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Colombo/Negombo: Sigiriya, Kandy, Ella 3-Day Trip with Train

1. Colombo/Negombo: Sigiriya, Kandy, Ella 3-Day Trip with Train

Discover the natural beauty and inspiring culture of Sri Lanka on a 3-day trip departing from Negombo. Visit landmarks such as Sigiriya, the Dambulla Cave Temple, and the Udawalawe National Park. Enjoy a hotel pickup and drop-off, accommodation, and some meals included. Day 1 : COLOMBO – SIGIRIYA – KANDY Sigiriya Museum This decent museum has a fine diorama of the site, providing an excellent overview and explaining Sigiriya's cultural importance beyond the obvious natural beauty. The theory that Sigiriya was a Buddhist monastery is given here, although the established position that it was a palace or fortress prevails. Dambulla Cave Temple Dambulla cave temple also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country. This site is situated 148 kilometers east of Colombo and 72 kilometers north of Kandy. Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress Rising dramatically from the central plains, the enigmatic rocky outcrop of Sigiriya is perhaps Sri Lanka's single most dramatic sight. Near-vertical walls soar to a flat-topped summit that contains the ruins of an ancient civilization, thought to be once the epicenter of the short-lived kingdom of Kassapa, and there are spellbinding vistas across mist-wrapped forests in the early morning. Overnight Stay at Royal Kandyan or Similar Hotel Day 2 KANDY-NUWARA ELIYA- ELLA Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic The golden-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic – a tooth of the Buddha. During puja(offerings or prayers), the heavily guarded room housing the tooth is open to devotees and tourists. However, you don’t actually see the tooth. It’s kept in a gold casket shaped like a dagoba (stupa), which contains a series of six dagoba caskets of diminishing size. As well as the revered main temple, the complex includes a series of smaller temples, shrines and museums. Glenloch Tea Factory Glenloch Tea Factory situated in Nuwara Eliya District at Katukithula on the way to Nuwara Eliya from Kandy. Glenloch tea plantation at Katukithula are been maintain using all the correct method of planting, Soil conversation and Maneuvering. Sri Lanka Become the bets land of most renowned beverage of the world. Sri Lanka silvering water falls process naturally the beauty of nature Ramboda Waterfall Ramboda Falls is 109 m high and 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 729th highest waterfall in the world. It is situated in Pussellawa area, on the A5 highway at Ramboda Pass. If intrested can be do an Train Ride from Nanu Oya - Ella Overnight Stay Day 3 Ella City Tour – Udawalawe National Park - Colombo Little Adams Peak whether considering the word ‘Little’,it is named after the sacred Adams Peak Nine Arches Bridge The Nine Arch Bridge in Ella is on the Demodara loop and spans 91 meters at a height of 24m. The beautiful nine arches make it a very picturesque spot especially as it is located in a dense jungle and agricultural setting Udawalawe National Park This park is home to several hundred elephants and other rare plants and wildlife We can arrange Drop Colombo Or Negombo or Airport

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

2. 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

3. 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.

From Colombo: 2-Day All-Inclusive Kandy & Nuwara Eliya Tour

4. From Colombo: 2-Day All-Inclusive Kandy & Nuwara Eliya Tour

Take a 2-day adventure and tour Sri Lanka and see the many natural and rural sights. Discover popular destinations and take a boat ride on Gregory Lake. Visit St. Clare and Devon waterfalls, tour a tea factory, enjoy the botanical gardens in Kandy, and much more. Enjoy an early pickup from your hotel in Colombo, Negombo, or Mount Lavinia and head towards Nuwara Eliya. En route visit St. Clare and Devon waterfalls and taste a delicious lunch at Nuwara Eliya. After lunch, proceed to the Pedro tea factory and tea plantation. If you wish, you may also pluck tea with estate workers. Arrive back to Nuwara Eliya and check in to your hotel. Later, ride by boat on Gregory lake and enjoy a city tour in Nuwara Eliya. Enjoy your dinner with one complimentary beer per person. Afterward, enjoy an overnight stay at a 3-star hotel in Nuwara Eliya. Wake the next morning and eat breakfast before you drive to Kandy. En route, visit the Ramboda waterfalls. Then, find yourself at the Peradeniya botanical gardens, one of the best in all of Asia. Afterward, eat lunch at Oakray Restaurant, then proceed to tour the city of Kandy. Make a visit to the Kandy Temple and Kandy itself, the hill capital of hill country. It is known as the last stronghold of Sinhalese kings after the Portuguese, Dutch, and British ruling periods. For Buddhists of Sri Lanka, Kandy is a sacred site, known to the home of Dalada Maligawa. After witnessing the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, depart back to your hotel, arriving in the evening.

