If you are familiar with the Indian epic, the Ramayana, then you have already been introduced to the island nation of Lanka. However, far from the forbidding island fortress it is depicted at, the country formerly known as Ceylon is renowned for its beautiful beaches, amazing mountain sceneries to the north and the famous coastal highway connecting Galle and the capital, Colombo. The formerly war torn island has recovered well from the ravages of the civil war as well as the disastrous effects of the tsunami in 2004 to once more feature in top 10 must see destination lists of tourists from across the world, especially for the beautiful and varied scenic beauty as well as some real adrenaline pumping watersports, and colonial architecture highlighting its British, Portuguese and Dutch colonial past.
While Sri Lanka is known for its beaches, with the best ones being in the south of the island, it is also known for beautiful mountain scenery in the north, beautiful Buddhist temples and heritage structures across the country and some fine examples of colonial architecture, especially in the capital city of Colombo.
Born Voyager invites you to explore the sights and sounds of Sri Lanka through a 5 Nights/ 6 Days package
Arrive at Bandaranaike International airport, on the coastal north of Colombo. Post disembarkation procedures and immigration formalities, our representative will meet you and escort you onward to Kandy. On your way to Kandy, stop by at the world famous Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Established by the Sri Lankan Department of Wildlife Conservation to provide care and sanctuary to orphaned baby elephants in the wild, the sanctuary has since grown into a popular tourist destination as well as one of the largest elephant reserves in the world. Watch the trained mahouts give baths to the elephants, join them at feeding time and take an opportunity to feed some of the newly abandoned calves. After the stopover at the Elephant orphanage, hop back onto your transfer towards Kandy, the cultural centre of Sri Lanka. Get to your hotel, check in and relax. Overnight stay in Kandy.
On Day 2, after breakfast, get ready to explore Kandy. Kandy is Sri Lanka’s second largest city, considered its cultural centre and was awarded World Heritage site status by UNESCO in 1988. Owing to its mountainous terrain, Kandy is noticeably cooler in temperature than the sea level south of Sri Lanka. Coupled with the mountain vistas and heritage Buddhist sites, Kandy is one of the more famous tourist sites in Sri Lanka. The tour takes you to the Temple of the Tooth, housing a tooth relic of the Lord Buddha. It is considered one of Sri Lanka’s holiest sites. View the ornate craftsmanship on the casket, which houses the relic, and the craftsmanship in the temple itself. Other stops on the tour include the scenic drive through the University of Peradeniya, the largest university in the world, a stop at the Royal Botanical Gardens, considered the best in the region and a trip up to the top of the Upper Lake Drive to enjoy panoramic views of Kandy. In the early evening, you will be treated to an exhibition of traditional Kandyan dancing, culminating in a Fire-walking finale. All this still leaves you with enough free time to explore the shopping districts in Kandy, known for gems and jewelry, handicrafts, batiks, silks etc. Seek a good bargain and buy some exotic gifts for friends and family back home. Head back to your hotel and relax. Overnight stay in Kandy.
After breakfast, prepare for your transfer to Beruwala. Beruwala, derived from the Sinhalese word meaning ‘setting the sail’, marks the spot where the first Muslim settlers of Sri Lanka landed. It is the starting point of the 130 kilometre long stretch of beach, stretching across Sri Lanka. It is also a short distance away from Bentota, the world famous watersport hotspot. Check into your hotel in Beruwala and head out to explore the city. You can spend some time relaxing at the beach, at any of the waterfront cafes, getting a glimpse into local life and meeting other visitors to the island. If you wish to take in some sights, a short 10 minute boat ride from Beruwala beach takes you to the well maintained, functional lighthouse of Beruwala. Located on the picturesque Barberyn Island, the lighthouse, standing on a cliff 20 feet above sea level, offers stunning aerial views of Beruwala beach and the surrounding areas. Grab a traditional meal at one of the beach front restaurants and head back to the hotel to relax. Overnight stay at Beruwala.
After breakfast, the day is yours to spend at leisure. Wake up early in the morning and check out the sights and sounds of Beruwala harbor, as the fishermen offload the daily catch, and the lively fish market comes to life. View the locals haggling for the best price and sample a few delicacies along the way. Post that, pack your swimsuits, goggles and sunscreen lotion and make the short trip to the resort town of Bentota. Bentota is known for its watersports like deep sea diving, snorkeling, parasailing etc, but it is also known as an ancient centre of Ayurvedic healing. Attractions also include the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, a community based turtle conservation preserve, where you can watch turtles and interact with them. If you simply wish to relax, head to the beach and spend some time soaking up the sun or taking a swim in the calm waters around the area. In the evening, grab a cup of the local toddy and head back to Beruwala, to your hotel to relax. Overnight stay in Beruwala.
After breakfast, transfer to Colombo. Colombo, the largest city in Sri Lanka and its commercial and financial capital, has a tropical climate, thereby making it accessible at any time of the year. The main city is home to many of Sri Lanka’s corporate offices, restaurants and other entertainment venues. The architecture of the city consists of both modern architecture as well as colonial architecture which has stood the test of time. On the city tour of Colombo, you will see sites such as the historic and bustling port which made Sri Lanka an integral part of the British empire, the National Museum at Cinnamon Gardens which contains regalia of the 17th Century Kandyan Kings, the Fort area, the site where the Portuguese first landed in Sri Lanka and then fortified to protect their interests. Today, it houses Colombo’s Central Business District and is home to the headquarters of many national and international businesses. A small distance away from the Fort is the suburb of Pettah, Sri Lanka’s busiest commercial area where most of the shops and textile firms are located. This area is a shoppers paradise with international brands vying with local craftsman and artisans for the tourist income. The tour ends with a stop at the Galle Face promenade at sundown, to watch the sun set over the sprawling Indian Ocean. At night, head to one of the happening bars and restaurants in Colombo to get a final local meal and a drink, before heading back to your hotel to relax.
After breakfast, transfer back to the airport for your flight to your onward destination.