rafting guide before collecting the necessary gear, then listen to a short briefing on all rafting procedures and safety requirements. Experience the adrenaline of riding downriver, covering 5 major rapids and 4 minor rapids. Then stop for lunch at a restaurant when you're done.

From Ella: Shuttle to Mirissa/Galle with Udawalawe Safari

3. From Ella: Shuttle to Mirissa/Galle with Udawalawe Safari

After pick-up from your hotel in Ella, Haputale or Bandarawela, head for Udawalawe National Park, where you'll switch to an open concept safari jeep in order to have the best views. An early morning start ensures you'll see the animals during one of their most active times of day. See herds of elephants for sure and have fun watching for crocodiles, monkeys, water buffaloes, various endemic birds species and much more. Along the way, you'll learn about and observe the natural habitats of the local wildlife while you snap some amazing photos. Then, at the end of your 3-hour safari adventure, switch back to the comfortable, air-conditioned car for the ride on to Mirissa/Weligama/Unawatuna or Galle where you'll be dropped off at your hotel.

From Negombo: Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Trip

4. From Negombo: Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Trip

After being transported in private car with local English speaking tour guide from Negombo, you will reach your first destination: Sri Lanka's largest rock, Dambulla Cave Temple, which is built on a 600-foot high rock at an elevation of 1118 feet from sea level. It is home to the worlds most acclaimed cave complex of magnificent Buddha images and rock paintings of vivid colors and shapes from the 2nd-century BC to the Kandyan era of the 18th-century.  Your second visit is to Sigiriya Rock, a site of historical and archaeological significance dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters (660 feet) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa for his new capital. Finish your day with a tour to see the crafts of the traditional artisans in Sigiriya, including wood carvers and batik makers. Learn about the process of their work and purchase some great souvenirs.  At the end of the trip, your guide will take you back to your hotel in Negombo.

From Colombo: 8-Day Private Tour of Sri Lanka with Transport

5. From Colombo: 8-Day Private Tour of Sri Lanka with Transport

Day 1: Airport to Sigiriya / Dambulla welcome by our English-speaking driver from hotels at Colombo and drive to Sigiriya on the way Visiting Dambulla Golden cave temple Evening Minneriya, Kaudulla, or Hurulu Eco national parks 4x4 safari according to Elephant’s availability Overnight at Sigiriya Day 2: Sigiriya to Kandy Earlier morning climb Sigiriya Rock before sun become rough which is suitable for pictures and climbing to the top and back to the hotel for breakfast after driving to Kandy on the way, Nalanda Gedige, Mathale Spice garden (only for a visit), Gem Museum and Workshop, & Hindu temple later Kandy city tour Evening View the traditional Kandyan Cultural Dance Performance and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic Overnight at Kandy Day 3: Kandy to Nuwara Eliya After breakfast, drive to Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya (Kandy) Later to Nuwaraeliya on the way Ramboda Falls, Tea Plantation, and Tea Factory after that Nuwara Eliya City Tour Overnight at Nuwara Eliya Day 4: Nuwara Eliya to Ella After Breakfast Drive to Visit Gregory Lake and Victoria Park Garden after 12.40 train ride to Ella do the gorgeous panoramic view train Evening Climbing Little Adam’s peak Ella Overnight at Ella Day 5: Ella to Tissamaharama / Yala National Park After Breakfast Drive to Tissamaharama on the way visiting Rawana waterfall and Buduruwagala Rock Temple Evening 4x4 Safari in Yala National Park Safari (most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka, bordering the Indian Ocean) Overnight at Tissamaharama Day 6: Tissamaharama to Mirissa After breakfast drive to Mirissa on the visit snake farm Evening Leisure at the beach resort. Overnight at Mirissa Day 07: Mirissa Earlier morning 6.30 AM whale watching from Mirissa. come back to hotel and travel to Bentota and visit Sea Turtle Hatchery & Rescue Center and Later visit Galle Dutch Fort (Galle Fort, in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards) and Madu river boat safari Leisure at the beach resort. Overnight at Mirissa Day 8: Time to Say Bye Mirissa to Colombo or Negombo Wake up to a freshly-prepared breakfast at the hotel and then get ready to check out as it’s time to say ‘Goodbye’ to Sri Lanka. You will be transferred to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo or Negombo for your onward journey back home

Sri Lanka: Five-day Multi-City Sightseeing Tour

6. Sri Lanka: Five-day Multi-City Sightseeing Tour

Explore the best of Sri Lanka with this tour to the Golden Temple of Dambulla, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, rolling tea plantations in Ella, the chance to see wild elephants in the Udawalawa National park. Day 1 - Be welcomed by your guide at the Colombo International Airport where your guide will take you to your hotel in Colombo. Day 2 - Journey from Colombo to Sigiriya after eating a filling breakfast. Visit the Golden Temple of Dambulla, the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. Relax before heading to the ancient rock fortress Sigiriya before having dinner and staying at a 4-star hotel in Sigiriya. Day 3 - Travel to Kandy after a hearty breakfast to visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic which holds the most important Buddhist relic in Sri Lanka. Take some time to unwind in your hotel before proceeding to see the amazing flora at the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens. Eat dinner and stay overnight at a 4-star hotel in Kandy. Day 4 - Next, have a full breakfast before heading to Ella to walk among the lush tea plantations. Learn more about the colonial history of Sri Lanka and take in stunning landscape views. Return to your hotel in Ella for dinner and to rest. Day 5 - After breakfast, drive to Udawalawa National park where you can spot elephants in their natural habitat.

