Negombo – Polonnaruwa– Sigiriya – Kandy – Pinnawala- Colombo
This super short tour will give you the right dose of Cultural, Wild Life, Hill Capital and beach stay all warped into a trilling Sri Lanka Holiday package. The pace will be fairly rapid but it’s ideal for those stopping for a business trip or extending a transit stay. This tour can easily be tailor-made with a more relaxing beach holiday tour or shopping tour in Colombo.
Day 01 - Negombo City Tour
Our Target Travel Sri Lanka tour guide will await your arrival at the Colombo International Airport (Flight at your own arrangement). Depending on your time of arrival, enjoy a tour of Negombo to discover the Negombo fishing village Tour and other places of interests. Dinner and overnight stay at Golden Star Beach Hotel or similar.
Day 02- Sigiriya Rock Fortress / Ancient City of Polonnaruwa / Minneriya National Park
Breakfast at hotel and leave for Pollonnaruwa. En route visit the Lion Rock Fortress of Sigiriya. (early morning departure, times will be communicated at the time of booking).
SIGIRIYA ROCK is a fascinating hideout fortress built in the 5th century AD by Prince Kassype while he was hiding from his half-brother, Mugalan. A visit to this site will explain why it was an excellent hideout and the majestic layout and design will fascinate any visitor. Sri Lankans’ like to think of Sigiriya as the World’s 8th Wonder. Proceed to Polonnaruwa City Tour.
Enjoy a Traditional Rice & Curry meal at a village where you will get a chance to mingle with the locals, meet the villages, hear some of their stories and share your experience while feasting on your lunch which will be served on a traditional banana leaf.
POLONNARUWA was ancient Sri Lanka’s 2nd capital city. The Cholas from India that invade the country decide to build their empire and make Polonnaruwa their capital city. This the year 1055AD a courageous and strong-minded Sinhala king from the southern part of Sri Lanka overpowered the Indian invaders and took over the capital that later fell into the hands of Magha a notorious prince from Kalinga of India who was more intent on looting than ruling. Today the ancient ruined city of Polonnaruwa, a site that is so popular and much visited, contains ruins of the both Sinhala (Sri Lankan) and Indian culture.
Visit MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK (OPTIONAL). Located between Habarana and Pollonnaruwa, these 8890 hectares of Minnierya National Park is an ideal wildlife reserve in Sri Lanka that offers visitors the diversity of the Sri Lankan wildlife safari experience. The park consists of mixed evergreen forests and scrub areas and is home to Sri Lanka’s favorites such as sambar deer, leopards and elephants. However the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank (built in 03rd century AD by king Mahasena, during the dry season (June to September), this tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants who come to bathe and graze on the grass as well as the huge flocks of birds that come to fish in the shallow waters. Elephants, about 300 wild elephants, wild buffaloes, wild boar, spotted deer, sloth bear, Sambhur, leopards, crocodiles, jackals, 9 kinds of amphibians, 25 kinds of reptiles, 160 species of birds, 26 varieties of fishes, 78 varieties of butterflies are recorded from the Minneriya National Park.
Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Kassapa Lion Rock or similar.
Day 03- Dambulla Rock Cave Temple/ Spice Garden / Royal Botanicla Gardens/ Kandy City Tour
Breakfast at hotel, leave for your Kandy Tour. En route visit the Cave Temples of Dambulla tour, CAVE TEMPLE DAMBULLA dates from the 1st century BC and houses the most impressive and venerated Buddhist cave temples in Sri Lanka. This 160metre (52 ft) rock has attracted millions of pilgrims since they were created by the formerly exiled King Valagambahu I in the 1st Century BC. He sought refuge in the caves for 14 years after losing his throne to Tamil invaders, and built the caves in gratitude after successfully reclaiming his throne in Anuradhapura. Proceed to Spice Gardens in Matale.
Visit the Spice Garden at matale where spices and herbs used for Sri Lankan cuisine and medication are grown. Spices of Sri Lanka attracted the early sea faring merchants who made the long voyages to purchase this precious merchandise.
On arrival in Kandy visit the ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDEN of Peradeniya which was a pleasure garden of a Kandyan King of the 16th Century, later made it in to a Botanical Garden during the British regime. This garden; one of the best in Asia, is a place of beauty and a popular haunt for bird watchers. It is bounded on three sides by the Mahaweli River, which snakes around the 60-hectare gardens. Peradeniya is the second largest botanical garden in Asia. It has an orchid house which botanists should visit. In 1905 an avenue of palms were planted and now is one of the most photographed places in the garden. The oldest tree here is a 150 year old double coconut tree. The Giant Fig tree on the Great Lawn is another notable tree. During World War II, it served as a base for Lord Mountebatten. Today it is a popular haunt for day trippers, botanists and birdwatchers.
Next visit KANDY CITY - Today Kandy is not only the second largest city in the island but is one of the most important cities owing to the presence of the Temple of the ‘Sacred Tooth’ of the Buddha. The ancient walk ways and alleys are a great way to discover this hill country station and the breathtaking lake in the heart of Kandy city adds to its romantic reputation.
Overnight Stay at Hotel Serene Gardens Kandy or similar.
Day 04- Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage / Departure
After Breakfast depart to Colombo International Airport for your onward journey. En-route visit the Elephant Orphanage.
PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANGE was initially established in 1972 and was relocated to its present site in 1975. Situated en route to Kandy. It is built on an extent of 25-acres, on an old coconut plantation on the banks of the Maha Oya river. The orphanage was initially created to house the many orphaned elephants that are found in the wild, as young elephants abandoned in the jungle without the proper care and survival skills, invariably die. This orphanage is now home to over 84 elephants with the number increasing regularly.
Proceed to Airport for Departure (Departure flight should be scheduled for the evening) Your tour with Target Travels Sri Lanka end here. Have a nice flight and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
Note: Hotel stipulates checkout is before 12:00hrs noon time. Late Checkout between 12:00-18:00 requires half of the room rate. Any checkout after 18:00 will cost one extra night room rate.
- 3 Nights accommodation on Half Board basis (Breakfast and Dinner).
- Transfers in an excellent Air Conditioned vehicle accompanied with a fluent English Speaking Chauffer Guide. (Multi-lingual Guides can be organized on request. Additional charges apply)
- All Entrance Ticket charges for the mentioned visits.
- All local and government Taxes for services mentioned.
- Transportation, entrance & other Charges for optional visits & activities.
- Tips for Hotel & Guide / Driver.
- All additional expenses not mentioned on the package.
- Video Camera Permits at selected sites.