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Holiday By Design
09 Nights
Holiday By Design
10 Days
day Location/Route duration Overnight
Day 01 Arrival and transfer to Kalpitiya. Spend the evening at leisure. Kalpitiya
Day 02 Morning: Dolphin Watching Kalpitiya
Day 03 Morning: Drive to Wilpattu . Afternoon: Safari at the Wilpattu National Park Wilpattu
Day 04 Morning: Safari at the Wilpattu National Park. Afternoon: Drive to Trincomalee Trincomalee
Day 05 Beach stay / Whale Watching Trincomalee
Day 06 Beach stay / snorkeling at Pigeon Island Trincomalee
Day 07 Morning: Drive to Kandy I Afternoon: Sightseeing in Kandy Kandy
Day 08 Morning: Day trip to Kitulgala Kandy
Day 09 Morning Drive to Colombo en route visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Afternoon: Sightseeing in Colombo Colombo
Day 10 Departure Transfer
Elephant Orphanage

The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage has the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. Established in 1975, with the noble intention of providing care for orphaned elephants, today it serves as a nursery and a captive breeding ground for Asian elephants. Countless visitors from all over the island and the world visit this charming attraction throughout the year.

Dambulla Cave Temple

The Dambulla Cave Temple is known to be the best-preserved and largest cave temple complex that is found in Sri Lanka. With over 80 documented caves spread across the vicinity, the Dambulla Cave Temple has rightfully earned its name as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 153 statues of Lord Buddha can be found in this temple which is also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla.

Rediscover Trinco by Boat

Situated along Sri Lanka’s east coast, Trincomalee has long been a favourite location. Rest your weary feet and join our naturalist aboard an 18-foot, fibreglass motorboat. Enjoy a three hour cruise, touring the town’s highlights. Feast your gaze on attractions such as the ruins of an ancient Buddhist monastery and Swami Rock located within the 17th century fort.

See if you can make out the scattered remnants of an almost 2,000 year old Hindu temple which was demolished by the Portuguese in the fort’s making. The tour begins either at 07:00am, during the cool morning hours or at 04:00pm, and concludes with a spectacular setting sun as it paints the sky pink and orange.

Wander Through History in Kandy

Visit the Suriyakantha Centre for Art and Culture, and delve deep into the fascinating annals of European and Sri Lankan history. Housed in the Naranwala Walawwa, an 18th century Dutch-style colonial manor house, the centre represents a unique effort between a Frenchman and Sri Lankan, to showcase talent from eras past.

Explore the vast repository of local and European works over the course of two to three hours and understand the richness of Kandyan culture. Observe the various manuscripts, furniture, handicrafts, artworks and photographs on display. Located near the town of Kandy in Sri Lanka’s Central Province, Suriyakantha is open to visits between 08:00am and 04:00pm, throughout the year.

Whale Watching

Did you know? The waters off Sri Lanka’s south and west coasts are along the annual migration route of the Humpback, Sperm and colossal Blue Whale. Towns such as Mirissa, where our excursion begins, are considered global hotspots for whale sightings. The best time to catch a glimpse of these gentle giants of the sea is between December and March.

Set off on your whale watching adventure at 06:00am in the morning with a snack of a selection of nibbles and beverages while you scan the waters for your prize. Keep an eye out for playful Spinner Dolphins, a common sight. You will be out at sea for around four to five hours. An onboard washroom will be available for your use.

Colombo City Walk

Colombo's amazing Fort district still has the energy like in the late nineteenth century when the streets were teeming with ox carts and alive with the sounds and whiffs of the sea, as rubber, tea, cinnamon, kittul treacle, rope and peacocks were loaded aboard ships.

  • Take a walking tour of the Colombo's historic Fort district
  • Learn about the city's colonial past and pick up some photography tips
  • Sample some fiery street food!
  • Recap your walk over iced cold beers at the Dutch Hospital Complex

Taking a walking tour is one of the best things to do in Colombo city and Mark and his colleagues, natives from Colombo, have hosted walks in Colombo for several years under the Colombo City Walks banner.Starting at the Dutch Hospital Shopping Complex in Fort and walk along the old colonial streets, away from your usual tourist spots, and seek out the colonial Dutch mansions and be a part of the history that is now commercial hub of Colombo. Explore the old Cargills building, visit the New Chinese shop, snap a picture outside the Pagoda Tea Rooms where Duran Duran filmed their iconic music video, Hungry Like The Wolf, and enjoy a cup of Ceylon Tea on the balcony of the Grand Oriental Hotel while taking in the sunset views of the Colombo Harbour.End your walk back at the Dutch Hospital, formerly a hospital during the 17th century, the complex is now host to high-end restaurants, bars and shops.  Relax, take a breather, admire the architecture, and have a drink… or two.

