Day tour are very good option to those who missed some particular places in Sri Lanka. Also, it is good to those who visit Colombo for short time or spend a few days in Colombo or Katunayaka airport. If you are waiting for transit flight or visit Colombo port by cruise, this day tour would be ideal for you. Within a day, you can visit a notable spot in Sri Lanka and return to your place.
Dambulla Rock Cave Temple (Golden Temple) is a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160m over the surrounding plains. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over five caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Gautama Buddha and his life. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lankan kings and four statues of gods and goddesses.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress is an ancient palace located in the central Matale District near the town of Dambulla. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colorful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion.
Overnight stay in Habarana.
Trincomalee (Trinco) is a city in Eastern Sri Lanka. It has an interesting tourist location with decent beaches and sights. Trinco is famous for its nice beaches in Uppuveli (6km) and Nilaveli (12km) north of the city. Visit Triru Koneswaram temple. Thiru Koneswaram is a wonderful temple located on a rock promontory in Trincomalee. Rama is believed to have offered his prayers here too. The famous temple built here during the glorious era of the Tamil Pallava and Chola and Pandya empires, was destroyed by Portuguese between 1622 and 1624.
Hot Water Wells of Kanniya are close to the Anuradhapura - Trincomalee main road. Pilgrims believe in the healing powers of the warm water. There are many different versions of the myth on how these curative hot water wells came into existence. One legend about Kanniya's origin has it, that this is the place where Ravana carried out the last rites for his mother. When he was unable to find water to duly perform the rites, he in anger pierced his Trishula into the ground seven times. Water started gushing out immediately. The very first hot water cooled down to the present degree when Ravana's anger calmed down. The temperature of the water is different in all the seven springs.
Overnight stay in Trincomalee.
Temple of the Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple.
At evening, you can enjoy a cultural dance performance. Cultural dance show offers a very vibrant and unique show of Sri Lankan traditional dances. The beat a dancing from "Salupliya" depicting several demons, "Thelme" vibrant expression of low country rhythm, Fire and Harvest dances accompanied by Ceremonial Drums and the Drum Orchestra rising and falling to the lively tempo. As many as 12 different folk and traditional dances are performed by Kandy lake club dance troop within the span of one hour.
Overnight stay in Kandy.
Horton Plains is a protected area in the central highlands of Sri Lanka and is covered by montane grassland and cloud forest. This plateau at an altitude of 2,100–2,300 meters (6,900–7,500 ft) is rich in biodiversity and many species found here are endemic to the region. This region was designated a national park in 1988. It is also a popular tourist destination and is situated 8 kilometers (5.0 mi) from Ohiya. Spend the rest of the day taking a short walk in Victoria Park or Gregory Lake.
Overnight in Nuwara Eliya.
Ella area has a rich biodiversity, dense with numerous varieties of flora and fauna. Ella is surrounded by hills covered with cloud forests and tea plantations. The town has a cooler climate than surrounding lowlands, due to its elevation. The Ella Gap allows views across the southern plains of Sri Lanka.
Overnight stay in Ella.
Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public and also adjoining parks. The blocks have individual names such as, Ruhuna National Park (block 1) and Kumana National Park or 'Yala East' for the adjoining area. It is situated in the southeast region of the country. It is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Sri Lanka. Yala harbours 215 bird species including six endemic species of Sri Lanka. The number of mammals that has been recorded from the park is 44, and it has one of the highest leopard densities in the world.
Overnight stay in Tissa.
Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by the Portuguese in South and Southeast Asia. The Galle fort is a world heritage site and is the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European.
Madu River is one of the natures fascinating creations off South West coast in Balapitiya. Madu Ganga is a lagoon with hundreds of islands providing an idyllic setting for a well spent holiday and loads of authentic traditional settings. It may be one of the last remaining tracts of pristine mangrove forests in Sri Lanka. A boat trip is a wonderful way of seeing some of the hundreds of species of plants and animal.
Turtle Conservation Project - This little place at Bentota beach gathers turtle eggs and place them in their premise for the eggs to hatch. After the little turtles have hatched, they will then be safely released to the ocean. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy water sports by your own.
Overnight stay in Bentota.
Colombo is the financial centre of the island and a popular tourist destination. The main city is home to a majority of Sri Lanka's corporate offices, restaurants and entertainment venues. Famous landmarks in Colombo include Galle Face Green, Viharamahadevi Park, Beira Lake, Colombo Racecourse, Planetarium, Mount Lavinia beach as well as the National Museum.
Overnight stay in Colombo.
Colombo is one of the best places to do your shopping. Odel, House of fashions and Colombo City Center have always been the one stop destinations that offer broad choices for their customers when it comes to fashion. If you are looking for high-end clothing you should definitely pay a visit to Crescat Boulevard. Spend your afternoon enjoying the many streets of Pettah. This area is Colombo’s most important bazaar district. A massive amount of products can be found here, varying from clothing, handbags, household products, watches, books, shoes, electronics and much and much more.
Overnight stay in Colombo.
Breakfast at hotel and then proceed to the Airport in time for the connection flight.
This tour includes driver as guide, mineral water, printed material and it excludes entrance fees, video & camera charges. (This tour would accomodate minmum 2 pax, and it is subject to seasonal changes. Conditions apply.)
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