05D SRI LANKA DESTINATIONS takes you to KANDY, NUWARA ELIYA, BENTOTA & COLOMBO.
Sri Lanka is a very important destination for devout Buddhists. Kandy is famed for the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and the stunning collection of orchids at the Royal Botanic Gardens.
The National Park at Nuwara Eliya offers a veritable treasure trove for bird watchers and the surrounding area is peppered with waterfalls.
Bentota is a resort town nestled on the south-west coast and is home to mesmerizing coral dive sites. Fun water sports keep you engaged on the beach.
Colombo offers the modern touch to the guest. The National Museum, in Colombo, is a repository of Sri Lankan history. The upscale shopping Malls offer a great shopping experience and an introduction to top-line international product ranges.
This 05D SRI LANKA DESTINATIONS vacation is a family trip to memorable good times.
Colombo City Tour
Kandy | 01 Night
Nuwara Eliya | 01 Night
Bentota | 01 Night
Colombo | 01 Night
Kandy is a large city in central Sri Lanka. It's set on a plateau surrounded by mountains, which are home to tea plantations and biodiverse rainforest. The city's heart is scenic Kandy Lake (Bogambara Lake), which is popular for strolling. Kandy is famed for sacred Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) shrine, celebrated with the grand Esala Perahera annual procession.
In the nearby Peradeniya suburb, the Royal Botanic Gardens is known for its orchid collection and massive palm trees. The Ceylon Tea Museum, in a former tea factory, has a library and exhibits that explore Sri Lanka's history as a major exporter of the beverage. Kandy is also a gateway to the Knuckles Mountains, a popular destination for hiking and camping.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Kandy is warm year-round, with an Apr/May–Sep monsoon season and frequent thunderstorms Oct–Nov. Many people choose to visit Dec-Mar when rain is less prevalent. Apr-May is also popular, due to events like Avurudu (Buddhist New Year, Apr), and Vesak (May), when locals celebrate the birth of Buddha with religious rites and artistic performances. Esala Perahera (Aug), a 10-day festival honoring the tooth relic at Sri Dalada Maligawa shrine, is known for its elaborate street shows and elephant parades.
Nuwara Eliya is a city in the tea country hills of central Sri Lanka. The naturally landscaped Hakgala Botanical Gardens displays roses and tree ferns, and shelters monkeys and blue magpies. Nearby Seetha Amman Temple, a colorful Hindu shrine, is decorated with religious figures. Densely forested Galway's Land National Park is a sanctuary for endemic and migratory bird species, including bulbuls and flycatchers.
Nearby Gregory Lake, a reservoir created in the 1800s, offers boating and horseback riding. To the north is Pidurutalagala, Sri Lanka’s tallest peak, ringed by a forest reserve. The surrounding countryside is dotted with waterfalls, including the multiple cascades of St. Clair’s Falls. To the southwest, a trail climbs pyramid-shaped Adam’s Peak, a pilgrimage place for several religions. South of Nuwara Eliya, Horton Plains National Park occupies a high-altitude plateau and is home to sambar deer and leopards. The park ends at the sheer precipice of World’s End, which offers views of the lowlands.
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
Nuwara Eliya’s climate is generally cool and rainy year-round. Mar-May is the most popular months to visit. The wettest months are Oct-Dec. A good time to visit Hakgala Botanical Gardens is Mar-Apr when flowers bloom.
Bentota is a resort town on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast. Its long Bentota Beach stretches north, where it becomes a sandy strip known as Paradise Island, parallel to Bentota Lagoon. Coral-rich dive sites include Canoe Rock. On Bentota River, centuries-old Galapota Temple has a large Buddha statue. Southeast is Lunuganga, the estate, and gardens of architect Geoffrey Bawa. Northeast is his brother Bevis's Brief Garden.