Discover the Best of Sri Lanka in 2 Days

5. Discover the Best of Sri Lanka in 2 Days

*Day 1: Waterfall Ravana, Scenic Train Trip, and Nuwara Eliya Tea Plantations* - Morning: Kickstart your adventure with a visit to the breathtaking Ravana Falls in Ella. Capture stunning photos amidst nature's splendor. - Afternoon: Embark on a picturesque train journey from Hali ela to Ella, reveling in the beauty of lush tea plantations and charming villages. - Mid-day: Don't miss the enchanting Nine Arches Bridge, an architectural gem along the railway route. - Late Afternoon: Hike to the summit of Mini Adam's Peak, where panoramic views of the countryside and a captivating sunset await. - Evening: Check-in at the hotel in Ramboda ,Nuwara Eliya fondly known as "Little England." Explore the historic Old Post Office with its colonial charm. - Night: Experience the art of tea-making with a guided tour of a tea plantation and factory. Savor the exquisite taste of freshly brewed Ceylon tea. *Day 2: Ambuluwawa Tower, Ayurveda Spice Garden, Ancient Golden Temple, and Majestic Sigiriya* - Morning: Soak in the beauty of Ambuluwawa Tower in Gampola, offering breathtaking vistas of the surrounding landscapes. - Late Morning: Immerse yourself in traditional healing at an Ayurveda Spice Garden, where ancient herbal remedies rejuvenate your senses. Then marvel at the grandeur of the Golden Temple of Dambulla, a UNESCO World Heritage site adorned with ancient cave temples and sacred statues. - Evening: Conquer the iconic Sigiriya, also known as Lion Rock. Climb to the summit and be awed by the ancient fortress and panoramic vistas. - Departure: Bid farewell to this enriching 2-day tour, carrying cherished memories of Sri Lanka's natural beauty and cultural wonders.

Sri Lanka culture, Nature, Beach, Sightseeing Tour

6. Sri Lanka culture, Nature, Beach, Sightseeing Tour

( 13 Nights & 14 Days, Sri Lanka Culture Nature, Beach Sightseeing Tour Is The Following ) Day--01--pick up from the Airport to Negombo, Rest in the Hotel Over Night Stay at Negombo. Day--02--Morning after breakfast transfer to Sigiriya on the way, Visit the--( Pinnawala Elephant -- Dambulla Cave Temple )-- Over Night Stay at Sigiriya. Day--03-- Morning after breakfast visit the --( Sigiriya Lion Rock or Pidurangala rock Temple-- Hirivaduna Village Safari--Sigiriya Sightseeing-- and If you like can visit the -- Ayurveda Spa to have a Herbal Bath and Massage at Habarana. )-- Over Night Stay at Sigiriya. Day--04--Morning after breakfast transfer to--( Polonnaruwa Historical Location at Polonnaruwa.---After Visit the wood Carving Place in polonnaruwa. )--Over Night Stay at Polonnaruwa. Day--05--Morning after breakfast transfer to Kandy on the way can visit the --( Matale Spicy Garden---Hindu Temple---Tooth Temple-- and Kandy City Tour. )-- Over Night Stay at Kandy. Day--06--Morning after breakfast visit the--( Kandy Botonical Garden--- Kandy Gem Museum--After 5.00pm Kandy Culture Dance. ( 01 Hour only ) )-- Over Night Stay Kandy. Day--07--Morning after breakfast Transfer to Ella, on the way--( Tea Factory--water falls-- Sightseeing --Nuwara Eliya Market--and 12:43 Noon Beautiful Train Journey to Nany Oya To Ella. )-- Over Night Stay at Ella. Day--08--Morning after breakfast visit the--( Ella Little Adam's Peak -- Nine Arch Bridge--Ella Sightseeing )-- Over Night Stay at Ella. Day--09--Morning after breakfast transfer to yala on the way visit the --( Rawana water falls---Buduruwagala Rock Temple--- and 1.00pm Yala National Park Jeep Safari. )-- Over Night Stay at Thissamaharama. Day--10-- Morning after breakfast transfer to-- ( Beautiful Beach Rest in Mirissa in pelena Beach Rest )-- Over Night Stay at Pelena. Day--11-- Beach Rest in the Hotel. Day--12-- Morning after Breakfast visit --(Short time to the Galle Dutch Fort and Back to Hotel Beach Rest )-- Over Night stay at Pelena Beach Rest. Day--13--Beach Rest in the Hotel. Day--14--Morning after breakfast --( Drop to Airport or Your Place ) End Off The Tour. Service included : Transporting with , AC / Car / Van / Mini Tourist Bus / and Big Tourist Coach with Fuel / Driver / Guide. Service Included : All the High way fees and Parking fees. ( Service Not Included : Any Enternce fees ) * End of the tour we Drop you all from your booking hotel / or Airport / Also we provide you for beautiful places in sri lanka and our service for your 100% Satisfaction during the tour in sri lanka.and Make your Sri Lanka Holiday Unfogettable.

