Bandaranaike International Airport, colloquially known as Katunayake Airport and Colombo International Airport, is the main international airport serving Sri Lanka. It is named after former Prime Minister SWRD Bandaranaike and is located in a suburb of Negombo, 20 miles north of the commercial capital Colombo.
Negombo is a city on the west coast of Sri Lanka, north of the capital, Colombo. Near the waterfront, the remains of the 17th-century Dutch Fort now house a prison. Negombo Lagoon, lined with fishermen’s huts, feeds into the Dutch-era Hamilton Canal. The canal leads south to Colombo. Neoclassical St. Mary’s Church, completed in the 1920s, features a ceiling decorated with vivid religious paintings
Dambulla cave temple is a world heritage site, declared by UNESCO in 1991. The Dambulla rock cave temples’ history dates back to the 2nd century BC. During the reign of King Sadda Tissa, the monastery was donated to the monks for dwelling and meditating. In 1st century BC in the reign of King Valagamba of Anuradhapura Kingdom, there were 7 invaders of Anuradhapura. Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160m over the surrounding plains and there are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. There are five major caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Gautama Buddha and his life. There are 153 Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lankan kings and four statues of gods and goddesses. As you enter the retreat, look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold over land, which today houses an important junction in the country's economic and cultural uplifting.
A World Heritage Site Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes. The capital and the royal palace was abandoned after the king's death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century.
Minneriya National Park is a national park in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The tank is of historical importance, having been built by King Mahasen in third century AD. The park is a dry season feeding ground for the elephant population dwelling in forests of Matale, Polonnaruwa, and Trincomalee districts. Minneriya forms one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) of Sri Lanka.
Polonnaruwa which was the 2nd capital city fo Sri Lanka built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and which is a world heritage site. Blessed by stupas resting Buddha statues , irrigation canals and fantastically carved hindu sculptures - while observing the relic house - Watadage - which boasts fo beautifull stone carving . Take a close glance and you will realize a subtle hindu influence on architecture and statues found in polonnaruwa.
Matale is the largest town of Matale District of the Central Province, of Sri Lanka. It is 142 kilometres (88 mi) from Colombo and near Kandy. Surrounding the town are the Knuckles Mountain Range, the foothills were called Wiltshire by the British. It is a mainly agricultural area, where tea, rubber, vegetable and spice cultivation dominate.Visit a spice garden in Matale to see many different types of spices Sri Lanka is famous for. Just 25 km from the hill capital of Kandy, the Matale spice gardens are among the best on the island. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed.
Kandy is a major city in Sri Lanka located in the Central Province. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city and is also the capital of the Central Province. Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic , one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988. A stroll across this small lakeside town - cradled among the misty hills - will feature the Kandy City Center - bundled with latest and world class brands, a bazaar, an art & crafts center, as well as a gem museum & lapidary. Fine tube your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka.
Peradeniya is a suburb of the city of Kandy in Sri Lanka. Peradeniya is famous for the Royal Botanical Gardens, peradeniya are about 5.5 km to the west of the city of Kandy in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. The history of this garden dates back to 14th century. But it has been converted as botanical garden in 1821 by Alexander moon a , a british officer. The finest of its kind in Asia, the largest botanical garden in Srilanka.The total area of the botanical garden is 147 acres (0.59 km2), close to the river bank of mahaveli the longest river in Srilanka. The elevation is 460 meters above the sea level, with a 200-day annual rainfall. It is renowned for its collection of orchids. The garden includes more than 4000 species of plants, including orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees and over 10000 trees are here. Attached to it is the National Herbarium of Sri Lanka. It is managed by the Division of National Botanic Gardens of the Department of Agriculture.
Tea production is one of the main sources of foreign exchange for Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is the world's fourth-largest producer of tea.The humidity, cool temperatures, and rainfall of the country's central highlands provide a climate that favors the production of high-quality tea. The industry was introduced to the country in 1867 by James Taylor, a British planter who arrived in 1852.Just step into a tea factory processing the prestigious brand of Ceylon Tea, to observe a rich tradition kept alive up to date. As you Observe the hissing and swishing of machines, inhaling the heavenly scent arising from these facilities, make sure to end your day in style over a perfectly blended cup of pure Ceylon Tea.
Nuwara Eliya is a city in the hill country of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. Its name means "city on the plain " or "city of light". The city is the administrative capital of Nuwara Eliya District, with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. The elevation is 1868m(6128ft) above from the sea level. Then for it has a subtropical climate, The city attracts many tourists around the world. And as well as Srilankans, even during the colonial period of the british 19th 20th centuries. This was the plase were the British officers came for the recreational works. Such as play golf, cricket, hunting and many more. There for even today we can see witness many colonial buildings in the surrounding and the Nuwara Eliya referred as little England.
The Udawalawe Elephant Transfer Home is a facility within Udawalawe National Park in Sri Lanka that was established in 1995 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation. Its primary objective is to rehabilitate orphaned elephant calves for ultimate release back into the wild. The centre allows you to visit at the feeding times of 06:00, 09:00, 12:00, 15:00 and 18:00. From behind a barrier you can watch the elephants ambling along behind a keeper, into the compound where they will be fed milk through plastic hoses with funnels attached, some stamping and trumpeting with impatience.
Galle is a major city in Sri Lanka, situated on the southwestern tip, 119 km from Colombo. Before the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century, when it was the main port on the island. Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by the Portuguese in South and Southeast Asia, showing the interaction between Portuguese architectural styles and native traditions.The Galle fort is a world heritage site in Asia.
Bentota is a coastal town in Sri Lanka, located in the Galle District of the Southern Province, governed by an Urban Council. It is approximately 65 kilometres (40 mi) south of Colombo and 56 kilometres (35 mi) north of Galle. Bentota is situated on the southern bank of the Bentota River mouth, at an elevation of 3 metres (9.8 ft) above the sea level. The name of the town is derived from a mythical story which claims a demon named 'Bem' ruled the tota or river bank.
Balapitiya is a coastal town, in south west Sri Lanka. The most important asset of the fragile eco-system of Madu River is its mangrove forests. These mangrove forests are providing protection for a large number of aquatic bird, animal and plant species. The eco-system in Madu River is the home for different kinds of aquatic plants, crabs, shrimps, fish, insects, amphibians and other animal life including crocodiles. Madu River is inhabited by a large number of animals and its bio-diversity is at very high level. This ecological complex is a Ramsar wetland and it is the second largest wetland on the island. 28 islands (some of them are inhabited by humans) are included in the Madu River estuary. The extent of the Madu River wetland is 915 hectares and harbours multi-varied Bio-diversity Eco-systems. There is no road network connecting the island and mainland and the boat is the main source of transport for the people living on the islands. The Kotduwa Buddhist temple occupies an island and it is the main religious institution for the people, who live on Madu River. Kothduwa temple is an important tourist attraction and visited by many tourists, who undertake the Madu River safari. Madu River is one of the best places to witness the different types of mangroves in the country.
The Turtle Care Centre at Kosgoda beach is one of 18 turtle hatcheries along the southern coast of Sri Lanka. The centre is located in the South Western coastal village of Kosgoda and was establised in 1981. It is also very popular as all five species of turtles that visit Sri Lanka nest in Kosgoda. This is not so with many of the other hatcheries around the island whose beaches host only some of the species.
Transfer form Bentota to Ariport for departure