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The Island Tour – 7 Days

7 Day Island Tour

Highlights:

  • Understand the spirituality of Sri Lanka during a visit to the sacred Temple of the Tooth
  • Climb the magnificent Sigiriya rock fortress – a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Walk through the majestic ruined city of Polonnaruwa
  • Camp under the canopy of a mangrove forest
  • Enjoy the lush foliage and landscape of the Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Visit and explore a Moonstone Mine
  • Observe orphaned baby elephants as they feed at the Elephant Transit Home
  • Take a boat ride into the Indian Ocean at Hikkaduwa
  • Explore Galle’s 17th Century Dutch Fort

Island Tour Map

Arrival Day

Arrive at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and transfer directly to a star-class hotel in Negombo, a coastal town a few minutes drive away. It’s the perfect location to relax after your long flight, and to begin to enjoy the sights and sounds of the island.


Day 1

kandy city tour
Journey from the coast to Sri Lanka's hill capital - the small lakeside city of Kandy. On the way, visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, a sanctuary for the island’s abandoned or orphaned wild elephants. Here, the elephants roam free and you can enjoy the sight of smaller elephants being hand-fed with giant milk bottles or watch them at play in the water of a nearby river as they take their twice-daily bath.

You will then continue your journey to the beautiful city of Kandy, at the centre of which is the Temple of the Tooth where a sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha has been enshrined since the 4th Century A.D. Buddhist poojas and events are held daily at dawn, midday, and in the evening where guests can participate. The services are accompanied with traditional music and drumming. The temple is one of Sri Lanka’s holiest Buddhist sites, and is filled with beautiful stone and wood carvings, wall murals and intricately detailed statues.

The Royal Botanical Gardens is located just outside the city of Kandy, in Peradeniya. Originally a garden built for the Queen and Court ladies of the Kandyan royalty, the gardens were developed during the British period into one of Asia’s foremost botanical gardens.


Day 2

sigiriya rock tour
Continue your journey through historical sites of the country, by visiting the Sigiriya rock fortress, one of Sri Lanka's UNESCO world heritage sites. This was the rock citadel of an ancient King, Kassapa, and is considered one of the wonders of the world. Walk through its water gardens, and then up the steep steps - either hewn out of the rock or on circular iron staircases - past the famous mirror wall with its frescoes – and then to the spectacular views at the summit.

Once you have climbed down from Sigiriya and spent some time relaxing, you will visit the nearby Dambulla Cave Temple, another amazing historical site with its rock ceiling covered in a large swath of colourful frescoes, most of which dates back to over 2,000 years. This cave temple has the largest number of Buddha statues all housed in one place including a 14 metre long, recumbent Buddha carved out of the rock.


Day 3

polonnaruwa ruins tour
The World Heritage city of Polonnaruwa, the capital of ancient Sri Lanka from around 1070, will be your first visit. The sprawling network of buildings, shrines and stupas, lakes and irrigation canals which formed the nucleus of this royal city beckons all visitors to explore.

Take a break from it all by having some fun, and an Elephant ride at Habarana will give you many memorable thrills. Seated comfortably on a cushioned wooden platform fixed to the back of the elephant, you can sway to the rhythm of a pachyderm’s walk, as you wander through rural roads and villages.


Day 4

park safari tour
Located in the centre of the cultural triangle, the Minneriya National Park is an ideal place to see some of Sri Lanka’s famous wild elephants, birds and many other wildlife. During the dry season (June-Sept) visitors can see herds of up to 150 elephants feeding and washing, as well as toque macaques, sambar deer and leopards. The birds include cormorants and painted storks.

After your tour of the Park, you will continue your journey through Sri Lanka by travelling down to the city of Galle, on the country’s southern coast.


Day 5

galle fort tour
Explore the Dutch Fort at Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was originally built by the Portuguese and then further developed by the Dutch and the British, and covers nearly 4 sq km. Buildings of interest include the Dutch Reformed Church, All Saints Church, Amangalla Hotel (formerly the New Oriental Hotel), the lighthouse and bell tower. The Dutch also developed what was then an innovative tide-based sewage-system within the Fort. A maze of narrow roads lined with small houses and shops with Dutch names still remain.

Enjoy some water sports in Hikkaduwa, especially diving and boating in the beautiful Indian ocean. And then continue your fun day in the sun with a visit to a Moonstone Mine, and see how the semi precious stone is mined as well as learn about the many different varieties and grades of Moonstones at the visitor centre. You can see or even go down into the deep, narrow shafts of the mine, if you wish!


Day 6

srilanka eco tour
Visit the Nagenahiru Center for Environment at Madampa Lake Wildlife Sanctuary, a local organisation which works in raising awareness on environment conservation with local schools and communities.

Enjoy a bird watching excursion on the Lake by boat, and exploring the expanse of mangrove forest. You can experience outdoor camping under the canopy of the Mangrove Forest, with a special performance of local music, dancing and puppetry. Do some night fishing and enjoy your catch at a special Campfire BBQ, as a wrap up to a memorable eco-cultural visit.


Day 7

colombo city tour
Complete your holiday by travelling to the modern capital city of Colombo and taking a city tour, with stops for shopping, a visit to the National Museum or dining before you head back to the airport for your return flights.