Pinnawala elephant orphanage. The herd goes to the river at 10.00 a.m. In this governmental conservation project, they keep the ill, old, abandoned baby elephants, ensure them good conditions in big area, healing, two times 2 hours bathing in river, etc. The elephant herd stays at the river until around 11.40. After we can go to a village experience program in Habarana (2 hours it takes), where we go to the lake area on bull cart, after go through a nice lake with water lilies and arrive to farmers houses, this mud houses has simple environment, ladies show how traditional farmers make their plantations, foods, they make a coconut sambol and herbal tea for the guests. Dambulla, where we can watch the golden Buddha statute and the rock cave temple monastery. Dambulla is Unesco Heritage Site, fascinating underground world of cave temples with thousands of statutes. [Night: Dambulla1]
In the morning We the visit Polonnaruwa ancient city. The major attraction is an archeologic park with the ruins of the ancient city of, a World Heritage Site. Its masterful stone carvings, palace complexes, and temples dating back to the 11th century testify the grandeur of the former kingdom. You can ride elephant daytime. Afternoon we climb Sigiriya. Go up on the stairs to the top, and watch the jungle from the top. On Sigiriya, the lava plug rock holds the ruins of an ancient empire. Built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century CE, the citadel that surrounds the main rock and its palace contains all the attractions. [Night: Dambulla2]
On the way to Kandy, we stop for visiting the Matale hindu temple. This way you also can visit a batik factory, where ladies making batik textiles with hand painting, and an ayurvedic spice garden, where they introducing the healing plants and natural oils and powders for non-chemical medical treatment, and give a short back massage as a try (for free) of the famous Ayurveda massage. Afternoon we reach Kandy. We watch the Kandy dancers and fire eaters performance show (16.50). Around 17- 18.00 when it starts to dark and the drums starts to call the religious people to praying and lighting the candles we visiting the Buddha’s sacred tooth relic temple. [Night: Kandy]
This day we are heading to the hills. You can visit the Ramboda Falls. On the way you visit a tea factory and tea plantations, where they explain the tea making process and there is a small tea degustation too. After we go to Ella through Nuwara Eliya. The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation. The pleasant temperatures make the scenery surrounding Ella particularly lush and diverse, with cloud forests and tea plantations. We visit the Mini Adams Peak in sunset time. [Night: Ella]
Visiting Nine arch bridge in the morning. We are visiting Ravana falls, than go to the safari. Jeep safari in the Udawalawe Nemzeti Park. The habitat includes reservoirs, marshes, grasslands. Many elephants are attracted to the park. You can watch bears, antelopes, dears, crocodiles, lot of birds (pelican, cormorants, grey heron, etc), monguse, elephants, buffalos too. [Night: beach hotel – Mirissa]
Mirissa whale wacthing at 6.00 a.m if you want. After you can take a short look to Koggala stick fishermen. The Galle Fort on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch. You can walking and shopping on the old charming streets.
Rumassala is featured in the Ramayana, as the home of the beautiful Queen Sita. Built with the help of Japanese monks. [Night: beach hotel – Unawatuna ]
Madu River, where you can take a boat on a mangrove river and try a natural lake fish pedicure. Visiting a turtle hatchery and a turtle-rescue foundation. Visit Ambalangoda mask museum. After we visit a gem stone mine. [Night: beach hotel – Bentota]