Location : Colombo.
Duration : 2 Hrs.
Best time to visit  : Morning or Evening

White water Rafting – Kitulgala

Conquer the cascading rapids in Kitulgala, Sri Lanka’s premier white-water rafting destination. Located in the island’s wet zone, the town lies on the scenic banks of the Kelani River. Navigate your way along a 6.5 km stretch, past the river’s seven, grade two and three rapids. Catch your breath, with a leisurely swim in the slow-flowing waters between the falls.

White-water rafting can be enjoyed throughout the year, but the months from May to December are ideal. Seasoned rafters may prefer the monsoon season when the waters swell significantly. Sessions last two hours and take place in the morning and afternoons.

Day 01
ARRIVAL AND TRANSFER TO KALPITIYA | OVERNIGHT IN KALPITIYA
Ayubowan!!! x
A warm welcome to Sri Lanka! Your guide from Holidays by Design will be present at the arrivals hall to greet you and assist you to your vehicle. You could change your currency before departing the airport as this may come handy during your holiday. Banks are open 24/7 En route to Kalpitiya you will pass by the salt farms in Puttalam. Feel free to ask your Guide to make a quick stop if this is of interest to you. Check into your hotel and unwind. Dinner will be arranged at the restaurant this evening.

Overnight accommodation in Kalpitiya.

Day 02
DOLPHIN WATCHING & SIGHTSEEING IN KALPITIYA | OVERNIGHT IN KALPITIYA
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Further north of Colombo on the West Coast, the road threads its way across the beautiful windswept Kalpitiya Peninsula. Its pristine beaches are bounded on either side by sea and lagoon, fringed with mangrove swamps, salt marshes and bar reefs. Offshore, large schools of dolphins hundreds strong can often be seen jostling each other and frolicking in the waters during the season from December to April. Boat safaris are available to watch the antics of these spectacular aquatic creatures. This area remains largely unspoilt and for the time being, tourism remains low key, centered on a small cluster of eco- resorts.

This morning head off for a dolphin watching experience. Packed breakfast and water will be provided during this morning. The experience would commence no later than 06.00AM every morning.
Head back to the hotel, rest and unwind the afternoon. Kalpitiya also has the best conditions for kitesurfing in Sri Lanka in tropical waters, with access to a flat-water lagoon and the Indian Ocean, which gives surfers ample playground to enjoy both free rides and wave riding.
Late afternoon by explore the Kalpittiya Fort with your chauffeur guide.

Dinner will be arranged at the restaurant this evening.
Overnight accommodation in Kalpitiya.

Day 03
DRIVE TO WILPATTU | OVERNIGHT IN WILPATTU
Wilpattu National Park x
Wilpattu National Park (Land of Lakes), occupying a large swathe of land stretching all the way up to the border of the Northern Province, the Wilpattu National Park is the largest in Sri Lanka., and was formerly the most popular until the onset of the civil war. The park reopened in 2009. The effects of long term poaching have reduced the overall density of wildlife. However the chances of spotting leopard and sloth bear are significant for which the park was once famous, not to mention elephants, deer and many types of bird. Equally the lack of visitors and the size of the area means that its also supremely peaceful compared to many of the other parks.An unusual feature of the Wilpattu topography is its numerous ‘villus’. These look like lakes though they are actually just depressions filled with rainwater, which expand and contract with the seasons, attracting a range of water birds and wildlife.

This morning after breakfast we will head to Wilpattu (2.5 hours). Upon arrival, rest and unwind

This afternoon we will head to the Wilpattu National Park for a special safari experience for kids. During your game drive, the kids will be taught on bird watching techniques and spotting of local animal tracks. The experience will also end with a learning experience on how to spot burrows, identifying edible plants and basic navigation using the sun and moon.