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
Bentota is a year-round destination with a tropical climate. Popular times to visit for sunbathing, scuba diving and water sports include the hot months of Feb–Apr, before the southwest monsoon season (May-Sep). Local events include Bentota Perahera, a Buddhist festival (dates vary, Dec) with a parade including elephants, tom tom beaters and fire jugglers.
Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. That heritage is reflected in its architecture, mixing colonial buildings with high-rises and shopping malls. The imposing Colombo National Museum, dedicated to Sri Lankan history, borders sprawling Viharamahadevi Park and its giant Buddha.
The vibrant, jam-packed Pettah bazaar district's thousands of vendors offer everything from spices and tea to textiles and jewelry. Galle Face Green is an oceanside promenade popular for picnicking and strolling. The city's diverse religious landmarks range from the ornate, red-and-white-striped Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque and the historic Dutch Reformed Wolvendaal Church to the Buddhist Gangaramaya Temple complex. International matches of cricket, Sri Lanka's national passion, are played at Premadasa Stadium. The city is also a major hopping-off point for beaches in the island nation's south.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Many visitors arrive Dec-May. The city experiences two monsoon seasons, with the heaviest rains Apr-Jun and Sep-Dec. Local events include the Vesak Buddhist festival (May).
Day 1: Arrival in Colombo - Kandy
Upon arrival at the Colombo international airport, drive to Kandy. On the way, take a halt to visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. A shelter home where caretakers and volunteers take care of abandoned, injured and orphaned elephants. Watch then bathing, feeding and assisting elephants. Walk with a herd of elephants up to the river nearby to watch them play and bathe. Later, continue towards Kandy. The first visit of the day is to Temple of the Sacred ToothRelic, locally known as Sri Dalada Maligawa. This temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next in line is the visit to the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, a heaven for nature enthusiasts. Spread in a verdant space of 147 acres of land, it houses around 300 varied varieties of orchids, medicinal plants, palm trees, and spices too. Later, explore the amazing Gem Museum, producing the worlds finest quality gems and semi-precious stones including glistening sapphires in different shades like green, white, red, blue and even more. The evening is scheduled for attending a traditional cultural dance show. Overnight at Kandy.
Day 2: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya, fondly referred to as the City of Lights. This place is also called 'Little England', a favorite hill town of the British who founded it as a typical English hamlet.
Explore the popular attractions of Nuwara Eliya including Victoria Park, the golf course and the trout streams. Later, you can enjoy a boat ride and fishing at Lake Gregory. Next visit a tea factory where you can see the production of the finest Orange Pekoe tea. Some of the other attractions that you may also visit include Haggala Gardens and Seetha Eliya. While the former one is a temperate hill-country garden, the latter one is a temple from the great Hindu epic Ramayana. Overnight at Nuwara Eliya.
Day 3: Nuwara Eliya – Bentota
After breakfast, get transferred to Bentota. Visit the lovely coastal town of Bentota that is known for offering memorable experiences. Also known as the 'City of Golden Beaches', Bentota is an ideal place to relax and spend some memorable moments with the loved ones. This place boasts of water sports opportunities, several historical sites, and coral reef exploration of glass boats. Enjoy a city tour and fun activities. Visit the popular beaches to simply relax and soak in the sun. Go for a leisure walk while savoring the serenity and scenic beauty.
During the city tour, enjoy boating in River Madhu where you treat your eyes to the wonderful scenery and lush mangroves covering several islets. If you want, you can also visit the Turtle Hatchery here. Overnight at Bentota.
Day 4: Bentota – Colombo
After breakfast, get ready to leave back for Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka and a bustling colorful city with a mix of colonial and modern touches.
The list of tourist attractions in Colombo includesthe Viharamahadevi Park, Galle Face Green, Fort district, National Museum, Old Parliament Building, Twin World Trade Center towers and Independence Hall at Independence Square. Spend the eveningshopping at the popular markets of Colombo such as Odel, House of Fashion, Beverly Street, Majestic City,andNoritake. Overnightat Colombo.
Day 5: Departure from Colombo
After breakfast, drive to the airport to board your return flight.