This is the trip for the nature lovers who are amazed by both flora and fauna. Peep into the untouched wilderness in Minneriya and walk among the flora in the Royal Botanical Gardens. Experience the Sri Lankan Traditional culture in the Last Kingdom in Sri Lanka and have a chance to taste the real authentic taste of spices in the Spice Gardens of Matale. Have a once in a lifetime experience.
Day 01 | Airport > Pinnawala > Dambulla
Arrive at Colombo International Airport and proceed to Dambulla, en-route visit the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala. Visit historic caves of the Golden Temple of Dambulla. On completion proceed to Dambulla and check in to the hotel.
Day 02 | Dambulla > Dambulla ( B )
After the breakfast in Dambulla proceed to Sigiriya and visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Thereafter go on a village tour in the Village of Hiriwaduna and proceed to Minneriya to go on a Safari in the Minneriya National Park. On completion return to the hotel in Dambulla.
Day 03 | Dambulla > Kandy ( B )
After the breakfast in Dambulla proceed to Kandy. En route make a pause at Matale to visit the Matale Spice Gardens. Thereafter proceed to Kandy and check into the hotel. Towards the evening go on a technical tour and watch the Kandyan Cultural Show. On completion return to the hotel.
Day 04 | Kandy > Peradeniya > Colombo ( B )
After the breakfast in Kandy check out from the hotel and visit the Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya. Thereafter proceed to Colombo and check into the hotel. Towards the evening go and explore the City of Colombo. On completion return to the hotel and relax.
Day 05 | Colombo > Airport ( B )
After the breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to the airport.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is the home for young Elephants who have been displaced or lost from their natural habitat, located at Pinnawala village in Sabaragamuwa province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is the best place for an up close and personal experience with the world’s largest land mammals! Today with 70 elephants herein, Pinnawela has become the home to the largest captive group of elephants in the world.
Dambulla Cave Temple
Enter the historic caves of the Golden Temple of Dambulla, dating back to the 1st century BC. View the ancient murals depicting the life story of Lord Gautama Buddha. Look at the hundreds of figurines of Buddha and other deities scattered throughout the five main caves. Visit the Cave of the Divine King, Cave of the Great King and the Great New Monastery. See the giant golden Buddha Statue just a little distance outside the cave complex.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Climb the 5th century AD rock fortress, Sigiriya, where the King Kasyapa ruled. Walk through the entrance framed by the paws of a lion that is quite appropriate for its name, ‘ the Lion Rock’. View the beautiful unfading murals that brought Sigiriya its fame. Climb the steep staircase to see the terraced gardens and still-working cisterns. Walk through the tunnels leading to the palace as you get a feel for times long past.
Hiriwaduna Village (Sigiriya Village Tour)
Hiriwaduna is a little village that retains its authentic traditions and culture. Get a chance to go on an oxen cart ride, and experience the world from the view of a village farmer. Have a relaxing catamaran safari through a calm lake. Walk through the golden fields ripe with their harvest of paddy. Watch an enjoyable traditional cooking demonstration that teaches you the basics of Sri Lankan cuisine. Delight your tastebuds with a home cooked lunch; made over a wood-fire and served on fragrant lotus leaves placed over woven trays. Enjoy the life of a Sri Lankan villager, just this day.
This three hour safari takes you on a ride through the Minneriya National Park. Enjoy the sight of over 150 elephants congregating in one place during the famous Great Elephant Gathering, which happens in the dry season between May to October. In addition to elephants, get a chance to also see many mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians in the scrublands, forests and other areas.
Matale Spice Garden
Do a guided tour of a spice and herbal garden, where you learn about spices, such as coriander, chili, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg; and their uses.
Go on technical tours related to arts such as gem crafting, woodcarving and batiks. Watch the Kandyan Cultural Show with its colorful traditional dances and delightful music.
The Kandy Cultural Show gives an opportunity to experience some of the traditions of Sri Lanka. Enjoy this hour long extravaganza as some of the most popular art forms of the island take to the stage. Get wowed by fire dancers and sword dancers. Watch the colorful Kandyan dancers take to the air to the thrumming primal beat of the drums.
