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Holiday By Design
07 Nights
Holiday By Design
08 Days
day Location/Route duration Overnight
Day 01 Arrival and Transfer to Negombo (40 minutes) Negombo
Day 02 An early start to Kandy visiting the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage en route (4 hours). Evening: visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic Kandy
Day 03 Morning: Board the train on a spectacularly beautiful scenic ride to Ella Ella
Day 04 Morning: Explore Ella Ella
Day 05 Drive to Bentota (3.5 hours) Bentota
Day 06 Day at leisure or choose from a list of optional experiences Bentota
Day 07 Day at leisure or choose from a list of optional experiences Bentota
Day 08 Departure
Golden beaches

Needless to say, one of the prime features of the island, which attracts thousands of visitors every year, are its beaches of golden sand that surround the island and have gained popularity over the years with visitors. These include the beaches of Negombo, Hikkaduwa, Pasikudah, Weligama, Mirissa and Tangalle.

Kandy Esala Perahera "Procession"

The Kandy Esela Perahera, which is also known as The Festival of the Tooth is a unique religious and cultural event that takes place every year in July. The procession features many dancers, drummers and elephants, who parade through the streets paying homage to the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha which is housed in the Sri Dalada Maligawa, Kandy.

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.

01
ARRIVAL AND TRANSFER TO NEGOMBO | OVERNIGHT IN NEGOMBO

Ayubowan!!!
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
A short drive from the airport will take you to Negombo (30mins)
Settle in rest and relax from your journey.

02
VISIT TO ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE EN ROUTE TO KANDY | OVERNIGHT IN KANDY
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.
Kandy (UNESCO World Heritage site) x
Kandy (UNESCO World Heritage site), the Hill Capital of Sri Lanka, locally referred to as “Nuwara” meaning The Great City, is 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 only in Sri Lanka but the world over. This 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. Nestled in the highlands, not only does its rich historical significance make “Nuwara” a popular tourist destination, but also the many shops displaying precious and semi-precious stones, skillfully crafted jewelry, handicrafts, colorful batiks and silks, and local food add unforgettable flavor to this beautiful city.

This morning we recommend having an early start. Ideally leaving the hotel no later than 07.00AM would allow us to be at the Elephant Orphanage in time for the elephant feeding, the approximate travel time to the orphanage would be around 2.5hrs.

The entire experience including the herds leaving to the river would approximately take around 2 – 2.5hrs

Proceed to Kandy, rest and relax from your journey.
Late afternoon stroll through the busy markets and end your evening with a visit to the Temple of the Tooth relic and also watching a colorful cultural performance.

03
TRAIN TO ELLA | OVERNIGHT IN ELLA
Ella x
This morning after breakfast you will board the train to Ella (6hrs). Your chauffeur will drop you off at the Kandy railway station and will drive to the Ella station to pick you and drive you to the Bungalow. Settle in and unwind upon arrival.
04
ELLA I OVERNIGHT IN ELLA
Ella x
Ella - If it’s sheer magnificent beauty that you seek, Ella has to be on your list. Associated with the famous stories that intertwine with the epic story – “Ramayana” from India, said to have been the place where King Ravana imprisoned Princess Sita from Lord Shiva, it is a popular destination in the tea country. Due to its elevation, Ella enjoys a cooler climate that supports an amazing variety of lush flora and fauna. This beautiful landscape provides a scenic backdrop for thrill seekers to experience some adventure activities – a stroll along a road less travelled, kayaking at the Buduruwagala Reservoir, a climb up Little Adam’s Peak, a relaxing cycling tour to the picturesque Ravana Falls, or enjoy bird watching at Ella jungle.

This morning after breakfast, set off with your chauffeur to explore the highlights of Ella.

Head to the local tea factory with your chauffeur to have an idea of the tea process this evening.

05
DRIVE TO BENTOTA | OVERNIGHT IN BENTOTA
Bentota x
This morning after breakfast you will be heading to Bentota (5.5hrs) Enjoy the tranquility of the beach and surf sound tracked by the meditative rumblings of the ocean
06 - 07
BEACH STAY | OVERNIGHT IN BENTOTA
Bentota x
Bentota is a favourite for those seeking the ultimate beach experience. With the sea and its beaches, the river and a lagoon fusing into each other at this location, Bentota attracts thrill seekers for a variety of water sports and boating excursions. At the North end of Bentota facing Aluthgama, lies 'Paradise Island' as it is popularly known; a narrow sliver of land between the choppy breakers of the Indian Ocean and the calm waters of a lagoon. At its rear, is the Bentota Ganga (Sinhala for river)) which provides the setting for some of Sri Lanka's biggest water sports events. Visitors have the option of taking boat trips through mangroves where time stands still. Ambling along the attractive beaches on the southern side lined by dense thickets of corkscrew palms, are some of the most amazing vistas along the island's coast. Visits to Sri Lanka’s most famous architect Geoffrey Bawa's estate home 'Lunuganga' whose creations are a marvelous blend of nature and modern artifice and his architect brother Bevis Bawa's estate “Brief" are not to be missed.
08
DEPARTURE

You will leave for the airport in time for your departure flight.

Add on

A list of a few activities you may want to add on to your experience…

  • In and around Negombo & Colombo – visit the Fish Market or the Lellama - where the fishing boats come ashore for the auction / Lagoon Fishing / Tea Tasting in Colombo / Night cycling tour of the city / Dinner at the Ministry of Crab in Colombo / Shopping for Linen clothing
  • In and around Kandy – Peradeniya Botanical Gardens / Experience the Temple loop / Garrison cemetery

Location Accommodation Meal Plan
Negombo Jetwing Beach Bed & Breakfast Basis
Kandy Kings Pavilion
Ella 98 Acres
Bentota Paradise Road The Villa

What to Pack!

  • Socks – as footwear have to be removed when visiting places of worship. You could be walking on heated paving, gravel or cement. Also shoulders and knees should be covered
  • Footwear – choose comfy shoes - sneakers, sandals or similar
  • Shawl – to cover your shoulders or dress up!
  • A sweater or light jacket if you plan to visit the Hill Country
  • Sunscreen, Sun hat, Sunglasses, Travel Umbrella or lightweight raincoat

Notes:

  • Train tickets strictly subjected to availability
  • All drive times are approximate and subject to road conditions
  • Alcohol is not served on “POYA DAYS” (FULL MOON) and other days prohibited by the Government.
  • The standard check in time is 14:00 at Hotels.
  • The standard check out time is 11:00 from Hotels.
  • Gratuity: tour guides & drivers are tipped at the end of the tour.
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