From Negombo or Colombo: 5-Day Central Highlands Tour

7. From Negombo or Colombo: 5-Day Central Highlands Tour

Embark on a 5-day tour of Ski Lanka from Negombo or Colombo. Enjoy 4 nights of accommodation in Colombo, Nuwara Eliya, and Kandy. Visit the World's End trail, Horton Plains National Park, Pedro Tea Estate, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and other iconic sites, with a guide and entry fees included. Day 1: Negombo or Colombo - Colombo Enjoy a free pickup service from your accommodation or airport in Negombo or Colombo. Meet your tour guide, who will drive you to Colombo. Spend the night in a three-star hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.  Day 2: Colombo - Nuwara Eliya   Following breakfast, depart your hotel and drive to Nuwara Eliya (a 5-hour drive). En route, you will stop at the iconic Devon Falls waterfall, known as the veil of the Valley. Next, visit St. Clairs falls, another famous and most visited waterfall in Sri Lanka. Then in the afternoon, embark on a city tour through Nuwara Eliya. Surrounded by hills and tea plantations, the town of Nuwara Eliya is blessed with spring-like weather throughout the year.  During colonial times, it was a favorite British retreat with English country-style houses and half-timbered bungalows. Enjoy free time to get dinner before going to sleep at your accommodation.  Day 3: Colombo - Nuwara Eliya   Start your morning with a delicious breakfast before heading out to Horton Plains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage. Then, enjoy a guided walk along the nature trails to the stunning viewpoint known as World's End (a 1.5- hour drive). Visit a tea plantation in the afternoon. Try some of the best tea in the world. Did you know that Sri Lanka is the world's largest tea exporter? Yes, the highlands have the perfect climate for tea production, with more than 200,000 hectares of land. Producing 340 million kilograms of tea per year.  After your busy day, you will head back to your hotel. You have some free time to get dinner if you like or enjoy exploring your adopted city for the night. Spend the night in a three-star hotel on a bed and breakfast basis. Day 4: Nuwara Eliya - Kandy Enjoy a delicious breakfast before you enjoy an action-packed day out to Kandy. Jump on the coach and take a seat. Enjoy the ride to Kandy (a 3-hour drive). Marvel at the green landscape, and be sure to snap some pictures. In the afternoon, you will take a city tour of Kandy, visiting the temple of the sacred tooth relic, upper lake drive, market square, gem lapidary, and many more sites.  After your day, you can head out and explore Kandy's nightlife, catch dinner or some drinks if you like before calling it a night at your hotel. You will stay at a three-star hotel and get breakfast the following day. Day 5: Kandy - Colombo There is no itinerary planned today. Have breakfast at your accommodation and end your trip on a high. Depending on your booked option, your driver will take you to Colombo or Bandaranaike International Airport.

From Nuwara Eliya: Haputale Highlands Private Day Tour

8. From Nuwara Eliya: Haputale Highlands Private Day Tour

Begin your highland tour of Haputale at the Dambatenne Tea Factory, built by the famous British tea producer Sir Thomas Lipton in the late 19th century. Explore the factory on a tour, learn all about the tea production process, and enjoy a hot cup of tea. Next, visit the viewpoint known as Lipton’s Seat, so named because Sir Thomas Lipton used to use it to survey his huge tea empire from the summit of Poonagala Hill. On your way up, pass the Catherine’s Seat viewpoint and the Lemasthota Waterfalls. From the top, take in the views of Uva, Sabaragamuwa, and the central and eastern provinces. Experience the Benedictine Monastery of Adisham, a former Tudor mansion in the style of the Castle of Leeds in 1931 and named the Adisham Bungalow after the hometown of its first owner and builder. Today the monastery runs a small fruit preserve cottage industry. Catch glimpses of rare birds such as paradise flycatchers, hornbills, golden orioles, and more on your tour of the monastery.