Royal Botanical Gardens
Visit the famous Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, which were formed in the early 19th century. Walk through the vast area containing over 4000 species of plants. Enjoy the learning more about the orchids, spices and medicinal plants. Wander down avenues shaded by large and rare trees, or bordered by flowering plants. Enjoy seeing the cannonball tree, walking over the wobbly suspension bridge and through the short hedge mazes or even climbing the twisty trees that make wonderful jungle gyms.
Experience the colorful lights and bright life of Colombo, the capital City of Sri Lanka. Visit historic monuments such as the Old Lighthouse, the Old Parliament, Galle Face Hotel, Galle Face Green, Gangarama Temple, the National Museum and more. Enjoy the malls of Independence Square or the Race Course. Visit boutique shops and designer stores. Enjoy the nightlife as you party till the morn.
- Accommodation on Twin / Double Sharing Basis. Many accommodation options are available. Please speak to our travel experts in order to select the best fitting hotel for you.
- Meals as stated in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner). Meals can be added as required.
- Airport Arrival and Departure Transfers will always be included. (Note your tour chauffeur and airport transfers chauffeur may be different)
- Tours with local English-speaking driver guides in air-conditioned vehicles. (1 to 2 Persons / 2 Adults and 1 child in a Sedan / SUV | 3 to 5 Persons in a Mini Van | 6 to 8 Persons in a Large Van.)
- Entrances fees and/or boat, & jeep fees as stated in the program.
- Drinking water available in the vehicles.
- International Airfare.
- Entry Visa Fees, please visit www.eta.gov.lk for more details / submit your individual visa application.
- Cost of Beverages during meals.
- Expenses of a personal nature including telephone calls, laundry, beverages etc.
- Tips & Portages
- Price may be subject to change at time of booking.
Does this tour include International Flights?
No, the tour cost does not include International Flights.
Can this tour be booked for someone else?
Yes. You can book this tour as a gift for a friend or family. We can personalize it by giving a lovely little Sri Lankan gift on arrival.
Can I get VISA from Lakpura?
No. VISA can be obtained online via https://www.eta.gov.lk where the fees are nominal and quite easy to process.
Is this a group tour or a private tour?
This is a private guided tour.
Does this tour include International Flights?
No, we do not provide International Flights.
Where does the driver / chauffeur stay? Is their accommodation included?
Yes, drivers’ accommodation is included within this tour.
Can we buy Travel Insurance from Lakpura?
No. We recommend purchasing travel insurance prior to booking your holiday.
Can we see some pictures of the vehicle?
Yes, we can send you pictures of a vehicle make and the model. However keep in mind that the vehicle could change last minute due to unavoidable circumstances. We will however, ensure that the vehicle offered is of good quality and condition. All our vehicles are manufactured 2010 or newer.
Does the cost include sight admission fees
What if I have special medical requirements?
Special medical requirements can be accommodated. In fact, we require you to mention this to us at the time of booking. Please note that some requirements may not be options available in Sri Lanka. It is best to research before traveling. Speak to our experts for help.
What are our payment methods?
We recommend 2 payment methods. Credit Card (Online & Offline) and Bank to Bank Transfers. If both these options are not possible, speak to our travel experts for help.
What is the Cancellation Policy?
Refer: Terms & Conditions
During the tour, can we add more experiences?
Yes, more experiences can be added. Such requests are subject to availability and confirmation. You might be required to pay the necessary charges and / or administrative fee.
Can we extend our stay?
Yes, but subject to availability and confirmation. You will be required to pay the necessary changes and / or administrative fees.
If you are still in the stage of finalizing your tour, we recommend selecting the bespoke option and obtaining the help of our experts to create the perfect experience to fit your requirement.
Can I buy International Flight Tickets from you?
This itinerary can be booked for any period of the year. However, experience may vary. We request you to check with us about your experience. When booking with us, we request you to provide us the following details.
All our holidays can be tailored to your precise needs. If you would like to make any alterations, or even start from scratch, take a look at “Bespoke Tours“.