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|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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You will leave for the airport in time for your departure flight.
A list of a few activities you may want to add on to your experience…
|Negombo||Jetwing Beach||Bed & Breakfast Basis|
|Bentota||Paradise Road The Villa|
What to Pack!