6 Nights 7 Days
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Galle is a beautiful city to witness the sun and sand. Galle Harbor was frequented by Chinese sailors and Arabians before the Portuguese occupied Galle in the 16th century. The Dutch captured Galle in 1640 and handed it over to the British in 1796. History reveals that the Chinese Admiral Zheng He, who commanded seven great voyages through the South China Seas and the Indian Ocean between 1405 and 1433, erected a tablet in 1409 in Galle in commemoration of his second visit to Sri Lanka. The trilingual tablet discovered in 1911 has inscriptions in Chinese, Tamil and Arabic languages, suggesting that the Chinese were dealing with a cosmopolitan trading community at that time.
Early morning we drive to Mirissa, to watch whales. Once you arrived there you will embark to the boat which is waiting to sail to see the whales. There you will see the fin whales, sei whales, sperm whales, orcas (killer whales), dolphins, flying fish, turtles, manta rays and whale sharks. After enjoying the whale watching you will drive to the Hotel. Enroute we will do Galle City Tour where we have opportunity to see Galle Fort in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, and then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. Rest of the Day is at Leisure.
After breakfast in the hotel we set out for our next destination which is Yala National Park. Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public, and also adjoining parks. The blocks have individual names such as Ruhuna National Park (block 1) and Kumana National Park or 'Yala East' for the adjoining area. It is situated in the southeast region of the country and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The park covers 979 square kilometres (378 sq mi) and is located about 300 kilometres (190 mi) from Colombo. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards and aquatic birds. Later we proceed to Jeep Safari at Yala National Park. The park provides jeeps with soft tops which afford better opportunities in viewing wild life. Dawn and dusk bring about the best timing for safari tours in the Yala National Park. Being located in one of the arid regions of Sri Lanka; the Climate of Ruhuna National Park is usually hot and dry. The main annual rainfall is during the North east monsoon from November to January while unpredictable inter-monsoonal rains occur in March or April. February is a driest month, but the main dry season spreads from June to October. About 44 species of mammals are resident in Yala National Park, and it has one of the highest leopard densities in the world. Apart from that there are Sri Lankan sloth bear, Sri Lankan elephant, wild water buffalo, toque macaque, golden palm civet, red slender loris, and fishing cat can be seen in the park. Yala also has about 215 species of bird. Among this six are endemic to Sri Lanka. Visitors are allowed to see the wild animals from 5.30 am to 6.30 pm. Due to droughts, the park may close to tourists in September annually. These dates may vary from year to year and depend on rainfall, the park may sometime remain open year around.
Nuwara Eliya (City of Lights), blessed with salubrious climate, breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains and greenery; Surrounded by hills and tea plantations, the town of Nuwara Eliya enjoys spring-like weather throughout the year. It is also known as "'Little England" which was the favourite hill station of the British who tried to create Nuwara Eliya into a typical English Village. The old brick Post office, country house like hill club with its hunting pictures, trophies and strict formal dinner attire; the 18 hole golf course, horse race course, etc., all remind you of 'England". Today we have opportunity to visit Haggala Botanical Gardens (Ashok Vatika). The garden has a cool temperate climate because of its altitude of 5,400 feet above the sea level. The Hakgala gardens were established for cultivation of the medicinal crop Cinchona. Afterwards it was used for Tea cultivation. In 1884 it was changed into a garden with many subtropical and tropical plants. The legendary Indian folktale “Ramayana” states that Sita, the wife of Rama, was abducted and imprisoned in this area by the Demon King Ravana. The Hakgala Garden was supposed to have been a pleasure garden gifted to Sita by the Demon King in an attempt to lessen her sorrow and at the time it is supposed to have been called Ashok Vatika.
Ella is a small mountain village near Bandarawela and boasts three locations linked to the Ramayana where local legend claims Ravana was hiding Sita. First, there is the Ravana Ella Cave, located at the massive Ella Falls; a breathtaking 1080 feet high waterfall that cascades into several falls. The rocky undergoes of the waterfall is Khondalite, a kind of limestone which undergoes faster decay as hard gneiss or granite. This has resulted in many caves being formed near the falls. King Ravana is said to have lived in one of the caves above the waterfall. A nearby pool bored out of the rock by the gushing waters is where Sita is said to have bathed Ravana. Once you arrived in Ella you will trek along with a guide who will guide along mountain passing waterways, paddy field arrives in the summit to see the Ella gap. After your journey, you will drop to Hotel safely.
Today after breakfast we set out for our final destination of the itinerary “Colombo”. On arrival in Colombo, we proceed for a short city tour which gives us the opportunity to see Viharamahadevi Park. It’s a public park located in Colombo, next to the National Museum in Sri Lanka. It is the oldest and largest park of the Port of Colombo Independence Square, The Arcade Independence Square is a shopping complex housed in a group of renovated buildings including the former Jawatta Lunatic Asylum and the former Western Provincial Council Building. Shopping at ODEL BMICH, The Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall is a convention centre located in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Shopping at the house of fashion. Gangarama Temple is one of the most important temples in Colombo, Sri Lanka, being a mix of modern architecture and cultural essence. Galle faces The Galle Face is a 5 ha ocean-side urban park, which stretches for 500 m along the coast, in the heart of the financial and business capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo. Old parliament The Old Parliament Building is the building that houses the Presidential Secretariat of Sri Lanka. Situated in the Colombo fort facing the sea, it is in close proximity to the President's House, Colombo
Enjoy your last morning in Colombo before checking out and being transferred to the airport, where you will depart for your destination with bags full of souvenirs and happy memories.