Kandy: Knuckles Mountain Range Day Hike

7. Kandy: Knuckles Mountain Range Day Hike

This five hour knuckles mountain hike starts with a RUK TUK ride from your hotel in Kandy. After travelling around 2 hours journey from Kandy, you will reach the starting point of the trekking route. Our nature guide will guide throughout the trek while giving you information about the forest and its Fauna and Flora. After the hike you will drive to teh hotel. Knuckles mountain range The Knuckles Mountain Range sits in the central province of Sri Lanka, near the city of Kandy. The range takes its name from a series of recumbent folds and peaks in the west of the massif which resemble the knuckles of clenched fist when viewed from certain locations in the Kandy District. Whilst this name was assigned by early British surveyors, the Sinhalese residents have traditionally referred to the area as Dumbara Kanduvetiya meaning Mist-laden Mountain Range. The higher montane area is often robed in thick layers of cloud. In addition to its aesthetic value, the range is of great scientific interest. It is a climatic microcosm of the rest of Sri Lanka as the conditions of all the climatic zones in the country are exhibited in the massif. At higher elevations there is a series of isolated cloud forests, harboring a variety of flora and fauna. Although the range constitutes approximately 0.03% of the island's total area, it is home to a significantly higher proportion of the country's biodiversity. The isolated Knuckles range harbors several relict, endemic flora and fauna that are distinct from central massif. More than 34 percent of Sri Lanka's endemic trees, shrubs, and herbs are only found in these forests. Knuckles Conservation Forest was included in UNESCO natural world heritage list in 2010 as part of Central Highlands of Sri Lanka.

From Kandy: Kitulgala Whitewater Rafting Adventure Day Tour

8. From Kandy: Kitulgala Whitewater Rafting Adventure Day Tour

Explore Kitulgala's nature first-hand on a shared whitewater rafting adventure down Kelani River. Leave Kandy behind and immerse yourself in Sri Lanka's stunning landscape on this tour, and enjoy a buffet lunch at the end of your tour in the outdoors. Sit back and relax on your three to four-hour car ride from Kandy to Kitulgala. Watch as the mountains and jungle pass by you before arriving at your destination: Kelani River. After a comprehensive safety briefing by your white water rafting instructor, grab your paddle, and hop into your raft. Glide down the river and feel the pulse of the river as your paddle slices through choppy waters. Once your outdoor adventure is done, make your way to the Plantation Hotel for your well-earned buffet lunch by the river (at your own expense). Finally, relax on your return ride back to Kandy.

Sri Lanka: 1-Hour Mega Zip Line Adventure in Ella

9. Sri Lanka: 1-Hour Mega Zip Line Adventure in Ella

The equipment will be provided for you, as will be your instructor and support crew. Cocooned within Sri Lanka’s Badulla District is an inviting haven, filled with an abundance of natural beauty and a cool climate.  Ziplining here is one of the best things to do in Ella, home to an abundance of breathtaking backdrops. Ella allows both the laidback as well as the curious at heart to voyage through some of Sri Lanka’s most cherished destinations.  Situated 3,415 ft. above sea level and 200 kilometers east of the capital of Colombo, this cozy hamlet offers numerous floral and faunal species coupled with towering mountain ranges and scenic waterfalls. Get a bird’s-eye view of the beautiful hills of the island.

Thrills of Kitulgala

10. Thrills of Kitulgala

Leave Kandy and head to explore the breathtaking Kitulgala, Sri Lanka, and see the stunning views as you enjoy a rafting experience you won't forget. Brace yourself for an adrenaline-pumping experience as you partake in various activities, including white water rafting and abseiling, to name a few. Start your trip with a convenient pick-up from your accommodation in Kandy. Jump in the car, sit, relax, and enjoy the ride as you head to see another side of Kitulgala you won't forget. First, you will participate in white water rafting down the Kelani River with your guide. Feel the rush of excitement as you bump through the exhilarating rapids, surrounded by breathtaking tropical scenery.  Splash through the foaming waters, tackle thrilling drops, and revel in the camaraderie of conquering the rapids as a team. Next, you will challenge your limits with abseiling, a thrilling activity involving descending vertical rock faces while securely harnessed. Marvel at the stunning natural surroundings as you fall cascading waterfalls, feeling an adrenaline surge with each controlled step.  Feeling hungry? No worries, enjoy a delicious lunch with scenic views. Enjoy a Sri Lankan traditional lunch full of flavors and spices that your taste buds will love.  After lunch, you will go on a jungle trek, immersing yourself in the lush wilderness of Kitulgala. Embark on a guided hike through dense forests, and see the rich biodiversity in this region. Discover hidden waterfalls, listen to the melodious chirping of exotic birds, and breathe in the fresh air as you explore the untamed beauty of the surroundings.  Listen as your guide shares their knowledge of the local flora and fauna.Take a moment to relax and enjoy the serene beauty of Kitulgala. Soak in the tranquil atmosphere while relishing the pristine nature that surrounds you. Let this enchanting region's rapids, cliffs, and jungles inspire you and end your day on a high as you leave with memories that will last a lifetime.

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What people are saying about Central Province, Sri Lanka

We had a private tour...unexpectedly. Everything worked out great, we were picked up on time, then handed over to a jeep, where there was a breakfast box on the way, then enjoy the safari and at 11.30 a.m. we were already in Mirissa. To recommend!

Great tour, guides and service. Everything was on time and smooth. The national park was beautiful. The only complaint we have is that it's more expensive than if we'd have just arranged with local tour operators.

Very quiet pleasant and punctual transfer. The safari was great, we were said to be really lucky and saw all the wild animals and, above all, a lot of different elephants.

The tour was excellent. I liked a lot the hotel in Sigirya and in Colombo. Keerthe, the driver, was very nice, respectful and always on time.

Was great! Saw a lot of animals and the guide was super excited to show us everything he could! Highly recommend.