Pick-up participants from Colombo Airport / Night at Colombo Hotels
Awarding NAPSL honors
Cultural Pageant at night ( Ganagarama Navam Perahera, Colombo)
On way – Elephant bathing at Pinnawala elephant orphanage.
Night in Habarana (Village atmosphere)
On way – Traditional Toddy tapping & Mask making
Islands second largest Buddhist cultural pageant held on the second Full Moon day of the year. Hundreds of traditional dancers from all parts of the country and more than 50 traditionally decorated elephants parade through the street in this event. Fine opportunity for night photography with the available lights from the traditional torch bearers of the parade.
The hill country capital city where the Tooth Relic of the Lord Buddha is housed in an ancient temple built by the last king of Sri Lanka in the 18th century.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village situated close to Colombo – Kandy highway. Pinnawala has the largest herd of captive elephants in the world.
Dambulla cave temple also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka's cave Temples. Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex of five caves with over 2000 sq.mtrs of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world.
Sigiriya also known as the Lion's Rock is a rock fortress and a palace located in the Matale district of Sri Lanka. This ruin is surrounded by gardens, ponds and other structures. Sigiriya was built by King Kassapa and it is included as a World Heritage site and famous as the 8th wonder of the world. Sigiriya is the best preserved city centre in Asia.
Rock inscriptions are carved near the drip ledges on many of the shelters, recording the donation of the shelters to the Buddhist monastic order as residences. These have been made within the period between the third century B.C and the first century A.D.
Minneriya is a small town in Sri Lanka that is famous for two things — the great Minneriya lake built by King Mahasen and Minneriya National Park which is a hot spot for safari lovers because of its abundance of elephants. Elephants can be seen even on the highway which run through the national park when you travel to Polonnaruwa.
The second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first established by the Chola dynasty as their capital in the 10th century. The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage Site.
Polonnaruwa is the second largest city in North Central Province, but it is known as one of the cleanest and more beautiful cities in the country. The green environment, amazing ancient constructions, Parakrama Samudra (a huge lake built in 1200), and attractive tourist hotels and hospitable people, attract tourists.
Galle is a city on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. It’s known for Galle Fort, the fortified old city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century. Stone sea walls, expanded by the Dutch, encircle car-free streets with architecture reflecting Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. Notable buildings include the 18th-century Dutch Reformed Church. Galle Lighthouse stands on the fort’s southeast tip..
Stilt fishing is a method of fishing unique to the island country of Sri Lanka, known as “the Pearl of the Indian Ocean”. The fishermen sit on a cross bar tied to a vertical pole and driven into the sand a few meters offshore. From this high position, the fishermen cast his line, and waits until a fish comes along to be caught.
Yala National Park is a huge area of forest, grassland and lagoons situated in Sri Lanka’s south-east hugging the panoramic Indian Ocean. It’s home to wildlife such as leopards, elephants and crocodiles, as well as hundreds of bird species. It’s home to Panthera pardus kotiya, a majestic leopard endemic to Sri Lanka.
Yala combines a strict nature reserve with a national park and was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1900.