The rich diversity of the Sri Lankan ecosystem inspires and delights with visions of blue whales and mighty Asian elephants, elusive leopards, and hidden red slender loris. Your immersive customizable tour will put the unforgettable scenery of the island nation at the heart of your exploration. Listen to rambunctious toque macaques scour the trees, discover the whitewater that forms Baker’s Waterfall and then traverse the savanna-like landscape in search of elephant herds bathing in the reservoir....
Kandy – Arrive in Sri Lanka’s Mountain Capital with an Introductory Tour
Sri Lanka is an island nation that overflows with enchanting nature and flavorful culture. Tea plantations radiate emerald and jade hues against the pale blue sky as the sapphire waters of the Indian Ocean lap against endless gold-sand beaches. Elephants wander beneath the jungle canopy, and leopards relax in the shade of the surrounding fronds. Your flight will land at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital city. Your private transfer will greet you upon arrival and lead you out through the boulevards lined with trees and rich architecture preserved from the colonial era. Markets fill with locals and entertain the aromas of saffron, sesame, and turmeric. Cafes hide beneath the meandering lanes of the historical quarters as the city skyline fills with kites that rise from the grasses of Galle Face Green, a gorgeous stretch of plain that leads to the coastline, once cleared for the Dutch fortress to have clear cannon lines to the sea.
The scent of the ocean air will give way to the sweet coconut aroma that drifts downward from the palm trees. The trains pass through the countryside with bright colors painted on the outlining cars. You will travel through the gorgeous scenery and greenery of the countryside, venturing along dangling fronds, towering grasses, and rising hills. Upon arriving in Kandy, you will notice the glistening waters of the lake that shimmer at the heart of the city. A cool breeze will rustle the leaves of the surrounding tropics as women in silk saris glide through the streets amidst the elegant colors. Markets brim with spiced aromas and eager vendors calling out to passersby.
The city has acted as the provincial capital since the early 19th century after the British capture of the Sinhalese Kingdom. After settling into the comforts of your accommodation, you can set out to view a performance of the traditional Kandyan dancing and drumming. Your iconic performance will begin with the pulsating rhythm of the drums. Dancers will call out with jovial cries as they twirl in traditional costumes. The dancers will stomp their feet on the wooden platform, vibrating the ground to the beat. The ceremonial dance has thrived under the patronage of kings, and the act grows to the climax of the dancers as they show their power over fire by walking across flaming coals for a frenetic, colorful spectacle that will welcome you to Sri Lanka.
Kandy – Visit the Botanic Garden and History at the Temple of the Tooth
Kandy – Discover the Forest of the Kings and the Buddhist Rock Dwellings
Nuwara Eliya – Travel to the Tea Growing Center to View Historical Scenery
Nuwara Eliya – Full Day Wildlife and Waterfall Trek in the Horton Plains
Mirissa – Fly to Mirissa to View Whales and Visit the Dutch Galle Fort
Udawalawe – Enjoy Udawalawe Wildlife Sanctuary to Find Elusive Animals
Colombo – Traverse Udawalawe Elephant Sanctuary before Colombo Flight
Colombo – Depart for Home
- View wild elephants wandering through the open plain and grazing inside of a small rehabilitation center at Udawalawe National Park and in the Elephant Transit Home
- Travel along the waters of the Indian Ocean in search of breaching blue whales, orcas, and dolphins
- Wander along the maintained trails of Udawattakele Sanctuary to search for toque macaque, three-toed kingfisher, and hidden Buddhist caves
- Visit the Temple of the Tooth during a nightly procession for an unforgettable moment seeing the tooth of Buddha accompanied by echoing drums
- Discover the natural beauty of the Horton Plains in search of sambar deer, the staggering cliff of World’s End, and the stunning vision of Baker Falls
- Witness an iconic, traditional Kandyan dancing and drumming performance, with dancers dressed in cultural clothing
- Enjoy the gorgeous colors and elegant designs of the historical royal botanic gardens in Colombo and outside of Kandy
- Relish time on a tea estate for the unique experience of learning about tea cultivation from harvest to brewing
Sri Lanka is a land of majesty embodied in the golden coastline and verdant hillsides, cloud forests and shallow plains. You 9-day scenic tour will embrace the beauty of the landscape as you explore the historical connection of the local culture with the surrounding habitat and the enchanting wildlife that lives in the assorted environments. Your adventure will begin with your arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport, and your private transfer will greet you upon arrival and escort you along a scenic road towards Kandy. Settle into the luxury of your accommodation near the shores of Lake Kandy before partaking in a mesmerizing concert that will showcase the traditional Kandyan dancing and drumming.
Wake the next day to visit the Peradeniya Botanical Garden and explore the various temples around the city. In the evening, you will visit the Temple of the Tooth to view the relic of the Buddha. Next day, your guide will lead you along the trails of Udawatta Forest, known as the Forest of the Kings. Enjoy your time spent traversing the Buddhist caves utilized by hermit monks and find the endangered toque macaque. Your private transfer will then meet you at your hotel the following morning and escorts you to the tea-growing region of Nuwara Eliya. After a relaxing scenic ride, your private guide will lead you on a tour of a tea plantation where you will pick tea leaves with professionals and follow the process of cultivation before sampling the variety of teas offered by the estate.
In the evening, you will settle into the comforts of your beautiful accommodation located in a renovated 19th-century manor. The next day, you will enter into the Wildlife Sanctuary of Horton Plains in search of red slender loris and samba deer. Relish the majestic ambiance and gorgeous trail that leads to Baker’s Waterfall. Next day, your private transfer will escort you to Hatton for a quick flight to Koggala. Revel in the remarkable coastal scenery as you arrive in the town of Mirissa and step onto a boat for an unforgettable whale-watching cruise before visiting the Port of Galle.
Travel inland next to Udawalawe National Park with a stop at the Elephant Transit Home to view orphaned and rehabilitating elephants. Delight in a night game drive to view the wilds of the sanctuary in the cool evening, and then set out for a morning game drive the next day before flying back to Colombo. Your half-day tour of the city will offer insight into the temples and culture of Sri Lanka’s capital city. Conclude as your private transfer will meet you in your hotel lobby and escort you to Bandaranaike International Airport for your flight home.
$3,217 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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