This evening dinner will be arranged at the campsite. Kids will be quizzed and awarded to recognize their new-found knowledge based on their safari experience.
Overnight accommodation in Wilpattu

Day 04
DRIVE TO TRINCO | OVERNIGHT IN TRINCO
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This morning your breakfast you will be on your way for some rest and relaxation on the beautiful east coast beaches.
Your drive to Trinco will take approximately 1.5hrs. Your chauffeur will make pit stops en route to ensure you have a smooth journey
Settle into your hotel, rest and unwind.
Dinner this evening will be served at the hotel this evening. Nany services and Kids areas are available at the hotel and can be arranged at a prior notice.

Overnight accommodation in Trinco

Day 05 / 06
BEACH STAY | OVERNIGHT IN TRINCO
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Sri Lanka’s waters are home to blue whales, the largest mammal in the world; seeing a blue whale up close and personal is an experience that cannot be described in words. Blue whales are thought to live as long as 200 years and subsist on a diet of krill and other types of plankton. Off Sri Lanka’s coast is the largest known pod of blue whales in the world, with over 1000 whales. Among the other types of whales, one might encounter in Sri Lanka’s blue waters during whale watching tours include sperm whales, Bryde’s whales, and if lucky, killer whales (also known as orcas).
In addition to whales, dolphin watching in Sri Lanka is also popular. One might get to see both whales and dolphins. Among the species of dolphins are Bottlenose Dolphins, Spinner Dolphins, Risso’s Dolphins, and Striped Dolphins. Dolphins are playful and will swim alongside boats.
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Lord Nelson aged seventeen, sailing through here in 1775, declared that this was "the finest harbour in the world”.
This is indeed no exaggeration or hyperbolic description for Trincomalee’s, appealing tropical beauty is one that lures visitors to it over and over again. Foreign powers were attracted to Trinco because it was a conduit for trade between countries throughout the world, from the Middle East to China and the Far East. With its great watery labyrinth of coves, islets, jungle tufted headlands & bays, little wonder then, that from ancient times, world powers that wanted control over the island and the seas surrounding it, regarded Trinco as a prize possession.
From the Pandyan Kings to the Portuguese, followed by the Dutch, the French and finally the British who renamed the Fort, the previous occupiers had built, Fort Fredrick and the Naval Dockyard, are outstanding landmarks. Raven-Hart called it a 'starfish ramified’. The great historian Tennent became a little purple with his comparisons to Carthage. To geographers, it is our planets 2nd best natural harbor.

Enjoy the tranquility of the beach and surf sound tracked by the meditative rumblings of the ocean.

Optional: Head off for a whale watching experience this morning. The experience commences no later than 06.30 AM and could last up to 03hrs or more. We recommend carrying your medication if you encounter motion sickness.

Late this evening visit the highlights of the town with your chauffeur.

Optional: Pigeon Island is one of the most popular marine national parks in Sri Lanka. It is brimming with some of the country’s most breathtaking coral reefs and is also home to a stunning array of exotic marine species. It is called Pigeon Island due to the thousands of Rock Pigeons that use it as their breeding ground.

Overnight accommodation in Trinco

Day 07
DRIVE TO KANDY | OVERNIGHT IN KANDY
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Matale is a major town in a region famous for its spices. Spices pervade the air of this broad fertile valley at an elevation of 300 m.
Tea and rubber plantations of the mid and low grown variety, thrive here and interspersed are dozens of spice plantations. Cinnamon, pepper, vanilla, cinchona, cocoa and cardamom are found growing in profusion in the area. It is easy to recognise the sturdy jackfruit tree, a staple in the cuisine of country folk with its large fruit hanging among the large leaves and branches of these trees.

Breakfast will be arranged at the hotel this morning. Rest and relax the afternoon.

We will head to Kandy (3 hours) en route a visit to the Dambulla Cave Temple could be made if preferred

Our stop for lunch will be at the Matale Spice Gardens alongside an educational demonstration of different types of Spices and home remedies.

Upon arrival, Rest and unwind. Late evening, we will witness the cultural dance performance put together by the locals. You will find plenty of dining options this evening.