6-Day Tour of Seetha Amman Captive Life

9. 6-Day Tour of Seetha Amman Captive Life

Day 01 You will be picked up from your hotel in selected cities or BIA and driven to Kandy. Spend overnight at a Hotel in Kandy on Bed & Breakfast Basis Day 02 Breakfast at Hotel Enjoy a city tour in Kandy including Kandy Temple - one the most venerated Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka and the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha is sited. Thereon you will be driven to Nuwara Eliya. En route, visit Bhaktha Hanuman Temple - A temple that has been built as a presiding deity with five meters tall granite statue of Rama's devoted supporter, Hanuman. Visit Ramboda waterfall; a tea plantations and a tea factory on your way to Nuwara Eliya. Spend overnight at a Hotel in Nuwara Eliya on Bed & Breakfast Basis. Day 03 After breakfast, visit Gayathri Peedam - The first and most important temple built for Gayathri Amman (Gayatri being an aspect of Saraswati and the Universal Mother) in Sri Lanka. Thereon, you will be taken to visit Diurumpola Temple - where Seetha Devi underwent "Agni Pariksha" (test), to prove her chastity. Proceed to Seetha Eliya and visit Seetha Amman temple - A unique temple which believed to be the place where Seeta lived most of the time of her captivity according to the historical Legend of Ramayana. This place also has footmarks of monkey god Hanuman. Afterwards, visit Ashok Vatika. According to the historical Legend of Ramayana, Seeta was kept in this garden as she refused to stay in Ravana's magnificent palace. Some of the findings here include a rock on which Seeta used to sit and meditate. Spend overnight at a Hotel in Nuwara Eliya on Bed & Breakfast Basis. Day 04 After breakfast, you will be moved to Ella where you can visit Rawana water falls and Rawana Cave. It is told that King Ravana, kidnapped princess Sita and kept her hidden in a cave located behind the waterfall. Rawana Cave is believed to be one of several places where Rawana hid lovely Indian Princess Seeta after abducting her. On completion of this visit, you will be driven to Kataragama. Kataragama Temple - dedicated to God Kataragama, who has a link to the Ramayana legend. Lord Indra has been given orders to God Skandha to join the battle at the last day of the war to protect Lord Rama from the powerful wrath of king Ravana. Spend overnight at a Hotel in Kataragama on Bed & Breakfast Basis. Day 05 After breakfast, you will be driven to Ussangoda. According to the Ramayana Legend, Ussangoda is the place where King Rawana’s airport was constructed and his big peacock shaped air craft landed. Continue your drive to Rumassala. The legendary chronicle ‘Ramayana’ proclaims that ‘Rumassala’ is a chunk of Himalayan Mountains in India that was brought by Hanuman to find medicine for Lakshman when he was injured in the battle with Ravana. Spend overnight at a Hotel in Galle on Bed & Breakfast Basis. Day 06 After breakfast, you will be driven to Colombo or Airport for your flight back home!

2 Days -Kandy and Nuwara Eliya Tour from Colombo

10. 2 Days -Kandy and Nuwara Eliya Tour from Colombo

Day 01 • 6:00: You will be picked up from your hotel in Colombo, Negombo or Mount Lavinia and driven to Nuwara Eliya. En route visit St. Clare & Devon waterfalls. • The Devon waterfall is one of the most distinctive waterfalls in Sri Lanka which locates in Talawakelle. After Lunch, you will proceed to visit Pedro tea factory and tea plantation. If you wish, you may also involve in plucking tea with estate workers. • Later, you will do a boat ride in Gregory Lake and enjoy a city tour in Nuwara Eliya. • Overnight stay at a three-star hotel in Nuwara Eliya. Day 02 • 8:00: After breakfast, you will be driven to Kandy. En route visit Ramboda waterfalls. • 11:00: Arrive to Kandy and visit Peradeniya Botanical garden which is one of the best botanical gardens in Asia. After lunch, you will proceed with a city tour in Kandy including a visit to Kandy Temple. Kandy, also Known as the hill capital or Hill country, is the last stronghold of Sinhalese kings after Portuguese, Dutch and British ruling periods. To the Buddhists of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the “Dalada Maligawa” - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. • On completion proceed to Colombo • End of service

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We were about 16 hours on the road and looked at something for a maximum of 4 hours. From Bentota, this excursion is quite strenuous. In the botanical we had an hour. That's a little bit of time but it wasn't that nice either. The botanical garden in Kandy should be better. A visit to the tea factory is also superfluous. You will be told a bit about the different types of tea and how they are made. But in the end they only want to sell tea. I would have liked a little hike through the tea fields better. What is definitely worth it are the impressions in the highlands. This is really nice.

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.