Overnight accommodation in Kandy

Day 08
WHITE WATER RAFTING | OVERNIGHT IN KANDY
your White-Water Rafting Tour in Kitulagala x
This activity is for anyone above the age of 10 years with safety gear, modern rafts, and a comprehensive safety briefing will be given by our white-water rafting instructors beforehand. The distance covered is around 5 KMs. The river and its surrounding will make you feel enchanted, with a memorable Experience during your White-Water Rafting Tour in Kitulagala
Kandy x
Kandy (UNESCO World Heritage site), is the Hill Capital of Sri Lanka, locally referred to as “Nuwara” meaning The Great City, the most scenic ancient city in the country and the only city that borders a natural reserve – the Udawatte Kele famous for its avifauna.
Sri Dalada Maligawa as its known locally or The Temple of the Tooth is one of the most sacred & famous Buddhist sites, not just in Sri Lanka but also in the religion worldwide.
The spectacular 17th century temple took nearly a hundred years to construct from 1687 to 1782 and houses the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. Rituals are performed daily at 04:30, 10:30 and 6:30 p.m. The sacred square and old city centre within the temple complex contain the four shrines of the Gods Vishnu, Natha, Kataragama and the Goddess Pattini and many historical buildings and museums.The temple is host to one of Asia’s most celebrated festivals, The "Esala" procession, held during the month of July/August around the Full Moon. The casket of the tooth relic is paraded through the streets on the back of a tusked elephant in a grand procession followed by several traditional dancers, drummers and torch bearers accompanied by over a hundred beautifully costumed elephants.

An early start is recommended for this day in order to drive to Kitulgala (1.5 hours). Experience a White-Water Rafting in the picturesque Kelani River, covering 5 major rapids and 4 minor rapids.

Lunch will be arranged at the end of the experience. We will then head back to the hotel.

Spend the afternoon at leisure. This evening visit the highlights of the Kandy city.

Overnight accommodation in Kandy

Day 09
DRIVE TO COLOMBO EN ROUTE VISIT THE PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE | OVERNIGHT IN COLOMBO
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage x
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is home to the world’s largest troupe of captive pachyderms. The animals here range from newborns to elderly matriarchs, and include abandoned elephants, as well as those injured in the wild. Twice daily, the elephants are driven to the Ma Oya river for a leisurely bath but its best to coincide your visit with feeding time – watching the orphaned youngsters guzzle enormous quantities of milk from oversized baby bottles is one of the cutest sights you will ever see. Feeding times are 09:15 am, 13:15 pm and 17:15 pm.
Colombo x
A dynamic capital that can vie with many a city around the world, it has evolved to be the commercial hub of the island connecting with several towns linked by a fine system of roads and railways connecting both the North, the South, the East and the hill country. A new expressway, one of many coming up, connects the international airport at Katunayake, with the capital - a 20 minute drive avoiding the busy sprawling towns on the old route. Crowded streets and peak hour traffic are the results of a long and formless urban straggle overflowing from Colombo.
Nevertheless, the city’s impressive commercial and cultural life grows apace and a heady mixture of Asian anarchy, colonial charm and modern progress defines its character. Showily opulent and shiny office blocks rub shoulders with tumbledown local cafes and shops while serene Buddhist shrines and colonial churches stand cheek-by--jowl with ornate, colourful Hindu temples - all evidence of a rich mix of races and religions, that has blossomed into this cosmopolitan city.
A rebuilt and revitalized Pettah, the more colonial styled Fort area, the renovated Dutch Hospital, the Independence Square, the Nelum Pokuna theatre hall, the Victoria Park, now ablaze with lights are all elegant architectural landmarks, that the city can justly be proud of.

This morning after breakfast we will head back to the city (3 hours). En route we will also make a pit stop at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in time to witness the elephant bathing.

Upon arrival, rest and relax.Late this evening we will head to the Colombo city to visit the highlights. You will be navigating the city in a Tuk Tuk, another way to experience the local lifestyle and beat the traffic.

Your evening will end with a mouthwatering range of street food at the Galle Face Green. It’s also a great place to watch the locals and the art of kite flying.

Overnight accommodation in Colombo

Day 10
DEPARTURE TRANSFER

Depart in time for your flight back home.

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